it looks as if Punxsutawney Phil was right. winter is here to stay, and it’s delivering a one-two punch with winter storms stretching from coast to coast. snow, ice, and power outages affect millions, so it’s time to hunker down, stay inside and enjoy a crackling fire. growing up in the midwest and living in Minnesota on three different occasions have me well acquainted with inclement weather. from tornadoes to blizzards, i’ve seen my fair share of storms and freezing temps. february is the most challenging month to trudge through as there’s typically a cold front that blows through town and decides to take up residence.
even in Georgia, the weather took a turn for the worse. thank goodness no snow in my neck of the woods, but there’s been rain and more rain, and there’s more on the way. if you follow me on Instagram, then you know a major landscape project is underway at casa Djalali. although for the time being, it’s been put on hold thanks to mother nature. but i thought i’d show the progress made thus far. so i’ll slip into my comfy loungewear and a we’ll take a look at my backyard. front yard too!
today’s outfit couldn’t be comfier or cuter to wear on a dreary day. the knit pants, sweater, and jacket all hail from Banana Republic. BR has been a favorite retailer for years, with some hiccups along the way. but in the past year or so, they’ve really been on top of their game. all sizes of my ootd are medium, although i should have sized down to a small for the pants. the popover rain jacket is water-resistant with side zip and a ton of pockets. anyone else cuckoo for pockets? this little number will be on style repeat throughout spring, especially on my evening walks with oscar. the camo sweater comes in gray or olive green. it couldn’t be softer with a little stretch. but what impressed me is that it feels light as a feather to wear, which doesn’t always happen with a sweater. sometimes, they’re downright bulky. and the washable merino sweater joggers are perfect to wear at home or out and about. plus, they come in four colors: gray, navy, ivory, and spice. someone recently commented that i don’t wear sneakers. well, today’s ootd proves that i love sneakers especially the slip-on style.
a new sidewalk for the front yard. landscaping to follow. the original sidewalk hugged the house, making it feel crowded. it was moved several feet and widened.
the backyard has a new flagstone walkway that connects the new patio to the old one. it’s a complete disaster outside for the time being, and you should see what oscar’s paws look like when he’s ready to come back inside!
my cheeks are still swollen from my second round of IPL (intense pulsated light) treatments. but the second time around, my face faired quite a bit better than the first. this time i included my neck and chest, which look pretty gnarly at the moment. just like my backyard, my face will be looking lighter and brighter when it’s all said and done. both houses and bodies need maintenance as we age. am i right?!
happy Monday, gang! here are a few President’s Day sales.
Banana Republic – 40% off purchase
J.Crew – 30% off purchase code Spring
Talbots – extra 70% off markdowns
Ann Taylor – 40% off full price code code easyoutfits
LOFT – 40% off purchase code Want
Chico’s – 40% off reduced styles
Madewell – 20% off for Madewell Insiders
Anthropologie – extra 50% off sale items