Pin to Real Life Outfit #5

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Left image source: Penny Pincher Fashion (used with permission)

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Happy Friday, everyone. Did you all have a good 4th yesterday? Full of eating hotdogs and lighting things on fire? Hopefully those things were just fireworks.

Well, here’s what I wore for yesterday’s festivities. I’m not really into overly patriotic dressing, but I did make at least a small attempt to dress the part for Fourth of July. I pinned this outfit from Kim back in May because I loved the mix of stripes, denim, and a pleated skirt. My only pleated skirt is yellow, but I added red back in with shoes and lipstick. I also added a flower in my hair…because there are a lot of flowers…in…America. So there ya go: red, white, and blue. And yellow and flowers.

I have to give this particular outfit pin some extra props for making me wear my vest buttoned at the top and with a necklace under the collar. At first I was skeptical. I figured the bottom of the vest would flare out too much and make my hips look oddly wide. It happens to the best of us, right ladies? But I was pleasantly surprised that it looked great!

And you know what else is looking great? The newest blogger trying the Pin to Real Life challenge, Talk and Tea Leaves.

similar Skirt (on sale) // similar Vest (on sale) // similar Shoes (under $25) // similar Necklace (on sale)

Easy Outfit Transformation: Add a Denim Vest

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Last Friday, I spent most of the day at my internship, then I had to go straight to a very small, casual party. Rather than taking the time to change completely, I waved my magic wand and said “accio denim vest!” Then I changed my shoes and put my hair in a side pony – I don’t know spells for those.

I think it worked! Maybe this vest really is magic.

P.S. I recently ran out of my favorite pink Clinique Chubby Stick (“chunky cherry“), and I went to get a new one but ended up picking this pinker and more intense color (“plushest punch“). What do you think? I really like it!

similar Dress // another similar Dress (on sale) // Vest // similar Shoes // Bag // Lipstick (“plushest punch”)

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Nothin’ Like Experimentin’

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I never thought I would be a denim vest kind of person. A denim vest is just one pair of cutoff shorts and a Natty Light away from a Nascar fan. With no due respect, Nascar-unchic is not a look to which I aspire.

But for whatever reason, I decided I wanted to try out a denim vest. When I’m experimenting, I like to go cheap so I don’t waste too much money if I end up abandoning the idea. I got this vest from good ol’ Target for $27.99. If anyone heads to the Big T to scope it out, be warned that this baby runs really small. I got a medium, and I usually wear an XS. I just wanted to throw that out there in case anyone tries on their usual size and thinks they’ve gained 20 pounds overnight. You haven’t. Probably.

I’m happy with my great denim vest experiment so far. I took this outfit about as un-hick as I could and I think it worked. You’ll be seeing more of my little blue friend in the future I suspect.

similar Sweater (on sale) // Vest // Skirt (on clearance) // similar Shoes (on sale) // similar Necklace