Happy New Year…Now, Moving on.

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Hey, did you guys know it’s 2014?! Just wanted to make sure. The new year is very exciting and all, but as you know, this blog takes itself very seriously, so there is no time for frivolous celebration. We have to get down to business. And talk about nudity.

No, not real nudity. I’m talking about when you see someone wearing a piece of clothing that is close to their skin tone and for a hot second you think they’re naked. Awkward. Sometimes I wonder if those people looked in the mirror before buying a cream/blush/beige/tan/brown t-shirt. But then again, sometimes those colors can be really pretty, like this sort of blushy beige sweater I’m wearing here. So I came up with a rule (and the only rules that matter are the ones I make up): a naked shirt is OK if it has some kind of pattern or texture to let even quick glancers know that you didn’t forget a key step in the getting dressed process.

I think that’s a good rule, don’t you? So next time you see someone in a naked shirt, go up to them and explain the rule, and offer to paint polka dots on them. They’ll love it, I promise.

Oh, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!

Sweater // Jeans (under $10) // similar Boots (under $40) // similar Bracelet (on sale) // similar Sunglasses (on sale) // Lips

Wardrobe Workhorse: Polka Dot Jeans

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I was out at dinner the other night and I noticed the waitress was wearing these adorable polka dot jeans. Then I realized the reason I liked them was because I have the same ones (from Target!). In a stroke of genius (which I have hourly), I thought they would make a great next installment of Wardrobe Workhorse!

On your typical list of must-haves, you’d probably find “a pair of great fitting jeans” or “dark wash trouser jeans” or something like that. Poppycock. What good are jeans without polka dots?

Mine have come in handy for some fun print mixing (as in looks 1 and 2), denim on denim (look 3), and just to add some fun to your otherwise average jeans-tank-cardigan outfit (looks 4 and 5).

You guys already have polka dot jeans, right? If not, we can still be friends, but see below for some shopping links, all under $100. You’ll thank me later.

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Shop Here: 1. Lucky Brand (on sale) // 2. Merona (same as mine) // 3. J. Crew (on sale) // 4. Forever 21 // 5. Merona

Double Dots

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Is it still print mixing if both prints are the same genre? Like if you mixed 2 different kinds of granola, you’d still have a bowl of granola. So I’m really just a big bowl of polka dots. Get some milk and let’s spoon.

Jeans // similar Tee // similar Cardigan // Bracelet // Watch

Let’s Go To the Mall…Today!

Another day, another Robin Scherbatsky reference.

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I really love wearing heels with jeans, but I don’t get to do it much. I wear plenty of jeans on school days, when it would be silly and impractical to wear heels; and I wear plenty of heels on work days, when I’m not allowed to wear jeans. Sure, there are weekends, but I’m a big ol’ nerd who stays home studying on weekends. Except when I go to a fun little fashion show at the mall.

Now, normally I don’t wear heels to the mall, but a fashion show – even if it’s just at my local Macy’s – is the best excuse I have to sport a fun outfit like this. And if you didn’t get enough of an opportunity to drool over these shoes last time I wore them, consider this your second chance.

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Oh my gosh, how did this photo get in here?! No big deal, just a shot of me and my buddy Nick Verreos. If you didn’t catch my interview with him last week, be sure to check it out here. He was a hoot!

Jeans // Shoes (on sale) // similar Shirt (on sale) // Jacket // Bag // Lipstick “Schiap”

Beige & Blue

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Sarah’s Wardrobe Timeline:

  • September: Sarah gets tired of sweating all the time and looks forward to fall.
  • October-November: Sarah embraces the cool weather and buys fun new clothes for winter.
  • December-January: Sarah copes with freezing temperatures by buying new sweaters and getting creative with layering.
  • February: Sarah starts to lose interest in layering and looks forward to spring.
  • Early March: Sarah starts incorporating fun spring colors and prints into the mix to tide her over until the weather warms up.
  • Late March: Sarah is sick and tired of being cold, has no interest in any of her winter clothes, and starts throwing on any random outfit with little regard for how flattering or interesting it is.

Just to remind you: we are in the late March phase. This is one of those random outfits. I actually thought this outfit was kind of lame when I picked it out (but ignored that feeling due to my late March state of mind), but these photos make me think it wasn’t so bad. What do you think?

By my usual standards, it’s not terribly colorful, but I suppose there’s nothing wrong with neutrals once in awhile. And I do have a cool mix of textures/patterns with the crochet top and polka dot jeans. Plus I was comfortable. So I guess it’s not so bad! But I still don’t want it to be cold anymore. MAKE IT STOP.

similar Top (on sale) // another similar Top (on sale) // similar Cardigan (on sale) // Jeans (also in mint!) // Shoes (on sale) // Lipstick “Orange de Chine”

Use Your Noggin

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Fun fact about me: I usually don’t do hats. Most hats look funny on me, or they’re too small for my big head. You might think I’m joking, but it’s true – my head is deceptively large. I hide it well under all my hair. So when I find a hat that fits and doesn’t look stupid, I obviously have to get it.

Then I face the next challenge: when can I even wear a hat? On Saturday I decided that a class field trip to the art museum and a subsequent lunch date would be hat-appropriate activities. Coincidentally, that’s exactly what was on my schedule for Saturday, so it all worked out.

Hat: Target, old (similar)

Jacket: Express

Pants: LOFT

Shoes: Sperry Top Sider

Blog Takeover

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Hello, I’m Sarah’s new coat, and I will be writing today’s blog post. Sarah is busy packing for her trip to Florida (for which she will be leaving me behind, I might add).

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I am a Majesty Peacoat from a magical place called J. Crew. As you can see, I am quite photogenic. I am made of beautiful Italian wool, and I have shiny gold buttons. I don’t mean to brag, but Sarah is so lucky she found me. I mean, how good am I making her look right now??

Sarah wore me for the first time on Saturday and already got a compliment thanks to my beauty and class. The only problem is, the compliment was: “cute jacket.”

“Cute jacket”?? Are you kidding me? Even Helen Keller could see that I am so much more than a “cute jacket.” If only I could have spoken, I would have set this girl straight, but since Sarah is much nicer than I, she just said, “Thank you! It’s new.”

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Sarah told me I had to tell everyone where to get all the elements of her outfit, although for the life of me I can’t imagine how you could have eyes for anyone except yours truly. But just in case…

Coat: J. Crew

Sweater: J. Crew Factory

Scarf: Charming Charlie (similar)

Jeans: LOFT

Boots: Target