Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and are ready to take on this coming week. My weekend was busy and tiring, so I am still trying to recover. While I “should” have stayed home and combated some of the mess that my house is in, instead, I opted to go on a one-day road-trip to Charlotte, NC. This was an adventure that I couldn’t say no to.
My Energizer Bunny Friend called me Thursday night to see if I wanted to go with her to Ikea in Charlotte. She was going to purchase a hutch for her dining room and thought that I might want to go on with her. I had only been to Ikea once before, and it was so overwhelming that I ended up leaving with only a skillet. Lol! It is a four-hour drive for us, so we left at 5:00 am so that we could be there by the time that the store opened. The store opened at 10:00, and even though we arrived at about 9:25, there was already a line that extended around the corner of the building. I was armed with my Lilly Pulitzer mask, alcohol wipes, and plenty of hand sanitizer, so I felt like I was prepared.
However, nothing can prepare you for the sheer amount of emotions once you step inside. If you have a squirrel brain like mine, then you’ll find so many pretty distractions that you will end up leaving with a skillet. I didn’t have anything in mind to purchase this trip, but I did still manage to buy a couple of things. This time I bought a curtain rod, an over the sink mesh strainer, two wisks, and two entrance rugs. I took a ton of photos of things that I might want in the future so that I could show Joe. He has even agreed to take a trip to Ikea with me soon; won’t that be fun? Hahaha!!!
These Lilly masks come in a set of three. This was the first time that I have worn the masks, and I loved them. I saw that the reviews were mixed on these, and some people complained because the material can be “sucked” into your mouth when you take breaths. Yes, I did notice that could happen, but since I wasn’t gulping air, it never bothered me. What I loved was how tightly the mask fit against my face and how my blue-light glasses didn’t fog up. Plus, the straps on the mask are adjustable, which was a big help. The masks were a winner for me, but I know that everyone is different. Lilly also has pleated masks, and they also come in a set of three.
A real kimono robe is a Japanese garment that is usually tied with a broad sash. The fashion industry has embraced the kimono, and I feel like it is a blend of a poncho and a ruana. I love the big oversized style of a kimono because it hides a ton of imperfections. A kimono also adds drama to your look, and it is an easy way to take a t-shirt and jeans and make them look spectacular. You can wear a kimono with jeans, dresses, knee boots, or swimsuits, which makes it a very versatile wardrobe item. I wanted to show all of you how you can wear a kimono tied (like here) or wear it open and loose. Either option is excellent, and it depends on the look that I want to achieve on how I decide to style it.
I bought this kimono from Walmart because I wanted a solid color kimono that I could wear this fall. A lot of my kimonos are floral and look too summery, and I thought that a solid colored one would be easier to style with my fall wardrobe. Free People has some gorgeous kimonos on their website. There is a huge price range, so keep looking until you find the perfect one for you. I’ll link to some kimonos that will be perfect for fall, and I’ll also show you a couple of posts where I’ve worn kimonos in different ways.
There are times when I like to change things up, especially when it comes to my hair. A headband is not something that looks good on me, but they are the latest rage, so I thought that I would show one to you. This was one that I picked up at Walmart the other day, and it is the kind that has elastic in the back so that it is adjustable. The headband that is on-trend is the slip-on style. You will find those with ornamental decorations or a turban style knot. And, you can even get the crochet-type, which will be perfect for winter to keep your ears warm in style.
Straight leg jeans are really in style this year. I love straight-leg jeans, but I am not a big fan of wide-leg jeans. I think that the stovepipe or wide-leg jeans make my legs look even bigger than they are already. Lol! I don’t need any help in that department. I cuffed these jeans today so that you could see the booties better, but usually, when wearing these boots, I would not have cuffed them. This is a pair of straight-leg jeans by Time and Tru, and these are on clearance. However, the sizes are minimal, so I’ll link to some similar jeans and keep them under $50.
Taupe is one of my favorite colors for booties. I like the soft neutral color since it will go with so many things. This pair of booties from Time and Tru has a modern 1 1/2” chunky block heel, which is all of the rage this year. A block heel is more comfortable to walk in and makes you feel much more stable than a thinner heel. This style and height heel should work for most of you.
My v-neck sleeveless top is an essential building item. This is the type of clothing that is not glamourous or memorable, but they are a great supporting item. You can wear a top like this under jacket, blazers, or cardigans, or you can choose we wear them by themselves. You know how I love items that are versatile and can be worn in multiple ways. I featured the black version of the top on this post, and you gurls must have bought them out since there are only a few left in stock. I am wearing a medium in the top, and it fits me great. Here are a few more for you to choose from.
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