Outfit Post + Yay! It’s a Giveaway: Working It with Well-Kept

Monday Monday. After a solid weekend (the perfect mix of low-key and fun), I’m back to work for what is promising to be a hectic week (lots and lots of client events going on). That being said, I’m starting things over here off with a bit of a bang with a nice little giveaway for you all from Well-Kept - more on that in a minute.

When I’m looking at a busy day (after what will inevitably be a crazy morning trying to make it out of the house in one piece), I try and stick with a pretty basic uniform: skinny pants + easy, practical and polished top + wedges. This outfit is all of those things with a little twist on my normal get up. The cropped top (certainly no skin showing for me, at least not yet) isn’t something I normally gravitate to since I have a longer than normal torso. So a crop top can throw my proportions all out of whack. The looser, boxier shape of this one though hits at just the right spot and pairs well with the more fitted pants. It’s also the perfect weight for this not quite summer/not quite fall weather. So if you ever see me coming or going from work, you’ll more than likely see me in something like this.

Another thing you’ll see me dragging along is a bag packed to the gills with my work crap. Computer, multiple notebooks, phones (don’t ask me why I have two), my camera (try to keep it with me all the time) and possibly an iPad (that gets used to watch Disney Junior way more than to do actual work). With all those screens and the high likelihood that there is so form of snack debris on the inside of my bag, a pack of Well-Kept wipes comes in crazy handy.

I first got my hands on a pack a year or so ago to try and since then I’ve kept them in my desk drawer for those days when I eat lunch at my desk (yeah I know it’s kind of gross) or I notice some sort of impenetrable gunk on my phone. My poor iPad takes the worst of it and needs to have the jelly wiped off it on a regular basis.

The good folks at Well-Kept want you to enjoy not only a gunk-free screen but also a little shopping spree on them. So scroll all the way down to check out how I’ve teamed up with some of my favorite blogger pals (all my favorites are on board) to give you a chance to win a year’s supply of Well-Kept wipes + a $200 American Express gift card.

Work Outfits * Lou What Wear (10)Polka-Dot Crop Top: ZARA (snagged it during the summer sale – these Forever 21 options are pretty similar here and here); Pants: J.Crew ‘Minnie’ in Navy; Nude Wedges: Sole Society; Bracelet: Gorjana & Griffin via Rocksbox (seriously, I heart Rockbox – check it out here); Bag: Longchamp; Sunglasses: c/o Sole Society 

Work Outfits * Lou What Wear (1)Work Outfits * Lou What Wear (6)Work Outfits * Lou What Wear (2)Work Outfits * Lou What Wear (3)Work Outfits * Lou What Wear (9)Work Outfits * Lou What Wear (7)Work Outfits * Lou What Wear (5)Work Outfits * Lou What Wear (8)Work Outfits * Lou What Wear (4)Outfit Photos by Whitney Neal

1 | Alex at Lex What Wear | Bekka at Palm and Peachtree |  Buffy at The Style Gathering | Courtney at Color Me Courtney | Danielle at Lou What Wear 

 2 | Danielle at Shop Dandy | Elle at Elle Sees | Emily at Life With Emily | Grace at A Southern Drawl | Jackie at Living After Midnite

3 | Jen at Skirt The Rules | Julie at Julie Leah | Katherine at Style Tab | Krista at Covering The Bases | Lauren at Edit by Lauren

4 |Mae at Mae Amor | Paris at ParisRouzati.com | Shelby at Glitter and Gingham | Tiffany at Tiffany Style Blog | Tracy at Right Shoes Blog

Wondering how I lug all that crap around (yeah I ask myself that every morning). This Sole Society bag has been a serious life-saver. Holds so much stuff and the pouch inside keeps me from having to dig around aimlessly for the little stuff. Now on to the giveaway fun. Enter as many or as few times as you like!

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Outfit Post: Tan + Neon

A while back, I spent a entire month trying to recreate looks I loved from Pinterest with items in my closet already (here’s an example). #NoNewThings

Well today’s post is getting me back in the swing of things. I really want to make better use of the things I already own and love. And now that things are fitting a little better (not there yet), it’s easier to mix and match. When I saw this post from Julia {Gal Meets Glam} a few weeks back, I knew I could recreate it once the temperatures dropped a little (but make no mistake there was no way I was recreating her bad ass hair and make-up skills). Yesterday was a little cooler (at least in the morning, totally didn’t pay attention when they said it would warm up by mid-day), so I decided to give it a go. Also, I woke up late and didn’t want to think about putting together an outfit. I’m lazy like that.

So sorry for an outfit of old favorites but at least the accessories are new. These navy booties are going to be in heavy rotation this fall. And as much as I need structure when it comes to bags, I always forego the pockets and organization for a carry-all and this oversized one is pretty perfect. The good part is that it comes with a pouch to hold all the little things that can descend into the abyss of a big bag. So clutch (pun intended. sorry for being a nerd).

Yellow Lace Skirt: Forever 21, same skirt different color here; love this fuller yellow version (seen here and here); Sweater: J.Crew; Navy ‘Romy’ Booties: c/o Sole Society; Monogram Necklace: Old, similar here; Oversize ‘Capri’ Tote: c/o Sole Society

Thanks Hayley for the pics!

Shopping: Now & Later

If your inbox is anything like mine you’ve been inundated with sale emails lately. End of summer, pre-fall, friends and family – whatever they call it, stores have been handing out some big mark-downs to get you shopping. I’ve been trying to avoid the lure but it’s hard not to take a look.

I may not be in the majority when I say that I’m not ready for summer to be over – I love those long summer pool days, warm temperatures and all the fun outdoor activities that go along with them. That being said, I’m done buying the warm weather clothes that accompany the good times but I’m also not on the hunt for jackets, boots and other fall essentials just yet. It’s a little hard for me to want to buy cool weather gear when it’s a toasty 90 degrees outside (and don’t even get me started with how humid it is).

So when I’ve been browsing those sale racks (both in real life and online), I’ve kept my focus on looking for items that can work for now and later.I’ve rounded up a few things that you can easily work into your wardrobe now but that will work long into the fall months.

now & laterASOS Sheer Cut Out Dress | ASOS Heels (from top to bottom – 1 | 2 | 3 ) | 7 For All Mankind Pencil Skirt  (save 25% now with code MUSTHAVE) |
Leith Oversized T-Shirt | French Connection Booties | Mother ‘The Looker’ Skinny Jeans (save 25% now with code MUSTHAVE)
Most of the items on the list are pretty self-explanatory and all of them are under $200 (most are under $100). The only higher priced items are the denim and booties – which when you think about the cost per wear, end up not breaking the bank. I’m planning on investing in a great pair of booties again this fall because the last two pairs I’ve had, I’ve worn down to the point of total destruction. Seriously, I bought a pair two years ago that I wore so much that the top edges began unraveling.
I’ve also made sure to only include options that can be both dressed up and down. Like this dress could easily pair with a light jacket – like this one – and flat boots for day; pair it with a simple pair of heels and a blazer for work; or add strappy sandals for a night out.
And since I couldn’t help but do a little looking ahead, this faux leather jacket, with the waterfall front, is now firmly atop my wish list.
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