Conversation #136: Orange you glad I'm bright?!

Today's fashion challenge is bright colors.  I LOVE bright colors, especially in winter.  My husband says my coworkers (most over the age of 50 and male) probably think I'm crazy by what I wear, but I have to be honest, I really don't care what they think :)  I don't generally get fashion cues from 50 year old males!

I actually have a treat for you today, a casual outfit!  It worked out that I sort of thought ahead this weekend and decided to don a new orange buffalo plaid type shirt.  I actually loved this simple outfit and the bright color.

Outfit breakdown:
Top, Lands End Canvas, $15
Jeans, Lands End Canvas, $11
Leather Purse, The Sak, $60
Leather Boots, Sonoma, gift (at least 6 years ago)
Watch, Michele, gift
Necklace, Coldwater Creek, seen before

Checkout other bright gals here at Kayla's blog!


Conversation #135: Decade or Region - how about a hodge podge?

So I my weekend ended up being awesome solely because my parents came to visit for my birthday.  I love my parents and always look forward to their visits.  I am always sad when they leave, but it is worth it to have them around for a couple of days.  My mom took me shopping for my birthday (definitely still on a budget, where do you think I get it from?), but I got some fun things for spring and summer that will eventually be shown on here.

Anyway, I kind of forgot to think much about an outfit for the challenge today: decade or region.  I was going to do 1950s and wear a full skirt with a cute cardi, but then I realized I am having a hard time finding a cardi/top to go with said skirt.  I may have to enlist all of your help for ideas.  Anyhow, I spied this top in my closet and I always think it looks Victorian and romantic so then I decided to throw on my heeled oxfords because they remind me a little of the boots they wore back then.  I also thought this new necklace I got with my mom looked kind of Victorian/old so why not wear it too?  This is a loose interpretation.  Then for good measure, I thought I would throw in a bracelet from the 80's (? got it on ebay) and topped it off with a sweater for warmth because the top is short sleeved.  I don't hate this look, but it isn't super exciting.  I blame my lack of good outfits on the fact that I have been sick since the first of the year with cold, sore throat, sinus junk or the other.  Anything that effects my ability to think and sleep really zaps me of energy but I sure hope I have kicked this upper respitory stuff this time!

Outfit breakdown:
Top, Tinley Road via Piperlime, $15
Brown sweater, gift (a few years ago)
Purple pants (hard to see the color), H&M, $12
Heeled oxfords, Alfani via ebay, (seen many times before)
Necklace, Forever 21, gift
Bracelet, Avon via ebay, $4

Check out the awesome outfits on Kayla's blog here!

Conversation #134: Pattern Mixing and Inspired all together (and a little late)

I felt so tired and gross on Friday that I didn't even have the energy to post my challenge outfit.  I went to work and all, but my brainpower was spent trying to breathe and make it through the day.  I am feeling better today, but I thought my face my explode last week.  Anyhow, I tried to combine my "inspired" and "pattern mixing" outfits together.  My inspiration was classic Audrey.  I was planning to channel Lucille Ball because I love her and had an outfit all picked out, but I just couldn't bring my sick, tired self to go through the effort of putting on tights.  I really had no energy.  Also, my print mixing is pretty tame because I have realized a couple of things:  not only am I not great at it, most of my prints are summer appropriate clothing or just non-existent.  Perhaps if I add anything to my wardrobe over the next few months, it should be prints.  In case you missed the "pattern mixing," my shoes are leopard and the shirt striped.  I'll try harder next time!  I even tried to pull my hair back to get a more sleek "Audrey" look though...

Outfit breakdown:
Top, Ann Taylor LOFT, $20
Pants, JCPenney, $10
Leopard Calf hair flats, BP Nordstrom via ebay, $30
Black pearls, gift from the husband

Check out the masters of print mixing here!


Conversation #133: You say it's your birthday

Yep, today is the day.  I turned 27 at 6:15 this morning (at least I think that was what time I was born). I realized this morning when I woke up on the couch because yes, I have a cold AGAIN, that this is the second birthday in a row I am sick.  Last year it was a migraine, and that was the start of my migraine treatment.  The good news: I only get migraines one week a month now versus everyday.  Want to guess what time of the month it is?  Yep, during Aunt Flo's visit, and I get to enjoy that right now as well!  I'm such a lucky girl.

Actually, I am.  I have a husband who loves me (although he could be a little more sympathetic to sickness, he just thinks everyone should suck it up and deal with it).  I love my family so much (all of them, I am blessed with awesome in-laws too).  I have a great job, and I'm making more and more friendships as the days go by.  I guess this pesky cold is just the least of my problems, but I still wouldn't mind it leaving so I could breathe freely again.  I feel bad for my coworkers who have to listen to my nose-blowing all day.

Due to the whole not feeling well thing, I got off a day on the fashion challenges.  Yesterday was try a trend, but really we are just all lucky I got up and put clothes on before going to work.  Today was "channel someone..." and I had a great outfit planned, especially for my bday, but since it is that time of the month I decided the idea of wearing tights was just too horrible.  Therefore, today I look sort of sloppy (still didn't get a ton of sleep last night) but I did the trend of buttons down the back.  I was afraid my coworkers would all give me a hard time and tell me my clothes were on backwards, but so far so good!  (Also, sorry the pics are little blurry and my face looks weird - I blame it on the stuff filling up my sinuses)

Outfit breakdown:
Sweater, Ann Taylor LOFT, $20
Brown Trousers, NY and Co., $20 ?
Heeled oxfords, Alfani via ebay, $17
Necklace, Coldwater Creek, $Free (had a gift card from doing market research, not sure I have mentioned that before)

Check-out the other trendy gals here!  (Really, go now - there are some super cute outfits!)


Conversation #132: I'm blue da ba dee da ba die...

Do y'all remember that song?  If I was really cool I would import the music video for you, but alas, I am too lazy today.  I keep getting better and then trying to get sick again.  I think all of this crazy weather down south has been playing with my health.

Anyway, I digress. The whole two simultaneous fashion challenges lasted 1 day, haha!  Oh well.  I opted to just go with the 10 day challenge over at Kayla’s blog today.  This challenge was monochromatic.  I have no idea why, but I really wanted to wear my navy ankle pants and navy ballet flats (since the weather was still somewhat mild today) so that pretty much set up blue as my color scheme.  As I was walking out the door I really wanted to add a blue sweater over top, but I was too lazy to go back and add one.  No biggie – I still like this outfit.
Outfit breakdown:
Checked top, Gap, $4
Long sleeve navy tee, Lands' End, $3 (I needed this to keep warm)
Navy pants, Gap, $12
Navy suede ballet flats, Lands' End Canvas, $16
Necklace, Target, $4

Now I just have to decide what to wear tomorrow – the challenge is “try a trend.”  Any suggestions?

Don't forget to check out the other great monochromatic outfits over at Kayla's blog here.


Conversation #131: Oh the challenges...

What is better than one fashion challenge? Why that answer is two! Yep, I am going to attempt to participate in two blog fashion challenges simultaneously as the prompts allow. On the days they don’t coincide…well we’ll just cross that bridge when we get there.

So I think all of us bloggers out there who have an interest in fashion (I’m no “fashion blogger” but it is just what entertains me these days) can probably all agree that some days the outfits are just duds. That happened to me today. I even thought this outfit out, but I don’t love it. However, I didn’t have time to think anymore and work for a local government so I knew no one would care what I looked like. Honestly, I sort of want to wear a prom dress one day just to see if anyone says anything. Ok, they might notice that.

I used to save my “good” outfits for the weekend and pretty much just put on a pair of dress pants and a passable shirt to go to work each day because I knew no one would appreciate my effort of assembling a nice outfit. However, it struck me one day that the majority of my week is spent in work clothes, and I should dress for myself because it made me feel better. Although, now that I care more how will I ever be able to make it on to What Not To Wear, because I would LOVE to shop with Stacey and Clinton, in a heartbeat.
Oh well, I guess this current affinity for fashion blogging is keeping me from looking like a ragamuffin at work so I’ll go with it! The two fashion challenges going on is continuing the ABC challenge but also added Kayla’s 10 day challenge (check it out here). I participated in Kayla’s 21 day challenge a few months ago and had a blast! The two prompts for today – from ABC Fashion Challenge, F – Fur or Feathers and from Kayla’s 10 day challenge, Layers. These actually went well together, but since it is supposed to be a lovely 65 today I had to get creative with the fur and layers so that is why the outfit kind of went south. Anyway, onto the fabulously mediocre outfit of today

Outfit breakdown:
Faux fur vest, JCPenney girls’ section, $14
Dress, J. Crew, $20
Turtleneck, Lands’ End Cavnas, $6 (this is a good estimate, can’t remember for sure)
Necklace, American Eagle Outfitters, $4
Watch, Zodiac, gift (the band smells like vanilla)
Leather Boots, Target, gift
Knee socks, Target, $2 last year

Check out the fashion challenges below:
Kayla's 10 Day Challenge (tomorrow is monochromatic): click here.
Click the button below for the ABC's of fashion (tomorrow is G, Glamorous)



Conversation #130: "D" - Dressed on a Dollar (well maybe a few dollars)

Today I tried to come up with a fairly thrifty outfit - it isn't super exciting, but I still think it looks cute and it got me back into tucking in my shirt and sporting a belt so that is fun I guess.  How much did you spend on your outfit today? (Sorry for the slightly blurry picture)

Outfit breakdown:
Top, Lands' End Canvas: $6
Skirt, The Limited, Thrifted: $4
Boots, Sonoma, Kohls: Gift
Belt, Coldwater Creek: $10

Don't forget to link up if you joined in the challenge, and check out all of the other trendy budget friendly duds by clicking the button below!



Conversation #129: A new fashion challenge...the letter C!

I love fashion challenges.  It helps me get outside my clothing comfort zone, forces me to pair things up in a new way, and in a weird way takes the thinking out of what I'm going to wear.  Granted, I have to think about the challenge, but I do much better with a task when I enter my closet versus just pick out something great on my own (I'm not sure that happens often).  Anyway, I just heard about this challenge yesterday from the lovely Misty - I love her blog! (check it out) 
As soon as I clicked over to Kayla's blog (a new favorite blog now), I knew I had to jump into this challenge.  She is taking us through the ABC's of fashion, and today is the letter "C" - celebrity inspired.  I started to panic because I read this late at night and didn't have a stash of "celebrity" inspiration, just random web pics for inspiration, but then I thought of my girl Reese.  I love Reese's style (don't you love how we are on a first name basis?), and so I frantically began searching for a look that I could make work for, well, work.  Here is my inspiration:

I loved the simplicity of this outfit and new I had the items to pull it off (however, I do wish I had fun purple pumps, but alas, I do not).  I also started wondering why I love Reese's style so much.  I think as I began to collect multiple inspirations from her I realized that her style is really accessible.  I'm sure each item of hers cost significantly more than mine, but they are all classic pieces and put together well.  So I may just be using more of her outfits to inspire me in the future (yeah, I may have put a ton on pinterest - would have put more but now my work blocks that site too, boo).

Alright, now here is my daily outfit:
Outfit breakdown:
Jacket, Gap: $13
Tee, Lands' End Canvas: $6
Pants, JCPenney: $10
Suede wedges, Etienne Aigner via TJ Maxx: $30

I have been trying to incorporate more jackets into my wardrobe because I love them, therefore buy a lot, but then never actually wear them.  This was a great way to throw on a fairly new acquisition!

Now it is your chance to join in the fun: click the button below!  Go now and check-out all the other great submissions.


Tomorrow is the letter "D" of course, and it is for Dollar: wear a budget friendly outfit.  I think we all know this is right up my alley! 


Conversation #128: You know have a cold when...

When you have three different boxes of Kleenex on your desk. One is "anti-viral," one is with lotion, and one is "cool-touch" that is supposed to make your nose feel better. I'm trying to decide which makes my extremely red and sore nose hurt the least at this point. I'll let you know what I decide! Hope everyone has a healthy weekend :


Conversation #127: A bulleted list, because I have never done one before

Wow - I can't believe it is already January 12!  I apologize for being MIA since the first of the year.  Basically, I have been away from home the last three weekends and various days in between, and I thought it would be fun to get sick last Tuesday and stay sick until who knows when!!!  Can you tell I'm over being sick?  Hopefully I'm on the downward slope of this thing.

So the list:
  • I went to the doc when I got sick (I never go) and now I remember why.  My regular doc was busy and I wanted to get in ASAP to make sure I didn't have strep throat before going out of town.  Well, I went in for a strep test and left having that done, plus an EKG and a blood test for mono and a few other things.  All came back normal or negative (for strep and mono).  Other than the strep test, I could have told you that. Hope that bill isn't too high or I will be kind of mad
  • I haven't had a desire to shop much lately, which is great because I need nothing.  I have a bday coming up and have requested some "wants" so hopefully this quells the shopping for a bit.  I totally failed the Retail Detox, but my plan was to keep trying until I succeed!
  • My alma mater won their bowl game, and even though I was sick, I was glad to be there to see them win!
  • I think everyone at work thinks I have the plague.  You see, I stayed home 4 days last week so I wouldn't give them what I thought was strep.  Now I think I just have an awesome cold compounded with allergies so I sound awful, but I feel silly staying home because my mental capacity is fine (no comments please, haha).  I actually had to leave early one day this week because all of the meds me super sick to my tummy.  Not cool.
  • My nose hurts. I have a date with the grocery store after work so I can stock up on some lotion kleenex.
  • My mind is pretty much on politics full time now that the fuzzy, warm Christmas season is over.  I allowed myself to check out the last couple of months, but we are in full campaign season now, folks.  I'll say it, I think Santorum is my guy, but he can't get enough oomph, and I think it is because Paul keeps dividing the others going against Romney.  Okay, Newt might be dividing too.  I think we need one other person versus Romney and go from there.  I don't hate Romney, just not my fave either.
  • Resolutions.  I want to make a list still, but I read something one day that made me realize my ultimate resolution should be to glorify God.  Period.  So that is number one, but I think I will still make a list of goals.
  • I get MLK, Jr. day off for the first time ever this Monday.  My school never took it off - they said we would learn more about him and honor him by being class (which is probably true).  However, at this time in life, I am excited for a 3-day weekend!
  • No outfit pics lately - I haven't felt good enough to care too terribly much about what I'm wearing.  Sad I know.  I might feel better if I put more thought in it, but sleepless nights will do that to you.
  • Last bit of exciting news - I was accepted to sit for the PE exam!  Now the real hard part comes in me studying for the exam.  That shall begin at the end of January.
Okay, that is all for now.  I'll try to have some more fun posts from now on :)