Get Away with Print Mixing at Work

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I wasn’t satisfied with the lack of wind on my balcony, so I rang the wind chimes myself. I don’t mean to diss Mother Nature, but it sounded just as good when I did it.

So anyway, as everyone knows already, I’m obsessed with print mixing. If you’re one of those people who think everything has to match, you should turn around and run screaming from this blog. Because it’s pure print madness up in herr.

I got this polka dot blouse and this floral skirt around the same time last month, and I liked the idea of wearing them together for work. I was worried it might be too “out there” for the office, so I added the gray sweater. I think the fact that the two prints aren’t right up against each other keeps it subtle enough. Notice I said subtle enough, because we all know my version of subtle dressing is completely divorced from most of the world around me.

Shirt // similar Sweater // Skirt (on sale) // Shoes // Bracelet // Lipstick (“Plushest Punch”)

Colorful stripes…with Leopard!

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I love print mixing (as you know), but I think stripes and leopard might be my favorite combo. I would explain to you why, but you have eyes and I don’t want to insult your intelligence. I think the awesomeness is clear from the photos above.

similar Shirt // another similar Shirt // similar Skirt // similar Shoes // Bracelet // similar Scarf // Sunglasses

I Believe in Miracles

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Whoever said money doesn’t buy happiness clearly never encountered polka dots. One day I was a grumpy mess, and the next day this shirt I ordered from J. Crew Factory came in the mail. I mean look, the sun even came out. It’s a polka dot miracle. Of course, there’s snow piling up as we speak. I might have to bust out these dots again if I want to make it through another day.

Shirt // similar Sweater // Sunglasses (on sale) // similar Pants // Bracelet // Necklace // Lipstick “Pourpre Preview”

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”

Stripes, Dots, and Lace

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Thanks to all your comments on yesterday’s post, I learned that a lot of other workin’ girls wear pants to work on the regular, especially in the winter. I’m glad you all are showing your trousers some love, because lo and behold I am back to a dress today. What can I say? I’m a goddamn lady.

One thing I like about dresses and skirts is that they’re better for showing off a great shoe, which is exactly what I wanted to do for this outfit. I just got these Anne Klein cap-toe pumps after passing by them a few times at Macy’s. Some things are just meant to be together. Romeo and Juliet. Leslie and Ben from Parks and Rec. Me and these shoes. I think Shakespeare would cover the second two if he were alive today.

Thanks to the bright sun reflecting off the shoes, you can’t quite tell that they’re actually a really pale pink with rose gold toes and heels. Amazing, right? I’m sure I’ll wear them again soon and I’ll try to get some more true-to-life photos. Or you can just look at them here.

Sunglasses // similar Dress (on sale) // Shoes (7 colors/patterns) // Jacket (under $20) // Tights // similar Mint Bracelet

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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Gingham Style

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I’ve gotta keep the blurb today pretty short…I’m writing this at the end of a long day and my eyes don’t want to stay open. They actually haven’t wanted to stay open since about three hours after I woke up. Coffee? Why yes, I tried that. Diet Coke? Yep, twice. Sleeping? That sounds like the best cure.

Before I start nodding off, I’ll point out my remix item of the day: these jeans! Since I’m not a jeans-everyday person, and this is my only pair of distressed denim, I decided they were unique enough for me to repeat. Fun fact: I wore tights under these jeans today and yesterday. Exposed skin and sub-zero wind chills don’t mix.

Shirt // similar Sweater // Necklace // similar Jeans // Boots // similar Watch

Another One from the Archives

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This trench is another old friend I found during my recent coat closet clean-up. I scored it at the Thakoon collection that came to Target in early 2009. At the time, I was worried that it was too daring and I would think it looked ridiculous in a couple years, but I think I can safely say it’s still pretty awesome 4 years later.

And in other news, IT’S FEBRUARY! That means it’s the first day of my Take One, Pass it On outfit remix challenge. I’m pretty excited. But the real fun starts in my next outfit when I take one item from this outfit (spoiler alert: it’s the polka dot tank) and mix it into a new outfit.

See this post for more details on the remix and to find out how you can participate and get your link posted!

Tank: LOFT

Cardigan: Benetton

Jeans: LOFT (similar)

Coat: Thakoon for Target (similar here and here)

Bracelets: Stephan & Co., BCBGeneration

Boots: Target

Could I Be Wearing Any More Clothes?!

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Yes, I am well aware that pictures look prettier when you take them outside in natural light. But guess what? The wind chills yesterday were below zero and that’s just not happening. I bundled up the best I could so I could stay alive long enough until the heat in my car kicked in.

Let me give you a rundown of just how many articles of clothing I was wearing:

  • Fleece-lined leggings
  • Dress
  • Jacket
  • Scarf
  • Coat
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Fuzzy socks
  • Boots
  • Belt & bracelets (a girl’s gotta accessorize)

I kind of felt like Joey in that episode of Friends when he puts on all of Chandler’s clothes. You know what I’m talking about.

Leggings: Pitaya

Dress: H&M

Jacket: Zara


Coat: Kenneth Cole Reaction (similar)

Hat: handmade gift (similar)

Boots: Matisse (I love these that are on sale!)

Belt: Madewell (similar)

Bracelets: Forever 21

Indian Summer





20121024-195820.jpgDo you love how I look so angelic in that last picture? Totally didn’t even mean for that to happen.

Summer came back for one last fling this week here in Indy. Much like summer, print mixing won’t go away. (I was trying for a clever segway there but I’m not sure it really worked out.) Anyway, I tried a new print mixing combination today! Birds and polka dots. At least I think they’re birds. They could just be non-descript flecks, but it’s kind of like looking for shapes in the clouds. Maybe you see Abe Lincoln or a ballerina, but if you do…you should probably get your eyes checked. Cuz they’re birds.

P.S. Feel free to compliment me on my new necklace, which is super cute. P.P.S. Don’t forget you can follow me on Bloglovin’, which would be super for you.

Necklace: Target

Top: Ann Taylor (similar, but black and peplum)

Pants: LOFT

Shoes: Target, old (similar)

Bracelet: old