Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Winter Florals

Usually, I lay out my outfits before I go to bed at night. But the week after Thanksgiving, I was slow getting back into the swing of things. This is an outfit I threw together the morning of, and I'm pleased to report it turned out pretty well! The sweater was a lot of material to tuck into that skirt, so I was fussing with it all day, but the way these photos turned out--it was all worth it :)





Sweater: Old Navy (exactsimilarsimilar)
Skirt: Forever XXI, thrifted via Plato's Closet (similarsimilarsimilar)
Scarf: Francesca's (similarsimilarsimilar)
Booties: Forever XXI (similarsimilarsimilar)

Monday, December 5, 2016

Daylight Savings

Listen, I love the winter. I LOVE the holidays, and I really don't mind the cold weather much at all. But by FAR my least favorite part is that moment after Daylight Savings ends where you realize just how dark it's gonna be at night. I made the mistake of wearing this outfit the day after Daylight Savings, planning to take outfit photos after work per usual, and realized later that it was going to be well past dusk when I got home. I need to start planning to take photos before I leave for work, because these did not turn out so well. 

I loved the outfit, though, so I am sharing it anyway! I'm a big fan of tie-neck blouses, but I have purged most of mine over the past few years because they didn't fit terribly well. But I found this one on super-sale at Kohl's and loved the polka-dot pattern and the crispness of the white bow against the navy. Here, I paired it with a maroon pencil skirt, flats, and a grey cardigan for warmth!




Top: Kohl's (similarsimilarsimilar)
Skirt: thrifted via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Cardigan: LOFT (similarsimilarsimilar)
Flats: Lucky (exact)

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Blogging Besties: Cozy Scarf and Riding Boots

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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 made me long for fall with her autumnal-colored ensemble.

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Thank goodness the weather has finally turned here in SoCal. Because...

This week is brought to you by: “pumpkin orange, a cozy scarf, lace, and riding boots".

And for your viewing pleasure, I give you: a cozy scarf and riding boots.

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You don't even know how long I've been waiting for sweater weather! What with our (California's) drought and our (my family's) running the A/C well into double-digit months and my getting all fired up with work drama, I desperately needed a cooling off down period.

What better way to celebrate that much-anticipated chill in the air than with proper fall attire? Huzzah for OTK boots and oversized, Mr. Rogers-esque cardigans with iconic elbow patches. Hip, hip, hooray for plaid prints and wooly infinity scarves.

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I also feel that this outfit brings me back to my roots. It's almost as if I've come full circle in this wild ride I call my adventure into the blogoverse. When I began my style blog, I was trying to find my "fashion voice" and I still fell back on my de rigeur uniform of button-up shirts and boots whenever I found myself straying into unfamiliar/uncomfortable territory.

Multiple trends (bubble necklaces, tulle skirts, and blanket scarves, anyone?) and hundreds of dollars later, it's almost a relief to realize that what I started off with really is my signature style.

Don't I just look so relaxed and comfortable in my own skin?

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I'm still a retro diva, but I feel that persona only comes out in the warmer months. I'm also still sewing and have loads of hand-crafted items to show off, many of them of the retro persuasion.

But for right now, when the smell of petrichor and pine is in the air, let's indulge me and my "casual Friday" outfits, wot?

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

Vive le vendredi!

:: Just the facts, ma’am :: 
Top - Mossimo Supply Co. 
Cardi – Forever 21 
Scarf - eBay 
Jeans – Aeropostale 
Boots - Rue 21

:: Scream it from the top of your lungs :: 
The Run and Go by Twenty One Pilots
 
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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

November Budget

November has already come to an end--can you believe it? It's been one wild month, and I am definitely ready for December and Christmas! This month I picked up a lot of awesome pieces because it was my birthday in November, so I had some birthday money to work with! I found a lot of really good deals, so I think I was able to stretch it really far. 


Green lace tee | LOFT | $14 LOFT was selling these lace tees in a million different colors, but I chose this one because the color is flattering on me.

Orange lace tee | LOFT | $10 Same deal with this tee--one of the most flattering colors on me, plus it was on clearance!

Black & white dress | Joe Fresh via Clothes Mentor | $10 I literally can't get out of Clothes Mentor without buying something. I went in to take photos for this month's CM Remix, and I walked out with this pretty dress. It's versatile and SUPER comfortable, so no regrets!

Pink dress | LOFT | $7 I fell in love with this dress in July, last time I went to LOFT. They didn't have it in my size and it's not available online since it was at the outlet. It's been on my mind ever since and I've pined for a hot pink dress just like it. So, I was THRILLED to find it in my size, at the outlet, ON CLEARANCE FOR $7 (it was originally like 70 or 80 bucks!) I am so happy that it made its way back to me.

Cardigan | Forever XXI | $14 I've been looking for a long maroon cardigan, and this one certainly fits the bill! It is very comfy and sufficiently long--so I'm a fan.

Sweater |  Forever XXI | $12.00 I LOVE THIS SWEATER, Y'ALL. It is so quirky and fun, really just the perfect Fair Isle sweater for the holidays. Just what I am looking for in a winter sweater, and for $12 at that!

Green necklace | Clothes Mentor | $6 I love this olive color! The necklace is laying funny in the photograph, but trust me--it's pretty on!

Gold chain necklace | Clothes Mentor | $6 I wear my tortoiseshell chain necklace so much that a gold chain just made sense!

Blue flower necklace | Clothes Mentor | $8 This is an authentic J. Crew flower necklace in the prettiest blue color! I resisted this necklace during several trips to Clothes Mentor, but eventually I broke down and bought it!

Watch | LOFT | $15 (free with birthday coupon) I have been meaning to get a watch with a leather band for at least a year now, but was never ready to pull the trigger. This one was $15 on clearance, so it may not last forever, but it is very pretty and I am sure I'll get my money's worth out of it!

Sweater | Old Navy | $25 I LOOOOVE the color of this sweater! So glad I picked it up during one of Old Navy's many sweater sales.

Tank | Old Navy | $20 I'd been thinking about finding a basic white tank to wear under cardigans and jackets and whatnot--simple enough to wear under printed outerwear, but with a fun detail. With its multi-textured construction and crochet detail, this one fits the bill!

Fur vest | Old Navy | $25 Fur vests have been trendy for a while now, and I thought one would fit in my closet quite nicely since I like my other vests (cargo & puffer) so much. It has been difficult to find one I like at the right price point, but I stumbled across this one on sale for $25, and I knew it was the right time! It's definitely edgy for me, but I like it a lot.

Starting amount: $175
Amount spent: $157
Total items purchased: 13
Average cost per item: $12.08

Linking up with: Franish

Monday, November 28, 2016

Fur Vest

Well, folks, I did it. I finally found a fur vest. I had been keeping an eye out for one since last winter, but hadn't really been able to find one I liked at a price point I could manage. But I stumbled upon this beauty one day at Old Navy a few weeks ago! It was on sale for only $25, and it fits like a glove. I'm a big fan, and I'm glad I picked it up!

Here, I styled it with a black sweater and booties plus a glam necklace to celebrate Thanksgiving with my friends! I liked it better buttoned up here, but I also wear it open sometimes.





Sweater: Target (similarsimilarsimilar)
Vest: Old Navy (exactsimilarsimilar)
Necklace: J. Crew Factory (exactsimilarsimilar)
Jeans: LOFT (exactsimilarsimilar)
Booties 
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Friday, November 25, 2016

Blogging Besties: Black & Cognac



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!





Last week, Whitney left me with probably the easiest prompt ever--black and cognac! I wear black and cognac ALL. THE. TIME, so it was my pleasure to style it for Blogging Besties! Here, I wore my black jeans with cognac boots--a classic combination. I added a lace top, my pumpkin orange cardigan, and a fluffy scarf. Not gonna lie, I felt really good when I wore this to church!




Top: J.C. Penney (similarsimilarsimilar)
Cardigan: Target (similarsimilarsimilar)
Jeans: LOFT (exactsimilarsimilar)
Boots: Target (exactsimilarsimilar)
Scarf: Forever XXI (similarsimilarsimilar)

Maricel's prompts for next week are: pumpkin orange, a cozy scarf, lace, and riding boots!


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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The Little Apple

For those who aren't from Kansas--we have a town called Manhattan, sometimes called the "Little Apple" as an homage to its larger counterpart in New York. Manhattan is also home to Kansas State University, where my brother goes to college. For my birthday he got us tickets to see a musical at the university, so I made the drive out there to see it with him!

Kansas State is a rival to my alma mater the University of Kansas, so as my own personal form of rebellion, I wore red and blue there :) My brother was kind enough to snap some photos of me on K-State's admittedly beautiful campus! 



Photo credit: Sam Welch

Tee: Target (similarsimilarsimilar)
Skirt: Forever XXI, thrifted via Plato's Closet (similarsimilarsimilar)
Booties: Forever XXI (similarsimilarsimilar)
Scarf: Target, thrifted via Plato's Closet (similarsimilar)

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