Holiday OOTD

I LOVE the month of December.  Just love it.  I love the spirit around December holidays in general, I just happen to celebrate Christmas. 🙂  It had been a while since my family had professional pictures taken, so for this year’s Christmas card, I decided to get some professional pics done.  We worked with Rachel and Noah Ray and had a blast!!  I had NO idea what we should or would wear, but ended up wearing this as one of the outfits:



Outfit details:

The skirt – I knew I wanted to wear a tulle skirt at some point during the photo shoot, so I went from store to store in search of one.  I was not having any luck finding one and then decided to search the girl’s department at Target.  Eureka!  They had tons!!  This one is an XL which is the equivalent of a Small/Medium I would say.  And, it was only $13!!

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Girl’s Red Skirt  – $12.99

The Top – The boys were all going to wear white button down’s, so I went with a plain white boat neck tee.  Actually, it’s my favorite tee for layering at the moment.  It’s super soft, 3/4 sleeved, and hits at the hip.  Also, it’s only $12!  Also from Tarjay. 😉

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Women’s Boatneck Tee, $12.00

The Jacket/Cape – They boys wore buffalo plaid hats, so I knew this capelet would be perfect for the shoot!  It’s generously sized, so this one is an XS because I normally buy a Small in garments like this one.

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BB Dakota Cape – $52.50 and here

The Booties – I actually wore another pair of shoes as well, but put these one to wear with the skirt.  I love these booties.  They are a bit ruched, the heel is not too high (for me), and they were quite affordable! #winning


Slouchy Faux Suede Booties, $34.90


We just took the photos today, so I don’t have any to show you (obvi!), but hope to post some on Instagram when we do!!  Until then, hope this outfit provides some inspiration for your holiday shoot, holiday party-going, or perhaps one of the December holidays!

Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!

Thrifty Thursday’s – The Cape Coat

Cape coats are all the rage at the moment.  Actually, I would argue that they have been the best thing since sliced bread after seeing one on Pretty Little Liars, and most recently made popular again by my favorite leading lady…Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope on ABC’s show, Scandal.  She’s amazing.  No lie.

Photos: Pinterest

I’ve been on the hunt for a cape coat for years now, but haven’t really found anything that I loved until just this year.  The first one I found was this NY & Company trench coat, currently on sale for $53.97 with an additional 30% off.

Photos: and Instagram

I may also add that cape coats are great for expectant mothers.  Just a little maternity fashion tip for my soon-to-be momma’s out there!

Most recently, I found a cape coat that is VERY much inspired by the Burberry cape coat that Kerri Washington wore on Scandal, which sent swarms of TV-watching fashionistas in search of something that would even come close to the perfection that was the Burberry coat.


Photo: Pinterest

Screen Shot 2014-11-13 at 4.13.05 PMIMG_20141113_162036Cape coat from H&M.  Photos: Chic in Academia

For some reason, this cape coat is not yet online, but can be found in some stores; call or visit your local store to inquire.  It retails $69.95 – just a fraction of the cost of the Burberry version, so definitely a thrifty version in my book!

If you need other or immediate options online, you’ll want to check out The Limited’s Scandal line.  Kerri Washington via Scandal recently collaborated with The Limited to create a line inspired by the show.  It’s fantastic.  Here are some of the pieces I’m head over heels for from that line, including a plaid cape coat and a white cape trench coat that may just have to be included on my Christmas list. (Hint, hint hubby!!)

So, what do you think??  Are you as obsessed as I am?! Let me know what your favorites are in the comments section below.  Finally, don’t forget to check out my daily outfit posts on Instagram, sources for outfit inspiration on Pinterest, and latest musings and retweets on Twitter. Happy shopping!!

Until next time!  Stay Chic!