Tunic: My Fall Uniform

October 15, 2013 § Leave a comment

I don’t know if I’ve shared the good news on the bloggie blog yet, but Joel got a job! He started about a month ago and has been loving it. It’s been such a blessing that he was able to go back to school to really focus in on an area he was passionate about and skilled at.

So, in true Joel fashion, he spent part of his first paycheck on me. He took me to Anthro and told me to pick something out. And the Mazie Tunic was my purchase:

Green Anthro DressI am totally in love with it! The kelly green color is gorgeous, and I think goes along nicely with my blonde hair and fairer skin. The silk draping is just perfect and it hits at just the right length to be worn with jeans and leggings, or by itself! The cut of the top is very modest, yet flattering, allowing it to be worn with about any necklace or scarf. I mean it’s just the most versatile, beautiful thing ever. I’m in love.

They have two other Mazie Tunics that I am really considering purchasing:

I have a feeling I’m going to be going tunic crazy!

What’s your favorite thing to wear in the fall?

Working Lady Style

August 28, 2013 § 1 Comment

IMG_9700So I’m going to throw it out there that I know this outfit looks super weird when not on a body, as shown above. The proportions seem totally out of whack. But I’m hoping you’ll trust me on this… it’s a good look.

We all know my love for glitter as a statement piece for work outfits, and this outfit is no exception.

The components:

The jacket is from Banana Republic Outlet and is kind of a tuxedo style, with silver beading along the edges of the lapels. It’s a cropped, 3/4 length sleeve jacket. So it can’t be worn with just any shirt/pant combination. But when worn with the right items, it is a ton of fun.

IMG_9721The shirt is a great silk, beaded top from Anthro. For the first year I had it, I thought it wasn’t work appropriate because the fabric doesn’t go all the way to your underarms, leaving lots of bared skin when paired with a cardigan. Plus, it is super long, which is a little less formal than needed in my office. But, one day, I looked at it differently and realized that with some creative tweaking, it just might work. And it did! I wear it tucked in and then a little loose, muffin-top-like, to add some visibility to the shirt between the cropped jacket and the pant. I like the silver and gold combo you get from the pairing of this with the tuxedo jacket.

IMG_9708The pants are a classic black wool cropped pant from J. Crew Factory. These are a huge staple in my wardrobe. The beauty of the cropped pant is they can be worn with flats, heels or wedges! For a short one like me, this is a huge plus!

The shoes are Jessica Simpson. And honestly, I can only wear them on days I’m not doing much walking, and the walking I’m doing is on carpet or a rubber floor (why aren’t there more of these in the workplace????). But I love to look at them. I am a s.u.c.k.e.r. for suede shoes. Just off the top of my head, I have six pairs. It’s a problem.

Most of these accessories have made appearances before, but I think they add a nice touch to this look as well. The belt and earrings are from J. Crew Factory and the watch is Michael Kors.

My sister just moved to Atlanta, so I am hoping she can help me transition this series into some actual photos with bodies in the clothes so you can see everything how it really looks. I think that will especially help with these cropped pant looks that seem so strange without a human.

But the biggest thing to take away from this look is to think creatively about items in your closet that you have mentally classified as evening/weekend clothes. With a little tweaking, they may prove to work with your working wardrobe, opening up several new outfits to you without ever having to go shopping!

J. Crew Factory Wishlist

August 22, 2013 § 1 Comment

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It’s no secret that I love J. Crew Factory. And they have an amazing new collection right now that I am just loving!

I would really like to take every one of these home with me. But if I had to pick only three, I think I’d get the gold link necklace, the gold stud earrings, and the pink pencil pants.

And these two weekend outfits. Dy-ing.

Working Lady Style: Stripes & Glitter

August 22, 2013 § Leave a comment

IMG_9699As you know by now, I love adding a little fun to the traditionally boring corporate attire. Two of my favorite ways to bring in some flair are stripes and glitter!

This outfit is one of my favorite go-tos because it’s professional enough for work, but doesn’t feel constricting and still incorporates a huge amount of my personality. I actually wore this Monday, came home and changed, and then put it back on to go to a dinner later that night. You don’t really do that with a traditional suit, do you??

Outfit 1It consists of:

The shirt is from J. Crew Factory and has a nice, boxy shape to it, which I like when it’s tucked in. There’s a similar sleeveless version here.

IMG_9689The skirt is actually from Forever 21 {there’s a similar style here in a brighter color}. It’s a loose A-line that hits a little above the knee. The combination of the shirt tucked into the higher-waisted skirt is a little reminiscent of 90s style… and I don’t hate it.

IMG_9690The belt is from J. Crew Factory also and is one of my favorite accessories! It is such a small part of the outfit, but packs a lot of punch. A belt is also a good way to tip-toe into some more fun outfits at work. Try it out in a pop of color {like this one!}, or with some glitter or a pattern and see how you feel!

IMG_9687The shoes are just simple nude pumps from Target. Nude pumps are one of the most important staples in the working lady’s closet. They go with relatively everything, elongate the leg, and are very elegant. I mean Kate Middleton rocks them out regularly, so you know they’re good.

Accessories are the cherry on top of this sweet little outfit. The earrings are from Target, the watch is Michael Kors {my husband’s amazing Christmas present to me last year}, and the necklace is {shockingly} Charlotte Russe. A lot of women feel the need to perfectly match their jewelry: silver with silver, small with small, round with round. But I’m here to say it’s more fun when you mix it up! I love pairing silver and gold, diamonds with costume jewelry, and multiple colors. This is something you will get better at with practice. But start venturing down that path, and I think you’ll be surprised at how your jewelry box opens up a new world of combinations for you to try!

I hope these posts are helpful as you start trying to expand your working wardrobe. It’s fun to share!!

Working Lady Style: Outfit Inspiration

August 7, 2013 § 2 Comments

Want to add a little whimsy to your working wardrobe? I thought it would be fun to start sharing some of the outfits I like to wear around the office to add some fun to the corporate attire.

{please excuse the wrinkly sheet — it was the best white background I had!}

IMG_9626I love pairing different, but not competing, patterns and colors together to achieve a visually fun outfit! In this case, my main staples were a polka dot chambray shirt, a floral pencil skirt, and some maroon heels. My work environment is fairly formal, so really only the shiny, structured chambray like this kind is appropriate. But if you’re in a more casual office environment, I have seen the more casual chambray worked into some amazing outfits!

I added in some unexpected accessories and some styling details, and called it a day!

The biggest point I can make on pulling together unexpectedly fun outfits is you have to wear them with confidence. I spent years trying to put together outfits I thought were stylish and fit the trends. Then one day, I realized that {a} I was never going to be able to interpret the “next big thing” in time to really be in vogue and {b} even if I had the vision, I would never be able to afford it.

So I decided to just start wearing what I liked. It took me a while to wear it without worrying what everyone was thinking about me. I’m sure those years were a little awkward for others. A lot of looking at an outfit and wondering if something was off and just not being able to put their finger on it.

But now, I just wear it. I like what I’m wearing and I’m not that worried if you don’t, as long as it isn’t offensive! Most of the time, that comes off as “style,” which is really cool. You are getting this awesome affirmation that your sense of style is on point, without having to try too hard. It’s a pretty encouraging reminder that God created us as individuals. And when we embrace who we are, we find a sweet spot and inspire others to find theirs as well.

Summer Party Style

July 18, 2013 § Leave a comment

Sorry I’ve been MIA! I went on vacation with my family and really thought I would be much better about posting. Woops! That’s what grace is for, I guess.

Summer Party Style

Why is it always so difficult to pick out what to wear? Especially if you’re going to a party?

Well hopefully these pieces will help us in the panic moments when putting together our next party outfit!

  1. Gap Long-Sleeve V Neck Cardigan
  2. Old Navy Women’s Crepe-Pocket Tanks
  3. Anthropologie Scalloped Stripes Ponte Skirt
  4. Nine West Villency Wedge Sandal
  5. J. Crew Golden Knot Earrings
  6. J. Crew Classic Wide Bangle
  7. J. Crew Stone Mix Necklace
  8. J. Crew Gold Bangle Set

Obviously you do not have to get these items exactly. The idea here is to pick out colorful, fun pieces and then add lots of jewelry. Wear that with confidence and you will shine!

Working Lady Style

June 25, 2013 § 2 Comments

Working in a corporate environment has its upsides [read: working with great people + challenging work + pay + benefits + stability]. And then it has its downsides. One of the main cons being formal attire.

If you haven’t noticed yet, I LOVE color and glittery things. These often find their way into my at home wardrobe. So finding a way to balance my personal style, while maintaining a professional appearance can be a challenge.

If you’re like me and needing to strike a balance between work appropriateness and fun, stylish clothing, I recommend trying out these work staples. I think you’ll find they will play well in almost any corporate setting.

Cafe Capri

1. SLIM-FIT ANKLE PANT

Cafe Capri by J. Crew: Okay, ladies. This is like the skinny jean. If you’re anything like me, it took a while to get on board with the skinny jean. You kept thinking, “How could wearing skin-tight pants make me look slimmer?!? That can only draw majorly unwanted attention to my more sizable assets.” And in this case, you’ll probably ask yourself how wearing “high-water” pants with heels could possibly be stylish. But just go with me. These slim-fit, cropped/ankle pants are going to open up so many style doors for you. Not only does the tailored cut make you look thinner (and I mean this for any body type), it works with shirts tucked in or loose and flowy AND with flats or heels! This gives you a ton of flexibility when packing for a business trip and instantly upgrades your overall look. Start slowly by purchasing a black pair. It may not be long until you’re venturing into all kinds of colors and patterns!

Chambray Peter Pan Collar

2. STYLISH TANK

Sunglint Chambray Tank by Maeve for Anthropologie: If I could wear straight-up chambray every day of the week, I would. If you’re not quite sure what chambray is, it’s basically a really soft denim [see here]. But this version is a little more dressed-up. And when you add in the Peter Pan collar, you’re golden. I would wear this tucked into pants with a nice belt. The reason I’m adding this as a staple is because of the cut of the top. Everyone needs a sleeveless top with a high neck that has some nice detailing, like on the collar here.

Polka Dot Blazer

3. BLAZER

Schoolboy Blazer in Dotted Linen from J. Crew: If we’re going for staples, you have to have a blazer. And since we’re tiptoeing into fun corporate attire, I think a simple polka dot is the way to do it. This blazer maintains structure and a level of sophistication, while adding something whimsical.

Suede Shoe

4. CLASSIC PUMP WITH FUN COLOR

Suede Court Shoe from Zara: These shoes. I die. If you want to add some fun to your work wardrobe, 9 times out of 10, shoes (and other accessories) are the easiest and safest way to do it. For example here, the fuchsia is loud, but the structure of the shoe is pretty classic. You could pair this with a black suit and a white button-down and immediately take it from stuffy to chic.

5. FUN ACCESSORIES

J. Crew Factory Crystal Flower Stud Earrings and J. Crew Factory Half Moon Bracelet: The best way to polish off an outfit and take it from “color threw up all over her” or “does she think this is dress-up time?” to “wow, she looks incredible. i love that outfit!” is with accessories. Accessories are the finishing touch on an outfit and tie everything together. The two options here aren’t matchy-matchy, but they flow nicely and tie in well with the Peter Pan collar and polka dots above.

My goal with outfits is to always avoid “matchiness” and go for “flowiness.” That is quite a weird concept, but the idea is to pair things together [that I like – important] that complement each other, not match perfectly.

If you’re like me and work in a corporate environment, my hope is these staples will be an inspiration to you as you try and weave more fun into your wardrobe!

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