PARDON THE INTERRUPTION

It’s Spring Break! The mister and I will be heading off to Nashville, so there will be a bit of a break in our regular programming (“What regular programming? You never blog consistently!” -You).

In the meantime, here are a few extra pics from the Nordstrom event that were hiding on Jill’s camera.

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More info on our outfits here and here.

IMG_1550During our marathon shopping sesh after, Jill found this purse at Charming Charlie that matched my nails. I acheived this look with a base layer of Sally Hansen Lacquer Shine in Spark (which looks purple in the bottle but dries navy) and about eight layers of Milani Nail Lacquer in Gems. Yes, it took forever to remove!

Shine Bright Like A Diamond

Here’s what I wore out for New Year’s Eve. We had only planned on going out to dinner with our fave buddy, so I hadn’t put much thought into my outfit. I tried on several combos with varying degrees of sparkle, and would up with this. I basically piled of a ton of shimmery stuff and called it a day! NYE (and maybe Halloween…) is the only time you can pile on the sparkles like this, and I took full advantage.

The reason why this insanity works is the simple pants and solid blazer give the eye a safe place to rest. The straight hair also calmed down the whole vibe – my usual messy waves would’ve added to the noise.

The only new item here is the jacket (gift from Mom!). This is yet another example of how a blazer is the easiest way to smarten up a look. I look like a crazy teenager with the hoodie, but the (very inexpensive, btw) blazer gives this a finished, polished vibe.

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Un-Bull-ievable!

New Year’s Eve started off pretty normal. The Mr and I had tickets to the afternoon Bulls game, but we woke up and got ready pretty early. Mr suggested that we take my new Canon Rebel out for a spin down in Millennium Park.

I made him stop at Nordstrom Rack first (OF COURSE) to pick up some new gloves. Millennium Park was PACKED, especially around The Bean! We took some pictures and fooled around with the few camera settings we learned to use. Eventually we made our way over to The Faces, and this picture:

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quickly became this picture:

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But I digress 🙂

Here is what I wore to the game. I bought this Rachel Roy shirt in Philadelphia with my Daffy’s gift card (oddly enough). I usually just sleep in it, and I actually struggled a little to put it in an outfit without looking like an angsty teen. I’m as sick of looking at these boots as you are, but knowing that we would be hanging out in the park, naked ankles were NOT an option.

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And here’s an extra ring shot, just because 🙂

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Baby, You’re A Firework

In honor of New Year’s Eve, here are a bunch of gorgeous statement sparklies all from Forever 21.  Tonight, there is no such thing as too much bling, so pile it on! Click on the small images below for specific information.

I still haven’t settled on exactly what I’ll be donning tonight, but I am sporting some serious glitter nail polish and an extra special new piece of sparkly jewelry 🙂

F21 Statement Sparkles

Buffalo (Check) Soldier

Please excuse the quality (or complete lack-thereof) of these photos. Because of Spirit Week, I knew I wouldn’t have many work outfits to share, so I made The Mister take some iPhone snaps of this look I threw together for Bar Trivia.  This sweatshirt is about a decade old and needs to be hiked down a little, but I still wanted to share these new boots with you. Not only do they have GLITTER (my favorite color!), they are also quite comfortable – which is good since we had to walk almost 4 blocks to catch a cab!

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  • Earrings Forever 21 (similar)
  • Buffalo check shirt Forever 21 (similar)
  • Sweatshirt ooold Dollhouse (similar, similar)
  • Jeans Old Navy (buy)
  • Boots Wanted via Barefeet Shoes (buy)

Pinky Swear

This week was Spirit Week at school, so I don’t have much new material (hence all the “flashbacks”). For the uninitiated, Spirit Week is when you show your school spirit by wearing silly stuff all week (Mismatch Day was epic, and I’m pretty bummed I didn’t capture the glory of my insane outfit!). Tuesday was Color Day, where each grade is assigned a different color to represent. We pulled pink, which I was pretty excited about until I got home and realized that I don’t have much solid pink.

I usually sleep in this sweater! It is kind of awkwardly big/long (I bought it as an emergency cover up one chilly summer day), but super soft. I decided to go with the slouchy idea and paired it with boyfriend-y jeans and a big scarf. These pink glitter shoes jazzed the whole look up, and I threw on these earrings at the last minute just to be extra ridiculous (Jill thinks they look like Mentos).

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P.S. Nails are purple because that’s our school color

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  • Scarf old Louis Vuitton Monogram Roses knockoff via Ebay (buy)
  • Sweater old GAP (similar)
  • Tank old Love on a Hanger via Nordstrom (similar)
  • Jeans old Forever 21 (similar)
  • Shoes ooooold Fioni via Payless (similar, similar)
  • Earrings ?? (similar)
  • Ring gift (similar, splurge)
  • Lipstick Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Cherish (buy)
  • Polish ORLY Velvet Rope (buy)

Dominant Jean

Here is an outfit that started off pretty boring, and escalated quickly. I wanted to wear this new denim shirt with some color, so I pulled out these green/teal pants. Then I remembered I had this necklace, which jazzed the whole look up. I had planned on wearing the shirt buttoned all the way up with the necklace in the collar like a bow tie, but then I found out it we were taking the staff picture that morning, and decided the Ironic Arsenio Hall look wouldn’t exactly stand the test of time. I wore the shirt and necklace “the normal way” and tossed a black blazer over it to make the whole look read more “professional”.

I tried a few bracelets, but settled instead on this neutral-but-killer stack of rings. And I was tempted to reach for my usual plain black flats, but I liked how the green picked up a little of the glitter in these shoes (plus, the glitter filled in as a quasi-print in an otherwise collection of solids).

  • Blazer: old H&M (similar here)
  • Shirt: American Eagle (buy here)
  • Necklace: old Forever 21 (similar here and here)
  • Rings: Forever 21 Pyramid Stud Ring Set of 4 (try buying in store, similarish here and here)
  • Pants: Mossimo via Target (buy here)
  • Shoes: old Old Navy (almost identical here)
  • Nail Polish: Sally Hansen Lustre Shine in Plume (buy in drugstores or here)
  • Lipstick: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Cherish (buy in drugstores or here)
  • Sunnies: old Forever 21 (similar here and here)