Double, double, toil and trouble…

 Outfit Details: Dress: thrifted from Value Village; Shoes: White House, Black Market.

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Today’s challenge for the ABC’s of Style is to show how you wear one piece of clothing in two different ways. I chose this dress that I thrifted from Value Village recently.

It’s dressy enough that I can wear it out on a dinner date in the evening (as seen above). The top part is pretty glitzy, so it doesn’t require a lot of accessories. I normally would put in earrings but one of my ears started bleeding the other day, so I decided not to aggravate it.

Outfit Details: Dress: thrifted, via Value Village; Top: via Ross; Shoes: via Ross; Necklace: Kohl’s.

Luckily this pretty little dress can be dressed down!

The second way I chose to wear this dress was as a skirt! I just layered this square-ish striped top over it, and I felt like it gave a nice nautical vibe. I also added some more red accessories (besides my manicure).

Just the sort of cute everyday look I’d be likely to wear.

In other news, the Game On! Diet is going really well! I’m still pretty pumped and I’ve had a perfect score so far!

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W is for Wide Leg

 Outfit Details: Top: Forever 21; Jeans: Seven, via Ideeli.com; Shoes: DVF, via TheOutnet.com

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I fully admit that this is an iffy outfit. I love wide leg pants of which I own multiple pairs. However, the majority of them aren’t hemmed. As you can obviously tell these jeans desperately need to be hemmed (by about two inches, I think) even though I’m wearing my tallest shoes (with a platform!).

I do love these jeans, though. I snagged them off Ideeli.com for a song but they were unfortunately a size 27 and I normally wear a 29. Of course, I figured I would lose weight and I actually have! Enough to wear these (pretty) comfortably!

I’m hemming them (and other pairs) tonight, so hopefully you’ll be seeing them a lot more on here!

No detail shots, because I’m attempting to get out the door and hit the gym.

R is for Romantic

Outfit Details: Dress: thrifted; Jacket: thrifted; Boots: Steve Madden, via Ideeli.com

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Over the weekend, I went thrifting. This cute little dress is just one of the pieces I managed to pick up. I originally wanted to pair it with a pink blazer, but once I put it on it just didn’t look right. Since today’s prompt requested a red/pink pairing, I was instantly worried I’d have to change my whole look–and I’d already gotten the boots on.

Luckily, I had this pastel pink leather jacket laying around! And while the outfit is slightly more “tough girl” than “romantic” I am wearing pink and red in the same outfit–so it counts, right?

These boots aren’t worn very frequently, but I love to take them out occasionally. I call them my “Pretty Woman” boots, after the movie. They’re stunning, but I really can’t fit anything between skin and boot, no matter how much I might want to (maybe tights, if I’m lucky).

Q is for Quick

Outfit Details: Cardigan: August Rush, via Ross; Tank: American Eagle; Jeans: Per Se, via Ross; Shoes: Bandolino, via Macy’s; Necklace: gift.

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 Of course, if your hair is styled, it really helps the I’m-put-together vibe you’re trying to give off. Curls dress anything up.

P is for Pleats (and Plaid)

Outfit Details: Cardigan: Target; Shirt: Romy; Cami: gift; Skirt: J. Crew, thrifted; Shoes: Madden Girl, gift.
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I’ll probably talk about it again in March, since that is my first blogiversary, but I feel like I’m really starting to get it. And by it, I mean style blogging and finding myself and my style. The past two weeks (aside from H is for Headwraps) have found me really finding my style and wearing outfits I love. Instead of the odd one out being the outfits I love, now the outfits I don’t love are becoming far and few between. I’m liking where I’m going.

This skirt is one of my favorite thrifted pieces. I purchased it for $1. However, I almost never wear it. I just never knew how to style it. However, I like where I’m going with it. And can I just say I’m so happy I picked up this brown cardigan over X-mas? Seriously, it goes with so much of my wardrobe.

I’ve been wearing these Madden girl boots a lot lately, but I haven’t ever taken pictures of the outfits I’ve been wearing them with. They’re super comfortable, and while they make my legs look a bit stumpy I don’t care! I also think they keep this look from becoming too “school girl.”

As for the hair, I slept in braids on Saturday night to get some soft waves. I’m sick of my stick straight hair, and I really want to add a bit of softness to my outfits, so expect more curliness in the future.

Animal Print Closet Orphan

Outfit Details: Animal Print Thing: Goodwill; Dress (old): JCPenny’s; Shoes: Rockport.

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Freckles in April

Since O is for Closet Orphan, I chose to make an entire outfit of closet orphans. I almost always pass over these items to wear other ones. I used to wear this dress a lot, but I haven’t worn it once in about a year. The shoes I always pass over for something a little younger (they just feel more “professional working woman” to me). And the weird animal print thing? I’ve never worn it.

I’ll be honest. Animal print frightens me. I avoid it quite often. However, my mom bought this animal print thing for a costume party and I snagged it from her afterwards. I figured I could find some way to use it. But animal print is so loud and out there I almost always pass it over.

 Does anyone ever have those days that should be good photography days but just aren’t? The outfit is fine, it’s flattering, you know you look good. However, for some reason, even though you’ve been posing in front of your camera for almost a year it’s like you’ve suddenly forgotten how and you just look incredibly awkward in every picture? That was me, today.

Neon Imitation

 Outfit Details: Sweater: Old Navy; Button-up: American Eagle; Skirt: thrifted; Shoes: Modcloth.com

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Freckles in April Today was N is for Neutrals and Neons, and The Winter Edition is have a Group Open to Interpretation. To fit into both of the challenges, I chose to interpret the shape of the outfit we were coping–keeping all the basic parts but not the colors. I made my outfit mostly neutral, with pops of pink. Then I added the neon pink belt because I need to define my waist most of the time or I look like I gigantic block.

Also, it is incredibly difficult to get a sweater over a button-up. Seriously. How do people manage it?

Sadly my normal picture taking spot was half in sunlight and half out, so I moved my photo taking place a couple feet to the left. The background isn’t nearly as pretty today.

M is for Monotone

 Outfit Details: Coat: Oleg Cassini; Shirt (not shown): Walmart; Skirt: Express, via Ross; Tights: Ross; Shoes: Rampage; Scarf: E-bay.

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Freckles in April I’m always in love with Monotone outfits. I’ve done them in pink, red, and white. They’re one of my favorites. This one is no exception. Though I did feel a little dark and depressing, so the scarf bow really helped in that regard.

I almost never wear this coat, because it’s not the most flattering but I still love it. Sometimes I just like wearing things that make me look like a box. I can’t help it!

 In other news: an all black outfit is very difficult to get pictures of! Everything just seemed so dark, so my camera had a couple malfunctions (as in the bow detail picture above where it overexposed EVERYTHING).

Pink & Leather

Outfit Details: Cardigan: Wet Seal; Tank: Macy’s; Jeans: Per Se; Boots: Bandolino, via Macy’s; Purse: Michael by Michael Kors, via TJ Maxx

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Freckles in April

I actually had an entirely different outfit planned out for today. Unfortunately, I woke up super late giving me time to eat and run out the door. So I pulled on these leather boots and grabbed some pink from my closet. I literally snapped these shots in five minutes and then ran to my car and sped to work!

I’ll just have to wear the outfit I had planned another day. Ah, regrets…

 This purse was I ended up purchasing after I returned one of my X-mas presents. I’d been eyeing it for weeks and carried it around TJ Maxx whenever I was there. It was a hard decision, because I have never spent so much on a purse before (even though it was over 1/2 off). But honestly, it was my ideal purse. I need a lot of pockets and this purse has so many that it was just perfect. I haven’t regretted my purchase yet and I carry this sucker around every day!

 

K is for Knits

Outfit Details: Sweater: Target; Jeans: Per Se; Vest: Goodwill; Shoes: Steve Madden

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When I first started to expand my closet, I had no knits. Not a single one. I loved the look of them, but I simply couldn’t figure out why I didn’t own any. I quickly learned once I picked up my first couple knits.

I am hard on my clothes. Knits get pulled and destroyed. Even though I love them, I’m like a hurricane to my poor knits. Luckily, this sweater has (mostly) avoided destruction. In addition to being a flattering v-neck, it is cozy. I wear this sucker all the time.

Lately, I’ve been throwing this vest over everything. Since it’s reversible, however, I usually have the fur on the inside. When Salazar asked that I try it with the fur on the outside, I pondered it. I threw it on over this, expecting to hate it and immediately turn it around. To my surprise: I liked it.

This outfit is quite possibly one of the most comfortable outfits I have ever put together. Plus, the top knot made me feel extra stylish.