LIFE’S A BLEACH

This is my favorite kid of outfit: generally classic with a serious bite. The blouse/sweater vest/pencil skirt/loafer combo is nothing new; but add in mixed prints, bleach stains, and studs and you’ve got yourself something to look twice at.

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Yes, that’s pony hair AND studs.

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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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Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

This outfit started with the necklace. It’s the other bauble I bought to celebrate my new job.  Originally, I had planned on wearing it over a crisp white blouse, but that morning I started tweaking things one by one, until I unknowingly recreated this exact look with different accessories.

(The colors are a little off here. Remember, these velour pants are more of a purpley wine color, and the plaid in the blazer is less contrasty in normal light.)

I only wore these boots because I thought I’d be sitting in the office all day, but I wound up on my feet in a classroom. I was worried these heels would NOT make it through the long haul (I always have a pair of, what the kids call, “chanklas” on standby, just in case), but they were fine! I even ran a few errands after school without changing. And the kids got a kick out of the glitter.

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  • Blazer Merona via Target (buy, last worn)
  • Shirt J.Crew Factory (buy)
  • Earrings “borrowed” from Mom (similar)
  • Necklace Leslie Danzis via TJ Maxx (similar, similar)
  • Pants  Xhilaration via Target (similar)
  • Shoes Wanted via Barefeet Shoes (buy, last worn)
  • Nails Essie in Meet Me at Sunset (buy)

Gingham Style

Thank goodness I brought these boots with me! I almost didn’t! I brought a bunch of shoes I didn’t end up wearing because the weather was so gross and wet.

This is the outfit I ended up wearing out for my birthday. I originally planned on just wearing it to see Les Miserables (holla, Anne Hathaway!), but decided it was sufficient for the Christmas night neighborhood bar we were going to. “This is what 31 looks like, people. Deal with it.”

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Gilded Age

So, for starters, my hair is in a messy side bun that, apparently, got EXTRA messy as the day went on. Also, this photo shoot was fairly traumatic (kicked out of our usual spot, whistled at by creepers in the new spot, and freezing wind). At least we got some nice sunshine.

These are gold jeans, which have been surprisingly versatile, but they just look like chinos unless they are in the right light (as you can tell in the photos). Our students’ uniform is tan chinos, black shoes, and they can wear a plain black sweater over their school polo (among a few other shoe/top options). From behind, I was mistaken several times for a student; once even getting yelled at for entering the Teacher’s Lounge! But I suppose there are worse insults than being able to pass for a teenager.

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Violet Hour

Oh the disorgaization of it all! These last few (and probably the next few) posts have been wildly out of order, but such is life.

This extremely purple number was from the last day of Spirit Week. Friday was Wear Your School Sports Team Shirt Or The Spirit Week Shirt Day, of which I had neither, so I just decided to go overboard with our school color: purple. I’ve worn this tank/cardigan combo out before, but certainly not with all the extra purple accessories. The silk top is scandalously low cut, so I decided to throw a little pop of Other Color in with the modesty cami.

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  • Cardigan ooold NY&Co (similar)(similar)
  • Teal cami Forever 21 (buy)
  • Purple top old Rory Beca via Neiman Marcus (similar)
  • Jeans Old Navy (buy in Dark Wash)
  • Shoes old Steve Madden (similar)
  • Earrings “borrowed” from Mom (similar)
  • Necklace ?? (similar)
  • Plastic ring ?? (similar)
  • Plum ring Bought in Harajuku (similar)
  • Sunglasses Forever 21 (similar)
  • Coat North Face (similar)
  • Nail polish ORLY Velvet Rope (buy)

Pony Up

Yes, this is a hilarious pony sweater. Yes, I wore a (faux) leather skirt to school. Yes, ANOTHER bubble necklace. And yes, naked legs in December! I am a ridiculous human being and the 66 degree weather on Monday was (almost) equally ridiculous.

A Bizarro Preppy look for a bizarre day.

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