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I’m still trying to decide exactly what the print on this skirt is. As you can see it’s floral, yet tribal. Flobal? Thaaaat sounds weird. I guess the bottom line (no pun intended) is: it doesn’t matter. The second I saw this skirt at the thrift store, I fell in love with the graphic print. The fact that it fit was the cherry on top!

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Shades: RayBan Wayfarer via Amazon.com
Cardigan: Abound via Nordstrom Rack
Tank: Old Navy
Skirt: Thrifted
Heels: Audrey Brooke via DSW

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Just looking at this tee makes me want to go put it on again. It’s super soft, breezy and comfy. Plus the little shoulder stars are irresistible. If you couldn’t tell, I was really feeling tee-shirts these last weeks. Let’s be real though, when the thermometer’s pushing a hundred degrees and feels even hotter, we’re all lucky I put on any clothes at all.

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Tee: TJ Maxx
Skirt: c/o Tulle4Us
Flats: Target

Business Casual MUST HAVE: The Pencil Skirt

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Remember back when Norma Kamali did a line for Walmart? This skirt cost me a whopping $15 back when I bought it years ago. And I love it. It’s really soft and stretchy, but by some miracle, camouflages the bumps that tend to happen to pencil skirts when you tuck something into it. It’s the perfect length for work and goes with absolutely everything. See? I’m wearing it with a tee-shirt and it’s polished enough for the office. My only regret about this skirt is that I didn’t buy it (or was it that Wally-world didn’t sell it?) in more colors.

If you’re new to the world of wearing business casual, you have to pick up a pencil skirt. Find one that fits well and you’ll be set for work life.

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Shads: RayBan Cats via Amazon.com
Tee: American Eagle Outfitters
Belt: Forever21
Skirt: Norma Kamali via Walmart
Heels: Payless

A Little Bit of Sparkle

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For the past 3 weeks, my washing machine has been broken and in pieces in my laundry room. Fortunately my parents are awesome and have been letting me bring all my laundry over weekly to do the wash. The downside, as you can imagine, is I do not like doing laundry any more when I have to pack it up and take it across the county than I do when all I have to do is drag it just outside my bedroom door.

I wore this outfit on a day when I left work early to come home and wait for the repairmen to arrive. The smile on my face is directly related to getting my washer back. Holla!

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Shades: RayBan Cats via Amazon.com
Blouse: Walmart
Skirt: Carmen via TJ Maxx
Flats: Payless

Business Casual MUST HAVE: The Wrap Dress

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Thank you, Diane von Fürstenberg, for inventing popularizing the wrap dress. I freaking LOVE them. I have several faux-wrap dresses, like this one, and I just got my first real wrap dress (which will be debuted here soon!). If you have a job that requires you to wear business casual attire and you don’t already have one (or more!) you NEED to get yourself a wrap dress. They’re effortless, comfortable, universally flattering, and definitely appropriate for the office. What do you think? Do you share my affinity for wrap dresses?

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Earrings: NY & Company
Dress: Victoria's Secret
Necklace: Target
Flats: West Blvd via Amazon.com

June Gloom

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Happy June, ya’ll. I have absolutely no excuse for my extended absence from blogging except for the fact that I wanted to take a break. No preamble. No big deal. Just a break.

Anyway, you know that saying, about March I believe, that says “In like a lion, out like a lamb”? That’s how June has started out here. After a May full of hot, humid days, we had crazy storms and heavy rains yesterday. The street out front was basically a river, but it paid off. It was cloudy and cool and I don’t think it got out of the 60’s today. Any break from the sweltering heat and humidity is a good thing in my book.

Plus, I got to wear my new(ish) rain booties. I traded in my clunky knee-high rain boots earlier this year and couldn’t be happier with this purchase. They’re much more versatile than my old pair. I can wear these with a skirt, with jeans, or under a pair of trousers for work. Not to mention…how cute are they??
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Trench: Target
Tee: pink.rose via TJ Maxx
Skirt: Tulle
Rain Booties: Cougar via Amazon.com

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I would like to start out this post with a PSA: This dress looks better in person that it does in photographs. There. Now I feel better. Kind of.

I love the idea of this dress and the first time I put it on I really liked it, but the couple times I’ve actually worn it in public, I haven’t really been into it. So, what’s the rule? 3 strikes you’re out? For me it’ll probably be a 3 strikes and you’re relegated to teleworking days sort of arrangement. Do you have any pieces that you want to like, but just can’t seem to find the right way to wear them? Tell me about it in the comments!

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Wearing
 Blazer: Forever21
 Necklace: Amazon.com
 Dress: Old Navy
 Flats: Payless

Body-Con Steal

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I was in Nordstrom Rack hunting for the perfect dress to wear to my friends’ wedding and I came across this one. I loved the print and when I looked at the tag and saw that it was marked down to $3.74 I knew I was buying it. Seriously less than $4 for a dress originally priced at $70! Even if I didn’t fit I probably would have bought it on principle alone. Not really, but I’m really happy it does fit!
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Wearing
Cardigan: H&M
Dress: WAYF
Belt: Forever21
Heels: Payless