Bedazzled Ambitions

Details: J.Crew blouse (on sale for $30!) / Land’s End Canvas skirt / Loft tights / Franco Sarto boots via Nordstrom / Gap sweater / Stella & Dot earrings

I had been eying this beautifully bedazzled blouse at J.Crew since fall. When it went on sale around Christmas time, I said “Thank you, Universe!” I love that it adds just enough sparkle to this work outfit without being overwhelming. It doesn’t require much accessorizing either. I wore it with simple, silver Stella & Dot studs. Since the blouse is a deep navy, I thought it would pop well against this red skirt. To temper the color blocking, I wore a neutral sweater. 

How do you style embellishments during the day?

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.

Need for Color

Forever 21 top / Loft skirt / Jones New York sandals / Riley necklace / Ray Ban wayfarers 
Maybe it’s the amazing 80 degree temps that we have had here in Appalachia or possibly Cinco de Mayo, but I had a serious need for color. I was also catching dinner and a movie with the boy after work when I wore this so I wanted something a little less work-esque. This pair is one of my favorite color combos. A bright orange-red and a hot pink always make me think of a more tropical locale, specifically the colorful buildings and houses in the Caribbean. I feel like these colors are always best accompanied by brown summer sandals and gold jewelry. How do you wear this combo?

It’s electric

With all of the talk about colors lately, I thought I’d take a stab at mixing and matching. I was completely inspired by Jentine of My edit who made me aware of the powerful color combo sitting in my closet waiting to be worn. I honestly didn’t think this combo of colors would be so electrifyingly bright. At work people were blocking their eyes as I walked past them in our bland beige office. What I didn’t realize before I tried this trend was how much one color really plays off the other. The colors combined make each other look much brighter. I wish I would have had one more neutral piece to tone down the brightness of this outfit.

I was going to wear this for the Dressed event I talked about earlier in the week. It was a mildly warm day—around 50 degrees—when all of the sudden we got a freak snow storm. This outfit no longer seemed appropriate so I changed into the gray top I was wearing and my Hunter Wellingtons. See what I mean about spring in Cleveland?
Thrifted top; H&M pants; BR necklace; Candies via Kohl’s shoes