Outfit: Eye Love It

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I’m loving eyelet material that is popular right now. It’s like a more structured version of lace. Alluring but not overtly sexy and definitely work appropriate. You can find dresses, pants, shirts, t-shirts and skirts in this fabulous style.

Details: Top and skirt from The Limited / Belt from Francesca’s / Prabal Gurung heels from Target

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Outfit: Casual but Bright

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I like the pattern on these jeans (despite my husband’s opinion) but I’m no longer loving the fit. They’re a little too loose at the ankles which gives them a more relaxed feel than I want. I’m thinking about turning them into shorts. Thoughts?

Details: Caslon t-shirt from Nordstrom / Pants from Loft / Necklace and earrings from Francesca’s / RSVP heels from Zappos

Outfit: Bold Dots + a Dash of Orange

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This dress makes it easy to stand out. Accessorizing is not my strong suit so I love that the dress can stand on its own. I’ve combined it with other colorful accents like fuchsia (here) and red (here) but this was the first time I used orange.

Details: Dress and blazer from The Limited / Necklace from Talbot’s / Belt from Francesca’s / Enzo Angiolini heels from Nordstrom

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Outfit: Feeling Uninspired

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I know this is a lame excuse but since I don’t have a full time job and my shopping budget has been reduced to nothing, I’m finding it more and more difficult to find inspiration in my closet. For a while I was enjoying the thrill of creating new combinations of existing pieces but now it’s seeming more like a chore. Sorry for the boo-hoo story. I’m done.

Details: 678 skinny jeans and shirt from The Limited / Necklace from Francesca’s / Nine West Raindate heels from Zappos

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Outfit: I’m Keeping The Shoes

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I bought these Prabal Gurung shoes a couple of weeks ago (here) and their fate has been undecided until now. My practical budget conscious brain could only justify keeping them if I could figure out multiple outfits to wear them with. Over the last couple of weeks, there were several times that I thought, “those shoes would really make this outfit.” I want more patterned shoes in my closet and this trendy neon pair seemed like a good starter pair. After all, this is likely the only way my pale skin will embrace neon colors! When I was 12 it was a whole different story (oh, fingerless lace gloves and giant hair bows).

So, they’re here to stay. I’m excited to have colorful, patterned shoes to play with this summer. I love their classic silhouette and so far, they’ve turned out to be surprisingly comfortable. $20 well spent I’d say!

Details: Cardigan from The Limited / Caslon shirt and Jag pants from Nordstrom / Necklace from Francesca’s / Prabal Gurung heels from Target

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Outfit: Chambray and a Dash of Orange

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Even though my shopping is on hold, I’ve been able to add a few things here and there when the price is right. So is the case with theĀ  Prabal Gurung Nolita print shoes which I got at Target on clearance ($19.99). But my husband immediately shunned them. Although I frequently ignore his input on style, I have to admit he’s often right. So I put together this outfit with the intention of swaying him so I wouldn’t feel guilty about keeping these bold shoes. But he still frowned so I swapped them out for an older pair from The Limited. I still love the outfit but I think it would’ve been extra fun with the Prabal Gurung shoes. The contemplation continues…

Details: Chambray shirt and cuff from Nordstrom / Belt from Francesca’s / Jeans and heels from The Limited

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They’re actually brighter (think more neon) in person.

Outfit: Loving Lace and Still Surprised

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I’ve learned to question all of my previous “rules” about clothes. I’m embracing color. I’m wearing pink and I own several lace items. Who knew? The cut of this skirt is so sexy but the below knee length makes it age appropriate and endlessly wearable. Thank you to Pantone for making Tangerine Tango the color of 2012 and Emerald the color of 2013. These are not colors I would have thought to wear but once you start seeing them all over, it’s easier to find pieces that work for your individual style.

Details: Style & Co top from Macy’s / Lace skirt from Target / Belt from Francesca’s / Necklace from Talbots / Heels from The Limited

Linking up with Marion Berry’s Trend of the Month, Pleated Poppy, Random Wednesday, Style Sessions, What I Wore to Work and Whatever Whenever Wednesday.

Outfit: A Casual Polka Dot Makeover

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I was looking back on some old photos and I came across this beauty. I loved it so much that I decided to create a casual version. This is literally the only pair of flats I own other than flip flops and tennis shoes and I have to admit, I think this would look much better with a pair of heels!

Details: 917 skinny jeans and cardigan from The Limited / Necklace from Francesca’s

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Outfit: Pattern Explosion

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Here is the last of the three outfits from my photo shoot. This is truly a proud moment for me. I successfully mixed patterns. Three patterns in one outfit! The key was keeping everything in the same color family. Next, I’ll try an even more bold pattern mix. Baby steps. Adding a little bit of cobalt makes this monochromatic look have a little edge, don’t you think?

Details: Python pencil skirt, patterned top and cardigan all from The Limited (I swear they need to start paying me for this!) / Necklace from F21 / Belt from Francesca’s / Enzo Angiolini Pop Culture heels from Macy’s

Outfit: Love Them Dots

I’m happy to wear boots with a skirt. It’s one of the few Fall trends that I really love. I’m on the hunt for black leather, high heeled boots to replace this pair but I have not yet found the perfect ones (in the running). I like the simple color palette of this outfit. The bold polka dots and single colored accessory are stylish ways to make the simple colors be SHAZAM instead of *yawn*.

Details:

  • Top, cardigan, skirt and obi belt from The Limited
  • Necklace from Francesca’s

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