Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Plum Crazy

Inspiration Outfit: What I Wore

I loved this color combination on Jessica Quirk from the blog What I Wore and immediately wanted to recreate it.  I am not a shorts girl, but that's OK because it was the colors I was after.  I think I nailed her look and added my denim jacket on top because...well...you can't ever go wrong with a denim jacket.  How do you think I did?

What I'm Wearing
Pants:  J. Crew Factory Skimmers - $39.50 on sale
Cotton tee: LOFT - $15
Coral Belt: Talbots - old
Denim Jacket: GAP - my favorite and oldest item from high school!!
Necklace: Express - old
Shoes: Calvin Klein Bree peeptoe wedges - $89 (same color as my pumps)

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Trial and Error

Today's post is to highlight a blazer I recently purchased at Banana Republic.  It seems to have sold out quickly, and I don't think it was ever available online.  It is comparable to the blazers sold at J. Crew, but for a fraction of the price.  I was hoping to get this on sale, but when I saw how quickly they were selling out I didn't want to risk it.

I'm really loving the look I came out with - I paired it with my new white trouser jeans, a lace top, and nude heels.  Instead chic.  I was going for a look that "didn't look like I was trying too hard", but as you will see that's not at all the case.  

What I'm Wearing
Banana Republic Coral Blazer: $130
Talbots Lace Top: $39
Gap Long and Lean Jeans: $49 on sale
Calvin Klein Nude Heels: $89
J. Crew Starry Nights Locket Necklace
Banana Republic Necklace

Before I wore this for the first time, I wanted to see how other's had worn it.  Below are a few inspiration photo's I found.

A shot of some of the crew from Banana Republic - via Banana Republic's Twitter Page
I'm loving the second girl in line - definitely want to try this blazer over a light orange tee with white boyfriend jeans.

Here's my favorite of all three - this is from the first fashion blog I ever started reading, J's Everyday Fashion.  I'm loving both looks, and this is when I knew I wanted to wear this blazer with white --  J's Everyday Fashion

Loving the in depth comparison over at Fast Food and Fast Fashion, comparing the BR blazer to those offered at J. Crew.  I have a mustard pencil skirt from J. Crew, and never would have thought of piecing these together!

Sooo - here's for all of my fails before finally getting it right.  The first time I wore the blazer, I wore it with khaki capri's, my Tory Burch flats, and a white v-neck tee.  I felt very masculine, and didn't like the look at all.  When wearing a blazer, or any menswear inspired pieces, it's important you balance your look with softer, more feminine pieces.

That night, I had class and decided to change into a flowy top, white skinny jeans, and heels.  I felt much better.  But it still didn't seem quite right for work.  I'm very comfortable wearing white pants to work, but skinny white jeans leave me feeling  a bit too exposed.

Which look do you like the best?  I have a feeling I'll be experimenting with this jacket a lot more!!

This will be my next experiment - how cut is this?  From ashesintofashion.com

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Polished in Pink

I love this image I saw on the Banana Republic website.  I think this is the epitome of polished.  I took some very old items in my closet and recreated a brand new look!  

I started off with a belt that was more similar to the inspiration photo, but ended up wearing another Banana Republic belt I had that was thicker and more of a bendable, basket-weave pattern. I liked the second look better - which do you prefer?

What I'm Wearing
Pink Collared Shirt: Gap - very old
White Pencil Skirt: Christian Dior via eBay - $100
Belt: Banana Republic - very old
Shoes: Calvin Klein - $89

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Prepped Out

I love this preppy look I saw on Pinterest...if only I had her tan too!  I reinvented the look using two items I had in my closet along with a new skirt I found at LOFT.  This outfit was very comfortable.

These Tory Burch flats are a recent splurge of mine.  I have been wanting a pair for about four years now, and I have to say - they are worth it.  They are classic, and I think I will get a ton of wear out of them.

What I'm Wearing
Jacket - J. Crew Factory Schoolboy Blazer - $88
Shirt - Ann Taylor LOFT via Ebay
Skirt - Ann Taylor Seamed Shift Skirt - $39 after 40% off discount
Shoes - Tory Burch Aaden - $250

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Blazer Faze

It's that time of year where warm weather is just around the corner.  As excited as I am for that, I am beginning to feel separation anxiety with my beloved blazers.  I am honestly obsessed with blazers - they are professional, flattering, and make any outfit look put together.  I own more than I'd care to admit.  For the next week or two I will most likely be cramming every blazer I own into my daily outfits one last time.  Today was a look that was inspired by a one of the blogging greats, at lovemeagan.com.  I think it is a professional and powerful look, but also very soft and feminine.  Not sure about those shoulder pads though...overkill?

What I Wore
Blazer: Ann Taylor Winter White Jacket - $148 after 30% discount
Top: Ann Taylor LOFT - $19.50
Skirt: Ann Taylor Cotton Blend Pencil Skirt in Chalk - $75 after 30% discount
Shoes: Calvin Klein Olive - $89
Necklace: Arden B - very old...like 2002 old...
Watch: Michael Kors Large Gold Runway Watch - Christmas Gift

Monday, May 14, 2012

Just Do It...

I thought this outfit was an appropriate one for today's post.  This outfit is one that I have been putting together for months.  Might sound kind of crazy, but I saw it and loved it right away.  It started with the necklace....way out of my price range, but I loved it.  Then on to the skirt...over the last few months I have purchased several lace skirts, and returned them because they didn't work.  I finally found the one I was looking for on Ebay.  It was one I had wanted from Garnett Hill, but I waited too long and it sold out.  It's the perfect fit, long enough to wear for work, and the perfect color cream.  I then went searching for the J. Crew Herringbone jacket, which was also sold out.  I usually wear a 4 or a 6.  I purchased it in a 4...it was way too small, so then bought an 8 (all off of Ebay).  I finally had this outfit put together.

I had to kind of chuckle at this four month fiasco....all for an outfit.  It kind of sums up one of my biggest faults: putting my energy into all of the wrong places.  I started this blog a couple of months ago, and after three posts...I stopped blogging.  Why?  Who knows....laziness, fear of it not being successful, not having enough energy at the end of the day to get to it...maybe all three?  I started this blog because I felt like my career was missing something.  I love what I do, but there is a certain craving that still remains.  I thought this blog would be an outlet for that.  Maybe this blog would  be the thing that I need to be satisfied overall, or maybe it would lead to something else that would.  Or worst case scenario...I just have fun doing it.  Maybe this blog would eventually give me the financial freedom to make it my full time job, or maybe it would fill the gap I am feeling enough to leave me more satisfied with my current career.  I would never know what this blog would lead to if I didn't just do it.  I think of the hours and energy I put into putting this outfit together....imagine if I had put that energy into blogging?  If I can't stick to a commitment as small as this, how can I possibly think I'll be able to achieve my bigger goals?

Maybe I'm being hard on myself - I have a full time teaching career, a part-time job and I'm getting my MBA at night.  But to me, those are all excuses.  There will always be a reason not to work out, not to eat well, or to have that extra glass of wine.  There will always be a reason to say "Oh, I'll just post to my blog tomorrow...".

I love the slogan 'just do it'.  So simple and so powerful.  So today, I just did it.  I posted.  Not a big deal, but maybe it is.

Inspiration Photo: Polyvore
Blazer: J. Crew Herringbone in Heather Acorn - $140 via Ebay
Red Tee: Banana Republic (super old!)
Lace Skirt: Garnett Hill - $50 via Ebay
Shoes: Calvin Klein Olive - $89
Necklace: Kendra Scott Harlow Necklace - $149 via Zappos (available here)

Additionally - check out my outfit on my fellow teacher's blog: Mix and Match Fashion