Workin’ on My Fitness

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This week I had my character and fitness interview. If you’re not familiar with the concept, it’s when a wannabe lawyer meets with a real lawyer so the real lawyer can make sure the wannabe lawyer isn’t a complete nut job. If the wannabe lawyer is deemed to be a nut job, she isn’t allowed to take the Bar Exam, and everything she’s worked for for the past 3+ years was a complete waste of time and money. But no pressure or anything.

Luckily, I was deemed fit, so onward to test day I go!

similar Dress (under $25) // Shoes (on sale) // similar Bag (on sale) // Bracelet

Black & Gray

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Black. Gray. More gray. More black. This week’s work outfit came about thanks to a forecast of snow in late March which is just plain mean of Mother Nature considering the horrible winter we’ve already had. Seriously, she’s a vindictive lady. The somber colors (or lack of colors) seemed appropriate since I felt I was in mourning for tragic death of spring. It still hasn’t shown its face but allegedly it’ll hit 60 by Monday.

Tuesday’s weather didn’t just inspire this outfit (which I have to admit is pretty cute even though I was mad when I got dressed) – it also inspired the lady friend and I to start making some vacation plans. Nothing’s official yet, but assuming nothing catastrophic happens, we’ll be heading to a beach somewhere as soon as I get that pesky Bar exam out of the way.

similar Dress (on sale) // Necklace (on sale) // Shoes “Mara” (on sale) // Lips “Romantic”

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Too Much?

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20120816-210239.jpgThis is one of those outfits where I put it on, looked at myself in the mirror, and just wasn’t sure if I liked it. But as usual, I had negative five minutes to change, so I went with it. Why yes, I totally meant to wear a crazy, brightly colored print skirt that might be an inch or two too short for the office, and a ruffly shirt, and a mismatching blazer, and red shoes. What?! I mean…yes, I am confident in my decision.

But seriously, feel free to give me your honest opinions. Does something seem off to you? Like maybe there’s too much going on?

Oh, and thanks to those of you who participated in my “Everything Old is New Again” outfit challenge! I will post links to those lovely ladies later tonight. If anyone else posts their outfit today, please let me know and I’ll be sure to include you.

Everything Old is New Again…and A CHALLENGE!

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20120809-191435.jpgHave you ever seen those features in fashion magazines and blogs where the writer shows you how you can take something you already own and mix it with a current trend to make it current? Valuable, sure, but I’m here to argue that you don’t even need something new necessarily. Sometimes you can make a totally modern outfit by remixing old items in new ways.

Everything I’m wearing here (excepting my new watch, which seems to be stuck on my wrist) I have had for at least 3 years. Tulip skirts had a moment a while back, which is when I picked up this skirt at H&M. But considering how big florals have been recently, I could have bought it yesterday! I don’t even remember where the necklace is from; probably one of those cheap teenager stores (I mean stores that sell cheap stuff and are geared toward teenagers, not stores that sell cheap teenagers), but I’d say this falls into the “statement necklace” category, and is also something you might find in stores today. As for the nautical striped top, well, those will never go out of style.

I know these shoes are a little nerdy, but they were one of the first pairs of “grown up” shoes I bought when I got my first job out of college (wow…that was FIVE years ago). Since I had already created an outfit based on old favorites, it only seemed right to take these guys for a spin. They hadn’t been out in the world for a while – I literally had to dust them off.

The Challenge:

OK, fellow bloggers! I CHALLENGE YOU to come up with a brand new outfit made entirely of pieces that are at least 3 years old. (To be fair, I’ll let you wear one newer bracelet or watch if you must.) If you accept my challenge and post the outfit on your blog, please include in your post a link back to this post, and leave me a comment (or email/tweet me) with your own link! I would love to see what you come up with, and I might even feature my favorites back here next Friday. 🙂 Aaaaand….Go!

Time Crunch

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20120801-182803.jpgI bought this dress a few weeks ago and hadn’t gotten around to wearing it until yesterday. It’s cute and quite flattering on its own, but I wanted to wear it to work with some kind of jacket or cardigan over it. Well. After staying up until midnight watching women’s gymnastics (yay USA! but sorry Russia…those girls looked so sad), I was sleepy and running late on Wednesday morning. I had grand plans to find something unique to pair with this dress, but I had approximately negative 7 mintues to figure it out, and I think the time crunch messed with my head. I didn’t like anything I tried on, so I fell back on my trusty white cardigan. The same thing happened with accessories…so I ended up with simple silver earrings and necklace, and my new white Anne Klein watch.

I was kinda meh about this outfit and disappointed with myself in the morning, but as the day went on, it kinda grew on me. I mean it might not be the greatest thing I’ve ever worn, but I can’t be awesome every day – OK, who am I kidding; I totally can.

So here’s the question: Do you keep changing until your outfit is perfect, no matter how late it makes you? Or do you come to your senses, tell yourself to stop being ridiculously vain, and get the hell out of the house?

Dress purchased recently at TJ Maxx

Anne Klein watch available at Nordstrom

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Class-tastic

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Today my blog is being featured on Long Live Classy, so it seems appropriate that I have a classy outfit to show you on this lovely last day of July.

I just ordered this sweater from J. Crew Factory (and a v-neck one in spearmint, which is what made me think to wear this necklace). I’m always on the hunt for cotton sweaters in simple, flattering shapes but in fun colors. Because basic black is for funerals. Actually, I think I will ban people from wearing black at my funeral. If you wear black, I will haunt you. Everyone must come pay their respects dressed in pretty colors and accessories. Wait, what was I talking about? Right, sweaters. I like them. Happy Tuesday!

Sweater available at J. Crew Factory in lots of pretty colors

Anne Klein watch available at Nordstrom

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76 Trombones…In the Navy

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I thought this jacket was so cool when I got it, and once I tried to actually incorporate it into an outfit, I realized it’s nearly impossible to wear it without looking like I am either in the navy or in a marching band. Not that there’s anything wrong with either of those things, but as I am neither a seaman nor a trumpet player, I sort of feel like I’m wearing a costume.

This predicament has led to my not wearing the jacket very much. But sometimes when I see a neglected piece of clothing in my closet, I just have to force myself to wear it in order to decide if I want to keep it. So today was this lucky little jacket’s day to see the world. I threw caution to the wind, wore my costume out in public (to work, at that) and I actually got a few compliments! Congrats, jacket. You get to stay.

And on another note, I realized that it’s been a while since I wore 4″ heels. I know because my knees told me. They are out of stiletto shape. I’ve been wearing a lot of flats and wedges recently, and apparently that extra inch really makes a difference (ladies, am I right? wait, get your mind out of the gutter…even though I put it there). In fact, I’m so out of shape that while trying to pose for these outfit photos, I stumbled rather dramatically. And when I say dramatically, I mean:

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Dramatically.

One Year Down

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I was going to call this entry “Freaky Eyes” because this blue cardigan makes my eyes look extra blue (almost freakishly so), particularly in that third picture. But then I thought: if someone reads a title with the word “freaky” in it, why would they want to look at it? And then they would miss out on seeing this lovely little outfit I wore to work on Monday, and that would be so sad.

Instead, this post is titled “One Year Down” because yesterday my wife and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary. The hope is that there will be many more. If you’ve ever wondered who is patient enough to take these lovely photos of me everyday, it’s her (thanks, babe). Obviously, she’s a keeper. Below are a couple of pictures from our wedding if anyone is interested.

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Over-Thinking It

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20120719-184757.jpgI bought this skirt because I liked how the fabric said “I’m casual” but the structure said “I’m a lil fancy.” The problem? Is the skirt too casual for work (it’s not jeans but it is denim)? and is it too fancy for the weekend? I’ve mostly worn it for those in-between occasions like day-time parties, but on Thursday I wore it to work. Here’s how I rationalized it: the button-up shirt is so quintessentially “workwear” and the pearls and low bun tend to read conservative, so that all cancels out any suspicion someone might have that I just thought it was Friday (although that’s something I would do). The best part? My coworker wore actual jeans this same day. Man, I really over-think things sometimes.

Remember the last time I wore this skirt? It was another workday look.

Belt available at J. Crew

Confetti and Creamsicles

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Today I finally went back to work (for most of the day)! I still don’t feel 100%, but sometimes the best way to get back to normal is to go about your real life as best as possible. It also doesn’t hurt to pep yourself up with a happy outfit. I didn’t go to my closet with the intention of dressing like a delicious frozen dessert, but  I walked out looking like a Creamsicle nevertheless. Except for craving an orange treat all day, I don’t regret my color decision at all! I think I might start taking outfit inspiration from food more often.

Oh, and let us not forget the positive power of a perky manicure (I’m very into alliteration at the moment). The silver lining to my days of rehabilitation is that I had lots of spare time to entertain myself. Most of that time was spent watching DVDs and Netflix, but once I felt like sitting up, I got creative with the polish.

If you don’t already know how to do a polka dot manicure thanks to Pinterest, it’s really not hard:

  • I started with 2 coats of a bright coral, Essie Tart Deco. I let it dry for several minutes.
  • I used the thicker, flat end of a toothpick to apply hot pink dots (OPI always has good pinks). Instead of dipping directly into the bottle, I dabbed the toothpick on the nail polish brush. You don’t want too much polish on the toothpick because then you’ll end up with a big blob on your nail. You should be able to make 2 or 3 dots before you dab the brush again. I personally think it looks good when the dots aren’t all a uniform size. Just make it look random.
  • I let the pink dots dry for a couple minutes.
  • Using a new toothpick, I applied the white dots. If you do white, make sure it is opaque, like the kind of white you use for French tips. I used Sally Hansen White Out. I tried to ignore the pink dots when I did the white ones, so some of the dots overlap. Again, I think it looks better when it’s random and speckled-looking.
  • After letting the white dots dry for a couple minutes, I used a quick-drying top coat to seal the deal! Essie Good to Go really does set the polish super fast. I highly recommend.

Necklace was purchased recently at Charming Charlie.