Two-faced

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These sunglasses and this shirt are both from Madewell, and this skirt and these shoes are both from Ann Taylor. On any given day, there’s a good chance you’ll find me wearing one or both of these brands. Which is sort of interesting considering they’re so different. AT’s very “I’m going out for cocktails after my board meeting,” while Madewell’s very “I’m going out for beers after a music festival.” There’s probably something very deep I could say about myself here, but my brain is shot from studying, so I’ll leave it to you.

Have a great weekend!

Skirt (on sale) // Shoes (on sale) // similar Shirt // Sunglasses // similar Bag (on sale) // Ring // Necklace*

*Necklace provided courtesy of oNecklace.

#LookingLucky 7: Geometrics

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I’ve added a lot of new goodies to my closet this month (you’ll read all about that in the next Budgeting Bloggers post), but this jacket is probably near the top of the list. I fell in lust with it immediately when it showed up at Ann Taylor at a whopping $200. Well, good things come to those who wait, because I snagged this for about $80, including tax and shipping. And whaddaya know…just in time to cross “geometrics” off my list of Looking Lucky trends. From what I remember about geometry, it’s about shapes. And this jacket has like 200 squares on it. Plus there are a bunch of overlapping triangles in this necklace. Not to brag, but I totally got an A in geometry. I think it’s now clear that that grade was well deserved.

Jacket (on sale) // Top (on sale) // similar Necklace* // similar Shoes // Bracelet

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

Sans Coat

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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:

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*Blazer purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M; necklace purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Asos.

Chamber of Secrets

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As I mentioned yesterday, I used both of my Black Out “passes” in the same outfit last week – and here’s that outfit. It was the first day of my new internship with a judge, so I wanted to dress more on the conservative side (or my version of it, anyway), plus it was frigid, so black tights and boots were pretty much a must. I’m so excited to have this great opportunity for my last semester of school, and I can tell already it’s going to be a fun and enlightening experience. The only problem is I can’t tell you much about it – I’m sworn to secrecy! But that’s OK…it just enhances my mystique. Because people who put pictures of themselves on the Internet everyday are SO mysterious.

Have a great week, everyone. If you’re crazy enough to challenge yourself to wear [almost] no black with me, be sure to share your photos with the hashtag #BlackOutStyle!

Jacket (on sale) // Skirt (on sale) // similar Boots // similar Shirt // Lips (mine is a custom color from Bite Lip Lab, but try Cin Cin)

Blazing

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I picked up a couple things at Ann Taylor recently to beef up my professional wardrobe…you know, for that profession that I’ll hopefully have soon. In the meantime, there’s no reason I can’t break in the blazer at school. And maybe I’ll throw in a statement necklace and some combat boots so everyone will think I’m one of those girls who can mix random things together and look awesome. Is it working?

Oh, and don’t forget! I’ll be starting my leg of the Black Out challenge tomorrow! I hope some of you will join in. You don’t have to be a blogger to join, and you’ll be entered in a giveaway for an adorable fox necklace. Nicole and I will share a list of all participants each week (including your link if you’re a blogger). If you think it sounds impossible to stop wearing black for a week, check out Nicole’s pointers (and very loose rules!) here.

Jacket (extra 50% off w/ code WINTER50) // Sweater (extra 60% off) // similar Necklace // Boots // similar Sunglasses // Jeans (on sale)

Fall Colors

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A more accurate name for this post would be “WEAR ALL OF THE FALL COLORS!!!!” Navy blue? Check. Olive green…mustard…and burgundy? Checkity check check. The nice thing about fall colors is that they’re darker and (mostly) more subdued so you can wear a mix of them together. Spring/summer colors don’t always work that way. Hot pink, mint green, neon yellow, and powder blue in one outfit? Generally not appropriate unless you’re a piñata. So three cheers for seasons that let me wear a bunch of colors together without looking like an insane person!

Cardigan (on sale) // similar Bag (on sale) // similar Watch // Boots (and lots more colors here) // Lips “Romantic”

2 New Staples

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To avoid aimless buying when the stores are bursting with newness at the start of a season, I try to make a list of things that I really feel are missing from my wardrobe. You know, to keep me focused. Sometimes it even works.

This fall, 2 of the things on my list were a light chambray shirt and skinny black pants. The chambray was easy, but for some reason black pants were really hard. I wanted a pair that I could wear to work (once I have one of those job things again), so not jeans. But I also wanted to wear them more casually with flats, so not too long. But that means they needed to have a nice slim fit without being too tight, so not leggings. You see how this got hard? Finally I found these from Ann Taylor and they’re about as close to perfect as I could find! I haven’t washed them yet so we’ll see how they hold up.

What on your shopping list is stumping you right now?

Shirt // Pants (on sale) // Necklace* // similar Shoes // similar Bag (on sale) // Bracelet

*Necklace provided courtesy of Max & Chloe.

Pin to Real Life Outfit #4

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Left image source: AJ Wears Clothes (used with permission)

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Here’s what’s up, people.

Number 1: It’s the 4th of July, so happy ‘Murrica day, y’all! Freedom. Democracy. Obesity. Etcetera.

Number 2: Today I’m showing you an outfit inspired by a look I pinned from the blog AJ Wears Clothes. Meanwhile, yesterday AJ herself joined the Pin to Real Life challenge (you can find her link below). It’s kind of like blog incest, but AJ’s from Arkansas, so it’s all good. Yeah, I went there.

I hope everyone enjoys their (hopefully long) weekend! With all the spare time you have, why not visit some of the other #PinToRealLife bloggers?

similar Jacket // Skirt (on sale) // similar Sandals (on sale)

Utility Jacket + Pencil Skirt

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Not to sound too self-satisfied, but I really like every outfit I wear. If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t wear it. But there are some outfits I really love. (It’s kinda like: I like my Sketchers, but I love my Prada backpack – name that movie!)

This outfit was one I loved! I just got this utility jacket after looking high and low (but mostly low because I’m short and cheap) for the perfect one. This baby’s just the right shape and weight to wear all day, so rather than wait for the weekend to wear it with jeans, I wore it to work yesterday mixed with this floral pencil skirt. It was right up my alley because there’s nothing I love more than an unexpected mix! Except maybe a kitten washing its face. I mean you can’t beat that.

Jacket // Skirt (on sale) // similar Shoes // vintage Coach bag via eBay // Lipstick “Romantic”

Sunshine, Flowers, and Puppies

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OK, full disclosure. There aren’t any puppies in this post. Just sunshine and flowers. I usually don’t take photos in this spot in the afternoon for the very reason that the sun shines through the railing and  trees, making lots of crazy shadows. But there’s something about the first sunny, 80 degree day of the spring/summer that makes a girl want to put on a floral skirt and pose awkwardly with her tripod on her balcony. Am I right, ladies?

So who cares that sometimes the sun’s bouncing off my skin in all its super white glory, and 2 inches away another part of me is hiding in the shadows? It’s times like this I’m really glad I made my blog about real life and not perfection. Not that I’m not perfect. It’s just the sun that’s flawed. No amount of Clinique will get rid of those sun spots.

Skirt // Cardigan (extra 30% off w/ code SALE30) // Necklace // similar Shoes (on sale) // similar Sunglasses // Nails “Mint Candy Apple” // Lipstick “Pourpre Preview”