Friday, December 9, 2016

project 366: november

In an effort to capture more of the everyday moments, I'm using my iPhone to take a picture each day for a year. Here's a few of my favorites/most memorable from November:

November 1: My husband and I snuck away for a brief early anniversary getaway to the Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina. We stayed onsite at the The Village Hotel at Biltmore Estate and took part of a sparkling bubbles wine tour. My favorite being the Pas de Deux Moscato - yum!

November 2: We didn't realize it until the night before that our trip coincided with the arrival of the Biltmore Christmas tree raising. It so fun to see the 35-foot fraser fir tree brought in by Santa!

November 3: Sad that our mini-trip was over, but loved seeing the mountains views on our way back to Tennessee.

November 22: This Dollar Tree nutcracker makeover is now one of my favorite holiday DIYs.

November 26: I *admittedly* went a little crazy making festive holidays pillows - green stripe with pom poms, plaid, knitted - to add to our already extensive pillow collection...Solution? Make a pillow fort!

and a gif of all 30 days:

Thursday, December 8, 2016


I had my DSLR all setup and ready to go to take pictures then realized...I forgot my memory instead resorted to my camera phone. My apologizes, the quality is well, meh, but the outfit so fun and festive, I wanted to share anyway!

Well, that and I've been waiting almost a year to wear this skirt after scoring it on major clearance at J. Crew Factory. Good plaid things come to those who wait? While this exact skirt is no longer available, I found some other really great plaid pencil skirt options listed below.

sweater: J. Crew Factory (similar) last worn here
skirt: J. Crew Factory 
shoes: J. Crew Factory (exact) last worn here
earrings: Kate Spade (exact)
bracelet: EnyaJewelry via Amazon (exact, the original)

plaid skirt options:

one  |  two  |  three  |  four (my favorite)

 via Instagram

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016


currently I am...

doing: well, more taking, my friends' Christmas family photos. Professional photographer I am not, but it's fun to pretend every once and awhile :)

enjoying: my family and the holidays. Last year we missed out on the holidays as a family since I was in the hospital, so I'm determined to inject as much Christmas spirit as possible into this year.

cooking: Hot cocoa cupcakes. I made them for Thanksgiving and they were delicious, so like a crazy person I plan on making 120+ of these for our corporate holiday party next week...with marshmallow cream frosting.

wrapping: Oh, my gosh, nothing you guys. I haven't bought a single Christmas present yet. But, I'm particularly enamored with the red Sugar Paper gift wrap collection at Target for wrapping my as of yet non-existent gifts.

playing: The Carpenters Christmas Portrait. Don't judge, that's some awesome holiday goodness right there. :) My dad played this album every Christmas season growing up, so it's now a holiday staple in the Chaffin household. 

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

case of the blahs

I've had a definite case of the blahs least when it comes to dressing. Forget cute skirts and tops, and give me my much worn, and loved, black pencil pants and a sweater. Wash my hair? Nope, I'l just throw that second-day hair into a braid. At least add some interest with a scarf or necklace? Nope, I'm all about some plain-Jane lately.

At least today I managed to wiggle into a skirt (hello too much Christmas cookies!)...but I'm not going to lie. I'm already daydreaming about cozy pjs.

What's your cure for the dressing blahs?

pants: The Limited (exact) last worn here
shoes: J. Crew Factory (exact) last worn here
earrings: Stella & Dot (similar)
bracelets: Bourbon and Boweties (exact triple pearl, exact six pearl, exact aqua)

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

thoughts and whatnots 12.4.16

leopard loafers and tassel necklaces:  one  |  two  |  three

blog love:

on teal and polka dots:

favorite sales:

  • what I'm watching: Bring on the Christmas movies! I just started watching Love Actually last night (one of my absolutely favorites) but other seasonal must have include: Elf, The Muppet's Christmas Carol, Little Women, The Santa Clause, The many movies, so little time. :)
  • what I'm listening to: Michael Buble's Christmas while finishing this post and editing Christmas family photos of friends I took Saturday. 
  • what I'm crushing on: I've gone a little Christmas pillow making crazy - plaid from a cutup scarf, green stripes with pom poms, green knitted cables, as well as purchasing red snowflake pillows (almost identical) from Marshall's and this Noel lumber pillow from Target.
  • what I'm looking forward to: Our annual office Christmas party hosted off-site at my boss's house this Friday! I'm making mulled wine, yum!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

happy checks

A day later than promised, but here's how I wore my new cardigan from Modcloth. There's just something so bright and cheerful about the color yellow. Combine it with fun checks and a comfy belted cardigan and you have the perfect fall outfit. Hopefully it was worth the extra day's wait to see.:) Sadly this exact yellow one is out of stock, but the same style of cardigan is available in green and blue and blue and red. Love the blue and red version.

Speaking of being behind on things, am I the only person that's not bought a single Christmas present yet? I was talking to one of my friends yesterday and she informed me that she bought her very final present on Black Friday. I feel like such a slacker! Other Christmasy things I'm behind on: decorating the tree, putting out family Christmas cards, and we have yet to watch a single holiday movie. Guess I know what I'm doing this weekend...

cardigan: Modcloth (same style in green & blue and blue & red)
shirt: Target (exact)
jeans: American Eagle (exact - on sale!) last worn here
shoes: Madewell (similar) last worn here
necklace: Kendra Scott (exact)
watch: Fossil (same face with a leather band)
bracelet: Bourbon and Boweties (exact)
earrings: Reeds (exact, inexpensive alternative)

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Monday, November 28, 2016

november budget

  1. Loft puff sleeve sweater: $49.50, on sale for $22.25
  2. Old Navy swing pintuck top: on sale for $8.97
  3. Modcloth plaid cardigan: $59.99 + 20% off = $47.99
  4. Modcloth stripe dotted top: $34.99 + 40% off = $20.99
  5. J. Crew Factory printed tuxedo top: $85, on sale for $34
  6. J. Crew ruffle dot top: $69.50, on sale for $49.90 + 30% off = $34.99
  7. J. Crew Factory pencil skirt in double-serge wool: $89.50, on sale for $35.50
  8. Bourbon and Boweties pearl bangle bracelet: $32 + 10% off = $28.50

November budget: $233.19
fourth quarter budget: $600 - $146.75 in October - $233.19 in November = $220.06 remaining

I was all about patterns and jewel tones this November. Fall/winter are my favorite seasons to dress (and buy) for, so it was hard not to buy all the pretty, shiny new things. So while I was a bit spendy, I'm happy this month's purchases. 

1. Loft puff sleeve sweater (sorta sneak peak here)
Confession, I got this to wear as part of our family Halloween costume, but with every intention of also wearing it in real life! It's an XL and I think a little snugger and shorter than some of my other Loft sweaters, but still very cute. I'm anxiously waiting for some cooler weather so I can wear it...
2. Old Navy swing pintuck top (see how I wore it here)
I threw this top into the cart while buying a few outfits for the kiddo. I thought it looked a little short on the model, so I got a L tall and am pleased with the longer fit. Super cute top for $9!

3. Modcloth plaid cardigan (post on how I wore it tomorrow!) & 4. Modcloth stripe dotted top (sneak peak here)
Modcloth's Facebook marketing got me big time with their adorable plaid belted cardigan and mixed dot/stripe top. The cardigan is an XL and fits true to size - though the sleeves are just a touch long. The top is a L, only because the XL wasn't available, but I think it fits big more like an XL.

5. J. Crew Factory printed tuxedo top
Can I tell you how much I can't wait for all the holiday parties so I can wear this top? I love the fun plaid and the tuxedo style. One thing to note: the fabric is polyester and not flannel - which is what I expected, even though the website clearly says it's made out of poly. Buuut...that means no ironing, so that works for me! For reference, it's an XL.

6. J. Crew ruffle dot top
Polka dots and ruffles? Ya'll know I'm ALL about that. This top is an XL and is made from a soft, slightly sheer fabric. Perfect for Florida's non-fall. I've worn it a several times, but blogger fail, have yet to take any pictures with it on.

7. J. Crew Factory pencil skirt in double-serge wool
I was so pleased with my J. Crew Factory green wool pencil skirt, that I decided to get the plum as well. It's also a 16 and runs true to size.

8. Bourbon and Boweties pearl bangle bracelet (see how I wore it here)
I wear my original Bourbon and Boweties pearl bangle constantly, as you may have noticed on the blog, and had originally planned to buy a second identical one, but changed my mind once I saw this cluster version. So pretty! (Spoiler, I may also have the other one coming my way. Pearl bangle arm candy goals :).

One more quarter left for the fourth quarter budget - and for the year - crazy how quickly this year has flown! Looking toward December, I have the aforementioned bracelet coming my way as well as this pair of Sam Edelman flats scored during the Black Friday sales. I've been majorly, shamelessly crushing on them since seeing them on Fran. :) I kind of anticipate it being a quiet shopping month since the focus will instead be on Christmas presents.

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