Oh Hey, Friday [Winter Favorites]

Happy Friday, y’all! I am feeling so much better this week. After a week like last week, it was the best thing to be free and be allowed to do what I want – even go to work! I was stranded yesterday (my car is sick), and I felt just how cruddy it is to be cooped up in the house. However, this time around, I did a little cleaning, organizing, and…online shopping!

I’m currently loving my job, but actively searching for another. I am in a field that is the opposite of my current field of study, and I  need, more than anything, to get an internship in my field. So, as winter fell upon us just two days ago, I began to look for some cute winter staples that will help get me through a few interviews, and hopefully will come along with me as I venture into a new position soon! I’ve been stalking different style blogs for some must-have pieces, and I’ve been checking in on some of my favorite stores (GAP, Loft, and J Crew, to be exact) for some good sale prices! I’m still on the hunt for one particular piece, but first let’s see what I’m bringing to my closet in the next few weeks!

[one] Starburst Jeweled Sweatshirt

imageServiceI am so excited to get home to this beauty on my front porch! This sweater from Loft will be the perfect winter addition. It’s perfect for layering, which is great for someone who works in a chilly office (me) and who likes to layer it up whenever possible (me)! It’s currently 40 percent off online, as well as everything else in the store, so check it out!

[two] Voila! Tee


This is a bit of a fun one for me; when I graduated in May, I pretty much cleared out my closet from any fun tees. Not only that, but I also tossed a lot of my college tee shirts as well, mainly because they had aged after four years of constant wear! So, in a grown up manner, I am adding back in just a few cute statement tees for nights out and weekends running errands. This tee from Old Navy is simple, cute, and not too obnoxious! It’s also on sale, but only because they’re almost sold out!

[three] Ribbed Cowl Scarf


I am in love with this scarf. I cannot lie. It is just simple, and cute, and will go with anything (thankfully). I foresee myself wearing this scarf daily, and I might even grab another before the season is over. If there is anything that gets cold on my body first, it’s my neck. And it gets painful. So this little buddy is going to be my lifesaver this year! It’s on sale at GAP right now for $19.00, and they’re also running a 30 percent off deal!

[four] Women’s Frost Free Quilted Vest


I don’t even know what to say here. I think this is just a piece everyone should own! Sometimes, it’s not quite cold, but it’s not quite warm either, and you still feel like adding some layers. A simple puffer vest is THE way to go. I already have this piece, and for the past few weeks where it’s gone between 40 and 60 degrees, this jacket has been a life saver. It’s cute, easy to layer over a sweater, and when you add a scarf on top, it’s just the right amount of warm. This jacket is only $20.00 from Old Navy right now, and they are also having a little percent off sale!

[five] Shearwater Boots


This last item is my final must-have, but also the only item I do not own. Up until last year, or even the last two years, it wasn’t necessary to own snow boots. In fact, even now it’s not really necessary to own some crazy, heavy-duty boots like I had when I lived in Ohio. However, these shearwater boots are perfect. They aren’t too tall, they have a shearling lining for some added warmth, and a waterproof sole so that you can walk through the slush and “snow” that central Kentucky gets during the winter. They would be the perfect addition to my shoe collection…if it weren’t for the $150 price tag. So, I am hoping that J. Crew throws out a little Black Friday online sale (because I refuse to step foot in the mall on that day), and that before the big storms roll through, I will be the new proud owner of some stylish, practical boots!

What are some of your winter must-haves? I love to see what styles everyone finds as they find themselves having to bundle up! Have a happy Friday!

I’m linking up with Karli and Amy for Oh Hey, Friday.

I am also jumping back into Five on Friday with these lovely ladies: Darci, April, Christina, and Natasha

Wednesday Talk



[one] The weather has been sitting pretty at 60-70 degrees this whole week with a WHOLE lot of sun streaming through my windows. I could so get used to this. And the next three straight days of thunderstorms can stick around, too, if it means getting that heat!

[two] MY CATS ARE IN THE FINAL FOUR! This is extraordinarily exciting, I must say. I always hoped that they would make it back for my senior year after an AMAZING March Madness full of celebrations in 2012. But now I’m ready to continue to celebrate this week with another (hopeful) win!

[three] Last night I got to spend three hours out on a dining patio with my family. In shorts. Outside. See number one.

[four] As much as I am so excited for graduation, I really want to go ahead and throw in an extra week, starting now, called “Spring Break Part II”. Cause I’m tired, and cranky, and just so busy. I just need a few extra days to catch my body up.

[five] I decided to take a 3.2 mile jog at the beginning of the week to enjoy the wonderful weather. Life lesson? Don’t jog 3.2 miles if you haven’t been jogging in a few months. Just don’t. My legs are begging you.

[six] Even though I have fallen short on my Lent goals, I have been keeping chocolate out of my diet for the most part. Let’s just say I cannot wait until the 20th because I know there are some Cadbury caramel eggs waiting for me to devour…

[seven] I have been getting better and better at nailing my diet goals each week, but now I really need to start getting a little bit stricter on my dinner plans. This is difficult because of the part where I live in my childhood home currently and my mother isn’t fond of me taking up the kitchen. Anyone have any simple meal ideas?

[eight] I watched Frozen again last night. Can you say addicted? I bet Olaf would be a happy snowman if he were in Lexington right now.

[nine] The boy is currently in a super important meeting with some banking personnel, and I am anxiously awaiting his message letting me know how everything has gone. Let’s just say some big life changes are coming about and I’m really excited to see which path I get to start obsessing over!

[ten] It’s now April (where did March go?), which means new goals will be coming around soon! Plus some more personal insight into life, liberty, and the pursuit of chocolate. Keep an eye out!