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)

HIGHLIGHTER REEL

J.Crew is showing a bunch of super similar neon sweaters for Spring, but I found this one lonely highlighter pink sweater on the sale rack at Gap. Don’t you love when there’s just one left of something on killer sale, and it just happens to be your size?! I feel like this has been happening a lot for me – I sense the retail gods have some negative karma in store for me soon…

I paired this neon pink with a few dark army green pieces for a casual Saturday look. Hot tip: black or white enhance the vibrance of neon colors. Temper your brightest brights with another neutral: grey, brown, navy, tan, cream, or army green. You might also consider pairing neon with its pastel cousin (hot pink with ballet pink, bright yellow with pale canary, etc).

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GIRL ON FIRE

With so many neutral outfits lately, I felt like it was time for some color. And BOY did I overcompensate. If you had described this outfit to me, I would’ve said, “Ooo, girl, no.” But for some reason this just works. Treat your wardrobe like I treat Forever 21: Just try it on. I come up with my fair share of ooo-girl-nos, but I also sometimes catch a wild card like this one.

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Side note: I’m not serving up camel toe; these pants stretch out SO MUCH by the end of the day that when I hike them up for pictures, I sometimes get *unfortunate* folding from excess fabric.

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It’s Hip To Be Square

I bought this little shift dress probably 2 years ago from TJ Maxx or Nordstrom Rack or one of those for what I remember to be a killer price.  I intended to wear it as a hot weather school dress – I like how the extended shoulder looks like they could pass for “sleeves” – but black, thick, lined fabric is not exactly conducive with zero air conditioning.

With the slightly warmer temperatures (like, in the 40s) we saw, I was on the hunt for a skirt in my closet. I rediscovered this dress towards the back of my closet and decided to give it a new life as a layering piece. I originally tried it on with my J. Crew Snowcat blouse (AGAIN. I know.), but the sleeves were a little too voluminous. This pink top has much slimmer sleeves for a sleeker look. I added sheer stockings and my favorite wedges, and figured the beading was all the jewelry I needed (plus some small geometric earrings you can’t even see).

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  • Blouse Limited (similar)
  • Dress old Kenneth Cole (similar without beading)
  • Tights  L’eggs (buy)
  • Shoes Cole Haan (buy half size up)

Lazy Lazy Lazy Lazy Lazy Lazy Jane

She wants a drink of water so she waits and waits and waits and waits and waits for it to rain.

I’ve felt like death warmed over all week. I don’t have a fever and the stuff coming out of my nose is clear, so I’m not sick enough to stay home. But: ugh. The solution? Wear undercover pajamas to work.

These “Magic Pants” look a lot like my Jessica Simpson ones, but are made of a much nicer fabric, are a more appropriate length, and the waistband isn’t enormous.  I wore these pants all weekend (this outfit almost exactly to dinner on Friday. And to a movie on Saturday…), so I naturally reached for them for comfort on Monday morning.

And remember how I said I sometimes wear this cardigan around the house like a robe? Throw in a t-shirt and some shoes with Nike Air technology, and I might as well be in my jammies. The pink necklace (another gift from Mom!) adds a pop of unexpected color (my sister read somewhere that this pink is the new hot color(?)), and I like how the zigzags around the jewels reference the pattern in the cardigan.

Please excuse my face. I slept for maybe 12 minutes the night before and am full of (clear) mucous.

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  • Cardigan Forever 21 (very similar)
  • Tee old Paiva (similar)
  • Necklace Charming Charlie (similar, similar)
  • Pants Express (buy, runs HUGE)
  • Shoes Cole Haan (buy half size up)

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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Candy Striper

My curls here are the result of “No Heat Curls”, which I first discovered at Tulle & Trinkets. She did hers a little different because she just wanted soft waves. I put my mostly dry hair pretty tightly around a headband and slept in it over night. I was surprised how well it held up, and how non-uncomfortable it was to sleep on!

The curls came out tighter than I intended in the front, and a lot looser in the back, but I think the end result actually looks pretty natural. They certainly don’t look like curling iron curls, and the inconsistency/frizz mimics how naturally curly hair acts.

I’ll probably try it again, but with a thicker headband next time.

P.S. This is a classic Shop Your Own Closet moment here. You’ve seen all these pieces before, just not paired together.

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  • Headband ?? (similar)
  • Jacket Xhilaration via Target (buy, last worn)
  • Denim shirt American Eagle (buylast worn)
  • Necklace old Claire’s (similar)
  • Ring 1 old Filene’s Basement find (similar), Ring 2 gift from Jill, received minutes prior! (buy)
  • Nails 2 coats of OPI Fiercely Fiona (buy) and 3 coats of Milani Neon Totally 80’s (buy)
  • Pants Mossimo via Target (buy, last worn)
  • Shoes Xhilaration via Target (buy in Pink, last worn)