Polka Dots & Tweed

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Here we go…the excitement is building. It’s Day 2 of the Take One, Pass it On outfit remix, so I’m repeating this polka dot tank from Friday in a new outfit, and tomorrow you’ll see this cardigan again. If this isn’t the most exciting thing that’s happened to you this week, well, then you probably have at least a moderately interesting life.

If you’re trying to figure out what’s going on, read about the remix challenge here. I know a few other people have jumped on the bandwagon…woot woot!

Hope you peeps have had a good weekend.

Tank: LOFT

Cardigan: Target (3/4 sleeve version)

Skirt: Target

Boots: Hunter

Socks: Hunter

Skirt: J. Crew

Meow Mix 2013

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Welcome to 2013! New year, new outfits, new adventures, and a new camera to share them with you! It’s all very exciting.

You may remember the last time I wore this sweater and paired it with a leopard belt. I dubbed it “Meow Mix.” Well, this outfit is the sequel, featuring a new supporting actor: a leopard-band Timex watch I got for Christmas.

I don’t want to overwhelm your hungover brains with too much reading today, so I’ll leave this post short and sweet. But tune in tomorrow to see my NYE outfit! Follow me on Bloglovin’ or Twitter using the links on the menu bar above.

Sunglasses: Kate Spade (found these at TJ Maxx!)

Sweater: Ann Taylor, old (similar)

Scarf: Light Years

Watch: Timex

Bracelet: Stephan & Co.

Pants: JAG Jeans

Shoes: Dr. Scholl’s, old

Being Practical

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20121201-190252.jpgA little over a week ago, I made a few online impulse buys from LOFT when they had a flash sale. If you bought 3 items, you got 60% off. Awesome, right?

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So I bought the sweater vest that you’ve seen here and here, the necklace you saw here, and the cute pink peplum dress you see on the right ——>

It turned out the dress ran rather large, so as cute as it was on the hanger, it was not so flattering on me. Unfortunately, the dress was already sold out in every size online by the time I received mine, so I couldn’t exchange. I thought about taking to get it altered, but first I went to my closest LOFT store on the off chance they still had some. No such luck.

But since I had already made the trip (a whole 3-minute drive), I figured I would look around to see if there was something else I might like for about the same price. See, I didn’t actually have a special occasion in mind when I got this dress. I just figured it was a steal for $24 and I would eventually find a reason to wear it.

Anyway, I stumbled upon this simple shift dress I’m wearing in the above outfit. On the con side, I would be spending additional money (This was a $79 dress, but it was 50% off that day). On the pro side, this dress was much more versatile. I tried it on by itself, and it looked great. Could easily be dressed up with some bling and heels. Could work in summer, or in winter with some tights and a jacket. Could also go casual, like I did here.

So my options were: Spend an extra $16 on a more versatile dress, or keep the party dress and spend probably at least $16 getting it altered. Well, you already know the end to this story: I made the more practical choice! I’m still a little bummed the pink peplum number doesn’t get to live with me, but I think I’ll live.

Turtleneck: Target, old (similar here and here)

Dress: LOFT (comes in regular, tall, and petite – I’m 5’3″ and wearing regular)

Boots: Steve Madden, old (very similar here)

Belt: Target (similar with bow here)

Bracelets: Forever 21

Gingham + Polka Dots

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20121015-201628.jpgStop acting like you’re surprised. You know I can only go so long without mixing more prints. Now that my vacation week is over, it’s back to Indiana and back to fall layering (hey, I’ve gotta look on the bright side). I wore this gingham shirt last week in Florida (see here), but now it’s taken on a whole new character! It’s perfect how it appears to be peeking out from under these polka dots (read that sentence aloud and raise your hand if you love alliteration).

Just a heads up: I have a feeling this recipe of button-up under a cute sweatshirt or sweater will make many appearances this fall and winter. So you better like it. Otherwise get out now…while you still can.

Gingham button-up shirt: J. Crew (on sale)

Polka dot Sweatshirt: Madewell (on sale)

Skinny Jeans: Seven for All Mankind (old, similar)

Green Tassel Loafers: Target (old, similar)