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Latest Stitch Fix

I receive a Stitch Fix every other month. I’ve found that is a good frequency for me…especially since I find myself shopping so much. (I’m sure you are shocked by that statement.) I have the same stylist each time, and I think she does a great job getting my style. Of course there have been some misses, but I think that’s more for the fact that certain items of clothing just fit my body different once they are on.

If you have never fixed before – or you have without much luck – my best advice is to be super specific with your note to the stylist. You will receive an email before your fix is pulled together, so be sure to take a few moments to write them a note about what you want. In this last fix, I told her that I wanted to see flowy blouses, preferably with a pattern and not see through, and a pencil skirt option. And that’s exactly what she sent!

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Fun patterned blouse, check and check!

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Fun pattern. Check. But, the crochet hit on my chest wrong, so I decided to send this one back.

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The olive color is something I don’t have a lot of, and I loved the sequin detail and tie sleeves.

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I wanted to love this blouse…but the cut out shoulders were just not doing it for me. I didn’t want to wear a strapless bra with this, and the bra straps would show no matter what bra I had on. I love the back of this and the bright hot pink color.

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This is the first pull-on pencil skirt I’ve ever tried on. I was skeptical at first, but I loved it on. And it fit like a glove!

Stitch Fix is so fun! If you haven’t tried it before, you are missing out. You can sign up here! You are not obligated to keep anything you don’t want to!

 

Blue All Around – Banana Republic Pencil Skirt



banana republic blue square jacquard pencil skirt

banana republic blue square jacquard pencil skirt

banana republic blue square jacquard pencil skirt

Pencil skirts = one of my favorite clothing items. I own quite a few and am always on the search for great patterns. Well…I found one! For one, blue is my favorite color. And two, this pattern is fantastic. The skirt doesn’t have any stretch factor, which I have to say I like. In my opinion, when pencil skirts don’t have a lot of stretch, it makes them lay better.

There are plenty of way you can style this skirt, but I thought I’d go all out on the blue and pair it with this button up. I picked this up at the Gap a few years ago, and it goes with so much. Fantastic staple to any wardrobe.

Shirt – Gap (similar); Skirt – Banana Republic Blue Square Jacquard; Shoes – Christian Louboutin; Necklace – Stella & Dot (retired); Watch – Rolex; Bracelet – Henri Bendel (old)

Bedazzled Minus the Bedazzler – Ted Baker Pencil Skirt

ted baker crystal droplets pencil skirt

ted baker crystal droplets pencil skirt

ted baker crystal droplets pencil skirt

ted baker crystal droplets pencil skirt

Nothing is better than a great print! I love a good pencil skirt, and I had my eye on this Ted Baker Crystal Droplets for a while. My favorite detail – the zipper that goes up the back. The little details make all the difference. I started out wearing a light pink shirt, and it looked ok, but I think the black pulled the print detail out even more. I’ve had this shirt forevaaaaaaa, and I knew I kept it for a reason.

Shirt – BCBGMaxAzria (old); Skirt – Ted Baker Crystal Droplets (sold out); Shoes – Ash (old); Bracelet and Earrings – Stella & Dot (old); Watch – Rolex

Building Your Outfit Around The Shoe

A lot of times, you might tend to build your outfit off of your shirt or pants. But then. You find these awesome shoes. And you want to build your outfit around them.

In walk (no pun intended) Sam Edelman’s Anastasia Cutout Sandals. Or should I say “in walks Ems to the Von Maur shoe sale room about four times before these were at the right price to finally buy?!?!?”

Sam Edelman Anastasia Cutout Suede Bootie Wine

Aren’t they gorgeous? I just couldn’t resist. I love a great statement shoe. And this is definitely a statement shoe. So I built my outfit for work around them. A simple black top and pencil skirt – and I’m ready for work!

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Oh hey, FitBit Flex, let me take you off since you aren’t the most fashion-forward “bracelet.” But if you are a FitBit wearer, you understand how your wrist feels naked when it’s not on!

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Sam Edelman Anastasia Cutout Suede Bootie Wine

 

Shoes – Sam Edelman Anastasia Cutout Suede Bootie (not on Von Maur’s site, but found here); Shirt – White House Black Market (old); Skirt – J. Crew Factory; Bracelets – Stella & Dot and Henri Bendel; Earrings – Vintage Chanel; Watch – Rolex

Latest Finds at Ann Taylor

I haven’t shopped much at Ann Taylor since I had to wear business attire for my job. I tend to find their styles dressier than I need to be in my current super business casual work environment. But when I saw a huge “50% off the whole store” sign, I couldn’t help but go in and see what they had. I know, I know. I’m a sucker for a good deal.

First up, this cute shirtdress. I love the fabric; it’s light enough to wear in the warmer months, but keeps me warm in my ice box of an office in the summer. Also, the length is great for me who is 5’8″. It’s not too long and not too short for the office. I could also see this dress with just cute sandals to make it a little more casual.

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 Dress; Shoes – Pour La Victoire; Bracelets – Lagos and David Yurman; Watch – Rolex

I love fun skirts, and I immediately gravitated towards this skirt as soon as I saw it. It kept its nice sleek shape all day. It didn’t stretch out at all. Now, the fabric is not stretchy, so if you love this skirt, definitely order your normal size.

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Skirt; Shirt – White House Black Market; Shoes – Michael Kors; Necklace and Ring – Tiffany; Bracelet – Lagos; Watch – Rolex; Earrings – Simon Sabaag

I had been on the hunt for more patterned shirts. When I saw this silky number, I could imagine wearing it so many different ways. With these mint jeans, white jeans, under a blue blazer, tucked in to a pencil skirt…shall I go on? Let’s not forget the price was right!

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Shirt: Jeans – J. Crew Factory; Shoes – Splendid; Earrings – Stella & Dot; Necklace – J. Crew; Watch – Michael Kors

Did I mention Ann Taylor sale items are an additional 40% off? Perfect time to check things out!

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.

Leopard Print for Work and Play

I love this top. Why? Well…because I do love a good animal print…and peplum. But I also love pieces that are versatile. We were having a client in at work the other day, and I really loved this top with the camel colored pencil skirt. And to make it a little more “business-y,” I simply added the black blazer. I used to never EVER mix brown and black. I have no idea why I ever had that in my head that it was a fashion no-no. I guess you learn as you grow older.

Are you still loving the peplum trend? I love the peplum on this top. The fabric is thick enough where the peplum really stands out. Some tops I’ve seen that are thin, the peplum is, well, not very “peplum-y.” (Wow, am I making up words today or what?!) I think it has to have that perfect kick and not fall flat.

Here’s how adding the black blazer can change up the look almost instantly!

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Top – C. Wonder; Skirt – The Limited; Blazer – Ted Baker; Shoes – Christian Louboutin

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.

J. Crew No. 2 Pencil Skirt

If you followed my last blog, you already know I’m a huge fan of pencil skirts. Being a working woman, I find them to be an essential staple in my working wardrobe. There are just so many different ways to wear them, the possibilities are endless.

Over the years, I have accumulated quite a few J. Crew No. 2 pencil skirts. I would like to mention, too, that I have NEVER paid full price for one either. I’m always gotten them on sale. No matter how much I love fashion and buying new clothes, I just don’t want to spend over $120 on one skirt. I’m sure a lot of you would agree with that statement.

I have found that I always size down in these skirts. I’m either a size 2 or 4. Which let me tell you people, I am never a size 2 in anything (except maybe a few Loft pieces). But the main reason I love these skirts is how well they hold you in. The fabric is nice and thick, so it never shows any trouble spots on your hips and thighs…or booty for that matter. Here are just a few ways I’ve styled my No. 2’s.

No 2 Pencil Skirts

The other day, I thought “why not be as bright as I could possibly be?!” I’m kidding, but my the looks I got, I bet that’s what people thought when I put this outfit together. But I’ve never ever shied away from color. Life’s too short to be drab.

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Shirt and Skirt – J. Crew; Necklace – Anthropologie; Cuff – Juicy Couture; Shoes – Charles by Charles David

Have you ever tried on J. Crew’s No. 2 skirts? What are your thoughts?

Linking up with Style Elixir!

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