It’s A Jungle Out There

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Literature & Lace: Polkadot Jeans

Outfit Details: Tank: unknown; White Tee: Target; Cardigan: Atmosphere, via a little boutique; Polkadot Jeans: Ross; Shoes: Payless (kid’s section); Scarf: J.C. Penney.

I don’t have much to say about this outfit. Mostly because I built it around the fact that I really really wanted to wear these polka dot jeans. Who doesn’t love polka dots?

These sparkle flats from the kid’s section of Payless are another wardrobe staple along with the scarf. I’ve almost worn these flats out completely!

 

 

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Winter Sunset

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Outfit Details: Cardigan: Old Navy; Dress: Forever 21, gift; Tights: gift; Shoes: Payless (kid’s section).

This frilly little dress was given to me by a coworker. She was worried that I would be offended because the dress is a size large, but I told her I just wear what fits — no matter the size. When she gave it to me, I was delighted. It has a great pattern and I end up wearing it about once a week (no shame). It fits perfectly into my outfit rotation for work.

Also–I’ve been trying to teach boyfriend how to take good outfit pictures. He’s learning!

No World Outside

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Outfit Details: Mint Dress: Modcloth.com, Cardigan: gift; Scarf: JCPenney; Tights: unknown; Heels: Jeffrey Campbell, borrowed.

 

Jeans have become a thing of the past, lately. I’ve switched to wearing skirts and dresses–since my workplace requires a business casual style. As much as I have resisted wearing skirts in the past–I’m starting to find I don’t mind it nearly as much as I used to.

And can I just say that I completely foresaw the “mint” trend? I bought this dress off Modcloth a couple years ago and then a year or so later I began to see mint colored items everywhere!

Colorful

 

 

 

 

Outfit Details: Shirt: Target; Sports Bras: Victoria’s Secret; Jeans: Per Se; Shoes: Ross; Earrings: Yochi via Ideeli.com; Hair Extensions: Hot Topic. 

Ever since college ended, I’ve kind of mourned the loss of fun colors in my hair. Now that I work I can’t really dye my hair pink or purple anymore, so when I saw these clip in extensions I had to try them. While they don’t blend particularly well, it was definitely fun to have crazy hair color again for a day.

So I haven’t been posting many of my casual outfits lately, mostly because when I do take outfit pictures it’s usually of the ones I’m wearing to work. This is a pretty good example of where my casual style has slid to recently–I’m obsessed with this tank top I found in Target’s clearance section before vacation. I wear it all the time (with everything)!

 

I’ve always wanted a second ear piercing, and recently I got one–thanks to my boyfriend, who did it for me! I actually didn’t even feel it because I was so busy panicking over it.

A Few of My Favorite Things

Outfit Details: Army Jacket: Old Navy; Dress: Darling UK, via Saisons Boutique; Shoes: Miu Miu, via Ebay.

For me, I have clothes that I love because they fit, look flattering, and are functional. And then I have clothes that I love. Clothes that I saw and they spoke to some part of my soul. However, the clothes that I love tend to be more impractical–I often won’t be able to wear them as much as my other clothes, even though they are my most cherished clothing items.

This dress and these shoes are two of my very favorites (although the dress has proved very versatile!). The jacket I hunted for over six months, before spying it in an article on College Fashion. It actually kind of surprised me that I hadn’t put these pieces together before now!

I wore this to the office and got several compliments on my shoes from self-identified fellow shoe addicts. Surprisingly, I ended up wearing these shoes for over 7 hours and they were fairly comfortable throughout that time.

Floral Polka Dots

Outfit Details: Dress: ?; Cardigan (old): Gap; Shoes: K-mart.

While on vacation I picked up this dress and one other from a cute little boutique. Unfortunately, I couldn’t remember the name of it and the bag they gave me didn’t have a name on it either! I ended up wearing this to my appointment with my hairstylist on one particularly sunny day. Highlights and a haircut definitely fixed up my hair after vacation!

In the height of awesomeness, I went to Starbucks the other day (and I was running late and starving since I hadn’t eaten breakfast) and when I pulled up to the window someone had already paid for my stuff. Pay it forward! However, my attempt to pay it forward this morning was thwarted since I was the only person in the drive thru.

Target-ed

Outfit Details: Cardigan: Target; Dress: Target; Earrings: gift; Shoes: Nine West, via Macy’s

 So around March, I gave up on my white cardigan. It was a goner–old, pilling, kind of dingy and it may have slightly shrunk in the wash. I began passively searching for a new one–too lazy to actively look, I decided if I ran across one that worked for me I’d purchase it. Anyway, at Target before I went on vacation, I snagged this white one. I prefer the slightly larger fit on this one, so it turned out nicely. Also, haven’t I remixed this dress enough now?

 

As this was before I redyed my hair, you can really see how vacation lightened it up!

 

 

Skirting The Issue

Outfit Details: Top: ShopRuche.com; Skirt: H&M; Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell, borrowed; Jewelry: gift.

Recently I had a couple glasses of wine and did some online shopping. Of the items I ordered, this top is the only item I kept. Thankfully it makes a wonderful shirt to contribute to the more professional side of my closet. Working at my second job is allowing me to get more creative with my outfits since there isn’t really a dress code other than “no jeans”.

 

These shoes are one of my favorite pairs (and are a size too big!) that I borrowed from my Mom. I chose to play up the pearl/crochet detailing of the top by added a pearl necklace and earrings. It seemed like an easy way to enhance the neckline of the top without overpowering it.

Newly Minted

Outfit Details: Dress: Modcloth; Shoes: Nine West, via Macy’s.

Can I just say I now see why other bloggers always wear dresses? They’re so easy. Just throw it on, and voila! instant polish. Plus, I totally forgot about this dress! I bought it a year-ish ago and I’ve worn it only a couple times. Mint is very in right now, but it seems I’ve always had a fondness for that color (I’m waiting ’till fall to whip out this awesome velvet dress that I’ve owned for years now that velvet is back in).

In other news–I’ve had this post sitting on my desktop for over a week. Remember how I posted about my spotty internet connection? It got way worse. It got to the point where boyfriend and I were lucky to be able to connect to the internet for more than 15 minutes a day. This made it absolutely impossible to actually get anything up. We had to get Comcast to come out and fix things up, and last night we finally got the internet back. Of course, I immediately went and got these pictures up. I’m really hoping that this will be the last of my internet connectivity issues.

I’m always gravitating to these nude pumps now. It’s nice to have such a comfortable neutral pair of heels. When I wear them to the office I never have to worry about switching them out for the flats I carry in my purse…

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Outfit Details: Shirt: Cable & Gauge, via Macy’s; Cardigan: via Ross; Pants: Gap; Shoes: Steven Madden, via TJ Maxx.

Remember how none of my pants fit when I lost a bunch of weight and I had to buy new jeans? Well, it was the same way with any sort of professional pant. Since I already had to buy new black slacks, I headed to the Gap and finally tried on their slim cropped pant. I love cropped pants. I didn’t even have to hem these because they hit me at just the right length.

I ended up wearing this to my new Saturday office job. Then I went home and changed into shorts so I wouldn’t die from the heat as I strolled around town to snag myself some tasty peppermint ice cream.