11 Affordable Fair Isle Sweaters for Winter

Affordable Fair Isle Sweaters for Winter Style Inspiration - SCsScoop.com

I don’t know about you, but I am loving the fair isle sweater trend this winter! They are a fun way to spice up your winter wardrobe. If you are like me and have been eyeing this trend, then this post is for you. For a little fashion inspiration, I am sharing how I recently styled a new fair isle sweater with all the outfit details. Plus, I found 11 cute and affordable fair isle sweaters worth adding to any winter wardrobe.

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The fair isle sweater I am wearing is from LOFT and is currently 50% off! I styled my sweater with ripped jeans and a western style bootie for a bit of a unique twist. Also, my handbag is a new purchase that I have been loving. It was the perfect size for our recent trip to Europe, and the oxblood color goes with so many things. It comes in three other pretty, neutral colors, that are super tempting to get given its affordable price! Of course, on colder days I would throw my go-to parka (also on sale right now!) over this outfit to stay warm.

11 Affordable Fair Isle Sweaters

Hover over the sweater below to see the price. Most are under $25!!

Now, I would love to hear from you all. Are you digging the fair isle trend? What is your favorite sweater of the ones I shared? I would love to hear what affordable pieces are in your wardrobe for this winter too.

Stay warm my friends!

Cheers,

Sarah Camille

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Q&A for 2018: Reflecting on Favorite Moments, Biggest Challenges & More!

Q&A for 2018: Reflecting onFavorite Moments, Biggest Challenges & More!

Hello, friends! I am back after a much needed holiday break and an amazing trip to Europe. Today, I will share with you my reflections on the past year. I know I’m a little late to the game, because we have been in 2019 for over a week now (ahh!!). But on a personal level, it is important for me to reflect on each year as it comes to an end. This year, I want to share with you what that looks like for me. Below is my Q&A for 2018, with questions I like to ask myself, and answers highlighting big moments, challenges and an important lesson from 2018.

My Personal Q&A for 2018

What were your top three favorite moments?

  1. Hands-down, the top moment of 2018 was getting married to Will. I know our marriage will be the biggest, most rewarding commitment of my life, and it felt  amazing to embark on this journey surrounded by the support of so many loved ones. It is so much more than “a wedding day,” but it is hard to really explain that until you’ve gone through it.
  2. Thanksgiving – I always love celebrating this holiday and focusing on gratitude. In 2018, our Thanksgiving felt extra special. It was our first holiday as a married couple and we luckily had time with all of our parents on that day. This was such a blessing. Due to our family dynamics and their different locations, I realized that may be the only holiday we get to spend with all of our parents in one day.
  3. Honeymoon – We had a two-part honeymoon to give us equal doses of relaxation and adventure. Right after our wedding, we went to Antigua and stayed at a charming resort with a room that opened up to a quiet beach. It was absolutely beautiful and felt like paradise. It was also really nice to have dedicated time to relax and reflect on the whole wedding weekend directly after. If you’re getting married, I highly recommend taking time off immediately after your wedding, even if it isn’t for a conventional honeymoon. For a dose of adventure, we ended 2018 in Europe for the second part of our honeymoon. We had to reschedule our European adventure a couple times due to major work changes, but I am really glad we made that trip happen. I’ll be sharing more about it soon!

Q&A for 2018: Reflecting onFavorite Moments, Biggest Challenges & More! - SCsScoop.com

Q&A for 2018: Reflecting onFavorite Moments, Biggest Challenges & More! - SCsScoop.com

Q&A for 2018: Reflecting onFavorite Moments, Biggest Challenges & More! - SCsScoop.com

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

My biggest personal accomplishment was growing my relationship with Will. I felt like I knew so much about him and our relationship, even before we got married. I’m sure that sounds naive to those who’ve been married for 5, 10 or 25+ years. But, we communicate a lot, and I am proud how we grew through the changes that came with our simultaneous career changes over the summer of 2018.

My biggest work-related accomplishment was starting my own company. I haven’t talked about my work much, but I made the leap into contract work and left my 9 to 5. Starting a business and setting up my home office were a little daunting at times, but I feel really proud that I dared to do something a little unconventional with my career, and that it has been a success so far.

What lit you up?

One of the most positive changes I made in 2018 was creating a designated home office space. I obviously needed to do that for my at-home contract work, but I was not expecting that how it would change my mindset. Having my own designated space, designed just how I envisioned has been such a gift for my work. I feel more connected to my work, more in control of my schedule, more organized and more productive. I will share more about this new space soon!

A few “small” things that lit me up in 2018 … walks with Will and Maddie, my birthday dinner with Will, a summer hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains, seeing my little brother graduate high school, and all the family time at multiple weddings.

What were your three biggest challenges?

  1. Anxiety – This was new for me in 2018. I began the year with a lot of anxiety surrounding all the wedding plans and details and a desire for changes in my career. On default, I strive for perfection in everything, and when I can’t deliver that I can be really hard on myself. In 2018, my anxiety kept me from moving on things because I felt they wouldn’t be done right. I felt unsure of myself at times, second-guessed my decisions a lot and would lay awake at night thinking of all the possible outcomes of all the things that were out of my control. There were times I was so overwhelmed with the various things on my plate that I had trouble breathing. Now, I feel compelled to add that I have not been diagnosed with anxiety by a doctor. I have an aversion to doctors and did not want to be put on any medication. Thankfully, this got better towards the end of the year, but I definitely have some things to work through.
  2. Time Management – If you know me well, you know I hate time. I hate how there is rarely enough of it, and I hate how I often underestimate how long it will take me to get something done. Time challenged me in 2018 and in a lot of ways that is connected to the anxiety around perfection I just mentioned. I think it can be pretty normal for life to feel like a never-ending to-do list at times (right!?). But, I struggled with managing my time in 2018. Work ended up taking more time out of my day than I wanted to give it and that was a big challenge to address. It’s a challenge I am still facing!
  3. Maddie – If you don’t know from my frequent Instagram stories of Maddie, she is my 15-year-old dog. I have had her since I was a teenager. In 2018, we learned that she has kidney failure, and her health has been pretty up and down due to that. Maddie also had to have emergency surgery for an abscessed tooth two days after we got married! It has been challenging to see her getting older, a little less like herself, all while knowing that there won’t be enough time left with her.
Q&A for 2018: Reflecting onFavorite Moments, Biggest Challenges & More! - SCsScoop.com
Here’s Maddie on our wedding day. I loved having her by my side as I got ready, but the poor thing was in pain and we didn’t know!

Related: How I Got Maddie & 15 Years Later

What was your biggest lesson?

Towards the end of 2018, I had a bit of an epiphany when it comes to letting go. I learned to let go of my fear of being misunderstood and to find confidence in who I am. Since I was a teenager, I have struggled with feeling misunderstood or not fully understood. I felt like people would assume things about me that were not in-line with my character. I feared coming across the wrong way. I feared people would think I was entitled, materialistic and overly self-involved… and it really upset me to think that people did not see my heart. Last year though, I realized it is not my job to shape the minds of other people when the impression they have of me is wrong. I realized the need to stay grounded in who I am. There will still be days that I compare myself to others or wonder what people think of me, but moving forward I will lean back into who I am and just keep going.

Related: My Journey to True Authenticity

Q&A for 2018: Reflecting onFavorite Moments, Biggest Challenges & More! - SCsScoop.com

Even with some challenges, 2018 was a milestone year for us. I am grateful for all that God gave to us in 2018 and am honestly sad to see the year go. Now that I have taken the time to reflect on the past year, I will use this reflection to outline my plans and hopes for the New Year. I will share that post on Friday, so stay tuned.

Whether or not you do a little Q&A like mine, consciously reflecting on the past year and writing down your thoughts and feelings can be immensely helpful in planning for your year ahead. No matter the season of life you are in or how 2018 looked for you, reflection helps us see what things we would like to continue, take pride in our accomplishments, remember the lessons and assess the challenges we face.

I sincerely hope you have a wonderful year, and thank you so much for stopping by!

Sarah Camille

 

 

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Shirt Dress Style Inspiration for Winter

Shirt Dress Style Inspiration for Winter - SCsScoop.com

Hello friends! Winter is officially kicking off at the end of the week. To help you (and me!) cope with the dropping temperatures I wanted to share some shirt dress style inspiration, especially for winter. Similar to the Faux Fur Vest style tips I shared during the fall, this post is in collaboration with Lou Lou Boutiques on a special post for y’all. Shirt dresses can be worn throughout the year, but today I’m focusing specifically on thick, flannel ones and how to style them so you look cute, but not cold!

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I wore Lou Lou’s shirt dress around Old Town Alexandria (in Northern Virginia) for a fun afternoon in November, exploring the waterfront and, of course, shopping at Lou Lous. I stayed super warm in a thick shawl vest and my leather leggings. But for full-blown winter, you may need to bundle up more.

Here are a few tips for styling a shirt dress this winter: 

  • Layers are always a good idea – If it’s colder where you are, try pairing your shirt dress with a coat that hits at your hips or knees. You can also wear a cami or tank top under your dress for extra warmth,
  • Accentuate your waist – Shirt dresses with a tie waist are most flattering. If your dress doesn’t come with a tie waist like the one I got from Lou Lou’s add a belt!
  • Switch tights for leggings – The faux leather leggings I’m sporting are so much warmer than tights. Investing in some for your winter wardrobe, will be good for all your dresses, skirts and tunic-length tops!

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Shirt Dress (similar)

Shawl Sweater

Faux Leather Leggings

Dolce Vita Boots (similar)

Crossbody Bag (similar)

Earrings (similar)

Thanks to Lou Lou Boutiques, I have a special promo code to share with you all! Enter code SARAHCAMILLE22 to get 15% off online purchases at Lou Lou.

Lou Lou Boutiques has locations all along the east coast in addition to their online boutique. They have a fun selection of trendy pieces and even cute athleisure wear, so be sure to check them out.

I hope you find my style tips helpful as we transition into winter. I would love to hear from you all too! Do you plan to wear a shirt dress like this for Christmas or during the winter? I would love to hear where you would wear one this winter. Share your shirt dress style tips in the comments.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

 

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