sweatshirt: Anthropologie (just sold out! this one is similar) // shirt: J.Crew Factory // skirt: Uniqlo (wearing an 8 here, but I should have sized up to a 10) (similar one, similar two) // shoes: old American Eagle (similar) // purse: Old Navy (their recent version) // earrings: Gorjana c/o Shopbop // scarf: c/o Interlaced Goods // cat hair on everything: c/o Contessa, obvs
photos by Chelsea Laine Francis
It's 2016! What are we gonna do this year? We're gonna make it happen! "It" is up to you -- your career goals, your creative aspirations, new pursuits, and hopefully lots of kindness. Yeah, that's what kind of year 2016 is gonna be. A happenin' one!
While I guess you could say that any clothes purchased in November and December were gifts to myself, this sweatshirt was my official Chanukah gift to me. It's something I really wanted, but didn't need as far as filling a hole in my closet. I'd fallen in love with it online, and then again in the store. When Anthropologie sent out one of their rare sale emails the night of Thanksgiving, I immediately purchased it (literally, while I was still at Chelsea's Thanksgiving dinner table!). Happy early Black Friday to me!
With such an encouraging sweater, it's hard not to go into the new year totally optimistic and full of excitement. One thing I'm especially excited to do in the new year is continue to support women who are making it happen. In particular, my dear friend Stephanie behind Interlaced Goods really made it happen this last year. Steph sells beautifully handcrafted scarves like this crocheted infinity scarf that I'm totally obsessed with. The second it got cold in Austin, I told her I wanted to feature one of her pretty scarves on the blog because I needed y'all to know how amazing they are. After she sold out at two different pop-ups, I finally got my hands on one! Not only is it impossibly soft and made with bundles of love, but every purchase to Interlaced Goods gives back. Throughout the holiday season, scarf purchases benefited ARCH, Austin's Resource Center for the Homeless. Stephanie is dedicated to helping underfunded charities around the world that could use a little extra, and, through her work with Interlaced Goods, she's determined to show others that they are able to give back in ways both big and small.
Don't you feel all warm knowing there are such kind and talented people out there? And you're not even wearing one of these crazy cozy scarves! Be sure to follow Interlaced Goods on Instagram to follow Steph's journey and to stay cozy even after the holidays have passed.
How are you gonna make it happen this year?