Monday, September 30, 2013

grey and cobalt

Is it just me or is it hard dressing for fall when it's 70+ degrees outside? While I was considering wearing this skirt and shirt with a white top, I thought I should make the outfit more fall-y by opting for this grey top instead. I think I should have just stuck with what I wanted to wear, even if it was more of a spring look. (I should also probably not take outfit photos immediately after running errands.) Are you compelled to dress for the season? If so, how do you achieve a fall look in hot weather?

Occasion: Teaching
Top: Banana Republic - gift {last worn}
Scarf: The Limited {option, option}
Skirt: The Limited {similar, similar, similar}
Wedges: Merona via Target {option, option}

Friday, September 27, 2013

Work Clothes, I Suppose

Today I am guest posting at Work Clothes, I Suppose to talk about getting more (or the most) from your work clothes. Check it out!

My favorite kinds of work clothes are the ones that I want to reach for in the morning, despite having another outfit laid out from the night before. This morning, I looked at my planned outfit, and immediately reached for this top and these pants instead. It's been a long week. TGIF.

Occasion: Teaching
Top: LOFT {option, option, option}
Pants: The Limited {similar}
Ona Scrunch Flats: Mossimo via Target

Thursday, September 26, 2013

bears make me happy

They say money can't buy happiness. They clearly don't have a bear dress.

My favoritest piece of clothing ever arrived in the mail yesterday. Seriously, though. I don't think I've ever felt this kind of happiness for an article of clothing. I put it on as soon as I took it out of the package, and wore it for the next few hours, until my husband said to me, "Is this going to be like a costume for a little kid, where you never take it off? Because you can't wear it all the time." I just looked at him and smiled. What else are you supposed to do when your favorite thing in the world is on your favorite type of clothing? 

What's your favorite thing in the world? Would you wear an article of clothing that had your favorite thing on it?

Occasion: Attending class, meeting w/advisor
Zola Shift Dress: Anthropologie
Sandals: via Target {same style}

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Pinspired: green + gold

I have started packing away my summer clothes, but there are some things I just can't bring myself to put in the storage tub. Putting away shorts? Easy. Putting away dresses? Not so much. So what's a girl to do other than wear dresses as much as possible? 

I've had this image (created by Ginny) pinned for quite some time, but I somehow forgot about it until I was putting my summer dresses away. I was thinking about whether I would be likely to wear this dress this fall, which got me to thinking about ways to style this dress for fall, which reminded me of the pin. Voila! Outfit!

Dress: Old Navy {option, optionshirtdress option}
Cardigan: The Limited {similar, similar, similar}
Belt: came with Target dress
Wedges: via Payless {similar}

[Linking up with The Pleated Poppy and Heather]

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Pinspired: blues + chevron

With colder weather on the horizon, I want to bare my legs as much as possible before it's officially pants and skirt/tights season. I have been intending to wear this skirt for some time because I feel like I don't wear it as often as I should. This pin (via Sidewalk Ready) came to mind, and thus became my outfit of the day.  

While I'm still not exactly sure how I would describe my style, I think that this outfit is an example of my style, or at least what I like to wear (are those two different things?). How do you describe your style? 

Chambray: Old Navy {similar, polka option}
*Save 30% w/code THANKYOU
Cardigan: The Limited {save, spend, splurge}
Skirt: Xhilaration via Target {option, dress option}
Flats: Heaven by Steve Madden via DSW

Monday, September 23, 2013

fall floral

You guys. It's officially fall. What better way to welcome the season than by layering and by bringing you a summer-to-fall look? If you've been following along lately, you could probably tell that I like layering dresses (recently: here, here) and I'll be layering with this dress in the near future.

Occasion: Teaching
Shirt: Gap (old, c/o Mom) {similar, similar}
*30%, 35% off with code THANKYOU
Dress: Apt. 9 via Kohl's {option}
Necklace: Forever 21 {option}
Flats: Jennifer Lopez via Kohl's {similar}

Thank you to those of you who offered feedback on whether I should get the bear dress from Anthropologie or not. It must have been fate (kind of) because I happened to be near an Anthropologie this weekend, and while they didn't have my size, I was able to place an order in store. Now it appears that it is sold out online. Hopefully it will be here by the end of the week and will work out!

[Linking up with MollyJen, and Tara]

Friday, September 20, 2013

lessons learned

I feel like it's safe to say my style has changed dramatically over the past year. No longer do I think I am being stylish by wearing blue jeans and a striped sweater, or a leopard print scarf over a longsleeve black tee. My shopping habits have changed dramatically as well. 

I bought this skirt two years ago because "I had to have it". It wasn't a perfect fit, but I figured I would lose the few pounds in no time. I also didn't know at the time that Banana Republic could look up items that were no longer available online and find them in stores across the country. I also didn't think I would ever find a polka dot skirt again. I was so young and naive. 

Occasion: Teaching
Tee: The Limited {last seen here}
Necklace: via Amazon {similar}
Belt: came with a Target skirt
Skirt: Banana Republic {option, option}
Wedges: via Payless {similar}

Had I seen this bear dress this time last year, I probably would have splurged and bought it at retail price. Now it's almost 50% off and I am so tempted. Can I get your input? Needless to say, I love bears and I feel like this dress would make me so happy. But $50 is still A LOT for a casual dress. Then again, how likely am I to find a dress in the near future with BEARS on it?! What do you think? Buy it now, wait, or pass altogether?

[Linking up with Plane Pretty]

Thursday, September 19, 2013

dressed up tee

Today I am linking up with Bri for Third Thursday Threads. Today's theme is dressed up tees. After seeing the announcement, I got really excited, and found the most challenging part of the link up deciding which tee to dress up. But then, as I often do, I started thinking.

I wondered: what is it that makes a tee dressed up? The most common way, I think, to dress up a tee is to pair it with a pencil skirt. That makes sense. Pencil skirts have a professional feel to them, which balances the relaxed feel of the tee. So is that the trick to dressing up a tee? Pairing it with something that will outweigh the casual nature of the tee? But what is/are that something(s) that fit the bill? 

Occasion: office hours, attending class
Tee: The Limited {similar}
Blazer: Forever 21 {similar}
Necklace: ShyBoutique
Skirt: The Limited {option, option}
Ona Scrunch Flats: Mossimo via Target

I concluded that a tee is dressed up when it is paired with one or more of the following:
a) something structured 
b) pretty jewelry
c) heels
d) blazer, pencil skirt, or other traditional "office wear"

The possibilities really are endless! I felt like going with a pencil skirt might be an obvious choice, so I tried something different. How do you dress up your tees?

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Pinspired: black dress + scarf

I'm always looking for new ways to wear my black dress, so when I came across this pin (originally from Liz of 26 & Counting), I knew I wanted to replicate the look within the near future... mostly because I've had this dress for almost a year and have only wore it one other time

I put my own spin on this outfit by swapping out black heels for teal wedges and putting a black tee underneath my dress. If I do this again in the future, I'll use a t-shirt with slightly longer sleeves. Have you ever layered a dress over something other than a button-up shirt?

Occasion: Teaching, Attending a meeting
Dress: Old Navy {similar, similar, similar}*
*save 20% w/code ONTREAT
Black tee: SO via Kohl's {similar}
Belt: The Limited {option, option}
Scarf: The Limited {option, option}
Wedges: Merona via Target {same style, option}

Also, great minds do think alike! Just like Andi, I did my Pinspired look for Heather's Pinned it and Did it Link up today and will be coming to you with a look for Bri's Third Thursday Threads tomorrow!

[Linking up with The Pleated Poppy]

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

I'm cliché and I know it

How to dress for a rainy day:

Step 1. Check leg hair length. Choose bottoms accordingly. Skinny jeans if you haven't shaved, a super feminine skirt/dress if you have.

Step 2. Pick a cardigan, blazer, or jacket that will match your rain boots (or gardening boots in my case).

Step 3. Select a top. (I recommend plaid because it shows off how excited you are for fall, and how trendy you are by wearing clothes according to the retail calendar rather than the Gregorian calendar.)

Step 4. Add a sparkly necklace!

Occasion: Office Hours, Attending class
Shirt: (gift c/o Mom) J. Crew Factory
Cardigan: J. Crew {same style, same color}
Skinny Jeans: The Limited {similar}
Boots: Target {option}

Monday, September 16, 2013

on temperature

When it comes to dressing according to the temperature, what is your method? Do you look at the weather forecast for the day and then dress accordingly? Do you have a set standard, such as "70+ is bare leg weather and anything below is pants weather"?

After seeing that today's high wouldn't peak above 68 degrees, I decided it would be pants or crops weather for me. I wasn't comfortable with the idea of teaching in colored ankle pants, so I opted for the one pair of work-appropriate pants that I had within reach (all my other dress pants are in a storage tub with the rest of my winter clothes).

I was curious as I got dressed whether others operate in a similar way? Does temperature dictate what you wear?

Sleeveless Tie-Front Blouse: The Limited
Blazer: The Limited {similar style, similar style}
(Exact Stretch) Pants: The Limited {same style, other options}
Ona Scrunch Flats: Mossimo via Target

And yes, I do realize that I wore red, white, black, and polka dots again. Total brain fart this morning. And all day long. There's nothing wrong with doing the same theme two (business) days in a row, right? 

[Linking up with Molly and Jen]

Sunday, September 15, 2013

another shopping recap

This post could also be called "how to save your money" or "how to suck the fun out of shopping."

Friday, September 13, 2013

making adjustments

Today I'm linking up with Andi for a polka dot party! I had a different outfit planned (same cardigan, but buttoned up over black tank, and tucked into a cobalt skirt)... but when I woke up, it was 60 degrees out. I was not in the mood to be cold today so I opted for my go-to black ankle pants (I love them! These are similar, and now BOGO!) With a few adjustments, I was ready for class. I was considering leaving the cardigan open, without the belt, but I've already done that twice, so I opted for something different.

Occasion: Teaching
Blythe Blouse: J. Crew {same style}
Cardigan: Old Navy {option, sale option}
Ankle pants: The Limited {similar}
Ona Scrunch Flats: Mossimo via Target

Please excuse the face and the sloppiness of the cardigan over the blouse. I said to my husband "Hurry up and just take a picture-- I'm already late." Of course, all of the shots are of me in mid-sentence. (Don't worry-- I wasn't late for an important engagement. Just a trip to the mall. I'll be back tomorrow with a recap of my hits and misses... but mostly my misses.)

Thursday, September 12, 2013

twenty-seven days

The temperature may have dropped slightly overnight, but it's still hot outside. Don't let my outfit fool you. I just couldn't wait any longer to wear this sweater. Twenty-seven days is a long time to wait! I wasn't sure what pants I would wear, but when I woke up to grey skies this morning, I decided to go for something colorful. I considered wearing my burgundy crops, but I decided against it because they are more of a fall color... and it's not fall yet. 

Occasion: Office hours, attending class
Giraffe Striped Pullover: Banana Republic
Oxford: Gap (old, c/o Mom) {similar, similar}
Ankle pants: LOFT {similar, similaroption}
Flats: Dana Buchman via Kohl's {option}

This sweater is representative of the types of purchases I hope to make from now on. I adore it and can say I'm truly happy with it. I've been better about not buying things just because they are under $10. The fall/winter items on my wishlist are making their way to the stores, which means my spending is directed towards those items. I won't lie, though, I wouldn't mind if this vest and these flats made their way into my closet.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

love, actually

Have you ever had your significant other put together an outfit for you? On a few occasions, I've asked my husband to pick out an outfit that he would like to see me in for a date, but he has passed on every opportunity. Last night I reached a new level of frustration because I couldn't put together an outfit for today. That's when my husband swooped in and saved the day.

He said he would put together an outfit for me, and so I stood there watching him, curious as to what his method would be. He grabbed a purple skirt and cream top, but in my fussy state, I said the skirt was too casual for the top. I told him to forget about it and walked away. I came back a few minutes later to find him holding a top, a skirt, and a belt.

He looked at the clothes, then at me and said, "Is this okay? It's going to be 90 degrees tomorrow, so I wanted to give you something that you wouldn't get hot in. I know you like color, so I added the skinny belt -- I know how much you like those. Plus, you have heels that are the same color as the belt so you can match them if you want."

If that's not love, I don't know what is.

Occasion: Teaching
Top: The Limited {option, option}
Belt: Forever 21 {similar, similar}
Skirt: The Limited {similar, similar}
Heels: Comfort Plus via Payless

Tuesday, September 10, 2013


My mom gave me this skirt back in December, and this is my first time to wear it. It took so long to do so because I wasn't sure whether I liked it or not. I love pretty much anything in navy, but the skirt itself seemed to be outdated. I feel like there was a time when it was really popular to have buttons down the front of the skirt, but now you rarely see it. Is that because it's out of style, or that it's just not the latest rage?

Do you have any pieces that you feel are outdated? Do you continue to wear them, or are you holding off in hopes that the trend resurfaces one day?

(My husband told me I should put the above photo on the blog. Under most circumstances, I wouldn't. 
He did, however, take my pictures today; this is my way of thanking him.)

Occasion: Office hours, attending class
Top: The Limited {option, option}
Necklace: The Limited {option, option}
Skirt: Tommy Hilfiger via Macy's (c/o Mom) {option}
Sandals: Merona via Target {very similar}

The other reason it took so long to wear was because I had a fear that the buttons down the front would open up and expose... me. I decided to take the same approach I did with shorts earlier this summer, so I bit the bullet and wore the skirt. Guess what? None of the buttons came undone! 

Monday, September 9, 2013

not quite the same

Creativity is not my forte. My art projects never stood out from my classmates'. Even as a blogger, I am frequently drawing inspiration from my Pinterest boards or going so far as to copy others' looks. I wasn't sure how I was going to style this dress, so I planned on wearing it exactly as I did the first time.

That's when I was overcome by the feeling that I had to do something different. So I dropped the belt. And then added the statement necklace. It was sitting on my desk, staring at me, begging to be worn. How could I say no?

Occasion: Teaching
Dress: The Limited {optionoption}
Shirt: The Limited {option}
Necklace: ShyBoutique

[Linking up with Molly, Jen, and Tara ]

Friday, September 6, 2013

remember when...

Remember when I bought this skirt in May for $9? And then remember when I wore it a bunch over the summer, but failed to take even one photograph? Remember when Danielle wore this outfit? And remember when I nearly copied it item for item?

Occasion: Teaching
Cardigan: The Limited {similar}
Tank: via Kohl's {similar}
Necklace: gift c/o in-laws {option}
Skirt: Old Navy {very similar, option}
Ona Scrunch Ballet Flats: Mossimo via Target

Remember when I was so exhausted that I put together a blog post in a jiffy so I could take a nap? That just happened. Happy weekend :)

Thursday, September 5, 2013

on comfort

When I think of the word "comfort", a few different ideas come to mind. I think of what makes a person comfortable, or what brings comfort to a person. I also think of the "comfort zone". Going over the syllabus on the first day of class can bring an instructor out of her comfort zone because the situation is new and unpredictable. Once she settles in, however, she can find the sound of the projector turning on quite comforting. I think fashion operates in a similar way.

We can say sweatpants are comfortable, in the sense that they are not restricting; we are free to move as we please. We can find comfort in a pair of jeans-- maybe because of a significant memory attached, maybe because they have proven to be reliable. Or maybe there's just a musky scent to them that comforts us. The kind of outfit that is most comfortable to me is the kind that I put on and don't think about for the rest of the day. No fuss, no worries. For me, today's outfit is a paradigm for comfort.

Occasion: Attending class
T-shirt: via Target {other options}
Belt: via Kohl's {similar}
Maxi Skirt: H&M
Sandals: via Target {in black}

Story time. I went to return something today and decided to poke my head into J. Crew for kicks and giggles. First, I walked around the entire store and past every rack before an associate acknowledged my presence. (I was the only other person in the store.) Finally one came up to me and said "Oh-- I didn't know they have that in a shirt!" Me: "huh?" Her: "Have you read the book? It's fantastic." For the record, I have read the book. Many, many times. I've also seen the movie twice.

[Linking up with Heather for Pinned It and Did It-- I was inspired to pair a maxi skirt and graphic tee from this pin. I added the glitter belt to add some cheer to an otherwise simple outfit.]

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

little black ponte dress

Did you have a great Labor Day weekend? I wasn't feeling too hot while shopping on Saturday, and woke up Sunday feeling awful. I have been sick since, but hopefully am on the tail end of this misery trip. Since I'm not one to cancel class (especially this early in the semester!), I wanted to keep my outfit effortless. And what's more effortless than a dress? 

Occasion: Teaching, Meeting
Striped Ponte Dress: The Limited {similar}
Ona Scrunch Ballet Flats: Mossimo via Target 

I really loved this dress when I tried it on in the store. I've just been waiting for the temperatures to hit below 90 degrees to wear it. I felt great all day (excluding the headache and sore throat), but I'm not feeling great about these photos. I'm not convinced that it fits me that well after all. I think the top is too baggy (as is evident in the neckline) and the bottom half is unforgiving. What do you think? What do you do when an outfit doesn't look like you thought it would on camera? Should I bust out my time machine and never buy it in the first place?
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