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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Shopping: 10 for 10 {Months}

So up until this point, I’ve avoided both maternity clothes and, around these parts, maternity talk (feel free to X out today and come back again tomorrow if you’re not in the mood for that sort of thing) but the day has come where I finally go ahead and buy those pieces sitting in my online shopping cart.

Since this is my second (and most-likely last) go around with this, I don’t want to spend a bunch of money on clothes I’m only going to wear for a couple months. I also don’t want to look sloppy and sad for the next few months either so I’ve decided to invest in a handful of simple, quality pieces that will last me through the next few months without looking like a giant mushroom.

My biggest tip would be to keep the color pallet simple when buying these kind of items (the word maternity is like Voldemort for me – I prefer “the condition that shall not be named”) and work color in through accessories – jewelry, scarves, shoes, bags – and layering – blazers, cardigans, jackets. That way you can keep the bold, fun pieces for long past your due date (and sell the maternity gear on eBay or share the love with other soon-to-be mamas).

I’ve already added a couple of these items to my closet (thank you J.Crew for making a maternity Minnie pant) and I’ll be looking to slowly add a few more in over the next couple weeks (keeping an eye out for sales).

If you’re on the hunt for gear that actually fits, my favorite sites are ASOS (so.much.stuff), Gap (for basics), LOFT, Shopbop (for dresses) and eBay (jeans are expensive – find a pair in like new condition for WAY cheap). Oh and the reason there are 10 items, it’s because this whole 9 month thing is a sham. 40 weeks feels way longer than just 9 months.

10 for 10


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