Have you started your holiday shopping yet? I’m really hit and miss when it comes to preparing in advance for holiday gift giving. I like to find the perfect gift that speaks to me about the person it is intended for. So, sometimes I find an item all the way back in September…and sometimes it takes until the week before Christmas.
One place I know I can always turn to for my holiday shopping is Marshalls. I am sure most of you don’t find this to be a surprise, as Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and Home Goods pretty much dominate my home decor, my wardrobe, and my life in general. Marshalls is also (surprise surprise!) one of my all time favorite locations to search for holiday gifts. I can discover brand name, awesome gifts at prices lower than retail. Who wouldn’t be on board with that???
So, it’s the day before Thanksgiving. I don’t know about you, but typically for my household, that means tonight is an occasion to go out to dinner. There’s no sense in cooking a time consuming supper the night before one of the biggest meals of the year!
Anyway…date night it is! And I have a good reason to head out for date night: the ladies of ProjectFAB were tasked with putting together a date night outfit. Now, as much as I’d like to don a fancy dress for the occasion, it just isn’t practical in Florida (where people show up in shorts and tee shirts to fancy restaurants). This black tunic dress definitely was perfect for the occasion though! I am definitely a fan of simple pieces like this; you can dress them up or down. I know I will pair it with flats on a different day and time…it is certainly a classic “Katie” dress.
Do you rotate the items in your closet depending on the season? I’ve been going through my wardrobe and retiring my spring/summer clothes to the spare bedroom for a few months (I know this sounds like a ridiculous thing to say mid-November, but hey: I live in Florida. Fall/winter clothes start now and end some time in February). As I began my rotation, I came across this draped/cape-like dress in the back of the rack. It’s funny how some items can sit or hang, unused, for a period of time and are then rediscovered. I immediately snatched the hanger holding this dress out of the closet and marched it into my room. Date night dress? Check.
I remember buying this dress: it was my first purchase at ZARA when the store opened in Tampa (which was probably a few years ago at this point). I loved how it was a classic black dress, but with a bit of a twist. I was drawn to how the fabric draped from the shoulders and into the center. It’s fun yet covered up…a good combo in my opinion! The perfect option for a dinner date night with the husband.
Speaking of a dinner date, the other night happened to be one of those situations where I just had the urge to do my hair and put on a “full” makeup. It’s a funny thing: my makeup routine has become whittled down to the essentials in the past few years. It is now a very rare occasion when I use eyeliner, eyeshadow, and lip color. Sometimes I wonder if it’s because I’m lazy, but sometimes I think it is just that I’ve grown comfortable in my own skin as time passed. Maybe I’m just making excuses…
Black draped dress: ZARA (previous season, similar at ASOS) // Burgundy envelope clutch: ASOS (similar at ASOS) // Animal print heels: Carol by ShoeMint // Animal print bangle: Cara, purchased at Dillard’s (similar at Dillard’s) // Gold hinged bangle: Sequin, purchased at Nordstrom (similar also at Nordstrom)
Are you a fan of draped/cape-like dresses?
Finally! Finally…it is time to start transitioning to fall clothing here in Florida. There is actually a bit of a nip in the air some days, and I am loving it.
However, it is not yet time to pull on jackets, long pants, and boots. This is the time of the year I think about how I can make my summer clothing work for the fall weather. When I spotted this summer dress at LOFT earlier in the year, I knew it would be a great piece for the hotter months (the material is light and breezy), but could also be utilized when covered up. For this look, I simply removed the sash belt from my dress and used it to cinch the waist around my animal print cardigan. Easy peasy! Add a pair of heels and a clutch, and it was time to head out to an al fresco dinner with Justin!
I am seriously going to attempt to take advantage of any and all opportunities to eat outside at the moment. We have been able to open up our sliding glass doors in the living room to open our house up to the lanai (the screened in porch). Having the breeze flow through the living room has been wonderful lately. THIS is the time of the year that I truly love living in the Sunshine State. Just saying…
Pleated black midi dress: LOFT (similar also at LOFT) // Animal print cardigan: purchased at Marshalls (similar at Nordstrom) // Envelope clutch: ASOS (similar at ASOS) // Strappy Heels: BCBG, purchased at Marshalls (similar on Zappos by Anne Klein) // Sunglasses: Ray-Ban New Wayfarers
What is your favorite time of the year to enjoy where you live?