Fashion Life

Sweaters, Boots, and Hats…Oh My!


Sweater [Free People] Jeggings [INC- Macy’s] Hat [Old Navy] Boot Socks [TJ Maxx, similar here and here] Boots [Nine West, love these]

“Life’s not about how hard of a hit you can give… it’s about how many you can take, and still keep moving forward.”

― Sylvester Stallone, Rocky Balboa

Hi Friends! I’m so sorry I’ve been a little M.I.A. If you read yesterday’s post, you know why I’ve been struggling to maintain my blog schedule recently. It’s been a very busy and taxing few weeks, to say the least. Between traveling home for Thanksgiving, running around NYC and Long Island for doctor’s appointments, traveling back to DC, and then coming down with an infection, my body’s cooperation has been akin to a union worker on strike. I’ve kept a positive outlook though and we’re learning to laugh at the madness. Thus, I’ve also gained a new nickname during my brief hiatus and you can now refer to me as “China Doll”, per my husband. I’d like to convince myself believe it’s an endearing term for “fragile, yet pretty.” I am finally beginning to recover and boy am I glad…I’ve missed you all!

Making the five-hour trip home for Thanksgiving was rough but it was so nice to get a majority of my recurring appointments out of the way so that I can relax and enjoy some time with family and friends for Christmas! Even though I don’t travel well given my condition (is it just me or do I sound like a cheesecake that will spoil if not refrigerated?) I’m really looking forward to heading back to New York next weekend!

Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday and last year was…rough. I was discharged from an 8-day hospital stay right before the holiday (preempted by the embarrassing “event”, as my father-in-law likes to say, of passing out in the driveway during Eddie’s annual family Christmas party) and was in no condition to do much of anything, let alone travel (cheesecake). This year, although I’m still not close to being better, I’d like to think I’ve made some progress since my black top face-plant and I’m going to try as best I can to endure the two-hour trip for the big day (make no mistake, there will be a full on pep talk Christmas morning resembling something of the pre-fight motivational speech from Rocky Balboa.) Maybe I’ll just bring some of my new gifts in the car to distract myself (nope, that trick doesn’t only work on five-year-olds.) Nevertheless, please send some good vibes my way!

Anyway…I’m a bit embarrassed to say this shoot was from two weeks ago (as if the yellow maple leaves didn’t throw me under the bus already) but as I said, it’s been a rough go lately. The good news is that while I was merely trying to keep my head above water, both my sweater and hat have gone on sale! I’d been eyeing this Free People cable-knit for a while but pulled the trigger after a particularly defeating day (check out my post on the benefits of retail therapy here!) I love it because it is super soft (no, I will not say “cozy!”), long enough to wear with leggings, and the color is blush pink (all the heart eye emoji’s.)

I’ll be honest, I have never been a hat person. Mostly because I find it rather annoying to have something on my head that doesn’t allow me full peripheral vision and because if you ever saw me with hat hair, you’d steer me away from head coverings, as well. With Fall well underway, I’ve been seeing hat inspo all over the place. I decided that I, too, wanted in on this accessory and any excuse to hide two-day-old hair is fine with me! I really like this one from Old Navy because it’s gray (obviously a fav), super lightweight, and on sale for around $10.

What I really appreciate about this entire look is the ease of wearing it. A little behind the scenes info for reference; prior to shooting this look, we had just gotten home from a five-hour stint at my appointment in the city, a.k.a. I was not in the mood for life to dress up. It was pretty chilly outside so I threw on my easy, over-sized sweater and may or may not have been able to find my dry shampoo in the mess suitcase I’d been shuffling around (new hat for the win!) Aside from adding some cozy (damn it!) boot socks, leggings are about as low-key of a pant as you can get. I zipped up my boots and “Voila!” Does it even get easier than that?

I dragged Eddie outside to the backyard and even though neither of us were really in the mood to do much of anything, it was one of our only opportunities to shoot while in NY. We were both exhausted but if you couldn’t tell by the smile on my face, we had more fun during this shoot than any in the past! (Side note: throwing leaves around is as much fun in your late-twenties as it is when you’re five…are we noticing a pattern here?) If you’re ever stressed, tired, cranky, sick, sad, or all of the above, go outside and appreciate Mother Nature. She’ll love you right back 🙂

I hope you enjoyed this look and as always, thanks for reading!




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  • Reply
    Shelby Hearts
    December 10, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    This sweat-ah is too dang cute!! And so are you 🙂

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    December 11, 2015 at 2:06 am

    Love this whole look! You are seriously gorgeous. And i need that sweater ASAP! Hope you are feeling better! Xo

    • Reply
      December 15, 2015 at 6:52 pm

      Thank you so much gorgeous friend! I really appreciate the well wishes. I hope you’re having a great week! Xx

      • Reply
        December 16, 2015 at 1:16 am

        You’re welcome! You too. Xo

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    Vanessa Steil
    December 11, 2015 at 11:01 am

    You have just inspired me to purchase that hat! I’m not a hat person either, but I saw it in Old Navy the other day and spent 20 minutes trying to decide if I should get it. I didn’t — and now I’m kicking myself. Hope you’re feeling better and taking it easy when you can. Have a great weekend!

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    December 11, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    love love love the look! especially the boots and hat!

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    December 12, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    I feel the same!

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    Jen Frick
    December 14, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Michele, you look gorgeous in these photos! And I totally feel ya about hats, but let me just say you look AMAZING in them! Hope you have an amazing Christmas with your family in NY! Sending all the love and positive vibes your way xoxo

    Jen |

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      December 15, 2015 at 7:01 pm

      Aw thank you so much Jen! I felt a little uncomfortable in my new-found accessory but am getting used to the idea? I really appreciate the sweet comments and positive vibes, we can all use some every now and then! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas in CA and I CANNOT WAIT to see how you style your new pressies! Style sister for ever. Xoxox

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