Friday, December 12, 2014

what to wear: office party

Misty from Balancing a Hectic World and I have teamed up to bring you four different holiday looks this season. We've already covered what we would wear for Black Friday Shopping and for a Christmas parade. Today we're showing you what we would wear for an office party. 

Be sure to visit Misty's blog and check out what she will be wearing for her holiday office party! Her dress is so pretty I might just have to steal it from her when she's not looking ;-)

My department doesn't have a holiday office party, but if we did, I imagine it would take place during working hours or immediately after. So if it's a matter of wearing something appropriate for both work and play, my strategy would involve mixing business with party. ha. But seriously, take a typical office wear formula (e.g., pants + shirt + blazer) and throw in some sparkle and some glam. Because after all, what says 'holiday' more than pretty and shiny?

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Does your office host a holiday party? If so, what will you be wearing?

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Pinspired: white dress + plaid scarf

When I saw Meghan of Hayes Days pair her pretty white dress with our beloved plaid scarf (here), I knew I would be copying her. And copy her I did.

I didn't like the way my cognac boots looked with the dress and cardigan, so I opted for my booties instead. That's the nice thing about doing Pinspired looks: you don't have to replicate the look item-for-item. Use the pin as a starting point, and make modifications necessary to make the look work for you. In my case, that also included belting the cardigan.

Cardigan: Old Navy [similar - 30% off with code GIVETHIS]
Dress: Forever 21 [similar]
Scarf: via Target [exact]
Tights: The Limited [similar]
Booties: Candie's via Kohl's [similar]

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Co-Hosting: Confident Twosday

I was so delighted when Laura of I do deClaire asked me to co-host Confident Twosday. I immediately began to think about what makes me feel confident, especially in regards to my personal style and my everyday life (i.e., school). The answer came to me rather quickly. Simplicity.

When I think about the best days I have as a teacher, they're the days when I'm confident. When I'm confident, I'm comfortable, and when I'm comfortable, I can really be enthusiastic, animated, and passionate about the material. Those are the days when I teach the best, and that makes me even more confident. Moral of the story? Simple outfits, confidence, and success in teaching go hand in hand in hand. What makes you feel confident? 

Don't forget to stop by Laura's blog and link up your confident self after the jump! 

Sweater: Old Navy | option
Shirt: The Limited | option
Necklace: Forever 21 | option, option
Ankle Pants: LOFT | option
Flats: Christian Siriano via Payless | option

Monday, December 8, 2014

thrown together

Some days I walk out the door feeling so put together (e.g., last Monday). Some days I walk out the door feeling so effortlessly cool (e.g., Tuesday). And some days, I just walk out the door. On this day, there was no method to my madness. I just put one item on after another.

I love having this scarf as a bright alternative to my plaid scarf from Target. Also, I'm slapping myself for not buying more of these pants from Old Navy last year when they were $12. (They're grey, btw. See how I wore them last here.) Do you buy multiples of the same item?

Chambray: Old Navy
Scarf (c/o Mom): Gap
Pants: Old Navy
Booties: Candie's via Kohl's

[linking up with Molly]

Friday, December 5, 2014

what to wear: Christmas parade

Misty and I are back for part two of our What to Wear series (see part one here). This time, we're focusing on what to wear for a Christmas parade, or any other festive outing.

I'll be wearing my most festive winter wear: my red coat and white accessories. (I looked up and down and all around, but couldn't find the white pashmina I always wear with my red coat, so I opted for a plaid alternative.) Swing by Misty's blog Balancing a Hectic World to see the details of her outfit!

Hat: Aldo | option
Coat: The Limited | option
Scarf: via Target
Gloves: via Target | similar
Pants: The Limited

My tips? Festive colors. (red & white) Warmth. (hat, scarf, & fliptop gloves) Comfort. (Stretchy pants & low/no-heel boots)

What will you be wearing for your Christmas parades and other festive outings?

[Linking up with Shanna and Lindsey]

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Lou & Grey sweater, again

I seriously can't get enough of my Lou & Grey sweater. This time I opted to pair it with a ponte skirt. I'm still feeling stuffed from Thanksgiving (and the treats my mom-in-law and sis-in-law left behind) so I'm more interested in wearing anything with wiggle room.

I also chose to wear a scarf with this sweater for a different look. I'm not loving how it all turned out. I definitely could have worn the sweater and skirt together and been entirely content with the look. Oh well. There's always next semester. (As soon as this semester ends, I plan on wearing nothing but the new leggings and tunic sweater my mom got for me recently. I'm seriously considering getting the tunic in white and coral, too. For $10 - with coupon code HOLIDAY20 - how can I not?)

Sweater: Lou & Grey via LOFT | striped option
Scarf: The Limited | option
Skirt: Old Navy | $10 option
Tights: via Target | exact
Flats: via Target | exact

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Pinspired: black vest outfit

I was too tired after the holiday break to some returns, so I waited until today to do them. I wasn't sure what I wanted to wear, so I went to my cold weather Pinterest board. I didn't think twice when I saw this one, as I had all the pieces needed to recreate the outfit.

Lately I've been feeling like all a girl really needs for this time of year is a pair of cognac boots, comfy pants, some sweaters, some shirts, and some scarves. I definitely have all of those, so it should follow that I'm all set for this time of year. And that's how I feel. It might make for a boring blog, but it will mean that I'm wearing my favorite pieces more. Wearing my favorite pieces makes me happy. Lose-win-win?

Scarf: The Limited | option
Vest: Old Navy | spend, splurge
Sweater: (taken from Mom) Lands' End | similar
Exact Stretch Pants: The Limited
Boots: (gift) Madden Girl | option

Monday, December 1, 2014

black magic

When I first thought of pairing my Altuzarra orchid sweatshirt with black slacks, I was afraid that the two might be too dark and dreary together. When I put the two on, it was magic.

Orchid Sweatshirt: Altuzarra x Target
Pants: Daisy Fuentes via Kohl's
Heels: Apt. 9 via Kohl's

[Linking up with JenMolly, Laura, Lauren, and J.]

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