Striking in Stripes
Black and White Stripe Outfit Lookbook

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You ever look through your closet and find that you have way over purchased one print or color? Well if that print is black and white stripes, I am here to help you out with 9 different looks featuring the monochromatic print.

striking in stripes modest outfit lookbook and outfit ideasToday I am compiling and looking back at some of my favorite moments in black and white stripes.

I have a few patterns that I wear a lot, and stripes is definitely one of them as well as floral print and polka dots.

Black and white prints are so easy on a grab and go day. They go with every color or you can always just throw on a black cardigan or top and still feel pretty and put together. I have mentioned before that getting dressed helps me to feel motivated. Guarantee if you find me in my pajamas at 10am I have not gotten anything done. It’s good to have some basic pieces that mix together fast and easy for hectic days.

old navy black and white striped dress with black cardigan easy modest outfitThis knee length dress is from Old Navy, and hit me right at the knee. I’m just over 5’3″ so it is a bit easier for me to find dresses that hit me at the length that I prefer. I have no idea what the struggles are of a tall person.

black and white striped easy modest outfit ideaThis super cute fit and flare dress, was a very comfortable cotton blend that is very breathable. This dress is so easy to dress up or down, can’t say enough good things about this dress.

Necklace: Rue21

Shoes: Maurices

polka dot chambray with black and white stripe a line skirt, modest outfit ideaI don’t know where to start with this look. This really affordable polka dot chambray top is from Walmart. They have really stepped up there style game. We’re most all going to be at Walmart at some point, and if you find yourself there, then you must at least walk through the clothing section, they have some gems.

polka dot chambray shirt with black and white striped skirt, easy modest outfit ideaStriped a-line skirt is from Cato Fashions, another one of my favorite places to shop, because it is always conveniently located and filled with skirts! I love skirts, I am really trying to branch out to more dresses, but I’m truly a #skirtgirl all the way.

Boots on repeat from Maurices and a simple white bib necklace from Burke’s outlet to complete this look.

red and black and gold nail artI attempted to do some buffalo plaid with my nails, which completely failed. However the finished product was still cute enough to share, even if it didn’t end up looking exactly like what I was going for.

dressed up denim, leopard print heels, striped tee, statement necklace and black blazer

Using stripes in my dressed up denim look with this great thick striped top from Target.

Layered my striped top underneath a black blazer (Walmart) and my gorgeous statement necklace (Rue21).

suede hat, striped tee, statement necklace and denim skirt, for an easy dressed up denim look, modest outfitI do love to accessorize so I added this great cuff from Burke’s outlet and leopard print heels from Poshmark. I love Poshmark, so many great finds on that site. Poshmark has a lot of previously used women’s clothing, handbags and purses. They even have designer names if you are into that.

Make sure if you are shopping on Poshmark you use my code “PDSMN” when you download the app to save $10 off your first purchase. I got these leopard print lovelies for only $8 on Poshmark.

Hat is from Loft Outlet, which I purchased during a great store wide sale.

easy modest dressy denim lookEven without the hat I really loved everything about this look. I love dark washed denim and this skirt is my favorite denim skirt from Cato Fashions.

black and white striped maxi with burgundy/maroon and camel cardiganI like to wear maxi skirts when I am planning a day of being out and about with my children. Wore this to teach the little 3 and 4 year old Sunday evening class at my church, and as I recall stayed all clean that evening.

easy, casual, modest. burgundy and camel with black and whiteThis burgundy cap sleeve top is from loft and actually has a  zipper at the back collar. My camel colored cardigan came from my go to place for cardigans New York and Company outlet. They always have cardigans in an array of colors.

easy, simple black and white striped maxi with burgundy/maroon and camel cardiganStriped maxi was a wishlist item from an trip to J. Crew. I could not stop thinking about this skirt. It wasn’t on the list of things I was planning on purchasing that day so I left it behind. Later though, I was able to get it with a coupon during a sale (yay!) and I really love it.

Added my favorite bow pendant necklace from Kohl’s and some beaded bracelets to complete this look.

Kate spade, black and white stripes and red and black buffalo plaid outfit inspoOkay guys can we talk about Poshmark again? I love Coach and Michael Kors, but I was really wanting a Kate Spade bag. I went looking at the Kate Spade website and then at my wallet and decided that it was okay to love things we would never own haha.

After explaining to my husband about the Poshmark app, I had showed him the Kate Spade bag I wanted was even on their! Still a little bit out of my price range, but still nearly half of what Kate Spade had it listed for on clearance. It ended up costing less than my slightly smaller bag from Coach outlet.

Did I mention that you save $10 when you download the Poshmark app and enter my code “PDSMN” ?! I hope you check it out and find something amazing.

red and black buffalo plaid with black and white stripes, perfect pattern mixing and modest outfit ideaBuffalo plaid and black and white stripes, on of my favorite ways to mix patterns. Stripes go with everything.

modest pattern mixing, striped a line skirt with red and black buffalo plaidBlack bib necklace is from Rue21 and belt is from a few years ago (Kohl’s).

buffalo plaid easy outfit with black and white stripe skirt, kate spade bow front bag and leather booties, modest outfit inspoClassic bow front Kate Spade style bag, goes with everything and I never get tired of carrying it.

herringbone vest with black and white striped knee length dress from old navy, red statement necklace modest outfit ideaSwitched it up with the same dress from the first look in this post. Added some red jewelry and a herringbone vest, as well as dark tights for a cooler night out with my hubby.

herringbone vest with black and white striped knee length dress from old navy modest outfit ideaI just love the herringbone style vest and was able to get it at a great discount at Jane.com. Really I just love the Jane website and have loved everything I have received from them, with little exception.

black and white striped midi dress with yellow cardigan modest dressideaWhile we are talking about things I love from Jane, how about all things from the Sign Here Vinyl Shop. (Oh and Lucy and Lyla).

This tee shirt dress is the perfect weight and length for cooler days.

black and white striped midi dress with yellow cardigan modest outfit ideaAdded a pop of color with my cardigan and some jewelry and I was completely styled in an instant.

simple, easy modest outfit idea, black peter pan collar top with aztec black and white striped skirtThis is starting to seem like a serious problem, cause I’m hooked on saving money. This skirt is from Jane.com too. Yes, really. They have such great stuff at such great prices, and it is always so unique and different from what you see at brick and mortar retail places. I don’t know, I like being the only girl with the things I have in my closet.

Except for you guys, I want you to also have all the things. So head over to Jane and see what you love.

black and white striped tee shirt dress with mint cardigan sweater, teacher outfit ideaThis striped dress is so gorgeous, and current and should be appearing on Jane a few more times as per usual with that lovely site. They often have things 3 or 4 times a season so if you love something and you missed it, it may not be too late. I often check the sneak peaks on the Jane app (they become available around 4pm eastern time) so that I know to shop early if they are going to be selling something that I like.

This striped dress is actually charcoal and white and is short sleeve and light weight and I love, love, love it.

Get all the details on this lovely dress on the full blog post HERE. Striped dress from Jane Review.

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to come back tomorrow, when I will be featuring a great swing dress that will be available at one of my favorite discount clothing site for only a few days.

 

My Valentine’s Day Style 2016

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I always love a good theme and shockingly hadn’t thought much about what I would put together for Valentine’s day outfits this year until a friend asked me one afternoon.

I had so many great ideas. What a fun romantic holiday, the possibilities for putting together an outfit that is perfect for the occasion of Valentine’s day dinner date seem endless, but I was able to limit myself to my 6 favorite looks from my closet.

5 modest valentine day outfit ideasFor the occassion I purchased this super affordable pink tulle skirt from Proverbs31 clothing company. These gorgeous skirts are only $15!

red top, statement necklace, pink tulle skirt and red shoes, modest valentine's day outfit ideaFor this first look I paired my pink tulle skirt with a simple red long sleeve tee. I added a bold statement necklace that I found a while back at Rue21.

red top, statement necklace, pink tulle and red shoes, modest valentine outfit ideaThis statement necklace instantly adds class to this lovely outfit. I wore my favorite jeweled hoops and a dramatic bracelet from Kohl’s.

red top, statement necklace, pink tulle skirt and red heels, modest valentine outfit idea 2 Found this pink and gold beaded headband on clearance at Target for only $6 and the last detail of this look might be the pink and white nails.

I really loved this look, the whole thing is so easy to pull off and so affordable.

red top, statement necklace, pink tulle and red shoes, modest valentine's day outfit ideaI have heard a lot of people hesitate at the thought of wearing tulle, but I say go for it. Don’t be afraid to stand out. Really what is the point of blending in anyway. This tulle skirt is going to be a great addition to your spring wardrobe. It is a lovely pink color and it is not too heavy.

pink sweater and red pencil skrit modest valentine's day outfit ideaIf you are into something a little sleeker and a little warmer than I still have you covered.

This next look was the first thing I thought of for a cozy Valentine’s day date night, or night on the town with your friends.

This sweater is perfect if you live where it is going to be freezing in mid February.

red pencil skirt, red heels and pink jeweled sweater, pink and red modest valentine's day outfitThis red pencil skirt is a steal at only $20 from Amazon and has held up surprisingly well for the amount of use it has gotten since I purchased it over a year ago.

You can still purchase this super comfy skirt through this link on Amazon, it is available in several colors including hot pink.

pink jeweled sweater and red pencil skrit modest valentine's day outfit ideaThese red patent leather round toe Mary Jane style shoes were a clearance deal I found at Rack Room Shoes. You can find a super similar pair of heels at Target when you click through this link and score an additional 25% off when you use the code PRES making them only $22!

pink jeweled sweater and red pencil skirt, modest valentine's day outfit ideaReally loved how cozy and warm this sweater from New York and Company is, but I was pretty dissapointed that some of the jewels came off the second time I wore it. It is an easy enough fix, but I just feel like I shouldn’t have to repair my brand new clothes. Maybe a repair on  thrifted piece, but it’s not like I was doing anything that caused it. Just fell off while I was sitting completely still. Oh well, at least it looked fabulous for this photo and I didn’t pay full price (yay for sales!)

Have I mentioned that I love this skirt?! There are so many great ways to wear it, but this may be one of my favorites.

white and black polka dots and blush pink tulle skirt with hot pink accents, modest valentine's day outfit ideaA little mix of hot pink and blush pink, plus any excuse to wear these great shoes, right?

I used my Rack Room Rewards combined with a sale to get these great hot pink heels for only $7.

white and black polka dot top and blush pink tulle skirt with hot pink shoes and necklace, modest valentine's day outfit ideaThis is pretty much the most fun you can have wearing a skirt. These heels and the fun pink tulle skirt really make you want to twirl around.

white and black polka dot top and blush pink tulle skirt with hot pink heels, modest valentine's day outfit ideaI love the black and white combined with the blush pink and I think it would look just as well with black and white stripes.

This black and white polka dot top is a purchase from Kohl’s last year from the Elle line.

white and black polka dot top and blush pink tulle skirt with hot pink shoes and necklace, valentine's day outfit ideaFound this gorgeous beaded, layered necklace at Burke’s outlet, you can read my review of their store here. They have great prices and their jewelry section may be my favorite part of their store. They always have great jewelry in great colors.

The pops of bright pink definitely make this outfit a lot more fun. Very fun and flowy outfit for Valentine’s day.

white and black polka dot top and blush pink tulle skirt with hot pink accents, modest valentine's day outfit ideaIn the cold I was wishing that the lining to this tulle skirt was a little longer. I am certain I will be glad for the shorter length lighter weight lining in the summer, making this skirt something I can wear all year long.

heart patterned sweater with black tulle skirt and sparkly heels modest valentine outfit ideasIf you’re not completely sold on wearing pink on Valentine’s Day you can try something in a different color palette.

This blue heart patterned sweater is perfect for a subtle Valentine’s day look.

blue and black heart patterned sweater perfect for valentine's dayHere’s a close up so you can see the heart pattern on the fabulous sweater. If only I could always take photos when the sun was just right, then you could see the great powder blue shade of this sweater.

blue and black heart sweater with black tulle skirt modest holiday outfit ideaA friend told me about these great, affordable sparkly black glitter pumps over the holidays. These shoes are from Payless and really add a dressy element to any outfit. The heel is not to high, so they are super comfortable and versatile. Really love these shoes.

black glitter sparkly heels from PaylessThese are always so fun to wear, I’m not sure how I got along without them for so long.

If you love these heels you have to check out these black glitter pumps from Forever21, only $22.

black tulle skirt, black glitter heels and blue heart sweater valentine's day outfit ideaThis black tulle skirt is midi length and makes me feel a little sophisticated. Which is a nice feeling to have after a day home with my 4 kids breaking up the most absurd arguments and changing diapers.

Or even after a day of making paper snowflakes and cupcakes, it’s nice to have something beautiful, and flowy to put on and this tulle skirt is perfect for that. I found this one for a steal at Ross but tulle skirts are getting to be so popular now, you can find them a lot of places, I know I recently saw several colors of tulle skirts at Charlotte Russe and Rue21.

black and blue nontraditional valentine's day outfit ideaIt’s nice to have a little something blue too, if you are trying to get your date to coordinate with you too. My husband certainly doesn’t have any pink ties, though I think he’d look dashing in one.

modest valentine's day outfit idea, pink tulle skirt and white lace top, silve shoes and pink statement necklaceFor my final Valentine’s day inspired look featuring this tulle skirt from Proverbs31 clothing company, I paired this pretty blush skirt with my lace sleeve white top from Loft.

When I see tulle I always think of pairing it with white lace. I feel like it is the easiest and most classic way to wear it, but I also like to mix it up a bit.

white lace top and pink tulle skirt perfecgt for valentine's dayI have had this blush pink bib necklace for a while, when I saw it in New York and Company during a ridiculous jewelry sale I just new I couldn’t leave it behind. Surprisingly I found that I didn’t have that much to wear it with and it has been sorely neglected. This blush skirt goes so well with this skirt, I am so excited. I really loved these two together.

white and pink dressy valentine's day outfit ideaThis is such a fun romantic mix. A loose curl seems like the perfect addition to any romantic look. I’ve been really wanting to try a curling wand instead of my traditional curling iron, I have seen so many great styles on youtube using those things, but I feel certain I will not be able to pull them off myself. If you have any recommendations for or against a curling wand I am all ears, please let me know in the comments.

romantic, girly, modest valentine's day outfitJust picked up these sparkly peep toe pumps at Shoe Carnival just in time for a Valentine’s Day Banquet event.

I told my children that all the sparkles on these nude colored pumps made me feel like Cinderella. .

embellished nude sparkly peep toe pumpsHere’s a closer look at these sparkly lovely shoes. I almost wish I hadn’t made the Cinderella comment to my children, cause they’ve been clamoring to get to these shoes ever since, but really who can blame them.

blush embellished jeweled sweater with black and white striped skirt modest valentine's day outfit ideaThis sweater is a blush color, but it just didn’t really translate in these photos. Near the collar of this short sleeve sweater is a jeweled design in the shape of a bow.

jewel embelishments in the shape of a bow on blush colored sweater from Kohl's Elle Line This is just a super fun sweater, but it’s still really easy and kind of casual.

Just a simple way to feel all dressed up with no additional work of having a necklace on all day. Although my little one was determined to pick these jewels off one by one, but they withstood a couple pulls and tugs.

blush embellished jeweled sweater with black and white striped skirt easy modest valentine's day outfit ideaGot out these super versatile sparkly glitter black pumps again for this last look. First time it gets cold in South Carolina is when I wanted to dress up for Valentine’s day. Seems pretty fair to me, considering how many more warm days we have than cold so I just moved the photos inside for a couple of the outfits.

blush embellished jeweled bow sweater with black and white striped skirt modest valentine's day outfit ideaThe striped skirt from Banana Republic (you guessed it another clearance find) is quickly becoming my new favorite. I’m pretty sure it goes with everything.

black and white lace striped top with red pencil skirt easy modest outfit ideaBonus! Here’s a look at a couple of outfits for some upcoming blog post that would also be great for Valentine’s Day. This black and white lace striped top from Loft paired with this red pencil skirt is another sleek look that can work for Valentine’s day.

blush and burgunday modest valentine's day outfit ideaBlush textured long sleeve tee, burgundy skirt and matching shoes. I’m always happy when I get to wear these boots.

Spring is around the corner and I am really going to have to step up my shoe game so I don’t have to miss all my fabulous boots until next fall.

Phew! So that is it, ha ha! A round up of my six gorgeous Valentine’s Day styles, plus 2 bonus styles that will also fulfill all of our pink and red Valentine’s day dreams.

Hope you love them, hope you pin them.

Until next time, thank you so much for reading.

Ashley

 

 

Free Printable 30 day Skin Care Routine Tracker

So it is 2016 you guys! I love new years, new months, and even new weeks really. Every Monday I am sure I am going to accomplish some major goal that I haven’t been able to accomplish and start some new habit that’s going to lead to my success.

My favorite thing to do to achieve my goals are charts and challenges. I love adding little stickers to my planner and keeping charts and graphs to track my progress.

I am working on a bunch of lovely printables to help me stay on top of my goals in 2016 and I can’t wait to share them with all of you.

(Scroll to the bottom to download your Skincare Routine Printable)

So among my many goals is getting on track with a skincare routine. I tend to complain a lot about the state of my skin and then do nothing about it, because I’m not sure what to do and I’m sure I don’t have the time to figure out how.

Well, as it turns out, that course of action hasn’t improved the condition of my skin in anyway. So I’m going to quit with the way of excuses and keep myself accountable by using this, 30 day skincare printable tracker and inviting a friend (in this case my beautiful sister) to play along. If you are a checklist lover like me than this may be perfect for you, and I hope many of you will find it useful.

30 day skincare routine printable preview titleOn this printable I have provided a suggested skincare routine. It’s a pretty general list and I’m sure I have not covered everything you might be using, but this can still be useful to keep track of making sure not to miss a day. There are so many great products between night cream, and serums, acne treatments and cleanser there is too much to cover.

I personally, don’t like putting 12 items on my face all at once. I like to do something like…

  • One or two products to remove dirt (cleanse and exfoliate or cleanser and make-up remover),
  • Toner
  • Something to help with under eye circles
  • Night cream or Antiaging
  • Moisturizer

Unfortunately I am super inconsistent and always miss a step or 2.

I am going to try and work on adding in one product consistently every month or couple of months. This month I am going to try a night cream I received as a bonus gift with purchase. I will also be removing make-up with a wipe before cleansing, and adding a hand cream to my daily routine.

I’m very interested to see what results I might have if only I were consistent with my skin care.

Do you have any skincare products you swear by? Please share in the comments.

30 day skincare routine printable previewYou can find the suggested skincare regimens at the top of the sheet separated by day and night routines.

I plan on starting my weeks on Mondays, but of course if you are a Sunday person, or what have you, you may begin whenever. The idea is to take it 30 days at a time (even though I realize the months may have more or less that that). After the 30 days, I will review my skincare routine, based on my results or how I liked or disliked a product, restock and start over.

I will probably keep these in a binder where I can keep notes and look back on my progress. Hopefully at some point it will just be a given that I do my skincare routine in the morning out of habit, like brushing my teeth, but until then this lovely printable will be a fun tool to use.

Of course, besides the skincare regimen list and the AM/PM check boxes, I added in some lovely flowers and a graphic to make it pretty. Pretty things keep me motivated. I am a very visual person and plain black text just does nothing for me.

So wash your face, moisturize, treat , and then check your boxes. Here is to a more consistent skincare routine and a year filled with goal conquering.

>> Click Here to Download your Free Printable 30 day, day and night Skincare Routine Tracker <<<

It is a .pdf file, so just download open and print and you should be ready to go. Set your print settings to ‘print without border’ for the best results printing.

Have a beautiful day,

Ashley

Gorgeous in Gold for the Holidays

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It’s close enough to Christmas time to start thinking about New Year’s Eve plans and outfits. It’s definitely not too late to go out and find something fabulous to wear to your Christmas day or Christmas Eve parties.

One of my favorite things about Holiday style is that it is perfectly acceptable (and even expected) to wear sequins, and tulle, and all manner of formal attire. Oh for joy.

If you are thinking of sequins, I have a few great ideas for you. It is not too over the top (but if you are going for that, it sounds great to me). You can dress it up or down, a little sequins in your headband, or on your clutch, or your shoes, but a sequin top or skirt is also lovely.

Here are 4 sparkly, sequined outfits perfect for your holiday event this year (or Sunday Morning church if you’d like).

First, is my dressiest look, which includes a sequin top I bought on Poshmark.

gold sequin top and tulle skirt modest outfit ideaIf you haven’t signed up for Poshmark yet, let me tell you briefly what it is. Poshmark is a site where lots of fashionable people like you and me sell their clothes they are no longer using. Poshmark pays for the shipping and handles the purchase and any returns if needed so it is super smooth and easy. They have lots of brand names and new, and like new items at great prices. My favorite thing about Poshmark is being able to find something specific when I need it at a price I can afford.

If you haven’t signed up for Poshmark yet you can check it out here. When you get there use the code PDSMN to get a free $10 credit to spend on your first purchase!

gold sequin and beige tulle skirt modest holiday outfit ideaI found this gorgeous top on Poshmark.com for only $13. If you use my code PDSMN when you sign up you might be able to get yourself a gorgeous top like this for $3 or less.

I love it, and it looked great in our holiday photos. My girls were all wearing tulle skirts with sparkles on them so I decided to get a tulle skirt for myself to match my lovely little girls.

beighe tulle skirt and taupe boots, modest holiday outfit ideaThis V28® Women 6-layer Mid Tulle Skirt in Beige is full without being too full, and ankle length. It has a lining which makes it super comfortable and the price was perfect. I got this gorgeous skirt from Amazon and it was eligible for 2 day shipping with my Amazon Prime Membership which is way too convenient.

The rest of this gold look was in the accessories. Taupe booties are Jennifer Lopez Collection from Kohl’s. My gold braided headband is from Target and my layered pearl necklace is from Burke’s Outlet. My pearl drop earrings actually came with the necklace from Burke’s Outlet and I paid $7.99 for the set. Love that store. See 4 Holiday looks I put together from Burke’s Outlet Store HERE.

gold sequin top and beige tulle skirt, easy christmas outfitThe rest of my sequin style will feature this really fantastic gold sequin skit from Target.

I sometimes am surprised to hear how many of my fellow fashionistas dislike online shopping. With 4 kids and a limited budget sites like Jane.com and Eleventh Avenue are a life safer, but if you are more of a brick and mortar kind of girl, check out how I styled this sequin skirt from Target.

white cable knit sweater layered over black button up top, gold sequin skirt, black tights and booties. Modest holiday/christmas outfit ideaSeriously this skirt is so fantastic, and, breathtaking, and affordable. I sized up since the skirt was a bit on the short size for my Mommy sensibilities and buying it a size larger allowed me to wear it a little lower on my waist and feel more comfortable with the length.

I dressed it way down with a casual white cable knit sweater (which coincidentally I also bought at Target, weeks earlier).

white cable knit sweater and gold sequin skirt modest outfitKept my earrings simple, but I did wear a black bib necklace and my gold braided headband is on repeat.

red and black buffalo plaid top and gold sequin skirt modest outfitBuffalo plaid and gold, (well buffalo plaid and most things) might be m favorite thing ever. This buffalo plaid blouse from Burke’s Outlet is great for when I want to dress up my plaid print. It’s dressier than a standard cotton button up so it is perfect for pairing with sequins.

Layered a black cami under this top and added a simple heart pendant necklace.

red buffalo plaid top and gold sequin skirt, modest holiday outfitMy last look is inspired by a Pinterest photo I found pairing polka dots and sequins.

black and white polka dot peter pan collar sweater and gold sequined skirtI wore my black and white polka dot sweater that I bought about a month or 2 ago at Kohl’s. This sweater actually came in 3 or 4 different combinations, but I had black and white polka dots on my wish list so I went with this classic.

white and black polka dot sweater with gold sequin skirt, modest holiday outfit idea new year's eve outfitI love this top because, besides being gorgeous, the peter pan collar is removable since it is attached with buttons.That means I could layer this sweater over another top without having the collar get in the way. Although I do love the way it looks just off the hanger, and I’m not sure when or if I will layer it. Tough choices haha.

So there you have it, four, yes 4 amazingly easy looks featuring gold sequins.

My hope is that I convinced at least one of you can to wear sequins for the first time or in a different way than you have in the past. I hope you loved at least one of these looks, I know I did. You can pull off sequins. Office party, family party, or wherever you are headed this Christmas don’t be afraid to sparkle.

Thanks for stopping by hope your Christmas is fabulous!

My Holiday Style
With Burke’s Outlet

It’s that time of year again, Christmas time! There are lights up in the house, and an excess of music, baking, and dressing up. I love seeing all the holiday dresses and candy cane striped leggings, and reading Christmas stories to my kids.

One of the greatest things about the holiday season is spending time with friends and family, and usually that means parties. Yep, this time of year brings lots of parties, and school performances, church programs and office events to attend this year. If you are wondering what you are going to wear to your holiday events this season I have got you covered.

Burke’s treated me to a shopping trip to put together some holiday outfits and I am so excited to show you the beautiful outfits I was able to put together.

modest holiday outfit looks with Burke's outlet I had $100 dollars to spend, and was able to do a lot with it. I always see television segments featuring outfits for $100 or less, well look what I was able to do with $100 dollars!

I bought a dress, a vest, two tops, a coat and a pair of earrings. I pieced some outfits together with some holiday staples you ladies probably already have at  home and I am ready to party Burke’s Outlet style.

Let’s take a closer look at these great outfits.

 

red holiday sweater dress and fur vest, modest outfit idea from #burkesoutletSweater dresses are so great, dress them up, dress them down, lounge around the house or hit the town. You can do all of those things for only $19.99 with this great red sweater dress from Burke’s. It is the perfect length and so comfortable!

black fur vest outfit, red sweater dress modest holiday outfit, modest christmas outfitThere were quite a few sweater dresses to be found, but I liked the brightness and the length of this red one best of all. I  also found this great fur vest, Burke’s Outlet had this vest in 2 colors, brown and black for only $14.99. How this is the first fur vest I have stumbled across this season in my price range I do not know, but I super love it!

I love layers in the winter, they are a wonderful necessity. Plus a vest at a party means I can eat two extra cupcakes and no one will notice my slightly expanding waistline, though I am not sure how I’ll hide the actual act of eating the cupcakes in the first place.

#burkesoutlet holiday outfit; red sweater dressAlso got these embellished hoops for only $4.99, my friends I am definitely a hoop earrings kind of girl, and Burke’s has great jewelry of all sorts. This is probably the fourth or fifth pair I have purchased from Burke’s.

So this look featured a lot of great items from Burke’s outlet, including a vest, dress, and earrings.

In addition to those I headed over to Payless and found these great sparkly black pumps a friend had told me about.

black sparkle shoes and red sweater dress christmas outfitSeriously these are so perfect, and I didn’t have any dressy pumps in black and Payless was having a 50% off sale. Obviously I couldn’t ignore a sign like that. (Haha)

Bracelet is from a few months back at Kohl’s, and these bright red holiday nails are Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure, number 570 Right Said Red.

This is such a great and easy look to put together for the holidays. Topped of this sweater dress look with my tassel necklace and headband from Walmart. (Yes. Walmart.)

Next up is a less traditional look. Sometimes, when everyone is wearing gingerbread neutrals or merry holiday colors I like to break the mold, so I go back to an old standby; mint. Mint and mustard may be my favorite colors for everything.

I found this great mint 3/4 sleeve length with gold and white button details at Burke’s outlet for $14.99.

I winterized this look by adding a full and flowing Beige Tulle skirt I found for just $18.99 on Amazon.

mint, tulle and gold winter holiday modest outfitQuick someone invite me some where, I have the perfect outfit!

I can totally picture myself laughing the night away with friends and family over drinks and food and light music.

white tulle and mint top #burkesoutlet holiday outfitI added this great cream and gold striped scarf I found last year at Loft Outlet. Full tulle skirts are not usually my style, but I had this for my family holiday photos, and knew it would go perfectly with this top.

I think I love tulle for the holidays, but I have seen so many great looks with this style skirt, so if you do end up buying this one from Amazon (which you can find HERE) don’t worry that you will be limited to special occasions. Tulle skirts have become very versatile. And double don’t worry, because I will be sharing some more looks featuring this skirt in the near future.

beige tulle skirt, with boots, modest holiday christmas outfitOkay guys, we are going to have to talk about another amazing pair of shoes. These Taupe Boots are Jennifer Lopez Collection brand from Kohl’s.

They have gold embellishments and tied in quite nicely with my scarf. I’m obsessed with how great these boots are. Still on the hunt for a pair of brown ones, but I’m starting to get to that part of the winter where I feel I may have enough to get by. If I see a brown pair at a great deal I might still take them home with me. Please let me know if you find a great deal on chocolate brown boots in the comments.

mint blouse with gold scarf and tulle skirt, modest holiday outfit ideaI am really loving this blousy mint top. Great for people like me who live some place that can pretty warm even in December.

Accessories really completed this look, bracelet watch by Lenox, and this Chloe and Isabelle inspired bracelet was only $5 from Ebay. Also added this perfect gold braided headband from Target and stud earrings from Cato Fashions.

If you do find you are going to have to layer up to attend your holiday event, then you are going to love this Buffalo Plaid coat I found in the junior’s section at Burke’s Outlet.

super affordable buffalo plaid coat from burke's outletYou should have heard me squeal like a school girl and start taking selfies to send my sister when I found this coat in my size at Burke’s.

I have been looking for this coat all winter. I almost approached a stranger at a restaurant to ask her  where she got a coat similar to this one, but she looked like a young teenager, so I thought that might be weird. I don’t know if you can tell just by looking how much I love beautiful clothes so I let her be.

I recently saw a coat just like this one at JCPenney. It was on clearance and it was still marked $45, original price $90.

This coat at Burke’s Outlet was priced at only $24.95! Do your happy dance guys and then run to Burke’s Outlet, there are some real gems in there.

red black buffalo pliad gorgeous coat for the winter holidaysThis coat makes me think of cold winter days drinking hot cocoa, and strolling down the streets looking at Christmas light displays with my children. Think of all those outdoor holiday photo ops, wearing this coat. This coat cost less than some tops I own, and it is completely fabulous.

buffalo plaid coat and striped skirt modest outfitIf you do find yourself sporting a buffalo plaid coat to your outdoor event, a little pattern mix with stripes might be a lovely way to go. You will probably want to wear boots, but I was sporting my sparkly heels again, I’m not anticipating any snow.

The final look I’ve already worn out to a holiday party.

Another great top from Burke’s Outlet. They had great black and grey skirts as well. I even saw a striped skirt and Aztec print skirts at Burke’s also.

black and white gingham top with black tulle skirt and pops of red, modest holiday outfits with #burkesoutletEverything I found I really loved. This gingham top was more of a tunic style and was very sheer. It is a thinner blouse type of top that is great for a dressier event, or a business casual look. I layered this top over a black tank top with thick straps, and added some red jewelry. I tucked it in to hide the length, but this might be a fun one to wear with leggings on another day.

perfectly red holiday heels with black tulle skirtI guess I should have mentioned that celebrating the birth of Christ really makes me want to pull out all my show stopping shoes. Bahaha, not really, just a lovely, fashionable coincidence.

These shoes were a great price from Shoe Carnival, and were actually really comfortable, though I admit I spent the bulk of the night sitting, only getting up a few times to refill my plate. (Aren’t holiday parties great?)

Red pumps should be in every girls closet, and now these ones are in mine, also added a few extra rings, most of which are from Bass Outlet.

burke's outlet holiday look with affordable pricesFound myself laughing all night in this lovely outfit. I was never uncomfortable and the elastic waist band on the skirt was very easy and comfortable to sit and converse in. This black tulle skirt was only $12.99 at Ross Dress For Less.

I have found some great dresses and skirts at Ross for great prices, and this one will definitely be put to good use.

I found a set of three sparkling braided headbands at Payless for 50% off, and added the red one to this outfit. The red necklace is from eBay and bright red lipstick by Estee Lauder

#thesecret is outlet burke's outlet weekly giveaway and modes holiday outfit postNow here is some more great news. Burke’s outlet has great clothes at great prices, plus great accessories and great prices on other items in their store.and for the next few weeks when you shop at Burke’s Outlet you can share a picture of your purchase on social media using the hashtag #thesecretisoutlet for a chance to win a $50 Burke’s Outlet gift card!

People are already winning you could be next!

Make sure you are following me on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with my latest outfits, including more looks with items I found at Burke’s Outlet.

Head over to Burke’s Outlet Facebook’s Page and give them a like and a follow over on their Instagram page.

And don’t forget there are even more great deals on Burke’s Outlet Online.

See you next time lovelies.

~Ashley

 

Golden Glitter Fall Manicure
Nude and Gold Glitter Nails

Finally got a chance to paint my nails at home since all this fabulous fall weather started. Last time I had them  painted it was a bright orange color. Sadly painting my nails is one of those glamorous things I don’t do very often, because I scrub things a lot and it doesn’t mix well with nicely manicured nails.

gold glitter faill diy nails/ manicure

Perhaps it is time to try some of those nail wraps and see if they last through a few toddler bath times and loads of dishes.

I was wanting to do a glitter gold color, but couldn’t commit to doing it all over all my nails.

So I bought a nude color and planned on trying a gradual increasing of gold from the bottom to a gold glitter saturated tip. Sounds easy right?

It was a rainy night at Walmart out with all the kids and we were without umbrellas so I decided to wait out the down pour in the nail polish aisle.

Splurged a little on the How Nude Gel Nail Polish by Sally Hansen for the base.

sally hansen miracle gel nail color how nudeYou can purchase this nail polish on Amazon for just $7.17 as an add on item by clicking here.

I was going to try loose glitter which seemed dangerously messy but perhaps fortuitously I couldn’t find the fine style glitter I wanted at Walmart.

So I grabbed another inexpensive bottle of nail polish even though I find glitter nail polish to be roll your eyes annoying to work with.

pure ice studette nail color gold glitter nail polishThe Pure Ice Studette color was less than $2 and with all 4 kids in tow I made a quick decision to try it and off I went.

 

nude and gold glitter nailsFinal result was pretty great, but as predicted the gold glitter nail polish was not easy to work with.

Lightly brushed the bottom of my nail with the glitter polish once the nude coat dried. Had to be very careful with this because the glitter had a tendency to go on streaky and the brush was stiff and unforgiving.

However this was super easy to pull off and requires little to nail painting skills.

Also is was really inexpensive, compared to the time and money it would have taken to go and get my nails painted professionally.

I will definitely do this again, but I will be keeping my eye out for a better quality gold glitter nail color.

fall nails, nude and gold glitter manicure

Pink Jewel Accented Nails

Went with pink on my nails for Valentine’s day and didn’t get around to posting. My poor nails have been neglected lately, but I do love when I am able to get them all pretty, even if it is only for a little while.

I am really wanting to do something with black and white or silver, maybe next time.

pink nails nail art with jewel accents silver accent nailI liked this manicure because it was super simple to do myself. I know it isn’t practical with 4 kids to have something 3d, but I decided to try it anyway. Well, it ended how we thought it would, I was replacing those jewels on a daily basis. You really have to have the top coat to keep those on even under the most favorable of circumstances.

If you work at an office this would probably be easier to maintain. I had them pretty well secured so they even hurt a little when they tore off. Still, I really like it and for the time it took me, I will definitely do it again.

What is your easiest go to nail art?

 

Silver and White Nails

Silver and white nail art mainicureThanks for stopping by my blog! Hope you find something that you like and then share it with your friends. Please leave comments! I  love reading them :)

 

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I love this silver and white manicure for summer. I love the great look you can get with inexpensive nail polish. I am still using the Sally Hansen Salon Pro Gel, Pro-Gel Top Coat, 0.14 Fluid Ounce to  help with chipping. It has been lasting me about 7 to 10 days depending on how much housework I have to do that week. I like it fine, but when I run out I am going to try something else. I also used Sally Hansen nail polish (retails for about $3 at Walgreens). Some stickers I had on hand and a nail art pen for the chevrons. Hope you all are having a great week!

My Patriotic Nails

smartandsavvy patriotic nails 2014

I went searching on Pinterest for something unique that I could to to my own nails. I loved all the pictures of nails that looked just like American flags and was planning on doing that to my thumb in the above photo but I just didn’t have time since we were traveling.

I found a lot of stuff that was easy, but when I saw this picture on Pinterest, I just knew I had to try it. I know this is a little late (a lot late?) But I was so pleased with how they turned out, I couldn’t resist sharing. I saw people who were using tape to do these lines in their nails. Well I tried that and it failed in an epic way. I just didn’t have enough time to wait for my nails to be completely dry. I gave it 45 minutes but the nail polish just ripped off with the tape. So, I finally just decided to do it free hand.

I painted the red across the top first. Then I filled in the bottom with a navy color. I added the white stripes (which completely hid the not so straight line where the red met the navy) added a sparkly coat over the navy and finished with a top coat.

Lasted about 2 weeks. Was super happy with it. I love that I am able to have nails I love without having to spend a fortune or find a babysitter, or take all my children with me to the salon (eek!)

Orange Dot Manicure

PhotoGrid_1404071521628Love this look for summer. I used Sally Hansen Hard As Nail Extreme Wear: Sun Kissed #150 for the orange base. I had some white on hand of the same brand and couldn’t wait to try this. I love how affordable the Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear brand is. I picked mine up at CVS, but you can find this brand just about everywhere (another plus)

I placed a bit of orange nail polish on some leftover waxy paper my daughter had removed a sticker from and then used the end of a paper clip to make the orange dots on my ring finger. For the white dots I simply used a nail art pen, but I liked the way the orange dots turned out better.

I’ve been really enjoying Sally Hansen Salon Pro Gel, Pro-Gel Top Coat, 0.14 Fluid Ounce as it keeps my nails from chipping for at least 5 days. So I put that on top to set the design and that was it. Super cute and simple. Getting ready to do something patriotic for the upcoming holiday.