Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Pinspired: mustard + stripes

Today's look was inspired by this pin {left: Merrick's Art, middle: the daybook, right: me}. I was so focused on the belted cardigan and striped skirt, that I didn't take note of the belt placement and buttoning the bottom buttons of the cardigan, rather than the middle. I also wish my cardigan were brighter, but I can't justify getting a new one... at least not until this one falls apart. I hope this striped skirt never falls apart -- it is one of my favorite skirts! Easily the best $9 I've ever spent at Old Navy! I'm thrilled that the weather is getting warmer so I can wear it without tights. Do you have a striped skirt? Do you love yours as much as I love mine?

Cardigan: The Limited | option
Shirt: (c/o Mom) Eddie Bauer | option
Belt: The Limited | similar
Skirt: Old Navy | save, spend, splurge
Wedges: Dexter via Payless | option

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

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

white, floral, and navy

Did you have a good weekend? I got a mild concussion playing soccer on Saturday which put me out of order until yesterday afternoon. Luckily, I didn't have any serious side effects. Unfortunately, I had to spend my weekend sitting still and doing nothing. 

Today my husband took me to go see Disney's BEARS. You should go see it. Now. Because it's not in theaters much longer. After the movie, we went to a few stores. I popped into J. Crew for a bit, and was surprised to see how much they had on clearance. The racks could barely contain all of the hanging sweaters and shirts. I was really tempted by this top (in vanilla), but when I learned it was final sale, I passed. I just didn't love it enough. And really, I need bottoms, not tops. After some shopping we had a bite to eat and went back home so I could get some work done. All in all, it was a great way to make up for a lousy weekend! 

Top: Old Navy | option, option
Cardigan: (old, c/o Mom) Old Navy
Necklace: The Limited | option
Belt: The Limited | similar
Pants: Apt. 9 via Kohl's | similar
Flats: Steve Madden via DSW

Friday, April 18, 2014

pantone challenge :: freesia

Today is the fifth and final day of Heidi and Marissa's Spring Pantone-Inspired Color Challenge. The color of the day is "freesia". I interpret it as a friendly yellow. It's not in your face. It's perfect for dipping your toes in the yellow water, and it seems to be flattering for any skin tone. Even my fair-skinned friend was wearing this same color today, and it looked great on her.

I recently read an article about how to be the best blogger you can be, and one point of advice was to not publish posts that do not show off your best self. That advice might be better reserved for blogs with thousands of followers. I will publish my outfits, regardless of how much I dislike them. This one is no exception.

Top: The Limited | option
Scarf: The Limited | save, spend
Cardigan: The Limited (gift) | option
Ankle Pants: The Limited | option
Flats: Christian Siriano via Payless | option

literate & stylish

Thursday, April 17, 2014

pantone challenge :: hemlock

Today's color for Heidi and Marissa's Spring Pantone-Inspired Color Challenge is "hemlock". I interpret "hemlock" as a sad mint, as one that lost its pizzazz. Or maybe it's just a more tame, less bold version of mint. Regardless, I feel like out of all the colors in this week's challenge, "hemlock" is one that I actually have in my closet. Truth be told, this top wasn't actually in my closet. It was in a bag, ready to be donated. After wearing it today to run errands, I am thinking I am going to hold on to it, at least for a little longer. Have you ever put something in a donate pile, but ended up keeping it?

Top: The Limited | option
Cardigan: (taken from mom) Charter Club | option
Jeans: The Limited | last worn
Flats: Old Navy | option

literate & stylish

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

pantone challenge :: dazzling blue

This post could also be titled "lost in translation". I wanted to make this pin {via Hello, Gorgeous} my own, since I had the elements to recreate it. I considered adding a blue bubble necklace ("dazzling blue" is today's color for Heidi and Marissa's Pantone-Inspired Color challenge), but the necklace and glitter belt together seemed like too much. I ditched the necklace and let my heels fit the "dazzling blue" bill. It seemed to work... in theory. Something just feels off about this outfit.

But then again, it could just be that I am incomplete without my watch. I could have sworn I put it on this morning, but when I got to my office, I realized it wasn't on my wrist. I have no clue where it is. I'm lost without it. I really hope it turns up. My husband got it for me for Christmas in 2010, and I've worn it nearly every day since. Has your world been turned upside-down from losing something?

Dress: Forever 21 | option 
Cardigan: Merona via Target | option
Belt: Apt. 9 via Kohl's | sim, sim
Heels: J. Crew Factory | option

literate & stylish
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