Accessories, Fashion, Scarves, Tips & Tricks, Winter, Winter Style

How to Survive the Polar Vortex

We interrupt this regularly scheduled blog to bring you this very important public service announcement…the polar vortex is here! Today, let’s chat about how to survive the freezing arctic air that’s enveloped our land. I assure you, we can be warm and still look cute. So, grab a hot beverage and a warm blanket and settle in!

Polar Vortex Essential Item #1: Cuddlies

Cuddlies are my top essential item for surviving the polar vortex. What are cuddlies you ask? Good question. Cuddlies are my cute word for long underwear or long johns, etc. I don’t care for those terms, so I coined my own. You’re welcome. I have a pair of cuddly pants and a cuddly long-sleeved shirt. The key is to make sure to choose a pair that’s thin (try these here). You don’t want anything too bulky. You also want to make sure they fit well. You don’t want anything super loose as you need to be able to layer other clothing on top. On the other hand, you don’t want anything too tight because you want your skin to be able to breathe and keep your blood flowing normally. There are tons of options out there, so pick one that fits your needs. They even have fleeced lined ones!

Polar Vortex Essential Item #2: Warm Socks

A pair of warm socks is another essential item for surviving the cold temperatures. Nothing quite works as well as a nice pair of wool socks. Wool is breathable and wicks moisture away from the skin. This is comfort at its finest! My favorites are from the Smartwool brand (here). You can even add some liners (here) for extra warmth. The key is to make sure you’re socks aren’t too tight on your feet and that your feet aren’t too tight in your shoes. The same principle as the cuddlies applies here as well. You want your skin to be able to breathe and your blood circulating normally. This will keep you warm!

Polar Vortex Essential Item #3: A Warm Outfit

Next up, we need a warm outfit. This is where we get to pull out our warmest of warm sweaters and pants. My go-to is a chunky sweater and skinny jeans. You could also opt for fleeced-lined leggings or wool slacks. Maybe you have a cashmere sweater that doesn’t get much use. Now would be the time to pull that baby out! Topping off your look with a scarf would be a great choice for a day like today.

Polar Vortex Essential Item #4: Outerwear

Outerwear includes things like coats, hats, gloves, etc. So pull out your warmest coat, preferably with a hood. Add a scarf, a stocking cap, and some warm gloves and you’ve got it made! Some people worry about their hair while wearing a stocking cap. Let me tell you, I feel that! I like to wear my hair as simple as possible to avoid too much damage from the hat. It doesn’t hurt to have a dryer sheet handy to calm any static cling that forms as well. Trust me, you’re hair will find it’s way back to its place and you’ll be so much warmer!

Polar Vortex Essential Item #5: Snow Pants

All the tips above will keep you warm for sure. We’re talking extreme cold here, though, so we’ll need a little something extra. It’s time to break out the snow pants. Snow pants? Yes, snow pants. Hear me out. I know they’re not the cutest of clothing items, but they will keep the wind and moisture out and the heat in. I have a pair of black ones that fit nicely over my jeans (similar ones here). I find the black color gives them a sleeker, more stylish look. When I get to work, I can easily slip them off and carry on with my day. Trust me, this is an item you won’t regret owning during the cold winter months!

Polar Vortex Essential Item #6: Blanket Scarf

Another great item to have during the cold is a blanket scarf. It’s truly a multi-purpose piece of clothing. I mean, it can be worn as a shawl or as a normal scarf or used as a blanket to keep your legs warm. The options are endless. Plus, it can fit easily in most purses when not in use.

Polar Vortex Essential Item #7: Boots

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A great pair of warm boots is the last, but certainly not the least, in my list of essential items for the cold weather. To be honest, this is one I haven’t quite figured out yet. Normally I just wear my tall rider boots from JCP (here). On the coldest of cold days, I have some hiking boots (similar here) that keep my feet warm and toasty, but they’re really not tall enough for walking through the mountains of snow we have everywhere. I’ve heard great things about these boots from Amazon from fellow bloggers, although I haven’t tried them myself. Any recommendations?

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That’s it. These are my essential items for surviving the polar vortex. What are your tips for surviving these cold, winter months?

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day, lovelies, and stay warm!

lylas,

MissyAnn

Accessories, Everyday Style, Hair

4 Creative Ways to Style Silk Scarves

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Today, we’re talking scarves!  I love me some scarves!  Most of the time I just wear them around my neck and call it a day.  That’s only scratching the surface, though, especially when it comes to silk scarves.  Let’s see how we can step up our scarf game, shall we?
Purse Strap Cover
Want to step up your scarf game and your purse game?  We can do that.  Simply take the silky scarf and wrap it around the strap of the purse.  That’s it!  So easy and such a fabulous way to update the look of your purse!
Headband
This is probably something we’ve all seen, but it’s worth mentioning here.  Silk scarves are such a great way to tie back your hair.  I love letting the tail of the scarf hang down my back for a fun, unexpected look, too.
Purse Bow
Again with the purse, but it’s so easy!  Simply tie a bow on the bottom of the purse strap and you have a cute and easy accessory for your purse!
Flight Attendant Inspired Necktie
This is a great way to wear scarves in the summer.  Just tie the scarf around your neck a la flight attendant and that’s it.  
What are your unconventional ways to style silk scarves?
Big thanks to Southern Curls & Pearls for the idea for this post (see her post here)!
That’s all for today.  Thanks for stopping by!  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn
Accessories, Fashion, Jewelry

No Fail Guide to Layering Bracelets

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!
Today, let’s talk layering. The concept of layering necklaces comes naturally to me. It’s quite the opposite when it comes to bracelets. When I came across this graphic on Pinterest, I was so excited! I thought I might be able to conquer bracelet layering for good.
Rules in hand, I headed off to my jewelry armoire. I pulled out all my bracelets and began trying to layer them. Trying being the key word here. Turns out, even with the guidelines I still struggled.
Recipe Style:
layering jewelry via FashionableLab.blogspot.com
From sparklewithpeggy.com

My Style:
Example of guidelines #1 and #2

Example of guidelines #1, #2, and #3

Apparently, I don’t possess the design gene needed to layer bracelets. That’s okay, though. There are still a few things us bracelet layering challenged can do.  

Option One: The Multi-Strand Bracelet
One way is to wear a multi-strand bracelet.  No layering required but gives the illusion of a layered look.  

Recipe Style:
Orla Coil Tassel Bracelet from Charming Charlie

My Style:

Option Two: The Bracelet Set
Another way is to purchase a bracelet set.  This takes all the guesswork out of layering as the pieces are designed to mix and match and seamlessly work together.
Recipe Style:
Milan Stardust Bracelet Set from Charming Charlie

My Style:
Option Three: The Statement Bracelet
Some bracelets are so fabulous on their own, they don’t need anything else.  These make layering super easy since they don’t need to be layered at all!

Recipe Style:
Leafy Shaky Stretch Bracelet from Charming Charlie

My Style:
Happy Valentine’s Day!  How are you celebrating today?
Thanks for stopping by!  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn
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Accessories, Casual Style, Everyday Style, Fashion, Winter Style

Scarf Crush

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Scarf kelly green animal print ballet flats winter fashion
Confession time… I’ve got a scarf crush. It’s true. This scarf has been on serious repeat the last few weeks (see posts herehere, and here). Apparently, I’m on a black and gray kick.  Who knew? Let’s steer into the skid with today’s look.  I love the Kelly green paired with the gray as shown in the inspiration pic. I love Kelly green, but I can’t always pull it off well. In this outfit, though, it works. Sticking close to the inspiration I paired a kelly green tee with a gray sweater, bootcut jeans, my new ballet flats, and, of course, my scarf crush.  I’m really loving this look!
Recipe Style:
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My Style:

Do you ever go through color phases where you gravitate toward a specific color for a few weeks/months?
Thanks for stopping by. See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn
Accessories, Casual Style, Everyday Style, Fashion, Winter Style

The Simple Sweater

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Do you ever wake up and have absolutely no creativity to design an outfit?  Me too!  These are the morning when having easy, go-to looks are a must.  One of my favorite easy outfits is a sweater, jeans, and an accessory.  Simple and quick, right?  Plus, it’ll leave you looking chic and stylish and you didn’t really have to try!  Now that’s my kind of outfit!
What’s your simple go-to outfit?
Thanks for stopping by!  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn

Accessories, Everyday Style, Fashion

How to Rock Bold Accessories

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!
Today, let’s talk bold. Remember the Try It, Wear It, Love It challenge from Looking Fly on a Dime? (If not, I talk about it here). The word today is “bold accessories”. So many people, myself included, struggle with anything bold. We don’t want to be too over-the-top or maybe we’re just not confident that we can pull off such a look. Don’t despair, I’m here to help. Step 1, forget all the fashion rules. That’s it! There’s no rules, just right in the fashion world (oh, and at Outback Steakhouse too!).  People say to take one piece of jewelry off before you leave the house, I say put 3 more on! If you feel confident and fabulous with 3 pieces, awesome! If you want to put on 10, awesome! You do you and own it! When you feel confident in the look you’ve put together, you can rock anything. Get it, girl! You’ve got this!  
Below are a few of my favorite outfits featuring some bold accessories.  Let’s see your bold looks!  Post them on our Facebook page and show off your bold style!

Thanks for stopping by!  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn
Fashion accessories bold statement jewelry
Accessories, Casual Style, Everyday Style, Fashion, Winter Style

Another Day Another Animal Print

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Today, let’s talk favorites.  Today’s outfit encompasses some of my favorite things.  Let’s see, we have an animal print scarf.  Yup, another one. You can never have too many animal print outfits, though, amiright?  We also have skinny jeans and boots, which is a winter favorite of mine.  It’s practical and fashionable all at the same time!  You gotta love that!  And of course, we have a pop of pink.  We all know how I love a good pop of pink!  Overall, I’m loving this look for winter!

Thanks for stopping by!  See you guys in my next post!

lylas,
MissyAnn

Accessories, Casual Style, Everyday Style, Fashion, My Style Monday, Scarves

Animal Prints FTW

My Style Monday

Animal print scarves boots cardigan winter style casual look
Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!
Animal prints for the win!  I love a good animal print, don’t you?  Nothing over-the-top, but a carefully placed accessory, such as a scarf or shoes, can really elevate your outfit.  From the moment I saw it, I loved today’s inspiration photo from Putting Me Together on Instagram.  Side note, Putting Me Together is an awesome fashion blog.  Do yourself a favor and go follow along with her right now!  Back to the outfit! The burgundy reds with the boots are fabulous on their own.  When you add the animal print scarf, it takes the outfit to a whole new level of chic.  To recreate the look, I paired a burgundy cardigan with a black shirt, skinny jeans, black boots, and, of course the star, an animal print scarf.  I don’t know what it is, but there’s just something about a good animal print that makes me feel extra fabulous.  Anyone else?  Just me?  Okay.  Anyway, this is a super simple look that I’m sure to have on repeat for the rest of the season!
Recipe Style:
Maroon Top + Skinnies + Leopard Scarf + Cognac Booties + Tote
From Putting Me Together on Instagram
My Style:

 What’s your favorite animal print accessory?

That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!

lylas,
MissyAnn

Accessories, Craft Ideas, DIY

How to Easily Make Cute Bracelets

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Bracelets jewelry making diy crafts wedding how to

I love making jewelry.  For anyone that’s seen my jewelry collection, though, knows that I have a lot of pieces.  Of course, there’s ALWAYS room for more, but I’ve cut down on my production.  When my sis-in-law asked me to make bracelets for her bridesmaids, I was especially excited.  I get to make lovely jewelry for a beautiful bride and her bridesmaids and I don’t have to find a home for the pieces in my collection?  Sign me up!  

Bracelets jewelry making diy crafts wedding how to
After talking with the bride-to-be and seeing some of her ideas on Pinterest, I had a pretty good idea of what she wanted.  I made a few prototypes, got her approval and set out to make the bracelets. Knowing I needed to make bracelets for women with varying wrist sizes, I used elastic bead cord.  Specifically, the 0.5mm Stretch Magic Bead & Jewelry Cord (find it here from Michaels).  Not only does the elastic bead cord make it easy to fit anyone, it’s also nice as it eliminates the need for clasps and things of that nature.  For this reason, it’s the perfect project for someone who is just getting into making jewelry.  Next, we’ll need some beads.  It’s important to get a nice balance of beads.   You’ll want varying sizes, textures, and colors.  I find it’s easiest to start with a few star beads that are the main focus of the item.  Along with those main pieces, you also need some spacers or filler beads to add balance to the jewelry.  The next step is to lay out the pattern.  My jewelry must have
Bracelets jewelry making diy crafts wedding
symmetry, so all the beads are laid out beforehand to ensure a uniform look.  This also gives you a way to envision what your final product will look like without stringing the beads.  Too many times I’ve strung on the beads only to find I didn’t like the pattern.  That’s frustrating and a huge waste of time.  Once your pattern is laid out the way you want it, it’s time to add the beads.  I find this very soothing for some reason.  Maybe that’s just me.  After all the beads have been added, I make sure the bracelet is long enough by slipping it around my wrist.  When you do that, you can easily tell if you need to add or remove beads.  Finally, the bracelet is secured by tying many, many, knots.  I tie square knots, but I’m sure there are more fancy ways to tie off a bracelet out there if you’re so inclined.  Voila!  That’s it!  They turned out really pretty and my sis-in-law was happy with them as well, which is, of course, the most important part!  
Do you make jewelry?  What are some of your favorite projects?
That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn
Accessories, Budget Shopping, Casual Style, Everyday Style, Fashion, Spring, Thrift Store Finds, Thrifty Thursday

Coral Explosion

Thrifty Thursday

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!
Welcome to Thrifty Thursday!  Thrifty Thursdays are days when we put the spotlight on pieces purchased from thrift stores.  This is going to be a fun series, so let’s get into it!  I love the simplicity and chicness of today’s inspiration photo.  The coral jacket with the animal print shoes gives the outfit just the right amount of pop without being over the top.  It’s just fabulous!  To recreate the look, I opted for a short-sleeved coral sweater, a coral and white striped tank, bootcut jeans, animal print flats, a few bracelets, and as many necklaces as I could layer around my neck.  On a side note, I’m really loving the layered necklace look lately.  Case in point, I found an outfit picture from last spring (see below).  Ironically, it’s almost the exact same outfit, which was not planned at all.  I didn’t find the picture from last year until after I took this year’s picture.  The major difference is the lack of necklaces in the rendition from last year.  I guess we all go through phases.  It’s just funny to see that front and center.  Anyway, back to the outfit.  The coral sweater and the tank are both thrift store finds.  I love that you can find nice pieces that will really enhance your wardrobe for cheap.  Plus, you’re giving those pieces a new life.  Otherwise, they would end up in a landfill somewhere and it’s much better that they land in my closet instead.  We all know I love the coral, and this is an outfit I’ve clearly had on repeat for awhile now.  Love it!
Recipe Style:
Coral Jean Jacket & Leopard Flats for Spring:
From Jo Lynne Shane’s blog My Life & Style
My Style:
Spring 2017

Spring 2016

Do you thrift shop?  What are your favorite thrift store finds?
That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn