Favorite Things: Modcloth Scarf and Coat, Vince Camuto Boots

I have done an amazing job — for me, let’s preface things — in 2016 of not adding to my already overflowing closet. But that’s typically the case — January, February and early March are slow shopping months for me. That’s mostly because I am usually recovering from the major damage I did in November and December. I wasn’t quite as bad this holiday season as I have been in the past. However, I still bought a few things I didn’t need…and here are a few of my favorites. I apologize in advance since two of these are clearly cold-weather-only items.

modcloth blanket scarf | what lindsey likes

What I bought: Blanket scarf from modcloth.com

What I paid: $24.99

I’ve wanted a true blanket scarf for a couple years now, but never followed through with purchasing one. Technically I did buy one from Old Navy, but it wasn’t quite big enough — in my opinion — to be considered a blanket scarf. This one from Mod Cloth was perfect! It’s one of the softest things I’ve ever owned. In a pinch, I would consider using it as an actual blanket, if I had to. A couple complaints: it sheds A LOT. I wore it to a family dinner with a navy blue long sleeve tee and had fibers from the scarf all over the shirt. I’m wearing it here with a heather grey long sleeve tee, which is way better at hiding the shedding. My other complaint is that if you are prone to snagging your clothes on things, this might not be for you. My dog likes to jump up on me all the time, and his claws would catch threads from this and pull them out. No irreversible or noticeable damage yet, but just something to be aware of. Here’s another way you can wear a blanket scarf:

modcloth blanket scarf poncho | what lindsey likes

This is the coziest of the cozy. I love ponchos and I loved wearing this as a poncho. However, while I see tons of people on Pinterest in blanket-scarf-ponchos, I would like to see them in real life. Moving your arms around can be a little tricky. Well, it’s not hard to move my arms, but every time I do, I have to resituate the poncho so it’s laying the way I want it to. I LOVE the idea of belting this — it looks super cute — but only if you’re going to sit in one place without moving at all. Maybe everyone else knows how to do this without issue.

modcloth blanket scarf and vince camuto gravell boots | what lindsey likes

Vince Camuto Gravell boots/booties | what lindsey likes

What I bought: Vince Camuto Gravell Boots (in black and brown — I couldn’t help myself!)

What I paid: $62 (this was a Black Friday weekend sale; they were as much as $109 at Nordstrom)

I am in love with these boots. I decided I needed to start wearing heels. I have no good explanation, other than I do think they look a little dressier. I searched stores high and low, looking for boots that met my qualifications. I ordered seven or eight different pairs of boots over the Black Friday weekend and these were my favorite (I promise I returned all the other ones…except another pair of lower-heeled Vince Camuto booties). I had a bit of an adventure figuring out the right size (these are a size 7, I normally wear a 6) and finding the cheapest price. In the end, Amazon had both my size and a price I was comfortable paying. I love them. I’m looking forward to the streets and sidewalks of MN drying up so I can wear them out and about without worrying about ruining them.

A few complaints, though. The toe-bed on these boots is incredibly narrow, hence the reason I had to go up to a 7. The rest of the boot fits true to size, so I have to wear two pairs of socks (one thick pair and one thin pair) in order to make them work. I think the toe-bed has loosened up a little, but not by much. My other complaint is that the heel is easily scuffed. Part of this is how I bang my feet around when I’m sitting at my desk — lots of fidgeting. This isn’t noticeable as long as you’re wearing longer pants. But if you were going to wear them with leggings or rolled/tucked skinny jeans, it would be noticeable. Maybe no one else cares.

modcloth aztec coat | what lindsey likes

What I bought: ModCloth Aztec-print coat

What I paid: $125

The last thing I need is another coat, but I saw this on a fashion blogger’s site and fell in love. Honestly, when I first got it, I was disappointed — it didn’t seem to be very flattering on me…ha, especially compared to the fashion blogger! But I cinched in the waist a little more (there are drawstrings on the inside) and that helped tremendously. I also like the jacket when it’s buttoned all the way to the top. That might sound weird, but it is what it is. Anyway. This coat is super soft and comfortable. It’s been great for this year’s unseasonably warm winter, but I wouldn’t wear it on any days below 30 degrees. The hood is plenty big for my large head. The coat has pockets too. I fold the pocket flaps inside the pockets — when they’re out, they draw attention to my hips.

modcloth aztec coat | what lindsey likes

I took all of these pictures on the same day. I’m wearing a long-sleeve pocket tee from Old Navy in heather grey and my new favorite flared jeans from Banana Republic Factory.

Pinterest in My Closet: Thinking Spring

Overall, this winter really hasn’t been that bad in Minnesota. We had quite a few days that were warmer than normal, and the snowfall has been minimal. The month of February was mega cold, but March has been decent.

Yay for spring!

I found this adorable picture on Pinterest that looks so springy and fun. It’s from the blog http://trendytaste.com.

Mint green is the perfect color for spring. You can see my take on the Pinterest outfit below.

old navy marled sweater and express flared jeans| whatlindseylikesThe marled mint green sweater I’m wearing is from Old Navy (last spring). It’s super comfortable — it’s not scratchy or overly warm. If you’re looking for a moderately priced mint sweater, Old Navy has a few options: cardigan, honeycomb knit, lightweight v-neck. If you like spending more money, check out J. Crew: Merino wool Tippi and Tilly crewneck. If a sweater isn’t up your alley, there are tons of necklaces with mint green. J. Crew, J. Crew Factory and Bauble Bar are a few of my favorites.

I copied the Pinterest photo’s flared jeans and brown shoes…I would have worn brown boots of some kind, but my jeans are way too short! So instead I went with these brown Anne Klein iFlex Briona flats. You might recognize them from my post with the black pair. Yes, I bought both pairs, but haven’t decided if I’m keeping the brown ones. While I don’t wear a lot of heels, I do appreciate the way they look. If I were going to wear heels with this outfit, I think any of these options would be super cute: Giuseppe Zanotti, Style & Co., Burberry Prorsum, Finlay, and Guess.

The Pinterest blogger paired a gold watch and a bright yellow purse. I wanted to keep the accessories minimal, so I went with this striped scarf I got at J. Crew (or J. Crew Factory…I can’t remember) a few years ago. I very rarely wear it — I have a hard time finding tops that are the right color combination. This mint sweater works perfectly. Now that it’s March and everyone is in full-on spring fever mode, I think I can wear the sweater.

Speaking of spring, its arrival will mean that I can wear my flared jeans more often. For the majority of the winter, I’ve had to wear skinny jeans that’ll easily tuck into my snow boots. I’m so sick of my outfits being dictated by the weather! I have so many cute shoes that I’m dying to wear, but they can’t handle the disgusting salt that’s covering all road and sidewalk surfaces across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area. On weekends, I rarely wear cute tops anymore since I know I’ll have my long, heavy duty winter coat on the whole time. While this does mean I can wear workout/yoga pants almost everywhere I go, it’s time to get back in the swing of socially acceptable clothes again.

These jeans are from Express from several years ago — they have held together unbelievably well. Almost no fading or fraying. I haven’t bought flared jeans in a few years, so I can’t tell you for sure where to go. Loft doesn’t have them, so I’d probably try Gap’s Long & Lean or any flared options from Express. Old Navy doesn’t look like it has “flared” jeans, but some of their bootcut options look almost flared…so it depends on your level of desired flare.

old navy marled mint sweater and flare jeans | whatlindseylikes

I hope the spring weather is making it’s way to wherever you live! I’m so ready for winter to be over!