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What I Wore: Easy Like Sunday Morning

Wardrobe Oxygen wearing JAG Jeans embroidered boyfriend jeans with a J. Crew Breton stripe tee and silver oxfordstee | jeans | bracelet | shoes | lipstick | necklace

Wardrobe Oxygen wearing JAG Jeans embroidered boyfriend jeans with a J. Crew Breton stripe tee and silver oxfords Wardrobe Oxygen wearing JAG Jeans embroidered boyfriend jeans with a J. Crew Breton stripe tee and silver oxfordsTee: J. Crew (XL) | Jeans: c/o JAG Jeans (12) | Bracelet: Had forever (similar) | Shoes: Bass (similar) | Necklace: Etsy | Lipstick: Le Carmin c/o Lancome

On the weekends you’ll be likely to find me in one of my favorite striped tees and slouchy or stretchy jeans.  Add some shiny shoes and red lips and I feel put together though honestly I’m only a couple steps from being in my pajamas.  JAG Jeans sent me these embroidered boyfriend jeans after I saw them on their Instagram account and swooned.  These jeans run big and long; I recommend going down a size because they are uber stretchy, will stretch with wear, and don’t shrink in the dryer.  They also were too long for my 5’3″ self so I did what I do with many jeans that are supposed to be cuffed and ankle length – I cut them off.  I snipped off a few inches and then I sort of tight rolled them by folding over before cuffing to make them tapered and not really focusing on the cuffs being perfect.  A regular roll makes many jeans look too wide and dumpy on me, especially with my sturdy legs and solid ankles.

Wardrobe Oxygen wearing JAG Jeans embroidered boyfriend jeans with a J. Crew Breton stripe tee and silver oxfords If you find boyfriend, girlfriend, or cuffed ankle jeans look wonky, frumpy, or stumpy on you play around with the cuffs.  There is no one specific trendy way jeans need to be cuffed these days.  You can have a skinny cuff, crisp even cuffs, a single cuff, a really wide cuff, or even tight roll the ends very similar to how I and I bet many of you wore your jeans back in the late ’80s and early ’90s.  Ankle and cropped pant flattery is a matter of proportions – the height of the pant, the width of the cuff, the style of the shoe.  Have fun with it, play with it, and if it seems like too much trouble, don’t adopt this trend.  That’s another great thing about fashion right now – there’s no trends that you have to adopt to be stylish.  Wear what makes you feel good!

What I Wore: Contrast [Sponsored]

Over 40 fashion blogger Wardrobe Oxygen in a cold shoulder sweater, JAG jeans and Payless sandals<top | jeans | shoes | bag | sunglasses

Over 40 fashion blogger Wardrobe Oxygen in a cold shoulder sweater, JAG jeans and Payless sandals Over 40 fashion blogger Wardrobe Oxygen in a cold shoulder sweater, JAG jeans and Payless sandals Over 40 fashion blogger Wardrobe Oxygen in a cold shoulder sweater, JAG jeans and Payless sandals Over 40 fashion blogger Wardrobe Oxygen in a cold shoulder sweater, JAG jeans and Payless sandalsSweater: Topshop (L) (similar) | Jeans: Paley Bootcut c/o JAG Jeans (14P) | Shoes: Penelope Mid Wedge c/o Payless | Bag: Rough & Tumble | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Cuff: Had forever (similar) | Necklace: Argento Vivo

I love the contrast of black with white.  It’s so fresh and modern, and looks great all seasons of the year.  I’m past the archaic rules of only wearing white after Memorial Day, but it took me a while to accept white shoes.  They remind me too much of nurses and the ’80s.  But when wearing white jeans, black shoes have too much of a contrast and shorten the legline.  Nude shoes look too delicate, and when I was Payless I decided to try a pair of white shoes for my white jeans.

I can’t usually wear ankle straps; my ankles are shins are thicker than usual from a childhood walking on my toes.  However, I found  the Penelope Mid Wedge fits comfortably around my ankle even on the 2nd or 3rd hole!  It’s a comfortable, walkable height that elongates the leg but is wearable all day (these pictures were taken after wearing them for over 10 hours).  These shoes come in three other colors; my nearby Payless was sold out in my size but I’ll be stalking to get another pair in Tan to wear with all my summer looks from dresses to ankle pants!

Another contrast is how I feel about the cold shoulder trend.  I blame Donna Karan for the trend and Barbra Streisand for wearing it out.  But then this season cold shoulders came back en vogue and I found myself really really liking how it looked.  As usual, I went to a lower-priced retailer to try out this trend; Topshop is a great brand for translating current fashion trends without high pricetags but buy when you see it because things (like this top) sell out fast.  This is a soft stretchy thick knit top that I have now with jeans but can see wearing a breezy evening at the beach with denim cutoffs and silver Birkenstocks.

This post was sponsored by Payless, but I had full control over content.

What I Wore: Weekend Denim

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Jeans: Erin Cuffed Ankle Jean c/o Jag Jeans | Shirt: Banana Republic | Shoes Naturalizer ‘Dania’ c/o Shoebuy | Bag: Vintage Coach via eBay (similar) | Bracelets: Lifetherapy, had forever (similar) | Sunglasses: Ray-Ba

I’ve been really feeling dark denim this spring, paired with more denim, with white, with unexpected items like a leather pencil skirt or brightly-printed midi.  I found this denim shirt on mega clearance at Banana Republic and love that it’s richly colored but as soft as a well-worn stonewashed version.  Jag Jeans sent me these cuffed skinny ankles and I am IN LOVE.  They are made from their Freedom Knit Denim, which looks like traditional jeans, but the inside looks more like loop terry and the denim stretches and moves with you for comfort and shape all day.  This is the third time I wore these without washing, which is a testament to the bounceback-ability of this stretchy denim.  They’re perfect for dashing about weekends running errands, which is what I did in this look.

Shoebuy is one of my favorite destinations for shoes; their selection is insane and their prices regularly beat those of department stores and mega-retailers.  I actually ordered these very Naturalizer sandals from another company and then found them for much less and with a larger size selection on Shoebuy.  Right now they’re having a great promo where you can get $20 off an order of $100, plus free shipping and returns with the code MAY100.  Along with Naturalizer, they have many other popular brands and great on-trend styles for the season! Free Shipping on all orders! Shop Jag Jeans now!

What I Wore: Pretty in Pink

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Blazer: Vince Camuto (same color, same style) | Tee: Old Navy | Jeans: Paley Bootcut c/o Jag Jeans | Shoes: Aerosoles c/o Shoebuy | Bracelet: c/o RocksBox | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

I’m not a cotton candy pink kind of gal… that is until this spring.  For some reason the color has really grown on me so when I saw this blazer at Nordstrom I had to get it.  If you get my newsletter (and you should, only once a month and completely different content from here at the blog), you’ll know I’ve been wearing it a lot.  I wore this combination last week to the office on Casual Friday.  These jeans from Jag are pretty fabulous.  In a world of skinny jeans and extreme flares, the bootcut leg of these are a refreshing and figure flattering change.  Like a previous pair of Jag Jeans that I featured, these have the pull-on waistband that keeps things nice and smooth under fitted knits (and no muffin top!) and are thick and opaque.

What I Wore: Shades of Blue

Wardrobe Oxygen featuring a Talbots floral sweater Jag Jeans and a Dagne Dover tote Wardrobe Featuring the New Dagne Dover 13 Inch Tote Wardrobe Oxygen featuring the Jag Jeans Foster Bootcut - Back View Wardrobe Oxygen featuring the Jag Jeans Foster Bootcut with a Talbots sweaterSweater: c/o Talbots (X) | Jeans: Foster Bootcut c/o Jag Jeans (14 regular) | Bracelet: Gorjana | Necklace: c/o Talbots | Shoes: VANELi c/o Marmi Shoes | Bag: 13″ Tote c/o Dagne Dover

Oh my gawwwd don’t you hate it when bloggers have outfits that are all c/o? The whole outfit is a gift, there’s no way they can have any personal style. Ugh, might as well read a catalog with everything given from the brand, there’s no personality. Amirite?

Oh. This whole outfit is c/o. Wow.

I didn’t even realize this until I was crafting the text for this post. That’s because while this outfit is 99% gifted merchandise, it’s all merchandise that I really love, wear regularly, and chose on my own. I specifically picked out each piece, the color, the style, the everything to not be worn for an outfit post, but to be worn for a life. You can see I wore this very outfit to work the other week for Casual Friday.

I like Talbots – they have a broad range of sizes, good quality, reasonable prices, and this season I have found a ton of things I really really like.  It’s clear from what links are clicked and what items are purchased from this blog that you too like Talbots.  Earlier this month I hosted an event at the Tyson’s Corner Talbots; they recently renovated the store and welcomed back the Womens and Womens Plus department (didn’t exist when in their smaller space during the reno). I spent a couple hours at the store helping customers at the fitting room and really became familiar with their current collection.  Talbots was kind enough to gift me some of the line including this gorgeous sweater (I found the X fits my curves far better than the XL) and coordinating necklace.

Jag Jeans is my JAM.  The prices are great and the jeans really fit my body.  The Foster Bootcut is the perfect length for me in regular – I often hover between regular and petite, I have my Paleys from JAG in petite but the regular on these is great with heels.  Not only that… this is like the fifth time I have worn these jeans without washing.  I had to share a backview because so many jeans get all saggy in the bum after a wear… not JAG!

Dagne Dover… I think it’s clear I’ve had a crush on this brand since reader Missy introduced us.  The people behind the brand are awesome, the quality is awesome, and I’ve never before experienced such a SMART bag.  I now own every single style of bag they carry and love them all.  The full size tote I carry to work any time I need to have my laptop; I love that it’s still a gorgeous bag without the computer inside and I love how it organizes everything for easy access.  This new 13″ size is a new favorite for when I don’t need to bring my laptop but still want to tote my lunch and other office essentials.  A few asked if the straps fit over my shoulder and you can see from this photo they can (inside was a wallet, cell phone, two glasses cases, a pouch with makeup and such, a paper planner, and a composition notebook).

Marmi Shoes‘ goal is to, “Provide women with quality footwear that looks great, feels great and fits great-and put customer satisfaction above all else.” They have a really extensive size and width range and a good variety of styles. I didn’t know about Marmi Shoes before they reached out but it seemed like a smart fit for the blog since so many of you ask me for recommendations of stylish brands that come in extended sizes, a variety of widths, or help with foot problems. They’ve been a pleasure to work with and I’ve been wearing the heck out of these booties with jeans as well as dress pants to the office.

So yes, some bloggers out there will accept any free clothing, whether or not it fits their personal style and wear it on their blog.  But just because a piece is gifted or noted as c/o doesn’t mean it’s not chosen with thought, love, and consideration of the rest of her closet.  I work hard on Wardrobe Oxygen and quite often payment comes in the form of clothing or gift cards instead of dollars.  When it comes to items like the ones I am wearing here, I feel good about such payment because any way you look at it, these items would end up in my closet!

My Wardrobe Today – Thursday

Olive cargo jacket – Caslon (no longer available – similar) | Navy and white stripe knit tank – H&M (similar) | Dark stretch jeansJag Jeans | Black and cork heeled sandals – Payless (no longer available online) | Black leather studded bracelet – picked up in a boutique in Rehoboth Beach | Pumpkin Leather Purse Hobo International “Libby”

Just as I had my stride with getting my personal style back after having a baby… a hurricane tackles my closet. While most clothes are salvageable, they still need to be cleaned and most need a professional to handle it. So I am working with a shrunken closet and I feel that the result isn’t the consistency I like. Ah well, a challenge for me to overcome! So for now, I look as though I am going to a wedding one day, and game night at a friend’s house the next!

The biggest reason why I went casual today is because tonight my husband and I are going to see The Hold Steady at the 9:30 Club. I haven’t seen them before, so when they came to town I had to get tickets!  I needed something that would work for a quiet day at work, dinner, and then a general-admission show.  How awesome to find comfortable enough heels for this day from Payless!  And this bag from Hobo International is one of my best buys in a long time – it can fit my phone, my smallest point-and-shoot camera, lip gloss, ID and cash with no problem – the perfect concert bag!

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What I Wore: The Old Reliable

Wardrobe Oxygen, an over 40 fashion blog featuring a Lands' End cableknit sweater, JAG Jeans, and Clarks ankle booties

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Wardrobe Oxygen, an over 40 fashion blog featuring a Lands' End cableknit sweater, JAG Jeans, and Clarks ankle booties Wardrobe Oxygen, an over 40 fashion blog featuring a Lands' End cableknit sweater, JAG Jeans, and Clarks ankle booties Banana Republic Sandhurst Hobo Bag - Wardrobe Oxygen Wardrobe Oxygen wearing Clarks Spye Astro ankle booties in sand suede Wardrobe Oxygen, an over 40 fashion blog featuring a Lands' End cableknit sweater, JAG Jeans, and Clarks ankle bootiesSweater: Lands’ End (L) (similar) | Jeans: c/o JAG Jeans (12) | Booties: Spye Astro Boot c/o Clarks | Bag: Banana Republic (similar) | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Bracelets: Gorjana (similar), c/o Joseph Nogucci | Watch: Citizen | Necklace: Stella & Dot

This past weekend I spent a lot of time running errands and catching up from spending the previous weekend in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. This sweater I purchased last year on clearance and it’s still a favorite. I featured these jeans in this post and they’re a weekend fave; the embroidery makes them stand out and more fun than basic boyfriend jeans. Speaking of faves, I bought this bag from Banana Republic almost a decade ago (I mention it in 2010 about how it was such a good buy). I saw it in the store and fell in love hard but couldn’t afford it. I went on eBay and found it new for a fraction of the retail price, though it was way more than I would usually spend on a bag. I splurged, and am so glad I did as it’s still a favorite bag. It taught me to buy quality, not quantity, and to wait for the right thing instead of making do.  And yes, if you read the post I linked to about it, it has been cleaned!

I can’t believe I haven’t featured these shoes on the blog until now. Clarks sent me their Spye Astro ankle booties in Sand Suede several weeks ago but I couldn’t wear them because of my broken foot. If you follow me on Instagram you know I have worn them several times in the past couple of weeks. I’ve paired with a striped knit dress, grey skinny jeans, and often with boyfriend jeans. Clarks is known for quality and comfort and these adorable booties do not disappoint.

What I Wore: Olive Accent

Wardrobe Oxygen featuring a J. Crew Factory denim jacket and striped tee with JAG Jeans Erin cuffed ankle pant Wardrobe Oxygen featuring a J. Crew Factory denim jacket and striped tee with JAG Jeans Erin cuffed ankle pantPants: c/o JAG Jeans (14) | Tee: J. Crew Factory (XL) | Jacket: J. Crew Factory (XL) | Boots: Nadelle Chelsea Boot c/o Vionic | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Bag: Rough & Tumble Bags | Necklace: Etsy | Silver cuff: Had forever (similar) | Beaded Bracelet: c/o Joseph Nogucci

This is the denim jacket and tee from my real-life capsule wardrobe. As I showed in this post, I wore them the other weekend with my dark jeans and silver sneakers. Since then, I slipped on a step on my deck one rainy morning letting my dog out and broke my left big toe. I don’t need a cast on the toe, but the only shoe right now that is roomy, comfortable, and supportive enough in my wardrobe are these Chelsea boots from Vionic (previously seen here on the blog). So I’ve been spending the past week dressing more around these shoes than sticking 100% to my wardrobe.

Wardrobe Oxygen featuring a J. Crew Factory denim jacket and striped tee with JAG Jeans Erin cuffed ankle pant Wardrobe Oxygen featuring a J. Crew Factory denim jacket and striped tee with JAG Jeans Erin cuffed ankle pantJAG Jeans sent me their Erin cuffed ankle and I’ve been wearing them non-stop since. They look like twill or denim but they’re made with their Freedom Knit which on the inside looks and acts more like a sweatshirt.  They stretch but retain their shape, are a nice weight, and a great alternative to jeggings or yoga pants for the weekend.

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What I Wore: Weekend Style

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Top: lamixx via Etsy | Jeans: c/o Jag | Shoes: Nine West | Bag: c/o Handbag Heaven | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Bracelets: Coin Collection (gift), c/o Lifetherapy, c/o LiveTheLook | Necklaces: Etsy (similar), personal charms on a chain

I’ve been really digging off the shoulder tees and sweatshirts lately but the prices I’ve seen are crazy, or else they don’t come in large enough sizes. Etsy to the rescue! I searched off the shoulder and found this sweatshirt from lamixx. It’s as comfy as a sweatshirt but a bit more glam and has become a weekend favorite.  As for this bag, Handbag Heaven sent it to me at the end of 2014 and I’ve been wearing the heck out of it yet never showed it on the blog until now. It’s an amazing price, looks like real leather, comes in three colors, and is the perfect size for concerts and day trips.

Jag Jeans reached out to me recently and asked if I’d like to try some of their collection. I was thrilled as I have been a fan of Jag Jeans for a while. I love the reasonable prices, the classic yet stylish cuts, and that they offer regular, petite, and plus sizes.  I wore these jeans last Thursday and received a ton of compliments, two women asking where I got them.  When they saw the waistband and heard the price they were as psyched as I was about Jag Jeans.  These jeans are so comfortable and flattering to curves; the pull-on waistband gives a smooth line under knit tops and prevents muffin top.  I mentioned on Instagram that I needed to shorten the jeans, but I washed them on hot and dried them and they’re now a better length and size.  Stay tuned as I’ll be featuring other Jag Jeans on the blog in the future!

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What I Wore: Cozy Navy

Wardrobe Oxygen wearing a navy Lands End cableknit turtleneck sweater with JAG Foster Bootcut jeans Wardrobe Oxygen wearing a navy Lands End cable knit sweater and JAG Jeans Wardrobe Oxygen featuring the JAG Jeans Foster Bootcut and BCBG Cara Silver snakeskin booties Wardrobe Oxygen wears a Lands End cable knit turtleneck sweater and JAG JeansSweater: Lands’ End (XL) (plus option) | Jeans: c/o JAG Jeans (14 regular) (plus option) | Shoes: BCBG | Earrings: Ann Taylor | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Bag: Rough & Tumble Bags

When you’re short, round, and busty the last thing you should wear is a chunky cropped cableknit turtleneck sweater but I don’t really care.  This sweater isn’t itchy, it’s warm but doesn’t make me feel claustrophobic or sweaty when I’m in an overly heated store or home, and I’m a sucker for a navy cableknit!  For running errands (and answering texts) I paired this Lands’ End sweater with my JAG Jeans Foster bootcuts and to keep it from being too cabin in the woods, my silver booties.  When it comes to earrings, I’m usually all or nothing – giant hoops or bare.  But with this shorter ‘do I liked the look of big sparkly studs!

Many of you have emailed me regarding my bag from Rough & Tumble.  I know it can be scary purchasing from an indie or Etsy seller – there’s not a kazillion customer reviews, you can’t just change your mind and send it back with free shipping… I felt all this before I ordered my bag.  But I have had it for a few years and I can comfortably say it’s the best designed and made leather bag I own.  The laptop pocket is just a pocket big enough for a laptop but it is not padded or shaped in any manner.  Sure, I’ve carried a laptop in it but usually I take a separate laptop backpack to ensure it’s properly protected.  The inside is a light color linen so it’s easy to find things, and all the pockets have different shapes and feels so I can pull things from them without having to look at what I’m doing.  The hardware has stayed shiny over the years, the zippers sturdy, the leather has been beaten up but the color is still a rich black and still looks gorgeous.  There’s no shape to this bag or a defined bottom, it’s a true hobo.  And yes, I truly do wear it as a backpack and find it comfortable.  Rough & Tumble is a woman-owned business in Maine;  everything is made here in the US and they do accept returns and exchanges.  I love a trendy designer bag as much as the next gal, but this is the kind of bag I’ll be using for years to come.

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What I Wore: Samey Samey

Wardrobe Oxygen wearing a Vince Camuto Blazer, Jag Paley Bootcut Jeans and a Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC Wardrobe Oxygen wearing JAG Jeans Paley Bootcut with a Vince Camuto blazer and Nine West pumps Wardrobe Oxygen wearing a black boyfriend blazer, gray v-neck tee, and white jeans with a leopard bag Jacket: Vince Camuto (plus version) | Tee: Old Navy | Jeans: Paley Bootcut c/o JAG Jeans (plus version) | Shoes: Nine West | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (similar, similar) | Bracelets: Had forever (similar), c/o Lifetherapy | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

My high school geometry teacher used to use the phrase, “Samey Samey” quite often and to this day I often use it for things that are similar. Thursday morning I pulled this look together, the stars (or should I say schedules) were aligned and we were able to hop outside for a couple quick photographs before I had to leave for the office. I liked this look, I felt it was very me. Well yeah it IS me because I wore the same darn thing on the blog in May! Not only that…

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Two of the outfits above are from 2013.  Two years ago I was sporting the same bag, the same silver pumps, the same sunglasses, the same bracelet and necklace, even the same Old Navy Vintage V-neck tee shirt!  Not only that, the Gap Sexy Boyfriend jeans in those two 2013 pictures were still in my wardrobe until a month ago when the crotch blew out and I just got in the mail a replacement pair.  To say I have a certain look would be an understatement; this is a uniform and honestly, that’s not a bad thing.

Life is short, it’s a waste of time to constantly reinvent the wheel or reinvent your style if you know what works.  The black blazer in this outfit post I just bought this summer; I own this blazer in ivory crepe and pale pink (and used to have in neon yellow and regret selling it).  I was looking in my closet and realized while I have black blazers, none of them are classic cuts.  The pink jacket has done me well, it survived NYC, buttons comfortably, is a fabric that works with office trousers or a pair of jeans… why waste time trying to find something different?  I care about style, I love fashion, and I think how you look is important, but being – existing – living – enjoying life trumps it all.  Get out of your closet and get out into the world!

What I Wore: No Red Cups

Wardrobe Oxygen wearing a Modamix vest from Gwynnie Bee, JAG Jeans Foster Bootcut, and Dagne Dover limited edition Mini Tote in leather Wardrobe Oxygen wearing a Modamix vest from Gwynnie Bee, JAG Jeans Foster Bootcut, and Dagne Dover limited edition Mini Tote in leatherTee: J. Crew (on sale!) (XL) | Vest: Modamix via Gwynnie Bee (14W) | Jeans: Foster Bootcut c/o JAG (on sale!) (14) | Shoes: ‘Nadelle’ Chelsea c/o Vionic (on sale!) | Bag: c/o Dagne Dover | Necklace: Stella & Dot | Bracelet: Rebecca Minkoff (similar)

These pictures were yesterday; I had the day off work and ran around town. Dropped Emerson off at school, went to the post office to pick up a registered package and drop off Poshmark sales, hit the bank, Staples, and two different grocery stores to get everything we need to host Christmas Day brunch. We stopped off at Starbucks… and they were already out of red cups! I was surprised that I actually cared and was sad about it. So weird how such minor things can make such an impact.

Speaking of impact, I couldn’t believe how many compliments I got with this vest! Vests are such an easy way to upgrade a look. I was not feeling fancy this day, a comfortable tee, stretchy jeans, my most comfortable flat boots but the addition of the vest had strangers telling me I looked nice and asking me where I got the vest and the bag. Gwynnie Bee is fantastic for those little wardrobe updates like vests and jackets; click this link to try Gwynnie Bee free for 30 days.

And the bag… oh the bag! This is a limited edition leather Mini Tote from Dagne Dover and it is even more awesome in person! While classic Dagne Dover bags aren’t leather, this one is quality smooth leather with a bold white and black print and matte black hardware. I reviewed the Mini Tote from Dagne Dover before, check out this post to read the details of this brilliantly designed bag!

Friday: Working for the Weekend

Shirt: Lands’ End Canvas
Jeans: Jag (similar)
Bracelets: Nordstrom, Ann Taylor, Lauren Ralph Lauren, c/o Soft Surroundings
Shoes: Halogen (similar)
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban
Bag: Banana Republic (similar)

I really should have had my husband get a shot of my travel mug – it’s for Saturn of Bowie.  My dad got it when he bought his 1994 Saturn, which I inherited when he passed in 1998 and drove into the ground until 2002 or so when I took over the loan on my mom’s ’99 Saturn, which I drove into the ground and replaced this past Easter with my Kia Soul.  The more I have the Kia, the more I like it.  I no longer feel like a hamster in a track suit – it’s great for carrying a ton of stuff, is good on gas (went to SC, KY, and DE with us this summer), and is roomy and comfortable.  And it’s my first non-inherited car!

This week has been busy. So busy, I haven’t done laundry in quite a while. I started trying to pull together fancy-shmancy outfits, thought maybe I’d go all kitchen sink today… but then realized I just want to get through today so I can enjoy the weekend. So I went to closet basics.

Last night I went back to Weight Watchers… for the first time in three months! Ack! We’re doing a wellness challenge at work so I figured it was time to get back on the Weight Watchers bandwagon. I was surprised I only gained 1.6 pounds in the past three months but no gain is a good gain. We’re moving offices soon and I am excited because the new one has a gym in it – a few of my coworkers and I have already decided to make good use of it, coming in early a couple days or using our lunch hours when we don’t have client meetings later in the afternoon.

Tomorrow we’re going to see Band of Horses and My Morning Jacket at Merriweather and I couldn’t be more psyched. Favorite band, and also get to spend time with some of my favorite people! What are your weekend plans?

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Friday: Real Housewife

Tee: Armorlux (gift from reader)
Vest: c/o Karen Kane
Jeans: Jag
Boots: DUO Boots (similar)
Necklace: LOFT chain and pendant from eBay
Earrings: Vince Camuto
Bracelets: Nordstrom, Ann Taylor, Ralph Lauren, misc.
Bag: Sabina (similar)

My husband saw me in this outfit and said I looked like a Bravo TV housewife. I guess with the gold, the fur, the boots, it is a bit Real Housewives! When I left the house, I had straight hair, straight bangs, and felt I was channeling a bit of Patti Smith. Though the rain had stopped, it was still so wet and humid outside that by time I got to the sidewalk my hair had all curled up. By time I was at the Metro, I felt like Veronica Lake – my bangs had become part of the rest of my hair and I had deep waves. Lovely, but with a walk from the station to my job those waves just became a hot mess and now I am typing with a topknot. Oh well, it’s Friday!

Isn’t this vest fun? I want to sip cocoa at a ski lodge, wearing it with a cram turtleneck. Karen Kane always amazes me with their fashion – it’s a ton of fun yet translates well for real life. Their fall collection is pretty fantastic – sequins, leopard print, jewel tones, and more!

And I have to share the beauty which is these jeans. I have other pairs of Jag jeans and I really like how they fit, hold up, reasonably priced, and are pretty classic looking (no bling, logos, etc.). These have a smooth waistband – sort of reminiscent of maternity jeans but they curve to fit a woman’s body and give a smooth line under fitted knits. Comfortable and brilliant!

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#WO2turns10: Celebrating Wardrobe Oxygen’s 10th Anniversary

blog22Yeah, this pretty much sums up how I felt last Thursday evening.

I was famous for being a quitter. When the going gets tough, I was known to cave. The main reason I got mediocre grades in school wasn’t because I didn’t understand but because I’d get overwhelmed by assignments and just not turn them in. I’ve had great ideas but never put them into action because I quit before I can even start. To have a blog reach its 10th birthday is a big deal, but when it’s me who is writing that blog, it’s huge.

wo2turns10 wardrobe oxygenLast Thursday, DC Style Factory, a personal styling company, hosted a party to celebrate Wardrobe Oxygen’s 10th anniversary. A private event took place at DC Noodles; reusable tote bags provided gifts for attendees from Dagne Dover, Jag Jeans, Karen Kane, RestoPresto, and South Moon Under. That night there was food, there was drink, there was fashion, there was fun, and there was plenty of laughter and plenty of tears.

wo2turns10As the guests entered the private room that held the party, the tears began to fall. Bloggers who I have admired over the years, friends who I always am glad to see at fashion and blogger events, friends from high school and college, Twitter and Instagram buds I was meeting in the flesh, neighbors, ex-coworkers, relatives, and blog readers.

wo2turns10 partyIt meant so much to have all these great people from so many different parts of my life come together to celebrate. Even cooler was to see a blogger friend deep in conversation with my high school friend, a blog reader laughing with my sister, a fellow ex-Washington Post columnist and Twitter bud bonding with Karl, and how there weren’t any cliques – everyone was having fun with everyone.

wo2turns10 dc noodlesDC Noodles was amazing; owner Sak Pollert is the sweetest person with the most amazing energy. They set the private room so beautifully, staff walked around offering Thai-fusion bites and bringing guests their drinks. They provided proceeds from the party’s signature cocktail to Dress for Success and ensured the evening was perfect.

wo2turns10 wardrobe oxygen partyThe event couldn’t happen if it weren’t for the amazing sponsors. One of the coolest things about blogging is getting to know the people behind brands I love. Again, tears fell when I heard what wonderful companies wished to be a part. Thank you so much to Anthropologie, Betsy Fisher, Dobbin Clothing, GoodWood, Jag Jeans, Karen Kane, Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, Lifetherapy, Nora Gardner, Proper Topper, RestoPresto, Scratch DC, Social Shop Media, South Moon Under, Talbots, and Zophia. I am honored to have partnered with you, and honored you were part of this celebration.

wo2turns10 dcstylefactoryA big thank you to DC Style Factory. The owner Rosana and I met through mutual friends a few years ago, and we became friends. I respect her business ethics and her thoughts on style and fashion are in line with mine. For years when readers have reached out to me looking for a personal stylist I have recommended DC Style Factory and every time a reader has used them they have come back and told me what a wonderful experience it was. To have not just a friend but a businesswoman I respect offer to host this event was tremendous and it tears me up just thinking about it.

The pictures above are of a few of the women Rosana and I am in a group with – women who are smart, business-savvy, creative, and support one another in reaching our dreams while still staying wholehearted.  One of the biggest lessons I have learned during this decade with Wardrobe Oxygen is the power of female friends. When I was younger I practically prided myself on not getting along with fellow women; through this blog I met so many different women and saw how important it is to support one another, help each other rise.  Allie of a decade ago would have never had such a great group of women friends, and Allie of a decade ago wouldn’t write the blog that Wardrobe Oxygen is today.

So my last but biggest thank you is to all of you. YOU are the reason why Wardrobe Oxygen can celebrate its 10th anniversary. You are why I never wanted to be a quitter when it came to this blog and what helped me stop being a quitter in other aspects of life as well. Over the years blogging has changed a lot, but what has stayed consistent is the community built here. The relationships I have made with you, how much I have learned from you, and how much you have enriched my life and inspired me. You are amazing people, and I look forward to many more years with you here at Wardrobe Oxygen!

Photos by the amazing Emma McAlary who truly captured the spirit of the event. You rock!

Memorial Day Sales – My Picks

Wardrobe Oxygen - Best Memorial Day Sales of Fashion and BeautyThere’s some fabulous sales going on this weekend – a great time to get that swimsuit, stock up on shorts, or find a frock for that summer wedding. The sales that caught my eye:

Nordstrom – Half Yearly Sale has up to 40% off. Sale ends June 5.

Boden – 30% off plus free shipping and returns on orders of at least $49. Promo code 2Z7C. Sale ends May 30.

JC Penney – 15% off your order. Promo code JCPSAV15. Sale ends June 1.

Lord & Taylor – 20% off almost everything.  Promo code MEMORIAL. Sale ends May 30.

ShoeBuy – 25% off everything and free shipping.  Promo code REWARD25. Sale ends May 31.

Banana Republic – Extra 40% off your entire purchase. Promo code BRTAKE40. Sale ends May 30.

Baublebar – No specific promo code, but they have hundreds of gorgeous items up to 50% off.

MODCLOTH – Up to 40% a lot of their selection; an additional 20% off sale merchandise.  Promo code SOHOT. Sale ends May 31.

Macy’s – 20% off your order. Promo code MEMDAY. Sale ends May 30.

JAG Jeans – 30% off the entire site.  No promo needed, discount will show at checkout. Sale ends May 30.

AMAZON – 20% off select women’s swimsuits and coverups.  Promo code 20SWIMWEAR. Sale ends June 3.

J. Crew – 30% off your entire order. Promo code WEEKEND. Sale ends May 31.

J. Crew Factory – 50% off plus an additional 40% off clearance. Promo code EXTRA40. Sale ends May 31.

Lands’ End – 50% off regularly priced swim and 30% off everything else. Promo code STARS with pin 9900. Sale ends May 30.

Ann Taylor – 50% off full price styles. Promo code SUMMER50. Sale ends May 31.

LOFT – 40% off new items, 60% off select summer faves and all sale merchandise. No code needed, sale ends May 30.

J.Jill – Additional 30% off all sale merchandise (no code needed); free shipping on orders over $100. Promo code MAYFS16. Promotion ends May 30.

Kiyonna – 25% off your order of $150 and more. Promo code SALE25.  Sale ends June 1.

Talbots – 40% off one sale item, 50% off two or more. They’ve listed a ton of new sale items too. Sale ends May 30.

ASOS – 20% off your purchase. Promo code HISUMMER. Sale ends May 31. I just ordered a bunch from here, they have a great selection of fun summer dresses!

Soma – No actual promo code, but a TON of items on sale up to 50% off just for the holiday. While supplies last.

Swimsuits for All – Free upgrade to 3-day shipping and up to 60% off merchandise. Promo code 16MDW5. No notification on the site when this promotion ends.

Dress Barn – Buy one, get one 50% off shorts, tees and tanks; same deal for dresses in the colors red, white, and blue.  Promo code SHOPFORMDW. Sale ends June 1.

Bare Necessities – No actual promo code, but they’re having a semi-annual sale with swimsuits up to 30% off and clearance up to 70% off. Also if you haven’t already, if you sign up for their emails you’ll get a code for 15% off your purchase.

Happy shopping!

Saturday – Casual Nautical

Blazer – Caslon (similar)
Tank – H&M (similar)
Jeans – JAG (similar)
ShoesSofft “Pavia”
Bag – Forever 21 (similar)
Bracelets -Nordstrom (this, and this), c/o Soft Surroundings

Saturday morning I went to the Westfield Montgomery Mall to learn more about their Style Lounge.  My sister hung out with Emerson so my husband could go with me, capture a few pictures, and then we could get lunch at California Pizza Kitchen (one of our fave places).  Since he had his camera on him, he snapped these pictures of what I was wearing.  Very simple, a lot of my wardrobe staples all pulled into one ensemble!

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My Wardrobe Today – Friday

Tuxedo jacket (sleeves rolled) – Ann Taylor (no longer available – similar)
White tee – Ann Taylor LOFT
Pearls – Nordstrom (this size and this size)
Gold and crystal necklace – Ann Taylor (no longer available)
Gold bracelet – Ann Taylor (no longer available)

Last night I stopped in my local Ann Taylor because they had 50% off sale. The selection was huge and not just in the sale department. They also had 40% off tanks, tees, shorts, and more. I grabbed two tops and a sweater… and then left them in my mom’s car last night after Weight Watchers. She said she would give them to my husband tomorrow at his yoga class – can’t wait as I didn’t have time to try on at the store and don’t even know if any of these items will work!

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Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale: My Picks Under $75

nordstrom half yearly sale: top picks under $75It’s Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale time and while many of the items are holiday-themed and those sort of trendy things that will look utterly passe by March, I dug through and found some real gems. Below, my picks from the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale (and all of them are under $75!):

Bags, Jewelry and other Accessories:

Clothing, Sleepwear, Athletic Wear, and Lingerie:

Shoes and Outerwear:

Did you shop the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale?  What items did you score during the promotion?

My Wardrobe Today – Friday

Striped tee – J. Crew (no longer available)
Dark ankle jeans Jag Jeans “Mia”
Turquoise suede pumps – Jessica Simpson (no longer available – similar)
Turquoise necklace – J. Crew (no longer available – similar)
Gold bangle Ralph Lauren

I had a completely different outfit in my head – same jeans and shoes, but a white button-down shirt tucked in and a bright orange skinny belt.  Yeah, not cute IRL.  The orange skinny belt is still there, just underneath hiking up these jeans.  And speaking of these jeans – not my fave but a more summery look than my NYDJ pairs; I had to roll an extra cuff on top of what came with these jeans to make them slightly cropped.  This Sunday I wore them with my Lands End Canvas gray and navy striped boatneck tee and tan flat sandals and it was a cute look for the farmers market and running errands.  I’d also like to try them with my leopard pumps from yesterday with a slouchy black top.

Happy early Memorial Day!  Do you have any exciting plans for the long weekend?  We are going to a cookout on Sunday and tomorrow will do a mock set-up of our tents etc. for Bonnaroo to ensure all is working properly.  I also hope to have some time to clean up and organize my room; I have been so busy with long work hours that my room looks like my room from high school, clothes strewn everywhere, the floor of my closet nonexistent… it’s driving me bonkers!

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