Exclamation Point

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One time I heard someone say that your outfit is like a sentence and your shoes are the punctuation (if you were the one who said it, please contact me and I will add a footnote with proper attribution). Well, these shoes are an exclamation point. I’ve had these shoes for a couple years and I don’t wear them that often, but once in a while when I feel like giving a simple outfit a funky edge, I bust out these babies.

They make quite a statement…exclamation point!

Necklace is Givenchy, available at Nordstrom

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Cheap Thrills

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Once upon a time, Sarah was in Kohl’s. She wasn’t even shopping for herself, but she happened to be wandering through the clearance section. On the end of a rack that was stuffed to the brim with unorganized merchandise, there hung a single, lovely color block dress. It was in Sarah’s size. It was $12.80. Sarah was elated to have found such a treasure. But surely there must be something wrong with it. A zipper is stuck or a seam is busted; the dress is unflattering or cheaply made. Upon trying on and inspecting the dress, it turned out it was perfect. So Sarah bought the dress. And they lived happily ever after.

Dress: LC Lauren Conrad / Cardigan: LOFT / Shoes: Bandolino / Bracelets: Madewell and Forever 21

The Girl in the Green Scarf

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After Monday’s somewhat daring ensemble, I kept things simple and classic for Tuesday. When I was a kid, I remember thinking that high-waisted pants were for nerdy middle-aged women. But that’s probably because my middle school librarian always wore these hideous floral pants with an elastic waist up so high that her boobs literally hung over the top.

Now that I’m older and wiser (and nerdier), I realize that as long as you’re not too short-waisted and you keep your pants under your belly button, high-waisted pants actually make your legs look longer and your waist look smaller. From what I’ve learned from What Not to Wear, these are good things.

Top: Jones New York / Pants: Ann Taylor / Scarf: Stein Mart / Shoes: Kensie Girl / Bracelet: vintage

P.S. For those who don’t get the reference, the title of this post is from the movie version of Confessions of a Shopaholic. Shortly after the movie came out, I found this scarf and couldn’t resist, but unlike the girl in the movie, I didn’t have to max out 3 credit cards to get it (not because I’m rich, but because this scarf was under $20).

Leather to Work? Yes We Can!

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For the record, this is not real leather. But “pleather” paints a picture of crappy small-town strippers so I don’t like to use that term to describe my own wardrobe. I wore this to the office on Monday (where I work at a desk, not on a pole). I had already decided to wear this skirt, but all of my go-to “work tops” just seemed boring. Then I thought about my style pinboard on Pinterest where I have about a gazillion pictures of outfits I like. I pin photos and then never look at them again. It gave me this crazy idea – I should look at them. So I did, and I happened to spot one that included a vest. I’ll skip to the end of the story: I decided to wear a vest.

Sometimes you just have to find something that sparks some creativity. No more boring Monday! Huzzah!

Top: Rafaella / Vest: Express / Skirt: Target / Shoes: Tahari / Necklace: Tiffany / Earrings: Light Years / Bracelet: gift

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Also, today Coco was all “hey take my picture for your blog,” and I was like “but my blog is about style,” and she was all “pretty please I’m cute” and I was like “OK.”

Hello, Yellow!

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I like to think I’m witty, but at the moment I can think of nothing witty to say about today’s outfit post. What I can think of to say is that I was pretty proud of it. Yellow? Good. Lace details? Good. Silk scarfs in the summer? Good.

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Top: Ann Taylor / Pants: Express / Scarf: gift from my sister, which means it was probably from Urban Outfitters / Earrings: Francesca’s Collections / Bracelet: What to Wear Boutique / Shoes: Nine West