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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Outfit Post: Zip It

Clearly I’ve gone to the dark side, of my closet that is, this season. I can’t get enough of layering black, gray and a little white here and there. On this look though, I opted to balance out the all-black ensemble with some old favorites, these LOFT booties. They may be getting a little scuffed up these days but they have the perfect heel (just high enough with a heel just wide enough), the perfect color and best of all, are perfectly comfortable.

This jacket is obviously the star of the show though. I bought it last month (so there was no cheating on the no-spend goal) after eying it for at least a couple weeks. Luckily it’s still available, so if you want to eye it and think it over for at least a couple days, you’ve got time.

Keeping it quick today since there’s something about rainy day that kicks my work productivity into high gear. Gotta take advantage while I’ve got the feeling since it’s sure to fade into distraction soon. Make it a good one!

Waterfall Faux Leather Jacket: ASOS (also obsessed with this one); Black Zip Detail Jeans: Old Navy (seen before here); Tee: Urban Outfitters (seen before here); Boots: LOFT (so so old, see before here; similar here); Tusk Necklace: c/o Jami (see before here); Sunglasses: Burberry Photos by Whitney Neal. 

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Outfit Post: Gray Day

Where do all the hours in the day go? Can someone seriously tell me because I feel like I am moving non-stop while simultaneously accomplishing nothing. That’s good right?

So my plan for today was to catch up on a LONG overdue NuLu Festival Style Spotting recap only to find my camera battery is dead. Big time fail on my part so that will be coming at ya tomorrow. It’s a good one with some seriously stylish locals. You’ve unknowingly waited this long so what’s another day.

On another somewhat related note since it is also long overdue, I’ve mentally put together a post-schedule to reflect the feedback you all sent my way (so much thanks for that). It will, hopefully, make it easier for you to stop by on the days you like while avoiding the posts you may not be into as much. Spoiler alert: I’m adding in television talk on Sundays. I’m planning on spending some quality time with my DVR in the next couple days to catch up on some shows I missed while traveling, so stay tuned – I’ll be kicking that off this weekend. I, for one, am excited.

One thing that excites me WAY less than TV is the task of getting dressed for work in the morning. Here’s the thing: I really like dressing up for work BUT since my office has a more laid back atmosphere, I tend to strive for a balance of casual and business. Like the mullet of office wear. This look gives me a little of each. The leggings are super comfortable, the top is easy but polished and the blazer and heels help it take care of business.

Last but not least, I’m trying to avoiding spending any cash money on clothes in the next month so I am implementing a #NoNewThings policy for October. We’re already eight days in and I may have broken the rule one time but the funds came from my PayPal account (slanging random crap on eBay for extra money) so I feel like it doesn’t really count. Prepare to see lots of remixing in the next few outfits. I’m going to the depths of my closet for these ones.

 Gray Blazer: Forever 21 (so crazy old); Blouse: ZARA (bought this one on sale but this polka dot version is way cute ); Vegan Leather Panel Leggings: c/o Lysse (seen before here); Heels: ZARA (similar here; seen before here); Necklace: c/o TAudrey (spotted here and here); Sunglasses: c/o ASOS (worn before here) Photos by Whitney Neal.

 

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