Fashion Over Forty: Everyday Looks for Winter

Fashion Over Forty: Everyday Looks for Winter

Everyday clothes are my jam. If you know me in real life, you know this is how I look if I’m running errands, going out for dinner, attending Bunco or a Sunday school party, etc. These looks truly are my everyday clothes. For those of you who want to follow along, I bring you Fashion Over Forty: Everyday Looks for Winter. I’ll link to sources in case you want to purchase.

TunicSimilar ScarfSimilar JeansSimilar Leopard Clutch

Fashion Over Forty: Everyday Looks for Winter

White Piko TopJeansBooties – Scarf (Sold out, but similar here)

Fashion Over Forty: Everyday Looks for Winter

DressSimilar Gold Cuff BraceletSimilar Black Suede Boots

Fashion Over Forty: Everyday Looks for Winter

Heart of Dixie TeeRed ConverseLucy’s Lockets Cuff

Fashion Over Forty: Everyday Looks for Winter

Plaid Vest (Old Navy – sold out) – Gray Piko TopHunter Rain BootsSimilar Crossbody Bag

And while fashion is fun, the very best items you can put on everyday are kindness, humility, grace, truth, and the armor of God. Don’t know what I’m referring to? Take a look at Ephesians 6.

Uncommon Goods

Hi, friends! Just wanted to pop in quickly and let you know about a great new-to-me site I found. I love bringing you new and creative and inspiring companies with which to do business, and UncommonGoods.com fits that bill. UncommonGoods.com was started after founder Dave Bolotsky visited a Smithsonian Museum craft show in Washington D.C. and was captivated by the variety of unique handmade goods and the talented people behind them. He saw there was a significant public demand for beautiful design. At the same time, he realized that the artists working to make those pieces were often traveling great distances in order to sell their wares at the show. Inspired by his experience, Dave had a vision to create something that had never existed before—an online marketplace to connect makers and their creations with individuals looking for truly special goods, regardless of the physical distance between the maker and the shopper. Dave turned this idea into UncommonGoods.

While there is a lot to love about UncommonGoods, I especially like their collection of wedding gifts that can be personalized. Case in point, this Down the Aisle Print. How much fun to have this this personalized momento of your wedding reception hanging on your wall?

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These custom family pillows are also a great way to add a personal touch to your next wedding gift.

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They also have some really fun decor items for the home that I think you’ll love. Of course, I’m drawn to the quirky like this llama doormat. I mean, his name is Larry. How adorable is that?

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And this cinema lightbox is just as fun! Imagine all the cute comments you come up with!

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Are man gifts as hard for you as they are for me? Why are they so hard to buy for??? UncommonGoods actually has a terrific collection of gifts for men that would be perfect for anniversary, Father’s Day, or any occasion. These vintage blueprints of baseball stadiums (stadia???) are a one-of-a-kind gift.

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And for the man who has it all, a homemade gin kit could be lots of fun.

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Besides the awesome collection of goods from fantastic makers around the world, I particularly love UncommonGoods’ Better to Give program. With every purchase made, UncommonGoods will give $1 to one of their Better to Give partners – you choose the cause closest to your heart. To date, they have given away over $1 million to organizations that fight sexual violence, promote literacy, and respond to humanitarian crises.

Take a look around UncommonGoods and let me know what your favorite uncommon goods are!

Favorite Teen Fashion Stores

Shopping. It is something everyone has to do {unless you’re super crafty and can sew}. I like shopping to some extent, but when I look and look and don’t find anything, I get discouraged and tired. I thought it might be helpful for me to give y’all some of my favorite stores, so you can get some new ideas. Comment below some of your favorites so we can both get ideas!

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1. Altar’d State– Altar’d State is a really cute store! They have super trendy things and I just know y’all love them as much as I do.

2. H&M– This store is definitely hit or miss, but they always have so much content I buy something almost every time I go in there. They have great basics and I get ALL of my pants there. I’m not kidding.

3. Lizard Thicket– A new one of these just opened up a few moths ago near us and I’m in love!! They have great shirts and sweaters, and also great warm hats and headbands.

4. Forever 21– This store is hit or miss as well. I find a bunch of sweaters there that are really cute and I got a new pair of shoes from there that are ADORABLE!

5. Old Navy– I get at least half my wardrobe from Old Navy y’all. They have shorts and tops that are so darn cute. For the amount of clothes vs. the amount I spend there, it ends up being a steal!

6. Kinnucans– This store is so great! They have fantabulous t-shirts and athletic shorts. I get almost all of my t-shirts from there and if you know me well , you know that is a lot of shirts.

7. Target– I love target so much! It ends up being my go-to for swimsuits and I also find a lot of dresses in there as well.

8. American Eagle– I find trendy pieces here as well. I love their summer shorts, but they sometimes can be too short, so be careful. I love their summery tops too!

9. Gap Factory– You might be wondering why in the world I would prefer the Gap Factory Store over the normal Gap,so I’ll tell ya. The normal Gap seems to have an older and more professional generation of clothes and the Factory Store is more casual and I personally like it better. I get tops, pajama pants, and super cute socks here.

10. Nike– Nike isn’t really a fashion store like you’d think, but I do get a lot of stuff here. I get my tennis shoes of course, but I also like getting athletic shorts here as well as soccer cleats.

Thank you all so much for reading! I hope these stores gave y’all some ideas on where to shop for clothes! Don’t forget to tell me your favorite stores below!
XOXO, Mary Anneliese

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Favorite Sweaters for Winter

Down here in Alabama the winters are pretty mild. If we ever have a slight chance for snow or ice, all the schools, banks, and businesses close up shop. Most days we stay in the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s. I don’t get super cold during that weather, so most of the time a sweater will fit the occasion. Today, I’m here to tell you about some of my favorite sweater finds for winter. If you live somewhere cold, you might want to save these for a little warmer weather, but all our southern friends can use them daily.

Favorite Sweaters for Winter from TheHillHangout.com

1. This Khaki green sweatshirt form H&M is the perfect addition to anyone’s wardrobe. It’s plain, which makes it very versatile. You can wear it with a white, lace scarf, or just yoga pants for a day around the house. It’s also only $10!

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2. This pullover sweater from Amazon is a fun dressier piece. It would be adorable with jeans and boots if you’re going out to dinner with some friends 🙂

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3. This gray and white sweater from Altar’d State is darling! It’s a great neutral piece to add to your closet!

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4. This sweater from Lizard Thicket is a good one! It has more of a loose fit and a cute metal snap button. It is great for when you’re running out the door and it was colder than you thought, so you have to run in and grab a sweater before you’re late!

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5. This simple sweater from Charming Charlie is another excellent piece. It is two-toned, being white in the front and gray in the back panel. It has a scooped neckline in the back, which is tied together.

Favorite Sweaters for Winter from TheHillHangout.com

6. This sweater from Cupshe is adorable! It is super simple, and I see this being a great one to wear with yoga pants around the house or to the grocery store on a chilly day.

Thanks so much for reading today! I hope this helped to spark your imagination in your own closet. Check out 5 Winter Dresses for Teens for more from me. I’ll see y’all next week!
XOXO, Mary Anneliese

5 Winter Dresses for Teens

I personally love shopping for dresses! Even though I don’t wear a dress everyday, I love to have a handful of them in my closet. . They tend to be handy when it comes time for church, dinner with friends, weddings, or any other dressier occasion. Below I have styled for you some of my favorites from my closet and don’t worry, I’ve linked them so you can get them too.

5 Winter Dresses for Teens from TheHillHangout.com

1. This rust colored, lace dress came from Target and I was in love with it when I saw it! It is high-necked and sleveless, so I wore a sweater {similar} with it.// shoes // necklace {hand-made}

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2. This navy blue dress is from Old Navy and is seriously the most versatile dress I’ve ever owned. Sadly, they are out of this color, but the gray is super cute too! It is so simple you can pair it with a cute necklace, sweater, vest, or even jeans or leggings. It is a little thicker than many knit dresses, which is great for chilly days.// shoes // necklace {similar}

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3. This dress from Target is one of my new favorites!! I just got it a few days ago and I’m in love! It has tassels in the front and “laces up” at the top. This can also carry over into spring with the fun colors.// shoes // necklace {similar}

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4. One trend going around right now is tie-dye. Not all tie-dye is cute, though, so you have to be careful when choosing a pattern. This pink and green dress came from amazon and is adorable! It’s sleveless, so I wore mine with a sweater. You can also pair this with jeans or leggings. // shoes // necklace {similar}

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5. This small floral print dress from Old Navy is another favorite of mine. One I washed it, it shrank a little so beware. I wore it over a lace extender to make it a little longer. I’m wearing it here with short boots, but I also love this one with tall boots.// shoes // necklace

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Thank you so much for reading! I hope this helped you create some ideas for your own closet. Make sure to come back next week for another fashion post from me.
XOXO, Mary Anneliese

Fashion Over Forty: Scarves, Scarves, and More Scarves

Welcome to a new edition of The Hill Hangout! The new year is off to a great start around here, and we have some exciting new content planned for 2017. And by “we” I really do mean “we!” Since most everything is a family affair at our home, we decided the blog should be, too. You’ve already heard from Mary Anneliese with her first couple of fashion posts, so you can look for more posts from her in the coming year. Together we will dive into a few new areas for us (fashion!!), as well as bringing you more posts about faith, travel and homeschooling. However, we will also continue to bring you the recipes and food posts you continue to come back for. Thank you for hanging out with us!

And now onto a new segment for us, Fashion Over Forty: Scarves, Scarves, and More Scarves. The other day the girls and I were at Target, and they had a terrific sale going on scarves. We picked up 5(!!!) because they were so darn cute. Most were around the $19.99 price point originally, but they were marked down to $13.99. That’s a huge bargain for the quality of these beauties.

I picked up a new gray knit dress at Amazon the other day, and I needed a great scarf to go with it. This one from Target was perfect! (The dress is super comfy, inexpensive, and comes in a ton of colors.) This gold cuff is similar to the one I’m wearing.

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Ever since I purchased this gray wool coat a few years back, I have needed a scarf to wear with it when the weather turns cold enough. I was pumped to find this one in such a subtle pattern. It’s so subtle, in fact, that it’s hard to photograph. However, it is just the right amount of pattern to look perfect with my coat.

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This is one of my favorites! It would go with so many things, but I love it with dark jeans and a white Piko top. Throw on a cute pair of short boots, and you are ready to go! And since this is Fashion for the over forty crowd, you can get the reading glasses here.

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I love to wear neutral colors with just a pop of color. This mustard scarf was the perfect punch of color when I paired it with gray on gray. The top is from Old Navy, and the pants are from Target. Boots are TOMS Desert wedges in desert taupe suede. If you need a good versatile pair of short boots, I can highly recommend these. Super comfy and will go with anything.

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This is another one that photos don’t do justice. It’s a terrific thick wool-like feel, which is lovely paired with a green Piko top. I also threw on a pair of black pants I got in my last Stitch-Fix box, and a pair of tall black heeled boots. I am so into cuff bracelets right now. I found this one at a local market, but I also LOVE this one. How many cuffs can one person buy before admitting it is an addiction?

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The blanket scarves above are all a nice large size, which means they can all be used as a wrap as well as a scarf. I think you will be well pleased with the style and the quality of them. And if you use your Target debit card, you will get an additional 5% off!

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Teen Fashion Finds on Sale

Hey y’all! I don’t know about you, but I feel like clothes can get so EXPENSIVE. Sure, you can get cheap stuff, but doesn’t it just fall apart the first time you wash it? One of my favorite ways to buy clothes is to get good, quality brands on sale. This way you still get quality items without breaking the bank. Below, I’ve linked some of my favorite finds that are on sale right now!

Teen Fashion Finds on Sale from TheHillHangout.com

1. This dress is a fab find from Francesca’s and it is on sale right now for $20! It comes in the indigo color shown above, and also in rose. This would also be super cute as a tunic worn with jeans and short boots.

Teen Fashion Finds on Sale from TheHillHangout.com

2. Check out this cute dress from Anthropologie! It’s on sale for $99, and it has a really cute keyhole cutout in the back. 

Teen Fashion Finds on Sale from TheHillHangout.com

3. If you don’t have a good pair of short boots, then these from Zappos are a must! They are by Sam Edelman, and they come in tons of colors and patterns. They are 33% off right now.

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4. Lizard Thicket might be a new store for some of you, but its definitely worthwhile. A new location opened close to us, and we are already big fans. I found this cute top there for only $16.25!

Teen Fashion Finds on Sale from TheHillHangout.com

5. Every girl needs a good pair of jeans and these are adorable!!

Teen Fashion Finds on Sale from TheHillHangout.com

6. Sweaters are a must have for winter! I found this cute one from American Eagle. It’s a terrific neutral color, and it is less than half of the original price.

Teen Fashion Finds on Sale from TheHillHangout.com

7. These caramel colored jeans from American Eagle are so fun! A good pair of colored jeans is always a must have in my closet. These are stretchy, so they would be super comfy.

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8. Kendra Scott necklaces are a hot topic right now, and this color called brown pearl is on sale!

Teen Fashion Finds on Sale from TheHillHangout.com

9. These Hunter rain boots are so great! I love these in this bright coral color, and it just so happens they’re on sale!

Teen Fashion Finds on Sale from TheHilllHangout.com

10. This lace dress from Anthropologie is adorable! (UPDATE: This one just sold out, but Anthro has tons of cute dresses on sale.)

I hope you enjoyed all these items and hopefully they sparked your imagination in your own closet.
XOXO, Mary Anneliese

New Year’s Eve Fashion for Teens

Today, I want to introduce you to a new guest poster on my blog, my daughter Mary Anneliese. Mary Anneliese is 14, and she has already been learning about the inner-workings of a blog. Now it’s time for her to do a little writing as well. Fashion is a hot topic around our house, so she is here today to bring you New Year’s Eve Fashion for Teens.

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner, which means New Year’s Eve parties are coming up, too! Now is a great time to add some extra sparkle or dressiness to your wardrobe that you wouldn’t normally wear. I searched the internet to find New Year’s Eve fashion for teens, and here are some of my favorite finds for cute dresses to help ring in the new year.

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1. This lace dress from Francesca’s is a perfect addition to anyone’s wardrobe.

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2. This simple dress is perfect for any holiday occasion and beyond!

New Year's Eve Fashion for Teens from TheHillHangout.com

3. This flowy lace dress from H&M is another great one! It would be great for New Year’s Eve, but versatile enough for other occasions too!

New Year's Eve Fashion for Teens

4. This textured lace dress from Altar’d State is a great find!

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5. This subtle pink lace dress is a festive addition to anyone’s wardrobe.

New Year's Eve Fashion for Teens from TheHillHangout.com

6. Another Francesca’s dress! This one is a ruffled, navy dress that is perfect for any party.

I hope this gave you some inspirational ideas for New Year’s Eve! Happy New Year, everyone!

XOXO, Mary Anneliese

Fall Community and Home Show

Fall Community Preview

Do you love a good home tour as much as I do? One of our favorite ways to spend a weekend is looking at new houses, especially if we can go in and take a peek around. If you’re local to Birmingham, you can take advantage of the Fall Community and Home Tour sponsored by the Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders. It’s going on October 7-9 and October 14-16 from 10:00-6:00 each day.

There are over 20 builders on this year’s Fall Community and Home Show, including Harris Doyle Homes. They are the builders of this lovely home in Trussville Springs. Isn’t it gorgeous?

Fall Community and Home Show

This beauty is by Prominence Homes and Communities, and it is in Helena’s Riverwoods.

Fall Community and Home Show

I know I’ve shown you several Murphy Home Builders homes in the past, but can you blame me? You can check out this one in Highland Lakes!

Fall Community and Home Show

Until the Fall Community and Home Show, I wasn’t familiar with Gibson Anderson Construction. However, look at this great home they’ve just finished in The Ledges in Pelham.

Fall Community and Home Show

I keep coming back to this Ridgecrest Homes jewel because I think the design is so interesting. This plan is called The Brownstones. I’m a big fan of this one in The Preserve in Hoover.

Fall Community and Home Show

And while you’re in The Preserve, you can take a tour of this home by Fargason Building.

Fall Community and Home Show

It’s a gorgeous weekend, so who’s up for a few house tours? Y’all let me know what you like best.

Groupon Goods

This is a sponsored post. All opinions, as always, are completely my own.

I had such a great response to the Groupon Coupons post last week that I wanted to pop back in and let you know about Groupon Goods. Last week when we talked about Groupon Coupons, I told you that before you head out the door (or get online) to shop, you print off the coupon to take with you. With Groupon Goods, you get to take advantage of the deals WITHOUT LEAVING HOME! Y’all, this thing is so simple.

I checked out the deals on Groupon Goods, and right now they have almost 25,000 items that have ben deeply discounted. They have everything from groceries, toys, and electronics to jewelry, sports equipment, and pet supplies. They even have a designer collection with designer fragrances, sunglasses, and apparel. Just to give you an idea, here are a few of the amazing deals I came across on Groupon Goods:

I’m off to order a bunch of birthday gifts that I’ve been needing to check off my list. What’s the best Groupon Goods deal you’ve gotten lately?