AJ Wears :: A Fluffy Red Coat

I’ve officially dubbed this coat “The Elmo Coat.” It’s ridiculous, it’s bright, it’s actually SUPER warm. You’ve already seen it on Instagram a few times if you follow me there.

I wore this out one night and the restaurant hostess said I looked like Cruella de Ville, if she lived on Sesame Street. AND I. AM. HERE FOR IT.

The thing about wearing a super fluffy coat is that people want to pet you. As long as you’re prepared for that, it’s otherwise a fun and rewarding experience. You also have to be prepared for constant whispers behind your back. Some will love it, some will hate it. Some will try to pose with you, thinking you’re the Times Square Elmo. Own it, girlfriend.

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But most importantly, never forget where you came from.

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Coat, Asos (exact - on super sale so heart and watch for returns).
Sweater, Atlantic Pacific x Halogen (exact sold out // similar from NY & Co).
Skirt, JustFab.
Boots, Stuart Weitzman (this dupe on Amazon has great reviews!).
Bag, Balenciaga (City bags on Poshmark).

AJ Wears :: A Short Suit

It does not matter how much I plan, I cannot get my blog photos together for some reason. A few weeks ago, I planned a big blog photo day, only to realize I didn’t have the plate to connect my camera to my tripod. Another time, I couldn’t find the remote. And yesterday, I pulled out a fully exhausted battery, despite having taken no photos (my backup batteries must have been in another purse, of course).

The good news is, the iPhone XS takes some pretty dang good photos, I always have a little phone tripod in my car, and the Apple Watch lets you preview and take photos on your wrist! My entire life is a backup plan. So if you’re ever sitting there thinking, “Hmm, the quality of this blog seems to be suffering,” it’s definitely that, and not my eternal laziness.

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Suit, c/o SheIn (exact - 15% off with code Q1ajwears15!).
Top, Express (exact, on sale!).
Shoes, Amazon (exact - these are SO comfy!).

AJ Wears :: A Muppet Coat

Happy New Year!

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I wore this weeks ago. And not to a fancy party or New Year’s bash, I wore it on a regular Sunday afternoon to go watch football or some other sport (clearly I was just there for the wings). Sometimes, a company sends you a c/o item and you pick out something ridiculous and then have nowhere to wear it, so you wear an actual muppet on an un-extraordinary day.

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And you know what? I’m gonna do that more this year. Never save a great outfit for a perfect occasion when that occasion might just be life.

Other things I resolve to do in 2019:

  • Brain Stuff: I got in a bad slump last year of zoning out in front of screens. This year, I want to be more active in my downtime. I’m planning on pulling out my piano and doing a refresh course, reading at least 20 books (as opposed to the four or so last year), and sitting down with Mr. AJ for more board games and puzzles in the evening instead of rewatching The Office for the 10th time.

  • Body Stuff: I really fell off the workout wagon in 2018. My Peloton has sat relatively unused by me (Mr AJ continues to kill it, of course), and the gym that’s so conveniently located downstairs wouldn’t be able to pick me out of a lineup of one. More spin, more yoga, and more outdoorsy stuff like hikes and walks this year. And if my PT is reading this, I promise I’ll do my knee exercises at least once a week.

  • Time Stuff: Embrace the power of “No.” I said yes to a lot of stuff I didn’t feel like doing last year, and it resulted in me feeling stressed and annoyed. I tend to feel selfish when I say no, instead of thinking of it as self care or preservation. This year, I promise to not overcommit myself to a bunch of stuff I hate.

  • Shoe Stuff: I will find the perfect pair of black flats this year if it kills me.

  • Travel Stuff: I only have one trip planned right now, but I’d like to get away as much as possible. Definitely planning another international trip this year - Italy? Portugal? Germany? We’ll find out.

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Coat, c/o SheIn (exact - get 15% off with code Q1ajwears15).
Leggings, Spanx (exact).
Sweater, Express (similar from Halogen).
Boots, Kendall + Kylie (exact).