Sequins to brighten up a chilly Wednesday

IMG_1820Getting up and getting going this morning wasn’t that easy;  it was below freezing, there was frost on the cars and the bushes (some of which are looking pretty dead) and my bed was nice and warm.  So when I did get going, I decided I wanted something bright and sparkly to warm things up.

I originally bought the tank set (and yes, it was sold as a set) for a funeral; the black under-tank has the copper sequins around the bottom and I just didn’t wear that layer for the funeral, but I loved the colors and the feel of the fabrics so I had to have the set.  (I wore the tank with a black cardigan and black trousers.  I admit I’m kind of old school when it comes to funerals; That tank was a LOT of color for me under the circumstances.)

Since then I’ve been looking for excuses to wear the set; the colors are lovely, the design is very me, and copper is actually a metal that I adore.

  • Black trousers (Coldwater Creek, after christmas sale for 70% off total)
  • Tank set (Calvin Klein, purchased at Macy’s at least 2 years ago)
  • Rust cardigan (Coldwater Creek, last year’s end of season sales)
  • Black flats (Joseph Seibel)
  • Copper Cuff (the little boutique across the street)
  • Necklace (Coldwater Creek, old)

The cardigan is new, although I’ve had it in the closet for a while and forgotten about it.  I need to go through and re-fold all my cardigans (you should never hang a sweater) so that I can see more clearly what I have.

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I failed to change out my purse this morning, so I am still carrying the Brahmin.  However this picture lets you see the necklace and the color of the cardigan more clearly.

While I’m still not wearing makeup (ok, a little concealer), I have been enjoying playing with lip colors lately.  I now have three of the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments: Plum, Passion and Rose.  This is the Passion, which is the closest they have to a true red, and my favorite new color.  It’s strong without being overpoweringly red.

Yesterday’s shopping trip was a complete failure, which is pretty rare for me and that Marshall’s.  I usually find great stuff there, and I would be fibbing if I said I didn’t find some good stuff; just nothing quite right.  For instance they had some Kate Spade bags for $199, but the only one I would have wanted was in colors that just weren’t what I wanted.

m98U4yJgym49Gt8Ki1EvPdwI also found a gorgeous Cynthia Rowley hinge-top satchel that was just the right size and shape, but the COMPLETELY wrong color for me; a pastel teal that just doesn’t work with my wardrobe.  I had to work to walk away from that one, since I kept trying to convince myself that I could wear it with other stuff if I just had a scarf that pulled it together, but I couldn’t summon up a mental picture of the overall outfit; I’m just not a pastel kind of girl.

Clothing-wise was similar.  They had some NYDJ (Not Your Daughters Jeans) in my size, but the rise on them was extremely high and would have been uncomfortable to wear for any time.

I am currently consoling myself with the knowledge that I have two gorgeous bags coming from flash sale sites at excellent prices.  I also have been picking up a few pieces of clothing that I can’t QUITE wear yet (it’s too cold still) but which will be terrific once the weather warms up.  I wasn’t looking for anything specific, so it’s not a big deal that I didn’t find anything!

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  1. Sarah @ Tucker Up says:

    Very cute! Love the color of that cardi!

    Thanks so much for linking up!

  2. Alison @ Get Your Pretty On says:

    That lip color is gorgeous! And I love your open front cardigan. Last week you inspired me to try twisting my scarf and wearing it as a “necklace”. I loved it! Thanks so much for linking up this week.

    • Rebecca says:

      I’m glad you liked that look. I’m planning to make it a staple, since I think there are some outfits that need the color but not the “weight” of a scarf!

  3. Amber Farris says:

    Oh I love your outfit!! That top, cardigan and necklace are gorgeous!!

    And thanks for reminding me!! I haven’t been to Marshalls in awhile, think it’s time I make a trip 🙂

    Happy Wednesday!

    Redheaded Daybook

    • Rebecca says:

      It drives me nuts, but Marshall’s and TJMaxx are weekly stops for me; I try to go in and see what’s new and interesting regularly, because what they have changes all the time!

  4. Nice, can’t wait to see the new purses!

  5. Bobbie says:

    Bright and sparkley in the right decision for when you just cant seem to get out of bed in the morning (like me too today!!)

  6. Rachael Henzman says:

    Cute outfit! I’m the newest follower of your blog from the Weekly Wednesday Blog Hop! Would love if you could stop by mine! Thanks

    The Three Whiskateers

  7. Alisa Madden says:

    Yes, I could seriously wear sequins every single day! Loving that top! Thank you so much for linking up with Diaries of A Bargainista!


    • Rebecca says:

      I have a few other things with subtle sequins on them that I don’t wear nearly often enough. I need to work on that!

  8. Create Hope Inspire: Miriam says:

    love that last shot of you it’s just gorgeous

  9. I really love that turquoise bag. It would totally work for me in the summer…well even now since I’m in So. California and it was 78 yesterday. Gotta go to Marshalls soon!

    • Rebecca says:

      And it’s a terrific size. I love marshalls. I just wish you didn’t pretty much have to stop in every week to get the good stuff.

  10. I love the outfit. Sequins always make everything better (except probably a funeral).

    ✰Transatlantic Blonde✰