It’s Hip To Be Square

I bought this little shift dress probably 2 years ago from TJ Maxx or Nordstrom Rack or one of those for what I remember to be a killer price.  I intended to wear it as a hot weather school dress – I like how the extended shoulder looks like they could pass for “sleeves” – but black, thick, lined fabric is not exactly conducive with zero air conditioning.

With the slightly warmer temperatures (like, in the 40s) we saw, I was on the hunt for a skirt in my closet. I rediscovered this dress towards the back of my closet and decided to give it a new life as a layering piece. I originally tried it on with my J. Crew Snowcat blouse (AGAIN. I know.), but the sleeves were a little too voluminous. This pink top has much slimmer sleeves for a sleeker look. I added sheer stockings and my favorite wedges, and figured the beading was all the jewelry I needed (plus some small geometric earrings you can’t even see).

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  • Blouse Limited (similar)
  • Dress old Kenneth Cole (similar without beading)
  • Tights  L’eggs (buy)
  • Shoes Cole Haan (buy half size up)

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)

Ankle Biters

Here are some how heeled ankle boots I’ve been lusting after.
Ankle Boots
 

Zara boots
zara.com

H&M leather boots
$48 – hm.com

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)

Friday Night Strikes

If you’ve read/heard ANY NATIONAL NEWS this week, you know that the Chicago Public School teachers have been on strike. Our union color is red, so I’ve been wearing only a variety of red t-shirts and jeans/leggings all week. Finally, I decided today was the day to spice that picket line up a bit.

I mostly just wanted to bust out my (super comfortable!) boots to get away from the gym shoes and flipflops I’ve been rocking all week. And thus a cute outfit was born.

Remember Jill? She brought her awesome camera to the event, and during some downtime decided that I needed my first official Outfit Blog Modelling Session.  It was AWKWARD to say the least, especially since we were at a bus/train station (to hand out flyers). And doing anything for the first time IN PUBLIC, IN BROAD DAYLIGHT is weird! But Jill assured me that posing for blog photos is always weird (even a few months in, for her). So here are my very first Intentional Outfit Blog Photos:

So silly! Jill taught me the “shoes to the side, body to the front” pose that gives you guys the best view of what I’ve got going on.

Blue Steel. And what.

Jewelry detail. My modeling skills need work, but at least the merchandise looks good!  I could’ve just gone with black sunnies, but that felt too match-y. These white ones are still neutral, but less of an obvious choice.

Here’s a sad iPhone picture of the purse I was wearing during the day:

Since it was Friday, and the boyf woke me up from a much needed afternoon nap saying I had approximately 4 minutes to get ready, I wound up wearing the exact same outfit out that night with only a shoe and bag change. I switched to ballet flats because we were hoofing it to a bar several blocks away AND it was still warmer out than anticipated. I also swapped the Union Red bag for an oversized clutch to make the overall look read more “evening”.

  • Vest: old Gap wool (buy it used here) (similar here) (faux fur alternative here)
  • Blouse: Forever 21 [this came with a little “tie” attached, which I cut off and saved for later] (buy it here) (similar here) (similar here)
  • Tank: old Agaci (similar here) (similar here)
  • Jeans: AG “The Legging” (buy them here) (other colors here) (polka dot version here)
  • Boots: old Kenneth Cole (similar here) (similar here) (similar here) (similar here)
  • Necklace: Gift from Mom, source unknown (similar here) (similar here) (and here) (elaborate alternative here)
  • Ring: old Loehman’s find (similar here) (similar here) (understated alternative here)
  • Sunnies: Gift from a friend from Target, probably in the Dollar Department (similar here) (similar here for $4!) (Ray Bans here)
  • Nails: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Sonic Boom (buy it here)  and Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Red Carpet (buy it here)
  • Red purse: old Target (similar here) (similar here) (and here) (and here)
  • Black purse: thrift store find (similar here) (similar here) (and here)
  • Black ballet flats: Tieks (buy them here) (similar here) (similar here for $15)