Ivory Linen & Cognac Brown

Monday, August 19, 2019

Third time's the charm as I finally wore this linen sheath dress as it was intended -- with the accompanying belt. (See previous outfits here, here). I gotta say, the designers were onto something. The fabric belt is the right width and has enough give that the bottom of the dress flared out nicely. I felt quite ladylike. There's nothing wrong with experimentation, but my track record is certainly one of an amateur. Never doubt the professionals.

J.Crew double-breasted sleeveless sheath dress in stretch linen, Tory Burch Whitney leather strap watch, Celine small big bag, Tory Burch Penelope metallic cap-toe slingback pump
J.Crew double-breasted sleeveless sheath dress in stretch linen, Tory Burch Whitney leather strap watch, Celine small big bag, Tory Burch Penelope metallic cap-toe slingback pump
J.Crew double-breasted sleeveless sheath dress in stretch linen, Tory Burch Whitney leather strap watch, Kristin Coffin small Sofia ring, Celine small big bag
J.Crew double-breasted sleeveless sheath dress in stretch linen, Tory Burch Whitney leather strap watch, Celine small big bag, Tory Burch Penelope metallic cap-toe slingback pump
SUNGLASSES: Ann Taylor (similar - $25; similar)
LIPS: MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist Natural in N9 (sold here)
DRESS: J.Crew double-breasted sleeveless sheath dress in stretch linen in ivory - sz 0 (check for re-stock; similar - 50% off w/code BRFAMILY; similar - 50% off w/code BRFAMILY; similar - on sale)
WATCH: Tory Burch Whitney leather strap watch, 35mm (sold here; similar)
RINGS: Elizabeth and James (similar);
Kristin Coffin small Sofia in rose gold (sold here)
PHONE CASE: Casetify blooming gown (sold here)
BAG: Celine small big bag with long strap in smooth calfskin in tan (sold here; similar - on sale)
SHOES: Tory Burch Penelope metallic cap-toe slingback pump in deep vicuna/gold - sz 6.5 (sold here, here - all on sale; this season's sold here, here)

A (Slightly) Updated Uniform

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Casual but slightly dressed up outfits are my forte. I'm a tomboy at heart, and as I've matured over the years, I've found that adding adult touches (aka heels) is an easy way to straddle that middle ground between am-I-supposed-to-take-you-seriously and lighten-up-will-you extremes. It does help that I've found my new favorite pair of heels! A little glam but yet neutral (loving cognac so much lately) while being super comfortable.

Ann Taylor striped button up shirt, Tory Burch Whitney leather strap watch, Banana Republic Factory medium girlfriend jean, Polene Numero Six clutch, Tory Burch Penelope metallic cap-toe slingback pump
Ann Taylor striped button up shirt, Tory Burch Whitney leather strap watch, Banana Republic Factory medium girlfriend jean, Polene Numero Six clutch
Ann Taylor striped button up shirt, Tory Burch Whitney leather strap watch, Banana Republic Factory medium girlfriend jean, Polene Numero Six clutch, Tory Burch Penelope metallic cap-toe slingback pump
SUNGLASSES: Ann Taylor (similar - on sale; similar - $8)
LIPS: MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist Natural in N9 (sold here)
TOP: Ann Taylor (this season's sold here - on sale)
WATCH: Tory Burch Whitney leather strap watch, 35mm (sold here; similar)
PHONE CASE: Casetify blooming gown (sold here)
JEANS: Banana Republic Factory medium girlfriend jean (similar)
BAG: Polene Numero Six in blue crocodile print (sold here; similar; similar)
SHOES: Tory Burch Penelope metallic cap-toe slingback pump in deep vicuna/gold - sz 6.5 (sold here, here - all on sale; this season's sold here, here)

Jogger-Like

Monday, August 12, 2019

The last outfit was quintessentially "me" in my element. In contrast, today's is the complete antithesis. Everything from head to toe was an experiment that... I'm not sure I'll be repeating. I wanted to try my hand at the trendy "fancy" jogger pants (the crepe-y fabric with elastic at the ankles). Most of the ones I've seen look best in dark colors (ie: olive, black), so I thought it was a genius idea to take ankle pants that I already own then fold up the hem for a bunched-up look. Did it work? Not if you look closely, but from far away, it may pass muster. While I think the resulting look is fun, I kinda felt like I was trying too hard.

Ann Taylor black matte jersey off the shoulder top, Ann Taylor gold bangle, Chanel reissue in 226, Ann Taylor the ankle pant with tie waist, Schutz Rhana sandals
Ann Taylor black matte jersey off the shoulder top, Ann Taylor gold bangle, Chanel reissue in 226, Ann Taylor the ankle pant with tie waist
Ann Taylor black matte jersey off the shoulder top, Ann Taylor gold bangle, Chanel reissue in 226, Ann Taylor the ankle pant with tie waist, Schutz Rhana sandals
SUNGLASSES: Ann Taylor (similar - $25; similar - $8)
LIPS: MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist Natural in N9 (sold here)
TOP: Ann Taylor matte jersey off the shoulder top - sz S (sold here - $33)
BRACELET: Ann Taylor (similar)
PANTS: Ann Taylor the ankle pant with tie waist in olive khaki - sz 0P (sold here - $48; similar; similar)
BAG: Chanel reissue in 226 (similar; similar)
NAIL POLISH ON TOES: Veque for J.Crew nail polish in citrus lime (similar)
SHOES: Schutz Rhana sandals (similar - 40% off; similar - on sale)

A Touch of Gold

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

I had the most fun I've had in awhile playing around with this outfit. There were just so many opportunities to mix and match to create completely different outfits (small details matter!), that it actually took me awhile to settle on this one. Now did I achieve the look I was aiming for? If you're seeing a fun yet glam business casual outfit, then hell yeah.

Chanel 18P crystal/pearl brooch, denim jacket, Celine small big bag, Ann Taylor front slit pencil skirt, Olivia Burton gold watch, Tory Burch Penelope metallic cap-toe slingback pump
Chanel 18P crystal/pearl brooch, denim jacket, Celine small big bag, Ann Taylor front slit pencil skirt, Olivia Burton gold watch, Tory Burch Penelope metallic cap-toe slingback pump
Chanel 18P crystal/pearl brooch, denim jacket, Celine small big bag, Ann Taylor front slit pencil skirt, Olivia Burton gold watch
Chanel 18P crystal/pearl brooch, denim jacket, Celine small big bag, Ann Taylor front slit pencil skirt, Olivia Burton gold watch, Tory Burch Penelope metallic cap-toe slingback pump
SUNGLASSES: Ann Taylor (similar - $25; similar - $10)
LIPS: MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist Natural in N9 (sold here)
BROOCH: Chanel 18P crystal/pearl brooch via Opulent Habits
JACKET: Abercrombie & Fitch (similar - on sale)
TEE: H&M (this season's sold here)
RING: Elizabeth and James (similar)
WATCH: Olivia Burton watch, 30mm in gold - removed 3 links (this season's sold here)
SKIRT: Ann Taylor front slit pencil skirt - sz 0P (sold here - $35; similar - on sale)
BAG: Celine small big bag with long strap in smooth calfskin in tan (sold here; similar - on sale)
SHOES: Tory Burch Penelope metallic cap-toe slingback pump in deep vicuna/gold - sz 6.5 (sold here, here, here - all on sale; this season's sold here, here)

Scallop Hems

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

I've previously mentioned styling struggles when it comes to this top. It took trial and error to find pants that worked with the tad-too-short-top without proportions looking off. To nobody's surprise except mine, I encountered the same issue when trying on skirts. I really wanted to wear a pencil skirt, but anything knee-length just made the outfit look dowdy. The balance looked much better when I went with a shorter skirt -- and dare I say, more youthful? As for the matchy-matchy scallop hems, that can be overlooked because priority for choosing a navy skirt for the color scheme won out.

Tory Burch embroidered Mariana top, LOFT navy scallop skirt, Goyard Artois MM tote, Tory Burch Tatiana heels with pearls
Tory Burch embroidered Mariana top, LOFT navy scallop skirt, Goyard Artois MM tote
Tory Burch embroidered Mariana top, LOFT navy scallop skirt, Goyard Artois MM tote, Tory Burch Tatiana heels with pearls
SUNGLASSES: Ann Taylor (similar - $25; similar - $10)
LIPS: MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist Natural in N9 (sold here)
TOP: Tory Burch Mariana top - sz XS (check for re-stock; similar - on sale; similar dress version - on sale)
BRACELET: David Yurman cable classics bracelet with pearls and diamonds, 5mm - sz S (sold at Nordstrom / Saks)
SKIRT: LOFT (similar - on sale)
BAG: Goyard Artois MM in black/tan (similar; similar)
NAIL POLISH ON TOES: ILNP Juliette (sold here)
SHOES: Tory Burch Tatiana slide (similar - 40% off)


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