Tuesday, December 31, 2013

December 31: Dresses

I haven't really been wearing dresses lately but I still love them. Thus I was excited to spot this dress with dresses on it at Macy's on Black Friday. I received it for Christmas and immediately started thinking about how I wanted to style it. My mom actually suggested this pretty pink cardigan though we think it would work with blue, green, white, or black as well. Pairing it with my beloved tights and low boots made everything easy. I love the way this turned out!

Story about my necklace: One of my coworkers stopped by my desk today and showed it to me saying that while it wasn't her style, it seemed to fit mine! I had read an article about having a signature style and I feel like this demonstrates that my commitment to pearls shines through :)
Dress: Macy's
Cardigan: Rue 21
Tights: Nordstrom
Boots: Payless
Ring: H&M
Necklaces: Macy's & Gift

Friday, December 27, 2013

December 27: I'm done

By this point, I was just eager for my vacation (out of the office January 1-January 12) and wasn't really caring about what I wore. So I kept it simple, not even needing a cardigan in this gorgeous San Diego weather. This outfit could not have been easier and it was so lightweight and just what I wanted to be wearing (aside from sweats which are verboten at work, darn!)
Shirt: LOFT
Jeans: American Eagle Outfitters
Boots: ShoeDazzle
Headband: Charlotte Russe
Bracelet: ?

Thursday, December 26, 2013

December 26: Christmas Present

Earlier this year, I was at Target inwardly craving an embellished sweatshirt but not really swooning for any of the jeweled sweatshirts I had seen. Lo and behold, I spot this beauty which is lacy! I love lace tops but don't really have that many in my wardrobe so I easily convinced my mom that this would be a great Christmas present :) And how comfy is it? The most, making this a great option for returning to work after the holiday as I'm waiting for my vacation.
Sweatshirt: Target
Skirt: Charlotte Russe (you can almost see that the bottom is leather-esque)
Tights: Nordstrom
Boots: Payless
Earrings and Ring: H&M pearls

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

December 24: Cashmere

Can't resist cashmere and since it's so freaking nice here in southern California, I just threw on a pencil skirt, my new birthday heels, and pearls. Easy-peasy! Included in this pictures is my new Target bag (birthday present). I just love the way it looks and think it is an elegant addition to my work wardrobe.

Sweater: Halogen from Nordstrom's
Skirt: The Limited
Heels: Macy's
Pearls: Macy's
Earrings: Singapore
Purse: Merona from Target

Monday, December 23, 2013

December 23: Eagles Victory

In honor of my boys winning last night, I pulled out this shirt that I swear is the same green as their team color. It was kind of a weird outfit though because the top was incredibly static-y and the pants attract lint like no other. Yet these are not things you can see from the picture. I love the rich jewel green as a statement and think this was a great casual outfit for a holiday week at work.
Shirt: Kohls
Pants: Kohls
Shoes: Old Navy
Earrings: Eagles
Ring: Charlotte Russe

Thursday, December 12, 2013

December 12: Elegant Blue

Though my sister was convinced I wouldn't wear my cashmere sweaters, I soon broke out this second one in this gorgeous shade of blue (I'm pretty sure it's one of the most flattering shades on me :) The occasion was for my department's holiday party so while I wanted to wear heels, I restrained myself to flat boots because I knew I'd be running around a lot organizing things. I felt so pretty in this color as well as soft and fuzzy so it was a good luck all around.
Sweater: Charter Club Cashmere from Macy's
Skirt: Target
Tights: Nordstrom
Shoes: Payless
Pearls: Macy's

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

December 10: Edgy Prep

This description was coined by my friend Natalie and it's how I now refer to some of my favorite outfits. I admit that it could be a bit more polished but I was looking to be comfy. I think part of my uniform this winter has been pretty top, black skirt, tights and low boots and this is the epitome of that look.

Top: Chambray from American Eagles
Skirt: Charlotte Russe (it never shows up on my but the bottom is leather-esque)
Tights: Nordstrom
Boots: Payless (one of my fave purchases this year)
Necklace: Pearls from ?

Monday, December 9, 2013

December 9: Gingham

Didn't really know what I wanted to wear this day so I kept it pretty simple. I can't remember if I've mentioned that I'm obsessed with cuffing my sleeves a la J.Crew but I pretty much always do that since I end up so hot in my office.

Shirt: Kohls
Skirt: The Limited
Shoes: Nordstrom Rack (old)

Friday, December 6, 2013

December 6: Casual Elegance

Trying to live up to my blog name today! I had a meeting with a retirement planner today and given that I'm frequently told I look younger than my age (this weekend my sister swore I could pull off 14 and I get a lot of guesses around 18 years of age), I wanted to dress up a bit. To that end, I wore my gorgeous new cashmere sweater and figured that would cover for anything else. I don't know if it made me look older but I sure felt pretty :)

Sweater: Charter Club Cashmere from Macy's
Scarf: Joe Fresh from JCPenney's
Pants: American Eagle Jeggings
Shoes: Charlotte Russe

Thursday, December 5, 2013

December 5: Casual Day

I had no idea what I wanted to wear until I remembered how much I loved this sweater though I found it a bit difficult to style because the cream is kind of pale in front. Just to be on the safe side, I wore a beige camisole underneath so that people would focus on my pretty cream/mint sweater and suede arm patches.

Shirt: J. Crew Factory
Tank: American Eagle
Jeans: American Eagle
Shoes: ShoeDazzle
Ring: Love from Charlotte Russe
Bracelet: Daisy Chain from J. Crew Factory
Watch: JC Penney
Necklace: Pearls from unknown

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

December 4: Red

More gray! This time, I kept it very basic. I'm wearing a black company polo and my favorite grey pencil skirt. However to keep it interesting for you all, I took a picture of me in my red trench coat. I have gotten so many compliments on its bright hue and it's incredibly distinctive.

Jacket: Worthington from JC Penney's
Scarf: Manchester United
Shirt: From work
Skirt: The Limited
Shoes: Dexter from Payless
Headband: Charlotte Russe (I'm kind of obsessed with this.)

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

December 3: 1950s Poodle Skirt

To celebrate the 60th birthday of my company's CEO, we were invited to dress in the style of his birth year 1953. Personally I think we should have done the dress of his teenager years, which I suspect he has fond memories of but that would have been the 1960s and I would have wanted to wear an oversized tie-dye shirt and miniskirt and that wouldn't have met dress code. I loved seeing people in poodle skirts as well as jeans and leather jackets. Our boss was very touched by the decorations and cake and it was a fun day all in all.

Top: Petite Sophisticate
Cardigan: J.Crew
Skirt: Costume Shop
Shoes: Yeswalker

Monday, December 2, 2013

December 2: Polka Dot 40s

I wish I was a better hairstylist so I could have curled my hair into something approximately the style of the 40s. Alas I can pretty much only leave my hair down. The cut of this dress always makes me feel like I just stepped out of the 1940s. Because I am so blessed in climate, I didn't bother with tights so that also detracts from the historical vibe.

Dress: Merona from Target
Cardigan: Mossimo from Target
Shoes: Payless
Earrings: Eagles to celebrate another victory!
Bracelets: Pearls from who knows
Necklace: Pearls from Macy's

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Black Friday Wrap-Up

My mom, sister, and I have a tradition of going shopping on Black Friday at our local mall. We think because of the fact that so many stores were open on Thursday, it really lowered the amount of people out on Friday. We were thankful for that as we didn't have to fight hordes of people.

My big score was some cashmere sweaters from Macy's-$40 for a crew neck sweater! As someone who just adores cashmere, this was a tremendous victory. I picked up black and blue and my mom is gifting me with a cream one.

Other soon to come presents include a pair of nude peep toe pumps and a yellow dress with dresses on it. I'm thinking of styling that with black tights but we'll see.

I'm also pleased because I completed the shopping for my mom's birthday and Christmas. My sister and dad aren't very good at presents so I was in charge of coordinating all of it. I've wrapped everything I have and just need to wait for the rest to arrive via mail (I love online shopping too!)