workwear wednesday, well not really

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Hi friends, I really wanted to show you what I wore to work yesterday because it was really cute, but I didn’t get a chance to snap pictures because hubby and I had reservations for our anniversary dinner and I had to rush to change and get ready after work.

So, here’s us at Angus Barn for our 5th wedding anniversary. It’s become tradition to celebrate our special day at that restaurant and I’m ever so thankful that I got to spend a lovely evening with hubby eating steaks and sipping wine. The whole place is decorated like a Christmas village.

Unlike me who technically doesn’t have a work outfit, Justine does! Don’t forget to check out Justine’s #WorkwearWednesday post! Check out The Thrifty Girl’s Guide!

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I wish all of you that celebrate it a WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING! Love and kisses, Nout

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Outfit Details:
Top: Tracey Reese/Target/Neiman Marcus sequin top, insta-shop for about $20
Pants: Misook, gift from my MIL
Shoes: Really old Naturalizers
Hubby: Priceless

workwear wednesday: jeans and a nice top

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Hey there friends – hope you’re having a great week so far and thanks for checking out another workwear wednesday post! Today, I was wearing one of my favorite go-to outfits for work which is jeans and a nice top. It’s so easy to just throw on your favorite jeans (I like these Levi’s curve jeans because they’re comfy and they make my butt look nice, haha) and a nice blouse or top for a casual yet put-together office ensemble. Plus who doesn’t like mini polka dots?

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Would you or do you wear jeans to work? How do you style them to be office appropriate?

Don’t forget to check out Justine’s #WorkwearWednesday post! Check out The Thrifty Girl’s Guide!
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Outfit Deets:

Top: Nine West mini polka dot blouse, thrifted $3.39
Jeans: Levis curve, thrifted $4.50
Boots: Gift from my mom
Necklace: Jewelmint

workwear wednesday: more black and white

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Y’all, I can’t get enough black and white.

There, I said it.  I know most of us go through phases of colors – one year I’m really into green. The next year I’m really into purple. Well, this year if you look at my closet – black, white, blue is what you’re going to see a lot of. I wonder how it’s going to look next year…

black eileen fisher maxi dress, gold belt, booties

black eileen fisher maxi dress, gold belt, booties

worthington tweed blazer, eileen fisher maxi dress, gold belt, booties

I hope you’re all having a great wednesday! What did YOU wear to work today?

Check out Justine’s #workwearwednesday post on her new blog – The Thrifty Girl’s Guide!
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Outfit Details:
Jacket: Worthington cream tweed blazer, thrifted $4.59
Dress: Eileen Fisher long black rayon dress, thrifted $4.59
Necklace: from Jane.com a while ago ~$12
Belt: shiny sash, american apparel $12
Booties: JustFab Luxe, last season

newly thrifted: polka dot dress & stuart weitzman heels

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Hi friends, I hope you’re having a good weekend so far. I did some thrifting today and found nothing :( but last week I made out like a bandit and I want to share a few of my favorite finds: a sweet Lands End polka dot dress, a stretchy Worth belt, and OMG I CAN’T BELIEVE I FOUND THESE – almost brand new Stuart Weitzman kitten sandals. I’ve seriously lusted over this brand for a while and the shoes were either WAY too expensive or not my size. So of course, these SW sandals are my new favorites – the heel is about 1.75″ so they’re super comfortable and yet still stylish.

See what you think…

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So, what have YOU found thrifting lately? Anything good?

xo,
Nout
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Outfit Details:
Dress: Lands End, thrifted $4.59
Belt: Worth New York, thrifted $10
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman Huarache nubuck heels, thrifted $3.59

workwear wednesday: convertible dress for fall

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Hi friends, it’s no surprise that I really like convertible dresses and so of course when Henkaa tweeted me about their fall contest, I was in. Plus hubby took the pictures of me outside (please excuse our janky deck, it really needs some work) when the trees in our backyard were in full color-changing splendor.

The nice thing about convertible dresses is that you can also wear them as skirts, which is what I did for this outfit that I wore to work last week. I love the Henkaa fabric, it’s super smooth and luxurious and was fun and comfortable to wear the dress as a skirt!

Don’t forget to check out my #workwearwednesday buddy Justine’s (formerly of the TheTwoCentChick) newly branded blog – The Thrifty Girl’s Guide
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Well that’s all friends, hope you’re all enjoying the lovely fall weather!
xo
Nout

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Outfit Details:
Top: The Limited, from a few years ago – was about $20
Jacket: Gap jean jacket, consignment store – used credit
Skirt: Henkaa Sakura convertible dress worn as skirt – bought from Henkaa store in Canada a few years back
Shoes: Cowboy boots – gift from mom
Bag: Vintage Coach, thrifted – $18

October 2014 budget

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Hi friends, another month has gone by and it’s time to share all my fashion-related purchases. Well I have to come clean, this month was not a good month for me and I’ll tell you exactly why. I’ve had a tough month stress-wise and I use thrifting to unwind and relieve stress. And the source of this extreme stress? Work. I hope it goes away soon.

Anyway, these are the lovely thrifted haul for the month:

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What I got this month (in no particular order):

  1. David Kahn Lauren jeans, ThredUp - $22
  2. 2 pair Gap jeans, Salvation Army Store – $12 for both
  3. EMU Ballina shearling boots, thrifted – $18
  4. Gap jean jacket, consignment store (used credit) – $0
  5. Jennifer Lopez cream polka dot blouse, Salvation Army Store – $4
  6. Halogen tie neck blouse (NWT from Nordstrom), Salvation Army Store – $5
  7. Old Navy polka dot beige cardigan, Salvation Army Store – $4
  8. Gap striped tee + Lands End zip up hoodie + AE tee + black stretchy pants (not pictured) + H&M striped tee, all thrifted – $20
  9. Gap geometric print blouse, ebay – $20 includes shipping

TOTAL = $105

I guess that’s not bad considering how many pieces, including some lovely weekend lounge wear, I got.

So for the past few months, I’ve been trying to keep my budget around $25 but I think that’s just not going to happen. I’m going to go back to my $100/month budget but I’m going to try and do the ‘one piece in, one piece out’ philosophy to try and keep from accumulating too much.

Well, it’s your turn to spill the beans, how did you do this month?

I’m linking up with Franish for the monthly budget posts, so don’t forget to check her out.

workwear wednesday: a new skirt

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Well, technically, this skirt isn’t new. It was previously a dress that my mama bought me many years ago. A few years back after spending the summer in storage, the dress emerged with all the elastic completely stretched out. It was kind of strange and disappointing because the dress wasn’t that old. I put the dress back in storage and only recently dug it back out (when my friend Melissa came over to help me de-clutter ).

Last week, I took it to my favorite tailor and had them turn an unwearable dress into a cute, comfortable skirt. Yeah!

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Well, the moral of the story is don’t give up on an old (or new) article of clothing that you think is done for, because changes are a good tailor can breathe new life into it :)

Hey – don’t forget to check out Justine‘s Workwear Wednesday post too!

Outfit Details:

Top: Jennifer Lopez white and gold polka dot blouse, thrifted $4
Skirt: Used to be a Muse dress
Shoes: Sam Edelman
Necklacce: Gift from mama

workwear wednesday: neutrals

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Hi friends. Today I wanted to share with you my newly thrifted Halogen blouse and Old Navy polka dot cardigan that I picked up at Salvation Army over the weekend. Obviously one of my favorite things about thrift shopping is finding NEW clothes for a fraction of the price. This blouse, for example, was new with the tags still attacked – from Nordstrom – where this shirt cost a whopping $69. I only paid $5 for it. Win.

And a bit about neutrals. For the longest time I was dead set against neutral colors for clothes. Why? Because I thought they were a) boring and b) did not work with my skin color and clashed terribly. Recently, I found out how pairing neutrals with a pop of color (or not) can actually enhance my appearance instead of detracting from it. Now I love neutrals.

workwear wednesday neutrals - halogen tie blouse, NYDJ leggings from ThredUp, Bernie Mev mary janes, Old navy polka dot cardigan
And another thing: These new styles of blouses that have a longer butt flap to cover your bottom – I am kinda liking it. workwear wednesday neutrals - halogen tie blouse, NYDJ leggings from ThredUp, Bernie Mev mary janes, Old navy polka dot cardigan workwear wednesday neutrals - halogen tie blouse, NYDJ leggings from ThredUp, Bernie Mev mary janes, Old navy polka dot cardigan

 

Do you like to wear neutrals to work or for whatever activity? Or do you prefer brighter colors?

I’m linking up with Justine – don’t forget to check out The Two Cent Chick‘s awesome Workwear Wednesday outfit!

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Outfit Deets:
Top: Halogen grey tie neck blouse (NWT), thrifted $5
Cardigan: Old Navy beige polka dot cardigan, thrifted $5
Pants: NYDJ grey leggings, ThredUP for about $12 (you should join…it’s an online consignment shop!)
Shoes: Bernie Mev from Nordsrom

workwear wednesday: bugs bugs bugs

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I am normally NOT a fan of bugs. At all. But I do love a quirky print, and a bug print is pretty quirky. One of my favorite basics to wear to work is a nice button-down shirt (preferably ironed). So bugs + button-down = perfect workwear wednesday outfit. I’ve also tried focusing on basics in my closet – pieces like black skirts, black tank tops, etc. Here’s my favorite new basic black skirt with my sweet buggy shirt.

I’m linking up with Justine from Two Cent Chick, so get check her #workwearwednesday post!

 

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What are your favorite quirky prints? Would you wear them to work?

Outfit Deets:
Top: Gap bug print button-down, gift from mom
Skirt: Simply Vera, consignment credit
Shoes: Trotters t-straps, old
Cat: Ulysses

inspired by the west

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There’s something about ‘western wear’ that just screams rugged, outdoors-y, low maintenance, and comfortable. Perhaps it’s reminiscent of the American Southwest, Texas, or the south. My first pair of cowboy boots were purchased for a cattle drive trip to Montana with my friend Steph in 2007. While I am in no way rugged, outdoors-y, or low maintenance, I love being comfortable. Plus I like the history and stories behind a lot of the components of western wear.

For this work outfit, I put together a pair of ultra comfortable cowboy boots, a simple black tank, a simple cardigan, jeans, and a lovely Zuni turquoise necklace that hubby got me as an early anniversary gift (isn’t he sweet?). I feel special wearing something that was created with expert care and love by human hands. Overall, I felt chic and comfortable all day at work, which is always my goal for work outfits.

And as usual, Ulysses the Cat photobombs…

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Do you like western-inspired pieces? If so, what are your favorites?

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Outfit Details:
Top: Eileen Fisher black silk tank top, thrifted $2
Cardigan: Classiques Entier, thrifted $3.59
Jeans: Gap skinny jeans, thrifted $5.99
Boots: hand-me-down cowboy boots
Necklace: Zuni turquoise needlepoint squash blossom necklace, gift from Wesley

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