Cape Trick

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I love the capes that are currently being featured for the fall/winter. I found a beautiful one at a boutique in Dallas, but I passed because I didn’t want to pay the high price. Well, low and behold, Anthropologie had one that looked exactly the same for a tenth of the price, yay!!! But, how does one wear a cape?!?

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My sister, aunt and cousins were shopping with me when I found the Anthropologie cape and we were ALL trying to figure out how to make it work. When I tried it on, I looked like I was being swallowed up by a blanket. Then my sister started bringing me belts.  At first, I tried it on with the belt going around the whole thing, which wasn’t very comfortable.  Then, I tried it in with the belt going around the front and leaving out the back, ding ding ding!  It was the perfect solution and I really loved the way it turned out.

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I wore this outfit to our ten year anniversary dinner.  I had my husband snap a few pics (ok, probably more than just a few -ha!) in our little cottage before heading out the door.  That’s why it looks like I’m in a hotel room… because I am. -ha! Oh well, I really wanted to show you guys this belt trick so you’ll have to look past the hotel scenery.

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Outfit Links: Cape- Anthropologie, T-shirt- Nordstrom, Pants- J.Crew, Shoes- Pedro Garcia similar, Belt- Anthropologie, Bag- Elaine Turner on SALE, Earrings- Lulu Frost similar and similar

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Here is the cape in action at The Stonehouse, where we had dinner for our ten year. The cape kept me perfectly warm and since it was belted, I didn’t have to keep adjusting it.

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Just in case you go to this restaurant, you have to order their mint chocolate chip ice cream. It’s the best I’ve ever had- it was made from real, fresh mint!

 

 

 

Thoughts on Layering

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Vests, to me, are a perfect layering piece for the fall/winter.  I especially love this sweater vest, because sometimes my puffer vest seems too casual for certain occasions, and my fur vest just does’t seem to “go”. So when Nordstrom asked me to check out their Eileen Fisher sweaters and I came across this sweater vest, I knew it was something I wanted to share with you guys. Plus,  Eileen Fisher is known for their quality, so I knew it would stand the test of time and be a well-worn, versatile piece in my wardrobe.

New Vest 1Outfit Links: Top- Nordstrom, Sweater Vest- Eileen Fisher, Jeans- 7 for All Mankind, Booties- Hudson, Watch- Michael Kors, Earrings- Argento Vivo, Sunglasses- Ray Ban

I specifically love vests for layering because you can typically wear them on top of what ever you have on, even if you’re already wearing a sweater or a light weight jacket.

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I often get asked questions about how to layer, and in my mind, layering looks best when it’s thrown together (although it may not be -ha!). For instance, I’m thinking about the many times I’ve seen super chic Europeans wear layered looks so effortlessly.  They’re not matching, but it all just goes.  How do they do that?!?! Well, what I’ve noticed is that they don’t seem to be to worried about matching, and perhaps they are layering with certain pieces out of necessity (ie. a certain cashmere scarf, wrap). I’ve found myself using these ideas recently with my new beloved sweater vest.  I needed to wear it out of necessity, and well, because it’s so cute! But, what I found is that I was forced to think outside of the box. In the end, with layering, I don’t worry so much about whether it matches. I just force it, because I need it to stay warm and usually something really fun and unexpected comes out of it.

So, what are the “effortlessly layered out of necessity looks” I came up with?  I’m so glad you asked! You’ll be seeing these outfits again in my everyday outfits post soon, but I was too excited to have you all wait. I wanted to share with you now!

Eileen Fisher, Vest, Layering, Holiday, Winter, Nordstrom, Ugg Boots, Casual Outfit

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Eileen Fisher, Vest, Layering, Holiday, Winter, Nordstrom, Ugg Boots, Casual Outfit

And this one, just for fun.

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Making the “Big Switch”

Welcome!  I’m super excited to introduce you all to the new and improved C. Style!  I’ve made the “big switch”, in blogger speak, from Blogger to WordPress.  It’s been a long time coming, so I’m super excited that the day is finally here!

So what does this mean for you guys?

Well, hopefully you guys will find that the blog is much easier to navigate on your desktop and your mobile device!  The new platform allows me to post bigger pictures, which is nice because you can see the outfits better.  This is pretty essential, no? There is also an easier way to subscribe to C. Style and get the latest post e-mailed to you. All you have to do is enter your e-mail address in the box on the right.  And, with the search bar on the right and the new and improved archives tab, it should be easier for you to find past posts.

Now, I must tell you all, I certainly didn’t come up with all of this on my own. I’m not that techy. Ha!  I teamed up with Darin from Your Entrepreneur Inside to make it all happen, and I couldn’t be happier.

C.Style on WordPress Is Just the Start

All technology aside, making the move to WordPress allows me to keep C. Style going and growing.  I have some really cool things planned that I can’t wait to share. Blogging is ever evolving and, truth be told, I’m usually pretty slow at adopting new technologies.  In fact, I was quite apprehensive (you can read about that below), but after talking to Darin at Your Entrepreneur Inside, I decided to make the switch!

Now, if you are a blogger and you’re wondering why I decided to make the switch, I’d love to share.

The Decision to Move from Blogger to WordPress

With C.Style having been on the Blogger platform since its inception, it felt like home, it was easy, and I knew what I was doing.  I was unfamiliar with WordPress, but after reading a few articles that Darin sent to me on making “the switch”, I learned a few things.  I didn’t know that since I was a Blogger user, Google owned my content.  I thought I owned my content -ha! I also learned that WordPress had some really great plug ins, specifically really great SEO plug ins.  Then I learned that over 20% of all websites worldwide use WordPress, and there was security in knowing that. But, then there was the question, “Wait… Why?”. They must know something I don’t -ha! I also couldn’t help but notice that all the new widgets coming out for bloggers were often for WordPress users.  Naturally, after reading the articles I had some concerns:

  • Can I get hacked more easily on WordPress?
  • How long will it take to transfer posts from Blogger to WordPress?
  • How do I backup my blog? Why is this necessary on WordPress and not Blogger?
  • Is there a way to have the blog load quicker on WordPress? I dislike going to blogs that take a long time to load.

Darin answered all my questions in none techy speak -ha!  He made it really easy for me to understand.  He actually pointed out that I should have been backing up my blog on Blogger, so I got right on that! Ha!

Looking back on the old Blogger design:

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Say goodbye to the old design and say hello to the new C. Style!  Where will we go next?!?!

What I Wore: Santa Barbara Part 2

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I have so many pictures from this trip, I think I could post all the way to Part 10.  But, I know that it can get pretty tiring looking at a ton of pictures from someone else’s vacation -ha! For this reason, I decided to have all the outfit pictures first and then if you feel like checking out other vacation pics, they’re at the bottom.

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Outfit Links:
Top- J. Crew for similar, Jeans- AG, Booties- Hudson, Necklace- Jeny Baker Designs, Watch- Michael Kors, Sunglasses- Prada no longer available, Bracelet- Giles and Brother

Alright. First up, this is what I wore on our day out to the vineyards.  I knew we would be walking, so I wore my comfortable new booties. I think this outfit is a really great example of how styling can add a lot to an outfit. There are lots of styling tricks happening here: I sloppy tucked to show a waist line, I rolled my sleeves for a more casual vibe, I let my necklace do it’s thing (sometimes it would be over one side of the collar, sometimes it would be in the middle), I popped my collar, and I cuffed my jeans just once (sometimes my skin showed and other times it didn’t).  Yup, lots of styling tricks for one outfit -ha!

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Next up, this is what I wore when we went shopping one afternoon before dinner.  I’m totally loving my new high waisted jeans!

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Outfit Links:
Top- Saint James, Jeans- AG, Booties- Hudson, Watch- Michael Kors, Earrings- Argento Vivo

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Outfit Links:
Tank- Nike, Pants- Onzie, Earrings- Argento Vivo, Sunglasses- Ray Ban, Hat- Husband’s

Wow, that orange tank top is bright!  But, hey, at least my husband could spot me if I ever got lost on our kayak tour. I’m really posting this picture because of how happy I was with my Onzie hot pants for this activity. When I first posted about them (here), I talked about their “free flow” fabric that was made for a variety of wet and dry work out activities. They didn’t disappoint! I didn’t get hot in them and I didn’t get cold in them when I got wet.  Oh, and they protected me from the sun.

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Outfit Links:
Sweater- Old Navy, Jeans- AG, Booties- Hudson, Sunglasses- Ray Ban, Bracelet- Giles and Brother, Necklace- Furbish for similar, Earrings- Argento Vivo

And a picture of what I wore on our travel day home.  Of course, I had to wear my new Old Navy sweater I bought on the trip.  I couldn’t help myself, it was too perfect for travel wear!

That’s it for outfit pics!  The rest are just fun vacation pictures.

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I had my husband take a picture of me in this room at the Hilliard Bruce Winery.  I just thought it was so unique and pretty.

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Oh, and then I took a picture of the fireplace because there was no step or platform for the fire.  It was like the fire was on the floor. How cool is that?

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I had to take a picture next to these Bells of Ireland at the Hillard Bruce Winery.  Why? Because at our reception, exactly ten years before, we had Bells of Ireland as our center pieces.  They were inexpensive and they were green to match the pears we gave away as our party favors.

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I don’t really ever take pictures of my food, but I do love good food.  The real reason I took a picture of my breakfast this particular morning was because of the mini syrup bottle.  How cute is it?!?

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I’m including these pictures because this was probably one of the prettiest restaurants I’ve ever been to.   It was the “casual” restaurant at San Ysidro Ranch called the Plow & Angel. It was outside and every table was canopied by trees that were sparkling with lights.

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I have to end with one last picture from our hike.  This was one of the views at the top of our hike.  And of course, this picture doesn’t really do this view justice -ha!

Thanks for letting me share my trip with you guys!

Santa Barbara Part 1

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I had to start with this picture because this pretty much sums up how I felt on my 10 year anniversary trip to Santa Barbara – on top of the world!  I felt on top of the world because, well, Santa Barbara, CA is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen! But also because 10 years of marriage is worthy of a grand celebration!  As I mentioned in Friday’s post, it’s been, as my friend says, a “brutiful” hike.  In fact, it’s a trip I’d like to journal about. So, instead of my usual outfit posts for trips, I thought I’d share a little bit more with you guys.

First off, Santa Barbara has the nicest airport I’ve ever seen.  So nice, I was prompted to take a picture of the stairs down to the baggage claim.

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On our drive up the road to San Ysidro Ranch (where we stayed), I saw this amazing, huge hedge.  I’ve never seen anything like it.  By the end of the trip my husband was calling it “Carly’s Hedge”.  I’m trying to figure out how to grow a hedge like this in Houston.  Probably not possible.

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Once we arrived, we checked in at the prettiest cottage with the prettiest grey and white awnings. I loved all the divided light patterned windows throughout the property. And now I want grey and white striped awnings on every door and window of my house -ha!

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The pretty putting green across from our cottage.

Then when we got to our cottage, our name was on the door!  Whhhhat?!?!  How fun is that?!?

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Then we headed out the door for dinner.  My travel outfit transitioned well for a casual dinner in Santa Barbara.

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Outfit Links:
Top- Urban Outfitters, Necklace- Furbish exact s/o – similar, Pants- Anthropologie, Booties- Hudson, Watch- Michael Kors, Earrings- Argento Vivo, Sunglasses- Ray Ban

Before dinner, we took a lovely stroll down by the beach where the moon looked like it was sitting low in the sky.  I’ve never seen the moon so bright.  We then ate dinner at The Lark, where I had to take a picture of the floor. I couldn’t decide which one I liked more, my new booties or the floor tiles -ha!  I’m disappointed that I didn’t capture more of the The Lark. You need to check out their website, because the restaurant was really beautiful.

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