workwear wednesday: for the love of stripes

Hi all, so this week I don’t have a brand new work outfit to share. Instead I’m going to share some of my favorites striped outfits that would be perfect office attire.

I’m sure you’ve heard the adages that “horizontal stripes aren’t flattering on curvy people” and “stripes make you look fat.” Well, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. I think stripes are visually interesting, flattering, and fun for all body types. That makes a striped top, skirt, dress, or jacket the perfect part of a work ensemble. I like to pair stripes with another interesting print, like floral prints or polka dots.

My friend Justine from The Thrifty Girl’s Guide is also posting her favorite striped work outfit for #WorkwearWednesday so don’t forget to check her out!

What do you think of stripes? Would you wear stripes to work? if so, how would you style a striped piece?

august 2015 budget

Hi friends! I can’t believe August is almost over. I can’t say that I’m sad to see it go. I’m not in school so it’s not like my summer break is winding down. And summers here in NC are so unbearable for me that by the time August rolls around each year, I am so ready for fall that I start wearing fall clothes a bit too early for the south.

So, I went a little over-board this August. First, there was a lot of thrifting happening. Then, there was some regular new-stuff shopping. Here’s what I got this month.

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    Thrifted:

  • Gap v-neck tee, $1
  • Ralph Lauren sweatpants, $1 (not pictured)
  • Lucky top, $1
  • Adidas shorts, $1
  • Corso Como wedge sandals $7.50
  • Cat nightie $2
  • Lands End fleece pea coat $12
  • Vintage Dooney & Bourke bag (missing straps) $2
  • J. Crew ruffle tee, $1.50
  • Ann Taylor LOFT chambray shirt, $3.59
  • Gap real straight grey pants $2
  • Replacement Dooney handles $13
  • Gap curvy straight jeans $5
  • Talbots sweater $4
  • Wood bangles $3
  • J. Crew polka dot top $3.39
  • Gap shorts $1.49
  • LOFT striped dress $4.59
  • Lands End canvas polka dot blouse $3
  • Gap body tee $3
  • NYDJ white jeans $5
  • Banana Republic trouser jeans $2
  • Liz Claiborne blouse $2
  • Eddie Bauer chambray shirt $2
  • Great lakes tee $2

=$88.06

    Not thrifted:

  • Frye boots $88 (I think they’re the Frye Veronica Short boots and I can’t believe I found them at Nordstrom Rack for that price…what a deal and I can’t wait to wear them! They’re originally $298!)
  • Costco jacket $20
  • Cat socks $7 from local boutique

=$115
Total spent = $203.06

SO…..I spent $203.06 this month but I made $190 selling stuff in ebay so really I didn’t end up going over my budget. After factoring in the money coming in, I only ended up spending $13.06!

Now it’s your turn to spill the beans…how did you do this month? Did you get any fall cool items?

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As always, I’m linking up with Franish.

workwear wednesday: favorite work shoes

I’ve been into flats lately (well, for the last few years). During the hot North Carolina summers, I live in sandals, and these Born flower sandals are some of my favorites.

Don’t forget to check out Justine’s favorite work shoes on the Thrifty Girl’s Guide.

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What are some of your favorite work shoes?
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Outfit details:
Top: LOFT denim shirt, thrifted
Pants: NYDJ white jeans, thrifted
Shoes: Born Yuki sandals, thrifted
Necklace: Groopdealz, old

workwear wednesday: from day to night

Workwear-Wednesday---Day-to-NightHave you ever had to rush out after a long day at the office to go meet some friends for dinner and drinks or meet your honey at an event? If you have, then you know how annoying it is to have to either detour home for a complete wardrobe change or pack clothes to change at the office. My thought about this is with very minor changes, you can take an office ensemble to night time outfit in no time and with minimal effort.

In my example, I take my button-down shirt, vest, and skinny jeans and add a few accessories (and shoes) and let down my hair to turn it into something cute for going out to dinner or drinks.

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Check out Justine’s gorgeous #WorkwearWednesday day to night outfit on the Thrifty Girl’s Guide!

What do you think of this outfit? How would you take your work ensemble from day to night?

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Work outfit:
Shirt: Lafayette 148, thrifted
Vest: Talbots, thrifted
Pants: NYDJ blue skinnies, thrifted
Shoes: Mel by Melissa, old
Necklace: Pearls, gift from mom
Bag: Rough & Tumble design

Play outfit:
Shirt: Lafayette 148, thrifted
Pants: NYDJ blue skinnies, thrifted
Shoes: Vince Camuto Trinity heels (old)
Necklace: Sparkly from Groopdealz (old)
Bag: Nordstrom gold clutch, hand-me-down
Belt: Gold wrap belt, American Apparel (old)

Happy national thrift shop day!

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Thanks to my friend Nicole who lovingly reminded me this morning, I didn’t miss National Thrift Shop Day. Thrifted this super cute outfit today (minus the bag). Gap straight leg jeans $5, Talbots sweater $4, wood bangles $3. Thrifted vintage Dooney bag last week for $2 and bought the handles off ebay for $13. Score!

Did you thrift anything today?