Thursday, April 27, 2017

Lavender










blazer-Gap(similar here), shirt/pants-Uniqlo(similar tee here), necklace-J.Crew Factory(similar here), flats-Dr. Scholls(similar here)

I've had a complicated relationship with the color purple(not talking about the book, or movie, both of which just wreck me). In my younger and more vulnerable years, purple was my go-to hue. It was feminine, and darkly romantic/emotional, but not has heavy as black. It brought out my eye color, and complimented my skin tone. I even had a shade of eggplant as one of my wedding colors, however, as I grew older purple felt somewhat juvenile, not as sophisticated. Nowadays I keep my purples to my eye-shadow palette, but for the rare cases when this lavender blazer makes an appearance. This is the PRIME time of year to wear all shades of purple--lavender, lilac, aubergine--dark or pastel, purple is (in my opinion) the essence of spring hues. Sure, there's green and yellow, but come on, how boring. 

For this outfit, my lavender blazer tops a mix-print tee and standard navy trousers for a simple, yet fresh springtime office look. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Confession Time on Recent Buys

My Year of No Shopping announced last September has been a bust! I've strayed from my self-imposed fast over a dozen times. Why? Well because I love clothes, and good deals, and evolving my personal style. Here are the  main culprits....

Slingbacks from H&M

I'm DO need a summer slip-on shoe for work, an alternative to loafers if you will. 

Jacket Dress from H&M

This dress was on sale and I wore it a few times over the holidays before featuring here in this post. It hits all of my current criteria for a dresses--easy fit, versatile, interesting, and has pockets! 



Also, wanted/needed an easy slip-on casual shoe, as seen in this post


Shift from Anthropologie

This layering piece was such a good deal, and in a color I don't often wear. This post shows how it's an easy-throw-on piece to add some color to a basic black outfit. 

Cardigan from Anthropolige

This cardigan speaks to my new-found lust for hygge AND, as this post shows was the perfect piece for our weekend getaway this past January. 

Button-Down from Wildfang and Necklace from J.Crew Factory


I actually HAD a credit from Wildfang when I picked out this striped shirt, so there's that. The necklace just sort of happened... DAMN YOU J.Crew Factory and your 40% off everything deals!!!! 



Blazer from J.Crew

From yesterday's post, this purchase was the result of a VERY long search for an upgraded grey blazer. And I think the picture justifies itself. 

Floral Culottes from Target

I have no excuses... But come on, floral culottes, I've already blogged them twice here and here!


T-Shirt Dress from Target

This was a comfort item purchase and purely functional for when I just want to throw on a dress at home, or on the weekends and haven't shaved my legs. 

Boho Dress from Mango

This oversized, boho printed shift from this post, again speaks to my sense of hygge, while also pushing my personal aesthetic slightly away from the androgynous, school boy style that I've been riding for several years now. 

And speaking of pushing my style there's this last piece...

Embroidered Tank from Francesca's

I fully admit I bought this on a total whim, not quite sure how I'd style it, but really loving the color and the easy silhouette. I see this becoming a T-shirt alternative this summer, and adding a bit more romance into my outfitting rotation. 


So there it all is, everything now out in the open. It feels good to admit that I've strayed from my original intention. Now, having done that I'm ready to recommit myself to a retail fast. No shopping for the rest of the calendar year, by adding on a few extra months from my original September start date I hope to "make up" the difference. And, needless to say I'll be leaning heavily on my loved ones come Mother's Day, My Birthday, and Christmas Time to fill the void. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

More Fancy Pants








blazer/shirt-J.Crew(similar here and here), pants-Mango(similarish here), loafers-G. H. Bass, necklace-Banana Republic(similar here), watch-Wenger, sunnies-Ralph Lauren(similar here)

You may recall these fancy pants back in January from this post. And while they are made of somewhat heavy brocade-esque fabric they work so well with this blouse and blazer I couldn't resist wearing them here in spring. Like yesterday's post, you wouldn't think of navy as a springtime hue, however it's a very chic shade that's is perfect for every season. Of course, I don't think I'll be donning these trousers for summer. And speaking of summer, this weekend I'll be doing my semi-annual closet purge and switching out cold weather apparel for my warm weather clothes! Even though this can be an arduous process, I really do enjoy it because it's like getting a whole new wardrobe! 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Bird Pants for Spring









jacket-Mikkat Market(similar from Old Navy here), pants-Uniqlo(similar here), shirt-Old Navy(similar here), loafers-Target(similar here), necklace-H&M(similar here), watch-Michael Kors(similar here)

Nothing like bird pants and a military-esque jacket for a cool spring day! Of course, I've also rocked these bird-printed trousers for fall, here and here. And while navy and forest green may not seem like the most fresh color combo for spring, I think here they are quite crisp. What say you? 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Dress Drama & Girl Boss!









sweater-Nasty Gal(similar here), dress-Forever 21(similar here), flats-Dr. Scholls, cuff-Vintage 

I am LOVING the drama this dress has going on. We had a lot of fun with the movement shots and trying to get the best "arch". Needless to say some unintended flashing occurred, but hey my photographer is my husband so he enjoyed it. 😉 

Beyond the impact of the swirling skirt, this outfit also contrasts a darkly romantic print (pale pink roses on a black background) with some straight-up punk-rock pieces--the shredded-back sweater and studded cuff. Worn together they create an edgy feminine feel, don't you agree?

And I'm super pumped to be wearing a piece from Nasty Gal on the eve of the premiere of Girl Boss on Netflix. Check out this featurette below and mark some time in your weekend schedule to binge watch all the 13 episodes!

  

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Tuxedo Dress









dress-H&M(similar here), pants-Zara(similar here), necklace-Need Supply(similar here), flats-Shoe Mint(similar from Zara here)

This outfit, while seemingly simple(black top, grey bottoms, flats) is a bit avant-garde for a Tuesday at work, no? Thanks to this "tuxedo" dress with it's lapels, buttons, and pockets this dress-over-pants switches things up from your standard LBD. The inspiration for this look came from a Refinery29 article on fashionable kids. Meet Rin and her mom Rica--


While Rin's look is very cute, and right up my striped alley, it was her mom's outfit that inspired me. Going for an easy, loose silhouette with some architectural detail was how I approached turning this inspo photo into real life outfitting. Oh, but hey, just noticed that I AM sporting stripes on my black and white flats. So, this is actually a nice little combo inspo! Check out more of Rin's style here!

This Old Dress

cardi-Banana Republic(similar here ), dress- Le Tote , necklace-H&M(similarish here ), bracelet/ring-...