Black + White

I've been seeing a lot of talk lately about basics and black and white. Here's what I know, basics do not equal boring. Black and white is never a bad choice (ahem, Wednesday's post). At least I hope not. Otherwise I am boring and making poor choices. There are endless ways you can wear a white blouse (see the last time I wore mine here). There are so many things you can pair a black maxi cardigan with, and black jeans make everything a little cooler. Here's what else I know, my closet is made up of basics. I don't have a huge shopping budget, so I have to be smart about what I buy. I like things that I can combine in all kinds of ways. Adeline was kind enough to allow me to pick out a couple things from their store. I was lucky enough to work with them in the fall and literally wore my buffalo plaid flannel out (seen on the blog here, here, and here). This time I went straight for this black duster cardigan and this pair of coated black skinny jeans. Here's why I especially like these two items 1.) the cardigan is not so thick that it makes you feel bulky and is therefore more flattering 2.) the coated jeans give the appearance of leather but are stretchy and easy to wear. When I buy something new, I like to think of a variety of ways I can wear it. I'm already envisioning the cardigan paired with shorts in the spring. How about you, are you loving black and white lately?
black coated skinny jeans, white blouse, black duster cardigan, leopard clutch
black coated skinny jeans, white blouse, black duster cardigan, leopard clutch


Flares + Giveaway with Maude

Flares are back ladies. I always keep a pair of classic black pants for work (similar option for $64) because let's face it, they never really go out of style. I wore my pants to work on Monday with this Ann Taylor sweater (65% off now!!), my favorite Sole Society heels, and this amazing necklace from Maude. Speaking of Maude, I am so excited to be teaming up with them today to bring you an awesome giveaway! I've been lucky enough to partner with Maude a couple of times (seen here and here), and they truly have some awesome pieces in store. Today I am wearing their Blue Hues Statement Necklace (also available in pink). I seriously had a hard time picking a necklace because they have so many great options. This beauty made the perfect addition to my black and white look. Here's the best part, the winner of this giveaway will get to pick any necklace they want and an initial notebook. Sweet! Don't pretty paper goods just make life better? Enter below.
statement necklace, cream sweater, black pants, leopard purse,
statement necklace, cream sweater, black pants, leopard purse,


Getting Fancy

Russ and I got to attend the wedding of a dear friend this weekend. I just love weddings. Besides the obvious fact of getting to spend fun time with friends celebrating the genuine love of people I care about, I love an excuse to get dressed up with Russ. He wears a suit well. Plus, CAKE. Need I say more? My everyday makeup routine is pretty lazy, so it's fun to break out my blush and actually wear eyeshadow. I had been planning to wear an outfit I borrowed from my mom with tights (she has great taste!), but when Oklahoma decided to give us a warm weekend, I had to seize the opportunity and wear one of my favorite dresses. I snagged this DVF number on major sale one year after Christmas. It was one of those pieces you didn't anticipate buying but can't pass up. I feel like I do the same thing with my hair every single day, so I tried to experiment a little with a deeper part and tucked half behind my ear.
Winter Wedding, Green DVF Dress, Tan Heels, Glamorous
Winter Wedding, Green DVF Dress, Tan Heels, Glamorous


Cool Girl Vibe

I'm always seeing pins floating around on Pinterest of these girls that just seem to look effortlessly cool. I kept trying to put my finger on what it was that made the look. Then it hit me. It was the black denim, especially distressed black denim. I've been searching for the perfect pair for months now with no luck. I wanted that cool girl vibe! Kenna, owner of Sage Threads & Co., came through for me again (see previous collaborations hereherehere, and here). The girl knows her denim! How awesome is this pair of distressed high waisted black skinny jeans?! You know the feeling of relief when you put a pair on and instantly you know your search is over? Yeah.

Lucky for me, Kenna not only sent over a pair of jeans but also this awesome crackle boyfriend tee shirt, which seriously has the perfect fit, and these killer slip on sneakers. I'm decked out in Sage stuff, and I could not be happier. I think you'll be happy too becuase Kenna has generously offered you 20% off with the code SAGE20. Everything in the whole store has the cool girl vibe so be sure to check it out. My previous moto jeans and sweater that you all loved (seen here) are now on sale! You'll definitely be seeing these pieces again.
boyfriend crackle tee, distressed black skinny jeans, leopard coat, slip on sneakers
boyfriend crackle tee, distressed black skinny jeans, leopard coat, slip on sneakers


TurboTax Coupon & Giveaway

I am really excited about partnering with Shop at Home to share some information with you about TurboTax. In case you missed my previous Shop at Home post (see it here), it's an awesome site that allows you to shop online like usual, but by going through their site, you get cash back! And who doesn't want that? They also have an awesome blogger affiliate program. So whether you are a blogger or not, you should absolutely check out Shop at Home.

Back to TurboTax. I know we all dread tax season, but Russ and I have used TurboTax for the last five years. It really does make doing your taxes a breeze. I mentioned I would be posting about it to a group of friends, and they all use it as well. The reason I wanted to do this post is primarily because I figure the majority of my readers either use it or would like it, and I get to share a code, so you can try out the non-free version. Yeah, that's right, there is a free version! Here are some of the great things about TurboTax:
  1. You can file your federal taxes for free
  2. TurboTax offers 24/7 support. You could do your taxes at 3:00 am. I wouldn't advise it, but you could do it. 
  3. TurboTax offers three ways to do your taxes based on your needs: free version, Deluxe, and Premier.
  4. Nervous? TurboTax double checks your return for errors as you go and before you file. If their calculations aren't 100% accurate, they will pay any penalties plus interest. Whew. 
If you do want to try either the Deluxe or Premier versions, you can purchase it with 6% cash back through Shop at Home here. That means you get money back in your pocket just for buying it through Shop at Home. Don't forget to enter the giveaway for a free Deluxe edition below.


Black, White, & Grey

black and white skirt, grey sweater, black collar, black booties, tights, glasses
I don't know about you, but I've been feeling a little uninspired when it comes to my wardrobe lately. Maybe it's because it's because I'm ready for spring or haven't bought much new lately, but everything feels like it has been done. When I was trying to decide what to wear to church this weekend, I found myself standing in my closet just staring at my clothes. I ended up layering a few pieces you've seen before, but I was happy with the outcome. It was a good reminder that a great outfit doesn't have to be complicated. Anyone else in the same boat? How are you finishing out the season and making old pieces feel new?


Grey + Gold

All winter long I have been drawn to grey, camel, black, and white. I feel like I've just been wearing endless combinations of those colors. I've been loving grey paired with gold accents, so today I paired things you've seen before together with all my favorite gold accessories. I wore this on Saturday night when we had friends over for dinner. We sat on the porch with the heater going, margaritas in hand, and took advantage of the warmer than average weather. Hope you enjoyed your weekend as well!
grey turtleneck sweater, grey jeans, grey booties, blue purse, gold jewelry
grey turtleneck sweater, grey jeans, grey booties, blue purse, gold jewelry