Playing Cozy Dress Up

Winter weather is a great excuse to play cozy dress up.  Cozy dress up: dressing as comfortable as possible and looking fly.   A nice sweater is an excellent way to achieve this look goal. The softer, the better.  Who doesn’t wanna feel like they are wearing a blanket out?  The trouble with sweaters can be their bulkiness, hiding of physique, or dress down feel.

I don’t let this stop me, though.  The more comfortable I am, the happier I am, but this is universal, right?  Regardless, I’ve found that for nights out when I just want to be as comfy as possible, I do not shy away from sweater wearing.  Pair a sweater with a pair of black tights and over the knee boots, and that sweater just escalated into another realm of dress wear.

I get it though, here I am talking about comfortable clothing and I’m mentioning over the knee (heeled) boots?  Well, I was skeptical of buying them for myself at first.  Despite OTK boots being everywhere in fashion, I felt like my legs were too short to pull them off.  Luckily #targetstyle is always killing it.  I found a reasonably priced pair of boots for my first venture into this style.  I love them.  I’ve always wondered why we don’t have jackets for our legs in cold weather, and OTK boots are essentially just that.


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So, don’t let wearing a sweater make you feel like you are just out running errands or having lunch with your Grandmother.


Blue Hues & Finding the Statement Piece

Blue is very possibly my favorite color.  I’ve yet to meet someone wearing blue that I thought, hmm, that color does not suit them.  Blue, generally, does not clash with people’s skin tones, matches all colors of hair, and basically, is God’s color.  Ok, I made that last part up, but the sky IS blue.  Where blood type O is the universal donor, color blue is the universal “I’ll look good on you” color.

If you look at color meanings, or color psychology (because yes, that is apparently a thing), the color blue has a majority of positive meanings or connotations.  So if you believe that what you exude and what you see can impact your attitude or general well-being, go blue!  Rich blues and gold plated jewelry are probably my favorite outfit combo, and I’m definitely guilty of repeating this duo, maybe one too many times (if that is possible).  While specific colors will have a moment, or be the “it” color – ie. mustard yellow, millennial pink, just to name a few – blue is always fashion forward and a popular, “you probably can’t go wrong” (because in fashion, anyone could go wrong) choice.  


So if you’re like me and you find almost all clothing and accessories you own are some shade or combo of blue, you find yourself needing a statement piece to stand out. In fashion there can be that one accessory that can transform an outfit.  Find that one piece to make any outfit unique and stand out amongst the crowd.  Recently for me, I found that statement piece in a silk neck scarf.  I’ve always admired the look of a silk neck scarf, particularly conjuring up images of trendy 1960s style outfit wear (I’ve always romanticized some aspects of 60s & 70s wear).


I’ve been a little too timid to wear one out, but recently, I’ve YOLO’d a lot of my outfit ideas and added one to a very colorful 90s style graphic tee from Anthropolgie.  The color combos were great and I loved the outfit.  


Not that everyone needs a silk neck scarf (but seriously, give them a shot), but find that one unique or unusual piece that can be the focus of an outfit. By simply addeing a statement piece, a seemingly boring (or, “I’ve worn this top 1000x”)  outfit can be elevated in an instant.


There is a reason movie stars get married in Venice.  It is because it is AWESOME.  To be in a country where history goes back literally thousands of years is sometimes mind boggling.  To know that a civilization build a CITY and main port on water is crazy.

We only had about 24 hours in Venice, so we hit the ground running as soon as we got in on train.  We took a bus to the hotel, but see this, a WATER bus.  Basically a boat to hotel.  Our hotel was Hotel L’Orologio, aka the Clock Hotel.  It was amazing. I’m sure that there are countless hotels that are top notch in Venice, but our hotel hit all the right marks.


Hotel L’Orologio was reasonably priced, in a prime location near the Rialto Bridge and right on the Grand Canal.  It is called the Clock Hotel for a reason.  The hotel walls are decorated with many clocks displaying mythological creatures and characters and a other aspects of their offerings had a “time” theme, adding a nice modernist feel.  Our hotel room had a view out right onto the Grand Canal, across from the Support sculpture from Lorenzo Quinn.  It was amazing.  It definitely made me wish we would have had longer in Venice so we could have sat and enjoyed the hotel and our view.  We definitely took advantage of the free breakfast (WITH A MIMOSA BAR).  I cannot recommend this hotel enough.


Our main activity on our arrival day was a boat tour of the Grand Canal and, in general, of Venice and the surrounding islands.  I was recommended to NOT take a gondola ride, so I didn’t, and I’m so GLAD that I did not.  Gondola rides are a tourist trap.  Super expensive, you can’t even really get that far, and trust me, it is NOT romantic looking like you see in the movies.  We did a motorized boat and had a tour guide.  We got really lucky and we were literally the ONLY ones on the tour.  So, we had a full bottle of Prosecco to split and the tour guide to ourselves.

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The next day was full of touring St. Mark’s Basilica & Doges Palace.  St. Mark’s was insane.  So much gold.  Unfortunately pictures were not allowed and the staff was everywhere being crazy about it. Its a must see inside.  Doge’s Palace was a bit more government in nature than I thought.  Basically meaning it was a building where the governing bodies met, court was in session, and there was a prison.  The prison was cool, in a sense that it is no longer in use and the human rights atrocities are forgotten.  Graffiti was still visible on the walls from the prisoners, with very simplistic “female” drawings, “I Love so and so”, etc.  So prison graffiti from the 14th century roughly resembled American public restroom graffiti.