Monday, November 24, 2014

with a little help

Sometimes I know that I want to wear one particular piece, but then I don't know where to go from there. I knew I wanted to wear my blue dress but didn't know whether to wear a shirt under it or a cardigan over it (or both?!). So I recruited my husband to help me. He picked out the blazer (which I immediately approved of, since I had considered this combination some time ago). Then I asked him the harder question: scarf or necklace? "I know how much you love your scarves, so .... [looks through my scarves]... this one." 

I'm incredibly content with how this turned out. Maybe I should call on him more often.

Dress: J. Crew Factory | very similaroption
Blazer: via Target | similar, option
Scarf: The Limited | option
Tights: via Target
Wedges: via Target | option
[Linking up here]

Saturday, November 22, 2014


All week long, I've been challenging myself to participate in both blazer week (co-hosted by Andi and Danielle) and the Pantone inspired color challenge (co-hosted by Marissa and Heidi). For the last look of the week, I've thrown one more challenge upon myself: a Pinspired look. I've been meaning to do one for some time, and after I saw Danielle wear her tan blazer, I thought to myself, "I really should quit neglecting my tan/oatmeal blazer." And so I did. And I managed to incorporate cognac into the outfit (cognac wedges) to make a three-in-one. Or three-for-one.

And yes, I also caved in and got the highly coveted over-sized scarf from Target. It was just staring at me, and Cartwheel had a 15% off coupon for winter accessories. In my defense, I really wanted this one, but it sold out before there was a deal on shipping. Have you jumped on the oversized scarf bandwagon? 

Blazer: The Limited | option
Top (c/o Mom): Ralph Lauren | option
Scarf: via Target | exact
Pants: The Limited | option
Wedges: via Payless | option

[Linking up with Molly and Laura]

Friday, November 21, 2014

what to wear: black friday shopping

You won't find me standing in line for a flat screen TV on Black Friday Eve. You won't find me bumping elbows with women in the mall, fighting over a sweater or a pair of boots. You may however find me rifling through the bargain bins at Wal-Mart hunting for my favorite DVDs on Black Friday morning. There are few things better than going home with a handful of DVDs for less than $10. It's my thing.

It's also my thing to be prepared for any situation, and that includes dressing for the occasion. This holiday season, Misty from Balancing a Hectic World and I are teaming up for a four post series featuring different looks for different holiday events.

We're kicking off the series with our Black Friday looks. Be sure to stop by Misty's blog, and check out what she's wearing for Black Friday!

I get that not everyone shops on Black Friday. This year, my husband and I will be spending the day with his parents. If you're spending the day with family, you might want to opt for something slightly nicer. If that's the case, here's what I'd wear:

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

But for those of you who are planning on bumping elbows with others and hunting for the best deals, I'd opt for something slightly more relaxed.

Sweater: Old Navy | option
Vest: Old Navy | nearly identical
Pashmina (gift) | very similar
Jeans: LOFT | exact
Sneakers: via Target | exact

How to dress for Black Friday shopping:
- Wear something bright. Inevitably you will get separated from your group. Make it easy to find one another without having to resort to using your phones.
- Comfy shoes! If you're planning on trying on shoes, skip anything with zips and laces and just go for slip ons. (Obviously I recommend these slip on sneakers.)
- Manueverability is key. No need for a giant purse today. On days like this, I prefer a wristlet like this.
- Leave your coat in your car. With all the extra bodies in the stores, you won't get cold. A quilted vest can provide extra warmth just in case you're worried.

What will you be wearing on Black Friday? Are you spending time with family or will you be shopping? Or both?! 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

mauve mist

I hate to be one of those girls that complains about the weather, but it's cramping my style. I'm too much of a wimp to brave freezing temps to take outfit photos outside. It's just one more reason the weather needs to remember what fall feels like. (Other reasons include that I haven't gotten a chance to wear my ankle pants enough, I don't want to wear boots for the next four months, and the cold is so cold.)

Anyway, today marks day 4 of the Pantone inspired color challenge and blazer week. [Linking up here and here, respectively.] Mauve mist is the color of the day, which pretty much comes off as sad pastel purple. By sad I mean dull, muted, ... I guess the there's no positive way to spin 'sad'. I have a lot of purple in my closet, but the cold pushed me to my mauvey misty scarf.

I was planning on wearing my black blazer for blazer week. I only got through going over the agenda for class that day before overheating and needing to take off the blazer. 

Blouse: The Limited | option
Scarf (c/o grandparents) | option
Skirt (c/o in-laws): The Limited | option
Belt (c/o in-laws): The Limited | option
Wedges: via Target | option

[also linking up here]

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

day 3 fail

It's day 3 of both blazer week and the Pantone inspired color challenge, and I'm already slacking. When I took these pictures, I left my blazer inside and by the time I realized it, I was too lazy to go back outside to take more pictures. Also, I didn't feel like wearing my cobalt cardigan or scarf so I left the royal blue to my necklace. 

While I may be slacking a lot when it comes to my blog, I'm making a lot of progress with my research! Hooray! Have you been slacking on anything lately? Or making progress with any projects?

Sweater: Loft* | exact
*60% off with code FLASH
Chambray: Old Navy | option
Necklace: J. Crew Factory | option
Pants: The Limited | exact
Boots: via Payless | option

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