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NYE Outfits- Sparkly and Warm

Today I've teamed up with Rachelle from XOXO, Rachelle to bring you two different oufits that would be perfect for NYE! Rachelle's blog has a little bit of everything- fashion, beauty, lifestyle, and pictures of an adorable little baby girl (who also happens to have gorgeous red hair like her mama!) She's all about affordable fashion, just like me! So make sure to check out her blog! Anyway, on to the outfits!


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Tartan and Navy for Christmas

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Scarves: from Sweat Rags to Amazing Accessories

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Fall Florals

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Favorite Fashion Friday

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A Frozen Party


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Pink and Fuzzy

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Black Friday Haul


The picture above shows the extent of my in-store shopping splurge. Actually, no, I also bought a couple of bras from Victoria's secret. Didn't really want to share those on the internet. Anyway, on Thursday evening I went with a group of family and friends to Target and Kohl's. The next day we hit up H&M, Forever 21, American Eagle, Old Navy, and Victoria's Secret.

As much as I love the plaid shirts from American Eagle (they're ridiculously soft), I couldn't bring myself to buy another one. Also, their jeans just fit me strangely. I'm a little to tall for the regulars and too short for the talls. So I walked out of there with absolutely nothing. But everywhere else I had to put things back before I got to the cash register!

Here is what I picked up for myself, broken down by store. I'll also share the links to everything from my first haul picture below (including things for my girls and my husband.) I've also included some pics of things that I bought online. In addition to what I'm showing here, we also bought two nightstands, two dressers, a mirror... and two couches. So yes, this Black Friday/Cyber Monday was big for us!

A lot of these things are still on sale so you can pick some up for yourself if they catch your fancy!

Target
Embellished sweater (on sale!)  |  Striped sweater (on sale!)  |   Blue fair isle sweater (on sale!)
Plaid sweater (on sale!)  |  White pocket tee (other colors here)  |  Elephant print tee (on sale!)


Kohl's
Scotty print pajamas (on sale!)  |  Gray cardigan (on sale!)


Old Navy
Turtleneck sweater (get 30% off with code EXTRAGIFT)


World Market


H&M
Pompom beanie (get it in black here)  |  Floral headband


Everything
Girl's mint beret (on sale!) | Striped leggings (on sale!)  |  Ivory sparkly cardigan (on sale!)
Penguin sweater (on sale!)  |  Ivory Faux Fur Throw  |  Teal plaid button down (on sale!)
Cinderella doll (on sale!)  |  Gray henley shirt (on sale!)  |  Scotty print pajamas (on sale!)
Embellished sweater (on sale!)  |  Turtleneck sweater (get 30% off with code EXTRAGIFT)
Striped sweater (on sale!)  |   Floral headband  |  Pompom beanie (get it in black here)
Blue fair isle sweater (on sale!)  |  White pocket tee (other colors here)  |  Gray cardigan (on sale!)
Elephant print tee (on sale!)  |  Plaid sweater (on sale!)


Online Purchases


Nordstrom

Amazon



Online Purchases- Lulu's

Dainty Darlin' Gold Rhinestone Layered Necklace at Lulus.com!

Former and the Flatter Black Infinity Scarf at Lulus.com!


Target





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Dressing Up a Sweater

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Feeling Like Lara Croft

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Platform Loafers and Seated Happy Dances


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Thrifting Tips

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60s Inspired Shoot

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Plaid and Over the Knee Boots

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Essence of Mermaid

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Little Mermaid Lover

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I'm on a Roof

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Move Over, Tulle Skirt

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Why You Should Wear a Shirt Around Your Waist

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Mommiform and Itty Bitty Bows

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A Dash of Greek Goddess

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Leopard Print and Hair Extensions

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Letters to Lily: Six Months

Dress: Gap  |  Headband: Waterleaf Boutique

Dear Lily,
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Currently Craving

Currently Craving

Since the weather is finally cooling off here in Utah (in the mornings and evenings at least,) I'm experiencing a severe and consistent itch to add some new items to my fall wardrobe. After looking through my fall fashion Pinterest board, I've come up with a list of things that I love the most. This is in an attempt to reduce impulse shopping. It's all research based shopping for me and I'm using the term research fairly loosely. Basically, if I pinned a type of item more than once, I add it to my wishlist. So this is what my list consists of thus far. I'm not going to even pretend that this will be the extent of my list though. I'm just too impressionable and Pinterest has too many pretty pictures.

1. Over-the-Knee Boots
I've wanted a pair for a couple of years but never taken the plunge. This season is the one in which I finally give in to this warm-legged goodness.

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The Best and the Blurst

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Instagram Style Challenges Part 2

If you read my previous instagram blog post, then you're aware that I've been attempting some style challenges. I started out doing two different ones (not the brightest idea for my first time) but by the end of the month I was just doing one, #wearwhatwhereseptember. Yep, I'm a quitter. Some days I was having to put together two different outfits and I got burned out. But I am proud to say that I completed one and only became slightly insane.

I don't think I'll be doing another style challenge in October due to the aforementioned burn out. I need a break. I started to feel pretty uninspired by the end of the month. I also found that I didn't always like to try and conform to a prompt. I don't like to try every single trend out there and some of these prompts just weren't my style. But I did my best with what I had.

September 11: Red, White, & Blue
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Floral Peplum: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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Cape Blazers: The Sleeveless Wonders

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Taking a Dress from Day to Night

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A Plaid Pseudo Cardigan

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How to Transition Your Wardrobe from Summer to Fall

Okay everyone, I don't know if you've heard, but fall is coming up. *Please read that sentence with the heavy sarcasm with which it was intended. If you had already rolled your eyes at my assumed stupidity, please roll them in the opposite direction so as to undo your mistake. Thank you.*

As much as I love fall, and there is just so much to love about it, there is one thing that I simply can't stand about it. It ends summer. How terribly, horribly rude and inconsiderate of fall? Does it realize the pain it inflicts by forcing me to fold up my pretty swimsuits, knowing that they will be neglected for about nine months? That's a ridiculously long time, as anyone who has gestated a tiny human can attest.

Speaking of offspring, the commencement of fall also acts as a warning signal, letting me know that my days in the sun with my girls are coming to an end and it won't be long before I am stuck inside with those two little devils... um, I mean angels... for weeks on end.

It also makes me realize that I have not taken ample opportunity of the warmth and access to the sun's rays to develop my tan. In fact my tan is nonexistent, so there's nothing to "develop" in the first place. That's how much I've neglected it. But then I soothe myself by looking at pictures of malignant melanoma and I can once again appreciate my vampiric degree of paleness.

Despite these offenses, I just can't stay upset with fall. It's just too fantastic. For one thing, I can finally pull out my gold leaf monogrammed Anthropologie mug and fill it with hot chocolate (which I'm not crazy about but feel obligated to drink because I bought the aforementioned mug) instead of with orange juice (which felt almost sinful.)

And of course, there's fall fashion. I get all warm and fuzzy just thinking of the tubs of sweaters, jackets, and coats that I will disembowel come September 23. Unlike the beginning of spring, however, I am much more reluctant to pack away my clothing from the previous season. Fall sweaters are no use in summer, but spring/summer tees and skirts retain their usefulness throughout the colder months. These items are of particular value in my favorite autumnal activity: layering.

Sometimes finding ways to wear your favorite warm weather items can be a challenge. Perhaps you feel uninspired. Perhaps you feel restricted by outdated "fashion rules." Perhaps you've never thought about this topic for a single second. Well, I'm here to help you out (whether you like it or not.)

Here are my best tips for fall-ifying your spring/summer wardrobe:

1. Add a Button Down Shirt or a Vest
Great for the beginning of fall before temperatures get too low. It's an easy way to add warmth to short sleeve tops and dresses

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How to Rock a Turtleneck

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Instagram Style Challenges

If you follow me on instagram, you may have noticed two hashtags that I've been using- #wearwhatwearseptember and #stylemeseptember. That's because this month I've been participating in two style challenges. Basically, there are lists of outfit themes for every day of the month. Each day I've been posting pictures that incorporate the themes. It's my first time trying something like this and yes, I am a crazy person for doing two at the same time.

The fun thing about these sort of challenges is that they help you prevent falling into or help you to break out of style ruts. It pushes you to try things you might not have tried before. So here are my posts from days 1-10! If you want to see my future posts for these challenges, follow @sierraelizabethblog!

September 1: Burgundy and Blush / Fancy for No Reason
Handbag: Michael Kors (other colors here)  |  Pink glitter heels: Nine West (similar here and here)  |  Gold watch: Kate Spade  |  White denim: Forever 21 (similar here)
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Crochet and Mint

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Letters to Lily: Five Months

*Sorry if you came here expecting a fashion post. I just really wanted to fit this post in before Lily turns 6 months next week. I promise there will be a new outfit post up tomorrow.*


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An Ode to Peplum

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Fall 2015 Trends and How to Wear Them

If you haven't already, now is the time to start thinking about your fall wardrobe. While I love quality, lasting staples, I also love to add a few trendy items into the mix. Styling them can be a fun challenge and keeps you from falling into a style rut.

For those of you who didn't have the time (or the desire) to look through runway pictures to determine what's in this fall, here is a recap of some of the fun trends that were present. I've also shared some items and tips that would help you to incorporate these trends into your own outfits, without looking quite as over-the-top (or frankly, scary) as many runway looks.


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Bird Print, Lace, and Hawaiian Shirts

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