Monday, February 12, 2018

Penguins & Plaid Unite & Instagram Style Challenges

Hello! Last week it was all about the pinks and purples, so today I'm going for black, red and grey; a  perfect option for a more subtle Valentines look. I'm laughing at myself right now, but it's true. Some don't want to wear pink or red and they certainly don't want cutesy hearts - and that's perfectly fine! I just happen to love it all...from boho to romantic, from edgy to cutesy...I'll try it. Of course not everything works for me and I feel more confident in some styles over others, but I still like to try. 

I've completely shopped my closet on this outfit. The penguin sweater, the buffalo plaid and the black denim are all over a year old! The shoes are cast offs from my fabulous mother in law and the rest is even older! However, I've added links below to some current options if you're interested.
Stretch BraceletRio Tassel BraceletHeart RingCeline Earrings
Now I must ask myself. Why haven't I put this sweater and plaid together before?? This only proves that more options live in our closet than we realize. It just take the right inspiration on the right day. I've noticed many bloggers subscribe to fashion magazines, scroll Pinterest regularly and more for constant inspiration. Some are fortunate enough to go to fashion week!!!!!! I look through Pinterest when I get stuck, Instagram and of course I have the fabulous blog world. That just leaves some fashion mags and fashion week! Ha!

Also, I joined a fun, laid back Instagram challenge last month and this month. It's been a great way to meet other bloggers, gain inspiration and of course be challenged to dig deeper into my creative reservoir. It does require extra thought when you're juggling a blog schedule, but I think it's worth the effort from time to time. Some challenges even offer prizes! Join up if you're on Instagram with the hashtag #passionforfashionFebruary or #fashionlovefebruary!

Current Clarks Option

Celine Earrings

Outfit Breakdown:

Plaid: Talbots (Current OptionTarget Option)/Distressed Black Jeans: WHBM (Dark Wash Option)/Penguin Sweater: the Limited (Khol's Option)/Puffer Vest: OLD (Eddie Bauer Option)/Flats: Clarks USA (Current Option,)/Charm Necklace: Premier (Chain)/Charms for Necklace: (Letters)/Earrings: Celine/Purse: OLD

A few extra tidbits about this outfit. 

  • It was a last minute throw together and it is not my usual style. I think I like it. 
  • These pants do NOT grow with me as my waist expands throughout the day. No mercy.
  • I love these shoes. They are my first pair of dressy loafers and they are super comfortable! 
  • I wear the Rio tassel bracelet all the time!
  • I should wear this charm necklace more and get more charms - the charms range from $8 to $12!!

Ok beauties! Have you ever participated in a style challenge on IG? Are you a dressy flats kind of gal? I love to hear from you!!  

You're valued and fabulous!




  1. I LOVE it all too and the penguins and buffalo plaid are precious and super fun!! Those loafers are beyond awesome and timeless...well, pretty much like you...AWESOME and timeless and all things beautiful!!

    1. Awww thank you Andrea. It is fun to try new things for sure. Thank you for your kind words. Happy Valentine's Day my beautiful friend!

  2. That penguin sweater is adorable and I love it with the pop of color from the buffalo plaid! Pretty cross body bag and necklace, too! I ALSO love those loafer shoes! They look like they'd go with anything!


    1. Thank you Carrie. I need to start styling these shoes with more items!!

  3. Adorable my friend and these pieces work so well together! It's great to shop your closet - that's what I did in today's post too. All we need is a little imagination and the possibilities are endless!
    You are such a beautiful woman Chrissy!

    1. I know! I like to get as many uses and wears out of the items that come and go through my closet. I need to hop over and check your closet shopping spree. :) Happy Valentine's Day my dear and thank you for the sweet, kind words!! :)

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    1. THank you Nancy! happy, ushy-gushy Valentine's! Haha. Kidding. I know you're not like that. ;)

  5. You look beautiful!! I love this look, your sweater is precious!

    xx, Elise

    1. Thanks for the kind words Elise. I love your style!

  6. The penguin sweater is sooo cute! This winter Vera Bradley had a whole collection that was cute penguins

    1. Thank you! I need to check out Vera Bradley's line.


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