Monday: Casual Colorblocking

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TeeAnn Taylor
Necklace – eBay (similar)
Pants Halogen
Shoes – Nine West (similar)
Bag – c/o Handbag Heaven

Today it's gloomy, cold, rainy. I had an outfit set to wear but I just didn't want to waste it on such a craptastic day. Instead I went with some really basic pieces in colors that would give a bit of cheer to this gray Monday. Also… wanted to wear my new shoes! This weekend I stopped in Marshalls purely to purchase some new bed pillows but the shoe department was so tempting I had to take a peek. These babies were on the clearance wall for only $30! They are Nine West and are uber comfortable. I was looking for a nude shoe for this spring and summer that had an accent color – I was hoping for black for versatility, but I think this bright coral is a nice choice, and will be a fun accent with all the brights in my wardrobe.

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And how cute is this bag from Handbag Heaven?  I love the mini satchel style – it's the perfect size to hold an iPad or netbook and it's vegan.  While it has the flap closure, it also has a zipper closure, an inside zipper pocket and two inner pouch pockets for small items like phones.  There's also a zipper pocket on the back to hold quick-access items like a SmarTrip card or lip balm.  You can easily tuck in the adjustable strap to make it a handbag, or lengthen the strap and wear it as a crossbody.  I was able to fit my wallet, umbrella, cosmetic bag, calendar, two smartphones, and even a paperback novel into this bag with room to spare!

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33 Comments

  1. May 12, 2012 / 11:22 pm

    I was searching for your pics with the blue pants cause I bought blue pants and I didn’t like this question. You handled yourself like. Lady when I would of snapped.

  2. Southernliberal
    April 29, 2012 / 2:22 pm

    I am glad that you keep it real!  That’s why you’re such an inspiration.  Most of us out here do not look like coat hangers.  Thanks for showing us that it’s not necessary.

  3. Southernliberal
    April 29, 2012 / 9:22 am

    I am glad that you keep it real!  That’s why you’re such an inspiration.  Most of us out here do not look like coat hangers.  Thanks for showing us that it’s not necessary.

  4. Sonia
    April 26, 2012 / 3:10 pm

    Nice response, Allie, to an awkwardly direct question.

  5. Sonia
    April 26, 2012 / 3:09 pm

    OMG, can you be any more blunt??

  6. April 24, 2012 / 1:56 pm

    Ah the problem with taking photos in a dash, not checking them in a viewfinder & not knowing what they look like until I see them at work. Ever had your pants adjust when sitting (or buckling a kid into a carseat) & you try to fix it but without a mirror you aren’t sure how things look? And you have a husband who says, “Babe we’re running late, lets get on with it” & doesn’t notice things like muffin tops? Yeah, it was that sort of morning. Once my pants were adjusted correctly the muffin top was not showcased in such a manner. I could have gone sans post, could have Photoshopped it to hell, or could have just posted what I really looked like at 7am. I chose to be real. 🙂

  7. Allison987
    April 24, 2012 / 12:45 am

     Have you put  on some weight? This outfit isn’t flattering that roll around your middle 🙁

  8. Allison987
    April 23, 2012 / 7:45 pm

     Have you put  on some weight? This outfit isn’t flattering that roll around your middle 🙁

    • April 24, 2012 / 8:56 am

      Ah the problem with taking photos in a dash, not checking them in a viewfinder & not knowing what they look like until I see them at work. Ever had your pants adjust when sitting (or buckling a kid into a carseat) & you try to fix it but without a mirror you aren’t sure how things look? And you have a husband who says, “Babe we’re running late, lets get on with it” & doesn’t notice things like muffin tops? Yeah, it was that sort of morning. Once my pants were adjusted correctly the muffin top was not showcased in such a manner. I could have gone sans post, could have Photoshopped it to hell, or could have just posted what I really looked like at 7am. I chose to be real. 🙂

      • Sonia
        April 26, 2012 / 10:10 am

        Nice response, Allie, to an awkwardly direct question.

      • May 12, 2012 / 6:22 pm

        I was searching for your pics with the blue pants cause I bought blue pants and I didn’t like this question. You handled yourself like a lady when I would of snapped.

    • Sonia
      April 26, 2012 / 10:09 am

      OMG, can you be any more blunt??

  9. April 24, 2012 / 12:19 am

    You look adorable! Also, super tiny. Any plans on a ww update anytime soon?

  10. MJ
    April 23, 2012 / 7:19 pm

    You look adorable! Also, super tiny. Any plans on a ww update anytime soon?

  11. Nicolle in Australia
    April 23, 2012 / 11:13 pm

    Wicked shoes.   Really, they are gorgeous !!

  12. Nicolle in Australia
    April 23, 2012 / 6:13 pm

    Wicked shoes.   Really, they are gorgeous !!

  13. April 23, 2012 / 10:43 pm

    Looking mod in your colorblock! Lovely!

  14. April 23, 2012 / 5:42 pm

    Looking almost 60’s mod in your colorblock outfit! Lovely!

  15. April 23, 2012 / 10:01 pm

    Holy cats, lady, this might be my favorite of yours EVER. And that’s saying something!

  16. April 23, 2012 / 5:01 pm

    Holy cats, lady, this might be my favorite of yours EVER. And that’s saying something!

  17. April 23, 2012 / 8:17 pm

    Mine was just labeled as a bubble necklace but I looked after getting it and yes, it’s also sold as a J. Crew one from the same seller, and came from Hong Kong. One of the discs fell out, but it’s easy to superglue back in place, and it looks nice (though the balls are a slightly different color from the discs, not sure if the J. Crew real one is like that). The chain is adjustable, the metals match throughout (slightly matte gold).

  18. April 23, 2012 / 8:14 pm

    Allie – is the necklace the ones you see on ebay labeled “J Crew” that ship from Hong Kong and priced around $15? I think yours looks great! I just didn’t know what I would be getting if I ordered one from HK.
    Niki
    http://www.fashionatforty.blogspot.com

  19. April 23, 2012 / 3:14 pm

    Allie – is the necklace the ones you see on ebay labeled “J Crew” that ship from Hong Kong and priced around $15? I think yours looks great! I just didn’t know what I would be getting if I ordered one from HK.
    Niki
    http://www.fashionatforty.blogspot.com

    • April 23, 2012 / 3:17 pm

      Mine was just labeled as a bubble necklace but I looked after getting it and yes, it’s also sold as a J. Crew one from the same seller, and came from Hong Kong. One of the discs fell out, but it’s easy to superglue back in place, and it looks nice (though the balls are a slightly different color from the discs, not sure if the J. Crew real one is like that). The chain is adjustable, the metals match throughout (slightly matte gold).

  20. Dionne
    April 23, 2012 / 5:07 pm

    Great shoes. And now I’m off to pin this outfit. 🙂

  21. Dionne
    April 23, 2012 / 12:07 pm

    Great shoes. And now I’m off to pin this outfit. 🙂

  22. April 23, 2012 / 4:19 pm

    You look adorable. And man, I almost put back a pair of pants this color this morning at Target but didn’t. So glad now I kept them as this gives me a great idea on how to wear them! Love the shoes. I had a shoe score this weekend too at Ross. Rockport heeled sandals with adidas technology for $10!

  23. lorena
    April 23, 2012 / 4:18 pm

    Marvelous shoes. Marshalls is always my very best favorite for great shoes at good prices.
    You look so fresh ! Happpy Monday.

  24. lorena
    April 23, 2012 / 11:18 am

    Marvelous shoes. Marshalls is always my very best favorite for great shoes at good prices.
    You look so fresh ! Happpy Monday.

  25. Patti_NotDeadYetStyle
    April 23, 2012 / 4:00 pm

    LOVE those shoes (I’ll be in Marshall’s territory later today and have to take a look) and your new bag too. Wonderful colors for a gray day!

  26. April 23, 2012 / 11:00 am

    LOVE those shoes (I’ll be in Marshall’s territory later today and have to take a look) and your new bag too. Wonderful colors for a gray day!

  27. Alyson -- TAGG
    April 23, 2012 / 3:42 pm

    Adorable look! Love the necklace (I’m wearing a turq one today on the blog… and today!). Hope the gloominess goes away soon.

  28. Alyson -- TAGG
    April 23, 2012 / 10:42 am

    Adorable look! Love the necklace (I’m wearing a turq one today on the blog… and today!). Hope the gloominess goes away soon.

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