Friday, April 10, 2015

April 10: Inspired By...

My adorable friend H arrived at Bible Study one week wearing a chambray top over a loose flouncy skirt and paired with boots. I gushed over the cuteness sharing that I have some spaghetti strap dresses I'd love to make work appropriate in a similar way. She encouraged me to try it and I finally did! One of my coworkers thought it was a skirt which makes perfect sense and I loved that I'm getting more wear out of this lightweight dress since I am more frequently in workout clothes on weekends than a fun springy dress.

Top: Target
Dress: Target
Boots: ShoeDazzle
Watch: Timex from JCPenney

Thursday, April 9, 2015

April 9: Nautical

I wasn't supposed to buy anything this month as I waited for Lilly and Milly but when I had some free time with my sister, we ended up at H&M and they had this adorable nautical top for a bargain price. I *had* to have it! I knew it would be cool with my white jeans as shown here and white pencil skirt but I think it will go with other blue and red bottoms as well. The only problem is that I feel like it should be worn with boot shoes, a style I've never favored and thus do not possess. I will need to experiment to see if any other shoes would fit the look.

Shirt: H&M
Pants: Joe Fresh from JCPenney
Flats: Target
Watch: Timex from JCPenney

Thursday, April 2, 2015

April 2: Stripes with Colors

I'm a bit behind on my posts but I'm trying to catch up by posting this older post. I really liked the vivid colors featured here with bright pink and bright blue paired with a simple grey striped top as a neutral contrast. Though I fall back on black and white a lot, I do like incorporating colors into my workweek outfits and I think this one was a great success.

Top: Loft
Skirt: Charlotte Russe
Cardigan: Rue 21
Flats: Target
Bracelet: Don't remember
Necklace: Baublebar
Watch: Timex from JCPenney

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March 31: The End of the Quarter

I find great significance in arbitrary time periods; in this case, I am reflecting on the end of the first quarter of the year. It marks the wrap-up of a big project for me at work and the beginning of a new one led this time by one of my coworkers rather than me. I have several accomplishments I need to chart for my end of the year review and several smaller projects I want to tackle personally. I reflect on the fact that I am still marvelously on track with reading the Bible in a year thanks to She Reads Truth. I've finished three boot camp challenges and feel strong enough to handle whatever else they throw at me. I think about the new relationships I'm nurturing and the one area where I feel weak and powerless and if there's any way I can improve that.

I also think about the exciting things to come in the next quarter: Maroon 5 concert, Lilly for Target, a road trip with my sister, and my friend's wedding. I look forward to seeing what's ahead!

This top was another fun surprise from my mom due to her serious Kohl's addiction. I initially paired it just with the skirt (and I think it will look great with most of my other skirts) but then I wanted to add some color. Even though I tend to see mustard associated with fall, I'm not ready to put away this cardigan so expect to see it some more even in the next few months.
Shirt: Elle from Kohl's
Skirt: Banana Republic
Cardigan: Gap Outlet
Necklace: Baublebar
Earrings: Lauren Conrad from Kohl's
Shoes: YesWalker

Monday, March 30, 2015

Lilly!

I have been waiting and waiting and waiting for the next capsule collection for Target especially once I found out that it would be Lilly Pulitzer. The original designer is actually one of my top five style icons because I love her bright peppy dresses. Obviously I knew my eye would be on the dresses when the lookbook dropped but I wasn't sure what else I'd want. Alas my original list is a whopping seven items long. Happily I budgeted in the first quarter to support this investment April 19 so I think I'm prepared for the hit to my wallet.

Anyway a story to demonstrate my excitement. My coworker K has been similarly looking forward to Lilly as she does all the Target capsules (kind of a bonding thing for us). On Wednesday, we had been discussing when the lookbook might arrive, displeased that it had not already. On Thursday, I opened my email to discover that it had! I almost called her just to say "The lookbook has dropped. This is not a drill" but I refrained since it was lunch time and she'd be in the kitchen soon enough. We fumbled with our phones to see all the pieces available and then later took some time to compile our lists. Again after careful consideration I have seven pieces, each representing a different print because I like them so much.

Clothes first of course :)




Other just because of those glorious prints!



There were not nearly enough clothing items in Wavepool.

What do you think? What's on your must-have list?

March 30: More black and white

I swear I really do love color! But when it comes to creating outfits, it seems that more often than not, I fall back on the simple black and white. Do I get any bonus points for the fact that technically my blouse is cream, its lace, or the skirt's pattern? I'm afraid I have more black and white in store for the week but also a few pieces with color to help redeem my reputation :)
Top: Gap
Skirt: New York and Co
Flats: Old Navy
Watch: Timex from JCPenney
Earrings: Kohl's

Thursday, March 26, 2015

March 26: Midi skirt madness

One piece I really wanted in my wardrobe last year was a mint midi skirt. Of course I didn't want to pay too much since I wasn't sure if it was an investment piece or not. Happily my mom and sister came through for me while shopping at Charlotte Russe and brought home this beauty for me. I've had it for about a year and it is something I usually bust out at least once a month-a great investment! I love how the mint seems to go with everything and I look forward to making new outfits up with it.

Top: H&M
Skirt: Charlotte Russe
Shoes: Target
Watch: Timex from JCPenney
Necklace: Chaps from Kohl's