Complementary Colors

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I love this outfit. I wore this to lunch with a couple colleagues last month. This is one of those outfits that turned out better than I thought it would when I came across this pin and decided to make it my own. There’s something a little bit risky about wearing complementary colors, but, when you find the perfect shades, there’s something inherently cool about it.

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Shades: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Necklace: Target
Button-Up: Heritage1981
Skirt: Target
Flats: Payless
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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

So Simple

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You know how Coco Chanel once said “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one [accessory] off”?

I feel like accessorizing is one area of dressing which I am absolutely terrible. Since I started blogging years ago,  I often find myself looking for accessories to put on before I leave. This dress is a perfect of example of when not to do just that. Sometimes you just need to wear a pretty floral dress and let it be the center of attention.
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Dress: Old Navy
Flats: H&M

BUSINESS CASUAL MUST-HAVE: The Chambray Button-Down

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Remember when chambray was just called denim?

I wore all sorts of denim when I was a kid. One of my favorite outfits was comprised of a light pink floral denim skirt with a light pink denim button-down top, complete with sheer sleeves and skirt-matching cuffs and collar. Let me tell you something about that outfit: it was the height of fashion. I planned to wear it to my 9th birthday party. Sadly, it had to be postponed thanks to a blizzard. Considering the weather, it’s probably a good thing I wasn’t out wearing a denim skirt.

This shirt makes me feel really cool. You probably think denim is kind of casual, but I love that I can pair it with just about anything in my closet and feel put-together. Paired with this pretty, frilly skirt and I am definitely ready for the office. Which is why I’m adding this to my list of business-casual must-haves.

Needless to say, I am thrilled that denim chambray is back in style.

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Shades: Marc by Marc Jacobs via Nordstrom Rack
Chambray Button-Down: Old Navy
Skirt: NY & Company
Heels: Payless

‘Merica

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Hi everyone! For those of you reading from the grand ol’ US of A, I hope you all had a fantastic Independence Day. I wore this outfit last week, on the last work day before the holiday weekend. Not only did this little get-up make me feel subtly patriotic,it totally fits my M-O of late: thin, breezy and most likely made of cotton.

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Blouse: H&M
Belt: Target
Skirt: Willi Smith via TJ Maxx
Flats: Payless

Boom & Clap

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It was raining when I snapped these photos…and now it’s full on thunder-storming. Thunderstorms are perhaps the only good thing about summer. I hate hot weather, but love hanging out in the A/C while thunder booms outside. Unless the power goes out. Which it’s thinking about doing.

Our deck faces west and since that’s where the weather usually comes from, we almost always get a pretty cool look at approaching storms. Excuse me while I go watch this one!

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Shades: RayBan Cats
Necklace: Amazon.com
Handbag: Coach
Tee: Target
Skirt: H&M
Wedges: Steve Madden via DSW

Strategic Scarf Use

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I love throwing on a contrasting scarf with this top. Mostly because it’s very boxy and has a high neckline. So, what I really mean by that is I like to camouflage it with a scarf. Fortunately, there are a ton of items in my wardrobe that have navy in them, so I have a few to choose from. This shirt still baffles me. Whyyy is there a thick elastic at the bottom? Who was like, “I’ve got just the thing. Button-down shirt with an elastic at the bottom, which will render the buttons absolutely useless. Because you can’t completely unbutton it. Muahahahha!” I’d like his or her name, please.

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Cardigan: Nordstrom Rack
 Scarf: J. Crew
 Blouse: Vintage
 Pants: Loft
 Wedges: Target