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!

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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!

Fine By Me

Outfit Details: Tee: Walmart; Cardigan: Ross; Skirt: H&M; Tights: TJ Maxx; Shoes: Ross

In an utterly shocking development, one of my work outfits was actually blog worthy! (Excuse the wrinkles on the skirt–I’d been wearing it for 7 hours at this point!) Admittedly, I switched out my work shirt for this tee–but otherwise everything else is the same. I do wish I’d added some jewelry, but its just not on my radar at 4 am! I’ve started to wear skirts to work more frequently, because I’ve gotten very sick of ill fitting pants. Thanks to my shopping ban, I really can’t buy any new pants until it’s over!

And if I look exhausted, it’s because I really am. However, I’m not scheduled to work for the next week so I’m happily going to catch up on sleep and create a backlog of posts in preparation for the 16 through the 31. One of my coworkers gave her two weeks notice, so I had to pick up a bunch of shifts. It does mean more money, but it also means a lot less sleep!

Skirts also mean I can wear flats, which is wonderful since my feet have been protesting the constant wear of heels lately. These red ones are in a pretty close tie with my white ones for all time favorite flats.

Happy Valentine’s Day

 Outfit Details: Coat: via Ross; Dress (old): JCPenney’s; Tights: Express, X-mas gift; Shoes: via Goodwill; Necklace: X-mas gift; Earrings: X-mas gift.

Interestingly enough, this is only my first outfit of today. I’ll actually be wearing three different outfits on Valentine’s Day. Since I have to work later and then I’m going out to dinner with friends! Single girls unite!

I wore this to a job interview I had this morning. Goal: Be stylish and trendy, but professional. Also, I managed to brutally injure my heel in Bellingham so I needed to wear shoes that went up over it and didn’t hit my tender blistered spot.

These boots were at a Goodwill about a half hour away from me. I almost didn’t buy them, but I knew I’d regret it if I left them there. I’ve been looking for boots like this forever.

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).

G is for Glam

Outfit Details: Dress: Darling, via Les Saisons Boutique; Tights: Delia’s; Shoes: Borrowed from mom; Earrings: Charter Club; Headband: Gift.

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I’ve been considering something like this for awhile now. This dress is one of my favorite pieces in my closet and I’ve thought of at least a dozen ways to wear it. This is only one of them.

When I ran across the Winter Challenge (I’m always a day late, aren’t I?), I saw they were doing monotone today. Which is my favorite. I love monotone outfits. I usually always pick something obscenely bright (see red and pink). However, the ABCs of style was doing Glam and Glitter. So I toned myself down with this cream ensemble (though admittedly, the tights are a bit white for it).

I actually attempted three hairstyles before I settled on this one. The others were a beehive and a side bun, and they just would not turn out. Finally I just threw up my hands and did this. I also attempted a glam makeup look with a dark lipstick and cat eyes.

I actually had a different pair of earrings I planned on wearing, but I could not find them for the life of me! These ones also have a bit of sparkle to them, though.

EBEW: Black & White

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Outfit Details: Cardigan: August Silk, via Ross; Dress: B. Darling, via Unknown; Tights: Ebay; Shoes: Rampage: Earrrings: Yochi, via Ideeli.com; Necklace: Modcloth.com.

Black + White | Everybody, Everywear

This month’s Everybody Everywear was right up my alley. Over half my wardrobe is black and white! In fact, I had to make an effort this past year to add some color into my wardrobe because all I owned was mostly black and white! And then, of course, I totally forgot about this month’s linkup until last night.

So I set out my outfit in advance. I think I’m going to have to start setting out my outfits the night before instead of getting up and have the I-have-nothing-to-wear conundrum.

 In addition to putting on a (gasp) dress, I even managed to bother with jewelry. Jewelry was also in black and white (and gold). Trust me when I say I felt accomplished since I (almost) never wear jewelry.

 Even my nails suited the outfit, with Essie’s Fiji and Sephora by OPI’s Only Gold for Me. I tied all the gold in the jewelry to my nails.

And then I managed to even throw in a bit of pattern mixing by adding my black diamond tights.

 Can I just say planning has never paid off as well as it has today?

The Pastoral Symphony

Outfit Details: Shirt: Wal-mart; Shorts: via Ross; Tights: Delia’s; Boots: via Ross; Earrings: via Hawaii

Have you ever seen Fantasia? My favorite scene as a kid was The Pastoral Symphony, with the pegasus(es?), unicorns, centaurs, and fauns. My outfit today reminds me of the fauns.


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I’ll be honest, I really hate this outfit. I debated posting it on here, actually because I hated it so much and everything was wrong about it. I only wore it for an hour or so before I decided I would not be wearing it for the rest of the day. It just felt a little too costume-y.

I think my other problem is it makes me look short. The shorts come up a little too far, making me look short waisted on top. Then the boots/shorts combo makes me look short and I probably wouldn’t have attempted it if Clothed Much hadn’t suggested it for this week’s Rule Breaking Monday. The proportions of the whole outfit are just… off.

However, I do think that failure is a learning experience. I’m not perfect. I make mistakes. I don’t want to pretend that every outfit I wear is wonderful and turns out perfectly. This is simply not true. Oftentimes, I put together a total dud of an outfit. This is one such dud. I like each individual piece, but I just don’t think any of them go together (Least of all those tights, urgh).

I did like my attempted new hairstyle, though. If my hair was cleaner it probably would have turned out a bit better. Sadly, no clear shots of it.

So, let’s play a game. How can this outfit be fixed?