Faves of 2012

Although I only started this blog a mere 4 months ago, I thought it’d be fun to pick a few of my favorite outfits to mark the end of the year. This has been an excellent hobby for me: a renewed motivation to allow my clothes passion to go wild; an outlet for my creativity in general; a fabulous new friendship with my fashion soulmate; and an excuse to watch less tv!

Here are a few of my faves from 2012:

Green Tidings and CheerXMAS1

Caaaable Guyyyy


How A Leopard Changes Its Spots


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

A Nod To The Crisp Seattle Weather


OK Coral


  • Necklace ?? (similar)
  • Bracelet gift from Bloomingdale’s (similar)
  • Earrings gift (similar) (similar)
  • Sweater Forever 21 (similar)(similar)
  • Tank Forever 21 (buy)
  • Pants Mossimo via Target (buy)
  • Shoes Tieks (buy)
  • Lipstick L’oreal Infallible in Coral Seduction (buy)

All That Glitters Is Gold


Peaches and Green


  • 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)

Dominant Jean


  • Blazer: old H&M (similar here)
  • Shirt: American Eagle (buy here)
  • Necklace: old Forever 21 (similar here and here)
  • Rings: Forever 21 Pyramid Stud Ring Set of 4 (try buying in store, similarish here and here)
  • Pants: Mossimo via Target (buy here)
  • Shoes: old Old Navy (almost identical here)
  • Nail Polish: Sally Hansen Lustre Shine in Plume (buy in drugstores or here)
  • Lipstick: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Cherish (buy in drugstores or here)
  • Sunnies: old Forever 21 (similar here and here)

All Hail Satin


  • Sweater: old Halogen cashmere (similar herehere, and here)
  • Skirt: old H&M (similar here and here) (splurge here) (ebay here)
  • Shoes: old Kelsi Dagger (similar here) (ebay here and here)
  • Necklace: old Forever 21(similar here and here) (awesome options herehere, and here)
  • Earrings: “borrowed” from Mom (similar here and here)
  • Lipstick: NYX in Narcissus (buy here)

Just Teal With It


  • Jacket: recent Spense from TJ Maxx (similar here and here) (lighter option here)
  • Blouse: old Postella (similar print here) (another gorgeous blouse here and here)
  • Tank: Forever 21 Essential Layering Tank in Teal (buy it here FOR $3!!!)
  • Slacks: Mossimo Boot Cut Pant  Fit 3 in Ebony (buy in store at Target) (similar here and here)
  • Wedges: Merona Melinda in Green (buy here and in more colors here) (similar here)
  • Bracelets: old gold bangle (similar here and here), old gold and turquoise bangle (similar here and here), and yellow turquoise stretch bracelet from Ebay (options herehere, and here)
  • Ring: Forever 21 Spiked Dome Ring in Antique Gold (buy here) (cool options herehere, and here)
  • Earrings: “borrowed” from Mom (similar here and here)
  • Sunglasses: Jill’s which I just threw on because it was bright! See her wearing them here. (Buy themhere)

I’ve Got Chills, They’re Multiplyin’

This is my second Grease related post in as many weeks! I feel very Rydell High in this top. And yes, that’s singular. The “blouse” and cardigan are attached. I almost didn’t buy it because it felt cheesy, but it’s so darn cute, I had to! I’ve actually gotten a lot of use out of it, usually with jeans and moccasins.

The weather reached almost 80 today, but it was weirdly grey and rainy, too. I knew I had to seize one of the last days that naked legs would be okay, and those (OLD!) red patent shoes are rain proof(ish).

Because of the weather, and the collegiate outfit, I thought it’d be fun to take pictures at school. The rows of lockers would’ve been an awesome backdrop, but there were still way too many people milling around the halls! So, Mrs. Jill shot me in her classroom in front of her desk.

Oh, P.S. You may notice my hair is darker. I got bored and colored it when I was home sick and couldn’t stand to be on the couch anymore.  I’m not ready to give up the blonde just yet, so this is a 28 shampoo washout. It’s lighter than I’d like, but: Eh. With my hair and my shampoo frequency, it’ll wash out in 2 weeks.

I also painted my nails and toes on my sick day. Sick days for me are usually for sleeping like 10 hours (14 this time!!), snuggling up on the chaise and watching trashy tv, and beauty routines.

The pyramid stud ring and orange nails keeps this from looking TOO MUCH like a costume (although, just barely…)

  • Shirt/Cardi Combo: Forever 21 (buy here) (similar cardi here and here) (similar shirt here and here)
  • Skirt: old Kenneth Cole Petites (similar here, here, and here)
  • Shoes: old Rampage (similar here, here, and here)
  • Ring: Forever 21 (buy here) (similar here and here)
  • Nail Polish: OPI in He’s My Boo (buy here or buy 2012 version here)
  • Hair Color: Clairol Brass Free Brunettes in Light Brown (buy here)

I’m also wearing those gold sparkly earrings I wear ALL THE TIME, APPARENTLY. You just can’t see them.

Graphic Organizer

My mom took me and a friend to see Clueless the day it came out in theaters. If memory serves, I think we even got to leave school a little early!  Cher’s fictional life was covetable  for a variety of reasons, but her electronic closet was the ultimate in fashionista fantasy.

While searching for a photo in my phone, I came across a year old collection of my own version of the electronic outfit maker. The photos were dated from late March 2011 which means I was student teaching. I must’ve been putting together teacher outfits to help me during those last minute morning rushes when I’m particularly uninspired.


Some of these items I have since given away, but it’s fun to see how I was putting things together a year and a half ago.

These days, when I’m preemptively putting outfits together, I just end up hanging them up together in my closet, which is easier to look through than busting out my phone and scrolling through, but it’s also not as thorough and permanent as photos.

Do you make outfits ahead of time? How do you keep track of them?

Of A Different Stripe

Gotta love Casual Friday. Here’s another cute little soft blazer I picked up at Target this week. I threw it on with a very casual t-shirt (it even has that baseball hem on the bottom), and one of the very few pair of jeans I have hemmed for flat shoes.

The wood necklace helps the tan shoes make sense, and the pin holds down a rebellious lapel (and very slightly references the trees in the t-shirt).

  • Jacket: Xhilaration (buy it here or at Target) (similar here and here)
  • T-shirt: old American Eagle (similar here, here, and here)
  • Jeans: Seven for All Mankind in Dojo (buy them here) (similar here and here)
  • Shoes: Ugg Dakota (buy them here) (similar here and here)
  • Necklace: old H&M (similar here, here, and here)
  • Pin: thrifted (similar here, here, here, and here)
  • Ring: old Filene’s Basement find, green east/west baguette (similar here, here, and here)
  • Sunglasses: old Forever 21 (similar here and here) (splurge here)

All Hail Satin

This outfit is made up of a whole bunch of Oldies But Goodies. I bought this satin skirt about 7 years ago, and I’ve worn it probably 4 times total.  I’ve always thought of it as an evening piece, but for some reason on that rainy morning, I decided to give it a whole new life as a work skirt.

The cashmere sweater is about 4 years old – it’s a little too small (as items can be when they are ordered online…), but the high waist of the skirt helps disguise that the sweater length is a little off.  The shoes and necklace are maybe 2 years old. Both are meant to be spring items (neither of which I bothered to wear this past spring), but I think they work with the rest of the outfit in heavier fabrics.

The shoes have a tiny bit of a hidden wedge, so they are way more comfortable than regular FLAT flat shoes.

  • Sweater: old Halogen cashmere (similar here, here, and here)
  • Skirt: old H&M (similar here and here) (splurge here) (ebay here)
  • Shoes: old Kelsi Dagger (similar here) (ebay here and here)
  • Necklace: old Forever 21(similar here and here) (awesome options here, here, and here)
  • Earrings: “borrowed” from Mom (similar here and here)
  • Lipstick: NYX in Narcissus (buy here)

Just Teal With It

Here’s a cute Professional Business Lady ensemble. It’s essentially a suit with a silk top and pumps, but actually way more fun thanks to bright colors and comfy fabrics.

I’ve only worn the silk top a few times in the past year or so that I’ve owned it. The pattern and colors are GORGEOUS, but the fit isn’t amazing (even with the little belt to help customize it). It finally took me until this outfit to realize I ought to just wear it under a much more flattering jacket (duh). You still get to see the blouse, but the jacket provides the silhouette.

And even though the jacket looks pretty structured, it feels like wearing a sweatshirt!

The shoes are also a yummy color, and pretty comfy. I didn’t last a full school day in them, but they would be mega comfortable for an evening out. The wedge is not too high, and the sole is flexible and squishy.

Fun fact about the blouse: I spotted Ginnifer Goodwin wearing this exact blouse several times on Big Love! She always wore it under something, too, and removed the pink sash.

  • Jacket: recent Spense from TJ Maxx (similar here and here) (lighter option here)
  • Blouse: old Postella (similar print here) (another gorgeous blouse here and here)
  • Tank: Forever 21 Essential Layering Tank in Teal (buy it here FOR $3!!!)
  • Slacks: Mossimo Boot Cut Pant  Fit 3 in Ebony (buy in store at Target) (similar here and here)
  • Wedges: Merona Melinda in Green (buy here and in more colors here) (similar here)
  • Bracelets: old gold bangle (similar here and here), old gold and turquoise bangle (similar here and here), and yellow turquoise stretch bracelet from Ebay (options here, here, and here)
  • Ring: Forever 21 Spiked Dome Ring in Antique Gold (buy here) (cool options here, here, and here)
  • Earrings: “borrowed” from Mom (similar here and here)
  • Sunglasses: Jill’s which I just threw on because it was bright! See her wearing them here. (Buy them here)

We Go Together

I found these herringbone sneakers on mega clearance at Target, and thought I could fudge them into work shoes.  They came with white laces, but I thought the black laces would dress them up a little. With an added arch support insert, these shoes were the MOST COMFORTABLE teacher shoes ever.  Even my students (7th graders) loved them; I got a million compliments.

I knew I wanted to wear ankle pants with these, but the rest of the outfit was all last minute. I reach for that Snow Cat shirt constantly, and I rediscovered the pink sweater in my closet. That was an H&M 2 for 1 buy: I wanted this pink one, and kind of just grabbed a chunky grey sweater for lack of a better option. However, I ended up wearing the grey one a zillion times, and this pink one rarely.

The charm necklaces kind of poke fun at the Pink Lady vibe (like a twist on the charm bracelet), but the big plastic ring helps keep it from looking too much like a straight up costume.

The leather T-Bird nod was a last second grab, just for fun 🙂

  • Blouse: J. Crew Boy Shirt in Snow Cat (buy it here on sale) (similar here) (similar here for $15!)
  • Pink sweater: old H&M(similar here) (pullover option here) (navy option here)
  • Pants: GAP Slim Cropped (buy them here) (similar here) (similar here)
  • Sneakers: Mossimo Olga Casual Flat in Silver Cloud (buy here) (similar here) (similar here)
  • Necklaces: old Tiffany triple Open Heart (Open Hearts here) (similar here, here, here, and here), old Claire’s horseshoe (similar here, here, and here) and old Forever 21 pink crystal bow (similar here, here, and here)
  • Ring: old Forever 21 (similar here and here) (option here)
  • Jacket: old Forever 21 (similar here, here, here, and here)
  • Sunglasses: from some cheapy store on Hollywood Blvd (similar here, here, and here)
  • Lipstick: Covergirl in Spellbound (buy in drugstores or here)

How Do I Wear Leopard Jeans?

Printed jeans are EVERYWHERE right now. Most styles are not for the faint of heart. I bought a pair of floral skinnies from Target, which the boyf says look exactly like a pair of thermal pajama pants I already own… But one pattern for the adventurous-but-not-insane is leopard! Leopard is a classic print and is made up of neutrals (tan, black, and/or brown).

Because oxblood and cobalt are still off and popping, I created two looks using these to wear with leopard print jeans.  The first one is the “dressy” look. (I originally tagged these and “night” and “day” but the night look could also easily work for day)

The oxblood blouse classes it up a bit – and if you know me, you know I love a good juxtaposition. The leather jacket is an obvious choice, but this one is grey and has a yummy collar to keep it interesting. The boots HINT at tough biker shoes, but with the leopard AND the leather jacket, we need to tone the Harley vibe down.  Finally, an arm party adds a little color and that messy-oops-I’m-fabulous vibe I love.

  • Pants: Current/Elliot (turns out these are corduroy! buy them here) (similar jeans here) (similar jeans here) (tougher jean version here)
  • Blouse: OAK (buy it here) (long sleeve option here) (peplum option here)
  • Jacket: Muubaa (buy it here) (similar here) (fleece option here)
  • Boots: Some weird bargain brand? (buy them here)
  • Cobalt Bracelet: Vita Fede (buy it here) (similar here) (similar here)
  • Black bracelet: Susan B. (buy it here) (similar here) (similar here)
  • Oxblood bracelet: Top Shop (buy it here) (similar here) (similar here) (chunky option here) (bangle option here)

This is the casual look. THEY ARE STILL JUST JEANS, so casual totally works.  I am obsessed with grey t-shirts for making anything look more casual. The burgundy cardigan gives us color, but the muted tone keeps it understated. Ballet flats are essential for casual looks, these have some special details, but are still completely neutral.  The flats also inject that lady-like juxtaposition. Statement necklace because the tops are just cotton basics (but still in neutral tones). I’m not in love with this particular bag, but I adore the look of dark florals with leopard. Just make sure the neutrals in the floral match the neutrals in the leopard (black floral with brown leopard is weird).

  • Tee: Alexander Wang (buy it here) (similar here)
  • Cardigan: Hollister (buy it on sale here) (similar here)
  • Flats: Tory Burch (buy them here) (similar here) (similar here)
  • Necklace: Kate Spade (buy it here) (gold option here) (triangle option here) (teal option here)
  • Bag: Ted Baker (buy it here) (similar here) (dr bag option here) (bowling bag option here)

And just for fun, here are a bunch of tops and shoes that will work with these pants.

The colors/patterns can be used for a number of different pieces (floral or lace tops, orange or black/white shoes). I would just say that because the pants are sort of one statement, there should only be one other statement-y  piece. So if you wear a red top, tone down the shoes. If you wear the floral shoes, tone down the top.

If you only want to dip your toes into mixing patterns, try either a small clutch, or wear a patterned shirt with a solid jacket over it. Classic black blazers are perfection for toning down the “crazy” of a look and making it read more sophisticated.

(info on pieces here)

OMG YOU GUYS. While I was searching for options, I came across this jacket on ebay:

I don’t see myself wearing this for serious, but I HAD to share. Maybe for a bad-ass angel costume?? (buy it here and tell us how you’ll wear it!!!!)

Friday Night Strikes

If you’ve read/heard ANY NATIONAL NEWS this week, you know that the Chicago Public School teachers have been on strike. Our union color is red, so I’ve been wearing only a variety of red t-shirts and jeans/leggings all week. Finally, I decided today was the day to spice that picket line up a bit.

I mostly just wanted to bust out my (super comfortable!) boots to get away from the gym shoes and flipflops I’ve been rocking all week. And thus a cute outfit was born.

Remember Jill? She brought her awesome camera to the event, and during some downtime decided that I needed my first official Outfit Blog Modelling Session.  It was AWKWARD to say the least, especially since we were at a bus/train station (to hand out flyers). And doing anything for the first time IN PUBLIC, IN BROAD DAYLIGHT is weird! But Jill assured me that posing for blog photos is always weird (even a few months in, for her). So here are my very first Intentional Outfit Blog Photos:

So silly! Jill taught me the “shoes to the side, body to the front” pose that gives you guys the best view of what I’ve got going on.

Blue Steel. And what.

Jewelry detail. My modeling skills need work, but at least the merchandise looks good!  I could’ve just gone with black sunnies, but that felt too match-y. These white ones are still neutral, but less of an obvious choice.

Here’s a sad iPhone picture of the purse I was wearing during the day:

Since it was Friday, and the boyf woke me up from a much needed afternoon nap saying I had approximately 4 minutes to get ready, I wound up wearing the exact same outfit out that night with only a shoe and bag change. I switched to ballet flats because we were hoofing it to a bar several blocks away AND it was still warmer out than anticipated. I also swapped the Union Red bag for an oversized clutch to make the overall look read more “evening”.

  • Vest: old Gap wool (buy it used here) (similar here) (faux fur alternative here)
  • Blouse: Forever 21 [this came with a little “tie” attached, which I cut off and saved for later] (buy it here) (similar here) (similar here)
  • Tank: old Agaci (similar here) (similar here)
  • Jeans: AG “The Legging” (buy them here) (other colors here) (polka dot version here)
  • Boots: old Kenneth Cole (similar here) (similar here) (similar here) (similar here)
  • Necklace: Gift from Mom, source unknown (similar here) (similar here) (and here) (elaborate alternative here)
  • Ring: old Loehman’s find (similar here) (similar here) (understated alternative here)
  • Sunnies: Gift from a friend from Target, probably in the Dollar Department (similar here) (similar here for $4!) (Ray Bans here)
  • Nails: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Sonic Boom (buy it here)  and Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Red Carpet (buy it here)
  • Red purse: old Target (similar here) (similar here) (and here) (and here)
  • Black purse: thrift store find (similar here) (similar here) (and here)
  • Black ballet flats: Tieks (buy them here) (similar here) (similar here for $15)

A few old outfits, just to get the ball rolling.

These are pictures I pilfered from Facebook, and were NOT intended to be detail oriented. But, here’s a smattering of how I roll:

This is from a wedding we went to in Philadelphia a while ago. This is an example of how I stay away from “matchy-matchy” and like to mix it up with unexpected pieces.  I’m also not afraid of the tailor: this dress has a small slit in the back which made it feel too office-y for me, so I had it stitched up.  The clutch was a Salvation Army find that started life as a 2 pocketed makeup bag, but I ripped the plastic out of the middle to make it one big(ger) unit.

  • Dress, pink cotton: old Robin Jordan from TJ Maxx (similar here) (similar here for $59) (similar here)
  • Shoes, tan and navy satin, wood stacked heel: old Lela Rose for Payless (similar here) (similar here for under $50)
  • Clutch, cream and multi cotton: old Salvation army find (similar here) (similar vintage here)
  • Pin on clutch: this is an actual slice of pear from the now closed Black Cat in Philadelphia (similar fruit jewelry here) (DIY tutorial here!)
  • Scarf, purple “pashmina”: I sadly lost this a long time ago. It was a present from my mom, and I think she got it at Macy’s. (similar here in Light Purple) (similar here for $10!)

This is from the first time I met my niece! I spotted this shirt in black in the window of a closed No Rest For Bridget one morning. I thought about it ALL DAY, and finally went back, but the store was closed for the night! I went back the next day and snagged this baby in cream. I believe the print is a McQueen knock-off, but I don’t care. This is a go-to shirt, as it hides many sins, and I ALWAYS get compliments when I wear it. The jeans are also a staple. They are labeled as slim fit, but they are more of a slim boyfriend fit.

  • Shirt: No Rest For Bridget (long sleeve version here) (similar long sleeve here) (similar print scarf here)
  • Jeans: Forever 21 (similar here) (similar here)

This picture is ridiculously dark (and ridiculous in general! I’m using my thinning shears on a dude friend), but here I am with straight hair and an arm party. This is a total Look for Less outfit, thank you Forever 21.

  • Shirt: DARK purple velvet burnout from Forever 21(jacket version here) (similar here) (tank top alternative here)
  • Pants: High-ish waisted black skinnies from Old Navy (lower rise version here) (slightly different version here)
  • Earrings (which you can barely see, but are FAB): white/gold with black tassels from Forever 21 (similar here) (similar here)
  • Bracelet: Black and gold pyramid studs stretch from Forever 21(bangle alternative here) (tough alternative here) (sweet alternative here)
  • Bracelet: Brown and white heffalump enamel hunged bangle (black/white version here) (ivory version here)
  • Rest of arm party: Maybe my old Italian Charm Bracelet? And a few skinny bangles? I can’t really tell…

Here’s a sporty look from hiking in Laguna Beach. I have a zillion layers because the weather was so crazy there: freezing in the shade and boiling in the sun. I am also wearing a fanny pack (which came with a pair of Stella McCartney for Adidas sneakers) as a weird backpack because the water bottle in it kept pulling it down off my waist. Those are my FAVORITE leggings: they were stirrups (remember like 5 years ago when it was cool to wear those over heels?) but when I got tired of them, I had the bottoms tailored off. They have a really wide waistband which is super flattering and comfy.

  • Tank: neon yellow Mossimo for Target (buy it here in Yellow Fizz?) (similar here)
  • Shirt: old white Nike heat insulator (similar here) (similar here) (similar here)
  • Hoodie: old Grey thermal by Caslon (similar here)
  • Leggings: old Marc Jacobs (similar here) (similar here)
  • Bag: old Stella McCartney for Adidas (similar here) (similar here) (studded option here) (sleek option here)

Here’s a solid go-to outfit, especially for weird weather. I’m in Huntington Beach in this picture, and am wearing a tank (just plain white, which you can’t see), an oxford, and a cotton blazer, all of which I wore in a variety of combinations that day!

  • Jeans: AG “The Legging” (buy them here) (other colors here) (polka dot version here)
  • Jacket: Black cotton by Krisa (coated version here) (similar here under $20!) (similar here)
  • Oxford: White cotton Mossimo for Target (striped version here) (similar here) (similar here)
  • Bag: old H&M (VERY similar here) (similar here) (similar here)
  • Sunnies: old H&M? (vintage version here) (similar here) (expensive but awesome version here)
  • Earrings: turquoise and gold old Forever 21 (similar here) (similar here) (similar here) (sleek alternative here)