Bubble Lisa + update

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Calling all artsy graphic tee lovers! This Mona Lisa bubblegumhttp://bit.ly/2lxtOcf tee is only $9, comes in so many colors (I esp like the hunter green, gray, black, and pink!) and you can use my exclusive discount Q4TheClassy15 (Extra 15% off any purchase, valid from October 1st- December 31th, only US site: https://us.shein.comhttp://bit.ly/2lxtOcf).

I paired this tee with my red wool jacket that was my grandma’s. So clearly you can’t find that one anymore, but luckily I found a similar one that I’ll link herehttp://bit.ly/2lxtOcf!

This photo was taken earlier this month at our local mid-morning stomping ground, Barnes & Noble. Usually I work while Beckett walks around with Wellesley. I like it because it’s a nice change of scenery. Beckett likes it because, well, books. 🙂

I wanted to say thank you on here for the outpouring of love and support my business, ClassyArtistBox.com has gotten lately. It is such a blessing to have you all cheering me on, ordering, sharing, and talking us up. Sometimes I feel so alone trying to run an online business and it feels so good when I hear positive feedback & feel the love. Along with the love and support of my family, it’s what keeps driving me.

Speaking of family, my little Wellesley Bea randomly came down with quite the bug today. She seemed totally normal all morning and then around 10AM she started getting cuddly and sleepy so naturally, I napped & cuddled her until I woke up around noon and realized she was super warm. Long story short, she has a fever and has been vomiting. It makes me so sad to see my kids sick. 😭 If you think of it, we would absolutely love prayers that she would feel better soon.

The fever/vomiting combo reminded me of when Wolfgang had strep at this age and it went misdiagnosed for so long that an ER dr told us it could have been really bad if we hadn’t brought Wolfie back and insisted on a strep test. He was totally lethargic and the fever reducers had stopped working. So we took Wellesley in right away today to rule out strep.

Here is a picture of the kids the other day.

The love to “work” on their computers in their cubicle. Haha



November Favorites: Save or Splurge?

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Not to sound like Fraulein Maria, but… these are a few of my fav-o-rite things for November, December, and beyond!

Pom Pom Sweaters:

blush sweater | grey with ivory poms | grey on grey  | ivory with beige | black on black | camel |

I’ve seen a few pom pom shirts around and I really like them, but they always seem to be pretty spendy so I set out to find some affordable options.

CrossBody Bags:

floral bag | military patch bag | coat of arms bag | bee bag—> not shown, but necessary to add 🙂 I’ll give you a hint…. it costs about $50!
Having a few classic crossbody bags can go a long way toward a diversified wardrobe. Adding something with a classic silhouette and interesting details is a good way to show some personality. You’ll never guess which is the cheapest!

Leather Pants:

real lambskin pants (decent price for real leather!) | faux leather fast fashion pants | faux leather made well pants | brown real leather pants (another decent deal for real leather, but still more than the pleather options)
Not going to lie, I’m pretty sure every girl needs a pair of leather pants….. ok it’s not life or death, but I think they’re great because they are versatile, edgy, and unexpected. And, yes, they can be a great substitute if you don’t want to wear a dress.


black with glitter heel | pewter glitter | cheetah with bow | turquoise glitter | studded leopard

I adore booties for fall and winter weather, but I have a few pairs I rotate almost every other day and would love another more interesting pair to add to the rotation. I found such cool glitter booties so I had to share! They range in price from under $60 to over $600! Wow, I’m thinking I may need to snag the $60 pair! Similar story for those cat-print stunners. One costs a lot more than the other and you may be surprised!
Which were your favorite things?

how to create a perfectly mismatched outfit

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Blazer: Shein | Sweater: older from Banana Republic, similar style in camel| Jeggings: AE hi-rise | Boots: Charles David, also available at Walmart| Watch: Timex  I also have this one in rose gold and gray| Bag: Kate Spade at Nordstrom Rack

Have you ever tried on a zillion things in the AM because nothing seemed to match that day? I know I’ve been there and afterwards my closet is a total disaster and I usually still don’t feel super confident about my outfit.

So yesterday I sat down and made a list of my favorite classic, yet untraditional, mismatched outfits and then summarized why each of them work. I did this for me personally so I wont bore you with each outfit, but I will show you what I realized about this outfit while writing about it yesterday.

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What I noticed about this outfit:

  • The navy blue blazer is echoed by the blue jeans and the bluish tinted/black tote.
  • The ‘Non’ sweater works because it draws out some of the red/pink of the flowers and some of the detailing in the cranes. The writing on the sweater also mimics the same color family as the boots.
  • Adding a saturated pink lip also helps echo the pinks and reds of the outfit.
  • The black tote (with a bluish iridescent hue in some light) matches the timex wristwatch and ties that color back into the whole look.confidence is not what you wear but how you wear it copy

If I could boil the above list down to a three step process it would look like this below.

3 steps to create a cutely mismatched outfit:

  1. pick a quirky item that you don’t know how to wear.
  2. pull a few other things to wear with it that have similar colors, even if the patterns don’t match.
  3. add a few accessories that either set off the items or that also compliment colors from the first piece.
    • generally I think it’s a good idea to work in groups of three for accessories like matching your handbag, belt, and watch.


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Here’s a more detailed list of ways to match untraditional items. Feel free to skip the following if you think you get the idea from the 3 step list above.

How to create the perfect mismatched outfit:

  • Start with an item that you’re really excited to wear that day. It could be a pair of pants, a skirt, a top, or a dress.We will call this the Base Item.
    • Usually I find it easiest to start with a shirt I want to wear that day.
  • Figure out what other types of items you will need to put with the Base Item to complete the outfit. Do you need pants, a shirt, or tights? You will probably need one or two more major items (in my case above I needed pants and a sweater to go with the blazer) to finish off the outfit so we will call these the Secondary Item(s).
    • Consider: What would be most appropriate, most comfortable, or fitting for that day? Then decide what color or texture matches the Base Item for all of your Secondary items.
    • Other than color, another important thing to think about when choosing your Secondary Item(s) is texture. If one item is smooth and silky, maybe consider something fuzzy or textured to add more interest.
      • Hint: a blazer like mine would look really good over a chunky cable knit sweater too.
  • When trying to match quirky pieces pick up on one accent color in the Base Item and use that throughout the rest of your outfit like how I used the pinkish hue in the flowers in my sweater, lip color, and boots.
  • Mixing navy and black….. ouch! But is that really so bad? Who says they look that bad together? In my opinion the only reason to heed this traditional fashion faux pas is when you don’t realize you’re mixing navy & black.
    • My fix is to simply know what colors you are wearing and balance them out. Because I wore blue jeans and a navy blazer I felt free to add two black accessories.

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That’s basically all I have for that as of right now so now I will show off my Wolfiegang 🙂mother and son copy

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That is lipstick on his left cheek. I can’t not smooch those cute cheeks!

Timex Watch copyBlazer: Shein | Sweater: older from Banana Republic, similar style in camel| Jeggings: AE hi-rise | Boots: Charles David, also available at Walmart| Watch: Timex  I also have this one in rose gold and gray| Bag: Kate Spade at Nordstrom Rack

Sorry, I know that was a long post, but hopefully you can take something away from it that will help clarify your matching goals and streamline your morning routine.

I hope everyone has a perfectly mismatched Monday!



P.S. I’ve been pinning budget ideas of what to wear for Christmas pictures, so check dress ideas and follow me on Pinterest here! That will keep you up to date when I post my top picks for Christmas picture outfit ideas in a week or two!