TRUE COLORS: DAY 4

This was from the Friday before St. Patrick’s Day. I knew I wanted to wear some green, but not in the typical way. And I also wanted to keep the weird color combo theme going.

I pulled this old scarf out of retirement for the green, and paired it with this oatmeal/oxblood sweater. Green and burgundy isn’t anything Earth shattering, but the colorful bangles add some unexpected brights.

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ELBOW ROOM

“Teacher, you look so sophisticated today,” was one (slightly backhanded) compliment this outfit inspired.

I scored this gorgeous cashmere sweater during a J. Crew sale bonanza. I love how the oxblood on the back cheats into the front: SUPER slimming. And these are the sister pants to these black ones. The outfit seemed a little basic, so I threw on some ridiculous chandelier earrings to jazz it up (you can’t see them through my hair, so I included a closeup). These earrings work because they have a bit of a tarnish to them, making them gel with the vintage professor vibe the clothes give off. And the dark silver kind of “matches” the grey of the pants, so although they’re still a quirky pairing, they aren’t completely random.

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The elbow patches are a little high because this is an XXS. You heard me! That was the only size they had left, and it SHOCKINGLY fit everywhere else.

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All Ages And Stripes

Okay, I gave up on the PJs (although, I’m still rocking the slippers…). I still felt like hot garbage, but sometimes you have to put on real pants. Fun story: This is the outfit that inspired a (Special Ed) 8th grader to ask me if I was pregnant! Nevermind that I weigh less that at least half of the 14 year olds there. She has detention FOREVER.

I’m working a little stripe on stripe action here. I had been standing, staring into my closet when this combo came to me. Both are old pieces I’ve never worn together. I paired the dark grey cords to anchor the pastels and to add another cold weather fabric so it did’t look too Easter-y. I spent a while trying to pick a different necklace since I’d already paired these, but this match up is just meant to be.

Side note: After so many teeny J. Crew collars, these green ones look HUGE! If it weren’t for the necklace, I would’ve tucked the points into the sweater.

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You can’t tell at all from the pictures, but I did a little variation on my standard low bun. I seperated seven ninths of my hair in the back, and braided the front two ninths into skinnyish regular braids and tied with clear bands. Then I just pulled everything back into a low messy bun. NOT rocket science, but it made it a little less boring.

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All Mouth and Trouser Jeans

You guys, I went to TJ Maxx yesterday after school and BOY did I score. I found this 2-ply cashmere sweater in this gorgeous color for $50. Fifty bucks!! I found these camel suede wedge pumps made by Dr. Scholls (for $25), so you know they are mega comfy. (I also bought a black pencil skirt with a faux leather panel, but that’s for another day.)

It turns out that only pay days are Casual Friday (aka We Can Wear Jeans), but these are technically denim trousers, so whatever.  If I had a little more time in the morning, I probably would’ve ironed a crease to make them fall a little better, but alas, one must prioritize.

Oops, we had to temporarily suspend the shoot to allow this trucker to do his job!

  • Sweater: Fenn Wright Manson via TJ Maxx (similar here in pine, here, and here)
  • Camo tee: old Forever 21 (similar here and here)
  • Necklace: J Crew knockoff via Ebay (buy here in Orange) (real one here, factory here)
  • Ring: old Forever 21 (?) (similar-ish here, here, and here)
  • Earrings: Gift (similar here and here)
  • Pants: Gap Modern Trouser Jean (buy here) (similar here and here)
  • Shoes: Dr Scholl’s via TJ Maxx (similar here and here)
  • Sunglasses: Jill’s again (buy them here) (similar here and here)
  • Nail Polish: OPI in He’s My Boo (buy here or buy 2012 version here)
  • Lipstick: Revlon Moon Drops in Orange Flip (buy in drugstores or here)

All Hail Satin

This outfit is made up of a whole bunch of Oldies But Goodies. I bought this satin skirt about 7 years ago, and I’ve worn it probably 4 times total.  I’ve always thought of it as an evening piece, but for some reason on that rainy morning, I decided to give it a whole new life as a work skirt.

The cashmere sweater is about 4 years old – it’s a little too small (as items can be when they are ordered online…), but the high waist of the skirt helps disguise that the sweater length is a little off.  The shoes and necklace are maybe 2 years old. Both are meant to be spring items (neither of which I bothered to wear this past spring), but I think they work with the rest of the outfit in heavier fabrics.

The shoes have a tiny bit of a hidden wedge, so they are way more comfortable than regular FLAT flat shoes.

  • Sweater: old Halogen cashmere (similar here, here, and here)
  • Skirt: old H&M (similar here and here) (splurge here) (ebay here)
  • Shoes: old Kelsi Dagger (similar here) (ebay here and here)
  • Necklace: old Forever 21(similar here and here) (awesome options here, here, and here)
  • Earrings: “borrowed” from Mom (similar here and here)
  • Lipstick: NYX in Narcissus (buy here)