Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Classy Clown

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Dress: Shabby Apple c/o  |  Belt: Old (love this reversible mint/cognac belt)  |  Booties: Sole Society (old - similar style)  |  Clutch: Michael Kors (old - love this black leather envelope clutch under $50)

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays - I love the idea of getting to dress up as something you're not for a night.  J and I were talking about our past Halloween costumes today and I had to laugh because much to my mom's horror I picked the least girly Halloween costumes as a kid.  When I was about 10 years old I was a vampiress...complete with a long grey and black haired wig and fake blood dripping down my face, and the following year I was an alien with a glow-in the dark alien head and cape.  Not sure what the thought process was behind choosing these costumes, but the pictures are grand.

DIY costumes are my favorite since people can come up with some crazy ideas.  I partnered up with Shabby Apple to bring you guys this fun and simple DIY costume.  I think this girly clown costume is perfect for an office party or a grown-up costume party.  Because I am certainly not a fan of scary clowns (you seriously don't want to walk through a haunted maze with me), I made my clown friendly and fun. 

What are you guys being for Halloween?  Do you usually DIY or stick to buying something? 

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Waiting Game

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Sweater: Forever21  |  Trousers: H&M (old - similar)  |  Booties: Jean-Michel Cazabat  |  Bag: Pour La Victoire  |  Cuff: Prima Donna  |  Hat: BCBG via Saks Off 5th (not online - similar)  

I saw this short sleeved sweater on the F21 website and knew it would solve my problem to "the waiting game".  The short sleeves allow me to dress for the fall without waiting for the weather to fully cooperate (aka the waiting game).  I loved the way the model styled hers with a hat and I recently picked up this hat from Saks Off 5th and have been itching to wear it.  I never thought I was a good hat person but I think it just takes trying on a few until you find one that works for you.  I definitely suggest trying the trend out even if you don't think you can pull it off.  It ties together an outfit so well and I now want one in every color.

I hope you all have a fantastic Monday!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Uniform of Success

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Jacket: Dorothy Perkins c/o (on sale!)  |  Trousers: Dorothy Perkins c/o  |  Top: Topshop (old - similar)  |  Heels: Forever21 (old - love these blush bow heels)  |  Belt: Zara (old - love this Ted Baker version on sale)  |  Watch: Michael Kors  |  Bag: Pour La Victoire

My workwear wardrobe has been lacking a classic pantsuit.  I have plenty of crisp blouses, pencil skirts, and dresses, but did not have a single matching blazer and pair of pants.  I am sort of appalled I didn't invest in a good pantsuit earlier in my career.  I'm a firm believer that the way you dress sends a message, and I recently wore this to an important meeting.  Being young, blonde, and female certainly comes with an extra challenge in life as stereotypes work against you to send a message that you aren't serious.  A crisp, classic pantsuit certainly sends a message that you are serious, and also that you value the person or persons you are meeting enough to dress up for them.  The suit has, for better or worse, become a symbol of success.

I paired mine with a peplum top because I felt that because the pants were not super fitted, the top should be more fitted so as to not look sloppy.  I kept my accessories minimal with a sleek gold belt I got months ago from a Zara sale, and my classic gold Michael Kors watch.  I loved the simplistic, modern pattern of the pantsuit and did not want to distract from that with a bunch of accessories. 

Do you guys feel the same way about sending a message with your choice of attire?

Monday, October 13, 2014

Tribal Sweater

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Bloomsbury Topper Sweater: J.Jill c/o  |  Jeans: AMI Super Skinny by NYDJ c/o  |  Fringe Booties: Jean-Michel Cazabat  |  Bag: Tory Burch  |  Necklace: Eclectic Eccentricity c/o

A sucker for a good oversized sweater, I fell in love with this tribal printed cardigan from J.Jill.  I would never think to shop at J.Jill on my own, but after looking at their fall lookbook, I realized I was missing out on some adorable cozy knits and classic pieces.  The colors in this sweater couldn't be more "fall" and it will match virtually anything you pair with it.

I paired the sweater with my new favorite NYDJ - I was desperately needing a pair of jeans in this color wash because anything darker doesn't go well with navy.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

One Room Challenge | Week 2

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Woo hoo!  It's week 2 of the One Room Challenge and I feel like we're making progress!  If you missed the first week, check it out here.

Our office functions part time as a guest bedroom, so we needed something that would be super comfortable when visitors came but also didn't take up a lot of floor space.  We decided on the IKEA Brimnes daybed because it folds out into a king size bed, has two large drawers for storage, and because it is white with clean lines, it is super crisp looking.  We actually had the queen size Brimnes in our apartment and loved the storage it gave us.

I've been kind of playing around with the nightstand - I already had that lamp and that small table, but I don't know if I want it there permanently.

I ended up getting the bjornloka duvet cover from IKEA because I want the daybed to look as couch-like as possible during the day, and this duvet offered simplicity and a modern feel. 

I was shocked to find the two throw pillows at Target.  They don't scream "Target pillows" in my opinion.  I can't find the small one linked online, so be sure to check your local target, but you can find the square one here (it was $19.99).  I'm still on the hunt for a few more throw pillows.

To Do: 
-Style Desk
-Find Office Chair
-Bookshelf Styling
-Art above daybed
-Possible drapery
-Possible Rug

Make sure you check out the other bloggers linking up for the ORC here!  

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Bow Tie

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Blouse: H&M (old - similar)  |  Bow Tie: DIY (similar)  |  Shorts: ASOS (on MAJOR sale) - also seen here  |  Shoes: Kendall & Kylie for Madden Girl  |  Bag: Pour La Victoire  |  Earrings: Gorjana

I don't know what it is with me and bow-ties lately but I want every blouse or dress to have one!  There's something so put together about a bow tie blouse.  Awhile ago I had some spare ribbon around the house so I burned the ends so they wouldn't fray, and safety-pinned it into a bow so I would have a bow to add to any of my blouses or dresses.

I wore these shorts to Lucky FABB earlier this year and loved busting them out again for a more fall feel.  They are over 50% off right now and under $30 so they are definitely worth getting!