It’s Hip To Be Square

I bought this little shift dress probably 2 years ago from TJ Maxx or Nordstrom Rack or one of those for what I remember to be a killer price.  I intended to wear it as a hot weather school dress – I like how the extended shoulder looks like they could pass for “sleeves” – but black, thick, lined fabric is not exactly conducive with zero air conditioning.

With the slightly warmer temperatures (like, in the 40s) we saw, I was on the hunt for a skirt in my closet. I rediscovered this dress towards the back of my closet and decided to give it a new life as a layering piece. I originally tried it on with my J. Crew Snowcat blouse (AGAIN. I know.), but the sleeves were a little too voluminous. This pink top has much slimmer sleeves for a sleeker look. I added sheer stockings and my favorite wedges, and figured the beading was all the jewelry I needed (plus some small geometric earrings you can’t even see).

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  • Blouse Limited (similar)
  • Dress old Kenneth Cole (similar without beading)
  • Tights  L’eggs (buy)
  • Shoes Cole Haan (buy half size up)

Can’t Hardly Wait

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Here are the results from my first school picture not as a student. It came out pretty well, if you ignore the weird general Stepfordness. I ripped the above tiny picture off of the cd they gave us to make IDs for the kids. Below is a fuzzier, but more complete version (a crop of the cell phone pic I texted my mom!).

I wanted to go for something pretty classic, so I reached for my standard white blouse and black sweater vest. I couldn’t be bothered to dry my hair straight, and my waves are not what I’d call super professional, so I went for a low bun to keep things neat. Finally, I threw in the yellow bubble necklace for a little personality, but mostly because I had recently gotten it and was obsessed! A shorter necklace would’ve fit the frame of the picture better: lesson learned for next year.

If you are curious what I wore on my bottom half (you probably aren’t), it was these teal pants and, I think, black flats.

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  • Blouse Limited (buy)
  • Vest Brooks Brothers (buy)
  • Earrings “borrowed” from Mom (similar)
  • Necklace J. Crew Bubble Necklace knockoff via Ebay (buy) (original)

*Fun fact: The guts of the yearbook my celeb twin, Melissa Joan Hart, tries to get everyone to sign in Can’t Hardly Wait, is my high school’s yearbook (with a different cover)! I wasn’t a senior that year, but I wonder if she flipped through it when she was bored and thought, “Hey, that girl kind of looks like me!” (Spoiler alert: she totally did not.)

Groove Is In The Heart

This turtleneck always makes me think of Deee-Lite. But now that I’ve rewatched the video for the purpose of this blog, it turns out she doesn’t wear stripes at all! Though, the video features a lot of black/white stripe furniture… ahhh memory is such a funny thing.

Mom bought me this skirt (which came with the glitter belt!) to go with the blazers she also gave me. I kind of froze when it came to getting dressed for work, since I haven’t been in a school mindset for two weeks. Several variations of this look were strewn across the room that morning, and this is what I ended up with. Very simple, but also pretty quirky and fun all at once.

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  • Earrings Forever 21 (very similar)
  • Necklace ebay (buy, knockoff of this)
  • Turtleneck old H&M (similar)
  • Skirt and belt Mossimo via Target – Thanks mom! (buy)
  • Tights ?? (similar)
  • Shoes Cole Haan (buy half size up)
  • Nails Sinful Colors in Beau Khaki via Walgreens

Faves of 2012

Although I only started this blog a mere 4 months ago, I thought it’d be fun to pick a few of my favorite outfits to mark the end of the year. This has been an excellent hobby for me: a renewed motivation to allow my clothes passion to go wild; an outlet for my creativity in general; a fabulous new friendship with my fashion soulmate; and an excuse to watch less tv!

Here are a few of my faves from 2012:

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Caaaable Guyyyy

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How A Leopard Changes Its Spots

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  • Sweater old Forever 21 (similar)
  • Tee Nikibiki (buy in Suntan)
  • Necklace Forever 21 (buy)
  • Trouser jeans old Gap (similarlast worn)
  • Bracelets old Forever 21 (similar)
  • Shoes Dr. Scholl’s via TJ Maxx (similarlast worn)
  • Nails Sally Hansen Lustre Shine in Plume (buy)
  • Lips Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Rendezvous (buy)

A Nod To The Crisp Seattle Weather

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OK Coral

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  • Necklace ?? (similar)
  • Bracelet gift from Bloomingdale’s (similar)
  • Earrings gift (similar) (similar)
  • Sweater Forever 21 (similar)(similar)
  • Tank Forever 21 (buy)
  • Pants Mossimo via Target (buy)
  • Shoes Tieks (buy)
  • Lipstick L’oreal Infallible in Coral Seduction (buy)

All That Glitters Is Gold

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Peaches and Green

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  • Jacket: old Banana Republic (similar)
  • Lace top: Forever 21 (buy)
  • Tank: old Love on a Hanger via Nordstrom (similar)
  • Necklace: old ?? (similar here and here)
  • Ring: Forever 21 (similar)
  • Pants: old Billy Blues (similarish)
  • Shoes: old Tahari (similar here and here)

Dominant Jean

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  • 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)

All Hail Satin

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  • Sweater: old Halogen cashmere (similar herehere, and here)
  • Skirt: old H&M (similar here and here) (splurge here) (ebay here)
  • Shoes: old Kelsi Dagger (similar here) (ebay here and here)
  • Necklace: old Forever 21(similar here and here) (awesome options herehere, and here)
  • Earrings: “borrowed” from Mom (similar here and here)
  • Lipstick: NYX in Narcissus (buy here)

Just Teal With It

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  • 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 herehere, and here)
  • Ring: Forever 21 Spiked Dome Ring in Antique Gold (buy here) (cool options herehere, 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 themhere)

Guess That’s Why They Call It “Window Pain”

FINALLY FOUND: super comfy black wedges!!! I have been searching for the perfect pair forever, and I can finally check these off the list. Not only are they the perfect wedge height for me, these Cole Haan’s have Nike Air technology inside. You would never know by just looking at them, but I can really feel they little air pockets inside the wedge when I lean back on my heels, or am stomping quickly down the hallway. SWOON.

AND they are even more on sale now than when I bought them a few weeks ago. I’m seriously considering buying several more colors/textures.

*Side note: I’ve had this little windowpane jumper dress since high school.

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  • Shirt J.Crew Factory (buy, last worn)
  • Necklace Forever 21 (similar)
  • Dress ooold Old Navy (similar)
  • Tights American Eagle (similar)
  • Shoes Cole Haan (buy half size up)
  • Stud Bracelet Forever 21 (similar)
  • Charm Bracelet Tiffany & Co (buy)

All That Glitters Is Gold

Here’s one from the archives! I wore this little number pretty early in the school year – probably sooner than was appropriate to wear all those layers. I bought this sequin top to wear alone, but since the sequins on the short sleeves itches my tender “Oprah Wings” skin, I’ve had much more success layering this bad boy.

This is a much slouchier overall look than I tend to gravitate towards, but somehow I feel like this just works.

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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)