Sunday, October 19, 2014

Peplum Blazer - Style Challenged

Happy Monday!  I am back from a wonderful girls weekend in San Francisco and happy to report that I survived the race.  I will share more about my trip later this week.  I got back home Sunday night and just need time to get chores done and the week ready.  

In the mean time, I need your help with this peplum blazer.  This blazer really caught my eye from the cut, the pattern to the colors.  The colors in the blazer are black, white and burgundy.  As you can see, I am not very creative when it comes to wearing this jacket.  I've worn it both pretty much with the colors in the jacket.  

The jacket does not look good open so it does need to be buttoned up.  I would probably wear it with jeans or pair with gray or white but other than that I stumped.  I am not sure how I feel about mixing patterns with such a plaid that goes different directions and I struggle with incorporating colors that is not in the jacket.  

I would love to hear what ideas you have.  Thanks!

Outfit Details:
Ann Taylor Top Similar
WHBM Plaid Graphic Print Jacket Same on Clearance
Ann Taylor Faux Leather Skirt Similar
Nine West Brigider Cage Sandal Same on Clearance
Tory Burch Robinson Pebble Square Tote Same
J Crew Tortoise Crystal Pendant Similar
Ann Taylor Linear Ring Same
The Limited Pave Loops Ring Same

Outfit Details:
Loft Ponte Sheath Dress Same
J Crew Crystal Venus Flytrap Necklace Same
Loft Aviator Sunglasses Similar
Rebecca Minkoff Cupid Satchel Same
Ann Taylor Cuff Similar
JewelMint Pearl Luxe Ring Same
The Limited Crystal Oval Ring Same
BaubleBar Crystal Mason Ring Same
Ann Taylor Suede Wedges Similar

Linking up with these wonderful ladies: Funday MondayMingle MondayVisible MondayThe Style Record Link UpMix It MondayCorporate Chic,, I Would Rock This,  Monday BloomPink SolesOn the Daily Express  and Rhea Et Cetera.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Throw Back Thursday: Cloche Hat

In the summer, I use wide brim hats all time time to protect my face from the sun all season long.  In the fall, I don't use hats as often probably because the days are shorter.  In the blogging world, big woolly floppy hats are very popular.  I did give into temptation and bought a floppy hat from Old Navy that I will wear one of these days.  

In the meantime, I will this my cloche hat I bought last year.  

My girlfriends and I are doing the Nike 1/2 Marathon in San Francisco.  I am nervous but so excited for this weekend.  Excited for the girls weekend and all the great food I will be having but nervous for all the hills during the race.  I have been training and should be ready even if I have to crawl, I will earn my Tiffany necklace.  Follow me on Instagram (@happinessatmidlife) if you are interested in seeing the necklace once I earn it. 

What plans do you have for this weekend?

Outfit Details:
 J Crew Lambswool Zip Sweater Same
WHBM Cami Similar
Loft Camo Jeans (last worn here & hereSimilar
Target Merona Cloche Hat Similar
Ann Taylor Necklace
Ann Taylor Crystal Stud Earrings Same
Forever 21 Clutch Similar
Sheomint Sienna Boots Similar
JewelMint Pearl Luxe Ring Same
The Limited Pave Oval Ring Same

Throw Back Thursday to the last time I wore my hat about a year ago.  (Original Post Here)

Linking up with these fabulous ladies:  

Time of the link up.  I can't wait to see all the great styles out there.  Please also link back this post to your blog.  I really appreciate it and thank you so much for linking up!

Monday, October 13, 2014


I have never seen the show Scandal but friends that do watch it rave about it.  The Limited recently released a collaboration between Kerry Washington who plays Olivia Pope on the show and the show's costume designer, Lyn Paolo.  The line is based on Olivia Pope' style which is mainly pastels and white with clothes that makes a woman feel glamorous, sexy, smart and powerful.

I have to say, this collaboration fits right up my alley.  The pieces are stunning in person and very well made.  I wanted to buy the whole collection since it is perfect for the office and it did have very nice touches to make me feel feminine at the same time.  I resisted and just picked up this stunning dress.

If you are familiar with this show, do you recommend it?  I think the first season is on Netflix so I will probably watch it when I have some time.  

P.S. Please come back and join TBT Fashion link up on Thursday!

Outfit Details:
The Limited Tulip Skirt Sheath Dress Same
Banana Republic Zuma Beach Statement Necklace Same on Clearance
Loft Aviator Sunglasses Similar
Ann Taylor Sculptured Cuff Same
BaubleBar Crystal Mason Ring Same
Tory Burch Robinson Middy SatchelSame
Ann Taylor Tonya Suede Zipper Shooties Same

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Fall Florals

Work has been really hectic lately and I have just been trying to keep up with all the deadlines.  With work going crazy, I was so excited to learn that today is a holiday!  So what's on the agenda?  Work.

My plan is to work a bit today then head off to see Gone Girl.  My hubby was going to see the movie with me but forgot to take the day off so it will be a solo movie for me.  Have you gone to the movies on you own?

This floral top has been on heavy rotation in my closet.  I love that it's silk and that it has so many colors for me to play with.  It seems that I really like pairing it with pink so far.  By adding the browns and the long cardigan, I hope it looks a little more fall like.

Outfit Details:
J Crew Sleeveless Drapey Top in Cove Floral Similar
Anthropologie Cardigan Similar
Loft Skirt Similar
Ann Taylor Billie Cutout Leather Peeptoe Shooties Same on Clearance
Ann Taylor Necklace Similar
Tory Burch Bombe Tote Similar
J Crew Bracelet Similar
JewelMint Pearl Lure Ring Same
BaubleBar Crystal Mason Ring Same

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Throw Back Thursday: Camo Flats

I have always been a fan of outfits that have a good balance of feminine with masculine touches.  I have never been a huge fan of camouflage but some how it has grown on me and now I have a couple of tees and even a pair of flats.

I thought it would be fun to sneak my camo flats to work and paired it with pink and and green.  I normally would not wear a long skirt with flats since it shortens my already challenged stature.  This outfit for me is a good balance of feminine touch with the pink full skirt and masculine with the touch of camo.

How do you feel about camo print?



Outfit Details:
Loft Top Similar
The Limited Belt Similar
H & M Skirt (worn hereherehere & hereSimilar
The Limited Leopard Haircalf Cuff Bracelet Same
J Crew Twin Birds Necklace Same
BaubleBar Crystal Mason Ring Same
Ann Taylor Linear Ring Same
The Limited Pave Loops Ring Same
Banana Republic Stackable Rings Similar
Loft Aviator Sunglasses Similar
Tory Burch Robinson Midday Satchel Same
Target Camo Flats Similar

 Throw Back Thursday (Original Post).  On this post, I talked about creating a weekend chic outfit.  I am still trying to figure out how to do that.

Linking up with these fabulous ladies:  

Time of the link up.  I can't wait to see all the great styles out there.  Please also link back this post to your blog.  I really appreciate it and thank you so much for linking up!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Shootie or a Bootie?

I purchased these shoes from Ann Taylor a few weeks ago and this is the first time I am wearing them.  I have to say they are really comfortable and I can see that they can be used year round for me which is a win. When I was searching for these shoes for the blog, I noticed they were called shooties and not booties.  So what's the difference?

I did some extensive research (by extensive, I mean I Googled it) and here's what I found (BTW, these terms do not exist in Wikipedia): 

According to Susan Raverman who wrote on Everyday Life Global Post, a bootie is a  certain type of footwear that rests somewhere between the ankle and mid-calf. It's a short boot that covers the foot and possibly some of the lower leg. 

Acoording to WiseGeek, a shootie is a blend of a boot and a shoe. Shooties are ladies footwear that reach up to the ankles. 

My opinion is that they are pretty much the same thing and the words can be used interchangeably.  Based on my extensive research, my conclusion is...who cares as long as you like it then wear it.  

What would you call these type of shoes?

BTW, I apologize if this outfit feels of season for most of you reading in North America.  This is just real California weather and this blog is me dressing for my life so no pretend outfits.   

P.S. Stop back and join my TBT Fashion link up on Thursday!

Outfit Details:
WHBM Floral Ruffle Top (worn here & hereSimilar
The Limited Belt Similar
J Crew Structure A line Skirt (worn hereSame on Clearance
Ann Taylor Tonya Suede Zipper Shooties Same
Loft Layer Necklace Similar
J Crew Tote Similar
Ann Taylor Linear Ring Same
Forever 21 Ring Similar
T & J Rings Similar

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Now & Later: Floral Punk Skirt

I survived the hot hot Southern CA weekend.  It was in the upper 90s so there was absolutely zero fall layers for me.  With this type of high temps, I still want to wear bright colors since it feels like summer.  So what's a girl to do?  

She wear what she wants!  I wore my floral punk print skirt which has a more summery feel and added a plaid shirt.  I know plaid is not really a seasonal print but I tend to associate it with colder months.  This plaid shirt is cotton so it's perfect for warm temps.  Lucky for me, my office is cold like a freezer that I can layer up with a blazer.  And this is the result of an summery/fall outfit.

Outfit Details:
Old Navy Plaid Shirt Similar
J Crew Factory Floral Punk Skirt (last worn hereSame on Clearance
Isaac Mizarhi x Target Blazer Similar
J Crew Factory Necklace Similar
Ann Taylor Liz Zip Leather Heels Same

Here's how I wore it early in the year when the temps were actually a lot cooler than it is now.  By pairing it with pink, it just feels more spring like.  See Original Post for outfit details.

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