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It feels like it's been a while since an outfit post. It's hard enough getting out the door these days (baby, dog, winter gear) without snapping pics, but then I realized I've only posted outfits on those occasions when I get dressed up all fancy. That's not real life, so here are a few real life outfits - snow, rain, overexposures, and all.

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Neiman Marcus poncho (similar), Gap jeans, Madewell necklace (no longer available), Sam Edelman booties. As an aside, this poncho is a silk cashmere blend, but I've managed to continue wearing it even with a grabby 7-month old - maybe because it lifts over his head while nursing?

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Forever 21 top, H&M scarf, Old Navy jeans, Sam Edelman booties

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Neiman Marcus poncho, James Jeans, Blush necklace (have you been to Blush? it's the cutest boutique in downtown Kirkwood - you should go!), Sam Edelman booties

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Old Ann Taylor LOFT cardigan, old Gap tee, Gap jeans, flea market necklace, Franco Sarto booties. I'm realizing that all the booties I'm wearing in this post are suede! People always tell me they don't want to buy suede because they won't be able to wear them in the rain, but clearly, I don't let that stop me. I just use a basic spray suede protector and don't splash in any puddles!

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Old Zara cardigan (similar), H&M scarf, Gap jeans, Sam Edelman booties. I bought a couple of cheap scarves this fall to change things up a bit - it's a bummer this one isn't available online in the camel color anymore - I love it!

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Eddie Bauer parka, Paige jeans, Sam Edelman booties

Whew, that's a lot of outfits! I'm going to go ahead and wish everyone a Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year - I hope everyone has a calm and restful holiday! Keep in touch on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest!

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layering piece: fur vest

So, I don't do too well with cold weather. I grew up in coastal Alabama, where we regularly wore shorts on Christmas. Living in St. Louis has made me realize the importance of layering for warmth, and one of my favorite layering pieces is a fur vest.  

As I was pulling images from my Pinterest board for this post, I realized that three of them were of Wendy from Wendy's Lookbook, who has clearly mastered this piece. Above, under a trench, below, over a cardigan and with wide-legged denim. 

image via  wendyslookbook.com  

image via wendyslookbook.com 

image via  wendyslookbook.com  

image via wendyslookbook.com 

I also love the vest over a striped tee, patterned blouse, or a black dress and it's guaranteed to keep me warm! I was lucky enough to find mine at a thrift store, but here are a few options at various price points.

From left: 6 Shore Road via Shopbop, $175; Favorite Faux Fur Vest via Forever 21, $39.80; Standout Faux Fur Vest via Forever 21, $39.80; and BCBG, $598

Although I wore my vest all winter last year and plan to do the same this season, I'd say this is a trendier piece that you may not want to spend the big bucks on. Anyone else out there trying out this look?