Fake Leather / Real Love

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Photo bomb!!! Kristin’s shoes are pretty darn cute though.

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On Friday night we went to the Lambda Legal benefit, which I didn’t even know was happening until the day before. Luckily, we had a friend who helped hook us up with tickets. (But I promise…once I have a job, I will donate to Lambda Legal and make up for all the free booze and cheese I consumed.) I’m so so glad we got to go, and not just because I like to hang out with lawyers. This was a really great year for marriage equality, and for once I actually got to enjoy the benefits instead of just celebrating other states’ changes from afar.

The event was packed with “celebrities” like Camilla Taylor, who made a big win in the 7th Circuit recently, and Beth White, my county’s clerk who kept her office open extra hours to let a ton of people get married in June (including me). OK, maybe they’re not celebrities by most people’s standards, but they are to me and to most of the people at the benefit!

Needless to say, there were lots of happy people and lots of celebration on Friday night. I can’t wait to see what we’re celebrating next year!

similar Dress* (under $50) // similar Jacket (on sale) // similar Shoes (on sale) // similar Clutch // Lips “Plushest Punch”

*Dress provided courtesy of Lucky B Boutique.

Learn how to get involved with Lambda Legal here.

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.

A Tough One

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So the Take One, Pass it On challenge was definitely a challenge today. Review yesterday’s outfit if you please. The pieces of my outfit were: black sweater, mint pants, pink pumps, and a bow bracelet. I had already worn the sweater twice, so that was ruled out. I wasn’t going to repeat the shoes because I was going to class, and I’m not about to walk up and down stairs with a heavy backpack in 3″ heels. I’m just not. And the bracelet seemed like cheating.

As you can see, I was left with one option. I was skeptical of wearing these semi-dressy pants to school, so I dressed it down the best way I knew: with a sweatshirt.

And that’s why I think the Take One challenge is so great. I really like this outfit and I never would have put it together without this crazy remix thing. (Do you hear that? …It’s the sound of me tooting my own horn.)

Sweatshirt: Forever 21 (similar here and here)

Pants: Ann Taylor

Shoes: Target (similar)

Ring: Ann Taylor (similar)

NYE

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As promised, here is my outfit from New Year’s Eve! I went out to dinner with a group of friends, and then everyone came over to our place for drinks and games (Cards Against Humanity…look it up…now). And no one drove home drunk, so the party was a success.

eShakti sent me this dress, which was custom-made for me. Yeah, that’s right: custom-madeBecause I’m cool like that. But really it’s more like eShakti is cool like that, because they’ll make you something special for not a lot of dough. They have an amazingly diverse selection of dresses, tops, and skirts, which come in sizes 0-36 or made specifically to your measurements for a few extra dollars. I took the extra time to measure myself so I didn’t have to worry about whether their version of my size ran big or small or tall or whatever. Depending on the item, you can also select different necklines, hemlines, and sleeve lengths – isn’t that cool? I think eShakti would be a great idea for bridesmaids dresses, in case anyone is in the market!

By the way, no cats got drunk in the making of this outfit post. The glass was empty. Happy New Year!

Dress: c/o eShakti (this particular dress appears to be sold out)

Tights: old (similar)

Shoes: Rampage, old (similar)

Clutch: MMS via TJ Maxx (similar)

Bracelets: J. Crew, Stephan & Co., BCBG

Faux Leather; Genuine Badass

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Sorry if I look a little windblown in these photos…I just got off my Harley. And when I say “Harley,” what I mean is “Nissan Sentra.”

A faux leather jacket was one of the items in my fall shopping list, and thanks to a sales alert from Penny Pincher Fashion, I scored this baby from Express for just $70, including shipping (regular price $118). I’ve always loved the look of a leather jacket over a girly dress, and now I’ve finally made it a reality.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I gotta go hang out with Danny Zuko and the other T-Birds.

You’re the one that I want…to follow me on Bloglovin’ and Twitter (get it? funny, right?)

Hey, Sailor

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By the title “Hey, Sailor” you might have thought this was going to be a nautical-style outfit. If you thought that, you would be wrong. This is actually just something I threw together to go to a quick dinner and then do some school work at Starbucks. Normally I don’t hike myself up this tall for something so casual, but as the summer comes to a close, this might be one of my last chances for wedges. Anyway, back to “Hey, Sailor.” That’s actually just the phrase I use as a pick-up line while I strike this pose:

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So far, no takers. I think the problem is that I’m too alluring, and therefore intimidating potential…um…sailors.

Tied With a Bow. Or a Crap Ton of Bows.

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I like finding t-shirts with fun details so I can feel like I’m wearing something special even on those jeans-and-a-t-shirt days. I just picked up this top at Ann Taylor…if there are any other bow lovers out there, I highly recommend stopping by good ol’ Ann’s place. She’s got lots of bows for you.

I wore this a couple days ago when I was out running errands to get ready for classes to start (and they start tomorrow…eep!). It rained all day, which is why you’re getting a little glimpse of the inside of my apartment. I’ll go ahead and let you assume that the rest of it is as tidy as the small section you see here.

Top available at Ann Taylor (and full-price tops are currently buy one, get one half off…just thought I’d mention that)

Taste the Rainbow

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Sometimes I don’t understand what people are wearing at the mall. There are those girls strutting around in their strappy heels…whom are you trying to impress? You’ve got a lot of walking to do, and you choose the least comfortable shoes you own? Plus you’re going to spend 5 minutes taking them off and on in every dressing room. Not practical. Oh, and don’t get me started on the ladies who rub their full face of makeup on the last white shirt in my size.

When I have a big shopping day ahead of me, I dress strategically: a top with a wide neck hole that’s easy to take off without messing up my hair, comfy shoes that slip on and off quickly, no jewelry that’s going to catch on fabric, and no messy makeup or lipgloss.

Luckily, these rules apparently still allow me to dress like a bag of Skittles, which is a life goal of mine.

In case you’re wondering, my shopping was quite successful. Mustard yellow jeans, polka dot tank, striped polo, and a mixed-print skirt. Stay tuned…

On a Whim

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As you know, friends, I am a bit of a planner when it comes to deciding what to wear. Normally I plan my outfits the night before so I have plenty of time and I’m not rushed in the morning. Plus my brain doesn’t function at its full capacity until about 2pm.

I had an outfit planned for this particular day, but I felt crummy in the morning and wasn’t too psyched about wearing the rather snug-fitting pants and heels I had selected. So my options were: wear the uncomfortable pre-planned outfit, or – gasp! – think up something new on the spot!

Maybe the heartburn lowered my inhibitions, but I decided to go for it! I started with this skirt because it’s my go-to piece when I’m not feeling well. The fabric is really stretchy without being tight. I basically can’t feel it. I grabbed this sweater to add some color. Then I realized that I’ve never worn this skirt with a belt. Boom. Done. And the shoes…I wore these because (a) I happened to look at them, and (b) I have feet.

Oh, and may I call your attention to my newest spotted manicure?  If you haven’t already tried this, you can read my tutorial here. For this version, I used a nude color for the base coat, then did spots in a Sally Hansen white and Essie Mint Candy Apple. The only problem is that my nails kind of look like candy so I have to remember not to eat my fingers. I’ve been successful so far.