Favorite Outfits of 2013

2013 has been a great year for me. I got to stay at home with my adorable new daughter and I also started fashion blogging. Blogging has been so fun and has really helped my transition into being a stay-at-home mom. I've always been very driven and it's hard for me to be out of school. Blogging has helped keep me sane by giving me goals to achieve and by allowing me to meet new, wonderful people. It has also pushed me out of my fashion comfort zone. I love that I'm so much more open to trying new styles now!

Thank you to all of my followers and to everyone who comments on my blog. Your support means the world to me! 

Here is a compilation of my favorite looks from 2013! If you want to see more details on any of these outfits, you can just click on the image and it will take you to the original post!

Happy New Years!


Sequins and Sparkle

This is the time of the year to bust out anything and everything sparkly that you own. If you missed the opportunity over Christmas, New Years gives you another chance. I got the sequined tank top and glittery shoes I'm wearing here for Christmas. I may have picked it out for myself on Black Friday... I may have picked out almost all of my presents on Black Friday. Does anyone else buy their own presents? My husband doesn't mind- less work for him and he knows that I'll be happy with my presents. 

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! I loved ours. It was so fun to see Eve interact with some of her cousins and play with all of her new toys. I can't wait for next year when she'll understand Christmas a little better!


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Red + Green

Yesterday I showed you my dressed up, Christmas Sunday look. Today I'm sharing a look that would be perfect for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day! If you're like me, you avoid wearing red and green together throughout most of the year because your mind automatically associates it with Christmas. Now is your opportunity to wear it! Oh and don't worry, you can do it without looking like one of those strange old ladies that's decked out from head to toe in Christmas gear. 

For this look, I decided to wear my new favorite pair of jeans. Their from Silver Jeans and they are amazing! I love the wash and the fit. They have just the right amount of stretch to them and they don't start completely sagging off you later in the day. There's an obvious difference in quality between these jeans and the ones that I buy for $20!

I didn't have the heart to take little Eve outside in the cold to take pictures so you get some inside shots of her today. She didn't even want to take pictures with me though because she loves her Uncle Richard and just wanted to be held by him the whole time!

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas tomorrow!


Winter White

Can you believe that it's Christmas in a couple of days? I feel like this one has sneaked up on me. I also can't believe that this will be Eve's second Christmas! I think she'll enjoy this one a little more than she did the last. This week is extra exciting for me because our third anniversary is on Friday too! 

White and silver is one of my favorite winter/Christmas color combos. This is a look that I wore to church yesterday. In all reality I probably won't be wearing something like this on Christmas Day. I would rather wear something a little more comfortable and casual. Tomorrow I'll be sharing a look that I will more likely be wearing on Christmas. 
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PersunMall Wish List

PersunMall Wish List

If you're anything like me, when you find a new store with affordable, cute things, you feel this sudden exhilaration and the desire to say a little "woot." That's how I felt yesterday when I looked at I think I opened up about 50 tabs, each with a different item that I liked from this store. Not only are the products well priced but the shipping is affordable too. That earns major points in my book. 

I managed to narrow my wish list down a little from 50 items but it wasn't easy! Take a look and check out the great prices using the links below!

Persunmall Wish List

Coats: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4
Blazers: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5
Dresses: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4
Shirts: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5

Edgy Floral

As I started writing this post, I realized that almost everything that I'm wearing comes from Forever 21. The main reason for this is that their Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales were pretty amazing. These super cute cat eye sunglasses were only $2, the sunglasses necklace was under a dollar, and this fun top was only $8. This top appealed to me because it isn't your typical floral top- it has a little bit of edge. I figured if my top was edgy, why not go with it and wear leather leggings too. There's just something about an all black (or mostly black) outfit. 

Also, in case you were wondering, I was not cold at all while taking these. We Australians are perfectly adapted to snowy conditions...


Leopard + Stripes + Burgundy

The fun thing about shopping at thrift stores is that you never know what you're going to find. There's always such a variety of styles to chose from. Yes, a lot of is not worth a second glance but occasionally you come across a gem. I love this little grey dress that I thrifted. I mean, look at those balloon sleeves! I also managed to incorporate three of my favorite things into this outfit- leopard print, scarves, and cute booties. I can't get over how gorgeous these wine colored booties are! The bows alone had me sold immediately.

I couldn't resist dressing Eve in her own cute little boots. How could I pass up a perfect opportunity for us to match? It's cute now but it's going to get weirder as she gets older. I'll probably still do it though because I'm a parent and it's my job to embarrass my children.  

Polka Dots + Peplum

Lately I've been missing wearing some of my peplum tops. Most short sleeve tops can be worn in the fall with a cardigan or blazer but peplum it's a little trickier with peplum tops if you don't want to hide their shape. As I learned the other day, wearing a button down shirt under a peplum one is actually a pretty good option. It's better than letting your arms freeze at least. 

Now it's time to announce the winners from our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways series! Thanks to everyone who participated and congrats to the winners! You will be (or already have been) sent an email about your win. 
Day 1 (Apple of My Eye Jewelry Grab Bags): Adrienne K. , Denise S. , Kristen M. 
Day 2 (Item from Oh My Chic Etsy Shop): Maria M.
Day 3 (White Plum Boutique- Printed Leggings): Kim P.
Day 4 (Collectively Yours- Chevron Top): Nikki
Day 5 (Liam's Loft Clare Tablet Case): Courtney D. 
Day 6 ($25 Gift Card to Starbucks + Rose Gold Urban Watch): Ellen C.
Day 7 (Southern Charm Apparel- 3 Layering Dresses): Sabrina
Day 8 (White Plum Boutique- Scarf of Your Choice): Abbigayle R. 
Day 9 ($50 ASOS Store Credit): Georgina C. 
Day 10 ($25 Nordstrom Gift Card): Suzzie A.
Day 11 (Pair of Jeans from Silver Jeans): Desaria G.
Day 12 ($350 Gift Card): Ellen R.


Leather + 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways- Day 12

Today's the big day! The last day of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways! I hope you haven't gotten too sick of these giveaways because today we have one more and it's a big one! How big? It's only a $350 Visa gift card! I wish I could enter this one! 

Here are the links to all of our giveaways. Make sure to enter them today! Winners will be picked over the weekend and announced Dec 16

First I thought I'd share an outfit because I've been slacking during this giveaway series! I think that this faux leather skirt is so fun! I especially love the quilted look it has. It makes it more than your average leather skirt. I also love how full it is. Both my husband and mother asked me if I was enjoying living in the '50s. Somehow this gorgeous leather number is reminiscent of a poodle skirt?  Maybe a super edgy poodle skirt minus the poodle... meh, I still think it's cool.


12 Days of Christmas Giveaways- Day 11

It's time for our second to last giveaway in our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways event! Tomorrow's giveaway is a big one so make sure to check back tomorrow!

If you've missed any of our previous giveaways you can find them here:

Silver Jeans offer a number of styles, sizes/lengths and washes from super skinny to boot cut and even plus sizes! Regardless of how tall or short, you should be able to find a comfortable pair of jeans from this brand! It is a time-tested collection that blends modern and vintage details with intricate washes and creative designs.

If you're wondering about the quality of these jeans, you can visit these blogs to see some reviews! I will be posting a review later this week!

One lucky reader will win a free pair of jeans from Silver Jeans' website! Enter below!


12 Days of Christmas Giveaways- Day 10

Welcome to Day 10 of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways! Only a couple of days before our grand prize! Get excited! If you've missed any of our previous giveaways, you can find them here:

Before we get into today’s giveaway, let’s get to know the blogger behind today’s prize!

Today's giveaway is for a Nordstrom gift card! Below I've shown you some of my favorite picks from Nordstrom right now for less than $100. These are perfect for gifts or just for spoiling yourself!
Nordstrom Picks
1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10 // 11 // 12

Today's giveaway is for a $25 gift card to Nordstrom!


Heart Jeans + 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways- Day 9

Let me start off by saying that today's giveaway is amazing! It's definitely one that I would want to win myself! Before I talk more about that though, I thought I'd share a few outfit pictures. I don't want you guys to get sick of all these giveaway posts! I hope you're actually enjoying them!

I've been really impressed with Forever 21's jeans lately. First I got those awesome floral print ones and then I came across these cute and comfy heart jeans. Plus they were both incredibly well priced!

Let's keep this short and sweet and move on to today's giveaway!


12 Days of Christmas Giveaways- Day 8

It's Day 8 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways! Here are the links to the last 7 days in case you missed them!

Today's featured blogger is... drum roll, please.... ME! If you're reading my blog then you probably don't need to be introduced to me. Maybe you do if you're a new follower though!

Today's giveaway is sponsored by White Plum Boutique!

White Plum Boutique is a women's fashion and lifestyle brand. They have a unique collection of clothing and accessories for today’s modern woman. Everyone knows that this time of year is perfect for layering up, and cute scarves are perfect for staying warm and looking cute!

White Plum is giving 1 lucky winner their choice of a fashion scarf from their boutique! From plain to printed, the winner will be able to choose whatever fits their style. 

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12 Days of Christmas Giveaways- Day 7

Welcome to Day 7 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways!

Today we have a featured blogger and a featured blog. I absolutely love Jessi's blog and her fun style! If you love giveaways then you'll definitely love the Fashion Blog Giveaways blog!

Today’s giveaway is sponsored by Southern Charm Apparel!

Southern Charm Apparel is an online-only boutique run by two girls with a part-time passion for finding great pieces without breaking the bank (Yes, they both have "day jobs" too!). You can find their custom jewelry, boutique dresses, and fabulous accessories on their website, or featured on their deal site partners such as Jane, Sassy Steals, and Ace & Ivy.

*Use code 12DAYSGIVEAWAY to take 20% off your order between the now and 12/12*

Southern Charm Apparel is giving ONE lucky winner their choice of THREE solid layering dresses! This dress is perfect this time of year with tunics, sweaters, and leggings! The winner will choose from black, white, brown, grey, charcoal, khaki, royal blue, coral/orange, and hot pink!


12 Days of Christmas Giveaways- Day 6

It's Day 6 of the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways! Today's giveaway winner will receive TWO prizes! I hope you're all enjoying these opportunities to win some great prizes. Here are the links to the last 5 days of giveaways!

Now for our featured bloggers:

Onto the giveaway!

Today's giveaway winner will receive a Starbucks gift card and an item from Urban Peach Boutique!

Urban Peach Boutique was founded in October 2012 by two sisters with a love for fashion. 
Their idea was simple; start an awesome company that offered great fashion at ridiculously 
affordable prices. Since then, Urban Peach has rapidly grown to become a great success, 
keeping women all over in style and well accessorized.

Today's winner will receive a $25 gift card for Starbucks + a Rose Gold Urban Watch from Urban Peach Boutique! Enter below!


Floral Jeans + 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways- Day 5

I've wanted to buy some floral print jeans for quite a while now but I could never justify the purchase. I just didn't feel like they were versatile enough. That was until I came across these ones from Forever 21. These are the most neutral floral jeans I've come across. I feel like I could wear them with just about anything. Plus, I got them for less than $10 on Black Friday. 

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways- Day 4

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways- Day 4

Before I give you the giveaway info, I just have to mention that it's Eve's birthday today! My little girl is one! So, so crazy! I'll be sharing all of the details about her big day in a post, so stay tuned for that!

Welcome to Day 4 of our Christmas giveaway series! In case you missed them, here are the links to the last three giveaways:
Day 1- Apple of My Eye Jewelry Grab Bag
Day 2- Item from Oh My Chic Etsy Store
Day 3- Printed Leggings from White Plum Boutique

Before we talk about what you can win today, let's meet another couple of bloggers involved in this giveaway event!


We are teaming up with Collectively Yours Boutique to offer you a piece from their collection. 
Collectively Yours was started by Breanne Miller in 2012 as a way to earn some extra cash for a 
family trip. Her small goal turned into a love for modest, stylish, affordable fashion. 

She also uses her boutique as a way to inspire women to go for their dreams. To break the 
molds, step out of our comfort zones, and see what we as women can accomplish!


The winner of today's giveaway will receive the colorblock chevron top from shown above!

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways- Day 3

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways- Day 3

Welcome to Day 3 of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways! Today's giveaway is perfect for the chilly December weather!
 If you missed Day 1 (here) or Day 2 (here), you still have the chance to enter until December 12!

 Before we get down to business, let's meet a couple of new bloggers!


Now onto the giveaway! Today White Plum Boutique is giving away a pair of leggings!

White Plum Boutique is a women's fashion and lifestyle brand. They believe the best deal for you is the best deal for them! They have a unique collection of clothing and accessories for today’s modern woman.

Look how cute these leggings are! I personally love the black and white reindeer ones!

Visit White Plum // Pinterest // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

The winner of this giveaway will receive a pair of plain or printed leggings of their choice from White Plum Boutique.

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Contrast & 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways- Day 2

Today is Day 2 of the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways! If you missed yesterday's giveaway, you can enter here. You can enter today's giveaway at the bottom of this post.

I found this fun dress a couple of weeks ago at H&M. I fell in love with the contrasting stripes down the sides and with the price tag- $14.95! Can't get much better than that!

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways- Day 1

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways- Day 1

I am so excited to be teaming up with 13 awesome fashion bloggers to bring you this amazing series of giveaways! Over the next 12 days, there will be a new giveaway every day. Every day you will have the chance to enter and win something! Pretty awesome, right! We'll also be featuring a blogger to meet each day!

Jody//Fashion Blog Giveaways//Aisha

Today's giveaway is brought to you by Apple of My Eye Jewelry. Apple Of My Eye Jewelry is run by two sisters from Ogden, UT. These ladies work to offer stunning designer inspired jewelry at an affordable price. They are often featured on daily deal websites like, and You can visit them on Facebook for up to date deals and fun giveaways!

Today THREE lucky readers will win a grab bag of stunning designer inspired accessories from Apple of My Eye Jewelry! Go ahead and enter below using Rafflecopter!

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