Layers of the Fall

I was almost afraid I couldn’t have any pictures taken today.  I was feeling the onset of a cold yesterday, so I had to take a really hot shower, stay buried under a warm blanket, and drink hot tea.  Luckily, when I woke up this morning, I felt pretty much back to normal (no more cold chills), so I was able to put my contacts in, dab on a little bit of makeup, and iron my clothes (meaning I looked a partial mess yesterday).

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is next week.  I feel like this month has flown by.  Pretty soon, I’ll be complaining about the bitter cold and winds, and I’ll be rocking my winter wear.  For now, I’ll enjoy the mild temperatures and the crisp fall air (and not having to wear heavy jackets every time I go out).

As you can see, I’m a fan of layering clothes.  I’lI continue to layer for the winter, but I’ll probably rely on heavier fabrics and more layers.  We’ll see what other fun outfits I can create as the weather gets even colder.

I actually bought these boots right before I left for my little trip.  I’d been eyeing them for a few weeks, but since I’m such a bargain shopper, I wasn’t going to buy them until they were deeply discounted.  The boots were originally priced at $29.99, but when I first saw them, they were only marked down to $21.  I ended up purchasing them for $7.48 last week.  So, lesson for the day is: it pays to be patient (sorry for the unnecessary pun there)!

I hope everyone has a nice, relaxing weekend!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Sweater:  Lauren Ralph Lauren/donated

Top:  Flutterbye/TJ Maxx

Pants:  Old Navy/Old Navy

Boots:  Mossimo Supply Co./Target

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Family Ties

I actually had a very different outfit in mind, but I’m glad I ended up wearing this.  For some reason, I was compelled to wear this shirt with a tie.  I also envisioned myself wearing a cute, short skirt and a pair of black tights and platform heels as well, but then I thought, “this would have made a better outfit for Halloween!”  The more I thought about it (and yes, I unfortunately do think quite a lot about what I wear), the more I realized that the whole ensemble was either too costumey or too youthful for me to pull off.  I’m glad I stuck with the platform heels though.  I was easily able to wear these jeans without folding them at the cuff (which I normally do, although I’m sure I get a lot of weird stares), plus it made me about 4 inches taller (note:  I normally like to wear flats or heels no higher than 3 inches, but every once in a while, I indulge).

I had to ask Chris to help me with the tie (more like he noticed that I stole his tie from his side of the closet, and he saw me with a really haphazard knot around my neck–I’m sure he even realized that ties were meant to be worn a certain way–so he quickly offered to show me how to tie a tie).  My knot ended up pretty crooked, but I was hoping that would be part of the appeal.  The funny thing is I actually bought this tie for him as well as a dress shirt that looks suspiciously similar to the shirt I’m wearing here (except I have three-quarter length sleeves).  I guess when I go shopping for other people, I’m secretly hoping I can steal their look for myself (yes, this makes me a horrible person).

I wore this snazzy outfit for lunch with a former co-worker and then for an evening hanging out at my parents’ house.  So, hats off to my dad for filling in as my photographer!  Fortunately, he didn’t protest when I asked him with puppy dog eyes to take pictures for my blog.  But, let’s just say this was also not the longest photo shoot either.  All in all, I can’t complain–my outfit was captured for posterity, and I was able to make my first public appearance wearing a tie!  Next up–suspenders?

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Button-down shirt:  twenty one/vintage shop

Tank top:  Ellen Tracy/Marshalls

Tie:  J. Crew/J. Crew Factory

Jeans:  ZCO Jeans/Marshalls

Shoes:  Esprit/donated (I will have to get a good picture of them so you can see my high heel limit)


New Opportunities

Unfortunately, I don’t have a cool costume to show off, so instead, I’ll just share with you what what I wore for my last day of work.  I’ll be starting at a new place at the end of November, but until then, I’ll be on somewhat of a sabbatical.  I suppose that means I’ll have more time to go shopping (I promise–I won’t just shop for myself!) and just take care of the everyday things that get neglected during the work week (or when I’m too tired and lazy to catch up on all the mundane stuff on the weekends).  I’ll also have a little bit more time to devote to this blog, so I hope to come up with more inspiring outfits or at least outfits that will encourage you to take a second look.

I didn’t want to put a whole lot of thought into my last work-appropriate outfit, since I didn’t want to make a show of it being my last day (however, this will be the last time in a while that I’ll have more control over what I wear; I’ll have to wear a uniform at my next place of employment).  I did feel like wearing one of my old standby blouses because I liked the stitching around the shoulders and the three-quarter length sleeves.  I also felt like it was a ruffle kind of day, so I layered with a striped shirt with a ruffled collar.  I like the overall look because I feel it’s conservative and conveys a sense of professionalism that I hope will follow me to my new job.

I’m excited for the opportunities that I’ll have in the future (both career-wise and blog-wise!).  Wish me luck!

P.S.  That’s my game-ready pose.

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Blouse:  BCBG Max Azria/Marshalls

Button-down shirt:  Converse One Star/Goodwill

Pants:  Express/Marshalls

Shoes:  Carysma/vintage 


Plug and Play

What do I love more than great clothes?  Great music (note:  these loves are different from the love that I have for the people in my life in case you were wondering where my priorities were).  I’m currently playing in my car Little Anchor’s CD, Sunland.  It’s a great CD to listen to as you’re driving on a sunny, fall day (full disclosure:  the lead singer is an in-law, but I am really digging their music).

I wanted to have fun with my outfit by matching my clothes to the colors on the tote bag.  Usually, I’ll match my bags to my clothes, but the logo on the bag inspired me to come up with an outfit that I wouldn’t have originally worn.  I chose a navy-blue striped blouse with a sweater vest and decided to wear my favorite pants for the flowy comfort.  I added a pair of vintage of boots to top off the look.

This outfit was perfect for playing around and taking pictures:

A fun way to spend a beautiful afternoon!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Top:  Max Studio/Marshalls

Sweater:  Kaisley/Marshalls

Pants:  Patrick Robinson for Target/Target

Boots:  Enzo Angiolini/vintage

Bag:  Little Anchor show

Necklace:  Fossil/loaned

Bracelet:  loaned


Appropriately Dressed

Around the age of eight, I stopped wearing dresses except for Christmas and Easter. After that, it was mainly shorts, jeans, and the occasional skirt and blouse. For a long time, a dress to me was something you wore for a special occasion. As a teenager, I would only go dress shopping for a school dance, a wedding, or a graduation. To wear a dress outside of these contexts was a rare or nonexistent occurrence.


As I got older, I began to see dresses, especially the casual ones that are made from cotton or a cotton blend, as versatile pieces. You can layer over or under them; wear them with or without some kind of legwear. I welcome wearing dresses for any event now (as long as I don’t have to do jumping jacks or lunges).

I actually wanted to wear this blouse as a shirt dress because it was big and loose. Unfortunately, it has two slits up the sides that would be devastatingly inappropriate should I choose to sit or walk with long strides. So, I took my next best option and decided to wear the blouse but under a sweater dress (or at least a long sweater-type top that I decided to wear as a dress).

I like how the colors of the blouse liven up a rather bland combination of gray and black. I added colorful, gold jewelry to the mix and a pair of black boots and–ta da!–I had an outfit that was ready for partying during the day and partying at night. Okay, I didn’t really party during the day or night hours, but I was able to comfortably walk around the city and attend an intimate concert all in an eight-hour period. No party, but I still had fun–that counts for something, right?

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Blouse: Liz Claiborne/donated

Sweater: Derek Heart/Marshalls

Boots: vintage

Necklaces: loaned

Bracelets: vintage

Sunglasses: Franco Sarto/Marshalls


Hint of Red

Some of the best years of my life were when I was in college.  So, I had a great time hanging out with good college friends at our alma mater this weekend.  I wore this outfit to a school event as an attempt to off show my school spirit.  Unfortunately, the main color should have been red, but I didn’t feel I had a suitable red shirt for the outfit (university apparel shopping, here we come!).  I chose to make red the accent and chose some of the secondary colors (black and white) as my theme for my top.

I decided to wear my dark denim blazer (not a school color) as a jacket and, at the last minute, realizing it would be chilly, I threw on a completely non-matching purple and magenta scarf (not pictured, but you can probably see how I was veering into ‘looking like I went to another school’ territory).  I topped off the look with a pair of black jeggings, black flats, and a black-jeweled necklace, knowing that black at least matches everything and is a part of the school color scheme.


I like to think I captured enough of the colors in my outfit to show that I’m a proud alumna.   And if I didn’t, I guess I just have another excuse to go shopping.

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Top:  Poof!/TJMaxx

Tank top:  Old Navy/Old Navy

Blazer:  Merona/Goodwill

Jeggings:  Van Pierre/Marshalls

Shoes:  Divertente Studio/vintage

Necklace:  Alfani/loaned