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

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

two birds: cypress blazer

I have mixed feelings about the expression "to kill two birds with one stone". Yes, it's a great way of communicating efficiency, but on the other hand, I feel bad for the birds. What does this expression have to do with my post? As I mentioned yesterday, it's blazer week and Pantone week. Today's color is cypress. As soon I saw the color, I thought of my safari jacket. While by name it's a jacket, I'm not really sure that it can't count as a blazer. How would you explain the difference between a jacket and a blazer? 

Jacket: The Limited | similar
Top: The Limited | similar, similar
Jeans: Charlotte Russe - old
Boots: Not Rated via DSW | fun option

I'm linking up with Andi and Danielle for Blazer Week, and with Heidi and Marissa for the Pantone Inspired Color Challenge. Be sure to join in on the fun! 

[also linking up with Laura]

Monday, November 17, 2014

Altuzarra for Target

I'm not one to go crazy over Target designer collaborations. I don't show up the morning of the release, nor do I even bother paying attention to the items until they hit the clearance. In fact, I think the only collab item I have is the Phillip Lim tote - which I got for purely functional reasons, i.e., to carry my stuff for school. I've used it every day for the past year, so it's safe to say I've gotten my money's worth. Anyway, I adored the orchid sweatshirt when I first saw it, but I wasn't going to pay $30 for it. I wasn't going to pay $15 for it either. But $9? $9 I can handle.

I am, however, one to go crazy over challenges and theme weeks. Today kicks off both blazer week (co-hosted by Andi and Danielle) and the fall Pantone inspired color challenge (co-hosted by Heidi and Marissa). I am going to try all week to incorporate a blazer into my outfit and the Pantone color of the day. Today's color is sangria.

Blazer: Forever 21 | nearly identical
Orchid Sweatshirt: Altuzarra x Target | exact
Skirt: Merona via Target | option, option
Tights: via Target | option
Wedges: via Target | option

[Linking up for Let it Shine, Celebrate Southern, Pumps and Push UpsBlazer Week, and Pantone Week]

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