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)

 

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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)

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)

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)

ELBOW ROOM

“Teacher, you look so sophisticated today,” was one (slightly backhanded) compliment this outfit inspired.

I scored this gorgeous cashmere sweater during a J. Crew sale bonanza. I love how the oxblood on the back cheats into the front: SUPER slimming. And these are the sister pants to these black ones. The outfit seemed a little basic, so I threw on some ridiculous chandelier earrings to jazz it up (you can’t see them through my hair, so I included a closeup). These earrings work because they have a bit of a tarnish to them, making them gel with the vintage professor vibe the clothes give off. And the dark silver kind of “matches” the grey of the pants, so although they’re still a quirky pairing, they aren’t completely random.

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The elbow patches are a little high because this is an XXS. You heard me! That was the only size they had left, and it SHOCKINGLY fit everywhere else.

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Meeeow

I got to go to another StyleChicago event this past weekend, this time at the Sofitel. No fashion show this time, but there were all kinds of fun beauty treatments, deep discounts on clothes and bags, skinny cocktails, sushi, and other girly snacks. I got a much needed mani and ate a bunch of goodies. Most of the girls got their eyebrows threaded (I’m STILL trying to grow mine out!), and there were also facials, Moroccan oil treatments, massages, and makeup tutorials.  But once all the girls got together, we ended up chatting away and forgetting about everything around us!

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  • Leather shirt ebay (buy)
  • Blouse J. Crew (similar)
  • Necklace Leslie Danzis via TJ Maxx (similarsimilar)
  • Bracelet old Forever 21 (similar)
  • Jeans Old Navy (buy in Dark Wash)
  • Shoes ooold Payless (similar)
  • Bag MMS via TJ Maxx (similar)

And, of course, here’s the loot from the swag bag. Not as many full size items, but a LOT of good minis.

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Here is the other bag I won. I got to the event first, so I was awkwardly milling around with my phone in one hand and a glass of wine in the other. I found a very short line to sign up to win a Luna bag. I thought it was just the reusable bag, but I was bored, so I signed both Jill and me up for one. The idea was that you put your name and phone number on a piece of paper, and they would text you towards the end of the night if you won. I noticed my text, and assumed that everyone won the cheap little bag, so I prompted Jill to check for hers. She didn’t get one. So, I headed over to collect my little grocery bag, and the girls clapped and said Congratulations! Huh?? Then they handed me the bag filled with MORE LOOT!

It was mostly just Luna stuff, but it was such a surprise!

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AND, because we bought tickets for the next fashion show, Jill and I also got to take home 2 more full sized products each.

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It Takes Two To Tangerine

Ugh, gross again. I slept 11 hours the night before these and was rocking a mild fever. But I didn’t let my yucky disposition get in the way of busting out these bright, cheerful pants!

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  • Sweater old J. Crew (similar)
  • Shirt Mossimo via Target (similar)
  • Bracelet old Forever 21 (similar)
  • Pants Forever 21 (buy)
  • Shoes Dr. Scholl’s via TJ Maxx (similar)