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

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

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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Buns-R-Us

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There is nothing better than a breezy cotton dress on a hot, humid summer day. When I got in my car this afternoon, the thermometer gauge said 102°. Gross. On a related note, my new car has a thermometer gauge. And I love it.

My other sticky summer day necessity is a sock bun. You can’t even tell how sweltering it is outside when my hair is up in this contraption. And in case you’re wondering, yes I’m using an actual sock.

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Scarf: J. Crew
Dress: TJ Maxx
Wedges: Target

Working out the Kinks

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Remember when I did a post about being about to remix a piece of clothing with 3 different items already in your closet? Here’s that amazing skirt making yet another appearance with another piece from my current closet. Unfortunately, the focus on my camera was a little off and I didn’t catch it until after I uploaded these photos. Unfortunately these don’t look that great, but I’m hoping the fact that I’m wearing this outfit a 4th way will excuse me while I work out the kinks. Did I mention I got a new camera?

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Tank: Target
Skirt: Forever21
Flats: Spring

Find your Perfect Bow-Neck Blouse

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Back in the 70’s and 80’s, when women first started landing corporate jobs, there weren’t many examples of business casual attire for ladies. The bow-neck, tie-neck or pussy-bow blouse came into play as women reinterpreted men’s fashion (i.e. a suit with a button-down and a tie). This throwback has become an essential piece in my closet. This sheer black blouse with its fun floral print gives an old shirt a cool new feel. This one has feminine vibes that add softness to these leather-patchwork leggings.

Look for sheer fabrics, pastels or bold prints to add to your closet this season. To keep this look from being too prim, tie an imperfect bow, or just leave it untied!

Here are a few of my favorites from around the web!
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TripleMeter | ModCloth | Target

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Wearing
 Blazer: Target
 Tie-Neck Blouse: Alloy
 Leggings: H&M
 Flats: Payless

How to: Wear Floral Tops in Fall

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Floral print shirts in light fabrics and tees in bold hues are summer wardrobe staples. You can wear them during autumn by pairing them with more subtle colors and cool-weather textures. Layer your flowery shirts and bright tees under a brown, black or gray pullover, a buttoned-up cardigan or underneath a leather jacket.
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Wearing
 Cardigan, Necklace & Belt: Target
 Tank: Forever21
 Skirt: Carmen via TJ Maxx
 Boots: Steve Madden via Amazon.com

Booties!

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I feel like I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect booties for-ev-errrrr. Well, my search finally came to a very satisfying end on Friday when I scooped these up at DSW.

Here are some of my favorite booties from around the web. What do you think? Do you see booties in your fashion future?

Booties
Volatile | BCBG Paris | Madden Girl

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Wearing
 Sunglasses: Rayban Wayfarer
 Top: Old Navy
 Belt: Forever21
 Skirt: Thrifted
 Wedges: BCBG via DSW

Patchwork Faux Leather

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Thank you to this pin for giving me my outfit inspiration. You probably wouldn’t think patchwork pleather pants are necessarily business casual, but that’s what my blazer is for. In my book, blazers are a magical closet staple that turn basically any outfit work appropriate.

Seeing this outfit photographed, I don’t love the proportions (I wish my blazer was slightly more cropped and my blouse slightly longer), but I like the all-black with a couple pops of color, so that’s why I’m sharing it here.

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Wearing
Blazer: Forever21
Blouse: Target
Leggings: H&M
Pumps: Payless

See ya, wouldn’t wanna be ya

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The day I took these photos it was exceptionally hot outside. The humidity was through the roof and to be honest, I was really excited that we had gotten all the way through August with only a handful of really hot days. So at this point, I was a little annoyed at summer for showing up so late to the party. Newsflash, summer: you’re supposed to be gone by now. So leave. You’re not welcome.

In spite of summer’s late appearce, I tried to channel fall with my mustard cardigan today because along with pretty much everyone else in the world, Autumn is my favorite season. I’m so looking forward to cool, dry days.
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Wearing
Earrings: NY&Co.
Cardigan: Target
Tank & Bracelet: Forever21
Crops: Gap
Heels: Payless