Monthly Archives: July 2013

Transition from Summer to Fall with Faux Leather

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall · Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer · Shopping · You Pick Wednesday

CAbi Fleather Pieces for Fall 2013

A friend of mine, Holly, is a representative for CAbi which is personal shopping experience that features a new line up of items every season. CAbi recently released their Fall 2013 pieces and I am admittedly lusting after many of them. High on my radar, though, are these faux leather items, all of which are under $100. CAbi calls them “fleather” which I think is just the cutest name I’ve ever heard.

Appropriately, this week’s IFB Project is to show off your leather looks for summer. The best part about these three CAbi pieces is that they can easily be worn now and then transitioned into fall. Proof? Read on.

CAbi fleather skater skirt for both summer and fall

 

Skirt| Blouse | Belt | Sandals | Cardigan | Wedges | Earrings

CAbi fleather shell styled for both summer and fall looks

Shell | Left necklace | Right necklace | Skirt | Blouse | Pants | Black shoes | Silver shoes

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Skirt | Blouse | Sandals | Earrings | Tank | Blazer | Heels

The key to wearing leather (or faux leather) in the summer? Pairing it with lightweight tops, summery patterns, strappy shoes, and bright colors. I currently only own one faux leather item (a burgundy pencil skirt) that needs to get back into my outfit rotation soon. In fact, these awesome outfits have inspired me to wear it next week. Stay tuned!

Would you wear faux leather in the summer? Which of the above is your favorite outfit?

Note: I did not receive any compensation for writing this post. I just think Holly is pretty awesome and wanted to share her with you. If you are interested in purchasing any of the CAbi items, you can email her at hjhaley@gmail.com for your own personal shopping experience.

This Leopard Print Has More Spots

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

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Cardigan – Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Shirt – Old Navy (similar) | Skirt – NY & Co (similar) | Necklace – J. Crew via Poshmark (similar) | Heels – TJ Maxx (similar) | Bracelet – Gorjana (same)

Yes, yes, I know I just wore this leopard top recently but I figured that wearing it again today was perfect. Why? Because not only is today’s Trend Link-Up animal prints but it’s also One Piece Many Ways at Putting Me Together. And since I can pair this top with just about anything in my closet I’m wearing it again today. And reposting my graphic of 8 other ways I’ve worn it.

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Leopard goes great with both other neutrals (white, tan, black) and with brights (blue, green, pink). In fact, considering that I love pairing my leopard heels with pink or this pink necklace with this leopard top that it’s taken me this long to put it with my pink pencil skirt. Definitely a “duh” moment. See, this is why it’s not a bad thing to have multiple types of items in colors that you like. Like pink? Then it’s okay to have a pink skirt, pink blazer, and pink necklace in your closet. You can mix and match them with one others items, in this case leopard print, and have a multitude of outfits for all seasons.

The Office Version of Jeans and a Band Shirt

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

White blazer, purple floral tee shirt with sequins, navy lace ankle pants, silver boat shoes

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Blazer – Forever 21 (similar) | Shirt – Express (similar) | Pants – Ann Taylor (similar) | Shoes – Nine West (similar) | Earrings – House of Gemmes (similar)

I am TIRED this morning, y’all. So, so tired. Which is why I’m ever so thankful I already had this outfit picked out for Inspiration Monday. Now, jeans and a band shirt aren’t exactly office-appropriate so I went with the idea of blue pants and a printed top instead. And since I’m not a hat girl I brought in a bit of the manliness of the fedora with my white blazer.

Also, flats. So thankful for flats today. See, I rode 65 miles on my bike yesterday and for much of that I was riding faster than I normally ride. Today my legs are destroyed. And while I love the feeling I get after a hard workout, I also want to take it a bit easy the next day. Which means nice, comfy, flat shoes.

 

White blazer, purple floral tee shirt with sequins, navy lace ankle pants, silver boat shoes

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go find some caffeine to keep me awake through my three meetings this Monday.

Stuck in a Style Rut

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Mint cardigan, navy polka dot shirt, white jeans, navy strappy heeled sandals

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Cardigan – Van Heusen (similar) | Blouse – Gap (similar) | Jeans – AG Adriano Goldschmied (same) | Shoes – Sole Society (same) | Necklace – NY&Co (similar)

Help! I think I’m stuck in a style rut! Looking at all the outfits I’ve worn so far this month I’ve really been gravitating towards white, navy, and black. At least today I wore this mint colored cardigan, right?

In all honesty, I put this outfit together just so I could wear these shoes. If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter I was trying to decide between two pairs of Sole Society shoes. I ended up ordering them both. Turns out the adorable pair with the leopard print are just too high of a heel for me. The heel was 4 1/4” with a 1/2” platform which I thought would make it manageable. Sadly, no. However, this navy pair has a much more reasonable heel height of 3”. That’s definitely more my speed.

Mint cardigan, navy polka dot shirt, white jeans, Sole Society navy strappy heeled sandals

So, since it’s Friday I wanted an outfit where I could wear my new navy heels and jeans. White jeans? I may be in a style rut but hopefully it’s a cute style rut!

And in case you want more proof, here are a few other ways I’ve worn this cardigan. With white. And black. And navy. I’ve got to get some new ideas.

Linking up with AJ Wears Friday Favorites.

Snakeskin Print for the Office

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

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Shirt – Kohl’s (same) | Skirt – The Limited (same) | Shoes – Bandolino (same) | Bracelets – Joe Fresh & Gorjana (similar & same) | Necklace – Overstock.com (similar) | Earrings – Stella & Dot via Poshmark (same)

There’s just something about pairing a flowing snakeskin print shirt with a traditional navy pencil skirt that makes my heart go all aflutter. The top is a little bit edgy yet the skirt is totally preppy, right? Plus, the fitted skirt really offsets the slightly oversized top. Pairing something fitted with something not quite so fitted is perfect for the office.  Too tight pieces would look too much like you were going to a club. Two oversized pieces can make you look larger than you actually are.

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Plus, the fact that this snakeskin print is cream and tan instead of black and white and that I paired it with a navy skirt instead of a black skirt tones it down and brings it into office-appropriate territory versus night out on the town territory.

I have to give a shout-out to Valerie who picked up this top for me from Kohl’s after I saw it on both her and Audrey. This is my first time wearing it and I think it’s going to become a regular in my wardrobe because of how comfortable it is and the versatility of the neutral color scheme. It even has a built-in camisole! An excellent top for the office? You bet!

Also linking up with Mix & Match Fashion

DIY Jean Shorts for Less than 10 Dollars and 10 Minutes

Casual Clothes

 

DIY Jean Shorts for less than $10

Say hello to my thrift store jeans! Yes, these jeans cost me less than $10 from the local Goodwill and they are perfect for a DIY jean shorts project. They’re a tad bit too short but that doesn’t matter. Because I’m going to cut off most of the legs anyway!  Just make sure the pair fits well in the butt, the waist, and the thighs. Not too tight! Oh, and wash them first just to make sure they aren’t going to shrink any more.

The first step in starting your DIY jean shorts is determining how long you want them to be. This is the best part about making your own jean shorts. No Daisy Dukes, no riding up, no chub rub (unless you want that sort of thing).

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I use a tap measure to determine how long I want them to be. On me, this is usually about 6-7 inches. Put the end of the tape measure in the crotch and measure to the appropriate inseam length. Err on the side of measuring too long versus measuring too short. And definitely measure them when they’re on!

Then, of course, take them off.

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Put the tape measure along the inseam again. But this time make sure you leave the tape measure at least an extra inch to half inch longer than what you measured when you were wearing them.

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Now, remember I measured a 6.5 inch inseam when I was wearing them. I am NOT going to cut at the 6.5 inch mark. Nope, I’m going to cut at the 7.5 inch mark. Why? Because you should ALWAYS cut them longer than you think. Trust me on this. Trial and error has taught me that somehow jeans will magically shrink up once you put them back on after taking the scissors to them.

Be sure to cut at an easy to remember mark, such as a half inch tick on the measuring tape. Why? Because you have to cut at the same spot on the other leg! So once one leg is done move the tape measure to the other side and cut at the same spot on the tape.

Finally, put your new jean shorts on!

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This is where you can decide if you like the length. I typically just end up rolling mine up once if they feel too long.

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Alternately you can trim off more of the leg but be sure to do it in no more than half inch increments!

And there you have it! DIY jean shorts for under $10 and in less than 10 minutes. Perfect for summer.

Summer Greens

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer · Style Imitating Art

Green button up blouse with cream lace pants and nude flats

 Gold green beaded teardrop earringsNude studded bow flats from Sole Society

Cream lace pants from The Limited

 

Top – Ann Taylor Outlet (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Sole Society (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (same) | Bracelet – Gorjana (same) | Earrings – Stitch Fix (similar)

Before I start talking about all the things that inspired today’s outfit, I have two things to share with you!

1. I’m guest posting at Work Clothes, I Suppose today while Bri is on an Alaskan cruise! The post? How to deal with a vague office dress code. I know more than one of you can relate to this.

2. It’s the last day to vote for me for the Expert Shopper contest over at Chippmunk. Remember you can vote again even if you’ve already voted! I think I’m in the top 5 but I’d really love to solidify my spot so I can win the gift card and show you how to make the most of your money at The Limited. Maybe I’ll even buy a little something for a giveaway. What do you think?

Now, on to why I’m wearing lace pants with a button up shirt and my nude studded bow flats.

So, today’s Trend Spin theme is bows. Other than my tie neck top, I’m pretty sure I don’t own any clothing with bows. However, I DO own shoes with bows on them. Such as these nude flats. Bam. Bows.

As for the color scheme in today’s outfit? That was inspired by series that my friend Jen from Librarian for Life & Style has been participating in for awhile from 14 Shades of Gray called Style Imitating Art. Each week she posts a painting that you can use to inspire your outfit. It’s such a unique spin on the typical outfit inspiration idea that I decided it would be fun to participate. And this week’s painting is “Woman of Substance” by Mexican artist Octavio Ocampo.

I immediately thought of my lace pants with the creams and tans and decided to pair it with my green button up shirt and gold jewelry. I’ve actually never worn this shirt with anything other than a black pencil skirt and I’m still not sure how I feel about it with these pants. But I wouldn’t have put the two things together on my own if it wasn’t for using this painting as an inspiration. And this is why I love using images that already exist to get ideas!

What do you think of the idea of using a painting as an outfit inspiration?

White on White

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

White button up shirt with white skirt, teal and red accessories

 

Teal collar necklace with white shirtTeal wrap bracelets with red shoes

 

Blouse – Victoria’s Secret (similar) | Camisole – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Necklace – NY & Co (similar) | Bracelets – House of Gemmes & Macy’s (similar & similar) | Shoes – Macy’s (similar)

Only one more day left to vote for me as an expert deal finder! Even if you’ve already voted you can do so again until midnight on July 23rd! I would love to win the $100 gift card and show you how to find the best deals at The Limited.

Now, on to our regularly scheduled programming…

Funny thing, I actually wore this white skirt last Monday! And, yes, I managed not to get anything (major) on it while wearing it so here it is again. I stood in my closet for a bit this morning trying to figure out what white top to wear with it, though. Why white? Because today’s Inspiration Monday has Olivia Palermo wearing a crisp white outfit with some major statement jewelry.

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Then I remembered this top that I don’t think I’ve ever actually worn to work. It actually goes perfectly with this skirt and after adding the camisole (got to keep it appropriate for the office) I decided to amp it up with some teal and red accessories (jewelry and shoes) to echo Olivia’s crazy statement necklace.

So, what do you think? Would you wear all white or are you too terrified of getting food on it? I admit, I took the photos AFTER I drank my morning tea so you can imagine that I was a bit terrified that I would get something on me.  But, success! Still crisp in my white on white outfit.

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Crotchless Yoga Pants

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

 

Black maxi dress with black obi belt, sandals, and gold jewelry

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Black maxi dress with black obi belt, sandals, and gold jewelry

Dress – NY & Co (similar) | Belt – The Limited (same and 40% off plus free shipping for The Limited fans on Facebook) | Necklace – The Limited (same & also 40% off) | Sandals – Old Navy (similar)  | Earrings – The Limited (similar)

The Limited is having a killer sale today! Want to learn how to make the most of your money? Vote for me! I’m over on Chippmunk talking about the great deals I get from The Limited and I would love it if you voted for me! Not only is it awesome blog exposure for me but there’s chance I could win a $100 gift card. And you know I’d pick The Limited and show you how to get the most for $100! Just click on the “Love it” button. And, yes, you can vote once a day!

Yes, I did just go there with the title of this post. Actually, I got it from Whitney at Along the Lines of Style who posted the following image on her blog this week:

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Although, to be honest, I don’t know how I feel about maxi skirts and dresses being as comfortable as yoga pants. Actually, with both I always have the underwear question (yes, I’m going there too). I feel like no matter what kind of underwear I put on you can see some kind of panty line. Maybe this means my maxi dresses and yoga pants are too clingy or they’re all being manufactured by the same company that made the see-through Lululemon pants. I don’t know. But I do know I always feel a bit self-conscious in both maxi dresses and yoga pants. Which is too bad because this particular maxi dress is great for when it’s hot outside. A little bit of a hi-lo cut, a crocheted back but enough coverage everywhere else to wear it to work.

And, yes, I’ve worn it to work before.

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Outfit 1 | Outfit 2

Anyway, what are your thoughts on maxi dresses or skirts? What about yoga pants?

Linking up with AJ Wears Clothes and her Friday Favorites Remix.

Are Those Stripes or Just Heat Shimmers?

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

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Shirt – Old Navy (similar) | Skirt – Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Shoes – Nine West (similar) | Necklace NY & Co (similar) | Earrings – House of Gemmes (similar) | Belt – The Limited (similar)

 

Welcome to day four of the “I wish I could go to work in my swimsuit” portion of our summer. Sadly, as I lament every year, this is frowned upon unless you work at a beach or a pool. So, instead, I’m wearing all cotton because I hear this helps somehow with the heat. Actually, I’m wearing this top because today is Third Thursday Threads over at Work Clothes, I Suppose and the theme is Stripes. Since my striped tank top is in the laundry I had to wear this striped tee since all my other striped items are long sleeved. And there is NO WAY I’m wearing long sleeves today. Nope, no can do.

The hardest part was figuring out what to pair with this top. In the end, I went with a simple black and white combo with some pattern mixing. I like to think that the horizontal stripes of the shirt contrast nicely with the vertical pattern on the skirt. If it really just look like I grabbed two black and white items out of my closet, well, I’ll blame it on heat stroke. Although, the more I wear this outfit the more I like it. Hey, just another fun way to wear patterned black and white skirts! Pair them with a black and white striped tops!

P.S. 5 5Ks in 5 Days is going swimmingly although it means my evenings basically consist of running and recovering. Anyway, tonight is #4 and if you want you can follow me on Twitter with the hashtag #5Ks5Days.

P.P.S  I’m over on Chippmunk talking about the great deals I get from The Limited and I would love it if you voted for me! Not only is it awesome blog exposure for me but there’s chance I could win a $100 gift card. And you know I’d pick The Limited and show you how to get the most for $100! Just click on the “Love it” button. And, yes, you can vote once a day!

Also linking up with Mix & Match Fashion