Werkin’ It

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I got this leather pencil skirt a couple months ago during one of Ann Taylor’s many extra zillion percent off super flash self-destruct-in-5-minutes sales. (They’re probably having one right now.) I finally had a chance to wear it this week. Once again, this semester’s internship gives me an excuse to wear some things that are too dressy for class.

I was inspired by a post on M Loves M this week to wear leopard print with this skirt. I was worried it might be – in Tim Gunn’s words – “a lotta look,” but I think this cream blazer kinda tempers it. For a conservative office environment, I try to stick with one statement at a time and then disguise it. Pretty tricksy, huh?

Have a good weekend, everyone!

similar Skirt (on sale) // similar Shirt // similar Jacket* // similar Necklace (40% off at the Limited w/ code INLOVE)

Where you’ve seen the top half before…It’s the Real Life Remix…

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*Jacket provided courtesy of H&M.

A Paisley Romance

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Target, you did it again. You dangled a $25 dress in front of my face and made me buy it. But come on…it’s paisley. How could I not? It’s so adorable and comfy that I wanted to wear it all day at work and into the evening (hence the change of shoes in hand). I was also thinking it will look really cute in the fall with tall socks and my equestrian style brown boots. My relationship with this dress is clearly getting pretty serious. It was love at first sight and I’m already planning for our future together. Luckily, we have a quirky meet-cute to tell everyone about: “Would you believe it, Ethel?! We met at Target!” (For some reason I imagine having this conversation over tea with an old lady named Ethel, who is also wearing paisley.)

Dress // similar Bag (on sale) // similar Heels // similar Flats (on sale) // Bracelet (on sale) // Necklace

Top to Bottom

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It’s incredible but it’s true – I think I’m an even better dresser now than I was when I started blogging a little over a year ago. (Pause for applause. Thank you. You’re too kind.) When you look at pictures of yourself every day, it’s hard not to question the image you’re putting out there. One thing I’ve started to figure out is that some sassy hair and makeup and great shoes can make a big difference sometimes.

Take this outfit for example. Imagine this: No pink lipstick, a plain ponytail, and boring flats. It wouldn’t be the same. I would look like every other frumpy office worker in America in my Target t-shirt, cardigan, and ill-fitting pants.

Wait…maybe I shouldn’t have pointed that out. What I meant was: I took this already fabulous outfit to the next level with blond waves, a statement lip, and studded pumps. Yep, that’s what I was trying to say. BLOGGER SAVE!

Cardigan (extra 40% off w/ code STYLE40) // Sunglasses // similar Shoes (peep toe) // other similar Shoes (on sale) // Lipstick “Plushest Punch”

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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It’s a Mystery…

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I’ve worn this dress two times (flashback here), and both times I’ve tied a shirt over it and worn it as a skirt. But I swear it’s a dress. They say when a woman gets dressed she should leave something to the imagination. In this case I guess I’m just trying to make you imagine the top of this dress. What does it look like? Maybe you’ll never know. I’m very secretive and mysterious. Except for the part where I take pictures of myself every day and put them on the internet.

similar Dress // Sunglasses (on sale under $20!)// Shoes (on sale) // similar Bag (on sale) // similar Necklace // similar Bracelet 

In the Shades

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I’ve been on a sunglasses kick recently. I used to wear one pair of cheap Target sunglasses for a whole year until they started falling apart, and then I would get a new pair of cheap Target sunglasses. Rinse and repeat.

But ever since I bought my trusty Kate Spade tortoiseshell shades back in December, I’ve been gaining a pair every month or two and actually wearing all of them pretty regularly. Plus, since I’ve been spending more than $10 a piece on them, they might actually last. Crazy how that works, right?

These round sunglasses from Oasap are my newest addition and I LOVE them. I was a little nervous about ordering glasses without first seeing how they would look on my face, but I saw them on another blogger and became pretty much instantly obsessed. Then when they came in the mail, I was obsessed all over again – so much so that I took an Instagram selfie in my car like a 16-year-old girl…while I was sitting in the parking lot of a craft store like a 70-year-old woman.

similar Vest (on sale) // Shoes (on sale) // Sunglasses (on sale under $20!) // similar Bracelet // similar Bag (on sale) // Lips “Plushest Punch”

Fruit Suit Riot (Riot!)

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When I decide to take a picture of Kristin taking my picture (see the Instagram here)…

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When I want to wear something really quirky – like, say, a t-shirt with fruit on it – to work, I just try to make the rest of the outfit match and tie it down with your usual boring work staples. The other option is just to wait until the weekend to wear a fruity t-shirt, but clearly I’m not capable of postponing my fruitiness.

Shirt, and there’s a Dress! // similar Cardigan (under $25) // similar Bag // Rose Gold Bracelet // similar Spike Bracelet // Lipstick “Romantic”

Making a Statement

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Well, here we are. Pin to Real Life week is over and I’m slightly concerned that I forgot how to come up with my own outfits. So far so good, but only time will tell.

One thing I discovered last week when I was going through all my pins looking for outfits to recreate is that I have a thing for statement necklaces. A good chunk of the photos I saved were of little tiny girls with big ol’ baubles around their necks. I wanted to be one of those weighed down girls. But this girl only had reasonably sized necklaces in her arsenal. Lame.

As luck would have it, I got a generous offer from Max & Chloe to send me something from their shop. Wouldn’t you know it, they have a crap ton of statement necklaces! I picked out the one you see above, but I had a hard time deciding. Below are some of the other Max & Chloe neck candies (is that a term? like arm candy?) that I liked. Have at it, ladies.

Max & Chloe Statement Necklaces

Shop these beauties: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5

Shirt (on sale) // similar Skirt // Shoes // Necklace* // similar Bag // Lips “Punch Drunk”

*Necklace gifted to me by Max & Chloe, but I picked it out and all opinions are my own.

Pin to Real Life Outfit #6

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Earlier this spring when I was on the fence about getting a floral blazer, I’m pretty sure it was this pin that put me over the edge. “Oh, it looks good with a striped dress? I’m in.” I had a different color scheme to work with than my inspirer Julia (of Gal Meets Glam) did, but I still love how this came out. Since my dress and blazer were  warm colors instead of cool, I went for a tan belt and shoes instead of black. That’s the story I’m going with anyway. But I also just don’t have a thin black belt.

Jacket (now under $15) // similar Dress // similar Belt (on sale) // similar Shoes (on sale)

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)