Maxed Out

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Right now I am living vicariously through these photos of myself from last Thursday. Look at that unpuffy face that can actually make expressions besides ones of sadness and pain! And, more importantly, look at me all bathed and wearing real clothes. Ah, those were the days. I don’t know how much longer I’ll be stuck on the couch recovering from my wisdom tooth extraction, but you better believe that my first day back in the world will involve a celebratory outfit.

In the meantime, I’ll just try to fool myself into thinking I’m on “vacation.”

Asheville, NC

If you follow me on Twitter, you may already know that  I got my wisdom teeth removed on Friday, so I apologize in advance if my writing seems a tad Vicotin-tinged today. Since I’ve spent the last 48 hours in sweatpants with bags of frozen peas strapped to my face, I don’t have the usual stock of outfit photos on hand. So I thought I’d take this opportunity to show off some of the pictures I took on my recent trip to the Carolinas. In addition to giving my mother-in-law a makeover and going to see the Lion King, I also went to the Biltmore Estate. I had only been there once before on a fifth-grade field trip, so it was nice to go back.

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Just your average single-family home in the mountains.

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There were no photos allowed inside the house, but I snapped some on the veranda (above) and of the view (below).

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We didn’t get to do wine-tasting in fifth grade. I remedied that situation.

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Obviously, I had to pick up a couple souvenirs, and not of the postcard or magnet variety. These earrings helped fuel my current mint green obsession, and these scented soaps reminded me of my grandma’s old house.

Has anyone else taken any unique trips this summer? Besides to the dentist?

Bragging Rights

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Take note: this outfit will go down in history as what I was wearing the day I made law review! If you don’t know what that means, read this. My law school has 3 journals, and I got invitations from 2 of them, the Health Law Review and the International and Comparative Law Review. I just have to decide which one to accept, but I’m leaning toward the latter. As part of membership this coming school year, I will have to write a huge research paper on a topic of my choice. I would love to write on a subject that really interests me, and I think I would have more opportunity to do that with the International and Comparative Law Review.

OK, sorry! Enough about my nerdy side. On to the clothes:

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Sorry for all the coy, face-behind-the-bangs poses. The sun was shining in my eyes and I left my sunglasses in the car. This belt is new, and it is the prettiest color of mint green. I mean, I know the mint green trend is freakin’ everywhere right now, but there are lots of different shades. This belt is by far my favorite. I wore it against black so that the bright color would stand out even more.

Oh, and just one more non-fashion-related thing to show you: When I was posing by a tree, I made a new friend! It’s this freaky yet kind of cool-looking insect. It was probably close to 2″ long!

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Belt is from J. Crew

Sunday in the Park with Clothes

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I know Saturday is the traditional date night, but I quite enjoy Sunday afternoon dates. If you have all your fun on Saturday night and save the errands and chores (if you do those things) for Sunday, it’s kind of like ending the weekend on a lame note. Sometimes I would rather do my boring grown-up things on Saturday and enjoy my last day of my weekend.

On this particular Sunday, we went to see To Rome With Love. I’m a big Woody Allen fan, so I liked it. I also like living vicariously through movies set in beautiful places I’ve never been. If you liked Midnight in Paris, you’ll probably like this one too.

Oh, about the hair. I can only do this when I’m not trying, so don’t ask me to give you a tutorial or anything.

Art Lesson

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I’ve always been a fan of wearing colors, and I love seeing other people making exciting color choices. So for those of you scared of looking like a walking rainbow (although that sounds pretty awesome), here’s a little tip on one way to spice up your outfit palette.

Today I’m playing the role of your elementary school art teacher. Remember learning the color wheel? No? Tsk tsk. Well, the primary colors are red, blue, and yellow. The secondary colors are made by mixing different pairs of primaries, making violet, green, and orange. For each primary color, there is one secondary color that is contrasting, meaning that the secondary doesn’t contain the primary. Lost yet?

For example, both orange and violet contain red. Green is the only secondary color that doesn’t contain red, so red and green are complimentary colors. That means that when red and green are next to each other, they both make the other one look bolder (merry Christmas). Same goes for orange and blue, and yellow and violet. All these combos are fun to wear together.

If you just want to dip your toes in the color pond, you can try what I did here: take a bright necklace and pair with a contrasting top. Keep the rest of the outfit neutral.

Happy dressing!

Top: Target / Skirt: Ann Taylor / Necklace: Charming Charlie / Shoes: Nicole by Nicole Miller / Bracelets: American Eagle

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Everyone Loves a Style Makeover

I don’t normally ambush people like in “What Not to Wear,” but if someone asks me for style help, let’s just say I nearly pee my pants with excitement. As I mentioned earlier this week, I’m in South Carolina visiting my in-laws, and my mother-in-law Cindy said she wanted my help cleaning out her closet and shopping. Well…twist my arm.

Cindy is an excellent candidate for a style makeover because (a) she actually wants help, (b) she already has lots of cute clothes, and (c) she loves to shop.

You might be wondering what Cindy even needed my help for. Well, Cindy’s problem is that she’s still hanging on to some less than attractive garments that for some strange reason she thinks it’s OK to still wear. And as for the cute stuff she already has, she doesn’t always do the best job at styling it. You see, Cindy comes from what I like to call the Matchy Match Generation. She thinks that the way to make a cute outfit is to pick a couple colors that look good together and make everything you wear one of those colors.

For example, in the picture below, Cindy styled the outfit on the left. While the print mixing was a great fashion-forward choice, notice that she picked a yellow belt, yellow earrings, and yellow shoes. Please make it stop. I restyled her (picture on the right) with bronze sandals, some silver accessories, and a pop of turquoise in her bracelet. She said the turquoise made her nervous – let’s try not to make fun of her; she’s new at this.

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I had a great time going through Cindy’s closet and saying things like “are you in middle school?” and “are you a Florida retiree?” She would respond with excuses like “well it’s really soft,” and then I would say “I don’t care” and throw it dramatically on the floor. I don’t mess around.

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Below is the pile of clothes for Goodwill. The picture doesn’t do it justice – it was huge! And yes, that is a velour paisley blazer on top. Now you understand why I was needed.

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Then of course we had to do some shopping for some stylish and age-appropriate clothes. Cindy shopped like a champ. She ended up with 3 skirts, 2 tees, a blouse, a tank, 3 pairs of shoes, a summer scarf, a necklace, a bracelet, a clutch, and a belt.

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That night we went out to dinner and I dressed Cindy in a new outfit. Doesn’t she look beautiful?!

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Summer Whites

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I don’t own a plain white button-up. I know it’s a staple and all, but they just end up looking grungy so fast that I feel like it’s a waste of money. That said, I loved the details of this top so much I couldn’t resist. What can I say? I live on the edge. Plus, it was on clearance for $15. Also…it has pockets! How cool is that?!

We made a quick outing in the morning, so I took my new white shirt for a spin. Then I changed into my white bikini (again, the edge – I live there) and spent most of the day relaxing in the pool and working on my tan sunburn. Vacation…who’s jealous?

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Top: Webster Miami at Target / Jeans: Ann Taylor / Shoes: Dr. Scholls / Bracelet: Madewell / Necklace: Tiffany / Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs / Sunglasses: Charming Charlie

Bikini: Victoria’s Secret / Hat: Target

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.”

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

On the Chambray Bandwagon

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Well friends, it has happened. I bought a chambray shirt and I’m not afraid to show it. When this trend first started popping up, I was not a fan. I don’t really like jean jackets, and jean shirts seemed like pretty much the same thing to me. The more people I saw wearing their chambray shirts with blue jeans, the more it bugged me – nothing wrong with it necessarily, but I tend to develop strange distastes for certain trends. Kimberly of eat.sleep.wear did the denim on denim thing…looks great on her, but it’s just not my style.

But then…something started to change. I saw chambray being styled in different ways that were more appealing to me. Kendi of Kendi Everyday wore chambray with a contrasting pencil skirt. Kayley of Sidewalk Ready wore chambray with bright pink jeans. Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere paired her chambray with a super-sparkly necklace. Skirts? Bright colors? Accessories? I love all those things!

So I went to Madewell. They have a whole chambray shirt “bar” with different styles and washes and I found the perfect one for me. Not too pale, not too slouchy, and it’s super soft. (Plus, I’m a student so I get 20% off! Woot!)

When I was in the dressing room, the advice of What I Wore‘s Jessica Quirk popped into my head, and I tried to think of 3 different things I already own that I could wear with my new chambray friend. I thought of wearing it with these pants and these shorts, and for the debut, with this white pencil skirt for work on Friday. What do you think?

Welcome to my closet, chambray!

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I had a ton of fun taking these photos on the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art (one of my favorite places), which is why I included so many – too hard to choose!

Top: Madewell / Skirt: Ann Taylor / Belt: Ann Taylor / Shoes: Cole Haan / Bag: marc by Marc Jacobs / Bracelet: Madewell / Sunglasses: Charming Charlie

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