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What I Wore: Test Pattern

Wardrobe Oxygen wearing aa Gwynnie Bee dress with Loeffler Randall Mini Rider bagdress | shoes| bag | sunglasses

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This dress reminds me of a test pattern, it surely is an optical illusion.  This dress is why I love Gwynnie Bee: it’s something I would normally not try or wear but with an unlimited wardrobe I can take risks and know if it doesn’t work I can mail it back and get something else.  This is a bodycon dress, but the fabric is heavy and not really stretchy so it’s not like my belly button is on display (I do have a control garment on underneath).  I was pleasantly surprised by this dress but was at a loss as to what shoes to wear with it.  I thought it would look cute with a pair of sneakers like my shell tops, but it made me look stumpy.  Pumps in silver, nude, and black all looked too ’80s. I grabbed my peacock pumps (previously seen here) by chance and really loved how the patterns clashed and didn’t really go but kind of did in its randomness.  This bag too doesn’t really match, but I think works.  After finding the Mini Suki from Rebecca Minkoff too small, I picked this one up and it’s been great this summer.  It also comes with a belt strap so it can convert into a hip bag!

This tree is an art installation by Greenbelt Artist in Residence, Rachel Cross.  This tree has been in our community for a long time; while there are no branches the trunk remained.  In May, Rachel Cross collected donated knitted and crocheted items: scarves, gloves, doilies, afghans, and more.  During a town festival (this one in fact), she organized a Sit and Sew where individuals in our community sewed together the donated pieces.  Then in June, Cross took these pieces and connected them around the tree.  I think this is such a beautiful piece of art, and such a great representation of the community spirit of my town.  When trying to find a backdrop for this wacky mismatched colorful outfit, I felt this yarn-bombed tree was the perfect spot!

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What I Wore: Summer Heat

Wardrobe Oxygen wearing a Vince Camuto dressdress | bag | shoes| lipstick

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People often say it’s hot enough to fry an egg, well the day these pictures were taken I think it really could have happened.  So hot, blazing sun, and high humidity.  What does a gal wear to look semi-professional when slogging through boiling pea soup?  Shift dresses!  I bought this one from Vince Camuto at Nordstrom last year (last worn in this post) and it is one of the hardest working pieces in my summer wardrobe.  While some may feel a lined dress is extra heavy and hot, it does such a good job of hiding the sweat and it sticks to me instead of the dress, leaving a smoother and more professional appearance on the outside.  The fabric doesn’t wrinkle easily and dries quickly, and the length makes it so I can slip a pair of Thigh Society shorts underneath (they recently sent me two pairs and they’re pretty darn fantastic!) to prevent chafing and to help with sweat cling.

Come summer, I pare down most makeup and balance it with a bold lip.  I picked up this lip pen from L’Oreal and I love how it’s sticky enough to stay but not so much your lips feel heavy and gross.  It has a nice shine but isn’t as intense as a traditional lip gloss.  A bit of liquid liner (stays in place far better than pencil when it’s humid) and a long-wearing mascara (I rarely wear waterproof but find Lancome Defincils holds up great through sweat, allergy rubs, and even tears) gives me a finished look even if I’m hard-core glistening.

Wardrobe Oxygen in a Vince Camuto Dress and carrying a Dagfne Dover 15 inch toteIf you follow me on Snapchat, you know Karl and I are obsessed with La Croix sparkling water.  It’s the only Only containing water and natural flavor essence, they’re a healthier alternative to soda, beer, and still have that great can-opening “aaah” experience.  Our absolute favorite is Blackberry Cucumber but I HAD to grab my second fave Cherry Lime to take to the shoot because it coordinated so nicely with my outfit!

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Update: Received a few emails and comments about Thigh Society and figured I’d do a review here since I won’t be able to do a proper review post until I get back from vacation and that’s late in summer/prime chub rub season.  While I am happy with Skimmies, I am always on the lookout for great products to prevent chub rub.  I also look for brands that offer larger sizes; Thigh Society goes up to 3XL/4XL which is the equivalent of 22-24.  Thigh Society sent me two pairs – the mid rise in beige, and the high rise in black.  I got both in the L/XL size.

While Skimmies feel as though they’re made of fabric similar to the top of control top hosiery or Spanx, Thigh Society’s panty shorts are a knit, similar to high quality leggings but these are NOT bike shorts.  First things, there’s no seams which is HUGE when you’re hot and sweaty.  This also makes them super comfortable to wear in place of underwear; seriously they’re great on their own.  Secondly, Thigh Society shorts have an inner thigh panel of a fabric that wicks away moisture.  This feature is pretty awesome, for it prevents swamp crotch/swamp butt.  You ladies may not admit it but you know what I’m referring to!

With this different fabric, I find the shorts more visible if I am wearing a fitted, thin jersey, clingy dress.  But as you see in the photos above, it doesn’t show on a looser fit dress that is either lined or a heavier/not stretchy fabric.  I’ve worn them under a swing style jersey tee shirt dress, but don’t like them under my more fitted one of a similar fabric.  They also aren’t of a silky fabric, so they can cause a bit of cling with the wrong fabrics, especially if the dress is fitted.  But the thing is, most of my summer dresses are the type that do work with such undergarments, and I adore the wicking feature (as an update, I got the wicking option from Skimmies and they fit differently, have a weird fabric that feels weird when my thighs rub together, and they don’t wick as well as Thigh Society).

Size.  I got the L/XL and I could have possibly gone down a size, but am comfortable in this one.  The mid rise is a hair shorter than the original Skimmies but not as short as their short length.  It’s that sweet spot that works with above the knee dresses but doesn’t ride up or expose too much thigh.  The high rise also works, but on my petite self, they go up past my natural waist and closer to my knees; being 5’3″ I can only wear these under loose midi or maxi dresses. If you have any other questions, let me know!
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What I Wore: Signs of Spring [Sponsored]

Wardrobe Oxygen wearing a Lands End shirt, Gap Jeans, Nine West orange suede pumps and a Talbots clutch Wardrobe Oxygen wearing a Lands End shirt, Gap Jeans, Nine West orange suede pumps and a Talbots clutchShirt: Lands’ End (similar) | Jeans: Gap (similar) | Bag: c/o Talbots (similar) | Pumps: Nine West (similar)

Wardrobe Oxygen wearing a Lands End shirt, Gap Jeans, Nine West orange suede pumps and a Talbots clutchThis is the same shirt and jeans from yesterday’s look, but I made it work for dinner with a quick switch of shoes (which are far more comfy now with my Foot Petals), the addition of a bold lipstick, uncuffed the jeans, and removed the bag straps to make it a clutch. Versatility like this is something I am looking for more and more with new wardrobe purchases. This shows how you can create multiple looks with a smaller wardrobe if you shop carefully.  Both looks would be great for travel or most women’s smaller or capsule wardrobes.  The sunny colors of the accessories take winter wardrobe essentials and make them ready for spring.

These two posts have been sponsored but have provided me a way to show you how you can dress for real life this spring without a bursting closet or a ton of new trendy pieces.  I always have a white shirt in my closet; I find Lands’ End and Foxcroft to fit my bust and curves quite nicely.  A pair of straight denim in a dark wash with a bit of stretch is so versatile; yesterday I cuffed with tennis shoes and today paired with orange suede pumps they glam up enough for dinner out or cocktails with friends.  Choosing versatile accessories with personality is what can take your look to the next level.  Black may seem practical, but you’d be surprised how often you’ll reach for a sunny yellow bag or a shoe in a statement color.  And don’t forget the power of cosmetics; one of the biggest things that transformed my look from yesterday to today was my lipstick choice.

Wardrobe Oxygen wearing a Lands End shirt, Gap Jeans, Nine West orange suede pumps and a Talbots clutch Late in 2015 Lancôme sent me some of their products to try out and since then I’ve been a fan of the French beauty brand. In this post I’m wearing Lancôme Définicils High Definition Mascara in Black, L’Absolu Rouge Lipstick in Rouge Carrousel, and shadows from the Auda[CITY] in Paris Eyeshadow Palette. It’s funny, I used Définicils years ago and loved it but switched to something new that was getting a lot of hype. Receiving a tube reminded me again of how great this mascara is – it lengthens, it gives realistic volume, doesn’t clump, and doesn’t leave me with dark circles come the end of the day.  And as you can see, a bold pout can really complete a look!

Through April 11th, 2016 at Nordstrom stores and online if you spend at least $39.50 on Lancôme products you receive one of the best gifts with purchase I’ve seen. Choose one of three night creams, choose a concealer shade (3 options) or Lancôme’s Visionnaire 1-Minute Blur, Choose an eye palette with dual-ended brush, receive Bi-Facil Makeup Remover and Définicils and choose your cosmetic bag to put it all in. This gift values between $82 – $130 depending on your choices. Thank you Nordstrom for sponsoring this post and notifying me and my readers of this promotion!

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What I Wore: Disco Ball

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If you get my monthly newsletter, you know I bought this dress and was thinking of wearing it with a leather jacket for New Year’s Eve.  I found a sequined dress with sleeves (better for parties that spill out to the back deck) on Poshmark for a fantastic price, and have a sweater that is a possible contender so my actual look for December 31st is still up in the air.  But there is something pretty fantastic about being a living disco ball!

Wardrobe Oxygen, an over 40 fashion and personal style blog Wardrobe Oxygen, an over 40 fashion and personal style blogI must say, most photo shoots with Karl are pretty fun. He always knows how to make me laugh… and he also knows how to push my buttons!  I wasn’t going to share this last photo on the blog; while I shared it on Instagram yesterday as a sneak peek of today’s post I thought it may be inappropriate for posting in Wardrobe Oxygen.  But then I thought… screw it.  This is me, middle fingers and all!  My mother raised me well, and I know not to speak or make such hand gestures in front of Emerson, but sometimes life calls for a swear word… or two middle fingers served with a big smile!

What I Wore: Wrap it Up

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Gosh I love a wrap dress, and to find one with an orange-based print? I just couldn’t resist! And not only all that… it has POCKETS! Woot!  I love wrap dresses, they’re so easy, travel great, dress up and down nicely, and are flattering on so many figures!  While I love me some DVF dresses, they don’t love my body, or more specifically, aren’t big enough for my body. It’s nice to find brands who offer fun prints and a classic fit and for a reasonable price!

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What I Wore: Rule Breaker

Shirt: Ann Taylor (similar) | Jeans: NYDJ | Shoes: Nine West | Bracelet: Rebecca Minkoff

For YEARS I preached how some style rules just shouldn’t be broken, and one I stuck to was not wearing white pants before Memorial Day. And here it is the first full week of May and I’m wearing white jeans on the blog! (I also wore this same exact outfit a couple weeks ago, see on Instagram). Why the change of heart?  As my friend Rosana said on Twitter last week, by Memorial Day it’s just too hot to wear white jeans!  Also I think it looks seasonally appropriate when paired with darker colors and cooler weather accessories.  Choosing a closed-toe shoe and a longer sleeved blouse in navy shows I’m a purposeful rule breaker!

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What I Wore: Crisp Coral

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Dress: Ellen Tracy | Belt: Steve Madden | Bag: c/o Novica (from several years ago but it’s still available!) | Shoes: Nine West | Bracelet: gift (similar)

I wore this dress for Easter; after taking the pictures I wish I had also photographed it with the pink coat I wore over it (this one, you can see the combo here on Instagram). The dress comes with a black and gold belt; I originally planned to pair it with my skinny hot pink patent belt (seen here).  And while the color combo made me quite happy, the belt’s hardware is silver while this dress has a large gold zipper with round gold zipper pull in back.  I tried my yellow croco skinny belt and it looked cartoonish with the mango-orange color.  The rest of my skinny colored belts have silver hardware and my leopard belt looked too wintry so I went with this chain belt, a recent purchase.

I don’t know if Nordstrom recently started carrying Ellen Tracy or if the brand has updated their look, but when seeking out spring dresses at the department store this season it seemed almost every dress I gravitated towards was Ellen Tracy.  Available in regular, petite, and plus sizes and the dresses all hover around $100 for what I find to be stellar quality and flattering cuts that will stay stylish for a while, I have a new favorite dress brand!

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What I Wore: Corporate Cobalt

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Top and Skirt: Chelsea Collection c/o Nora Gardner | Shoes: Nine West | Coat: Vintage (similar) | Necklaces: Nordstrom, Nordstrom, eBay (similar) | Lipstick: Revlon ‘In The Red’

As a petite curvy woman, I find most corporate fashion requires alterations to fit.  So when Nora Gardner contacted me and told me about her Chelsea Collection I was thrilled.  Now those of us who are petite, tall, a different size on top than on bottom can get an almost custom fit straight from the box! Made in New York at the Garment District, Nora Gardner is exclusively for professional women who want something simple yet aesthetically pleasing that can also be worn from day to night.  The Chelsea suiting collection is feminine, flattering, but works for even the most conservative workplace.  Well made in a great selection of colors, I can see mixing and matching these pieces all seasons of the year.  I plan on wearing the lined skirt with my black turtleneck sweater and tall boots, and the top would look great with my winter white tropical wool suiting trousers.  Nora Gardner also offers gorgeous work-friendly dresses as well as professional-looking jewelry and hair accessories.  I love finding out about woman-owned and USA-made companies who understand and cater to the professional woman with style!

My Wardrobe Today – Thursday

BlouseCAbi
Skirt – Ann Taylor via eBay (similar)
Necklace – Got at Ross back when I was in college
TightsNordstrom
Shoes – Nine West (similar)
Lipstick Revlon Colorstay Ultimate in Top Tomato (using Burt’s Bees tinted lip balm to keep it soft and shiny throughout the day)

I seem to forget that in DC it seems to rain pretty much from the beginning of October to the middle of January, when it turns to snow. My husband and I were discussing this yesterday morning, and how in the past five years we can recall a rainy Halloween, rainy Thanksgiving, rainy Christmas, New Years, and birthdays for me, Emerson, my mom and sister (all January babies). Right now the sky is clear, but it is quite cold (while yesterday we had the windows open). I love this knit biker jacket I got from Gap last fall – just as cozy as a thick hoodie but with far more style.  Hot coffee and a cozy jacket – ready for the chilly commute!

 

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What I Wore: Graphic

Wardrobe Oxygen in a Vince Camuto black, white, and blue graphic dress, Novica clutch, and orange Nine West pumpsdress | shoes | bag | earrings | lipcolor

Wardrobe Oxygen in a Vince Camuto black, white, and blue graphic dress, Novica clutch, and orange Nine West pumps Wardrobe Oxygen in a Vince Camuto black, white, and blue graphic dress, Novica clutch, and orange Nine West pumps Wardrobe Oxygen in a Vince Camuto black, white, and blue graphic dress, Novica clutch, and orange Nine West pumps Dress: Maggy London (14) | Shoes: Nine West (on sale!) | Bag: c/o Novica | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Earrings: eBay | Bracelet: Rebecca Minkoff (similar) | Lipstick: Infalliable Pro-Matte Gloss in Aphrodite Kiss c/o L’Oreal

When the warm temps hit, nothing is better than a dress. Even better when it’s machine washable and can be tossed in the dryer!  This one is lined, which one may see as being heavier, but it helps it not stick to the skin, skim the figure, and hide sweat.  A graphic print keeps it from looking too casual (or too much like a paper bag). While I wore it here with pumps, don’t be afraid to style a dress like this with flat sandals for an easy summer look that is comfortable yet still high on style. I also like this dress with these gold sandals I picked up last month. And when summer hits, I wear far less makeup yet still get impact with a bold lip and a bit of liquid eye liner (my favorite is Maybelline Line Stiletto which washes off easily yet stays in place through heat and humidity).  L’Oreal sent me this lipcolor a few months ago and it’s perfect for the warmer temps because it stays in place, isn’t sticky, but doesn’t dry out my lips.

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What I Wore: Candy Stripe [Sponsored]

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Wardrobe Oxygen: Over 40 fashion blogger wearing an Eliza J shirt dress and Nine West orange pumpsdress | shoes | bag | lipstick

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Oooh I’m so excited that summer is right around the corner! I’m dreaming of warm sunny days, and shopping for them too. As I mentioned in this post, a cotton shirtdress is a perfect choice for rising temps. I love how this print can be work appropriate with nude pumps, perfect for a summer weekend with Birkenstocks or sandals, or can be festive with statement shoes. It was a no brainer to pair it with my favorite color – orange!

Wardrobe Oxygen: Over 40 fashion blogger wearing an Eliza J shirt dress and Nine West orange pumpsIn the very town center where these pictures were taken, I will be at the season’s first community festival this Sunday. It’s Mother’s Day and our annual tradition is for my mom, Emerson, and I to head to my sister’s for a fabulous brunch, then Karl joins us and we all walk down to this town center for music, art, and spending time with friends and neighbors. I always see this festival as the kickoff of the summer season, for right around the corner is Memorial Day, weekends at the pool and trips to the beach. This summer the Garys plan on living life to the fullest and we have a lot of adventures on the schedule. Summer is the time of year to seize the day and live in the moment and we’re planning on doing just that. Stay tuned as I’ll be sharing plenty of them on the blog.

Sparkling Ice reached out and asked if I’d share the ways I plan to live life to its fullest this summer as they are empowering us to, “DO MORE. LIVE MORE. AND EXPERIENCE MORE” this season. Their sparkling waters, teas, and lemonades add splashes of color and intensity to every day. I’ve enjoyed Sparkling Ice before this partnership, but thanks to it I have tried many more of their 20 different flavors and have some new favorites. The drink is bursting with real fruit flavor without all of the calories, has just the right amount of fizz and will be so refreshing this summer as my family and I are making memories. I can envision pulling a cold bottle out of the fridge after a day in the sun, using it as a mixer for cocktails on a girl’s weekend to the beach, or making tasty Fruity Sparkling Ice-Icles from the recipe on the Flavor Up website.

I know it feels as though it was just winter, and for some people it may still be chilly where you live. But summer is around the corner and it’s time to think about how you plan to enjoy the season. Let me know in the comments how you plan to live life to its fullest and Flavor Up your summer!

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What I Wore: Brushstrokes

Wardrobe Oxygen, over 40 fashion blogger wearing a Nic + Zoe brushstrokes skirt and toptop | skirt | bag | necklace | shoes

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When you’re a style blogger, you spend a lot of time perusing online boutiques.  And sometimes things catch your eye that you know you don’t need.  You tell yourself no, close the browser, move on.  But it keeps sticking in your head.  You go back, and the item isn’t available in your size.  You say that’s Life telling you that you don’t need it.  And then three weeks later when looking for something completely different online you see it… and it’s back in stock and only in your size and next thing you know you have a gorgeous two-piece gown in your closet and no where to wear it.

Yet.  With something like this in my closet, I will find an occasion.

That being said, this is far more versatile than it may appear at first glance.  This is two pieces and a non-formal or season-specific fabric.  The top would look great with black ankle pants, ivory wide-leg trousers, a black midi skirt, as a shell with a black, ivory, or khaki suit.  The skirt has a clean waistband and isn’t too stiff so it can dress up and down nicely.  Pair with a metallic linen v-neck, a band tee, a crisp white shirt, a black turtleneck, a simple ribbed tank, a denim jacket or denim shirt.  Often times the pieces that seem the most statement-making can end up being the most worn in your closet.

 

What I Wore: That Jacket!

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wardrobe oxygen over 40 fashion blog wardrobe oxygen over 40 blogger wearing karen kane jumpsuit topshop clutch wardrobe oxygenJacket: 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!

blooperAnd 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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What I Wore: Dobbin Fangirl

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How do I love Dobbin Clothing? Let me count the ways. Actually if you just click on this link you can count the times I’ve featured this brand on Wardrobe Oxygen. Sure, sure I got this dress for free but I wear Dobbin Clothing on a weekly basis because the brand fits, flatters, and has good people and good ethics behind it.  I’m short, I’m soft, I’m overweight with big breasts and a big booty yet for some reason Dobbin dresses fit me as well as my tall slimmer pear-shaped friend and my average height buff athletic build friend.  There’s something about the high quality ponte knit, the strategically placed seams, or maybe the amazing women behind the brand that just make these dresses love women’s bodies.  To add to the awesomeness of this dress, these pictures were taken at 6pm and I put this dress on at 6am.  This is how the dress looked after 12 hours of wear.

This is not a sponsored post.  Dobbin does send me clothing from time to time because we’ve built a relationship over the years, but the choice for me to feature it in this outfit post is all mine.  I got home from work last Monday, checked myself out in the mirror and was amazed I didn’t look like a disheveled mess.  Fluffed the hair, reapplied lipstick and told Karl to get the camera!

What I Wore: Ikat Believe It

Jacket: LOFT (similar) | Tank: c/o J.Jill | Pants: LOFT | Shoes: Nine West | Bracelet: Rebecca Minkoff | Lipstick: Korres Guava Lipstick in Wine Red

I swore off LOFT for a while, the quality had really gone downhill and the sizing was inconsistent. However, this winter I tried them again and found some great wardrobe staples that were the quality I remembered from before and a 14 petite pant, especially in the “Julie” cut fits me quite nicely. I haven’t really been a pants person in recent years, but after being in a cast so long I really enjoy more effortless clothing and pants allow me freedom. I’ve been gravitating towards more pants for the workweek, and have to say most of the pants I now own are LOFT.

While I paired the pants in this post with an ivory jacket, I wore them to work with a black boatneck tee (see here on Instagram) and out to dinner with a bright green silk drapey sleeveless top.  Crazypants can be versatile!

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What I Wore: It’s Myne

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Dress: Myne | Bag: Hobo Bags (similar) | Shoes: Nine West | Glasses: Zenni Optical | Bracelet: Had forever (similar) | Lipstick: Revlon ‘Certainly Red’ | Ear Cuffs: Etsy (here and here)

I wrote about this dress in this post. A lot of you wanted to see me in it since I am a very different shape from the model, but it has been too cold to bust out this lightweight silk dress until now. When I bought it I figured I’d style it with peeptoe ankle booties and my wide silver metal plate belt, but once spring arrived I decided I liked it a bit more stripped down. The dress is by the brand Myne, and each time I read the label I say, “It’s MINE!” in the whiny voice I use when I read Emerson her book, The Boy Who Wouldn’t Share.  As an FYI, this is a size 10; I originally got a 12 but found it too long for my petite stature.  The 10 fits comfortably but the belt that came with it is too small (no biggie, the belt is kind of ugly and cheap looking).

If you signed up for my monthly Style File newsletter you know that I recently got these glasses. They’re huge, they’re bright, and they’re a lot of fun for a very low price (hello prescription lenses under $30!). I’ve been wearing a lot of red lately – I’ve been doing a red lip almost all winter and have been choosing OPI’s Big Apple Red as my nail polish of choice for almost a year. It made sense if I was going to buy some funky glasses to have them in my current signature shade!

What I Wore: Orange Topper

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For decades my favorite color has been a bright orange with a lot of red in it.  Some call is blood orange, some call it sunset, this season Ann Taylor is calling it Fire Glow Orange and I’m loving it.  When I saw this topper I just couldn’t resist, and with some unseasonably warm weather this past weekend it was the perfect layering piece.  Even better to see it in petite sizes – no need to have the sleeves altered to the proper length!

Wardrobe Oxygen wearing Banana Republic pants and Ann Taylor topper with a J. Crew stripe teeWhile I styled it here with classic black and white, I think this orange color would look awesome paired with other colors and expect to wear it very soon with things like my citron skirt, berry ponte dress, or classic blue denim.

And I finally got around to getting my hair cut!  It’s a bit shorter than I was expecting but this length is really growing (har har) on me and I’m having fun styling it.  Still long enough to put into a ponytail but short enough that next day or slightly dirty hair looks purposeful!

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What I Wore: Mosaic

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Dress: Triste c/o Gwynnie Bee | Shoes: Nine West | Necklace: c/o Sweet & Spark | Bag: J. Crew (old – similar) | Bracelet: Had forever (similar) | Lipstick: Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in Poinsettia

This dress is the same as the one I wore in this post, but in a completely different pattern it gives a completely different effect. I love this print; it reminds me of a mosaic or stained glass and in some of my very favorite colors! Gwynnie Bee is so great, this dress arrived the day of this dinner which made it super easy to know what to wear the next morning. Nothing better than a freshly-laundered arriving in time for a morning of a wine hangover and too few hours of sleep! Click here to try Gwynnie Bee and get your first month free!

This necklace is from one of the coolest companies I have come across in a long while. Sweet & Spark is a curated vintage jewelery company. Jillian and her dad Howard travel about the country scouting the most modern costume jewelry from the 1940s-90s with the goal to make vintage jewelry cool again. Sweet & Spark believes that every woman is unique and should celebrate her personal style with something one-of-a-kind. In just two years, Sweet & Spark has been featured in Instyle’s best of the web round up, on Luckymag.com and The Zoe Report and have fashionista Olivia Palermo as a customer and fan. Jillian was kind enough to send me this necklace and a bracelet (seen on Instagram, stay tuned for it to be featured here on the blog).  Visit Sweet & Spark to learn more about this great company, shop their collection, and learn how to host a Spark Party and get a 20% commission on pieces you sell at your event!

What I Wore: Primary Colors

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I wore this skirt with a denim shirt and these leopard shoes to a Talbots event at Tyson’s Corner Center that I hosted earlier this month. This skirt is pretty fabulous; it looks vintage, has a great fit, fully lined, pockets and keeps its shape all day; it survived a work day at the desk then several hours at the mall running around the store and fitting room.  I wore this look last week to the office and loved the mix of primary colors. I know I’ll be wearing this skirt this winter with thick tights and a cashmere or merino turtleneck. This citron color looks great with neutrals, but imagine it with forest green, burgundy, or purple.  The skirt also comes in many other colors, it was hard to decide which one to get but I chose this one because it’s a color I love but doesn’t look good near my face.  Gotta love shoes and skirts for incorporating fun colors without looking like I have the flu!

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What I Wore: Favorites

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This fall I did a journaling project where I wrote on one page all the things in my wardrobe that I truly love.  Items I’d grab in a fire, that I’d keep even if I won the lottery and could replace my entire closet.  This was a great project because it really made it clear the type of things I like (printed maxi dresses, striped shirts, leopard print anything, dark or distressed denim) the things I keep buying THINKING I love them but I don’t (leather jackets, work trousers, non-leopard printed shoes), but the best is it really helped me see what I was missing in my wardrobe.

I was missing a leopard skirt.  I had one a few years ago that was almost right, but it was too short and had a wrap style to it.  I wanted a classic straight or pencil skirt, and I wanted a fabric that had heft and texture, and the print wasn’t too brown or yellow.  So when I saw this skirt at J. Crew Factory and they were having 40% off I got it.  While I styled it here for a look I’d wear for a night out or a blogger event, this skirt is pretty versatile.  I know I’ll wear it to work with my black cashmere crew and opaque tights, a denim shirt, a silk blouse in a bold color.  It’s lined, the fabric has a great texture, and it’s a classic pattern but in a cool tone that works with my wardrobe of primarily cool neutrals and silver.  And the price was way lower than I thought I’d have to pay for such an item in my wardrobe!

This look is a bunch of favorites, items that made the page in the journal.  And come on, how funny is this shirt?  It may be about Karl Lagerfeld but considering who my husband is, it’s a favorite in the tee shirt drawer!

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