Mix and Match from the Past

This school year has found itself to be busier than ever! I won’t bore you with education jargon, but let’s just say that I already broke my “no working from home” policy. Busy life = no time to waste planning a super trendy outfit. So here’s to a mix and match outfit from the past (Faux Fur, Stripes and Blue).

**Tip: Spice up an old outfit with a pretty scarf! 🙂
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Skirt: Thrifted via Crossroads – Similar  // Top: Free People via Buffalo Exchanged – Similar {on sale!} // Scarf: Madewell – favorite! // Belt: Anthropologie – Similar // Cuff: Kate Spade // Bracelet: J. Crew

Have a wonderful Thursday and thanks for reading!

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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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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.

**Are you a blogger who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your blog? Click here to find out how you can join a totally awesome group of bloggers!

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

Oh, and if you haven’t checked out my Shop yet, do it! 🙂

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Crop Top Wanna Be

I found this great polka-dot top at Crossroads and thought to myself “Let’s be a little daring and maybe, just maybe, wear it with shorts for a cute mid-drift-showing summer look.” Yea, I think my conservative self died for a second and was resurrected the moment I took it out of my closet to wear the next day. But no problem, good thing I had a high waisted skirt to pair it up with. Purchase saved.

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Top // Shoes
Wearing: Thrifted from Crossroads
My Picks: Shirt found @ Nordstrom! $36 // ALDO $90

Skirt
Wearing: Anthropologie
My Picks: Anthropologie $40 {sale!} // ModCloth $60 or THIS one for $50

 Flower Ring // Bow Ring // Bracelet // Necklace
Wearing: Vintage // Rings and Tings // J. Crew – Similar  // Garage Sale

Purse
Wearing: Vintage Coach

Watch
Wearing: Michele

Happy Thursday and keep me in your prayers seeing that tomorrow I am hiking Half Dome!

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Mix & Match Fashion
And I know I haven’t really been keeping up with TST….this week is Florals. I had polka dots. Close enough. 😛

Fun Florals

And teaching summer school has begun! I keep forgetting my reasoning for signing up to teach summer school. Maybe it was the fear of boredom, habit of busyness, or just the lost of my sanity, but I did. At least I have an excuse to dress up! 🙂 Haha, but honestly, it’s not so bad thus far. I’ve got great kids who are so eager to learn and that’s all a teacher could ask for.

So about this outfit…probably my new favorite summer work outfit. I decided to keep it casual with jeans but dressed it up with this great floral blazer that I found at DenM during my vacation in Redlands. (Scroll down for similar options!)

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Blazer
Wearing: DenM Boutique
My Picks: ASOS (too many good picks to choose from!) // Windsor $34 // Boohoo (many affordable choices!)

Shirt
Sleeveless Shirt c/o Boden (sale $40)

Jeans
Wearing: American Eagle $44

Shoes
Wearing: Norway Sandals by MIA {sale $50}

Purse
Wearing: Abaco Paris

Bracelet
Wearing: J. Crew – Similar {30% off with code HISUMMER}

Rings // Pocket Watch
Wearing: Vintage // Wrenn Jewelry // Flea Maket

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Maximize the Maxi


I love adding pieces to my wardrobe that is easy to mix up and dress up for different occasions. It’s all about maximizing what you’ve got already, especially when you’re just starting out in the professional world.

Roe Boulevard was kind enough to let me try out their Remember Me Maxi Dress {50% off your purchase using the code LUCKY50} which I instantly knew had so many different possibilities. With just a change of the outerwear, you can go from a beach day, to a city stroll, or to a work day as easy as one, two, and THREE.

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Screen Shot 2014-05-18 at 8.33.03 PMJust add some delicate lace or crochet to the mix to bring out the girl in a casual outfit.

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Screen Shot 2014-05-18 at 8.33.09 PMFor an even more laid back look, just throw on a chambray and head out the door.

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Screen Shot 2014-05-18 at 8.33.14 PMYou can’t wear pajamas to work, but you can get pretty close by just throwing a soft blazer on top of a maxi!

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Dress
Remember Me Maxi Dress c/o Roe Boulevard
40% off your purchase using the code LUCKY40

Lace Top
Thrifted @ Crossroads
My Picks:

Chambray
Wearing: Madewell
My Picks: Old Navy $24  // J. Crew $78 [25% off right now using code PACKME] // ASOS $79

Blazer
Wearing: Anthropologie [Similar]

Cream heels (from third look)
Thrifted from Crossroads

Jewelry
1) Anthropologie
2) Rings & Tings // Wrenn Jewelry
3) Talbots

And lastly, because maxis has a tendency to hide the footwear, do take note of these perfect summer sandals 🙂

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I could hardly believe how comfy and cute these were! Yes, my jaw dropped. Yes, I keep raving about them. And yes, my feet are without a doubt happy.

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Yulia c/o Born Shoes

Have a spectacular Monday!

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”Lisa

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