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.



Shopping: Shopbop Friends & Family

Just because I’ve given up shopping for October doesn’t mean you have to. Shopbop is having their semi-annual Friends & Family sale which is the best time to bite the bullet on investment pieces you’ve been thinking about but couldn’t quite justify. I’ve rounded up some of my favorites as an exercise in “pretend” shopping.

Don’t worry though, I’m keeping it real and staying clear of seriously pricey duds. Everything below is under $200 (except a couple pairs of jeans – you wear those all the time so you can splurge) + there are no one-and-done items. I looked for stuff that you can wear the heck out of for more than just one season.

The sale ends on the 16th at midnight… happy shopping!

Jackets & Coats…

Tops & Sweaters…

Boots & Shoes…

Denim & Dresses…

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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