cozy black & gray

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Sweater: Mossimo for Target - similar here / Jeans: Old Navy

Just because the holidays are over doesn't mean that it's time to put away those cozy sweaters! Yes, of course I wish that was the case. But, the reality is that we still have a good 3-4 months left of winter here in Minnesota... Sigh.

This sweater is one of my favorites because it's so cozy and warm. And the fact that I scooped it up at Target for less than $30, makes it even better! I decided to go for a monocromatic look at pair it with gray skinnies and black ankle boots. I used to be huge on wearing color and  rarely wore black or gray. Now that I've had a baby, black seems to be my new go to color! Maybe once we get closer to summer and I actually start to get a tan on my pasty white skin (that basically hasn't seen the sun since the Summer of 2013- yikes!), I'll whip some more colored wardrobe pieces... My how motherhood can change one's style!

marled sweater + urban peach giveaway!

Necklace: Urban Peach Boutique / Sweater: H&M (similar here) / Pants: LC Lauren Conrad / Boots: Old Navy (similar here)

When I got this adorable necklace in the mail from Urban Peach Boutique, I knew right away that I wanted to wear it with this top. This sweater is one of my favorites this season... Can a girl really have too many cozy, oversized, pullovers?! The texture of this one is amazing and the color is so pretty and perfect for the holidays! Paired with some oh-so-cute olive ankle boots and black skinnies, it's a perfectly put together look, without being fussy.

I'm so excited to try this necklace with other looks; how adorable would it be with a chiffon blouse tucked into a mini skirt and tights? Or with a graphic sweatshirt and distressed denim? The neutral black and gold color pallet of this piece of jewelry make it so versatile, so it pairs great with anything!

Urban Peach is one of my favorite places to pick up adorable accessories at an affordable price. Also, they have a great 2 for $20 deal happening this weekend!! Use code "2FOR20". Sale ends this Sunday.

If you love this necklace as much as I do, head on over to my Instagram account to enter to win one of your own! Contest ends Sunday, so head on over quick!

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Pattern Play

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Sweater:  Target (Mossimo) / Scarf: Target (Merona) / Jeans: Old Navy / Boots: Zigi Soho

Last week we had an unusual burst of warm air (especially for December in Minnesota), but I didn't mind one bit!! Any day I can wear a cozy sweater and scarf with no coat, I'm a happy girl! 

I absolutely love prints and rarely buy anything in a solid color... Prints are just so much more fun! One thing that I love doing is mixing prints together- which can be a little scary if you've never done it before. They key to making prints work together is to mix a smaller pattern with a bigger pattern.  The bigger, more simple print in the scarf compliments the smaller print of the sweater and balances everything out. Since the two pieces have the same color scheme, they pair together nicely, rather than being loud and obnoxious. Also, jeans are basically a neutral, so they help anchor everything and keep the look easy and casual.

Want to give pattern mixing a try but not sure where to start? Try using a stripe pattern as your base. It goes with almost any other pattern and looks amazing with polka dots and floral prints!