the touch of velvet


Dress: I made it! Similar here for under $30! | Boots: similar | Clutch: similarOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

If you had to pick one trend as “the biggest trend of the season” it’s definitely velvet. So when I was digging through my closet the other day, feeling like I had nothing to wear, I found this cute little thing that I forgot about!

Do you do what I do: feel like you have nothing to wear and then dig a little and find all those hidden gems?!

I’ve had this dress for about 5 years now. I made it while I was back in grad school and I love how it flatters.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I also appreciate the detail I added on the neckline, but I forgot to get a close up of it. All I did was use extra fabric to create a design on the chest. You can see it a little in the first two pictures.

deep in thought, lol

If you’re on the hunt for OTK boots, the pair I linked above are a great price. I don’t have that exact pair, but mine are very similar looking (and also very comfortable in spite of having a pretty significant heel)! The dress I linked is the exact color as mine and is a very flattering fit for like every body type!

A dress like this is perfect for this time of year. You’ll get infinite wear out of it and you’ll be happy to pull it out again every year! I know I am!

What’s your favorite trend this season?




a fresh scheme

… color scheme, that is!


Scarf: $7 @ Target, not online, similar | Sweater: Old Navy, similar | Jeggings: similar | Purse: similar under $50 | Gloves: similar, tutorial for mine hereOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This color scheme is one of my favorites ever. I cant get over how fresh & festive this outfit looks as we approach the month of December.

What are your favorite colors to wear right now?



Best of Cyber Monday

I already posted an outfit today, but I also wanted to take a few minutes and put  together my favorite Cyber Monday sales to make it easy for you online shoppers.

So here they are…

Bauble Bar: 35% off of 2+ items and 25% off of one. Use code SAVE35 or SAVE25

Crystal Bib Necklace (was $65)
Bauble Bar bracelet
Bauble Bar choker 😍

J. Crew: 40% off with code MONDAY

Some of their cashmere sweaters are included in the sale. This beauty is no exception. What a classic!
I always love a good tweed and this sale leaves this jacket a little over $100
Just under $30
$33–> was 55
only about $58 and SOOOO gorgeous
Now around $58
Now $58
These boots are now around $65!
This J. Crew scarf is now around $40!

Nordstrom: extra 20% off of some sale items, discount applied.

—->If you’re looking for a new handbag, check out the Tory Burch selection. They are gorgeous. I saw them in real life a few weeks back and they are beautifully crafted.

Hunter Boots Sale at Nordstrom!
Some Tory Burch on sale too!
Also, Ray Bans are 30 off!
Kendra Scott and Kate Spade earrings are both on sale!
This Fitbit bracelet comes in silver and gold and is so so cute. And now they also have one with a leather wristband! I wanted this 3 years ago, but heard it didn’t work well, but it looks like they changed the design since. And now it’s on a really good discount.

Thanks for reading and I hope this helps guide you through the slough of emails you’re getting about the best sales and deals!

Other sales to check out: Make Me Chic is 20% off 1st order or 30% off of an order of $100 and 35% off of an order of $200 using code CYBER30 or CYBER35.

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just $28 before codes applied.
Sequin Dreams Midi Skirt
Sequin skirt thats under $10 before discount!

Distressed Round Neck Tee WHITE
Interestingly distressed shirt under $15 before discount!



warning: outfits in photos may be cozier than they appear…


Sweater: J. Crew, sold out, different cute sweater here | Bag: Coach | Heels: Sam Edelman, similar | Leggings: similar in black and bronze | Blouse: similar | Necktie: vintage, similar here

In art there is a term called trompe l’oeil. It means to fool the eye. Usually it’s used to refer to paintings that look 3-D. But this outfit is also a type of trompe l’oeil. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This outfit looks like it’s all fancy and difficult to wear, but it’s actually super comfy!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Even these heels are comfy.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The leggings are the perfect holiday party pants because they stretch! lolOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I wouldn’t even mind driving the whole 3 hours to my parents’ house in this #ootd, which is why it’s one of my picks for a holiday party!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The winning combo=

leggings + cute, comfy shoes + neck tie + long blouse + oversized sweater

Now you try!



christmas boredom buster: glitter and canvas art project


When family gets together there are a lot ways to on each others’ nerves, so in the weeks to come you’ll see a series of 3 simple and fun art projects to do with the fam. I’ll probably post them on Fridays or Saturdays, but I won’t say when so you’ll just have to check back 😉


Perhaps making an art project can help you to mitigate/deter invasive questions regarding how many more kids you’ll have, your relationship status, or your dusty eggs. Or any other questions pertaining to your uterus.

Material List:


I put metallic paint pens in the picture because I planned to designs the background with them after everything was done, but I liked these without that detail and didn’t use them.

Don’t forget the glue and glitter!

Without further ado, here are the steps:




I’m still not feeling well today, but thankfully I was able t0 start &  photograph this for you earlier this week. I hope you enjoy this & if you try it, let me know by using the hashtag #theclassyartist and follw me on IG @the_classy_artist!



…thanksgiving food for thought…

Plaid sweater,denim skirt, and otk boots

Sweater: similar | Shirt: J.Crew, similar | Skirt: Old Navy, similar | Boots: similar | Bag: Michael Kors

Otk boots plaid sweater denim jean skirtOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Sweater: similar | Shirt: J.Crew, similar | Skirt: Old Navy, similar | Boots: similar | Bag: Michael Kors

The #TOOTD (Thanksgiving Outfit of the Day)

Happy Thanksgiving week, ladies! Here’s a prep-tastic outfit idea for thanksgiving this year. I think of this outfit as one you wear if you aren’t hosting the meal. The skirt is comfortable and easy to wear while the oversized sweater hides the food baby.

The over the knee (OTK) boots are a great way to cover some skin from the cold wintery weather, though I’m going to add some wooly, light gray tights to this outfit now that there’s snow on the ground!

Food for Thought

Every year around this time I tend to skip over Thanksgiving and being thankful and go right into the “gimme” mode that the Christmas season often promotes. This year I want it to be different. I don’t want my mind on tons of things I want from the stores. I want to be thankful for what God has given me/us here at the Witzke household.

So tonight, lets make a list together of all the things we can be thankful for.

Go to a quiet place, maybe an office, your bedroom, or the living room when everyone else has gone to bed. Turn on the fireplace or light a candle to relax you. Think of all the blessings in your life, even if you’ve had a lot of bad things happen this year.

Write down your blessings.

Here are my top ten blessings blessings:

1- my supportive, hard working husband.

2- our healthy, happy little boy.

3- a warm house with enough space for all of our things.

4- you readers & an increase in collaborations for my blog.

5- my Style Collective sisters who have helped me learn and grow as a person and as a blogger.

6- our cat, Elsa Girl, and pup, Dakota Girl. I’m especially thankful this year because of how sweet and nice they’ve been to our little Wolfgang.

7- for Beckett’s and my families and the fun times we’ve shared with them this year.

8- that my dad is still here and even able to walk and move after his waterskiing accident this summer.

9- the snow outside.

10- God’s grace being new each day.

Negative Thoughts and Where to Shove ‘Em:

Just kidding, but seriously, forget about the negative aspects of this year. Remember how I said the other day that I’m naturally pretty pessimistic? For (almost) everything on that list, I could find something negative to tear down the happiness those things bring me, but I wont because then I’m not truly thankful for them.

What are you thankful for? Write them down now and take a minute to thank God for giving them to you!

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

James 1:17