New Year, Old Clothes

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Normal people go out and buy a new outfit for a special occasion like a wedding, a job interview, or…I don’t know…New Year’s Eve. But I am not normal people. I buy new outfits for random Tuesdays or for no reason at all, and I build a NYE outfit out of a bunch of old stuff. But hey, I already had this sequin dress, and how many opportunities will I have to wear it? I thought about getting some new sequins for NYE, but my worn-out, post-Christmas wallet looked at me pathetically and whispered “please…no.”

I guess I should thank my sad little wallet because I love this outfit! It was fun and the leather jacket was a good way to make the dress a little less fancy and more weather-appropriate. And in case you’re wondering, I celebrated responsibly, eating an amazing meal at The Northside Social, then having a couple drinks and playing board games with friends until midnight.

similar Dress (on sale) // another similar Dress (on sale) // similar Jacket (on sale) // Necklace* // similar Bag (on sale) // Shoes* // Lips

*Necklace provided courtesy of Loopsway; shoes purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Asos.

Won’t You Take Me To…SPARKLE TOWN

What is it about New Year’s that makes people want to dress like disco balls? I don’t know but I fall victim to the sequins, too. I feel like there’s a very stereotypical “NYE dress.” It’s very small and very sparkly. And probably very itchy. And you’ll probably never wear it again.

Recently I’ve been keeping an eye out for sparkly things that are NYE appropriate but are also re-wearable (as the queen of remixing, I always have this kind of thing on my mind). I gathered up a few of my favorites (all under $70) to give you some ideas. All of this stuff would also be right at home at a wedding, your birthday party, or a fancy date night. A few of them might even be OK – dare I say it – for everyday wear. I happen to have my eye on the sequin pants just because they’re a little ridiculous and I love them.

NYE & Beyond

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Feelings, Nothing More than Feelings

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So now that my February remix is over, you’d think I would be relieved not to be under any “pressure” when picking out my outfit. Instead I stare blankly at my closet not knowing where to start. “I can wearing clothez?!”

I ended up picking this sweater because I’ve only worn it once and I didn’t want it to be jealous of all the clothes I wore TWICE in a row last month. Don’t even try to tell me clothes don’t have feelings. I have to hang on to that idea to rationalize a lot of things. Such as: “There was only one more pair of these shoes left and I didn’t want them to be lonely.” See?

similar Sweater (on sale) // Jeans // similar Vest (on sale) // similar Boots // Link Bracelet

Barristers’ Ball

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Saturday night was Barristers’ Ball, a.k.a. Law School Prom. It’s just like high school, but with all honor roll students and more drunk people (In theory, there should be NO drunk people at a high school prom, but I’m pretty sure that’s not the case). I’m happy to say I was not one of the drunk people this weekend, although I did enjoy a couple of Blue Barristers, the signature drink of the night. They were tasty and made me really good at dancing to Ke$ha.

In true prom fashion, I got a new sparkly dress and gave myself some curly tendrils. Also in true prom fashion, I spent plenty of time looking at everyone else’s dresses and judging them. I must say, overall I was quite impressed! There were several other sparkly numbers, lots of fun colors, and statement shoes. Honestly, it was a better showing than what I saw on some recent red carpets. Well done, IU McKinney School of Law. We are a classy bunch of future attorneys.

Here are some more photos from the event:
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I had a pretty cute date, don’t you think?

Dress (on sale) // similar Shoes (on sale) // similar Clutch // Bracelet // Earrings (on sale) // similar Brooch // Nails

Outfit photos taken in front of the Indiana Statehouse.

Event photos taken at the Indiana Roof Ballroom.

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6 1/2 Ways to Wear Chambray

It’s been a few weeks since I did a new post for my “How to Wear” series. Let’s remedy that problem, shall we? I’m taking a look back at several ways I’ve styled chambray. It was only a couple months ago that I lived a chambray-less life. It was a sad time. I had this crazy idea that denim belonged on your bottom half only. Oh, how my eyes (and my closet) have been opened.

1.  Knotted with a high-waisted skirt

I like this particular style so much that I wore it twice within a few days! I think tying the ends of the shirt looks kind of fun and playful, and if you put that knot in the right place (on the smallest part of your waist), it gives you more leg length.20120918-161120.jpg

2.  With a statement necklace and printed bottoms

This outfit is obviously from the summer, but the same idea would work just as well in the cooler months. Printed pants are everywhere these days, and they’re just begging for a chambray friend. And of course if bubble necklaces (like this one) aren’t your scene, any big, chunky necklace will do!

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3.  With a pencil skirt for upside-down Casual Friday

If you work an office job and you’re allowed to wear jeans on Fridays, why not turn the dress code on its head and wear your “jeans” on top? Here, I still kept it office appropriate with a classy pencil skirt and a belt at the waist.

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4.  With sequins for evening

Put a sequin tee or jacket over your chambray shirt like I did below, or maybe you have a sequin skirt or dress. There’s something cool and unexpected (I think) about sequins and chambray. It’s kind of like a tuxedo t-shirt: it says “I want to be formal, but I’m here to party.”

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5.  Under a sweater

You want to get a chambray shirt that doesn’t have too much extra room around your arms, because then it will fit nicely under a sweater, cardigan, or sweatshirt as long as the outer layer isn’t too tight. The possibilities here are endless, so go nuts. I’m partial to animal print myself.

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6.  With colored denim

I know some people pull it off like it ain’t no thang, but to me, chambray with blue jeans is just too Texas Tuxedo. Non-blue jeans, on the other hand, are perfect! A super casual look, but you don’t look like you’re about to round up cattle, or whatever people do in Texas. I don’t want to know.

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6 1/2.  Under a sweater and with colored denim (yeah, I went there)

In case you love all these ways so much that you want to combine them, here…let me help you with that. Now the only challenge is to see if you can wear chambray knotted under a sweater with a statement necklace, pencil skirt and colored denim. And then roll in a pile of sequins.

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So, do you have a favorite?? Tell me in the comments!

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It’s Just a Jump to the Left

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20120930-214438.jpgWhy am I practicing my Time Warp skills? Because on Saturday I went to see my beautiful and talented wife Kristin in a community theater production of …you guessed it …

20120930-214454.jpgThe show was absolutely fantastic. If you live in the Indianapolis area, there are still 5 shows left this week: Thursday, Friday, two on Saturday, and a Sunday matinee. Tickets are available at Footlite.org. Tell your friends. Anyway, here’s what I wore to the show! I figured if there’s any excuse to wear sequins, tight pants, red lips, and platforms all at once…it would be to see Rocky Horror.20120930-214509.jpg

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20120930-214545.jpgBut let’s talk about why you’re really here. You want to see what Kristin wore. Without further ado, here is my lady’s outfit debut on the blog (and it’s a doozie):

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Trend report: This fall, it’s all about big hair and small pants.

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…and also sequins and chambray.

Chambray: Forever 21 (similar)

Sequin shirt: old (similar)

Shoes: Naughty Monkey (old)

Necklace: J. Crew (similar)

Bangles: old (similar)

Clutch: old (similar)

Lips: NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella

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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