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real life

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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blue skies please

blue skies please

I honestly can't believe I can't find a photo of myself wearing this top pre-pregnancy, but it was a favorite purchase last summer. It's Michael Kors, found at Marshall's.

I was delighted that it works equally well with an 8-months along belly. I wore it out for my most recent blogger get-together (with Liz @ Will There Be Cake, Sara @ Running from the Law, Jessica @ I Want Adventure, Alyssa @ My Husband's Watching TV While I'm Watching the Baby, me, Lindsay @ Itz Linz, and Liz @ Ellie & Addie). We went to Time for Dinner and made a bunch of freezer meals - a place I'll probably get to know even better in the months following the baby's arrival - and then to a delicious dinner at Katie's Pizza and Pasta.

I'm also wearing thrifted jeans, thrifted Old Navy ballet flats, sunglasses from Buffalo Exchange, and my favorite necklace of all time - found at the St. Louis Symphony's Gypsy Caravan flea market.

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If you haven't been to Gypsy Caravan, you have to go. It's always during Memorial Day weekend, which means I'll probably miss it this year. I always find the best vintage jewelry there, but it has a huge selection of vendors - antiques, handcrafted items, clothing, etc. If you go, either get the early bird tickets or go right when it opens to avoid the crowds and find the best stuff. Plus, it benefits the St. Louis Symphony, an organization near and dear to my heart. The St. Louis Symphony Volunteers, who run the Gypsy Caravan, are some of the most dedicated and generous people in our community.

Have you been to Gypsy Caravan?

what i actually wore: modern and comfortable

what i actually wore: modern and comfortable

I have the knees of an 80-year-old, so in the last week, comfortable footwear has sadly taken priority over vanity. I actually really liked how this outfit turned out, it looks clean and modern, but was still comfortable.

tee - h&m $5; pants - old navy $12 plus alternation; shoes - target $20; necklace - flea market $?

tee - h&m $5; pants - old navy $12 plus alternation; shoes - target $20; necklace - flea market $?

As I'm writing the sources and costs (total outfit under $50!), I'm realizing that these are all budget items, but things that are pretty classic and that I get a lot of use from. Unfortunately, I can't link to specific items, since they're all from more than a year ago. The pants are a lovely silky fabric and they were on clearance at Old Navy for $12. I liked them so much I bought a camel colored pair as well and had them both hemmed to different lengths - one for heels, one for more low heels (this pair).

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This necklace is one of my favorite possessions. It's wood with metal plating on top and wooden beads. I found it at a flea market (the Gypsy Caravan, run by the St. Louis Symphony Volunteer Association on Memorial Day weekend - if you're in St. Louis, you have to go!). You might have noticed that I wear it constantly (see here), I just feel that it gives a simple outfit an arty vibe.

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I had just gotten my hair cut when I took these photos - Ashley at Hair Theatre is a genius, if you're in St. Louis, let me know if you'd like her info.

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UPDATE: here are a few more photos of Ashley's hair magic. The image on the left below is my inspiration pic I brought her and the image on the right is my hair after she was done. The one below them is the most recent time I got my hair cut.

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