Instagram Roundup: Winter (in Florida) Wear

Happy Wednesday!

This week has been one of those weeks I adore! Things are getting done, my productivity level is insane, and we have a super fun weekend ahead…all things I love! I haven’t done an IG roundup in a while, and I’m not entirely great at linking my OOTD pieces, so I’m bringing up a few for you here and now. A lot of what I’ve been wearing the past week or so – which is winter wear because we had a week of winter in the Sunshine State – is on major sale, which is a huge plus!

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{Jeans: 7FAM | Black Tee | Blazer | Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM | Sunglasses: RayBan | Wedges: Michael Kors |Earrings: SugarFix by BaubleBar | Watch: Apple | Charm Bracelet & Charms: Tiffany & Co. | David Yurman Bracelet }

I wore this earlier this week when the temps warmed up just a bit. It was such a nice day in the 60s, but still not cool enough not to throw on a blazer (though I did cheat the system with some open-toe spring shoes). I am a huge fan of these jeans with their raw hem, and I’m also a huge fan of black in the cold weather. A blazer just dresses up basic jeans and tee outfits.

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{Jeans: 7FAM |Sweater | Hat | Sunglasses: Yves Saint Laurent | Lipstick: MAC D for Danger  | Watch | Suede Heels: Manolo Blahnik }

You know it’s cold when a Floridian puts on a sweater with a cowl neck. And I told you I love these jeans so much.

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{ Jeans: 7FAM | Sweater | Scarf (gift, but similar here)| Watch | Sunglasses: RayBan | OTK Boots, sold out similar here | Earrings: SugarFix by BaubleBar }

I didn’t even know I owned a turtleneck sweater, my face says it’s cold, and my husband picked up this scarf for me last year and I never thought I’d be able to wear it!

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{Jeans: 7FAM | Ballet Flats: Tory Burch | Plaid Shirt (sold out, similar here) | Sunglasses: YSL | Minnie Ears: Disney World | Lipstick: Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood }

This is the time of year I am happiest we are annual passholders, and it’s also the time we use them the most. The weather is gorgeous, we don’t die of heat, and everyone is in such a good mood. The parks are less crowded. It’s good stuff. And this was a sweet, sweet family day.

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{Faux Leather Leggings | Sweater: Michael Kors (old, similar here) | Suede Heels: Manolo Blahnik | Necklace: Old, similar here and here | Sunglasses: YSL (sold out, similar here)| Kate Spade Bow Clutch | Lipstick: Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood }

Date. Night. My husband is the best date night-planner. We do a lot of date nights I plan, but his are the best because he asks me out after he secures a sitter to come over and take care of the kids, he makes the reservations, and he never chooses a restaurant that doesn’t have one of my favorite bottles of wine on the menu (hint: it needs to be a sangiovese). And he always makes it so much fun.

Best Buys of The Holiday Season: 3 Classic New Favorites

Happy Monday!

I’m having a love/hate relationship with this day for a few reasons.

  • It’s warming back up in Florida and I miss the really cold weather, but the kids will go back to spending all their time outside playing and we can open the doors and windows again…and I love that.
  • The kids are still home from school for the 78th week of Christmas vacation. Okay, so it’s the first day of their third week home, and they go back to school on Wednesday, but there’s been a lot of child-togetherness the past few weeks, and they’re tired of one another. We’re tired of them being tired of one another.

But, otherwise, my mood is a good one. It was such a nice weekend. I spent Friday night in my office working on a few upcoming collaboration details with some amazing companies and I cannot wait to share the deets with everyone, and then I shut it down and we had family movie night.

Saturday the kids wanted Cheesecake Factory, so we spent a fun family day in Tampa eating, shopping, and behaving. The kids were complimented by numerous people and staff in the restaurant for their excellent behavior, and the best one was from the people in the booth behind us who had no idea there were four kids sitting at the table right behind them. Literally the best compliment you can have as a parent. #doingsomethingright

The past few weeks have been fun, but I am so ready to get back to our regularly scheduled programming, even though I miss the holiday season already. September 1 – December 25 has my heart, and the rest of the year is like a waiting period for that time to start again (maybe that’s a little dramatic since it’s not like we don’t have fun the rest of the year…I just reallllllly love those four months in a kind of obsessive manner).

Christmas was good in the Raiford household – if ridiculously overdone according to my sweet husband (can’t stop, won’t stop, sorry not sorry…you knew what you were getting when you married me, darlin’). My husband is the best gift-giver. He is always so thoughtful in choosing things that he knows I need or want even if I don’t know I need or want them, and he’s also quite good at ordering the things I know I want in my life (it’s like he can read my mind…or the screenshots I send him of exact item names in the exact size and color perfect for me, but who’s counting?).

I’m sharing my three favorite new must-haves – you know I love the basics – two from my husband, and one I ordered myself. They’re (mostly) classics, and two of the three are on major sale right now!

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{Shoes: Manolo Blahnik (old, similar here) | Jeans: 7Fam | Top: Old similar here | Scarf: Gift from my mother-in-law similar here | Handbag: Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM | Sunglasses: RayBan | Computer Bag: Kate Spade }

These released hem 7 For All Mankind Jeans are my new favorite ever – first, they’re ankle jeans (though that only means they’re perfect actual jeans length on my 5’3 frame) and they’re so, so, so soft. I love them. They were one of the amazing gifts under the tree from my husband this Christmas, and they are on major sale!

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{Jeans: 7FAM | Top: Dreamers by Debut Cowl Neck Sweater (sold out, similar here) | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Sunglasses: YSL (old similar here) | Handbag: Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM | Earrings: SugarFix by BaubleBar }

I’ve been eyeing these Manolos for a while now, but I already have two pair of black pumps that I’ve been loving on for approximately a decade. A gorgeous pair of snakeskin Jimmy Choos I got on major sale before I even had kids, and a pair of patent leather Louboutins I love. But I don’t have a pair of suede pumps, and I really wanted them. Manolo’s BB pumps are my favorite of all time, and I was excited on Christmas morning to find them under the tree!

I am such a sucker for classic heels in black and nude, and I’m always going to invest in a pair that last forever. Trust me when I say these last!

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{Tory Burch Blossom Ballet Flats}

Who doesn’t love a good pair of ballet flats? In Florida, these are kind of our winter shoes. We put away the flip flops and sandals a few weeks out of the year in favor of ballet flats that cover our toes and keep us warm in the chilly mid-60 degree winter weather.

Okay, so it’s been in the 30s here the past week and I love it, but we all know that’s not actually normal winter weather. 60s is about right. Anyway, I saw these during the Tory Burch 30% off sale – and I still hadn’t used my $50 gift card from TB that expired the last day of the year. I ended up ordering these from the Tory Burch website, and I paid $67. They were already on sale, plus they were 30% off, and I had my TB gift card TB is so amazing to send every year. It was a major win.

What amazing buys did you score this holiday season on sale or not?

 

The Perfect Pop: You Need A Red Winter Coat

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If y’all haven’t already heard, we Floridians are having a little bit of a winter experience at the moment. There were schools cancelled (and I’m just over here like who are the lucky people whose kids are already back to school while mine are home for another week?), businesses shut down, people panicked, and some of us had to go into the garage and start our cars and turn on the heat before we left the house (which also taught me the very important lesson that while I can push to start my car from anywhere in the house, the heat only works if it’s, you know, what you were using when you last turned your car off…oops).

It’s been cold, and it’s inspired me to remove my ages-old bold red coat from the depths of my closet behind the Lilly’s and the maxi dresses and the tank tops and flip flops. Yes, I own a coat. I ordered it about 11 years ago when my husband and I went to New York City for the first time for our second wedding anniversary. Other than a few business trips to Cleveland a decade ago, New York is the only time that coat comes out of the closet a few times a year.

But I broke it out this week – and I cannot even begin to tell you how many compliments I received! Apparently, Floridians didn’t know about coats (haha) or people just really love the red wool peacoat that looks a little bit like a fun wintery dress that I wear. Either way, I received so many compliments in person and so many messages about the coat on social media I thought I better share.

Unfortunately, my red coat is old – and it’s from Victoria’s Secret. I know, right? How amazing is that? It was under $150, and it’s lasted me more than a decade. Of course, it gets worn two or three weekends a year, so that might account for some of that. It’s no longer available, but I did some digging and found some seriously amazing red coats in every price range and similar style for anyone who wants to add a pop of fun color and style to winter. It helps when you’re really, really cold.

1. Sofia Cashmere Coat – $320

2. New York & Co. Wool Trench – $48

3. Kate Spade Wool Boucle Poppy Coat – $500

4. Paul & Joe Belted Wool Coat in Burgundy – $400

5. Marni Cape Effect Wool Coat – $800 (originally $2,735 so this is a HUGE sale!)

I love an inexpensive coat for myself being that I don’t live in the actual cold but if you live where cold winters are a regular thing, investing in a classic coat that’s well-made and meant to last is imperative (did you see the price drop on that Marni!?)

 

The Casual LBD: The Perfect Way to Transition from Summer to Fall ( Or to Other Summer in Florida, anyway)

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You guys, today is the first day of back to school for our kids – and we are celebrating! Okay, so we took them to school, walked them to class, and ordered our favorite biscuits and gravy to go so we could come home and sit at our desks and eat them.

But it’s quiet. We are both sitting at our desks working in the silence. No one wants a snack. No one wants to scream at anyone else. No one is bickering. No one is complaining about Google Home playing Frank Sinatra radio.

It’s a good day.

And it’s also the first official day of fall in my book. Since we’re Floridians and that season doesn’t exist, it starts for me officially officially on September 1, but unofficially on the first day of school. Which means it’s time to transition the summer wardrobe into a fall wardrobe. Basically, it’s time to add a little black to the mix.

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So before I finish up a few deadlines and head off to yoga, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite ways to go from summer to faux fall in Florida – with the basic back tee shirt dress. It’s everything – and this one is from TJ Maxx ($9.99, seriously). I love the tick neck detail, and I’ve linked to a few of my other favorite casual LBDs to transition.

Wear them with flats, add a pair of wedges, some booties, or some riding boots and a scarf to give them a little edge. And know that if you have the kind of weather that allows you to wear boots and a scarf with your casual LBD without dying of heat stroke – I kind of hate you a little.

A lot.

And not kind of.

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This casual LBD is one of my favorites. It’s easy to wear both casually as well as a little dressed up (and it’s only $68!)

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This casual LBD is perfect for casual outings and having a little fun.

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This casual LBD has the most fun flutter sleeves if you want something a little extra.

(Photos by Nordstrom)