This outfit comes in a two part series, because my sister Elise took such cool photos in two pretty neat locations. Still during our weekend in Santa Barbara, this was my perfect travel outfit. Knit sweater, denim and boots; sunglasses for hanging near the beach, and a scarf to help stop some of the breeze. It just so happens that I bought this scarf while there and it matched the sweater I packed perfectly! It may also have something to do with the fact that subconsciously I have a style that I always come back to, and this scarf would probably match half my closet.
This is what happens when Elise and I have to hang out at the outdoor adventure store for too long, we climb the building!
I'm not sure if it's the new short hair, or what's out in the fashion world, but I'm loving menswear inspired looks right now! It may also have something to do with these old fashioned looking loafers I thrifted that I can't stop wearing. I think because Spring is approaching I like the cleanliness of menswear outfits, clean lines and simple pieces, making my overall appearance very polished.
My boyfriend Andrew surprised me with new RayBan sunglasses for my birthday; they may have something to do with me dressing like a guy too!
Mossimo Sweater $12, Liz Clairborne Button Down Thrifted $6, Banana Republic Skinnies $45,RayBans$0; Gift, Loafers Thrifted $10, Brown Crossbody Bag $8
As a budget shopper, sometimes I load up my online shopping cart with all sorts of great clothes for great prices, but once I'm told I have to pay eight dollars for shipping I cancel my order. I've had my eye on this Aerie sweater for a couple months now, and lucky for me we went to Santa Barbara this past weekend where there is an Aerie store! I scored this sweater on sale with an additional 40% off, SCORE! This may be my new favorite outfit.
Mixed prints again. Even though I'm wearing three very random prints, stripes, bird print top and florals, my color scheme is continuous throughout making the mismatching more subdued. I'm not sure why, but sometimes the most random pieces work the best together..
This is my faux suit look. The completely comfortable and casual way to rock a suit. Black skinny leg pants, with a knitted boyfriend blazer, still looks sleek and put together but it's much more youthful. I even made it more everyday like by just pairing it with a simple v-neck.
Express Boyfriend Blazer $35, Victoria's Secret V-Neck $9, Old Navy Black Skinnies $11, Express Leopard Scarf $10, Express Silver Flats $12, Black Drop Earrings $0; Mommy bought for like my first homecoming dance
Sometimes you just want that comfy, cozy feeling, and there is nothing better than a whole bunch of oversized pieces and a solid pair of moccasins. Behold the boyfriend jeans! They may not be flattering, they may not be chic, but they may be my favorite! I still love the look they provide, and it's great to be able to let loose and eat a few extra cookies some days!!
American Eagle Button Down $12, Old Navy Cardigan $12, Express Boyfriend Jeans $12, Minnetonka Moccasins $15, Brown Purse $8, Forever 21 Rope Belt $4.80
Taking photography matters into my own hands with the new hipstamatic disposable app! Take pictures until you fill up the roll, but can't see them til your finished. It's lots of fun to take pictures throughout the whole day, then be surprised! The main parts of this look were simple, top tucked into belted denim and boots. I'm not a fan of low-rise denim, I hate the feeling that they're always falling down. These skinnies are a normal mid rise, but sometimes are on the brink of rising high; Love. I think this outfit would be 100% perfect if in fact these were high risers giving off a bit of mom jean vibe.
Shawl I wore throughout the day, because the cold.
Zara Alphabet Top $25, Banana Republic Skinnies $45, Aldo Booties $18, Xhileration Belt $3.50, Forever 21 Shawl $8, Express Infinity Scarf $0; Gift
Moving was a big reality check on the pathetic amount of things I own. So it seemed like a good time to skim through my clothes and maybe pull out some things that I basically never wear. I decided to stop by a local clothing exchange place, that I had never been to, and low and behold, the lady working took a few things coming out to about the same price as this dress I found. Score! I got this cute printed Juicy Couture dress for only $2. I think thrifting is something I need to start doing more often!
Juicy Couture Dress $2, Old Navy Cardigan $12, Knee High Socks set of two $6, Barefoot Boots $40
Well, we moved; and on the day we did all the packing, just my sister and I, this is the flattering outfit I wore. It's probably a good thing you couldn't see my shoes, because they definitely made the outfit a major fashion mishap! Aside from my outfit, and the endless amount of work we did, Elise and I still had a fun day!
Coke commercial :D
In the back of the moving truck!
Tresics Tee $6, Columbia Zip-Up $24, Banana Republic Skinnies $45
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So glad I found this top in the donation bag! I've been having a hard time deciding if I should dress for winter or spring, because it's been so nice. I think this outfit is sort of a happy medium. There is some rich color to get out of seasonal gloom, but I still kept it cool with some leather detail in the shoes and jacket.
It's been so nice in San Clemente these past few days I can't seem to remember that it's only the beginning of January! Yesterday for lunch we got to eat laying in the grass by the beach. There's a lawn outside the public pool, and there's hardly anybody ever out there. You'd think in a place as crowded as California people would take more advantage of walking around barefoot in the grass; well at least we did. It must be that Ohio kid in me, growing up with a huge backyard. I was feeling very minimalistic yesterday, and didn't want to over do it with accessories, so I kept my look simple and clean.
This outfit was inspired by a photo of Miley Cyrus I saw on The Vogue Diaries; I've worn this maxi dress with just about every sweater I own, but never thought to pair it with my favorite jacket! Duh! Thanks for the heads up Miley, I like your style! On a side note, I don't think heather gray is exactly my number one color, so to break it up a little bit I added this black and white striped tee to give it more of a skirt effect. Well gypsy girl, I think it helped.
Heritage 1981 Maxi Dress $11, Uniqlo Striped Tee $10, Forever 21 Leather Jacket $0; Gift, Forever 21 Scarf $6.80, Black Poppy Leopard Flats $6.50,Betsey Johnson Panda Earrings $4
Ever pack up a whole bunch of old clothes to get rid of, then never exactly get rid of any of it? Well, if you have, and if you still have that bag lying around, maybe giving some pieces a second chance can inspire you! I'm planning on moving soon, as is my sister, and while packing up some of her stuff we went through a large bag of donation clothes that have been packed up for almost a year! It was like going shopping, I had thought this stuff was long gone. This jacket was in there, and I think it's going to be a great piece for this upcoming Spring. It gave me the idea to start packing up portions of my clothes for a couple months, because not seeing them multiple times a day may help pieces seem fresh and new again!
Aeropostale Polka Dot Jacket about $30; Mom bought it in like 11th grade, Banana Republic Skinnies $45, Old Navy Booties $22, DIY Bracelets about $7