#StyleMeMarch Neutrals & White {switching today and tomorrow’s prompts}

Today’s challenge was to wear two patterns together. Tomorrow’s challenge is to wear neutrals and white. I am switching it up!!

Jacket, blouse, and belt – The Limited, Pants – Express, Jewelry – New York and Company, Shoes – Banana Republic

So I haven’t talked much in detail about the work that I do. But events this week have been heartbreaking. I work for a school system and was a teacher leader at a particular school for about 5 years. In January, I was promoted to a central office job. Yesterday, a student at that school was murdered by her father in a murder – suicide. I am devastated. I don’t understand.

#StyleMeMarch & Everybody Everywear

Today I am participating in two challenges:

Style Me March & Everybody, Everywear

Green: Everybody, Everywear

Style Me March’s prompt was to wear strong eyeliner

Shirt – The Limited, Pants – Express, Necklace – gift from MIL, Shoes – Nine West, Belt – New York and Company

I thought that since I was going all green – I would need my pot of gold too!

Here is my attempt at strong eyeliner. Excuse the weird expression on my face. I was having a hard time getting a picture.

#StyleMeMarch: Teased Hair

Today was a stretch!!

When I first read this, I thought that might be clever and make fun of my hair… you know tease it. I did actually physically try and tease it today. I am not sure that it worked, but I tried.

Shirt – New York and Company, Pants – Express, Belt – Express, Necklace – New York and Company, Shoes – Nine West

Today I was trying to channel early spring. It isn’t quite warm enough to be all bare legged and what not, but it is warm enough that I am craving spring-like outfits.

So what do you think? How is my Style Me March Challenge going? Have you liked my creations? I know that I have been pushed out of my comfort zone a couple of times already and that is what I love about challenges.  Speaking of challenges – anyone want to join me for Find it Friday tomorrow?  I am going to participate in both challenges. It should be interesting. 🙂

{Goes to outfit plan since the Bug is taking a nap and the Hubs isn’t home}

#StyleMeMarch: Bold Lipstick and catching up Day 1 – Favorite Color

I am really loving the Style Me March Challenge. It is giving me some guidelines while making it really easy to also infuse my own style!

Today’s prompt was bold lipstick. Since I was a few days late to this game… I also wanted to catch-up so Day 1 was your favorite color. I was able to do both today! (small victories are important!)

Shirt – Express, Pants – Express, Belt – Express, Necklace – New York and Company, Shoes – Simply Vera via Kohls

Since I have been experimenting with bold lipstick the last few weeks, I am not sure that this seems as bold as it would have to me a month ago. I do like how the more pink tone of the lipstick pairs with the kelly green pants. I think red would have been too much for me. I also LOVE these pants. Green is my favorite color and this shade of green is FANTASTIC!!! I think that these pants were made just for me!!!

Who else is participating in the Style Me March challenge?

#StyleMeMarch – Parisian Inspired

Today’s inspiration in the Style Me March challenge was to wear something Parisian inspired.

The first thing that I thought about was wearing black and white stripes. I also have been wanting to try to do this to my hair.

I got my hair done today and my bangs are a little shorter than I would like but I still thought that I would be able to pull this off. In the mirror, I thought that I did ok. I am not so sure that it translated well in pictures.

Stripe Shirt – The Limited, Cardigan – Kohls, Belt and Necklace – Express, Jeans – Banana Republic, Shoes – Payless

I think that my hair is actually very distracting in these pictures, but I do really like how the pattern mixing turned out. I was staring in my closet for a long time trying to think about what else to pair with the stripes and saw this cardi. I love the large damask and the damask also seems very french to me – so I went with it. I didn’t feel like myself and was a little uncomfortable when I was leaving the house, but I think that really had to do with my hair than with the outfit.

We went to a friend’s house tonight for game night. I was in charge of desserts. This is what I brought!

**all made from scratch**

I am looking forward to tomorrow’s challenge.

Find It Friday {Week 4}

Welcome to week four of Find it Friday!

What is Find it Friday? Well it is when you FIND something in your closet that you haven’t worn in a long time and wear it on FRIDAY. Then you make up your mind if it still should belong in that closet of yours.

I have two found items on today. Can you figure out which ones are the found items?

Sweater – New York and Company, Tank – New York and Company, Bangles & Watch – New York and Company, Necklace  – Express, Pants – The Limited, Shoes – Michael Shannon via Rack Room Shoes

The tank top and the red shoes are my found items. I actually have two pairs of red shoes and haven’t worn either them regularly in several years – especially these shoes. I think that it has been 2 years since I have worn them.  I love how these shoes look and what they bring to an outfit. They just aren’t the most comfortable, so I have to be careful about what tasks I am going to be doing the day I am wearing them.  I am obsessed with these tank tops. I am continually buying them in different colors and have had this one for over 5 years. I love them as layering pieces. This morning, I realized though that I have not worn this one in over a year. I guess that I need to rock the cobalt blue more often. I originally was going to wear a red tank under my sweater, but after putting it on, realized that the blue conveyed the more sophisticated look that I was going for and that I would still be using the red to pop the outfit with the necklace and shoes.

Please join me today. Comment with a link to your post and I will do a round-up of everyone this weekend.

Inspired

Today’s outfit is brought to you by The Inclined Plane!

Loren wore this outfit back when I first found her blog and I was in love. I knew that I had to re-create it. Today was the perfect day to do that. Since I wore BRIGHT pink yesterday, I knew I wanted to tone it down a little today. A girl can only steal the spotlight so many days in a row at work. 😉

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Here is my almost literal interpretation of this outfit.

Shirt – Express, Skirt and Belt – New York and Company, Necklace – gift from MIL, Earrings and Tights – The Limited, Shoes – Chinese Laundry via DSW

I had to throw in a little pop of green. This is because green is my absolute favorite and because today is March 1st! That means it is Irish month!!

Loren – you were a great inspiration! Thanks for making getting ready SUPER easy today. 🙂 What are your favorite go-to outfits? Do you ever wear all black?

Also – don’t forget to join me tomorrow for Find it Friday!

Stalking and Professional Brights

So back at the beginning of February, New York and Company (one of my most favorite stores ever) started emailing pictures of great Valentine pieces. They had pictures of this beautiful raspberry colored suit in the email. I couldn’t find it online or in stores. I looked at stalked the website everyday until it finally showed up available for purchase.  So I convinced the hubs to go to the mall with me and purchased it after making sure it fit well.

Suit – New York and Company, Jewelry – The Limited, Shirt – Target, Shoes – Simply Vera via Kohls, Belt – Express

The Hubs told me that the outfit was very LOUD, but that he liked it. I had planned to wear it last week and I was meeting some people for work that I have never met before, so I felt like it might be too much for that occasion. Today though, I was working with people that I have known for a long time, so I felt comfortable trying out head to toe pink with them. I must admit that I got many many compliments on both the suit and the shoes today. I think a big part of the compliments came because while this outfit is very LOUD it is also very professional. It is cut well and made out of a great material.  I am so excited to now try wearing this in different ways. I will have to try both separates and remixing it with something other than black and gray.

Would you be brave enough to wear this bold of a color head to toe in a suit? Would this be office appropriate for your job?

Find It Friday {Week 3}

Sorry for the late post. I had a very busy day, followed by book club!

Today is FIND it FRIDAY! Read all about it here and let me know if you are joining in!

Dress – Express, Tights, Belt, & Jewelry – New York and Company, Shoes – Simply Vera via Kohls

(this is what I look like in the morning before leaving for work – i put my make up on in the car at stoplights)

So, I have had this dress for a long time and used to wear it frequently. I stopped wearing it when I became pregnant. Then I stayed home from work for a year and it just never made its way back into the rotation. I really do like it and I love the color. I guess that I struggle with wearing it in different ways. How else would you style this dress?

I am really liking this experiment of finding things in my closet that I haven’t worn in quite a while and I am excited to see what other people have put together. I am adding a page called FIND it FRIDAYs with info and the picture you can use if you participate. 🙂

The Best Laid Plans

Do not always come to be.

I didn’t post yesterday because I basically wore a mix of these two outfits.

        

I wore the suit and the polka dot shirt. I also wore the polka dot tights and black shoes.

I didn’t show it off because I also worked late last night and was very tired when I got home.

I had planned to wear something different today, but was very tired when I woke up and just went with something easy.

Sweater – TJ Maxx, Shirt & Shoes – New York and Company, Pants – Express, Jewelry – The Limited

Two things that I have learned from this outfit. I need to remember to always iron in the crease of these pants. I also need to wear these pants with at least a little bit of a heel.

I am not sure that this outfit translates as well in pictures as it did in person… but I am going with it. What I do really love is this sweater and statement necklace. I don’t know that I love the button-up under it, but I do love the necklace with this.

What do you wear when you are super tired and need to be put together?