Wear to Work: Burgundy Pants and a Blazer

 Details: Thrifted Evan Piccone blazer / Willie Smith blouse via TJ Maxx / Gap sweater / Target pants / Halogen riding boots via Nordstrom / J.Crew necklace

The first snow of the season came fast and furious in Pittsburgh last week. I hadn’t even thought of my winter work wear strategy when I was confronted with issues such as “How do I keep my legs warm?” and “If I want to layer a turtle neck under a button down, should people start calling me Martha Stewart?” I was able to keep my wits about me long enough to decide to go for pants and riding boots. The combination would not be complete without a blazer layered on top to elevate it from a tailored weekend look to a polished work look. Also, I just can’t seem to break up with these pants.

What did you wear on the first snow of the year?

Wear to Work: Polka Dots and Jewel Tone

Details: Marshalls top and skirt / Gap sweater / Thrifted Ann Talyor shoes / J.Crew necklace / Michael Kors watch / Stella & Dot bracelet

Green and navy are an easy go to combination when you need an outfit fast as was the case yesterday morning when I had not laid out anything to wear for work the night before. Also, it wasn’t snowing yesterday, but I could have easily worn my riding boots with this outfit if that was the case. As it was the emerald jewel tone of this skirt was the perfect rich color for a fall day. I stuck with mostly navy otherwise to make the polka dots pop and I chose gold jewelry to go with the warm hues of this outfit. The brown loafers always make such a perfect statement with navy and green. What is your quick go-to outfit combination when you are running out the door?

Throwback Thursday Outfit: Burgundy Jeans

With the weekend almost here I wanted to revisit an outfit that I wore last year around this time. I still love this color combination and how the outfit can be dressed up or dressed down with just a quick shoe change. The verdict is still out on these Target pants that get loose after several hours of wear. What are you wearing/doing this weekend?

Details: Gap sweater / Target jeans / Wanted Royalty boots via Piperlime / TJ Maxx necklace / Nine West heels

I bought these burgundy jeans as soon as August got here. Burgundy jeans for fall felt like the right addition to my wardrobe, which is filled with a lot of navy, white, black and gray. With all of those choices, I still wanted to challenge myself a little more with an interesting color combination. I thought these similar hues would really compliment each other. The sweater helps to tie in the turquoise while making it pop at the same time.

Just for fun, I wanted to show you this outfit dressed down with boots and dressed up slightly with leopard print heels. My only peeve with these jeans is how they get really loose after only a couple of hours of wear. Oh well! It’s to the dryer for them!

Wear to Work: Fall Layering

Details: Forever 21 jacket via Avalon / Vera Wang for Kohls top / New York & Company shirt / Sears pants / Old Navy boots / J.Crew Factory necklace

Halloween is over. The leaves are changing. It’s officially November. So you really need to start getting down with layering. If you haven’t heard it loud and clear, that’s what it’s all about. Life is all about layering. In life I have many layers and in the fall time I have many layers. Like an onion. I love layering for work especially because it makes it easy to incorporate unexpected pieces like this artsy, lace top. Normally this top is long and loose, but I tucked it into my pants and layered it over a button down to keep it looking professional. Would you wear an outfit like this one to work? What do you love to layer with?

Day of the Dead Bread (Pan de Muertos)

Day of the Dead or El Día de los Muertos, celebrated from Midnight on October 31 to November 2 is not about tricks and treats or getting really scared while watching the Conjuring. For Mexican people it is a time to celebrate and welcome loved ones who have passed. I was driving home from work the other day and heard a story about pan de muerto (bread of the dead). The journalist kept remarking about the fragrance of the bread and how it was meant to attract the dead. To me a tradition that celebrates the lives of passed loved ones with great food is my kind of holiday. So I took my chances at making it myself. I found the recipe here, and I think it turned out pretty well. My favorite detail is the skull and crossbones made out of dough on top. The sugary coating really makes it irresistible. Does anyone celebrate El Día de los Muertos?

Cat Woman

Although I love my Mad Hatter costume and its accompanying hat that I shed blood and tears over, this would be a nice outfit to wear on Halloween if I were going to a fancy party. Hint, hint. I want to go to a fancy party. Someone please invite me to a fancy party so I have an excuse to buy this dress! When I came across it the other day, I was instantly obsessed with the print. It goes beyond the usual animal print and the result is quirky and fun without being something only an 11-year old would wear. Typical Anthropologie genius! I think the print could be used for just about anything, but in the form of this perfectly girly dress, it’s the cat’s pajamas.

Wear to Work Costume: The Mad Hatter

I like the idea of wearing a Mad Hatter costume to work because it utilizes the clothes I would normally wear to work just completely mismatched. This costume in its simplest form is a pair of cropped patterned pants, ruffle button down, blazer, ankle booties, hat, and a tie. I feel like all of these things have been trends lately. If you are a trend-following nerd like me, than you should have these things in your closet already. The only thing you shouldn’t have in your closet is this hat I fashioned from cardboard, a men’s suit blazer found at the thrift store, lots of duct tape, and some ribbon. No, I actually don’t have a lot of free time on my hands.

To make the hat I followed this great DIY post on diy inspired. It looks daunting, but in reality the more mistakes you make, the more askew the hat looks, which is kind of the point. Anyone else dressing up for work? Or did I just completely embarrass myself?