World Peace Gonna Break Out, From Here on In We’re Eatin’ Takeout

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My outfit  from yesterday–I felt amazing (which should really be the goal of getting dressed–wear something that will brighten your day).

New blazer from Zara in Barcelona (the other part of my haul, in addition to those snake print pants).  It’s going to be a new staple–I’m overwhelmed by the number of outfit ideas I have with it (BF jeans, navy tops, over a floral dress…).  It fits like a dream and the color is so unique and fun!

Picked up some faded jean shorts recently, I had been looking for a good pair because I feel like I’ve started to wear my darker ones constantly.  I was so opposed to jean shorts for the longest time, instead opting for chino-style shorts from J. Crew (really recommend them, come in a variety of lengths and great colors and prints every season), because I could never find comfy pairs.  My aversion towards denim shorts started shifting when I found some really unique colors and prints in comfy styles, and now I also like the classic denim-looking ones.  If you’re in the market, I also love the pairs in my collection from Gap, Marc by Marc Jacobs, 7 for all Mankind, Forever 21, and AG Adriano Goldschmied.

With a look like this, based on a bold piece paired with relaxed ones, a couple complementary (but not too attention-grabbing) pieces of jewelry make it.  I got this butterfly pendant at a craft fair in Spain and I love it.  I picked up these earrings on my trip too, at Accessorize, which is like European Claire’s but cooler.  I love bold, colorful gems, and the teardrop shape of these make them so versatile.  And they work with this look because they’re neon yellow and mint!  I also added my pair of little gold Akira rings I’ve been throwing on with a lot this summer.

The only print in this look is my fave faux-snake bag from Stella McCartney, and my go-to nude flats keep it sleek and streamlined.  With the boldness on top, I don’t want my feet stealing the spotlight!

What I wore yesterday:

  • Zara blazer
  • H&M Conscious Collection tank
  • Old Navy shorts
  • Boutique 9 flats
  • Stella McCartney bag
  • necklace from a craft fair in Spain
  • Accessorize earrings
  • Akira rings

Of course, the life and vibe of an outfit is enhanced by what you do in it.  I had an amazing time yesterday seeing How to Train Your Dragon 2 (love those movies–too sweet) and chilling out at home with one of my BFFs.  To give you an idea, it involved Facebook stalking pictures from prom at our alma mater, eating Chinese food, watching movie trailers and old episodes of Spongebob.  Oh, and singing Shontelle really loud.

Title is a genius lyric from Frankie Fell in Love, by the one and only Bruce Springsteen.

 

 

We Came To Live Life Like Nobody Was Watching

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Monday’s look.  I felt so pretty!

I am so proud of this blazer/dress combo.  This is a great example of how to mix prints (though you may have heard all this before): Large scale with small, similar colors, yadda yadda yadda.  I think this combo works especially well because the color of the dress is an accent color in the jacket, making it pulled-together but not matchy-matchy.

I used accessories to pull out other colors in the jacket:  My favorite seahorse necklace to pull out the mint and my old go-to green Aldo bag to highlight the darker greens.

This jacket is a new fave.  It’s Rag & Bone and I got such a fantastic deal on it–I found it for half price at a T.J. MAXX Runway store (the Runway stores are special, they have more high designer pieces–from Tory Burch skirts to Moschino cardigans to Alice and Olivia jackets to PS1 wallets.  I even saw a Valentino dress there last time!), and then I used a store credit to cut THAT price in half.  Gotta love it.  It fits amazingly and the colors freshen a classic floral print.  I spent a good many hours on Sunday reading the latest issue of Glamour, and there was a fantastic feature on Marcus Wainwright and David Neville of Rag & Bone and their families.  They’ve each got three kids and seem like really nice guys.  Reading about the brand’s conception and heritage made me even more excited to rock this jacket the next day (and y’all have seen my amazing Rag & Bone BF jeans).

Speaking of the new issue of Glamour, I really suggest picking it up.  It’s the 75th anniversary issue and it’s full of fantastic articles.  Literally every time I turned the page there was another AMAZING story.  Just to name a few:

  • Interview and shoot with cover girl Taylor Swift
  • A list of the top 75 women of the past 75 years, including a timeline of Glamour covers
  • A beauty shoot and interview with new it-girl Lupita Nyongo
  • A piece by Jimmy Fallon on his new show and new baby
  • A shoot of Allison Williams looking gorgeous in fantastic metallics
  • A laugh-out-loud article describing a woman’s attempts to go one whole week without griping
  • Just in time for Valentine’s Day, a collection of stories of women remembering their relationship “firsts”

Anywho, that made my Sunday all the brighter.

What I’m wearing:

  • Ultra Flirt dress from Macy’s (also a great deal–I think it was like $17)
  • Rag & Bone blazer from T.J. MAXX Runway
  • MANGO necklace
  • Bracelets from Nordstrom (I think they’re Anne Klein?)
  • Betsey Johnson earrings
  • Aldo bag
  • Anne Taylor tights
  • Madden Girl boots

Have a great week, I’ll have a romantic Valentine’s outfit for you Friday!

Post title from “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

 

A Little Wiser Now

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I’ve been planning this look since Christmas, when I got these pants, these oxfords, and this fantastic brooch!  So excited to finally wear it, even though it may have been a weensy bit cold for it today.  How awesome I feel in it is so worth chilly ankles.

The pants are J.Crew Collection’s Cafe Capri, which I have in two other colors: my mint-and-gold brocade that I’ve featured on here before, and an emerald green cotton pair from J. Crew’s main line.  They fit me well (a little hard to move in the stiff fabric but worth it) and come in a variety of fashion-forward materials, colors, and prints.

I knew I had to pair them with two of my go-to basics:  this light H&M Conscious Collection blouse and my Ann Taylor blazer that makes me feel cozy and sophisticated at the same time.

What makes this look, though, is the accessories (I took a selfie to highlight the jewelry!).  I think I just need to wear more brooches and pins in general.  They add such a personal, eclectic touch to a look.  This Moschino one I got for Christmas is timeless and looks like it was made for the lapel of my trusty black blazer.  Another style resolution I’m always making is to layer necklaces more!  Always adds an effortlessly cool feel.  Love the three different gold ones I layered today, and I don’t think they detract attention from the brooch .  On the contrary, I think they bring the focus up and make it pop!  Also, these shoes!  Leopard-print oxfords.  Love.  I always see girls in streetstyle pics (and one particular girl named Taylor Swift) looking fantastic in oxfords, but neither pair that I’ve had previously (a cognac and a coral pair) have fit me perfectly, and they’ve looked more sloppy than professional.  I usually prefer ones that have thin soles like a ballet flat, because I think the really menswear, thick-soled ones would be too clunky, but I really liked the feel of the thicker sole and heel on these today.  They were fun to walk in–I felt authoritative–but weren’t so chunky that I found them unflattering.  The shoes also have a really nice structure to them.  I thought they were cute with the white ankle socks peeking out!

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This bag was also a Christmas gift, and I’m completely in love.  I’ve been coveting a Rachel Rachel Roy bag for a while.  What I love is that she is all about the details, and adds tons of quirky ones.  Those are the things that make a piece special.  This bag is quilted, has little wings, and studs, but also more subtle details like a rhinestone evil-eye zipper pull, royal blue trim on the straps, and labels on the pockets inside that say things like “communicate” on the phone pouch and “words” on a slot that can fit a pen.  So unique, and thought it really complemented without distracting from this look.  Plus it’s roomy enough for everything I need on a busy Wednesday!

Aunt Florence’s watch complements this classic-chic-with-a-twist look perfectly.

What I’m wearing today:

  • J. Crew Collection pants
  • H&M Conscious Collection tank
  • Ann Taylor blazer
  • Forever 21 oxfords
  • Moschino brooch
  • Anthropologie long leaf necklace
  • J. Crew giraffe pendant
  • Marc by Marc Jacobs turnlock charm necklace
  • Vince Camuto earrings
  • Rachel Rachel Roy bag from T.J. MAXX
  • Aunt Florence’s watch

No earthly idea where the socks are from.

Post title from “Feel Again” by OneRepublic.

Hope you all had a fabulous day!