sweater, Goodwill | skirt, Banana Republic (on clearance!) | boots, Jessica Simpson (on sale!) | handbag, Rebecca Minkoff “Affair” | neck scarf, LOFT (similar) | glasses, Kala Eyewear | initials ring, c/o O’Necklace | nail colour, OPI “Did You Ear About Van Gogh?”

Well, I survived the first week back at work after holiday break! The kids were completely lovely and so happy to be back at school. We got a lot done last week despite the fact that I had to miss Wednesday due to a killer eye infection. Clearly sleeping in my contacts on NYE was a majorly silly mistake. I have learned my lesson though, never again.

I really love this outfit. I wore it first to my family Christmas party a week or so ago and felt so wintery and festive. All these pieces were such great deals, and what little shopping I’ve done in the past few months has been thoughtfully selected, not only to fit my current style but also my budget. I just received this neck scarf, a belated Christmas gift from best friend C., yesterday and couldn’t WAIT to wear it. Sadly, when I began taking these photos, a crisp Seattle afternoon became a downpour. Major props to all of my fellow Seattle Style Bloggers who make it work despite our unpredictable weather. Due my eye infection I’ll be going sans contacts and eye makeup for another week or so. Things are clearing up, but I must say, it’s been pretty liberating to skip my regular eye makeup routine. I usually don’t wear much eye makeup when I wear my glasses, but skipping it altogether has been lovely.