Outfit Post: Get to Work

I admit it. I can get into a major case of the samesies when it comes to getting dressed in the morning. But the skinny pants + flowy top with an accessory combo to dress it up or down is pretty much what I wear every day. I know, BORING. But hey, it makes getting out the door with two small humans a little more manageable.

Obviously I try to mix it up – or else having this blog would be pretty pointless – and I try to add a little twist to those paper doll dressing basics with color, prints or accessories. Today it’s color. These purple pants were a impulse sale buy in an attempt to step out of my comfort zone but they are surprisingly versatile. And when paired with the right stuff, you can totally avoid looking like a big purple dinosaur.

As a side note, these sunglasses seemed like the most ridiculous things ever when I got them but they make every outfit I wear them with a little more fun. And they are super cheap. Win/win.

p.s. – How do you all feel about the tv post addition? I’m thinking of relegating them to Sundays from here on out but I had to get my feelings about Carrie Mathison out into the open.

Black Crop Blazer: Dress & Dwell (old – similar fancy version here); Purple ‘Minnie’ Pants: J.Crew  – really want them in that emerald color (seen here); Blouse: BCBG (old); Heels: Jessica Simpson (old – love these); Bag: Kate Spade; Sunglasses: c/o ASOS (seen here)

Sorry for all the oldies but goodies but I’m trying to stay committed to the #NoNewThings challenge for myself in October. Promise to start mixing in some newer stuff soon.
Photos by Whitney Neal.



Outfit Post: The Classics

This weekend we knocked off our entire Fall must-do list in one day. Pumpkin picking at Huber’s Farm, decorating a pumpkin (like Mike Wasowtski from Monsters, Inc. yup, that’s a thing), making fall cookies, hitting up D3’s school fall festival AND doing a ghost walk. Kind of overachieving for a Sunday but since we were motivated, we had to get it all in before our normal lazy Sunday routine kicks back in.

Seriously though, if you’re ever in Louisville in fall – hit up Huber’s for the fried chicken. That stuff is ridiculously good. So proud of myself for being prepared (for once in my life) and making a reservation because that wait list can get hella long. Now I am typing of this and dreaming of fried chicken. Good start to my Monday.

Speaking of Mondays, this is what I wore on the last one when I was feeling entirely unmotivated to get dressed but still needed to look presentable for work. Thankfully, this oversized Gap button-down was just back from the dry cleaners (so lazy that I just don’t iron it myself) so I threw it on over some dark jeans, added this fun, new statement piece from Max & Chloe and added some seriously old black heels. Done and done. I plan on remixing it with black skinny pants when I need to be a little more business-y.

See getting dressed isn’t stressful, you just gotta have those classics on hand and then you just throw ‘em all together when you’re running late. Which is basically every day if you’re me.

p.s. – Thanks so much for all the overwhelming kind feedback both online and off on Friday’s post about my grandpa. I really, really appreciate it and can’t say how much it meant to me. Felt like getting a big hug with every comment, text and note. Love you, mean it.

Oversized Classcic White Button-Down: Gap; Necklace: c/o Max & Chloe (get $25 off any order of $100+ with code 25OFF); Dark Wash Denim: c/o James Jeans; Bracelets: Stella & Dot (here & here); Heels: Jessica Simpson (so freaking old); Sunglasses: Burberry; Bag: Kate Spade Photos by Whitney Neal


Outfit Post: Leopard is the New Black

I love October but it’s seriously like everyone crams all their events into this month. Okay that may be a bit of an overstatement but with the combo of work + kids + life, it seems like there haven’t been many free days on the calendar. Not complaining because nine times out of ten it’s stuff I really want to do or see but it doesn’t make much time for laundry or lounging (one of which is my favorite activity). It does also keep me away from shopping so at least that helps with my October goal. #nonewthings

In the spirit of mixing it up with what I already have (and avoiding another all black outfit … love ‘em so much), I turned to a top almost as versatile but a lot more fun than a basic black blouse. I scored this particular top at Dress & Dwell (Amanda the owner was wearing it and I immediately copied her) but you can find similar options all over the place. I wear this one with work pants and skirts as much as I do with jeans and the silky fabric means I can wear it year round. Seriously, go get one. You won’t regret it.

Everything in this outfit is remixed from my closet with the exception of this fab necklace which I scored when one of my friends hosted a jewelry party (it was last month so I am in the clear). I love it because each layer is it’s own necklace so you can mix-and-match as you please. And on top of that, one side is simple gold and the other is pave so you can flip and flop it based on what you’re feeling.

Leopard Blouse: Dress & Dwell (old but this one is spot on – pun intended); Jeans: c/o James Jeans (seen here); Heels: Sole Society (old); Bag: c/o Sole Society (seen here and here); Gold Multi-Chain Layered Necklace: Stella & Dot; Spike Bracelet: Stella & Dot; Feather Bracelet: CC Skye from RocksBox (sign up here and receive a $25 credit)

Sole Society Black Messenger Bag Photos by Whitney Neal.

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