Tuesday, October 21, 2014

graphic tees + wild things

Over the weekend, I planned to wear this outfit for day 2 of graphic tee week (co-hosted by Andi and Priya). What I didn't plan, however, was to play hooky today and go to the zoo. Remember that baby bear I got to see this summer? Well, since then, she grew up a little, and she got a new friend, too! They're so adorable. I could have watched them all day long. [I love bears.]

Button up shirt: Old Navy | option
Graphic Tee: via Target | similar
Pants: LOFT | option, option
Flats: via Target | exact

On an unrelated note, I've decided that I am going to return the black gingham shirt. There's nothing unique about it, so if I decide in the future that I actually do want one, I'm confident I'll be able to find one. I'm going to make the most out of this shirt. I actually felt really comfortable in this outfit today, and could imagine wearing this outfit again (although replacing the tee for a solid top). 

Monday, October 20, 2014

graphic tee love

When Andi announced that this month's week-long theme was graphic tees, I jumped with joy. I love graphic tees, and all tees for that matter. I knew which tee I'd roll out first: my love tee. [added bonus that it's one of the items from my 21 day buffet]. I had planned to wear it with black pants, but when the weather forecast revealed that the high would hit above 70, I decided on a skirt. But not just any skirt. My new floral skirt.

I was in Target on Saturday getting coffee with a friend. She wanted to check out the clearance racks, so I followed along. As I perused beside her, I found this skirt. It didn't have a clearance sticker on it, so I went to the price check scanner, and it showed it wasn't on sale. Boo. I decided to walk around with it anyway. As I did, a bunch of outfit possibilities popped into my mind. Since that rarely ever happens, I took it as a sign that the skirt should go home with me. Finding a 25% off coupon on Cartwheel solidified the decision.

This is also probably the most I've ever pattern mixed before. What do you think? Does this work, or is the skirt best meant for solids? If so, what color should I pair this skirt with next?

Tee: J. Crew Factory | cute alternative
Cardigan: (c/o Mom) Banana Republic | option
Skirt: Xhilaration via Target | exact
Flats: J. Lo via Kohl's | similar, similar

[day 11 of the 21 day buffet: love tee, any cardigan]

[Linking up with Andi and Priya for Graphic Tee Week, with Laura for Confident Tuesday, and with Molly for Let it Shine.]

Saturday, October 18, 2014

black dress, blue scarf

Last weekend, I went shopping, hoping to score some great deals and to try to knock off some things from my wishlist. It was an unsuccessful trip, to put it simply. I bought this hat because it was $5 and I had store credit. While I don't see myself ever wearing it to school, it's perfect for those days I prefer to go incognito. When I got home, I perused the online sales and ordered a lot of stuff. Most of the orders have come in by now, and there's one word to sum it all up: disappointing. 

These sweaters from J. Crew Factory are not long-sleeve as they claim to be. Apparently 'bohemian red' is a fancy way of saying 'neon salmon', because this vest was not an adequate replacement for the berry one I really want(ed). I was so excited for this tee, but it fits nothing like my other collector tee. Also, these jeans from Gap are going back because there is too much room below the crotch (a problem I have never experienced before). I tried this cardigan on in store, and was so excited to see it on super sale. But when it arrived, it was huge. Comically huge. 

I guess the moral of the story is that I'm probably going to end up spending the next six months in skirts and dresses. And that I should probably just learn to make my closet work. That's what I tried to do with this outfit. I found this gingham shirt last month at The Limited, but I just don't think I can bring myself to keep it when it's so similar to the one I'm wearing below. Have you bought something similar to something else you already own? How did you justify the purchase? 

Shirt: Old Navy | option
Dress: Old Navy | very similar
Scarf: J. Crew Factory | same style, same color
Wedges: via Payless | option

[day 10 of the 21 day buffet: Old Navy dress]

[Linking up with Style Elixir, The Modern Austen, and Penniless Socialite]

Friday, October 17, 2014

pink pants!

I don't know about you, but I have a really hard time dressing in typical fall attire when it's 75 degrees outside. I grabbed my pink pants for Third Thursday Threads, my popover for day 9 of the 21 day buffet, and a bright necklace. I know I just questioned the expiration date of bubble necklaces yesterday, and while I'm still not sure about them for the blogosphere, I'm quite comfortable wearing them to office hours. Do you still wear your bubble necklace? Or have you gotten rid of yours already?

Popover: (c/o Mom) J. Crew Factory | exact
Necklace: via Amazon | same
Pants: LOFT | option, option
Flats: J.Lo via Kohl's | similar, similar

Thursday, October 16, 2014

love for snow leopard

I love leopard print as much as the next girl, but sometimes I think snow leopard print doesn't get the love it deserves. So when I first saw Audrey wear this outfit, I knew I would be recreating it, and that my snow leopard top would be the star of the show. I opted for some bling instead of a belt, mostly because I've been neglecting this necklace for too long. (I thought about a bold bubble necklace, but I'm not sure how I feel about those these days. Outdated? Irrelevant? Meh?)

Eye on Conservation: There are an estimated 250,000 leopards in the wild. 6,500 of these are snow leopards. And 35 of these are Amur Leopards. Thirty-five. To put that in perspective, I have more students this semester than the earth has Amur Leopards.{source}

[day 8 of the 21 day buffet: white jeans]

Blazer: Forever 21 | similar, similar
Top: Old Navy | tank optionshirt option
Necklace: J. Crew Factory | exact
Jeans: Apt. 9 (Kohl's) | last seen here
Flats: Mossimo via Target | exact

[Linking up with Simply Just Lovely and Happiness at Mid-Life]

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