More Snow, Less Fun

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Don’t worry folks, just when The Fiancé and I had finished shoveling off the driveway for the weekend, we got more snow last night! Lame. Winter is the worst. Luckily, I had a nice weekend eating brunch and wings and brownies (ahh the life), snuggling with the puppy, and going to Lucas Oil Stadium to watch my Colts win! No outfit post yesterday, since I wore my Colts jersey and Saturday’s long black cardigan all day.

Today marks the beginning of a great two weeks. It is jeans for the rest of the year at my work, and I have a 2.5 day work week this week, followed by a 1.5 day work week next week. Lucky ducky, indeed. So get ready to see more casual looks (while still appearing business casual + jeans). I love this blazer (along with the rest of my “collection” of Merona’s oxford blazers), and thought it might work well with a yellow shirt, since it has a faint yellow/gold stripe in the plaid. I think it did work out extremely well, even though it is a lot of color/texture in one look. The jeans and the neutral ankle boots balance this out well.

ps. I broke my no-shopping ban. 14 days strong, only to be broken by a ridiculous sale at Old Navy. Gasp! However, I justified it with a friend, and I’m feeling okay about it. I ended up buying the long Old Navy cardigan (previously seen here in black) in gray and white and then the Honeycomb Knit sweater (seen here) in mint (to make the minimal amount for free shipping). I knew I would have bought them after Christmas as good staples, and I didn’t want to miss the ridiculous savings that were going on this weekend. Please forgive me in this difficult time. I am planning on joining a shopping budget group in January. Stay tuned!

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  • On Target item: Merona Oxford Blazer (plaid – recent)
  • Lace top: Merona, Target (early 2013 summer)
  • Jeans: Denizen, Target (exact)
  • Shoes: Old Navy (here)

Real Life Ralph Lauren?

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Lookin’ snazzy, right? Someone (I kid you not) at my work today, asked me if I was trying out to be a Ralph Lauren model. The answer was “no, but thank you thank you thank you for saying that.” Again, people, real life compliments are where it is at!

I had a fairly important conference call at work today, and even though it sounds crazy, I have read that you act more on point and more professional (even just on the phone) if you are more dressed up. That’s why they tell you to be in your business professional suit when on the phone with a job interview. At least, that’s what they told me in business school! I think it work, since I nailed the call.

This outfit also streamlined my layering issues from yesterday. The blazer helps define a shape, and I still got to keep warm by rocking this thinner sweater under my blazer. Warm and professional? Count me in!

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Target Review: Merona Oxford Blazer

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*Another blog feature will be reviews of “foundation/essential” pieces. These, in a sense, will be your investment pieces (though they don’t have to be at investment prices) as opposed to your trend pieces. So staples versus fads?

This Style on Target Review is for this navy oxford blazer from the Merona brand, mainly because I realized on Tuesday (when I wore it!) what a true staple this blazer is for me. First of all, everyone and their best friend has this jacket in at least one color/pattern. It is truly flattering on a lot of body types (also comes in petites and plus sizes online) and provides some structure and some layering interest when worn. A good navy blazer can really be a staple for everyone as it lends itself well to casual wear, business wear, and even can be used for “going out” outfits. Truth be told, I have this jacket in several colors and various patterns, but navy is the one I love the most. Classic, practical, and neutral enough to go with everything.

I’ve previously mentioned that I got a lot of these blazers using Cartwheel coupons and weekly ad markdowns. This blazer normally is $34.99, which is by no means cheap, but when you compare it to its J. Crew twin (running for $198 – for one more button), it makes it look a lot better (at least in my eyes right now, I am sure the J. Crew quality is beyond comparison).  

Check it out online at the above link or in store!

Pros—-

  • Price
  • Fit and size selection
  • Fully lined blazer
  • Color choices: comes in this navy, gray (also seen on the blog), red, dark red, green, black, tan, pink, and various patterns)
  • Patterned cuff lining (gives it a fun element)
  • Colored collar lining (see that yellow pop of color under the collar, so cute and unexpected)
  • Real pockets (that are sewn shut, but can be opened and utilized!)
  • Able to be laundered at home (whomp whomp dry cleaning is for adults!)

Cons—-

  • To get the right fit in the torso, I have to sacrifice length in the arms. This is fair enough, because I am 5’9″ and wearing a size 6 in this blazer. It is also okay, in my opinion, because I get to show off the cuff lining.
  • The one button is pretty boring (would prefer gold or silver or solid dome button, instead of the flat tortoise shell).
  • Definitely attract and shows dog hair (thanks to my dog Cooper!)

ps. Mad props to The Fiancé for taking the photos of me in this post and Monday and Wednesday’s outfit post. Even though I ate a lot of your salsa, yesterday. Whoops.

Copycat!, Vol. 2

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Outfit Inspiration from: Ann Taylor Loft online look book

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*Copycat! is a feature where I try to recreate outfits I find on Pinterest (or various other sources of inspiration), utilizing at least one item from Target.

This is my second round of Copycat!, and I am loving actually using my millions of pins! This inspiration came from Ann Taylor Loft, whose clothes I love and enjoy wearing. This skirt was a dream find when I got it. In my size. 50% off? I’ll take two (I actually did…watch out for the navy one to make an appearance someday!).

I think it worked well. I was worried about wearing a white tee, so I switched it to gray. It seemed a little flight attendent style, so I tied the scarf in a knot at the bottom and added a brooch for some sparkle. I do love her boots more than mine. I’ve not been impressed with my tall boots lately and might have to look into some nicer upgrades!

What do you think of my second Copycat!? Did I nail it or what?!

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  • On Target item: Merona Oxford Blazer (navy – recent)
  • Tee: Merona, Target (same style)
  • Skirt: Ann Taylor Loft (got in October 2013)
  • Scarf: gift from future sister-in-law!
  • Brooch: probably stolen from my mom
  • Boots: Macys, old

Blazer This, Blazer That

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These Target blazers are out of control. The fit and style is exactly like more expensive versions (mainly J. Crew), and the price just can’t be beat. All of mine were bought either on sale during a weekly ad sale (or the 20% off promos online) or using the Cartwheel app. They fit me so well that I have bought a total of seven of them and have the polka dot version coming to me for Christmas  — courtesy of the Fiance who was forced to go to Target with me and buy the last one in my size. Fate, my friends, fate.

I just think a blazer smartens up any outfit and instantly makes you look more put together. That is a-okay in my book.

Plus, this is probably the only “pink” (I call it coral) shirt you will ever see me in. So there’s that?

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  • On Target item: Merona Blazer, (in store and online)
  • Shirt: thrifted
  • Black jeans: Denizen, Target (recent, tall and short styles online too!)
  • Boots: Tahari, Macys (old)

Comfy Stripes

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Growing out bangs is real hard. Like, so hard. Any tips?

Going back to work today was nice because we had a jeans day (which are somewhat random in our office, like on a Wednesday, but not this Friday?). So even though I was coming off a day off, I still had a pep in my step, since I got to wear my awesome Target jeans…again.

This blazer is recent from Gap, and it is honestly one of my greatest finds there. It is ponte material, but lined inside and really heavy/sturdy. The sleeves are long enough for my 5’9″ eagle arm length, because I bought it in a tall size 6, which someone had returned from online, because they never have talls in stores (huge thank you to that person)!

I kept the rest of the outfit pretty simple with some Target basics, since this blazer is kind of loud, and I really liked the look.

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  • On Target item: Mossimo Tee, (mine is grey without a pocket)
  • Blazer: Gap (recent in stores)
  • Denizen Jeans, (got mine in August, in stores)
  • Shoes: Mossimo, Target (old)

I Own This

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Short hiatus from the blog, but I have been inspired to start again by my two best friends. Nothing like friends around to encourage you to pursue your interests right?

Speaking of best friends, one of mine, B, is getting married in July 2014, and I was given the honor to go wedding dress shopping with her today. It was a lot of fun to hang out with her, her mom, her sister, and another bestie, and watch her try on dresses for the first time! She didn’t say yes to one today, but it is just a matter of time until she does! The above outfit is what I wore. I wanted something that was “smart casual” – a term I think I made up – that showed I deserved to belong in this fancy bridal shop. It turns out, I ended up leading the group to the fitting room and carried several dresses back to the fitting room…like I owned the place. So I guess the outfit worked?

Plus, I wore the jacket closed (it doesn’t have a button/closure) with my new ladybug brooch. So winning.

What would you wear to a dress fitting for a friend?

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  • On Target item: Denizen Jeans, (just got mine in August, in stores)
  • Tee: Merona, Target (exact)
  • Blazer: DressBarn (similar)
  • Brooch: Old Navy (bought in October, in stores; similar)
  • Shoes: thirfted