Monday, January 11, 2016

Hello Monday: Improvising

Scarf: Zara (similar) (shop other scarves HERE) | Vest: JCrew Factory (option) (shop other vests HERE) | Top: Pulse STL | Leggings: Express (shop more leggings HERE) | Boots: Vince Camuto (option) (shop other over the knee boots HERE)

This weekend, some winter weather officially blew in, and while we didn't get all the snow I was hoping for, the temperatures plummeted. The wind chill was in the negatives, and it was windy and physically painful to be outside. That leaves quite a dilemma when it comes to taking outfit photos. I wish I could say I had a backlog of photos for times like these, but I do not. So, I improvised. I resorted to taking photos inside and figured I would try and make it a little more purposeful. You've already seen my closet room in all its glory HERE, but now you can see it (and me) in action! 

Top: Express | Leggings: The Fashion Lane (c/o)

(I keep the majority of my bags on the top shelf, which I access with a step stool.)

I realized after taking these photos that I need to sweep under that chair! Eeesh! But anyway, it was fun to take photos in my little safe haven. So, even if mother nature decided not to cooperate, at least I got some fun photos out of it!

This weekend was pretty uneventful! Oh! The one thing we did was actually sit down and plan our first vacation! I've been bugging the husband about it. The year is already filling up with weddings, showers, bachelorette parties, weekend trips, even Thanksgiving plans!! I know that if we didn't set aside time to plan our own vacations now, it would never happen because other things always end up getting in the way, and there would never be a good time.

We are planning on (2) one-week vacations this year, the first in April and the second in September. We figured we would do one domestic and one international. Our first trip in April is going to be to Orlando! Flights and hotel are booked! I know that's pretty cliche, but I haven't been to Orlando in forever, and it just sounded like a lot of fun! We are thinking about Costa Rica or Turks and Caicos for September. We haven't booked anything yet, but have a good idea of where we want to go and what days we will be leaving. YAY! Nothing gets me more excited than knowing there is a vacation on the horizon!

Hope you all had a great weekend! Do you have your 2016 vacations planned yet?


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  1. Love your wardrobe room! I'm so jealous, I don't have one any more - we turned it into a nursery, and I really miss having all the space to have my bags on display, haha!

    So exciting you've started planning your holidays already! :)

    Thank you for the link up!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  2. love your wardrobe! you look so beautiful

  3. oh sorry to hear about the weather, I love to have a couple of post saved for emergencies. But you did so well, this is such a cute post. I have my vacations lined up to, I just need to book everything.


  4. omg i love your closet!! it is about 30 degrees here this morning, but feels colder. I did NOT wnat ot get out of bed, haha.
    Southern Elle Style

  5. Love seeing little bits of your amazing wardrobe! Thanks so much for hosting!XX

  6. what a fun idea to share a little bits and pieces of your wardrobe!

  7. So cool to see inside your closet! Love the look you came up with. Thanks for the link up! xo

  8. Love this cozy look and your photos in your closet! It was really cold this weekend here too.


  9. How interesting to get a peek into your closet! Have a great week.

  10. LOVE this post, maybe it's because I'm obsessed with your closet room but either way love this idea for when the weather is crappy. I was lucky to get about an hour or so of sun on Sunday in between torrential rain hahaha. You look fab as always!

    xo, Jasmin

  11. Hey girl! You know my next vacation is going to be to your closet! LOL just kidding :) Orlando is so much fun, you'll love it there! I've also been to Turks & Caicos and Costa Rica, both great places in their own right so you are good no matter which you two decide on. As for myself for 2016 so far I have Puerto Rico and Mexico on the list. Not sure if I'll be able to squeeze in anything else but I certainly will if my wallet doesn't keel over and die on me first! Stay warm hun.


  12. Thank you for sharing your closet! It is amazing!! Thanks for hosting the link up as well! I love seeing everyone elses fashion posts.

  13. Cute idea! Do you have special lighting in your room to make the pictures better? I have been telling my husband we need an indoor winter solution for outfit photos. Weather in PA is very unpredictable. We knocked out 3 outfits on Saturday morning in the drizzle, lol!!!

    1. I have these, and used one of them in the room for this shoot!

  14. Gorgeous look - FAB closet!


  15. Ugh, I totally feel you. The same thing happened here this weekend, so I tried to take some blog pics on Friday after work. It was starting to rain, so they turned out dark and blurry. So frustrating! Love your closet pictures though. It makes for the perfect indoor space.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  16. I absolutely love these photos! I don't know why (other than lighting) bloggers don't like to take pictures indoors. I like to see people in their living space, and the way you did it is brilliant! I live in a bitter cold climate, so taking pictures outdoors is frequently impossible during the winter months and I have to take them indoors. Love your cozy, casual outfit!

  17. Love this post! It is always nice to see how someone else organizes their closet! Thank you for hosting! Be sure to stop by and link up with SHOE AND TELL on Style Nudge today!


  18. Your post was an ingenious way of handling the temps, Carylee. Right on! Your vacation plans sound amazing...I cannot wait to see those blog posts. I am so loving your closet. I just need to kick my husband out of ours so that I can dress it up some. LOL! (There isn't a chance of that happening.) Happy Monday!

  19. This seriously is my favorite post of yours...ever! I love how real it is! It's fun to take pictures outside, but because you have such an amazing closet, I think you should do these at least once per month! It's like we are getting to try on clothes with you. So fun! And yay for vacations! We want to try and do one this summer. Either Hawaii or Italy. Quite the contrast lol! We shall see...

  20. Loving this outfit! The leggings + OTK boots are so chic!


    I hope you are having a great week so far!


  21. Every time I see your closet, I fall more and more in love with it!


  22. It was soooo cold this weekend! Yuck! We just booked a trip in April, too. We did itfor the same reason.. if we didn't book it now things would start piling up and it would never happen!

  23. I loved seeing a little glimpse of the closet in action :) Love this look too! We never go anywhere, but we did book a trip with friends for June, yay, I can't wait!!

    Shea | www.shealennon.com

  24. I love how organized your wardrobe room is! What a fun post. Thank you for hosting and hope you are having a fab week!


    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.