SOLID INVESTMENT

This look started as a copycat: one of the other teachers wore a denim shirt with black jeans and a grey cardigan and it was super cute. I started with this denim shirt and my black “magic” pants, but then went rogue and added the fur vest and boots. The neon bracelet adds a pop of color.

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  • Vest Forever 21 (similar)
  • Shirt American Eagle (similar)
  • Bracelets Zara (buy), Ebay (buy)
  • Pants Express (buy)
  • Boots Kenneth Cole Reaction (similar)

BABY ONE MORE TIME

This skirt was probably too short for school, but that’s the beauty of the opaque tight. ALL of my skin is totally covered up, so it’s not nearly as scandalous as it could have been. Our school librarian gave this look a hilarious title – and told me to feel free to use it on my blog – but now I can’t remember! Something about a school girl gone bad, but way better than that. Let’s just pretend I remembered and it was awesome.

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  • Blazer Merona via Target (buy)
  • Shirt J.Crew Factory (buy)
  • Pearls Brooks Brothers, Express, mom’s
  • Pin thrifted (similar)
  • Skirt Ebay (buy)
  • Tights American Eagle
  • Shoes Zara (similar)

SNOW WHITE

I tried on probably every single blazer/cardigan I own over this dress, and nothing looked right. Either the length was off or it was too baggy for the dress. I got frustrated thinking all I wanted to do was cover my arms (the dress has 3/4 sleeves), and then it hit me: my shrug! I bought this one is high school (you heard me!) and it has been an excellent emergency sleeve piece ever since. If you don’t own one, I highly recommend a simple, snug one like this.

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JUST LIKE A TATTOO

This jacket didn’t photograph that well. The fit is perfect in person, and it has this adorable little peplum in the back.

I like how the tattoo-reminiscent jewelry plays off of the classic (with a twist!) tweed jacket. And the snow boots were just a flat out necessity!

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  • Jacket Zara (similar)
  • Blouse J. Crew Factory (buy)
  • Necklace Ebay (buy)
  • Pants Express (buy, runs HUGE)
  • Snow boots Nine West
  • Hair skull Gift from Jill! (buy)

ROCK YOUR BODY

This was a morning when I was fresh out of ideas. I knew I needed boots because of the snow, and then I threw on a bunch of comfy layers. The blazer-y jacket helps workify it a little.

I would like to note that this tee was an item I checked off my Want But Can’t Find list. I had been dying for a rockerish tee that 1. had some color in it and 2. didn’t involve a band logo. I was psyched when I found this one on extreme sale at Zara!

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  • Scarf Charter Club via Macy’s (buy)
  • Vest Forever 21 (buy on sale for $20!)
  • Jacket old Krisa via Nordstrom Rack (similarsimilar for $20)
  • Tee Zara (similar)
  • Pants Express (buy, runs HUGE)
  • Boots old Kenneth Cole Reaction (similar)
  • Bracelet  old Forever 21 (similar)

Highway To Hell

These heels were PRETTY AMBITIOUS for a school day. I made it through without busting out my backup chanclas, but you better believe these are not making a second appearance during the work week.

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  • Leather shirt ebay (buy)
  • Blouse J.Crew Factory (buy)
  • Necklace Forever 21 (similar)
  • Bracelet Forever 21 (similar)
  • Pants Express (buy, runs HUGE)
  • Boots old Nine West (similar)

Modern Chivalry

Day Three of Pajamas on the Down Low.

I got a bazillion compliments on this sweater, but Jill gets ALL the credit. She saw it on another blogger, ordered two sizes and offered the other to me. Umm, YES PLEASE. It looks like chain mail armor, but it’s a cotton sweater coated in silver paint.

I had forgotten about these shoes, until a few days ago when a student randomly said,”I like your sparkly* shoes that look like Vans.” I was very confused, explaining I had a LOT of sparkly shoes, but then realized he meant these herringbone sneakers. Why DON’T I wear these more often???

So, I’m wearing sneakers, a loose sweater with a light cotton top, and glorified leggings with pockets (Don’t judge me, I washed them!). Throw in some serious jewelry, and I call this successful undercover jammies.

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*I would not consider these sparkly – hence my confusion – but the herringbone has a slight metallic shine to it. You can sort of see little reflection dots if you zoom in.

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Lazy Lazy Lazy Lazy Lazy Lazy Jane

She wants a drink of water so she waits and waits and waits and waits and waits for it to rain.

I’ve felt like death warmed over all week. I don’t have a fever and the stuff coming out of my nose is clear, so I’m not sick enough to stay home. But: ugh. The solution? Wear undercover pajamas to work.

These “Magic Pants” look a lot like my Jessica Simpson ones, but are made of a much nicer fabric, are a more appropriate length, and the waistband isn’t enormous.  I wore these pants all weekend (this outfit almost exactly to dinner on Friday. And to a movie on Saturday…), so I naturally reached for them for comfort on Monday morning.

And remember how I said I sometimes wear this cardigan around the house like a robe? Throw in a t-shirt and some shoes with Nike Air technology, and I might as well be in my jammies. The pink necklace (another gift from Mom!) adds a pop of unexpected color (my sister read somewhere that this pink is the new hot color(?)), and I like how the zigzags around the jewels reference the pattern in the cardigan.

Please excuse my face. I slept for maybe 12 minutes the night before and am full of (clear) mucous.

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  • Cardigan Forever 21 (very similar)
  • Tee old Paiva (similar)
  • Necklace Charming Charlie (similar, similar)
  • Pants Express (buy, runs HUGE)
  • Shoes Cole Haan (buy half size up)

Cat Scratch Fever

I put this outfit together one morning when I knew I wouldn’t be taking photos, so I was trying to find old stuff or things that I’ve already featured on the blog. But this came out so cute I took it off, hung it up together, and saved it for another day.

The cardigan, belt, and corduroy pants are pretty old, and you’ve already seen the leopard shirt and Dr. Scholl’s several times. But how fun is the color combo of the belt and sweater? Black shoes would’ve been better but, like I said yesterday, I’m still searching for the perfect black (COMFORTABLE) wedges for school. I’m actually considering going back to TJ Maxx, getting another pair of these Dr. Scholl’s and finding a way to dye them black. It’s that serious.

ALSO: You may notice that I’m paler and puffier than usual. I’ve been fighting off some bronchitis and a never ending runny nose for the last week, so please excuse my red nose!

See what I mean about reading butch if I’m not careful? Take away the curls and the shoes and that could be Elijah Wood under that jacket.

I can NOT get the photo colors right today. The belt is much more of a neon lime green, and I DON’T have an enormous bruise on my palm!

  • Jacket: old Collection B (updated version here)
  • Sweater: oooold NY&Co (similar here and here)
  • Blouse: J Crew (similar here and here)
  • Pants: old Gap (similar here and here)
  • Belt: old Express (similar here)
  • Bracelets: crystal bangle: swapped (similar here), gold/silver bangle: old Tiffany & Co (similar here and here), spikes: Ebay (buy here)
  • Ring: old Diamonique (similar here and here)
  • Earrings: Forever 21 (buy here)
  • Nail polish: OPI in Cajun Shrimp (buy here)