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)

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)

Tickled Pink

I wore this for Report Card Pickup Day. I feel like when I’m trying to look super professional, I tend to err on the side of BOOORING. I immediately grabbed this white blouse and the black sweater vest (just like I did for Picture Day – still waiting to see how those came out…) but decided to add some serious color to make the look less, well, serious.

Browsing through This Time Tomorrow‘s shopping site, her Alaia’s reminded me that I still had these cute little maryjanes. I only lasted about 15 minutes in those heels before changing into my Tieks – the heels aren’t particularly uncomfortable but after walking up and down our super long hallway 3 times, I realized it just wasn’t happening.

I did, however, get A LOT of compliments on my necklace. Meanwhile, you can’t even see most of it! It has 7 different flowers in a variety of colors, but only 3 peek out of my collar. That’s okay, I’ll save the big reveal for another day.

  • Coat: old J. Crew (similar here and here)
  • Sunnies: Forever 21 (similar here and here)
  • Shirt: Limited (buy here)
  • Sweater vest: Brooks Brothers (buy here)
  • Pants: Mossimo via Target (buy here)
  • Necklace: old Forever 21 (similar here and here)
  • Ring: gift from my Mister – one of very few ‘real’ jewelry I own (similar here, here, and here)
  • Shoes: old Fioni via Payless (similar here and here)
  • Nail polish: Essie something from the salon – it was much more purple in the bottle

Cat Scratch Fever

I put this outfit together one morning when I knew I wouldn’t be taking photos, so I was trying to find old stuff or things that I’ve already featured on the blog. But this came out so cute I took it off, hung it up together, and saved it for another day.

The cardigan, belt, and corduroy pants are pretty old, and you’ve already seen the leopard shirt and Dr. Scholl’s several times. But how fun is the color combo of the belt and sweater? Black shoes would’ve been better but, like I said yesterday, I’m still searching for the perfect black (COMFORTABLE) wedges for school. I’m actually considering going back to TJ Maxx, getting another pair of these Dr. Scholl’s and finding a way to dye them black. It’s that serious.

ALSO: You may notice that I’m paler and puffier than usual. I’ve been fighting off some bronchitis and a never ending runny nose for the last week, so please excuse my red nose!

See what I mean about reading butch if I’m not careful? Take away the curls and the shoes and that could be Elijah Wood under that jacket.

I can NOT get the photo colors right today. The belt is much more of a neon lime green, and I DON’T have an enormous bruise on my palm!

  • Jacket: old Collection B (updated version here)
  • Sweater: oooold NY&Co (similar here and here)
  • Blouse: J Crew (similar here and here)
  • Pants: old Gap (similar here and here)
  • Belt: old Express (similar here)
  • Bracelets: crystal bangle: swapped (similar here), gold/silver bangle: old Tiffany & Co (similar here and here), spikes: Ebay (buy here)
  • Ring: old Diamonique (similar here and here)
  • Earrings: Forever 21 (buy here)
  • Nail polish: OPI in Cajun Shrimp (buy here)