livin’ on the edge {a workwear wednesday post}

I am by no means an edgy dresser. There are very few sharp objects in my closer (if you take ‘edgy’ literally) and I don’t push the fashion boundaries either. I wanted to be edgy by wearing black, some leather, maybe sulk a little and put on some smokey eye shadow. That’s my silly intretation of edge workwear. But when it’s over 100 degrees in the shade, it’s hard to imagine wearing dark colors let alone leather.

So I went for a loose top with…GHASP…wait for it…cut-outs. And jeans with suede inserts that you can’t even see. And my go-to gladiator-esque black leather wedges.

bobeau top, NYDJ jeans, bionica wednes

bobeau top, NYDJ jeans, bionica wednes

bobeau top, NYDJ jeans, bionica wednes

What do you think? How would you wear ‘edgy’ clothes to the office?

Don’t forget to hop on over to The Thrifty Girl’s Guide to see what Justine posted for workwear wednesday.

Outfit details:
Top: Bobeau, thrifted
Pants: NYDJ, Marshalls/TJ maxx
Shoes: Bionica

favorite office makeup {workwear wednesday}

I’m a fan of simple, natural, subtle makeup for work. When it comes to my 5-10 minute makeup ritual every morning, my motto is, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” Nothing too fancy or time-consuming, or I just won’t keep it up. Remember Carmindy from What Not to Wear and her 5 Minute Face? That’s my jam. Here’s an example from not too long ago…

kate spade striped tank

If you’re wondering what my skin care regimen is, not long ago it consisted of Dr. Bronner’s for face wash (really) and whatever random sample of Clinique face lotion my mom would give me. I never really wore sunscreen unless went to the beach. Then a few months ago, I discovered Rodan + Fields and my skin has been so rejuvenated, healthy, and supple, that I won’t go back to not taking care of my skin. I’m using the Soothe regimen because I share the products with my Hubby and he’s got super sensitive skin. The products work great on not-so-sensitive skin and include what I think is the best facial sunscreen ever.

Let’s talk makeup. I don’t spend too much time on my makeup honestly, unless it’s a special occasion. I’ve been especially interested in trying to go makeup-free but with my genetic dark circles, it’s a bit hard to do. I have been quite the minimalist recently, especially with the oppressive heat and humidity of the south.

favorite makeup for the office

My go-to makeup products for my workday are:

  1. Lancome Dual Finish Versatile Powder Makeup – I actually wet it a bit and make a paste that I use around my eyes. When it dries, I brush it lightly to even it out.
  2. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz pencil – really don’t like leaving the house without this because my eyebrows are so thin. Mom was right, don’t over-pluck!
  3. Too Faced Chocolate Bar eye shadow palette – I have brown eyes and prefer neutral shadows so this is perfect for me. Plus they smell so good!
  4. Sugar Lip Treatment in Tulip – I’m lucky that I have a prominent natural lip color and I also prefer a very subtle lip, so this tinted lip gloss is my favorite.
  5. Mascara – I have very fine lashes that love clumping together. I’m still trying to find the perfect mascara for me but meanwhile my sis-in-law gave me a sample of the Make Up Forever Smoky Extravagant mascara and I really like the wand.
  6. (Optional) Blush – if I feel like I need a little extra color. Not really necessary in the summer.

Can’t get enough makeup? Hop on over to The Thrifty Girl’s Guide to see what Justine cooked up this week!

day to night dress {workwear wednesday}

Hi friends,

I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve actually blogged. I really wanted to make an effort to post something today because I’m going to be on vacation all next week so I’ll be taking another little break from the blog. I hope everyone’s having a great summer so far. Mine has been busy!

About this outfit, it’s my take on a work-appropriate dress and dressing it down (I decided to make my “night” look more casual). I thrifted this fun striped dress not long ago and I just love how comfortable and cute it is–perfect for summer.

Dress + nice cardigan + black flats + purse = comfy but chic for the workday!

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Dress + jean jacket + wedges + purse = cute and casual to go out after work!

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Do you take your work outfits from day to night? How do you make the transition?

Don’t forget to check out what Justine and Kristi are showing off this week!
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Outfit Deets:

First:
Dress: LOFT, thrifted
Cardigan: Misook, ebay
Shoes: Lands End flats, thrifted
Purse: kate spade stevie orange shoulder bag, thrifted
Earrings: Consignment

Second:
Dress: LOFT, thrifted
Purse: kate spade stevie orange shoulder bag, thrifted
Earrings: Consignment
Jacket: Old Navy, thrifted
Shoes: Bionica Sirus $130 from local boutique in CA {find them here}

nice & nautical {workwear wednesday}

Well, it has been a veritable whirlwind these past few weeks with class, work, many wonderful visitors in town, and kickball season. That means that my blog has been slightly neglected and I haven’t had time to take outfit photos for the past few weeks.

That being said, the nautical look is one of my favorites for summer and so I’ve got a few outfits from the past that I can bring back into rotation. Nautical clothes make me think of summertime, the beach, and a little preppy. I love stripes, the colors blue, white (and sometimes red), and nautical prints like anchors.

Do you like nautical styles? Would you wear them to work?

Outfit deets:
Anchor dress: here
Striped dress with nautical button cardigan: here
Striped dress with coral cardigan: here
Navy and white sheath dress: here
White and red and blue nautical stripes: here

Don’t forget to check out what Justine and Kristi are showing off this week!

beachy, breezy workwear

It’s June. The sun is shining. The weather is getting warmer by the minute. It’s almost summer. I don’t know about you but I’ve had the beach on my brain for a few weeks now.

Because I don’t have plans to go to the beach anytime soon (sadface), I’ve decided to bring the beach to me, specifically to the office, by wearing something breezy and beachy. How about a fun dress with ruffles and a floral print? And maybe a casual cardigan to make it a bit more office-appropriate (even though I work in a very casual office and nobody cares)?
Liberty London Target floral dress, Mel by Melissa Sandals, Johnny Was lace cardigan

Liberty London Target floral dress, Mel by Melissa Sandals

Would you wear beach-inspired outfits to work? How would you style them?

Want to see more?! Check out what Justine and Kristi are showing off this week!

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Outfit details:
Dress: Liberty London for Target, Poshmark
Shoes: Mel by Melissa for F21, old
Cardigan: Johnny Was, from my March trip to California
Necklace: gift from my mom from Rwanda