Meet My Friend Phillip.

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Guess what, guys?! It’s time to show off some of my Phillip Lim for Target duds in action! As you probably already know from stalking me on your social media of choice (links above…hint hint), I got up at 7:00 Sunday morning to head to Target and check out the new designer collab. I’m pretty sure the majority of people in the Indianapolis area have no clue who Phillip Lim is or why this collection was a big deal. Lucky for me, that meant I had very little competition for all the coveted bags!

On the other hand, the lack of fashion knowledge in my area also means that almost no one has complimented me on my new bag over the past 2 days or said something like, “Oh, you got the yellow Phillip Lim mini satchel?! So cute!” I almost wish I would get mugged just so I could have a Clueless-style conversation that would go something like this:

Mugger: “Gimme your purse!”

Me: “No, you don’t understand. This is a Phillip Lim for Target collection bag!”

Mugger: “A Philla Whatta?”

Me: “It’s like a totally. important. designer.”

Mugger: “Oh. In that case, I will retire from my life of crime and go back to school. And maybe do some volunteer work at an animal shelter. Have a nice day. Love those shoes, BTW.”

Top // Bag // similar Skirt // similar Sunglasses (only $12) // Shoes*

*Shoes purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M.

Leather Weather

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This is what I wore Saturday for the Macy’s 5 Fall Essentials show, and then out for dinner and patio music-listening later. If it were up to me (and let’s face it – most things should be up to me), leather accents would have been on the list of 5 essentials for fall. How about I just make it the unofficial #6? OK great. Done and done.

Seriously, I’ve been missing leather all summer. It just adds the perfect touch of badass. Not that I need it, obviously. Few things are more badass than a mint green quilted bag and a necklace with giant flowers on it. I think after I graduate and pass the bar, I’m going to get business cards made that say “Badass Lawyer” under my name. But the cards will also have a faux leather paneling on them…just to make sure the point gets across.

Jacket* // Shirt // similar Shoes (on sale) // Sunglasses // similar Bag (under $20) // similar Necklace (on sale) // Lips “Pourpre Preview”

*Jacket purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M.

Right on Target

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Don’t lie. I’m not the only one who got up at dawn yesterday to wait outside Target for the Phillip Lim collection. Or maybe some of you were even crazier and waited up all night for it to go live online. Since I’m lucky enough to live close to a Target store in a city where most people have never heard of Phillip Lim, I didn’t have to suffer through the so-called “Limsanity.” There were a couple other girls who showed up early with me, and I think we all got what we wanted!

I haven’t had a chance to wear my new shirt or bags and take photos for you, but a few days ago I did wear this dress from the last Target designer collection from Prabal Gurung.  And then I took pictures of myself between classes on top of a parking garage. Because I’m cool like that.

similar Dress  // Scarf* // Glasses // similar Shoes (on sale) // Bag (on sale)

It’s the Real-Life Remix…

(Apparently this dress has an official pose, no matter the season.)

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*Scarf purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M.

Five Fall Essentials

Everywhere compensated me for covering this Macy’s event, but all thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own!

So you know how all the big time bloggers spent last week at runway shows for New York Fashion Week? Well, I spent last week in class learning stuff about law and then spent Saturday afternoon at a runway show down the street at Macy’s. I mean I’m sure NYFW is awesome, but I’m not exactly mad that my blogger perks are way more convenient.

The show was all about the 5 Fall Essentials according to the fabulous Danielle (who ties with me for best dressed in Indianapolis…you heard it here first). Here are the 5 trends along with pics of my favorite looks from each.

1. Military-Inspiredmacy's five fall essentials, fall fashion 2013, military inspired fashion

similar Vest // similar Boots

2. Sweater Dressmacy's five fall essentials, fall fashion 2013, sweater dress

similar Dress (on sale)

3. Crew Neckmacy's five fall essentials, fall fashion 2013, pencil skirt, crew neck

Skirt // Boots

4. Printed Pantsmacy's five fall essentials, fall fashion 2013, leopard leggings, printed pants

Sweater // Leggings

5. Underpinningmacy's five fall essentials, fall fashion 2013, peplum, underpinning

Top // Necklace

And there you have it! Pretty cute outfits, right? Couldn’t have styled it better myself. Below are just a couple other shots of some things I liked from the show (clockwise from top left): a trench coat over bold stripes and accessories; a red dress with tan pumps; a fun mix of patterns and textures; and a sweater with wolves making out.

Who else is psyched for fall fashion now?! YAY!

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I Like Mashed Potatoes

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Usually when I buy something new I immediately start imagining all the ways I’m going to wear it (it’s easier to justify the purchase that way). Then sometimes I have to admit that what I pictured in my head doesn’t quite work.

With this shirt, I pictured it tucked into some of my shorter skirts, but when I tried it out the other day it looked lumpy. Lumpy mashed potatoes? Delicious. Lumpy hips? Yucky. Mmmm…mashed potatoes sound good right now. Anywho.

I untucked the shirt, and that looked frumpy, which rhymes with lumpy and therefore is no good either. Finally I settled on this long skirt and belt and I felt rather tall and statuesque. That’s extra impressive when you’re 5’3″.

Happy Friday, and may your weekend be filled with laughter, friends, and mashed potatoes.

Shirt // similar Skirt (under $25) // similar Belt (on sale) // Sunglasses // Bag (on sale) // similar Bracelet (on sale) // similar Shoes (on sale)

It’s the Real-Life Remix…

maxiskirtremix

It’s All in the Shoes

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So I was standing in bare feet in front of my mirror looking at this combo and thinking that a loose tank + drapey jacket-type thing + long pendant + distressed jean shorts = a little too loosey-goosey-hippie-dippie. One set of rhymes might be OK, but two? Whoa. Slow your roll.

Then I put on my trusty black wedges and I was singing a different tune – one you wouldn’t have heard at Woodstock. I can’t totally explain it but I feel like they have sort of a simple, classic elegance to them and they just give the whole look a different vibe. Plus my feet look cute in them and they’re really comfy. So it’s all around a win.

similar Tank // similar Jacket // Shorts // Sunglasses // Shoes (on sale) // Bag (on sale) // Lips “Romantic”

Check out how I’ve worn some of these pieces before! It’s the remix…

looseygooseyremix

Loosen Up

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Not to get too graphic, but we all know there are certain days when a girl would rather cut off her own ear than have anything hugging her lower abdomen. You know, for whatever reason.

I can add this dress to the short list of comfortable garments that aren’t shaped like potato sacks. It does have that elastic band, but it’s nice and high up on the waist. I love that I can make my “bum” days look just as good as my regular days. It’s pretty much my most valuable skill.

Unfortunately I don’t think I can carry this dress into the winter, but for spring through September it works! See below for a side-by-side of the 2 ways I’ve worn it. Wishing you a comfortable Wednesday…

Dress (on sale) // similar Cardigan (on sale) // similar Earrings* (only $1.50) // Bag (on sale) // Shoes* // similar Bracelets // similar Necklace

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*Earrings provided courtesy of Designs…by Patricia; shoes purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M.

Cheap Substitutes

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You’ve probably noticed a lack of fancy designer duds on this here lil blog. That’s because law students make approximately negative $1000 a minute. I guess if I wanted to I could take what little money I have, not buy any other clothes for 2 months, and save it up to buy 1 expensive thing. But the chances of me not buying clothes for 2 months are about the same as the chances of Miley Cyrus becoming a nun. Or of me becoming a nun, for that matter.

Still, I’m a regular Vogue reader and Shopbop peruser. I mean, a girl can admire beautiful things from afar, right? Among the beautiful things I’ve admired recently are these zillion-dollar studded Valentino flats. So you can see why I was excited to find the much cheaper shoes I’m wearing today that have a similar look.

I’m not sure if there will ever be a day when I drop $800 on a pair of shoes, but let’s just say that day’s not today. And I’m OK with that.

similar Sweater (on sale) // similar Shorts // Bracelet // similar Shoes // other similar Shoes (mine are from TJ Maxx but I couldn’t find them anywhere online!)

Rehearsal Dinner Outfit

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This is what I wore 3 weeks ago for my best friend’s wedding rehearsal and dinner in New Jersey. I didn’t get the chance at the time to take photos, but I wanted to recreate it because I got about a million compliments on this dress and these shoes!

And the best part about this outfit? It was basically free. I got the shoes and clutch courtesy of H&M (since I was a big fancy ambassador and all) and I got the dress with a gift card a friend gave me for my birthday. Looking like a million bucks for zero bucks is a pretty good deal if you ask me (and I think you did).

Hope everybody had a good weekend!

Dress (on sale) // Shoes // Clutch

The Shirtdress Conundrum

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Voila! –  my first shirtdress. I feel this is a good time to start an important philosophical discussion: why is a shirtdress called a shirtdress? Doesn’t every dress have some kind of shirt attached to it? Otherwise it would be a skirt.

Deep stuff, I know. Who knew a simple piece of clothing could be so existential?

Dress // Necklace // similar Shoes