Friday, October 24, 2014

can't concentrate

I don't have too many pieces in my closet that I got in high school, but this graphic tee is one of those pieces. I've always considered myself a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl, and in high school, I went through a phase where I felt I could get away with wearing jeans and tees all the time if they were fitted tees. 

This tee is too short to wear with jeans present day, but it's perfect for tucking into a skirt! After a conversation with Inge about this tee (admittedly, a long time ago), I decided today was the perfect day to wear this tee. It's a Friday, it's the last day of graphic tee week (co-hosted by Andi and Priya), and it's adorable. What more could you ask for? [Maybe a few more graphic tees...?]

 Tee: (old) Abercrombie & Fitch
Belt: Apt. 9 via Kohl's | option
Skirt: (gift) The Limited | similar, similar
Flats: Christian Siriano via Payless | option

[day 14 of the 21 day buffet: purple ponte skirt]

[Linking up with Andi]

Thursday, October 23, 2014

la la laa

My tee has a singing dinosaur on it. But you might not be able to tell because this awesome jacket is hogging the spotlight. The last time I wore this jacket, I made it fancy. This time I made it casual chic. I have to say that I love how this outfit turned out. And I managed to wear my overly neglected booties. Talk about a win-win.

Tee: Charlotte Russe | also seen here
Jacket: Gianni Bini via Dillard's | similar
Skinny Jeans: The Limited | similar
Booties: Candie's via Kohl's | option

Side note: You may have noticed that I'm trying to find new backgrounds for my outfit posts. You may have also noticed that the quality of the photos has been sub-par. I'm not sure whether it's the lighting or my camera (or both) but bear with me as I figure it all out. 

[linking up for graphic tee week, and here and here and here]

[day 13 of the 21 day buffet: booties]

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

dark horse

I try my hardest to make sure I arrive to class at least five minutes prior to the time it officially begins. During that time, I set up any media I need for the day and look over my notes. While doing so today, one of my students asked me, "Where do you shop? I mean, where do you get your clothes?" Me: "umm... Target, Old Navy, The Limited, mall stores mostly, why?" Student X: "Oh you just always look so put together." It was a really nice compliment to receive. But it made me think. A lot. 

At first I was worried that my students might think I have a closet the size of Cher's from Clueless. Then I thought of why the compliment meant so much to me, and I realized it was because I don't think of myself as always looking put together. I don't create pin-worthy outfits, and my blog doesn't stand out from the rest. But that's relative to the blogosphere. Relative to every other woman in my building, I might be a contender for best dressed.

I think I've let myself gradually disconnect from reality over the past few months, and live in the blogosphere. I roll my eyes at people who can't put their iPhones down for one minute, but am I any better when I spend most all of my free time on my laptop? (No.) So I'm making it a personal goal for the rest of the semester to dedicate myself fully to preparing for my comprehensive exams. So watch out self, because I'm coming at you like a dark horse.

Tee: The Limited | save, spend, go broke
Necklace: Shy Boutique | same
Cardigan: via Target | similar
Skirt: Old Navy | same style
Wedges: via Target | similar

[day 12 of the 21 day buffet: any cardigan, ON striped skirt]

[Linking up with Andi]

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.]
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