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Friday, December 31, 2010

6 New Year's Resolutions I Know I Won't Keep

Let's be real. We all make lists of things we promise to change or do differently in the upcoming calendar year but secretly know we are about as close to keeping them as Li Lo is to a longterm stay-out of-rehab spell. I've put together a few resolutions I know I won't be keeping in 2011.  Here they are:

6. I won't update my Fb status hourly with long, extremely detailed descriptions of my entire day, #followedbyanunecessarylengthyhashtag.

5. I promise not to stop saying the word "literally" when what I really mean is not at all literal, but in fact, very figurative.

4. I will not reset my clocks to the acceptable 5 or 10 minutes fast. Me and the 12 or 13 minutes incriments get by just fine, thank you.

3. And nope, I am not going to go to bed any earlier. Neither will I plan on waking up with early bird/worm catchin' crowd.

2. I won't stop falling off my couch any time something extra ridiculous/hilarious happens on TV/to my roommates/on Fb. Literally.

And my number one un-resolution for 2011:

1. I will follow through with all of the above resolutions. I will follow through with the above resolutions ...


Happy New Year to y'all! Here's to a year full of unkept promises & unfulfilled resolutions.

Cheers,

Lorin

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Just Call Me Liz Lemon

Quote of the day: "When life gives you dilemmas, make dilemmonade."

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

What I'm Loving Wednesday

Hi, all! Happy Wednesday! Here are a few things I'm loving this week:


I'm loving that each morning brings the hope of a new, fresh start.
Thank you, Lord!

"Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, 'The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.'" [Lamentations 3:21-24]




I'm loving bonfires. Curl up with a blanket on a seat nearby and call it a day.

I'm loving catching up on life + friends + lunch.




Fantastic singer/songwriter Brooke Fraser's birthday wish is $50,000 of donations charity: water. I'm loving how we can all help change the lives of people around the world - and make her bday wish come true.




I'm loving that we're roadtripping to Orlando for one of my best friend's bachelorette party today!

What are you  loving about today?

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Eat, Drink & Be Married ♥

One of my dearest friends, Dana - we met in first period AP English our junior year of high school - is getting married in just a few months!! I couldn't be happier for her and her lover boy. The love of the Lord shines so brightly through them and I'm so excited to see what He has in store for them in the future.



Although the wedding is in March, we're taking a little pre-wedding girls' trip tomorrow. Planning an upcoming bachelorette party for your BFF? Here are a few ideas that are sure to make the bride-to-be's festivities truly unforgettable:

1. Ask the bride what she wants to do. It seems almost silly because of course she wants to spend a whole day at the spa . . . right? Well, maybe not. Depends upon the bride. Safest course of action? Just ask her. She'll likely have her own idea of what a perfect party/trip/night out with the girls looks like.

2. To go out of town or to stay in? If the future Mrs. doesn't have a preference either way, consider the cost for each girl's budget as you plan away. While a few on the guest list can spend $200 on a weekend trip, others may not be so lucky. The bottom line: cost friendly = guest happy.

3. Invite only/all of the bride's closest friends. Again, this may seem obvious but it's always good to run over the guest list with her to make sure no one important is left out, as well as preventing awkward situations with that-girl-from-work-you-thought-she-knew-but-doesn't-really.

4. Once you've nailed down the place, activities and guest list, start all decoration and food shopping well in advance. Give yourself plenty of time to make a list of everything you'll need, plus time to price check at a few stores before finally deciding on the pefect obnoxious tiara and sash. Check and check.

5. Be sure to send out friendly reminders - what to bring, when to arrive, how much each girl owes for the hotel room. If it's a lingerie shower, too, don't forget to include the bride-to-be's sizes so she doesn't have lots of, um, ill-fitting new outfits for her honeymoon.

[Image via: Paper & Cake]

Does party planning run in your blood? What are some of your tips for throwing the ultimate bachelorette party?

Monday, December 27, 2010

Spruce Up Your Monday for Under $10

Hope y'all had a lovely Christmas! And coming up next - get out your sequins, sparklers, & champagne - it's New Year's Eve.

Whether you're back at work or still enjoying time with family & friends, here are some fun ideas that won't wear a hole in your pocket and will help occupy your time until Friday night rolls around.


1. Turn on your favorite Pandora station & have an impromptu dance party as you clean the house or take down Christmas decorations. Cost: FREE. Bonus: Burn about 74 calories per 15 minutes you shake your groove thing, according to Diet Bites.

2. Wondering what to do with that really terrible present from your well-meaning Great Aunt Martha? Donate unwanted gifts to your church's outreach program or drop them off at your local Salvation Army. Cost: A few $ for gas but basically FREE. Bonus: Be a blessing to those who are in need. Greatest. feeling. in. the. world.

3. Put on your cozy sweater and leggings, then head over to an ice skating rink near you. Whether you're looking to skate in Tampa or Washington D.C., it's bound to be an afternoon of wintery fun. Cost: Around $10 for most ice rinks, including skate rentals. Bonus: Burn over 300 calories per hour.

4. Still deciding what to wear for NYE? Check out this article on dazzling do's and don'ts of party style for a little dose of inspiration. Cost: FREE - not including the sudden urge to go out and buy something shiny, of course.

[Image via: Media Bistro]

Friday, December 24, 2010

Hallelujah, He's Here

Merry Christmas Eve to y'all!

I hope that wherever you may be with family and other loved ones you have a wonderful day, celebrating the eve of our Savior's birth.  I'm off with my family to our church's Christmas Eve service, then to a party at CS's house, and perhaps some last minute tree trimming/present wrapping to finish the night.


Christian recording artist Francesca Battistelli sings this moving song called "You're Here," which tells of Jesus' birth from Mary's perspective. I love the lines "Look at your hands, they're still so small/Someday you're going to strech them out and save us all."



Warm up some apple cider and have a listen :)


Byh,

Lorin

[Image via: Lyrics Dog]

Thursday, December 23, 2010

How to Sail Through the Storm[s]

Ever have one of those days when everything is smooth sailing and then bam - out of nowhere comes a huge storm in your life?

That would be today for me.

But even in the face of trials, it's important to remember the truth & promises we find in God's Word.  Check out this passage from Philippians 4:6-7:

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

Is it easy to just give all your financial or physical or relational or work-related worries over to the Lord and say, "Okay, it's all yours now." Nope. But is it worth it? Definitely. Turn to the Lord and He will bring you comfort, even in the middle of your darkest, most terrifying storm.

In our life here on this earth, we're either just leaving, soon approaching, or smack dab in the middle of a storm. 

As the insightful author Louisa May Alcott famously stated, "I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship."

The next time your smooth waters start getting rough and the wind picks up speed, turn to Christ and our loving Heavenly Father will guide through the storm.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

What I'm Loving Wednesday

It's that time of week again - another round of
What I'm Loving Wednesday.



Here are just a few things that are making my day:


I'm loving being back at home sweet home. This song describes its perfectly.


 I'm loving Christmas tree decorating. Such a blast.


I'm loving watching the always funny How I Met Your Mother.  High fives, goofy plot lines, quotable goodness included.


winter-running

A long afternoon run through the country.  I'm loving how
exhilerating + relaxing it is.



 I'm loving window shopping + browsing through stores with a great friend.


 I'm loving the fabulous DC Ladies for including my blog on their blogroll. Thanks, ladies! Be sure to stop by their site.


 What are you  loving today?


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Countdown to Christmas

Hello, y'all!

So I'm flying home to good-ole Florida today for a few weeks. Should be a lovely visit.

In the meantime, here are a few yuletidey links worth checking out:


- A great sermon from Pastor Lon [ McLean Bible Church ] about God's Ultimate Christmas Gift. If you live in DC/MD/VA and are looking for a church, come to McLean! They meet at several campuses throughout the area [Tysons, Loudon, Bethesda, Prince William], everyone is so sweet, and they have tons of different ways to get plugged into community with believers whether you're looking to join a small group or serve in a ministry.




- Really yummy cinnamon rolls recipe from the oh-so-inspired Pioneer Woman. A  mom dropped off a batch at school today for the staff. Seriously. So. Good.


- Shane & Shane has this inspiring song called Born to Die. The link to listen is in the bottom right hand corner. Wonderful reminder of what we're truly celebrating each Christmas.

Byh, 
Lorin


[Images via: Pioneer Woman, Amazon]

Monday, December 20, 2010

Spruce Up Your Monday Worldview

It's T minus 5 days until Christmas. With the hustle and bustle of our crazy holiday schedules, it can be super easy to get sucked into "My Own Little World" and forget about the needs of others. Like that inevitable Christmas present stashed in the back of the coat closet, collecting dust until spring cleaning rolls around.

So what can we do to get outside our own lives and help those in need?

-Swap your morning latte or afternoon hot chocolate for life-saving water.
Give the gift of life by donating money for sanitary drinking water around the world.




A wonderful group of kids at the school I work for have partnered with H2O For Life, a fantastic organization that provides clean drinking water, hygiene, and sanitary education to schools in developing countries.  

Even just a few dollars can make a world of difference to these children.

As my Grandma Betty so wisely says, "When you give, you are the receiver."

[Images via: H2O For Life]

Friday, December 17, 2010

Happy weekend!

My lovely readers,

The weekend has arrived! What do y'all have planned? It's a busy time of year with all the Christmas recitals to sit through, holiday parties to attend, and visiting relatives to entertain. 



I'm going to take a note from Kate Spade and drink a few warm beverages [hopefully to help soothe my raspy throat once and for all],



go watch Black Swan with friends,



finish up some last minute Christmas shopping [inflatable penguin included],



and celebrate a sweet friend's college graduation. Yay!

Hope you have a lovely weekend!

Byh,

Lorin

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Today was a snowy day

It's heeere.  The powdery white stuff finally arrived in Arlington early this morning.


My apartment complex was cov-ered.

I have a feeling it's going to be a love/hate relationship this winter.

Things I ♥ so far about snow:

-How peaceful everything looks blanketed in white.
-Bundling up in my cozy down jacket and walking around town.
-Christmas song lyrics = totally coming true [It is a Winter Wonderland!].
-Seeing the faces of little kids [and big kids at heart] light up with excitement as they run around & scoop up big glovefuls.
-Snowball fights.
-Looking outside my office window and seeing the eager middle schoolers eating snow off the picnic tables for lunch. Priceless.
-Snow days. Although there was major snowfall today, unfortunately, school was not canceled. But here's hoping we'll have one soon.



 Snowy day as viewed from my office window.

Things I don't like so much:

-How slippery the roads are.
-The added 20+ minutes it takes to get anywhere.
-My poor Corolla wasn't made for this. At all.
-How slippery the sidewalks are.
-Skidding into curbs at stop signs on uncleared roads. [Don't worry, Mom & Dad, the car & I are both fine.]
-Fun events canceled because of the gross, icy roads.

So is this Florida Girl prepared for all the snow we're going to get this winter? Umm, hardly.  Will it be a great, experience of a lifetime? Absolutely.

Stay warm & carry gloves,

Lorin

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

What I'm Loving Wednesday


It's the middle of the week, also known as Hump Day [insert Mean Girls reference here] and What I'm Loving Wednesday. Here's a list of several things that are inspiring/amusing/getting me through the day today.


I'm loving a classy dress like this for NYE. Pink is the new pink. Break out the bubbly and your dancing shoes and let the count down to the new year begin!

After hearing about a friend's terrible, please-let-this-be-over-now coffee date last night, I'm loving that how to lose a guy in 10 minutes is only appropriate.  If laughter really is the best medicine, take two big doses. Stat.



I'm loving this fun, Christmas DIY project. Check out Everything Fabulous's tips for how to make a classy ornament wreath using just a wire hanger, ornaments, and some glue.  Start signing "Martha Stewart" as your middle name.



If you're still searching for the perfect black puffy winter coat, here it is! No really - it's 60% down, belted at the waist, and has a removable fur hood. And it's all yours for $34.98. I'm loving the price tag of this jacket. Score!



I'm loving my world-classy small group. Couldn't ask for a more lovely group of ladies to meet with each week. Together, we're a hot mess, sharing our struggles and triumphs, & growing in our love for the Lord. And it's the best part of each Wednesday :]



I'm loving a holiday take on the ever-stylish "Keep Calm & Carry On." Just makes me want to burst into song!



And another.  I can't get enough! It's just so darn festive and I'm loving how fantastic it would look hanging above my couch.



This. photo. cracks. me. up. Seriously, my friends are crazy and I'm loving all the amazing memories we've shared . . . including the times we wear fake 'staches. Just 'cause.



I'm loving pretty lights.

I'm loving that I fly home to see my family in less than a week!




 I'm loving that we can say thanks to our troops who are
away from home & their families, serving our country during this holiday season.





 I'm loving this song that beautifully describes the
true meaning of Christmas.

What are you loving about today?
Link your blog post over to This Kind of Love and 
read posts of what bloggers all over are loving this week.

Happy Wednesday, y'all!

Lorin

        

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Holiday gift guide

Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? Just started? Somewhere in between? Here are some great present ideas for everyone on your list, including your relative-who-has-everything-and-needs-nothing.


 Preppy, ladylike pen for the hostess-with-the-mostess.


Adorable festive Koozies for the sports fanatic in your life.


A relaxing afternoon massage for your overstressed &
totally deserving mama.


Comfy suede mocs for your man.


 Your younger, fashion-forward sis will ♥ Kate Spade's new fragrance Twirl.

Bored co-workers? Introduce their desks to the world of table tennis.




Frozen ho cho so your 1,000-miles-away-BFF can reminiscence about
weekly trips to Serendipity.




Pretty baubles for the world's best aunt.

Give your charming father a dash of Southern Proper with this bow tie.


Happy shopping, y'all!

Lorin



[Images via: Lilly Pulitzer, Massage Envy, Urban Outfitters, Fashion Fuss, Urban Outfitters, Fred Flare, Ann Taylor Loft, Southern Gent].

Monday, December 13, 2010

Feeling a lot under the weather? Check.

There's nothing quite like starting out the week with a spontaneous, out-of-nowhere cold - and losing your voice. Awesome. My first official sick leave day of winter.  If you're feeling blah and about as jolly as the Grinch like I was earlier today, here are some easy ways to rest and recoop. After all, we can't stay home from work forever . . .

-Drink lots and lots of fluids. For me, that meant OJ, water, hot tea, more water, plus my mom's ho cho recipe [Heat up milk, add 1 heaping spoonful of Hershey's dark cocoa and some organic honey,  sprinkle in some cinnamon and nutmeg, stir, and enjoy].



-Fluff those down pillows, pull up the covers, and take a loooong nap. Wake up only to roll over. Then proceed with lovely dreaming.

-Read some of that book you've been meaning to but before today didn't have the time. I pulled The Normandy Diary of Marie-Louise Osmont: 1940-1944 [translated by George L. Newman] out of my stacks of neglected books and got to reading.  Let me just say that Marie-Louise was a tough, kick-butt kind of lady: during the war, she was a widow who managed her household, helped out at the Red Cross, and worked in a nearby library. Oh, and kept her cool while enemy troops took up residence in her ch√Ęteau. You know, everyday stuff. 

-Spend time praying. For family, friends, our nation, a pure heart, to hear God's voice. And if you're up for it, journal some of those prayers.  It's wonderful to be able to look back and see how God has been faithful and answered when we cry out to Him - whether His answer was the one we wanted or not, He's in control and will work all things out in for His glory.

-Tune in to some cheery holiday chick flicks.  ABC's 25 Days of Christmas is featuring lots of feel-good movies on TV.  Exhibit A: Christmas Cupid.


Because, really, who wouldn't want to sit back and watch the adorable Chad Michael Murray try to woo his way back into Christina Millian's life as the ghost of her dead, martini-drinking celeb client haunts her with ghosts of boyfriends past? Classic.

-If you're feeling a tad bit stir crazy, bundle up and go for a walk.  I don't know about you, but I always feel better once I get my heart rate up.  And since the wind factor outside has been ridiculously unbearable, that's when the treadmill in my apartment's gym comes to the rescue.

With these tips, you can get through any sick day. Bring it on, winter flu!


With love and chicken noodle soup,

Lorin

[Images via: Inspired Occasions, ABC Family].

Friday, December 10, 2010

Day 674: Where is Gao Zhisheng?

On February 9, 2009, Christian human rights' attorney Gao Zhisheng was taken away from his home, his family, his life, by members of the Chinese government.  That was 674 days ago.  Since then, no one can say for sure where they are keeping him or how he is being treated.

His only crime? Standing up for those that were being persecuted.


According to FreeGao.com, Gao is a two-time nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize [2008 + 2010], plus he was honored as "one of China’s top 10 lawyers by the Ministry of Justice in 2001 for his work defending victims of medical malpractice and farmers whose land had been seized for redevelopment," says an article in the NYT dating back to February of this year.

The article goes on to say that Gao was arrested in 2005 for 54 days for similar charges [i.e. anything against the Communist Party] and publicized the details of his time in jail: "He was shocked and beaten almost continuously, he wrote, or forced to sit motionless, enveloped by blinding lights. By the end, he said, 'the skin all over my body had turned black.'"

Gao Zhisheng has been "missing by force" since 2009.


So what can we do about it?

1. Remember Gao and his family in your prayers.  Go before our Heavenly Father on behalf on Gao - ask that he remains bold in his faith, his family will be abounding with the peace of God which transcends all understanding, and that his life is a living, breathing testimony and reflection of the glory of God.
2. Sign the petition.  It only takes a minute or two.  Add your name to the 140,000 + who have already voiced their support for Gao. Every signature matters.
3. Send a message to our U.S. Representatives or the Chinese government officials and media sources.  Tell them we have not forgotten Gao and the "power of freedom and human rights" [FreeGao.com]. 

Unlike J. Mayer's catchy "Waiting on the World to Change," let's intentionally move towards creating that change.

Have a fantastic weekend,

Lorin

[Via: http://bitsandbytesofbob.blogspot.com/]

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Free Thai food. And Georgetown Cupcakes.

As a lovely birthday treat last night, CS & I ate dinner at Bangkok Bistro over in Georgetown. The service was very fast and friendly and the food was delicious.  Bonus: when it's you birthday, show your ID before ordering and they'll give you a free entree [$12 credit].


Can someone say chicken pad thai? Thank you.  And CS, who's not the biggest fan of Thai, ordered sushi rolls. The verdict? Two thumbs up.

After dinner, we raced - literally - to make it to over to Georgetown Cupcake before closing.  Yes, it's the cupcake store of TLC's DC Cupcakes fame. The lines are long and the hype is big all throughout the city.  Before yesterday, I hadn't stopped by to try them.  I kept meaning to but just didn't get around it ... until 8:55 pm.  I paid the parking garage ticket while CS got the car.  She dropped me off at the corner of 33rd and I sprinted inside. 

The decor is all pink, silver, and sleek.  And the cupcakes, my goodness.  Vanilla birthday, chocolate, lemon berry, chocolate ganache ... So many choices!

I decided to go with red velvet and CS got vanilla birthday.  We could barely wait to get home to try them.  Let's just say we were down to crumbs within a few minutes.  The icing was rich and cream cheese-y.  The cupcake itself was moist and full of flavor.  Follow them on Twitter for the "secret flavor" of the day.  Make sure to order it by name in the store and it's yours for freee. ♥

[Image via: Bangkok Bistro]

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Hope It's Chocolate For Me ♥

Today is Wednesday.  Today is also my birthday - or the 22nd anniversary of my expulsion from the uterus, if we're celebrating like Troy from Community.

I thought I'd list 22 things I'm especially thankful for, not in order of importance but just as I think of them:

22. You, for reading this post.  Thanks!
21. The all-encompassing, never failing love of Christ.
20. Hiking - anywhere, anytime.  Simply love it.
19. Little kids, cheesy jokes, funny man Jim Gaffigan - anything that makes me laugh [hence, today's post title].
18. My amazing family :]

17. A reaaally good book - The Secret Life of Bees, The Bible, The Catcher in the Rye.
16. My camera + capturing lovely moments of creation + friends + falling leaves + the beauty in everyday life.
15. Second chances. And while I'm at it, third, fourth, and fifth chances, too.

14. Where I came from. - - - - - >
13. Where I'm going.
12. Remarkable friends in Florida.
11. Sweet new friends in Virginia/DC.
10. The goodness that is Oreos.
9. Spontaneous dance parties.
8. Wearing a watch as a fashion statement rather than a timekeeper.
7. ----FSU-->>-->
6. The amazing high from going for a good run.
5. Singing along to the radio at the top of my lungs.
4. The courage these men and women show in persecuted nations around the globe.
3. Trying new recipes every time I cook.
2. Quoting silly lines from movies in real life.
1. Daydreaming about my sometime-in-the-future trip to Santorini.

[Image via: Epodunk]

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Road Trippin' Rules

This past weekend, my roommates and I packed our Vera Bradley duffels and headed down south to Charlotte, North Carolina. Traveling - especially taking a road trip - is one of my favorite things to do.  My family has dubbed me "Roadtrip Warrior" because of frequent trips across state border lines.  Here are a few tips I've picked over the years that can save you a whole lot of Tylenol and throbbing headaches as you' set off on a holiday car trip through the mountains or long drive to spend Christmas with the in-laws.

1. On the road, compromise is key. Although CS and CM aren't usually FSU fans, they temporarily supported the Noles for 48 hours, seeing as I'm a huge fan and we were headed to watch them play in the ACC Championship. 

CS showing off her Seminole pride
(Now CM may try to object to the above statement but there's no denying she did the Warchant a few times).

If one person wants to eat at a sit-down Mexican restaurant and another insists upon having Italian for lunch, then y'all will get nowhere without coming to some kind of an arrangement .  Maybe you can agree to stop at Mexican on the way there and then get Italian on the way back. Done and done.

2.  Not everyone in your car wants to hear the newest Glee soundtrack 7834 times.  I know, it's hard to believe, right? Especially considering their fantastic renditions of Empire State of Mind and Forget You, but that's beside the point.  Instead of blaring poppy goodness on repeat, let each person play one CD/playlist of their choice.  By taking turns with the music, you'll have a fun variety of songs to listen to and won't be forced to deal with a friend's, bless their heart, love for screechy techno beats or polka jams the whole way.  Plus, they might realize they do appreciate Glee a little more than they initially thought.

3. If it smells, keep it at home.  Whether it's nail polish, Chinese food, or scented lotions - unless everyone in the car wants to be breathing in glitter and peaches for 8 hours, be considerate and refrain from using/eating it.  As my good friend Lauren Elizabeth likes to say, "Funyuns are not road-trip friendly food."  And she's right.  Four Little Trees Car-fresheners later and your car still smells like stale onions. Not okay.

In the car? Forgetaboutit
4. When figuring out who will pay for gas, discuss all costs before getting on the road.  Nothing says awkward like the following conversation.  "Okay, the E light just came on.  It's you turn to fill up."  "Wait, what? I thought I was just along for the ride."  "Umm, no.  Where did you get that idea?"  Avoid any confusion by deciding prior to the trip that everyone will buy 2 tanks or you will each fill up one way.

5.  Be prepared. Load up anything you think you may want while on  the road.  Here's a look at what I like to bring:

-Yummy trail mix
-Refillable water bottle
-A book, my Bible, and some magazines
-Emergen-C packs [for a quick pick-me up] 
-My trusty iPod plus headphones when it's time to snooze
-Catchphrase [such a fun game!]
-Sunglasses
-Cellphone and handy-dandy car charger

Plus, it's important to remember things you may need in case of battery failure/flat tire/etc. such as:

-A flashlight
-First Aid kit
-Blankets and extra warm clothing
-Spare tire plus repair kit
-Protein bars and enough water for everyone

6.  And the most important thing to remember is to have a lovely time! Throw your bags in the back, set the GPS, and enjoy the open roads.

What are some of your tips for a great road trip? Anything you always do while traveling? Or something you must bring with you?

[Image via: Frito Lay]

Monday, December 6, 2010

Spruce Up Your Monday Wardrobe

The weekend has come and gone, and now it's back to the 9 to 5 life.  In need of an outfit that looks somewhat more presentable than the now rumpled blouse and pants you wore to work last Thursday?  Lucky for us, StyleCaster has put together 15 easy and chic outfits using 15 pieces that most of us already have hanging in our closets.




 Don't you just love it when outfits put themselves together?


 Mustard sweater + cable knit skit = winter whimsy




Cozy blazer + cropped pants = casual polished

Warm cape + suede booties = ladylike appeal

Check out the other 12 outfits for enough wardrobe inspiration to get through the next two weeks of business meetings, lunch dates, and afternoon errands around town.

byh,

Lorin