Ponchos Make Life Easier

A striped poncho makes it easy to put together a fall outfit.

I was cutting up chicken for a new chicken pot pie recipe yesterday when my husband walks in the door from work. Right behind him came the roofing contractor working on our neighbor’s house. The two of them proceeded to talk about our own future roof replacement, which we have not yet scheduled but hope to within the next few weeks.

They start to ask me what color I want the shingles to be, whether I want them dark or light, whether we are planning to get the siding on the house replaced as well and what color the siding should be, yada yada yada. By now, the shallots are sizzling on my stove and I’m trying to follow the recipe in the magazine before me. Wine, it calls for a little bit of white wine.

A striped poncho makes it easy to put together a fall outfit.

“Honey,” says my husband. “Why don’t you look at his binder of shingles and pick out a color?” I pour the quarter cup of wine into the skillet that the recipe calls for.

Are you kidding me, I say to myself, giving him the side eye. I’m trying to fix dinner here.  The contractor offers to get his binder of shingle samples. “No! I’m good right now!” I tell him. “I can wait until we schedule the roof replacement.”

“My truck is right around the corner,” he says. “I’ll be back in five minutes.”

I pour in a half cup more of wine into the skillet. The recipe doesn’t call for that.

“No, really, I’m okay. We can do it later,” I say. My side eye is now turning into two glaring eyes aimed at my husband.

“Honey, we can pick the colors now,” he said.

I’m now pouring myself a cup of wine.

I can multitask with the best of them, but when I’m cooking dinner, and a new recipe at that, and a stranger walks in unexpectedly with my husband, and they’re both asking me to make decisions on something that will be a permanent fixture on our house for the next 15 years or so, all I want to do is hit Pause, take a few deep breaths and then press Fast Forward to get beyond dinner, side eyes and decisions. It would just be so easy.

But life doesn’t work that way, does it? In the end, the contractor left and I promised to pick the shingle colors the next time he came around. My husband and kids deemed my chicken pot pie pretty good, and all I need is another bottle of white wine “for dinner recipes.”

A striped poncho makes it easy to put together a fall outfit.

Easy Peasy

One thing that is pretty easy for me is a poncho. I love wearing these during the fall because they make my decisions about what to wear so simple, especially during days when the weather can’t decide if it wants to be warm or cool. I can throw on a t-shirt and jeans and layer a poncho over the whole thing.

If it’s cool then I can wrap it close and feel pretty cozy. If it becomes warmer during the day then I can throw it off and not suffer from heat stroke. Ponchos just make my life easier.

A striped poncho makes it easy to put together a fall outfit.

I picked this up on sale last year at Nordstrom Rack and I’m pretty sure it was $20 or less. It’s perfect for the weather right now because it’s not too thick but it has enough material to provide a nice layer of warmth. The fringe around the edge is a nice detail.

My white v-neck t-shirt from Loft is super soft and comfortable. It’s one of their vintage tees and I have to say it’s one of the best tees I’ve ever worn. Loft is having a 40% off sale right now, so it’s a great opportunity to grab a few of these.

I’m also wearing skinny jeans from Target which are comfortable but can get a little baggy during the day. My brown boots are from Target as well and are a few years old. These are so comfortable and perfect for running errands during the fall.

Antique gold filigree earrings have a vintage feel and help to dress up a casual outfit.

A monogram pendant with a scrolled edge has a vintage feel and helps to dress up a casual outfit.

My earrings are the antique gold pair from Plunder. I find I’m wearing these quite a bit because they go with so much. I wore them earlier this week with this outfit. I’m also wearing a monogram pendant called the Mariah. The scrolls around the edge give it a pretty vintage feel.

A classic saddlebag purse holds all the essential and keeps you hands free.

My purse is a classic saddlebag that I bought last year from Glamour Farms, a women-owned family boutique that sells chic and contemporary styles. I love crossbody purses because they keep my hands free to do other things, like hold shopping bags.

Or a great glass of wine.

A striped poncho makes it easy to put together a fall outfit.What I Wore

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