Friday, March 30, 2012

Shades of Blue

I can only imagine... what life would be like if I had actually planned my outfit, rather than just throwing together pieces last minute.

Occasion: Teaching
Everything: The Limited
Wedges: Merona c/o Target

It might be hard to tell in this picture, but the tee has pleats on the top. I had brought my red necklace with me to wear, but it wasn't until I got to campus that I realized I was wearing red, white, and blue, and you know me... I just can't bring myself to wear those colors together 364 days out of the year. I swapped the cardigan three or four times, and the belt three or four times as well. This is what I went with. I'm not entirely stoked, but wearing new shoes made up for it. 

Oh, the in-laws are in town. That means that I could end up wearing something cute tomorrow. 'Could' being the operative word.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Back to Basics

This outfit is probably the most "me" thing I've worn in a while (excluding the jeans and sweater from Sunday). [What is going on with the photo, by the way? I was wearing a colorful flower tank underneath, but it has made the top look grainy?!]

Occasion: Class
Inspiration: Pinterest
Tee, Belt, Bracelets: The Limited
Skirt: Old Navy
Black (elephant) necklace: Forever 21
Blue (flower) necklace: ??? gift??
Flip flops: Simply Vera c/o Kohl's
This skirt has worked out so great for me! I got it recently at Old Navy for $4! The price tag was missing, but there was a price sticker on the size tag. Even though it rung up at $12 something, they gave it to me for the price on the tag! Woot!

Growing up, I used to wear jeans and a tshirt on a daily basis. When I was in 7th grade, one of my "friends" (I use the term loosely; acquaintance/neighbro would be more appropriate) wanted to give me a "makeover". So, we went to the mall, and she tried to pick out clothes for me. This essentially consisted of her dragging me to American Eagle and similar stores, and trying to force me to buy what was on the tables. I appeased her by buying an orange gingham button up. Little would I know how much I regretted buying in three sizes bigger than I needed. [I still have yet to own a gingham button up. I feel so deprived. First world problems much?]

Point being, I obviously ended up expanding my wardrobe, but I couldn't (and still can't) help but fall back on jeans and tshirts, or a good black or white top with a colorful bottom. Lately I've been wondering whether what I am wearing is really my style, or if I'm just wearing someone else's style. Do you have ever have exi-style-ential (existential) crises? 

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Layering with a Dress

detail
 
Shirt, Dress, Belt: The Limited
Cognac flats: Steve Madden c/o DSW
I was really excited about this outfit. I had planned to wear it weeks ago, but was waiting for the right temperature since I didn't want to wear tights with it. I added the belt last minute this morning because there was a crease in the dress (from where it was folded). 

I already can see what this outfit is lacking: a pop of color. Next time I'll add my bright blue bracelets.

Do you have any ideas on how to remix this dress?

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

A Little Bit Country

I threw on this outfit to go get the license plate renewed, and decided to wear it to class, too. When the hubs saw me, he said "You look very Kansan." (Kansan as in a person from Kansas.) I only found it funny because when I was put on the shirt and tucked it in, I felt very Montanan. [What do you call a person from Montana anyway?]

 Shirt: American Eagle - gift
Necklace: Forever 21
Belt: borrowed from Hubs
Jeans: Charlotte Russe
Cognac Flats: Steve Madden
The one thing that I felt was eh about this outfit was the choice of shoes. When I went on my errands, I wore black flats. They seemed to strong for this ensemble. Purple flats were too much of a mis-match and Old Navy flip flops felt lazy. (It's also a really weird feeling wearing flip flops or any open toe shoe when I've barely seen my toes since last summer! -- Constantly wearing socks inside and closed toe shoes outside will do that you!) Maybe if the belt were a lighter shade the cognac flats would work? What do you think? Do you ever create a great outfit from head to ankle, only to realize you can't actually go out in public barefoot? It happens to me all the time.



OH! BY THE WAY!!! Head on over to Em's blog Crazy for Crew to enter a giveaway for a $25 giftcard to J.Crew!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Similar, but Not the Same

Everything: The Limited
Flats: Merona c/o Target
Does this outfit look familiar? That's because it is. I just switched the purple cardigan for red. With that logic, I could make ten more similar - but not the same - outfits.


I said a few days ago that I had come up with lots of great outfits to wear. About that... this outfit wasn't one of them. Grading took longer than expected, so sleep took priority over shaving. Do you have any time-saving shaving tricks?

I have a love-hate relationship with every other Monday, by the way. Check out some of these fabulous finds...

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Purple with a Toe-uch (touch) of Yellow

This marks the most pictures I've ever taken for a blog post. Yay?

Outside look
Jacket & Scarf: The Limited
Jeans: Charlotte Russe
Belt: acquired from friend
Flats: Dana Buchman c/o
Kohl's - gift
Inside look
Occasion: Church
Sweater: The Limited - gift
Cami: The Limited

my braid





Dana Buchman cap toe flats (c/o Kohl's)































Sorry for the messy background! The in-laws are coming this weekend, so give it a couple of days, and everything will be spotless!

Lately it's been a pain putting my hair up in a messy bun because it either keeps falling down, or it's so tight I get a headache. I randomly decided to "braid" it, and I've been wearing it like that since.

As far as the flats go, I love the touch of color. There was yellow in the scarf, which I think brought the outfit together. But, since there's no yellow in my "indoor" look, is the outfit incomplete? Do these shoes look best when there's yellow somewhere in the outfit, or is that entirely optional?

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Semi-Nautical

That sounds like a real word almost, doesn't it? Semi-nautical?

Occasion: Lunch, errands
Top: Old Navy
Crops: The Limited
Belt: Kohl's? - gift
Not pictured: gold flip flops - Simply Vera c/o Kohl's
detail of shoulder
Hooray for the sale section of Old Navy! I got this top for $5.50! It's hard to complain with that.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Shopping in the Kids' Section

I was inspired by Kayley at Sidewalk Ready to go check out Gap Kids today. She found an adorable lace dress, and so I went to see what I could find. Lo and behold, on the sale rack, the only one there, in my size... 
Pleated Pull On Skirt in coral
It's like it was meant to be. And for $12, I really can't complain. I really wanted The Limited's pink pleated skirt from this past winter, but I couldn't bring myself to keep it because it was too long and too pink. The shorter version and the coral color are just so much better for me. So hooray for great finds!

The funny thing is that I used to shop in the kids section years after I was too old to. Now that they also carry XXL, I can't wait to see what else comes out that I can squeeze into! I only wonder what I've missed in the past not only from Gap Kids, but from the kids' section in all other store (Old Navy, Kohl's, Target, etc). Do you shop in the kids' section? How often? Do you only browse, or go with a specific goal in mind?

Monday, March 19, 2012

Shopping Trip

A few of us went to the big city today. One word can be used to summarize the day: disappointment. [I feel like I use that word a lot. I suppose I need to lower my expectations.] I did walk away with a few cute things, and some pretty good deals. I was frustrated as well.
Shirt: Tommy Hilfiger c/o ?? - really old gift
Belt: acquired from a friend
Jeans: Charlotte Russe
Not pictured: black flats, c/o Target

Friday, March 16, 2012

Polka & Pink

I decided last week when I got this skirt that it would be perfect for the Friday before break. Unfortunately, I didn't know what I was going to wear with it until about five minutes before heading out the door. That would explain why it looks so last minute. Oh well. 

Top: The Limited
Skirt: Loft
Tights: Target (?)
Flats: Payless
Top in more detail: click here
Cardigan: Old Navy - old


Bummer moment: I couldn't find my good black cardigan this morning so I had to settle for my really old, oversized one instead. The classroom I teach in is so cold! Remind me to add to my list of Things I Can't Stand: When there is a huge difference between the temperature outside and the temperature inside, winter excluded. I'm fine with it being 70 inside when it's 20 outside. But when it's 80 outside, it shouldn't be 60-some inside! I shouldn't be shivering indoors on days when I'm sweating outside. Am I right, or am I right?

I am a little disappointed with this skirt to be honest. I'm not sure if it has anything to do with the fact that I was wearing tights with it, and tights tend to make things fit less well (in the case of shoes, for one). I tend to wear a 2 in skirts at The Limited, and even then, I couldn't squeeze into a 0. This skirt is from the Loft, and is a size 0. Sitting down, it does a weird flap thing. Standing up, I feel it shifts around. I really wanted this skirt because of how bright pink it was. I didn't realize until actually getting on campus how bright that brightness really was. 

Borderline unprofessional? Maybe.

But who cares?? I'm on Spring Break!! 

I might be MIA this week - I have no plans except to grade lots and lots of essays and to work on three term papers. I do have a shopping date planned for Monday, so I'll at least come back to give you the 411 on that.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Old School Stripes

In an effort to wear clothes I already have more often, I present you with today's outfit...


Top: Forever 21
Belt: came with top
Jeans: The Limited
Purple flats (not pictured:
Old Navy)
Necklace: Forever 21
Obviously I'm in the process of changing some things around, one being where I take my daily picture. Do excuse the inconsistencies until I get things straightened out.

This top makes me only think of how successful my Forever 21 trips used to be. Now they are just a big bottle of disappointment. It probably has something to do with the layout of the store. While shopping there, I've heard other women (girls) complain about the music being louder than any other F21 and the entire store being a mess. I remember back in the day the store used to be organized by color. That's when I fell in love with the store. Then they were organized by style (?). Now, it's a giant cluster-fuck of people putting anything wherever they please. It's not just the customers. I've seen the sales associates do the exact same thing! At that rate, what is it that separates Forever 21 from an over-priced garage sale? Seriously. Am I the only one who has been having bad luck with the store? 

A month ago I almost bought a top, but it had a stain on it. Naturally, I went to try to find another. I spent maybe ten minutes looking for the same top. Seriously. (Note to self: remember where you pick something up in the store just in case you need to go back to it.) Since I really wanted this top, I found a sales associate. She and I went around the store for a few more minutes. She found a whole bunch of tops that looked similar, but weren't the same. (It was a black and white striped sweater. At least 10 other variations in the store.) We finally found it, only to discover there were only mediums and larges left. At least on that rack. I gave up. Although I spent the following week pining over the loss of that sweater, it's days like today, when it's 80 degrees out, that I do not miss it. In fact, this weather is doing nothing more to me than wondering why I bought heavy clothes this winter. 

I hate the jump from winter to summer. Where is spring? Where are the days of 50 degrees? What about the days of 60 degrees? How do we all of a sudden find ourselves jumping from winter jacket and gloves one day to shorts and tee the next? Sigh. The worst part about this is that these marks the start of 6 months of constant feuding with the hubs. He can't stand to have it warm in the apartment, so the air is always on. Which means that I am in sweatpants and often a sweatshirt, too. Which means that I have no clue about the actual temperature outside. Which means that I am inappropriately dressed when I do go outside. These aren't even the arguments I present to him. I just think it's a waste of money to have the luxury of a cold apartment. He says it's not a luxury and that I need to stop complaining. Ah, hypocrisy. [Realistically, I should be used to this. My dad had the air set at 68 during the summer all through my childhood and adolescence. But, I'm not used to it.]

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Hit and Miss, Day 2

HAPPY 101st POST! Yesterday, I reached the big 100. Hard to believe, eh?

Spring Break starts Friday. The hubs is on his spring break this week - and I think I mentally checked out with him. I've been approaching this entire week half-assed... and you know what... I'm okay with that. I feel fantastic and so relaxed. Hopefully I'll get work done next week. If I don't, I'm gonna be hella stressed when I'm trying to write three term papers in one week. 

Anyway, you can see that this half-assed attitude is extending to my outfits, too. (And even my picture taking.)
Everything: The Limited
Not pictured: Leopard flats - Payless
Not like this picture
is really any better...
I was going to belt this cardigan, but since I was running late, I just grabbed my leopard skinny belt on the way out the door, and then I decided to forego it... something about leopard flats and a leopard accessory just seems too much. What do you think? Will you match something in your outfit to your shoes? I think it's one thing if you're wearing a solid-color shoe and want a solid-color accessory (belt, jewelry, whatever), but statement shoes should not have a statement match? Am I just over-thinking things? (I'm a philosopher - these things happen.)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Why I Don't Wear Green

Why don't I wear green? Because I can't pull it off. Any time I've tried, I've failed miserably. This time it's no different. I'm not sure if this is my camera's fault, or mine, (probably both), but this is the first big outfit failure I've had in a while. 
Everything: The Limited

I'm not sure how I arrived at this... ensemble. I started bottom-up: I knew I wanted to wear my denim crops. We had abnormally (?) warm weather today, but since I know it's only going to get hotter from here, I didn't feel the need to break out a dress or a skirt quite yet. I was going to go with a cardigan, but felt perhaps it was too warm for that, so I substituted it with a more breathable version. I was considering one scarf, but thought that the pink lace would go with the green crochet. 


I'm really hoping that the outfit isn't that bad, but that it's just the picture that isn't doing this any justice.


At least I tried, right?


PS: Apparently today is Everybody Everywear: Green.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Fire and Water: Red-Orange & Aqua

Remember how grading essays ruined my excitement for wearing a particular outfit I had planned to wear? Well, I thought today was as good a day as any to wear it. To be honest though, I had my doubts last night, but since I wasn't feeling inspired enough to get out of bed and try to come up with something else, I decided this was Monday's outfit.

Everything: The Limited
Not pictured: Black wedges: Target
Occasion: Teaching
Inspiration: J's Everyday Fashion



Click the link to see the corresponding inspiration photo. Ever since a former co-worker from the Limited told me that dark red and aqua/teal don't go together, I've shuddered every time I've seen it; there's just something about mixing hot fire with cold ice colors that doesn't seem to work for me. However, there is something quite attractive about red and blue together. I figured the way to fix the former problem is simply to tone-down (no pun intended) the red (to an orange-red) and try to warm up the blue. I thought that this worked out quite nicely. And then Jared told me that I didn't match. I reminded him that he was color blind and that these colors do complement one another. 

I am still wondering who is right. What do you think? Would you wear these colors together? (Why/why not?)

On a side note, I didn't plan on wearing this outfit with tights. Last night, weather.com reported the weather would be in the 70s today. I just didn't notice until this morning that it would be 50 when I left for school and wouldn't hit 70 until late afternoon. Oh well. Given the black belt and stripes, it was an easy fix and it worked out quite well.

In other news... The Limited put out a couple of new things... some are super cute. Check out my "If I had an unlimited fashion budget" post below. 

Friday, March 9, 2012

See My Vest

Remember that episode of The Simpsons where Mr. Burns sings "See My Vest" (to the tune of "Be My Guest")? I would have felt like today except for two things:
1) This was a back-up outfit. I had a much more colorful, fun one planned but staying up until 3am grading awful exams killed my motivation to. 

2) I was in a bad mood, i.e., no mood to sing.

Button-up: Banana Republic
Vest & Pants: The Limited
Sorry for the blurriness. You get the point. I am happy to have little things like this vest that I can just add on to a plain outfit (black pants and white button-up). 

Oh, so remember the student on Wednesday who thought I was 30 years old? Yeah. So, today, after class, he asks me to wait, and as I do, I see him pull a magazine out of his backpack. [I should probably mention at this point I was quite angry- I gave my students a few strong words regarding their exams.] I thought he was going to pull out an article about aging or using moisturizer or something that had to do with what he said on Wednesday... but nope. He leafs through the exam, "hold on, hold on, I just have to find it..." and then hands me the magazine, open to a picture of bears. It made me smile. 

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Leopard on Black

I did say a few weeks ago that if you're lacking inspiration but still want to feel fashionable, just add a scarf!


Longsleeve tee: Sonoma c/o Kohl's
Scarf: The Limited
Jeans: Charlotte Russe


Lots and lots of grading and homework to do. Do excuse the lack of enthusiasm this week!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Purple: Perfect for 30?

One of my students and I will sometimes talk after class while we leave the building. Today...
Student: Can I ask you a personal question?
Me: umm... yeah... I can't promise I'll answer, though.
Student: How old are you?
Me: ::laugh:: How old are you?
Student: 27, pushing 28. How old are you?
Me: How old do you think I am?
Student: Well... don't be mad... but 30?
Me: ::silence::

[Since some of you probably don't know me that well, I am 24, going on 25.]

When I tell him I'm 24 he is shocked. I ask what it is that made him think I'm 30, and he says it's because he's never had a teacher younger than him, so he couldn't imagine that I would be younger than him. Then he said, "And you dress like it." WHAT?! "Well, I mean you dress like a teacher... And I've always had really old teachers every year in school". Honestly, I was still pissed and quite offended that he said that. He said that I talk like I'm older because today I was reminiscing about DSL and dial-up internet, and I said that I didn't have my first cell phone until I went to college. I still was so shocked, not only because he thought I was 30 (he should have at least lied and said 28). I've had people guess that I was younger than I was, or within a year or two. But wow. How can you not be offended if someone thinks you're 5-6 years older than you are?!

So, allow me to present to you today's outfit, which clearly screams "I'm 30".

Necklace: Gift
Shirt and skirt: The Limited
(Sorry that I didn't get a full length shot, but you can sorta see that it is knee-length.)

When I told this story to one my colleagues (my new go-to shopping buddy) she could not believe it. She said I should have slapped him across the face, and that he must be an idiot because I'm the most fashionable person in the department. That made me feel slightly better. But now I'm worried that if someone who is older than me thinks I'm 30... there has to be something about my appearance that gives someone reason to believe that. That, or I'll just tell myself that it's because I'm so confident and intelligent that there's no way I can be fresh (3 years) out of college.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Surfin' Safari?

Yep. It's that time of the year. When the work piles up, and the stress comes full force. I'm trying hard not to let it get to me - I even went for a run this afternoon. You can tell by my outfit today that I wasn't really going for any particular look... other than clothed.


Everything: the Limited


Looking at this outfit now, I can say that I went for an army brat look? The jacket is technically a "safari jacket" but it makes me think of the army. I don't know why. Probably the color? I apologize for the inaccuracy of this photo- I just wanted to take it, get changed, go run, and get on with my work for the night. (I still have 15 essays to grade - I've decided that my students can wait until Friday to get them so I can get sleep and hopefully be productive tomorrow.) Really, the white of the sleeves wasn't showing, I pulled the shirt down, but too far down, so the difference between the jacket and shirt length looks a lot bigger than it actually was, and I retied the scarf right before I snapped the pic. I'll try to get a detail shot one of these days.


I'm frustrated with the weather. It's decided to skip spring, go straight into early summer, but keep things mild with really intense wind. I've never heard of a "wind advisory" before moving here. Weather.com said "severe winds may cause power outages". That was really bizarre for me.

The other bizarre moment of the day that I have to share real quick was when one of my (male) colleagues commented on "how high" my belt was. I had to stop to think how to answer that question, and when I turned to a (female) colleague she just said, "It's not high." Not helpful, but it lead to an awkward conversation about belts vs buckles vs ties on jackets. This marks the first time in a long time my outfit has been a conversation started (besides with my go-to colleague for fashion... with whom I may just go shopping this weekend!!). 

Monday, March 5, 2012

Green for Spring and Re-Creation

I'm ready for spring to decide to stay. Until then, I'm finding joy in a particular recent purchase (the necklace shown below). I spent $7 on it at Forever 21, and so far, I love it lots. The best part of all is that it matches wonderfully with my belt (although it doesn't appear that way in the photo - they really are nearly the same shade). I'm also excited about this cardigan because I am severely lacking in green and this isn't just green, this is a "yay for spring!" green. Remember when Jared and I made a deal that if he got to buy a video game, I would be able to buy a cardigan? Well, this is that cardigan. I think it was worth the hubby getting a video game.  

The picture on the left shows what I actually wore, the picture on the right shows what I considered wearing. Tell me, (I actually want to know) which do you like more? Does it depend on the occasion?

Cardigan & Belt: The Limited
Shirt: Express
Necklace: Forever 21
Pants: Apt. 9 c/o Kohl's
I could have also untucked the purple shirt..
But which version do you prefer?
























About this outfit: I planned this outfit a week ago or so, but finally wore it today. It took so long to wear because I couldn't decide whether to pair it with medium grey pants or black pants, and then finally it dawned upon me: wear dark grey-ish pants (they're really more so black with white stitching). I just couldn't reach a decision as to whether I should wear the belt through the belt loops or around my waistline.  I went with the former because I liked the idea of having the red to frame the outfit.

Also, this outfit was inspired by a previous outfit I put together, which was inspired by a look blogger J. put together.
J's look
my attempt














I still think J's first outfit rocks so much harder than the one I put together today, but I like the idea of being able to alter one color in an outfit to make it work. I ditched the yellow for green, and voila. Instant spring. I personally think my outfit today works because of the contrast. However, I read recently that you should avoid mixing muted and bright colors. The problem with that claim is it assumes the reader understand what a muted color is as opposed to a bright color. I'm guessing that crusty mustard (as seen in my photo above) is muted, while the pastel green (way above) is bright? But would the purple (in the way above) be considered bright? Would the coral be considered muted? Ahhh how in the world are you supposed to figure this out?!?! And what do you think people who pay no attention to these sorts of things think about when they see an outfit like this?

Friday, March 2, 2012

Red, White, and Brown

 TGIF.
Necklace: Forever 21
Everything else: The Limited
Not pictured: Cognac Steve Madden flats
I actually had a much different outfit planned for today, but decided that I didn't feel like wearing a skirt since it was supposed to be cold and rainy during the early afternoon. That, and I was kindly reminded by the nice weather yesterday that there is going to be a heck of a lot of warm weather down the road... plenty of opportunity to wear skirts then. So, when I looked at my pants, I narrowed it down quite quickly when I eliminated black pants and my quasi-navy pants that desperately need to be hemmed. These were pretty much what I was left with (they're brown, if you can't tell). Yesterday I told myself that I would wear stuff I haven't worn in a long time, and try to keep some variety in there. I knew I hadn't only worn this cardigan with its matching cami a couple times, and I had actually considered wearing this cardigan on Wednesday but decided it was too bright and I wasn't in that type of mood. I was going to go with the same necklace I wore yesterday but reminded myself of that magic word 'variety' and immediately thought of this necklace with this belt to match. Voila.

Yes, I did wear this belt and necklace in a different way here, but I think I pulled it off much better this time. It's gotta be because framing the necklace with an open cardigan just doesn't work.

Don't be surprised if you see a similar outfit down the road - I might just replace the brown pants with blue. Or a cobalt skirt. Who knows?


Did you enjoy my rant from Wednesday? Here's another one, this time on Glee.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Two Debuts: Navy & Necklace

 
Top & Necklace: The Limited
Jeans: Charlotte Russe
It's been a long week. One more day. These are two of the new pieces I got when I went to the mall two weekends ago. I really like the navy top. I am pleased with that purchase. I am undecided on the necklace. It doesn't sit quite right. Maybe I just have to fiddle with it? Or maybe I just have to be in a better mood?

And that's all I have to say about that.
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