Making Flatbread: Chopped, Blogger Edition

Have you ever watched the Food Network show Chopped? It’s a favorite of mine. It’s a competition show where 4 chefs compete in 3 rounds–appetizer, entree, and dessert. Each round has a basket of mystery ingredients that must be used in the dish in some way. One chef gets “chopped” from the competition each round. It’s so much fun to watch! It’s dramatic and I learn about new ingredients and techniques every time.

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I thought it would be super fun to do a little Chopped themed post with my homegirl Jenna from Dearest Love to share with you! Just like on Chopped, Jenna and I each used the same mystery ingredients in our recipes and each came up with something totally different to share with you. Special thanks to Madison for coming up with our mystery ingredients for us!

And the mystery ingredients were:

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Pineapple, prosciutto, goat cheese, and rosemary! When Madison emailed me the mandatory ingredient list, I totally did a little dance–all of these things are ingredients I LOVE. My immediate thought for these ingredients was a play on a Hawaiian pizza, but I went a little bit more of a flatbread route–the perfect way to tie these ingredients together!

Flatbread with prosciutto, goat cheese, grilled pineapple, and rosemary balsamic glaze

I decided to treat each of these ingredients a little bit differently. I knew I wanted to grill the pineapple because it brings out it’s natural sweetness and it gives it a nice smokey flavor that I thought would tie in nicely with the prosciutto. I wanted the goat cheese crumbles to still maintain their integrity, so having them take a long stint in the oven was out of the question–I didn’t want them to melt. The prosciutto is an ingredient that I prefer to eat in it’s raw state, so I didn’t want to fuss too much with that either. Rosemary would be my ingredient to tie all the flavors together–I brushed chopped rosemary onto the dough with olive oil, garlic, and salt before grilling the flatbread, and also made a balsamic glaze infused with rosemary.

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The balsamic glaze is the simplest part of this whole operation–you literally just put the rosemary and the balsamic in a pot and reduce on the stove until it thickens up. SO easy, and it yields a lot of flavor.

Let’s get to that recipe, shall we? :)

Prosciutto, Pineapple, and Goat Cheese Flatbread

For the flatbread dough
1 cup warm milk
1 tsp yeast
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 TBS olive oil
2 cups flour

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl until a rough mass forms. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic. Set aside and let rest for about 5 minutes.

Flatbread toppings
3 TBS olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped
about 1 cup pineapple, grilled and cut into small chunks
1.5 oz prosciutto, thinly sliced
4 oz goat cheese
1 cup arugula

To make the flatbread

Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. If using a grill pan, also preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Combine 2 TBS of the olive oil, salt, minced garlic, and rosemary. Set aside. Take the rested flat bread dough and either stretch by hand or roll out into a rectangle(ish) that is about 1/4 inch thick. Brush one side of the dough with the remaining 1 TBS of olive oil and place oiled side down onto the grill or grill pan. Brush the olive oil and rosemary mixture on the other side of the dough. Cook until the bottom of the flatbread is golden brown and grill marks are achieved, about 5 minutes.

If using a grill, add the pineapple and crumble the goat cheese over top. Close the lid and cook until the top of the flatbread is no longer doughy, about 5 minutes.

If using a grill pan, add the pineapple and crumble the goat cheese over top. Move grill pan from the stove to the oven and cook until flatbread is no longer doughy on top, about 5 minutes.

Open the lid/remove from the oven and add the arugula and prosciutto. Return to the oven/close the lid for about 30 seconds, or until the arugula has wilted slightly and the prosciutto is just warmed. Finish with a drizzle of balsamic glaze (below)

To make the balsamic glaze

Add 1/2 a cup balsamic vinegar and a few sprigs of rosemary to a small saucepan. Over medium heat, cook until vinegar has reduced to a thin syrup. Remove from heat. If the syrup is too thick, add 1 tsp of balsamic vinegar and stir.

Drizzle the balsamic glaze over the top of the finished flatbread and enjoy!

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Oh yeah. Check out those grill marks. Sexy. :)

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Be sure to stop by Jenna’s blog to see what she created using pineapple, prosciutto, goat cheese and rosemary! Her Pineapple and Goat Cheese Roll Ups look totally perfect as an appetizer or a snack for a movie at home with your guy. :)

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Have you ever watched Chopped? What would you make with pineapple, prosciutto, goat cheese, and rosemary? 

Growing Baby Number 2 | 16 Weeks

I can’t believe 2 more weeks have flown by! One thing I can tell you with certainty about my first pregnancy is that it dragged on forever and ever. I had nothing to do! Especially after I quit my job–I literally sat home all day long and watched Gossip Girl. I was bored out of my mind and Dustin was working looooong hours.

Despite being pregnant on top of caring for a toddler being tiring and pretty difficult sometimes, I’m grateful for how fast this pregnancy is going by because of it. Since I always have things to do to take care of Joshua, I don’t have time to think about how long 40 weeks really is. It’s definitely a second pregnancy perk.

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Here’s the lowdown on what life is like at this stage:

Trimester: Second! Finally.

Baby’s size: about 4 inches–the size of a navel orange.

Symptoms: Morning sickness has finally peaced out! Hallelujah! My energy has also come back and I feel like a normal human.

Now that my bump is getting bigger, I’ve started to experience Round Ligament Pain if I stand up too quickly. If that’s not a familiar term to you, it just means the ligaments that run from my abdomen to my pelvis are tightening really fast. It feels like I’m getting stabbed. I can avoid it if I just remember to stand up slowly and not be in such a rush. It’s been a little bit of an adjustment for me, but I’ve been better about slowing down.

Cravings/Aversions: Leftovers still suck. Popsicles rule.

Looking forward to: Finding out what we’re having! Our gender scan is tomorrow (!) and I am SO excited! With my luck though, they’ll tell me one thing at this ultrasound and say, “Just kidding! It’s actually a____” at our 20 week ultrasound. I still think it’s a girl a this point. Also, I found out that I’m not allowed to tell you the actual names we picked out. Dustin wants to keep it a secret. He said initials are fine to share, and you’re more than welcome to guess! :)

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Top & leggings: c/o Pink Blush Maternity
Beanie: Target
Booties: Aldo (similar)

What do you think we’re having? What do you think the names we chose are? (Boy: OCT  // Girl: FIT) 

An Easy Holiday Hairstyle

When it comes to holiday parties, I’m a big fan of really playing up my jewelry and letting my sparkle steal the show. I don’t wear a lot of big, loud jewelry very often, but the holidays seem like a perfect time to do just that. When I do my hair for parties, I like to have it pulled back to show off earrings and necklaces. Plus, then I’m not worrying about my hair being in my face and I can enjoy interacting with other people. This quick hairstyle blends three braids together–two dutch braids and one fishtail.

Easy braided hairstyle to let you show off your holiday sparkle without your hair being in the way!

For this hairstyle, I decide to record a little video tutorial. Bear with me, since this is my first ever video tutorial and I was weirdly nervous. I decided to voiceover the instructions so I wouldn’t have to worry about braiding and talking at the same time. If you think I sound pretty special, don’t worry about it–I think I do too. ;) Hopefully you get what I’m trying to explain to you! Lol. If you have any questions, just hit me up in the comments.

Another fun thing you can do with this hairstyle is add a fun, sparkly headband for kind of a double headband effect between your headband and the braid.

After you check out the video, be sure to visit Jaelan of Making Mrs. M to see her gorgeous holiday makeup tutorial. We decided to join forces and make sure you’re completely covered for hair and makeup for your next holiday party. You’re welcome. :)

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How do you rock your hair and makeup for holiday parties? How many holiday parties do you have left to attend this year? 

The Creative Closet | Snowed In

For the past several weeks, we’ve had an incredibly uncharacteristic warm front in Utah. Like, temperatures in the high 50s and no snow to be seen. For a December in Utah, it was totally weird. I wasn’t about to complain though–I loved still being able to take Joshua to the park to play without bundling up like crazy. After weeks of this strangely warm weather though, the cold has come back along with some snow!

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I love both Maegen’s and Lauren’s cozy looks for staying warm in the chilly, snowy weather! They both nailed it as usual, don’t you think? 

On Sunday (when I usually shoot my photos) I woke up and opened our curtains to see big, fluffy flakes of snow falling! There weren’t a ton of them and they didn’t stick–so I definitely wasn’t “snowed in” by any means, but if I was, this is something I would wear. I’m all about dressing for comfort if I’m not planning to go anywhere, but I believe in still looking presentable too! For me to feel good about myself, I have to put at least a little bit of effort into my appearance each day.

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Top: Le Tote
Leggings: c/o Pink Blush Maternity (flash sale going on until the 17th!)
Socks: so old….
Headband: Fabric Wraps

The top is from the very first tote I’ve gotten from Le Tote since I let them know about my pregnancy. I asked for them to style my totes around maternity appropriate clothes from this point forward and I was SO excited about this top. It’s long enough in the front to cover my growing bump comfortably. The neutral palette makes it a perfect closet workhorse–I’m definitely keeping this top from my tote!

I’m really excited to see your snowed in outfits! But first, a few items of housekeeping:

Mark your calendars and don’t forget to link up with us next week for My Favorite Sweater!

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Please be sure that when you are linking up with us you link up posts that are relevant to the week’s prompt and make certain you include a link back to my post or Maegan’s to let people know that you linked up with us. Alternately, you can include The Creative Closet button in your post or on your sidebar.

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Allowing Your Blog to Change

I don’t know about you, but I’m sometimes very rigid in the way that I blog. Especially if I’ve been doing things a certain way for a while. Which is kind of silly, because life changes constantly and the only way to keep up the balance between blogging and living life is to allow your blogging to adapt to fit your life changes. You can’t let your blog dictate how your life works–it has to be the other way around, or blogging loses all of it’s enjoyment.

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That being said, it’s time for me to make some small changes in the way I run things with this blog–namely sponsorships and giveaways. I’ve hesitated to make this change for a while simply because I wanted to be sure the changes I planned to make wouldn’t lessen the exposure I promise to those who shell out good money for me to help them grow their blogs.

Here has been my conundrum: monthly sponsor giveaways. I’ve been doing a monthly sponsorship giveaway for a little over a year now. I’ve loved doing giveaways–they’re a fun way to give back to blog readers, plus generate a level of exposure for my sponsors that is more difficult to achieve without a little incentive for visiting a blog. While I’ve loved doing these monthly group giveaways, there have been a couple issues I’ve noticed:

1) It’s a ton of work for me to put these together every month! I spend about three solid hours on giveaway posts between shooting photos, creating the giveaway image, coordinating emails, writing up my own post, and creating the Rafflecopter widget. Since I blog during Joshua’s nap, that’s my entire blog time for one day used up on a single post. That might not seem too terrible to you, but sometimes these giveaway posts put me behind because it’s the only thing I can get done during my blog time.

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This Anthropologie gift card giveaway I did in the spring was one of the most time consuming giveaways I’ve ever done! The post took me almost 4 hours to complete!

2) These giveaways are getting less and less participation. The majority of my blog sponsors are repeat sponsors (which makes my heart super happy!) This means that when I send out emails for giveaways, I get a lot of people emailing me back saying that can’t participate this time because they participated in the sponsor giveaway last month. Not everyone’s budget allows for participating in multiple giveaways month after month, which I totally get! And even if I do have people participating consistently every month, I usually end up having people only purchasing one link for $5, which makes it tricky to purchase an exciting prize that will interest a wide variety of people. So ultimately less participation=less exposure for my sponsors.

So how do I evolve my sponsorships to eliminate stress for myself (especially since I’ll have two little rascals to look after in the not so distant future!) and to create better exposure for my sponsors?

Instead of monthly sponsor giveaways, I’m going to have quarterly sponsor giveaways.

Why do I think this is a good idea?

1) With fewer giveaways, I’ll have a larger group of people who can participate. Since I like to limit participation in these giveaways to just those who are sponsoring my blog, having only 4 giveaways a year means I’ll have a larger group of people to invite to participate. I usually have at least 75% of my spots filled every month, which is about 10 people. Having fewer giveaways means I can ask about 30 people to participate rather than 10. On top of that, repeat sponsors will be able to budget for participating more fully in one giveaway rather than a little bit or not at all in 3 giveaways.

2) With more people participating, the prize can be BIGGER. It’s a fact that bigger ticket items will drum up way more traffic and more exposure for my sponsors. That’s why our Canon Rebel T3i giveaway was the most successful giveaway I’ve ever run–who wouldn’t want a new camera for free?

3) Fewer giveaways means I’m working smarter, not harder. And really, I’m all for that. :)

So, those of you who sponsor my blog regularly or might want to in the future, take note. Starting January 2015, sponsor giveaways will happen only 4 times a year–something I think is going to be bigger and better for all of us! Oh and since I’m so excited about this new change, you can use the code ALLOWINGCHANGE for 30% off any ad space or a blog consultation!

What ways have you had to adapt your blog to fit your life?

The Ugly Christmas Sweater

How many of you have a tradition of hosting or attending an Ugly Sweater Party around the holidays? I’ve been to one or two in my life and it’s definitely a ton of fun to don vintage sweaters with everyone else and all feel ridiculous together. Today I have Katie from Twin Stripe talking ugly sweaters and sharing where you can get your hands on some great ones! Stick around. :)

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As a child of the early 90s, my mom wore a ton of what we would today deem “ugly sweaters.” As a kid, I thought her holiday sweaters were pretty awesome. It is a true feat to get Santa, snowmen, presents, elves, trees and more on just one sweater. Recently ugly sweater parties have become extremely popular. Unfortunately, my mom ended up ditching her sweaters, so to I’m sharing my ugly sweater.

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I recently got to pick out a new ugly sweater from Tipsy Elves. They have a great selection of modern ugly sweaters. (Be aware some are NSFW.) My sweater features a sweet yeti holding up a branch mistletoe.


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In a few weeks, I’m heading to an ugly sweater party! The event will be out of town, so I need to figure out what else I should wear with the yeti sweater. I decided to keep the look simple by adding skinny black pants and gray boots, so the sweater would stand out. The Ugly Christmas Sweater // Twin Stripe

If you are invited to a holiday party this season and don’t happen to have your mom’s old sweaters, you can easily order one online. I even found a store that sells vintage ugly Christmas sweaters! Here are a few of my favorite modern interpretations.The Ugly Christmas Sweater Roundup // Twin Stripe

Clockwise from the top left: Knit Christmas Sweater, H&M | Fair Isle Christmas Sweater, Rudolph, Isabella’s Closet, Topshop | Christmas Tree DIY Knit Holiday Sweater, Missguided | Retrofit Ugly Christmas Sweater Kit, Macy’s | Ivory Gingerbread Jumper, Dorothy Perkins | Women’s All Over Reindeer with

Is any one else heading to an ugly Christmas sweater party this holiday season? Are you wearing a vintage sweater or did you find a new one?

Have a wonderful weekend and be sure to stop by the Twin Stripe blog soon!

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

I recently participated in a blogger cookie swap where I mailed a dozen cookies to another blogger who is also a contributor to My Cooking Spot, where I share recipes a few times a month. I would mention her name here, but I’m not sure if she’s gotten her cookies yet, and the giver is supposed to be a secret until the cookies arrive. :) She wrote in the form we all filled out that she loves peppermint and chocolate, so I figured these Peppermint Hot Chocolate Crinkle Cookies would be the absolute perfect cookies for her!

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Crinkle cookies would be the perfect thing to take to your Christmas cookie exchange or share with your neighbors!

These rich, fudgy cookies have melty semi sweet chocolate hiding beneath a soft, lightly toasted marshmallow, giving you a sweet surprise when you bite into them!

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These peppermint hot chocolate cookies would obviously be best eaten while still warm from the oven, but a brief stint (like 8 seconds) in the microwave would help them out after having cooled for a bit if you want to have that melty chocolate goodness. And who wouldn’t?

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These are the type of cookie that absolutely demand a glass of milk with them, so make sure you’re prepared!

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

makes 30 (recipe adapted from Rachael Ray Magazine)

1/2 stick (2 oz.) unsalted butter
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup flour
1/8 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cups (packed) light brown sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
6-8 drops doTERRA Peppermint essential oil (or 1/2 tsp peppermint extract)
1 8 oz chocolate bar, cut into 1/2 inch squares
15 marshmallows
10 peppermint candies, crushed

In a double boiler, melt the butter and the chocolate together. Set aside and let cool.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Beat the sugar, eggs and vanilla together until smooth. Stir in the cooled chocolate mixture just until blended. Add the flour mixture in 2 batches, mixing until just combined. Refrigerate the dough for at least 1 hour. (If making the dough a day ahead, let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before shaping.)

Preheat to 325 degrees . Line 2 large cookie sheets with parchment. Using a tablespoon, scoop the dough and roll between your palms to form 1-inch balls. Arrange about 16 balls 2 inches apart on each cookie sheet, flattening slightly. Bake until the tops of the cookies crack, about 12 minutes.

Meanwhile, snip  marshmallows in half crosswise and stick 1 square of chocolate onto each of the cut sides.

Remove the cookie sheets from the oven; gently press a marshmallow half, chocolate side down, into each cookie. Bake until the marshmallows are just softened, about 4 minutes. Transfer the pans to racks to cool for 5 minutes. Sprinkle the crushed peppermint candies over the top of the marshmallows. Using a spatula, transfer the cookies to the racks; let cool slightly.

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Enjoy! :)

What is your favorite cookie to eat during the holidays? What holiday goodies have you been baking?

DIY Hand Sanitizer Spray

I’m one of those people who is extremely conscious of the ingredients in things. Not only food, but I’m really picky about the ingredients in my cosmetics and my household products. The desire to have natural, non-toxic things making up the products I use and the food I eat was only ramped up when Joshua was born. The only issue is, a lot of more natural brands are pretty expensive, which has led me to DIY many of the products I use on a daily basis. My most recent is this DIY hand sanitizer spray, and I couldn’t be more pleased with how easy it is to make and how effective it is.

DIY hand sanitizer spray. Free of formaldehyde and other icky chemicals!

My beef with commercial hand sanitizers is the level of toxicity if ingested–when you have little kids, you can’t help but wonder what your kids might try to eat if they got their hands on it. Since they contain at least 60% alcohol, ingesting even a small amount is enough to give a small child alcohol poisoning. Let’s not even get into all of the chemicals on the ingredient list that I can’t pronounce. Plus there’s the issue of fragrance–manufacturers aren’t required to list anything other than “fragrance”, so who knows what’s in that? Most of the time, “fragrance” means a whole slew of other chemicals.

Plus, have you ever used hand sanitizer before eating something and gotten that nasty chemical taste in your mouth? I have, and it’s yucky!

I love using doTERRA’s On Guard essential oil as a natural alternative to keeping germs at bay. It’s a blend of powerful antibacterial and antiseptic oils (wild orange, cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, and rosemary) that are actually safe if ingested. The cinnamon oil in particular has been proven to effectively wipe out strains of MRSA, and other infections commonly contracted in hospitals (read the study here). The other thing I love about this oil is the smell–it smells like Christmas and it makes my heart so happy. Plus, no yucky chemical taste if you have it on your hands and then eat something right after.

Anyway, the hand sanitizer is SO easy to put together. Here’s what you need:

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DIY Hand Sanitizer Spray

makes a 1 oz spray bottle

1 tsp aloe vera gel
1/2 tsp doTERRA fractionated coconut oil (jojoba or almond oil are great alternatives)
5 drops doTERRA On Guard essential oil
filtered water

Add the aloe vera gel, fractionated coconut oil, and On Guard to a glass (always use glass when working with essential oils!) spray bottle. Fill up to 3/4 full with water (you need that teeny bit of extra room so you can shake it to blend the oil and water!) Spray on hands and rub together whenever you need to sanitize on the go! Shake before each use.

How easy was that? Just for the sake of knowing what’s in this bottle at a glance, I removed the label from my On Guard Hand Soap and cut off the “Hand soap” bit and slapped it on my bottle of hand sanitizer. I keep it in an easy access pocket of my diaper bag so we can sanitize after grocery shopping, on the go diaper changes, etc.

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I love having an effective, easy, and non toxic way to protect myself and my kiddo from germs on the go. It really gives me peace of mind!

Any of the doTERRA products I mentioned can be purchased here. I do make a commission through your purchases, so thank you in advance if you do purchase something. If you have any questions about essential oils, would like a sample, or are interested in joining my team, shoot me an email! :)

Do you make any of your household products at home?


Let me introduce you to Lauren from Simply Free. I just love this girl’s positivity she puts on the internet and the reason behind why she blogs. She is one of the sweetest, most genuine people I have had the pleasure of getting to know through her writing and I think you will just adore her!

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Some of Lauren’s favorite posts:
The Bread & Wine
Series: Around the World
Soul Detox

How long have you been blogging?

I’ve always been writing, but blogging seriously since Jan 2013.

What inspires most of your blog posts?

Life! Books I’ve read, sermons at church, meals we’ve tried, fashion. Really anything and everything!

What is the worst thing you’ve ever eaten?

Bone marrow. Slippery, slimy, yucky. Never again, and I’ll try most anything and I’ve eaten some weird stuff!

What is your favorite Christmas tradition?

Christmas Eve candlelight service with the family – especially singing Silent Night at the end :)

Which is your all time favorite movie?

Love Actually is currently in that spot!

Dressing for the Holidays: One Skirt, Six Ways

Are you ladies loving the holiday season as much as I am? One of my favorite parts about the holidays is getting together with friends and family to celebrate this time of year. If you attend a lot of holiday parties between your work, family, and friend’s shindigs you might feel like your party wardrobe is getting a little overworked. Bex from Butcher’s Niche and I have teamed up to bring you 6 great looks centering around one basic piece that virtually every girl has in her closet: a black skirt.

We took inspiration from 6 separate styles of dress to show you how to wear your black skirt no matter what your sense of style might be. Hopefully this will help you get your creative juices flowing when it comes to your party attire!

Feminine

When I think feminine, I think something a little bit more figure hugging, but not hoochie. I also think slimming black and elegant lines–nothing that would distract too much from natural beauty!

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Top: old
Skirt: Mikarose
Heels: Aldo (similar)
Necklace: Cool Water Gems

Glam

When you’re rocking a capsule wardrobe (like Bex), it’s sometimes difficult to think of different ways to wear your basic pieces. But that really is the easiest way to get ready for the plethora of holiday parties! Grab your black skirt, a simple top and let your mood pick your accessories . . .

Glam is the hardest for me on a capsule! It’s rare that I get to really dress up so there aren’t a lot of glam pieces in my Fall Capsule. But these shoes deserve some sparkle and a night on the town.

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Preppy

A great Kelly Green just screams preppy to me, as does hair half up with a little bit of volume. Adding a sparkly statement necklace makes this outfit just fabulous enough for a holiday party.

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Skirt: Mikarose
Heels: Aldo
Necklace: Rocksbox

Cozy

The dreary weather just makes us all want to curl up in bed and watch movies. So when that party hits and you don’t want to get up just throw on a a black skirt with that comfy sweater.

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Classic

What could possibly be more classic than a color palette of black, gold, and ivory?

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Top:Forever21 (similar)
Skirt: Mikarose
Heels: Aldo
Headband: Brickyard Buffalo
Earrings: Tai Pan Trading

Boho

A simple scarf and some slouchy boots take things a little bohemian, but still perfect for a holiday party.

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What’s your favorite thing to wear to holiday parties? How would you style a black skirt: feminine, glam, preppy, cozy, classic, or boho? Or something else?

The Creative Closet | Lady in Red

Have you ever bought something that’s really trendy even though it wasn’t really your style? Then that something just sits in your closet and eventually goes back out of style, making it so you definitely wouldn’t wear it. Been there? Me too. I bought this red vest on Black Friday when I was 16 and vests and fur were totally in, even though neither vests nor fur were even remotely my style.

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Don’t Maegen and Megan look totally lovely? I love that each of us had such different takes on our Lady in Red theme this week! Although I obviously missed the plaid memo…. ;)

So, this red vest sat in my closet for years and years, but for some reason I just could not bring myself to part with it despite the fact that I never wore it. Imagine my surprise when I found this baby when I was reorganizing our closet this week and realized not only were vests and fur very much back in style, but this bright red mamma jamma of a vest would be perfect for this week’s prompt. Happy camper I was. :)

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My sense of style has been redefined quite a bit since I first bought this vest–I’m a lot more comfortable trying new things and wearing a broader variety of styles, so I’m happy to say I definitely have room for this vest to hang in my closet instead of being shoved to the back. :)

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Vest: Aeropostale (similar)
Sweater: c/o Pink Blush Maternity (20% off Winter Sale going on now for maternity and regular women’s lines!)
White skinnies: Jeans9
Boots: Target
Bracelet: Le Tote
Earrings: c/o Meshe Designs

I can’t wait for next week’s prompt! I hope you’ll join us for Snowed In and show off your favorite cozy, around the house outfit.

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As always when you link up with us, please link back to my post or Maegen’s and let people know you’re linking up to The Creative Closet, or share the button in your post! And please make sure you are linking up relevant posts that fit with the week’s theme–this is not the place to link up random posts, reviews, or giveaways. 

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Let’s do it, all you Ladies in Red! I can’t wait to see how you’ve embraced the boldest of colors this week!

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