Tuesday, February 28, 2012

THE GRASS IS GREENER

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Shirt, Sweater, Jeans: Target (wow - I didn't realize I was wearing so much Target today)
Boots: Enzo Angiolini
Necklaces: STRUT, Banana Republic

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Lately I've been realizing that I'm much more prone to wearing jeans rather than skirts and dresses. It is something that I've been noticing for the last few months. I definitely prefer pants in the winter and skirts/dresses in the summer (I know, how predicable). Since I've realized this emerging preference, I've made it a point to begin beefing up my denim collection. I've been looking for trendy, fun pieces like colored denim as well as more classic ones like denim trousers and dark boot cut styles. I also did a massive overhaul of my pants drawer and was painfully honest with myself about the things that didn't work for me (even if I wish they did).

I'm really loving colored denim as a way to punch up an otherwise neutral outfit. This is an outfit that I've worn with regular jeans but never photographed because it just seemed a little uninspired to me. But add in a large splash of green and it elevates it to a whole different level. I think these jeans are going to transition perfectly into spring. I can't wait to wear them with a yellow cardigan and sandals when the weather begins to warm up.

Are you a fan of colored pants? If so, are they something that you'd invest in or are they just for fun? For now, I'm on the just for fun side ... my red ones came from Old Navy for $11 and the green ones were a $22 Target buy. I am more likely to try out trendy pieces when I get a good deal on them.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

HUSBAND APPROVED

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Sweater: Gap
Shorts: Target, via Plato's Closet
Tights: Anthro, gift
Boots: White Mountain, gift

My tights, that is.

Today when we took outfit shots, Husband told me he liked my tights. While he isn't stingy with compliments, he normally doesn't pin point on specific item that he likes. It kind of made me giggle.

Friday, February 10, 2012

STATEMENT

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Shirt: Target
Cardigan: NY&Co, via Gabriel Brothers
Jeans: Vigoss, via my best friend
Booties: JCPenny
Necklace: Walmart

I swear there is nothing that a great statement necklace can't spice up. I definitely prefer necklaces over all other types of jewelry - rings, bangles and earrings are great but I'm a necklace girl through and through. This particular one was $5 and was one of my best buys ever. I've remixed it with about a thousand different outfits and it always adds a bit of interest to an otherwise simple ensemble.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

RED + CAMEL

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Sweater: thrifted
Cardi: H&M
Jeans: Old Navy
Shoes: Gap
Necklace: gift

I've been on the red pants bandwagon for quite some time. Which is strange considering that I didn't own any until last Sunday. I hadn't been able to locate any that I liked in stores and I knowing that I'm a.) picky about jeans and b.) really bad at mailing returns back, so I avoided purchasing any online. When I saw these (on sale!) at Old Navy, I decided to spice up my denim drawer a bit. To be completely honest, the fit leaves something to be desired but, at $12, I thought they would be worth trying to see how much I'll actually wear them before investing in a better quality pair.

After getting them into my closet, I immediately knew that I wanted to pair them with camel. I love, love, love the look of camel and red together. Who am I kidding, I pretty much love camel with everything.

Monday, February 6, 2012

LIFESTYLES

Warning: The following post has absolutely nothing to do with the elements of this outfit. It is just a little blurb about what has been brewing in my mind as of late.

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Blouse: Kohl's
Sweater: Target
Jeans: Target, swapped
Shoes: Gap
Pearls: gift from my mum
Belt: Forever21

I've been a stay at home mum as well as a student for the past four years. I've always had classes to get to and meeting to attend, therefore I've always had a solid reason for getting dressed in the morning. However, when we moved to Pennsylvania, I decided that I wouldn't be going back to school for the time being. (In Texas, my daughter stayed with her grandma while I was in class and there wasn't a grandma around to watch her anymore. And do you know the cost of good child care? Insane.) Husband and I decided that since it is financially possible for me to be a stay at home mum, that it was the best choice for us. I didn't think that transitioning from stay at home mum/student to just stay at home mum would be that big of a deal but it kind of has been. It is really difficult for me to get used to not having a certain place to be at a certain time. I am beginning to see that I thrive on a schedule because, for me, it is way to easy to get sucked into the internet and find myself in my pjs at lunch time. Most days we hang out at home and do things around the house. Once or twice a week we run errands and go to the library or the Children's museum but, other than that, we are pretty much at home. I didn't think about how this life shift would change my take on getting dressed. For the most part, I've turned to much simpler fashions. Gone are the belted pencil skirts because they simply impractical for my lifestyle. I wear less makeup, little to no accessories and lower heels. In comparison to my archives for the past two years, my outfits these days seem boring to me and I find myself questioning if they are even worth posting. I toggle between feeling constantly over dressed and uncomfortable and slipping into a yoga pant and tee shirt trap. I don't know if it is just a phase I'm going through on the path to adjusting to not being a student anymore or if I'm feeling the effects of being in the middle of this weird not-quite-winter but not-quite-spring seasons or if I'm all consumed with the task of trying to find a house to buy or if I'm getting too wrapped up in comparing myself to other bloggers. Either way, I needed a little step back from it all. I can't say that I've come to any conclusion other than the simple realization that my lifestyle in Pennsylvania is far different than it was in Texas. It seems silly but, up until this point, I really don't think that I acknowledged that.
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