Sunday, December 11, 2011

Cozy knits and glitter leggings.

I have been hunting for absolute ages for an affordable pair of black boots (in fact, they're at the top of my Wardrobe Goals list). It's been a surprisingly difficult search, but I'm so excited to say that I finally found the perfect ones, and on sale, no less!

These Studio Paolo over-the-knee boots from JCPenney's originally retailed at $120 but right now, they're only $29.99!! They fit as well as can be expected, which is to say that although they're slightly baggy, I can make do both with jeans and with tights. There's not much more I can ask for that isn't a pair of Stuart Weitzmans (which one day, one day, I will buy). 

I measured them, just in case any of you petite ladies are on a similar hunt. The calf length is 14.5'' and the shaft circumference is 14'' (although it's approximately 13'' around the actual calf area). They're made of a synthetic material, but they don't look cheap. I've worn them way too much already! I also tried on this pair from the same company which fit even better around the calf, but I personally wasn't a fan of the wedge heel since I was going for a more classic look.

I feel as though this entire outfit is made of "bargain" pieces. This knit sweater has to be one of the favorite items in my's perfect for when I just want to snuggle inside and watch television, or when it's a cool fall day and I just want to be comfortable when shopping. Best of all? It's a bargain because it's a hand-me-down...from my dad!  I used to borrow this sweater from him all the time when I was younger, and once I went away to college, I decided to just "borrow" it permanently. It's definitely my go-to clothing when I'm seeking comfort. 

Do any of you have clothes that evoke a similar feeling? Something that makes you feel comfortable and safe, or even just calm? I guess it's almost like an adult version of a safety blanket - as silly as that sounds!

Sweater, old (similar here); Leggings, Walmart (similar here); Boots, Studio Paolo Sz 6;
 Bag, vintage (similar here); Jewelry, thrifted; Watch, MK Mini-Runway Gold
I am also in love with these glitter leggings that I found, yes, at Walmart and, yes, in the girls' section. But I have an excellent excuse: they were only five dollars, and they were adorable. I don't think these photos properly showcase their subtle glimmer, but they're so versatile. I can wear them during the day like this for a casual yet interesting look, or dress them up more for a night out. 

Lastly, I want to share this bag with you all! It's a vintage piece that my mother found in our house - she's had it for ages, but it's just been gathering dust up in the attic. I'm so obsessed with it - the color is such a lovely mahogany, and the shape is a classic satchel silhouette that's very popular right now. It's a perfect carry-all for when I'm going shopping or running errands.

The weather's finally been getting colder, too - I've found myself snuggling in with this sweater and a cup of hot chocolate more and more often (and on that note, try this amazingly easy cocoa recipe from Megan at the Frugalista Diaries!). How about you? What good bargains have you found lately - or are you, like me, becoming an increasingly winter-induced homebody?


  1. Omg this is sucha cute look JJ!! That sweater does look really comfy. I like wearing thick fuzzy socks on cold nights. haha Great job on all the bargains...I'm totally a bargain shopper sometimes too. =P

  2. Everything looks so beautiful! You have such lovely taste ;)
    I am back from hiberation with a giveaway, I hope you will stop by ;)

  3. Oh, thick fuzzy socks are DEFINITELY critical to having a nice cozy night in, too! I wear those as well - basically, I just end up looking like I'm drowning in fabric...but it's okay because I'm just curled up on the sofa at home, and there's no one to impress, haha.

  4. Thank you! I will certainly check your giveaway out. :)

  5. Such a comfy, casual outfit. LOVE big cozy knits!

  6. i love this entire look!  especially the glitter leggings, how fun!  I've been living in cozy sweaters too.  I love that about winter :)

  7. So do I! With boots and leggings, they can totally still look stylish, but are so cozy that you're not sacrificing comfort at all.

  8. It's the best - winter means that you can wear bulky sweaters and still look cute, but all those extra post-holiday feast pounds (or maybe that's just me?? haha!)  are hidden away.

  9. What fabulous boots (and such a great price!) I like them a little slouchy too. 

  10. The price is definitely what sold me! And the slouchiness is just right - perfect for tucking in jeans, but not SO roomy that it looks silly when paired with tights, either. I love these!