LAID OUT IN LAVENDER

Usually, Casual Friday = blue jeans. I keep the rest dressy enough that I can get away with colored denim on regular days, so I like to bust out the legit jeans when I can. But this Friday I took it in another direction.

Jill and I both bought these lavender jeans in preparation for spring, and I was itching to pop some tags. I tried to winterize the look with a cute sweatshirt (see the details my hair is blocking here) layered over an oxford, and added touches of dark jewel tones to make it less Eastery.

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Fun facts about this hat: Jill’s sister-in-law, Katey, knitted this hat for her (note the hot pink stripes), but accidentally made it child sized. Unfortunately for Jill, it didn’t fit her noggin but fortunately for my midget head, it fit me perfectly! I’ve been wearing it every day, and when I went to remove it for photos, Jill thought it looked so cute she insisted I keep it on. She’s always right. Thank you Katey, it is getting plenty of use!

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FUNNY VALENTINE

Valentine’s Day means pink, red, hearts and roses. So I threw them all into one outfit.

This was my low key Valentine’s look for school. I almost walked out of the house with ALL of my heart jewelry piled on, but decided at the last minute to remove most of it (Thank you, Coco Chanel!).

I wasn’t sure if the red shoes would look ridiculously out of place. There’s red in the scarf, but it’s kind of hard to tell, so I added the red bangle to help it look cohesive. I chose the grey slacks as a menswear piece to balance the sugary sweet girliness of the rest.

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  • Earrings old Tiffany & Co. (buy)
  • Scarf old Louis Vuitton Monogram Roses knockoff via Ebay (buy)
  • Sweater J. Crew (similar)
  • Ring old Claire’s (similar)
  • Bracelet my grandmother’s (similar)
  • Pants old H&M (similar)
  • Shoes Zara (similar)

Candy Striper

My curls here are the result of “No Heat Curls”, which I first discovered at Tulle & Trinkets. She did hers a little different because she just wanted soft waves. I put my mostly dry hair pretty tightly around a headband and slept in it over night. I was surprised how well it held up, and how non-uncomfortable it was to sleep on!

The curls came out tighter than I intended in the front, and a lot looser in the back, but I think the end result actually looks pretty natural. They certainly don’t look like curling iron curls, and the inconsistency/frizz mimics how naturally curly hair acts.

I’ll probably try it again, but with a thicker headband next time.

P.S. This is a classic Shop Your Own Closet moment here. You’ve seen all these pieces before, just not paired together.

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  • Headband ?? (similar)
  • Jacket Xhilaration via Target (buy, last worn)
  • Denim shirt American Eagle (buylast worn)
  • Necklace old Claire’s (similar)
  • Ring 1 old Filene’s Basement find (similar), Ring 2 gift from Jill, received minutes prior! (buy)
  • Nails 2 coats of OPI Fiercely Fiona (buy) and 3 coats of Milani Neon Totally 80’s (buy)
  • Pants Mossimo via Target (buy, last worn)
  • Shoes Xhilaration via Target (buy in Pink, last worn)

Vivian Campbell*

*Vivian Campbell played guitar for both Def Leppard and Whitesnake. Get it (nudge, wink)?

Hmm, this outfit didn’t photograph as well as I had hoped…

I WAS, however,pleasantly surprised by how well the shape of these pants held up after a long day. Don’t you hate how some skinnies get all stretched out in the knee and tush after 45 minutes?  These pants are from last week’s American Eagle haul. These were only $20! The print is kind of a watercolor/abstract animal print in cream, lavender, tan, and blue (get a better look on the AE website). Although the cream technically makes these post Labor Day appropriate, I feel like they will probably get more use in the Spring.

  • Sweater: old Caslon via Nordstrom (similar)
  • Tee: old Hinge via Nordstrom (similar)
  • Tank: old Love on a Hanger via Nordstrom (similar)
  • Pants: American Eagle (buy here, but cheaper in stores)
  • Shoes: Dr. Scholl’s via TJ Maxx (similar here and here)
  • Necklace: old Claire’s (similar)
  • Ring: gift (similar)
  • Bracelets: I.D. bangle – gift (similar), friendship bracelet – homemade (DIY), italian charm bracelet – various (similar), silver beads – gift (similar)
  • Nail polish: Rimmel in Steel Grey (buy here)

Won By A Whisker

Saturday had a theme of triple dates, bourbon, and these American Eagle jeans.  The boyf and I went out to eat both brunch and dinner with our favorite third wheel. Both meals involved bourbon (a fun orange juice involved cocktail for brunch, Manhattans for dinner). And I wore these new pants all day (with ballet flats, pale pink tank, and black long sleeve tee preshower).

In fact, I CLEANED UP at a trip to American Eagle on Friday. I went in search of a plaid oxford, but ended up with 2 pairs of pants, a dark denim shirt, and a chambray shirt for the mister (I can’t find the right one for me, but found a great one for him) all for just over $100!

The fit on these jeans is called Skinny Kick, which means they are skinny jeans but with a little boot flare at the bottom. I found these to be extremely flattering since my ankles can sometimes look too skinny which makes my thighs look disproportionately bigger.  The whiskering on these is a little more aggressive than I tend to like, but the cut was so flattering, I had to make an exception.

I pulled this velvet burnout shirt out of a short retirement, and decided I needed a little more color. Enter the teal wedges, and then I added a little bit of teal jewelry to help it all make sense.

These earrings have been sitting in a jewelry box for a million years patiently waiting for today. The sequins have sort of dark blue and teal shades to them, making them exactly perfect for this outfit.

You know my rule about bringing a sweater to a restaurant.

  • Velvet shirt: old Forever 21 (similar here and here)
  • Jeans: American Eagle (buy here, even cheaper in stores)
  • Belt: old Gap (similar here)
  • Bangle: gift (indentical here, similar here and here)
  • Earrings: oooold Claire’s (?) (similar here and here)
  • Shoes: Merona Melinda in Green (buy here and in more colors here)
  • Cardigan/blazer: old Krisa via Nordstrom Rack (similar here and here)
  • Faux leather jacket: old Forever 21 (similar here and here)

Euclid’s Theorem

Here are some quick iPhone pics from date night. My hair is still quite wet, and we were running a little late for our reservation, but I think you get the idea.  We ate at Ada St, a trendy little hole in the wall. They had awesome cocktails and yummy small plates.  It was a delicious dinner, but this wasn’t really the kind of place where you bust out the sparkles. I was going for a look that was kind of hipster-cool, but still with enough sex appeal to keep the man happy.

Here are some simple guidelines I like to follow for date night dressing:

  1. Don’t go nuts on the shoes. Best case scenario, he doesn’t even notice your shoes anyway. Worst case scenario, you complain that your feet hurt and he secretly wants to murder you. Wear your uncomfortable shoes with your girl friends. These boots are the most comfortable of my super high heels, and I was easily able to navigate the 3-4 blocks we had to walk back to civilization (the restaurant is in a very industrial area) to hail a cab.
  2. No insane lip color. No one wants to see you reapplying and NO ONE wants to risk getting that shit on their own face. I wore a sheer light coral.
  3. Remember a sweater. Restaurants are always cold. Always. They do that so that the kitchen staff doesn’t sweat into your food. Don’t let your poor circulation turn you into a complainer; bring that sweater (or pashmina), girl.
  4. Let the boobies out, in a subtle way. This is not a nightclub and you are not JWOWW, so settle down. To everyone else, this is just a tee shirt, but to my dining companion, it is a very low v neck that gives him an “accidental” peek at my brassiere every time I lean over to take a bite.

The mister thought this cardigan looked like a Cosby sweater. You can’t win them all…

  • Jacket: old Tahari (similar here)
  • Cardigan: Forever 21 Draped Geo Pattern Cardigan (no longer online, try stores) (very similar here)
  • Tee shirt: old Forever 21 (similar here and here)
  • Jeans: old Lux via Urban Outfitters (similar here)
  • Boots: old Cynthia Rowley (similar herehere, and here)
  • Clutch: oooold Marc Ecko (similarish here)
  • Necklace: old Claire’s (similarish here and here)
  • Ring: old Forever 21 (?) (similarish herehere, and here)