Outfit Post: Top Hat

I got this hat last year. I wore it a couple times but couldn’t get over Drew’s comment that it was my Indiana Jones hat.

This year, I’ve been breaking it out left and right and because of his comment, I’m considering dressing like my favorite Harrison Ford character for Halloween (seriously though, any one have any last minute tips cause I am struggling). Last week I wore it a little more casually but today I’m dressing it up a little. This little black dress was one of my best buys ever on ASOS. I’ve had it for a couple years now and I still turn to it when I’m coming down to the wire and still haven’t found something to wear. Clearly waiting until the last minute is a big problem for me.

Throwing on a hat can be a little daunting since you’re inevitably going to get a few looks and it’s definitely something we’re not all used to wearing on the regular. My tip is to keep the rest of the look simple so that the hat stands out but never looks cartoon-ish or costumey. Also, these suckers are WARM so you’ll want it to be a little brisk so you’re head doesn’t get all sweaty (gross, i know. sorry).

I’m thinking of breaking this look out again this weekend, albeit with tights since it’s finally getting a little chilly, for an engagement party for some friends. Despite being unprepared for almost everything, I am definitely prepared for my brother-in-law (and probably others) to give me a hard time about the hat. I’m thinking it will be something about Halloween being over so I can pack up my Carmen Sandiego costume but there’s also the chance for some safari comment. Either way, I’ll take it. Indiana Jones FTW.

Okay I’m off to tackle that inbox before doing cutting out early to tailgate for the UofL vs. FSU game tomorrow (celebrating my office’s third anniversary! woo hoo!). If you’re running around Papa John Cardinal Stadium tomorrow, we’ll be tailgating by Gate 1 – come say hey!

Wool Panama Hat: c/o Sole Society; Black Dress: ASOS (so crazy old – seen here, similar here); Bag: c/o Sole Society (seen here); Boots: LOFT (old – seen here and here, similar here);  Necklace: Stella & Dot Photos by Whitney Neal


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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