The Little Black T-shirt at Work

Gap t-shirt / J.Crew Factory skirt / Banana Republic necklace (gift) / Nine West shoes / Ray Ban wayfarers (purchased with Amazon gift card) / JCPenny bag / Michael Kors watch (gift)

It’s t-shirt time! Not the sort of t-shirt that our tanning and gym loving Jersey brethren might wear, but a chic little black t-shirt. The LBT. Both slimming and versatile, I challenge you to find an outfit it doesn’t go with. It upgrades my floral pattern skirt from tea time to something more daring. A classic that can be reinvented from season to season. It’s not only easy to style, but relatively inexpensive to obtain. This one is from the Gap, and I love how perfectly snug it fits. The material is soft, but doesn’t feel or look cheap. Now that someone said it was acceptable to pair brown and black it will be easy to incorporate into your summer wardrobe.

Cheap and Easy Patriotic Work Look


Old Navy top / thrifted Evan Piccone blazer / Loft skirt purchased with Legacy Village gift card / thrifted Jones New York shoes / J.Crew necklace / Ray Ban wayfarers / JCPenny purse

I wish I could say that I planned this rather patriotic outfit, but it was really the result of me needing to put together an outfit for work this morning that was easy. The long weekend had taken its toll with a busy schedule of events including a bachelorette party in Cleveland. Not only was this outfit easy to create, it also happens to be thrifty. The blazer and shoes were thrifted, the top is clearance Old Navy and the skirt was purchased with a gift card. I love the almost neon quality of the skirt and how it pops against the classic colors.

Happy Memorial Day! Thanks to those who served and are still serving!

Mom’s Vintage Dress

Mom’s vintage dress / Banana Republic blazer via Avalon /  Jones New York Sandals via Avalon / Riley of Chicago necklace (gift) / Ray Ban Wayfarers (Purchased with Amazon gift card)

So I wear this dress A LOT. I promise you though I have never worn it like this. Pairing my mom’s old dress with a structured neutral blazer contrasts the flow and pattern, making them stand out even more. For a happy hour after work  at Six Penn that was planned to be on the roof deck (but was rerouted inside because of the crowd), it was a perfect look to ring in patio season downtown. Hopefully, next time I’ll get to enjoy the outdoor seating. They apparently have a knock-out brunch.

Color Block a Work Outfit

Target cardigan / Old Navy blouse / J.Crew necklace via eBay / the Limited pants / Jones New York shoes via Avalon

These dress pants came along with one of my first suit purchases for work. I have had them for quite some time. Despite the versatility they provide, I am always stuck trying to figure out how to wear them in a new and interesting way. Over the weekend I hung my summer clothes in my closet, so when I saw this bright blue cardigan and purple blouse hanging next to each other, I knew they would be perfectly off set by the neutral color of these pants. I couldn’t resist adding my favorite statement necklace to the mix.

Laundry Sachets

It was a combination of feeling crafty and the need to personalize a bridal shower gift that lead me to this Lavender Sachet How To Project. Also, it was the motivation I needed to start using my sewing machine. Simple squares are much easier to take the plunge with than complicated clothing patterns. They were super easy to make with a sewing machine and I am sure they can be sewn by hand too. Give them with a laundry-themed wedding gift or put them in your drawers to have nice smelling linens and clothes.

  1. Using a ruler, I drew 4.5×4.5 inch squares on paper and pinned these to the fabric.
  2. I cut out the fabric squares and ironed them together with the wrong sides facing each other. 
  3. Using my sewing machine, I sewed a zig-zag pattern around the edges leaving enough of an opening to pour in the scented stuff. 
  4. I created a funnel by rolling together a piece of paper and inserting it into the opening.
  5. I then poured in the scented filling. Passion fruit scent from JoAnn Fabrics, which smells amazing. 
  6. I closed up the opening with the sewing machine, tied ribbons and hand sewed them to the front. 

A Different Way to Wear Your Work Blazer

H&M jacket and top / Forever 21 skirt / Riley necklace / Charleston market earrings / Jones New York sandals (Avalon

Currently watching American Idol and writing this post. I have to admit I haven’t watched the show in ages, but I think I am kind of alright with the new judges. And I am digging this Phil Phillips cutie.

Anyways, on to fashion. This skirt is one of my favorites to break out when the weather gets warmer. I love the bronze paired with a nautical stripe. I wanted to translate this look into something I could wear to work so I wore it with my black peplum blazer. The structured look of the blazer compliments the high waist of the skirt. I think that’s what makes it possible to pull this off as a work look.


White Pants and a Bright Top

Paris Blue via TJ Maxx pants / Jones New York sandals (Avalon) / Gap sweater / J.Crew necklace / Old Navy blouse / Michael Kors watch (gift) / Ray Ban wayfarers (purchased with Amazon gift card

Ok so white is probably the most obvious choice when it comes to styling with bright colors. Just because it’s obvious does not make it any less of a good idea. Also bright colors and whites are easy to pair with all of the other accoutrements of summer such as tan sandals and gold accessories. I decided to wear a navy blue cardigan with the combo to tone it down and contrast the green a bit. It’s getting to be that time of year when you can walk everywhere and you almost don’t need a coat, except for last Friday when we walked home from dinner and the temperature made a swift and drastic change. This brings me to my favorite detail of white pants: they keep you warm while still looking dressy. And the cats out of the bag!