Monday, February 28, 2011

Outfit log: Weekend Wear

A couple of weekends ago, Nic and I took advantage of the fleeting balmy weather and jaunted over to Tilden Park for a lunchtime picnic.
Occasion: Picnic in Tilden Park, February 5, 2011
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blouse - anthro
necklace - charlotte russe
belt - mark shale
skirt - thrifted old navy
flats - target
I built the outfit around the skirt, pulling out the cream in the print with the top, and added some contrasting colors via the necklace and flats. I threw my hair back into a twisty-knot thing, and topped it all off with my sunglasses and I was ready to go.

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Outfit log: Little Brown Shirt-Dress

The moment I buttoned up this dress I knew it would be the perfect addition to my closet. The great shape, lovely fabric, and simple color make it the perfect canvas for enumerable remixes. For the dress' debut I kept a monochrome color palette by pairing it with the belt it came with, plaid tights, and mary janes. For its second wearing I wanted to play around with color, and this fun patterned belt was the perfect starting point.
Occasion: Work, February 4, 2011
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dress - nordstrom rack
belt - anthro
necklace - charlotte russe
equestrian leggings - courtesy of HUE
flats - target
Drawing out colors from the pattern of the belt, I chose to add on a blue necklace that contrasted nicely with my red flats. At the last moment I reached for these equestrian leggings, thinking it might be too chilly for bare legs. I was pleasantly surprised that while the leggings did their duty to keep me warm, they also worked well with the ensemble, coordinating pleasingly with the background color of my belt.

I'm looking forward to remixing this dress again soon! Stay tuned...

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Outfit log: Tunic over Trousers

Time has been flying by, people. I can't believe that I started my job over four weeks ago! It's been such a whirlwind of meetings and trainings and asking questions and gaining knowledge and building resources and going and going and going. The days... no weeks... have flown by and my eagerness and energy to do my best is still going full force. Basically, I'm loving my work and embracing the many challenges and responsibilities I've been given, and really feeling good about what I'm doing. This feeling has been a long time coming, and I truly appreciate it.

Also, I've been coming up with some pretty snazzy work outfits. Because time seems to be escaping me, I haven't documented all of them, but here's one I captured I was pretty happy about.
Occasion: Work, February 1, 2011
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blazer - halogen via nordstrom rack
tunic - INC via nordstrom xmas 2009
mary jane clogs - dankso
necklace - bridesmaid gift
ring - on loan from Sades
I never really though to pair a butt-covering tunic with wide-ish leg trousers, but holy comfort batman, I'm so glad I went for it. The blazer added another layer of warmth, a professional feel, and adjusted the waistline the tunic would have created from empire to natural. Also, I love the dark teal color and cozy corduroy texture - it took a classically professional style, and warmed (and personalized) it up a bit.

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Outfit log: Workin' Western

Okay, I'll come out with it already. I'm a country music fan.

I guess that isn't such a crazy thing to say these days, but growing up in LA, all the kids thought it was odd (even dorky!) to like country music. When asked what music they listened to, my cooler counterparts would say they liked "ALL music... well, except country," because country was that uncool.

Despite the peer pressure to go along with the crowd, I maintained my love for the music of my family (they're from Texas). For example, my very first concert was Trisha Yearwood ("She's in Love with the Boy" was my favorite song EVER), in middle school I begged my mom to take me line dancing all the time (and we did!), and for my 13th birthday I saw the notorious Garth Brooks in concert.

My love for country music and connection to my Texan family has definitely influenced who I am. I may not be a true "country girl," but I do love to dress the part from time to time!

Occasion: Workin' It, February 2, 2011
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western shirt - lucky outlet circa 2004
belt - mark shale
skirt - nordstrom
necklace - tiffany & co, gift
boots - rockport via
This is my only wester shirt, and I love it to pieces. The color is fun enough to not be too too constum-y, and my oh my how it mixes with the print of this skirt! Does the way you dress ever coincide with your music preferences?

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Friday, February 4, 2011

Outfit log: Papillon & Mariposas

As soon as I saw this blouse on super sale at Nordstrom Rack, I knew I had to try it on. The cut (empire waist) wasn't one I normally feel looks best on me, but I'm a huge sucker for butterflies so I couldn't pass it up. In the dressing room I tried it belted at the waist and decided that even though the overall shape wasn't my fave, it could come home with me given my obsession with belts and likeliness to wear them with it.
Occasion: Computer Training, Friday January 28, 2011
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blouse - nordstrom rack
cashmere cardigan - jcrew outlet
jeans - delias
boots - chinese laundry via macys
necklace - tiffany & co
ring - on loan from Sadie
Turns out the shape is actually kinda wonderful with the right accompaniments (in this case skinny jeans tucked into flat boots), and going belt-less felt like freedom. And in case you can't tell how much I love this blouse by now, know that the ruffles down the front are just my kind of frilly, and the color combo in the pattern goes with so many pieces in my wardrobe.

I wondered for a moment (even had to ask Nic) if combining my butterfly necklace with the top was just too much butterfly, and then quickly reminded myself that there is never too much butterfly! Duh!

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Outfit log: Corggings?

I have been elbow deep in scheduling/billing training for the past week, and let me tell you it has been enthralling! Okay well obviously that a big stinkin' lie, but training all day Thursday last week gave me the opportunity to sport a pair of corduroy leggings (do we call them corggings?) that HUE sent to me months ago.
Occasion: Scheduling Training! Thursday, January 27, 2011
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cowl neck tunic - xoxo via scholar shop
corduroy leggings - c/o HUE
necklace - gift, f21
flats - clarks outlet
The cords (I can't type that word up there again) are cozy and soft, and look great with this cowl-neck sweater dress tunic I picked up while visiting my mom in St. Louis/Springfield a few weeks back. Plus I was comfortable sitting on my booty at a computer all day, so I consider the combo a success :)

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