Outfit: Comfort Can Be Sexy

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I’m very happy with this combination! Not only does it look striking but it is so comfortable. The lightweight knit skirt has a snug fit to offer shape but is made of a great stretchable fabric. The tank and lace t-shirt are also fitted but comfortable. I can’t believe how sharp this shirt looks with white underneath. All the other times that I’ve worn it, I usually add a colored tank so it’s not too dark. The hot pink accents add pizazz. A sexy get up that reveals very little. Isn’t that fun?

Details: Bobeau skirt from Nordstrom / Lace shirt and tank from The Limited / Belt from Talbots / RSVP heels from Zappos

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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: Dots and Stripes

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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

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Outfit: New Year, Old Dress

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We made a last minute decision to go out for NYE. We had some unused gift certificates for the Fairmont hotel so we booked a room and made dinner reservations. It was a perfect night. A good escape from the house without a huge travel commitment or the need for a dog sitter. We had a nice dinner, a few too many Mojitos and of course, fell asleep before midnight. I bought this dress for a charity function earlier in the year and was glad to have another occasion to wear it. I wish I had done a better job of capturing a detail shot. It is striped with alternating fabric and a sheer inset on top. It is so simple yet sexy and comfortable. Add in some sparkle and a bright pink shoe and it was the perfect NYE outfit. It was a budget friendly adventure that felt like an extravaganza. What more could I ask for?

Details: Adrianna Papell dress and Donna Ricco bolero jacket from Nordstrom / Kaelyn RSVP heels from Zappos / Necklace from Pier One / Ring from F21

Outfit: More Fall Colors

You’re probably tired of me professing my love of orange but I just can’t help myself. I love that it adds brightness to this outfit but still feels warm. This is one of the few printed scarfs that I have and I’m so glad I grabbed it when I saw it. And Stacy and Clinton were right. Black and brown can be worn together. I just didn’t know how to do it in the past but now, I think I’ve got it figured out. One of the many reasons starting this blog was worth it!

Details: Halogen tank from Nordstrom / Scarf from Spotted Moth (current styles) / Cardigan, black skinny jeans and obi belt from The Limited / Matisse boots from Zappos

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Outfit: Gray, Brown and Aqua

Although I wish this cardigan was a little more shapely, I keep wearing it because I love the detail. Since I started this blog, I’ve really learned to embrace gray + brown and gray + yellow. Two combinations that I just didn’t consider previously. I’m also working on adding accessories that don’t match; coordinate but not exact matches. Thus, a necklace with a little bit of yellow with this casual outfit. I’m happy with how it all turned out.

Details:

  • Top, necklace and cuff from The Limited
  • Cardigan from Nordstrom
  • Mossimo jeggings from Target
  • Matisse boots from Zappos

Outfit: Aqua + Yellow

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.

Details:

  • 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)

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Outfit: Warm Neutrals

Happy Halloween! I finally got a chance to embrace Fall in So Cal. More warm weather is on the way though. At least I get to extend the pencil skirt (without tights) season and I won’t complain about the lack of cold weather. In the past, I was not comfortable mixing browns and grays but now I can’t get enough of it! It’s such a warm combination and this great sweater brings these colors together with an orange accent.

Details:

  • Sweater from The Limited
  • Mossimo jeggings from Target
  • Mia boots from Zappos

Of course, I have to share the results of my spider lady costume. It was made up of items I already had and $9 of spider-tastic goodies from Target. What do you think?

Outfit: Casual Coffee

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.

Details:

  • Cropped pants and cowhide belt from The Limited
  • Top from Talbots
  • Calvin Klein Onyx Pearlized pumps from Zappos

Outfit: Beige and Aqua

I could probably put together 100 different outfits with just a pencil skirt and a button down. It really is a go-to and classic look for the office. I’ve been successful in adding more color to my wardrobe but it was nice to put this toned down look together. I love the detailing on the sleeves of this shirt. They add interest without looking too girlie. The tank has a minimal white/aqua stripe pattern (hard to tell in this shot) which helps to break upĀ  the solids.

Details:

  • Skirt and shirt from The Limited
  • Tank from Target
  • Necklace and bangles from Stella & Dot
  • Nine West Raindate heels from Zappos