My shopping rule of thumb

In April 2007, I visited the Puma store at the Seattle Premium Outlets and found a super cute white windbreaker. It was a good price but I was a broke college student. I didn’t buy it and spent my money on a nice dinner out instead. Because people need to eat, right?

Such regret.

I never forgot about the windbreaker. I went back several months later but it was gone and I haven’t seen one like it since. My chance to have it passed. When I saw the price tag, I should have calculated how many times I would wear the jacket (a lot) vs. how many dinners out I needed (um, none).

Puma Windbreaker 2007. #neverforget

Can anyone else relate?

After that, my shopping rule of thumb became: If you can’t stop thinking about it, buy it. Within reason, of course. Because bills. But seriously, if you can’t stop thinking about a piece you see at the store that probably means you’ll wear the heck out of it, which will make it worth every penny.


Photo by Madeleine Wilson Photography

My most recent obsession was a pink velvet dress by Chelsea28 at Nordstrom Rack. It wasn’t pricey but I was there to buy a dress for a Kentucky Derby party and it just wasn’t the right look. Nonetheless, I thought about the pink velvet dress often: The way it fanned out when I twirled and how the straps were adjustable for maximum modesty — or not — when it came to the plunging overlapping v-cut in front.


Photo by Madeleine Wilson Photography

The next time I went to Nordstrom Rack, I checked the clearance rack and would you believe it the dress was there! Not only could I still purchase it, but I could purchase it at half the cost. That, my friends, is Shopping Fate.

I bought it, of course, and have worn it twice. Now that it’s cold and rainy, I’ll be looking for ways to style it in a more weather-appropriate way. Suggestions are welcome. 😉


Shop this look:

Olyvia halo ankle strap pump • Sole Society • (similar)

Women’s Nsr Velvet Midi Slipdress • NSR • (similar)

Why you need a blarf

My friend hates this word. “Blarf.” But I haven’t found a better way to describe the giant, square scarf that doubles as a blanket.

I got my first blanket scarf in my Fall 2016 FabFitFun box and it quickly became one of my favorite pieces. It’s black and white plaid from Modcloth and as cozy as it is versatile.

Ways to wear:

1. Drape – Fold it in half and drape it over your shoulders. Perfect for fall days when the sun is still peaking through and providing warmth. (see below)

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Photo by Madeleine Wilson Photography

2. Cape – For a chic, French look, fold it in half and wrap it around your body so the fold is directly over one arm while standing at your side. Then, secure it with a brooch on top of the other shoulder. (see below)

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3. Bandana – This is simple, quick, and one of the most common ways to wear a blanket scarf. Fold it into a triangle, wrap it around your neck with the point facing down your front side, then pull the ends back to the front. (see below)

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These are just three ways to wear a blanket scarf but there are many more! Including, as a legit blanket at the movie theater, over your head when it starts raining on your way to the bus stop, and tied around your purse when you walk inside a warm building from the outside cold.

Like this look? Shop it by clicking the links below.


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Photo by Madeleine Wilson Photography

Women’s Hudson Jeans ‘Nico’ Ankle Skinny Jeans • Hudson • (similar)

Women’s Halogen Long Sleeve Turtleneck • Halogen • (exact)

Express textured blanket scarf • Express •  (similar)

Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Large Convertible Leather Crossbody • Michael Kors • (exact)