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Monday, December 31, 2012

NYE work sequins.

Having to work on NYE really isn't all that bad if your plans for the night include the TV, couch, and ridiculously comfortable leggings.

Because I'm not going out tonight I felt almost obligated to rock some sequins at work today.  And given that I have no brain cells left working for 2012, this outfit came about.  
Comfy, casual, and a little ridiculous.  
It must be NYE on a Monday! ;)

BCBG Max Azria sequin boyfriend cardi, Target Mossimo Ankle Stretch Pant  (in pink), pointy toe studded flats 
Wishing the most amazing things for y'all in 2013!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

dotted all over.

Polka Dot Collared Shirt: F21 (old)(similar: score, splurge)
Polka Dot Sweater: F21 (old) (similar: score, spend, splurge)
Red Jeans: F21 (similar: score, spend)
Boots: F21 (old) (similar: score, score, spend
Necklace: F21 (same
Watch: NY&Co (same)

I'm still loving polka dots.  Probably always will!  Today I paired this new polka dot F21 sweater with "polka dot" hearts.
Now time to prepare for my cousin-in-law's wedding! :)

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

turtle necks & pencil skirts.

Merry Christmas, Lovelies!
Hope you're all relaxing, eating delicious food, drinking wine, and spending time with friends and family.

We've had a pretty full Christmas weekend.  On top of fun Christmas activities, Hub's cousin is getting married this upcoming weekend, and so I attended her wedding shower on Sunday.  I wanted to stay warm and classy.  This ensemble was really easy to put together because it's totally something I'd wear to work. Plus, don't you think turtle necks and pencil skirts are just meant for each other? :)

Zara turtle neck, Zara pencil skirt, tall boots via DSW, F21 necklace & belt, Chanel classic flap bag

Saturday, December 22, 2012

because some days call for a uniform.

I love mixing and matching my outfits and creating exciting new  looks.  But, there are some days when you just need something that you know you will like.  And maybe on some of those days you haven't washed your hair and it's probably best for you to wear a hat and hide that bird's nest from the world.  

Today, my friends, was one of those days.  Last minute Christmas shopping called for pretty much the same exact thing I wore yesterday. 

Express button-up & Zelda skinny jeans, F21 sweater & hat, Etienne Aigner Chip riding boots via Macy's, bubble necklace via eBay  

Merry almost Christmas!

Friday, December 21, 2012

play hard.

Work hard.  Play hard.  Right?
As you can tell,  my Old Navy chambray shirt and Etienne Aigner riding boots are really working hard.  I can't help it- they go with everything!
Plus, how adorbs is this little dusty pink knit hat from F21?!
Old Navy chambray shirt, Banana Republic sweater, Express Zelda skinny jeans, Etienne Aigner Chip riding boots via Macy's, F21 Classic Pearlescent necklace, F21 Textured Knit Beret, NY&Co large metal-face link watch

Old Navy chambray shirt & Old Navy sweater, Express Zelda skinny jeans, Etienne Aigner Chip riding boots via Macy's, F21 necklace, NY&CO watch

Banana Republic sweater, Express Zelda skinny jeans, Etienne Aigner Chip riding boots via Macy's, F21 scarf, NY&Co wave link watch
Pssssst It's almost Christmas... and I'm not done with my holiday shopping!

Monday, December 17, 2012

work it.

Hi Lovelies!  
Just a quick post to show my latest work looks from the past week or two.  Also, I've been so busy the past couple of weeks and I'm behind in answering your more in depth e-mails.  I'm hoping work/life will slow down just a tiny bit in the next few weeks.  So, thank you for bearing with me!  :)

Top via The Limited, F21 tweed pencil skirt, Jessica Simpson pumps, Express belt, Tissot watch, 

H&M button-up, GAP outlet cardi, NY&CO pants, Nine West Jobst pumps, Skinny Metal Bar Stretch belt via ANGL, F21 necklace

Old Navy Women's Sequin-Front Jersey Tank, NY&Co cardi, F21 tweed pencil skirt, Jessica Simpson pumps 

Monday, December 10, 2012

quick day to night change.

I think most people have picked up on the fact that I blog my outfits in real time.  Or as real-time as you can get while working, being married, and having somewhat of a social life!

This post is in REALLY real-time!  Right now I have less than an hour between work and meeting up with a friend for dinner and drinks.  I want to look stylish, but I'm not going on a date with the hubs.  Plus, I don't have time (or the desire, really) to go through my closet and pick out something other than what I've been wearing today.  So, what's the easy solution?  

Throw on some skinny jeans and some motorcycle boots!

Express button-up, sweater via LOFT outlet, Jessica Simpson pumps, Banana Republic trousers, bubble necklace via eBay

Dinner/Drinks with Friends
Express button-up, sweater via LOFT outlet, Express Zelda skinny jeans, F21 motorcycle boots, bubble necklace via eBay

OK I'm starving!  Off I go! :)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

25 ways to wear a scarf.

Recently, one of you lovely readers requested a scarf tutorial.  I am crazy busy right now and don't have time to make one.  But, this is THE video that changed my life (as far as scarf ties go, anyway!).

Hope you enjoyed it and that it helped!

Monday, December 3, 2012

bows, leopard, and peplum.

Hello Gorgeous Loves!
Nothing makes you miss your wardrobe more than when you're away from it for a bit.  Distance makes the heart grow fonder, right? ;)
The following looks are from last week and I had so much fun putting them together.  I was just so excited to be back in my closet after having to style myself for a week with the very few things I took on my trip with me.

So, let's start off with bows and leopard print!  
Bow shirts are everywhere now.  Why not layer it under a cardi and let the bow do the talking?  That's what I did in the look below.  The cardi is a tiny bit loose in the waist, so I added a skinny belt to essentially nip in the waist and achieve a more hourglass figure.

Top via JCPenney, cardi via Target, pencil skirt via Express, Dana Buchman wedge boots via Kohls, F21 belt, gifted pearl bracelet

My office is pretty casual in general.  But, on Fridays we are actually allowed to wear jeans.  I decided to do a dressed up version of Jean Day by pairing a tweed peplum shell (new purchase from my trip!) with skinny jeans and riding boots.  The final touch was a cognac colored belt and chunky pearls; also new purchases from my trip.  By the way, I realize that so many of the looks I've been posting lately are somewhat equestrian.  I don't know why this is!  Apparently it's some phase I'm going through.  Maybe I really need to look into horse riding lessons? ;)

Casual Friday

H&M tweed peplum shell, F21 skinny jeans & necklace, Etienne Aigner Chip riding boots via Macy's, Skinny Metal Bar Stretch belt via ANGL

Finally, I decided to break out the old Forever21 striped dress that I purchased last year.  This dress is far too tight and short for the office.  So, I figured it was perfect for Christmas shopping on the weekend.  I wanted to wear layers so I would be warm and comfortable, yet still cute.  Just a note though:  I would never wear the outfit below when shopping for myself.  There are way too many layers to take off and on every time you enter a dressing room!

F21 striped dress, Old Navy chambray shirt, leather jacket bought in Italy,Etienne Aigner Chip riding boots via Macy's, Banana Republic belt 

Now, onto actually getting our Christmas tree up.  We are so late this year! =P

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

vacation style.

The best thing about visiting family is that no one cares if you wear the same sweater three times in six days.  Did I just admit that?  Don't judge me. ;)

Here are (very few) outfit pix from my Thanksgiving vacation.  Basically, I packed next to nothing because I knew that I would go shopping with my mom (who is my favorite person to shop with!).  I needed space to bring tons of newly acquired stuff back.  So, I mixed and matched.  And then mixed and matched again and again. 

Zebra print for Thanksgiving dinner
V-neck shirt via Banana Republic outlet, LOFT Zebra Swirl Print skirtTarget Mossimo Ona flats, F21 necklace

Polka dots and a red skirt for walking around town
Old Navy polka dot sweater, LOFT skirt, Banana Republic outlet necklace, NY&Co watch

And some stripes and leopard print for good measure
F21 shirt, Express Zelda skinny jeans, Target Mossimo Ona flats, NY&Co leopard print belt

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving weekend!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

new e-mail.

Hi, Loves!

I'm still on vacation and blogging from my phone. But, I just wanted to let u all know that my email has been malfunctioning the past week or so, and I had to change it.  Any emails that u have sent me the past week, I have not received. So, please kindly email me at from now. 

Hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving!

Lots of Love, 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

airport style.

Old Navy chambray button-up and polka dot sweater, Express Zara jeans, leather jacket bought in Italy, Etienne Aigner Chip riding bootsRalph Lauren Chatsworth Leather Drawstring bag via TJMaxx

I'm off to visit the ol' fam for Thanksgiving--  Ciao Bellas!
Have a great Thanksgiving! :)

Monday, November 19, 2012

cowboy up!

For weeks now I keep seeing this outfit pop up on Pinterest.  And, to be honest, every time I look at it I don't really like it.  It's just not really that sophisticated and it's .

Not that there's anything wrong with country.  You're talking to a girl who lived in Texas for a few years.  I love a good cowboy hat and boot!  Well, regardless of my very bland thoughts on this look, I think it rubbed off on me, because...

well, I'll just show you:

Old Navy chambray button-up, F21 skirt & necklace, Banana Republic belt, Etienne Aligner Chip riding boots via Macy's, watch via Target

Well, excuse me while I go milk my cow, Ms. Bessie.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

equestrian chic.

Sweater via Banana Republic, Express Zelda skinny jeans, Etienne Aigner Chip riding boots via Macy's, Ralph Lauren Chatsworth Leather Drawstring bag via TJMaxx, bracelet via F21
It's no secret that I adore my riding boots.  (Probably a little too much!)  I bought the Etienne Aigner Costa boots over 2 years ago and I have been wearing them constantly since.  In fact, they are such a staple to my outfits that when my Costa boots bit the dust this week I was truly devastated.  The zippers malfunctioned and I was quoted $100 for a repair.  Can you believe it?  No, thank you--for that price, I'd rather just buy new boots!
As sad as I was, I immediately got to shopping and found a new pair.  Again, I ended up with Etienne Aigners- this time the Chip riding boots (in "Banana Bread", for those that have been asking!).  
These shoes are bliss!!  Highly recommended to anyone shopping for riding boots.  Oh, and just for good measure my work bag also decided give out this week.  Fortunately, I scored this beautiful one at TJMaxx!

P.S.  I'm pretty sure that I'm trying to live out my Ralph Lauren equestrian fantasy in this outfit.  I never did get that pony as a child!

Happy almost Thanksgiving, Loves!!

Monday, November 12, 2012

a place for lace.

Target Mossimo Ultra Soft Scoop Neck Sweater, F21 lace shorts, boots via DSW, watch via Target, infinity scarf c/o BellieBoop

I bought these lace shorts about 2 years ago from Forever21.  At the time, I was still in graduate school and had a pretty casual wardrobe.  Not so much anymore.  But, I had today off from work (Thank you for all your sacrifices, Veterans!), so I had the liberty to be a little bit more funky with my outfit.

I'm also rocking this great eco-friendly infinity scarf from BellieBoop.  Guilt free clothing that's cute?  Fabulous!

Hope your week's off to a great start!

Friday, November 2, 2012

animal print + stripes!

Hi, guys!  Happy November!  How was your week?  
Mine was filled to the brim with work.  But, now I get to relax with the hubs and also see a few friends.  So excited!

Along with November came my renewed obsession with animal prints and stripes.  I just can't get enough!!  Oh, and it's been pretty cold here in Michigan.  So, I've been layering to the max.  

Here are a couple of looks from the past week:

Button-up via TJMaxx, leopard cardi via Target, LOFT skirt, Etienne Aigner Costa boots, H&M belt, NY&Co watch
Casual Friday
F21 plaid button-up, Target Merona V-Neck Pullover Striped Sweater, Express Zelda skinny jeans, Etienne Aigner Costa boots, NY&Co watch, Banana Republic outlet necklace 
Have a great weekend!!

Monday, October 29, 2012

bubble necklace giveaway winner!

Congratulations, Michelle!
You are the winner of the bubble necklace giveaway. :)

Please e-mail me with your address info so I can send it to you.

Thanks for playing, everyone!   

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

bubble necklace giveaway!!

Hello, Gorgeous(es)!
To celebrate going over the 100 follower threshold, I've decided to do a fun giveaway!  You guys are awesome and I think you deserve something special.  So...

How would you like to have your own coral bubble necklace?!  These statement necklaces are so in right now and this pretty coral color would be perfect for Fall.

How to Enter:
(so easy!)

1.  You have to be a follower of my blog.  If you're not an official follower yet just click on the "join this blog" button and *BAM!*  you're one step closer to being in the contest.

2.  Leave a comment on this post to let me know that you want to enter into the contest.  Please also include your name or a 'screen name' so I can announce you by an identity if you win.
Brownie points for those who tell me what they'd pair this necklace with! ;)

**I will use a random number generator to pick the *Winner*.  
The giveaway ends on midnight (EST) this Sunday, October 28th and is open to U.S. entries only.  I will announce the winner in a blog post the next day.

Good luck!!

Friday, October 19, 2012

nothin' a little leopard print won't fix.

Today was a doozy.  It was a long day and also a bit stressful.  But, I had my leopard print on hand.  So... RAWR!
Sheath Dress via H&M)Target Mossimo Ultra Soft Scoop Neck SweaterDana Buchman Tall Wedge Boots via Kohl's, Target leopard print scarf,
Watch via Kohl's 

P.S.  The above sweater is currently on sale at Target! They have them in a million colors and they are so soft! Highly recommended. :)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

extreme layering.

Today I wore a skirt and a dress.  At the same time!
Not weird, right?  I like to think of it as EXTREME LAYERING.  It kind of makes it sound cooler, no? Plus, this is the closest I'll ever get to partaking in extreme anything. ;)

The dress that I layered my skirt over is too short and tight for work.  But, worn under a pencil skirt, it actually looks like a pretty cute shirt!  I took it a step further by layering on a vest and a belt.

JCrew corduroy pencil skirt worn over F21 striped dress, Banana Republic sweater vest, Etienne Aigner costa boots, H&M belt, NY&Co watch, modified Style by Tori Spelling necklace & bracelet via Jo-Ann Fabrics  

So, have you ever layered a skirt over a dress?  I'd love to hear how you styled it!