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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.