Friday, July 22, 2016

Blogging Besties: Close Enough

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The Blogging Besties series is the brain child of Alex @ Undergraduate Style 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 wore a lovely navy and pink floral top and counted it good for the prompt "lilac". Hey it's floral!



The prompts she gave me were "a dark floral print, ribbons, ruching, or something close enough".
I grew up with two very Southern sayings, "close enough for country picking" and "close only counts for horseshoes and hand grenades." I think when it comes to fashion, I'll go with the former. ;)

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The lattice detail on the shoulders of my shirt are close enough to ribbons, yeah? I can't decide what color this top is. Nordstrom called it Burgundy, but it's too washed out for that. Mauve? Rose? I don't know.

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Next week, Whitney gets the following prompts: fun detail, metallic shoes, favorite shorts, and indeterminate color.
Top: Nordstrom (SIMILAR)
Shorts: Old Navy (SIMILAR)
Necklace: Gingersnaps (EXACT PENDANT, EXACT SNAP)Sandals: Payless (SIMILAR)
Previous Editions of Blogging Besties

Monday, July 18, 2016

Summer Tank

If I had to pick the most summer-y tank in my closet, it would probably be this one. First, off, it's neon pink. Second off, it's in the perfect material that's not so thin as to be see-through, but isn't so thick or scratchy as to be uncomfortable during these VERY hot summer days we've been having. Needless to say--I'm a big fan!

Here, I styled it with white jeans, a jean jacket, pendant necklace, and sandals for brunch with my family. Very comfy while still looking effortlessly put together!





Top: JC Penney (similarsimilarsimilar)
Jacket: H&M (similarsimilarsimilar)
Jeans: LOFT (similarsimilarsimilar)
Sandals: LOFT (similarsimilarsimilar)
Necklace: Forever XXI (similarsimilarsimilar)

Friday, July 15, 2016

Blogging Besties :: Lilac

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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 proved you can be both thoroughly professional and fashionably au courant with her fab color combo:

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This week is brought to you by: “lace, lilac, and leopard".
And for your viewing pleasure, I give you: lilac.

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Okay, okay, before I get berated, I'll just come out and admit that I know absolutely nothing about flowers.

One would think that after having participated in Anne's multiple floral challenges, I'd have learned a thing or two. But one would be wrong. At the end of the day, a flower is a flower is a flower to me, and if I can't keep one alive, I can at least sport them happily in my wardrobe.

So please forgive me for calling this top challenge-compliant to "lilac", but it's the closest floral piece I could come up with that's also fitting with my retro aesthetic. And I'm sure you can get over the inaccuracy in the face of all its cunning details: ruched shoulders, happy bows, the perfect color contrast of navy and pink.

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 Also, upon further perusal, I realize that my skirt is very similar to Alex's, albeit a more vintage-y version. So although it wasn't part of her challenge per se, I think that should count for some points, eh?

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For Selah’s turn next week, I challenge her to the following: a dark floral print, ribbons, ruching, or something close enough.

Vive le vendredi!  

:: Just the facts, ma’am :: 
Top – eBay 
Skirt – Elie Tahari via eBay 
Heels - Marimba by Aerosoles

:: Scream it from the top of your lungs :: 
I Only Have Eyes For You by Frank Sinatra and Count Basie

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Pinspired: Pink Pants

Last week, I shared with you an "unfortunate outfit"--it took me several tries to get it photographed. The outfit I'm sharing with you is perhaps even more unfortunate as this was the outfit I was photographing when a gust of wind knocked over my tripod, breaking my camera. All is well now--after saving up for a couple months and waiting for a deal to come along, I replaced it and actually was able to upgrade to a basic DSLR! All this to say--these photos are something of a relic.



The outfit itself is inspired by this Pin, appropriately titled "Chilly Spring Day"--seeing as I did, in fact, wear it on a chilly spring day! I was actually able to match many of the pieces almost exactly--from the pearl earrings down to the Jacks!



Shirt: JC Penney (similarsimilarsimilar)
Pants: JC Penney (similarsimilarsimilar)
Sandals: Jack Rogers (exactsimilarsimilar)
Bag: c/o Vera Bradley (exactsimilarsimilar)



Linking up with: The Mummy ChroniclesThe Pleated PoppyShopping My ClosetPastries Pumps & PiPumps and PushupsClassy Yet TrendyJersey Girl Texan HeartCappuccino and FashionButcher's NicheSydney Fashion HunterKatherine's CornerLiving in ColorHappiness at Mid-LifeThe Red Closet DiaryHome of MalonesCurly Crafty MomElegance and MommyhoodStyle ElixirRachel the HatJo-Lynne ShaneGrace and LoveShelbee on the EdgeThe Farmer's WifeA. Liz AdventuresThe Closet By ChristieXOXO RebeccaAdri LatelyColor and GraceStill Being MollyFizz and FrostingMore Pieces of MeClaire JustinePinkSoleStyle NudgeMichelle's PaigeElegantly FashionableNot Dressed as LambNot Dead Yet StyleTwo Peas in a BlogStyle ElixirI Do deClaireA Stroll Through LifeMyriad MusingsGaray TreasuresA Good Hue

Monday, July 11, 2016

The Dress

About a year ago, I went to the Gap for the first time. I walked through the store, pretty disappointed with what I found, although I would later learn that all Gaps are not like that--Lawrence's is just kind of crummy. However, when I reached the clearance racks at the back of the store, I found it. The dress. The perfect dress. It's a thick, chambray material--not prone to wrinkles, structured without seeming stiff. It's an A-line silhouette--the perfect shape for my figure. It's long enough to wear to work without being so long as to require heels. And to top it all off--it's striped!

This dress is perfect for me, and I can wear it with just about anything! In true Alex form, I usually wear it with cardigans--the neutral blues go with nearly every cardigan I own. I couldn't believe that I haven't worn this dress with my maroon cardigan before, so I thought now is a better time than ever! I paired it with my tortoise shell necklace and cognac flats for a fun but subdued look for work. 





Dress: Gap (similarsimilarsimilar)
Cardigan: J. Crew Factory (exactsimilarsimilar)
Flats: Lucky brand (exactsimilarsimilar)
Necklace: Thrifted via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)

Linking up with: Two Peas in a BlogThe Fashion CanvasI Do deClaireA Stroll Thru LifeMyriad MusingsCute and LittleGaray TreasuresA Good Hue

Friday, July 8, 2016

Blogging Besties: Copycat Piece


Blogging Besties is a weekly series featuring Whitney of Whitney à la mode, Alex of Undergraduate Style, 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 featured a fun summer look. I loved her pretty tank and I think that teething necklace is so nifty while still being cute! 

 

Whitney challenged me with a "copycat piece." So, I thought, who better to copy than the woman herself? I happened to have a nice lace top that is quite similar in color to Whitney's! In contrast to Whitney's fun casual look, I styled mine for work with a neutral cardigan and a pencil skirt. Add a statement necklace and leopard flats for a little fun and I was good to go!




Next week, Maricel can choose from the following: lace, lilac, or leopard! (See what I did there?)
Top: Thrifted via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)

Skirt: Thrifted via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Cardigan: J. Crew Factory (exactsimilarsimilar)
Flats: Thrifted via Plato's Closet (similarsimilarsimilar)

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Casual Friday

Honestly, working in a typical 8-5 office job has made me appreciate Fridays more than ever--especially when they're casual Fridays! My office is pretty casual--I can wear bright colors and fun prints if I want--but we reserve jeans for Fridays, and I really look forward to it!

This is an outfit I wore for Casual Friday last week. The weather has been cooler lately, and of course offices are always freezing, so I layered up with a tee, a sweater, and a pretty scarf!





Tee: Target (similarsimilarsimilar)
Jeans: LOFT (exactsimilarsimilar)
Cardigan: Old Navy (similarsimilarsimilar)
Scarf: LOFT (similarsimilarsimilar)