I have been relaxing at home and really enjoying my time off the past week. Sometimes I feel guilty for being so relaxed and lazy, because all I ever am is BUSY and on the go! Maybe "Being Able to Relax in a Busy World," is a good topic for another blog post in the future...
I digress. So, since I've been home and Christmas has winded down, I have not had much Instagram content the past week. I decided to post my "Best 9 of 2017," and then a thought came to me--why not do a post about my top 9 IG posts?! It would be a great way to review the year, as well as some of my followers' favorite posts. So I will count down the year through my 9 posts, talking about each and linking items as appropriate.
Some of my items are older, and many of my items this year were bought from the Final The Limited sale last holiday (wow, that seemed like yesterday. Time goes too quickly!); however, what you will find with me is that I LOVE to remix my closet and create new outfits, but I also love to shop and add new items. Because of my work and leadership role, I wear so many classic pieces that will never go out of style. Although the exact item may no longer be available, I guarantee that you will be able to find a similar item to create the same look. For many women who are in leadership roles or work in the office, I hope to inspire you to mix up your closet and have fun with your outfits, yet still continue to look professional.
January 2017: This outfit above was from January 2017. I actually remember I was hosting a professional development seminar at work this day and wanted to look professional and put together for introducing and organizing the event. I had so many compliments on my outfit from the participants, so I knew this was a winner. I am known for my memory, and I also remember that it was unusually warm this day in CLE (not like today!), and I hit a major pothole on Route 8 in Hudson, Ohio on my way home from work. My car suffered a major flat tire and major rim damage. Terry had to come rescue me! I bought my car in 2014, and in the past three years, Terry has had to fix like five flat tires for me! :-/ Anyways--that's the story behind this outfit. See links below for these closet staples that pair well in a preppy pink and green ensemble (I was an Alpha Phi in college and am always reminded of the Delta Zetas' colors with this outfit. I always liked their colors. :)). I can't find an exact link for this blazer, but there are a ton of similar Lily Pulizer blazers listed on eBay that are super similar.
February 2017: Another closet remix. I have no special memories of this day, but it's funny to me that items that are older become attractive again. I often see many bloggers posting the same items that I think older items that have not been seen for awhile become attractive again.
March 2017: This was another carefully selected outfit for emceeing an evening event at work. Per usual, this is ANOTHER closet remix (isn't it amazing what you can do with closet staples?!). The blazer, black pants, peplum top, strappy black heels, and choker are staples any girl should have. Believe it or not, the pants probably cost the most! I got the blazer at Forever 21 and purchased these heels off of DSW clearance! See links for similar items!
April 2017: I bought this blazer at The Limited Final Sale :(. Other items are remixed, but closet staples! Similar Items linked to get the same look with this classic pieces! Who doesn't have black heels, a black cami, a colored skirt, and a polka dot blazer?!
April 2017--Another April post (wonder what this says about Instagram algorithms?!). A change up from my work posts to a casual post with some new items and some item remixes. I bought these Coach sandals at DSW clearance!!
April 2017: This outfit was per usual an outfit remix with a final sale The Limited item, clearance DSW heels, and a consignment Vince Camuto blazer!
April 2017: My last April post for the Best of 2017! This top was a final sale pick from The Limited mixed with some other classic finds. These Steve Madden shoes were bought at Marshall's!
June 2017: Although my fashion and style posts get the most attention, some of my favorite posts and photos are of my house and yard. I was blessed to purchase a home with a great yard and landscaping to start. I will admit, it needed some work and cleaning up, but the ideas and outlines were there--it just need some tender loving care again. When I moved in during the month of August, this was a tangled, dead mess. My mom wanted me to tear it out, but I wasn't ready to do that. It was cleaned up and tended to for a year and a half before these beautiful blooms appeared! I think this is Wisteria, but I'm not convinced. It has such a strong, sweet smell and attracts tons of bees and hummingbirds. I'm so glad I never tore it out, as it is one of my favorite things in my yard.
July 2017--Last but not least, here is my final most liked post of 2017 from the Fourth of July weekend! I wore this casual weekend outfit out to check out the new Margaritaville restaurant in Downtown Cleveland.
I hope you all enjoyed my 2017 year in review and got some new ideas for remixing your closet or adding classic pieces to make new outfits.
Continue to check out my blog and Instagram, Clevelandfashionista, to see more fashion inspiration.