AN ARMY OF ONE

I forgot I had these boots! I am often woeful that I can never find boots I like, meanwhile there are several hiding in my collection (none of which I particularly love, but it at least adds a little variety to those extra chilly days).

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  • Jacket oooold Marshall’s find (similar)
  • Lace top Forever 21 (extremely similar)
  • Arrow necklace Forever 21 (buy)
  • Chain necklace J. Crew (similar)
  • Earrings Forever 21 (buy)
  • Pants Xhilaration via Target (similar)
  • Boots old Steve Madden (similar)

7 Layer Dip

Another solution for mega cold weather: a million layers. I wore this for lunch with a dude friend, followed by meeting his lady friend at the Armani store.  I had wanted to pair this sweater with the green necklace, and I just kept piling on layers.

Fun fact: one of the shopgirls at Armani assumed these boots were J. Crew! Umm, not exactly…

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Modern Chivalry

Day Three of Pajamas on the Down Low.

I got a bazillion compliments on this sweater, but Jill gets ALL the credit. She saw it on another blogger, ordered two sizes and offered the other to me. Umm, YES PLEASE. It looks like chain mail armor, but it’s a cotton sweater coated in silver paint.

I had forgotten about these shoes, until a few days ago when a student randomly said,”I like your sparkly* shoes that look like Vans.” I was very confused, explaining I had a LOT of sparkly shoes, but then realized he meant these herringbone sneakers. Why DON’T I wear these more often???

So, I’m wearing sneakers, a loose sweater with a light cotton top, and glorified leggings with pockets (Don’t judge me, I washed them!). Throw in some serious jewelry, and I call this successful undercover jammies.

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*I would not consider these sparkly – hence my confusion – but the herringbone has a slight metallic shine to it. You can sort of see little reflection dots if you zoom in.

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Can’t Hardly Wait

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Here are the results from my first school picture not as a student. It came out pretty well, if you ignore the weird general Stepfordness. I ripped the above tiny picture off of the cd they gave us to make IDs for the kids. Below is a fuzzier, but more complete version (a crop of the cell phone pic I texted my mom!).

I wanted to go for something pretty classic, so I reached for my standard white blouse and black sweater vest. I couldn’t be bothered to dry my hair straight, and my waves are not what I’d call super professional, so I went for a low bun to keep things neat. Finally, I threw in the yellow bubble necklace for a little personality, but mostly because I had recently gotten it and was obsessed! A shorter necklace would’ve fit the frame of the picture better: lesson learned for next year.

If you are curious what I wore on my bottom half (you probably aren’t), it was these teal pants and, I think, black flats.

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  • Blouse Limited (buy)
  • Vest Brooks Brothers (buy)
  • Earrings “borrowed” from Mom (similar)
  • Necklace J. Crew Bubble Necklace knockoff via Ebay (buy) (original)

*Fun fact: The guts of the yearbook my celeb twin, Melissa Joan Hart, tries to get everyone to sign in Can’t Hardly Wait, is my high school’s yearbook (with a different cover)! I wasn’t a senior that year, but I wonder if she flipped through it when she was bored and thought, “Hey, that girl kind of looks like me!” (Spoiler alert: she totally did not.)

Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

This outfit started with the necklace. It’s the other bauble I bought to celebrate my new job.  Originally, I had planned on wearing it over a crisp white blouse, but that morning I started tweaking things one by one, until I unknowingly recreated this exact look with different accessories.

(The colors are a little off here. Remember, these velour pants are more of a purpley wine color, and the plaid in the blazer is less contrasty in normal light.)

I only wore these boots because I thought I’d be sitting in the office all day, but I wound up on my feet in a classroom. I was worried these heels would NOT make it through the long haul (I always have a pair of, what the kids call, “chanklas” on standby, just in case), but they were fine! I even ran a few errands after school without changing. And the kids got a kick out of the glitter.

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  • Blazer Merona via Target (buy, last worn)
  • Shirt J.Crew Factory (buy)
  • Earrings “borrowed” from Mom (similar)
  • Necklace Leslie Danzis via TJ Maxx (similar, similar)
  • Pants  Xhilaration via Target (similar)
  • Shoes Wanted via Barefeet Shoes (buy, last worn)
  • Nails Essie in Meet Me at Sunset (buy)

I’m Still Jenny From The Colorblock

I have attempted to photograph this sweater/shirt/necklace combo on no less than three occasions  The first time was on Thanksgiving, where my sister from another mister, Ellery, gamely agreed to snap some shots with her Point and Shoot, but neither of us had a clue what we were doing. The second time was an exact replication at school with Jill, but the pictures mysteriously refused to appear on a thumb drive. This time, I changed up the bottom half and encountered no complications. (Which is interesting, since the last time I tried to wear these navy cords to school, an entire liter of orange soda exploded on me.)

Though these pieces had previously summoned bad karma, the universe was much more forgiving this time, since this was the day I was invited for a “real” job at my school! Between this and the engagement: Everything’s coming up Milhouse lately 🙂

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I prefer how the brown moccasins wink at the brown in the necklace, rather than the randomness of the tan shoes I wore before.

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Below is a strangely colored picture from Thanksgiving. We were pretty rushed so the background is a little odd and you can’t see my shoes in the grass. The only differences here are pants and shoes, and less accessories.

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  • Pants  Xhilaration via Target (similar)
  • Shoes Dr. Scholl’s via TJ Maxx (similar)

Here’s a better color representation of the velour pants with the sweater:

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  • Necklace Old Navy (similar)
  • White shirt Mossimo via Target (similar)
  • Sweater J. Crew (ebay xsmall small medium large, similar)
  • Pants old Gap (similar)
  • Shoes Ugg (buy)
  • Watch Fossil (buy)
  • Bangles favors from Indian wedding (similar)
  • Italian charm bracelet various (similar)
  • Lips Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Rendezvous (buy)
  • Nails Essie in Meet Me at Sunset (buy)

Just Gonna Stand There And Watch Me Burn(out)

I was warned that the other couple we had dinner plans with were coming “very casual”.  That was fine with me, since I spent the first half of this Saturday barfing up the Old Fashioneds I had the night before (NEVER AGAIN.).

I tossed these jeans back on, and immediately grabbed for this favorite burnout sweatshirt that hasn’t gotten much play recently. I threw a bunch of sparkly jewelry on – including this ooold Gap necklace with flannel plaid that ties into a bow in the back. The red boots added a pop of color, and kept the jeans from dragging on the soggy ground outside.

I later added this plaid blazer over for additional warmth, which came in very handy in the chilly Blue Line Lounge.

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I ordered new laces since the ones that came with were way too long and way too bright. I found these on Amazon.

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  • Necklace old Gap (similarish)
  • Sweatshirt old Forever 21 (similar)
  • Tee Nikibiki (buy in Suntan)
  • Rhinestone bangle favor from Indian wedding (similar)
  • Gold Bangle ?? (similar)
  • Watch Fossil (buy)
  • Jeans American Eagle (buy)
  • Shoes Nature Breeze via Barefeet Shoes (buy half size up, last worn)
  • Lips CoverGirl Natureluxe Gloss Balm in Peony (buy)

Groove Is In The Heart

This turtleneck always makes me think of Deee-Lite. But now that I’ve rewatched the video for the purpose of this blog, it turns out she doesn’t wear stripes at all! Though, the video features a lot of black/white stripe furniture… ahhh memory is such a funny thing.

Mom bought me this skirt (which came with the glitter belt!) to go with the blazers she also gave me. I kind of froze when it came to getting dressed for work, since I haven’t been in a school mindset for two weeks. Several variations of this look were strewn across the room that morning, and this is what I ended up with. Very simple, but also pretty quirky and fun all at once.

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  • Earrings Forever 21 (very similar)
  • Necklace ebay (buy, knockoff of this)
  • Turtleneck old H&M (similar)
  • Skirt and belt Mossimo via Target – Thanks mom! (buy)
  • Tights ?? (similar)
  • Shoes Cole Haan (buy half size up)
  • Nails Sinful Colors in Beau Khaki via Walgreens

Baby, You’re A Firework

In honor of New Year’s Eve, here are a bunch of gorgeous statement sparklies all from Forever 21.  Tonight, there is no such thing as too much bling, so pile it on! Click on the small images below for specific information.

I still haven’t settled on exactly what I’ll be donning tonight, but I am sporting some serious glitter nail polish and an extra special new piece of sparkly jewelry 🙂

F21 Statement Sparkles

Guess That’s Why They Call It “Window Pain”

FINALLY FOUND: super comfy black wedges!!! I have been searching for the perfect pair forever, and I can finally check these off the list. Not only are they the perfect wedge height for me, these Cole Haan’s have Nike Air technology inside. You would never know by just looking at them, but I can really feel they little air pockets inside the wedge when I lean back on my heels, or am stomping quickly down the hallway. SWOON.

AND they are even more on sale now than when I bought them a few weeks ago. I’m seriously considering buying several more colors/textures.

*Side note: I’ve had this little windowpane jumper dress since high school.

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  • Shirt J.Crew Factory (buy, last worn)
  • Necklace Forever 21 (similar)
  • Dress ooold Old Navy (similar)
  • Tights American Eagle (similar)
  • Shoes Cole Haan (buy half size up)
  • Stud Bracelet Forever 21 (similar)
  • Charm Bracelet Tiffany & Co (buy)