Black Friday Shopping Outfit!

I hope you all enjoyed a blessed Thanksgiving with the people you love. I spent many Thanksgiving Days caring for babies in the hospital, so I am thankful to spend this time with my family. Now that Thanksgiving has come to an end, let the shopping madness begin!! I must admit that I am not a Black Friday shopper. I shop for Christmas gift all year, and I am mostly done with my shopping by now. I like to enjoy the holiday season, and I can’t enjoy it if I am rushing around shopping and wrapping! We will be heading to the mall later this evening, but really just to enjoy the scenery and pick up a few odds and ends. More power to you if you can brave the crowds!

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For those of you who are headed out today for the mad dash, I am sharing my Black Friday shopping outfit! I have a few style rules that will hopefully make your shopping spree fun, comfy, and happy! I am sticking to fleece lined leggings from White Plum Boutique, so my legs will stay warm while walking between stores. Tunic tops and layers ensure comfort, style, and warmth. Top your Black Friday look off with low heeled boots, so you can make a mad dash if needed. And be sure to carry a nice sized tote, to hoard coupons, your phone, wallet, a bottle of water and a few snacks. Restaurants tend to be very crowded today. I pack a few healthy snacks for Lucy and I so we can make the most of our shopping time.

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I hope you enjoy your day, whether you are braving the malls or curling up at home with a great movie. What are your plans for the day? Have a blessed weekend!!

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Chloe and Isabel Jewlery And A Give Away!

Today’s post is chocked full of amazing jewelry! I have included a ton of photos because I just needed to share these pieces with you! Once you have scrolled through all of this eye candy, be sure to enter the give away for a shop credit at the end of the post!

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I have met so many amazing women through this blog. One of my favorite things to share on this little space is my love for my favorite small businesses owned by my blogging friends. To help you with your Christmas shopping on Cyber Monday, I am sharing one of my favorite new jewelry lines, Candi by Kristin. Kristin is a merchandiser for Chloe and Isabel.

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Chloe+Isabel is a fashion jewelry line based out of NYC. Everything is nickel free, hypoallergenic, and comes with a Lifetime Replacement Guarantee! There is something for every style and price point, with pieces ranging from $18-$188. Chloe+Isabel is based on a Friendship Philosophy. Two friends with different personalities and styles, united by their passion for fashion and self-expression. A Chloe is a trendsetter, whimsical, and daring with her fashion. An Isabel is sophisticated, romantic, and more understated. Of course you can be a little bit of both too!

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The Chloe and Isabel pieces are so gorgeous that I am over sharing a ton of photos for today’s post! I just wanted to show you everything! How cute is Kristin?! And someone please tell my husband that I need this bracelet for Christmas!!

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I first heard about Kristin’s shop through my friend Ginny, who blogs at My New Favorite Outfit. Chantel Waterbury, Founder and CEO, conceived Chloe + Isabel as a place where smart, creative and confident women could play a significant role in creating an innovative new business model where they were at the center. Chloe + Isabel is both a brand and opportunity that combines elements of direct sales, retail and eCommerce with the sole purpose of providing a more meaningful experience to the modern woman. Her mission was, and remains to this day, to empower the next generation of entrepreneurs through social retail. Chloe and Isabel is a direct selling opportunity which allows women to make the money they need, while affording them the freedom of running their own business.

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Chloe and Isabel currently has two special promotions that will be effective until December 31, 2014. You receive a free pair of studs with purchases of $125+. And for every $500 you spend between now and Dec 31, you get a $100 Jewelry Credit. You can use that free jewelry credit to order something sparkly during the cold winter months after Christmas! Kristin is also offering Black Friday deals on her site! Chloe+Isabel will be offering 30-40% off of the Estate Vintage Collection which has some of their most loved, top selling pieces! There will also be doorbusters as low as $5 at 8 pm ET on Thursday. It is only while supplies last though so make sure you shop right away to get in on the doorbusters! Plus Chloe+Isabel offers FREE shipping on orders $100+ and a FREE pair of stud earrings on orders of $125+

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Kristin is graciously giving away a $50 store credit, so you can purchase a Chloe and Isabel piece for yourself or as Christmas gift for some lucky lady! Simply follow the Rafflecopter instructions and you will be entered to win! The winner will be announced on Monday December 1. Please be sure to complete all of the entries, as they will be verified. Good luck!!

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White Plum Boutique and A Coupon Code!

I can no longer say that I never win anything!! I recently won a pair of fleece leggings and a plaid flannel top from White Plum Boutique. If you don’t follow White Plum on IG, you are certainly missing out on one of the most fabulous, affordable boutiques!! They offer a variety of clothing items, including sweaters, kimonos, leggings, and dresses, to jewelry, scarves, and outerwear.

These two items were the perfect addition to my fall/winter wardrobe. Plaid is one of the hottest trends this season. I see it everywhere from scarves, to sneakers and sweaters, and even leggings. This fleece button up comes in three color schemes.

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This top is very soft and warm and it is perfect for layering during the cold months ahead. I am typically a small, and the small in this top fits to a tee. If you like a boyfriend fit, size up one size.

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Lucy took these photos for me on election day, hence the sticker on my vest.

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Fleece leggings are my very favorite piece of clothing for cold weather. They are warm, soft, and chic. Lucy and I wear them almost every day in the winter! They have a wide waist band which sits jsut below the natural waist line and the interior lining is soft and warm. White Plum offers the same legging in a cable knit pattern as well. You can find the leggings I am styling here in seven different colors.

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The lovely ladies at White Plum were generous enough to provide my readers with a coupon code. You can pick up a few items on your Christmas shopping list, or grab a few pairs of these fleece leggings for yourself. One in every color will do. You will thank me later! Simply use the code CHARMINGLUCY when you check out at White Plum and you will receive 20% off of your order from November 24-28, 2014!! I can see many patterned leggings in our future!!


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Lucy’s Favorite Things!

I am rounding out my week of favorite Christmas gift ideas with my favorite person to shop for – Lucy. She is so much fun to buy for. She loves all things girly, pink, and glittery, and she LOVES Christmas! If you have a girl in your life who fits that description, this post is for you!

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Lucy has asked for a few of these items, and we will surprise her with a couple things too. Most of these gifts will also be loved by women of all ages!

1. Philosophy shower gel and lotion set – Philosophy puts out the most amazing sets at Christmas! If you love to smell warm chocolate chip cookies or spiced gingerbread while you shower, pick up a set for any woman you love!

2. Glitter elastics and spiral curlers – Lucy is always in need of hair ties for dance, and the soft elastics are her favorite. You can find them at Walmart, the drug store, or Etsy, or you can purchase the elastic and let her make them herself!

3. Lip balm gift sets – We love EOS, Philosophy, and good old Chap Stick sets. These are fun, affordable gifts for any girl!

4. Christmas nail sets – All of the major retailers offer nails sets this time of the year. We love Butter, Julep, and OPI.

5. Games and movies – We still get Lucy a couple of fun items to open. We always get a game to open and play on Christmas Eve and a movie to watch over break. Disney rules the roost at our house!

6. Scentsy warmers – I don’t like to burn candles in Lucy’s room, so she is receiving a Scentsy warmer and tarts to burn. The Scentsy warmers are flameless, and they have a vast array of scented tarts to choose from . The cupcake warmer is perfect for young ladies! If you need a consultant, leave me a message and I will get you in touch with Tracey.

7. Handbags, totes, and Ipad cases – Lucy asked for a Katie Spade bag this year. I would never pay full price for one, but you can find them on Ebay and at the outlets shops. Kate Spade recently had a huge 30% off sale on line as well. They have the cutest Ipad cases! Vera Bradley also carries a vast selection of colors, styles, and sizes for your young ladies.

8. Jewelry – Lucy does not wear a lot of jewelry, but we typically get her a small piece for Christmas – nothing too expensive. Honora pearls are perfect for young girls. They are affordable and authentic. QVC typically has a TSV during the holiday season and you can pick up a pair for around $20. They often offer earring gift sets too. You can gift several pairs and keep one for yourself. American Eagle carries a fabulous line of accessories for teens too!

9. Pajamas and slippers – Lucy gets a new pair of microfleece pajamas and slippers every year to open and wear on Christmas Eve. Kohls, Target, and Walmart all carry great PJ sets. Lucy loves the Vera Bradley and Ugg slippers too.

10. Boots and Shoes – Ugg boots, Chuck Taylors, Toms, and anything glittery always make the list. While Ugg boots are pricey, they are well worth the cost for the quality, durability, and warmth they provide.

Below are links to all of Lucy’s favorite Christmas list items. I would love to hear your gift ideas for girls! Please share and happy shopping!

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These are a Few Of My Favorite Things!

In an attempt to help you with your Christmas shopping this year, I have created a style board full of my favorite things, along with links to make it simple for you! It would be fabulous if Santa would bring me everything on my list, but I will be happy if he brings one or two of my favorite items. Hopefully this list will spark some gift ideas for yourself or for the fabulous women in your life!

1. Handbags – I am loving all of the burgundy/oxblood bags this year, and a cognac tote is a staple for every woman. I have been coveting a leopard clutch for over a year now. It is a timeless, seasonless handbag, so a little splurge is ok in this department. Tignanello carries a fabulous and affordable line of handbags. QVC and TJ Maxx both carry the Tignanello line.

2. Pajamas and Slippers – I love Orthaheel slippers for their hard sole and great arch support. Fleece pajamas are a staple in our cold house all winter. Victorias Secret and Kohls both carry great options.

3. Jewelry – I am not a lover of expensive jewelry. I prefer statement necklaces from J Crew and stud earrings from Lia Sophia and Kate Spade. Accessory Jane and Edith Marie have fun and affordable jewelry options this season too. You can find them both on IG.

4. Beauty Sets – What woman would not love the gift of beauty for Christmas?! Lucy and I are Philosophy addicts, and their Christmas sets are adorable and smell delicious! Bare Escentuals has some fabulous options for lips and eyes this season. If you are not a makeup lover, chose a set of Jamberry nail wraps or a polish set from Sephora.

5. Outerwear Accessories – Hats, scarves, boot cuffs, and gloves in soft fabrics and pretty colors – enough said.

6. Sweaters – A comfy sweater in a neutral shade will be a classic for years. My favorite places to shop for sweaters this season are Loft, Old Navy, and J Crew Factory.

So, those are a few of my favorite things. Did I miss anything? What is on your Christmas list this year? Join me Friday as I share Lucy’s favorite things! Spoiler alert – she is much more fabulous and glittery than I am(:

My Christmas List 2014


J Crew pullover sweater
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Old Navy cable sweater
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Travel satchel
modcloth.com

Old Navy black hat
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Philosophy lavender fragrance
$53 - johnlewis.com

Philosophy gift sets kit
$29 - johnlewis.com

Nail treatment
jamberrynails.net


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Floral Sweaters For Fall!

I am teaming up with Jill of Doused in Pink today to style our favorite floral sweaters! I have seen this trend on several blogs this fall and I recently picked up a floral sweatshirt/sweater at Groop Dealz. This one is out of stock, but I have linked several other choices for you at the bottom of this post.

I first got the idea to style a floral sweater from Marta, who blogs at Sweaters, Stripes, and Sweets. I love how she styled her sweater with a similar color of denim for a monochromatic look. Then she added that amazing lip color to coordinate with the floral shades in her top. Brilliant idea and it makes me realize that I need more lipstick in my life! I really don’t know how I ever got dressed without inspiration from my blog friends.

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Next up is Jill, from Doused in Pink!

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I paired my floral sweater with a pink plaid button down. I know – really risky for me;) I kept the bottoms neutral and the jewelry to a classic minimum since there is so much going on up top!

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I love the floral trend for fall and winter. Adding a floral piece to your closet is a fabulous way to maintain some color during the cold months. What is your favorite way to wear florals in the fall?

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I have created a collection of some beautiful floral sweaters and sweatshirts. I am drawn to the ones that are printed on the body and have a solid color on the sleeves. Which one is your favorite?

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Silvian Heach long sleeve sweater
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Oasis crop top
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Poppy Lux black sweatshirt
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Oasis flower print top
$29 - houseoffraser.co.uk


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Autumn Stitch Fix!

I have not received a box from Stitch Fix for several months. I tried to stick to my budget over the summer, and I already had plenty of summer pieces, so I held off on a summer Fix. I recently received my fall Fix, and I am super excited to share it with you today!

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As soon as I opened the box, I knew I was in trouble! Look at the prints!!

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I was very specific about what I would like to receive in my Fix this time. I believe that an open line of communication between you and your stylist is key to your satisfaction with this service! My stylist Samantha knocked it out of the park with this Fix!! I wrote her an extra note this time, suggesting specific pieces, colors, and patterns I would love to try. She included everything I wanted! If she didn’t live in San Francisco, I would hug her neck!!

First up, Samantha included the Alexus 3/4 Sleeve Polka Dot Collared Shirt Dress. I asked for a versatile dress and Samantha delivered. With 3/4 length sleeves, this dress can be worn in the warmer months. I can see it paired with bright colored flats for spring. Then I can add a cardigan or jacket and tights for winter! The fabric is soft and the elastic waist gives great definition. KEEP!!!

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I asked for my very first pair of denim in this Fix. I am struggling to find jeans that don’t show more than people want to see when I bend over. I asked Molly, of Still Being Molly fame, for a denim recommendation, since she is a Stitch Fix guru. Molly suggested the Kut From the Kloth jeans. Let me tell you people, these are the most amazing jeans I have ever put on!! They cost more than I typically spend on denim, and they are a tad long. But I love them so much that I am having them hemmed and keeping these babies!! These are the Giuliana Bootcut Jeans. I need a pair in every style now!! KEEP!!!

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I also asked for a moto jacket, and Samantha delivered. She included the Jackie Striped French Terry Asymmetrical Jacket. I love that it is made of stretchy material. I spend a lot of time in my car, and I can’t stand a jacket or coat that constricts movement! This one is super comfy and I don’t have anything in this style. KEEP!!! Are you seeing a trend here:)

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Next up are two tops. I have seen the Moni Chain Print Stud Detail blouse styled by several other bloggers. I loved it so much that I asked Samantha for this item specifically. But, I have never seen it in this print. This is a fabulous fall shade of orange! I couldn’t bear to take it off, so I wore it that day! KEEP!!!

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Finally I received the Norman Floral Print Button Up Blouse. This blouse was my least favorite item in the Fix when I opened the box. But once I tried it on, I loved the bright colors. I tend to wear neutral shades frequently, so the bright colors are a breath of fresh air for me! Plus I don’t have anything like this in my closet. KEEP!!!

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Here you can see that this blouse is long enough to wear with leggings and jeggings. You can also see that the jeans need to be hemmed. But, I love them anyway!

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This is the first time that I kept my entire Fix! I love it all!! Thank you Samantha! Will you please move next door so you can dress me every day?;) When you keep your entire Fix, you get a 25% discount on your entire order! This one was a no brainer for me. It was like Samantha read my mind!

I love the style tip cards that are included in each Fix. I keep them in a notebook, and refer to them to help me put outfits together!

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I discovered Stitch Fix via a blog I was following and I hope to share this company with my readers as well. If you have never heard about Stitch Fix, go to their web site and read about it. I will explain the company in a nutshell so you can sign up and begin receiving your fixes ASAP.

1. Go to www.stitchfix.com and register.
2. Fill out the personal style questionnaire. This takes only a few minutes and your answers provide the Stitch Fix stylists with information regarding how to select items for your fix.
3. Sign up for a date to receive your fix. You will receive your fix within a couple of days of the date you select.
4. You will receive five items in your fix. They will include a mix of tops, bottoms, skirts, pants, shorts, and accessories.
5. Try on your fix items. Keep the ones you love and return the ones you do not. You have three days to return the items you do not want to keep.
6. Once you decide what you are keeping, sign on to your Stitch Fix account and complete the short questionnaire regarding your choices. Your answers will help the stylists select what to send in your next fix, regarding styles, sizes, patterns, etc.
7. Pack the items in the prepaid USPS envelope and send it back.

Easy as pie. I have received some items that I adore in my Fixes, and others that I have sent back. However, part of participating in Stitch Fix is an experience in itself. I live in a small town where shopping is quite limited. Stitch Fix allows me the opportunity to try styles and trends that I would probably never try on my own. I learn about styles, patterns, color coordinating and mixing prints too. Although a couple of my Fix items have missed the mark, I completed my return questionnaire, and the Stitch Fix team sends items I love in my next Fix.

So, there you have it. That is Stitch Fix in a nutshell. If you choose to sign up for Stitch Fix, you can use my referral code so they will know that I sent you. My referral code is 3042477. Or you can simply click the links in this post. I will receive a credit toward my next fix, so thank you! When you sign up, you will also receive a referral code which you may share with your friends and receive your own fix credit. I would love to see what you receive in your fixes. Please share! Stop back on Friday, as I am sharing the items I kept from the Fix!


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Confident Tuesday Link Up!

I do deClaire (Bloglovin) | Charming Lucy (Bloglovin)



Today I am guest hosting Laura’s link up, ” title=”Confident Tuesday”>Confident Tuesday! Laura blogs at I Do deClaire, and she is one of my very favorite fashion bloggers. She has great style, fabulous hair, and manages a full time job, a baby, and a successful blog! And she is a dedicated fashion budget blogger! Be sure to stop by ” title=”Confident Tuesday”>Laura’s blog and link up today!

I have this terrible habit of running into places at the very last minute. It started a few years ago, as I took on more responsibilities at our office and Lucy started dancing at a facility out of town. Between working crazy hours, more meetings, and driving to dance most days of the week, I started to pick up a tardy habit. I hate being late, so the last minute garbage was stressing me out.

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In August, I made a goal of being on time for everything this year. Although I have not been perfect, my daughter is ten minutes early to school every day, and she has been on time for dance as well. I just get less sleep. No big deal. I never got much sleep anyway.

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In honor of our new prompt lives, I bought Lucy and I these Fashionably Late Tees from Groop Dealz. If you have not made yourself well acquainted with Groop Dealz, please do yourself a favor and click their button on my side bar. You will be hooked! I have a new found love for statement tees. You can pair them with anything from denim and slip on sneakers, to a skirt and wedge booties. I love them! And since I on time now for everything now (wink wink), this tee seemed like a perfect fit for me. Are you an early bird, or do you run fashionably late? My daughter says it is always better to arrive late than to arrive ugly;)

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Camo Prints for Fall and Winter!

I have had a hard time getting Lucy to jump on the camo band wagon. We live in a rural area, and camo is worn around here on a daily basis. But, it has never been viewed here as a style trend. Lucy sees it worn by people who hunt and like to go four wheeling in the mud. Since she likes neither of those activities, she won’t wear camo.

But I have seen all of my favorite bloggers style this print, and I love it! My true inspiration was Cyndi, who blogs at Walking in Grace and Beauty. Cyndi is always timeless and chic, and she has a heart for Christ. I read her blog posts daily.

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I picked up this J Crew camo tee from one of the IG closets I follow (for $10) and I could not wait to wear it! I have never been hunting or mudding, but I think that camo can be very wearable all women!

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I think that camo, like leopard, will eventually be seen as a neutral pattern. It really goes with everything! I like it best paired with navy, burgundy, black, and mustard. I think that darker colors ground the print.

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On a side note, this blog has helped me see things I love in my closet, as well as things I need to change about my wardrobe and which pieces don’t fit well, or may need adjusted. I have always loved these jeans, but they are too long and not flattering at all. This is the first photo I have of myself in these jeans. I am wondering if they just need hemmed, or if they need to go to ThreadUp. It looks like I need to go somewhere for a proper denim fitting! Any suggestions would be appreciated!

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I love the camo skinny jeans that Loft has this year, however, they are sold out in most sizes. I found a few similar pairs that I love and I created a style board with links for you. The 7Seven skinnies are my favorites! If you own a camo piece how do you style it? I hope that you all enjoy a blessed week!

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Favorite Fall Trends – Leggings!

I am rounding out my week of favorite falls trends with everyone’s favorite – leggings! I have fallen totally in love with this trend, as they can be worn casually with sneakers and a long tee, or dressed up with booties and layered tops. I LOVE this trend!

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When you are wearing leggings, you must remember that they are not pants. Your parts need to be covered – no matter your age. I like leggings best with a tunic or layered with a long tee and a flowy cardigan. I have three of these button back tunics and wear them all of the time. They are so comfy and can pass as appropriate for work or play. Its all in how you style them. The tunics pop up often on Groop Dealz. Just click my side bar and add a couple to your wardrobe for fall and winter! Groop Dealz has amazing leggings too!

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My love affair with leggings is pretty obvious. I have styled them several different ways. What is your favorite way to wear leggings? Have a blessed weekend!

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