MIXED MESSAGES: DAY 5

What a better way to end the week than with a Trifecta? I brought this scarf home and realized it just happened to have all the same colors are this jacket. Both have insane colors and patterns, but it works because the color palate is identical. The black on black texture pattern of the tee is also crazy, but I treated it like a plain black tee.

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  • Jacket Zara (similar)
  • Scarf Echo via TJ Maxx (similar)
  • Tee Zara (similar)
  • Jeans Old Navy
  • Boots Mossimo via Target (buy)

 

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)

LAID OUT IN LAVENDER

Usually, Casual Friday = blue jeans. I keep the rest dressy enough that I can get away with colored denim on regular days, so I like to bust out the legit jeans when I can. But this Friday I took it in another direction.

Jill and I both bought these lavender jeans in preparation for spring, and I was itching to pop some tags. I tried to winterize the look with a cute sweatshirt (see the details my hair is blocking here) layered over an oxford, and added touches of dark jewel tones to make it less Eastery.

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Fun facts about this hat: Jill’s sister-in-law, Katey, knitted this hat for her (note the hot pink stripes), but accidentally made it child sized. Unfortunately for Jill, it didn’t fit her noggin but fortunately for my midget head, it fit me perfectly! I’ve been wearing it every day, and when I went to remove it for photos, Jill thought it looked so cute she insisted I keep it on. She’s always right. Thank you Katey, it is getting plenty of use!

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HIGHLIGHTER REEL

J.Crew is showing a bunch of super similar neon sweaters for Spring, but I found this one lonely highlighter pink sweater on the sale rack at Gap. Don’t you love when there’s just one left of something on killer sale, and it just happens to be your size?! I feel like this has been happening a lot for me – I sense the retail gods have some negative karma in store for me soon…

I paired this neon pink with a few dark army green pieces for a casual Saturday look. Hot tip: black or white enhance the vibrance of neon colors. Temper your brightest brights with another neutral: grey, brown, navy, tan, cream, or army green. You might also consider pairing neon with its pastel cousin (hot pink with ballet pink, bright yellow with pale canary, etc).

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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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Just Gonna Stand There And Watch Me Burn(out)

I was warned that the other couple we had dinner plans with were coming “very casual”.  That was fine with me, since I spent the first half of this Saturday barfing up the Old Fashioneds I had the night before (NEVER AGAIN.).

I tossed these jeans back on, and immediately grabbed for this favorite burnout sweatshirt that hasn’t gotten much play recently. I threw a bunch of sparkly jewelry on – including this ooold Gap necklace with flannel plaid that ties into a bow in the back. The red boots added a pop of color, and kept the jeans from dragging on the soggy ground outside.

I later added this plaid blazer over for additional warmth, which came in very handy in the chilly Blue Line Lounge.

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I ordered new laces since the ones that came with were way too long and way too bright. I found these on Amazon.

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  • Necklace old Gap (similarish)
  • Sweatshirt old Forever 21 (similar)
  • Tee Nikibiki (buy in Suntan)
  • Rhinestone bangle favor from Indian wedding (similar)
  • Gold Bangle ?? (similar)
  • Watch Fossil (buy)
  • Jeans American Eagle (buy)
  • Shoes Nature Breeze via Barefeet Shoes (buy half size up, last worn)
  • Lips CoverGirl Natureluxe Gloss Balm in Peony (buy)

Hell Bent For Leather

Hooray, jeans to work! Thank goodness I only had to wear real work clothes for one day this week – I need a little time to get back into the mood. I’ve been hanging onto this shirt for over a month, and finally wore it out. It’s a bit sheer, so I layered a nude cami under it . I don’t  mind a hint of bra when I’m out at night, but I don’t need to share my undergarments with 14-year-olds. (It was so cold in my room, I ended up wearing the vest 90% of the day anyway.)

It took me a while to finally bust these American Eagle jeans out, too. These are the same as the black ones I bought in store. I liked those so much that I ordered these in blue online. I tried to wear these to the Bulls game with my tee and Converse, but I looked like I could easily fit in with the 8th Grade.

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  • Vest Forever 21 (buy, last worn)
  • Shirt Zara (similar, similar)
  • Cami old Club Monaco (similar)
  • Earrings “borrowed” from Mom (similar)
  • Necklace Stephan & Co. via Nordstrom (buy, last worn)
  • Gold bangle ?? (similar)
  • Rhinestone bangle favor from Indian wedding (similar)
  • Jeans American Eagle (buy)
  • Shoes ooold Old Navy (similar)
  • Nails Sinful Colors in Beau Khaki via Walgreens