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.

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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!

 

 

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…

Pollock Print

Outfit Details: Dress: thrifted; Belt: thrifted; Shoes: Ross

What, what? Dress posts twice in a row? I know, I’m just as surprised. However with the utterly gorgeous sunshine that has finally hit Washington state, I can’t bear to be in jeans.

As a bonus, I recently fell in love with this dress I thrifted over a year ago. I’ve worn it only once before, with a different belt. For awhile I wasn’t particularly fond of it, but when I put it this day something changed. I belted it, made the top slightly more blouse-y which had the added benefit of making the dress shorter and I went “Oh my god. I love it.”

It’s interesting how, for months, you can be ambivalent about a garment only to one day completely change your tune.

Shades of Neutrals

Outfit Details: Dress: Calvin Klein, via TJ Maxx; Shoes: Nine West, via Macy’s.

Wore this to my second day of training at my office job. I almost never have a good opportunity to whip out this pretty dress, but I love when I get to wear it! Unfortunately, after 6 hours it is a bit wrinkled.

These nude pumps? Obsessed. In April, Macy’s got a boatload of nude pumps in so I tried on every single pair. I’ve been hunting for nude pumps since December and these were perfect and comfortable. And I didn’t buy them. In fact, I was on my shopping ban.

So June rolls around, and I go in Macy’s to buy a wedding gift for a friend… and I just so happen to spot the shoe section I’m still pretending it wasn’t deliberate. The nude pumps I fell in love with in April? On sale. 10% off. As a bonus, they are also the last pair in the store  (also known as the display pair) and so Macy’s gave me another 15% off. So I got 25% off for shoes I was planning to purchase anyway! And they go with everything.

Feeling Fall

 

 

Outfit Details: Dress: thrifted; Jacket: via Ross; Earrings: from Hawaii; Shoes: Report, via Macy’s; Knee Highs: via Modsock.

Even though it’s summer, the weather here screams fall. So after being unable to remember what pair of jeans I wore in my last blog post, I opened my tights drawer and found these knee-highs looking back at me. The coat got thrown over the whole thing, simply because rain could fall at any second here.

So, big news, I’m actually going back to school. I registered for classes last week, and I meet with my advisor tomorrow. Technically, I was supposed to wait to register, but I couldn’t–I like to plan ahead for everything. I’m doing a program for a medical assisting certificate, which should take me about a year. I’m actually really excited about the whole thing, even though it means more school. Although honestly, I’ve missed learning and classes over the past year.

 These earrings are one of the larger pairs I own–I walked into a small store in Hawaii (I think on Kawaii) and purchased several pairs including these. The sparkly flecks in them seemed to go well with the top of the dress, and evoked a little “Starry Nights” feeling for me!

Automatic Systematic

Outfit Details: Necklace: gift; Dress: J.Crew, thrifted (borrowed); Cardigan: J.Crew, gift; Belt: TJ Maxx; Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell (borrowed).

Strangely enough, the only item I actually purchased was the belt. Kind of funny when you put an outfit together of only borrowed or gifted items.

This is another dress that I borrowed during my (partial) closet swap with a friend of mine. It’s not something i would normally attempt to wear (drop waisted) but when I put it on, I actually liked it. So I decided to try to make it work.

I tried out a hair tutorial I saw on youtube, and definitely feel it was a success. This is only the first day of wear, but I found I liked the second a little better since the hair had relaxed a bit more.

Birds of A Feather

Outfit Details: Dress: Handmade (borrowed); Shrug: White House, Black Market; Shoes: K-mart.

So I’ll say I am straight up obsessed with this dress. My friend made it for a costume, and I saw it and I just had to borrow it. While it’s not the most flattering in the front–the flowy train certainly makes up for it!

I ended up wearing this out to grab coffee before we went to take pictures, and needless to say I did get some strange looks. Not that it matters, because when you wear this dress you definitely feel awesome. Nothing like a billowing train to make your day.

Stripes on Stripes

Outfit Details: Cardigan: Target; Dress: Target; Shoes: Blowfish, gift. Ring: gift.

When I pulled out this dress, I kind of wondered what I was going to pair it with. I’d already paired it with my jean jacket and I really liked that combo. So I hunted through my cardigan drawer and found this striped cardigan that I haven’t worn in awhile.  I really like the stripes on stripes look, I think it’s pretty fun.

Funny thing: when I buy something I can usually imagine 5-10 possible ways to remix it in my wardrobe. As soon as I wear the item once, I seem to forget all the other ways I planned to wear it. I’ve actually started to write down different outfit combos in a mini notebook so I can remember all the good ideas i’ve had!

This little sapphire and yellow gold ring was my mother’s before she gave it to me for my high school graduation. Instead of a class ring, I got this pretty little thing instead!