Jean Jacket and a Pencil Skirt

Old Navy Jean Jacket from High School (Similar) / Limited Top (Similar) / J.Crew Factory Necklace / Banana Republic Factory Skirt (Similar) / Nine West Shoes (Similar)

I love a good jean jacket. I have for a long time. As you can see I’m still wearing the same one from high school. If you can comfortably avoid taking yourself too seriously at work, a jean jacket is a nice way to switch up your typical work wear. I like how it tames this bright pink pencil skirt and keeps me warm in our frigid office during the summer months. I’d love to hear about what you’ve been wearing lately.

White Crop Flare Jeans

Details: Abercrombie & Fitch Jeans and Sweater (Similar J.Crew Sweater) / Gap Factory Sandals / Anthropologie Necklace / Nordstrom Ring / Charming Charlie Earrings  
Guys, I’m loving crop flare pants! Is it just me? Sometimes I think my mind’s playing tricks on me because they’re kind of reminiscent of floods, but then I picture them 100 different ways for spring and summer and I’m sold. They’re definitely a departure from the skinny jeans that have been dominating my closet lately. I love how they show a little ankle and a little shoe. Right now I’m wearing them with sweaters. (By the way, I wish I bought a couple of these sweaters in different colors before they sold out!) But, once it gets a little warmer, I can’t wait to wear these with a t-shirt and Chuck Taylors or with a nice top for work. What are you crushing on for spring/summer?

Thanksgiving Outfit Inspiration

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays to get dressed for. You can incorporate all of the rich colors of fall with a few hints of glam. See rhinestone encrusted neckline of my Limited Sweater below. 
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! 

Wear the main color of fall in a combination of various patterns and shapes. Also, legging pants mean you can eat more.  Details: Thrifted Lush Jacket / The Limited Sweater / Gap Leggings / Sole Society Shoes

Break out leopard print and denim for a more casual look. Details: Thrifted J.Crew sweater / J.Crew blouse / Old Navy Jeans / Halogen Boots via Nordstrom 

Cranberry corduroys mean you can spill food and no one will notice. Details: Gap Sweaters / Blank NYC Pants / Halogen Boots via Nordstrom

Buffalo Girl

Details: Gap scarf and pants / Halogen riding boots via Nordstrom / Old Navy puffer vest / The Limited sweater / Michael Kors watch and bangle

The thing I miss most about the warmer weather besides the … warmer weather are the unabashedly bright colors. I like that with this outfit, I still get to be bright while looking appropriately wintery at the same time. Also, I am currently obsessed with this buffalo plaid scarf. I searched high and low for it at my local Gap after I saw it in a Christmas ad. I finally found it in the men’s section. It goes with any winter outfit and was a perfect complement for our date night, which involved ice skating at PPG plaza downtown and the Winter Lights Show at the Phipps.

Winter Work Outfit: Long Layers

Here is an outfit that achieves the amount of warmth I need on a day when it is 6 degrees out, but still has a nice silhouette. To picture my outfits lately, think of Randy from A Christmas Story with all of his layers. I also like that the pleated skirt just flairs out at the bottom, making this look like one piece. Scroll down to see another way I wore this sweater.

Details:
H&M sweater, earrings and necklace
Arden B skirt
Franco Sarto boots via Nordstrom

Details:
H&M sweater
Gap belt
Forever 21 skirt
Target gloves

Thrown-together outfit

H&M blazer, pants, sweater, scarf, and earrings/Franco Sarto boots

I have been sick for the entire first week of 2012. This morning I accidentally hit dismiss on my alarm and had to spring into action to get showered and drive to work. With day old hair, I knew a bun was my only option. After grabbing clothes off of hangers and throwing them on the floor, I think I came up with a pretty decent outfit. Maybe I should try to get dressed while half asleep more often, as opposed to carefully planning my outfits.

Touring the Nathaniel Russell House

Forever 21 maxi dress
Sam Edelaman sandals
Forever 21 earrings
Macy’s cuff
J.Crew men’s shirt
Coach purse

Touring the historical homes in Charleston is always a highlight of the trip every year. The Nathaniel Russell House is extremely impressive with its free-flying staircase. To tour the grand old southern houses, I feel like you have to do it in grand style or at least something close. A flowy dress like this one from Forever 21 is perfect because the old houses don’t always have the most modern air conditioning (if at all). Many do, however, have porches built onto the side of the house instead of the front to best take advantage of the cool air provided by the wind. Sitting on the big porch of an old southern home, sweet tea in hand is where I most want to be.

Dinner at Anson

J.Crew dress and purse
Scarf from Granada, Spain (gift from a friend)
Nine West sandals
Forever 21 earrings
Vintage bangles
I probably created this outfit more from my obsession with this scarf than from the dress itself or anything else. To venture outside of Charleston for the moment, my friend just recently traveled to Spain where she got me this gorgeous scarf. It is the only scarf I would dare wearing in the Southern heat because it is so light weight. When thinking of what to wear with it, I immediately pictured this dark navy blue dress. For beauty, I have been obsessed with Viva la Juicy. As far as nail polish goes, a coral orange is perfect for Charleston, and Essie’s Braziliant is one of my favorite variations of this summery color. I couldn’t think of anything better to compliment the shrimp and grits I will most likely be ordering.

Eating Peel your own Shrimp and Playing Pitch

Ralph Lauren stripe shirt (gift)
J.Crew Outlet shorts ($25)
Playing cards
Target loafers
A striped shirt at the beach is a must. At this point, a striped shirt is a must everywhere; however, at the beach it just looks right. I picked up these pastel shorts at the J.Crew Outlet recently knowing they would look good with summer brights and patterns but could also add that extra panache to a plain white shirt. Whether the temps are heating up or you were just dealt the Jack, Ace, Two, you will be glad you brought a pair of shorts with you when in Charleston.

Reading a good book on the Isle of Palms

For the week I will be in Charleston, SC. Here are some places to go and some outfits to wear. 

J.Crew tunic
Forever 21 hat
Old Navy espadrilles
Jack Wills Bag
Boyfriend’s Timex watch
Ray Bans Wayfarers
H&M bikini
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

As a very fair-skinned lady, it is my M.O. when in Charleston to hide from the sun. Therefore, when I am getting extremely absorbed in a good book while sitting on the beach I take care to have a hat on so as not to burn the very tops of my ears and scalp (it will happen if I’m not careful). And just in case I do burn my shoulders (it happens every year), it is essential to have some long-sleeve cover-ups. This one is perfect because it is a light-weight chambray that covers the right places.

And just because it seems to follow such a cohesive theme of French people and places, I thought I would share with you part of my beach reading list:

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
The Paris Wife by Paula McClain
A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas