Another Day, Another Dress

I don’t know what it is about yellow and cobalt, but I absolutely love the combo. Hence this is the second post with the same color combo, and maybe even a third one on the way! 😉

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The dress I am wearing today is an old Anthropologie find. I usually wear this dress for more formal occasions, but if you haven’t noticed, I like to convert nice dresses into more everyday wear. More bang for your buck, right?

1. The Red Brocade // 2. Wicked in Green  // 3. Hat Happy

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And you’re probably sick of seeing me style this denim jacket, but don’t you think it’s a great way to casual-fy a dress or to throw on for a nice summer/spring look?

1. Pink Lemonade // 2. The Tulle Skirt // 3. Itty-Bitty Polka Dottie

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Dress: Anthropologie – Similar $284 or THIS one for $99 // Denim Jacket: Thrifted – Similar $70 // Shoes: J. Crew – Similar $33 // Purse: Coach // Necklace: Talbots – Similar $38 // Bracelets: J. Crew , Forever 21 // CuffCrystal Hexagon Cuff from INPINK $18 // Belt: Thrifted from Crossroads

Because I just recently moved to a new place and am a new professional, I need to watch my spending a little. No more purchasing to keep up with the latest trends, no more emotional shopping, and no more thoughtless buys.

To help control my spending, I always ask myself three questions before I swipe the card:

1. Is it versatile? {whether or not I can dress it up or down, multiple seasons}
2. Do I have at least 5 items already in my closet to mix & match with it?
3. Do I LOVE it? {emphasis on the LOVE, not just like}

What are some questions that you ask yourself before you purchase something?

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Let’s Go Back to White and Black

 Summer is all about the colors and the prints, but my eyes were starting to hurt a little bit from the overload and therefore today’s outfit is all about keeping it simple with black and white. Can’t go wrong, right?

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Top Sleeveless Shirt in White c/o Boden {sale! $21-$43} // Skirt Anthropologie {old} – Similar (only $29!) // Shoes My Delicious c/o Lulu*s $24 // Cuff Crystal Hexagon Cuff from INPINK $18 // Bracelet Juicy Couture – Similar // Clutch H&M {sold out} – Similar

Minimal look. Minimal words. 

Happy Minimal Monday! 

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Anticipating Fall

For some reason the weather here in the Bay Area has taken an odd turn — gray skies and less sun. These gray skies do not help my itching anticipation for fall at all. Remember this dress that I wore this past fall/winter? Well, I decided to take it out again but added a colorful scarf to brighten it up a bit and make it season appropriate. My shoes on the other hand…sorry, I couldn’t help but break these out.

Waiting till fall was like having a bowl of mint-chocolate-chip ice cream on the table in front of you. My advice: just have the ice cream.DSC_2857 DSC_2863 DSC_2892 DSC_2888 DSC_2896 DSC_2903 DSC_2926 DSC_2935

Dress
Wearing: Urban Outfitters
My Picks: ASOS $38 (3/4 sleeve) // ASOS $38 (sleeveless)

Scarf
Wearing: Talbots
My Picks: ModCloth $18 // Fashion Confections $18 // Stella Dot $58

Oxfords
Wearing: Aldo

Earrings
Wearing: Anthropologie
My Picks: Shop Lately $7 // Anthropologie $38

Purse
Wearing: Vintage Coach

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Thanks for taking the time to read! 🙂

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Classy with a Splash of Blue

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend that prepared you for another week!

At the age of 24, sometimes I feel as though I need to dress a little more professional to reflect my age and to compensate for my high-school-looking face. So here it is folks. 🙂 Funny story about this outfit…I went to do some errands with my mom and she needed to return something at Talbots so we went. I told her that I would wait in the car because I didn’t want to be tempted into spending more money. She says, “Oh we’re only going to go into ONE store, and it’s Talbots! Not really your store.” So thinking that my wallet was safe, I decided to go in with her. Sure enough, just like Rebecca Bloomwood in Confessions of a Shopaholic, the racks were calling my name and yes, I came out with a full outfit. 

Justifiably though, I do need to look more professional at work because who wants to show up to school with the same outfit as your student? (Which has happened by the way). 

**By the way, I really do like Talbots. I usually am able to find a handful of pieces that work with my style and the quality of their clothes are quite decent. I am especially fond of their jewelry and shoes. 

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I also walked out of Talbots with a pair of really cute wedges, but it was a grey tone. Since this outfit was pretty neutral, I wanted to make it a little fun with a pop of color so I opted with my favorite bright blue heels from J. Crew. 

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Top: Talbots {sold out online} – Similar // Skirt: Talbots {sold out online} – Similar // Shoes: J. Crew – Similar // Purse: Vintage Coach // Bracelets: J. Crew – Similar // Earrings: Crystal Petal Studs c/o Trendy Trinkets // Rings: Vintage // Necklace: Talbots – Similar

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Lesson learned – Stay in the car. 😛

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Splurge vs. Save + J.Crew Giveaway!

Today I am excited to share with you my participation in Credit Card Insider’s Challenge “Splurge vs. Save” campaign!

Who says you need to spend a fortune on a fabulously chic outfit? Between bills, student loans, and a desire for travel expeditions, who has the money to spend on clothes like there’s no tomorrow? I certainly don’t. I’ve been in love with Olivia Wilde’s style for awhile now and I thought she’d be the perfect “Splurge vs. Save” inspiration.

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Her Look
Dress: Ella Moss $188
Leather Moto Jacket: Unknown
Bag: Gucci ($2190)
Sneakers: Uknown

My Look
Dress: Crossroads $15
Jacket: Crossroads $30
Black Bag (that I have but totally forgot – Last seen here): Crossroads $60
Sandals: Gifted

**Keep scrolling for my chevron dress and jacket picks ALL UNDER $50

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My Picks:

Dress: Charlotte Russe $25 // Overstock.com $37 // Dorothy Perkins $35

Jacket: Mango $40 // ASOS $44 // Free People $50 {sale VEGAN LEATHER)

My tips on saving:
NEVER buy something full price
WAIT till the end of the season
SURF through the sales rack
VENTURE to thrift stores in rich neighborhoods
Be AWARE of the extra savings events

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Now for the giveaway! I am co-hosting with some other fabulous bloggers to give away a $300 gift card to one of my favorite stores — J. Crew!

The giveaway is NOW until July 23rd. The more entries you complete, the more chances you have to win! Good luck! 

GIVEAWAY  ——- CLICK HERE FOR THE RAFFLECOPTER!

Prizes: $300 J. Crew Gift Card

Co-hosts:  Lush to Blush // A Labour of Life // Comfortably Young // Notoriously Dapper // Jenn’s Blah Blah Blog // Just Peachy Blog // Miss Erin Says // alex à la mode // Pretty Thrifty //  [oomph.] // Mass Musings // Southern Girl Ramblings // StushiGal Style // Simply Sinova // Skip to the Details // Prosecco & Plaid // Snippets With Alex 

Organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 7/23 and is open worldwide.

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Lacey Lou Freebush

Walking into Anthropologie, I always get the feeling of want and excitement seeing all the pretty designs but then the moment I look at the price tag, the item turns into fire — burning money through my teacher-salary-paycheck — and henceforth I put it down to prevent such a catastrophe.

I was prepared for this repetitive cycle again as I walked in the store last week. But lo and behold, I found this gorgeous lace overlay sheath dress that luckily did not become a fire but just a hot iron that barely singed the corners with the mere cost of $30. Yes, that was it. Weddings, garden parties, and date nights — watch out because this dress is coming for you.

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Why I love this dress:

– The flattering shape
– The subtle color underneath the lace
– The comfortable fit
– The modest hemline
– The versatility
(after the photo shoot I threw on my denim jacket and switched to sandals and ran some errands. Ha )

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Dress:
Wearing: Anthropologie {sold out 😦 } –> Found exact ones Ebay
or just check out Anthropologie’s other sale dresses 🙂

Shoes
Wearing: Thrifted from Crossroads
My Picks: ShopStyle $80 // Kate Spade $196

Bracelet — Rings — Watch
J. Crew // Vintage &  Rings & Tings // Michele

Clutch
Wearing: H&M $5 {sale!}

Earrings
Shimmer Rosette Drop Earrings c/o Benevolent Jewels

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Yellow Blues

I don’t know about you, but dressing up for work in the summer is such a pain in the butt. I’ve been getting lazier and lazier in dressing professional for my summer gig. Seriously though, yesterday I came in jeans and a top that made me look even more like a high school student. I was overwhelmed by dissatisfaction about my style choices yesterday, so I decided to step it up a slight notch today — wrinkly pencil skirt and wrinkly button up top.

Hopefully my shoes will be the forgiving factor.

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 Shirt
Wearing: Thrifted Old Navy – Similar

Skirt
Wearing: J. Crew Factory – $37.50

Shoes
Wearing: J. Crew – Similar

Necklace / Ring / Bracelet / Watch
Wearing: Trendy Trinket / Rings & Tings / J. Crew / Michele

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