Those Wear the Days

Remember when I said I was going to post some shots of my last week of self-styled work clothes (that’s okay if you don’t remember–I’ll forgive you)?  Well, the time has finally come!  Spring is in full force, so I should share with you my outfits from yesteryear before it becomes too ridiculously hot to even look at a sweater.

First up, speaking of sweaters, here is a long one that I had just gotten for my birthday back in late November:

I actually wore this sweater yesterday.  It’s not heavy, so it was perfect to wear on a relatively cool, dreary day.  The shirt is pretty awesome, too.  It has a boatneck top and a pop of red at the cuffs.  I love the simplicity of the design and the unexpected burst of color.

Next, is one of my favorite work-appropriate outfits (of this particular week):

I do enjoy wearing purple.  Since I started this blog, I realized that I own many shades of purple.  The belt actually came from a pair of shorts (I’ve surprisingly never worn the two together before).  It was fun going head-to-toe in purple (note:  I’m wearing purple loafers!).

The last two outfits are pretty similar.  For both days, I went with the same theme:  button-down shirts underneath cotton shirts:

These were supposed to be my more professional looking outfits.  I like the ease of pairing a button-down shirt with a shirt or sweater.  In milder weather, a shirt with three-quarter length sleeves is a nice complement to the more conservatively buttoned-up shirt.

So, there you (finally) have it!  I’m also debating whether or not I should go back to shorter hair in the summer.  I do miss my shorter hairstyle!  In the meantime, enjoy the warmer weather!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Outfit 1:

Sweater:  Style & Co./Macy’s (gift)

Top:  Jonathan Saunders for Target/Target

Pants:  Gap/donated

Shoes:  Divertente Studio/vintage

Outfit 2:

Top:  Old Navy/Old Navy

Pants:  Old Navy/Old Navy

Shoes:  Xhilaration/Target

Belt:  from a pair of Calvin Klein shorts

Outfit 3:

Top:  Old Navy/Old Navy

Button-down shirt:  Converse/Target

Pants:  Gap/donated

Shoes:  Xhilaration/Target

Outfit 4:

Top:  Merona/Target

Button-down shirt:  Converse/thrift store

Pants:  Old Navy/Old Navy

Shoes:  Divertente Studio/vintage

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Going With It

I. Can’t.  Stop.  Dressing.  Funky.  Okay, I CAN actually stop, but I seem to be in such a funkalicious mood that I can’t help but want to dress with wild abandonment (note:  I’m not supposed to use the word “can’t”; a co-worker told me that I have to take that word out of my vocabulary–I’m working on it).

I wanted to style my outfit based off a jacket that I bought at a vintage store months ago, but was only just recently dry cleaned (note:  it still carries that “vintage” smell–I suppose the smell is just so strong or it wasn’t properly cleaned–methinks I don’t want to know the truth).  The jacket inspired a “must-stay-warm-yet-appear-mature” look.  I felt all prim and proper with a turtleneck sweater and a jumper that, when cinched with the right belt, made me feel conservatively commanding.  I also doubled up on tights and leggings because I was afraid my legs would get cold.  I pulled out my wacky leggings, decided they were possibly too crazy to wear with the rest of the outfit but was told by Chris to “just go with it.”  Actually, I’m not sure if that was his exact quote, or if it was just a paraphrase of what he said, and I faultily remembered it because I was thinking of a Jennifer Aniston movie; either way, I took what Chris said, and decided to leave the leggings on.  I figured my legs would thank me later.

I had planned on just wearing my polka-dotted jacket as my extra layer, but I realized that it was going to be colder at night.  So I brought along my ruffled short coat just in case (note:  it did get colder at night, and it was a little chilly during the day–yay, for wearing multiple layers!).  It was comfortable when we were inside the museum and inside this atrium.  A quiet retreat from city life:

And now I will quietly retreat from my computer, so I CAN get ready for bed.  Goodnight and funky dreams!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Dress:  Old Navy/Old Navy

Sweater:  So/Kohl’s

Leggings:  Xhilaration/Target

Jackets:  Polka dot:  Notations/vintage store; Ruffled:  Steve Madden/Marshalls

Boots:  vintage

Belt:  vintage

Purse:  Franco Sarto

Sunglasses:  Franco Sarto


Outfitted

Some people must wear jeans on their off work days.  I must wear either skinny pants, jeggings, or leggings.  I can’t get enough of them; I wear at least one of these types of bottoms almost every weekend.  I’m in the camp that thinks that they’re so comfortable and are the perfect complement to the many loose, blousy fitting tops that I own.  So, it goes to show, that I would wear my black jeggings with a flowy top for a girls’ night out.  Unfortunately, since it was girls’ night out, Chris made his own plans, so I had no other choice but to use my back-up–my trusty mirror–to highlight my outfit.

I had no idea what to wear initially, but I knew I could style everything around my black jeggings.  Plus, I figured that anything that doesn’t look dressy enough can be dressed up with the right accessories.  My number one goal is to be comfortable with what I’m wearing.  The last thing I want is to be overly self-conscious about my clothes when I’m out to have a good time.  So, on the comfort list I have:  1) a pair of well-worn jeggings (check), 2) a fun, flowy top (check), 3) a cute sweater to keep me warm (check), and 4) rockin’ jewelry to liven up my look (check for the earrings and necklace).

I also decided to wear my go-to heels because I knew that would instantly dress up my outfit.  Luckily, they’ve been broken in so they didn’t hurt my feet at all (I’m all for heels as long as I don’t end up limping in agony at the end of the night).

And–ta-da!–instant outfit–and I didn’t have to go shopping for it (this time).  What do you like to wear for a night out on the town?

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Jeggings:  Van Pierre Jeans/Marshalls

Top:  Xhilaration/Target

Camisole:  Merona/Target

Sweater:  Ruby Moon/TJ Maxx

Heels:  Steve Madden/Marshalls

Necklace:  Macy’s/gift

Earrings:  2028/gift (Macy’s)


On the Regular

I’ve been away and back since my last post.  I had another hectic week and no cool outfits from this past weekend, so, instead, I’ll share some fun pictures from about eight days ago.   Over a week ago, we took a little trip to North Carolina to celebrate a very special birthday for a very special little guy.  I wore minimal accessories and even went with my natural wavy look for the occasion (my “no fuss”/I’m-too-lazy-to-blowdry-my-hair/I-need-a-haircut look).

When I was packing for the trip, I was browsing through my closet and found these jeans.  It had been months (almost a year?) since I had worn them.  I’ve been having fun wearing skirts or the same capris and skinny pants/jeans year round, that I’d forgotten about these particular pair of jeans.  These jeans are one of the few pairs that I own that fit me (almost) perfectly length-wise.  I think I might have to start putting them into my regular rotation of “bottoms.”

Speaking of what I like to wear regularly, I just can’t seem to get enough of this plaid button-down shirt.  I’m afraid that I might wear this top at least once a month.  I know–I shouldn’t be concerned about wearing something too often, but I do like to show just a little bit of variety.

I will try to post again soon.  Hope everyone has a great week!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Sweater:  Pink Rose/TJ Maxx

Button-down shirt:  Sears JR Bazaar/vintage

Jeans:  Grane/Marshalls

Boots:  Mossimo Supply Co./Target


Warm All Over

It’s Groundhog Day!  And with Punxsutawney Phil predicting six more weeks of winter, I give you a fun, respectable, wintry going-out outfit.  Okay, these are my much delayed pictures of my holiday party dress (sorry for the poor quality; we were running late), but here they are, nonetheless, on the cutest American holiday of the year (note: I get a kick out of seeing furry, mammalian creatures, that think they are people).

I changed my outfit at the last minute.  I originally wanted to wear the dress that I ended up wearing for Cool Look for the Cold, but then I realized that it was a tad too short for a company event.  Instead, I opted for a more demure look.  The lace trim is my favorite part of this dress.  I bought this dress for about $7 at Target a couple of years ago.  I think this was one of my best finds.

I covered up with a light sweater and black tights.  Sweaters and tights are my clothing of choice this season; I like how you can feel dressed up but still be relatively comfortable.  I just might have to buy myself a pair of sweater tights to get the best of both worlds.

Speaking of comfort, I hope to end my day with a yummy dinner and a viewing of the highlights from today’s Groundhog Day events.  Think warm thoughts!

P.S.  When I heard of Potomac Phil, a groundhog that made its appearance in DC, I was not anticipating this.

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Dress:  Xhilaration/Target

Sweater:  Julie’s Closet/Marshalls

Tights:  Xhilaration/Target

Shoes:  Steve Madden/Marshalls

Necklace:  Alfani/loaned


Cool Look for the Cold

I’m sorry for my lack of posts last week.  Unfortunately, it was a long week for me.  But don’t fret–I’m going to start up again with a post that just happens to be chronologically out of order (my dress from the holiday party will be posted soon).

I have an aversion to cold weather.  I kept my coat on for the pictures, because I couldn’t bear to expose my forearms.  So, really, you’re getting a peek at what I wore to a farewell/birthday party for Chris’ colleague.  As you can see, this is one of my dressier coats.  I wear it pretty much anytime I have to wear a short dress.  It’s warm, but it would have been warmer had I chosen to wear a long-sleeved sweater (why do I sometimes sacrifice my comfort for style?).  I also wore a scarf because the dress is pretty low-cut and I didn’t have a necklace that I felt matched my outfit.  So, the scarf seemed to do both the trick of giving me an extra layer, as well as functioning as an accessory (I’m all for two-for-one deals).

The boots also helped to keep me warm; they’re lined with a fleece-like material.  These are the first pair of boots that I’ve owned that are truly knee-high.  I love to wear them with skirts or with dresses.  It’s probably already pretty obvious, but these boots are just a tad too big for me.  But, surprisingly, they are pretty comfortable (as long as I don’t walk around in them all day long) and snug around my feet.

Wrong size and coldness aside, this is probably one of my favorite outfits of the year (so far).  I especially love the velvet material of the dress.  That alone, may be why I think this outfit is just so cool.

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Coat:  Guess/Macy’s

Dress:  American Rag/Macy’s

Sweater:  Ruby Moon/TJ Maxx

Scarf:  gift shop in Paris

Boots:  Franco Sarto/DSW

Purse:  Olivia + Joy/Marshalls

Belt:  Betsey Johnson/TJ Maxx

Earrings:  Charter Club/loaned


Happy Holidays

I didn’t think it was fair to make the holidays about me, so we didn’t do any photo shoots.  In fact, the only picture I have for this post is of Chris and me  (which is actually cropped from a family picture–we forgot to get a nice shot of just the two of us this year).

I’m happy with the outfit I ended up wearing.  The sweater material kept my upper half warm, although, I think I could have invested in warmer tights.  My go-to choice of footwear for the past few weekends have been these suede boots, because: 1) they’re relatively comfortable, and 2) they have a dressy, wintry look to them.  I accessorized with the belt that came with the sweater dress as a means to “cinch” my waist (by the way, does anyone else remember the SNL Gap girls sketch with Adam Sandler and David Spade?  They were on to something with their obsession with cinching).

The hubster wore a blazer with a dress shirt, tie, and jeans.  I convinced him to buy the blazer, although he wasn’t initially on board.  Overall, I think he was able to pull off a look that wasn’t his style.

I hope to post more in the new year–in the meantime, don’t be afraid to try (on) new things!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Hers:

Sweater:  Cable & Gauge/Marshalls

Dress (with belt):  Derek Heart/Marshalls

Tights:  Calvin Klein/Marshalls

Boots:  Jasmin/vintage

Necklace:  Guess/Macy’s

Earrings:  loaned

His:

Blazer:  INC/Macy’s

Button-down shirt:  Calvin Klein/Calvin Klein

Jeans:  Levi’s/Levi’s Outlet Store

Tie:  J. Crew/J. Crew Factory

Shoes:  Clarks/Comfort One Shoes