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

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

March 25: Mint professional

Another desire to dress up for work incorporated this new top from my mom. She loved the color combination of mint, black, and white, which I think will go with any of my white or black bottoms, making this a very versatile addition to my wardrobe. It's a nice thing when your mom "gets" your style, you know?

Top: Kohl's
Skirt: Target
Shoes: Payless
Earrings: H&M
Watch: Timex from JCPenney

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

March 24: My favorite dress goes to work

I'm not actually sure this is my FAVORITE dress but it's pretty high up there and it has mostly been a staple of my weekend wear for some reason. I finally got it on the schedule to go to work where it performed admirably. It's so lovely and classic (plus it was a total score since I grabbed it from Target's clearance rack!) I do feel like I need to wear a belt to give it a bit of shape but that's easily remedied :)

Dress: Target
Belt: H&M
Watch: Timex from JCPenney
Ring: Present from friend
Shoes: Target

Monday, March 23, 2015

March 23: I do own pants!

I can understand why people might think I only have skirts and dresses as that is what I predominantly feature on this blog but I actually do own pants. Now that spring has officially sprung, I'm excited to cook up some more outfits with my white jeans. They look so crisp and are a real change from my typical outfit.

Shirt: Old Navy
Pants: Joe Fresh from JCPenney
Watch: Timex from JCPenney
Shoes: Target

Friday, March 20, 2015

March 20: Happy Spring!

March 20 is the calendar start of spring but honestly it has felt like that for a while here in good old southern California (or rather it has felt like we skipped spring and started summer very early.) To celebrate, I wanted a pretty colorful dress paired with open-toed sandals that fully embrace the season. Though I initially worried this dress was too short, I did not feel that way as I wore it to work (thankfully). Happy spring everyone!

Dress and Belt: Kohl's
Sandals: Target
Watch: Timex from JCPenney
Earrings and Necklace: Macy's

Thursday, March 19, 2015

March 19: Brighter than Bright

I'm pretty sure I featured almost this exact outfit on my blog earlier though I don't feel like digging through the archives to look for it. Anyway I did make a few changes, switching to a crew neck rather than v-neck and sporting my favorite shoes from Target. I have them in four colors/patterns and I may totally be planning to scoop up every other color I can find. They just seem to fit my feet so well that I can't resist.

Tee: Kohl's
Blazer: JCPenney
Skirt: Old Navy
Flats: Target
Earrings: from Hawaii
Watch: Timex from JCPenney

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

March 18: Professional

I had a presentation to give at work today and though it wasn't formal, I did dress up a little bit with my pretty top, pencil skirt, and wedges for confidence (that's how I always think when adding height to my ensemble.) It went well and I'm looking forward to the next part at the beginning of April.

Top: Worthington from JCPenney
Skirt: Not sure-old
Shoes: Target
Earrings: H&M
Watch: Timex from JCPenney

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

So Good to Me

Blog Updates: I finished my Five Parts story but my friend didn't really like the ending. I imagine most people who know me in real life would find it surprising as I'm definitely someone who prefers stories with a happily ever after. Yet as this story unfolded, the happy ending did not materialize. So I have an epilogue in mind to make it more optimistic.

I also have two more story ideas: one that is kind of inspired by my current emotional state and another that is probably going to be more religiously themed. The latter is not hashed out at all but I hope to have the first of five parts (yes again) for the former up this month-we'll see what time I have.

There are also still more outfits to come-I post my outfits on the day I wear them if I feel inspired so that's why you haven't seen one yet this week. There may be one to come but I'm not sure how excited I am about this week's outfits-I mean I like wearing them but I don't know if I want to go through the process of making a post around any of them.

In the meantime, I wanted to share a song that has been of great comfort to me lately. We have been singing it at my young adults group at church including special dance moves and I find it greatly inspiring. I hope you will enjoy it if you take a listen :)


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Mega Post: Stitch Fix Experience

I've been teasing my first Stitch Fix tryout for a while now but I've finally had time to sit down and write it all up for you. I'm so excited to share now! I have seen Stitch Fix around on a lot of blogs and found the concept intriguing though I wasn't sure it was for me. I have mostly followed a no new clothes resolution in the first quarter and I feel very confident about my ability to pick out clothes I like. But I kept feeling tempted so I broke down and signed up to give it a go.

Upon creating a profile online, I was asked a bunch of questions. I gave my sizing info and described generally my style and lifestyle (most of my clothes need to bridge a business casual and a very casual environment plus I need cool clothes to accommodate this dang heat.) I also had the option to write additional comments-this was a bit of a disappointment to me as it was not an unlimited space and I had to truncate my words.

Before it arrived, I discussed it with my friend K saying that I would only keep pieces that fit perfectly (both my body and my general vision for my wardrobe) and it had to be something that mad me happy (like my hot pink Kate Spade bag and new Joe Fresh lightweight trench coat do.) Finally this past Wednesday, my box arrived (beautifully packaged) so I opened it up to see what I got. I had secretly been hoping for three tops, one dress, and one skirt. I got two dresses, two tops, and a pair of jeans. So let's see how the stylist did.
This is a cool textured print dress. I love patterns and colors so I specifically requested that in my box and my stylist obliged. Ultimately the neckline felt a little low on me. If you look at my outfits, I think you might observe that I tend to be most conservative there so while I basically liked the dress, it didn't quite pass muster.
I love striped dresses (I believe my instagram shows my favorite Target dress several times...) and this one is so lightweight. I love that it has sleeves and it is navy, not black in case you couldn't tell from my photos. The neckline is also more appropriate for my taste. But still I couldn't quite bring myself to pull the trigger on making a purchase.
This is a gorgeous shade of blue (probably one of my favorites because I think it's incredibly flattering.) It's lightweight and would work with pants or tucked into my beloved pencil skirts. Unfortunately the neckline made me a bit uncomfortable and I'm sure I would have been anxious wearing it to work because alas that is my personality.
As in the previous picture, I am wearing the jeans they sent. I happened to look at the invoice before trying anything on and I saw that these jeans were $128 (originally $148 less $20 styling fee but then also plus tax). So there was basically zero chance of me buying them. I could buy three other pairs of jeans for that same amount! They fit fine but they weren't anything special in my opinion.
In a surprise to me, this orange and navy striped top was my favorite piece from the box. It was incredibly comfortable, fit beautifully, and made me feel very confident. Ultimately though the price was too much of a factor for me. As I want to build a wardrobe of quality over quantity, I have to be pretty discriminating.

BONUS
My mom also happened to go to Kohl's that same day and pick me up some pieces, which she really isn't supposed to do. The question is: did she do a better job of styling me than Stitch Fix?
First was this dress with attached belt. My initial inclination was that it seemed a bit short although it was pointed out that I've worn other dresses of similar length and I can always add tights. I also think my hair looks pretty interesting here so I'm glad to be including this picture. I think this dress is cool because of all the different colors in it. I plan to wear this dress this coming week.
Lastly was this skirt, which I paired with my black Everlane tee for a winning combination. The skirt was by far my favorite piece that I tried on and I ended up wearing it last Friday with black flats.

In conclusion: I think Stitch Fix is a lot of fun and a great experience. I definitely intend to try it again this summer when my budget opens up more. But in the end, I still think my mom did a better job of styling me :)

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Stitch Fix Tease!

Last week I mentioned that I had a Stitch Fix shipment on its way! Well it arrived on Wednesday and I tried everything on, taking pictures along the way. I'm still writing up the post but I can share a little tease below for those who don't follow my Instagram. I got two dresses, two shirts, and a pair of jeans. I look forward to sharing all about it with you!


Thursday, March 12, 2015

March 12: No Red Lipstick!

Shocker: today I decided to NOT wear my beloved red lipstick. I felt okay about this decision throughout the day but when I looked at this picture, it just looked so bland to me. Also in a change, I wore pearls in a headband through my hair rather than as a necklace around my neck. So in general this is just kind of weird styling for me. Maybe I should have stuck with my favorite red lipstick and pearl necklace. Still I love the mix of coral and mint going on here as that is one of my favorite combinations.
Dress: JCPenney
Sweater: J. Crew
Belt: Target
Flats: Target
Headband: Charlotte Russe
Watch: Timex from JCPenney

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

March 11: Sleepy

I was a bit sleepy today so I'm glad I wore something really easy and comfortable. The top is a fitted boyfriend style from Gap and I love rolling up the sleeves and being very relaxed in it. I think it would look great with jeans too but I always seem to end up in a skirt. I also did a bit of pattern mixing by adding my new floral flats from Target to the mix-how creative of me :)
Shirt: Gap
Skirt: New York and Co
Flats: Target
Watch: Timex from JCPenney

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

March 10: I'm so fancy

Sometimes I just feel like being a little dressy so I pulled out this old standby. Unfortunately it's become a bit loose in some areas due to my consistent workouts and it's starting to show its age. This is disappointing but does allow me to start thinking about a new dress to replace it :) It's always good to have a professional not quite black dress.
Dress: Elle from Kohl's (old)
Necklace: New York and Co.
Booties: Forever 21
Watch: Timex from JCPenney

Monday, March 9, 2015

March 9: Daylight Savings Time

I talked to many people who were affected by the time change but I actually felt pretty great. It was kind of funny yesterday when church was only about half-full (I go to the first service where worship starts at 8:45 and I don't think that's early at all.) It probably helped that I went to bed around 9:30 on both Saturday and Sunday nights plus took long naps on both days. At the least it didn't hurt!

I really like the idea of this outfit but I'm not entirely sure the blazer served me as well as it could have. Perhaps I need to pair the blouse and skirt with a more fitted blazer to get the look I want. At least there is the bright pop of red to add interest to an otherwise pretty plain outfit.

Blouse: LOFT
Blazer: JCPenney
Skirt: Target
Flats: Payless
Pearls: Macy's
Watch: Timex from JCPenney

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Part V: "In the name of being honest"

He comes over to her place.

She is so happy even just sitting with him in comfortable, never awkward silence. They have next weekend planned and maybe they can start to talk about next month too.

After an hour, he's holding her. He says they can't do this anymore.

She pauses, unsure of what he means.

He prompts her, "You're a smart girl; you can figure this out."

She gapes at him. He is still holding her.

He continues saying he can't be in a relationship right now.

She is taken aback, unable to think, barely able to breathe.

He visits her bathroom.

She escorts him to the door.

She locks the door behind him.

She cries.

She cries for her broken heart
her shattered hopes and dreams
their lost friendship.

She cries for a year.

Friday, March 6, 2015

March 6: Boyfriend

No I'm not announcing that I have a boyfriend; rather I am showing off my new boyfriend jeans from Old Navy. I have been loving their commercials and they have just been killing it will styles so when my sister was here last week, she dragged us all out to Old Navy. And the three of us ended up getting their new boyfriend jeans (well I bought mine in store but had to order online for the other two since their preferred size and wash was not in stock.) Coincidentally that Old Navy is near a Target so we swung by there and I picked up some floral flats. This outfit was immediately complimented by my coworker and I felt awesome all day in it!
Shirt: Joe Fresh
Jeans: Old Navy
Flats: Target
Necklace: Kohl's

Thursday, March 5, 2015

March 5: Floral

This outfit is a bit of a disappointment to me as I imagined it in my head as something very cute and it looked good on the hanger together but I'm just not in love with it. This makes me nervous for tomorrow's outfit which also looks super cute in my head.

On the bright side, I had to give a presentation at work today and it went really well. At first I felt very prepared but as the time approached, I became more anxious. Then it happened and I was calm again. In hindsight, it all seems rather humorous.
Shirt: Worthington from JCPenney
Blazer: Kohl's
Skirt: H&M
Tights: Target
Shoes: Old Navy
Necklace: Baublebar
Watch: Timex from JCPenney

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

March 4: Statement Necklace

It has been surprisingly chilly in the morning and with rain on the previous days, I decided to go with pants but I think I brightened them up sufficiently with my cardigan and necklace. I was supremely comfortable all day which is very important in an outfit and I think I looked pretty good too. The shirt I'm wearing is actually a men's shirt from Target, a section my sister loves to raid and has convinced me on occasion to visit as well.
T-Shirt: Target
Cardigan: Gap
Pants: American Eagle
Boots: Payless
Necklace: Baublebar

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

March 3: Professional

Today we had an all-hands meeting so I wanted to dress up a bit (never mind that my cubicle is right outside the office of the bigwig so he sees me all the time and never mind that in general I'm on the dressy and trendy side.) I also really should have worn heels but my legs were sore from a workout yesterday so flats it was!

In exciting news, I requested my first Stitch Fix! My coworker is really looking forward to how it turns out and I will of course be completing a full write up. My shipment is due next Wednesday but in the meantime I'm disappointed with their encouragement to provide as much detail as possible and yet the character limits stopped me short. We'll see how well the styling goes!

Shirt: Ann Taylor
Skirt: Altuzarra for Target
Blazer: Worthington from JCPenney
Tights: Probably Target
Flats: Payless
Necklace: Baublebar

Monday, March 2, 2015

March 2: Rainy Day

It started raining Saturday night and we ended up getting over an inch that was desperately needed. Sometimes I respond to rain with something bright and cheerful...and sometimes I wear darks and bundle up. Guess which happened today? Crazily February can be a very long month for me and I'm still not quite recovered so I hope that helps make this explicable.
 
Sweater: JCPenney
Pants: Lauren Conrad by Kohl's
Boots:Shoe Dazzle
Pearls: Macy's
Watch: Timex from JCPenney

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Part IV: "I don't know how it gets better than this"

What a crazy day it has been! She woke up early so she could work 7.5 hours with a break in the middle for her friend's baby shower and now it's pouring rain, scotching her plans to wear her new little black dress AND he has all of a sudden texted asking if he could come over early. She hurriedly grabs a plaid shirt and jeans, figuring at least she'll be comfortable even if she doesn't get to dress up. When she steps outside to greet him, he wraps his arms around her and squeezes her so tight. It momentarily catches her off guard before she relaxes into his warmth.

On the drive to the restaurant, he again surprises her by talking about how he wants kids after she describes the baby shower. He will be a fun dad, he pronounces while she knows she'll be the responsible person who tries to schedule and turn everything into a routine-it would be very complementary. He also mentions her helping him look for a new apartment when his lease is finally up in the summer. These topics seem somewhat serious to her but if he wants to lead the way, she'll gladly follow him.

Throughout dinner, she keeps staring at him but then blushing when he returns the stare. He needs to look elsewhere and let her gaze in peace, she thinks! But they also keep talking about everything under the sun it seems. She has worried about their ability to converse (what doesn't she worry about?) but that was unnecessary it seems as the conversation freely rolls along.

Afterward they wander through some shops enjoying the fact that it is no longer raining and that they are together. They keep talking and talking and talking as it gets later and later and later.

She begins to flag from her busy day and he has to return her home but not before he kisses and kisses and kisses her. She tries to pull away knowing he has a drive home but she doesn't want to go just yet. Finally she does pull away already waiting for the next time they'll see each other.