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

Home Organization, Tips & Tricks

Closet Makeover Part I

Diagnosing the Problem

 

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

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As Lisa J shows in her video, the first step to a clean closet is to get rid of what you don’t need.  For many of you, this will also be your first step.  Since I just moved, though, my closet was mostly purged of the things that I don’t love and don’t fit.  So, we’ll skip to step 2 here.  Spend some time going through step 1, though, and make sure your closet is purged of what you don’t need.  This will make the rest of the closet makeover much easier. Lisa J goes through her process of getting rid of stuff in her video.  Check it out if you need some inspiration!

Step 2 is identifying the problem areas.  These are the areas of your closet that don’t function well for whatever reason.  It might be that they have become a catch-all for things that don’t have a home or a space that has just gotten out-of-control or things of this nature.  I have several such spaces in my closet.  Let’s take a look.

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This started out organized but quickly became a place where I just toss my purses.  This needs a serious dose of TLC.

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This space could definitely be utilized better.  There’s just a few boxes and shoes haphazardly thrown up here as they didn’t have another place to go.  This will be an area of focus for sure.

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This is a tough one and kind of hard to see from the picture.  The closet rod curves here and clothes tend to get lost in this area.  Trying to figure out how to use that space has been so challenging.  It’s time the mystery was solved once and for all.

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This has become a catch-all spot for things I’m donating.  While it’s a good habit to have a spot like this somewhere in your house, it could be prettier than just throwing the items on the floor.

 

Now, that these problem areas have been identified, we can start thinking of organizational solutions.  That’s Step 3, organizing!  Over the next few weeks, we’ll tackle each area and come up with creative ways to make this space organized and pretty.   I hope you’ll come along for the journey!

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

lylas,

MissyAnn

Fashion, Tips & Tricks

Wardrobe Analysis: Part II

Lifestyle Analysis

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

As you recall, yesterday we talked about the warning signs of wardrobe gaps. Today, we’re diving into part 2 of our wardrobe analysis; determining how we spend our time. While most of us think we know how we spend our days, what we think may not match with reality. It’s a good exercise to map out exactly what we’re doing every day. Let’s get into it!

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First off, I analyzed my time by the week. For me, I felt that would be the easiest way to see how I spend my time. I assumed 16 waking hours per day, which is 112 hours per week. Side note, I did start by analyzing the full 24 hours. However, that skewed lounging around/sleepwear way too much. Next, I broke my time into 6 categories: lounging around, work, outdoor fun, casual fun, date nights, and formals. Can you guess how much time you spend doing each activity? Here’s what I came up with.

Lounging Around:

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Think hanging out around the house either in the morning or before bed (or whenever!). Most of my lounging time is in the morning. I’m NOT a morning person. It’s essential that I start my day out very slowly. After I wake up, I take a good hour to drink coffee while sitting on my deck or watching the news. How do you start your mornings? So anyway, my estimate was that I spend about 3 hours per day (remember waking hours only) lounging around.

Work:

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This one’s easy; think going to work! I spend about 45 hours per week at work. Keep in mind that everyone’s work dress code is different. Mine is quite casual because we work with chemicals that can easily ruin clothes. In other words, no one is wearing suits (at least not in my area).

Outdoor Fun:

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Outdoor fun includes things like exercising, hiking, gardening, etc. I figure I spend about 12 hours doing these activities per week.

Casual Fun:

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For casual fun think running errands, BBQs, farmer’s market, family time, etc. Over the course of a week, I estimated I spend about 20 hours in these endeavors.

Date Night:

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This category includes things that are a little nicer, but not super formal. Think date night, church, going out with friends, and things of this nature. For these activities, I spend about 12 hours per week.

Formal Events:

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Formals can be a little hard to estimate as we’re not usually going to a wedding every week. I did want to include it as having some formal wear in your closet is necessary. I’m going to set this at about 1 hour per week.

So, where did we end up?

Lifestyle Analysis Results:

  • Work: 40%
  • Casual Fun: 20%
  • Lounging Around: 20%
  • Date Night: 10%
  • Outdoor Fun: 10%
  • Formal Events: <1%

That wasn’t so bad, right? How did your lifestyle analysis turn out? Let me know in the comments down below or on the Facebook page. I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks for stopping by! Stay tuned tomorrow when we’ll see how many outfits fit into each category above! This promises to be very insightful!

lylas,

MissyAnn