Blogging Besties :: of skinny jeans and #jcrewgoals

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This week is brought to you by: “ballet flats, floral top, pashmina scarf, a chunky cardigan, or skinny jeans”.

For your viewing pleasure, I give you: skinny jeans.

The extra bits: So the good news is that, in the month that I’ve taken a break from this blog, several positive things have resulted. My clothes shopping has pointedly declined; I’ve shut down my Poshmark store and have donated four full trash bags of my store’s product to the Epilepsy Foundation’s thrift store program; I finished knitting a wool blanket large enough to satisfy my husband; I have loads more free time on my hands to indulge in brainless, de-stress activities like binge watch Netflix shows (Daredevil and Jessica Jones were uh-mazing!) or play FB games (everyone needs to join me in breeding dragons on Dragon City).

The not-so-good news is that I do feel my sartorial IQ slipping. I’ve gotten rather lackadaisical about my outfits, and I actually, honestly don’t really care all that much. I’ve not bothered with accessorizing or layering or pattern mixing for weeks now. I’ve worn the same pair of shoes two days in a row one time. And I think I’m looking more and more “age appropriate” and “mom-like” every day.

Thank Buddha for skinny jeans. They’ve become my de rigeur, go-to item because they allow me to be casually put together even in my gradual fashion decline. And lucky me, it happens to be one of my choices from Alex’s ensemble last week.

Here, you see them worn in a perfect example of my new style niche – I like to call it #jcrewgoals. They’ve got that clean-cut, all-American, East Coast suburban vibe that I’ve always been drawn to but could never afford. However, with the help of Poshmark (yes, that’s an authentic Downtown field jacket acquired for free because I had credit) and Old Navy (I get all my striped tops from them), I think I managed to successfully dupe a catalog-worthy look, yeah?

And kudos to my crafty, Pinterest-obsessed daughter for showing me how to cut the sleeves off a too-tight-across-the-shoulders sweatshirt and repurposing it as a vest rather than throwing it away. I’m gonna succeed in sustainable living yet!

Anyhow, Blogging Besties is taking a break so all four of us gals can enjoy friends and fam for the holidays (and watch Star Wars. Oh, that’s just me? Okay then…)

So Selah’s got some time, but when we return in two weeks, she’s tasked to play with the following: skinny jeans, furry boots, striped top, Fair Isle pattern, or favorite jacket.

Vive le vendredi! And season’s greetings to one and all!

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Old Navy
Jacket – J.Crew via Poshmark
Jeans – F21
Vest – sweatshirt can be found here
Boots – Khombu

:: Scream it from the top of your lungs ::
Earned It by The Weeknd

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Blogging Besties :: Ballet Flats

Happy Friday, friends! I am only one week away from the end of the semester, and I am SO ready for a break!

Last week, Whitney wore this ensemble in front of the most gorgeous background EVER:
I chose to pass on ballet flats. This is a huge copout for me because I wear ballet flats so often that they’re a standard for me, but I like this outfit and it had flats so who cares? I pulled out the purple of this pattern for the scarf and green for the shoes, and then added a cardigan because it’s COLD here!

 

 

 

Tank: Thrifted (similarsimilar)
Jeans: Forever XXI (similarsimilarsimilar)
Cardigan: Old Navy (similarsimilarsimilar)
Flats: Old Navy (similarsimilarsimilar)

Scarf: Thrifted (similarsimilarsimilar)

Next week, Maricel will pass on one of the following elements: ballet flats, floral top, pashmina scarf, purple, a chunky cardigan, or skinny jeans!

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Blogging Besties :: Green-Hued Skirt

Hi Friends! We are nearing the end of yet another busy week. I hope that you are well!

Selah must have known how much I would love this outfit of hers when she posted it last week:

I mean, do you remember this post?  Obviously I could have just recreated Selah’s entire look and I would have loved it!  But in an attempt to not be completely repetitive, I decided to pass-on my favorite skirt.
Like Selah, I chose patterned top to pair with my skirt but instead of stripes I went with a subtle animal print in greys.  A statement pearl necklace and a bit more grey completed a comfy yet put-together outfit that I wore to one of my best friend’s baby showers!
And I can’t believe that this purse is finally making its first blog appearance!  Late this summer I was on the hunt for a quality, mustard cross-body purse.  But alas, instead of finding a yellow bag, I fell in love with this beautiful little burgundy number.  I absolutely adore the rich color and the glossy leather.  The quality is amazing and I would highly recommend checking-out some of the other gorgeous Liebeskind leather goods.  And I just have to mention that Shopbop has determined burgundy bags to be one of fall 2015’s biggest trends!  (Not that I need another, but I kind of love this one).
Alright Alex, your choices for items to pass-on next week are a (subtle) animal print, a sweater, a (green-hued) skirt, grey, tights and ballet flats!

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What I’m Wearing:
Sweater: c/o Le Tote (exact)
Necklace: Amazon (exact)
Skirt: Old Navy (similar, similar)
Tights: Anthropologie (similar)
Flats: Etsy

Where I’m linking-up!