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

Casual Style, Everyday Style, Fashion, Fashion Quickies, Winter Style

Playing Dress Up

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Today, let’s play dress up!  I don’t know about you, but I loved playing dress up when I was young.  Now that I think about it, I still love playing dress up!  Ha!  I also love being comfy.  With a full day of meetings in store today, I especially want to be comfy but to also look nice and professional.  My secret weapon for such an occasion is a dress.  Dresses, of course, look dressy yet they are oh so comfy! 
What’s your comfy, put-together dress up combo?
That’s all for today.  Thanks for stopping by!  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn
Casual Style, Everyday Style, Fashion, Fashion Quickies, Winter Style

Everyday Sparkle

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Whew!  Today’s outfit got sparkly fast.  The picture truly doesn’t do it justice.  You’ll have to take my word for it.  Anyway, it all started with my makeup look.  I actually kept my makeup pretty low key and neutral.  Because of that, I decided to throw on the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in K-Dub (find it here and check out my review here).  This striped sweater matched the lipstick nicely and needed the sparkly gray scarf to go with it.  The look was missing something, so I added a couple of rose gold sparkly chokers to complete the look.  I gotta say, I’m loving this sparkly look!  Is it a bit overkill?  Maybe, but I love it.  Let’s face it.  I could easily stash away the fancy chokers, bold lipsticks, and sparkly scarves in the back of a drawer somewhere and “save” them for a special occasion.  What’s the fun in that, though?  Besides, isn’t every day a special occasion?   I think so.

Do you “save” items for special occasions?
That’s all for today.  Thanks for stopping by!  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn
Casual Style, Everyday Style, Fashion, Fashion Quickies, Winter Style

Memories

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Today, let’s talk memories.  Sweet, sweet, memories.  This might date me a bit, but when I was in high school teal and purple were the thing.  I had a friend who got to redo her room in teal and purple (she was so lucky!).  Even today, I still love that color combo.  I’m not sure if it’s still “in” but it’ll always be “in” with me!  

What’s your nostalgic color combo?
That’s all for today.  Thanks for stopping by!  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn
Everyday Style, Fashion, Winter Style

The Multi-Colored Dress

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Today, let’s talk color.  Some days I wake up and know that I’m in the mood to wear a specific color.  Am I alone in that or are you with me?  Just curious.  Other days, though, I have no idea.  That’s when a multi-colored dress comes in perfect.  Don’t know whether to wear purple, pink, black, or white?  No prob!  I’ll just wear all the colors!
Thanks for stopping by!  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn
Casual Style, Everyday Style, Fashion, Winter Style

The Fashion Uniform

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Today, let’s talk uniforms.  We all have that outfit that never fails us.  It’s really a fabulous thing.  No matter how rushed you may be in the morning, your uniform is the look that never flops.  I have a few such uniforms, but this one might be my favorite.  A black top and black leggings are the perfect blank canvas.  You can add any color sweater, throw on a scarf or statement necklace (or both!), slip on some cute shoes, and you’re good to go!  Easy and chic, love it!

What’s your fashion uniform?
Sidenote, this may also make a fabulous Valentine’s Day outfit!

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lylas,
MissyAnn
Casual Style, Everyday Style, Fashion, Leggings, Winter Style

Navy Surprise

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Today, let’s talk trying again.  I’m pretty sure I’ve tried to copy this inspiration photo before.  I’m pretty sure I had the same luck trying to wear this mustard tank this time as I did before.  Mustard tank-2, MissyAnn-0.  Yeah, no-go on the mustard tank.  We don’t want to give up that easily, though.  Instead of the mustard tank, I opted to try a different summer shirt.  This was one I bought on vacation in Mississippi (see that post here).  I’ve been curious if this top would transition into winter with a navy sweater and leggings.  Turns out, it does!  When first you don’t succeed, try something new!  Who knows what surprises are waiting for you in your closet!
Recipe Style:
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 My Style:
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lylas,
MissyAnn
Casual Style, Everyday Style, Fashion, Winter Style

Seeing Red

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Today, let’s talk having it all.  That’s not always easy, but today it is.  I often struggle with dressing for the outside temperature (which is COLD here in the upper Midwest) and the inside temperature.  Does anyone else have this trouble?  We all know the answer…layer, layer, layer.  It’s not always easy to layer and still look stylish, though. This look makes it simple.  I paired a long-sleeved red tee, a scarf, skinny jeans, boots, and topped it off with a brown chunky sweater.  The sweater gives the look added warmth yet still looks stylish.  When you get too warm inside, the sweater can be removed without compromising the cuteness of the outfit.  Easy, stylish, and warm?  Now that’s having it all!

What’s the weather like where you are?
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lylas,
MissyAnn
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?
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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?
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lylas,
MissyAnn