Outfit Post: Short Stripe

Monday kind of snuck up on me. I’m on a mission to do some fall cleaning/organizing/purging so I spent most of my weekend trying to get stuff done. It was nice to have a weekend without a ton of plans especially since the next few are looking to be pretty jam packed with happy happenings (wedding, baby shower, engagement parties) and work stuff.

And I know everyone is all excited for fall but it’s still pretty warm around here (think brisk mornings, warm days) so I haven’t quite shed the shorts and dresses for layers and denim. I wore this last weekend for a impromptu football game watching party at a friends house. Speaking of football, I’m still sore about that Kentucky vs. Florida game on Saturday. 3OT’s?!?! I definitely thought this might be the year that they broke that ridiculously long losing streak. Oh well.

Anyways, Isnagged this blazer months ago as one of those “when I’m not pregnant” purchases and it’s been making up for lost time lately.This loafers are making another appearance too. When I bought them I figured I’d be wearing them with mostly basic black and other basics but I’ve found I’m pairing them with just about everything in my closet. And fellow Cats fans, if you’re in need of something in the right color – this bag is it. Perfect color, perfect size.

Gap Shorts * Madewell Leopard Loafers (4)Stripe Blazer: Gap (no longer available in this color, similar here); Chambray Tank: Cloth & Stone found at TJMaxx (seen here); Denim Shorts: Gap; Leopard Loafers: Madewell (similar here, seen before here); Cobalt Bag: c/o Galian Gap Shorts * Madewell Leopard Loafers (2)Gap Shorts * Madewell Leopard Loafers (3)Gap Shorts * Madewell Leopard Loafers (1)
Gap Shorts * Madewell Leopard Loafers (5)Photos by Whitney Neal.

Outfit Post: Summer Suit

You guys, I’m pretty excited that this skirt fits now. I ordered it way back when I was a big giant preggo and now that it zips, I’m trying to get my money’s worth out of it. So you’re getting a double dose of it this week.

We’ve seen it dressed down, now I’m jazzing it up a little for work. Nothing too formal though, just enough to make it appropriate for a day at the office. Although I may re-purpose this for a shower or other random summer occasion.

Snagged this blazer during the ZARA summer sale which may be my most favorite sale. I’m pretty sure I haven’t met a ZARA blazer that I didn’t love. I think there’s still some slim pickings on the website so check it out and you may score a solid deal.

Other than waxing poetic on my love of blazers, I don’t have much fun to share. It’s been all work and a lot less play for me lately. Trying to get back into some sort of regular routine is a b***h. Two kids = so much crap to carry around Seriously, why do they need so much stuff?

Pink Blazer: ZARA (on sale for $30!); Blue Stripe Skirt: Piperlime; Chambray Tank: TJ MAXX (seen here); Silver Wedges: Old Navy (seen here); Bracelets: Lily & Laura via 9th and Elm

Just realized that a lot of the stuff in this post has been on repeat the last few weeks. Clearly having a little love affair with some of these goodies lately.

Photos by Whitney Neal.



Guest Post: Meet Katie * {Out + Outfit}

Today I’ve got one of my most favorite (relatively) new bloggers, Katie from {Out + Outfit} filling in for me. Katie is a fellow UK gal living it up in Cincinnati. I love her blog because not only is she always rocking a seriously cute, laid-back look but she also posts some snaps from delicious Cincy eateries along with pics of her friends looking great. Hope you all have enjoyed the week of new faces (and styles), I’ll be  back to a somewhat regular posting schedule on Monday!

I am so flattered to be asked by Danielle to fill in for the day while she is off squeezing the sweet bejeezus out of her new daughter’s cheeks. I know that’s what I would be doing if I were in her shoes.

And as a means of introducing myself to you all, I simply want to share some of my favorite looks and styles so that you can get a feel for what I’m serving up over in my neck of the interweb woods.

look #1 – the uniform

Madewell blouse and denimA button down with jeans is my one million percent go-to. I have quite the ROY G BIV oxford collection in my closest and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. The one I am sporting here is one of a few short sleeve versions, but I have a feeling it will be an everlasting presence in my wardrobe.

look #2 – the dream

Joie blouse & Stella McCartney bagI recently had an opportunity to peruse Saks Fifth Avenue and style some looks. This one was my absolute favorite. While each piece is the high-end version, this is exactly the kind of look I salivate over – a silk printed blouse with billowy sleeves,​ some dark flared denim, and a gorgeous designer clutch.​
So feminine and so flattering.

look #3 – the statement necklaces (plural)

CS Gems necklace layeredOnce I started layering statement necklaces, I never went back. I am now incapable of wearing just one statement necklace. When I pull out only one, I feel bland. I have to add a chain link and a tab string in order to feel complete.

look #4 – the print mixing

Pretty Pony Boutique and polka dots 4I’m a teacher and my students know I love clothes and they often ask me what my favorite color is. I always answer polka dots paired with another pattern. Dots and stripes make my little heart go pitter-patter.

look #5 – the chambray​

Stella & DotI hope chambray never goes out of style. I’m pretty committed to the look because it just always, without fail, works. Dressed up, dressed down, tied around your waist, you literally cannot go wrong.

​T​hanks so much for letting me pop in today and introduce myself!
​Stop by and say hi sometime​!

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