Monday, July 27, 2015

Brocade

There are holes in my work wardrobe that I've been meaning to fill, but my eyes keep wandering to non-practical items (ie: a pretty cornflower blue coverup when I have zero plans of vacationing anytime soon, let alone at the beach). I finally buckled down once I started working again, so as a result, I've been on quite a shopping rampage as of late.

A crisp, classic white button-up shirt has topped my wishlist forever. I've tried on a few but none looked quite right. Not slim enough, easily wrinkled, too short, etc. I love the J.Crew Factory infinity shirt ($24.15 + free shipping w/code PICNIC) that I'm wearing today. The shirt lives up to its name and I could realistically wear it as a tunic over leggings in the coming fall months. For everyday work wear, I simply tuck in the excess fabric for a polished look. Granted, this is easier done with skirts than pants due to the longer length. I also like the hidden button placket. For reference, I'm wearing size XXS.

The J.Crew Collection mixed Italian jacquard faux-wrap skirt (40% off w/code SUMMERSALE) is an item that was not on my wishlist. This purchase fell into the, Whoa I love the print! ...and J.Crew's having a sale?! Ok, bought! category. I'm just so happy that I guessed my size correctly. I'm wearing 0P (typically wear 00-0 in J.Crew skirts) because I figured the regular length would be much too long judging by the stock pics. The skirt is made of thicker material and the brocade-like pattern is simply beautiful in person. The only con? The skirt tends to fall open when I sit, so I have to consciously remember to act more ladylike.
white dress shirt, brocade printed wrap skirt, bow ballerina flats, gray tote
white dress shirt, brocade printed wrap skirt, gray tote
white dress shirt, brocade printed wrap skirt, bow ballerina flats, gray tote
sunglasses: Ann Taylor Metropolis (sold here)
lips: MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist Natural in N9 (sold here)
top: J.Crew Factory infinity shirt (sold here - $24.15 + free shipping w/code PICNIC)
bracelet: Ann Taylor modern classic X cuff (similar - extra 40% off w/code COOL)
skirt: J.Crew Collection mixed Italian jacquard faux-wrap (sold here - 40% off w/code SUMMERASALE)
bag: Nina Ricci small Marche in gris (sold at Barneys / mytheresa)
shoes: Valentino bow ballerina flats (similar - on sale; similar)

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Short Shorts

striped tee, distressed shorts, boat shoes, red cap, white tote
striped tee, distressed shorts, boat shoes, red cap, white tote
sunglasses: Ann Taylor Metropolis (sold here)
top: Gap stripe luxe boatneck tee (similar)
shorts: Express 2 1/2 inch low rise destroyed cuffed denim (similar - on sale; similar - on sale)
hat: MLB Washington Nationals cap (sold here - on sale)
bag: Longchamp medium LM metal tote (sold here; similar)
shoes: Sperry Seacoast canvas sneakers (sold at Lord & Taylor - 15% off w/code FINAL / Macy's / Bloomingdale's)

Friday, July 24, 2015

Heat Wave

Every year I tell myself, "summer is really not that hot in DC." And every year I chastise myself for my short term memory. There's really no other way to dress for both the indoors and outdoors besides layering. A sleeveless top and lightweight pants really do help during my commute (I use commute loosely because mine is about as easy as it gets, except compared to telecommuters). Then after I arrive at work with the AC on full blast, I simply shrug on a cardigan or blazer for the rest of the day.

PS - I'm in love with these navy pants! They're lightweight, wrinkle resistant, with functional pockets, and so comfortable. They are unlined and mine came with a shiny silver button closure (neither of which are deal-breakers). For reference, I'm wearing size 0P. I usually wear regular length in pants, but the petite sizing surprisingly hits me at the perfect spot right above the ankles.
gray cropped vest, striped cami, navy pants, marine blue heels
gray cropped vest, striped cami, navy pants, marine blue heels
sunglasses: Ann Taylor Metropolis (sold here)
lips: MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist Natural in N9 (sold here)
vest: Banana Republic crossover-hem tank (sold here - on sale)
top: J.Crew Factory stripe racerback cami (this season's sold here - on sale)
bracelet: Tory Burch sculpted metal cuff (sold here - on sale; similar)
pants: MICHAEL Michael Kors stretch ankle pants in new navy (sold here)
bag: Nina Ricci small Marche in gris (sold at Barneys / mytheresa)
shoes: Ivanka Trump Boni pointy toe pumps in navy (sold here; similar)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Blues Clues

Remember what I previously said about repeating shoe and bag combinations multiple times a week? I can now also add this skirt to the multiple-wears-per-week list. It's probably the best fitting (office appropriate) skirt I own, so why not squeeze in as many wears as possible?
navy tee, tweed pencil skirt, blue chain scarf tied on white tote, snakeskin pumps
navy tee, tweed pencil skirt, blue chain scarf tied on white tote, snakeskin pumps
navy tee, tweed pencil skirt, blue chain scarf tied on white tote, snakeskin pumps
sunglasses: Ann Taylor Metropolis (sold here)
lips: NYX round case lipstick in NYX (sold here)
top: Zara top with layered hem and yoke (may still be in stores; similar - on sale)
bracelet: Tory Burch sculpted metal cuff (sold here - on sale; similar - extra 40% off w/code SHOPSALE)
skirt: Ann Taylor tweed pencil skirt (may still be in stores; similar)
scarf (tied on bag): C. Wonder silk chain link printed (similar - on sale; similar)
bag: Longchamp medium LM metal tote (sold here; similar)
shoes: Zara court shoe with snakeskin toe (similar - on sale; similar - on sale)

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Yellow / Leopard

gray long cardigan, yellow dress, raspberry purple tote, leopard flats
gray long cardigan, yellow dress, raspberry purple tote, leopard flats
sunglasses: Ann Taylor Metropolis (sold here)
lips: MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist Natural in N9 (sold here)
necklace: Julie Vos coin pendant (sold here; similar)
sweater: theory Ashtry F open cardigan (similar - on sale; similar - 25% off w/code SUPER)
dress: Ann Taylor textured sheath (may still be in stores; similar - on sale)
ring: Elizabeth and James Windrose (sold here; similar)
bag: Tory Burch Robinson pebbled square tote (sold here; similar)
shoes: Nine West Shindig (similar; similar)
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