Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Little Black T-shirt at Work

Gap t-shirt / J.Crew Factory skirt / Banana Republic necklace (gift) / Nine West shoes / Ray Ban wayfarers (purchased with Amazon gift card) / JCPenny bag / Michael Kors watch (gift)

It's t-shirt time! Not the sort of t-shirt that our tanning and gym loving Jersey brethren might wear, but a chic little black t-shirt. The LBT. Both slimming and versatile, I challenge you to find an outfit it doesn't go with. It upgrades my floral pattern skirt from tea time to something more daring. A classic that can be reinvented from season to season. It's not only easy to style, but relatively inexpensive to obtain. This one is from the Gap, and I love how perfectly snug it fits. The material is soft, but doesn't feel or look cheap. Now that someone said it was acceptable to pair brown and black it will be easy to incorporate into your summer wardrobe.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Cheap and Easy Patriotic Work Look

Old Navy top / thrifted Evan Piccone blazer / Loft skirt purchased with Legacy Village gift card / thrifted Jones New York shoes / J.Crew necklace / Ray Ban wayfarers / JCPenny purse

I wish I could say that I planned this rather patriotic outfit, but it was really the result of me needing to put together an outfit for work this morning that was easy. The long weekend had taken its toll with a busy schedule of events including a bachelorette party in Cleveland. Not only was this outfit easy to create, it also happens to be thrifty. The blazer and shoes were thrifted, the top is clearance Old Navy and the skirt was purchased with a gift card. I love the almost neon quality of the skirt and how it pops against the classic colors.

Happy Memorial Day! Thanks to those who served and are still serving!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Mom's Vintage Dress

Mom's vintage dress / Banana Republic blazer via Avalon /  Jones New York Sandals via Avalon / Riley of Chicago necklace (gift) / Ray Ban Wayfarers (Purchased with Amazon gift card)

So I wear this dress A LOT. I promise you though I have never worn it like this. Pairing my mom's old dress with a structured neutral blazer contrasts the flow and pattern, making them stand out even more. For a happy hour after work  at Six Penn that was planned to be on the roof deck (but was rerouted inside because of the crowd), it was a perfect look to ring in patio season downtown. Hopefully, next time I'll get to enjoy the outdoor seating. They apparently have a knock-out brunch.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Color Block a Work Outfit

Target cardigan / Old Navy blouse / J.Crew necklace via eBay / the Limited pants / Jones New York shoes via Avalon

These dress pants came along with one of my first suit purchases for work. I have had them for quite some time. Despite the versatility they provide, I am always stuck trying to figure out how to wear them in a new and interesting way. Over the weekend I hung my summer clothes in my closet, so when I saw this bright blue cardigan and purple blouse hanging next to each other, I knew they would be perfectly off set by the neutral color of these pants. I couldn't resist adding my favorite statement necklace to the mix.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Laundry Sachets

It was a combination of feeling crafty and the need to personalize a bridal shower gift that lead me to this Lavender Sachet How To Project. Also, it was the motivation I needed to start using my sewing machine. Simple squares are much easier to take the plunge with than complicated clothing patterns. They were super easy to make with a sewing machine and I am sure they can be sewn by hand too. Give them with a laundry-themed wedding gift or put them in your drawers to have nice smelling linens and clothes.

  1. Using a ruler, I drew 4.5x4.5 inch squares on paper and pinned these to the fabric.
  2. I cut out the fabric squares and ironed them together with the wrong sides facing each other. 
  3. Using my sewing machine, I sewed a zig-zag pattern around the edges leaving enough of an opening to pour in the scented stuff. 
  4. I created a funnel by rolling together a piece of paper and inserting it into the opening.
  5. I then poured in the scented filling. Passion fruit scent from JoAnn Fabrics, which smells amazing. 
  6. I closed up the opening with the sewing machine, tied ribbons and hand sewed them to the front. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

A Different Way to Wear Your Work Blazer

H&M jacket and top / Forever 21 skirt / Riley necklace / Charleston market earrings / Jones New York sandals (Avalon

Currently watching American Idol and writing this post. I have to admit I haven't watched the show in ages, but I think I am kind of alright with the new judges. And I am digging this Phil Phillips cutie.

Anyways, on to fashion. This skirt is one of my favorites to break out when the weather gets warmer. I love the bronze paired with a nautical stripe. I wanted to translate this look into something I could wear to work so I wore it with my black peplum blazer. The structured look of the blazer compliments the high waist of the skirt. I think that's what makes it possible to pull this off as a work look.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

White Pants and a Bright Top

Paris Blue via TJ Maxx pants / Jones New York sandals (Avalon) / Gap sweater / J.Crew necklace / Old Navy blouse / Michael Kors watch (gift) / Ray Ban wayfarers (purchased with Amazon gift card

Ok so white is probably the most obvious choice when it comes to styling with bright colors. Just because it's obvious does not make it any less of a good idea. Also bright colors and whites are easy to pair with all of the other accoutrements of summer such as tan sandals and gold accessories. I decided to wear a navy blue cardigan with the combo to tone it down and contrast the green a bit. It's getting to be that time of year when you can walk everywhere and you almost don't need a coat, except for last Friday when we walked home from dinner and the temperature made a swift and drastic change. This brings me to my favorite detail of white pants: they keep you warm while still looking dressy. And the cats out of the bag!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Stripes, blazer and a silk scarf

Scarf from Spain (gift from friend) / Old Navy top / The Limited pants / Jones New York Sandals / Banana Republic jacket / Ray Ban wayfarers (purchased with Amazon gift card) / Michael Kors watch
It was one of those mornings. "I have nothing to wear, I have nothing to wear," was like a reaffirming song lyric in my head. Then out of no where I put together an outfit that I ended up loving and feeling so great in all day. I guess it's true what they say, "If you treat your wardrobe right, it will treat you right." That's not actually anything people say, but it sounds like it could be right? I also learned that throwing on a spring blazer with dark winter pants is a great way to re-purpose them for spring.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Ruffle Collar and Floral Pencil Skirt

J.Crew blouse via Avalon / J.Crew Factory skirt / J.Crew necklace / Nordstrom BP cardigan /thrifted Ann Taylor shoes / Michael Kors watch (gift)
This is one of my favorite outfits for spring. The floral pattern of the skirt looks so alive and is so appropriately paired with the voluminous ruffle collar of this blouse. I have worn this skirt and blouse several ways separately, and I was dying to see what the boldness of the two pieces would look like together. Although I could not be with my mom today, I had a chance to see her last weekend and chat with her on the phone today. I am certain she would approve of this outfit. Especially the purple top. It's her favorite color. I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day! Happy Mother's Day, Mom.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Thrift List

I try to keep a mental list of specific things to look for when I walk into any thrift or consignment shop. These places are, as you know, disorganized and chaotic. It's overwhelming. So having something in mind keeps your shopping trip quick and stress-free. Here are some items on my thrift list.

1. Coffee table books. I love a good stack of coffee table books. I have a small chair hanging out in my apartment that could use a good pile of coffee table books to liven it up. Although I have never found a coffee table book in my thrift store searches, I hold out hope that some rare edition of a really cool book is out there. (Top D Magazine; Bottom Ashley Brooke Designs)

2. Vintage Bar Cart. I have come across a few of these and none were ever in great condition. I am starting to realize that a good one is very rare and will be snatched up quickly by the nearest Mad Men enthusiast. However, I would settle for a classy tray. (Top Design Improvised; Middle Bump Smitten; Bottom Grace and Ivy)

3. Weathervane. The next time I am on the east coast, I am going to have to make the effort to stop into an antique shop. It's doubtful that I will find anything that is not a recreation by Pottery Barn this far west. I have a very long built in book shelf that is in need of some cool decoration. I thought the witch would be cute for Halloween. Sorry I'm a Harry Potter Fan.

What's on your thrift list?

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Fuchsia Suede Shoes

Gap flats / NY&Co blouse / Land's End Canvas skirt / Silver Mine jewelry (gift) / drug store headband / Ray Ban wayfarers / Francesca's rose quartz necklace
A pair of colored pointed-toe flats were not high on my priority list of things to add to my closet, but they were definitely noted in the back of my mind as something I would love to have. As I was perusing the Gap in Hudson, OH, over the weekend, I found this pair marked down to $18 plus 25% off. These and the turtleneck sweater I found for $3.97 rang up to the beautiful tune of about $18 total after the discount. I could not believe my foolish luck. They are my newest closet crush. Is that a term? I think I just made it up. I want to wear them everywhere.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Hot Days and Nights

 Old Navy tank top / J.Crew necklace via eBay / American Eagle skirt / Libby Edelman via T.J. Maxx sandals
The boy had a lacrosse tournament in Hudson, OH, so I had the chance to wander around the quaint historical town not far from Cleveland on a sunny Saturday afternoon. The town itself is quite old and was part of the Underground Railroad. You can still take a tour of the different sites. Besides it's historical significance, it has a great Gap that I go to every time I am there, top-notch local cuisine and local businesses such as the Learned Owl, a bookstore I also have to stop in. For lunch, I tried One Red Door. I had the most amazing burger with brie and pomme frites served with a Bearnaise sauce and bacon dip. My indulgences included a Goose Island Matilda, a new favorite summer beer.

The weather predictions for the weekend were pretty hot and steamy so I outfitted myself in a breezy, no-thought required ensemble. My new statement necklace is getting a lot of play and I am absolutely loving it with this bright yellow top. The white skirt seemed like a natural compliment to these bright colors as well as these tan gladiators I picked up for $25 from T.J. Maxx. The necklace kept the outfit serious enough to wear it to a birthday party later that night. This might have to be my go-to transition from day to night outfit for summer.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Need for Color

Forever 21 top / Loft skirt / Jones New York sandals / Riley necklace / Ray Ban wayfarers 
Maybe it's the amazing 80 degree temps that we have had here in Appalachia or possibly Cinco de Mayo, but I had a serious need for color. I was also catching dinner and a movie with the boy after work when I wore this so I wanted something a little less work-esque. This pair is one of my favorite color combos. A bright orange-red and a hot pink always make me think of a more tropical locale, specifically the colorful buildings and houses in the Caribbean. I feel like these colors are always best accompanied by brown summer sandals and gold jewelry. How do you wear this combo?

A Gorgeous Cable-Knit Sweater

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