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)

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)

Graphic Organizer

My mom took me and a friend to see Clueless the day it came out in theaters. If memory serves, I think we even got to leave school a little early!  Cher’s fictional life was covetable  for a variety of reasons, but her electronic closet was the ultimate in fashionista fantasy.

While searching for a photo in my phone, I came across a year old collection of my own version of the electronic outfit maker. The photos were dated from late March 2011 which means I was student teaching. I must’ve been putting together teacher outfits to help me during those last minute morning rushes when I’m particularly uninspired.

    

Some of these items I have since given away, but it’s fun to see how I was putting things together a year and a half ago.

These days, when I’m preemptively putting outfits together, I just end up hanging them up together in my closet, which is easier to look through than busting out my phone and scrolling through, but it’s also not as thorough and permanent as photos.

Do you make outfits ahead of time? How do you keep track of them?

Of A Different Stripe

Gotta love Casual Friday. Here’s another cute little soft blazer I picked up at Target this week. I threw it on with a very casual t-shirt (it even has that baseball hem on the bottom), and one of the very few pair of jeans I have hemmed for flat shoes.

The wood necklace helps the tan shoes make sense, and the pin holds down a rebellious lapel (and very slightly references the trees in the t-shirt).

  • Jacket: Xhilaration (buy it here or at Target) (similar here and here)
  • T-shirt: old American Eagle (similar here, here, and here)
  • Jeans: Seven for All Mankind in Dojo (buy them here) (similar here and here)
  • Shoes: Ugg Dakota (buy them here) (similar here and here)
  • Necklace: old H&M (similar here, here, and here)
  • Pin: thrifted (similar here, here, here, and here)
  • Ring: old Filene’s Basement find, green east/west baguette (similar here, here, and here)
  • Sunglasses: old Forever 21 (similar here and here) (splurge here)

Just Teal With It


Here’s a cute Professional Business Lady ensemble. It’s essentially a suit with a silk top and pumps, but actually way more fun thanks to bright colors and comfy fabrics.

I’ve only worn the silk top a few times in the past year or so that I’ve owned it. The pattern and colors are GORGEOUS, but the fit isn’t amazing (even with the little belt to help customize it). It finally took me until this outfit to realize I ought to just wear it under a much more flattering jacket (duh). You still get to see the blouse, but the jacket provides the silhouette.

And even though the jacket looks pretty structured, it feels like wearing a sweatshirt!

The shoes are also a yummy color, and pretty comfy. I didn’t last a full school day in them, but they would be mega comfortable for an evening out. The wedge is not too high, and the sole is flexible and squishy.

Fun fact about the blouse: I spotted Ginnifer Goodwin wearing this exact blouse several times on Big Love! She always wore it under something, too, and removed the pink sash.

  • Jacket: recent Spense from TJ Maxx (similar here and here) (lighter option here)
  • Blouse: old Postella (similar print here) (another gorgeous blouse here and here)
  • Tank: Forever 21 Essential Layering Tank in Teal (buy it here FOR $3!!!)
  • Slacks: Mossimo Boot Cut Pant  Fit 3 in Ebony (buy in store at Target) (similar here and here)
  • Wedges: Merona Melinda in Green (buy here and in more colors here) (similar here)
  • Bracelets: old gold bangle (similar here and here), old gold and turquoise bangle (similar here and here), and yellow turquoise stretch bracelet from Ebay (options here, here, and here)
  • Ring: Forever 21 Spiked Dome Ring in Antique Gold (buy here) (cool options here, here, and here)
  • Earrings: “borrowed” from Mom (similar here and here)
  • Sunglasses: Jill’s which I just threw on because it was bright! See her wearing them here. (Buy them here)

Earn Your Stripes

This was running errands look early on Saturday morning. I hadn’t even showered yet, so the hair is in a side braid.

I was getting bored of my pants options, and I realized I could finally break out the cororouys again! I have these pants in 3 colors. I found them at GAP 2 years ago on extreme sale (they were, like, $15), so I picked them up in navy, gray, and winter white. I hemmed and hawed about buying the hot pink ones, and now I’m sad that I didn’t!

These pants have a higher waist (NOT “high waisted”, those look ridiculous on my short torso!) so they are  super flattering. And stretchy, so super comfy, too!

 The denim (stretch!) moto jacket is from a trip to England about 10 years ago. I got it from an unfamiliar store called Uniglo (!) which my travel companion and I referred to as the Japanese Gap. Lo and behold, now Uniglos are popping up all over the states!

The t shirt is another decade old item. It originally had elastic rouching up the sides (notice the mismatched striped at the seams), but I took the elastic out and this is a great layering piece I have yet to get rid of.

The purple sunglasses might be a little overkill. I just grabbed them on the way out the door and didn’t think much of it. Tortoise shell would’ve been a better option, but those are sitting on my mother’s foyer table across the country. Oops.

  • Purple/gray sunnies: Gift from a friend from Target’s dollar section (similar here) (similar here) (similar here) (customized here)
  • Denim moto jacket: old Uniglo (similar here) (light option here) (classic option here)
  • Tie dye cotton scarf: I forget! Maybe Nordstrom Rack? (similar here) (similar here) (similar here) (embroidered option here) (DIY here)
  • Purple/navy sweater: old Forever 21(similar here) (similar here on ebay) (cowl neck option here)
  • Navy/white t shirt: old modified Rampage (similar here) (similar here) (3/4 sleeve option here) (tank option here)
  • Navy corduroys: old Gap Always Straight (similar here) (similar here) (similar here) (similar here)
  • Tan/pink shoes: Ugg Dakota (buy them here) (similar here) (similar here)
  • Olive/tan purse: old Zara (similar here) (similar here) (tote option here)
  • Nail Polish: Rimmel in Steel Grey (buy at drugstores or online here)

Come to Poppy

I referred to this as a coral shirt, but it’s pinker than what you think of as traditional coral. Probably closer to poppy.  I wore this outfit to school on dress down Friday, and got A LOT of compliments.  My Mr. took these pictures at the end of the day, so the jeans are a little stretched out in the knees (ugh).

This outfit kind of just happened.  I usually have a plan either the night before, or at least during my morning shower. This came about during one of my famous epic clothing hurricanes where I try on a million things and the room looks like a bomb went off afterwards.

(And that’s just on the bed…)

I worked out the blouse with the tank and jeans, decided I needed some pattern, so I added the floral shoes. I had originally settled on a silver necklace, but the look felt incomplete without a jacket. The gray jacket has huge gold buttons, so I had to switch the jewelry around.

It’s super cute from the back, too.


You may notice that the shoes seem a little big. They were an excellent TJ Maxx clearance find for $4! Only one pair was available in 7.5, but for four bucks, I figured close enough!

And the sunglasses are very cute, but I rarely wear them because they are too loose and don’t stay on my head or my face very well. They were an old Nordstrom Rack find.

  • Poppy blouse: Nine Bird bought new from Buffalo Exchange (similar here) (tie neck option here) (sleeveless option here)
  • Baby pink scoop tank: old Love on a Hanger (almost identical here) (lace back option here) (racerback option here)
  • Gray jacket: Spense from TJ Maxx (similar here) (similar here) (lighter gray option here)
  • Jeans: old Forever 21 Life in Progress (similar here) (similar here)
  • Shoes: Blowfish from TJ Maxx (sandal option here)  (ballet flat option here) (chunky option here) (high heel option here)
  • Coral and gold necklace: old Lia Sophia (moroccan option here) (medallion option here) (Ganesha pendant here)
  • Yellow flower ring: old Forever 21 (similar here) (similar here) (triple flower option here) (vintage option here)
  • Gold/rhinestone earrings: “Borrowed” from Mom [Hi, Mommy! :D] (similar here) (similar here)
  • Sunglasses: old Marc Jacobs (similar here) (similar here) (round prada knockoffs here)