Happy Friday, darlings! It is absolutely freezing in Chicagoland which means I’m fully geared towards sweater weather! But, truth to be told, I don’t want to live in sweaters and jackets all winter long! Hence I found some other ways to keep myself warm. We all know that jackets, sweaters, hoodies, etc. are the most common way to stay warm, next to layering, of course (!) but have you ever thought about ponchos?! They are fantastic and a much trendier alternative! I prefer my poncho big, as in “go big or go home”. Seriously, overwhelmingly over-sized ponchos are everything this winter!

PS: I’m completely make-up free today except for the red lipstick! Yet I wasn’t sure whether or not I should post a make-up free look on the blog. I feel very much vulnerable but at the end of the day I thought: Who cares?! This is me – like it or not. So, dear readers…You’re finally getting a glimpse of me, Vanessa, the girl who loves fashion OH SO much!

As always, thanks so much for reading and have a fabulous weekend!

See you back here on Monday!

shopthepost12PONCHO: Bought in Rome almost 8 years ago! (N/A, VERY similar here at F21 and it’s ON SALE!) | PANTS: Boohoo c/o (sold out, similar here) | BOOTS: Sears (loving these here as well) | HAT: Boohoo c/o (similar here) | HANDBAG: CHANEL



    • January 9, 2015 / 9:18 AM

      Katherine, you are always so sweet, thank you!! Have a great weekend!! xo

  1. January 9, 2015 / 7:20 AM

    I can’t believe you’ve had that for 8 years, it looks new! I love that poncho and the fun fringe. That hat is perfect too!

    • January 9, 2015 / 9:18 AM

      Thanks, Megan!! Yep, my poncho is quite the oldie!! LOL Have a great weekend!! Xo

  2. January 9, 2015 / 8:44 AM

    Wow stunning look as always! I love your beautiful smile! That poncho is amazing too!

    • January 9, 2015 / 9:16 AM

      Thank you!! You brightened my day!! xoxo

  3. January 9, 2015 / 9:02 AM

    Even more beautiful without makeup!! And I love this poncho, it looks so cozy and too perfect for this arctic weather!! Have a fabulous weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

    xo, Rachel

    • January 9, 2015 / 9:16 AM

      Rachel, you are too sweet! Thanks, love!! Have a fabulous weekend! xo

  4. Jessica
    January 9, 2015 / 9:13 AM

    I love your blog โ€“ even more now since youโ€™ve posted a make-up free look! I admire you! Finally a girl whoโ€™s down to earth and not just a dolled up version of herself (like most bloggers). Iโ€™ve been following you for a while now and I canโ€™t to wait see more exciting posts! Keep up the good work! xo

    • January 9, 2015 / 9:15 AM

      Jessica, thank you so much! I truly appreciate your kind words! Have a great weekend!! xoxo

  5. Cora
    January 9, 2015 / 10:16 AM

    You’re beautiful in and out, of with or without makeup…Love the Poncho and the whole outfit…<3

    • January 9, 2015 / 10:36 AM

      Rach, you are so sweet, thank you!! Happy Weekend!! xoxo

    • January 9, 2015 / 10:48 AM

      Awww, thanks, Christie! Means a lot coming from you!! xo

  6. January 9, 2015 / 10:45 AM

    You look stunning without makeup! And I love that cozy poncho ๐Ÿ™‚


    • January 9, 2015 / 10:48 AM

      Joanna, you are so sweet! Thanks much! Happy Weekend! xo

  7. January 9, 2015 / 11:14 AM

    You look so beautiful without makeup and I love the poncho! Have a great weekend! xx

    • January 9, 2015 / 11:36 AM

      Thanks, Amy!! Always so nice to hear from you!! Happy Weekend! xx

  8. dana @IvegotCake
    January 9, 2015 / 11:31 AM

    For going makeup less, you look great V!!
    And I agree, sweaters and jackets make for a very long winter…great call on the poncho!
    I ought to get me one..
    I saw a girl wrap herself in a blanket yesterday, just walking around in a damn blanket yet somehow I found that to also be a genius idea.

    • January 9, 2015 / 11:36 AM

      Dana, thanks so much!! Oh, and BTW! I tried the whole blanket thing too! Indeed – it is genius esp for us Chicagoans!! It’s beyond freezing! Hope you’re staying warm, love!! xx

  9. Jeremy
    January 9, 2015 / 11:53 AM

    Love this look, and let me tell you: Men do prefer women who donโ€™t wear/need make-up! Youโ€™re gorgeous without it!

    • January 9, 2015 / 11:55 AM

      Thanks much, Jeremy! This is what my husband keeps telling me! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. January 9, 2015 / 12:03 PM

    You look absolutely amazing sans makeup. I wish I looked that good. You look flawless. What is your skincare routine? Maybe you could do a post on that if you haven’t already.

    Love the poncho but I feel challenged with carrying a purse. I prefer a shoulder bag.

    • January 9, 2015 / 1:13 PM

      PS: Great idea re: skin care! Might do a post on my routine!! xoxo

    • January 9, 2015 / 1:11 PM

      Thanks so much, Jane!! Love your blog!! xo

    • January 9, 2015 / 1:11 PM

      Thanks, Melisa! You are always so sweet!! Happy Weekend!! xo

    • January 9, 2015 / 1:10 PM

      Oh, thanks so much, beautiful girl!! Happy weekend! xoxo

  11. January 9, 2015 / 1:25 PM

    I’d be happy if there was any snow… but there is none.
    You look really good without make up and maybe I should do it too. No make up just me, I’m curious what my readers think about it ๐Ÿ˜‰

    XOXO Tine


    • January 9, 2015 / 1:29 PM

      I bet you will look gorgeous without make-up because you’re stunning no matter what!! Happy Weekend!! xoxo

  12. January 9, 2015 / 2:58 PM

    Hey there! Love this post! That fringe poncho is adorable. I can’t believe you found it in Rome! Italy is one of my favorite places in the world. Thanks for swinging by the blog! XO, Julien http://www.itsjulien.com

    • January 9, 2015 / 3:46 PM

      Aww, thanks for stopping by! I look forward following each other!! xoxo

  13. Jeannette
    January 9, 2015 / 8:48 PM

    Hello Vanessa! You look beautiful without makeup. You have a beautiful smile and you glow:-) Love the poncho you are wearing and how you styled it wearing a black hat, pants and boots. The bag I really want!!!! All the pictures are amazing. BTW, it was a pleasure meeting you and thanks for visiting my blog. Have a blessed weekend. XOXO, Jeannette


    • January 11, 2015 / 6:58 PM

      Hi, sweetie, thanks for stopping by! Loved your sweet words! xoxo

    • January 11, 2015 / 6:57 PM

      Yes! It’s been cold but warming up now! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. January 10, 2015 / 4:41 PM

    Just found your blog. Love it. You look great by the way.

    • January 11, 2015 / 6:57 PM

      Thanks, Stella! I can’t wait to follow each others blogs! xo

    • January 11, 2015 / 6:56 PM

      Molly, thanks so much! It means a lot! xoxo

  15. January 11, 2015 / 1:14 AM

    You look beautiful make-up free! Love it! Great look, ponchos are such a fabulous way to keep warm and dress up a cold weather outfit!

    • January 11, 2015 / 6:56 PM

      Jackie, you are just too sweet, thanks! xoxo

  16. January 11, 2015 / 9:07 AM

    Amazing, so happy to see you without your glasses. You are gorgeous, hope you post more pictures like this.

  17. January 12, 2015 / 12:13 AM

    Vanessa, you look stunning.You are a natural beauty and i mean it. Your always look so stylish but your gorgeous smile takes the cake as always. Great post! Thanks a lot for stopping by ๐Ÿ™‚


  18. January 12, 2015 / 4:54 AM

    You look super amazing in that poncho V! Love it ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have a lovely day ahead! xo Vivian

    • January 12, 2015 / 9:23 AM

      Thanks, my love!! Love hearing from you!! xoxo

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