Winter wardrobe rut

Winter work outfit with burgundy pants — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Everlane waffle knit cashmere square crew in ivory — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Charcoal grey blazer outfit with burgundy pants — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Madewell Arrowstack necklace — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Winter work outfit with charcoal grey blazer — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

If it wasn't painfully obvious (see here and here), I am so over winter. I shouldn't be—considering that we had a spring-like winter for almost four weeks—but now that winter has made a return, I want it to go away in favor of 60-degree temperatures, no bitterly-cold breezes, and no threat of snow. A few inches of snow fell Thursday morning, just in time for the morning commute, and we are getting another good storm tonight/tomorrow. Boo! Dear Mother Nature: It's the end of February, which means it's almost spring! Hint, hint!

I have exactly zero "blogworthy" winter outfits planned to get me through the next few weeks. I'm not feeling very inspired by my closet recently. I find myself rotating through the same sweaters, jeans, and boots, which doesn't make for exciting outfit posts. I currently don't have any outfits "on deck" (meaning shot and ready to be posted). I've been blogging outfit-to-outfit almost this whole winter! Normally I can get ahead and have 2-3 outfits ready to go just in case the weather doesn't work in my favor. I'm just kind of going through the motions and definitely feeling very blah right now. I swear the only things getting me through are the Olympics, the Bachelor (even though I'm not an Arie fan), and collegiate gymnastics (I've become a bit of a superfan, which you probably noticed if you follow me on Twitter because that's basically all I post about on the weekends, haha).

This outfit ended up being a pleasant surprise! I wouldn't normally have thought to layer a medium-weight sweater under a blazer, but here we are and I'm a fan. My arms weren't restricted, and the blazer added an extra layer of warmth. I was actually almost too warm wearing this indoors, but I could have easily shed the blazer if I needed without taking much away from the overall look. I basically just added the blazer because I was in work-related training and wanted to feel a bit more put together than usual since I was going to "seen" by my colleagues. (As someone who typically sits behind a computer all day, I don't normally see many other people on a daily basis.)


Olivia Moon blazer / exact style (limited sizes) or similar from JCPenney
Everlane sweater / exact in pink or similar
Madewell pants / old; similar by J Brand
Marc Fisher boots / exact (on sale!) (last seen here)
Madewell necklace / exact (also available from Nordstrom)
Moorea Seal sunglasses / old; similar by Le Specs
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in rosé / exact


Everlane modern boyfriend jeans in light blue wash — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Winter work outfit with red sweater — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Red sweater and light wash boyfriend jeans — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Everlane cashmere crew in garnet — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Winter outfit with red cashmere sweater — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Here's a random fun fact for your Wednesday (or whenever you happen to be reading this): The official state gem of Idaho (which is also known as the "Gem State", fittingly) is called the star garnet. The color of a star garnet is nothing like the bold red of the sweater featured in today's look, but I got slightly distracted while putting together this post and wanted to share that anyway. ;)

I've been cycling through my favorite sweaters to get me through the last few weeks of winter (my fingers are crossed that it doesn't last longer than mid-March...). This bold red sweater is eye-catching and spirit-uplifting on a particularly grey day. I thought my brilliant idea of fully tucking it into my new boyfriend jeans would make me look taller, but I actually think I look shorter than usual? I don't mind being short or looking short, really, but it's slightly jarring to expect one outcome and see something different. Maybe it's the boots?

That said, it's the little things making me happy nowadays, and those include but are not limited to these boyfriend jeans (so comfy I could wear them every day) and matching my belt to my boots.


Everlane sweater / exact style
Everlane jeans / exact (my referral link)
J.Crew belt / old; similar from Target
Madewell boots / old; similar (limited sizes) or similar by Michael Kors
Amour Vert earrings / exact
Moorea Seal sunglasses / old; similar by Le Specs
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in rosé / exact


Winter outfit with black sweater, striped tee, velvet boots — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Winter outfit with striped tee and black sweater — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Black Grana cashmere volume sweater — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Madewell high-rise skinny jeans with tulip hem — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Now that's a word that isn't used very often to describe the weather here! But, blustery it was this past weekend, and it made shooting outfit photos nearly unbearable due to the already-cold temperature and clouds obscuring what felt like all of the sun's warmth. I could barely smile! Can you tell I'm over winter? I mean, I can't complain much because it had been so mild up until now...but since we are nearing the end of February, I'm ready for spring full-time! (FYI: Daylight saving time starts in less than three weeks! Not that I'm counting down or anything...)

Despite the chill, I took my new pair of jeans out for a spin! I ordered these at the beginning of January, but they were backordered and didn't arrive until the end of January. I kind of sat on them for a couple of weeks, not sure if they were exactly what I was hoping they would be (they seem lighter in person than they appear in the stock photos). But, I actually like how they photographed, so I think they are keepers! I love the fit; holy cow, their new "Magic Pockets" really suck you in! The hem is fun, too. :)

For their maiden voyage, I wore the jeans with my voluminous cashmere sweater and a striped tee layered underneath for extra coverage and warmth and because it looks fun. Goodness, I love wearing black, and especially black cashmere...but as a mom to two partially-white cats, IT'S THE WORST! Haha. I can never get it to be completely free of cat hair. I added my velvet boots to mimic the texture of the sweater. I debated wearing my black ballet flats with this look, but the weather won this round.


Grana sweater / similar by Everlane
LOFT tee / old; similar by Who What Wear for Target or similar by Caslon
Madewell jeans / exact (also available from Nordstrom)
Earthies boots c/o / exact (last seen here)
Moorea Seal sunglasses / old; similar by Le Specs
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in rosé / exact