Last year we had a really mild winter — I think we turned the heat on twice, and I wore a coat maybe three times but didn’t ever really need one. We had planned to go up to the mountains to take the boys sledding and build a snowman, but our surrounding mountains never got enough snow. This year they’ve already had their first snowfall, so we’re excitedly planning a little weekend getaway!

So of course I’m pulling out my duck boots and breaking them in so they’re ready for the snow. They’re the perfect waterproof, cozy, and cute snow boots, especially when I pair them with a super thick and cozy pair of socks, but also work great as a clunky pair of fall boots to take exploring, or just crunch through the leaves. I paired them with plaid and my favorite lightweight jacket for a cool fall afternoon.

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Also, three other things of note, just because it’s Friday:

1. Next week marks the beginning of Merrick’s Guide to the Holidays! The past two years I’ve done my Handmade Holidays, but this year I’m stepping it up with weekly themes that will include party ideas, sewing and DIY projects, gift guides, giveaways, and more, all pertaining to that week’s theme. They will start next week and run all the way through the week of Christmas. I’m so excited about it, and you will not want to miss it, so make sure you check back on Monday when it all launches!

2. I’m participating in a fun holiday campaign with Kathy Davis, all about Creating a Life You Love. I’m such a huge advocate of taking control of your own happiness and making your life special just because you deserve it, and it’s been fun to reflect on a bit of that with this campaign. Follow along on Instagram (@merricksart) so you can catch my next few posts with her!

3. Yesterday I hit 23 weeks with this pregnancy. Although I still feel like I have a ways to go, the weeks are flying by and I can’t believe I’m already this far along. Baby is 11 inches long, and he’s an active baby — especially around Halloween when I was feeding him candy. We also finalized his name last week, which is always a big weight off of our shoulders — now we have four months to say it aloud a million times and make sure it’s right. Does anyone else have to do this with baby names?

Happy Friday!

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  1. Natali says:

    Looking great and stylish in this casual outfit! I like your jacket and boots very much!

  2. Liv says:

    The perfect fall look. Love it!


  3. Paige Cassandra Flamm says:

    I wore an outfit just like this a few days ago and thought to myself, “I feel like Merrick right now” Glad we’re on the same wave length ๐Ÿ˜‰


  4. Kaitlin Rackham says:

    Yay for Merrick’s Guide to the Holidays! I kid you not, I was just thinking, when is Merrick going to start posting holiday gift ideas? The first snow here got me all anxious I guess.

  5. Lena F. says:

    Cute outfit ๐Ÿ™‚ I love your shirt! xxx, Lena

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I may work from home, but I still recognize Casual Friday every week. After a busy week of working and being a mom, Fridays are our designated all-morning-at-the-park day. So I pull out my boyfriend jeans and the comfiest tee I own, and throw a hat on to cover my invariably dirty hair. It’s a perfectly comfy outfit for a morning with my boys, and then is easily dressed up a bit with a pair of strappy heels and some lipgloss for a casual-chic outfit for date night.
I struggled with the hat trend at first, since I thought they looked weird on my head, but once I found a few that fit me well I was totally sold. Sporty chic is so trendy right now, and plus I think every woman should own a hat anyway, just for those bad hair days. I have a J.Crew giftcard burning a hole in my pocket right now so I’m thinking of snagging this one or this one to wear with a summer dress or denim cut-offs all summer long. Will you be wearing baseball caps this summer too??
These are a few of my favorite hats around the web (I mean, that camo one? And the houndstooth? So cute). 

forever 21 top (similar)
dittos jeans, c/o lulu*s
lulu*s heels, c/o (similar)
inpink cuff, c/o (similar
old navy sunglasses (similar



  1. You can't beat a stripy top and jeans as a weekend favourite. And a baseball cap is a great go to when my hair refuses to do what I want.

    X x

  2. Brittney says:

    This is the PERFECT casual look! Pinned it so I can recreate asap!
    Love it! Have a great weekend!

    The Style Storm
    <3, Christina

  3. Kimberly says:

    I have a navy baseball hat like this one that I don't wear nearly enough – love this look!

  4. Nina Piccini says:

    love this look! Definitely a favorite for weekends. SInce I work in an office a cap on a friday isn't an option – but the weekend? oh yes please!
    xo, Nina

  5. First of all, you look fantastic. Second, I totally got in to the baseball cap trend this fall! Both my caps are more cool-weather appropriate though, so I guess I'll have to get a new one for the summer! Oh darn, more shopping!

    ~Sarah of Sarah's Real Life

  6. Stephanie X says:

    Great outfit! Love the top and the jeans.
    xx Stephanie (

  7. Paige Flamm says:

    Loving this look! I think the baseball cap is seriously the perfect touch!


  8. I'm so jealous you're able to wander around outside without a coat on!! Love the look!

  9. Natalia Lynn says:

    Oh I love your shoes & the cuff you're wearing! Adorable outfit!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Are hats a trend?? I've been wearing hats for years, because I'm too lazy to do my hair on the weekends! LOL. Your casual Friday look is so cute with the wedge sandals.


  11. Jamie Gewand says:

    I am in love with this outfit!! I've been wanting to wear hats for the past …ehh…4 years or so…but this is the first summer I won't be babywearing and fighting off little baby fists on my head ๐Ÿ™‚ Definitely going to check out this hat at Target!

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Casual Friday

[boyfriend tee: target, jeans: abercrombie (altered by me), both belts: cozy boutique, earrings: gift from Brit, shoes: steve madden via plato’s closet, watch dkny]

Although I like doing these challenges, it seriously wears me out. I know, what can be so draining about choosing an outfit? I don’t know…I am weak. Good thing my husband dragged me out of the house to meet him for lunch or else I might never have gotten dressed today.

So after a week of outfits, it’s time for a casual Friday. Out comes the boyfriend tee and my insanely comfortable new favorite jeans. I’ll be back in full swing tomorrow, but right now all I want to do is lay on the couch and paint my nails with my new gray nail polish.

Til tomorrow!



  1. Janssen says:

    I am so glad I'm not the only one who finds these draining. Isn't it just CLOTHING?!

    Also, I'm just suddenly realizing, with horror, that I have to do this TOMORROW! on a WEEKEND?!

  2. I love the simplicity of this outfit, but the two belts add a little surprise. It is friday and we deserve to be comfortable, don't we? Phew. One week just about down!!

  3. SO SO gorgeous. How about a makeup tutorial so we can all try to be pretty like you???

    Also. Your paintings.

    There are no words, Merrick. NO WORDS.

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