Saturdays are the Best Days

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The idea of spending a summer studying for the biggest test of my life is pretty intimidating…and depressing. The best way to keep from going totally crazy before the big day is to schedule some time to enjoy life. Saturdays are always good for enjoying life in my book. So we packed this one with all kinds of goodness: we went to the farmers’ market, got our herr did, had food and wine outside, walked around the Art & Nature Park, went to see Maleficent, hit up the J. Crew sale, and spent the evening sitting on the couch watching Netflix. Seriously, if you think there’s a better way to spend a Saturday, then you’re doing life wrong.

similar Dress (on sale) // Hat (on sale)  // Bag (on sale) // similar Sunglasses // similar Stud Bracelet // Heart Bracelet*

*Heart bracelet provided courtesy of Dainty Wrist Jewelry.

That Girl

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Since over the winter I became that girl who wears a lot of hats, I figured I should keep my streak going in the spring. But pretty much all my hats were knit or felt, so I picked up this cute one at J. Crew (on sale…because I’m also that girl who gets a lot of good deals). I decided to keep the Sporty Spice vibe going with a polo. But I’m really Posh Spice at heart, hence the sassy lipstick. Then the spike bracelet might be more Scary Spice.

Now I’m becoming that girl who’s obsessed with the Spice Girls. Who am I kidding…I’ve been that girl since 1997.

Hat // similar Shirt (on sale) // similar Shoes // similar Bracelet (under $5) // Lips “Unapologetic”

P.S. The H&M Conscious giveaway winner is Lydia N.! Lydia uses a BPA-free water bottle, supports local farmers at the farmers’ market, and this summer she’s going to start composting. Thanks so much to everyone who entered and shared their awesomely conscious stories. Lydia, I will email you soon!

Christmas at EPCOT

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Happy last day of 2013, everyone! So I’ve been sharing my Florida vacation outfits with you the past few days, and I saved this, my favorite one, to end the year with a bang! This was what I wore for Christmas day at EPCOT with Kristin’s family. It was quite a challenge to find a look that felt festive, was appropriate for the weather (high in the 70s but chillier when the sun went down), and comfortable enough for a long day. I don’t mean to brag, but is this not the perfect Christmas at EPCOT outfit? I do believe it is. I mean I saw a lot of other Christmas at EPCOT outfits last week because there about a jillion other people there, and mine was the best. I saw some people in princess gowns – I mean seriously, can we say “overdressed”?

So what did everyone else do for Christmas? Anything special or out of the ordinary? EPCOT was fun, but I’m definitely looking forward to a more chill holiday next year. If you’re interested, you can see more of my vacation photos on Instagram!

similar Shirt // another similar Shirt // Hat // similar Watch (on sale) //  Bag (on sale) // similar Shoes (on sale) // similar Sunglasses (on sale) // Lips

Cher Repurposed

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When I spent $30 on this skirt for my Halloween costume (Cher from Clueless), I swore to myself I would wear the skirt again and make it worth the money. Let me tell you…it is tricky trying to wear a plaid skirt without looking like you’re in a school uniform. Or in the cast of Clueless for that matter.

After a lot of soul closet searching, ruling out anything involving button up shirts, cardigans, and blazers, I finally settled on this animal print sweater and fringed ankle boots. Those are two things you wouldn’t find in a school uniform. Unless maybe I opened my own school – in which case the dress code would be to look awesome every day. Any kid who came in wearing Uggs would get called to the principal’s office and would have to write an essay on the most recent issue of Vogue.

similar Skirt (on sale) // another similar Skirt (on sale) // similar Sweater // similar Necklace // similar Boots(on sale)

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

How the Leopard Got Its Stripes

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I’m trying to decide whether I should comment on my bad hair day. I mean I know I was out of hairspray on a moist day and my hair was not looking its best. But there’s a chance if I don’t mention it none of you will be paying attention anyway. But if I don’t say anything you might think I looked like this on purpose or that my vision has taken a sudden turn for the worse. Still, if I make a comment like “OMG my hair looks like a hot mess fo realz” (because that’s how I talk), you might think I’m just fishing for compliments. OH, and all the hair talk might distract you from this awesome outfit.

OK, it’s decided. I’m not saying anything about my hair.

Now let me talk about this outfit, which is the only thing I’m talking about in this blog post. Does this count as all neutrals? I mean: black, brown, white, navy, and gray. All neutrals! And yet something about stripes and leopard print and knee high boots says “KAPOW! LOOK AT ME!” which is pretty much the opposite of neutral. I’m going to call it KAPOW because that’s more exciting.

Thank you for for reading this post that’s not about hair.

Dress (on sale) // similar Shirt // Boots (on sale) // Bracelet

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Shift

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One summer during high school, I did a dance program at North Carolina Governor’s School. At our very first performance, we did this piece where we all posed in a clump in the middle of the stage. The lights came up, there was no music, and we just stood in stillness for 3 minutes. Then the lights went down, and during the blackout we stayed in our same poses but took one big step to the left. The lights came back up and we stood there some more. And that was the end.

It was actually pretty fun to perform because you could feel the tension in the audience. They weren’t sure if there was a technical difficulty with the music or what. When the lights went down the first time they all cheered (keep in mind these are all high school kids), and when the lights came back on you could hear confused whispers. (Wait…Did they move? I swear there’s something different…)

Why am I telling you this story? Mainly because the name of the dance was “Shift,” and I thought of it when I was wearing this shift dress the other day. But also because I started off the day wearing black suede shoes, then changed into these brown sandals when I went home for lunch because it was starting to rain. So the shoe change was like my subtle step to the left during a blackout. I wonder if anyone at my office noticed that my shoes in the afternoon were not the same as my shoes in the morning. (Hmm…Was she wearing those all day? I swear there’s something different…)

similar Dress ($20) // similar Scarf (on sale) // similar Shoes // Sunglasses (on sale)

Speaking of shifting, see how I’ve changed up the look of this dress over the seasons:

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4 Tips for Proper Print Mixing

Today’s post is dedicated to my mother-in-law (congrats, Cindy). As a regular reader of my blog, she tries to up her style quotient by following my lead. Recently she showed me an outfit she wore after seeing all the times I’ve worn different prints together. It wasn’t pretty, people. Apparently I had not given enough step-by-step guidance on how to choose two prints that actually look good together.
After recoiling in horror at the bad outfit I had inspired, I decided I just couldn’t live with this on my conscience. So for Cindy and anyone else who needs tips on how to pull off the print mixing trend, here are a few tips and handy visuals to get you on the right track.
Note: Since this blog is all about real-life style, I’m taking a conservative approach with these tips. If you live in a fashion-forward city or work in a non-traditional office, feel free to scoff at my silly little rules!
Tip #1: Look for corresponding colors
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Tip #2: To play it safe, don’t put prints side-by-side

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Tip #3: Start with a neutral-colored print

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Tip #4: Consider the scale of the prints

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Pin to Real Life Outfit #4

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Left image source: AJ Wears Clothes (used with permission)

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Here’s what’s up, people.

Number 1: It’s the 4th of July, so happy ‘Murrica day, y’all! Freedom. Democracy. Obesity. Etcetera.

Number 2: Today I’m showing you an outfit inspired by a look I pinned from the blog AJ Wears Clothes. Meanwhile, yesterday AJ herself joined the Pin to Real Life challenge (you can find her link below). It’s kind of like blog incest, but AJ’s from Arkansas, so it’s all good. Yeah, I went there.

I hope everyone enjoys their (hopefully long) weekend! With all the spare time you have, why not visit some of the other #PinToRealLife bloggers?

similar Jacket // Skirt (on sale) // similar Sandals (on sale)

Pin to Real Life Outfit #2

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Left image source: s e e r s u c k e r + s a d d l e s (used with permission)

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This second installment of Pin to Real Life was inspired by Beth of s e e r s u c k e r + s a d d l e s. You might not see the resemblance at first glance because I switched up the color scheme, but that’s the fun of blogger-inspired outfits, right? See something you like and make it your own.

What I liked about Beth’s outfit that made me pin it was the print mixing (obviously – my favorite!) and how she tied it together with a cardigan and matching flats. I swapped out pink for minty green and added my own statement necklace and cuff bracelet. I decided not to chop off all my hair though. Maybe next time.

Two other ladies  joined in on the Pin to Real Life challenge yesterday! Check them out at Loop Looks and  Adventures of a Shoestring Fashionista. If they can do it, so can you!

Jeans // similar Cardigan (on sale) // similar Necklace // similar Shoes // Bracelet(25% off with code REALLIFE25) // Hair Tie* // Lipstick “Schiap”

*Bracelet gifted by House of Gemmes; hair tie gifted by 6 Degrees Hair Ties.

My Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades

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I tried on these sunglasses one day last week, and I thought they were fabulous. I just thought maybe they were too fabulous, like I would look ridiculous. So I didn’t get them.

The very next day, I was studying at Starbucks, and this old lady walked in. She had to be at least 75, probably older. She weighed about negative 50 pounds; her handbag was bigger than she was. It was 80 degrees, and she was wearing long black pants, a yellow sweater, a floral silk scarf, and…these sunglasses.

Well, that was it. Obviously I had to go back and get the sunglasses. Yes, a 75-year-old woman is definitely my role model. Why wouldn’t she be…especially considering my idea of a fun Saturday night is watching Downton Abbey with my cat and a big glass of wine.

Shirt (30% off w/ code SUNSHINE) // Skirt // Sunglasses // similar Shoes (on sale) // similar Bracelet // similar Bag

P.S. I submitted this post to IFB’s Project #96, which just happened to use the same song reference I did 🙂