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)
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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)

SNOW WHITE

I tried on probably every single blazer/cardigan I own over this dress, and nothing looked right. Either the length was off or it was too baggy for the dress. I got frustrated thinking all I wanted to do was cover my arms (the dress has 3/4 sleeves), and then it hit me: my shrug! I bought this one is high school (you heard me!) and it has been an excellent emergency sleeve piece ever since. If you don’t own one, I highly recommend a simple, snug one like this.

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ROCK YOUR BODY

This was a morning when I was fresh out of ideas. I knew I needed boots because of the snow, and then I threw on a bunch of comfy layers. The blazer-y jacket helps workify it a little.

I would like to note that this tee was an item I checked off my Want But Can’t Find list. I had been dying for a rockerish tee that 1. had some color in it and 2. didn’t involve a band logo. I was psyched when I found this one on extreme sale at Zara!

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  • Scarf Charter Club via Macy’s (buy)
  • Vest Forever 21 (buy on sale for $20!)
  • Jacket old Krisa via Nordstrom Rack (similarsimilar for $20)
  • Tee Zara (similar)
  • Pants Express (buy, runs HUGE)
  • Boots old Kenneth Cole Reaction (similar)
  • Bracelet  old Forever 21 (similar)

I CAMO TO PARTY

Are you one of those girls who sees an outfit and then you are inspired to replicate it with your own pieces? Jill is good at this, but I am not. I’ll see an item that reminds me of something I own and haven’t worn in a while, but that’s usually the extent of my thought bubble. However, I came across this picture on StreetPeeper:

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and I fell in love with the girl on the left’s outfit. Upon further inspection, that might even be my exact Forever skirt. I had planned on saving my version for a nighttime look, but the weather has made boots a necessity and skirt looks are in high demand. So I decided to school-ify it.

Now, I don’t recommend busting out this outfit at your day job unless they are already used to you wearing *interesting* getups. I was originally wary of wearing a leather skirt to school, but no one batted an eyelash the first time, so Game On.

Jill’s quest to kill me with hypothermia continues. But how beautiful is this blue wall we accidentally found?

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Good lord, it was cold and windy. Can you tell? These pics are not top notch because we just tried to take a bunch as quickly as possible. Also, I am not suffering from some kind of leg disease: those are pale peach tights with gold studs. Next time, I’ll expose more of them (shorter boots) so you can tell what’s really going on.

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It’s Hip To Be Square

I bought this little shift dress probably 2 years ago from TJ Maxx or Nordstrom Rack or one of those for what I remember to be a killer price.  I intended to wear it as a hot weather school dress – I like how the extended shoulder looks like they could pass for “sleeves” – but black, thick, lined fabric is not exactly conducive with zero air conditioning.

With the slightly warmer temperatures (like, in the 40s) we saw, I was on the hunt for a skirt in my closet. I rediscovered this dress towards the back of my closet and decided to give it a new life as a layering piece. I originally tried it on with my J. Crew Snowcat blouse (AGAIN. I know.), but the sleeves were a little too voluminous. This pink top has much slimmer sleeves for a sleeker look. I added sheer stockings and my favorite wedges, and figured the beading was all the jewelry I needed (plus some small geometric earrings you can’t even see).

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  • Blouse Limited (similar)
  • Dress old Kenneth Cole (similar without beading)
  • Tights  L’eggs (buy)
  • Shoes Cole Haan (buy half size up)

In A Blazer Of Glory

REWIND: Here’s one last outfit from my trip home. And yes, these boots again.

This was a particularly dreadful weather day. I wore this to run a few errands (YES, trying things on at H&M counts as an errand) and then right back into pajamas for a nice lazy day in with Ellery on the sofa.

I’m wearing several birthday gifts here: necklace and watch from Elle and blazer from Mom. And this purse has recently been brought back from a long medical leave: the hook holding the lock was broken and I finally got around to getting it fixed.

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  • Blazer Merona via Target (buy)
  • Shirt J.Crew Factory (buylast worn)
  • Necklace  Stephan & Co. via Nordstrom (buy)
  • Bangle ?? (similar)
  • Watch Fossil (buy)
  • Pants  Xhilaration via Target (similar, last worn)
  • Boots old Kenneth Cole Reaction (similar, last worn)
  • Purse old Jana Feifer for Love Luggage Joint (similar, similar)