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Winter Wardrobe Guide

Got word from my boss, and my special project will be complete right before Christmas! So I’ll get to enjoy the city during the holidays! Right now Chicago appears to be enjoying a great fall. Crisp mornings, mostly sunny days, this is what fall should be like! I’ve been celebrating by wearing light layers everyday. My work uniform has consisted of a slim jean or trouser, V-neck sweater, layered necklaces, riding boots, and either blazer or trench.

I’m no fool, I know winter is coming, and for lots of people it has already arrived! So lets get layering! We’ve already been working on our wardrobes the past few months. We have our trousers, we have our favorite jeans, we have new tops, we have our favorite new boots — now we just need to layer and get a few new key pieces!

Coats: Obviously we’ll need a good coat. While I admire the sensible and thrifty, I simply cannot go through all of winter with just one coat. I need at least two: One a bit more professional and classy, the other more suited for a frozen tundra.

The first is perfect for work, respectable-type weekending activities, hot dates, and holiday parties of all sorts. This is where the wool cashmere blend comes in. Find a style that suits your personality and body shape, be it a pea coat, car coat, toggle coat, or this season’s fabulous cape. Buy one in black, charcoal, navy or rich burgundy. I also looove a camel or cream coat, however I can’t be trusted when I have a cup of hot chocolate in my hand. This is most certainly an investment piece. Look for high quality fabric, great stitching, and full lining.

The second coat is perfect for running errands, fun weekend activities, taking the dogs for a walk, running to get the mail, evenings out with friends, spectating a sporting event, caroling out in the snow, holiday parades, you get the picture. A hood is a must, as are zip pockets, drawstrings and other doodads that keep out the cold, and a waterproof exterior.

Vests: The best way to do a vest this season is faux fur. The vest is also the best way to embrace the faux fur trend. Try a rich dark one, or try something a bit more salt and pepper. Wear with a long sleeve knit and jeans or trousers.

Sweaters: I learned something about myself the other day: I. Am. Obsessed. With. Sweaters. I came to this conclusion while I was taking mental inventory, and realized I had over 15 sweaters, and I want more! The sweater is what I’ll live in the next half a year, and it is my favorite way to incorporate color into the dreary winter months. There are so many styles and colors that I want to collect them all! Turtleneck, mockneck, V-neck, crew neck, boat neck, long, cropped, ¾ sleeve, long sleeve, short sleeve, ribbed, cableknit (large and small), knit, cashmere, wool, wool and cashmere blend! Solids, prints, stripes, pull-over, open front, or button-down!

Oh, I’m giddy just thinking of it! I hope I didn’t overwhelm you. There really are lots of sweater styles and no tried and true method for choosing one. My advice: Look around you for inspiration. Notice cute sweaters on your coworkers, in magazines, and on the street, and look for those styles when you are shopping. Try them on, and if you feel happy when wearing it, buy it! Which brings me to my second bit of advice: If you are prone to happiness when trying on all manner of clothing (like I am) than set a budget and stick to it!

Layering: My new fav trend for winter is the white turtleneck. A slim white turtleneck. This guy was meant for layering! Wear it under all your fall tops! Perfect under something floaty, subdued, or sparkling. While we are talking layers, try mixing and matching button-downs with short sleeves. We are all pretty good at layering a sweater over a button-down, but why not try something new? You probably have the pieces already in your closet, so go and play around.

Parties: This winter, no matter what, you’ll need a few outfit ideas for parties. My go-to gal for special events is always She She. I’ll have to send her an email and remind her that I need her ideas! But before we get to that, there is one holiday that happens to be my specialty: Thanksgiving. I’m best at being a guest to said events, and this year I’ll bring a charming flower display. I’ll be wearing a soft knit dress, leggings, and flats. You know, something not too constricting, and shoes that will allow me to waddle home.

If you are hosting the event, may I suggest slim trousers and a flowing tunic? Don’t forget a cute apron! You might as well have a spare around, just in case I need to lend a hand mashing potatoes.

I’m excited for the onset of warmer clothes, holiday lights, and layering! Here’s to many more sweaters!

Happy Shopping!

Shop Girl

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Claire O'Toole's mother, Alana, went missing fifteen years ago. That was big news in Pineview, Montana, the kind of town where nothing much ever happens. Then, last year, Claire's husband, David, died in a freak accident—after launching his own investigation into Alana's disappearance.

Is Alana dead? Or did she simply abandon her husband and daughters? Claire is determined to find out—and her former boyfriend, Isaac Morgan, wants to help. Although their relationship didn't end well, he still has feelings for her. And yet it isn't until he starts to suspect David's death wasn't an accident that he's drawn back into her life.

Together, Claire and Isaac search for answers to the questions that have haunted Pineview all this time. But as they soon discover, someone's prepared to kill so those answers won't be found…

So how about a nice autographed copy? Well darling girls, you are in luck because Brenda just happens to be a friend of mine and has kindly offered autographed copies of her book to some very lucky She She girls!! A little about Brenda — It was a shocking experience that jump-started Brenda Novak’s bestselling author career.

“I caught my day-care provider drugging my children with cough syrup and Tylenol to get them to sleep while I was away,” Brenda says. “It was then that I decided that I needed to do something from home.”

“When I first got the idea to become a novelist, it took me five years to teach myself the craft and finish my first book,” Brenda admits. “I learned how to write by reading what others have written. The best advice for any would-be author: read, read, read….”

Brenda sold her first book, and the rest is history. Many of her novels have won or placed in contests such as the National Reader's Choice, the Bookseller's Best, the Write Touch, the Award of Excellence and the Beacon Award for Published Authors.

Enter Here for your chance to win an autographed copy of Brenda's latest novel, In Close . Enter "IN CLOSE " in the subject line and be sure to include your contact information.



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