Christmas Day Attire!

Christmas is quickly approaching and we need to figure out what we will wear for the festivities. Our church holds Christmas Eve service in a barn. It is an amazing way to experience how it may have felt the night our Savior was born. Needless to say, we don’t dress up for service. I also like to be comfy for the Christmas Day activities. Although I don’t typically dress up for the holidays, I am sharing what I would love to wear if I did.

Every woman needs either a leather skirt or a pair of leggings in her wardrobe. Add a feminine blouse and leopard pumps or booties and you have created a fabulous outfit for your Christmas festivities.

Since I plan to stay casual for the holidays, I am wearing track pants and a festive fair isle sweater. You don’t look like you are headed to the gym if you wear track pants now. Pair them with a comfy sweater or layer up with a chambray top and a quilted vest to give track pants a more dressy vibe. For an extra does of holiday fun, add colored booties!

There are several items in my collage today that are also on my wish list this year. This black tote is less than $25 at Forever 21! Jamberry Nails are my new best friends! And the Kate Spade bow earrings are a must have item! What will you be wearing for the Christmas Day festivities? Will you be dressy or casual? Have a blessed week!

Christmas Day Outfits!


Brave Soul long sleeve top
$45 - newlook.com

Michael Kors shirts blouse
$170 - houseoffraser.co.uk

Halogen
nordstrom.com

UGG Australia red boots
uggaustralia.com

High heel pointed toe pumps
$32 - newlook.com

Dorothy Perkins red purse
$13 - dorothyperkins.com

Michael Kors gold bracelet
$340 - psyche.co.uk

Nail care
julep.com

I am taking a little break from blogging for the next couple of weeks. Christmas vacation tends to fly by quickly, and I want to spend all of my time with Lucy. I hope that you and your family enjoy a blessed Christmas together. See you next year!!


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Teen Christmas Style!

I love shopping for Lucy, and Christmas outfits are so fun to put together for her! She loves to dress up and wear all things sparkly. On Saturday we made our 11th annual trip to BalletMet’s Nutcracker with my mom. We decided to go to an evening performance so we could dress a bit fancy for the event. I purchased this black lace dress for Lucy from Macy’s. It was half off with free shipping, and I could not wait to see her in it. She is blessed with dancer legs and I love to see her in dresses! She looked so grown up, but she just took my breath away!

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Since most of our Christmas events are casual functions, Lucy and I created a style board with a casual option for teens. Printed leggings are a must have for Christmas this year! What will your kiddos be wearing for the holiday festivities? Please share and have a wonderful weekend!

Teen Christmas Outfit



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Christmas Style With Rachel and Melissa!

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With only ten days until Christmas, there seems to be a gathering or party almost every evening and weekend! I am teaming up today with fellow bloggers Rachel of Garay’s Treasures and Melissa of The Missy G blog to provide you with outfit options for all of your holiday festivities.

My mom takes Lucy and I to the BalletMet Nutcracker every year, and we love getting dressed up for that event. But, most of our Christmas parties and activities are casual. Rachel, Melissa, and I are presenting three different style options for your holiday events. I hope you find Christmas outfit inspiration for all of your festivities today!

Rachel’s outfit is perfect for casual Christmas events. She could add black booties and some sparkly bling to make this look work for a more dressy occasion. This shade of red is my favorite for Christmas parties!

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Melissa puts a festive twist on a tulle skirt with a fabulous Disney statement tee. She could pair this skirt with a jeweled sweater and leopard pumps for a more formal party!

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For casual events, I love festive sweaters layered with pops of plaids. I bought this sweater last year at Old Navy. Click here for their similar fair isle sweater. I love it in red!

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My clutch was made by my friend Sarah of SewsarahR. I have two of her clutches and love them! They are the perfect handbag for a holiday party! You can visit Sarah’s shop here!

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Merry Christmas and I hope you look fabulous at your holiday parties this season!


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Pinterest Told Me To – Style Inspiration!

For those of you who read my blog often, or if you are a personal friend, you know how much we love our dogs. Several weeks ago, our black lab tore the ligaments in his left hind leg. Unable to heal properly and in great pain, he is having surgery to repair the damage today. As a nurse and a mom, I would like to tell you that I am holding myself together well. But when you watch someone you love in so much pain, there really is no handling it well. I have cried like a baby all week. I am asking you to pray for him today. Pray that the surgery goes well, that he isn’t in pain, and that he will be able to walk again. This boy is very special to us. He came to me after ten years of failed infertility treatments. Our dogs are the only siblings Lucy will ever have. So thank you for your prayers. I will keep you updated on his recovery.

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On a much brighter note, I have been playing around with some ideas for sprucing up the blog for 2015. Since I get almost all (OK all) of my style tips from other bloggers, I thought it might be a good idea to share photos and links to some of my favorite blogs. I often take screen shots of outfits I love and attempt to recreate them on my own. I never end up looking as cute as my inspiration, but it is all about being the best I can be – not being exactly like someone else.

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Today’s outfit inspiration comes from one of my very favorite bloggers. If you do not read Sheaffer’s blog, you are missing out on one of the most stylish, adorable, real bloggers out there. I am addicted to Pinterest Told Me To, and I read her posts daily. She provides links to all of her pieces and always has the best scoop on sales! I now shop at Nordstrom, thanks to her!

I picked up this black cardigan at Loft recently when it was 50%. I found it via Pinterest Told Me To – of course(: I had been trying to come up with a casual way to style it, and then Sheaffer solved the problem for me. Perfection! The gray cardigan was sold out, but I needed a black one anyway. I paired mine with a simple black tee and a buffalo plaid scarf. See – the same, but different.

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I added a scarf for warmth and color, but I love this look with a statement necklace too! Thanks for the inspiration Sheaffer!! The photo above is also from Sheaffer’s blog. I simply took this look, and made it my own. I will be relying heavily on my blog friends to help me create outfits from items I already own during my shopping ban in January!

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Christmas Prints!

Over the past few years, the ugly Christmas sweater parties have become very popular. Although I have never been invited to one, I am certain that I have worn my share of Christmas sweaters that were less than beautiful. But not all Christmas prints are ugly! There are so many fabulous holiday sweaters and leggings available now! I picked up a pair of super soft reindeer leggings at White Plum this week, and I plan to wear them to a Christmas painting party with Lucy this weekend. The key is to pair your holiday prints with neutral colors and minimal accessories, so you don’t look like one of Santa’s elves! I created a set of three fabulous looks using gorgeous Christmas prints! These styles are appropriate for everything from date night, to a casual Christmas party, to girls’ night out. Which look is your favorite? Will you be wearing any Christmas prints this season?

Christmas Prints


Betty Barclay sweater
$125 - houseoffraser.co.uk

Joules christmas top
$125 - joules.com

Warehouse christmas top
$60 - houseoffraser.co.uk

Loft jeans
loft.com

Lined legging
pinkqueen.com


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Nordstrom Gift Picks and A Group Give Away!

Are you ready for Christmas? Well, if you are not quite done with your shopping, I am here to help today! I am teaming up with Victoria of The Mummy Chronicles, and a group of amazing blogger friends to give away a gift card to Nordstrom!! Yippee!! There is something for everyone at Nordstrom, and what a great way to find new bloggers to follow!!

I recently started shopping at Nordstrom. I know, I am really late jumping on the band wagon. I have loved every item I ordered, and their customer service and return policy is fabulous! I created a collage of a few of my favorite gift picks for you so you can use your gift card wisely if you win! I am loving the plaid scarf and the tan booties. Which item is on your list?

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Simply complete the entries in the Rafflecopter below and you will be entered to win! The lucky winner will be announced on The Mummy Chronicles on December 15, 2014! Good luck and happy shopping!

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Aracely/Victoria/Lindsey/Andrea/April/Angele/Susan/Jenna (left corner)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

One winner will be chosen at random on December 15, 2014. Good luck!


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Mustard and Navy – Style Inspiration!

I am planning a shopping ban for the month of January. I did it last year, and it really helped me learn to shop my closet and create outfits from pieces I already own. I am starting a new budget system for 2015, and I am hoping that the ban on shopping for clothes will help me jump start my plan of action!

To help me refrain from shopping, I am planning to get outfit inspiration from fellow bloggers and Pinterest. I have a pair of mustard cords in my closet that I have never worn. My friend Dinah styled hers a few weeks ago on IG, and she inspired me to finally wear mine. They are a bit of a style risk for me, as I typically don’t wear colored pants. But, I love how she paired this pop of color with the neutral navy sweater. I ended up loving this bright and cheerful look! I flip flipped the colors for today’s look and wore the mustard on top. I plan to pair my mustard cords with a black or navy sweater soon. Mustard and navy may be one of my new favorite combinations! Thanks Dinah!

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You can find more of Dinah’s fabulous looks on IG at stylishprofessor.

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I found a few other mustard and navy combos on Pinterest too! I am considering adding more style inspiration posts to the blog. Is this a feature you would like to see more of? Thanks for the feedback and have a fabulous weekend!

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The Shopping Bag and A Coupon Code!

The ladies at The Shopping Bag recently contacted me to collaborate with them. I had seen several other bloggers style pieces from this shop, so I was so excited to have this chance. I was thrilled with this fabulous pink knit infinity scarf! I don’t have anything in my closet similar to this, so I had a lot of fun coming up with a fun way to style it! It is soft and cozy and the bright colors are the perfect pop for the darker days of winter. The cost also makes it affordable for my budget.

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The Shopping Bag is an online retail shop that specializes in meeting all of your shopping needs from A to Z. Not only do they have a nice selection of clothing and accessories, they carry home goods and beauty items as well. Stop by The Shopping Bag to do a bit of Christmas shopping, and be sure to use the code CHARMINGLUCY to receive 25% off of your order!

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You can also find The Shopping Bag via the following social media outlets.

Twitter (@TheShoppingBag): www.twitter.com/TheShoppingBag
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheShoppingBagStore
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/theshoppingbag
Tumblr: www.shoptheshoppingbag.tumblr.com
Instagram (@TheShoppingBag and also use the hashtag #theshoppingbag): www.instagram.com/theshoppingbag

The winner of the Chloe and Isabel credit is Jill! Congratulations!


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The Liebster Award!

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The Liebster Award is an award for which bloggers nominate fellow bloggers. It’s passed from person to person to encourage connection and support within our writing community, and to aid in the discovery of new and upcoming bloggers. My friend Marta, from Sweaters, Stripes, and Sweets nominated me this month. I was humbled and surprised, to say the least. Thank you Marta for your continued encouragement and support! Now it it my turn to nominate some of my blogger friends for the Liebster Award!

If you are nominated by me, take these steps, if you choose to participate:
– Post the award to your blog, thank the blogger who nominated you, and link back to her blog.
– Nominate 11 fellow bloggers who you feel deserve this award, and who have less than 200 followers.
– Answer the 11 questions posted by the award presenter and ask your nominees 11 questions. The questions for my nominees are at the bottom of this post.

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My questions to answer are as follows:

1. What is your favorite thing about blogging? I have met so many amazing women through this little blog of mine. They encourage me daily to get dressed in something other than running pants, we share style tips, prayers, and the shared bond of love for fashion, no matter our age, size, shape, skin color, or religion.
2. Name one thing your readers don’t know about you? I battled unexplained secondary infertility for ten years. It was one of my most life changing events, and it brought me to my knees – exactly where God needed me to be. If you know anything about me, you know that my daughter is my most precious gift.
3. Vanilla or chocolate ice cream? Vanilla and chocolate frozen yogurt swirled in a cup.
4. Who is your favorite band? I love so many types of music, but my favorites are Patty Loveless, Bon Jovi, Prince, and Katy Perry.
5. Name two of your fashion icons? Shanna from Because Shanna Said So, and Alison from Get Your Pretty On.
6. Where is your favorite place to travel? Charleston, SC.
7. What is at the top of your bucket list? I don’t really have a bucket list. That freaks me out. But, we have five summers left before Lucy leaves for college, and we have a trip planned for each summer. Hopefully, God will bless us with that time together.
8. What is your favorite thing to do on the weekend? Lucy is a dancer, so we spend most weekends traveling for competitions and rehearsals. In the summer, we love to swim, work in our yard, and hike with our dogs.
9. What is your best quality? This is a difficult one for me. I think it would be loyalty. If you are in my circle, I will stay true to you no matter what. Unless you hurt my kiddo. Then all bets are off;)
10. What is your favorite book of all time and why? I am an avid reader, so I love many books. I think my favorite is Charlotte’s Web. It provides the best picture of what true friendship looks like.
11. What is a tip you would give to women thinking about starting their own blog? Just go for it! If you can’t get it off of your mind, do it! There is room for everyone in blog land and it is such an amazing network of women. I had no clue what I was missing until I started Charming Lucy.

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And my nominees are

http://www.whyidodeclare.blogsopt.com

http.//www.apocketfulofpolkadots.com

http://www.dousedinpink.blogspot.com

http://www.dressed2dnines.com

http://www.eleganceandmommyhood.com

http://www.garaytreasures.wordpress.com

http://www.goldhattedlover.com

http://www.jacketsociety.com

http://www.cornwellfam.com

http://www.savvy_southern.blogspot.com

http://www.portcityprescription.com

http://www.sparklesandprays.com

The questions for my nominees are as follows:
1. Why did you start blogging?
2. What is your favorite city?
3. What is your favorite food?
4. Who are your favorite bloggers?
5. What is your favorite place to shop?
6. Do you work outside of the home or are you a SAHM?
7. What is your go to piece of clothing for winter?
8. What was your biggest recent splurge?
9. What is your favorite budget tip?
10. What has been your personal favorite blog post (from your own blog)?
11. Who would you love to meet for dinner? And where would you go?

I hope you enjoyed this fun way to get to know some newer blog friends!! Have a blessed week and welcome December! We are one day closer to summer:)


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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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