Pin to Real Life: Chambray & White Skirt

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Left image source: Crazy Style Love (used with permission under Creative Commons license)

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I love doing these “Pin to Real Life” posts because I feel like they go to the essence of what this blog is about. Yes, my blog has an essence. Take a deep breath and you might get a whiff. But seriously…the essence is about how I find styling inspiration (sometimes from my own head, sometimes from other people) and then adapt it to fit my real life. [cue epiphany sound effect – it all makes sense now, doesn’t it?!]

This inspiration for this outfit came from Jenny at Crazy Style Love, and she is crazy fabulous pretty much all the time. She wears things I would never have the lady balls to wear. But then again, she lives in Toronto, and I get the impression that’s a more fashion-forward city than Indianapolis. No offense to my city, but its style is very much sports-based. So if Jenny had come to brunch with me on Saturday in her outfit, she would have looked way overdressed (but still awesome, obviously).

My shorter, less voluminous, skirt is more practical for me, and flats instead of heels seemed more appropriate for the occasion. Finally, I tied my shirt in the front instead of tucking it in because I felt like that added an extra casual touch.

A million thanks to Jenny for inspiring this outfit – I loved it! If you want to see more of the people and outfits that inspire me, follow me on Pinterest!

similar Shirt // similar Skirt // Sunglasses // similar Shoes (on sale) // Bag (on sale)

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Pin to Real Life: Pink and Navy

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Left image source: Poor Little It Girl (used with permission)

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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”

Pin to Real Life: Winter Layers

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Left image: Penny Pincher Fashion (used with permission)

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When I saw this outfit that Kimberly came up with, it felt so very “me” (well I guess it’s really more “Kimberly” but the point is I liked it), so I plopped a photo over on good ol’ Pinterest. A few days later, I didn’t really have an idea of what to wear, so pin to the rescue!

You can read my tips on using Pinterest for outfit inspiration here, but I’ll clue you in on a big one: pin looks that contain pieces similar to what’s already in your closet. Obviously for this outfit I did a totally different color scheme, but I had all the basic stuff: striped tee, leather vest, coat, plaid scarf, beanie, jeans, and boots. And a dusting of snow around my feet – do I get bonus points for that? It was the mix of patterns and layers I liked, so I wasn’t too worried about replicating the colors. Plus these were just the only color options I had…so there’s that.

If you want to see what other winter looks I’ve been in to recently, you can follow my Pinterest board here!

similar Shirt // similar Vest (on sale) // Coat (40% off w/ code TAKENOTE) // similar Scarf (on sale) // similar Hat // Sunglasses // similar Boots (save) // other similar Boots (spend) // Lips

Melting

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You see that little strip of snow struggling to stay frozen?! It’s definitely gone by now. Good riddance. We have to melt away the old snow to make room for the new snow that will inevitably come. Sort of like how I have to donate and consign old clothes to make room for the new ones that will inevitably show up in my closet. (I wonder how they get there? It’s a mystery.) Funny enough, taking clothes to the consignment store was one of the errands I ran while wearing this outfit.

And speaking of this outfit, it was inspired by a photo I pinned from Pink Peonies! I already had all the basic elements, so I just needed this unseasonably warm day so I could get away with wearing lighter layers. You can see more of my “Pin to Real Life” outfits here.

Chambray (on sale in petite) // similar Jacket (on sale) // Belt (30% off w/ code TOYOU) // Bracelet (on sale) // similar Bag // similar Boots* // Lips “Punch Drunk”

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

Pin to Real Life: Pattern & Texture Edition

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Left image source: Merrick’s Art (used with permission)

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I don’t remember exactly what I had planned to wear on Tuesday; all I know is it did not work out. I was crunched for time and didn’t know how/where to start over, and then I had a miraculous pre-coffee stroke of genius: Pin to Real Life is making a comeback! (If you’re just joining us, you can get the low down on Pin to Real Life here.)

I pinned this outfit from Merrick a few days ago because I loved the mix of patterns and textures, plus it was so simple and comfortable. Her printed pants are way cuter than mine, but I did what I could. And I love her addition of yellow flats, but (shockingly) I don’t have any! So I added my yellow with a necklace instead.

Many thanks to Merrick and Pinterest for saving me from going to school in my PJs!

similar to Merrick’s cute Pants // similar Jacket // similar Shirt // Necklace* // Shoes* // Sunglasses // Bag mostly sold out, rich people version here

*Necklace provided courtesy of Max & Chloe; shoes purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M

The Final Countdown

This post was sponsored by H&M.

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Hey there, lovely readers! Thanks to everyone who has been following my NYC adventures on Instagram. In the meantime, here’s the outfit I wore last week to the Megan & Liz show. Since it just happens to include a couple of new goodies from H&M, this is a good time to remind you that tomorrow is the last day to enter the 50 States of Fashion Contest! Just Instagram a photo of yourself in a killer outfit and tag it with #HMShopOnlineXX (fill in your state’s initials). You could win one of several $250 H&M gift cards, or the grand prize of a $1000 gift card and a trip to NYC. Since I am in NYC right now I can confirm that it’s a fun place to go. So enter away!

Incidentally, this is also a Pin to Real Life outfit! See my inspiration here.

similar Dress* // Scarf* // similar Shoes // Bag

*Dress and scarf courtesy of H&M.

Pin to Real Life Guest Blogging

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Today I’m taking a day trip to Nashville, Tennessee!

OK, not exactly. But I am doing a guest post for Nashville blogger Jessica at My Here & Now Life! Jessica is that classy broad on the left, and I used her outfit as inspiration for another Pin to Real Life outfit post. Head on over to Nashville (via the interwebs) to see more!