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Fantasy Wardrobe Friday: Valentine’s Day Jewelry Gifts

valentines day jewelry gifts

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner (the ads are all over the place). Red, white, and pink hearts are friggin’ everywhere, the symbol of the event…I guess hearts are almost like a logo for Valentine’s Day if you think about it. Though there is also Cupid’s arrow and Cupid himself. Anyway, the heart shape is the most synonymous with the day, but it has never really been my favorite shape at all. So, for this week’s Fantasy Wardrobe Friday, I decided to compile a collection of heart-free Valentine’s Day jewelry gifts.

I mixed things up a little stylewise. There’s some chunky, dainty, blingy, and natural looking pieces. I really like all of these items, but my favorites besides the chunky rainbow statement necklace are the items with the more organic stones and geodes. They are very pretty and the metal parts have a lot of simplicity, so all of your attention goes right to the colorful stones. They would definitely make unique gifts for Valentine’s Day!

What are your suggestions for unique Valentine’s Day gifts?

Swarovski Creativity Ring


Janna Conner Turquoise Fire Agate Aurelie Ring


Full Spectrum Crystal Bracelet


Navy Drusy Rue Ring


Turquoise Fire Agate Pendant Necklace


Rainbow Frank Collar


Illuminating Rectangle Ring


Grace Cuff


Vintage Crystal Studs


Terra Rock Pendant


Concentric Wrap Bracelet


Pyxis Earrings


Pavé Droplet Ear Crawlers



Fantasy Wardrobe Friday: Super Bowl Cute

Super Bowl Cute

This week’s Fantasy Wardrobe Friday is inspired by…you guessed it! The Super Bowl! I thought it would be an interesting challenge for me since I’m not a sports fan and don’t have any jerseys or athletic wear in my closet. Well, I have sneakers…those might count I guess.

I wondered how I was going to put together two game day looks, but I thought obviously the outfits would be very wearable, simple, and casual. I didn’t really take into account whether or not I was going to make them outdoor friendly before I started working on them. So, the Patriots outfit is a little more geared for a colder climate. The Seahawks ensemble could be more for an indoor party setting.

I think the two looks also somewhat resemble the style of their respectable geographic locations. When I think New England, I think peacoat, whereas I feel like Seattle is in more of a puffy vest region.

Maybe that’s just a weird association in my brain. Haha.

Anyway, whatever team you are cheering for, please have a safe and fun Super Bowl Sunday!

Fantasy Wardrobe Friday: Sick Days

sick days outfit

Please excuse the singular post this week; I got sick…again. It’s so annoying! This is twice in one month I have caught something, and this rarely happens to me. Hopefully, this is the last time I will be ill this season (knock wood).

I guess not feeling well inspired this week’s Fantasy Wardrobe Friday. I decided to put together sort of a sick day outfit, as well as showcase a few things that help me to be a bit more human when I am really feeling like a piece of junk!

First of all, I love to drink Celestial Seasonings India Spice Chai Tea. It’s my absolute favorite! I am not a big tea fan, but I like teas that have spices in them. I always add milk, sugar (the naughty stuff), and a little organic coconut oil for some extra health benefits. This tea has become almost an addiction for me, and no other brand has come close to the flavors this one has. It’s sooo YUM! It’s even better in a cute mug…

Another thing I like if I am coughing or have a dry throat are organic lozenges by Zand. I hate medicinal tasting cough drops like Halls, and so normally I would do without. However, these blueberry flavored lozenges taste like candy. Have them on hand when you are sick and you will want to constantly have one of these lozenges in your mouth!

A couple of other essentials that make me feel a bit more energetic and less crappy are a good lip balm, and my tinted moisturizer by TheBalm. Winter is already dry enough. When you have a cold, you just feel as if every part of you is drying out even faster (except if you have a runny nose, that doesn’t ever seem to dry out fast enough).

Aside from the items already mentioned, my idea of trying to be comfortable on a sick day is to keep warm and wear relaxed clothing. You will usually find me wearing sweatpants or pajamas, a long sleeve shirt, and cozy slippers. I loved these printed pants from Topshop when I was looking for clothing for this post. They looked super comfy, and I adore prints (granted, I probably would not wear $90 pants to take a nap and be ill in, but that’s why this is Fantasy Wardrobe Friday). I chose a basic gray sweater to wear with them, and some toasty looking slippers.

Hopefully, you all find yourselves healthy for the rest of the season! I am counting the days until warm weather is here and I don’t need to worry about catching as many nasty bugs!

Fantasy Wardrobe Friday: Downton Abbey Style

downton abbey style


Downton Abbey is a guilty pleasure of mine. Every Sunday night, I am not on my computer from 8-9pm because I am totally devoted to watching the Crawleys and their dramas. I’ve always loved period based movies, television shows, and books. There is so much about past eras that intrigue me, especially the fashion.  It’s so interesting how trends have evolved over time.

When Downton Abbey first began, the fashion was different than where the show is currently. The setting began in 1912 when the Titanic sank. That’s when the Crawley family’s problems all began. They survived World War I, and are sailing through the 1920’s. The show is set in 1924 this season to be precise. The clothing styles had changed much during that short time period alone at the beginning of the 20th century.

Back then, there was such pomp and circumstance with the style habits of the wealthy. They changed clothes multiple times a day, wore corsets until that trend changed, and were required to wear gloves to social functions. But, if you watch Downton Abbey, how can you not drool over the luxe fabrics, intricate details, and dazzling jewels that were popular at that time?

So, this week’s Fantasy Wardrobe Friday is my set of Downton Abbey inspired fashion picks!

Fantasy Wardrobe Friday: From Day to Night

01_08 day to night

We have a blizzard going on right now, and so I wanted to put a Fantasy Wardrobe Friday post together with an outfit that came across a little more….warm and Spring-like. I also wanted to find an item that could be used in a day to night look. I began looking for the main piece, a dress I ended up finding by Ted Baker. I haven’t been familiar with Ted Baker until recently, when I saw there was a discount sale on one of those sale websites. I think it might have been HauteLook. At any rate, I like how the brand has simple cuts, with bold prints and colors without being too noisy.

For the day look I found a black blazer from Topshop that is simple, but has a nice shape. I kept the jewelry and shoes more on the simple side as well. The bag is suited for a daytime routine, but I kept it in a flashy color that compliments the dress.

The night time look I decided to amp up a few notches. A cropped leather jacket adds some edge, along with some fuchsia, strappy, studded shoes. I completed the look with some fuchsia and silver drop earrings and clutch.

So…is it Spring yet? 🙂

Fantasy Wardrobe Friday: Women’s Winter Boots

womens winter boots

I’m back with another Fantasy Wardrobe Friday after a short absence! It feels good to get back to these Friday posts. I find them to be pretty fun to put together every week.

The topic this week is Women’s Winter Boots! It has been absolutely frigid here since right after Christmas, and if I could, I’d be wearing some of this funky footwear! Alas, I can’t shove my feet into boots anymore so all I can do is admire them. But that’s ok! I enjoy checking out the trends.

Where I live, boots are a must (at least for those who walk–I guess I can count myself lucky, I don’t need to put my feet in the snow)! A lot of the styles in the stores here though are kind of boring. That’s what happens when you live in a small town. Comfort should trump style if you will be spending some time outdoors so you don’t end up freezing your toes off, but not all boots for cold weather have to be cumbersome and utilitarian looking. As soon as I saw all of these styles, I thought they evoked style and warmth without being completely impractical (meaning, boots with heels that don’t work well on icy, snow covered ground).

I think my favorite out of the five is the Joan of Arctic Wedge Ankle boot (ok, it’s a wedge…sort of like a heel).

What Winter boot pictured here is your favorite? What type of boots do you like to wear during the cold months?

Fantasy Wardrobe Friday: A Holiday Pop of Color

Holiday Pop of Color

I really like the color black. I love colors too, but for a long time when I would shop I would end up buying a lot of black things. It’s been a few years since I’ve consciously made an effort to refrain from buying so much black, but a girl just can’t help shopping for stuff in a color that will go with any other color she chooses. When you add a pop of color to anything black, the combination gives the vibrant colors that much more emphasis.

This outfit is something I would wear to a holiday party. The emerald top is a great focal piece with its black crochet texture. The jewelry accents the top with its emerald colored gemstones in the earrings and bracelet. The rings are more simplistic, with a hint of bling. Then, to top off the color, wear a true and vibrant red nail and lip! This ensemble kind of reminds me of something Katherine Hepburn may have worn, but modernized. She liked long trousers. A vintage inspired, 1940’s hairstyle would go well with this look.

Fantasy Wardrobe Friday: Marsala Hues

Fantasy Wardrobe Friday: Marsala Hues

The Pantone Color of the Year for 2015 has been announced, and the color is….MARSALA!

Hears silence…

Yea, that was my reaction too. What color is Marsala anyway?

Actually, some of you may be asking what the hell Pantone is. If you aren’t in some kind of art or design field, or if you aren’t a fashion enthusiast, you maybe haven’t heard of it. Think of Pantone Inc. as the color gods of the universe. The company is best known for the Pantone Matching System, which is a cohesive set of color guides used in the printing, paint, plastic, interior and fashion design industries to color match whatever colors they are using. The colors and their numbers, are held within books of Pantone cards. Basically, they are similar to swatches of paint you’d find at your local hardware store (but not free).

So, if a company uses a certain type of red on their logo, they give the number of that shade of red to the designer who is making them a tradeshow banner. The designer can find that exact color in the Adobe Photoshop software’s color library, and use it in the banner.

Pantone began choosing colors of the year back in 2000. Cerulean, a light toned blue was the “it” color that back then. Pantone hosts a secret meeting in Europe twice a year for two days to determine these colors that will dictate the upcoming year’s trends in consumer driven industries. It sounds like there is some serious debating going on among the color standards experts who take part in this.

I wonder why they chose Marsala. The actual swatch doesn’t really capture my attention. Then again, it is a flat wash of color on a screen or piece of paper. Objects give color dimension and depth.

pantone color of the year 2015 marsala

It’s like…a muddied up plummy red…or reddish plum…like a bruise. I really don’t know how to describe it, but the fancy images of models and settings on the Pantone website made it look good. Like I said though, it’s used in a dimensional way and varies in lightness, darkness, and shade.

I love it when the Color of the Year is revealed, but I love it more when the seasonal color sets are announced. They make me feel creative. I enjoy trying to use them.

For this Fantasy Wardrobe Friday, I did a one brand collection of items from Modcloth. I found a bunch of cute things that were in hues of Marsala!

Time and Grace Dress in Merlot

Champagne Sangria Dress

Time Away Tunic in Sangria

Cheerful Cavorting Top

Clock Clock, Who’s There? Top

Editor’s Choice Heel in Wine

Smooth Statement Heel in Chevron

Strut the Strut Bootie in Merlot

Full Course Load Bag in Berry

Smart Spending Coin Purse

Could It Bead? Earrings

Lime Crime Lip Stain in Wicked


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Fantasy Wardrobe Friday: Black Friday Shopping Outfit

Black Friday Shopping Outfit

If you’re deciding to brave the stores for some Black Friday shopping, you’ll probably have two things in mind: warmth and comfort. If you live in a cold climate, it is no fun freezing in between stores or in lines. Granted, this outfit may not quite be warm enough for sub-zero temps, but I’ll just pretend for this scenario that it’s not quite that cold.

You’ll also want to be comfortable. You’ll probably want to wear a coat that isn’t too bulky; something you can move around in as you search for your big deals. Also, a cross body bag that isn’t too large will also be beneficial! This outfit is pretty casual with the boots, jeans, scarf, and top. To embellish the look I thought I’d add a bit of glitz with the earrings, and a simple two chevron ring.

Fantasy Wardrobe Friday: Ode to Cher

Fantasy Wardrobe Friday: Ode to Cher

Today I found out the singing legend, Cher, cancelled the rest of her tour due to needing more recovery time after her illness. My mom and I had tickets to a concert date n October, and then it was postponed, much to our disappointment. The date had been pushed back to January. It wasn’t a big deal. It’s just that the weather here can be really unpredictable in January. So, you never know when plans might be affected by ice, snow, and wind.

Anyway, I wish Cher good health. As much as I wanted to see her in concert, she really had a grueling schedule and health is one of the most important things in life.

Since it’s Fantasy Wardrobe Friday, I decided to do an ode to Cher. If you have followed her career, she has worked a lot with the clothing designer Bob Mackie. I chose some party dresses to feature that are glitzy and glamorous, just like Madame Cher!

Needle Thread boho dress


Sequin dress