MIXED MESSAGES: REVIEW

Let’s take a look back on our first theme week. Here were my official outfits:

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Check out Jill’s even more insane Trifectas here. And how about an homage to some previous looks that just happened to mix prints?

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Were you inspired to mix prints this week? Do you do it all the time anyway? Do you think this is terrible and that we are insane? Let me know!

Stay tuned for next week’s theme…

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)

ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS

Holy smokes, this is my 100th post!

In order to mark the milestone, I’ve decided to make this one long Take One Pass It On post. The Take One Pass It On challenge was started by Sarah’s Real Life and the idea is to take an item you wore yesterday and wear it again in a new outfit. The take a different piece from today’s outfit and rewear that in a new way tomorrow, and so on.

Through this little hobby of blogging, I’ve gotten quite good at digging into the depths of my closet for oldies but goodies, and reusing a lot of pieces in very different ways. Jill and I both decided that we are both too emotional about picking outfits according to our mood to adhere to this. So instead of doing the challenge properly, here it is in  flashback form.

bday4Pass it on: boots (and jacket!)

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Pass it on: pants

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Pass it on: chambray shirt (and pants!)

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Pass it on: silver sweater (and pants AGAIN!)

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Pass it on: blue necklace

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Pass it on: teal pants

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Pass it on: denim shirt

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Pass it on: pink pants

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Pass it on: red shoes

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Pass it on: snowcat blouse

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And here we are back at the boots.

I could probably work ALL of my previous outfits in together if I started counting jewelry and had a lot of time on my hands.

Thanks for sticking with me to 100 posts! When I post, I imagine only like 3 people are reading these. But every time I go to a party, someone new tells me they check me out on the regular. So, that ups my readers to like 12 🙂 This blog has helped reinvigorate my love for putting together interesting looks, and I hope I’m inspiring you to do the same.

Coming soon: I finally got a haircut!

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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A League Of Their Own

I forgot to lay out an outfit the night before, so in a tired panic, this is what I came up with. This blouse is new. They had it with hot pink sheer, but the grey sleeves were a weird lighter grey that I did not care for. I originally had planned on wearing a different pair of black pants, but found that they looked laughably huge especially with the loose blouse. So I dug out these old H&M pants that had been banned to the “skinny” pile along with an identical grey pair, and they fit!!! In fact, by the end of the day, they were quite loose. I have no explanation as to why these now fit, but I’ll take it!

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  • Jacket Xhilaration via Target (buylast worn)
  • Blouse Forever 21 (buy)
  • Necklace Stephan & Co. via Nordstrom (buylast worn)
  • Pants H&M (similar)
  • Shoes Xhilaration via Target (buy in Pink)

Modern Chivalry

Day Three of Pajamas on the Down Low.

I got a bazillion compliments on this sweater, but Jill gets ALL the credit. She saw it on another blogger, ordered two sizes and offered the other to me. Umm, YES PLEASE. It looks like chain mail armor, but it’s a cotton sweater coated in silver paint.

I had forgotten about these shoes, until a few days ago when a student randomly said,”I like your sparkly* shoes that look like Vans.” I was very confused, explaining I had a LOT of sparkly shoes, but then realized he meant these herringbone sneakers. Why DON’T I wear these more often???

So, I’m wearing sneakers, a loose sweater with a light cotton top, and glorified leggings with pockets (Don’t judge me, I washed them!). Throw in some serious jewelry, and I call this successful undercover jammies.

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*I would not consider these sparkly – hence my confusion – but the herringbone has a slight metallic shine to it. You can sort of see little reflection dots if you zoom in.

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Green Tidings and Cheer

The Friday before Christmas Break was a celebratory one, in several ways. Perhaps the best part about working in a school is all the snacks! Teachers love their food, and they love to share it more.

I wanted to wear something festive but comfortable since I was going straight from school to the airport. I figured this green cashmere sweater fit the bill: a nod to the holiday colors and nice and toasty for the frigid plane ride. I also kept the jewelry minimal, in case it would set off the metal detector (it’s happened before!). This one big statement necklace had me covered. These jeans are as comfortable as leggings, and I try to wear my biggest shoes rather than pack them.

Do you go all out while holiday dressing (kind of like this) or keep it more subtle?

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Accidental twinsies!

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Candy Striper

My curls here are the result of “No Heat Curls”, which I first discovered at Tulle & Trinkets. She did hers a little different because she just wanted soft waves. I put my mostly dry hair pretty tightly around a headband and slept in it over night. I was surprised how well it held up, and how non-uncomfortable it was to sleep on!

The curls came out tighter than I intended in the front, and a lot looser in the back, but I think the end result actually looks pretty natural. They certainly don’t look like curling iron curls, and the inconsistency/frizz mimics how naturally curly hair acts.

I’ll probably try it again, but with a thicker headband next time.

P.S. This is a classic Shop Your Own Closet moment here. You’ve seen all these pieces before, just not paired together.

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  • Headband ?? (similar)
  • Jacket Xhilaration via Target (buy, last worn)
  • Denim shirt American Eagle (buylast worn)
  • Necklace old Claire’s (similar)
  • Ring 1 old Filene’s Basement find (similar), Ring 2 gift from Jill, received minutes prior! (buy)
  • Nails 2 coats of OPI Fiercely Fiona (buy) and 3 coats of Milani Neon Totally 80’s (buy)
  • Pants Mossimo via Target (buy, last worn)
  • Shoes Xhilaration via Target (buy in Pink, last worn)

How A Leopard Changes Its Spots

No seriously, they can!

I got a lot of compliments on this hairdo (two french braids, ends shoved under the other with Spin Pins), which was really just a solution to waking up too late to wash it. But most curiously, this necklace inspired a lot of compliments from the preteen boys. They are generally charming young men who have grown up around a lot of women, so usually this wouldn’t phase me. But after being perplexed by the third “I like your chain”, a fourth young man explained that it looked like I “stole a lock chain and dipped it in gold.” I was also told I’m “just like 2 Chainz.” Ahh, boys.

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  • Sweater old Forever 21 (similar)
  • Tee Nikibiki (buy in Suntan)
  • Necklace Forever 21 (buy)
  • Trouser jeans old Gap (similar, last worn)
  • Bracelets old Forever 21 (similar)
  • Shoes Dr. Scholl’s via TJ Maxx (similar, last worn)
  • Nails Sally Hansen Lustre Shine in Plume (buy)
  • Lips Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Rendezvous (buy)