MIXED MESSAGES: DAY 3

Mixing two prints is a good way to get started, but this week Jill and I started striving for The Trifecta: AKA three prints in one outfit. This week has pointed out a gaping hole in my wardrobe: printed bottoms. How have I missed this?! I mean, I don’t even have any printed skirts (besides that one faintly plaid number).

So I had to build my Trifecta in creative ways. I’ve seen other bloggers layer their blouses, so I decided to give it a try. I don’t love how the overall look turned out, but I do like the way all the patterns looks together. A plaid scarf and a peek at the striped blazer lining adds up to FIVE patterns!

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  • Blazer Merona via Target (buy)
  • Gingham shirt J. Crew (buy in other colors)
  • Floral shirt J Crew (similar)
  • Pants old Gap (similar)
  • Boots Hunter (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)

AN ARMY OF ONE

I forgot I had these boots! I am often woeful that I can never find boots I like, meanwhile there are several hiding in my collection (none of which I particularly love, but it at least adds a little variety to those extra chilly days).

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  • Jacket oooold Marshall’s find (similar)
  • Lace top Forever 21 (extremely similar)
  • Arrow necklace Forever 21 (buy)
  • Chain necklace J. Crew (similar)
  • Earrings Forever 21 (buy)
  • Pants Xhilaration via Target (similar)
  • Boots old Steve Madden (similar)

GRANDE CHARTREUSE

Grande Chartreuse: monks who sell booze who you can’t visit. Now you know.

Nothing super exciting about this outfit, other than the fun color combo. Chartreuse and coral red: you know you bought something in this color 5 years ago from J. Crew!

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  • Necklace ooold?? (similar)
  • Sweater old J. Crew (similar)
  • Tee Nikibiki (buy in Suntan)
  • Jeans American Eagle (buy)
  • Shoes Zara (similar)

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)

FUNNY VALENTINE

Valentine’s Day means pink, red, hearts and roses. So I threw them all into one outfit.

This was my low key Valentine’s look for school. I almost walked out of the house with ALL of my heart jewelry piled on, but decided at the last minute to remove most of it (Thank you, Coco Chanel!).

I wasn’t sure if the red shoes would look ridiculously out of place. There’s red in the scarf, but it’s kind of hard to tell, so I added the red bangle to help it look cohesive. I chose the grey slacks as a menswear piece to balance the sugary sweet girliness of the rest.

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  • Earrings old Tiffany & Co. (buy)
  • Scarf old Louis Vuitton Monogram Roses knockoff via Ebay (buy)
  • Sweater J. Crew (similar)
  • Ring old Claire’s (similar)
  • Bracelet my grandmother’s (similar)
  • Pants old H&M (similar)
  • Shoes Zara (similar)

ELBOW ROOM

“Teacher, you look so sophisticated today,” was one (slightly backhanded) compliment this outfit inspired.

I scored this gorgeous cashmere sweater during a J. Crew sale bonanza. I love how the oxblood on the back cheats into the front: SUPER slimming. And these are the sister pants to these black ones. The outfit seemed a little basic, so I threw on some ridiculous chandelier earrings to jazz it up (you can’t see them through my hair, so I included a closeup). These earrings work because they have a bit of a tarnish to them, making them gel with the vintage professor vibe the clothes give off. And the dark silver kind of “matches” the grey of the pants, so although they’re still a quirky pairing, they aren’t completely random.

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The elbow patches are a little high because this is an XXS. You heard me! That was the only size they had left, and it SHOCKINGLY fit everywhere else.

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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)

Ruffle My Feathers

Here’s a flashback that was hiding on Jill’s computer. You can tell it’s old because I’m missing an important piece of jewelry. My sister gave me this sweater for my birthday several years ago, only to find out that I had already bought the exact same one for myself! I added a pop of red shoe to the otherwise neutral outfit, and then snuck in the tiny red bracelet to help them make sense.

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Meeeow

I got to go to another StyleChicago event this past weekend, this time at the Sofitel. No fashion show this time, but there were all kinds of fun beauty treatments, deep discounts on clothes and bags, skinny cocktails, sushi, and other girly snacks. I got a much needed mani and ate a bunch of goodies. Most of the girls got their eyebrows threaded (I’m STILL trying to grow mine out!), and there were also facials, Moroccan oil treatments, massages, and makeup tutorials.  But once all the girls got together, we ended up chatting away and forgetting about everything around us!

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  • Leather shirt ebay (buy)
  • Blouse J. Crew (similar)
  • Necklace Leslie Danzis via TJ Maxx (similarsimilar)
  • Bracelet old Forever 21 (similar)
  • Jeans Old Navy (buy in Dark Wash)
  • Shoes ooold Payless (similar)
  • Bag MMS via TJ Maxx (similar)

And, of course, here’s the loot from the swag bag. Not as many full size items, but a LOT of good minis.

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Here is the other bag I won. I got to the event first, so I was awkwardly milling around with my phone in one hand and a glass of wine in the other. I found a very short line to sign up to win a Luna bag. I thought it was just the reusable bag, but I was bored, so I signed both Jill and me up for one. The idea was that you put your name and phone number on a piece of paper, and they would text you towards the end of the night if you won. I noticed my text, and assumed that everyone won the cheap little bag, so I prompted Jill to check for hers. She didn’t get one. So, I headed over to collect my little grocery bag, and the girls clapped and said Congratulations! Huh?? Then they handed me the bag filled with MORE LOOT!

It was mostly just Luna stuff, but it was such a surprise!

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AND, because we bought tickets for the next fashion show, Jill and I also got to take home 2 more full sized products each.

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