Wanted: Uniform

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Some people have a sort of “go to” formula or uniform for getting dressed. I should probably get one of those. Because I don’t dress well under pressure. On Sunday we got up early for “members only” hour at the zoo, and I was a dummy and hadn’t planned an outfit the night before. It took me like 11 tries to come up with this…yes, this groundbreaking jeans + shirt combo. Is it even worth showing to you? I don’t know, but it’s what I wore in real life, so here we are.

Shirt (on sale) // Jeans (on sale) // similar Bag // Shoes (on sale) // similar Sunglasses // Watch* // Nails* // Lips “Whimsical”

*Watch provided courtesy of Dainty Wrist Jewelry; manicure provided courtesy of The Beauty Bar at Geist.

Ruff Ruff! {Koons for H&M}

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This bag probably seems really random if you’re not a modern art fan. But do a Google search for Jeff Koons and it’ll start to make more sense. As an art history major, you might think I learned all about him in undergrad, but funny enough I actually learned more about him in law school (he gets sued a lot –  those pesky copyright laws)!

So why do I have a handbag with Jeff Koons’ famous balloon dog on it? Because Koons has partnered with H&M to celebrate the opening of a new museum-inspired H&M store in NYC, and starting July 17, a limited number of these bags will be sold at select stores, on H&M’s website, and at the Whitney Museum.

I wouldn’t classify it as an “everyday” bag, but you have to admit it adds a little something unique and unexpected to this outfit! I’ll probably be sharing my bag with Kristin, because when she saw it she had the reaction of a small child who’s just seen…oh, I don’t know…a balloon animal.

If you want to get your own Koons for H&M balloon dog bag, they’re $49.99. I don’t know exactly how many there are or how popular they’ll be, but it wouldn’t be a bad idea to stalk the website tomorrow if you can’t live without one. Or if you live in a major US city, they might be in a store near you (the info I have says Chicago, LA, and Dallas). Good luck!

Bag* // Top (on sale) // Jeans // Shoes (on sale) // similar Necklace* // Lips “Unapologetic”

*Bag provided courtesy of H&M; necklace provided courtesy of Flourish Boutique.

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Backstreet’s Back

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What did I do while wearing this outfit? Oh, you know, the usual. Went to bar review lecture. Got some coffee. Saw the Backstreet Boys live and partied like it was 1999. Yeah, that happened.

And my weekend got even cooler the next day when my wife and I walked in the Indianapolis Pride Parade dressed as the cast of the Rocky Horror Show. Yeah, that also happened. Proof of all of this is on Instagram.

On a related note, people often think one of the perks of being married to another woman is that you can share clothes. In theory, yes. But in my reality, not so much. If you’ve ever seen Kristin, you know she’s sort of an Amazon woman. She’s 8 inches taller than I am, which means she also has a few sizes on me. Her bra could eat my bra as a snack. And if she tried to wear my shoes, we’d have a Cinderella/step-sister situation. So basically, the only thing we can share is jewelry. When Kristin was taking these pictures, she couldn’t shut her mouth (which is also huge) about how cool this necklace is. So I have a feeling she’ll be helping herself to this bauble before too long! And if she doesn’t give it back, I’ll take one of her t-shirts and wear it as a maxi dress. With a belt, it might work.

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Complimentary

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A fine arts degree is useful for very few things: impressing your friends at museums, answering Jeopardy questions, and knowing all about the color wheel. Unlike the first two, that last one is actually useful on a regular basis. I love wearing complimentary colors because it’s way more fun than  just matching your colors or pairing a bright with a neutral.

In case you’re a total color wheel novice (maybe you majored in one of those practical subjects like philosophy), complimentary colors are sets of one primary [red/yellow/blue] and one secondary [green/violet/orange] color that are across from each other on the color wheel. So they’re sort of like opposites, which means they make each other look brighter.

I loved the pattern of this chevron scarf, so to make the blues really stand out I decided to wear it over an orange sweater. Thanks, college.

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

and then…

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I started Bar review classes this week after 10 blissful, study-free days. You didn’t think I was actually done, did you? Don’t be ridiculous! Becoming a lawyer in just three years of school would be way too easy. I figured this shirt was appropriate for the first day of this next stage because it feels like there’s always an “and then…” with law school. You make it through a semester, and then there’s finals. You make it through a year, and then there’s another one, and then another one. You graduate, and then you have to study for the Bar, and then take the Bar, and then find a job so you don’t feel like you’ve wasted your life and spent tens of thousands of dollars for nothing. No pressure though.

similar Jacket // Jeans // similar Shoes // Bag (tons of great colors!) // Shirt* // Sunglasses (on sale) // Lips “Unapologetic”

*Shirt provided courtesy of Redbubble.

Boys’ Club

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DO YOU SEE THIS?! I AM WEARING SHORT SLEEVES. OUTSIDE. It’s supposed to snow tomorrow so we’re not out of the (winter) woods yet, but I took full advantage of the mild, sunny day yesterday. I went as far as pretending it was boating weather. I’m a big fan of boating wearing a shirt with  an anchor on it. Fun fact about this shirt: It’s made for a 14-year-old boy. At least according to J. Crew. But I like to think I wear it a lot better than a boy would.

For reference, I usually wear an XS in women’s shirts, and a boys’ 14 at J. Crew fits me with a little extra room. If you’re petite like me, the boys’ section is a great (and more importantly – cheap) option if you’re into the unisex/androgynous look but don’t want your clothes to swallow you!

Shirt (on sale) // similar Jacket* // Jeans // similar Shoes (on sale) // Watch(for regular sized wrists here) // similar Sunglasses (under $15)

*Jacket provided courtesy of Lucky B Boutique; watch provided courtesy of Dainty Wrist Jewelry.

Plaid Peplum

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See something you recognize? I mean besides me. Yep, it’s those boots I couldn’t stop blabbering about yesterday. I did indeed wear them 2 days in a row. This time it was for a fun karaoke night. I love karaoke, you guys. I mean, I don’t sing or anything, but I am so good at drinking and judging people. Hang on…before you tell me I’m a horrible person, let me just say: don’t bother; I already know.

While I have your attention, I gotta tell you wardrobe-challenge-lovers about the January Black Out Challenge. The goal is to NOT wear any black – with just a couple exceptions – during this cold and dreary month when we all stop caring about life or color. Don’t get too impressed that I came up with yet another genius idea, because this one wasn’t me! It’s the brain child of Nicole, and she’s the official challenge host over on her blog, VV Boutique Style. She already started the challenge, and I’ll join her to co-host for the last 2 weeks of the month. You do NOT have to be a blogger to participate, and everyone who tries the challenge for at least a week will be entered in a giveaway, plus both Nicole and I will do weekly roundups! You can get alllll the details here. I think it’s a really fun idea so I’m happy to help spread her idea to more people! Join in, or I will judge you like a bad karaoke singer.

Top (on sale for $9.99!) // similar Clutch* // Boots (in more colors/prints here) // Hat // similar Necklace // Jeans (on sale for $25) // Lips “Cruella”

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

Take It Down a Notch

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I’ve been doing this blogging thing for a hot minute now. I mean I’m getting close to my 500th post. Crazy, right? Looking back at some of my early posts, I notice some changes in how I dress, and it’s mainly for the better. I pay more attention to how my clothes fit me and what proportions are more flattering – it’s hard not to when you have to look at pictures of yourself all the time. I also have gotten more adventurous and have tried things I thought weren’t my style. See? Good things.

But I’ve also noticed there’s something about style blogging – even for someone like me who takes a real life, practical approach – that makes you go overboard sometimes. I MUST WEAR ALL OF THE TRENDS. STATEMENT NECKLACES FOR EVERY OUTFIT. TWO PRINTS ARE BETTER THAN ONE.

Whoa. Slow your roll. It doesn’t have to be that complicated. I’m mainly talking to myself here, but feel free to take this under advisement yourself. Jeans and a button-up can still feel chic with a couple (just a couple) fun accessories. Oh, and bright lipstick – that’s one thing I’ve picked up since I started blogging that I am not letting go! It makes me feel fabulous and I don’t care what you say.

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Snake in the Grass

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I have a pretty long to-do list right now (and it all has to do with law school – surprise!) so I’ll have to keep this post short. But speaking of law school, this is what I wore last Friday for a law review social event. I want you to take a moment to imagine what it’s like to put 30 law students in a room with free beer. It’s either way cooler or way lamer than 30 “normal” people in a room with free beer, depending on how you look at it.

similar Top* (on sale) // similar Bag (under $20) // similar Shoes // Lips “Orange de Chine”

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

Macy’s Back to School

This is a sponsored post. Everywhere compensated me for writing about the following event, but all opinions and witty commentary are my own.

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Tomorrow I start year 3 of law school – my very last first day of school ever! I probably said that on the first day of senior year of college, but I really mean it this time. I already did plenty of clothes shopping in NYC, but yesterday I went to get textbooks and highlighters (no Trapper Keeper though unfortunately).

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Coincidentally, yesterday I was also asked to attend a back to school event at Macy’s with Radio Disney. You could shop (duh), play games, and meet the members of Cimorelli. Obviously, as a mature adult with no kids, I never listen to the insanely catchy pop songs they play on Radio Disney, and it certainly isn’t number 2 on my car presets. That would just be silly. And since I never listen to Radio Disney, I of course had no idea who Cimorelli were and didn’t sing along when the DJ played their song. Or maybe it was the opposite of what I just said. You’ll never know.

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OK, so maybe I had heard the Cimorelli song a couple times, but I didn’t realize they were so popular! There was a huge line to meet them. (No, I didn’t stand in it. Promise.)

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I can only hope these kids got around to shopping once they got their autographs. Back to school shopping is serious business, folks! Just ask this guy:

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He clearly takes his job as balloon animal artist very seriously. How else would he craft such works of art as this orange bunch of grapes with ears on a stick?

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Suffice it to say this was not your typical back to school shopping event! I don’t know if things like this existed when I was a kid. It’s entirely possible that they did and my mom just made sure I didn’t know about them.

What do I remember about back to school shopping? Mainly: Limited Too. Do you guys remember that store? I think they’re all called Justice now. Limited Too was the best. I had quite the collection of plaid scrunchies thanks to that place. I also had a lot of things with peace signs and smiley faces. I remember trying on half the store and wanting to get pretty much everything and my mom would make me narrow it down. But why can’t I have all the clothes?! Man, that must have been exhausting. Sorry, mom.

To all you parents out there, I do not envy you! Best of luck sending your kiddos back to school…and wish me luck on my 3L year!

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Shirt // Jeans // Bag // Sunglasses (on sale) // similar Earrings // Shoes (on sale) // Bracelet* // Lips “Schiap”

*Bracelet provided courtesy of House of Gemmes.