Pretty and Witty and Bright

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There is something about a hot coral dress that can make even the gloomiest day seem brighter. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for a gloomy day once in a while. In fact, as I type this, it’s cool and breezy and very cloudy here in the DMV; it’s a welcome change from the unrelenting heat of last week.

I wore this to work, but the more I look at this dress, the more I feel like it would be awesome to wear to a summer wedding. In fact, I almost wore this to one we went to last month, but I opted for a green wrap dress instead.

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Sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Dress: Victoria's Secret
Flats: Spring
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Printed

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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

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

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

Quintessential Business Casual

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This shift dress was one of the first pieces of clothing I purchased when I got my real job and had to transition from dressing like an undergrad student to dressing like an adult. This is by far one of the best purchases I ever made. The dress fits perfectly and the color is neutral so it works with lots of items from my wardrobe.

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Wearing
 Blazer & Belt: Target
 Dress: Kohls
 Flats: Payless

Dressy Top

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I have a confession to make: this top is actually a dress. Whether it’s adding a button-down underneath, a turtleneck over top or tucking it into a skirt, layering a dress is one of my favorite ways to add versatility to it.  I fell in love with this particular dress years ago when I saw it at Target. The embroidered scoop neckline is nothing like anything else in my closet and the bright blue is one of my favorite colors. Over the years I’ve decided that it’s a little to short to really work as a dress for me, but it totally works as a top. Maybe it was always too short and I just wore it anyway…? o_O

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Wearing
 Cardigan: Abound via Nordstrom Rack
 Dress (worn as a top): Target
 Skirt: H&M
 Flats: Payless

Hey, girl, hey

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I recently decided that I need more pencil skirts in my life. I got this one (and this blue one) a while ago from Old Navy and I love that they’re more than just your run-of-the-mill black pencil skirt. Now, there is nothing wrong with a black pencil skirt. In fact, I love the one I have, but these are just so bright and fun. These skirts have inspired me to scour the web in search of more. We’re just over a month from the official first day of fall and I’m feeling burgandy, grey and forest green for the upcoming seasons. What are you on the hunt for for autumn?

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Wearing
 Earrings: Claire's
 Necklace: Forever21
 Blouse: Target
 Skirt: Old Navy
 Flats: New Balance for Nine West