Sunday, March 31, 2013

recap: march

bits of red, but mostly just neutral tones.  i like that neon cardigan a lot, but it's a pretty memorable piece so i don't wear it that often.  it seems silly that i only wore it once this month though!

oh the glory of it all by sean wilsey.  i gave up on this book a couple years halfway through it since it's kinda a brick of a memoir and the kid is a total punk.  i picked it back up as an audiobook to keep me company in the car and it's definitely making sitting in traffic a bit better. the kid is still a punk, but i'm over it.  
london travel books.  we're going across the pond in may, so i'm making lists of things that we didn't have time for when we went five years ago.  
the limpopo academy of private detection by alexander mccall smith.  my mom and i love this series of books.  they're easy reads and the characters in the corresponding tv series were exactly as i had pictured them.  

vince fine-gauge v-neck sweater: $76 via ebay. i wear my other vince thin sweater a ton and although this one isn't as soft, it's still pretty good. (seen here)
old navy colorblock cotton sweater: $16 via  old navy always tempts me with fun sweaters like this and then i read the description to find out that they're stupid acrylic/polyester/i'm-going-to-pill-after-you-wash-me-twice blends.  this one was cotton and is a perfect lightweightness for spring. or, well, i mean late winter layering.  
gap geometric print tee: $22 via  i managed to misplace my other triangle-print shirt at some point in the last year, so this was an easy decision.
j.crew factory ponte pants: $56.  i like leggings, but i'm a grownup, so this is how that works out.  at normal j.crew these are called "pixie pants" and have the zipper on the back instead of the side.  i actually like the side zipper better since it avoids any backwards pants confusion for me.  
madewell sweatshirt dress: $118 via  i resolved this month to buy some pieces specifically for the traveling that we'll be doing in may.  i still need to work on buying walking shoes, but this dress seems the perfect spring/summer frock. 
march total: $288.  i spent A LOT less in february, so this isn't too surprising.  

p.s. check out the budgeting bloggers linkup over at franish this month.  

Friday, March 29, 2013

dotty, jeans, and non-casual fridays

march outfit
coat: vince (similar)
scarf: forever21
sweatshirt: target
jeans: old navy (exactly)
flats: chinese laundry (similar)

[three things]
1. as you might already know, my office doesn't do casual fridays, so my jeans wearing is reserved for weekends and weeknight adventures.  it's lame sauce.  
2. i bought these jeans in a bit of a panic when i forgot about a work event at a baseball stadium and was wearing a dress that was not bleacher-friendly last summer.  anyway, the thicker denim was a good switch from the jeggings i had bought in the past.  
3. yay, weekend!  the boy is hosting a poker game this weekend, so i've got to come up with snack game plan.  assorted dips?  all orange things?  mini everything?  so many options!

march outfit

march outfit

march outfit

[previously on] old navy sweetheart skinny jeans
p.s. it's the last day of 5D5W, so check out some casual friday looks over at whitney's blog.
march outfit

Thursday, March 28, 2013

dotty, her favorite dress, and a bright jacket

march outfit, rust with hot pink, magenta and orange, mossimo cropped tweed jacket, hot pink jacket, leopard print tights, gray suede booties, gray and brown, wear to work, stilleto boots
jacket: target (exactly)
dress: joie (similar)
tights: forever21 (similar)
boots: forever21
bag: banana republic

[three things]
1. this dress was a gift from the boy a bunch of christmases ago and it's probably one of the most worn dresses in my closet.
2. the five days, five ways linkup is still going strong.
3. i always think that outfits like this are a little too crazy when i see them in the mirror at home, but the leopard tights are really quite subtle from more than a three feet away.

march outfit

march outfit

[previously on] rust-colored joie dress
march outfit

orange dress remix, how to wear silk dress many ways, joie silk shift dress

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

dotty, that red bag again, and a summer dress

march outfit
jacket: h&m
dress: madewell (exactly)
scarf: forever21 (similar)
bag: j.crew (exactly)
tights: legale
boots: old navy

[three things]
1. lily of fifth freedom fashion and i both bought this dress and luckily we don't work together, because this could get awkward in the summer when i am going to wear this sucker every single day.  i'm pretty excited about not wearing it with tights and boots.  
2.  i waffled about buying a bright bag for a long time, but have been nothing but happy with my decision to go with a giant red one.  i even go all christmas tree-ish and drag it to yoga with me while wearing my green coat.
3. whitney is taking over the 5D5W linkup today, so pop on over.  

red purse remix

red purse remix

[previously on] red j.crew bag
march outfit

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

dotty, back to neutrals, and black trousers

march outfit, zara pleated pants, black and brown outfit, ootd, dash dot dotty, blog
top: vince (exactly)
pants: zara (similar)
flats: zara (similar)
bag: banana republic (really similar)

march outfit

march outfit

march outfit

[previously on] black pleated pants (yup, four ways instead of five again.)

black pants remix, ways to wear black pants, creative work outfits, fun workwear, business casual, ootd, remixing, one piece four ways

[three things]
1. that purple jacket outfit popped up on a hilarious workwear blog over here.  
2. since these pants arrived in january during my month of crazy shopping they've become a favorite.  they're a very similar cut to these pants i already had, but since they're not a crazy print they get a lot more wear.  
3. i've been working on adding more color and pattern to my closet, but sometimes getting all neutraled out for work is in order.  

Monday, March 25, 2013

dotty, a pink belt and a shiny envelope

print jacket remix, ootd, dash dot dotty, outfit blog, spring floral print, hot pink skinny belt, work outfits, what to wear to work
jacket: h&m (similar)
shirt: love21 (similar)
belt: forever21 (exactly)
pants: j.crew
wedges: elie tahari (similar)
clutch: h&m (similar)

[three things]
1. franish and whitney are hosting an awesome linkup about getting creative with what's in your closet, so definitely click on over this week sometime.  as you probably know, i am big into showing previous ways i have worn pieces since i am trying to curate a more edited closet.  
2. i finally dealt with the googlelovin/blogreader switchup this weekend.  it felt like spring cleaning to re-organize all the blogs i read and clear out ones that are no longer active.  it turns out that i like the bloglovin interface better than good ole google reader anyway.  you can follow me over there by clicking here or follow by email using the widget on the right sidebar.  
3. last week was kinda a crazy one for me with some sort of sniffles/tiredness sickness at the beginning of the week (what?  that's called a cold?!) and then a bunch of evening work events.  i'm looking forward to this week being a less stressful one.  

print jacket remix

[previously on] printed jacket
print jacket remix

Sunday, March 24, 2013

five things


i've been tagged for this five things thingamabobber a couple times now and it's about time i posting my five since i've enjoyed reading everybody else's posts.  

[five things]
1. i peel my oranges all in one piece.  the very first drawing class i took in college involved peeling an orange strategically in one piece and then drawing it for several weeks as it decayed.  so, now it's a thing.  and i eat a lot of clementines.  

2. i'm getting married in less than two months and it still hasn't hit me, even though i've been getting daily rsvp updates.  i feel like i should be freaking out or something, but instead i'm just making lots of lists and wondering things like "how many balloons is way too many?"  (slightly too many is what i'm going for.)

3. i firmly believe that mashed potatoes are the answer to many problems.  hunger, headaches, bad days at work, cold weather, receiving too many potatoes as gifts, etc.  "mash it" is always the answer.  

4. i associate songs very heavily with activities/events.  taylor swift's "i knew you were trouble" makes my abs hurt just thinking about yogi bicycle crunches (since i realize how weak my core is every thursday night to that song).  lcd soundsystem's "all my friends" takes me straight back to grad school and hijacking playlists at parties just to make sure that this song was always played.  the decemberists' "california one youth and beauty brigade" makes me think of the very first concert the boy and i went to together in LA.  it was also the first time i left work early on a friday and i thought it was the bee's knees.  i still do actually.  i also still think he is the bee's knees (see number two above.)

5. i mix around and combine words all the time.  i've got the boy portmanteau-ing it up with me lately pretty hard core.  when you're grouchy and lazy you're a "grouch potato".  when you're snacking on cucumbers you're "snackumbering".  back in high school on long runs for lacrosse, i used to reverse the first sound of people's first and last names (bill clinton is kill blinton, demi moore is memi door, tom hanks is hom tanks) for miles of running.  bonus fact, i played a sport once!  it was the height of my athleticism.  now i only participate in competitive athleticism once a year for charity.  

Friday, March 22, 2013

Thursday, March 21, 2013

dotty, whiteness, and fishies

white jacket remix, j.crew factory winnie pants in vibrant flame, skinny red pants, wearing red pants to work, borrowing the boy's shirt, big shirts, theory white blazer, red and white, fish print, topman koi carp shirt, crop pants with wedges, ootd, how to wear, what to wear with
white jacket: theory (similar)
print shirt: topman (exactly)
pants: j.crew factory (exactly)
wedges: apt. 9
bag: target

march outfit

white jacket remix[three things]
1. the boy has an affinity for novelty print dress shirts, so when we saw this fish-print one at topshop a few weeks ago i thought it was amazing, but he wasn't that interested.  and then i bought it for him online when i saw it was on sale.  and now i'm wearing it.  so, maybe i just wanted this shirt and bought it for myself.
2. this dainty little purple purse has turned out to be a good target clearance investment even though my sister won't use her matching one since it's too "fancy".  the only problem with it is that it doesn't fit very many snacks or metal samples.  i seem to always to carrying metal samples to match them to things for work.  and i'm big into snacks.  
3. i bought this theory jacket in LA in the summer of 2010 and it was my first investment jacket.  since then i've become an avid jacket-wearer since i use them to dress up tees all the time.  

[previously on] white theory jacket
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

dotty, flag day, and slush

march outfit, red and blue, red spike flats, red blue rust gray, color explosion, j.crew red bag
jacket: theory (exactly)
sweater: vince (exactly)
pants: j.crew (exactly)
flats: steve madden (exactly)
bag: j.crew (similar)

[three things]
1. my red phase is obviously still going strong.  
2. these suede shoes and the slushy alley definitely do not get along.
3. luckily i don't carry my purse around the office with me all day because this is looking a wee bit too patriotic for me.  

march outfit

march outfit

march outfit

p.s. it's linkup day over at the pleated poppy again!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

dotty, an artsy necklace, and the black pants trap

march outfit, simple office outfits, black and purple, stella and dot graceful nomad, cropped pants with pointy flats
top: forever21
pants: zara (similar)
necklace: stella and dot (similar-ish)
flats: zara (similar)

creative: this art teacher necklace makes another appearance.  
young: this shirt has zippers at the shoulders to make it off-the-shoulder, but for work it definitely stayed all zipped up.  excessive young-ness was therefore avoided.  
professional: for a long time i steered clear of the black pants+colored top combination for work because it seemed so boring, but this easy combination was perfect for getting stuff done around the office and this shirt is sooooo soft.  i have a definite weakness for cheap, modal shirts.  the softness gets me everytime!  

find more posts like this one over yonder.  

march outfit

Monday, March 18, 2013

dotty, a lil neon, and the gloomy land of lincoln

march outfit
coat: zara (super similar)
cardigan: target (exactly)
tee: old navy (exactly)
pants:j.crew factory (exactly)
flats: old navy (similar)
bag: marc jacobs/target (similar)

[three things]
1. this is what it looks like outside.  and it's cold.  and gloomy.  
2. these ponte pants are amazing.  like if leggings grew up they would be these pants.  
3. this is what i wear to run errands on the weekend, yet i could see myself adding some earrings and a giant scarf and wandering off to work in this too.   

march outfit

march outfit

Friday, March 15, 2013

dotty, houndstooth, and yellow shoes

trench vest friday, dash dot dotty, ootd, blog outfits, houndstooth jeans, casual friday, what to wear, yellow suede heels, rust, layers
blouse: joie (similar)
trench vest: forever21
houndstooth pants: forever21 (similar)
yellow heels: urban outfitters (shorter version)
purse: target (similar)

[three things]
1. it was about time that these sunny yellow heels made another appearance.  
2. this trench vest is definitely one of my closet staples since it's such an easy layer to add to outfits.
3. happy (almost) weekend!  i have spent this week mentoring a spring break extern who was quite the eager beaver to learn new things.  it was great to have an optimist wandering the office, but it made me feel very far away from my junior year of undergrad.  i've been drawing buildings for way too long to be that bright-eyed about it all.  anyway, it was a particularly problematic week for my big project too, buuuuut nothing a mid-week sushi date and a couple yoga classes couldn't fix.  

trench vest friday

trench vest friday

Thursday, March 14, 2013

dotty, spring frocks, and pockets for the win

eshakti elizabeth dress
elizabeth dress: c/o eshakti (exactly)
jacket: michael kors (exactly)
cowl: made by me (made by ana)
dot tights: apt. 9 (similar)
boots: forever21 (similar)

[three things]
1. eshakti sent over this pretty spring frock this week and i'm still all about the sparkley purple jacket they sent me a few months back.  once again they delivered on pockets (which is a big thing for me) and great fabric.  
2. i don't normally wear full skirts, so i customized this dress to fit me perfectly and hit right above the knee.  
3. eshakti is offering twenty-five dollhairs off any purchase through march 25th with the code DSHDTDTTY05.  and as you probably already know, they offer a crazy range of sizes (0-36W) and now even have some very ladylike bridesmaid dresses.  

eshakti elizabeth dress

eshakti elizabeth dress

[previously on] polka-dot tights
how to wear polka dot tights, work outfits with dot tights, pencil skirts, patterned tights, what to wear with, business casual, ootd, blog outfits

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

dotty, sunnies, and red pants

red pants and new sunnies
pants: j.crew factory (exactly)
hoodie: love21 (similar)
moto jacket: forever21 (similar)
flats: old navy (gap version)
giant red bag: j.crew (exactly)
sunnies: c/o firmoo

[three things]
1. i got these spiffy new sungoogles in the mail from firmoo and they're a great turtoisey alternative to my usual rayban pair.  and they're the perfect size for my tiny face.  score.  they're still available at firmoo and you can get your first pair for free!  i decided to just get a regular pair of glasses tinted 80% brown since i rarely wear my prescription glasses, but there are all sorts of cray-cray colors to choose from to mix up your glasses game.  
2. how did i not own red pants?  i had magenta and orange pairs, but not red.  
3. i bought these spotty flats last year from old navy and now their twin is available from gap.  hmm.  

red pants and new sunnies
red pants and new sunniesred pants and new sunnies