Thursday, April 24, 2014

Work to Play: Leather Top


I never would've thought I could get away with wearing a leather top to work but I like how the perforation sort of mirrors the  pattern in my pants.  But this top is not the kind of images I think of when I think of leather tops.  These tops no matter what, is never appropriate for office attire and what I think of when you say leather tops.

I quickly switched up the pants to some distressed boyfriend jeans, a pair of booties and a little more bling on my hand to change it up to an outfit that's perfect for a night out.

Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend!


Outfit Details:
Ann Taylor Top Similar
Gap Jacket (last worn hereSimilar
WHBM Pants (last worn here & hereSimilar
Loft Necklace Similar
Ann Taylor Wedges Similar





Old Navy Cropped Boyfriend Jeans Same on Sale
Vince Camuto Booties Similar




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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Pesky Grays and Polka Dot & Lace

I have had pesky gray hairs since high school so I have been coloring my hair for a very long time.  When I was younger, I used home coloring systems and probably didn't do a very good job but it was affordable and convenient.  

As I got older, the grays got more resistant to hair color and I am coloring my hair about every   5 weeks.  I don't do home coloring any more and trust my hair color to my hairstylist and friend.  It gives me time to catch up with her and I always feel so good after having it done.  With a busy life, sometimes making time for hair coloring gets a bit stretched out but those grays drive me nuts!  

I was contacted by Gray Away to test out their temporary hair concealer.  I was sent a complimentary bottle in black/dark brown color.  I styled my hair as usual and then spray only where the roots are visible.  It really does the trick!  I love that it doesn't smell or feel sticky or anything.  It does washes out with shampoo so it is perfect for the last stretch before a hair appointment.  

These photos were taken a few days before my hair appointment so the gray were in full force.  I love that in these outfit photos, you can barely see them. 

Now onto the outfit - I don't own to many clutches since they feel too small to carry my kitchen sink with me.  Lately, I have noticed that my shoulder feels extremely tired with carrying a 20 pound purse.  (I am not sure how much it really weights but it's super heavy).  When I saw this cute little clutch box on sale, I thought I would give it a try.  It felt a bit odd to be holding something so small but my shoulder thanked me.  

For those that use clutches, how do you manage to carry so little? I only used this to dinner so all was good but can't see myself using this to go shopping.



Outfit Details:
Loft Lace Sweatshirt (last worn herehere & hereSimilar
WHBM Cami Similar
J Crew Schoolboy Blazer (worn herehere & hereSimilar
J Crew Factory Necklace Similar
J Crew Belt Similar
Loft Curvy Beyond the 5 Pocket Jeans (last worn hereSame
Ann Taylor Wedges Similar
WHBM Polka Dot Box Bag Same on Clearance




Sorry for the scary close up pictures of my gray hair!



After: you can see how much coverage it provided!




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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Emerald Pool FKA Punk Floral

I missed out on this punk floral print at J Crew last year.  I was kind of bummed about it because I really liked the print with all the pretty colors.  I searched on ebay and the prices were just too high for what I was willing to pay so I figure it was just not meant to be.  

Fast forward a year later and I am at the J Crew Outlet store returning something and I see the Punk Floral print everywhere!  And now it's called Emerald Pool.  They had this print in everything you can think of: dresses, tops, pants, cardigan, sweater, shorts and scarves.  I knew I wanted this print in the top.  This top is really cute and it has a cut away in the back and not very office friendly.  Luckily, my office is always a freezer so wearing a blazer all day is not a problem at all.  I also bought it in the pencil skirt because I figure I could wear it together to make it look like a dress.


It didn't hurt that they had a 50% off the entire store as well...I would say it was just meant to be.




Outfit Details:
J Crew Facotry Printed Cutaway Top Same
The Limited Blazer Similar
The Limited Skirt Similar
Ann Taylor Wedges Similar
J Crew Factory Earrings Similar
Kate Spade New York Cobble Hill Little Minka Same in Current Colors


Monday, April 21, 2014

Skater Skirt

I have been on the search for a skater style skirt for awhile and the ones that I've seen have always been way to short for my comfort.  I think they are probably meant to be the shorter since a longer length would make it a a bit dowdy.  I think this length didn't feel too short and I like the faux leather.

By pairing this skirt with a lower heel, I think this outfit is more work appropriate.  I am really surprised that I've been wearing leather in spring too.  What do you think of wearing leather in spring?



Outfit Details:
WHBM Tweed Jacket (last worn hereSame on Sale Now
The Limited Blouse Similar
Ann Taylor Faux Leather Flounce Skirt Same
Ann Taylor Heels Similar



Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easy Layers

For those that celebrate Easter, I hope you had a beautiful day with loved ones.  Our weekend was spent with having a great time with family and friends.  On Saturday we went to the Crystal Cove Beach Cottages where our friends had a cottage by the beach.  I totally forgotten to take pictures of the beautiful cottages which are built in the 30s and 40s and have been restored and available to the public for rent.  These cottages are each so unique and the inside is equally as charming and restored to the era.  An interesting Hollywood tidbit, the movie Beaches (with Bette Mitler) was filmed at one of the cottages here.

This is one of California famous spots for the gorgeous coastline and view.  You can easily spend a lazy day at the beach and stop by the Shake Shack who is known for their date shake.  I am not a creamy shake kind of person so I did not try one.  We were not very prepared as you can see below - we weren't even in beach clothes.  Regardless, we had a gorgeous day playing in the sand and tide pools. 

I was already wearing this outfit earlier in the day and forgotten to change my clothes to head out to the beach.  I do not recommend wearing skinny jeans that you can't roll up to the beach, I walked along the shore and did a little wet.  I may have been a bit over dressed for the beach but it was comfy.  I love this color block top and how it gives a layered effect.





Outfit Details:
Ann Taylor Color Block Shell Same on Clearance
Bauble Bar Necklace Similar
Forever 21 Call of the Wild Utility Jacket Same on Clearance
Old Navy Rockstar Skinny Jeans Same on Sale
Ann Taylor Maura Leather PeeptoeWedges 


Here's how I wore the color block shell for work.


Original Post: here


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Menswear My Way

I am a girly girl at heart and is always drawn to feminine style.  When I saw this Pin, I really like the colors and the preppy look.  I love how it used menswear pieces but still looks so feminine at the same time.  I could never pull off wearing one of my husband ties' but here's my take of the outfit.  



Outfit Details:
Cherokee Cardigan Similar
The Limited Essential Shirt Same on Sale
J Crew Factory Multifaceted Petal Necklace  Same
J Crew Belt Similar
Banana Republic Leather Skirt (last worn here & hereSimilar
Sam Edleman Heels Similar



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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Paisley and Stripes

I have come to realize that I am addicted to pencil skirts in every color and pattern.  I am not even sure how many I own.  I love how they instantly make any of my outfits professional and yet I can still have fun with prints.  

Do you have a prefer cut for skirts?



Outfit Details:
Banana Republic Top Similar
J Crew Factory Skirt (last worn hereSimilar
J Crew SchoolBoy Blazer Similar
Ann Taylor Wedges Similar
J Crew Venus Flytrap Necklace Same
Ann Taylor Estate Link Short Necklace Same on Clearance
Ann Taylor Estate Link Bracelet Same on Clearance



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