Free Summer Fun😎

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This post is for all the Mama Bears out there trying to keep balance in their kid’s life. It’s summertime and that means days at the pool, going to the movies, camping trips, going to the playground and LOTS of ice cream! I find a hard time creating balance for Harper because I know how exciting it is for summer to be here for kiddos. But I also know how important it is to keep an educational balance so she doesn’t forget a lot of what she learned at school.  So here is what I recommend.

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The public library!! It’s a wondrous place because of the bright, vibrant colors and the cute decor in the kid section. I find this spikes curiosity and excitement for Harper and a little for Sawyer already (he was gazing up at the solar system in this pic).

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I may risk sounding like an idiot but I didn’t realize all of the different learning tools you can check out from the library. My one question to the librarian about how to pick out the correct level for Harper’s reading level (I figured out I was getting a level too advanced for her grade level) turned into me asking about other learning tools. Harper struggles in math so I asked about anything they might have for helping her with that. Low and behold there’s a section for that too! 😆 I was happy to find out about the different styles of learning aides there. I chose a DVD for math because Harper is a movie watcher (she is participating with the DVD as I type! I think I’ve tricked her into studying Math😂). I also found  a better reader book that works for her too (there were quite a few different ones).

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While I searched for these tools Harper would look through books and I always let her pick out one DVD for fun which is usually something old school like Tom & Jerry or Charlie Brown (I dig her throwback style).

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I also let her spend no more than 30 minutes on the computer because they are all learning games too.

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Also, I had a great view while walking around 😆

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And this photo loving mom could’t resist the rocket ship cutout for a photo-op.  We also  took home this bag of goodies (aka books and DVD’s).

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Our favorite library is the Washington County Public Library off of 4th and Washington Street  by Washington Elementary in Marietta, Ohio. We love this one because it sits right next to one of her favorite playgrounds! She likes to break a sweat both mentally and physically (lol). And I just have to add that this girl loves her dresses and insisted on wearing this dress to not only go to the library in but also play on the playground.🤷🏼‍♀️

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I’m always looking for free activities to do and this is the perfect one! Win-win. Knowing all the tools that the library offers has really helped me out because I’m not a great teacher for her. She tends to just want to play with me or “do something fun” so this has been a lifesaver for me! Our few trips a month may now increase to once a week this summer. Hope someone found this helpful! They also have different activities that go on there too but we haven’t made it to one yet. I’d love to hear from other parents too. What activities do you like to do that incorporate learning?

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

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🕶Summertime🕶

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Dress, purse and earrings from Dad’s Primitive Workbench

It’s just about summertime folks! Kids are getting out of school this week and summer break starts. You know what that means! Summer wardrobe is in full-swing.  I personally love clothing that is kid-friendly. That means my hiney isn’t hanging out and neither are the sweater cows (as I call them) are out for the world to see.😜

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Dress, earrings and purse from Dad’s Primitive Workbench

I like to wear dresses when it’s hot because it’s a much more breezy feel and sometimes it’s easier to find appropriate lengths than it is shorts.

 

 

This next top is from Dad’s Primitive Workbench and I love it because it can be worn three different ways. Here are two ways that I paired with my own shorts and feel are an appropriate length for playing with the kiddos too. The third way I’ll show you in just a bit 😘

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This next dress is PERFECT for a day date or even out to lunch with the family. It’s an appropriate length and cute with a side of flirty 😁

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Surprise!! I have a little partner-in-crime for this second part😁 Meet Sydney from Dad’s Primitive Workbench. She helps out at the shop and is always full of cheer. She makes you feel good about yourself and is always smiling. She looks super cute in their clothes too 😜 All of her looks, including jewelry and shoes are from Dad’s Primitive Workbench.

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I styled Sydney so you could see a different face wearing some cute fashions. Remember I said the striped top I had on could be worn three different ways? Well here’s the third way and in a different color.

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Next, I had Sydney wear this cute white number with the ties on the sleeve. Super cute and easy to wear! I paired the blush toned fringe earrings to match the fringe on the sandals.

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Lastly, I loved this blue top and denim on Sydney along with the sandals. Loved mixing the blues and adding a warm tone. The tassels in the earrings paired nicely with the top and stuck with the theme. The necklace helped tie in the dark gray in the tassel earring as well.

So for this month Charlie and I have decided to do something new. If you didn’t know already, I actually offer in-home wardrobe consulting. This service can work a few different ways. One of which is me creating a Style Board for you. That means I chat with you about your style goals and create an inspiration board for you when it comes time for you to go shopping.  I’ll share different resources on where you can shop to get the looks as well as explain what to look for and why it works for you.  Below are a few different examples of style boards I have put together that were pertinent to that specific client. For this service I typically charge $20.00 if that’s the only service you need from me.

 

 

So for this month’s partnership with Dad’s Primitive Workbench you can use promo code: RANDOM30 at his shop to get 30% off one boutique item and you can enter to win a free Style Board from yours truly on both my and Dad’s Primitive Workbench’s Instagram and Facebook pages; @randomosity740 and @dads_primitive_workbench 😁This offer expires on 6/22/19 so make sure and stop in soon!

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

How to Feed Your Baby in Public

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Step One:

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Pick up your baby.

 

Step Two:

 

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Wear something that’s conducive for breastfeeding. Or don’t🤷🏼‍♀️ it’s your choice. Although, I highly recommend wrap dresses because they’re super cute and easy to maneuver for cases such as these. Also, don’t forget to put on lipstick for the next photos because you’re a classy chick like that 😂😂

Step Three:

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Nurse your babe wherever you feel comfortable because your babe is hungry! Or bottle-feed that babe with breast milk or formula, just whatever you do feed the dang thing! He’s hungry 😆  Think like Dr. Seuss…Would you feed him on a boat? Would you feed him in a box? Would you feed him next to a fox? (I probably wouldn’t do that but hey, to each his own). Either way, just feed your baby. Have I stressed that enough? 😂

Step Four:

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Hold your baby afterward to make him feel secure and don’t forget to burp that baby.

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I’ll still never understand the controversy behind nursing in public. I get where some people might feel uncomfortable with it but you’re legitimately feeding a child so that it doesn’t starve and die! If we weren’t feeding the child and they were screaming and crying, people would complain about a crying baby🤷🏼‍♀️. Bottom line? Do what you gotta do to keep your baby happy and don’t worry about what others think.

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

 

 

Spring is Here

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My favorite part of spring is knowing that summer is right around the corner. My least favorite thing about it is how the weather can be really unpredictable so your wardrobe needs to be ready. I partnered with Dad’s Primitive Workbench (DPW) to show you a few pieces you need to add to your closet this season.

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I love a good pair of denim and in all honesty I find it hard to find a great fit just anywhere. So let me start by just telling you how great this pair of denim from DPW is! The fit is perfect for me. It has a lovely stretch to it and even in the waist area. As you know I had a baby and a pair of denim like this is PERFECTION! If you’ve been following denim trends this style is on point with the details; distressed and raw edges! The striped top is also a great addition because of the stretch and the ribbed texture. The knot detail is sticking around this season too and I love the vibrant colors.

Here are a few other finds that you’ll hear me write about in a recent Clutch MOV article, so stay tuned. These two dresses are perfect to layer a jacket with during those transitional weather days. Embroidery is lending  beautiful detail to the flow of this black dress. This is fairly short so in the fall I’ll be pairing denim with it. And are you kidding me with this magenta color for the other dress?! It’s a stunning color.

Make sure and stop in Dad’s Primitive Workbench for some fun spring and summer pieces! Use Randomosity740 when you shop in his store to get an additional 10% off on top of his boutique promotion of buy one get one half off! Happy shopping all 🙂

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

A New Normal

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So many goals, so little time.  That’s how I feel nowadays. Now that I am a mom of two time is not something I have much of but I am okay with that.  I’m now back to work full-time and missing my babies but cherish the time I have with them when I am home.  I have to laugh at the thought of me thinking I would have so much time to dedicate to my blog while on maternity leave.  Clearly I forgot how time consuming an infant can be.  The surprising part is that I was not too upset about it because I got to bond with my baby boy, Sawyer.  But here I am!  Back to it and trying to make this blogging thing part of my new normal (as I stop and nurse Sawyer while writing this post).  This blog post is all about catching you up on life and showcasing one of my new products in my shop and how to style it multiple ways.  This first look is my sporty styled look.  I paired my puma sneakers and black denim jacket with this romper from my shop; perfect for running around town.

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Next, I styled it with a short-sleeve button-down top with a pattern to make it a more interesting look and wore my loafers and sunglasses to complete the look.

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This time I ditched the layer and added a fedora and different accessories.

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And now a look for date-night or a mom’s night out with the gals.  I love an accent color with black and white so I paired it with fuchsia and this cool patterned handbag.

 

Speaking of my new normal, I still bring Harper with me to my mini-shoots because she actually enjoys partaking and also found some time to “fish” while waiting on me (LOL)!  I absolutely adore this cute dress from Zara Kids and Harper looks WAY better in my fedora than I do 🙂

 

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So for those of you that follow my fashion journey, thank you for sticking around and being patient with me while I figure out my new normal.  Time may not always be on my side but I won’t forget about my goals in life especially with now two sets of little eyes on me.  I always want to make my kids proud and want to prove that if you want something bad enough you should always persevere and keep at it.

Shop my romper here.

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

Holiday Glam with PWDR Beaute

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Greetings and happy holidays from me to you!  With this time of year some of you may have multiple occasions to get all dolled-up. When I think of holiday attire, I instinctually am drawn to sequins.  The problem with sequins is that not everyone feels comfortable when it comes to accessorizing with something that is already eye-catching.  So here are just a few ways to style one of my sequin dresses.

This first look I paired with my patch faux-fur jacket to add some warm tones to the look. Many of you may think to just wear black with red , which I love but I really adore adding warmth to looks.  I also brought the warm tones down to my shoes in order to disperse the tones evenly.

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The next few looks will now be tied in with black textures. Here, I am wearing my black faux-fur vest and then my black booties.  I love the drama black brings to this look and how cozy it feels when wearing it.  This is a good accessory to keep you warm especially with a one-sleeved dress like this.

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Now, if you’ve been following my blog for a while you know I can never resist pairing a faux-leather jacket with just about ANYTHING.  I also love hats and pairing the two looks together to create a fun look.

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I have the privilege of knowing some really talented make-up artists because of my friends at the Hot Tomato Studio.  For this post I partnered with Abigail Gedon of PWDR Beaute who is a fellow Hot Tomato gal herself.  She and I went over what type of look we felt was appropriate and slightly different than what I usually do.  I let her take the reigns on this since she’s the expert.  My typical look is a cat-eye with a red lip so she switched up a few things to make it a little different yet staying true to myself.  I loved the outcome and found it to be perfect for a fancy shmancy party. A little glitter never hurt anyone 😉  Make sure and check out her page on instagram and facebook @PWDRBeaute if you’re looking for a make-up artist.

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A huge thank you to Abigail Gedon for utilizing her make-up craft and also The Betsy Mills Club for allowing me to use their beautiful, historic parlor for this shoot.

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

Edgy X 2

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You know I love edgier fashion. I especially love sharing how to switch up a few pieces to create a different look.

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The main pieces for this look are a hand-me-down maternity lace dress with my favorite Aerosmith band tee over top of it. I also paired a few pieces of jewelry from Wit & Whimzy.

The only items I switched out were my jacket and shoes to show two different variations of this look. Here I’m wearing my knee high boots and faux leather jacket from Dad’s Primitive Workbench. This jacket is fantastic. I have quite a few different faux leather jackets but this is my new favorite because it fits like a glove and I love the zipper details.

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Now for this second look I’ve switched out to my new bargain find from Talbots. Hard to believe that a coat from Talbots can be worn with an outfit such as this, huh? I adore black and ivory and this tweed fabric gives it a vintage feel. I then paired my knee high socks with my metallic booties.

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I love both looks equally! The best part about both jackets is how versatile they are. You can wear party dresses with both pieces. Going to a New Year’s Eve party and want to look sassy? Toss on the faux leather jacket. Want a more sophisticated, classy look? Throw on the tweed dress coat. Never skimp on the detail of your layering pieces.

What pieces would you wear?

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

 

As Maria would sing, “These Are a Few of My Favorite Things”

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One of my favorite movies is Sound of Music so when I have the opportunity to sing “My Favorite Things” I do it!  When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I’m feeling sad! I simply remember my favorite things and then I don’t feel so bad!  So what are my favorite things you ask?  Well, let me start by saying what I love most about Christmas.  I love the magic it creates especially since I have my own little family. With that being said one of my family’s favorite spots to shop in downtown Marietta, Ohio is Dad’s Primitive Workbench. It’s even more special during any holiday because there are so many wonderful themed items!  Usually I am posting about fashion but for this time of year I want to share some of the special things that Dad’s Primitive Workbench offers that are my favorite things! 🙂

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GIVE ME ALL THE BUFFALO PLAID!!

I know I said this wouldn’t be a fashion post, but I HAD to include this cute tote bag ($19.95) and matching pouch ($9.95). And can we talk about how adorable these stockings are?!  We got four matching ones to hang by the chimney with care!

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FOLLOW THE SIGNS

I  love wall décor and the personality it can bring to your home.  These two specifically speak to me because I will forever be a dreamer and encourage others to do so.  Then when I saw this cute sign, “2+2=Love” I fell, well in love!  Perfect timing.  With our new addition coming along soon it was the perfect buy. Only $8.00 and you can request custom pieces from this vendor (ask Charlie about it).

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YUMMY GOODNESS

Apple butter ($5.95) has always reminded me of childhood because my Mawmaw used to make it homemade.  Sadly, I never learned how to myself so when I came across this apple butter at Dad’s Primitive my heart instantly warmed because the joy it gave me when I was a kid.  And for those of you that don’t know, my husband is diabetic and when there are options that have “no sugar added” that’s a huge plus!

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CARRYING ON THE TRADITION

For as long as I can remember, my mom and I would bake candy cane cookies from scratch and leave them for Santa along with a tall glass of milk.  We’d place them on our coffee table by the tree.  It was my absolute favorite thing to do and I’m honored to carry on the tradition in my home.  There was nothing more magical than waking up to find that some of the cookies had been eaten and the milk was gone! Then to find a letter from Santa thanking me for the cookies.  It honestly brings a smile to my face just writing about it.  So how perfect are these cuties to implement in this type of tradition?!  These ceramic pieces are adorable and so appropriate for something such as this.  I also love the spatula with the cookie cutter because it’s themed and could be labeled as “magic” if you wanted to ONLY use it to bake Christmas cookies.  On the other side of the spatula it has a table of measurements too!

(Cookie Plate: $9.95 Milk Carton: 9.95 Spatula $7.95)

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And look!  A cute snowman mug ($9.95) for parents to enjoy while watching their kids open presents on Christmas day.  I LOVE hot chocolate so check out Frosty’s pouch that can hold marshmallows or even peppermints if you like those to melt in your drink too! Yum, yum, yum!  Great, now I want some hot chocolate.

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PERFECTLY PINK-ALWAYS LOVELY

It’s probably no secret that I am a fan of Perfectly Pink products because the smells are absolutely intoxicating.  This Moscato scent is perfect for this pregnant mama since I can’t drink wine right now.  At least I can enjoy bathing in it (lol)!  These products can be found across the MOV and beyond including Dad’s Primitive Workbench.

(Polish $15.00 Hand Soap $8.00)

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Now excuse me while I enjoy my view from the couch right now.  Oh, so cozy!  Thank you, Charlie for always offering an eclectic mix of product.  Perfect fit for my eclectic life!

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

 

 

Beauty Product with a Side of Fashion

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Today was a great day!  This is one of the first days off work I’ve had in a long time where I didn’t have to do ANYTHING (except my appointment with my midwife for Mr. Sawyer this morning).  It was great.  I treated myself to a hot chocolate and watched a movie on Netflix and took a nap!  It was lovely.

Once I woke up from my nap I decided to share a few product reviews from one of my favorite beauty and skincare lines, Beautycounter.  My friend, Christi Oakes introduced it to me and I have fallen in love (going on almost a year of using some of the product line).  She first got me hooked with the charcoal soap.  I’ve also enjoyed trying the facial oils too.  If you want to watch my facebook video make-up application click here.

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Here is an up-close look at the make-up that I applied and below are images and names of what I used for this look.

First, I’ve been using the Overnight Resurfacing Peel at nighttime after I wash my face with the charcoal soap.  Then after the peel dries I apply the Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion.

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I also like using the Dew Moisture Tinted Moisturizer for my foundation because I don’t like a lot of coverage.  I use level 2 for my skin tone.  I ADORE this moisturizer and highly recommend it.

 

I then used the velvet eye shadow make-up palette called Romantic.  Here is an up-close image with my eyes shut.  I used cameo on my brow bone, candlelight and brulee on my overall lid, moto on the outer eye and then used smolder to blend in the moto throughout the rest of my crease. I then used the lengthening mascara from this line as well.

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I then finished off this look with the Color Intense Lipstick in color Sunset.  This is a lipstick duo that you can purchase that includes two beautiful colors. I used the one on the right.

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Overall, I am very pleased with the Beautycounter product and how safe it is for me to use while pregnant.  I’ve also tried their shampoo and conditioner and love it too.  Truth be told, I haven’t tried a product I didn’t like.  So if you are in the market for a safe skincare and beauty line make sure and hit up my friend, Christi Oakes and her website for Beautycounter here.

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And now for your side of fashion.  As you know I love the color black and wearing it is so easy.  I decided to add a hint of color with my felt hat along with my lip color.  Sometimes you just need those two splashes of color to make a huge difference in a look.  I then mixed a fun texture with my blanket scarf and paired it with my Talbots speckled, ribbed turtleneck and faux leather jacket from Dad’s Primitive Workbench.

Now you can easily try adding splashes of color in a primarily black outfit!  I hope you enjoyed my review and I can’t wait to hear about who decided to try out Beautycounter!

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

 

*This was a sponsored post with Christi Oakes of Beautycounter*

 

Sweater Haul-Get Ready Ladies!

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I don’t know about you but I love me some cozy sweaters but sometimes people get stuck on how to wear them in a non-typical way.  For instance, for this first look I am wearing two tops from Dad’s Primitive Workbench in Marietta, Ohio.  I love this shop’s selections of sweaters because they are unique, comfortable and versatile.  This crop plaid button-down paired with my distressed sweater provides an edgy look but also  warmth because of the layers.  This crop plaid piece is so great and I can’t wait to wear it after the baby bump is gone and rock it all buttoned up.  I also love the agate necklace to add a special piece of jewelry.

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Here’s a side-view to show off some more of the plaid top.  I also paired it with earrings from the same place.  In fact, everything in this post that I mention is from Dad’s Primitive Workbench!  With this pose you get a nice view of Baby Sawyer too 😉

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As you know I adore accessories and think they truly help complete a look.  In case you don’t notice some of the jewelry I am wearing with these looks, here’s a close-up for you.   I didn’t rock the Mama Bear earrings but couldn’t NOT feature them because I think they are so darn cute!

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If you’ve spoken to me this season I keep talking about how much I love the chenille fabric for sweaters because I feel like a swaddled up baby.  And then when you pair it with a blanket scarf? Psh!  Forget about it.  You’ll find me in random corners of rooms cozied up taking a nap! LOL. But in all seriousness, this look would be super cute for casual Christmas parties.

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This sweater is a beautiful royal purple which is a gorgeous hue but not one that I personally gravitate towards until this time around.  And are you kidding me with this beautiful orange scarf?  The mixture of textures is my favorite.

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Now this next cutie is my favorite fall color and I love the fringe detail.  The neckline is perfect because it’s not quite a mock turtleneck but it wraps around your neck to provide more warmth.  I also love it paired with leopard print.

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And you know I can’t resist mixing some more patterns 🙂

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Lastly, this green number is one of the softest fabrics yet.  I could sleep in this one quite easily too (definitely a tie between the chenille sweater and this one for softness).  You could belt this look with a braided belt if you wanted to, but I actually liked the looseness of it. The length is typically something I wouldn’t go for because of my lack of height (being only 5’3″) but I love it with my tall boots.  The print on the boots gives the eye something new to concentrate on but is still complimentary to the look.

If you don’t already know my posts for Dad’s Primitive Workbench are sponsored which means that you get a coupon code to use at the shop!!  There’s always a Buy One Get One 50% off for the boutique shop items but when you give the code: Randomosity 740 you will receive an extra 10% off on top of that!  Perfect timing for the holidays and dropping temps.

Which sweater was your favorite?

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney