Pin to Real Life Outfit #7

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Left image source: Kendi Everyday (used with permission)

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Here it is, folks: the last in a week’s worth of outfits inspired by my Pinterest favorites.

I pinned this outfit from Kendi way back in January (she lives in Texas, where apparently you can bare your legs in the winter without dying immediately – blows my mind). If you read her post – which you should because she’s almost as hilarious as I am – you’ll find out that Kendi actually copied her outfit from a Madewell mannequin. My friend Alanis thinks it’s pretty ironic that now I’m copying her copied outfit. Don’t you think?

Also – and this is super important – if you were still planning on doing a #PinToRealLife outfit soon, I still want to see it! Over the weekend I’ll do a roundup and include links to everyone who played along. So be sure link back to me in your post, and then send me your link – email me or tag me on Twitter or something.

similar Shirt (under $10) // similar Skirt // similar Scarf // similar Shoes (on sale) // Bracelet // vintage Coach bag via eBay // Sunglasses

Hocus Pocus

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Question: What is comfortable enough to wear in the library all day, but cute enough to wear on a nice pizza date afterward? If you answered “a bold printed maxi skirt,” you clearly are reading this blog post. I snagged this skirt for $21 at Nordstrom Rack the other day. I can’t find it online, but scroll down and I’ll link you to a couple similar options.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering whose feet are on the wall behind me, they belong to Kurt Vonnegut, the fabulous satirical American author. I read several of his books when I was a teenager. Little did I know I would end up living in his home town! If you’ve never read any Vonnegut, I recommend Hocus Pocus and Slaughterhouse Five.

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This mural is by the artist Pamela Bliss.

similar Skirt // another similar Skirt // Sunglasses // similar Shirt // similar Shoes (on sale) // Rhinestone Bracelet // Coral Cuff (on sale)

A Little Bit of Nautical in My Life

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Sorry about the title. I heard “Mambo No. 5” on the radio right before I uploaded these photos.

So I really like nautical things like navy and white stripes, anchors, and boat shoes, but normally only one at a time. I feel like a phony wearing too much nautical-inspired gear at once considering my boat knowledge is slim.

Starboard. Sail. Ahoy, matey. Iceberg: right ahead!

That’s about the extent of my expertise. As you can see above, I broke my rule recently and wore navy stripes AND navy Sperrys at the same time. But somehow I have a feeling no one’s going to mistake me for a ship captain – except maybe for a Carnival cruise ship captain, because Carnival seems to have pretty low standards these days.

Jacket // similar Shirt // Jeans // similar Belt // Shoes

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

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice

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Who would have thought putting horizontal stripes around your ass could be so slimming? No one with eyes, that’s for sure. This skirt is magical. I’m so glad I got it. I mean I’ve only had it 2 months and this is the fourth time I’ve worn it. This is shaping up to be an impressive cost-per-wear!

On another note, I normally don’t like to wear yellow and black together because I feel like it makes me look like a bumble bee. But this particular outfit felt more like Beetlejuice than bumble bee, so I thought it worked. Don’t know if you heard, but Beetlejuice-inspired fashion is totally in for spring. You’re welcome.

Skirt (on sale) // Sweater // Sunglasses (on sale) // Necklace // Boots (on clearance) // Bracelet

City of Angles

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What kind of life did I lead before I realized you could wear different prints together and it could actually look like it was on purpose? The answer is: A sad one.

And speaking of sad, this post is going to be this sweater’s last hurrah. I got it at Target a few years back, and I’ve worn it enough that the fabric is getting a little pilly. Is that a word? You know what I mean.

Anyway, the last couple winters I’ve passed by this sweater in my closet many times because I just wasn’t excited about wearing it anymore. Then a couple days ago I realized it might be fun to pair it with my plaid Madewell shirt. I was right. It was fun. But now the fun is over. This sweater has done everything it can do for me. Farewell, sweet prince. Thanks for the memories.

P.S. I hope you noticed my clever title. “Angles” is not a typo. Get it?

similar Sweater // similar Shirt (under $15!) // Sunglasses // similar Jeans // Shoes // similar Spike Bracelet (under $5!) // Lipstick “Schiap”

Where are You, Spring?

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A good chunk of the U.S. is under a few inches of snow, and my handsome city of Indianapolis is part of that chunk. We got just under 4″, which is – I imagine – a typical June day in Minnesota, so I can’t complain too much.

Unfortunately, this snow fell at the precise moment my internal calendar told me it should be almost spring.  (Unlike normal women, my biological clock doesn’t tell me to have babies; it just tells me when I should and shouldn’t wear tights.) So while I would really like to not be wearing an extra layer under this chambray, and to not be wearing tights under this skirt, and to be wearing cute wedges instead of fleece socks and Hunters…I’ll do what I have to do for now.

And on a completely different note, I ran out of time to do my normal hair routine yesterday. Normally I use a de-frizzing serum, I separate my hair into 3 layers to straighten it, and I use hairspray to finish. Today I used NO products and ran the straightener through a couple random chunks. Maybe I’m crazy, but I think it looks exactly the same. And that is making me kind of mad. Why have I been wasting my time?!? If someone could please tell me my hair looks bad, I would really appreciate it. Thank you.

Chambray // similar Skirt // another similar Skirt // Gold Bracelet // Rubber Bracelet // Socks // Boots

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Rainbow Sherbet

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I just grabbed this skirt and these shades from Madewell a couple days ago (and when I say “grabbed,” I don’t mean I stole them – I literally did grab at these sunglasses as soon as I walked in the door and saw them because they’re so freaking awesome). I’m pretty excited about the skirt because I’ve been wanting a black and white striped skirt for awhile, but it’s hard to find one that doesn’t make my lower half look like a bloated upside-down pear. I like this one because it doesn’t taper into the knee, and I think the way the side panels break up the lines creates an optical illusion that’s a little more slimming.

In fact, I love this skirt so much that I’m making it my Take One, Pass it On item, so you’ll see it again tomorrow! (In case you forgot already, this cardigan is my repeat from yesterday.)

Shades: Madewell

Shirt: Ann Taylor (similar)

Cardigan: Target (3/4 sleeve version)

Belt: J. Crew (similar)

Skirt: Madewell (it’s not online right now for some reason!)

Leggings: Pitaya

Boots: (similar)

Saturday Night Sequins

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Do you ever find yourself thinking, “What should I wear for an evening out at a VIP cabana at a lake-side Italian restaurant with a wading pool?” Of course you don’t, because who does that? Well, this weekend, did. It was quite the sartorial conundrum, but I think I pulled it off.

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The sequins say “I’m here to party,” but the linen shorts say “I’m laid back” and also “it’s freakin’ hot outside.”

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Me and my stylish ladies, living the VIP life for a night.

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Delicious bruschetta and some of the many drinks ordered Saturday night 🙂

Top: August Silk / Shorts: Madewell / Shoes: Steve Madden / Bangles: Nordstrom / Clutch: Lulu

On the Chambray Bandwagon

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Well friends, it has happened. I bought a chambray shirt and I’m not afraid to show it. When this trend first started popping up, I was not a fan. I don’t really like jean jackets, and jean shirts seemed like pretty much the same thing to me. The more people I saw wearing their chambray shirts with blue jeans, the more it bugged me – nothing wrong with it necessarily, but I tend to develop strange distastes for certain trends. Kimberly of eat.sleep.wear did the denim on denim thing…looks great on her, but it’s just not my style.

But then…something started to change. I saw chambray being styled in different ways that were more appealing to me. Kendi of Kendi Everyday wore chambray with a contrasting pencil skirt. Kayley of Sidewalk Ready wore chambray with bright pink jeans. Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere paired her chambray with a super-sparkly necklace. Skirts? Bright colors? Accessories? I love all those things!

So I went to Madewell. They have a whole chambray shirt “bar” with different styles and washes and I found the perfect one for me. Not too pale, not too slouchy, and it’s super soft. (Plus, I’m a student so I get 20% off! Woot!)

When I was in the dressing room, the advice of What I Wore‘s Jessica Quirk popped into my head, and I tried to think of 3 different things I already own that I could wear with my new chambray friend. I thought of wearing it with these pants and these shorts, and for the debut, with this white pencil skirt for work on Friday. What do you think?

Welcome to my closet, chambray!

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I had a ton of fun taking these photos on the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art (one of my favorite places), which is why I included so many – too hard to choose!

Top: Madewell / Skirt: Ann Taylor / Belt: Ann Taylor / Shoes: Cole Haan / Bag: marc by Marc Jacobs / Bracelet: Madewell / Sunglasses: Charming Charlie

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