Stella Carakasi sent me this dress and I envisioned it in the hot summer months with my silver Birkenstocks and these aviators but when it arrived last week I decided to style it in a way to make it work now. Many still stick to the dated rule of no white before Memorial Day, and are even more against white linen before the summer holiday. Well this isn’t linen, it’s hemp! And it’s machine washable! When paired with a denim jacket and more substantial of sandals, this white dress looks right at home in April. It’s fully lined in cotton voile so it’s truly opaque yet breezy. And like linen, hemp looks good when it’s all rumpled and wrinkled. Just putting this on has me dreaming of summer days!
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Tee: Had forever (similar) | Skirt: Etsy Seller Buy the Dress | Shoes: Born ‘Myndy’ | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban (on sale 25% off) | Necklace: Silver chain with various charms I’ve collected over the years | Bracelets: Cuff I’ve had forever (similar), beaded bracelets c/o Lifetherapy | Earrings: Etsy Seller Keti Sorley Designs
I wore this Sunday for a Target run, to head to the grocery store, the wine shop, and to drop off some clothing donations. This skirt is waxed cotton so it floats away from the body keeping me cool and doesn’t wrinkle as fast as basic cotton. These sandals I purchased many years ago and still find them incredibly comfortable; I remember thinking I’d regret yellow as I have so little in my wardrobe but I treat them like a neutral. This combination looks more pulled together than shorts but for me I find to be more cool and comfortable and better fitting my personal style!
These earrings were a treat I recently bought myself. I have wanted earrings like this since high school but always put it off feeling it was a frivolous purchase. But recently I wondered why put it off if I have wanted it for more than two decades? I’m 40 years old, a grown-ass woman so I bought them with my grown-ass woman money! My 16-year old self is very proud.
Jacket: Halogen (XLP) | Jumpsuit: Karen Kane (same but with textured top, similar without pattern but a bit less dressy) | Shoes: Nine West | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Bag: Topshop (similar) | Choker: Argento Vivo | Bracelet: Had forever (similar)
This is the white jacket I mentioned in yesterday’s fashion purchases hits and misses post. It’s not a pure white, which I think is actually more flattering and versatile. I wore it to work with a black matte jersey shell and black pants and another time with a striped tank and grey jeans, but tried it with this old favorite jumpsuit (last seen here) and loved it. This is the best jumpsuit ever; it’s stretchy enough that I can get it on and off easily in the bathroom, has a built-in cami, and a crepe finish that can dress up nicely or look beachy casual with flat metallic sandals. Though we’re deep into April, the weather is still chilly and I had been looking for a topper to make this wearable but still polished. I think this jacket does the job, and does it better than any other blazer I own or have tried. Next time you see it on here, I’ll have a more casual look to show it’s awesome versatility!
And I just HAD to share this blooper from the shoot. I have no idea what Karl said to me but it’s clear I didn’t like it!
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If you’ve been reading for a bit you know I’m a fan of Payless; I featured some of their great holiday shoes and accessories this winter and have rocked a few great pairs of their footwear for many years. Payless asked me to check out their spring offerings and yet again I was impressed by the style, the fit, and of course the great prices. If you follow me on Snapchat (wardrobeoxygen) or Instagram you know Emerson I visited our local Payless last week and we both found great shoes for the season.
One of the pairs I picked up was these d’Orsay pumps in a soft gold metallic. I have a pair of silver pumps and find they’re incredibly versatile and a great way to glam up a simpler look. I’ve wanted a pair in gold but I didn’t want to spend an arm and a leg. Payless is one of my go-tos for achieving trendy footwear looks for less. Not only are they a fun color, but the d’Orsay cut-out side is sexy and more airy for spring and summer, and the shoe has a flexible rubber sole.
These shoes could be paired with jeans and a top for a night out, be paired with a dress of most any color or style for a wedding or dressy occasion, or add a fun touch to work looks. I styled these with cream trousers and a silk blouse, with black ankle pants and a silk tee, bootcut jeans and a crisp white shirt, straight ankle jeans and a Breton tee, a pencil skirt with denim jacket, and this look on the blog. Pretty impressive versatility for less than $30!
This post was sponsored by Payless, but all thoughts and decisions regarding content are my own.
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Another day that started with rain. Too hot for tall boots and skinny jeans, so I decided to whip out my festie boots. I bought these from DUO Boots in 2007 and I still adore them, though now they have become more of bum around boots. They have gone to a few Bonnaroos, parties in the parking lot at several concerts at Merriweather, went with me to Forecastle fest and are often the boots I slip on when going out in the yard to hang laundry or play with Emerson. Not really typical work footwear, but it’s Friday and they’re pretty well hidden under this skirt and will keep my feet dry as I stomp through puddles!
Maybe it’s the weather, maybe it’s the crazy holiday season and crazy beginning of 2013 but I am craving a vacation right about now and yesterday I got a fabulous care package from Lifetherapy with some products from their “Vacation” line. This morning’s shower was with the Vacation body wash and then I used the Vacation lotion and added the matching Pulse Point Oil Roll-on Perfume to my wrists and behind my ears. It’s a warm but feminine blend that smells a bit like vanilla, a bit like sandalwood, a bit like coconut, and makes me want to sip a fruity drink while under the shade of a palm tree on a beach. It’s one of those fragrances that works when you get hot and sweaty – some fragrances smell too strong or too wrong in the heat of summer, but this one just seems to get more… mature and right. I liked it when I put it on but it felt a bit too girly for me (I usually wear Burberry London perfume and Neutrogena Body Oil for moisturizer), but by time I got to the office I was quite the fan, and I love the travel-friendly perfume oil bottle!
Can I just say I wish Ray-Ban made more of the fun versions of their aviators in the 62mm size for us big-headed folks? I want the fun green lenses, but they’re only in the normal-headed size. However, I did find the all-black ones on eBay for a sweet price and just got my email yesterday that they have shipped out. Can’t wait for them to arrive! This is my biggest tip for designer sunglasses – if you know the model number, the size and details check eBay to see if you can find them for less. There may be some sketchy folks on there, but there’s also a lot of companies that sell overstock or old styles on there for really good prices and some people who are just selling things they no longer want that are in almost-new condition.
Sweater: 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.
Remember my post about THE STRIPED TEE? This is it. It was crazy, I thought I ordered it and then was asked what I thought about it and realized it never arrived. I checked, it never came out of my PayPal, and I never received a confirmation email. No idea what happened, luckily they were still in stock so I ordered again. And well… it’s the darn closest I have found! It’s a better quality knit, better made, has washed great without any change in size or condition. The stripes are a bit smaller and not even, but I still like it (I bought two and am glad about it). Like my original striped tee, this is a relaxed fit, not one to tuck in or try to glam up. I wore this look the other weekend running errands, and then unrolled the jeans, slipped on my Chelsea boots and my black puffer vest for the evening.
I haven’t featured this bag on the blog for almost a year (previous posts with it) but use it regularly. This past Wednesday I used it when Emerson and I went to see Gloria Steinem speak at the Sixth and I Synagogue; it was big enough to hold stuff for both of us and easily switches from shoulder to crossbody. Saturday morning, a friend stopped by and asked about the bag and wondered how it worked as a backpack and I realized I never used it in such a manner. So that day I decided to wear it as a backpack and I gotta say it’s pretty comfortable and easy to use and slip back to a standard bag. This bag has been through a lot, carried heavy and awkward loads and still looks like new. Made in the USA by a woman-owned company? Big fan!
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A couple weekends ago I attended the Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival in our town center. Live music from 11am into the evening, they had drums and other instruments for the attendees to use, craft and music projects for kids, face painting, vendors, food, and much more (such as a young woman on stilts behind me in the photos!). One of the things I love so much about living in Greenbelt is festivals like this; we can walk down and are sure to bump into plenty of friends and neighbors. Even the mayor of Greenbelt was part of a drum circle! Emerson had her face painted as a tiger and I bought the earrings I’m wearing from one of the vendors.
I was on Emerson detail (Karl was hired to photograph the event) and wanted to be comfortable and ready for a long day away from home. I bought these boots last year and swore I’d return them… and never did. They ended up being a favorite in the closet; while they’re not the most flattering with my thicker legs, I love the biker vibe and how I can wear them all day with comfort. The NYDJ jeans are comfortable and keep their shape after many hours of sitting, squatting, walking, dancing, and racing to the center of the drum circle when Bele Bele goes into a rendition of Sardines. I wanted to show town spirit with my tee (I cut the sleeves and neck), and this sweater was perfect to wear in the shade or tie around my waist when it was warm. This bag was such a good purchase; I love how it fits my personal style and looks stylish while being a workhorse. I tied Emerson’s denim jacket to it when she was warm, filled it with random art projects Emerson made, and had room for all my purse essentials plus a couple snacks!
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I love how a blazer can upgrade a basic weekend look of tee shirt and jeans. When I went to Talbots Annapolis Towne Center to exchange my jeans, I tried on this blazer, which I featured in this post. Just as I thought, while this blazer can look boardroom-ready with a crisp white shirt and trousers, it looks just at home dressed down. I think it would look fantastic come winter with a turtleneck sweater. Thank you Talbots Annapolis for the gift, it’s always a pleasure to shop with you!
I bought these oxfords a couple years ago (last worn here) and while they don’t get regular wear, they often are just the thing I need to complete a look (and it doesn’t hurt that they’re pretty comfy!). It’s funny, whenever I wear them men are the ones to compliment me on my choice of footwear!
Sweater: c/o Stella Carakasi (L/XL) | Leggings: Rafaella (14) | Boots: VANELi c/o Marmi Shoes (similar) | Choker Necklace: Argento Vivo | Initial Necklace: Etsy | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Bag: Topshop (similar) | Cuff Bracelet: Had Forever (similar)
This Works Every Time sweater from Stella Carakasi is my first alpaca sweater but it won’t be my last. Oh. My. Goodness. If you have never experienced alpaca knit you really must. It’s so soft, so lofty, co cozy. But that’s not the only benefit to alpaca. It’s more sustainable than cashmere, stronger than cashmere, and less likely to pill. Unlike wool, alpaca is less itchy and doesn’t have lanolin or dander which can cause allergic reactions on some people. It doesn’t shrink when washed, resists odors, wicks away moisture, is lighter weight and even flame resistant! This is a sweater I won’t be packing away come summer, it’s one I’ll be snuggling up in with shorts on a breezy night at the beach and tossing in my carry-on to slip on when it gets chilly on a plane and I know it can handle the travel, the stuffing, the wear. Lurrrrve!
I love and still regularly wear my faux leather-front pants (seen here), but wanted something I could wear more casually. I can’t find a replacement for my pants, and I want to preserve them. I saw these on Amazon and the price was nice (less than $35). I usually find leggings and skinny pants are too tight on my calves, so I went with a 14. While they fit fine on my legs, they were loose on my waist, belly, and rear and it has only increased with wear and washing. I’ll be honest, the leggings were cinched at the waist and safety pinned for this post. I wear them all the time, but they are too baggy to be worn with anything but tunics and other pieces that cover my crotch and rear. I’m going to take them to be altered, it’s worth it because otherwise I really like them. But a warning if you do consider buying them, consider going down a size, possibly two if you have slim legs.
Romper: Love in Harlem | Denim Jacket: J. Crew Factory | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Sandals: Birkenstocks | Earrings: Amazon | Bracelet: Had forever (similar) | Necklace: Chain with various charms I’ve collected over the years
In my reader survey one of the things many of you requested is pictures of more casual of outfits. You want to see what I wear hanging out at home, or when I’m running errands. Well here’s reality! I got this romper-eque thing on Amazon and it’s a favorite. It’s runs SUPER big; this is a Small and it’s clearly still quite roomy. I was torn which color to get; I chose Navy but next summer may get another in a more fun color. In the summer I wear with my skinny-strap bra and my Birks when just running errands but have paired with metallic sandals and even a belt to dress it up. Now that it’s cooler I’m pairing it with my denim jacket when I step out, a sweater jacket or poncho when in the house. When it comes to super casual and loungewear, I often veer to a more boho feel which is looser, more relaxed, more funky prints and silhouettes and comfort trumps fashion. These silver Birkenstocks are a favorite; they’re like a massage for my feet after a week in pumps, heels, and career shoes and though some of the silver has worn away with age,I still dig the metallic finish. Wearing accessories is an easy way to make loungewear look less bummy; a pair of hoops or a pendant necklace can do a lot to jazz up a look without sacrificing comfort or ease!
Dress: Corey c/o Gwynnie Bee | Belt: ADA Collection (similar) | Shoes: Vince Camuto (similar, low heel alternative) | Bag: c/o Maxwell Scott Bags | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Hat: Bought decades ago (similar)
I borrowed this dress from Gwynnie Bee over a month ago and haven’t wanted to send it back. In fact, this is the other dress I currently have that I am seriously considering purchasing from Gwynnie Bee. This dress feels like silk but is machine washable. Lined, pockets, and a drapey cut that is comfortable on a hot day. While I wore it here with a belt the wide elastic waist looks nice on its own too, it gives it a more casual look.
I’ve had a Panama hat from J. Crew Factory for a year, but I never really liked it. It always seemed to lie wrong on me, always looked a bit crooked. My mom has been cleaning out her house and found this hat; I remember going to Loehmann’s with my mom and her friend and buying this hat, I think it was 9th grade. This hat is so much better of quality than my J. Crew one and isn’t all wonky! It was perfect for a very sunny and hot day in DC with the family.
I could have just called this post “A Few of my Favorite Things!” I’m such a sucker for plaid flannel shirts, it’s the college grunge Eddie Vedder obsessed gal inside still getting her sartorial moment in the sun. This skirt I’ve had for a few years now and love it; I’ll wear it now with bare legs and come winter I’ll wear it with tights as I did here last winter. These shoes… well if you’ve been reading for a while you know I’ve been rocking them (and replacement pairs) since 2010, first seen in this post. The bag is a new purchase I mentioned here and adore, and oversized Ray-Ban aviators have become my signature sunglasses (and Karl’s too, we share pairs!).
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.
Dress: Charlie Jade (similar concept in plus size) | Belt: Vintage (similar) | Shoes: Naturalizer c/o ShoeBuy (sold out, available at Amazon) | Bag: Vintage Coach (similar) | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Bracelet: Had forever (similar) | Earrings: Amazon
I mentioned in this post (and on Instagram) that I bought this dress but it was too long. It’s an uneven hem, and while parts were okay, the longer pieces were a good 6″ dragging on the floor, even in high heels. I used a YouTube tutorial to hem the dress (this was easy because the chiffon isn’t too slippery, only one layer, and had a separate knee-length slip that didn’t need a hem) and think it turned out pretty well. I decided to make it a bit short as I saw it on the model at Nordstrom so I could wear it with shorter heels.
I wore this look to Fashion With an Impact, a fashion experience hosted by PopNod and DC Style Factory that celebrated those who are at the forefront of style and social good, while launching a clothing campaign to support Urban Alliance. Featuring outfits from Betsy Fisher, DC Style Factory styled work ready looks incorporating the season’s latest styles for men and women.
Proceeds from tickets sales went to Urban Alliance, an amazing organization that empowers under-resourced youth to aspire, work and succeed through paid internships, formal training, and mentorship. I was so inspired by this organization; I encourage you to learn more about Urban Alliance and see if maybe your company would be able to participate in their successful and rewarding internship program!
PopNod is a pretty cool company. Through its site or app, you can purchase one of more than 500,000 items from popular retailers and a portion of your order is automatically donated to the cause of your choice. Fashion With an Impact kicked off PopNod’s campaign for The Urban Alliance; encouraging donors to purchase brand new clothing items on PopNod and donate them to Urban Alliance interns entering the professional workplace. PopNod founder and friend Stephanie David believes that everyone can make an impact, and no act of giving back is too small, “I think that people sometimes feel uncomfortable to give back if they don’t have large amounts to give. Much like small acts of kindness, the little gives can add up to a whole lot more without you even realizing it. For example, as little as $1 will provide a hot, nutritious meal for a child in need. If a single person donated one dollar every week, or a thousand people donated one dollar—imagine the impact.” (source) Learn more about Stephanie, PopNod, and how you can shop with a purpose by visiting PopNod online.
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Some days are longer than others and it’s nice when your outfit lasts as long as you do. On this day I got to work at 7am, left early for a doctor’s appointment, stopped by Union Market in DC to visit the Dagne Dover pop-up shop and meet the CEO of Dagne Dover, Melissa Mash. Got home, had enough time to brush my teeth and put down my laptop bag and we were off to a rehearsal for a wedding Karl was shooting the next day. Karl took this photo after the rehearsal and it’s clear Emerson and I both were spent, though my outfit still looks relatively fresh. This skirt and top looks like a dress when put together, but the skirt is cute on its own with a colorful tank or tee and I wore the top with wide-leg white linen pants and flat sandals and liked the effect. It’s funny when this set arrived in the mail I thought I looked like a circus tent in it. I bagged it up to return but tried it on before I returned it one more time and fell for it. The skirt is elastic and drawstring, unlined, and doesn’t cling in humidity. The only thing missing is pockets!
I bought this bag two years ago from MYHABIT (just seen on the blog yesterday) and it’s a great bag for long days – not heavy, small and flat enough to be a comfortable crossbody but big enough to hold my everyday wallet, sunglasses case, and even my planner. I like how Latico bags don’t have trendy details or logos, making them bags you can wear with style for years to come.
I shared this Talbots coat in my Talbots Fall Look Book post and was so excited when they sent me one as a gift! This is more of a coat than an indoor jacket; it’s the perfect choice over dresses, blouses and trousers, but I love how it glams up a classic weekend look. I’ve always been a fan of mixing leopard with stripes (see here and here), and this coat’s fuzzy texture adds an additional layer of interest. This coat is a 12 Petite, lined and cozy enough for a brisk fall day; add a pashmina at the throat and leather gloves and it will be just enough until the weather gets frigid!
Current favorite red lip is actually two colors – I start with Revlon Matte Lipstick in ‘Really Red’ and top with Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in ‘Enticing.’ I find if I start with the Pixi lip primer/liner first, pat it in my finger, apply the lipstick and let it dry/set a bit, I keep the color all day and the Lacquer Balm refreshes it and adds shine.
Mesh top: c/o Karen by Karen Kane (similar) | Tank: c/o J.Jill | Jeans: Gap | Shoes: Nine West (similar) | Bag: Rough & Tumble | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Bracelet: Had forever (similar) | Lipstick: MaryKay ‘Mystic Plum’
If you follow me on Instagram you know I wore this look to work Friday. Karen Kane was sweet enough to send me this awesome mesh sweatshirt this spring but then the whole cast situation made it impossible to wear. Once the cast came off this was one of the first long-sleeved tops I made sure to wear. The jeans are the ones from Gap I mentioned in this post; after some weird years I find Gap to again be a destination for quality but reasonably priced denim.
And this bag I continue to adore; no need to buy a trendy brand name to enjoy high quality and style. I found Rough & Tumble on Etsy and am thrilled to see they are growing, now with an e-commerce site. A woman-owned business with everything made here in the USA? Yes please!
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Sweater: Kensie | Tee: Ann Taylor | Pants: Ann Taylor (old – similar petite/regular version, plus version) | Shoes: Jessica Simpson | Belt: Halogen | Bag: Chancebanda via MYHABIT | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban
I love huge sweaters like this, so perfect to snuggle up in when the temperatures drop. This weekend I wore it as a cardigan with a simple tee and jeans, but tried wrapping and belting the sweater and found it looked more polished and appropriate for a casual day at the office or going out to brunch with my friends. I love the color story and it has fun knit elbow pads for interest.
The bag is a recent MYHABIT score; I had some credit stored up and this bag went on mega sale making it only $19! The blue is no longer available but they do have it in brown and plum. I don’t love the lining which is a plasticy feeling acetate, but the leather and color is great, I love that there’s short handles plus the adjustable crossbody/shoulder strap, an outside pocket for my SmarTrip card and phone, and plenty of interior pockets to keep me organized.
As for the tee, it’s on a mega sale right now – when I bought it, it was $24.99 and then 60% off that price. I got it in the black and white and the navy and oatmeal colors – you know me, I can’t resist a good price on a great striped tee!
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!