Outfits

Black Joggers…Two Ways!

Black Joggers…Two Ways! via My Boring Closet

Black Joggers…Two Ways! via My Boring Closet

Black Joggers…Two Ways! via My Boring Closet

Black Joggers…Two Ways! via My Boring Closet

Black Joggers…Two Ways! via My Boring Closet

Black Joggers…Two Ways! via My Boring Closet

Black Joggers…Two Ways! via My Boring Closet

Outfit 1: Pants: Patterns & Pops // Tee: Spiritual Gangster // Denim top: J. Crew Factory // Booties: Nordstrom BP “Trolley”

Outfit 2: Pants: Patterns & Pops // Top: Anthropologie (similar in red) // Heels: Aldo (similar) // Purse: Nordstrom (similar)

There are few things in life that make me happier than cozy, comfortable clothes that are also versatile enough to wear to work as well as more casual occasions. So, I was ecstatic to find these badass joggers at Patterns & Pops! The comfy yet put together look is not the easiest to achieve, so having staples like these black pants is a must! Today, I wanted to show you two ways you could wear these pants so they’ll take you to from work week to weekend seamlessly!

Standard
Outfits

Burgundy Sweater

Burgundy Sweater, Black Jeans, Over the Knee boots // My Boring Closet

Burgundy Sweater, Black Jeans, Over the Knee boots // My Boring Closet

Burgundy Sweater, Black Jeans, Over the Knee boots // My Boring Closet

Sweater: Nordstrom (Madison & Berkeley) // Jeans: Hudson (now on sale!) // Boots: Chinese Laundry (also now on sale!)

When you find the perfect, softest, loveliest cowl neck sweater, you just have to share. This sweater is amaaaaazing. It’s perfectly soft and warm and cozy, but with the rich burgundy color, it’s perfect for almost any occasion. I recommend sizing up (I usually wear a small and I got a medium- it’s perfect). Also featured here are these fab over the knee boots. They’re a good substitute for the ridiculously expensive Stuart Weitzman version.

Standard
ETC

14 Lessons I Learned in 2014

The new year is my favorite time of the year. I love looking back on the past 365 days, thinking about how far I’ve come, changes that have happened, friendships gained and lost, new experiences, and also looking ahead to the new year and setting goals. It’s a bit of a cathartic experience, really. This year, I learned many things. Some were lessons learned again, some were lessons I’ll probably never stop learning, and some were new. Here are my personal reflections on 2014.

1. You can’t make somebody love you. Or like you, really. You can’t control what others think or feel about you, and why would you want to? Why should you have to convince someone of how wonderful you are? Why should you have to prove that you deserve their love? Love is a choice, and if someone does not choose you, you’ve got to let them go. This goes for all relationships in your life.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/c6f/37453201/files/2014/12/img_4934.jpg
Photo via Pinterest

2. Sometimes you just have to say “fuck it.” If your friends are renting an RV to drive a state over for your bestie’s wedding, you say “fuck it” and hop on that RV. A guy you’ve been on a few dates with invites you on a camping trip? Say “fuck it” and go! Some of the best experiences I had this year were spontaneous, spur of the moment, and completely wonderful. The rational side of your brain can make you overthink things sometimes, so every now and then, just roll with the punches and live a little.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/c6f/37453201/files/2014/12/img_4936.jpg
Photo via Pinterest

3. What you thought you wanted may not be what you need. I spent about eight months “manifesting” a certain future I saw for myself. I did the whole “the secret, visualize your goals and all the things you want” thing and, to my surprise, I got everything I wanted within three months of each other. Then, slowly, it started to fall apart. I felt like I was cheated, like all the things I wanted were just slipping through my fingers, that I hadn’t had enough time to truly enjoy them. It’s not until now I realize those things weren’t meant for me. The lessons learned from wants lost, however, are exactly what I needed.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/c6f/37453201/files/2014/12/img_4937.jpg
Photo via Pinterest

4. Where you invest your love, you invest your life. Marcus Mumford said it best. Find your real friends–the ones who are there for you without asking, the ones who will listen to your whiny rants, who smile when you’re happy, who cry with you when you’re sad, the ones who know there’s something wrong before you even know. These people are your family. Don’t waste time on people who don’t deserve your love, because your love is invaluable.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/c6f/37453201/files/2014/12/img_4815.jpg
Photo via Pinterest

5. Your parents are the shit. At least, mine are, and they’re right about everything. Spend time with them, listen to their advice. They really have been through it all.

6. Tinder is cool, but it’s also the worst ever. This one could honestly be a post all on its own. Oh man, I have so many thoughts on Tinder. 2014 was the year I joined and discovered what I call “the boyfriend store.” An endless feed of eligible singles all within a 50 mile radius? What could go wrong? While it’s certainly fun to meet new people and go on dates, I found myself always wondering, “is someone better just a swipe away?” It was so much easier before cell phones, internet, and apps. You met someone nice, you decided you liked their company, they liked yours, and boom…you’re together. Now, it’s so much more complicated. The one who cares the least always wins, and oh the rules! There are just so many rules in Tinder world! Who should write back when, who should start the conversation, what to write in your bio, who gets left swiped and who gets right swiped, not to mention the complete emotional detachment that must be maintained until one person finally gets the guts to actually say “I deleted my Tinder account.” Well, 2015 is a Tinder-less world for me, and if I spend the next 365 days alone, so be it. I would rather be alone than be one in the endless stream of Tinder women, an option for many and a choice for some, another face beneath a thumb of the countless men in my radius.

7. Hard work pays off. You’ve been told this your whole life, and it’s always going to be true. You have to work for what you want, but if you know what you want, it’s totally worth it.

8. Macaroni and cheese pizza exists, and it’s just as good as it sounds.

9. Stop comparing your real life to everyone else’s internet life. You will consistently be disappointed. Trust me, no one is having more fun than you. Everyone else is bored at work, tired of going out, sick of people, and hating all the clothes in their closet too. You can put a filter on your internet life, but not your real life, so don’t waste your time. Have gratitude for what you do have, close your laptop, look away from your phone, and enjoy your real life. You don’t get to have it forever!

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/c6f/37453201/files/2014/12/img_4940.jpg
Photo via Pinterest

10. Texting is convenient, but real phone conversations are the best. 2015 is the year I stop texting. I know it won’t last forever, but at least for a while, I want to give my thumbs a rest and call people on the phone. Remember before cell phones when you had all your friends’ numbers memorized and you called them every day? Remember calling your crush, getting a pit of nervousness in your stomach, a whole bunch of butterflies, and then you stayed up talking all night long? That was the best. I know people will get annoyed, but be prepared, if you text me, you’re going to get a phone call!

11. Don’t worry about what other people think about you. Another lesson I will never stop learning. Be you. You do you. If people don’t like it, then that’s their loss! Do you like you? Then it doesn’t matter!

12. Get out of your comfort zone. This kind of goes along with #2. Take some risks in 2015. Hate your job? Find a new one! Hate where you live? Move! We are in control of more things in our life than we realize. Try new things, meet new people. These experiences are what make you you!

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/c6f/37453201/files/2014/12/img_4935.jpg
Photo via Pinterest

13. Stop perceiving others based on how you would react. This is a new one for me. I noticed I would get so annoyed or mad at people because they did not react to a situation the same way I would. It is so hard to stop viewing others this way, but sometimes it pays to cut people some slack and realize just because they don’t live up to your expectations doesn’t mean they’re doing something wrong–it’s just different. However, don’t be afraid to explain a situation to someone based on your perspective, that’s how we teach people how we like to be treated. Otherwise, how will they know?

14. It’s okay to love everything. One thing we don’t really do in 2014 is show our feelings. Feelings are often perceived as weakness, but you know what? Sometimes I just absolutely completely love people. I love things. I love experiences. It’s okay to show and express that. It’s refreshing and wonderful. And love is something we could all use a bit more of in our lives.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/c6f/37453201/files/2014/12/img_4939.jpg
Photo via Pinterest

My challenge to you: share in the comments something you’ve learned this year. Even if it’s something small, I want to hear it! Or if you have something to add to what I’ve shared, please write about that as well. Learning from others is often easier than learning ourselves the hard way. :)

Happy New Year.

xo Lacey

Standard
Outfits

Ringing in 2015 in Flynn Skye!

New Year's Eve Style // Flynn Skye Tyra Maxi // My Boring Closet

New Year's Eve Style // Flynn Skye Tyra Maxi // My Boring Closet

New Year's Eve Style // Flynn Skye Tyra Maxi // My Boring Closet

New Year's Eve Style // Flynn Skye Tyra Maxi // My Boring Closet

New Year's Eve Style // Flynn Skye Tyra Maxi // My Boring Closet

Dress: Flynn Skye Tyra Maxi

I’ve been steadily feeding my Flynn Skye addiction over the past year, so when I saw this beauty on sale on Black Friday, I knew it would be the perfect addition! When it comes to New Year’s Eve, it’s almost required that you buy something sequined and flashy, but how about standing out from the crowd in something luxe and backless? This dress is the ultimate for almost any occasion. The fabric is insanely soft, the cut is super flattering and just revealing enough, yet it can be dressed up or dressed down depending on your event!

Standard
Outfits

Green Skirt and Gold Sweater

Festive Holiday Outfit // My Boring Closet

Festive Holiday Outfit // My Boring Closet

Festive Holiday Outfit // My Boring Closet

Festive Holiday Outfit // My Boring Closet

Sweater: Rustic Thread // Skirt: Chic Wish // Heels: Jessica Simpson // Lips: NARS Audacious lipstick “Anna”

Merry Christmas Eve Eve! I hope you’re all enjoying time with family and friends. Today, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite holiday looks. This full green skirt is just about as festive as it gets. Paired with a cozy sweater, it’s the ultimate look for a Christmas celebration. Plus, after the holidays are over, I plan to wear this sweater with boyfriend jeans and heeled booties…gold can be more versatile than you think!

Awesome boutique alert! >> Be sure to check out Rustic Thread! It was a recent discovery of mine in the Highlands neighborhood in Denver, but they have a great online selection of some of my favorite brands. Check them out!

Standard