What I Wore This Week: Dresses and Things

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Ooooh, this dress is the bestest.  You can wear it as a skirt or a dress, and it’s so soft and so comfortable and flowy and isn’t too long because it has one of those jaggedy hems (technical term) and if you just want to throw it on and sit in your backyard and then later throw a tank top on over it and go out to dinner it is PERFECT. I have been looking for a strapless knit dress forever in order to do some really serious around the backyard sitting and I can’t tell you how pleased I am with this find.

{Cynthia Rowley convertible dress via Marshalls, Havaianas.  I can’t find this dress online, but at my Marshalls it was on a round with a bunch of maxi skirts.}

 

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This is my Lands End Fit and Flare dress.  I find myself avoiding this dress in my closet because it feels like I have to work to make it not dumpy, and then whenever I see pictures, it’s just SO flattering.  By the way, this is a small, if you can believe that ridiculousness. PS WHY IS MY HAIR SO ORANGE BAH.

{Lands End Fit and Flare dress, Toms Prison Wedges, Gap Outlet necklace, Old Navy Cami}

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WTF is up with my hair here? I have no idea. Woah.

Anyway, this is probably my favorite dress I own.  This length/cut/silhouette/waist is the perfect one for me. I just wish I could tell online or even when I look at something hanging on the rack in the store if it matches this formula.  Maybe I could measure the various proportions and carry a tape measure around with me.  That doesn’t sound overly perfectionistic at all I don’t think.

{Lands End Canvas dress, J. Crew necklace, Hive & Honey heels}

 

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This dress is awfully shazam. I really love it, although it does create a steamy undercarriage situation that is not ideal on these balmy 100 degree days. Also, just so you know, this dress is kind of a pain in the neck.  You have to rig some things up with bra clips and tank tops and spanxy type hoo ha.  Worth it though.

{Gap dress, Joe Fresh tank, Ebay necklace)

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I had to go to a preschool field trip and it was 102 degrees. I threw this dress on because it’s an old faithful – comfortable and always looks like you tried but not too hard.

{J. Crew dress, Gap tank, Havaianas}

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New shoes! Love em.  I purchased these for myself for Mother’s Day and they are the bees knees.  Although VERY tall, be forewarned.  Also, this shirt is new and I really like it.  The elastic waist is a tiny bit futzy and you have to wear something under it, but once you get used to that it’s so pretty!

{Old Navy shirt, Old Navy Cami of Magical Cheapness, AE Hi Rise Super Skinnies, DV Wedges}

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What I Wore: Intermittently During the Last Two Months

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So I haven’t been taking too many pictures of myself lately…partially because it feels redundant – does everyone really need to see the striped dress and the denim jacket AGAIN even if I wore it with different shoes? Partially because I spend so much time working out and to be honest it takes FOREVER and that’s my blogging time, and because I spend half of every morning wearing spandex and we all know no one wants to see that.  And then part of me just hasn’t been feeling it…I have a row of fancy skirts  hanging in my closet and I pretty much just want to wear jeans and t shirts.  Fancy t shirts and jeans that actually fit me and cute accessories, yes, but still.  Jeans and t shirts.  I think maybe when I first stopped wearing sloppy clothes that were too big for me I went a little far in the other direction? I like to think I’m finding my nice middle ground.  Anyone want to buy fourteen dressy skirts?

Anyway.  I do miss it, so I might try to get back into a bit.  I still have some things I am looking for, although I seem to be spending a lot more money on blush these days than on pants, and that’s not as exciting to take pictures of, but we’ll see.  I can only fit so much in a day, but I feel like there is value in caring about how you look and seeing on camera how things worked out.  And it does make me more creative.  But summer is coming and I’m not wearing pleats and tights to the pool.  So you know.

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This is my lesson that all dresses I buy, ever, should be like this – cut in right below the boobs, flare out, end right above the knee.  Perfect flattering dress.

{Loft dress, Kork Ease Wedges}

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Dudes, we’ve been having the strangest weather.  Freezing and then boiling.  It’s tons of fun for people like me who only keep half their clothes in their closet at a time. (I transfer out winter clothes/summer clothes to the garage twice a year, getting rid of stuff I hate during the process.)  Whatever.  This is a good formula.  Black dress/boots/leg covering of some kind/big old necklace/jacket. Bam.

{Kohls dress, Ebay necklace, Old Navy jacket, Anne Klein Evanthe boots}

 

 

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Navy and white always reminds me of Jackie O and therefore will always be my favorite.

{Banana Republic sweater, Forever 21 necklace, Loft cropped denim, Kork Ease Wedges}

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Oooh, I liked this. I almost got rid of this shirt because I was worried it makes me look pregnant and it has to be ironed, but I always like it when I wear it. Fancy t shirts are my favorite because you look like you tried but you’re getting away with wearing a tshirt.

Not sure how I feel about these jeans – they’re very ripped up and they have patches behind some of the holes? It’s a little weird. I do wear them and I like them, they’re really comfy, but I think next time I’d buy the dark wash non distressed version. The other hilarious thing is that they’re cropped but they are the perfect for me as regular skinny jeans, so that’s interesting. Am short.

{Anthro T shirt via that crazy store in Berkeley where they send all the Anthro stuff no one buys that I can never remember the name of, Ebay necklace but it shows up all the time on GroopDealz and you should buy it because it’s fantastic, AE High Rise Jeggings, Havaianas}

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I liked this outfit in theory but I decided after I wore that the shirt was too small and I donated it.  It was very stretchy and tight.  I am still in search of striped t shirts but they all have boat necks, which irritate me.  Seriously, wtf do you do with your bra straps?!  Also I think the red scarf is too hangy and fringey, I need a red infinity scarf with some sort of interest to it, like gold shazam or something.  But now it’s summer here, pretty much, and if you think I’m wearing a scarf in 97 degrees you are el wrongo.

{Target scarf of fringey doom – I wonder if I could cut off the fringe and sew it into an infinity scarf and paint on a gold stripe? OOOOOH I LIKE IT, Old Navy Trouser Jeans, Franco Sarto wedges, Groopdealz T Shirt of Too Much Spandex}

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{Loft tee, Target necklace, Ebay skirt, Target sandals}

Inspired by that pin everyone has seen with the really pretty red maxi skirt/gray tied t shirt. I loooooved this. I’d wear it every day.

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Who knew you could tie your t shirt? Well, I did not, but I am a convert.

Also, I wish I could remember what makeup I’m wearing here because I’d wear it every day.

{Target oversized tee which I love and I think is still in the store? I hope so I need a white one, Ebay necklace, Gap skirt}

 

The Great Pants Experiment of 2013

I’m about to pack away all the winter clothes for the season, which reminded me that I was thinking of doing a quick blog post on how my boys pants experiment of 2013-2014 went, in case anyone cares? Probably no one does, but whatever. IT’S MY BLOG I DO WHAT I WANT.

So for Eli’s first year of school (Kindergarten) I bought most of his school clothes at Target.  Not on purpose, really, just because they were there and they were cheap and it was really easy to throw a couple of pairs of khakis in the cart when we needed milk and he was running low on pants.  However, none of the pants I bought there made it all the way through the school year.  ALL the jeans had holes in the knees and both pair of khakis ripped right in half at  the seams.  So when he started first grade I thought I’d see if it made any difference if I looked for slightly better school clothes.  I had no idea if $25 jeans were any better than $14 jeans but I figured it was worth a shot, especially since once you’re past wearing a 5T at Target Shawn White ruins your life and all the clothes are terrible.

So  here’s all the stuff I bought and how it fared.  Spoiler alert: The experiment was a success.  Nothing but the finest in pants for all of us from here on out! And by the finest in pants I mean pants from the Gap on sale.

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These jeans are from Crewcuts, I think I paid $22 each.  (You have to keep your eyes out for them to go on sale.) You can see there’s some slight wear at the knees, but nothing terrible, and it’s much less obvious when they’re being worn. I could absolutely hand these down.

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These are Gap Cargo pants and Gap khakis.  The cargo pants were around $34.95 but I am sure I used a huge discount code on them.  They wore like IRON.  I could probably even resell them, except that they use the dreaded dry erase markers in school, and fun fact, dry erase markers don’t wash out of clothing! Grrrrrr.  The khakis also wore fine. I don’t know that I’d buy such a bright color again because I found them hard to match, but maybe I’ll keep them out for the summer and make him wear them rolled up with flip flops and a fun t shirt.

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These are pair of embroidered pants from Janie and Jack ($no idea, but certainly overpriced) and some Levis khaki jean type thing ($19) I threw in the cart on a whim at Target.  The embroidered pants are a little tattered at the bottom, but Eli literally wore these for YEARS and there’s no other signs of wear.  The Levis also wore well although the color means they are a bit stained in the knee.

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These are Lands’ End Iron Knee Jeans. I think they were around $20 on sale.  They actually have patches on the inside of the jeans, which the Crewcuts jeans do not.  You can see some VERY slight wear in the knee area, but again, not when they’re on, and I could absolutely hand these down.  Supposedly if they do get holes in the knees they will replace them for free, but we didn’t have that issue so I can’t comment on that.

I also bought tshirts/sweaters/dress shirts at various places, obviously,  but I thought that would get a bit much for this post.  Suffice it to say my favorite t shirts were from the Gap, my favorite polo shirts are still Target, the only thing I will buy from Old Navy are dressy cotton shirts, and I liked the sweaters from J. Crew better than any of the ones from the Gap, although I got a few rare decent ones from Target that I also liked.

Hit me up with any questions! Happy shopping!

 

What I Wore Last Week: Friday Got Away From Me, Ok?

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An oldie but a goodie. Have I mentioned how much I love this cardigan? Get thee to Target and buy one.

{Loft skirt (thrifted), Old Navy Vintage Tee which I had to throw out because it reached a state of disgusting pillage, Toms Prison Wedges, eye bags/general exhaustion face courtesy of my children}

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I am so proud of myself for all the mileage I’ve gotten out of both this short sleeved sweater, because I normally have a hard time with those, and this blouse, because I am not a natural at blousage.  Loved this outfit, although I did get hot.  Almost time to pack up the blazers for the summer.

{Gap herringbone blazer, Loft blouse, Banana Republic Outlet Sweater, Banana Republic Outlet Crops, Franco Sarto Leopard Wedges}

 

 

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This is the first of my new things for summer and I loooooove this Gap maxi dress. I do have to wear a tank under it, but still, it’s basically pajamas, so I’m a fan.  It runs super huge, though, mine is a Medium Petite and I normally wear a 12. They’re having 40% off now so you should buy it.  Unless you hate sexy pajamas. Mine is also a tidge long but I enjoy that vibe. If you’re short and you don’t do the whole maxi dress dragging on the ground sweeping up small children in its wake thing you might need to get it hemmed.

Also, this necklace is amazing, I got mine on Ebay here, and I adooooore it.

Also I spent two years trying to figure out how to wear this cardigan and then I DIDN’T BUTTON IT AND WHAT DO YOU KNOW.

{Gap Twist Back Maxi Dress, AE tank, Ebay howlite necklace, Target cardigan, Havaianas}

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Seriously, the only thing I had to do this whole time with all these cardigans I couldn’t make work was to not button them? Jesus.

{Target cardigan, AE tank, J. Crew dress, Franco Sarto Wedges}

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I love this! Favorite outfit of the week.

{Banana Republic Outlet dress, Target scarf, Target cardigan, Toms Prison Wedges}

What I Wore This Week: Or Whatever

Whew. I had a lot of pictures saved up. I shall try to be brief.

Also, I apologize for the lack of links, but I haven’t been buying a lot of new clothes, so much of what I am doing now is just trying to make the things I already own work in different combinations.  Maybe still interesting to see, hopefully? But not so shoppable as before.

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I’m about to wear these jeans a lot. Prepare yourself.

This sweater was an impulse buy at Target awhile ago (they still have it on stock though) and I really love it.  I’ve started to really feel the whole gray situation.

{Target sweater, Forever 21 necklace, AE Artist Crops, J. Crew Kiki Ballet Flats}

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Best dress ever.  Seriously, it’s like wearing a giant super flattering sweatshirt.

{Lands End Canvas Dress, Target infinity scarf, Leggings of an unknown provenance, Doc Martens}

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It’s started to seem like we’re not gonna get a whole lot of winter and maybe even spring so I wanted to wear this jacket while I still could, since it’s one of my favorites.

{Target jacket, AE Hi Rise Super Skinnies, Scarf was a gift from my lovely MIL, Havaianas}

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I loved the pearls with the moto jacket and the stripes.

{Forever 21 Moto Jacket, Forever 21 Clustered Pearl Necklace, Loft tee, AE Hi Rise Super Skinnies, Anne Klein boots}

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Ever since I polished these boots they’re like a whole new pair! Who knew!? (I knew, I’m just lazy about boring tasks like shoe polishing.)  I’m also wearing a tassel necklace UNDER the jacket and that’s how you know I’m on the cutting edge of the fashion world.

{Target Jacket, AE Hi Rise Super Skinnies, Bandolino Boots}

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Man, the one thing I think they actually do well at Old Navy are blouses, except I want to call them something else because blouse is such an old lady word, so I guess…floaty shirts? They’re not quite Anthro caliber but they are far less shoddy than most of the rest of their clothes. I really love this one a lot.  Also, I get more compliments on these sandals than any other shoes I own, for the record.

{Old Navy floaty shirt, Gap ribbed tank, Target necklace, Loft Curvy Skinny Cords, Target sandals}

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And then I discovered the open cardigan and my life was forever changed.

Seriously, I just thought I couldn’t wear these because I had this strange idea that if they didn’t close, I’d look like I was…bursting out of them, or something? But these cardigans are THE BEST!!!! So flattering and easy and comfy and they cover all the worst bits and show your cute tank and you don’t have to worry about button gappage over the lady bazzers and they are just WONDERFUL and now I need ten thousand.  This is my first but I plan to buy A LOT.

{Target cardigan, Garnet Hill tank, AE Artist Crops, Kork Ease Wedges}

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Merrick had a very helpful tutorial on how to wear a giant scarf, which was perfect because I don’t like a lot of scarf tail flappering all over myself.  I thought this was so cute and polished! I am a fan. Although it was also informative as to whether I should cut my hair into a stacked bob.  Verdict: HELL NO.

{Gap scarf, Loft sweater, AE Artist Crops, J. Crew Kiki Ballet Flats}

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I have had this sweater FOREVER because they minute I saw it I had to have it, and I paid a ridiculous price for it and then I could never figure out how to wear it, and then I searched under “black and white cardigans” on Pinterest and realized I could wear it UNZIPPED and a world of possibilities was born! I am a fashion genius, guys.  But seriously look at the stripes and the bows and the zipper of a different color. Love!

{Downeast Basics Sweater, JC Penney Joe Fresh Tank, AE Artist Crops Seriously I Need to Buy Some Other Jeans, Target sandals}

Spring Things

It’s almost spring time! At least around here. (Sorry, Minnesota.) And a young (ish) girl’s fancy turns towards buying things. Seriously, I want to buy all the things.  Or more specifically all these things:

1. This Gap Twist Back Maxi Dress which I already bought and which will be here in 7-10 business days, so never, essentially.  Reviews are dubious, but it could be so great that I figured I’d try. But seriously, just imagine throwing this over a tank top every single day this summer. BAM. 

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2. I’m always in search of more flowy shirts, I really like this Anthropologie one although the reviews are mixed. 

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3. Last summer I was desperate for a long stretchy strapless dress I could lounge around my backyard in, this Old Navy one looks like it will fit the bill nicely and it also turns into a skirt, so bonus.  I wish it came in a crazy bright fun print, but alack, I shall have to settle for black. 

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4. Speaking of skirts, I need a casual peasanty knee length white skirt. If anyone sees one, holler.  I had to throw out the last one I had because Erik claimed you could see the full Britney through it, even thought I was wearing underwear.  I think sandals plus a cute little white skirt plus a navy polo plus big sunglasses is the ideal summer outfit. Minus the Britney. 

5. I am also looking for a sort of asymetrical gray striped maxi skirt, but I have a really specific picture of it in my head which means I’ll probably never find it. 

6. I think this will be the summer I buy some aviators, but I’m going to start with really cheap ones to see if I actually like them or if I just like Tami Taylor. 

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7. I am always in the market for more sandals that don’t have a strap between your toes.  Forever 21 has a ton I really like, although I’ve never bought any shoes there and I’m not sure about the quality.  There’s cheap sandals and then there’s unwearably cheap sandals. 

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8. I also want to buy a new pair of Havaianas.  Metallic maybe

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9. I am dying for an emerald green dress. With big sunglasses and a denim jacket and some gold sandals? Perfection. Where to get this? Maybe Boden? Although that looks a little too structured for summer.  

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10. I’m also in the market for a really distinctive/super cute jacket – I have a ton of blazers, but none of them have that SHAZAM that I have in mind. I looked at Anthro to no avail, but maybe they’ll get some new cute spring stuff in. Right now it’s dudsville. 

11.  And I still need a great white tee.  I think I might finally give the one from Everlane a try

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12. For summer makeup, I want some new blush, specifically the Tarte Natural Beauty one that I’ve had my eye on for ages, some bronzer…maybe Tarte Park Avenue Princess, and maybe some more crazy glitter eyeliner, because after I figured out that you have to SHAKE the Stila Glitter eyeliner, I am now IN LOVE.  Obviously I will spend many quality hours in Sephora poking at things and cadging free samples, but this is what I’ve got my eye on. 

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13. I saw this Ponte Shift Lands End dress the other day and while I’ve been avoiding Lands’ End due to some less than favorable customer service issues and a general Air De Frumpsville, I really like it. It could be schlumpy, but the floral one is cute so I figure it’s worth a shot. I don’t know, now that I look at closer I sort of hate it. 

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14. I also seem to be moving away from the plastic glittery fake J. Crew rhinestone jewelry vibe and towards something a bit more organic. I don’t want to go too far in the hippie direction, but I’d like stuff that’s a bit more natural looking and a little more special. I’m not totally sure where to find this stuff because Etsy is so overwhelming and non returnable and you can’t see it before you buy it and if I’m going to pay $40 for a necklace I want to see it first.  So that remains a conundrum to be solved.  31 Bits has potential but there was nothing there at this time that screamed “YOU MUST BUY ME NOW” so we’ll see.  Perhaps I’ll start frequenting small exclusive boutiques in Marrakesh.  

15. Didja know I went to Palm Springs? Well I did and it was wonderful and I did not bring my children and I sat by the pool for six days and drank fruity beverages oh my god I want to go back.  Anyway, someone at the pool in Palm Springs (TAKE ME BACK) was wearing a cloche straw hat with a ribbon sash, and it looked very cute with braids and a swim suit (and a giant diamond but whatever). It will probably make me look like Blossom, I want it anyway. Last year they had them at Target so I am hopeful they will make a repeat appearance. 

16. Also, you might not believe me, but I need more striped t shirts.  I’m a blogger. I can’t have too many.  Please alert if you find a good one. 

17. I keep thinking of more things! Anyway. I FINALLY bought a pair of ballet flats that I don’t hate! They’re the Kiki Ballet Flat from J. Crew, and they have a tidge of a heel and a hard sole, so they don’t have that mushy slash flat situation that most ballet flats have that make me feel stumpy legged.  Now I’ve got a hankerin’ for a pair of aqua ones. Doesn’t that sound so beautiful and summery? These Frye ones are a little “I’m wearing these to Sundance” but they’re close. 

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What I Wore This Week But Actually It Was Two Weeks Ago This Week I Wore Yoga Pants

It’s true, sometimes I wear yoga pants.  It’s amazing how much time exercising 4-6 times a week takes up.  I’m just resigned to it now but it means giving up some other things. Less blogging, less fancy outfits.

Anyway. My new non important life goal is to re wear everything in my closet a completely different way than I’ve worn it before.  I like this goal; I feel like it’s making me more creative with layering and stretching my comfort zone a bit.

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I saw someone wearing this on the street the other day and I loved it and copied it. It was one of my favorites of the week.  I am wearing leggings as pants and you know what? It’s cool. I’m a grown woman and I get to do whatever I damn well please. And I loved this outfit and it wins big time at re wearing all these things a new way.

{Gap Herringbone blazer, Target button down, Gap ribbed tank, Ebay necklace, Spalding leggings, Frye Campus boots}

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Nothing too exciting, but I got to wear my new red shoes, and sometimes you just need to go with simple and throw some red shoes on it.

{Target cardigan, Gap ribbed tank, AE Hi Rise Super Skinnies, J. Crew Ballet Flats}

 

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I loved this. I think it was cuter in person than in this picture? I don’t know.  Anyway, it FELT cute and that’s what matters to me. And again, never worn any of this like this before, so winning, I am.

{Target button down, Gap Outlet necklace, Lands End Canvas dress, Gap tights (they have the best tights!), Hive and Honey heels}

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In my inspiration picture this was worn with leopard heels but the leopard heels weren’t high enough and they made this outfit look dumpy, so I went back to the Fryes. But this is also a new look with this dress! Gold stars! For me!

{Gap dress, T shirt scarf c/o Manda, Target belt, Gap tights, Frye Campus boots}

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I’m not wild about this outfit, I probably shouldn’t have bought this white sweater because it’s causing me difficulties and it looks oddly dumpy with everything, but I wore two things I’d never even busted out my closet (the sweater and the skirt) and I loooooved my makeup.  Whatever.

{Gap sweater, Target scarf, Loft skirt, Gap tights, Frye Campus boots}