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Fringe and Leather

If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, you’ve definitely seen my beloved “vegan leather” skirt before. It really is one of my favorites – a flirty and girly cut, with a little edge from the studs.  I wear it all the time in the fall/winter/early spring, and while I wasn’t quite ready to pull it out for this season yet, the style challenge gurus dictated that I must. At least my accessories kept me from being too fall-ish too prematurely.  I’m just not ready!
1 - leather and fringeStill working on that arm party thing, but we’re getting there.  I do love how colorful this outfit is, and my peep toe, high heeled loafers are one of my favorite pairs of of pseudo-professional shoes.

Hope you’re having a good Tuesday!  Let me know what you think about this outfit – or anything else you’d care to discuss – in the comments. I love hearing from you!

Two-for-Tuesday on steroids

Today I thought it would be fun to do another two-for-Tuesday, mixing and matching a couple of pieces to see two completely different ways to wear an item.  But, I discovered that I’ve been wearing a lot of the same articles over and over.  So, today is actually a three-for-Tuesday.  I had hoped for this to be an infinity blog – where each outfit seamlessly transitions to the next for all eternity (or at least, the length of this post) – but there is a broken link that I would need one more outfit to fix.  Blogging goals.

First up, one of my favorite blouses from Old Navy, dressed up with a pleated skirt and jewelry courtesy of Rahab’s Rope.  I was at a work event, so whenever I do those, I try to display as much of our company’s products as possible; it’s a great sales technique (you can by these or similar pieces here).  I also just really love my plaid cherry shoes with this polka dot blouse.  Subtle print mixing at its finest.
1 - button down, pleated skirtNext, I remixed this blouse on a casual day with some Target super acid-washed jeans, and my favorite RocketDog heels (which I recently said goodbye to. Tear.)  They lived a good life. Of course, it’s not TOO casual, since I’m wearing heels and dangly earrings, but the outfit definitely has a completely different feel from the outfit above.
1 - dressed up, button downAnd lastly are my jeans recycled with a graphic tee, and given a menswear spin with my boxy blazer and oxford saddle shoes. I want to embrace this menswear trend, but I feel weird every time I do it.  Maybe I should just accept that I can’t conquer every fashion trend that comes along, no matter how hard I try.
1 - graphic tee, blazerHow do you think I did?  Three distinct looks, or would you call me out on wearing the same clothes multiple times in a week (for the record, these three outfits were not all worn in the same week).  How about menswear – do you like, love it, absolutely hate it?  What’s your favorite piece to wear over and over?

80 Days of Summer Shoes: Trendy Teal Toes

Most of the time, I’m pretty much the opposite of a hipster.  I don’t wear Toms or Warby Parkers – not because I don’t think they’re good causes.  Because they’re ugly (well, Toms are, anyway).  I like Top 40 radio and think it’s fun when people jump on the same bandwagons as me.

But, sometimes, finding a trend before it becomes a trend does make me feel a little high and mighty.  And these shoes did just that.

DSC_0252I bought these pretty teal heels from DSW a few years ago.  The next season, this look – the twisted satin knot – was EVERYWHERE – flats and heels alike.  And you’d really be surprised at just how many things this color goes with.  For a while, these were as much a staple in my closet as black shoes are to a normal person.

I like to think of myself as fashion forward.  It may not be true – but I like to think of myself that way.

Jumpsuit and green heelsIn this jumpsuit, I also like to think of myself as giving Marisa Tomei a run for her money…clearly, I just live in a world of delusion.
wpid-img_20140518_142013.jpgFashion Tip: Jumpsuits are like maxi dresses – not universally flattering, but if you’re willing to put in the patience and effort, you can definitely find one that works for you.  Pay attention to pattern and lines (where the waist hits, how the neckline sits, if the pants are cropped or wide leg), which together can make or break an outfit, even if it technically “fits”.

TBT: When I was 3 months younger

Today I am at a career fair for my new job. It’s a bit surreal to be back doing what I had done pretty exclusively for the last 4 years, but from a completely different perspective and with a largely different objective.
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I pulled out the old profesh clothes, dusted off my recruiter shoes, and tried to make myself look both approachable, yet knowledgeable.  Hopefully, I was successful, because I talked to a ton of people and would hate for them to have all been disappointed.

The (professional) little black dress was always my go-to for recruiting, and I wore my teal shoes pretty often (you’d be surprised how much teal goes with) because they are comfortable, but cute and unexpected.  The tights were to keep me warm (although, they are hole-y, so they didn’t keep me THAT warm), but also to add some pizazz.  And, of course I accessorized with products from our store – that’s just good marketing sense (I know marketing – I watch Mad Men).

BTW – the scarf, headband, and shoes all have the teal accent color – that just made the 12-year-old-who-used-to-wear-all-one-color-from-head-to-toe inside of me very happy.

Buyer’s Remorse

The good news is, I got a new phone yesterday. The bad news is, I’m having buyer’s remorse, which is one of the worst emotions in the world. Yes, my old phone barely made calls. It was time. And yes, I really like the new one, minus some quirks I’ve yet to unravel. But, when I called to cancel Verizon, they made me a sweet deal, and I think I could have gotten an even better phone – on Verizon’s network – for about the same as I’m paying now. Grr… Oh well. It’s only money, right?

Why is this relevant to you, you may ask? Well, regrettably, in the transfer of my files not all of my pictures came over. Many did, but all of the previous outfit collages I’d made but not yet blogged about are gone. So, my reservoir of past outfits has all but dried up, meaning you’ll now be subjected to my poorly-lit pictures of what I’m wearing to stay warm in my office in the Georgia tundra. Sorry.

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This outfit was much cuter in real life. I have trouble capturing dark colors on my camera (any photographers who want to give me a tutorial are welcome!), so the blouse is black, the jeans are dark rinse, and everything else is close to accurate. I do love purple and teal together, though, and this jacket is one of my favorites. Also, these jeans were skinnier when I bought them. Now, I’m skinnier which is awesome, but they’re a little baggy which detracts from the overall impression in my opinion.

Oh well – one day, all factors will collide – the size of my clothes, the lighting, my camera skills – and you’ll just be amazed at what a fantastic outfit you’re viewing. Or, maybe not. 🙂

  • Jacket: TJ Maxx
  • Jeans: Old Navy (and, to be fair, they were only $10, so I can probably afford to get a new pair)
  • Blouse: JCPenney
  • Booties: Charlotte Russe
  • Necklace: Rahab’s Rope

Happy New Year (and new blog!)

Happy New Year, everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful time with family and friends.  I’m the new girl in town, so I got myself a pizza and ice cream and hunkered down, feeling only a little sorry for myself that I didn’t get to wear sequins.  There’s always another occasion for sequins.

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The occasion above was my going-away party.  You may recognize this skirt from last year’s NYE.  I wear it whenever I can find an excuse – one of the best impulse buys (and at $15, a steal!) I ever made.

Can you believe I’ve been blogging my outfits for a year now?  My first post was the one I just linked above – on January 3rd, 2013.  I’ve had so much fun with you all, and I’m so appreciative of your encouragement.

One of those encouragements was to purchase my domain name while it was still available, so i thought the new year was a perfect time for that transition.  I hope you like the new layout!  I’m still learning WordPress, so please bear with me if I make any changes mid-stream.  But, I think you’re going to like the switch.

So, with that, I wish you all a very happy new year, and I hope you’re as excited about what 2014 has in store as I am!

  • Skirt: TJMaxx
  • Top: Old Navy a million years ago
  • Shoes: DSW almost as many years ago
  • Earrings: a gift from a friend
  • Bracelet: Granny
  • Make-up: courtesy of the MAC counter.  When I asked if I looked like a drag queen, she said, “Oh, no – you’re little!”

Rhapsody in Blue

I’ve often been drawn to blues in my wardrobe.  My mom isn’t a big blue person, but my grandma was – since I think I get a lot of my style tendencies from her, anyway (and now, half of my wardrobe), maybe that’s where it comes from.

Regardless, I have a lot.  And blues are really easy to mix and match – the tones usually coordinate very well without clashing.  So, today is a lesson in wearing as many blues at one time on one’s body as possible!

In outfit one, I’m mixing my royal blue pants with a green-blue striped shirt.  Greens and blues also mix very well, since you have to use blue to make green…it makes sense.  Thank you, kindergarten, for teaching me so many valuable life lessons!

I wore my favorite bluebird necklace from my friend Leah (it’s on backwards, so it looks a little like he’s hiding), and added some multi-hued blue and green bracelets and a navy belt.  Finally, I tied it together with silver earrings and gray shoes – I needed some neutral pieces so I wouldn’t look like I was emulating a bag of Tropical Skittles.  (The shoes do have hints of blue in the fabric lining.)

For outfit two, I combined several shades of turquoise.  When I originally bought this skirt, I thought it was mint green, but upon further reflection, I’ve decided it’s more of a sea foam, a color with more blue then mint has.  My sandals have both green and blue stones, so they can go either way, and the belt and earrings are a deeper hue of the color in the skirt.  In this picture, I’m not loving how bright the turquoise scarf is – it doesn’t blend as well as I’d have liked.  But, it’s not horrible, and I liked it well enough when I picked it out to wear, so I’m showing you, anyway.

What do you think about all those blues?

Outfit 1:
Pants: Kohl’s
Top: H&M (I think?)
Shoes: JCPenney
Necklace: my lovely friend Leah

Outfit 2:
Scarf: a gift
Top: t-shirt from Wal-Mart, and it’s the best t-shirt ever
Skirt and earrings: Francesca’s Boutique
Sandals: LOFT
Bracelet: gift
Belt: NY & Co. (I think)

Inspired Looks: Tabitha (Update)

Remember last week when Tabitha sent me a picture of her necklace, and I came up with a few different ways to style it?  

Well, since then, Tabitha has taken a couple of my tips and brilliantly translated them into her own look.  She was kind enough to let me show you her take, which I’m very excited about!  

In Tabitha’s own words,

So took your last suggestion and wore it today to church. When I put on the white shirt, I realized that the v-neck part was too closed and it wouldn’t show the necklace, so I wore a cami that brought out the same color in the wedge heels I was wearing.

You may remember from the necklace close-up last week that there are specks of blue and green in the necklace so the teal cami/wedges were a perfect choice!  Tab looks so put together, and you know without me saying it that I love the skinny belt as a finishing touch!

Love the outfit, Tab, and thanks so much for sharing with us!  You look great!

If you would like me to style one of your pieces, please don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments, or by sending me an email at inhershoes77 AT gmail DOT com.  I’ve had issues with the comments that I thought were fixed by removing the “captcha” thing, but then I got all kinda of spam comments, so I put it back on.  Hopefully, you all can get through to me if you want to.  If not, then please do email – I love to hear your feedback!

I Don’t Know What I’m Doing

So, it’s Monday…

Today’s post features the second of my $4 finds at Body Central.  I’ll admit, this one is not as versatile or flattering as the other.  But, it’s definitely worth four dollars, and I love the color.  I also really like the back.  I’m not 100% sure how open backs like this are supposed to be worn; I tend to think they look skanky sans tank, but maybe that’s intentional.  However, since this one is sheer, it would definitely be skanky sans tank, and that’s not how I roll.  (Side note: the back does hang more closed than this picture indicates, but it’s really hard to take a picture of yourself from the back without moving your arms.)

I love teal/turquoise and pink together, so I picked my pastel pink capris and used some bright pink accessories to make it pop a little more.  My old faithful shoes from DSW coordinated well as a darker shade of the shirt color, and my tank very closely matched the stripes in the shirt (teal is a pretty easy one to match, even if it’s not exact).

What do you think – would you wear this shirt (let’s assume it’s solid because we are all respectable people) without something underneath?

Shirt: Body Central
Capris: Casual Corner (yes, I’m an old lady; also, someone gave them to me)
Tank: Old Navy
Shoes: DSW

A Night at the Theater

Sometimes, my job takes me fun places.  Like to the theater on a Saturday evening to see Oliver!  When it does, I get to dress the part, wearing my little black dress with faux fur shrug, pearls, and my favorite teal heels.  See how fancy I look:

Sometimes, though, I fall.  Actually, fairly often.  It can never be blamed on the shoes.  I’ve worn the shoes above for years and have never had a problem.  I don’t usually fall in my highest stilettos.  I don’t even fall when my heels break.  There is absolutely no explanation for why this happens.  But when it does, I go from the classy lady you see pictured above, to this:

If that looks painful, it’s because it was.  To my pride, as well as to my knees.  And, I was mad because that was a really good pair of panty hose, and I hate buying new ones!

So, let this be a lesson to all of you.  No matter how great you look and feel, always hold on to the railing. Don’t be the person that brings Proverbs 16:18 to life.  I’ve done it enough for all of us.

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