Friday, August 26, 2016

Blogging Besties: Blue and Green

Blogging Besties is a weekly series featuring Whitney of Whitney à la mode, Alex of The Cheerful Closet, Maricel of ::My Closet Catelogue:: and Selah of A Bibliophile's Style.  Each week, one of the bloggers will choose one component from the previous week's outfit to pass on in a brand new look.  This "take one, pass it on" challenge is an inspiration to stretch your closet and your imagination!

I just love this skirt every time Selah wears it!  I really like the creative silhouette she created with the boxy eyelet top, and don't even get me started on kitten heels!

While the book lover in me really wanted to go with the prompt to "show us your shelves," fate struck and I ultimately choose to feature "blue and green."

You see, earlier this week my mom, niece and sister raided my closet for a Styled by Someone Else post.  When my sister created an outfit, she just so happened to put together a blue and green ensemble without even knowing my Blogging Besties prompts!

Please forgive the wrinkly skirt as we had just spent the afternoon playing around in my closet.  It was so much fun to have my favorite girls choose outfits for me since they picked things I wouldn't have thought of myself.  This top is a little bit more form-fitting than I usually go for but my sister convinced me I could rock it!  What do you think, a good date night look maybe?

Alright, Alex my darling, here are your prompts for next week: styled by someone else, form-fitting, lace-up or a classic white top!

What I'm Wearing:
Tank: Old Navy (exact)
Skirt: Banana Republic (similar)
Necklace: Stella & Dot (exact)
Shoes: Modcloth (exact)

Where I'm linking-up!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Four Seasons, One Piece: Floral Dress

Greetings! I'd like to introduce to you a new segment that has been over a year in the making. Last summer, I had the idea to start up a series that styles pieces for all four seasons! My reasoning is that although there are some things that really will just work for certain seasons like thick sweaters and sandals, most pieces are versatile enough that if styled correctly, they can be a part of your closet all year round!

Since that idea was born, I've chosen a few pieces and have been stockpiling photos of them as the seasons go on. Not all of them are ready for the blog just yet, but this first one certainly is! The first piece I chose was this navy printed floral dress with green & white floral accents.

For the spring, I styled the dress with a fun green cardigan (because spring, right?) and flats. I also added a gold necklace, which I realized I did in three of the four outfits. I guess when something works, it works! *shrug*

Dress: thrifted via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Cardigan: J. Crew Factory (exactsimilarsimilar)
Flats: Target (similarsimilardarker nude)
Necklace: Stitch Fix (similarsimilarsimilar)

For the summer outfit, I kept it simple by styling the dress with a necklace (gold again) and sandals. Since it's so hot in the summer, a dress like this is perfectly fine on its own! 

Dress: thrifted via Clothes Mentor (similar, similarsimilar)
Necklace: Old Navy (similarsimilarsimilar)
Sandals: LOFT (similarsimilarsimilar)

For the autumn outfit, I used the same outfit "formula" as the spring but in a fall colorway. I chose a camel-colored cardigan and instead matched the green from the pattern to my flats! 

Dress: Thrifted via Clothes Mentor (similar, similarsimilar)
Cardigan: LOFT (similarsimilarsimilar)
Necklace: Flirt Boutique (similarsimilarsimilar)
Flats: Old Navy (similarsimilarsimilar)

This is far and away my favorite outfit of the four. I got creative and wore the dress jumper style, which, as I learned from Perfectly Priya this week, is what you call it when you layer a shirt under a dress! Then, I finished it all off with tights and a statement necklace to match the navy in the dress.

Dress: Thrifted via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilar, similar)
Shirt: Ralph Lauren Polo (similarsimilarsimilar)
Necklace: Walmart (similarsimilarsimilar)
Flats: Old Navy (similarsimilarsimilar)

I can't wait to share more pieces in this series! This will probably not be a "regular" series, but I am constantly stockpiling photos and am excited to share them with you as the four-season "sets" are completed!

Linking up with: Elegance and MommyhoodKatherine's CornerLiving in Color StyleHappiness at Mid-LifeThe Red Closet DiaryHome of MalonesCurly Crafty Mom

Monday, August 22, 2016

The Blue Blazer

This week while browsing LinkedIn, I came across an article about blue blazers and the workplace stereotype that "white guys who have reached a certain level in their career ALWAYS have a blue blazer as a core part of their wardrobe." It's very funny and quite spot on!

Well, I'm not a guy, so I can't fully attest to that; however, I am here to show off my own blue blazer. I am a young professional woman and dang it, you will have to pry my navy blazer from my cold dead hands!

Tee: Target (similarsimilarsimilar)
Blazer: Target (similarsimilarsimilar)
Skirt: thrifted via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Flats: Target (similarsimilardarker nude version)
Necklace: Walmart (similarsimilarsimilar)

On This Day:

Friday, August 19, 2016

Blogging Besties: Flashback Friday

The Blogging Besties series is the brain child of Alex @ The Cheerful Closet and Whitney @ Whitney à la Mode. In 2015 the series expanded to include Maricel @ My Closet Catelogue and me, Selah @ A Bibliophile's Style. It's based on the idea of "take one, pass it on," but we're passing on an element from another blogger's outfit. It's a fun challenge that inspires us to be creative!

Last week, Maricel stole my heart with her white eyelet dress and B&W shelfie.
The prompts she gave me were "summer, sandals, or a throwback look".
So, I give you a throwback look from last summer:


While I still have all of these pieces and could've recreated the look in it's entirety, that's not much of a challenge, is it? So, I dressed it up with a skirt and kitten heels, and posed in front of my own bookshelves. I even tried copying the B&W shelves.



Next week, I challenge Whitney to: show us her shelves, pair blue & green, dress up with kitten heels, or recreate a favorite look.
Top: Old Navy (SIMILAR)
Skirt: Old Navy (SIMILAR)
Necklace: Gingersnaps (EXACT PENDANT, EXACT SNAP)Slingbacks: Land's End (SIMILAR)
Previous Editions of Blogging Besties
On This Day:
2013: New Friends!
2014: Color Me Tuesday: Bright Cobalt
2015: Reader Survey Follow-Up

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Color Coordinated

In case you hadn't noticed--I'm a big fan of matching cardigans to the colors in a print. I have worn this red and navy print dress with a navy cardigan before, but never got around to photographing it. I did get it this time around, though, when I matched the dress not only with a red cardigan but also a navy statement necklace!

Dress: Tommy Hilfigher (similar colorwaysimilar)
Cardigan: H&M (similarsimilarsimilar)
Necklace: Walmart (similarsimilarsimilar)
Flats: Target  (similarsimilarsimilar)

On This Day:
2013: Fabulous Finds
2014: The Epitome of Preppy

Monday, August 15, 2016

CM Remix: For the Teachers

I'm very excited to share with you all my newest sponsor--Clothes Mentor! You've probably heard me mention Clothes Mentor because it is one of my favorite places to shop, and every outfit I wear usually has at least one piece from Clothes Mentor in it. It's a women's consignment shop that sells nicer brands like LOFT, J. Crew, and Gap/Banana Republic, among others! I love shopping there not only for casual clothes, but especially to grow my professional wardrobe now that I've started working.

Once a month, I'll be styling a piece from Clothes Mentor in two different ways to give readers and Clothes Mentor shoppers a guide on how to wear their clothes in more creative ways to get the most mileage out of their wardrobe! This month, I'm doing my remix for all the teachers who are headed back to school this week (at least in my area!) Some of my favorite people are teachers--here's to Whitney, Maricel, my good friend Cathy, and all you teachers out there! I respect teachers so much for investing in the future by investing in their students. <3

For this remix, I chose an adorable pair of printed pants from Talbots. They're slacks that would be appropriate for work, but are stretchy and very comfy! However, printed pants can sometimes be challenging to style, so I've put together two looks with these pants: one more appropriate for an elementary school teacher, and then one for a secondary (middle/high school) teacher! 

For this first look, I styled the pants for an elementary school teacher. Although I am no teacher, as I understand it, elementary school teacher is a bit more hands-on and often requires more movement and keeping up with little ones, especially in those early grades. I know if I was going to be sitting cross-legged on the floor in a circle of five-year-olds, I'd want to be wearing something comfortable! 

So, I paired the pants with a stretchy, golden-yellow tee and a fun navy tasseled scarf to match the background of the pants. I finished the look with a bracelet and suede loafers (which, although you can't see, had a SUPER thick and squishy insole. Very nice.) Details like the print of the pants and the tassels on the scarf add visual interest, but all in all this is a no-muss, no-fuss outfit.

Outfit Details:
Shoes-Alex Marie

The second look is geared more towards a secondary school teacher, where although comfort is still a factor, there isn't as much physical activity like recess duty, games, field trips, etc. I would also venture a guess that the standards of professional attire are a bit stricter for teachers in those upper levels (although I'm not sure--maybe one of you teachers can weigh in!)

For this outfit, I wore a green blouse with a very subtle navy polka-dot print for a little pattern mixing! I finished the look off with a professional blazer, nude wedges, and a fun necklace. This outfit is still pretty comfortable, but gives off a more professional vibe for teachers who are working with older students.

Outfit Details:
Pants: Talbots
Wedges-Boston Design

Finally, one quick plug--teachers in the KC area can get special discounts at the Overland Park location until August 27! Who says stocking up on back-to-school fashion is just for the students?

This post is part of a partnership between Clothes Mentor and Undergraduate Style. As always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own!

Linking up with: Not Dressed as LambElegantly FashionableStyle NudgePink SoleClaire JustineMore Pieces of MeFizz and FrostingStill Being MollyTwo Peas in a BlogI Do deClaireA Stroll Thru LifeStyle ElixirMyriad MusingsCute and LittleElegantly Dressed and StylishGaray TreasuresMy Girlish WhimsThe Mummy ChroniclesThe Pleated PoppyTucker UpShopping My ClosetPumps and PushupsClassy Yet TrendyJersey Girl Texan HeartCappuccino and FashionButcher's NicheSydney Fashion HunterElegance and MommyhoodKatherine's CornerA Labour of LifeHappiness of Mid-LifeThe Red Closet DiaryHome of MalonesCurly Crafty Mom

Friday, August 12, 2016

Introducing: The Cheerful Closet!

On this, which happens to be my third blogiversary, I have some big news to share with y'all!

I mentioned a few months ago that I would be rebranding this summer. I love my original name, Undergraduate Style, but as I am no longer an undergraduate, I have outgrown it. I wanted to choose a new name that still represents the mission of this blog, but that will remain relevant to me as long as I'd like to continue blogging. So, after months of careful consideration, I am now ready to unveil my new name!

Drumroll please...



The Cheerful Closet! 

I chose this name because I believe one's style is a reflection of one's personality. When you find your style niche, your personality is allowed to shine through in an outward representation of who you are on the inside! I think "cheerful" is one of the best words to describe not only the colors, prints, and silhouettes in my closet, but also my personality.

As this name represents a transitional period for me, I also hope to share more snippets into my "real life," especially as I move out into an apartment and build my life as a real grown-up. Expect to see mostly personal style, but here and there I may share a recipe, home decor inspiration, or, God willing, photos of my future dog! :D

Along with my new name, I thought it was time for a site update, so I went back to Angelina at SkyandStars who redesigned my site in January 2015, and she made a beautiful new look for The Cheerful Closet. I am endlessly grateful for her talent and partnership!

There will inevitably be some hiccups with my site over the next few days/weeks as I get my domain switched over, my new site design up and running, and get all my usernames/accounts updated so I can continue moving forward as The Cheerful Closet. I thank you in advance for your patience as I get all the kinks worked out!

Finally--THANK YOU. Thank you to those of you who have been with me since the beginning, and thank you to those who may have found this corner of the Internet more recently. I certainly wasn't thinking three years ahead when I started this lil blog, but looking back, it's been one wild ride, and I can't wait to see what the next year brings!