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!

 

 

Practicality

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Outfit Details: Jacket: Northface, gift; Scarf: J.C.Penny; Rainboots: Rocketdog, gift; Jeans: Per Se, via Ross.

A Northface jacket is kind of a requirement for living in Washington State. It’s freezing, it’s always raining, and sometimes style comes second to comfort. Luckily, my cozy Northface comes with a cute polka dot print that works well with the only pair of rain boots I have.

Also–I’m obsessed with this scarf. I bought it before Christmas, wear it almost constantly, and I’m not sick of it yet!

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.

Dotting the Waves

Outfit Details: Polka Dot Top: Romy; White Tank: Unknown; Jeans: Romy; Shoes: Ross

You know how sometimes you’re shopping and then the sales associate is like “hey, this friday, we’re having an even better sale!” and you’re like “wait, really?” Of course, you show up and then purchase a couple things you had your eye on earlier (like these jeans and this top). At 70% off it was a sale I couldn’t resist, especially since it gave me the nautical-inspired outfit I have so desired ever since colored denim became popular. I know, I can’t believe it took me this long to snag a pair of navy jeans either.

I admit, I’m excited to throw this sheer polka dotted top over everything from now on.

Well Worn

 

 

 

Outfit Details: Shirt: Charter Club, via Macy’s; Pants: Romy; Sunglasses: Ebay; Shoes: Blowfish, gift.

So remember that lovely jean collection I cultivated before I dropped 20 lbs? Yeah. I can’t wear any of those now (well some of them work in a pinch, just not well). So when I walked past Romy’s 50%-75% off the entire store sale and saw colored denim hanging in the store? I could not resist!

I’ve wanted a red pair for quite some time, and these were perfect. Plus another pair of jeans! That fit! I’m still debating on going back for the cobalt blue pair.

I threw this together for my dentist appointment that involved (shudder) fillings. Thankfully they gave me a ton of laughing gas, so I wasn’t as traumatized as I could have been by the experience.  I utterly despise needles.

 

These flats are starting to look a little “well loved”. I’ve been switching between these and my red pair for the past month or so–so they’ve definitely been well worn (possible to death).

I’ve recently organized (again) and so I’ve thrown all my sunglasses into one bin. I’m enjoying matching them with the color schemes of my outfits lately.

Get into the Groove

Outfit Details: Green Tank: Romy; Jeans: Gap; Shoes: Michael by Michael Kors.

As you may have seen if you follow me on Twitter, I got my hair cut and highlighted last Friday. I haven’t got a haircut since last August, so this was seriously overdue. As a preemptive strike to prevent that from ever happening again, I’ve already scheduled my next hair appointment. Hopefully that will prevent me from putting it off again.

And can I just say that I’m in love with boyfriend jeans? After finally caving and accepting that nearly every single pair of jeans I own does not fit me, I went to the Gap to snag work pants (grabbed these and these) and a pair of jeans. To my surprise, I’ve gone down 3 sizes–so it’s no wonder none of my pants were fitting!

During that same shopping trip I went into Texas Gladrags, and snagged these adorable Michael by Michael Kors loafers for $29. Sometimes I get really lucky at secondhand stores–and even though the label on these read a size 5, they fit me perfectly!

Workaholic

Outfit Details: Jean Jacket: Se7en; Floral Tank: Romy; White Tank: American Eagle; Jeans: Ross; Shoes: Ross.

I attempted a new location for outfit photos, and unfortunately it wasn’t as successful as I was hoping for. Work scheduled a meeting a couple weeks ago, and I got there a bit early so I had some time to kill. Outfit photos in a wooded area seemed like a good use of my time–but they just didn’t turn out how I wanted.

This jean jacket has pretty much become my summer uniform. I’ve managed to throw it over most every outfit. I bought it in 7th grade, and it’s still stylish enough that I can get wear out of it!

I’ve started curling my hair more often, when I have the time. I think a nice hairstyle can really help an outfit. Even though this is a more casual outfit, those curls put a spring in my step and give me some extra confidence (like wearing high heels!).

Flower Child

Outfit Details: Floral Top: via small local boutique; Tank Top: Old Navy; Jeans: Se7ens, via ideeli.com; Shoes (old): Steve Madden; Necklace: gift.

This outfit didn’t turn out exactly how I had hoped. I really wanted to add a jacket or blazer but these high waisted jeans made it difficult and nothing seemed to be working. I’ll probably try again in a week or two.

Sadly, the actual amount of jeans I have that fit is very small. I’ve so far deluded myself into believing that my jeans that are size too big are just “boyfriend jeans.” I do have two or three pairs that actually fit. This particular pair finally got hemmed and fit perfectly now! Sorry for the wrinkles, but I’m terrible about not wrinkling clothing.

This floral blouse is gorgeous, even though it does tend to make me look heavier than I am. I love it enough that I ignore that though. I’m actually delighted that I tried layering it over a bright tank top, since I tend to layer it with the same camisole over and over. I fully plan to work this into my wardrobe more often.

I’m starting to try and make an effort to involve jewelry in my outfit posts. Here’s hoping this necklace is the start of a trend! Also–I’m hoping this will help me hunt down some of my missing pieces of jewelry.

Also–I realize this is a super late Wednesday post, but better late than never!

Almost

Outfit Details: Jacket: Forever 21 (borrowed); Tank: American Eagle; Tee: Target; Jeans: Current/Eliott, via BeyondtheRack.com; Shoes: Blowfish.

So I almost wore a dress today, but it was just a little too windy (evidence? my grouchy face in these pictures). And I almost wore a different jacket, but since I was going out with a friend she offered me this one which I’ve coveted for awhile. I always have issues finding things in Forever 21, but somehow she always comes across some really great finds.

We went thrifting (during which I tried not to be tempted while I was surrounded by clothing), and she bought a couple things she plays to alter/do some DIY stuff too.

In other news, I dyed my hair after I took these pictures! I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

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Outfit Details: Jacket: Old Navy; Striped Tee: Walmart; Jeans: Old Navy; Shoes: Blowfish

So after a week long break, I’ve caught up on sleep, worked, wrote, and (in general) got a lot done. I’m also feeling refreshed and ready to throw myself back into my blog. Sometimes I just need some “me” time to recharge, so the week off really helped.

So far, these are the only pants in my closet that fit like they’re supposed to (and they’re still a little large). I recently checked my measurements and it’s no wonder that none of my pants are fitting because I’ve lost over 2 inches at my waist and hips. Unfortunately, the shopping ban is still in effect so I’ll be wearing dresses and skirts much more frequently from now on. I’ve also become disturbingly fond of this army jacket, and so I’m planning to throw it over everything for the next week or so (be warned).

I wore this to a work training thing for CPR/AED. However, when I got there it was cancelled! I would have been more irritated, but that just meant I got to go home and catch the East Coast showing of Game of Thrones.

These white flats get so much wear in my life, that I wish I had them in multiple colors. They’re just so comfortable! I tend to choose them over all other shoes, especially if I know I’ll be active or standing for long periods of time.

Also, I switched foundations last week! After repurchasing my Clinique foundation, I discovered it seemed darker and it just wasn’t matching my skin tone properly anymore. So after begrudgingly going to a friend’s Mary Kay party, I was surprised that they had a foundation shade that matched my skin (I had to get the palest one, ha!). For $20 (my two weeks pittance of an allowance from my shopping ban) I decided it was worth it to try it out. So far, I’m really liking it.