workwear wednesday: a new skirt

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

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

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

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

workwear wednesday: the jumpsuit

I’ve been wanting a jumpsuit for a while. The idea of wearing one thing and shoes and that’s it – well, it’s kind of like wearing a onesie or a nightie – and I like it. So when I forgot to skip the month for JustFab and ended up with a credit, I decided to give the JustFab Mandy Jumpsuit a try. It’s super comfortable and was a pleasure to wear to work.

My place of work is a pretty casual office, although I do like to dress up a tiny bit business casual. So yes, a jumpsuit is acceptable workwear :) Plus I straightened my hair for the first time in a while and didn’t notice how long it had gotten!

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Linking up with Justine of The Two Cent Chick for #WorkwearWednesday!

Outfit Deets;

Jumpsuit: JustFab Mandy Jumpsuit

Booties: Franco Sarto Quasar, Ideel credits

Necklace: Gift from mom

Tank: Shimera

stripes & chambray

I can’t get enough stripes. I also can’t get enough chambray and denim. So I decided to pair the two in this outfit that I wore to work. It was really fun to wear :) stripes & chambray - eshakti striped contrast colorblock pleated skirt, sleeveless chambray shirt, black cardigan, pumps stripes & chambray - eshakti striped contrast colorblock pleated skirt, sleeveless chambray shirt, black cardigan, pumps stripes & chambray - eshakti striped contrast colorblock pleated skirt, sleeveless chambray shirt, black cardigan, pumps stripes & chambray - eshakti striped contrast colorblock pleated skirt, sleeveless chambray shirt, black cardigan, pumps stripes & chambray - eshakti striped contrast colorblock pleated skirt, sleeveless chambray shirt, black cardigan, pumps

Happy Friday, friends! I hope you all have a great weekend!

Outfit Deets:
Skirt: Eshakti contrast colorblock pleated skirt (black & white striped), bought on clearance for like $30.
Top: Arizona jeans sleeveless chambray shirt, ebay $7
Belt: Leopard belt, consignment (used my credit)
Shoes: Mary Jane pumps, thrifted $2
Necklace: Jewelmint Leading Legacy
Cardigan: Ann Taylor, thrifted $3.39?
Cat: Ulysses
Bag: Mill & Bird

workwear wednesday: dainty florals & pencil skirt

Hi friends, I hope you’re having a great week so far. I thought I’d start sharing my favorite weekly work ensembles and I thought “Workwear Wednesday” sounded cute:). Now you might not know this, but almost all of the outfits you see here on my blog are actually worn at work. This makes it more “official” ;)

So here’s my favorite work outfit so far this week – dainty floral blouse + pencil skirt + black pumps.

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Well, I hope you like today’s outfit! I’d love to get your input: what are your favorite things to wear to work?

Outfit Deets:
Top: Liberty London for Target floral blouse, ebay
Skirt: Talbots navy blue pencil skirt, consignment
Shoes: Cool Haan black pumps, ebay

september 2014 fashion budget

Another month, another budget! 2 months ago, I tried to bring my budget down from about $100 per month to $25 per month. I knew I wouldn’t easily accomplished, but I just wanted to get down to a lower amount so that I could use the difference for a newly acquired car payment. Well, last month’s budget was totally demolished. Let’s see how I did this month.

Here’s what I got this month:
1. Eileen Fisher black silk tank top, $2 (thrifted)
2. Misook black and purple cardigan, $3 (thrifted)
3. Misook hooded jacket, $3 (thrifted)
4. JustFab Mandy Jumpsuit, used a JustFab credit – $40
5. Arizona Jeans light denim sleeveless shirt, $7 from ebay
6. Gap sleeveless denim shirt, $8 from ebay
7. Simply Vera by Vera Wang black skirt, free (used consignment credit)

= 8 items for $63 !
– Minus a $20 check from ebates (you should sign up if you haven’t already…it’s free and you get cash back!)
TOTAL = $43

I did go over my budget…but only by a little bit, plus I got some really awesome basics! I am still proud of myself that I was able to keep it under $100.

OK, now it’s your turn to spill…how did you do this month!?

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Linking up with Franish and Budgeting Bloggers!

recent closet addition: denim sleeveless shirt

I’ve wanted a denim sleeveless button-down shirt for several months and have not had any luck at thrift stores or online. The shirts I found were either the wrong size or just too expensive. I recently found 2 denim shirts on ebay for about $7 each and am thrilled – the price was so good, I got one in a darker denim and one in a lighter denim.
gap sleeveless denim shirt, simply vera black skirt, flats

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Here I am wearing my darker denim shirt with a black skirt and flats. It’s somewhere between super casual and business casual :) Also pictured: Hubby’s dart board with a bulls-eye, since he’s a pretty good dart-thrower and I thought it would be a cute prop.

I’d love your input: If you like/have a sleeveless denim top, how do you style it?

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Outfit Deets:
Shirt: Gap sleeveless denim shirt, ebay $7
Skirt: Simply Vera black skirt, consignment store (free because I used a credit)
Shoes: Flats, thrifted
Necklace: from Groopdealz, I think.