Monthly Archives: March 2016

that’s a wrap {workwear wednesday}

I absolutely love wrap dresses. Way back in the day (or probably just a few years ago), I had a lot of wrap dresses. I’d say I wore them to work at least once per week. Wrap dresses offer a classic, professional, and flattering silhouette for us curvy gals.

This specific dress I’ve had for almost 10 years (WHOA). I just recently had it dry-cleaned and thought I’d break it out to wear to work.

molly new york wrap dress, sofft breeze sandals

molly new york wrap dress, sofft breeze sandals

What do you think of wrap dresses? Do you wear them?

This post is one week late because last week I was on vacation/visiting my mom (pix coming soon). Last week, both Justine and Kristi posted their wrappy favorites so you should go check them out!
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Outfit details:
Dress: Molly New York, so old
Shoes: Sofft Breeze, gift from mom
Tank: old
Necklace: Tiffany, gift

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happy st. patrick’s day {kinda workwear wednesday}

Can I be perfectly honest? I’m not really all that into St. Patrick’s day. Not for any specific reason, but I live in the south and we sort of celebrate the day, but not the extent that they do up north. Also, I have zero Irish heritage so it’s not something that my family was into. I don’t drink green beer and wouldn’t know where to buy green bagels around here.

When I went through my closet to find something green to wear, I found practically nothing. Of all my clothes, I have 2 green t-shirts and that’s it! I got rid of practically all my other green clothes (not on purpose). And super casual t-shirts aren’t exactly the perfect Workwear Wednesday features but this outfit did work for going out to dinner with my family.

st. patrick's day casual outfit

In the interest of making this an actual work outfit, here’s something that I wore a while ago that has some green in it:henkaa convertible dress ask skirt for fall

Do you wear green for St. Patty’s day? How do you incorporate green into a work outfit?

Don’t forget to check out Justine’s and Kristi’s takes on St. Patrick’s day workwear wednesday outfits!

A quick note: This March marks Sandpaper Kisses Blog’s 5 year anniversary! This is pretty amazing for me and I want to thank all of you bloggy friends and readers for following along.

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Outfit details:
#1:
Top: C&C California tee, thrifted
Tank: Yummie Tummie tank, old from Nordstrom Rack
Pants: Levi’s jeans, thrifted
Shoes: Cole Haan flats, thrifted
Bag: Rough & Tumble

#2:
Top: The Limited, old
Skirt: This is actually Henkaa Sakura convertible dress worn as a skirt
Jacket: Gap denim jacket
Shoes: Cowboy boots, gift from mom
Necklace: local artisan
Bag: vintage Coach, thrifted

classy tweed for workwear wednesday

I love tweed. It’s so classic but at the same time, it’s chic, professional, and feminine. As I pare down my jacket, I have a limited number of tweed jackets (or maybe just one).

When I wear tweed, even when I’m wearing something casual like jeans, I feel like a fancy 80s lady that runs a company or something (as my coworker Spenser would say).

Classiques Entier Tweed jacket, Gap jeans, J Crew flats, eileen fisher top Classiques Entier Tweed jacket, Gap jeans, J Crew flats, eileen fisher top Classiques Entier Tweed jacket, Gap jeans, J Crew flats, eileen fisher top

What about you? Do you wear tweed?

Like tweed? Check out Justine’s outfit on The Thrifty Girl’s Guide and Kristi’s outfit on Delightfully Kristi!

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Outfit Details:
Top: Eileen Fisher silk tank, thrifted
Jacket: Classiques Entier tweed jacket, thrifted
Necklace: Ann Taylor, consignment
Jeans: Gap skinnies, thrifted
Shoes: J. Crew flats, consignment

workwear wednesday: 6 workwear rules to follow

workwear wednesday 6 workwear rules to follow
Hi friends, for this week’s Workwear Wednesday, we’re showing off 6 workwear “rules” that are fun guidelines to use when building your business casual wardrobe. I work in an office, so business casual makes sense. But of course your “workwear” needs will differ based on your job…here are some of our favorite examples.

Dressed-Up Denim.

I’m a huge fan of jeans; they’re easy to dress up or dress down. A great pair of jeans can easily transform from daytime workwear chic to evening ensemble. I like to pair my favorite skinnies with a nice blouse, blazer, and heels.

The truth is I wear jeans to work almost every day and I never feel like I wear the same thing twice (hah!). The versatility and comfort factor of jeans make them some of my favorite work wardrobe staples.
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Outfit details:
My favorite jeans: Beija Flor Nicole Skinnies {find them here}
Top: Banana Republic Bird Print Popover Blouse on sale {find it here}
Jacket: Chaus Blazer, old from Nordstrom {similar here}
Bag: Dooney & Bourke satchel, old {similar Dooney Pebble Grain Satchel here}
Necklace: Groopdealz, old
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman kitten heels, thrifted {similar here}

An Investment Bag.

I think every woman should have at least one really great bag. If you’re a purse addict like me, you may have 10 to 50 great bags. I have a lot of purses, most of them thrifted, but some of them were bags I had to save up for. I think that there’s nothing wrong with saving up for a really great bag that will last you for years to come, in fact, I recommend it.

The type of bag you get will vary depending on your needs, your likes, your style, etc. What I’ve been using lately is a Dooney satchel that I’ve had for about 5 years. It’s the perfect size to carry all my stuff (minus my laptop and work notebook, those have their own bags) while at the same time the shape and color look professional. I really like satchels with a detachable shoulder strap because they allow me to grab the handles and go or throw it over my shoulder to keep both hands free.

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Outfit details:
Bag: Dooney & Bourke satchel, old {similar Dooney Pebble Grain Satchel here}
Top: Sejour blouse, thrifted {similar option here}
Jacket: The Limited white blazer, old {similar option here}
Pants: Beija Flor Nicole Skinny Jeans {find them here}
Shoes: Corso Como wedges, thrifted {similar option here}
Necklace: hand-me-down

Dressed-up denim and an investment bag are my 2 “rules” for Workwear Wednesday, but there are 4 more you can’t miss! Go visit Justine’s blog and Kristi’s blog for their rules!