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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Dominant Jean

Here is an outfit that started off pretty boring, and escalated quickly. I wanted to wear this new denim shirt with some color, so I pulled out these green/teal pants. Then I remembered I had this necklace, which jazzed the whole look up. I had planned on wearing the shirt buttoned all the way up with the necklace in the collar like a bow tie, but then I found out it we were taking the staff picture that morning, and decided the Ironic Arsenio Hall look wouldn’t exactly stand the test of time. I wore the shirt and necklace “the normal way” and tossed a black blazer over it to make the whole look read more “professional”.

I tried a few bracelets, but settled instead on this neutral-but-killer stack of rings. And I was tempted to reach for my usual plain black flats, but I liked how the green picked up a little of the glitter in these shoes (plus, the glitter filled in as a quasi-print in an otherwise collection of solids).

  • Blazer: old H&M (similar here)
  • Shirt: American Eagle (buy here)
  • Necklace: old Forever 21 (similar here and here)
  • Rings: Forever 21 Pyramid Stud Ring Set of 4 (try buying in store, similarish here and here)
  • Pants: Mossimo via Target (buy here)
  • Shoes: old Old Navy (almost identical here)
  • Nail Polish: Sally Hansen Lustre Shine in Plume (buy in drugstores or here)
  • Lipstick: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Cherish (buy in drugstores or here)
  • Sunnies: old Forever 21 (similar 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)

Just Teal With It


Here’s a cute Professional Business Lady ensemble. It’s essentially a suit with a silk top and pumps, but actually way more fun thanks to bright colors and comfy fabrics.

I’ve only worn the silk top a few times in the past year or so that I’ve owned it. The pattern and colors are GORGEOUS, but the fit isn’t amazing (even with the little belt to help customize it). It finally took me until this outfit to realize I ought to just wear it under a much more flattering jacket (duh). You still get to see the blouse, but the jacket provides the silhouette.

And even though the jacket looks pretty structured, it feels like wearing a sweatshirt!

The shoes are also a yummy color, and pretty comfy. I didn’t last a full school day in them, but they would be mega comfortable for an evening out. The wedge is not too high, and the sole is flexible and squishy.

Fun fact about the blouse: I spotted Ginnifer Goodwin wearing this exact blouse several times on Big Love! She always wore it under something, too, and removed the pink sash.

  • Jacket: recent Spense from TJ Maxx (similar here and here) (lighter option here)
  • Blouse: old Postella (similar print here) (another gorgeous blouse here and here)
  • Tank: Forever 21 Essential Layering Tank in Teal (buy it here FOR $3!!!)
  • Slacks: Mossimo Boot Cut Pant  Fit 3 in Ebony (buy in store at Target) (similar here and here)
  • Wedges: Merona Melinda in Green (buy here and in more colors here) (similar here)
  • Bracelets: old gold bangle (similar here and here), old gold and turquoise bangle (similar here and here), and yellow turquoise stretch bracelet from Ebay (options here, here, and here)
  • Ring: Forever 21 Spiked Dome Ring in Antique Gold (buy here) (cool options here, here, and here)
  • Earrings: “borrowed” from Mom (similar here and here)
  • Sunglasses: Jill’s which I just threw on because it was bright! See her wearing them here. (Buy them here)

Shiny Happy People

Here are a few iPhone shots the Mr. took before we headed out in Saturday night.  I was WAY overdressed for Wrigleyville (oopsie), but whatever.

  

And, of course, a closeup on the jewels. I got dressed in kind of a rush, and if I’d had time to analyze, I probably wouldnt’ve worn the shiny top with the shiny pants. But I countered it with making the rest of the pieces pretty matte (suede shoes, feather earrings, boucle jacket [not shown]). And who would’ve thought gold jeans could be so versatile?!!??! So far I’ve made them work for a boho look, a preppy look, and now this kind of disco look.  Maybe I should do a montage of How I Wear Gold Pants.

  • Blouse: old Calvin Klein dark teal (similar here) (similar here) (similar here) (similar here)
  • Gold Jeans: Allen B. (buy them here) (similar here) (similar here)
  • Shoes: old Nine West suede and cork  (awesome option here) (interesting option here) (closed toe option here) (patent option here)
  • Earrings: old Forever 21(similar here) (similar here) (similar here)
  • Friendship Bracelet: old Urban Outfitters (similar here) (similar here) (similar here)
  • Heffalump Bracelet: old eBay find [also worn here] (black/white version here) (ivory version here)
  • Random Skinny Bangle: part of an Indian wedding favor (similar here) (similar here) (cool source here) (bulk lots here)
  • Gold Studded Ring: Forever 21, came as a set of 2 [also worn here] (buy it here) (similar here)
  • Finger polish: Spoiled in Paying With Platinum (buy it here)
  • Toe Polish: Revlon Top Speed in Jaded (buy it here)
  • Lipstick: old CoverGirl Continuous Color, Sheer Wine (discontinued, but buy it here)