Friday, September 30, 2011

SARTORIAL DECISIONS

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Blouse: Kohl's, thrifted
Jacket: F21 (forever ago)
Pants: Gap
Socks: ?
Shoes: Steve Madden

I am in love with the print of this shirt! From far away I doesn't look like much but, when you get close, it actually had that prettiest colors printed into those flowers. This jacket was perfect for bringing out the pinks and maroons in the blouse. I really love them paired together.

In all honesty, I definitely would have liked this better without the socks but, a.) it was chilly when I left the house and I don't like cold ankles and, b.) these shoes are slightly uncomfortable without socks. So, there ya have it. This is now the majority of my sartorial decisions are made - based on temperature and what makes my shoes as comfortable as they can be. I'm pretty simple that way, haha.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT

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Shirt: French Connection for Sears
Skirt: Target, DIY from dress
Necklace: gift
Shoes: Gap

You know those people ... the ones who are all, like, even if I'm working from home I still have to get dressed or else I can't be productive ... those ones? My hat is off to those people but I cannot say that I am one of them. There is something about being at home (especially without company) that instantly pulls me upstairs and into my sweatpants. Seriously, it is like a magnetic force or something. Being a stay at home mom, I spend a couple days a week running errands and doing fun things with little girl and then I spend a couple days a week staying home to do less fun things ... like laundry. I find it difficult to get dressed for real those days (I say 'for real' because I do get dressed, it is just normally into yoga pants and a tee shirt). Because I am a personal style blogger in addition to a stay at home mom, this has created a little bit of inner turmoil for myself. I feel like I should be posting every day and because of that, even one the days when it would be better suited to wear yoga pants, I find something to throw on. This leads to the opposite of creativity and good content. Which, is so not what I want for my blog. All of that being said, instead of strapping myself down to a solid five days of fabulous outfits, I am going to shoot for a good three days because, no matter how hard I try, I will never be one of those incredible ladies that has the will power to get themselves dressed when they are working (or cleaning, or cooking, or whatever) from home.

Now that all that is taken care of ... do you guys ever feel like the world of blogging has completely opened your eyes to new things that the majority of the (non-blogging and/or non-fashion-y?) world isn't getting yet? Take this shirt and skirt, for example -- I think they look great together. We have a little pattern mixing, a little maxi and a little statement necklace going on, nothing super fancy but cool and casual. Or not? Because I got a lot of silly stares while I was wearing this. I didn't even think twice about them going together when I left the house. Though, I don't exactly live in a fashion mecca (not complaining because I love my city) so I should be a little more used to silly stares.

Monday, September 26, 2011

IN THE 50's

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Shirt: Ann Taylor, thrifted
Skirt: unknown, Plato's Closet
Shoes: Target
Belt: F21

There is something about the shape of this ensemble that gives me the feeling of being a 50s housewife. The midi skirt, three-quarter length sleeve and scoop neck all feel very vintage-y to me. The print, however, definitely does not scream vintage-y. I love the classic silhouette with a more modern print like this.

Friday, September 23, 2011

AY AY CAPTAIN

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Sweat Shirt: JCrew, thrifted
Jeans: Gap
Wellies: Steve Madden
Ring: lia sophia

The sole reason that this post is titled "Ay Ay Captain" is because I feel like I should be saying that in the second picture.

Baby girl and I running out the door to spend the weekend with my grandparents and to get some wedding related things done. Poor future husband has to work all weekend (boo!) and won't be able to join us but I'm looking forward to a weekend of rain, warm beverages and loungewear. See you guys next week! 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

GOING SIMPLE

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Shirt: Walmart
Dress (as skirt): Gianni Bini, thrifted
Shoes: Gap
Necklace: Brighton charm necklace

I had this outfit planned for my visit to North Carolina but, since it turned chilly while I was there, I never got the chance to wear it. Now that I'm back in PA and the weather is back to some late summer temperatures, I decided to break it out. As much as I like playing with different color combinations and more dynamic looks, sometimes I really love just going simple with black and white.

Speaking of black and white (well, just black), I got a pair of Gap's slim cropped pants for $19.80 today. They were 60% off. A pair of skinny black pants were on my autumn wish list and, for that price, I couldn't pass them up.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

JUMPING THE GUN

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Shirt: JCPenny
Skirt: Target, thrifted
Tights: Kohl's
Shoes: Target
Rings: David Yurman & lia sophia
Watch: Michael Kors

Today was the most beautiful day - sunny and crisp. It really did feel like the beginning of fall. It is so exciting to get to watch the seasons change bit by bit.

Before we left Texas I bought a bunch of tights on super sale and then promptly forgot about them (it was 98 degrees when we left, after all). These pretty wine colored ones were among the forgotten. When I started unpacking my fall paraphernalia, I came across them and decided that they would play perfectly with this autumn toned skirt. I briefly considered pairing this with my flat cognac boots but decided that I may be jumping the gun a bit. The way I see it, I have a good 4-5 months coming up that are going to make boots a necessity rather than a option. I don't want my boots to wear out their welcome before they are even needed.

I got so many wedding related things done today - wine selection, hair appointments, baby girl's dress and bakery selections. All baby girl and I did all day long was run, run, run. We are both absolutely exhausted ... like, boxed mac n' cheese for dinner exhausted.

Friday, September 16, 2011

SECOND DAY SHIRT

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(This last picture perfectly displays how I felt today - fuzzy and headachy.)

Shirt: French Connection for Sears
Jacket: Ross
Jeans: Gap
Shoes: Gap
Necklace: handed down from my mum

Today is Pizza Friday.
Pizza Friday makes me miss future husband.
Speaking of future husband, I thrifted an OdlR suit for him (for $8) to wear for the wedding.
I tried a salted caramel latte and it was fantastic.
I curled my hair with my straightener (oxymoron-ish) and I really liked how it came out.
I wore this shirt two days in a row. Without washing.

I can only think in fragments this evening (see last photo). That being said, there will be no cohesive thoughts in this post. Happy Weekend, guys!



Thursday, September 15, 2011

SLIGHTLY POLISHED

DSC_0046 DSC_0050 DSC_0054 DSC_0055 Shirt: French Connection for Sears
Shorts: Gap, Plato's Closet
Sandals: Walmart
Necklace: borrowed from my mum

Today I spent the day printing tons of pictures and doing kiddie crafts with baby girl and my mum. Since I knew we probably wouldn't be heading outside (and I'm always chilly inside) I reached for the only long(er) sleeved shirt I had packed. Instead of pairing it with my denim shorts like I did last time, I reached for my olive ones to create a slightly more polished look. Ok, only very slightly more polished.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

CRAZY SHORTS

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(Ignore the white fuzzies on my black shirt, I took a nap with baby girl and she was sleeping with a white fuzzy blanket.)
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(Speaking of baby girl, she likes to jump in on outfit shots now and then.)

Shirt: Walmart
Shorts: Plato's Closet
Shoes: Gap
Belt: scarf, borrowed from my mum
Watch: c/o TIKKR
Bracelets: borrowed from my mum

These are my crazy pants, er shorts. I bought them for three reasons -- patterned shorts were "in" for spring/summer, neon made a little comeback and they were on a clearance rack at Plato's closet. Most of my outfits are dictated by what is in or what is out but when it comes to trends I'd like to try out, I always head for some sort of resale shop or thrift store. I can try things out without feeling guilty if it ends up not being my thing.

I threw these shorts into my suitcase at the last minute. I have only worn them once on the blog and I wanted to give them another shot at summer styling before heading into tights weather. I didn't really plan anything else to go with them, which is where the plain black tee came in. Since it was kinda boring (well, as kinda boring as multi-color, striped shorts can be), I loaded on my chunky TIKKR watch and a bunch of bracelets. I like the funky effect of the crazy colored shorts with all the arm candy and how the black top really let the colors speak for themselves.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

OLIVE JUICE, OLIVE

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Tank: TJMaxx
Shorts: Gap, Plato's Closet
Cardigan: Nordstrom
Shoes: Gap
Necklace: borrowed from my mum

I was all ready to usher autumn in until baby girl and I took a trip to visit my mum in North Carolina. It is still pretty darn warm down here, guys. I am enjoying it because I know when I go back to PA, it is going to start cooling off fast. I'm ready for it and all but one last week of summery outfits won't kill me.

In my mind, olive is definitely a neutral and goes with basically everything. Isn't it funny how the longer you are exposed to a certain color, the more you find to match with it? Is that just me? So, while this tank and these shorts don't absolutely match, I really like how the colors in the top play off of the muted green of the shorts. I think the kinda mismatched tank and shorts lend a more casual vibe to the outfit. I topped it off with the black cardi because this tank is so billowy and I wanted a slightly slimmer silhouette.

We spend the day visiting some thrift stores in the area to gather supplies for wedding center pieces. I am really excited to actually translate my vision for the wedding into reality. It is also really fun for me to gather the things via thrift stores and yard sales because I never know exactly what I'm going to find, which forces me to find unique uses for items.

PS: Get it -- olive juice, olive? Did you ever play that game when you were younger? You mouth "olive juice" and it looks like "I love you" and it is really funny because you were in third grade and saying "I love you" is always funny in third grade. No? Well, oh well.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

SPOILED

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Tunic: Ross
Jeans: Gap
Shoes: Target
Necklace: rummage sale

You guys, I've been spoiled. I have gotten used to having future husband there to snap my photos before he goes to work. It has been nice - a five minute ordeal from beginning to end. We make a pretty good team. However, future husband has been working a different shift this week which means that he doesn't have time to take them before work and I'm too impatient to wait around until he gets home from work. Therefore, these were taken with my handy dandy tripod and remote.

I am feeling quite overwhelmed by having my entire closet at my disposal. Isn't that what everyone says? It is also the transitional season rut - at the beginning of the day it is pretty chilly and by afternoon it has warmed up considerably. I have a really hard time when things aren't clear cut. I like to know that it is definitely going to be hot ... or cold ... or medium ... or whatever.

Originally, I had this on with a pair of boot cut jeans but the proportions just didn't seem right. It came across as almost sloppy to me. I decided that skinny jeans were the way to go and I did just that.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

THOUGHT PROCESS

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Dress: Target
Shoes: Target
Belt: A'Gaci

If you're in the northeast (or watch the weather, for that matter) you have to know that these photos were not taken today but, rather, last week when the mercury level was a bit higher. Since these were taken a few days ago, I have very little to say about them. It was hot and I needed something to run some errand in. The dress seems a little blah without the brown to break it up. That is pretty much the entire though process involved in this outfit.

It seems like so long ago since these pictures were taken when, in reality, it was only a few days ago. Weather changes tend to do that, don't they? A chilly breeze and lower humidity make summer seem like ages ago. I'm ready to head into the season of tall boots, cozy sweaters and warm beverages but I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't miss throwing on a sundress and heading out the door.
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