January 29, 2014

Cocoon







Breakdown:
sweater- ℅ Rose Wholesale
turtleneck- Polo 
leggings- New Balance via TJ Maxx similar
boots- TJ Maxx

Mastering the gym-to-street look has been something I have been working on for a while. On weekends and breaks from school I am a total gym rat. When life gets crazy and I can't get to the gym on a consistent basis, I get a major itch for it. My brain gets like mush, I can't think, and I just need to refresh my energy. I love mornings when I can wake up and go exercise. It is the best start to my day and makes me so much more productive. 

Running errands after my morning gym time is inevitable. Whether it's the post office, the grocery store, or meeting someone for an early lunch, I rarely see the point in going home to change when I can work my gym clothes around what I'll be doing later that day. I love these New Balance leggings! They are opaque, so there is no risk of them being too sheer and giving everyone around me a peek at my undies. I am a turtleneck freak, and wearing them to work out in is no different. This cocoon sweater keeps me warm but is not bulky when I am a hot sweaty mess and walk out in the cold air. It's also long enough to cover my bum, which is always a plus in my book. All I have to do is change my shoes post-workout and I am good to go! 

January 28, 2014

Lattice








Breakdown:
oxford- Levi's similar
sweater- thrifted
coat- stolen from my brother similar
jeans- Blank Denim same
boots- Clarks similar
necklace- vintage

Truth be told, I have been staring at this blank blog post for a solid half hour and can't think of a thing to say except that I am really craving pizza. My pepperoni-colored coat is making me hungry and my Lemon Drop supply at my desk at work isn't cutting it. Probably won't wear this coat again until after I have pizza… maybe then my craving will subside.

January 23, 2014

Beetlejuice (Beetlejuice… Beetlejuice)





Breakdown:
sweater- Gap [similar]
skirt- Madewell [similar] [similar]
tights- ???
boots- TJ Maxx [similar]
necklace- thrifted

This outfit came to me during a late-night-can't-sleep-outfit-plan time and, I have to say, I like it. Pencil skirts are not my usual thing, but wearing a long, chunky sweater balances out the strong print and tight fit of the skirt. As a petite gal with curves, proportions are always important! I tried pairing grey tights with this outfit and they looked okay, but my boots cut off my leg at a weird place. I switched to black and the monochrome effect made my legs look longer. I truly have no clue how people just "get dressed" in the morning and put on whatever they feel like. Dressing for your body type takes time, effort, and lots of trial and error. Sometimes I look back at past outfit posts from when I started this blog and cringe at what I wore! I look at how much I have grown and developed my personal taste and like what I see. 

Though I am sure I will look back on some recent outfits and cringe too… but not yet.

January 22, 2014

Sporty Chic







Breakdown:
dress- J. Crew on sale! [same]
shoes- [similar]

Do you ever have that retail moment where you know that a dress was left in store on super sale in your size just for you?! I had that moment with this dress. J. Crew stores rarely carry my size, and something in my size on sale? Well, that's just so rare that I gasped when I found this baby on the rack. I had to have it! It was major on sale (after the regular sale) and my student discount came in the clutch, making it worth my Christmas money. I mean… it's a sweatshirt dress that doesn't make me look like a bum. Win, win? Definitely.

But about how the dress made its debut… The Louisiana Arts & Science Museum hosted a preview party for a new exhibit, The Art of Fashion. The exhibit shows Anthony Ryan Auld's Spring and Fall 2014 collections and has a collection of items from Project Runway alumni! The party was packed and it was fun to see some of my favorite designers' pieces up close and personal. Check out the hashtag #runwayondisplay to see guests photos from the night! 

I can't wait to go back again and spend more time taking in all of the pieces! If you are in the Baton Rouge area, I highly recommend it. 


January 21, 2014

Cleopatra Wore Polka Dots








Breakdown:
dress- ASOS [same]
tights- Gap [in black]
shoes- Liz Claiborne [similar]
necklace & rings- vintage

When I said a few weeks ago that this dress would be worn out this season, I wasn't kidding! Just like my leather leggings, I have worn this dress at least once a week since it was delivered. Smart purchase? I think so! 

To dress it up a bit, I added my favorite vintage necklace that makes me feel like a total Cleopatra. Elizabeth Taylor, who? I kept the look playful with red polka dot tights & basic black peep toe pumps. I'm sure some psychoanalyst would determine that pairing a Cleopatra necklace with red polka dot tights would mean that my subconscious was referencing a fear of Biblical disease and turmoil. These are the things I think about when getting dressed. Welcome to my brain.

January 16, 2014

Cobalt Crush






Breakdown:
blouse- ℅ Merci Beaucoup
pants- Gap [love these]
shoes- Liz Claiborne

I have a special place in my heart for all things blue. Any shade is good with me, though turquoise only looks good on me when I am super tan (so 1 week per year). If I had to choose a lesser favorite, it would be turquoise. Navy and cobalt are my top choices, so when I found these pants a year ago, I was ecstatic! Bright colors are not my usual thing, but these babies are so gorgeous that I cannot help myself. Pairing cobalt with black & white is classic and crisp, which offset my messy pony for a day of skipping shampoo. 

Thank you, dry shampoo… just for existing.

January 15, 2014

Just Like Christmas







Breakdown:
tee- Tahari [similar]
skirt- vintage
hat- random shop
shoes- Liz Claiborne [similar]

All I will say about this outfit is that I have never felt more like Christmas in my life and I like it… so much. 

I guess the holiday spirit hit me a bit late this year!