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
Warmer weather reminded me of my white jeans and these fab heels. Both items make me happy whenever I wear them but I’ve never worn them together. I decided to keep the color palette minimal with the white top and beige blazer. I could’ve added red accessories but I didn’t want to overdo it. This is definitely the first time I’ve worn white with white but I really like the way it turned out.
Details: 917 skinny jeans, blazer and bracelets from The Limited / shirt from Talbots / Jessica Simpson Dove heels from DSW
I really had no idea how much wear I would get out of these cobalt heels but I have to tell you, I love them! Having fun shoes to wear with brightly colored outfits makes them feel complete. This year I’m on a mission to add patterned shoes to my closet. It seems like a natural leap for my improve-my-wardrobe mission.
Details: Halogen cardigan from Nordstrom / Top from Talbots / Jeans from The Limited / Jewelry from Nordstrom’s Rack / Enzo Angiolini Pop Culture heels from Macy’s
This skirt is one of my latest probably-shouldn’t-have-but-did purchases. Most of the skirts I own are solid and finding one in a pencil cut with stripes of colors that I like was too hard to resist. I love mixing dots and stripes. A bold combination but still work appropriate. On top of that, three different looks with only a jacket change!
Details: Skirt (similar) and jackets from The Limited / Sweater from Old Navy / Necklace from Talbot’s / Calvin Klien heels from Zappos
It didn’t take long for me to wear my new green jeans! I think the combination of black/white stripes, bold colors and leopard shoes turned out amazing. I didn’t even leave the house in this great outfit but I felt like I could take over the world while wearing it. I needed the confidence boost and I snub my nose at the naysayers who think caring about what you’re wearing is vain.
PS. For some reason I love when dark nail polish looks chipped and worn. Is that weird?
Details: Pleione striped top from Nordstrom / 678 colored jeans and tank from The Limited / Necklace from Talbots / Mossimo leopard pumps from Target
I wore this for a presentation that I gave at Chapman University. It may be a bit casual but I learned last year just how uncomfortable it was to stand in heels for over an hour. So this whole get-up started with a desire to wear these comfortable boots. Lots of layering and perhaps a little too much matching. Probably not something I’ll wear again but they can’t all be winners.
Yellow skinny jeans from Loft (now lots of Fall colors too)
Cardigan from Talbots
Striped Halogen tank from Nordstrom
Accessories from Francesca’s
Matisse boots from Zappos (see this year’s crop here)
I’ve always wanted leather pants but will never likely invest in a real pair. Since it is such a hot trend this season, I snatched up this pair of pleather ones from Target. They fit great and really do look like leather. It’s fun to embrace this trend without committing a large amount of budget to it. Matched up with a printed shirt and colorful cardigan, this outfit is edgy and sweet at the same time.
Xhiliration pants from Target ($22.99 – sorry couldn’t find a link)
In one of my late night, stumbling down the internet rabbit hole sessions, I discovered a new blogger who inspired me. Nicole from The Wardrobe Code. I reached out to her to see if she would be willing to meet with me and talk about her business. Lucky for me she said yes. We set up a coffee date and I’ll be honest, I felt pressure to look fabulous but not like I was trying too hard. Have you ever had to find that perfect balance? This was the resulting outfit. I felt confident, sassy and comfortable and it was a great meeting. I’m going to a shopping event that she’s putting on later this month and I can’t wait to tell you how it goes.
In other exciting news, I’m heading to an event this weekend to interview and meet Stacy London as part of her Westfield Style Tour (check out the e-magazine)! I’m so giddy and I promise to tell you all about it next week.
I wore this for a coffee meet up. Previously, I dreaded the idea of networking but I’ve really learned to enjoy it. You meet new and interesting people and always learn something. Without a job, it would be easy to slip into comfortable (you know, yoga pants, pajama bottoms) clothing and not put the effort into getting dressed. Networking and dressing the part help to keep me positive and professional. In some ways looking the part of the professional is more important now than it was when I was working. You just never know when the right introduction will land you your dream job.
To celebrate one of my dearest friend’s birthday, we headed up to the W Hotel in Hollywood. Stupid me didn’t take any photos of the beautiful lobby, outdoor bar or Delphine restaurant where we ate. But I did find a new favorite place to go prior to any show at the Pantages theater which is right across the street. LA style varies from life down here in the OC so I wanted to look sleek and sassy but not like I was trying too hard. The classic black, white and gray combo with small brightly colored accents left me feeling comfortable and stylish. Success.