wear to where: holiday parties!

 It’s time to get festive and celebrate the holidays! From small gatherings to larger ones, whatever your holiday social calendar involves… it’s time to celebrate! Today I pulled together a few holiday party looks that I hope you enjoy from quiet nights at home celebrating with the family to the annual White Elephant parties and everything in between after a year with no holiday celebrations it’s a great time to dress up and celebrate!

#ootd 79!

 Mood: Bright winter layers for all the holiday errands.

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6 ways to style: plaid shirt!

 It’s that FESTIVE time of year and I’m excited to bring you some great everyday looks that are perfect for dressing up or down for the holidays. Sometimes we need an extra special outfit for a celebration or event but other times we just want a little dash of plaid for our everyday looks to keep us in the holiday spirit. Whatever you prefer I have a look just for you! From distressed jeans to winter whites to a twirly skirt I have it all for you today! Let’s take a look at the outfits…

Oh, but first let’s chat this plaid shirt. It’s the perfect classic plaid and nice and crisp. I went with a size 4, fits like a small.

Outfit 1 (above)
This plaid shirt is great for layering for just a pop of plaid. I love it with a half zip sweater for a cozy everyday look. 
Shop the look: plaid shirt (I’m in a size 4, fits like a small), sweater, jeans, boots

Outfit 2 (above)
I can never resist a little winter white this time of year. It’s just so pretty and these jeans are the perfect creamy white. Paired with a sweater around the shoulders this is a preppy and festive look for a casual get together.
Shop the look: plaid shirt (I’m in a size 4, fits like a small), jeans (similar, original color “vintage canvas” is sold out), sweater, mules

Outfit 3 (above)
Looking for a simple everyday look that’s casual but festive? Loafers, distressed jeans and a cardigan are perfect for everyday wear with plaid.
Shop the look: plaid shirt (I’m in a size 4, fits like a small), jeans, loafers, cardigan

Outfit 4 (above)
Super cozy AND festive this sherpa paired with boots is the perfect winter outfit for December!
Shop the look: plaid shirt (I’m in a size 4, fits like a small), jeans, boots, sherpa, hat

Outfit 5 (above)
Perfect for the office or a holiday happy hour I love pairing a sweater blazer with black jeans for a sleek and classic holiday outfit. 
Shop the look: plaid shirt (I’m in a size 4, fits like a small), jeans, sweater blazer (runs big, go down one size), flats

Outfit 6 (above)
Dress a plaid shirt up for a holiday part with a pleated skirt! It’s so easy and fun to wear and this outfit comes together in a snap. 
Shop the look: plaid shirt (I’m in a size 4, fits like a small), similar skirt, heels

holiday party prep!

It’s holiday party season BEFORE we know it! I just realized I need to get a move on it with planning my outfits for a few holiday parties I have coming up and I thought maybe you are in the same situation! Today I rounded up some fun sweaters, shoes and all around festive finds for all your holiday parties. Whether you’ve got something fancier (this skirt and plaid top would be very fun and festive) or something more casual (jeans, this sweater and these plaid loafers are perfect) I hope you find some holiday party inspiration here!

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jillgg’s good life (for less)

This post is sponsored by Nordstrom and ShopStyle. All opinions are my own.

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Do I own a lot of coats? Yes. Will it ever be enough? No. Living through Michigan winters has made me an expert in the coat department. I know a good one when I see it and I like to have plenty of options on hand! From now until spring coats are essentially my ‘outfit’ when I leave the house, so I like to have some beautiful and very functional options on hand. Today I’m partnering with Nordstrom to feature some of the gorgeous coats they are stocking for fall and winter. From a practical quilted puffer coat to a beautiful wool-blend herringbone coatNordstrom has an incredible selection of coats for women this season. 

This quilted puffer coat is perfect for casual mom-on-the-go days over sweaters or sweatshirts. It’s lightweight but warm, so it’s perfect for layering. I love it with jeans and sneakers for holiday errands but it would also work over leggings for post-workout too. Plus, it has fleece lined pockets for those extra chilly days.  This wool-blend herringbone coat is SO gorgeous in person! It’s a nice weight and is super cozy while still being really pulled together. It’s great for the office, holiday celebrations or to be honest, throwing over leggings and a sweatshirt for a refined athleisure look.

I love shopping Nordstrom because they make it so easy with services like Reserve Online, Try in Store or their Curbside pickup or their always FREE shipping and returns. They make it so easy to find the best pieces for my closet and great gifts for the holiday season. On top of all that their selection is incredible… I rounded up TONS more coats below for more shopping inspiration! Nordstrom has everything you need to keep warm and stylish this winter season.

jillgg’s good life (for less)

 Thanksgiving is only a week away! I’m so excited for this holiday this year, not sure why… maybe the mashed potatoes have something to do with it? But seriously I always love Thanksgiving and usually our family is traveling but we decided to stay home this year and I am SO looking forward to a cozy weekend at home with TONS of good food and just lots of relaxing down time. 

Whether you are staying home, traveling to see family, attending a Friends-giving, ordering a meal to-go or cooking in the kitchen all day – you deserve a gorgeous outfit to celebrate this year! (In my opinion.) I’ve got a little something for everyone here with cozy pieces for a day at home with the family or something a little dressier if that is what you are looking forward to as well. I hope you enjoy this inspiration!

I love a sweater and denim combo and with a plaid scarf this look is perfectly festive and festive for the main event!

A gorgeous floral blouse is what I am craving for this holiday celebration! So pretty and feminine. I love it with tall boots and a gorgeous necklace set.

Sweater dresses are so popular right now and this looks perfectly pulled together and also VERY comfortable after a big meal. 

An oversized sweater and your favorite pairs of jeans is a classic combo for family time!

jillgg’s good life (for less)

 I’ve got some really fun finds from Old Navy today for you all. I always love their festive holiday inspired pieces and winter items this time of year. From cozy coats to fair isle and plaid they have SO many cute options right now… let’s take a look at some of the fun items I found!

Sizing: True to size, I’m in my usual size small.

Thoughts: I absolutely LOVE this sweater. I’m a sucker for fair isle and this one is so pretty. It’s very soft to the touch, no wool or itch at all. I love it with jeans and flats for everyday wear, but it would be very fun with a festive skirt and heels for a holiday party too!

Sizing: I went down a size to XS. This coat runs big.

Thoughts: I love a cozy puffer for winter. I like that this one is a little more trendy with the cropped cut and this brown color is so popular right now. This coat is super cozy!

Sizing: True to size. I’m in my usual size small.

Thoughts: If you love a holiday plaid, you will love this top! It’s so classic! It’s a nice soft flannel that isn’t too thick, so it’s also super flattering. I love the cream and brown tones in this one.

Sizing: Runs big, I went down a size.

Thoughts: This coat is SO good in person. It looks so much more expensive than it is! I love that it has both a zipper and snaps and has a fun double breasted cut. It also has fleece lined pockets – so dreamy!

Sizing: I’m in my usual size small.

Thoughts: This is the same style as the first fair isle sweater with a different pattern. This is so gorgeous in person! I love that it works for everyday wear or can be dressed up for the holidays too. I would pair it with a fun sequin skirt or pleated skirt and a bright red lip.

Sizing: I went up a size to medium. 

Thoughts: I can’t remember why I ordered it bigger than I usual order, but I actually love it nice and big. It’s super soft and a nice weight. This will be getting lots of wear, I can tell already!

jillgg’s good life (for less)

I’ve got some gorgeous new arrivals for you today… these are always my favorite posts to pull together. I love window shopping all my favorite retailers for what’s new. I’m definitely in a very NOVEMBER mood lately… usually I’m already skipping to Christmas, but this year I’m taking my time. I’m enjoying some leaves on the trees still and enjoying the last drops of fall before full on winter is here. It comes so quickly that I’m enjoying savoring this season. 

From jeans made to be extra warm to my favorite pom pom hat in a new color to a cozy coat and gorgeous hiking boots – I’m all about staying warm and stylish for the season right now. There are so many good textures and colors available right now.

the jeans I’m loving right now…

I’ve gotten quite a few questions about what I’m loving for denim right now. With the cooler temps here jeans are my everyday (well, almost… gotta throw some joggers and leggings in there) uniform. Plus, there are SO many styles of denim right now, navigating what’s what and how it all fits is overwhelming. In general I am leaning towards straight leg jeans. I will say straight leg with more of a slimmer leg cut. I do still wear my skinny jeans from time to time, but since everyone owns and loves skinny jeans I left those out of this round up.  

Today I’m focusing on the pairs I wear the most and what I really, really am loving right now as far as denim goes. I do have to say that straight leg jeans don’t work as well with cold weather and boots so for now this is what I’m wearing the most. When the weather turns super cold I’m going to have to wear more skinny jeans to work with big snow boots. I’m trying to hold out as long as possible and wear my straight leg options as much as possible right now.

If you are looking to add some more styles besides skinny jeans to your wardrobe for fall I highly recommend all of these. They all are very easy to wear (only one pair doesn’t have stretch) and I find them to be both comfortable and flattering. Really I don’t wear anything that isn’t comfortable anymore! I hope you find this round up helpful! 

Let’s talk sizing. I’m between a 26/27 for jeans and will outline which pair is which below…

top row, from left:
Agolde Riley – light, This is a classic “mom jean” or straight leg jean. This is the only pair that isn’t stretchy but I’ve found this classic denim really molds to your body as you wear them. Mine are 3-ish years old and feel perfectly broken in. I go with my bigger size with this brand. I’m in a 27 here.
Agolde Riley – blue, Another pair of straight jeans with a slightly slimmer leg. Don’t let the fact that three of these pairs have the same name fool you into thinking they are all the same. They are all quite different. This pair has a slimmer leg than the pair above (in my opinion) and no distressing. With a touch of stretch these are both VERY flattering and comfortable. I go with my bigger size with this brand. I’m in a 27 here.
Agolde Riley – distressed, Same as the blue pair next to it but with distressing, this pair has a nice slim straight leg. This is hands down my most worn pair. Again, the perfect amount of stretch and a nice thick denim keeps these very flattering and comfortable. I love the distressing. I’ve owned these for over a year and the distressing has stayed really nice (some people worry about it getting worse). I go with my bigger size with this brand. I’m in a 27 here.
bottom row, from left: 
Madewell Cali Demi (here or here), This style has both a raw hem or a fixed hem option, I linked both. It fits like a skinny jean up top and has a slight flare at the bottom. I love these jeans with sneakers or flats – it really highlights a great shoe! Stretchy and comfortable, I went with my smaller size in this pair. I am in a 26 here.

Madewell Stovepipe, Probably the most ‘slim’ straight leg of all the options shown here. If you are nervous about making the jump from skinny to a straight leg, this pair is the perfect baby step. They are stretchy and very comfortable. I went with my smaller size in this pair. I am in a 26 here. You could *maybe* go down 2 sizes if you were between sizes.

Madewell Perfect Vintage, This style is SUPER popular and this is another great straight leg option that is very comfortable. I always shop for the Perfect Vintage with stretch, I’ve found the styles without to be really uncomfortable. My pair is from last year and I cut off the hems myself. I linked the near exact version that is out this year. Stretchy and comfortable, I went with my smaller size in this pair. I am in a 26 here.

favorite winter coats from J.Crew!

 J.Crew is my go-to for winter coats. I find their coats to be perfectly warm and classic. Some of these are over 5 or 6 years old and still favorites. Today I will outline their warmth and sizing information for you all if you are in need/want of a new winter coat for this season. Living in Michigan I consider myself a somewhat pro at winter coats, they get A LOT of wear and I never feel too guilty adding a new style or two to my closet each year because I know they will last forever and serve me for many seasons to come!

I wear these coats all winter long, but some are warmer than others. I ordered them from least to most warm – I’ll chat more about warmth for each coat below too.

Sizing: True to size. I am in size 2, fits like a small.
Warmth: Perfect for 40s to 50s, to make it warmer layer with a warm sweater.
Thoughts: I own this in multiple colors and it’s my go-to for leaving the house feeling pulled together in the winter. It’s easy to wear but instantly looks refined. 
Shown with: sweater, jeans, flats, purse

Sizing: I went down a size to XS.
Warmth: I would say high 30s, 40s and 50s. Layer with a warmer sweater and scarf for cooler temps.
Thoughts: Love this color and this style! The gold hardware is so beautiful. I’ve worn this a few times to cold soccer games and it’s worked great! I love that it’s perfectly casual for mom duties but still looks nice.
Shown with: sweaterjeansclogs, headband

Sizing: Runs big. Mine is super old and is a 00 but is a little too small in the arms now. I would go with a 0 or 2 these days.
Warmth: 30s, 40s, 50s. Very warm. It’s thick wool with thinsulate. The perfect “dressy” warm coat.
Thoughts: I’ve owned this for SO long and it still looks great. It’s a touch small (unfortunately) but I still wear it when I can, it’s been the best investment.
Shown with: sweaterjeansankle boots, bag is Polene

(above & below) cropped puffer
Sizing: Runs big, I went down a size to XS.
Warmth: 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s. This coat is VERY warm and comfortable. I wore it to a soccer game in the low 40s and rain recently and was very comfortable. 
Thoughts: The cropped puffer coat is perfectly on trend right now. I love the slightly oversized fit and thick neck styling making it very warm. The hood is a great addition, but is removable if you don’t want it.

Sizing: Runs big, I went down one size to XS.
Warmth: 20s, 30s, 40s. The only thing making this coat slightly warmer than the cropped puffer is the length. 
Thoughts: This is another classic from several winters ago. I don’t think it’s available in white anymore, but you can find it in other colors. This one washes really well (a must with white) and is perfectly warm. I also like the big pocks.
Shown with: sweaterjeanssneakers

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