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It’s here!  My first outfit post of 2014.  It feels good to have something to share with you.  But I have to admit, it feels better not to have the nagging stress of everyday posting hanging over my head.  In fact, I haven’t really done my hair or make-up in two weeks (thanks to the holidays, working from home and the weather).  I curled my hair for the first time today and it felt like I was getting ready for prom.  But I digress…

This outfit is my new favorite.  It’s especially perfect right now because the high-low style of the sweater hides the high-high number on the scale since I pretty much dieted on Christmas cookies for two weeks straight.  I love how it masks imperfections, has great slitted cuffs and is super comfy and warm  I paired it with some ankle booties and a red lip as my only accessory.

Pear Shaped Pointer: There’s an ongoing struggle with all women I know right now and that is with where to put your hem when you wear skinny jeans and ankle boots.  Cardinal rule? Always tuck them in.  If you are lucky with some skinny calves, go for cut cuff and some fun socks peeking out.  Or, even better, make sure you pants hit at the top of your booties.  Otherwise, opt for a tuck in.  It always looks better.

sweater: aritzia (In stores but not online anymore. Similar high-low style here.) // jeans: loft // booties: dolce vita // lipstick: revlon just bitten kissable balm stain in smitten

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My husband told me I had to name this post “Muted” because of my color choices.  I told him I wanted to name it “My Favorite Things” since I’m wearing my favorite jeans, lipstick, flats and purse.  I guess we both win since it’s officially called “Muted,” but I got to tell you what I wanted to name it too.

So about my favorite things.  Let’s start with the lipstick.  I don’t know why it took me so long to wear lipstick but I literally didn’t wear it until I started this blog.  How did I not know that a pop of color on the lips could make you look dressed up in an instant?!  I waited way too long to try it out but I’m glad I did.  And this is my favorite kind right now – Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain.  It’s seriously the bomb (and balm, ha!)  It stays all day, doesn’t feel like you have a heavy lipstick on and is moisturizing all the time.  I love it.  I bought it in this berry color and a deeper red burgundy.  I am now a lipstick devotee.

The jeans?  James recently sent me this pair.  What can I say – OBSESSED!  As a pear shaped girl I’ve generally resigned to buying jeans way too big in the waist so they fit in the hips/thighs and just getting them tailored.  But these?  They don’t need to be taken in.  At all.  Seriously.  And the fit?  Flattering and slenderizing.  I can’t say enough about them and can’t wait to get a million more pairs and try out a bootcut too.  They are called the “High Class Skinny” and if you have hips and a small waist you should run, not walk, to get yourself a pair.  Your tailor won’t be happy but you will be.

The purse and flats are both gifts from my husband.  He’s got great taste (lucky me) and even though he’s the cheapest most frugal man I know, he does appreciate the finer things in life.  That’s why I love him.

Oh, and the top is new.  J.Crew Factory had 50% off everything in the store this weekend.  It was like Christmas came early!  It’s cute and refined and makes a weekend in the park seem chic.

Jeans: James Jeans (c/o) / Top: J.Crew Factory (Available in store.  Similar here.) / Flats: J.Crew / Bag: See by Chloe / Watch: Michael Kors / Bracelets: BCBG, Gorjana, J.Crew Factory (Old.  Similar here) / Lipstick: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable in Smitten

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