TRUE COLORS: DAY 2

This “week” has been pretty stretched out, due to blog neglect. I’m sure you will find a way to forgive me!

Here’s another wild color combo. I’ve been hanging on to this yellow top for a while, and the necklace is one of my purchases from the nine hour Michigan Ave binge. The shoes look pretty bright in the direct sunlight, but they are dark burgundy velvet.

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  • Jacket Merona via Target (similar)
  • Shirt Forever 21 (buy)
  • Necklace B.P. section at Nordstrom (buy in store, similar)
  • Watch Fossil (buy)
  • Pants Mossimo via Target (buy)
  • Shoes Liz & Co via jcp (buy)

TRUE COLORS: DAY 1

Week two of Theme Weeks! The theme originated as “Anything BUT Black or White” playing against the big Black and White trend for Spring. But I think my version evolved  into Kooky Color Combos.

Here, we have that highlighter pink sweater with which I started by pairing with these wine pants. I played with a few necklace options and dug up this oldie-but-goodie. I liked how it didn’t exactly match, but very much played off the dark pants. The necklace lead to the orange pumps (one of very few pointed toes that were saved from 6 years ago!), which lead to the pink and orange tank. It’s kind of insane, but works at the same time.

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  • Sweater Gap (similarsimilar)
  • Tank Mossimo via Target (ebay)
  • Necklace old Forever 21?
  • Pants Xhilaration via Target (similar)
  • Shoes old B.P. via Nordstrom (similar)

MIXED MESSAGES: DAY 5

What a better way to end the week than with a Trifecta? I brought this scarf home and realized it just happened to have all the same colors are this jacket. Both have insane colors and patterns, but it works because the color palate is identical. The black on black texture pattern of the tee is also crazy, but I treated it like a plain black tee.

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  • Jacket Zara (similar)
  • Scarf Echo via TJ Maxx (similar)
  • Tee Zara (similar)
  • Jeans Old Navy
  • Boots Mossimo via Target (buy)

 

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)

MIXED MESSAGES: DAY 3

Mixing two prints is a good way to get started, but this week Jill and I started striving for The Trifecta: AKA three prints in one outfit. This week has pointed out a gaping hole in my wardrobe: printed bottoms. How have I missed this?! I mean, I don’t even have any printed skirts (besides that one faintly plaid number).

So I had to build my Trifecta in creative ways. I’ve seen other bloggers layer their blouses, so I decided to give it a try. I don’t love how the overall look turned out, but I do like the way all the patterns looks together. A plaid scarf and a peek at the striped blazer lining adds up to FIVE patterns!

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  • Blazer Merona via Target (buy)
  • Gingham shirt J. Crew (buy in other colors)
  • Floral shirt J Crew (similar)
  • Pants old Gap (similar)
  • Boots Hunter (similar)

MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL

This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of waking up at 5:30 am to get myself to the Nordstrom downtown at 7! I got to attend Nordstrom’s Spring Beauty Trend Show. The show started at 8, but we got there early to snag good seats and first dibs at the pastries.

The actual show was pretty tedious. There were 3 different themes (Beauty Unveiled  Color Crush, and Urban Flirt) and each had 9 speakers come out and hawk their brand’s chosen products, all with the promise of “flawlessness”. The best parts were the mini runway shows at the top of each theme, and the ridiculously adorable Virginie Courtin-Clarins.

The loot was a great free tote (mint and tan “leather”) and some samples. Jill and I both had booked appointments after the show with La Mer and Nars. My mini facial at La Mer was heavenly, and I walked away with some new skincare knowledge (serum is for the epidermis  moisturizer is for the dermis) and about $80 worth of product on my face! I thought very seriously about The Concentrate which eliminated all redness and made my skin feel like silk, but I was not prepared to plunk down $300 just yet! Becky from Nars was beyond fun, and she got this drugstore gal to invest in a duo eyeshadow (which I just now discovered they gave me the wrong shade!), eyeliner (in Rue Saint-Honore), and lip pencil (in Lodhi).

Jill and I grabbed some lunch and shopped after all the other girls dropped. All in all, we spent NINE HOURS on the Magnificent Mile!

Here’s what I wore:

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  • Blazer old H&M
  • Shirt Forever 21 (buy)
  • Necklace Leslie Danzis via TJ Maxx (similar)
  • Jeans Old Navy (buy in Dark Wash)
  • Boots Mossimo via Target (buy)

BABY ONE MORE TIME

This skirt was probably too short for school, but that’s the beauty of the opaque tight. ALL of my skin is totally covered up, so it’s not nearly as scandalous as it could have been. Our school librarian gave this look a hilarious title – and told me to feel free to use it on my blog – but now I can’t remember! Something about a school girl gone bad, but way better than that. Let’s just pretend I remembered and it was awesome.

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  • Blazer Merona via Target (buy)
  • Shirt J.Crew Factory (buy)
  • Pearls Brooks Brothers, Express, mom’s
  • Pin thrifted (similar)
  • Skirt Ebay (buy)
  • Tights American Eagle
  • Shoes Zara (similar)

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)

TEAL MAGNOLIAS

I finally got a trim! I’m having a bit of first time styling issues with these pics…

I was excited to bust out these new fierce loafers. The ground was still pretty gross outside, but the fabric on these shoes was quite water friendly. It was NOT, however, foot friendly! I got a nasty blister near my heel about halfway through the day and had to bust out the chanclas.

As for the rest of the outfit, I kept it pretty simple with a nudge towards collegiate preppy to match the underlying vibe of the shoes. A chunky bracelet ties the studs back in.

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LAID OUT IN LAVENDER

Usually, Casual Friday = blue jeans. I keep the rest dressy enough that I can get away with colored denim on regular days, so I like to bust out the legit jeans when I can. But this Friday I took it in another direction.

Jill and I both bought these lavender jeans in preparation for spring, and I was itching to pop some tags. I tried to winterize the look with a cute sweatshirt (see the details my hair is blocking here) layered over an oxford, and added touches of dark jewel tones to make it less Eastery.

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Fun facts about this hat: Jill’s sister-in-law, Katey, knitted this hat for her (note the hot pink stripes), but accidentally made it child sized. Unfortunately for Jill, it didn’t fit her noggin but fortunately for my midget head, it fit me perfectly! I’ve been wearing it every day, and when I went to remove it for photos, Jill thought it looked so cute she insisted I keep it on. She’s always right. Thank you Katey, it is getting plenty of use!

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