Downtown Allie Sweater 4 Ways

As you all know, Downtown Allie is one of my favorite boutiques. I recently picked up this sweater from her shop and know that I’m going to get a lot of use out of it!

The cream color allows it to go with anything, and it’s thin, so you won’t get too hot when wearing it. With that being said, I recommend wearing nude undergarments or a nude cami underneath.

Also, Allie has given me a discount code to share with you! SARAH15 gets you 15% off select items, and I’ve indicated which pieces this applies to.

Check out the four ways I’ve styled it:

Dressy

I have an upcoming post on how to layer sweaters/tops over dresses, and I love the way these items look together! The fun pop of print is really cute with the neutral top. I would definitely wear this to church or for date night.

sweater (SARAH15) / dress (SARAH15) / booties

Business-Casual

I really like having a neutral outfit with a printed shoe for a fun twist. The combination would be perfect for a business-casual work environment or for teachers. Add some fun accessories for added interest, and you’re good to go!

sweater (SARAH15) / jeggings / leopard loafers / headband

Thanksgiving

Since this top is thin, adding a cozy scarf is a great way to warm it up. I also like how the fedora and booties make it a little more edgy. This would be a really cute outfit for Thanksgiving, too. I’m working on a post to give you some outfit inspiration for the upcoming holiday, so stay tuned.

sweater (SARAH15) / jeans (similar) / scarf / fedora (similar) / booties

Weekend

One of my favorite parts about this top is that it covers the booty, therefore making it leggings-friendly! I added a longer tank underneath for a little extra coverage in the front, too. Pair this with sneakers and a cap, and you’ll be super cute and comfortable as you run errands over the weekend.

sweater (SARAH15) / tank / leggings / sneakers (I linked the exact style, but I got them from Marshall’s.) / Nike cap

Which outfit is your favorite?

Sarah

Outfits of the Week + What I Cooked for Supper (11/8 – 11/14)

Happy Saturday!

Thank you for your input on Intastories about continuing these outfits of the week posts. I’m glad they’re helpful to you!

I also asked about some content you’d like to see coming up, and I got several responses pertaining to recipes, meal planning, and grocery lists. As a result, I’m going to begin adding a weekly menu to these Saturday posts, too.

First up is what I wore this week. I’ve provided links when possible and found dupes for pieces that are old or out of stock.

dress / waffle cardigan / flats (Time and Tru from Walmart – check local store)

dress (sold out online from Old Navy – similar, similar) / flats (Time and Tru from Walmart – check local store)

flannel / jeans / booties

tunic (similar) / leggings / flats (Time and Tru from Walmart – check local store)

poncho sweater / jeans (similar) / flats (Time and Tru has a similar style – check local Walmart)

Other than date night, I cook supper most nights. Lately I’ve been trying to cook dishes that will have leftovers to take for lunch the next day. This week, I tried a new recipe, along with some of our tried-and-true favorites.

Main Courses + Sides

Tex-Mex Cauliflower Rice – This is a new recipe and turned out pretty good! It also made enough to have leftovers for lunch and supper the next day.

Sausage and peppers with brown rice – I discovered this dish back in the spring from one of my favorite bloggers: Caitlin Covington. It’s super easy, and even Isaac likes it!

Spaghetti, salad, crescent rolls – This is nothing fancy. I just brown ground beef and add it to Prego sauce, then dump it over noodles.

Sausage pizza, salad – This is the dough recipe I use. Pizza is always a great meal option because it can be customized to fit all taste buds in the household.

Dessert

We’re big dessert people at my house! I usually try to do at least one on the weekends.

Chocolate oatmeal cookies – These are quick and easy and pair perfectly with a glass of milk! I usually half the recipe for us because, although we would definitely eat the whole batch, that’s probably not the best option!

I did another blog post a few weeks ago with some more family-friendly meal ideas. Check it out here.

Have a great day!

Sarah

Girly Twist on Flannel

Happy Wednesday!

Flannel is a closet staple this time of the year. It makes me think of bonfires and family photos. However, it can also be manly-looking, and as a woman, that may not be the look you’re going for. Enter this darling, baby doll flannel from American Eagle.

flannel / jeans / booties

I got this top about a month ago after seeing other bloggers rave about it on Instagram. I’m here to tell you, it’s worth the hype.

The baby doll cut gives it a girly twist, which I really like, and the plaid print is less “in-your-face” than other flannel tops.

I will say that is runs over-sized. I sized down to an XS, and there’s still plenty of room.

What do you think? Do you like the twist on this flannel or prefer a more traditional cut?

Sarah

Closet Staples: LBD

Hey, y’all!

I want to begin by saying, “THANK YOU!” for the love you showed on mine and Daniel’s previous post, on how we met. He was exited to be able to contribute, so expect additional appearances from him in the future.

Today, I’m continuing my closet staples series with an item that every woman should have in her closet: a little black dress aka LBD.

LBDs come in all shapes and sizes, so find one that works for your body. The one I’m wearing is from Old Navy, and it’s a style they continue to put out year after year.

The great thing about an LBD is its versatility.

Casual

By throwing on sneakers, a cap, and tying a flannel shirt around your waist, you have an instant outfit for when you want to be comfy yet cute.

LBD / sneakers / flannel (Time and Tru – check local Walmart) / Nike cap

Church or Date Night

With cooler temperatures, it’s becoming necessary to dress warmer. By adding a fun scarf and booties, you can easily make this “plain” dress a little more interesting. This would be really cute to wear to church.

LBD /  booties  /  scarf

Night Out

Adding fedora instantly adds a “cool” vibe to an outfit. If you’re going out, this combination makes for a fun outfit.

LBD / olive utility jacket /  booties 

School

As many of you know, I’m a teacher. Pointed-toe, nude flats elongate the leg and a cardigan adds a pop of color and warmth.

LBD / cardigan (similar) / flats (Time and Tru – check local Walmart)

I also want to say that these pictures were taken before I got my extensions, ha ha! I haven’t given them up that quickly!

Sarah

Outfits of the Week (10/25-10/31)

Happy Halloween!

Thank you all so much for the love on my birthday yesterday! Daniel, Isaac, and I went to Tupelo, MS last night to celebrate. We had a lot of fun, but it’s also challenging trying to get a toddler to sit still these days!

What are your plans for tonight? I think we’re going to go trick-or-treating at a few family members’ houses. I’m glad that Halloween falls on a Saturday this year because we can start our visiting earlier and get home sooner, ha ha!

Here’s what I wore this week:

sweater dress / booties

leopard top (similar) / black jeggings / loafers (similar)

dress (similar) / denim jacket (similar) / nude loafers (Time and Tru from Walmart – check local store)

kimono sweater / leopard tank / olive jeggings / loafers (similar)

leopard-sleeve top / black jeggings / booties

sweater (similar) / jeggings (similar) / flats (Time and Tru from Walmart – check local store)

I hope you all have a great Saturday!

Sarah

Mask-Friendly Earrings

Hey, y’all!

Right before quarantine started in the spring, I was really into statement earrings. Unfortunately, that’s a difficult trend to participate in now that masks are worn daily.

Today, I’ve rounded up my most-worn, mask-friendly earrings, and they’re all from Walmart.

Round Crystal Stone Earrings

This is my most worn pair. They’re a little more dressy than typical studs, yet they’re still easy to wear with a mask. I probably wear them at least five days a week.

Pearl Earrings

I’m not sure where you’re from, but I’m a Southern girl, so pearls are always a must. This is my other most-worn pair of earrings. I’m just as likely to wear them with a dress as I am with workout clothes.

Here are a few other cute options that would work with masks:

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Do you still wear statement earrings or have you gone the studs route like me?

Sarah

“The Everyday Top” 4 Ways + NEW Downtown Allie Code

Hey, y’all! We’ve made it to the halfway point of the week, and I’m not mad about it.

Today, I’m coming to you with a recent Downtown Allie find: “The Everyday Top.” I also have a NEW discount code at the bottom of today’s post, so keep reading.

I really like this top because of how versatile it is. If you’ve been around here for a bit, you know I gravitate toward items that can be worn multiple ways.

Here are a few ways to style it:

On the Weekend

While this top may seem “basic” at first, the bubble sleeves and heathered material give it a fun twist. Pair it with jeans and fun sneakers for a casual weekend look.

top / sneakers

At the Office

You don’t want to show too much skin at work, but the high-neck of this top goes well with a classic pencil skirt and heels and balances out bare legs.

top / leopard skirt / nude heels (similar, similar)

At School

Teachers, this top is for you! Knot it over a striped dress and add some booties for a functional, comfortable outfit suitable for the classroom.

top / striped dress (similar) / booties

For Date Night

Since this top is essentially pattern free, it’s easy to pair accessories with it. I love how the fedora and distressed jeans add an edgy vibe to this top.

top / black jeans / leopard loafers / scarf (similar) / fedora (similar)

Another great thing about it is that it comes in TWO colors. I’m wearing the “burgundy” shade, but it also comes in black.

I also have a special discount code for you! My old code (SARAH15) has officially expired, BUT you can use TOP15 to get 15% off all tops. However, it’s ONLY GOOD until 10/25 and can ONLY be used online, so make sure you check out Downtown Allie’s website soon!

How would you style this top?

Sarah

Outfits of the Week (10/11-10/17)

Cheers for the weekend!

Truth be told, I’ve been on fall break this week, so I’ve had “weekend vibes” going for several days. Since I mostly stayed home this week, most of my outfits were super casual and comfortable, but I also know that’s the type of outfits a lot of you like.

top (Factory Connection – can’t find shirt online) / shorts / rain boots

coral shirt (similar) / Nike hat / leggings / Nike Renew Run shoes

henley / joggers

flannel

sweater dress (similar) / boots (similar)

Although this picture wasn’t taken this week, it’s what I wore. I paired it with my favorite sneakers.

leopard sweatshirt / leggings / Nike Renew Run shoes

I hope y’all have a good day!

Sarah

Loungewear in the Work Environment

Hey, y’all! How’s your week been so far? I’m in the middle of fall break, so things are going pretty well here!

When COVID started and Zoom meetings became the norm, people mastered the art of dressing professionally on the top and comfortably on the bottom. These days, more people are back in the workplace. However, that doesn’t mean you still can’t dress comfortably.

Lounge Sets

Comfy sets are all the rage right now. However, sometimes the prints can be rather bold and look a little too casual for the work environment. The great thing about sets is that you can mix and match them with more professional pieces that are more appropriate for work.

leopard set (similar) / mustard skirt (similar) / denim jacket (similar) / white henley

 Leggings

I love a good pair of leggings. However, wearing them with a baggy sweatshirt isn’t an option for most working people. Instead, pair your favorite leggings with a cute dress or layer a tunic and cardigan for a more put-together look. Stick to black for the most professional look.

leggings / spotted tunic/dress (similar) / over the knee boots (similar) / leopard sweatshirt / tank / cardigan / scarf / flats (Time and Tru – check local Walmart)

Sweater

Tunic sweaters are wonderful to lounge in, but they can also look sloppy if not paired with the right bottoms. Take your favorite oversized sweater and add some tight jeans, a front tuck, and jewelry for a more polished, yet still causal, outfit.

statement sleeve sweater (similar) / leopard flats / leopard sweatshirt / striped sweater / booties / fedora (similar)

Joggers

Have you tried joggers? Though not all joggers are created equal, with a few key items, they totally work in the workplace. My favorite way to wear joggers is with a tucked in, fitted top, a denim jacket, and cute sneakers.

joggers / denim jacket (similar) / sneakers (linked in this post) / leopard sweatshirt / cardigan / flats (Time and Tru – check local Walmart)

Ponytail

As women, we all have those days when our hair does not want to cooperate. For most, the solution is to throw it up in a ponytail. However, there are so many accessories to use on those days for a more polished look. This “hair piece” has been a game-changer for me and allows me to look like I spent a ton of time on my hair, even when I didn’t. I talk more about it on this post.

6 pack of headbands

Which “lounge” item do you want to try wearing in the workplace?

Sarah