Sunday, November 30, 2014

neon and houndstooth

I've had this skirt for ages, but it hasn't gotten tons of wear for having had it for so long. I used to only wear certain things with certain things - this tank with that shirt, this top with that skirt. Close-minded, I know, but I thought if I did the leg-work of thinking about my outfit beforehand, I'd save time when I was getting dressed in the morning. 

However, I've since abandoned that train of thought (hallelujah!) and now mix and match to my heart's content. Exhibit A - neon and houndstooth + gray tights + cognac boots + teal-ish jewelry. How's that for mixing and matching and accessorizing?

top: Old Navy
skirt: GAP
tights: Old Navy
boots: The Frye Company via Nordstrom

Saturday, November 29, 2014

different vibes

Here are two (slightly) different looks, using the same pieces of clothing. One with a bit more sass, the other more casual. Both are made up of black & white plaid, leather, and pearls - say what?

I like to think the fedora and the booties add a teeny bit of an air of mystery, or perhaps, intrigue...?
It's fun to play with different accessories to see how they can easily change up a look.

And then the Chucks dress down my look.

I've got several different vibes going on:

plaid (casual)
leather (tough-ish?)
pearls (sweet & classy)
glasses (super smart)
swapping out the shoes (trendy vs. casual)
the oxblood fedora (mysterious-ish?)

Not something I used to do a lot of, but now, I'm a big fan of combining different looks
(sassy + sweet, or edgy + warm&fuzzy) into a single outfit.
And, somehow, this worked (I think).
See how I did this just a few days ago here.

black and white plaid: Old Navy
leather skirt: thrifted
pearl necklace: Ann Taylor
bracelet: Target
glasses: America's Best
fedora: thrifted (Target)
booties: Old Navy
Chucks: actually, they're Converse One Star via Target...

Friday, November 28, 2014


Sunny Sunday errands call for Dairy Queen Blizzards. Can you believe I got away with bare legs in November?? It was really short lived though - we had snow the following evening.

This look is composed of a few layers. First, a black American Apparel tank dress with Zeta Tau Alpha running down it in neon pink, layered under a slouchy pink striped sweater from Aéropostale. Secondly, a gray statement necklace paired with gray faux pearls. I'm all about adding dimension and texture, especially when it's the same color, or within the same color family - gives it a little something extra.

Accessories here include: jewelry, sunglasses, bag, and my fave - the Blizzard.

dress: ZTA Recruitment via American Apparel
sweater: Aéropostale
shoes: Payless
purse: T.J. Maxx
gray faux pearls: Kohl's
gray statement necklace: WalMart
Blizzard: Dairy Queen

Thursday, November 27, 2014

not what I wore for Thanksgiving

This is not what I wore for Thanksgiving.

But if I'd had a more "traditional" Thanksgiving with a turkey and stuffing, I'd have warn something like this - stretchy skinnies, and a roomy button up. And see how I accessorized with my scarf, jacket, and purse??

Instead, I wore my bathing suit and lounged by the pool in the sunshine.
Instead of turkey, my brother and sis-in-law made a delicious low-country boil.
Instead of stuffing or sweet potatoes, we had a delicious conch ceviche. 
Instead of falling leaves or snow, we had lots of sunshine and a delightful sea breeze.

I've spent the past few days at the beach with my family, and heading home is going to be rough...however, I'm very thankful for the time I got to spend with them.

Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you for reading!

buffalo plaid: Kohl's
scarf: from a friend
skinnies: Aéropostale
jacket: Target
booties: Old Navy
purse: T.J. Maxx

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

blues & greens

I found out yesterday that my high school football team is playing in the state championship (again!). And what do you know? Our school colors were navy blue & forest green. Above I'm wearing navy blue & neon green - close enough, right?

I also did some print mixing with the polka-dot scarf and plaid. Can't believe I haven't worn this combination before. Taking off the scarf and vest create a different look - so consider this vest an "accessory." At least today...

plaid: Old Navy
scarf: Aéropostale
vest: Old Navy
jeans: Aéropostale
booties: Old Navy

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

back to accessorizing

Back to accessorizing - scarves, bags, glasses, tights and jewelry. One of my favorite things about this dress is the myriad of ways it can be dressed up or down - simple with nude sandals, a little more funky with neon shoes, or a bit more complex with shades of blue and red and new boots (above). It's also roomy enough that I can layer underneath it, instead of just on top. I'm not saying I'm a layering expert, but I find it a bit more challenging to layer in unexpected ways - UNDER a dress, as opposed to piling layers over the top of what I'm wearing. 

dress: Kohl's
shirt: thirfted (French Connection)
scarf: WalMart
tights: Old Navy
boots: Frye
bag: thrifted

Monday, November 24, 2014

game day: part 3

More game day outfits, geared towards those of us who live where it's more often than not freezing&snowing during a game, instead of nice&sunny. Watching my brother play high school football, there were 2, MAYBE 3, games at the beginning of the season we could get away with wearing only a light sweatshirt. By the end of the season, I was wearing snow pants and a ski jacket. And the reverse was true for baseball season in the spring - it ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS snowed on the day of the first game.


...memories ;)

First up, striped tee layered under a logo tee, under a cardigan, under a down vest.
Add and subtract layers as you feel appropriate.

No sweaters this time, but the down vest definitely makes a huge difference in the level of warmth. I have a Colorado flag headband I would have added if I wasn't having such a good hair day, but it's in the outfit below.


This layered look was really practical to head to a friend's house to watch the Broncos play. She and her husband whipped up a great nacho bar, and we sat inside and watched the game, while loving on her pups. And there's that Colorado flag headband I love so much. #statepride

This last look doesn't appear to have much Broncos pride at first glance. But hear me out. Orange striped tank, under a navy sweater, add or delete or change (ikat print vs. navy plaid vs. no scarf) scarves as you deem appropriate, and mint jeans + taupe booties. I would wear this ensemble if we were going to say, someone's boss's house to watch the game, or perhaps a more dressy shindig where a t-shirt just might not be enough. Comfortable, a step above a t-shirt and jeans, and nice enough for church or work. 

Broncos Pride tee: Victoria's Secret
striped tee: thrifted (Target)
jeans: Aéropostale
navy blue cardigan: Banana Republic
navy blue down vest: Old Navy
booties: Old Navy
navy blue flannel: Old Navy
long-sleeved blue top: Aéropostale (similar)
white down vest: thrifted (Aéropostale)
Colorado flag headband:Akinz Boardwear
SOREL boots: JAX
ikat scarf: WalMart
navy blue sweater: Old Navy
striped tank: Target
mint jeans: Lauren Conrad via Kohl's
navy blue plaid scarf: thrifted (Target)

Saturday, November 22, 2014

game day: part 2

Since Thanksgiving (and Thanksgiving football) is this week , and football season is well underway, here are some more game day outfit ideas. They consist mostly of layering your clothes, all in the colors of your team. Part 3 will be geared towards more and more layers! (check out part 1 here)

A striped (or maybe solid) shirt under a logo tee.


Flannel, my favorite, over your logo tee.
Bonus points if it's in your team's colors.


Chambray, chambray, chambray. Always. 

This is a little departure from the Denver Broncos blue and orange, but it still works. Black and white plaid over a logo tee, with mint jeans. This would be appropriate if you're more of an under-stated fan, like myself.

Broncos Pride tee: Victoria's Secret
striped tee: thrifted (Target)
jeans: Aéropostale
blue flannel: Old Navy
chambray: thrifted
scarf: WalMart
mint jeans: Lauren Conrad via Kohl's
black and white plaid: Old Navy
booties: Old Navy