Monday, January 8, 2018

Studded velour blazer

Hello Monday, indeed! This is my first day officially back in the office since December 21st, so needless to say, it's been a doozy! But it's nice to get back into a normal routine again, I'm not going to lie. I loved relaxing and vegging, but there definitely comes a point when you realize you haven't showered in 4 days and it's time to do something with your life!!! Hope everyone had a great holiday, and here's to a productive, rewarding, and even better 2018!!

Outfit details--- Sunnies: Ray Ban | Earrings: Nickel and Suede (c/o) | Blazer: Leith studded velour blazer | Cami: Express "Barcelona" (options here, here) | Bag: Gucci Soho (option, red flap crossbody budget option, red crossbody with chain strap budget option) | Skirt: Express (option, option) | Shoes: Valentino Rockstud wraparound strap ---

This is the outfit I ended up wearing on New Year's Eve while we were in Orlando last week. If you caught my blog post over the break here or saw my try-on snaps, you're already in the know about this studded velour blazer. It's gorgeous; I fell in love with it instantly! I loved the idea of pairing it over a simple slip dress or a cami/flirty skirt like this. And, since we were in Florida, going bare legged was a reasonable life choice! If you have any winter weddings this January or February, this blazer would be great option!

We had dinner reservations at Roy's on New Year's Eve, and it was all very delicious! They had a special menu for the occasion. We started off with some lobster potstickers and I got some Asian chicken noodle soup. For our entree, we split a 34 oz. ribeye. YEP. 34 ounces of juicy goodness. We didn't finish it, for the record, we took some home in a box! I was most excited about their pineapple upside down cake. I've only eaten here one other time before, and that dessert is what stuck in my head all this time! Our dinner ran pretty late. By the time we got back to the resort, it was 11:30 eastern time, so we had just enough time to change and watch the ball drop on TV. I ended up being asleep before it turned midnight central time! But hey, at least I was up for eastern time midnight?


I don't really have a list of resolutions this year. I didn't do any last year either. I think last year my goal was simply to keep my head above water. This year, if I had to choose one thing to focus on, it would be to make 2018 about ME. I tend to let the situations and relationships around me dictate my mood, stress levels, and overall happiness. But, you can only control what you can control, right? And while I can't control life, I can control the way I let life affect ME. And I want to be more positive in how I react to life's twists and turns. I want to focus on making myself better and taking care of myself regardless of my situations. Instead of reaching for that bourbon, I need to clear my mind with a good workout and watch my body get back into better shape as a result.  We will see how well I do with this! Do you have any goals for the new year?

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  1. Oh what an incredible blazer perfect for dinner!

    Thank you for the link up!

    Happy new year too. Hope that this first week of 2018 went well for you and you're having a good weekend. We're having a quiet weekend here, and I was asleep in my PJs for new years here, haha!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  2. Your dress is just gorgeous! I can see that blazer going with so many things too! My NY res is to be a better version of myself. x

  3. I love the jacket! Will look great with trousers too xx

  4. That blazer is spectacular! Such a stunning outfit! My goal for the new year is to just strive to be the best possible version of myself and view each day as a new opportunity to do just that. Wishing you many blessings in the new year!


  5. This jacket is amazing and what a fab NYE look. Making 2018 about is a good one because you had a crazy 2017.


  6. Love this gorgeous outfit! It's nice that the separates (as well as the whole outfit) would work for a lot of dressy occasions and not just NYE.
    Gina || On the Daily Express

  7. I love this look and your blazer is so pretty. Happy Monday!

  8. Such a great blazer! I definitely had days like that during my break too.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  9. You always find the best pieces, Carylee!!!

  10. What a beautiful blazer, and a great statement piece! I love this NYE look. Wishing you a wonderful 2018!

  11. Your outfit is perfect for evening, especially love your heels and your bag. Great inspiration!


  12. Wow! What a statement piece that blazer is! I love how you styled it!

    I didn't make any resolutions this year either; I rarely do but I love your goal of choosing how you let things affect you, I think that's a great one!

    xo Jules

  13. Sounds like a lovely evening and you looked fabulous for it. Thanks for the link-up. Jacqui

  14. What a cool look gal. Style game on.

  15. I am obsessed with velour and velvet both..great styling as usual! Happy new year and all the best!

  16. Love this outfit Caryl! I wore a similar silhouette on new years as well today on my blog. I'm loving black lately which used to be unlike me in the past! Now I want black everything!

  17. I am in love with that studded velour jacket. It's such a unique and interesting piece. Also, those pumps are EVERYTHING!

  18. This jacket looks amazing on you! This is a perfect NYE outfit. =)


    I hope you are having a great week so far!