jean jacket jubilee {a workwear wednesday post}

I’m a fan of denim in general, especially denim jackets. My “traditional” denim jacket looks a bit funny on me, which the sleeves being too long and the body being a bit too tight. But this moto-style denim jacket that I picked up at a local consignment store fits nicely and works with a lot of different outfits. Here I wore it with khaki pants and a blouse to work. And because (I HOPE) fall is starting to descent on North Carolina, it was in the 70s and rainy so I wasn’t overheating in my jacket.

Another way I love to wear jean jackets is with dresses. I think it’s a cute and timeless ensemble that works for a more casual office setting.

Head on over to The Thrifty Girl’s Guide to see how Justine wears her jean jackets!

GAP jean jacket, banana republic bird blouse, J Crew khakis, melissa sandals
GAP jean jacket, banana republic bird blouse, J Crew khakis, melissa sandals
GAP jean jacket, banana republic bird blouse, J Crew khakis, melissa sandals

Do you wear denim/jean jackets? How do you style them?

Outfit details:
Jacket: Gap, consignment store
Blouse: Banana Republic, ThredUp
Pants: J. Crew, thrifted
Shoes: Melissa, local boutique

workwear wednesday: dress & boots

As summer turns into fall, temperatures begin to drop, leaves fall, and dresses and sandals turn into dresses and boots. Except here in NC, the weather is confused about this whole fall thing. Someone didn’t get the memo that we’re tired of the 90+ degree days. That’s okay, bring on the boots anyway! I paired my trusty old cowboy boots with a new dress that I thrifted over the weekend…voila!

max and cleo dress, tony lama cowboy boots

max and cleo dress, tony lama cowboy boots

Want to see more? Check out what Justine’s wearing for Workwear Wednesday on The Thrifty Girl’s Guide!

Do you wear dresses with boots?

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Outfit details:

Dress: Max and Cleo, thrifted
Belt: Thifted
Necklace: Mignon Faget belt buckle turned into necklace
Boots: Tony Lama Cowboy boots, gift from my om

button-down bliss {workwear wednesday}

I love button-down shirts. They are just so darn classy. Wear them with slacks or tucked into a skirt and boom — you’re automatically so business-like. Keep them untucked, paired with jeans, or (like me) tie a little bow and maybe you’re bit more causal.

Because the summers here in North Carolina keep dragging on until what seems like winter, I rely on my trusty sleeveless chambray button-down shirt to keep my cool and chic at the same time. This is a Gap shirts that I picked on on ebay for a great deal, and it’s quickly become one of my favorites. The only problem is I’ve lost a few lbs and it’s becoming quite loose. So, I decided to take a risk and tie it around my waist to give it more definition. I got so many complements at work on the day I wore this so I’ve decided it’s a winner. This slightly more carefree way to style your button-down might work better at casual offices or on weekends.

Gap chambray button-down sleeveless top, Misook pleated skirt, Melissa gold shoes Gap chambray button-down sleeveless top, Misook pleated skirt, Melissa gold shoes Gap chambray button-down sleeveless top, Misook pleated skirt, Melissa gold shoes Gap chambray button-down sleeveless top, Misook pleated skirt, Melissa gold shoes

Do you like button-down shirts? How do you style them?

Don’t forget to check out how Justine styled her button-down shirt for this workwear wednesday!

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Outfit details:

Top: Gap, ebay
Skirt: Misook, consignment
Shoes: Melissa, poshmark
Necklace: Vintage

august 2016 budget

I know I’m going to sound like a broken record here but sheesh…this summer went by FAST. It was busy, steaming hot, and did I mention busy!? I am really excited that it’s September. That means fall is just around the corner.

Let’s take a look at my purchases for August, shall we?
August 2016 Budget
Melissa Petal - Pink Pearl -- Melissa Harmonic Sandals

  1. Lands End tote, thrifted $1.50
  2. Vintage Coach Willis purse, thrifted $1.75
  3. LOFT skirt, thrifted $3.60
  4. Misook black midi skirt, thrifted $4
  5. Vince Camuto peplum top, thrifted $3.60
  6. Cole Haan wedge pumps, thrifted $3.50
  7. Michael Stars blue cowl neck top, thrifted $4
  8. Max Studio geometric pattern blouse, thrifted $3.50
  9. LOFT cat print tee, thrifted $1.50
  10. Kitty print peter pan collar blouse, $13 at Ross
  11. Knox Rose flowy blouse, $11.50 at Target

Also:

  • Melissa Petal (in Pink Pearl) Dorsey shoes, from local boutique $30
  • Melissa Harmonic Sandals, from local boutique $20

Total  = $101.45; not bad… that leaves $95.55 for September (my quarterly budget is $375).

Now it’s your turn to spill the beans…how did YOU do this month?

As always, linking up with Franish.

workwear wednesday – cardi party

A cardigan is one of the easiest and more effortless ways to class-up a dress or top to make it office appropriate. Plus, if you’re anything like me, you work in an office that’s freezing cold during the summer, so it’s 60 degrees indoors and 95 degrees outside.

Because of an insanely busy week, I’ve pulled together a few of my favorite outfits that feature cardigans + summer wear. It looks like I like pairing cardigans with dresses or skirts🙂

Do you like wearing cardigans during warmer months? How do you style your cardigans for the office?

And of course, don’t forget to check out the lovely Justine and see how she wore her summer cardigan.