You know how when you were a kid and you got new shoes, you would stare at your feet when you walked? Well I buy plenty of shoes for myself now so I should be over the novelty, but for some reason I couldn’t stop looking at these! They’re just so…pointy. And snakey. Oh, and comfortable, which is a pleasant surprise for Target shoes. Usually I wear heels when I wear a pencil skirt because it looks a little more chic and professional, but I decided on these flats for a few reasons: (1) because they’re new and I’m a five-year-old girl who can’t wait to wear her new shoes, (2) I had a long day of work, a job fair back at school, dinner plans, and errands so I didn’t want to be tempted to amputate my own feet by 8:00pm, and (3) I just like to throw a little something unexpected into the mix.
Shoes // Necklace (on sale) // similar Top (on sale) // similar Jacket // similar Skirt // similar Sunglasses (under $15) // Lips “Punch Drunk”
P.S. If you find yourself near a magazine stand this month, pick up Redbook Magazine and flip to page 58. It’s me!
DO YOU SEE THIS?! I AM WEARING SHORT SLEEVES. OUTSIDE. It’s supposed to snow tomorrow so we’re not out of the (winter) woods yet, but I took full advantage of the mild, sunny day yesterday. I went as far as pretending it was boating weather. I’m a big fan of
boating wearing a shirt with an anchor on it. Fun fact about this shirt: It’s made for a 14-year-old boy. At least according to J. Crew. But I like to think I wear it a lot better than a boy would.
For reference, I usually wear an XS in women’s shirts, and a boys’ 14 at J. Crew fits me with a little extra room. If you’re petite like me, the boys’ section is a great (and more importantly – cheap) option if you’re into the unisex/androgynous look but don’t want your clothes to swallow you!
Shirt (on sale) // similar Jacket* // Jeans // similar Shoes (on sale) // Watch* (for regular sized wrists here) // similar Sunglasses (under $15)
*Jacket provided courtesy of Lucky B Boutique; watch provided courtesy of Dainty Wrist Jewelry.
Necklace* // Bag // similar Sweater (under $25) // Shoes (on sale) // similar Jeans
You guys, I had the BEST Saturday. Let me give you the rundown:
- I had a great brunch (hence the oversized sweater…I planned ahead);
- I got a new phone (an iPhone 5c, upgraded from an iPhone 4 that still had iOS5 so I was pretty much living in the dark ages);
- A package of stuff I ordered from J. Crew Factory came in the mail, and it all looks great;
- And finally, I got to debut this stunner of a necklace from Stella & Dot!
I recently met up with Rachael, a new Stella & Dot stylist, and when she showed me this necklace, my reaction was: “It looks like it could be in a museum!” Being the museum nerd that I am, I obviously had to have it.
This is my first Stella & Dot piece, and it’s pretty fabulous. In case you don’t know, you can order from Stella & Dot online, but you can also host trunk shows for yourself and your friends in your own home (and when you do that you get some perks!). If you live in the central Indiana area and want to host a trunk show, be sure to give Rachael a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org or (248) 953-4647.
But if you’re more of a shop online in your pajamas type (like me), I’ll give you a head start and show you a few more of my favorite Stella & Dot pieces. (P.S. That striped scarf has little elephants on it! Don’t even try to tell me you already have a nautical elephant scarf.)
1. Sanibel Reversible Pendant // 2. Avalon Tote // 3. Frida Necklace // 4. Palm Springs Scarf // 5. Renegade Cluster Bracelet // 6. Ivie Drops // 7. Tia Crossbody
*Necklace provided courtesy of Stella & Dot in exchange for this post, but I chose all content and the opinions are my own.
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Usually when I take outfit photos in the winter, I take my coat and other various outerwear off just long enough to take the pictures – during which time I try really hard not to look grumpy and cold – then I bundle back up and jump into my warm car/apartment.
But on Friday…THIS IS ALL I WORE. No coat, no hat, no gloves, no snow boots. It’s a miracle, I tell ya. I’m not going to declare it spring time yet, but I will declare it time to consider not totally giving up on life anymore. Do you know what people not giving up on life wear? Yellow lace and blue suede shoes. That’s a fact.
similar Shirt // similar Blazer* // similar Shoes (on sale) // similar Necklace* (on sale) // similar Sunglasses // Lips “Please Me”
Flashback to Warmer Days…It’s the Real Life Remix:
*Blazer purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M; necklace purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Asos.
Yesterday I pretty much proclaimed my Madewell dress the best thing since Netflix streaming, and it just so happens that the dress – along with A LOT of other stuff – is now on sale, with an extra 30% off through March 10th! I hate to be the one to encourage others to break their budgets, but considering it’s early in the month, I’m hoping that won’t happen to anyone.
So (keeping responsible spending in mind, of course), here are a few of my favorites from the sale. If you’ve never shopped at Madewell before, the name doesn’t lie. I have absolutely no complaints about anything I’ve ever bought there! Madewell is part of the J. Crew family, so sizing is similar. Happy shopping!
Gray dress: $85
Leather trim shorts: $70
Beaded sleeve tee: $50
Bien Fait bandana: $12
Striped pocket tee: $39
Bow flats (also in black): $47
Striped skirt: $46
(all prices reflect extra 30% off using code DAYLIGHT, rounded up to next dollar)
Shop the full sale here.
Well folks…it’s the big debut! I raved about this dress in my February budget post, and now you can probably see why I love it. It’s totally comfortable, fits me like a glove, and has a perfectly classy but fun shape. The pictures don’t even do it justice – it’s a nice sturdy ponte-ish material so I’m optimistic that it will last me many wears. And it better, because I already have at least 2 spring outfits planned in my head. How great will this color look with leopard print, right? OH! And pockets! Who doesn’t love a dress with pockets?! Do I put anything in the pockets? Of course not. But I like knowing they’re there.
The dress also comes in cobalt blue and in gray/black colorblock. It probably wouldn’t hurt to keep my eye on the clearance rack later in the season. Just in case.
Surprisingly, Madewell did not pay me to write this post. But they probably should. I accept wire transfers, Madewell. Call me.
Best Dress Ever (on sale) // similar Turtleneck // Boots // similar Necklace // Lips “Romantic”
On Tuesday I whipped up this little ensemble for a day of interning. Obviously I didn’t wear the beanie and sunglasses in the office. In hindsight, I’m not sure why I didn’t because it was really cold in there, and my eyes were kinda dry.
By the way, these sunglasses are new – my first March purchase! Can you believe I’ve never owned aviators? What rock have I been living under? I tried some on a long time ago and they looked weird on me, and the silly sunglasses novice that I was thought all aviators were the same shape. I gave them another shot earlier this week and tried on several pairs at Nordstrom Rack. I settled on these from Just Cavalli. I’m pretty sure they make me cooler. Next step: motorcycle. You can drive a motorcycle in pumps, right?
similar Shirt* // similar Belt (under $10) // Shoes (on sale) // Watch* (for regular sized wrists here) // similar Sunglasses // similar Hat (on sale) // Lips “Crush”
More snakes and beanies: It’s the Real Life Remix…
*Shirt purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M; watch provided courtesy of Dainty Wrist Jewelry.
Left image source: Poor Little It Girl (used with permission)
I guess I should apologize for my bad attitude yesterday. This neverending winter is just pretty ridiculous and I’m losing my patience! I’m trying to be just a liiiiiittle more reasonable because there are plenty of things I like about cold-weather dressing. To re-motivate myself, I went to my Real-Life Fall/Winter Style Pinterest board and found some outfits I pinned earlier in the season that I could re-create.
First up: this pink and navy outfit from Cathy. I find myself pinning her outfits on a regular basis because (a) her styling choices are adorable and (b) her outfits are so wearable but still fun. As a bonus, she’s a petite, fair-skinned, blue-eyed blond in her late twenties and I happen to know someone else who fits that description who is amazingly cool.
Oh, and sorry about my stripes – they don’t photograph that well. Try not to have a seizure.
Sweater // similar Skirt (on sale) // similar Boots // similar Necklace // Lips “Punch Drunk”
Well it’s still freezing. The best I can do is wear all of the bright, springy colors I can find. It’s like that old saying…When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. Or wear a lemon sweater. You gotta stay positive.
Just kidding. It’s cold and everything is the worst. If anyone hands me lemons, I’ll be making them into something much stronger than lemonade.
similar Sweater // similar Shoes // similar Bracelet (under $5) // Sunglasses (on sale) // similar Scarf (under $20) // Lips
I did this to my hair all by myself! I have no idea if I could recreate it. But I curled my hair, then made 2 ponytails, then used A LOT of bobby pins to pin little chunks randomly. I put the pins a couple inches from the bottom so curly bits would hang out everywhere. Kinda cute? Or total mess?
Man, I love Oscars weekend. Naturally, I was dressed to the nines and posed for a lot of pictures.
Oh, not for the Oscars though. This was Saturday…for Barristers’ Ball. On the night of the Oscars, I wore a sweatshirt and fuzzy socks and sat on my couch. That’s how I roll.
Anyway, Barristers’ Ball. It’s prom night but in law school. Really, it’s more like a wedding reception, but the majority of the guests are incredibly stressed and badly in need of a night out. We’re also badly in need of an excuse to wear something fancy. Last year I wore a dress to Barristers’ Ball – which I wore again for NYE – but this year I went with a skirt and top in the hopes I would be able to re-wear them both separately multiple times.
The top, necklace, and skirt all came from ModCloth, which made for a kind of cute and quirky, quasi-retro vibe. You know, something Zooey Deschanel would wear. Maybe not to the Oscars, but definitely for spinning around and general frolicking.
Except for the crappy DJ who seemed to think every song could be improved by being shortened to a minute and a half and covered up by his own inane commentary, the night was fun. If you didn’t see them already, there are a few more photos on Instagram!
Have a good week, everyone. May you wear sequins and tulle every day (even if only on the inside).
Skirt // Top (on sale) // Necklace // Shoes (on sale) // Cape (on sale) // similar Earrings // similar Bag // Lips “Crush”