Friday, February 17, 2017

Blogging Besties: Faux Fur and Skinny Jeans

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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 went bold with her accessories, lippy, and layering piece.  

 

This week is brought to you by: “faux fur, floral, strappy heels, and skinny jeans".

And for your viewing pleasure, I give you: faux fur and skinny jeans.

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I've been feeling "fluffy" recently. Must be all that stress eating and non-treadmill walking I've indulged in.

Rather than bemoan this fact, however, I'm choosing to embrace it. After all, in only a handful of months, I'll be celebrating a birthday with a "5" at the end of it - a milestone, if you will! - and I think I've earned the right to love myself and my body unabashedly, fluffiness and all.

Thus, rather than choosing something slimming, I'm taking a cue from Alex and going bold with an in-your-face, non-figure-flattering, Lady Gaga-esque faux fur confection.

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I'm not throwing all sartorial caution to the wind, though. I'll do that when I have a couple more 5s under my belt. For now, I will continue to follow the rule of contrasts and pair my ostentatious jacket with an unassuming pair of go-to skinny jeans. Thanks for the tip challenge, Alex!

For Selah’s turn next week, I challenge her to the following: pastel, pink, or something Lady Gaga-esque.

Vive le vendredi!


:: Just the facts, ma’am :: 
Faux fur – Merona via Target 
Turtleneck – Jeanne Pierre via Poshmark 
Jeans - Jennifer Lopez via Kohl's 
Boots – Merona via Target

:: Scream it from the top of your lungs :: 
Never Too Late by Three Days Grace

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Polka Dots & Plaid

I keep a list on Evernote of outfit ideas for days when I'm not quite sure what to wear. This was one of those outfits I thought up over the summer when it was too warm for tights and boots, but finally got around to wearing in late fall!

I love this dress because of the fit. It has absolutely no stretch to it, but it fits like a glove--as if it were made for me! It really does make me feel like a million bucks when I put it on. Here, I styled it with a maroon cardigan, statement necklace, and black boots!




Dress: Liz Claiborne via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Cardigan: J. Crew Factory (exactsimilarsimilar)
Boots: Target (exactsimilarsimilar)
Necklace: Stitch Fix (similarsimilarsimilar)

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!

I've said before that it's an unspoken rule that you are obligated to wear pink, red, or purple on Valentine's Day. I have followed this rule since high school, and I'm certainly not breaking it now! I plan my posts a few weeks ahead of time, so I'm not actually wearing this outfit on Valentine's Day, but you can bet your buttons I'm sticking to the rule!

Here, I styled my pretty pink dress with a cool collarless blazer, a gold chain-link necklace, and black booties. 





Dress: LOFT (similarsimilarsimilar)
Blazer: Ann Taylor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Necklace: thrifted via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Booties: Dolce Vita via Target (similarsimilarsimilar)

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Pinspired: Gingham and Pearls

I've had this pin on my Pinterest for a while now, waiting to be recreated. I just love the multifaceted look created by the texture of the sweater, the gingham print on the shirt, and the shine that the pearls give to the entire look.

I was able to replicate this look almost exactly with pieces out of my closet, and then finished off the look with jeans and booties.






Shirt: J. Crew (similarsimilarsimilar)
Sweater: Target (similarsimilarsimilar)
Pearls: J. Crew Factory (exactsimilarsimilar)
Jeans; LOFT (exactsimilarsimilar)
Booties: Forever XXI (similarsimilarsimilar)
Watch: LOFT (similarsimilarsimilar)

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*the original article from The Berry in which this image was originally posted seems to have been removed. After some research, I was unable to find the original source of the image, so I included the URL from the Pin. 

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Blogging Besties: Favorite Pretty Blouse


Last week, Whitney shared a roundup of looks with some of her favorite pieces. One of my options to pass on was "favorite pretty blouse," and this little mustard number is a natural choice! 


I got this blouse for Christmas and, in case you couldn't tell from my post about it last week, it's been one of my go-tos since then! Here, I styled it with a fur vest, skinny jeans, ankle strap heels, and bold dark lipstick. 




Blouse: Target (similarsimilarsimilar)
Vest: Old Navy (similarsimilarsimilar)
Jeans: LOFT (exactsimilarsimilar)
Necklace: thrifted via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Heels; thrifted via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Watch: c/o JORD (exact)

Maricel--next week you can choose between faux fur, floral, strappy heels, and skinny jeans!


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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Hindsight 20/20

You ever look back at an outfit and realize something you could have done better? It happens to me all the time. For this outfit, it took my mom's recommendation that I try the sweater untucked. Sweaters always look so bulky under a pencil skirt, but I never think to leave them untucked because with flared skirts it can look so bulky. But I tried it at her suggestion, and it looked much better. It didn't come up until the nighttime after I had worn the outfit all day and taken outfit photos, so...*shrugs* these photos are as good as it's gonna get. Next time, though!

An outfit with a white sweater, lavender pencil skirt, leopard flats and leopard scarf

An outfit with a white sweater, lavender pencil skirt, leopard flats and leopard scarf

An outfit with a white sweater, lavender pencil skirt, leopard flats and leopard scarf

Sweater: Target (similarsimilarsimilar)
Skirt: New York & Company via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Scarf: Amazon (similarsimilarsimilar)
Flats: Target via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)

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2016: Red Hot

Monday, February 6, 2017

A Recruiter's Guide to Style: What to Wear on Casual Friday

Hey, all! I'm back with the final installment (for now) of A Recruiter's Guide to Style! In the first post, I covered what to wear to an interview, and in the second, I went over what to wear on your first day of work, both from the perspective of a fashionista and a recruiter! (For some notes on what I mean when I say "professional" in this post and how that impacts certain groups of people, scroll to the bottom of my post.)


Casual Friday is weird. Because you can wear jeans and dress more casually, but you can't wear just ANYTHING--you have to keep it still kind of professional. Here are some do's and don'ts for what to wear on Casual Friday! 

Do's:
  • Make sure your office actually has Casual Friday. Some very conservative work environments (e.g. a law firm) may want you to wear regular work clothes on Friday, especially if you are in a client-facing role. 
  • For a general Casual Friday outfit formula, wear the same pieces on top that you would on a normal workday (e.g. blazer + blouse) and then swap out the bottoms for jeans. I wouldn't call this a rule, but if you're questioning what to wear, it is a good rule of thumb. 
  • Take the opportunity to wear something that is a little bolder or trendier than what you would wear on a normal workday, as long as it's still appropriate and not too flashy (see below.)

Don'ts:
  • Wear evening/nighttime clothes. I don't just mean keeping yourself covered up, although Casual Friday certainly isn't a time to wear something scandalous. But pieces that are flashy or heavily embellished (e.g. sequins, heavy fringe, etc.) are probably not appropriate either, no matter how much skin you cover up.
  • Wear leggings, sweats, sneakers, or t-shirts (although a nice tee in a solid color or pattern is okay.) It's not THAT casual, and you still need to look like a professional.

I don't have any shopping tips for this one--since Casual Friday is your chance to wear pieces that are too casual for a normal workday, no need to go out and buy new clothes specifically for Fridays!

an outfit with a mint sweater, jeans, black booties, and a black floral scarf

an outfit with a mint sweater, jeans, black booties, and a black floral scarf

an outfit with a mint sweater, jeans, black booties, and a black floral scarf

an outfit with a mint sweater, jeans, black booties, and a black floral scarf
Photos by Abbey Welch

Sweater: Old Navy (similarsimilarsimilar)
Scarf: Target (similarsimilarsimilar)
Jeans: LOFT (exactsimilarsimilar)
Booties: Target (similarsimilarsimilar)
Bag: Target (similarsimilarsimilar)

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2014: Pretty Preppy
*A note on professionalism: In American society, our concept of what is "professional" is often biased against certain kinds of people. In some cases, this manifests itself in blatantly discriminatory ways--for example, black women who wear their natural hair are sometimes labeled as unprofessional simply because of their hair texture. Sometimes, it is more subtle, such as picking apart how women wear their nails or what kind of shoes they wear while men are not subject to these criticisms.

Although I refuse to allow blatantly discriminatory versions of professionalism to occur in my circles, other standards of professionalism are so common and deeply ingrained that we must adhere to them in order to navigate the corporate world, at least for now. I hope to use my career in human resources to re-define professionalism and what that means when applied to different kinds of people; however, until further progress is made to welcome women and people of color in the workplace, I want to empower people in those groups to optimize their success in the workplace through tips on how to dress for different business environments.

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