Fall Ready

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I was looking at Pinterest last month for some fall outfits. It was wishful thinking, really, because the day I wore this outfit it was just about 90 degrees outside. Anyway, I came across this pin. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to own white pumps (I’d definitely wreck them the first time I wore them), but I loved the outfit and recreated my own version with a few items from my closet. That’s one of the things I really like about Pinterest: finding outfit inspiration and making it my own. How on earth did we get dressed before the internet?

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Necklace: Target
Blouse: via TJMaxx
Skirt: Old Navy
Heels: Naturalizer via DSW

Zig and Zag

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I made this skirt back when I was really into DIY-ing skirts. This is the first maxi I’ve ever made and it’s very comfy and breezy. I wore this to work a few weeks ago. It’s a little casual for work, but I can barely function when it’s really hot outside, so the fact that I got dressed at all is kind of a miracle.

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Necklace: Target
Tank: Old Navy
Skirt: DIY
Sandals: via GoJane

Accessorized

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Remember a few weeks ago when I said I am terrible at accessorizing? Well, I went ahead and bought a shirt that was pre-accessorized. So, there! HA! This is my kind of top. It’s comfy, breezy, and requires minimal effort to look put-together.

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When I picked this up in store, I didn’t realize the back looked like this, but as soon as I tried it on and could see the top bit of my tattoo showing it pretty much sealed the deal that I had to own it.

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Tee: Target
Crops: Gap
Flats: Target

A Swing and A Miss

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This was one of those outfits that just didn’t look exactly as I had envisioned it when it came time to take photos. You see, I am very, very drawn toward royal blue. I had a royal blue skirt previously, but I decided it was a little too short for work and the odds of me wearing it outside of work were pretty slim, so after hunting for a bit, I bought this one. I actually like the shirt and belt combo, but that tell-tale fold across the front of my hips proves the skirt just doesn’t fit like it should. Oh, well! Looks like the hunt continues.

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Top: H&M
Belt: TJ Maxx
Skirt: Amazon.com
Flats: Payless

Subtle Dots

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I, like many people, love polka-dots. I have a handful of polka-dotted items in my closet and this blouse is one of my favorites. This blouse is a great way to do polka-dots if you’re not firmly on board with them (yet!). The gray-on-white make them subtle enough to be polka-dots without being hellooo polka-dots.

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Blouse: Target
Belt: Forever21
Skirt: via Nordstrom Rack
Heels: Audrey Brook via DSW

BUSINESS CASUAL MUST-HAVE: The Sheath Dress

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I got this dress way back when I first started at my job. It’s actually 6 years ago TODAY. That is, I started my job 6 years ago today. I don’t remember the exact date I bought this dress. That would be crazy. Speaking of crazy, trying to find this dress in gray is making me just that. If only I would have purchased it in every color when I found it…live and learn!
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Tee: Max Studio via TJ Maxx
Dress: AB Studio via Kohl's
Belt: Target
Flats: Blowfish via DSW

It’s a (flowery) Wrap!

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Last week I picked out all the outfits I was going to wear this week and I inevitably changed my mind every morning while I was getting dressed. Apparently in the wee hours of the morning I forgot that I just wore a floral dress yesterday (Monday’s post) and I wore another one today. The bad news is: I am still terrible at accessorizing. The good news is: I have more than one floral dress. And this one is ridiculously comfortable and breathable.

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Dress: Old Navy
Flats: Payless

Golden

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I got this skirt around Christmastime and I just love it. It’s perfect for the holiday season and it’s fun to remix it in the warmer months. The sparkles that are now covering my office chair are totally worth all the compliments I got today. 😉

Also, I’d like to give a shout-out to my baby sister, who apparently isn’t a baby anymore. I don’t care if your ID says you’re 22, (OMFG HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?!) you’ll always be 12 to me, Kels. Love you, girl!

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Shades: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Scarf: J. Crew
Tee: Target
Belt: Forever21
Skirt: NY & Company
Heels: Nine West

So Me

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I went to Nordstrom Rack a few weeks ago to look for shape wear (I’ll tell you why in a future post) and this shirt caught my eye. Black and white, stripes, and floral? All in one? This shirt is so me. At least that’s what my coworker told me. And I agreed.

And in case you’re wondering, yes, my hair is blonder. I got balayage highlights for the second time in 3 months a couple weeks ago. At first, they were pretty subtle and I decided to go all-out this time. I always preferred dark hair and I fought my hair’s natural tendency to be light. After looking at balayage highlights on Pinterest, I finally took the plunge and I love how they turned out. Kind of lived-in, imperfect and easy to maintain.
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Shades: Marc by Marc Jacobs via Nordstrom Rack
Top: edista via Nordstrom Rack
Crops: Loft
Flats: Payless

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Feathered

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If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you’ll know that I really like bow-neck blouses. I think I have 4 of them, including this one. They are just so elegant and classy and I tend to gravitate toward them when I’m shopping. I got this one as a gift and it’s definitely a fan favorite. And by “fan” I mean “myself.” Who am I kidding? They’re all my favorites.

More ways to wear bow-neck blouses: 1 | 2 | 34 | 5
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Cardigan: NY & Company
Blouse & Belt: Forever21
Skirt: Carmen via TJ Maxx
Flats: Spring