Outfit Post: All Mixed Up

This week has gotten away from me. With Derby coming up, we’re going in to overdrive at my office. Add to that Drew going out of town and trying to keep up everything has left me frazzled. Like Miss Frizzle frazzled. Say that five times fast.

With the mess of meetings we’ve been running around to lately, I’ve been getting more dressed up for work. Since work wear for me can tend to veer in to the black/gray combo – I’ve been making the conscious attempt to get more colorful when it comes to business casual.

It’s safe to say that this outfit fits that criteria. Print mixing isn’t always my forte but I figured you’ve got to try it to see if it works.  And since I can’t help but find a crazy large collection of polka dots and stripes in my closet, it’s one of my only print mixing options. So this might not be grade A print mixing but it’ll do. Hey, at least it keeps things interesting.

Happy Friday friends! If you’re going to any St. Patty’s Day parades, be sure to throw back a green beer for me (since my birthday is St. Patty’s day, I just assume – incorrectly but whatever – everyone wants to celebrate my big day). We’re heading to Cincinnati for a friend’s wedding. I’m taking my camera so I’ll do my best to do some wedding style spotting while I’m there.

Polka-Dot Blouse: LOFT (40% off today – no code needed); Stripe Flared Skirt: Gap (30% off now with code SPRING) Nude Wedges: Sole Society (old)

Photos by Whitney Neal

Outfit Post: Light Layers

Pinterest is my happy place. It’s also the place where I’ve learned to make the most of what’s already in my closet. I’ve created a board dedicated solely to inspire me to get dressed in what’s already lurking in the depths of my drawers. Last week it came in particularly handy when facing the ‘what to wear’ conundrum that is so prevalent in these random weeks between winter and spring.

I’m pretty warm blooded so I tend to avoid wearing a coat if it’s anywhere above 40 degrees outside. So last week when the temperatures finally crossed over that threshold, I decided to ditch the coat and instead opt for some light layers. But what those layers would be had me staring blankly ahead wishing away everything in my closet. Then I broke out my phone, pulled up the board and remembered this image. Skinny pants – check. Light stripe sweater – check (bought it when I was pregnant and it looked a lot less slouchy chic in this look - woof being pregnant was not a good look on me). Long chambray shirt – check. Since my sweater had navy stripes instead of black, I subbed in some navy pants. Done and done.

I know we can all get lost in the aspirational intentions of Pinterest but challenge yourself to pin some looks you can easily recreate from basics you already have. Then when you’re in the getting dressed shame spiral, you’ll have some thing to turn to.

Stripe Sweater: H&M (old – similar here and here); Chambray Button-Down: American Eagle Outfitters (sold out – similar here); Navy Skinny Pants: ZARA (similar here); Boots: Banana Republic; Bucket Bag: Dandelion (similar here)
Oh and yes, that’s my fitbit. Gotta keep up with my steps! 
Photos by Whitney Neal. 

Outfit Post: Black and Tan

Twelve inches of snow in March. Yup, that just happened.

Right when I thought we might be able to put winter behind us, we’re getting one last heaping scoop of winter snow from Mother Nature. Thankfully I took pictures Monday before I’d be standing up to almost my knees in snow. That’s a fact. I took Drew sledding (if you can call it that) this morning and the snow was intense. Needless to say, what I’m actually wearing today involves two layers of pants and about four layers on top. It was really fun to be out and about though when the streets were still empty and the snow wasn’t that gross gray slush yet. Sledding was pretty much a failure but Cherokee Park was looking very pretty all dressed in white.

But enough of that and back to the business at hand. I wore this to work on Monday.  After snagging these flat brown boots on super sale, I’ve worn them nonstop which has encouraged a lot of black and tan/brown mixing. I know it’s supposed to be a fashion crime but I’m okay with breaking the rules on this one.

I went a little casual for a Monday at work without meetings (hallelujah) but the black pants dressed it up enough. I used to think the Minnie pant was my favorite basic from J.Crew but after buying these Dannie pants in black and blue, I’m starting to change my tune (beware though, they oddly enough zip up the back which can be tricky at first). I’ve worn them dressy to work and casual with sneakers or boots for the weekends. Love them with a blazer or just a plain old t-shirt. They’re on sale now too so there’s that. And since you’re probably stuck inside all day why not do a little online shopping. Winters gotta end soon, right? RIGHT?

Black ‘Dannie’ Pants: J.Crew; Stripe Blouse: Old Navy (old – seen before here; similar here); Flats Brown Boots: Banana Republic (obsessed with these AND they’re on sale); Bag: c/o Sole Society; Belt: J.Crew (old) 

Photos by Whitney Neal.

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