It has been such a dreadfully chilly week here, and the temps today have only added to the deep chill. Never has this Southern Belle experienced negative temperatures, and after today…I have no desire to live in Alaska *wink* According to my weather app, the “real feel” is -10 right now, and it is only going to get colder with a low of -6 and a “real feel” of who-knows-what. Oh, Spring, where are you?!
If there is one thing I have learned over the past week of snow, ice, and chilly winds, it is that turtlenecks possess a level of warmth and classic style I never knew about! I have always been a bit skeptical of turtleneck sweaters….mainly because I had the image of 1990s rainbow turtlenecks + the lyrics to Turtleneck and Chain by the Lonely Island stuck in my head *wink*–but whether you are out playing in the snow or fighting the line at Home Depot to buy more mini heaters (that actually happened…), turtlenecks are a cold-weather style saver!
Now, in celebration of my learning of how wonderful turtlenecks really are–I have put together two, brand-new, turtleneck outfits + one #TBT look. Come on–let’s take a look!
And….just a little music while you wander through the rest of the blog *wink* (No–it’s not Turtleneck and Chain. I have more respect for turtlenecks now *wink*)
Special shout out to my mom’s dog, Mattie, for being my doggy model for the photo shoot. Mattie is a Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier and a total sweetheart. She cooperates in photos much better than my furbaby, Ziva, the Giant Schnauzer *wink*
Hopefully, we are all surviving the arctic blast, and no one has gotten her tongue stuck to an icicle *wink* Last night, the “real feel” got down to -11 before I fell asleep. I repeat, NEGATIVE ELEVEN. What?! This Deep South gal is NOT used to weather below 30, much less below 0! *eep*
Now, while I warm up my Starbucks from earlier this afternoon, y’all take a look at this week’s TWTWT which is all about layering necklaces to create the perfect statement–cold weather edition *wink*
NOTE: Keep in mind that layering necklaces is easy as pie! By layering different lengths, metals, and colors, you can create a one-of-a-kind statement that is sure to pop with any ensemble. With the weather super cold out, adding a sweet layered jewelry look adds a bit of sass to a puffy vest or bland turtleneck sweater :)
With Christmas only two weeks away, I am all in the Gift Guide mood! So, I have composed YET ANOTHER fabulous gift guide featuring five awesome handmade shops that I adore! Ah…handmade = the key to my <3
Now, without further ado, here are some of my favorite things from my favorite shops on my favorite parts of the interwebs *wink* Do y’all think I can say “favorite” more in this blog post? Possibly…possibly *wink*
Before I dive deep into this week’s Three Ways to Wear, I must say that it is absolutely freezing here, and this Mississippi-raised girl does not know how to handle it! My mom and I were huddling around the oven (yes, really–the oven) and eating pizza while my dad was posting pictures to Instagram of the beach sunset in Florida. It’s not fair. I want a warm vacay *wink*
Now, back on topic. For this week’s Three Ways to Wear Thursday, I am featuring a fabulous skirt from one of my favorite local shops here in Johnson City, Tennessee–Serendipity Boutique. This gold skirt is so simple, which makes dressing it up, down, and everywhere in between a piece of cake or easy as pie. You know…whichever you prefer–cake or pie? *wink* Personally…I am a pecan pie kind of gal.
If you live in or are visiting the Johnson City TN/Bristol TN/VA area, be sure to stop by one of Serendipity’s two locations! Their wide variety of lovely fashions are sure to tickle your fancy! :)
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With rainy days comes boring outfits, right? WRONG! When the weather gets gloomy, it’s our job as fashionistas to add some colorful cheer! So, ladies, hop into your brightly colored rain boots and take a look at this week’s Three Ways to Wear which is all about purple (rain) boots *wink* CUE PRINCE’S PURPLE RAIN!!
Way 1: (NEW!)
Dress: three07 (MADE IN AMERICA! Visit the shop here.)
Boots + Socks: Hunter, online
Earrings: Sparkle Cat Studio (HANDMADE! Visit the shop here.)
Belt: Charming Charlie, The Outlet Shops of Grand River