MIXED MESSAGES: REVIEW

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

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

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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 4

I saw this scarf at Target and fell in love IMMEDIATELY. Most items I buy, I tend to think about what I already own that I can wear with it and where I might wear it to. But this one went in the basket without a second thought.

A funny story about the undershirt I’m wearing here: it’s Affliction. You heard me. I saw it at Marshalls, and loved the subtle grey fleur de lis pattern. Once I realized it was Affliction, I almost put it back on principle alone. But I ultimately liked the pattern so much that I didn’t care. I’ve been reaching for it a lot lately because of it’s short skinny sleeves. Too many of my short sleeve shirts have loose sleeves which leave weird bulges when layering.

The scarf, the sweater, and the tee add up to a Trifecta (plus the leopard on the bracelet!).

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  • Scarf Target (similar, similar)
  • Earrings Forever 21 (buy)
  • Bracelet gift from Bloomingdale’s (similar)
  • Sweater old Halogen via Nordstrom (similar)
  • Tee Affliction via Marshalls (similar)
  • Jeans old Gap (similar)
  • Shoes Dr. Scholl’s via TJ Maxx (similar)

RHYTHM AND BLUES

Snowy day! Jill and I braved the elements for these shots, and I popped her hat on to keep my hair from going full on Drowned Rat.

How cute/easy is this sweater? I like that it’s interesting enough to keep the rest of the outfit pretty simple. It’s built in mixed patterns. Speaking of which, Jill and I have started our own little Theme Week, and our first theme for next week is Mixed Patterns. Hopefully our themes will inspire you to try something new out of your closet! Stay tuned 🙂

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  • Hat Jill‘s (similar)
  • Sweater Forever 21 (buy)
  • Necklace Leslie Danzis via TJ Maxx (similar)
  • Earrings Forever 21 (buy)
  • Watch Fossil (buy)
  • Pants old H&M
  • Shoes Wanted via Barefeet Shoes (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)

THEY JUST KEEP MOVING THE LINE

Katherine McPhee’s character on Smash was my hair inspiration for this ‘do. Well, my second inspiration… The first was a salesgirl at Gap who has this killer messy bouffant thing going on, but after three failed attempts, I decided it was time for Plan B. All I did was braid tight pigtails starting pretty close to the back of my head and pin them up. I put a Mini Spin Pin near the middle of each braid to help distribute the weight. The pins are not ideally placed (by then i was in a rush), but it still came out pretty cute if you don’t look too closely.

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Tiny sequins on the booty.

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  • Sweater Forever 21 (similar)
  • Shirt J. Crew (similar)
  • Jeans American Eagle (buy)
  • Shoes Dr. Scholl’s via TJ Maxx (similar)
  • Earrings Forever 21 (buy)

Watch Ivy kill it in “They Just Keep Moving The Line” here.

A League Of Their Own

I forgot to lay out an outfit the night before, so in a tired panic, this is what I came up with. This blouse is new. They had it with hot pink sheer, but the grey sleeves were a weird lighter grey that I did not care for. I originally had planned on wearing a different pair of black pants, but found that they looked laughably huge especially with the loose blouse. So I dug out these old H&M pants that had been banned to the “skinny” pile along with an identical grey pair, and they fit!!! In fact, by the end of the day, they were quite loose. I have no explanation as to why these now fit, but I’ll take it!

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  • Jacket Xhilaration via Target (buylast worn)
  • Blouse Forever 21 (buy)
  • Necklace Stephan & Co. via Nordstrom (buylast worn)
  • Pants H&M (similar)
  • Shoes Xhilaration via Target (buy in Pink)

All Ages And Stripes

Okay, I gave up on the PJs (although, I’m still rocking the slippers…). I still felt like hot garbage, but sometimes you have to put on real pants. Fun story: This is the outfit that inspired a (Special Ed) 8th grader to ask me if I was pregnant! Nevermind that I weigh less that at least half of the 14 year olds there. She has detention FOREVER.

I’m working a little stripe on stripe action here. I had been standing, staring into my closet when this combo came to me. Both are old pieces I’ve never worn together. I paired the dark grey cords to anchor the pastels and to add another cold weather fabric so it did’t look too Easter-y. I spent a while trying to pick a different necklace since I’d already paired these, but this match up is just meant to be.

Side note: After so many teeny J. Crew collars, these green ones look HUGE! If it weren’t for the necklace, I would’ve tucked the points into the sweater.

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You can’t tell at all from the pictures, but I did a little variation on my standard low bun. I seperated seven ninths of my hair in the back, and braided the front two ninths into skinnyish regular braids and tied with clear bands. Then I just pulled everything back into a low messy bun. NOT rocket science, but it made it a little less boring.

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