MIXED MESSAGES: REVIEW

Let’s take a look back on our first theme week. Here were my official outfits:

IMG_1264IMG_0767IMG_1269IMG_0654IMG_1445

Check out Jill’s even more insane Trifectas here. And how about an homage to some previous looks that just happened to mix prints?

IMG_0235IMG_0306IMG_0110IMG_0700xbr8pinkred2

Were you inspired to mix prints this week? Do you do it all the time anyway? Do you think this is terrible and that we are insane? Let me know!

Stay tuned for next week’s theme…

MIXED MESSAGES: DAY 1

Starting this week, Jill and I will be doing Theme Weeks until we are over it. We will pick a theme each week, and wear as many adhering outfits as we can stand. I already cheated on our very first go, but fortunately I had a few leftovers that just happened to fit in. We are hoping our themes will inspire you to try something new out of your closet. Send in some pics of your thematic look, or give us some ideas for upcoming themes!

Week 1 is Mixed Prints. I cheated a little here since the sweater isn’t technically a print, but you get the idea. The reason these two patterns work together is because they are simple (polka dots and plaid are nothing crazy) and in the exact same color palate (black and white). I tossed in these spearmint jeans to add to the fun.

IMG_1264 IMG_1252 IMG_1250 IMG_1258

  • Sweater Pim + Larkin via Piperlime (buy)
  • Blouse Forever 21 (similar)
  • Jeans Kenneth Cole via TJ Maxx (similar)
  • Shoes Cole Haan (buy half size up)
  • Bracelet what I wore to senior prom! (similar, similar)

LIFE’S A BLEACH

This is my favorite kid of outfit: generally classic with a serious bite. The blouse/sweater vest/pencil skirt/loafer combo is nothing new; but add in mixed prints, bleach stains, and studs and you’ve got yourself something to look twice at.

IMG_0235 IMG_0247 IMG_0251

Yes, that’s pony hair AND studs.

IMG_0236 IMG_0246

Another String To Your Bow

Day Two of Pajamas on the Down Low. These pants are loose and stretchy: a deliciously comfortable combination.  The shirt and sweater look like legit clothes, but both are light and unrestricting. And my shoes are straight up slippers. Even the necklace is a light little wisp compared to the chunky ones I normally wear.

This sweater is mega old, but I LOVE the bow on the back. A simple bun shows it off.

IMG_9320 IMG_9312 IMG_9324 IMG_9306 IMG_9315

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.

IMG_0183 IMG_0185 IMG_0195 IMG_0197

  • 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)

Mad Plaidder

This is the most professional I’ve looked in a while. I recently redid my closet, which is pretty huge, but only consisted of one long hanging bar. The new set up involves multiple hanging bars and several shelves, which has gone a long way in getting my stuff organized.

Part of the organization process involveD rediscovering pieces I’d forgotten about, including this vest. I had a gift certificate to Daffy’s, which was closing soon and only exists on the East Coast. So, in a semi panic in the Philadelphia store, I ended up with this vest (and, oddly enough, a Rachel Roy Chicago Bulls shirt). I probably would not have bought this with “real money”, but I’m so glad I did. It’s very clearly professional looking, but an interesting piece at the same time. And I have half a mind to wear it alone with jeans the next time I’m feeling extra saucy.

plaid1 plaid3 plaid4 plaid6 plaid7 plaid5 plaid2

What A Girl Wants

Here are some completely unrelated goodies I’ve been swooning over this weekend (all $100 and under!).

 

11.17.2012

Bowdacious

This is that black pencil skirt I talked about from my recent successful TJ Maxx outing.  It is quite stretchy and comfy, although the panel of faux leather got pretty toasty as the day went on, resulting in my own personal Zaggora hot skirt.

I’m still on the hunt for some super comfortable black wedges for school, so I decided to go with these boots. That’s a LOT of leather for one daytime look, so I countered it with this sweet bow sweater. I also opted not to wear the black tights I tried on, reasoning that the little shot of skin softened the severity of my bottom half.

I sort of feel like I’m in an SS uniform with all this leather and coat, but Jill insisted that she likes to see what girls really wear when they leave the house.

  • Sweater: old unknown – the tag just has a heart on it (similarish here and here)
  • Skirt: Willi Smith via TJ Maxx (similar here and here)
  • Boots: old Kenneth Cole (similar here and here)
  • Bracelets: pink Forever 21 (similar here and here) skulls via Ebay (buy here)
  • Earrings: Forever 21 (buy here)
  • Jacket: old Tahari (similar here)
  • Scarf: gift (similar here)
  • Nail polish: NYC in Cashmere Creme (buy at Target or here)

*** UPDATE: Turns out J. Crew just came out with a VERY similar bow sweater. Check it out here.

*** And the Factory version here.

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)