TRUE COLORS: DAY 4

This was from the Friday before St. Patrick’s Day. I knew I wanted to wear some green, but not in the typical way. And I also wanted to keep the weird color combo theme going.

I pulled this old scarf out of retirement for the green, and paired it with this oatmeal/oxblood sweater. Green and burgundy isn’t anything Earth shattering, but the colorful bangles add some unexpected brights.

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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)

FUNNY VALENTINE

Valentine’s Day means pink, red, hearts and roses. So I threw them all into one outfit.

This was my low key Valentine’s look for school. I almost walked out of the house with ALL of my heart jewelry piled on, but decided at the last minute to remove most of it (Thank you, Coco Chanel!).

I wasn’t sure if the red shoes would look ridiculously out of place. There’s red in the scarf, but it’s kind of hard to tell, so I added the red bangle to help it look cohesive. I chose the grey slacks as a menswear piece to balance the sugary sweet girliness of the rest.

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  • Earrings old Tiffany & Co. (buy)
  • Scarf old Louis Vuitton Monogram Roses knockoff via Ebay (buy)
  • Sweater J. Crew (similar)
  • Ring old Claire’s (similar)
  • Bracelet my grandmother’s (similar)
  • Pants old H&M (similar)
  • Shoes Zara (similar)

ELBOW ROOM

“Teacher, you look so sophisticated today,” was one (slightly backhanded) compliment this outfit inspired.

I scored this gorgeous cashmere sweater during a J. Crew sale bonanza. I love how the oxblood on the back cheats into the front: SUPER slimming. And these are the sister pants to these black ones. The outfit seemed a little basic, so I threw on some ridiculous chandelier earrings to jazz it up (you can’t see them through my hair, so I included a closeup). These earrings work because they have a bit of a tarnish to them, making them gel with the vintage professor vibe the clothes give off. And the dark silver kind of “matches” the grey of the pants, so although they’re still a quirky pairing, they aren’t completely random.

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The elbow patches are a little high because this is an XXS. You heard me! That was the only size they had left, and it SHOCKINGLY fit everywhere else.

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In A Blazer Of Glory

REWIND: Here’s one last outfit from my trip home. And yes, these boots again.

This was a particularly dreadful weather day. I wore this to run a few errands (YES, trying things on at H&M counts as an errand) and then right back into pajamas for a nice lazy day in with Ellery on the sofa.

I’m wearing several birthday gifts here: necklace and watch from Elle and blazer from Mom. And this purse has recently been brought back from a long medical leave: the hook holding the lock was broken and I finally got around to getting it fixed.

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  • Blazer Merona via Target (buy)
  • Shirt J.Crew Factory (buylast worn)
  • Necklace  Stephan & Co. via Nordstrom (buy)
  • Bangle ?? (similar)
  • Watch Fossil (buy)
  • Pants  Xhilaration via Target (similar, last worn)
  • Boots old Kenneth Cole Reaction (similar, last worn)
  • Purse old Jana Feifer for Love Luggage Joint (similar, similar)

Caaaable Guyyyy

Sorry again for the iPhone photos! This outfit was toasty and cozy for a winter day. The blouse is my long anticipated (almost)Perfect Chambray shirt – more detailed pictures on that to come.

When choosing necklaces the night before, I tend to hang a few options on the hanger holding my planned shirt. After hanging these two on top of each other as separate option, I decided they looked perfect together. They create a nice chunky look to stand up to the chunkiness of the cable knit. I like how this outfit is very preppy from afar, but gets more and more Punk Rock the closer you look.

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Strawberry Wine

This is as close to matchy-matchy as I get!

I had low expectations for how long I would be able to stand this square ring, especially since I had it on my right hand. But I ended up wearing it all day – wearing it even while I wrote.  I wore it some more over the long weekend and got a zillion compliments. In fact, the ring got way more attention from my family than my hair color. It’s funny when such a drastic change is so common, it doesn’t even warrant discussion anymore.

  • Sunglasses: Target (similar)
  • Sweater: J. Crew (buy)
  • Shirt: Mossimo via Target (similar)
  • Earrings: “borrowed” from Mom (similar)
  • Ring: Ebay (buy)
  • Bracelets: Elephant from ebay (in white or black), Bangle ??
  • Pants: Xhilaration via Target Fit 6 velour pant in Oxblood (buy in stores, similar)
  • Shoes: Xhilaration via Target in Pink (buy)
  • Nail Polish: Sally Hansen Lustre Shine in Plume (buy)
  • Lipstick: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Cherish (buy)