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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Shine Bright Like A Diamond

Here’s what I wore out for New Year’s Eve. We had only planned on going out to dinner with our fave buddy, so I hadn’t put much thought into my outfit. I tried on several combos with varying degrees of sparkle, and would up with this. I basically piled of a ton of shimmery stuff and called it a day! NYE (and maybe Halloween…) is the only time you can pile on the sparkles like this, and I took full advantage.

The reason why this insanity works is the simple pants and solid blazer give the eye a safe place to rest. The straight hair also calmed down the whole vibe – my usual messy waves would’ve added to the noise.

The only new item here is the jacket (gift from Mom!). This is yet another example of how a blazer is the easiest way to smarten up a look. I look like a crazy teenager with the hoodie, but the (very inexpensive, btw) blazer gives this a finished, polished vibe.

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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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All That Glitters Is Gold

Here’s one from the archives! I wore this little number pretty early in the school year – probably sooner than was appropriate to wear all those layers. I bought this sequin top to wear alone, but since the sequins on the short sleeves itches my tender “Oprah Wings” skin, I’ve had much more success layering this bad boy.

This is a much slouchier overall look than I tend to gravitate towards, but somehow I feel like this just works.

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Won By A Whisker

Saturday had a theme of triple dates, bourbon, and these American Eagle jeans.  The boyf and I went out to eat both brunch and dinner with our favorite third wheel. Both meals involved bourbon (a fun orange juice involved cocktail for brunch, Manhattans for dinner). And I wore these new pants all day (with ballet flats, pale pink tank, and black long sleeve tee preshower).

In fact, I CLEANED UP at a trip to American Eagle on Friday. I went in search of a plaid oxford, but ended up with 2 pairs of pants, a dark denim shirt, and a chambray shirt for the mister (I can’t find the right one for me, but found a great one for him) all for just over $100!

The fit on these jeans is called Skinny Kick, which means they are skinny jeans but with a little boot flare at the bottom. I found these to be extremely flattering since my ankles can sometimes look too skinny which makes my thighs look disproportionately bigger.  The whiskering on these is a little more aggressive than I tend to like, but the cut was so flattering, I had to make an exception.

I pulled this velvet burnout shirt out of a short retirement, and decided I needed a little more color. Enter the teal wedges, and then I added a little bit of teal jewelry to help it all make sense.

These earrings have been sitting in a jewelry box for a million years patiently waiting for today. The sequins have sort of dark blue and teal shades to them, making them exactly perfect for this outfit.

You know my rule about bringing a sweater to a restaurant.

  • Velvet shirt: old Forever 21 (similar here and here)
  • Jeans: American Eagle (buy here, even cheaper in stores)
  • Belt: old Gap (similar here)
  • Bangle: gift (indentical here, similar here and here)
  • Earrings: oooold Claire’s (?) (similar here and here)
  • Shoes: Merona Melinda in Green (buy here and in more colors here)
  • Cardigan/blazer: old Krisa via Nordstrom Rack (similar here and here)
  • Faux leather jacket: old Forever 21 (similar here and here)