a little bit of valentines {workwear wednesday}

I really wanted to wear something super cute (preferably with hearts all over or something pink and red) today for this week’s Workwear Wednesday since the theme is Valentine’s day. Unfortunately, I couldn’t figure out any cute mix of pink and red and didn’t have any heart print clothes to share.

So, I went with my old standby, polka dots. Plus I zazzed it up with red tights. Super fun, right? Maybe not. Oh well.

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I did end up going to a birthday dinner last night and changed into my new FAVORITE pair of jeans and my heart plastic flats, which I think deserve a special mention here.
Beija Flor Nicole Jeans + Mel by Melissa Pop Heart Jelly Flats

And there’s more! Go check out Delightfully, Kristi and The Thrifty Girl’s Guide for more awesome #www outfits!

Happy Valentines day to everyone (with special mention to my lovely mama, who gifted me almost everything in this outfit)!

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Outfit details:
Top: polka dot sweater, old gift from mom
Skirt: dress that got turned into skirt, old gift from mom
Tights: HUE, gift from mom
Boots: Frye Jackie Rivet Short Boots in black, on sale at amazon {exact here}
Necklace: Hotcakes design
2nd outfit:
Sweater: JNY striped sweatshirt, thrifed
Jeans: Beija Flor Nicole skinny jeans, gift from mom {find them HERE}
Shoes: mel by Melissa pop heart jelly flats, old

my favorite sweater has a cat on it {workwear wednesday}

Sweaters are an article of clothing that I like to wear all winter (and by the way, winters in NC are super short) because come spring and summer, even a light cardigan can feel too heavy.

Here’s one of my favorite sweaters. It’s got a cat with glasses on it (and sparkles too) so naturally, it’s my favorite. Full disclosure, though, this is an old picture as I’ve had a very busy week and didn’t get a chance to take new outfit pics. I promise that I did wear the sweater to work a few weeks ago.

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Another exciting announcement for the workwear wednesday crew: we’ve added a new member! Go check out Delightfully, Kristi to see Kristi’s workwear wednesday outfit. And don’t forget to check out Justine’s #workwearwednesday OOTD too!

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Outfit details:
Sweater: Kitty with glasses sweater, from ideel several years ago
Shirt: Chambray button-down, thrifted
Leggings: Zara, old
Boots: Lucchese, old
Necklace: from mom
Bag: vintage Coach, thrifted

what i bought this month {february budget)

I can’t even believe that tomorrow is February first. January was a fun month. First there was new year’s, we’re all getting back to work after the holidays, then there was my birthday (I turned 31 and so far, it’s definitely better than 30), then we got a snow storm thing, and now the weather is getting warmer and it’s time to get ready for spring.

A few weeks ago, as you probably read on my blog, I had a mold incident that pushed me to do a serious clean-out of my main closet (don’t judge me, I live in an old house so I have to use multiple closets all around the house). I’m glad that I did, because I need more space (in general) and I needed some extra space for my new things.

Here’s what I got this month:
January 2016 budget - what I bought this month

  1. Brooks Brothers Supima cotton five-pocket jeans, $62 on sale (plus $15 for tailoring)
  2. Bill Murray xmas tee $2, thrifted (I can’t wait to wear this next christmas!)
  3. L.L.bean outdoors shirt $2, thrifted
  4. Banana Republic blue v-neck tee $1.50, thrifted
  5. Adidas cropped pants $2, thrifted
  6. Cats sleep tee $2.50, thrifted
  7. Hobo bag – $24, Clothes mentor (minus a few things that I sold)
  8. Hobo bag – $40, Consignment store (minus a discount and a credit from selling stuff)
  9. Adidas Supergirl Tukana jacket (gift from hubby)

Total = $151 … okay so a bit over my budget but not too bad considering it was my birthday month and all.

Oh and by the way, I’ve decided to nix the monthly budget of $100 in favor of a quarterly budget of $375. Which means I’ve got $224 left for the quarter.

Now it’s your turn – how did you do this month?

As always, I’m linking up with Franish.

lovely layers {a workwear wendesday outfit}

jennifer lopez fit-and-flare dress, f21 peter pan collar blouse, hue tights, cole haan boots
I absolutely love layer when the weather gets cooler. Cute shirts, sweaters, and jeans or dresses with shirts underneath, tights, and my favorite boots.

I take serious advantage of wearing layers while I can, because come spring and summer, it gets WAY too hot to wear more than one thin layer.

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Don’t forget to check out Justine’s layering workwear wednesday OOTD!

How do you wear layers? I’d love to hear how you keep warm and dress chic in winter :)

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Outfit details:
Top: Forever 21 peter pan collar blouse, old {similar at modcloth here and here}
Dress: Jennifer Lopez ponte fit-and-flare dress, thrifted {similar here and here}
Necklace: vintage, thrifted
Purse: Hobo international, Clothes Mentor
Tights: HUE, gift from mom {similar here}
Shoes: Cole Haan boots, hand-me-downs {similar here}
Hair clip, gift from mom
Watch: Nixon {exact here}
Bracelet: Consignment store

A little bit of menswear {workwear wednesday}

Okay, I’ll admit, this is not the most menswear-inspired outfit. In fact, it’s pretty darn feminine. I thought the button-up collar shirt was enough to create the look. I didn’t want to post it at first, because I was feeling kind of bummed that I didn’t have a better outfit to share. But I’m going to share it anyway, because even thought it’s not completely on-point, it’s still cute (or so I think, at least).

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Here are some “better” menswear-inspired outfits that I’ve worn in the past:

Check out Justine’s blog to see her take on menswear-inspired #workwearwednesday.

What are you favorite menswear elements? As you can see, mine are button-down collared shirts (and brogues too) :)

Top outfit deets:
Dress: Joe Fresh, old
Shirt: Polka dot button-down, thrifted
Tights: Hue
Boots: Frye Jackie Rivet Short Boots in Black, on sale
Necklace: consignment