How To Be Trendy At Work

From On September 15, 2010

As fall fashion creeps its way back into stores many of us are starting to transition our wardrobes to prepare for the change of seasons. This includes everything we wear to work. It’s been a while since I’ve had my friend Laurie on the blog, but here she is! This time I photographed her in trends that are great for the workplace. Everything she is wearing is BCBG Max Azria styled with a classic pair of black peep-toe pumps by Nine West.

This short-sleeved jacket is amazing! Just light enough for cool summer nights and straight into fall. Sorry you can’t see the dress that well, but it’s the perfect length! Ladies, this is important! The dress stops just above the knee which is appropriate for work and it does not pass the hemline of the jacket. It also has a 3/4 length sleeve which is nice for the office once the jacket is removed. Pair with a black, gray or camel-colored (the colors in the dress) satchel and you’re ready to go!

This second look is a great example of mixing prints that is subtle enough for the office. I added a thumbnail of a close-up in hopes that everyone can see exactly what she has on. The button-up is white with black pinstripes and the pencil skirt is some kind of black and white dotted/checkered looking print. Now the skirt originally had a black waistband, but I added a waist belt for fun. The buttons stop at the top of her bust, leaving the neckline open just enough without revealing too much. Pair this look with a tote or hobo style handbag in a bright shade for a pop of color.

This has to be my favorite look. The solid black with a touch of leopard print is perfection! Laurie is wearing a black top with a black bandage skirt. The waist belt is ridiculous with its gold detailing. Great combination. The key to pulling off an animal print is not to over-do it and it’s usually best to wear it with solid colors. This look would look great with a black duffle style handbag. Keep it neat and simple when wearing animal prints.

Each of these looks can be worn now. As the weather gets cooler just simply add a pair of tights or nude stockings and you’re ready (and on trend) for work!

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Periwinkle & Ruffles

From On September 8, 2010

Today was definitely a day for a skirt. I had nothing out of the ordinary planned, but I felt like putting on more than just denim cut-offs and a t-shirt. I decided to go with this periwinkle-colored, lightweight sweater I got from Martin & Osa last year. I never thought of wearing it with a bralette to be seen in clear view. But to take on the current trend of bearing intimate apparel, in comes the Eberjey bralette I got from Shopbop. They have the best selection of bralettes! I paired the two with this vertically ruffled Beckerman skirt (that I also got from Shopbop, go figure). It’s highwaisted and is a perfect length (not too long) since I’m only five feet tall.

As for the shoes, I went with these Loeffler Randall sandals that I rarely ever wear. I absolutely LOVE this brand! This shoe in particular is so dainty with the criss-cross straps across the foot and the strap around the ankle. The pyramid studs give them just enough edge. I accessorized my look with simple gold studs, a large cocktail ring from J.Crew, and a fringe necklace from Madewell. I literally thought this look up a couple of days ago. I’m so glad that I took the chance to try it.

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A Blouse & Bubble Hem

From On September 1, 2010

I wasn’t very sure as to how I wanted to wear this silk top from Anthropologie (by Dolan). I definitely knew I didn’t want to wear it with jeans, although it would look great with skinnies to balance out the looseness of the blouse. Wide-leg jeans that are fitted through the thigh would be great for a more boho look. So ignoring the obvious I went with a white, gauzy BCBG Max Azria skirt and bubblegum pink lips (that you can barely see). The bubble hem was a risk because the blousiness of the top already added enough volume. A fitted skirt would have been ideal, but why not add more volume?! Since I added the waist belt from Martin & Osa it gave me the hour-glass shape I needed to tame the two together. Perfection! I loved the outcome! Oh yea, the sunglasses are also from Anthropologie. I love that store.

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Shades of Blue

From On August 25, 2010

The temperature didn’t even break 80 degrees today. I’m loving this cooler weather. I decided to go with these Seven skinny jeans and this linen-like, white and blue striped button-up from H & M. I’ve been noticing in stores, magazines and elsewhere that mixing shades of blue is IN right now. Even mixing denim! Yes, I know it’s tricky, but there’s a way around it. You have to wear different washes together. Although my shirt is not denim, I definitely centered this look around the trend. The blue in my shirt is lighter than the wash of my jeans. Keep your accessories in neutral shades like camel and even gray would work. I chose to go with this camel-colored ruffle belt from the Gap and my Pelle Moda wedges.

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Summer Days & High Heels

From On July 21, 2010


So we’re almost through the month of July and it has been miserably hot. It’s been in the 90’s for days and I dont even want to talk about the humidity. Unless you plan on staying inside it is almost impossible to keep cool, no matter what you wear. As for me, I’ve been trying to stay in the comfort of the AC. Today I decided to take some photos since it’s been a while. I’m wearing a Free People skirt, Express bandeau, BCBG Max Azria belt and Aldo shoes. I had been eyeing this skirt for a while and finally decided to buy it. Its gauzy layers and olive, mustard yellow and red mini floral print set on top of solid black was perfect. Perfect for summer and right into fall. I immediately thought of the olive bandeau I had at home and thought they would go well together. Add the mustard yellow belt and black booties and wahlah!

Oh and hold that thought. I mentioned how the skirt would be perfect for summer and into fall, I took more photos of how I would wear the skirt in cooler temps. Stay tuned!

I LOVE this photo! Look at the sky!

I LOVE this photo! Look at the sky!

These shoes look like they would be a pain to get on, but the back zipper makes it a lot more simple.

These shoes look like they would be a pain to get on, but the back zipper makes it a lot more simple.

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