TRUE COLORS: DAY 4

This was from the Friday before St. Patrick’s Day. I knew I wanted to wear some green, but not in the typical way. And I also wanted to keep the weird color combo theme going.

I pulled this old scarf out of retirement for the green, and paired it with this oatmeal/oxblood sweater. Green and burgundy isn’t anything Earth shattering, but the colorful bangles add some unexpected brights.

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TRUE COLORS:DAY 3

The day I (well, we) bought these lavender jeans, I spotted a gorgeous lavender and coral necklace at J Crew and knew I wanted to pair the pants with this coral blouse. The blouse is quite over-sized, so I tamed it with this tailored jacket.

The earrings match the pants, but the random introduction of mint makes them less matchy-matchy.

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  • Earrings Charming Charlie (buy in stores, similar)
  • Necklace Forever 21 (buy)
  • Jacket Forever 21 (buy)
  • Blouse Nine Bird via Buffalo Exchange (similar)
  • Jeans Forever 21 (similar)
  • Shoes Zara (similar)

TRUE COLORS: DAY 2

This “week” has been pretty stretched out, due to blog neglect. I’m sure you will find a way to forgive me!

Here’s another wild color combo. I’ve been hanging on to this yellow top for a while, and the necklace is one of my purchases from the nine hour Michigan Ave binge. The shoes look pretty bright in the direct sunlight, but they are dark burgundy velvet.

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  • Jacket Merona via Target (similar)
  • Shirt Forever 21 (buy)
  • Necklace B.P. section at Nordstrom (buy in store, similar)
  • Watch Fossil (buy)
  • Pants Mossimo via Target (buy)
  • Shoes Liz & Co via jcp (buy)

TRUE COLORS: DAY 1

Week two of Theme Weeks! The theme originated as “Anything BUT Black or White” playing against the big Black and White trend for Spring. But I think my version evolved  into Kooky Color Combos.

Here, we have that highlighter pink sweater with which I started by pairing with these wine pants. I played with a few necklace options and dug up this oldie-but-goodie. I liked how it didn’t exactly match, but very much played off the dark pants. The necklace lead to the orange pumps (one of very few pointed toes that were saved from 6 years ago!), which lead to the pink and orange tank. It’s kind of insane, but works at the same time.

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  • Sweater Gap (similarsimilar)
  • Tank Mossimo via Target (ebay)
  • Necklace old Forever 21?
  • Pants Xhilaration via Target (similar)
  • Shoes old B.P. via Nordstrom (similar)

MIXED MESSAGES: DAY 4

I saw this scarf at Target and fell in love IMMEDIATELY. Most items I buy, I tend to think about what I already own that I can wear with it and where I might wear it to. But this one went in the basket without a second thought.

A funny story about the undershirt I’m wearing here: it’s Affliction. You heard me. I saw it at Marshalls, and loved the subtle grey fleur de lis pattern. Once I realized it was Affliction, I almost put it back on principle alone. But I ultimately liked the pattern so much that I didn’t care. I’ve been reaching for it a lot lately because of it’s short skinny sleeves. Too many of my short sleeve shirts have loose sleeves which leave weird bulges when layering.

The scarf, the sweater, and the tee add up to a Trifecta (plus the leopard on the bracelet!).

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  • Scarf Target (similar, similar)
  • Earrings Forever 21 (buy)
  • Bracelet gift from Bloomingdale’s (similar)
  • Sweater old Halogen via Nordstrom (similar)
  • Tee Affliction via Marshalls (similar)
  • Jeans old Gap (similar)
  • Shoes Dr. Scholl’s via TJ Maxx (similar)

MIXED MESSAGES: DAY 2

BONUS POST! I totally spaced on starting the week off right on Monday, so two posts today.

Here is another simple way to mix prints: use the same print in different colors. I loved Sarah’s leopard sweater, and used my own pieces to come up with an inspired concoction. A long skinny necklace breaks up the print and adds interest.

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  • Sweater Forever 21 (similar)
  • Blouse J. Crew (similar)
  • Necklace old Forever 21 (similar)
  • Jeans American Eagle (buy)
  • Boots Wanted via Barefeet Shoes (similar)

MIXED MESSAGES: DAY 1

Starting this week, Jill and I will be doing Theme Weeks until we are over it. We will pick a theme each week, and wear as many adhering outfits as we can stand. I already cheated on our very first go, but fortunately I had a few leftovers that just happened to fit in. We are hoping our themes will inspire you to try something new out of your closet. Send in some pics of your thematic look, or give us some ideas for upcoming themes!

Week 1 is Mixed Prints. I cheated a little here since the sweater isn’t technically a print, but you get the idea. The reason these two patterns work together is because they are simple (polka dots and plaid are nothing crazy) and in the exact same color palate (black and white). I tossed in these spearmint jeans to add to the fun.

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  • Sweater Pim + Larkin via Piperlime (buy)
  • Blouse Forever 21 (similar)
  • Jeans Kenneth Cole via TJ Maxx (similar)
  • Shoes Cole Haan (buy half size up)
  • Bracelet what I wore to senior prom! (similar, similar)

MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL

This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of waking up at 5:30 am to get myself to the Nordstrom downtown at 7! I got to attend Nordstrom’s Spring Beauty Trend Show. The show started at 8, but we got there early to snag good seats and first dibs at the pastries.

The actual show was pretty tedious. There were 3 different themes (Beauty Unveiled  Color Crush, and Urban Flirt) and each had 9 speakers come out and hawk their brand’s chosen products, all with the promise of “flawlessness”. The best parts were the mini runway shows at the top of each theme, and the ridiculously adorable Virginie Courtin-Clarins.

The loot was a great free tote (mint and tan “leather”) and some samples. Jill and I both had booked appointments after the show with La Mer and Nars. My mini facial at La Mer was heavenly, and I walked away with some new skincare knowledge (serum is for the epidermis  moisturizer is for the dermis) and about $80 worth of product on my face! I thought very seriously about The Concentrate which eliminated all redness and made my skin feel like silk, but I was not prepared to plunk down $300 just yet! Becky from Nars was beyond fun, and she got this drugstore gal to invest in a duo eyeshadow (which I just now discovered they gave me the wrong shade!), eyeliner (in Rue Saint-Honore), and lip pencil (in Lodhi).

Jill and I grabbed some lunch and shopped after all the other girls dropped. All in all, we spent NINE HOURS on the Magnificent Mile!

Here’s what I wore:

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  • Blazer old H&M
  • Shirt Forever 21 (buy)
  • Necklace Leslie Danzis via TJ Maxx (similar)
  • Jeans Old Navy (buy in Dark Wash)
  • Boots Mossimo via Target (buy)

RHYTHM AND BLUES

Snowy day! Jill and I braved the elements for these shots, and I popped her hat on to keep my hair from going full on Drowned Rat.

How cute/easy is this sweater? I like that it’s interesting enough to keep the rest of the outfit pretty simple. It’s built in mixed patterns. Speaking of which, Jill and I have started our own little Theme Week, and our first theme for next week is Mixed Patterns. Hopefully our themes will inspire you to try something new out of your closet! Stay tuned 🙂

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  • Hat Jill‘s (similar)
  • Sweater Forever 21 (buy)
  • Necklace Leslie Danzis via TJ Maxx (similar)
  • Earrings Forever 21 (buy)
  • Watch Fossil (buy)
  • Pants old H&M
  • Shoes Wanted via Barefeet Shoes (similar)

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)