Wednesday, December 19, 2012

She Bangs

A few weeks ago, I cut my hair to get a side-swept bangs look. Unfortunately, I couldn't figure out how to style them to keep them out of my eyes, so I ended up bobby-pinning them back most of the time. I finally decided to cut my bangs all the way. 

Occasion: Running Errands
Top: The Limited {same} {similiar-ish}
Cardigan: Old Navy
Jeans: The Limited {on sale here}
Booties: Candie's c/o Kohl's
Today's look is brought to you by Lindsay of Lindsay J Everyday. When I saw her pair navy, blush, and hunter green together {here} I knew immediately it was a look I would be replicating. I subbed out blush for something with a little bit more pop.
She was actually the one who inspired me to cut my bangs. The funny thing is that I had bangs all the way up until 8th grade when I wanted to grow them out (because all of the popular girls had grown out their bangs). One time in undergrad I got my bangs cut, but the stylist cut them so ridiculously short, I pinned them back until they grew out again. I think I like them, but I can't decide if it's just because it's a new look, or if it's because I feel like I can hide behind them. What do you think about bangs?

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Challenges in Styling

I have this problem where I buy something and it takes me forever to wear it. Take this vest, for example. My Mom got it for me on Black Friday last year, and this is only my second time wearing it {debut here}. I also got these wedge sneakers a while ago, but am wearing them for only the second time {debut here}.

I really can't explain the reason for the delays, although I'm inclined to say it has something to do with difficulty in styling. Do you have any ideas on how to style the vest and/or wedge sneakers?

Occasion: Errands
Sweater: Champs c/o ? - borrowed from Mom
Vest: Kohl's - gift from Mom
Jeans: Charlotte Russe
Shoes: Candie's c/o Kohl's

Anyway, I'm still not sure exactly how I want to wear this vest, and whether it's best left open or closed. Which way do you prefer? And do you have any ideas on how to style the vest and/or wedge sneakers?

Monday, December 17, 2012

Coral and Grey

I know, I know. I've been MIA for far too long. I apologize. I was so swamped with school-related work last week, and then when I finally reached the finish line, I collapsed. I needed to recharge my batteries before jumping back in to blogging. I hope you can understand :-)

I also haven't been posting because I've only been wearing yoga pants and a tshirt. I finally wore something else today because my husband and I went to see The Hobbit.

Occasion: Movie date
Shirt: American Eagle - old/gift from Mom
Vest: JCPenney {also worn here}

Necklace, Belt, J
eans: The Limited
Boots: Payless
I had planned this outfit weeks ago, after seeing a colleague wear a coral and grey striped sweater. I loved the way the colors looked together, so I decided to build an outfit around that. I've been finding a lot of color inspiration lately, and have been more interested in trying to push the limits of my closet. I hope 2013 will be filled with lots of new creative outfits and only a few new purchases!

Which look do you like more? Vest open or closed? 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Getting More from a Sweater

Have you ever bought a necklace and waited months to wear it? Yeah, me neither. 

Just kidding.

Occasion: Shopping & Studying
Old Navy
Sweater: Old Navy
Necklace: Forever 21
Jeans: Charlotte Russe
Flats: Old Navy
Do you know how I know my style has evolved? In the past, I (would) have worn this sweater by itself. Flash forward to now, and I layer it over a (light) button-up shirt, and add a necklace. Have you noticed your style evolve in any drastic ways recently?

Monday, December 10, 2012

Wrapping it Up

I took an exam this morning, which means that now I have one last term paper and then I am done!!
(For the semester, at least!) The finish line is so close!

Occasion: Taking an exam
Shirt: American Eagle (c/o Husband's wardrobe) - gift
Vest: Sonoma c/o Kohl's - gift
Jeans: The Limited {now on sale here!}
Boots: Steve Madden c/o Nordstrom
- gift {here}
I can't tell you why, but I am on a button-up shirt kick lately. I've exhausted most of mine, so I decided to raid my husband's side of the closet. (And I love the way this shade of blue and green go together, and I have nothing in my closet this shade of blue.) In an effort to avoid falling back on the button-up shirt and cardigan combo, I opted for the vest instead. I haven't featured it on this blog mostly because I don't know how to wear it. How would you style this vest?

[Linking up with Molly

Friday, December 7, 2012

Purple Top and Floral Jeans

Last night, I gave my closet a bit of a makeover.

I've been keeping track of what I wear by turning hangers around (pointing out towards me, rather than pointing towards wall). It didn't help as much as I thought it would, because I kept staring at the same collection day in and day out. 

So, I took a new approach.

I separated all of those clothes that I've already worn this semester from the ones I haven't yet. Rather than seeing all my clothes in rainbow order, now I see the ones I haven't worn on the left side, and the ones I have on the right. It feels so different, it's crazy. 

Today I am featuring one of those tops from the left side of my closet.

Occasion: Meeting with a prof & paper writing
: The Limited - gift from Mom
Necklace: The Limited
Jeans: Loft
Boots: Payless
detail of pants
I should mention that I was really tempted to wear a button up shirt and cardigan today, again, but I refrained. I'll probably be in the library all day tomorrow, though, so I can't make any promises not to :P

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Repeat, Repeat

I guess I have a go-to look for writing term papers. I had another one due today, so I stayed up quite late last night/this morning. Even though I really, really wanted to, I just couldn't bring myself to wear sweatpants (or yoga pants) to school. Since my next term paper isn't due until Wednesday, I'll try to be more creative tomorrow... or at least refrain from wearing another button-up shirt and cardigan.

Occasion: Writing and submitting term paper #2
Old Navy {similar-ish}
Cardigan: Old Navy - gift
Necklace: The Limited
Jeans: Charlotte Russe
Shoes: Coach via Dillard's - gift

[Do excuse the crazy hair-- I was playing with the dogs right before these photos were taken.]

On a side note, I have a problem in the cold weather season. My feet get cold easily, so I don't like wearing flats. However, some days I just don't feel like wearing boots (especially when I have flare jeans on). If I don't want to wear a shoe with a heel, what is left? What do I wear on my feet then? Should I just wear boots under my jeans?

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Out with the New, In with the Old

I have a confession to make. I made a handful of online purchases last month, and the items are sitting on a shelf in my closet. They still have their tags on, just waiting to be worn, but for some reason, I can't bring myself to wear them. I think it's a sign that I was more excited about the find than the clothes themselves. So, after I'm done writing term papers, I'm sending them all back. {Out with the new.}

In the mean time, I'm going to try to learn to work with what I have. It's really a shame that I've had this shirt for nearly a year and have only worn it maybe three times. There are some other items that I haven't worn this semester yet, so I'm going to try to wear those things before the new year. {In the with old.}

Occasion: Writing term paper #2
Shirt: Old Navy {$7 woot woot!}
Cardigan: Loft - gift from Mom
Necklace: The Limited
Jeans: Charlotte Russe
Shoes: Candie's via Kohl's
{here - paid much less}
I am sporting something new today (shoes are a completely different story than clothes, right?)... wedge sneakers! Sorry I was in a rush and didn't take better photos, but I'm a big fan of them. I honestly can't picture myself wearing them with anything fancy, but when I opt for a casual look like this, they are ideal.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Weak Sauce

Yesterday, I forgot to give a shout out to those of you who wished me well for my term paper. Thank you! The paper got done and turned in on time, yay. Unfortunately, I have another one due Thursday, and an exam and another term paper due next week. At the end of every semester, I ask myself why I keep putting myself through this. Then I remember, I only have two full semesters of coursework left, and the dissertation stage will be here before we know it.

I put on a sweater and jeans today because it was going to be a long day, and I thought I wouldn't be able to get a photo in anyway (why waste an awesome outfit when there's no camera available?). When I got home tonight, my husband asked me whether we should try taking my picture with another camera. By some miracle, his worked -- in the loose sense.. the screen stays black and the viewfinder is fogged up. 

Sweater: Gap
Button up shirt: Eddie Bauer
Jeans: Charlotte Russe
Shoes: Coach - gift
Sorry my outfit is such weak sauce today, but at least I have a mildly amusing story for you!

Today I spotted a girl on campus wearing some awesome wedge sneakers. I went up to her, told her I liked them, and asked her where she got them.

"From a website called ASOS."

Silly girl, I know what ASOS is.

Too bad I hadn't thought to wear my wedge sneakers today. I bought a pair on impulse recently from Kohl's, but have yet to wear them. Maybe I'll just bite the bullet and wear them tomorrow... stay tuned! (Hopefully the semi-functional camera will still be able operating tomorrow!)

Monday, December 3, 2012

The Day the Wind Knocked Over My Camera

Have you ever had one those days where things are going well, until they're not? Today is one of those days. 

I had a yummy breakfast, a productive morning, the weather was great, etc... and then when I was taking my outfit pictures, the worst thing that could happen to a blogger happened to me. 

The wind knocked over my tripod. 

Now the lens of my camera is stuck (open). 

I got this camera for Christmas last year, so I've had it for less than a year, but I'm not convinced that Canon will consider it under warranty since it was "dropped". (It's a Canon PowerShot Elph 300 HS for reference). Do you have any experience with Canons? Do you know what the one-year manufacturer's warranty covers?

I should really have learned my lesson by now. This is my second Canon, the third for the family. My old Canon (PowerShot SD780 IS) had a lens error and won't open. My husband had the same model, and his won't take pictures. Canon PowerShots take such nice pictures, but they are doomed from the beginning. 

So, I might not be able to post for a while (and no, I don't have an iPhone).

Occasion: Attending lecture
Tee: The Limited
Cardigan: Old Navy
Necklace: Amazon {here} {other colors only $10!}
Crops: Loft
Flats: Target
In other news, on a whim, I cut my bangs this weekend (see above picture).

Slightly humorous moment of the morning: I was debating between wearing the turquoise bubble necklace, or a pink one (same color as my crops), so I asked my husband for his opinion. When I held up the pink one, he said "wow... that's a lot of pink." I took that as a sign that I should go for turquoise. (I think it was a good decision.)

[Linking up with Molly!]

Thursday, November 29, 2012

A Series of Thanks: Day 12

I am thankful for braces. When I was younger, I had a massive overbite (I could stick my finger between my top teeth and bottom teeth and wiggle it back and forth) plus a huge gap between my front two teeth. From fourth to seventh grade, I had appliances, rubber bands, and braces. (Thankfully no headgear for me!) I've often thought my smile and my teeth are my best feature. I am incredibly thankful that my parents had the opportunity to provide this luxury for me. On days like today when I look like a mess, I can flash a grin and feel content. [Didn't someone once say that a smile is the best accessory?]

I call this my "I have a term paper due in less than 24 hours" look.

Shirt: American Eagle - gift from Mom
Cardigan: American Eagle - gift from Mom
Jeans: Charlotte Russe
Shoes: Old Navy
Smile: c/o braces and my parents
Okay, well it's back to fleshing out in what way expensive taste is a problem for the luck egalitarian, and why the choice/luck distinction is epistemically problematic!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A Series of Thanks: Day 11

I am thankful for pleasant surprises. Amidst all the hustle and bustle, I had a student ask me to write her a letter of recommendation. The first thought that crossed my mind: "Seriously?!" [I am so exhausted and couldn't imagine being able to squeeze that letter in this week.] But of course I accepted, and today, as a token of her appreciation, she gave me the cutest mug ever.

Isn't that so adorable? I love animals, and I get a kick out of stuff like this.

I'm linking up with The Pleated Poppy, Because Shanna Said So, and Rolled up Pretty today!
Here's my outfit of the day:

Occasion: Proctoring an exam
Top, Cardigan, Jeans
: The Limited
Flats: Target
Yeah, that's right, my top is lace and peplum, with a touch of shimmer and shine. I was concerned when I bought it that it was too fancy and formal. I even asked a sales associate how to style it, and she said "Wear it with black pants." Gee. Thanks. (My trouser jeans are dark dark blue, not black, btw). 

Speaking of sales associates being helpful, can I speak my piece? Recently I went to the Gap in search of a particular item I had seen over Black Friday (but decided to pass on). I couldn't find it, so when a sales associate asked if I need help, I began to describe the product.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A Series of Thanks: Day 10

I am thankful for date night. Tuesday nights my husband and I like to go out to eat (usually for Mexican food-- there's nothing like being served chips and salsa immediately after being seated). I'm not sure if you call it a date, because we don't do anything fancy, but we do spend time outside of the house together, eating food, and talking-- without any distractions. It's quite nice, so I'm thankful that we make time for what we call "date night" and that we get to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the week.

Occasion: Attending class
Top: c/o The Limited
Jacket: Shade Clothing {buy here}
Necklace & Jeans: The Limited
: Jennifer Lopez via Kohl's
Boots: Lower
East Side via Payless {buy here}
It was really cold today. I've made the mistake already several time this semester of walking to the bus in flats, and ending up with really cold feet. Without fail, the husband always asks me, "Why don't you just wear real shoes for the walk? If you really want to wear flats, you could just change into them when you get to school." Silly husband. I guess he has a point. {Don't tell him I said that.}

So today I brought my flats along, and changed into them when I got to school. (I just really wanted to wear sparkle cap toe flats instead of boots today.) The room my second class was held in was freezing cold, so I changed back into my boots immediately after class.

Do you ever carry around a spare pair of shoes (or anything else from your closet for that matter)? Is it bizarre to see bare feet this time of year, even if you are indoors?

Monday, November 26, 2012

A Series of Thanks: Day 9

Can we take a minute to discuss the temperature fluctuation? In the past week, we have the temperature get as high as 70 and as low as 30. It's supposed to drop to 17 degrees tonight, but there's no sign of snow in our forecast. Pooh.

In any case, I am thankful for caffeinated beverages. It's my busiest time of year-- not only do I have one term paper due each week for the next three weeks, but I also have students bombarding me with emails asking to meet with me (in hopes that they can get their grades bumped). It's frustrating, but it's nothing that a cup of coffee or glass of pop can't fix. {In emergency situations: Red Bull}

up close shot {detail} of the pants

Occasion: Attending lecture
bray top: Old Navy {buy similar here or here}
Cardigan: Banana Republic - gift c/o Mom
Scarf: The Limited {buy similar here}
Watch: Premier Jewelry - gift c/o Sis-in-law
Pants: Elle via Kohl's {similar}
Booties: Candie's via Kohl's {similar}

I am not sure whether I am unsatisfied with the process I went through putting this outfit together, or the outfit itself. The inner dialogue with myself went something like this...
1. "Let's go with purple pants today."
2. "What to wear on top? Umm.. a button up shirt. Chambray matches with the purple."
3. "It might get cold. Add a cardigan." (This cardigan is great for layering.)
4. "Hmm... This outfit needs something else. I guess I haven't worn a scarf in a while." (Debated between purple scarf and leopard print. Both coordinate in their own way with the pants.)
5. Scarf, check. Add shoes. All tall boots looked weird. Settled on booties.
6. Grabbed white watch because I always wear a watch, and this one was right next to my phone this morning.
7. Pearl earrings to coordinate with white watch.

I still feel like something is missing. What do you think of this outfit?

[Linking up with Glamamom and  Molly!]

Sunday, November 25, 2012

A Series of Thanks: Days 4-8

Sorry to be MIA recently-- but I've been taking advantage of the break to recharge my batteries for the rest of the semester (or so I hope).

Anyway, I said that I would present the Twelve Days of Thanksgiving, and I'll follow through on that. 

(W) Day 4: I'm thankful for my husband.

(R) Day 5: I'm thankful for friends and family.

(F) Day 6: I'm thankful for Google.

(S) Day 7: I'm thankful for Netflix.

(S) Day 8: I'm thankful for my humidifier. 

I'm still not quite ready to deck the halls, but once I've finished my term papers, I'll be singing fa la la la la like no one else. My work load for these next few weeks is unbelievable. Sigh. Be thankful that you're not in my shoes these days.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Sunshine Award


I'm delighted to announced that Tiffany of Style Sidebar has nominated me for a Sunshine Award! You should really go check out her blog. Right now. I mean it. She has such a classy work-ready style, but keeps it spicy with some stellar everyday looks. 

So here are my responses to the questions Tiffany asked: 

1. What is your passion? Ah, good question. I've been trying to figure out the answer to that one myself lately. My go to answer is: Philosophy, fashion, and bears. But really I love animals so much (especially puppies and grizzly bear cubs), and I really enjoy working with children. I'm finally old enough where my college students feel like kids to me. I love having fun, dancing to the beat of my own drum, and just trying to make each day count.

2. What is your favorite time of day? Another toughie. It's a tie between bedtime, dinner, and coming home. My days are so exhausting that I look forward to sleep so, so much. I love food and getting to spend time with the hubby, so dinner time is a favorite. And coming home from school/work is the third favorite because I get to see my dogs, and they are always so happy to see me. Even if I've had a crummy day, I can't stay mad when I am greeted by two wagging tails.

3. What was your favorite part of today? Submitting student paper grades. (It's a real load off the shoulders.)

4. If you could trade places with anyone, who would it be and why? Permanently? No one. For the day? Casey Anderson. He has a pet bear, Brutus. (See what I mean when I say I love bears? I really do.) It'd would also be interesting to trade places with someone in the fashion industry, or a celebrity. Although if I traded places with the latter, I'd immediately donate a great chunk of their money to OxFam, Save the Music, and WWF (World Wildlife Fund).

5. What do you want to do in the future? Make a difference in the world.

6. What are three qualities you look for in a friend. A sense of humor, a good head on the shoulders, and similar core values (honesty, trust, respect, consideration of others).

7. What is your favorite book? I don't really have one, so the book of Proverbs from the Bible. Regardless of religious affiliations, it has some really powerful statements in there, especially about wisdom. I guess my appreciation for it is a direct reflection of my philosophical nature.

8. If your life was made into a movie, what would the title be? Heart. (Or "The Driving Heart")

9. What's your favorite song of all time? All time? I don't know. Most of my adolescence: I Want it That Way by the Backstreet Boys. Past few years: anything by Johannes Linstead.

10. What's your favorite scent? In small doses: Sleeping puppies. In large doses: freshly baked bread.

And now for my nominations... 
There are a few bloggers who have founds ways to establish a connection with me, and for that, they deserve all the sunshine in the world. Since I don't really have that to give, I hope they can settle for the Sunshine Award. So, here's to you: Heather of H&K Style Journey, Lauren of Pretty Pieces, Whitney of PolishedandPink, Larissa of C'est ne que de la chance. I hope you answer these same questions and pass the award on to others :-)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A Series of Thanks: Day 3

"Kate, it's Day 3 of The Twelve Days of Thanksgiving. What are you thankful for today?"

I am thankful for my dogs.

Do you have dogs? Mine bring me so much joy. My husband got Solo (black dog seen below) the day after we had "officially" become boyfriend and girlfriend. We joke that he is the reason we are together-- as taking care of him together brought us closer together. On days that we are testy with one another, we joke that we stay together for the dogs (Nuna is our other dog-- we got her right after Thanksgiving the same year we got Solo). But in all seriousness, my dogs are my babies. [I could talk about them all day, so if you want to know anything about them, feel free to ask!]

Today, the husband came out with the dogs and surprised me while I was taking outfit pictures.

[Sorry that the photos are blurry--
the flash was really intense.]

Occasion: Attending class
Top: Banana Republic - gift from Mom
Cardigan: Target
Crops: Loft - gift from Mom
Flats: Target
Again, I'm seasonally-challenged. Crops in November? Yep. I figure I'll have plenty of time for layers come December January. So I might as well enjoy the weather while I can.

As far as the outfit itself goes, I was going to wear nude heels today, but I just wasn't feeling it. I was feeling like doing a reverse imitation. The last time I wore this outfit, I wore it here, with a red-orange cardigan and a black skirt. One great lesson I learned from J. of J's Everyday Fashion is to repeat color schemes. I decided to rotate the colors, and wear the black on top this time around. Since I don't have a red-orange bottom, I went for the closest I had, which was burgundy (or whatever that color is called).

Do you a favorite way to remix an item of clothing?

Monday, November 19, 2012

A Series of Thanks: Day 2

I introduced The Twelve Days of Thanksgiving yesterday. For the rest of the month, I will be picking out one thing each day that I am thankful for. These are in no particular order, and they do not necessarily reflect the twelve things I am most thankful for. It's just a way to take time - and make time - for gratitude.

I am thankful for The Weather Channel.

Today is November 19th. If it were a typical November day, I'd be dressing in layers. But when I saw that the weather was supposed to be in the high 60s today, I decided to do what anyone would do: Seize the day (or the weather), and thrown on a dress, a cardigan, and a pair of booties. 

So, thank you, Weather Channel. If it weren't for you, I'd look like most of the kids on campus today who were bundled up in their winter coats. (You can always tell on a college campus who looked at the weather forecast that morning and who didn't.)

Occasion: Attending lecture
Dress: Lauren Conrad c/o Kohl's - gift from Mom
Cardigan: Old Navy - old - gift from Mom
Necklace & Belt: The Limited
Booties: Candie's c/o Kohl's
What do you think of wearing a dress and cardigan in November? Is it weird to go bare-legged this late into fall, even if it's warm enough to?  

(After looking at some of the other photographs my husband took for me, I may decided against ever doing this again, because man oh man are my legs pale.)

[Linking up with Molly]

Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Twelve Days of Thanksgiving

[OOTD posts will resume tomorrow.]

I'm going to go on a rant here. I like the Christmas season, I really do. However, I believe that the Christmas season does not begin until the day after Thanksgiving (but if I had my way, it wouldn't begin until December 1st). So, when I go to stores and see the Christmas decorations and hear the Christmas music over the speakers, I get annoyed. Especially when we've got more than one month to go. Sure, Target can put decorations and whatnot in the seasonal section, but that should be it. 

"Kate, why do you get so worked up by all of this?" 

I believe that when the focus is on Christmas, people lose sight of Thanksgiving and the value of the holiday. To me, Thanksgiving isn't just a time for turkey and football. It's a time for family and friends. It's a time to express sincere thankfulness, and to be genuinely gracious. I honestly believe that some holidays (like Thanksgiving and Valentine's Day) should really be celebrated year-round, in the sense that we should think about the things we are thankful for, and be thankful for them, and we should dote on our loved ones year-round. We shouldn't just be negligent the rest of the year and make up for it on that one day.

I believe that when we are surrounded by Christmas decor and are constantly being reminded of Black Friday, consumerism is at its worst. It has trampled over the spirit of the season, and for what? Getting the latest and "greatest" Apple product? Feeling undue stress trying to find that perfect gift for him, and getting the obligatory gift for her?

I believe that you really have to be the change you wish to see in the world. I wish that we would think more about Thanksgiving, and put Christmas aside until December. Thanksgiving isn't just a holiday, it's a state of mind. So, in an effort to practice what I preach, I present you with an original series: the twelve days of Thanksgiving.

I am thankful for freedom of expression.

I am thankful that we live in a country where we can express ourselves in almost any way we want. We can express ourselves through our hobbies, through our words, through our clothes. I am particularly thankful that I have a job that allows me endless opportunity to take advantage of this. I can read a piece of text, and respond with no restrictions. I can criticize a philosopher for grounding his entire argument on intuitions, or I can praise another for taking an innovative approach to what may seem entirely meaningless or arbitrary to those outside of the realm of philosophy. While doing this, I can dress business-casual one day, and punk chic the next. I can don the latest trends, or put together an incredibly eclectic outfit. I am also thankful for the same freedom on my blog, and in the blogging community.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Winter Wishlist

I've finally taken the time to put my wishlist together for this winter. *Subject to change* (of course)

1. Big chunky sweater - no clue where it comes from - if you have any suggestions, throw them my way!
2. Long print cozy cardigan - {LuLu's}
3. Military vest - {Old Navy - no longer available}
4. Black riding boots - {Penny by Sam Edelman @ Nordstrom}
5. Gold spike bracelet - {Aldo}
6. Combat boots - {Troopa by Steve Madden @ Nordstrom}
7. Puff vest - {Old Navy} -not sure what color I'd get
8. Hoodie inset moto jacket - {Forever 21}
9. Camo skinny pants - {Gap}
10. Wedge sneakers - {Candie's c/o Kohl's} - not sure what color I'd get

So half of the items that are on my wishlist I want because I don't have anything like it yet, and because it's so different and so fun (i.e., #5, 6, 8, 9, 10). But obviously I can't (and won't) get everything on my list. What do you think of these items? 

I'd love your opinion on all of these items, but especially #6 & #10 (combat boots and wedge sneakers). Would you wear combat boots and/or wedge sneakers?

What items are on your wishlist this winter?

Friday, November 16, 2012

Floral Work Top: Take Two

When I became a grad student, I also became a teacher. Taking on the task of teaching college students made it apparent how unprofessional my wardrobe really was. Apart from a pair of black pants, a couple of button-up shirts, and some cardigans, my closet was severely lacking what I call "work-ready" clothes. I made do with what I had, but still felt frumpy (poorly fitting clothes can do that to a girl).

I therefore decided to invest in semi-professional (business-casual) attire. Before I knew it, my closet became predominantly "work-ready" clothes. The downside now is that it takes so long to make it through one rotation of my work clothes. Last semester, I taught three days a week, and apart from pants and cardigans, repeated only a couple tops.

I haven't bought any "teaching-only" clothes since.

The last time I wore this top, I wore it with black pants and a black cardigan.
It looked so drab.

{see post here}
See what I mean by drab? Lacking in spirit, to the max. I wanted to make sure that I added some color to the outfit this time around. I actually thought then that the purple belt was the perfect accent.

Isn't it amazing how much different a top can look when it's paired with particular items? I can't believe how different these outfits look, despite that they revolve around the same top. And I can't believe how it just took a colorful skirt and necklace to do the trick. So effortless. Have you ever revitalized an item by pairing it with different items?  

Occasion: Teaching
Top: The Limited
Cardigan: Charlotte Russe
Necklace: Amazon c/o EnyaJewelry - gift {buy here}
Skirt: Target {buy similar here, or here}
Tights & Flats: Target

Linking up with Jenny
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