Staples: Closet Essentials x 15

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Is it possible to have staples that span every season? I live in a pretty well defined climate that boasts four robust seasons. We’re really in the thick of Spring right now which means that it snowed seven inches last weekend, and then slid into this beautiful lull of sunny and 60s. Now this weekend we’re back to Winter-like conditions with flying sleet and another warm spell in the coming week.

Weather aside, I think that there are staples– seasonless, classic, that stand the test of time– which every wardrobe can proudly boast. Plus, closet staples make it much easier to pull together a look in a flash. You simply add in the weather appropriate extras, or subtract the necessary layers and WAH-LAH! The perfect outfit.

 

Dark Skinny Jeans : Classic Striped Shirt : White Cotton Tee
Navy Buttoned Blazer : Cashmere Scarf : Cashmere Sweater
Leopard Flats : Silk Blouse : Silk Cami
White Pants : Leather Mules : Leather Shoulder Bag
Leather Jacket : Leather Pants : Denim Jacket

So if your weather calls for snow, an outfit combination might include a denim jacket, easy white cotton tee, leather pants, a thick wool overcoat, and scarf. Or if you find yourself in the middle of some uncharacteristically warm weather in December you might don a pair of dark skinny jeans, a striped tee, a leather jacket, and leopard flats for an easy take on these closet essentials.

On the No New Things Challenge front, I have really been grateful for the extra savings I have slowly been building. Our littlest had to have oral surgery this past week and I was able to pay for the procedure up front (which I realize may sound standard). It felt like a major win for me. I would have put the total on a credit card in the past and paid it off over a few months time.

I have wanted to do a more in-depth post about money mapping, but I am still learning about implementing these skills in my own life and move them into the every day. But this medical procedure being paid for was a huge step toward mapping my spending, and being sure to set funds aside each and every month for some of those expenses that are unexpected. We didn’t think that our little guy would have to have this surgery for a few more years.

So there’s my money take away this week. Savings rocks! I hope you have a beautiful Saturday. We’re house cleaning, catching up on favorite TV shows (my boys), and still looking forward to Spring Break (only two weeks away)! Have a happy weekend.

XX, Megan

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Work Wardrobe: 5 Outfits for Spring

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As Spring approaches I often look at ways that I can add some happy notes to my wardrobe. To me, Spring style means an infusion of wardrobe options that have a more playful, whimsical, and flirtatious appeal. Here are a few Spring trends that I am digging:

1. The Mule- Easy to wear, and endlessly adaptable, this trend is a fun work-wear update that you might try! I have this pair, and this pair, and though I won’t be adding any more to my repertoire, I love this blush pair that I posted above.

 

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2. Flowers, Floral, and Blooming Patterns- Flowers are ALWAYS on my Spring style radar. Wearing your garden gives you the chance to celebrate playful prints, and the promise of warmer weather to come.

 

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3. The Edge of Fun Meets Funky- Sometimes it’s nice to mix a little bit of sass and a slightly edgier element into your Spring style cadre. I am smitten with this silk tiger print top from J.Crew, and actually received it as a sweet gift from my husband. I’m excited to wear it for work– paired with cropped seasonless wool pants (as shown), or play– along with a pair of cutoff shorts and some artsy earrings when things warm up.

 

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4. The Stripe- Long live stripes for any season! I have loved the new lineup of work friendly options that have a touch of distinction that deviates from the standard oxford. This striped wrap top does the trick. It can also double as a casual piece, or dressed up with a more formal skirt for added dimension.

 

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5. Denim Extras- Denim is another dynamic Spring staple that morphs and changes with each new season. For Spring, look for details like the sweet ruffle on this skirt, or a darker wash which is also coming back into vogue, another subtle nod to the 90s. If your workplace isn’t converse approved, you could easily swap these out for office appropriate heels, and then grab your tennis shoes for your walk to and from the metro.

I hope you have an awesome Wednesday. Another NNTC coming your way on Friday. I’m stoked to double post this week. Thank you for reading, comments, sharing, and simply stopping by!

XX, Megan

Shopping Your Closet: Winter Boho

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I hope this post won’t come across as overly light. Especially as compared to the one that I wrote at the beginning of this week. It has been another hard week. There have been more hardships at school, but I am going to return to this topic when I have renewed energy and time to go about giving the topic of school safety the effort and investment it deserves.

The highlights of this week included beginning to read The Hobbit with my boys. Yes, I am a J.R.R. Tolkien geek. Just reading “An Unexpected Party” made me smile so many times, I couldn’t help but be transported to the house Under Hill with the round green door. We had some DELICIOUS family dinners including a Korean Rice Bowl with Kimchi and Cucumbers from The Scramble, and a warm, filling, creamy, clam chowder (I based mine off of these two recipes: Eating Well, and Food Network). My six-year-old requested, “Mom, will you write that recipe down for me so that I can make it when I’m in college?”

Warms my mama-heart to have him ask such things, and I readily agreed to do so. Both boys have been practicing their music daily, and it makes for another highlight. Though there are definitely moments of struggle, for the most part they are enjoying the piano and drum respectively.

My husband has been a champion beyond all others. This week alone he cleaned the house from top to bottom, covered dish duty multiple evenings in a row, made sure that the boys were ready for school with multiple costumes for my first grader whose class celebrated Dr. Seuss this week in anticipation of Seuss’ birthday today. Perry made sure that pajamas, blue hair, and a complete Sam I Am costume were in order. I simply could not be more grateful to him for how much he juggles both in terms of work, home-life, and still manages to take a few ski turns in the back country every weekend!

We have more new snow as of tonight, and I really have appreciated this second gasp that winter has gifted us. It simply felt so… wrong that winter had not yet really come to these mountains. To be honest, there is so much less snow than we have experienced since our move here almost seven years ago it has been a surprise.

In terms of the NNTC I have really enjoyed shopping my closet these past few months. One of the reasons that term has come to mean more to me is that I am trying to learn and to recognize that new does not determine any part of my worth. In other words, I don’t need new things to make me feel good about myself. My worth is not in what I wear. I can still fully enjoy the expression of style and fashion without constant closet updates.

Case in point, this outfit. Yes I realize this rig borders on Indian Jones, but this casual boho look really fit how I felt in this moment. Ripped jeans are a weekend favorite for me, as I try to look more polished and professional in my day job. The silk broderie top is over six years old. Wearing these pieces that have become classic, and timeless, at least for my closet feels like a win! Plus, most of them are still on point, in terms of current fashion.

Try this at home! Take a look at your closet. Are there pieces there that you maybe haven’t combined in the past. Lay out three outfits that you might not have worn (in terms of the specific combination) before. Pick your favorite. Put it on. Rock your day!

I hope that all of you have a wonderful and restful weekend. I’m going to eat my weight in sushi, read more of Bilbo Baggin’s adventures to my littles, and enjoy a date with my sweet man. Sending you love and good vibes wherever you are!

XX, Megan

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Jacket: Gap (similar), Shirt: J.Crew (similar), Jeans: Madewell, Boots: J.Crew (similar), Bag: Madewell, Hat: Brixton, Sunglasses: Ray-ban, Scarf: Madewell

Four Eyes, New Glasses

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Oh yes, friends, it’s Friday! I have really enjoyed publishing theses posts each week because it means that the weekend is always in sight! Speaking of sight, how do you like my new specs? I decided to go with Warby Parker’s Blair.

Simple, a little bit classic, a little bit funky, they are working for me. I’ve linked the glasses below, along with this outfit which is also working for me as we are finally experiencing a mini-winter. This week it actually snowed, twice!

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Glasses, Sweater, Hat, Jeans, Shoes (in the collage)Shoes (in my outfit)

On of my biggest triumphs in terms of my No New Things Challenge this week has been that I feel like I frequent online shopping sites a lot less. When I set out on this challenge, I unsubscribed from updates to these sites so that I wasn’t constantly barraged by email that would tempt me to buy, buy, buy.

I write that last line with an itch to hop over to one now and just peruse. But another goodness of this challenge is the fact that I have been able to really look at my closet and come up with wonderful remixes, repeats, and even some never-before worn combinations. I will have a post about this idea of shopping your closet at some point soon. It has been so worth it for me, thus far, and I expect that this will continue.

I’d also love to know if any of you have or are doing similar things with your spending? Have any of you done a shopping fast? What were your results? Have any of you begun shopping for more responsibly made items? What prompted your switch? In short, I’d love to hear about any of your experiences in this vein. I hope you all have a fantastic day, and that your weekend is filled with those you love most!

XX, Megan

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Hearts, Flex Spending, and Real Savings

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The day of hearts and love is upon us. I don’t really care whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day or not, I hope you still take a moment for some self-reflection and self-love sometime this month. This top adds the perfect amount of be-hearted spice to my wardrobe. I actually bought it last year in anticipation of V-day before I began my No New Things Challenge. Bonus, it’s now on sale!

I’ve linked the details below, along with some other fun heart-celebrating wardrobe items. Note: you never have to wait until February to break out these cute little love extras in your wardrobe! My update to my No New Things Challenge continues below.

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So I have some more exciting updates on my No New Things Challenge today. First up, the  Flexible Spending or Health Savings Account. I always have to smile at myself as I write these posts. I realize that for SO MANY of you this information is neither exciting or groundbreaking. Some of you have had FSA or HSA accounts for years!

That said, please note that I am really opening up these discussions for persons at every stage and every style of spending habit or money consciousness. I’m not even remotely an expert (nor do I intend to put myself out there as such). I am simply sharing some of my baby steps in my money journey as well as some of my experiences, emotions, struggles, and successes.

So this past week I checked in on my FSA. I had signed up at the beginning of last year, and I hadn’t even activated the card to my account. I was pleasantly surprised (read: enthusiastically stoked) to find that I had accrued a nice little nest egg in my account. In fact, I had great reason to celebrate this little savings because I was in dire need of new eye wear.

If you remember my post from two months back about Warby Parker’s eye glasses, I was seriously looking at some of their frames. Fast forward to this month, where I realized that I had some actual savings in my Flex Spending Account. The time was right, the savings was there, and I ordered a pair of Warby Parker glasses. I’ll show you the details of my frame choice next week.

I’ll say again that I realize these are not only baby-steps in money management, but they are steps that many have trod before me. One of the great things about a Flexible Spending Account is that your money is set aside pre-tax, so you have a little bit of savings on both ends of the spectrum— both the fact that you have set it aside, and the fact that it lowers the bottom line of your take-home pay. It also allows you to save for more expensive investments like braces (we haven’t crossed that bridge yet), or larger medical expenses that would otherwise really wreck your budget. I cannot tell you how happy I was to be able to purchase glasses, contact lenses, with enough left over as a cushion for unplanned for medical expenses.

What do you think of these combination posts? Should I have broken this one in half? One post about hearts and Valentine’s Day dressing and another post about the No New Things Challenge? I’m trying to get a feel for what you’d like to read! You can comment on this post, or leave your thoughts on Instagram or Facebook. I hope you have a fabulous Friday and a spectacular weekend!!

XX, Megan

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