Inspiration Calendar- Kimberly’s Fab Finds Under $50

Kimberly put out her awesome inspiration calendar for February today!

I was so excited that I am featured and so is my cousin!!!

What a great honor!

My cousin will be inspiring us on Wednesday the 15th with this great outfit.

Pattern mixing with houndstooth

And I will be inspiring on Monday February 20th with this outfit.

Wear your winter white! ­čÖé

Don’t forget to check out the rest of Kimberly’s great finds and inspirations.

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The Winter Edition 10 Day Challenge {Day 7 – Bright Colors}

Going strong and completed the 7th day of the 10 day challenge!

Today’s prompt was bright colors. I was super excited because although I have been mixing in some pops of color here and there I have stuck to mostly grays and blacks┬áthroughout this challenge. I also did an all tan/cream monochrome outfit. ┬áSo I have been craving color.

Shirt – New York and Company, Skirt – The Limited, Tights – New York and Company, Shoes – Nine West via TJ Maxx, Earrings – Made by Me, Watch – New York and Company

The hubs took several pictures tonight, but this one captured the color and details of my shirt the best, so even though the lighting on my face isn’t the best, I went with it. I can’t wait for the sun to stay out longer. ┬áThe weather has been so nice lately. I mean it was 65 out today. That is INSANE! I am not sure how I might be able to do tomorrow’s challenge – as it will be in the 60s again and that is not coat weather for me.

I love everything about this shirt though. I love how it fits, the fun bow, the pattern, and the feel. It is such a great piece, I can’t wait to wear it in more ways. I also love how wearing the same color tights and shoes make me look taller. It makes me smile. I love these earrings too. I made a necklace that matches, but it broke a while ago and I haven’t gotten around to fixing it. I will do that soon. Because while this outfit didn’t need a necklace. I think that it would have looked nice. I should also make some more jewelry in general. It is fun and a great way to get one of a kind pieces. I think that the next thing I make is a nice statement necklace. I will have to go bead shopping soon! Have any of you attempted to make your own jewelry? Have any good tips?

Don’t forget to check out my other BRIGHT friends below.

The Winter Edition 10 Day Challenge {Day 6 – Decade or Region}

Well I am back with the Winter Edition 10 Day Challenge.  Kayla at Freckles in April is doing such a great job coming up with prompts for this challenge. Today, she challenged us to dress from a decade or region. Can you guess which I picked?

Sweater – Strand via TJ Maxx, Necklace – The Limited, Belt – Fossil via TJ Maxx, Skirt – Express, Watch – DKNY via TJ Maxx, Tights – New York and Company, Shoes – Simply Vera via Kohls

Well I attempted late 50’s early 60’s office fashion. AKA anything that reminded me of Mad Men. ┬áI used these photos {retrieved from google images} as I was putting together my outfit last night.

Joan – I want to be you someday!

Peggy – I love when you kick it up a notch and dress really well!

And then this came from the inspiration post.

Overall, I am pleased with my outfit. I even put my hair up in a bun. Not the best bun, but I tried to be Joan-esque.

I also really liked how the raspberry tights played off of the pink belt.

Come check out the rest of my challenge friends below!

The Winter Edition 10 Day Challenge {Day 5 – Pattern Mixing}

For today’s challenge, we were asked to do some pattern mixing.

I started experimenting with pattern mixing in December of 2009. (How do I remember that exactly?? That is when I had my other blog that I deleted – some people may remember me as from sneakers to┬ástilettos.) I liked today’s challenge though because I have never mixed patterns in this dressed up of an outfit.

Dress & Belt – Calvin Klein via TJ Maxx, Cardi – New York and Company, Tights – Kohls, Shoes – Simply Vera via Kohls, Necklace and Earrings – via Eastern Market

I actually had thought about switching prompts with yesterday but then I thought it would be more of a challenge to keep the prompts the way they were. Also one of my new bosses had this awesome pattern mixing outfit on earlier this week that inspired me for today. She wore a nice black and gray striped shirt under a black leather blazer with the same colored gray and black large print houndstooth pencil skirt. She then wore black tights and pumps. It was such a chic outfit and I thought, that I might be able to pull something off too.

So I went with this new dress. I love the varying stripes of gray, black, and white. I then added these black argyle tights. I knew that I wanted a little something else to add to the mix and added the large flower statement necklace.I decided not to add a pop of color, but keep everything else basic black so that the pattern mixing was the highlight.

Check out my other fellow pattern mixing friends below!

And for fun – Here is my daughter happy that her momma is home from work!

The Winter Edition 10 Day Challenge {Day 4 – Channel Someone}

Today’s posting is brought to you by Kate Middleton. I am not really a royalty follower, but I am not gonna lie – she is one stylish woman. I have deep envy an admiration for women that can do casual so effortlessly and chic at the same time.

So here is my best shot at casual chic:

Black Sweater – Strand via TJ Maxx, Tank Top – Target, ┬áJeans – Levis via TJ Maxx, Shoes – Target, Blazer – New York and Company, Scarf – belongs to the hubs

Here is my inspiration photo

**Source unknown**

I think that I did ok with this interpretation. I had my hair down this morning and that didn’t last. I do think that Kate does the simple pony tail well though. I also thought that the touches of tweed and plaid were very English feeling – so I went with it.

 

I think that this neckline works for me too! I like how flattering the sweater is.

Today was a very rare occasion when I was able to wear jeans to work. I originally was going to channel Joan Holloway, but found out that I could wear jeans and switched it up.

Check out my friends below that are also channeling others.

The Winter Edition 10 Day Challenge {Day 3 – Embrace a Trend}

Day 3 – I got this!! (hosted by Freckles in April) Today we were asked to embrace a trend. I went with colored pants, stripes, animal print shoes, and a chunky watch band. Jacket – The Limited, Striped Shirt – … Continue reading

Work It Wednesday – Green Blazer from Gap

So I am totally coveting this green blazer!

(image from Gap.com)

Here are three ways that I would style it.

A perfect spring afternoon outfit!

Green Jacket - Spring Afternoon
A great fresh office outfit.
Green Jacket - At the Office
A wintery way.
Green Jacket - Winter Casual
Which way would you wear it?
Check out all the other looks at Work It Wednesday!

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The Winter Edition 10 Day Challenge {Day 2 – Monochrome}

For today’s rendition of the Winter Edition 10 Day Challenge hosted by Freckles in April – we are going monochrome!

Cardigan – Target, Lace Cami – New York and Company, Silky Blouse – New York and Company, Necklace – gift from MIL, Belt – New York and Company, Pants – Banana Republic, Shoes – Zinc via DSW

I usually stay safe and go black or just go monochromatic with only half of my body. Today I wanted to try cream/light brown. I really like how the different textures, and patterns added a lot of interest to my outfit even though it was monochrome.

I also loved that since I was wearing wool pants – they were lined with this silky material. So basically I had silky-ness touching all of me. AWESOME!!

I also really love love love these shoes. They have a cute wooden button detail. A fun chunky stacked wooden heel, and textured leather. They look awesome with a skirt or dress. I will have to showcase them soon.

Don’t forget to check out all of the other fun challenge participants. I was blown away yesterday with all the fun layering and have ideas of things that I want to try.

The Winter Edition 10 Day Challenge {Day 1 – Layers}

For the next two weeks I will be participating in the Winter Edition 10 Day Challenge hosted by Freckles in April.

Today’s Challenge – Layers

{Day 1}

Dress – no brand via TJ Maxx, Sweater – Kohls, Belt – New York and Company, Necklace and Earrings – New York and Company, Gray Tights – New York and Company, Black Lace Tights – New York and Company – Gray Flats – New York and Company, Blazer – New York and Company

Today I decided to layer in a more conventional way and in a more unique way. I layered my dress with a sweater and then a blazer. I wear layers with sweaters a lot and this year have discovered a love for wearing a blazer over an already layered sweater. This allowed me two things by doing this. One – I love the neckline of this dress. It has a nice detail and stays put, so I am covered without adjusting all day. Two – I stayed super warm because man was it cold out this morning. Next I went in a more unique direction and layered my tights. I also did this for two reasons. One – double tights mean LOTS of warmth, way warmer than pants would have kept me today. Two – it makes the black lace way more work appropriate. I through on a statement necklace and a waist defining belt for when I wasn’t covered up with my blazer and went out the door.

I was totally bummed this morning though. My husband works for the government and here in the DC area – they had a weather delay called last night. The delay was until 11am. I was very jealous when my alarm went off at 5:45 this morning that he didn’t have to get up until who knows when. Oh well – I got lots of work done before he even got to work today.

Don’t forget to go and check out the rest of the bloggers and their layers today too!

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