outfit of the day: neon pink and sorel boots

Neon pink and sorel boots
J. Crew No. 2 wool pencil skirt • Gap sweater • J. Crew belt • hat I knit myself • Sorel Joan of Arctic boots

Finally I got to wear my new snow boots! We got a few more inches of snow, and then the temperature tanked across the country. Maybe your heard about it last week? I spent most of my mornings at work willing myself to take off my boots and change into regular work shoes. They are so warm and cozy, though they are heavy and slightly difficult to take off. Still, I love them. Here’s hoping for more snow this winter – though maybe not more -25 degree days!

Neon pink and sorel boots

Neon pink and sorel boots

Linking up with Fizz & Frosting!

outfit of the day: sparkles in the snow

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J. Crew peplum top layered over a Gap tee • J. Crew skirt • Talbots scarf • J. Crew belt that is indeed crooked Old Navy tights • Sam Edelman ‘petty’ bootsJ. Crew and Stella & Dot bracelets

You guys, I am in love with this outfit. In. Love. It took me so long to find peplum that worked for me (#bloggerproblems), and there is nothing more satisfying than searching for an item for what feels like forever, and then finally putting an outfit together with that piece and really loving it. I was practically twirling all day. I think I’m a little hard on myself when it comes to outfit perfection. Still, when I love my outfit, it’s automatically a good day.

My mom gave me this scarf for Christmas this year (we celebrated early!), and I thought it would work just as well as an infinity scarf. I used safety pins for now, but I’m thinking about sewing the ends together! What do you think?

Peplum and a J. Crew silk skirt with an inifinity scarf

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy!

outfit of the day: sequins and dots

Gold sequins and silver polka dots

Gold sequins and silver polka dots
J. Crew shirt, blouse and necklace • Ann Taylor cords • Sam Edelman ‘petty’ boots

I love this time of year. Have I said that (much)? Christmas is just so sparkly and bright and fun. And let’s face it, I will take any excuse to wear sequins.

Some people might say you can’t wear gold and silver at the same time. They are wrong. Metallics are neutrals, and neutrals can be worn together. So mix those metallics, you crazy people.

Gold sequins and silver polka dotsLinking up with Mix & Match Fashion!

outfit of the day: purple and mustard

 Purple and mustard, one of my favorite color combos

Purple and mustard, one of my favorite color combos

J. Crew turtleneck • Target vest • J. Crew Factory pencil skirt • Talbots boots and belt

It’s finally started – my favorite time of the year. True, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but I love Christmas so much, I decorate starting in mid-November (and crank up the Christmas music just after Halloween!).

I also start another tradition – my shopping-for-myself moratorium, which is much less fun than putting up the tree, but made slightly more bearable because I truly love buying presents for others even more than shopping for myself. Plus no new clothes means I get to challenge myself to make new favorite outfits out of what’s already in my closet. I saw these colors on Jen, and loved them so much, I was inspired to make my own purple and mustard outfit. Thanks Jen for the idea!

And because why not, some Horatio with a side of Hamlet, too busy sniffing to pose for a picture. (Can you find the dog drool on the side of my skirt? Life with a St. Bernard, what can I say.)

Purple and mustard, one of my favorite color combos
Thanks Mom for taking such good photos! :)

outfit of the day: borrowed from the boys

A men's fair isle sweater with a blouse and statement necklace

J. Crew Factory men’s Fair Isle sweater • J. Crew button-up • J. Crew Factory crystal sunburst necklace • Ann Taylor cords • J. Crew Cece ballet flats

I have a minor obsession with fair isle sweaters. I would love to knit one, but ouch I cannot even imagine how hard that would be (and let’s be honest, I have enough trouble finishing current knitting projects!). When I saw this sweater at J. Crew Factory, I knew I could girl it up with a blue blouse and statement necklace. Don’t be afraid to try men’s pieces – just make sure you try them on first (I sized down for this sweater). The wool is super cozy and will be perfect for the long winter months ahead.

Have you ever bought men’s clothing for yourself?

A men's fair isle sweater with a blouse and statement necklace

 

outfit of the day: it’s dark now and so these pictures are fuzzy

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A red coat with gray and black
J. Crew lady day coat
• Halogen cardigan • J. Crew Factory cami • J. Crew Factory crystal sunburst necklace • Jason Wu for Target • Target booties • hat knit by me

Hey look, it’s been two weeks since I last blogged! I want this time of year to slow down, and yet it keeps whizzing past me.

I was really excited about this outfit. Mostly because I waited until February to buy this coat last year, meaning it was on major after-Christmas sale at J. Crew and I got it for about $70. J. Crew coats are definitely worth the money, but if you like me can’t afford a $365 coat, wait until after Christmas. I got a Majesty peacoat the same way two years ago! As Kate Middleton has demonstrated, you can never have too many coats. Especially in yummy colors like candy red. Although I have to say this is one of those outfits where the coat (and hat) really completed it. I almost wanted to wear both around the office all day.

In the meantime, I’ll try to figure out how to use my camera at dusk because Daylight Savings Time is killing me, and I can’t let another perfectly good outfit get ruined by fuzzy pictures and bad photography skills.

Linking up with Mix & Match Fashion and Vodka Infused Lemonade!

outfit of the day: layering with a leather jacket

Leather jacket

Staying cozy with a leather jacket

DKNY leather jacket • Old Navy sweater • Target jeggings • fibi & clo flats, c/o

I’d like to introduce you to my new leather jacket. She comes with a cozy knit collar and cuffs, and is perfect for chasing fall’s chill away. I’ve been looking for a quality leather jacket, and came across this one at Nordstrom. While I loved the details, I did not love the price. I tried searching for it again, and came across the same jacket on Bluefly – with an extra percent off the sale price. While it was still expensive, I hope that this is a piece that will last me for years to come.

And yes, I feel kind of badass in this jacket. Or as badass as one can get with sparkly ballet flats and bright pink lipstick.

Speaking of the shoes, these were sent to me from fibi & clo, and I love them! I can always use another pair of black flats, and the details make them extra dressy and special.

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I’m also the featured blogger on Eve’s Addiction today – check out their blog for the interview!

outfit of the day: a yellow blazer

Yellow blazers brighten up any outfit.

Yellow blazers brighten up any outfit.

J. Crew schoolboy blazer • J. Crew ponte peplum topJ. Crew Factory layered circle necklace • Target black jeggings • Steve Madden leopard loafers

It was a gloomy gray day when I decided to add some sunshine and wear my yellow blazer. I personally love a gloomy gray day. My aunt and uncle in Arizona did not understand when I told them I’d be fine with rain and clouds most of the time -  so long as I get to wear my favorite clothes. I managed to snag this blazer during a J. Crew sale. Even though it’s made of summer fabric, it works for fall, too.

And I’m so sad you can’t tell, but the top I’m wearing is peplum – I found a peplum top that works for me!

I’m really excited for this weekend – this Friday, I’m modeling in a local show! I was so flattered to be asked, and get to go pick out an outfit today! Now I wonder if I get to keep it after the show… ;)

Yellow blazers brighten up any outfit.

Linking up with Still Being Molly and Lipgloss and Crayons!

outfit of the day: jeweled sweatshirts

Jeweled sweatshirt with black capris

Jeweled sweatshirt with black capris

J. Crew Factory sweatshirt • J. Crew cafe caprisTarget Melanie pumps

And just like that, it’s Wednesday and I haven’t posted all week. I’m in the midst of a closet cleanout (get ready, Brittany) while also transitioning my spring and summer clothes out and my fall and winter clothes in. It’s a massive chore that involves hauling four five plastic bins up and down the stairs. But I am super excited because it looks like (though you never know with Indiana weather) the temperature is finally dropping this weekend. I plan to spend it cozy in sweaters and Uggs. A change in seasons is a good chance to reorganize the clutter, and I’m trying to be better at that. My camisole drawer? Color-coded for quick decisions. (And don’t laugh that I have a camisole drawer.) My underwear and sock drawers? Nightmares that I can barely open. Work in progress.

On to the outfit! I love the jeweled sweatshirts (or embellished sweatshirts, whatever you call them!) all over stores. I was totally impatient and nabbed this one at J. Crew Factory a few weeks ago and saw it in black last weekend. I had to stop myself from getting another one.  It was a tough call. But how fun is it to wear a sweatshirt with sparklies on it? It’s all about the sparklies for me.

Jeweled sweatshirt with black capris

new post: my love affair with jeans

A mint jacket and floral jeans
Gap jacket (very old. Like maybe the oldest thing in my closet) • lace shell from my mom • Ann Taylor floral jeans • Target peep-toes

I love jeans – and I think that’s a sentiment shared with just about anyone. When the colored (and colorful) denim trend hit the affordable stores, I went a little nutsy, buying jeans that didn’t fit me well or that were in colors I wasn’t so sure about (this pair of lilac jeans was supposed to be pink. I should have returned them).

And as much as I love my jeans of many colors, I have to admit, I love the good old blue jeans the most. Though for work, you can’t really beat a fun pair of floral jeans.

A mint jacket and floral jeansLinking up with The Pleated Poppy!

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