I had low expectations for how long I would be able to stand this square ring, especially since I had it on my right hand. But I ended up wearing it all day – wearing it even while I wrote. I wore it some more over the long weekend and got a zillion compliments. In fact, the ring got way more attention from my family than my hair color. It’s funny when such a drastic change is so common, it doesn’t even warrant discussion anymore.
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)
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!
This is that black pencil skirt I talked about from my recent successful TJ Maxx outing. It is quite stretchy and comfy, although the panel of faux leather got pretty toasty as the day went on, resulting in my own personal Zaggora hot skirt.
I’m still on the hunt for some super comfortable black wedges for school, so I decided to go with these boots. That’s a LOT of leather for one daytime look, so I countered it with this sweet bow sweater. I also opted not to wear the black tights I tried on, reasoning that the little shot of skin softened the severity of my bottom half.
I sort of feel like I’m in an SS uniform with all this leather and coat, but Jill insisted that she likes to see what girls really wear when they leave the house.
Sweater: old unknown – the tag just has a heart on it (similarish here and here)
Skirt: Willi Smith via TJ Maxx (similar here and here)
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:
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.
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.
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.
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…
I’d like to call the color of these pants “oxblood”, but they have a little more purpley undertone, so they are probably more accurately described as a deep “wine”. I wasn’t sure what to pair them with, but I thought this light blue color looked gorgeous with them. The colors would’ve been beautiful on their own, but the outfit needed a finisher, and thus the white cardigan was introduced. I like how the buttons on the cardigan help the shoes make sense (these are quickly becoming my favorite work shoes. Hello, comfortable!).
The taupe pearls gave me a little more to work with near my face, besides pastels. The overall look is quite preppy, but you know I had to add my little dose of bad-assery with the cool stack of rings.
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)
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)
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)