Bright Ideas

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This was another one of my “networking” outfits, where I dressed like I was going to work so that I would blend in with the people I met with, who were (of course) wearing jeans.

I went kinda matchy matchy with the shoes, which isn’t usually my style. But when a dress already makes a big statement, I figure I don’t need to do a contrasting shoe. As long as I’m still living in the real world and not on Planet Fashun, this approach seems appropriate. But as you can see below, I can’t seem to NOT wear colorful accessories with this dress! Next time, I think I’ll wear it with a black leather jacket and black pumps.

similar Dress // another similar Dress // similar Shoes (on sale) // similar Bag // Sunglasses // Lips “Whimsical”

Bright ideas: It’s the Real Life Remix…

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Passed

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I have this weird knack for remembering what I wore on certain occasions, even when the occasions aren’t memorable. (Like: Remember that day it rained and I had to mail a letter? That was the last time I wore X dress, and I wore it with Y shoes.)

But I’ll have a good reason for remembering this outfit, because it’s what I wore the day I found out I passed the Bar! Yep, it’s true. I know because I read the notice slowly, multiple times and out loud, just to make sure I understood it correctly. I had fully prepared myself for the worst, and I like to think I would have handled my failure gracefully, but now we’ll never know because (did you hear the news?) I PASSED!

Also, technically I was wearing pajamas when I got the spectacular news. But this is what I wore earlier in the day, and what I put back on to go out and celebrate with Kristin, who was my sanity-saver, laundry-doer, dinner-maker, and flash card-assembler all summer long. She’s probably just as happy as I am that all that work was worth it. Let’s all take a nice, big exhale of relief together: AAAHHHHHHHHHHH. Have a great week!

Top (on sale) // Pants (under $30) // Bag // similar Shoes (exact may be avail. in DSW stores) // Earrings* // similar Bracelet // Lips

*Earrings purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.

Unsocial Network

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I love it when we get a picture where the wind catches my hair.

Makes me feel like a white, talentless Beyonce.

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This business casual outfit almost makes it look like I have a job, doesn’t it?! I appreciate your optimism, but sadly…still no job. This was actually an outfit I wore while I met with someone who does have a job and who gave me some advice on how to find one of my own. Yes, I’m networking. But I hate calling it “networking” because that word strikes fear in the hearts of introverts like myself. Luckily, this meeting was quite enjoyable and productive. Plus, I was having a great hair day, so…bonus points.

On another note, we took these photos in front of a WWII memorial. There wasn’t any special meaning behind my choice of background; it was just near where we had lunch and it blocked the harsh light. But my grandpa is a WWII vet, and his 95th birthday is this weekend, so I think it’s fitting. It’s not likely that he’ll spend his birthday reading my blog, but he’ll probably be hanging out, gardening, and being (somehow) healthier than I am.

Top via Le Tote (buy similar on sale) // similar Pants // Shoes (on sale) // Watch* // Ring // similar Bag (on sale) // similar Sunglasses (on sale)

*Watch provided courtesy of Dainty Wrist Jewelry.

Wardrobe Workhorse: White Skirt

White skirts: wardrobe workhorses

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Remember when we used to do a Wardrobe Workhorse feature once in a while? Those were good times. Let’s do that again. I noticed the other day when I was tidying my closet that I have 3 white skirts. Seems crazy, right? Why would someone want to cover the thing she sits on with a color that is scientifically proven (not really) to be a magnet for stains? I don’t know. But I do know I’ve worn 2 of those 3 skirts on countless occasions and, surprisingly, I haven’t ruined them! I think the key is to pick skirts that are (a) textured, (b) slightly off-white, or (c) both. They’re a little less intimidating than a sleek, stark white number, and less likely to show little bits of everyday dirt. Above are a few options that I think would fit the bill for anyone who’s looking to buy!

Need convincing? Here are just a few of the ways I’ve worn my white skirts and why I think they’re wardrobe workhorses.

They work for every season…

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You can pair them with brights or with other neutrals…

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And they can be dressy or casual…

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Need I say more?

P.S. You might notice that a few of the skirts I linked to above are available on Shopbop.com. Right now Shopbop is promoting use of its iPhone app, which you can download on iTunes. If you make any purchase through the app now through 9/16, use the promo code “APP.” Then later you’ll get an email containing a coupon for $25 off a future purchase! It’s super easy…I just did it last night.

P.P.S. Disclaimer: Shopbop is a current sponsor of this blog.

Life Imitating Art

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On Sunday we went to the art museum to look at pretty paintings and then walk around the grounds and enjoy the fan-freaking-tastic weather we had over the weekend. The pretty paintings were part of a neo-impressionism exhibit. If you’re not an art nerd, neo-impressionism is the same as pointillism, which just means painting with a bunch of a tiny ass dots.

I already knew a little something about pointillism from my days as an art history major, but it was a relatively brief trend (kind of like bubble necklaces) so we didn’t spend much time on it in class. Sunday was a nice way to brush up on my knowledge! And you know what that means…now I have to teach you something to show off how smart I am. Don’t worry, I’ll keep it short.

Neo-impressionists used side-by-side dots of contrasting colors instead of mixing the colors. Then your eyeballs mix the colors together. It’s science. And it’s pretty cool. One of the most popular color combos was orange + blue. And would you look at that…someone’s rocking a dress with side-by-side orange and blue! I wish I could say it was on purpose, but I’ll have to settle for claiming it was my subconscious genius.

Dress via Le Tote (or buy similar under $17) // Bag // similar Shoes // Earrings // Link Bracelet // similar Stud Bracelet // similar Sunglasses (on sale) // Lips “Plushest Punch”

Tote-ally

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I knew going in to September that I would need to be more careful with this month’s shopping budget. As you may have gleaned, I don’t have a job yet. I like to think I’m handling the uncertainty pretty well – I know everything will work out eventually, but it would be nice to know HOW and WHEN. Normally I allow myself to spend any money I make through my blog on clothes, but this month my goal is to save it and use it for “real” thing. Like “bills.”

So what did your favorite blonde unemployed Hoosier lawyer, blogger, and self-proclaimed shopaholic do to quench her shameful need to have new crap all the time? She…I mean I…finally signed up for Le Tote! If you’re not familiar, I’ll give you the short version: It’s like Netflix for clothes. No, you can’t log in through your Wii and stream clothes into your closet (although that would be AMAZING…like Star Trek meets Clueless). I mean the old-school Netflix where had DVDs shipped to you and you could keep them as long as you wanted and switch them out an unlimited number of times. That’s what you do with Le Tote – add a bunch of stuff you like to your “closet,” pay $50 a month (I paid $25 for this month because I ordered during a Labor Day promo), and receive 5 things at a time. Keep ‘em for a while, or wear them and send them right back for more! You don’t have to wash them…that would be a dealbreaker, ladies.

The best slash most dangerous part is that you can purchase stuff you really like. I absolutely love this top I got in my first tote, but I’m going to be a good girl and send it back. (But I already added it back to my Le Tote “closet” so I can get it again one day!)

This isn’t a sponsored post or anything, but I thought some of you might be interested in Le Tote and maybe hadn’t heard of it yet. Well, now you have. If you do decide to try out Le Tote, I would greatly appreciate it if you sign up via my referral link so I can get a free month of service! (You’ll then be able to refer your own friends for a credit, too. It’s not some fancy blogger perk.)

Shirt via Le Tote (or buy similar) // Necklace via Le Tote (or buy similar) // Jeans (on sale) // similar Clutch* // Shoes // similar Bracelet* // Lips “Orange de Chine”

*Clutch purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M; bracelet courtesy of Asos.

Back in Black (& Gray)

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The backs of knees have to be one of the weirdest looking parts of the human body, don’t you think? OK, now stop looking at mine, creeper.

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If you’ve been reading this blog for more than a day, you know I’m not one to wear head-to-toe black. We’re just not NYC-chic here in the Heartland. But being one of the chicest people in Indiana (it doesn’t take much), I decided I should try head-to-toe black and gray. It was the closest thing to all black I could handle. It was only Tuesday, after all.

similar Skirt (under $20) // similar Bag (on sale) // similar Shoes // Ring* // similar Sunglasses // Lips  “Please Me”

*Ring purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.