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It’s my birthday and I’ll dress up if I want to

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter · Style Imitating Art

Yep, it’s true. Today is my 35th birthday. I don’t mind saying my age because no one believes me anyway. And you can find it on all my race results anyway so there’s no reason to hide.

purple-dress-white-blazer-1Blazer – Forever 21 (similar) | Dress – Le Tote (same) | Scarf – JF & A Show (similar) | Boots – Bandolino via 6pm.com (similar) | Tights – Express (similar)

This outfit is way dressy for my current job but would have been totally perfect for my previous position. And for as comfy as jeans are, I do miss the opportunity to dress up. So today I am. So there. And so what if it’s super cold out? I miss dresses and skirts. I might have to layer two pairs of tights but I’m doing it anyway. I mean, if I wore a skirt on one of the coldest days of the year last year I think I can wear one this week.

I don’t have any fancy plans for my birthday. Apparently this makes my friends sad. But, you know, having a birthday so soon after Christmas makes it difficult to plan unless you get it done way in advance. So, we’re going out for drinks on Thursday. Jason is taking me out to dinner on Tuesday. And tonight? Tonight I have my first swim lesson to help me get ready for the two triathlons I signed up for this summer.

Starting my 35th year off with a bang. And a dress.

purple-dress-white-blazer-2Linking up with Fashionably Employed | More Pieces of Me | On the Daily Express

And it’s SIA time! Visit 14 Shades of Grey to see what art we’re imitating this week.

 

SIA: Scarves and Dresses

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall · Style Imitating Art

First, before you keep reading, don’t forget to A. vote for your favorite outfit from August and B. enter my giveaway to win my watch’s twin,

When Jen picked this painting for this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge I admit I was stumped. I had no idea what I could wear that came even close to anything this lovely ladies are wearing. Especially since I knew that Jen would nail it and get all the little details just right. She’s good at that!

“The Serenade” – 1910 – Eugene de Blaas

“The Serenade” – 1910 – Eugene de Blaas

But then I remembered that it’s not about how I interpret it as a competition with the other ladies who participate. Nope, it’s all about what makes me feel good. And what made me feel good last week was a maxi dress with a cardigan and a scarf.

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Scarf – JF&A Show (similar) | Cardigan – Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Maxi Dress – Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Shoes – TJ Maxx (similar)

It was almost 90 degrees with humidity the day I wore this outfit but my office is freezing so the scarf and the cardigan were necessary. However, it also transitioned perfectly to riding a Divvy bike home from work once removing the cardigan and scarf. And thanks to Maggie’s suggestion I was able to use a hair tie to “knot” my dress at my knees and bike with only minimal flashing of other people.

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In the end I thought this outfit was a nice modern homage to the 114 year old painting. A long dress, a scarf, and layers.

In other news, we took Chewie to doggie daycare for the first time last week and they said he did great! He was pretty sleepy for the rest of the evening, too. We’re taking him again tomorrow so fingers crossed it goes well again.

Also in Chewie-related news, he seems to have developed a weird bump next to his left eye.

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He’s still super handsome but I think it’s beginning to mar his good looks! Unfortunately, the vet told us they’d have to sedate him to biopsy it and figure out what it is. We’ll probably be doing that before the end of the month. Ah, puppies. It’s never end with them, isn’t it?

One Shirt, Five Scarves

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Striped shirt with floral scarf, Chicago, wear to work

striped_shirt_navy_skirt_floral_scarf_2Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Tights – Target (same) | Shoes – 6pm.com (similar) | Scarf – JF&A Show (similar)

Still staying strong and not wearing any black today. But, I admit, if the challenge was no black and no navy I would be SOL. I mean, look at yesterday and today. So much navy.

Today, though, I am also wearing colors in my scarf. In fact, in honor of today’s Trend Spin Link-Up of scarves, I thought I’d show you a fun way you could change up this entire outfit just by changing the scarf.

How to change up your outfit by changing your scarf

As you can see, the simple outfit of a white and navy base gives you lots of different scarf options. Solid colors, other florals or even leopard are all viable options.  How do you chose?

First, pick a scarf where the main color goes nicely with your base color. If your base is black or navy you’re pretty much safe with just about any color.

Next, if you want pattern on your scarf make sure that it’s of a different scale than the one on your shirt. Small stripes on the shirt mean big pattern on the scarf and vice versa.

Tie your scarf however you want and voila! You have almost as many outfits as you have scarves. Speaking of which, I have a lot of scarves.

scarf_hangerThanks to Kim for this awesome scarf hanger!

Dressing Up a Sheath Dress

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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Dress – The Limited (similar) | Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Scarf – JF&A Show (similar) | Shoes – Nine West (similar)

It’s so cliché to say that a little black dress is a closet staple, but there’s a reason it gets said over and over again. A black sheath dress is incredibly easy to accessorize.  I’ve featured this dress three other times on my blog and it’s also the dress I’m wearing in my blog “logo”!

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Wish you had a black sheath dress in your closet?  Here are a few that I think would fit the bill. Yes, the price on these might be sticker shock for some people, but if you think about the cost in terms of cost-per-wear you will get a lot of wear out of a dress like this if you work and it won’t go out of style. So it might be something you want to spend a bit more on. Still can’t stomach the price tag? Check out stores like TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, Ross, Beal’s or Burlington Coat Factory.  All typically carry a large assortment of dresses and I bet you’ll find something!

 

Also linking up with Vodka Infused Lemonade

April Showers Bring Drowned Flowers

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Still catching up from being in Phoenix for the first part of the week.  I left this:

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And came home to this:

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Which is why for this week’s outfit photo you get office bathroom selfies! I wanted to participate in Bri’s Third Thursday Trend of florals but the only thing I own that has flowers on it is a scarf. This scarf, actually.

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I originally had this on with gray dress pants but there was a button incident before I left for work and now those are in the repair pile.  Also, after my trip I had to say goodbye to my pink gingham shirt.

Turns out that this:

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Leads to this:

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RIP, pink gingham shirt. I will mourn you and then I will replace you. The question is, do I go with this one from J. Crew Factory or do I hunt for one on Poshmark?

At least the pink gingham shirt had one last hurrah. Not only did it get worn on a mechanical bull, it also got to pet a miniature horse!

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Finally, many of you know I am a runner. I had many, many friends at the Boston Marathon on Monday and, as I wrote on my fitness blog, my heart broke on Monday. But on Tuesday I went for a run in the dessert and knew we would persevere.

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Next week I will be back to the normal posting schedule. Enjoy your weekend!

What to Wear When Your Weekend Starts Early

Casual Clothes

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Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Scarf – JF&A Show (similar) | Jeans – Express | Belt – Target | Boots – Macy’s (similar)

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m off work for a few days. So today you get a weekend casual outfit from me instead of a regular casual Friday outfit! Yes, yes, I know I’m wearing boots with a heel, but flat boots like the similar ones I linked above or even boat shoes in warmer weather would also work with this outfit.  The key here is that I kept the visual interest with the striped shirt and the patterned scarf.

Next week I’m participating in Whitney’s and Franziska’s 5 Days, 5 Ways Link-Up so get ready to see how I’ve remixed pieces in my wardrobe into many different outfits.

Until then, I’m off to enjoy my weekend.  I hope you enjoy yours!  See you Monday!

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How I Get Dressed

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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Blazer – J. Crew (similar under $35) | Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Scarf – JF&A Trade Show (similar) | Earrings – The Limited | Jeans – Gap Factory Outlet (similar) | Shoes – Lucky Brand via Marshall’s (similar)

Hooray for Friday! Seriously, this week has felt 1,000 years long, am I right? At least I had one piece of this outfit planned out when I heard that today’s Friday Fancies theme was lace. Throw on my lace top with jeans and a blazer and I’m good to go. At least, I thought I was.  I originally planned to wear this outfit with either my nude heels or my nude, gold studded flats, but I feel like I’ve been wearing those nude flats all the time! I  wanted to give some love to something else in my closet. Hence the leopard print flats.

And then I was struggling with what necklace to wear. Finally it struck me: wear a scarf. Wear this floral scarf, actually. It hasn’t gotten love on the blog and I thought it contrasted nicely with the lace and the leopard.

So, there you go. My thought process when getting dressed.  Seriously, throw a scarf and a blazer on with just about anything and your outfit will go from “eh” to “yeah”!

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Also linking up with Two Thirty-Five Designs

Casual Friday is Casual

Casual Clothes

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Cardigan – Van Heusen outlet (similar) | Shirt – Old Navy | Jeans – The Limited | Boots – DSW (similar) | Scarf – JF&A Tradeshow (similar)

Happy day after Thanksgiving!  Are you on your couch recovering or have you been out shopping since midnight?  I’m not one to go all crazy with the shopping on Black Friday, believe it or not.  I prefer to shop when it’s nice and quiet and I don’t have to wait in lines a mile long.

Although, if I was going shopping I’d probably wear something like this.  Flat boots are comfy to walk in and layers up top make it so I can strip down if I get too warm.  The scarf add some visual interest to the outfit so it’s not too blah.

I wouldn’t wear this to work, however.  It’s definitely weekend or work holiday casual.   But if I wanted to dress it up for work I’d swap out the skinny jeans for black dress pants, wear a nicer black blouse instead of a crewneck t-shirt, and and wear black, brown or nude dress shoes.

So, tell me, did you do any shopping today?  How was your holiday?  Or did you just have a regular ol’ Thursday?

Casual Khaki

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

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Top, Pants & Scarf – The Limited | Earrings – Kristin Hassan | Shoes – SE Boutique via DSW

First, I apologize for the disappearing act on Thursday.  My husband and I played hooky from our respective responsibilities and went to play at the Museum of Science and Industry.  It felt good to take a day and just be a big kid.

Today, though, I’m back at work.  However, it’s Friday and that means casual!  I’ve had these pants for years and rarely wear them.  For some reason khaki isn’t one of my go-to colors.  However, I recently saw the khaki and lavender color combination online and decided to give it a shot.

How do you feel about khaki?

Last Minute

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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Top, Scarf & Tights – The Limited

Skirt – Banana Republic

Shoes – Tahari via TJ Maxx

Monday.  Some Mondays are easier than others.  Today is not one of those easy ones.  Sure, the sun is shining but it’s still cold outside!  Where is my warm spring weather???

I originally had on gray pants with this top and scarf but I just wasn’t feeling it.  So out came the skirt and tights at the last minute.  It occurred to me as I walked out the door that a belt would take this outfit up one more level but it was too late at that point.

Definitely Monday.

On the bright side, I’m doing a fun challenge this weekend.  I’ll be posting about that later this week and asking for some reader participation so stay tuned!