Simplicity

So my bosses are on a retreat for three days this week. That means that I can dress a little more casually. I went with a simple outfit of black/gray with pops of red.

Turtleneck – KMart, Scarf – (belongs to the Hubs – but I have been wearing it a lot lately), Belt – TJ Maxx, Pants – Eddie Bauer, Shoes – Liz Claiborne via TJ Maxx

I love how monochromatic this feels even though I brought in the bright pops of red. The layers played well together. I didn’t get these pants hemmed because with 90% of my shoes they are the perfect length. My knee has been acting up though, so I went with a shorter heel. I was comfortable and didn’t step on my pants today, but this picture makes it look like I could be stepping on my hems. Oh well. 🙂

This week is going to start out slow and end really busy. I am not sure how I feel about that – but I rested up this weekend.

A closer look at the details.

It felt a little weird to pick whatever I wanted out of the closet this morning. I really enjoyed the challenge from the last two weeks. Anyone else missing the prompts as they got dressed today?

Also – what do you think of the detail shots – should I keep doing them?

See you all tomorrow! Thanks again for reading and commenting – it has been great to be a part of this community.

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The Winter Edition 10 Day Challenge {Day 8 – Dress Up a Coat}

We are on the home stretch now. Only 2 more days of the challenge.

Today we were challenged to dress up a coat. I have a nice trench coat that already has some fun details, but I decided to go ahead and add to them. It made sense because it was also raining this morning. It has been such spring weather around here lately.

Coat – New York and Company, Flowers – New York and Company, Necklace & Earrings – The Limited

I went with the green flowers because I liked how they were so close to my orangy-pink necklace. I thought of it as channeling flowers and stems, but reversing the colors.

Shirt – New York and Company, Scarf – gift from my Mom, Skirt – Express, Tights – Target, Shoes – LAMB via TJ Maxx

I was inspired by my Work It Wednesday post and put together the work look – only with my own pieces.

LAMB at work
I really loved how these shoes looked today. I also liked the addition of the scarf as a belt. It added some color and interest. It also inspired me to wear my beaded statement necklace. What do you think? How did the look turn out?
Want to see more stylish dressed up coats? Check out my friends by clicking below.

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,  Jeans – 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.

My Weekend Uniform

Like so many people that I know, I have a weekend uniform. In the winter, my weekend go to outfit is jeans, boots, a sweater, and a scarf. So here is a very neutral version of my uniform.

Black turtleneck – KMart, Black Sweater – Kohls, Belt – American Eagle circa 1999, Jeans – Old Navy, Boots – Steve Madden, Scarf – the Hubs

It is getting cold out there, so I added an extra layer today, but I really wanted to just be wearing a simple black sweater turtleneck. I don’t have one, so I made a faux one out of a turtleneck and a v-neck sweater.

Sorry, my belly is showing. I pulled up my sweater a little to see my belt. Oh well!!!

Today we went carpet shopping. We also stopped by Home Goods because we are trying to finish my crafting/girl space in our finished attic. I was looking for lamps. I found two GREAT ones. And I also found the chair that will be the color inspiration for my room. The hubs got it for me for my birthday. I can’t wait to pick it up tomorrow!

{These are cell phone pictures, so excuse the quality}