Monday, September 15, 2014

the magical stack

Next to my closet I have a stack of clothes needing to be put back in the closet. I'm sure that stack says a great deal about my messy habits, but it's also a magical stack. It's magical because it creates outfits for me. As I was putting some other things from that stack away this weekend, I noticed this sweater, skirt, and belt, one on top of the other. Hello, Monday's outfit. It's just too bad that I can't use this trick for tomorrow's outfit... unless I want to wear three bras, a kids' Notre Dame (replica) football jersey, and a plastic bag.

Sweater: J. Crew Factory | same style, similar color
Skirt: Old Navy | save, spendsplurge
Belt: The Limited | option
Flats: via Target | exact

[Linking up with Laura]

Saturday, September 13, 2014

fancy jacket, fancy shoes

In case the title of this post didn't give it away, this outfit made me feel fancy. I bought this jacket back in May, even though it was too hot to wear it at the time, and I knew that I wouldn't be able to wear it until fall. (Tell me I'm not the only one who buys things out of season?) Well, fall came early, so I put on my fancy jacket, some black pants, and my new fancy shoes. 

I had seen these heels at Kohl's a few weeks ago, but was not willing to spend $60 on them. Then Kohl's just had to send me a $10 off $25 coupon in the mail, and put the shoes on super sale the same week. Take an additional 15% off that total, throw in some unused store credit, and I walked away with these heels for $4.78. Ironically enough, I felt like a million bucks today. 

Jacket: Gianni Bini via Dillard's | similarlove this option
Top: The Limited | last worn
Necklace: Forever 21 | fancy option
Pants: (old, c/o Mom) Daisy Fuentes via Kohl's
Heels: Apt. 9 via Kohl's | exact

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Pinspired: military vest + stripes

I've had this outfit pinned for such a long time, but I didn't think that my light blue striped top was the right top for the look. Flash forward (or backward?) to this summer when I visited my parents. My mom asked me if I wanted a striped top because it no longer fit her. Um, yes, yes I do want it. (Thanks, Mom!) So when the weather unexpectedly dropped twenty-three degrees overnight, this outfit came to be. Am I allowed to say that I really like how this turned out? Because I do. I also discovered today that I like fried jalapeno slices. And now I'm in the mood for jalapeno poppers. Danggit. 

Vest: Old Navy | spend, splurge
Top: (c/o Mom) Ralph Lauren | option
Necklace: (c/o Mom) via Kohl's | option
Belt: (c/o Mom) via Kohl's | option
Pants: Apt. 9 via Kohl's | similar
Flats: Old Navy | option

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

an a-line affair

I have absolutely no desire to wear pencil skirts these days. And why should I? A-line skirts are pretty much the best thing ever, at least for my body type. I'm one of those people who eats a brownie and it shows the next day. And by "shows", I mean, "causes thighs to expand 3 inches". Yet I'm surprised devastated when I go to put on a pencil skirt and I feel like I'm cramming a croissant sandwich into a sandwich size zip-lock bag (which, for the record, takes two people to do). I'm honestly over feeling like crap for not being able to fit into my clothes. So while I'm not "consciously uncoupling" from pencil skirts, I am allowing myself to wear my a-lines as much as I want without feeling bad. Is there a style or cut of clothing that you have been loving lately?


red blouse: J. Crew | very similar
black long-sleeve tee: SO via Kohl's | similar
elephant necklace: Forever 21 | option, option
striped skirt: The Limited | option, love this one
black flats: Mossimo via Target | exact

[Linking up with The Pleated Poppy, Happiness at Mid Life, Vodka Infused Lemonade, and Mix & Match Fashion]  

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

the overwhelming scarf

This dress just won't stop working for me. If I didn't already have this dress, I'd run out and get this one today. Okay, maybe not today, but I really do think highly of my fit and flare dress from Old Navy. My scarf, on the other hand, is a different story. I loved it when I got it, but now every time I put it on, I feel like it's trying to eat me up. Do you ever feel this way about your scarves? If so, do you have any tricks to make your scarf seem less overwhelming? 

Dress: Old Navy | almost identical
Shirt: The Limited | option
Scarf: Gap | option, option
Belt: The Limited | similar
Flats: via Target | exact

[Linking up with Laura]
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