Monday, January 26, 2015

Plaid PINspiration

Women (and men) alike are all about plaid this season and we are no exception, as some of our favorite daily accessories include plaid flats and blanket scarves. Can we talk about how handsome men are in plaid flannel (especially when paired with leather or shearling and 5 o'clock shadow..."hey girl," are you drooling yet?) 

For your weekly outfit Pinspiration, check out some of these plaid combos:
Shop these items and more on Because I Shop Too Much & Because They Grow Too Fast

What are your favorite go-to plaid items this season?

Friday, January 23, 2015

Blog of the Month: Convey The Moment

As fashion and lifestyle bloggers, you run into a LOT of pretty gals and Eleni is no exception, but more than her beautiful appearance (and lust-worthy closet!), we love her beautiful spirit and positive outlook on life. Her blog urges you to "make good choices and speak kind words," and in today's world, that's really all we can ask of each other. It's a simple request and this year, simplicity is fist on our to-do list so we're adopting this mantra and running with it.

Read a little bit more about Eleni: "I am a 20 something year old, fashion obsessed, stay at home nurse. I am vegan – mostly because of my beliefs surrounding the treatment of animals, but also the health benefits. I live for travel, yoga and quality time with my husband, girlfriends and yorkies. My ultimate passion is inspiring others to find expressions of themselves while becoming better humans."

Here are some of our favorite looks from Convey the Moment 
(It was hard to choose...her style is amazing!) 

Who are your favorite fashion and lifestyle bloggers? What draws you to their content?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Rocked it & Swapped it

When it comes to winter fashion, sometimes it's hard to find ways to stay stylish while piling on the layers. Our solution, add a great print bag. I recently got this one on Sole Society and have been wearing it non-stop. It's the perfect size for everyday wear plus I can fit my notebook and organizer in it so that's a plus. It for sure made my cold weather look pop in this outfit post.  

I loaded it up for a weekend up at the lake house and Kaitlyn & I swapped it for the day while up north. When she styled it, she layered her look to perfection. I love the green, the stripe tank under, and the tribal print just made a great match. 

What do you think of our styling choices?
Do you have a great print bag that you wear during the cold months?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Making Note of the Little Things

Now that we are 3 weeks into 2015, I am still feeling inspired and motivated by the fresh start - Much like Hallie, I don't really believe in making resolutions as much as I do setting reasonable goals, both personal and professional, that I may not have gotten to the previous year. There's no reason to punish yourself if you miss the mark or even change your mind...that's what a blank slate is for. 

I am an obsessive list maker - I have post-it notes all over my desk at work, notepad lists in my phone, email reminders sent to myself, etc. It's what helps me stay organized and feel on top of my game but this year, I am looking to do a more personal kind of note taking. We encounter so many memorable moments, even in our day to day lives, and not even compulsive Instagramming will ensure that you remember the fine details and that's most important to me. So, I am looking to actually KEEP a journal (and not just for a week!) of the little things that make an impact. 

Example: One night last week I set out to jot down a few notes about our Christmas holiday and ended up with 9.5 pages. Guess it was a good one? ;) 

Sweater: Swap w/Lisa | Long-sleeved top: Forever 21 | Jeans: LOFT | Boots: Shopbop (similar
Bag: Sole Society | Necklace: Forever 21 | Mug: Starbucks | Journal & Pen: Z Gallerie

What are your goals this year? How do you stick to them?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Everyday Wear, Winter Style

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Some days I DO put my hair up in a ponytail. I know, I know, but it was "day three hair" so I didn't have too many options. ;) I even sometimes put on the simplest of outfits but then jazz them up a bit to make it more me.

What is easier then a cozy knit and skinny jeans? It's comfortable, warm, and quite functional for everyday wear. By adding cute plaid flats, some great jewelry, and a winter white coat, I feel like I made the outfit more put together. It's was also nice to sparkle on an otherwise gloomy winter day.
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Knit: Swap w/ Kaitlyn // Jacket & Denim: Express // Shoes: c/o Sole Society // Bag: Because I Shop too Much // Necklace: T+J Designs // Sunnies: Prada // Stackable Rings: Shop Jules // Emerald Ring: Jared 

What does your everyday wear look like?

Do you ever jazz up a super basic outfit to feel like you are more dressed up then you actually are?

Monday, January 19, 2015

Remix: Plaid Sweater

Kaitlyn got this amazing plaid sweater from Forever 21 in early 2013 and wore it over the holidays with a top knot (tied with tulle I might add!) For whatever reason, it ended up in her Because I Shop Too Much online closet. Well, finders keeper Kaitlyn, this is still one of my favorite can't have it back...but it may end up in one of our next swap bags :)

Here are a few ways I have remixed the knit in the past 2 years:
1 // 2 // 3 // 4

I love a top that can be paired with anything from black leggings, to vegan leather shorts, or even distressed denim. So versatile and hands down one of my favorite knits to remix!

Do you have a go-to plaid piece?
What's your favorite style from above? 

Friday, January 16, 2015

An Appetizer for Awards!

It's always a little disheartening when the last bit of holiday magic dies out until next year but luckily us #fbloggers have another kind of magic right around the corner: Enter award show season. Once that first red carpet is rolled out for the Golden Globes and Giuliana Rancic reminds us all that she hasn't eaten a cheeseburger in months, we can officially start the countdown til the Superbowl of awards and my Mom's annual Oscar party. 

Like most of our family gatherings, this one revolves heavily around great snacks and adventurous cocktails. In the past, we have dined on mini macaroni bites, gourmet cupcakes, edible arrangements and various "let's try to be healthy" options (which don't get much action). 

My mom makes fantastic bacon-wrapped dates that I always look forward to so this year, I tried my hand at them using Hormel's new brown sugar bacon (omg) and stuffed them with feta cheese for a fun surprise. Using this recipe, here's the simple process in photos:

The delicious smell of "beggin" awoke somebody from his nap...he'd help himself, but he doesn't have thumbs ;)

What treats you indulge in during award shows?
Here is another bacon-themed app that I'm dying to try! 

*I am currently a member of the Hormel Foods Extended Blogger Program and this post is part of my involvement in the Group. While Hormel Foods provides me material and necessary resources to complete various activities, all statements and sentiment in Sisters Marie are my own.