I Feel Pretty: Two Winter Outfits + Winter Challenge Giveaway!

Happy hump day pretties! Well our house is officially Christmas-fied and there’s nothing left to do but relax, watch Hallmark movies and sip wine between now and the big day.  Ha! I wish.  More like the frenzy is just beginning. But at least now that our kids are older, gift buying is SO much easier. They’re into one or two big gifts instead of dozens of small ones.  Less shopping + less wrapping = win/win.

Did you all get out on Black Friday for any good deals? I’ve never shopped it in my entire life although my daughter Aubrey and I have stumbled into Target late in the evening by accident the past three or so years.  This year it was to get coffee. While we were there we checked out their deals but didn’t see anything we couldn’t live without.  We also realized that if we went on Black Friday “by accident” three years in a row, we also accidentally created a tradition!  🙂

I did shop at Loft over the weekend and took advantage of their sale to stock up on a few new things for winter.  I’ll post those soon but for now here are some outfits in real life that were in my Four Days of Winter Outfits flat lay post last week.

Outfit #1

Velvet Vest + Floral Top + Corduroy Pants + Pearl Necklace + Taupe Ankle Boots

Last week, we established that pastels are downright magical for winter.  Can I get an amen? When I saw this light pink floral top with a gathered bottom, I couldn’t wait to pair it up with these pretty soft brushed cords. The color is called silver shadow online but they are definitely pale blue in real life.

This pearl statement necklace elevates the whole outfit to make it work for a casual holiday party.  Finish it all out with these super comfy taupe booties.

Sizing Tip:  I’m wearing a medium in the top and got my regular size in the pants (they have plenty of stretch).

UPDATE:  So I’m beyond bummed out that this top is nearly sold out now in every size BUT this outfit would also look great with a sweater like this one with bell sleeves or this cozy blouson or even this cute polar bear sweater.

Yes I’m going to gush over this GORGEOUS velvet puffer vest again because it’s absolute perfection! Seriously the quality on it is amazing, it’s even prettier in person. See how it takes this outfit up another notch!  Oh and it’s ON SALE. If you get just one new item this winter, let this be it.  I promise you’ll love it as much as I do and if you don’t, you can send me a mean e-mail, I can handle it!

Sizing Tip: I got an XS in the vest, it fits generously. If in doubt, size down.

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Outfit #2

Cold Shoulder Sweater + Back Zip Leggings + Pendant Necklace + Leopard Booties

Last week I posted about the wrinkles and general dishevelment of my cold shoulder sweater in this pic. That’s because it was still wet after it’s second washing in a week. I CAN’T STOP wearing it!  For an instant outfit, just add skinny jeans (LOVE the zippers on this plum pair) and leopard ankle boots. Finish it off with a rose gold pendant necklace and pave earrings.

The Loft web site calls these pants “leggings” but I’d definitely say they look and feel more like skinny jeans and are a denim material.

Sizing Tip:  The skinny jeans are true to size but stretch a little, if in doubt, size down.  This sweater is true to size and I’m wearing a size small.

Let’s pause to appreciate these leopard booties for just a moment.  They’re my first pair and I can’t believe I’m just now getting on this band wagon! They’re the pair I keep reaching for in my closet everyday because they just seem to go with everything. #leopardisaneutral

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It’s Your Turn: Have you found any winter gems at Loft lately?  If so share them in the comments!

Winter Challenge News and Giveaway

Registrations opens this Friday, December 1st for the Winter 2017 GYPO Style Challenge!  We’ll be styling some of these pieces and many others in our 34 days of mix and match outfits.

If you’re new around here, I started the first Style Challenge in Spring of 2014 based upon feedback from a reader survey. You asked me to give you a shopping list of classic basics and seasonal trends that you could shop for on your own.  After putting together that first list, I took it one step further to create mix and match outfit ideas from the pieces on that list. And the first capsule wardrobe was born!

Since then, over 10,000 women in 20 different countries have participated in a Style Challenge.

What it Is:

You’ve probably seen a lot of capsule wardrobe programs popping up lately but the GYPO Style Challenge is the first and original style challenge. You may be asking why pay for something you can find online for free. Well, none of those free programs provide you with as much support, detailed instructions and bonuses as the Style Challenge.

It’s called a challenge only because it “challenges” you to get out of your comfort zone to try new styles – there’s no competition!

Step 1: You get a shopping list of classic basics and seasonal trends with everything you need to create a mix and match capsule wardrobe. You have two weeks to get all of the pieces on the list. You’re free to spend as much or as little as you want but most women shop their closets first! I also provide you with a robust directory of online shopping links from stores you love. Plus we reuse pieces from past challenges so each season builds upon the others. After you participate once, you’re never starting from scratch!

Step 2: After those pieces are in place, you’ll get a daily outfit e-mail each day for 34 days showing you how to pair your pieces up into on-trend looks that work for your daily life. Imagine waking up every day and knowing EXACTLY what to wear! It makes getting dressed a no-brainer.

Step 3: Show off your new style in our private Facebook group. This is honestly the best part of the challenge! Thousands of women have made real life friends and explored style in this safe, supportive community of like minded women. We share shopping tips, fit advice and our own unique takes on the daily outfits. You will get SO much inspiration just from being in this group.

More Benefits:

Style Challenge Members Only Site – The original Style Challenge is the only one that includes access to the Style Challenges membership site. It’s a handy directory of resources and every Style Challenge you’ve ever purchased all in one place!

Recommended Items Directory – Inside the membership site is an online evergreen catalog of updated shopping links at a variety of price points to the stores you love most. This challenge’s Recommended Items Directory has more shopping options than ever before. You’ll be able to shop classic “basics” or substitute the trendier item for each piece on the list. These links are updated throughout the season so you always have resources for items to buy.

Daily Style Tips – Included with each outfit is a daily style tip to give you easy to implement tips on your style journey.


Winter 2017 will be bigger and better than ever with these new features.

Ask an Expert Interviews – Q&A interviews with subject matter experts on style and beauty in our private Facebook group

Expanded Shopping List – Our biggest shopping list ever with even more sources for plus sizes, petite, tall, budget friendly and investment pieces

More Outfits than Ever – An expanded capsule with 34 days of mix and match outfit ideas

Color Palette Guidance – Resources to select your best colors for the capsule wardrobe palette

More Reused Pieces – Get even more wear out of items from past challenges

Holiday Party Looks – Three bonus holiday party outfits created from pieces in your capsule

Seasonal Beauty Guide – Winter and holiday hair and makeup tips, including the latest color trends!

Daily Style Tips and Resources! – More daily style tips, videos and resources than ever before

Everything You Get:

  • The shopping list of basics and on trend items. Start where you are. You don’t have to be a fashionista or have a closet full of clothes.
  • A daily outfit idea sent in your email every day for 34 days.
  • Daily style tips to go along with your outfits.
  • The supportive Facebook group of women just like you on the style journey. Some are ahead and some are just starting out. The beauty is in the advice and friendships shared!
  • Weekly clothing gift card giveaways to some of your favorite stores.
  • A complete mix and match capsule wardrobe that you can build upon each season!

Who It’s For:

  • Anyone stuck in a style rut who’s ready to rediscover confidence through easy style
  • Women looking for “ease” in their days and done for them outfit ideas.
  • Anyone willing to try new things and get out of the style comfort zone.

How Much is It:

If you’ve ever looked into a personal style service, you know they start at upwards of $150 for just one hour of advice! Because I believe in my heart that every women deserves access to great style and to feel pretty, I founded the GYPO Style Challenge on the concept that it should be affordable to all. All of the tools and resources in this program are available for just $39.

What are the important dates?:

Registration opens on Friday, December 1st. We start to style our first outfit on December 18th. You’ll have until then to get everything on the shopping list so I highly recommend signing up as soon as registration opens!

If you don’t have all of your items by then, don’t sweat it! You can always sit back and watch and curate the pieces as you find items you love.

It’s Risk Free!

The best part?  You get to try it risk free!  If you sign up and decide it’s just not for you, you’ll have until December 23rd to request a refund.  As a gift, you can keep the first week of outfit ideas just for trying it.


How Much Will I Need to Spend on the Shopping List Items?

That’s totally up to you.  Most women shop their closets first and find that they have quite a few items on the list already. Some are starting from scratch.  I recommend that you set a budget to work within and find the pieces you absolutely love. I also recommend that you take your time to curate the items on the list.  It’s better to wait for a piece that you’ll continue to wear and love than to rush to get all of them at once. Each seasonal capsule builds on other capsules so you should never have to do as much shopping as you do the first time.  Many women are able to completely shop their closets and add in just some fun trends after a few rounds.

Will this Work for My Weather?

Yes!  Women from all over the U.S., Canada and even Europe participate in the challenge and make it work for their climate. You’ll get so much inspiration just from joining the Facebook group.

What Style are the Outfits?

There’s a good mix of casual every day and dressy casual looks.  You can make your own tweaks to the daily outfit prompt to make it work for everything from a day at home to office appropriate.

Do I Have to Style them Every Day?

Nope!  You’re welcome to skip when you want to.  These outfits are just styling suggestions.  Some women choose to participate every day in the Facebook group while others prefer to sit back, watch and learn.  You’re also welcome to substitute some of your favorite pieces from your closet to avoid repetition.  The point of the challenge is to show you how to pair up your pieces in multiple ways.

If you have any other questions about the GYPO Style Challenge, feel free to e-mail me and ask away!

Winter 2017 GYPO Style Challenge Membership Giveaway

Three lucky ladies will win a complementary membership to the Winter 2017 GYPO Style Challenge.  Winners will be drawn and notified on Monday, December 4th.  Good luck!
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I Feel Pretty Link Up

It’s the day of the week at GYPO where we celebrate what makes us feel pretty. Whether it’s a new outfit, hairstyle, or makeup, the I Feel Pretty link up is about anything and everything that makes your life prettier. Even if you’re not a blogger, you can still play along. Just tell me what made you feel pretty this week in the comments.

There are just a few simple rules:

1. Follow GYPO. (Bloglovin‘, FacebookInstagram or Pinterest)
2. Link up your pretty post.
3. Link back to GYPO.
4. Visit other pretties.