Ever since I’ve been back from the beach, I’ve had a lot of trouble getting myself dressed. Like in real clothes, with shoes and accessories and everything. Oh, to be back at the beach, where a bikini top counts as a bra (or as a shirt, for that matter). I spent an embarrassingly long time coming up with this outfit to run errands and go to the movies on Monday. It mostly worked out OK, but my feet were killing me by the end of the day. But I would like to point out that I spent most of last week in bare feet, so I’m still getting used to the shoe thing. Either I make very impractical shoe choices, or I really needed that vacation. Probably both.
Top (on sale) // Jeans (on sale) // Shoes (on sale) // similar Bag (on sale)
Apparently I like black, white, & blue. It’s the real life remix…
This outfit is actually from a couple weeks ago – the last day of my Bar review course. The day before, I had put absolutely no effort into my appearance and I was in a total funk all day. So the next day I wore this. I’ll be the first to admit I had absolutely no one to impress; all my fellow Bar-preppers were stressed and too worried about themselves to notice what I was wearing (I’m just assuming this based on the fact that I was stressed and didn’t notice what anyone else was wearing). But darn it if I didn’t feel a million times better about life.
However, now that we’re only a week out from exam time, please don’t ask me how I feel about life currently. K thanks.
Top (on sale) // Scarf // Shoes (on sale) // Jeans // similar Sunglasses (on sale)
Here’s where you’ve seen these outlook improvers before: It’s the Real Life Remix…
The Take One, Pass it On remix gets a little challenging for me going from Friday to Saturday. On Fridays I spend the day at my internship, and on Saturday, well…it’s Saturday. I decided to repeat these kitten heels because they’re perfectly comfy for lunch and shopping. You know what they didn’t help with though? Keeping me warm in the bitterly cold wind. Seriously…it was so cold I didn’t even want to spend 4 minutes outside taking outfit photos. So here we are in my living room, in front of a bookshelf that quite possibly has embarrassing contents. So just don’t look too closely. But the Twilight books are NOT mine. Seriously.
Sweater: Forever 21 (similar on sale)
Jeans: The Limited (similar on sale)
Necklace: Bead for Life
Shoes: Kensie (similar)
Bracelets: J. Crew, Madewell (similar)
Lipstick: NARS Schiap
My remixed item of the day is this black lace shirt from Target’s Prabal Gurung collection. In yesterday’s outfit, it was hidden under my jacket, but now you get a better view of she shirt in all its lacy glory! I had been wanting a new black blouse, and this one has such special details. Here’s a little shopping tip I’ve been keeping in mind recently: Never buy boring. Even those “basic” pieces in your closet like a black shirt for work can be interesting and unique. I would rather spend a couple extra bucks on something I will enjoy wearing than save on the first thing I see that fills a “hole” in my wardrobe.
Oh, and remember how last week I accidentally wore a belt that matched my shoes? I did it again. Except this time is was more like accidentally on purpose. I knew I wanted to throw in some leopard (because why not?), and I didn’t know if I wanted to do shoes or belt. So I put them both on, went to the mirror to decide which one I preferred, and ended up liking how they looked together. I’m nothing if not willing to break my own rules!
Shirt: Prabal Gurung for Target
Belt: Madewell (similar)
Shoes: Kensie (similar)
After Monday’s somewhat daring ensemble, I kept things simple and classic for Tuesday. When I was a kid, I remember thinking that high-waisted pants were for nerdy middle-aged women. But that’s probably because my middle school librarian always wore these hideous floral pants with an elastic waist up so high that her boobs literally hung over the top.
Now that I’m older and wiser (and nerdier), I realize that as long as you’re not too short-waisted and you keep your pants under your belly button, high-waisted pants actually make your legs look longer and your waist look smaller. From what I’ve learned from What Not to Wear, these are good things.
Top: Jones New York / Pants: Ann Taylor / Scarf: Stein Mart / Shoes: Kensie Girl / Bracelet: vintage
P.S. For those who don’t get the reference, the title of this post is from the movie version of Confessions of a Shopaholic. Shortly after the movie came out, I found this scarf and couldn’t resist, but unlike the girl in the movie, I didn’t have to max out 3 credit cards to get it (not because I’m rich, but because this scarf was under $20).
Isn’t it splendid how accessories can totally change the feel of what you’re wearing? Accessories make the outfit, that’s what I always say. Well maybe I don’t always say that, but I’m saying it now, and I’m going to keep saying it so that in 10 years I can say that I always say it.
I don’t usually wear these pants to work because I feel like they’re too casual, but I made them more worky with gold jewelry and kitten heels. See? Accessories make the outfit, that’s what I always say.
Top: Target / Pants: JAG Jeans / Shoes: Bandolino / Necklace: Charming Charlie / Bracelet: Anthropologie / Earrings: Target