Jan 10th, Three for Thursday

271553052501223865_lQhfpgHr_bDSCN6376Hi friends! Sorry I skipped yesterday. I actually had a very early appointment with a specialist about my sciatica- and then spent the rest of the day in bed resting. ARGH!

Anyhoo… it’s Thursday, so time for another edition of Three for Thursday. For you new readers, this is where I show 1 item worn 3 ways. Pretty simple stuff!

As usual, my lighting in my bathroom is terrible, so you can’t really tell- but these are my purple skinny jeans. They look black in the pictures- but they are actually purple- I swear! To give you a true idea of what color they are, I included the picture (above right) from Pinterest.

In my first outfit I chose to keep it very casual and just added my blue and white striped shirt and my denim jacket. For shoes I chose my short boots.

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For the next outfit, I also kept it really casual. This is a great weekend outfit- very simple, yet stylish. I chose my denim shirt and then added this cool infinity scarf and some fun bracelets. For shoes I chose my brown boots.

Denim shirt- J Crew, Scarf: Macy's
Denim shirt- J Crew, Scarf: Macy’s

My third look is more for a casual work outfit. Here I chose to wear a sweater (notice the cute ruffle detail around the neckline), and then I added a necklace and a stack of bracelets. For fun, I rolled the hems of the jeans and chose my leopard ballet flats.

Sweater: Loft, Shoes: Target, Necklace: Stella and Dot
Sweater: Loft, Shoes: Target, Necklace: Stella and Dot

Because I was inspired- I decided to try 2 more looks with these purple jeans. The first is a bit strange- and I’m not sure if I like it or not. Here, I chose a blush colored silky blouse and then added a cable knit dark grey cardigan. I like the contrast of the feminine blouse and the chunky sweater. It’s the shoes I’m not sure about. I love these slip on loafers- but the bare ankles paired with a big cardigan may be too much of a contrast.

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For the last look I chose to show a date night look. Rather than just wear regular denim or black jeans, I decided to try a cute going out top with these purple jeans and added strappy black heels. Since the neckline of this top is so decorative, I skipped a necklace. Instead I added a fun chunky silver bracelet.

DSCN6385Which outfit would you wear? Any of them? Please comment, I love hearing from you!!

Nov 7th, Feeling Patriotic

 I probably should have worn this outfit yesterday- but I didn’t- so here I am feeling very patriotic today.

The thing is though, wearing red jeans can be tricky. They are so attention seeking, it’s important that the top doesn’t compete too much with the bottom. On the other hand you don’t want to be too boring!

As you can see on the right- the white t shirt and the jean jacket are a little too plain. Plus, the jean jacket sleeves are too long and the fit is too boxy. Finally, my red shoes are a little to ‘matchy, matchy’!

On the left is my reworked outfit. Here I’ve selected a blue and white silk tank with an interesting print. I layered it under a more fitted jacket and rolled the sleeves up.

I love the loose, flowy style of this tank because it allows my tummy plenty of room to breathe- and the jacket ads a layer of warmth and texture. To complete the look I chose my Stella and Dot statement necklace. As for my shoes, instead of the matching red shoes I chose my wedge loafers. Now I can wear socks and my feet are toasty warm.

Jeans: Marshalls, Tank: Banana Republic, Jacket: Gap, Shoes: J Crew, Necklace: Stella and Dot

Oct 18th, Two Toned

I’ve always loved the look of outfits that are made up of pieces all in one color family. It’s a good trick to making me look taller (by keeping the colors similar you create one long vertical line).

Today’s outfit is a good example of that.

I’ve chosen off white cords and a cable knit turtleneck in the same beige/ tan tone.

The thing is though- you don’t want your outfit to be too plain- as seen on the right. You must have something of interest in your look- maybe  it’s a pattern (like the cable knit of the turtleneck on the left), or a cool necklace, or maybe a scarf. You need something that breaks up the solid look and gives the eye a focal point.

This scarf is a great example- the red draws your eye in and the background is the same color as my sweater. The scarf has enough bulk to stand on it’s own (I HATE skinny, wimpy scarves!).

This is a very warm and comfy outfit!

As a little extra- I decided to try a third look! Here I kept the plain t shirt (less bulky under the jacket) and then added my dark denim jacket.

For a totally different look, I added my denim jacket.

Pants: Nordstrom (Kut- Diana skinny), Sweater: J Crew, Scarf: J Crew (similar), Booties: J Crew, Jacket: Gap (mine is in a dark wash)

June 2nd, Red, White and Blue

 I used to avoid wearing the colors red, white and blue together for fear of looking too patriotic.

Silly, I know.

Especially since these colors are meant to be together. They are so complimentary, so classic and so perfect!

Today’s outfit is based around my red jeans.

Originally, I paired them with this beige/ gray t shirt with the ruffle detail down the middle and my denim jacket. Although I liked this look at first- looking at the pictures, it seems a little blah. And I always struggle with the half tuck- it never looks right on me!

I then decided to pair it with my blue and white checked shirt- layered over a white tank- and then rolled the sleeves up a bit.

It’s a more stylish look- and I love the way the dark blue in the checks is complimented by the dark wash on the jacket.

I like the sleeves rolled up- a much ‘cooler’ look!

Jeans: Marshalls, Shirt: Land’s End Canvas, Jacket: Gap, Shoes: Nordstrom

May 27th, Orange Tank

I know, I know, I said I wasn’t going to write while on vacation. But I just can’t help myself! Here is my friend Heidi wearing a cute orange tank, white jeans and a denim jacket. Best of all are her fabulous new shoes. They are made by Clark’s- Indigo. They are super comfy and stylish at the same time! Love that!

Tank: Joie, Jeans: J Brand, Jacket: Nordstom

May 18th, I Hate This Dress

 Today’s post is a bit different, because truth be told- I hate this dress!

I bought it when shopping with my mom, and lesson learned! She’ll tell me I look cute in anything, when in reality this dress is so unflattering.

I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating. When in doubt about something, take a picture of yourself wearing it. For some strange reason, the camera seems to be more honest than the mirror!

The major problem with this dress is the high waist and the diagonal stripes. Now you all know how much I love my stripes- but in this case- they are working against me. They make me look really large through the hip and tummy area. The denim jacket is emphasizing that- by drawing your eye right to my middle. ARGH! The flat ankle strap sandals are also shortening the length of my legs- not to mention very matronly!

To salvage this look (because I already cut the tags off the dress), I’m wearing it paired with a blue trench coat and heels. The trench coat helps break up the stripes, defines the waist and the light blue adds a nice soft contrasting color to the yellow.

It still isn’t my favorite look- but I decided to show it to you all so that you can see how something as simple as a diagonal stripe can be so unflattering.

It’s Fashion Friday, so be sure to click here for some cuter looks! Enjoy your weekend.

The high heel sandal makes my legs look a lot longer (although my feet will probably ache at the end of the day).

May 5, Cinco De Mayo

 Happy Cinco de Mayo! Hope you’re sitting somewhere enjoying a big bowl of guacamole and sipping a margarita! (My 2 favorite things!)

I’m wearing another maxi dress today. Last time I wore this- it was a miss, (remember this?)

So today I played it safe and just added a neutral cardigan and a bright fun necklace. Very simple, very easy, very me!

You might have noticed I wear this cardigan ALL THE TIME! It is a light shade of grey, and I bought it at J Crew abut 2 years ago. I remember balking a bit because of the price (it was probably around $80), but it was so worth it. It goes with everything and is a great basic piece to have. Because of the good quality, it has lasted a long time!

I think a maxi dress is my new favorite look! I love the ease and comfort of it.

If you want to change things up a bit, a denim jacket also works well!

A denim jacket is perfect over a maxi dress!

Dress: TJ Maxx, Sweater: J Crew, Denim jacket: Gap, Shoes: Target, Necklace: Stella and Dot

March 26th, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

One of the reasons I was looking forward to spring, was because I was excited about having new options for pants.

When I saw these cute cropped pink pants at Nordstrom’s, I had to have them.

I’ve decided to pair them with this cute blue and white striped shirt and then topped it with my denim jacket.

On the right you can see how originally I paired this striped shirt with my khaki pants. While there is nothing wrong with this look- these pants seem a little boring- it’s a little ‘too safe’.

Why not have a little fun while getting dressed? To me, these pink pants scream ‘fun’!

They remind me of something Barbie would have worn… oh wait, that might not be a good thing? Oh well!

I’m wearing them anyway! 🙂 Linking up with Glamamom for Monday Mingle!

Goofy pose, I know, but I’m trying to change things up a bit! Plus, I wanted to show off my cute leopard flats- they are so much more fun than the black flats on the right! 

Pants: Nordstrom, Top: Anthropologie, Jacket: Gap, Shoes: Target, Necklace: Jewel Kade

March 19th, Mad for Plaid

 Today it’s just Kara and me… Erin had to leave yesterday. Bummer! 

Today we are showing two versions of a plaid shirt. On the right is my before look- which Kara so lovingly described as ‘you look like you are in your pajamas!’

I think she’s right!

These loose, baggy cargos have no shape and do indeed look like jammies. Maybe that’s why they’re so comfortable.

On the left I have traded out the baggys for my new skinny cargos. I’ve layered a sweater over my plaid shirt and then, to define my waist, I added a belt.

To finish the look, I threw on a necklace. Best of all, my plaid shirt is from Target (love a bargain).

Kara, on the other hand, is wearing a plaid shirt from J Crew. Hers is paired with skinny jeans, a thin wool sweater and then she’s also added a necklace.  My favorite part of her outfit is these fabulous J Crew booties. They are so comfy and so cute- and definitely on my wish list for next year…

To those of you who have been reading for a while, you know I’ve tried plaid shirts several ways and failed miserably each time. I think I finally got it right today! Go me!

An alternative to the sweater is a denim jacket. This cropped and fitted one works.

By the way, it’s monday Mingle, so be sure to check out those cute Bonbon Rose Girls!

Me: Pants: Micheal Kors, Shirt: Target, Sweater: Nordstrom, Shoes: Nordstrom

Kara: J Crew from head to toe!! (lucky girl)

Jan 25th, A Different Kind of Working Girl

I know, two references to Working Girls in one week, what’s up with that?

Last Sunday I talked about hooker fashion (which I am not a fan of), today I’m actually talking about what to wear to the office.

The photo on the right (credit: xfinity.comcast.net) is a great example of what not to wear. Here is someone who is still dressing like she is in the 80’s.  The matchy matchy suit is very outdated- the cut of the jacket is too boxy and in my opinion, not stylish.

On the left is my more modern version. I’m still wearing a pencil skirt- but instead of pairing it with a boxy matching jacket- I’ve opted for a checked button down top layered over a white tank and then added a denim jacket.

I’ve added a ribbon belt to define my waist, and black tights and boots (I actually think gray tights might have been cuter- next time). For my accessories, I kept it very simple and only added my pearl necklace and J Crew bracelet. On reflection, my pearl necklace looks a bit lame… I might take that off!

By the way, I’m linking up with The Pleated Poppy again this week. Be sure to check out all the other fabulous sites that have also linked up. What a fun way to get real inspiration!

Even without the jacket, this still looks polished and stylish.
Depending on your office culture, a denim jacket can be a great alternative to a suit jacket.