Friday, August 29, 2014

remixing a dress

To remix a dress, you do not need to go so far as to wear a skirt over it and pretend it's a top, or throw a top on over and make the dress look like a skirt. I'm not knocking these methods- they just don't work for me. And since they don't work for me, I'm going to go out on a limb and assume these methods don't work for others, either. So how can you wear the same dress without making it look like you're an outfit repeater? It's all about the accessories, baby. I guarantee you that if Lizzie McGuire had a touch of ice under her cap and gown, the only thing Kate Sanders would have been calling Lizzie out for would have been her mad bling.

But seriously. When it's too hot to make an old dress look new by wearing a cardigan or blazer, don't forget: a little bit of jewelry goes a long way.

(And don't forget that a bun always looks better in person than it does in photos. Or at least I'd like to believe that is true.)

Striped Ponte Dress: The Limited | option
Necklace: via Amazon | nearly identical - under $10!
Ona Scrunch Flats: via Target | exact

[Linking up with Bri for Third Thursday Threads: LBD]

Thursday, August 28, 2014

maxi skirts are my leggings

Unless I'm wearing a shirt long enough to cover my bum, I won't wear leggings out in public. Call me pretentious, I just won't. I will, however, wear maxi skirts. And I'll feel just as good as better than if I were wearing leggings. Although today I wasn't feeling as good as I could have-- I caught some sort of bug this week and it's only been getting worse as the week has gone on. Hopefully I'll be able to kick it this weekend. I would love that. (ha ha)

Tee: J. Crew Factory | option - under $10!
Hippo Necklace: Forever 21 | exact
Glitter Belt: Apt. 9 via Kohl's | similar
Maxi Skirt: H&M | similar, similar
Sandals: Mix No. 6 via DSW

[Linking up with Lauren]

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

this dress. that necklace.

Does planning an entire week's outfits ahead of time make me a nerd? I knew weeks ago that I would end up wearing my blue ponte dress sometime during the first week of school. I decided to pair it with my new necklace, as I couldn't wait any longer to wear it. I'm pretty enamored with it, which is a great feeling to have about a new piece. Have you felt this way about anything you've purchased recently? If so, what piece triggered that feeling?

(I forgot to get a close-up shot of the necklace, but you can see it here.)

Necklace: J. Crew Factory | exact
Dress: J. Crew Factory | option, with sleeves
Heels: Comfort Plus via Payless | exact

[Linking up with The Pleated Poppy, The Modern Austen, and Mix and Match Fashion]

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

August Budget

1. Golden Goddess Necklace via Groopdealz: $13
2. J. Crew Factory brass and crystals pendant necklace: originally $55, on promotion $19
3. Forever 21 safari stud set: $2.50
4. Forever 21 hippo pendant necklace: $2.50
5. Forever 21 cutout elephant necklace: $2.50
6. Birkenstock Arizona Flat Sandals via DSW: $90 - $90 store credit = $0
7. J. Crew Factory love collector tee: originally $37, on promotion $15
8. Forever 21 green pendant necklace: $6
9. [not pictured] chevron necklace from random restaurant gift shop: $11

= $161.50 - $90 DSW store credit = $71.50

Ridiculous, I know. Forever 21 was offering free shipping with a $21 purchase, and I found a coupon code for an additional 15% off, so obviously I gave in and bought a bunch of cheap jewelry. I've been looking for a few simpler gold pieces, and these ended up working nicely. I am cutting myself off of new jewelry until the end of the year. Well, unless this necklace makes its way to the clearance rack. (I know it's ridiculous, but I not-so-secretly like it.)

In July, I mentioned I had my eye on a pair of Birkenstocks, since my feet were aching from Target sandals. I ordered both the Arizonas and the Mayaris, but settled on the Arizonas. I liked the look of the Mayaris, but the thinner strips seemed like they wouldn't hold up as well over time. Plus, the Arizonas just felt more like me. I've worn them so much over the past couple weeks (including the zoo and the pier) that I am very happy with my purchase. (And having store credit to pay for them made me even happier.)

I ordered the tee on a whim to qualify for free shipping. It was love at first sight (ha ha). It fit perfectly, and then I wore it to the zoo. And to see my parents. And to walk around downtown with my husband's family. I recently spoke to buying and wearing things that are more "me". I'm a jeans and t-shirt girl at heart, and I'm trying to find a way to translate this into my daily outfits.

As for things I purchased that didn't work out... 
- The Forever 21 online order was initiated because of this top. I don't know what to say. I just didn't love it when it arrived. So back it went (or goes, as it's still sitting on my desk).
- After such great luck with my blue ponte dress from J. Crew Factory, I ordered this ponte dress, hoping for repeat success. It fit terribly. It was too tight on the arms, too small across the shoulders and back, etc. I didn't really like the feel of it either, so I wasn't motivated to exchange it for a larger size.

Already planning next month's budget...
- I have my eye on a few things, including three pieces from The Limited (this top, this shirt, and this blouse). I also really like this blouse from J. Crew Factory which is similar to the blouse from The Limited, so I'll have to see which I like more (and which fits better).
- I'd like to add another vest to my collection for this fall. I love this one -- it just needs to go on sale!
- Jeans. I need a decent, adult-looking, well-fitting pair. I'm ready to splurge, which leaves little wiggle room for anything else. But that doesn't mean I'm not still interested in other things... 
- Heels. I may put a $10 coupon towards these. I also have a $10 coupon which may go towards these. I also feel like zebra print heels (like these, but an inch shorter) may be in my future.
- But absolutely no scarves and no jewelry (if I can help it).

[Linking up with Fran for Budgeting Bloggers]

Monday, August 25, 2014

Back to School

It's been so long since I've dressed up for work, I almost forgot how to! But luckily I teach afternoon classes this semester, so I had the morning to figure things out. The only thing I haven't figured out yet is how to dress for triple digit heat. I opted for an a-line skirt for air flow comfort, and a top I knew I could count on.  (As I put this post together, I found that I also wore it during the first week of school last year.) Luckily the a/c was on in the classroom I teach in, so I was comfortable. At least until I set foot outside. Then I started dripping sweat like I was wearing a sweater in a sauna. I wanted to get inside as quickly as possible, so I snapped a few photos of my outfit and called it a day. A terribly hot day.

Lace Top: The Limited | similar, similar
Necklace: Forever 21 | option, option, option
Skirt: The Limited | option, similar
Flats: J. Lo via Kohl's | similar, similar

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