It’s Turtle Time!

WOW, I forgot how much better pictures look when taken outside! Jill had been trying to get me to agree to outdoor pictures for several days – she is made of hearty Greek stock and I am a sad little wimp. I finally agreed on this day when I was pretty bundled up. It was beautifully sunny out and actually not too cold, until the wind hit us! Even she realized we had made a terrible mistake. We sucked it up and took a few shots quickly, and then agreed not to do this again unless the temperature was at least 45 degrees.

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Geometric Proof

I hadn’t anticipated taking pictures this day, so my work outfit was kind of “meh”. But the DSLR camera shows this awesome sweater a lot better than the iPhone photos from before! I’ve been holding onto this post (as you can tell by my hair color) in order to spread out the sweater repeat.

Even though this geometric/tribal print cardigan seems a little crazy, the neutral colors means it goes with pretty much anything. I’ve even been guilty of wearing it around the house over my pajamas, as though it were a makeshift robe. It’s always a nice surprise when a kooky piece gets a lot of use.

Rorschach-ing Up

Mr. Trousers was vehemently opposed to the skirt length on this little number, positing that it was inappropriate for school.  I initially took his heed to heart, changing into the cotton leggings I had originally laid out the night before.  But the leggings seemed even more vulgar, so I went with my gut on this one.  The skirt reaches the tips of my fingers, making it technically compliant with my own High School Handbook of yore. But beyond RULES, I felt that  my skin being completely covered (in predominantly baggy fabric) overruled the length of the skirt. Ain’t nothing sexy about what’s going on here.

  • Shoes: ooold Old Navy (similar here and here)
  • Ribbed tights: old American Eagle – my fave tights brand (similar here and here)
  • Bubble skirt: ooold Heart Moon Star via Rampage (similar here and here)
  • Print tank: Forever 21 (buy here)
  • Blazer: old Semantiks via Nordstrom (similar here and here)
  • Necklace: Ebay (buy here) (which is a knockoff of this)
  • Ring: old Forever 21 (similarish here and here)
  • Earrings: gift (similarish here, here, and here)
  • Sunnies: old Forever 21 (similar here and here)
  • Coat: old Tahari (similar here)

Wino Forever

I’d like to call the color of these pants “oxblood”, but they have a little more purpley undertone, so they are probably more accurately described as a deep “wine”. I wasn’t sure what to pair them with, but I thought this light blue color looked gorgeous with them. The colors would’ve been beautiful on their own, but the outfit needed a finisher, and thus the white cardigan was introduced. I like how the buttons on the cardigan help the shoes make sense (these are quickly becoming my favorite work shoes. Hello, comfortable!).

The taupe pearls gave me a little more to work with near my face, besides pastels. The overall look is quite preppy, but you know I had to add my little dose of bad-assery with the cool stack of rings.

  • Sunnies: Forever 21 (buy here)
  • Cardigan: old GAP (similar here and here)
  • Shirt: old Forever 21 (similar here and here)
  • Necklace: Mom’s “borrowed” (similar here and here)
  • Pants: Target Xhilaration Fit 6 velour pant in Oxblood (buy in stores, similar here and here)
  • Shoes: Dr Scholl’s via TJ Maxx (similar here and here)
  • Rings: Forever 21 Pyramid Stud Ring Set of 4 (try buying in store, similarish here and here)

Of A Different Stripe

Gotta love Casual Friday. Here’s another cute little soft blazer I picked up at Target this week. I threw it on with a very casual t-shirt (it even has that baseball hem on the bottom), and one of the very few pair of jeans I have hemmed for flat shoes.

The wood necklace helps the tan shoes make sense, and the pin holds down a rebellious lapel (and very slightly references the trees in the t-shirt).

  • Jacket: Xhilaration (buy it here or at Target) (similar here and here)
  • T-shirt: old American Eagle (similar here, here, and here)
  • Jeans: Seven for All Mankind in Dojo (buy them here) (similar here and here)
  • Shoes: Ugg Dakota (buy them here) (similar here and here)
  • Necklace: old H&M (similar here, here, and here)
  • Pin: thrifted (similar here, here, here, and here)
  • Ring: old Filene’s Basement find, green east/west baguette (similar here, here, and here)
  • Sunglasses: old Forever 21 (similar here and here) (splurge here)

Come to Poppy

I referred to this as a coral shirt, but it’s pinker than what you think of as traditional coral. Probably closer to poppy.  I wore this outfit to school on dress down Friday, and got A LOT of compliments.  My Mr. took these pictures at the end of the day, so the jeans are a little stretched out in the knees (ugh).

This outfit kind of just happened.  I usually have a plan either the night before, or at least during my morning shower. This came about during one of my famous epic clothing hurricanes where I try on a million things and the room looks like a bomb went off afterwards.

(And that’s just on the bed…)

I worked out the blouse with the tank and jeans, decided I needed some pattern, so I added the floral shoes. I had originally settled on a silver necklace, but the look felt incomplete without a jacket. The gray jacket has huge gold buttons, so I had to switch the jewelry around.

It’s super cute from the back, too.


You may notice that the shoes seem a little big. They were an excellent TJ Maxx clearance find for $4! Only one pair was available in 7.5, but for four bucks, I figured close enough!

And the sunglasses are very cute, but I rarely wear them because they are too loose and don’t stay on my head or my face very well. They were an old Nordstrom Rack find.

  • Poppy blouse: Nine Bird bought new from Buffalo Exchange (similar here) (tie neck option here) (sleeveless option here)
  • Baby pink scoop tank: old Love on a Hanger (almost identical here) (lace back option here) (racerback option here)
  • Gray jacket: Spense from TJ Maxx (similar here) (similar here) (lighter gray option here)
  • Jeans: old Forever 21 Life in Progress (similar here) (similar here)
  • Shoes: Blowfish from TJ Maxx (sandal option here)  (ballet flat option here) (chunky option here) (high heel option here)
  • Coral and gold necklace: old Lia Sophia (moroccan option here) (medallion option here) (Ganesha pendant here)
  • Yellow flower ring: old Forever 21 (similar here) (similar here) (triple flower option here) (vintage option here)
  • Gold/rhinestone earrings: “Borrowed” from Mom [Hi, Mommy! :D] (similar here) (similar here)
  • Sunglasses: old Marc Jacobs (similar here) (similar here) (round prada knockoffs 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)