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!

Blogging Besties :: White

Blogging Besties is a weekly series featuring Whitney of Whitney à la mode, Alex of Undergraduate Style, Maricel of ::My Closet Catalogue:: 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!
Last week, Alex looked positively nautical in her jaunty ensemble:


This week is brought to you by: “bright white, cardigan, pastel necklace".

And for your viewing pleasure, I give you: bright white.


If this pic looks vaguely familiar, it's because I'm cheating and re-using photos from this blog post

Now, I don't normally condone cheating, but this time it was necessary. My son had lost my tripod extension a while back and I'd been borrowing my daughter's selfie stick attachment for the tripod. Well, a couple days ago, she broke the attachment and now I have no way to do photo shoots until my replacement doo-dad arrives from Amazon.

I suppose I could take selfies with a mirror, but I just don't have the selfie mirror mojo that Selah has - I can never pose just right to get the top half of my outfit in the shot. Not as good as this anyway:


So, it's Throwback MCC with my all-white outfit. Enjoy! (And I promise a new look when my turn comes rolling around again next month!)


For Selah’s turn next week, I challenge her to the following: summer, sandals, or a throwback look. 

Vive le vendredi!  

:: Just the facts, ma’am :: 
Dress – Maggy London 
Necklace – francesca’s 
Wedges – eBay

:: Scream it from the top of your lungs :: 
Come Fly With Me by Frank Sinatra and Count Basie

Monday, August 8, 2016

Closet Shopping

Since I graduated, I've been living back at home with my family, in the room I grew up in. Over the past three years as an RA, I've grown accustomed to having double closet space since I've been living alone in dorm rooms meant for two people. Suffice it to say that moving back home to my TINY closet with less than half the space I had in the past has been an...interesting transition. Well over half of the clothing I own is packed away in boxes and stashed under my bed, and I'm working with the pieces I think I can get the most use out of at work this summer.

The one upside to this, though, is that on those occasions when I have to pull some boxes out from under my bed, I get to dig through the clothes that have sat untouched for months. It feels like going shopping, but with clothes I already own!

That's how I felt when I found this skirt last weekend. I have been wearing my pencil skirts a lot, so I thought I would pull out the ones I packed away when I wasn't sure I would wear them. It's striped and made of stretchy ponte material, so it's quite wonderful! Here, I styled it with a solid color blouse, a cardigan, and flats to match the top!

Top: LOFT (similarsimilarsimilar)
Skirt: Target (similarsimilarsimilar)
Cardigan: LOFT (similarsimilarsimilar)