PARDON THE INTERRUPTION

It’s Spring Break! The mister and I will be heading off to Nashville, so there will be a bit of a break in our regular programming (“What regular programming? You never blog consistently!” -You).

In the meantime, here are a few extra pics from the Nordstrom event that were hiding on Jill’s camera.

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More info on our outfits here and here.

IMG_1550During our marathon shopping sesh after, Jill found this purse at Charming Charlie that matched my nails. I acheived this look with a base layer of Sally Hansen Lacquer Shine in Spark (which looks purple in the bottle but dries navy) and about eight layers of Milani Nail Lacquer in Gems. Yes, it took forever to remove!

TRUE COLORS: DAY 2

This “week” has been pretty stretched out, due to blog neglect. I’m sure you will find a way to forgive me!

Here’s another wild color combo. I’ve been hanging on to this yellow top for a while, and the necklace is one of my purchases from the nine hour Michigan Ave binge. The shoes look pretty bright in the direct sunlight, but they are dark burgundy velvet.

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  • Jacket Merona via Target (similar)
  • Shirt Forever 21 (buy)
  • Necklace B.P. section at Nordstrom (buy in store, similar)
  • Watch Fossil (buy)
  • Pants Mossimo via Target (buy)
  • Shoes Liz & Co via jcp (buy)

TRUE COLORS: DAY 1

Week two of Theme Weeks! The theme originated as “Anything BUT Black or White” playing against the big Black and White trend for Spring. But I think my version evolved  into Kooky Color Combos.

Here, we have that highlighter pink sweater with which I started by pairing with these wine pants. I played with a few necklace options and dug up this oldie-but-goodie. I liked how it didn’t exactly match, but very much played off the dark pants. The necklace lead to the orange pumps (one of very few pointed toes that were saved from 6 years ago!), which lead to the pink and orange tank. It’s kind of insane, but works at the same time.

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  • Sweater Gap (similarsimilar)
  • Tank Mossimo via Target (ebay)
  • Necklace old Forever 21?
  • Pants Xhilaration via Target (similar)
  • Shoes old B.P. via Nordstrom (similar)

MIXED MESSAGES: DAY 4

I saw this scarf at Target and fell in love IMMEDIATELY. Most items I buy, I tend to think about what I already own that I can wear with it and where I might wear it to. But this one went in the basket without a second thought.

A funny story about the undershirt I’m wearing here: it’s Affliction. You heard me. I saw it at Marshalls, and loved the subtle grey fleur de lis pattern. Once I realized it was Affliction, I almost put it back on principle alone. But I ultimately liked the pattern so much that I didn’t care. I’ve been reaching for it a lot lately because of it’s short skinny sleeves. Too many of my short sleeve shirts have loose sleeves which leave weird bulges when layering.

The scarf, the sweater, and the tee add up to a Trifecta (plus the leopard on the bracelet!).

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  • Scarf Target (similar, similar)
  • Earrings Forever 21 (buy)
  • Bracelet gift from Bloomingdale’s (similar)
  • Sweater old Halogen via Nordstrom (similar)
  • Tee Affliction via Marshalls (similar)
  • Jeans old Gap (similar)
  • Shoes Dr. Scholl’s via TJ Maxx (similar)

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)

All Ages And Stripes

Okay, I gave up on the PJs (although, I’m still rocking the slippers…). I still felt like hot garbage, but sometimes you have to put on real pants. Fun story: This is the outfit that inspired a (Special Ed) 8th grader to ask me if I was pregnant! Nevermind that I weigh less that at least half of the 14 year olds there. She has detention FOREVER.

I’m working a little stripe on stripe action here. I had been standing, staring into my closet when this combo came to me. Both are old pieces I’ve never worn together. I paired the dark grey cords to anchor the pastels and to add another cold weather fabric so it did’t look too Easter-y. I spent a while trying to pick a different necklace since I’d already paired these, but this match up is just meant to be.

Side note: After so many teeny J. Crew collars, these green ones look HUGE! If it weren’t for the necklace, I would’ve tucked the points into the sweater.

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You can’t tell at all from the pictures, but I did a little variation on my standard low bun. I seperated seven ninths of my hair in the back, and braided the front two ninths into skinnyish regular braids and tied with clear bands. Then I just pulled everything back into a low messy bun. NOT rocket science, but it made it a little less boring.

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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

Pinky Swear

This week was Spirit Week at school, so I don’t have much new material (hence all the “flashbacks”). For the uninitiated, Spirit Week is when you show your school spirit by wearing silly stuff all week (Mismatch Day was epic, and I’m pretty bummed I didn’t capture the glory of my insane outfit!). Tuesday was Color Day, where each grade is assigned a different color to represent. We pulled pink, which I was pretty excited about until I got home and realized that I don’t have much solid pink.

I usually sleep in this sweater! It is kind of awkwardly big/long (I bought it as an emergency cover up one chilly summer day), but super soft. I decided to go with the slouchy idea and paired it with boyfriend-y jeans and a big scarf. These pink glitter shoes jazzed the whole look up, and I threw on these earrings at the last minute just to be extra ridiculous (Jill thinks they look like Mentos).

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P.S. Nails are purple because that’s our school color

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  • Scarf old Louis Vuitton Monogram Roses knockoff via Ebay (buy)
  • Sweater old GAP (similar)
  • Tank old Love on a Hanger via Nordstrom (similar)
  • Jeans old Forever 21 (similar)
  • Shoes ooooold Fioni via Payless (similar, similar)
  • Earrings ?? (similar)
  • Ring gift (similar, splurge)
  • Lipstick Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Cherish (buy)
  • Polish ORLY Velvet Rope (buy)

Peaches and Green

I was itching to get the tags off this new lacy top, and these old green tuxedo pants seemed like an obvious pairing choice. I like the juxtaposition of the girlishness of the top with the masculinity of the tuxedo stripe. But something about the neutral colors seemed kind of flat, so I brought out my inner Chloe Conspiracy and tossed this bright yellow necklace into the mix. It is kind of unsettling with the rest of the “romantic” vibe, but that’s what makes it personal and fun.

  • Jacket: old Banana Republic (similar)
  • Lace top: Forever 21 (buy)
  • Tank: old Love on a Hanger via Nordstrom (similar)
  • Necklace: old ?? (similar here and here)
  • Ring: Forever 21 (similar)
  • Pants: old Billy Blues (similarish)
  • Shoes: old Tahari (similar here and here)

P.S. Woah, read about what went down at Billy Blues here!

Vivian Campbell*

*Vivian Campbell played guitar for both Def Leppard and Whitesnake. Get it (nudge, wink)?

Hmm, this outfit didn’t photograph as well as I had hoped…

I WAS, however,pleasantly surprised by how well the shape of these pants held up after a long day. Don’t you hate how some skinnies get all stretched out in the knee and tush after 45 minutes?  These pants are from last week’s American Eagle haul. These were only $20! The print is kind of a watercolor/abstract animal print in cream, lavender, tan, and blue (get a better look on the AE website). Although the cream technically makes these post Labor Day appropriate, I feel like they will probably get more use in the Spring.

  • Sweater: old Caslon via Nordstrom (similar)
  • Tee: old Hinge via Nordstrom (similar)
  • Tank: old Love on a Hanger via Nordstrom (similar)
  • Pants: American Eagle (buy here, but cheaper in stores)
  • Shoes: Dr. Scholl’s via TJ Maxx (similar here and here)
  • Necklace: old Claire’s (similar)
  • Ring: gift (similar)
  • Bracelets: I.D. bangle – gift (similar), friendship bracelet – homemade (DIY), italian charm bracelet – various (similar), silver beads – gift (similar)
  • Nail polish: Rimmel in Steel Grey (buy here)