Today’s outfit is a graphic t-shirt under a long cardigan, paired with skinny jeans and the cutest wedge ankle boots.
This article is one of a series showing the 80 outfit combinations I’ve designed from my 24-piece Fall/Winter Capsule wardrobe.
Here are the items from today’s outfit:
- Graphic T-Shirt (I got mine at Jane, they always have several great choices)
- Long Black Cardigan
- Skinny Jeans
- Black wedge ankle booties
Wow, I can’t believe February is already over! We had such a busy month, but so much fun from bowling to ice skating to game night and more. And I didn’t have a single business trip the whole month, although I’ve been crazy busy at work lately too.
Today is the first day of March, and that means it is time for my month update on my goals for 2018.
I had a goal to launch a new blog series featuring outfit ideas beyond the capsule, which I accomplished in February. Each Monday I’ve been sharing fun outfit ideas that I like, and hope you will too. These aren’t part of the capsule wardrobe I’m using right now, but they are inspiration for future capsules, and sometimes just an outfit idea I like. I may incorporate some pieces from my capsule at times, and other outfit ideas will be completely unique. Here are the Outfit Ideas from February:
Chambray Tunic // Red cardigan // Necklace // Black Jeans // Wedge Boots // Market Tote // Black Wedge Ankle Boots // Converse Sneakers
Heart Shirt // Wedge Ankle Booties // Hunter Boots // Choker // Black Jeans // Skinny Jeans
My goal for 2018 is a better balance between work, family and things I enjoy doing like hobbies and this blog.
I started following a ketogenic diet in January, and lost 10 pounds the first month, which amount to over 7% of my starting weight! I’ve never in my many years of dieting and weight loss experience lost that much weight that fast! My husband, sister-in-law and father-in-law are all following the same ketogenic diet, which has made a big difference in how easy it is to be consistent. But I’m frustrated now because I’ve only lost another 2 pounds in February. I feel like I have been dedicated to eating well, but I admittedly haven’t been exercising like I intended. Maybe that is my issue.
We eat out with my in-laws about once a week, and if I see others eating yummy high-carb foods, it makes it really hard to resist. instead we are all looking over the menus and selecting restaurants based on where keto-friendly menu items can be found. I’ve found some yummy options, such as traditional wings (be careful which sauce you choose) and fajitas without the tortilla (think fajita salad). If you have a Beef O’Brady’s near you, I highly recommend the Lemon Pepper or Garlic Parmesan Traditional Wings!
Although my weight loss slowed down in February, my pants are still looser and looser. My favorite skinny jeans that previously were almost too “muffin-top” to wear, are now so loose, I’m going to have to stop wearing them altogether soon.
My birthday was in January, and Kevin’s was in February. I opted to not have a cake or dessert on my birthday, since we had JUST started trying to avoid carbohydrates. But for Kevin’s birthday, I found this low-carb Kentucky Butter Cake recipe, and it was divine! I learned that it is critical to REALLY grease the bundt pan. Next time I’ll make it in a 9×13 pan instead.
I also credit the Pruvit Ketones I’ve been taking with helping me lose weight so quickly initially. Each morning I take one serving, and most days I’m not even hungry for anything else until lunch-time.
I confess that I did not exercise like I intended to in February, so that is a goal for March. Kevin and I have a deal to exercise together at least a few days a week after I get off work.
My goal to read more has been going really well. The more I read, the more I want to read! And I’ve had some really great suggestions from all of you – thanks!!
In February I read Confessions of a Domestic Failure by Bunmi Laditan. This is a story about a Ashley, a new mom who is struggling to adjust to staying home, trying to take care of a baby who isn’t sleeping through the night, struggling to find friends with common interests, and frustrated with her husband’s work hours. Ashley’s story hit home for me, even though our our personal situations are different in many ways. Now, Ashley makes some really bad decisions, which I found frustrating, and I considered giving up on the book about halfway through. But I continued reading and I’m so glad I did because she made those decisions right at the end, and the ending surprised me in a good way. I’d rate this one a 3.5 out of 5.0.
Next I read Summerland by Elin Hildebrand. So many friends have raved over her books that I picked up Silver Girl in January on audio book. So although Silver Girl didn’t impress me, I decided to give Hildebrand another chance in February with Summerland since several of you told me that it was a favorite of yours. Summerland is the story of several families in Nantucket whose lives are interwoven, and tragically affected by a car crash that kills the daughter of one of the families. I had a hard time putting this one down, even though stories involving the death of kids are tough for me. The story had just the right level of suspense, and a very satisfying ending. I’d rate it a 4.5/5.0.
Aiden received The One and Only Ivan for Christmas and read it right away. I downloaded the audio book onto my phone through our library’s app, and all three of us listened. Aiden grabbed his book and followed along, and they both looked at the pictures as we listened. I personally really enjoyed this story about a Gorilla in captivity who bonds with other animals in nearby cages. What begins with a seemingly sad and hopeless situation ends with such a wonderful resolution! We started listened to this story while driving, but the boys were so enthralled, they asked to listen to the rest after we got home. (5.0/5.0)
The Family Under the Bridge was recommended by some friends and was an easy read but with some great lessons on the value of hard work and family. Aiden, Cade and I took turns reading chapters aloud, and finished the books in just a couple of sittings. Everyone agreed it was a great story with a satisfying ending. (4.0/5.0) Abe Lincoln at Last is a book in the Magic Tree House Series. There are probably a couple hundred of these books, and they are all pretty easy reads. Cade went through a Magic Tree House phase last year, and read every one the library had. With President’s Day and Lincoln’s birthday in February, it was a good time to talk about our nation’s history. (3.0/5.0)
After reading The Penderwicks last month, the boys wanted to read more of this series, so we picked up the audio book version of The Penderwicks at Point Mouette, and listened whenever we were in the car. It got a little mushy and romantic at certain points, which had both Aiden and Cade pretending to vomit. They still wanted to finish the story though, and have still been asking to get another Penderwicks story. (3.5/5.0)
In other hobby news, I’ve been couponing a little more often as well. CVS had a great deal on Emerald smokehouse almonds – I picked up 6 bags for about $2 each. We love almonds as a keto-friendly snack, and these smokehouse flavored version are one of our favorites.
I also picked up some cute Valentines for next year on after-holiday sales.
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