One Outfit, Three Ways

I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of button down shirts in my closet. I have them in different colors, patterns, and styles. But, this one from the Banana Republic Factory Store is my new favorite. It is an olive green color with a beautiful white and gray flower pattern on it. And the best part? The cold shoulder!

Being a teacher, sometimes I feel overdressed if I’m wearing a button down with a skirt to work. I have tried to come up with new ways to wear button downs that don’t make me feel too dressed up. So, I wanted to show you how to wear a button down shirt in three ways, depending on your dress code at work and how you’re feeling that day. And, if you don’t like to wear skirts, no problem! These three looks would also look great with pants. This top is thin enough that you can wear the long sleeves all year round, but it would look really cute with the sleeves rolled up a few times as well.

#1: SHIRT TUCKED IN

I think that tucking in a shirt is the most sophisticated way to wear a button down. This outfit would look great if you work in an office and have to wear business casual to work everyday. I love how put together and elegant it looks. And, that cold shoulder gives it something extra. This is no ordinary work look.

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#2: SHIRT UNTUCKED

Some people don’t like an untucked shirt, but I am not one of those people! I think untucking the shirt is a little less formal, which is perfect for my work setting. It makes the top more of a tunic on me (because I’m only 5’2”) and it makes my legs look longer, which I don’t mind at all. I think the untucked button down is still a nice look and I can’t get over how adorable that cold shoulder is.

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#3: SHIRT KNOTTED

 I think the most fun way to wear a button down shirt is to tie a knot in it at the bottom. If you undo the bottom two buttons and tie it into a double knot, you have brought the look to a new level. Adding the knot gives a little more shape to the look, depending on how loose or tight you tie it. Next time you want to add a little something extra to your typical button down work look, just add a knot at the end and it will be transformed into a different look that will be sure to get you lots of compliments!!!

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What Cardigan Do I Wear With a Dress?

I am one of those people who is cold ALL THE TIME so I bring a cardigan with me pretty much everywhere. In the summer, it feels like restaurants put their AC up so high! So, I would rather have a cardigan with me than have goose bumps from being cold all night long.

Cardigans are closet staples that every woman has in her closet. They make cardigans in all different colors and styles, and I know that it can sometimes be difficult to decide what style cardigan to wear with an outfit. So, here is a quick guide to deciding what style cardigan to wear with different types of dresses.

FLARE/SWING DRESS

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Dress // Cardigan // Shoes

I think a waist-length cardigan look the best with swing and flare dresses because it maintains the fit of the dress. If you wore a long sweater with a swing dress, it would give you no shape at all! A waist-length cardigan falls perfectly at your waist so that the material at the bottom of the dress still flares. It should almost looks like you’re wearing a skirt. The dress I am wearing here is a simple black and white striped swing dress from Old Navy. This dress is perfect to wear in the summer and it looks great with a waist-length sweater. I own this dress in two colors because I love it so much! I wear it as a cover up at the beach, out to run errands, and even to work with a statement necklace. The material is so soft and the swing style is so flattering. This dress comes in a bunch of different colors and patterns.

SHIFT/FITTED DRESS

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Dress // Cardigan // Belt // Shoes

I think the only time to wear a long cardigan with a dress is when you are wearing a more fitted dress because the dress should give you enough shape. This Old Navy striped dress is fitted and looks great with a long sweater. I especially love adding a skinny belt with this look to make it more sophisticated and work ready. Plus, it accentuates your waist and the shape of the dress. Old Navy keeps making this dress because it is so popular. I love the cotton material and the fact that it hugs your curves in all the right places. I don’t like to wear dresses that are tight so I am wearing a small in this dress (go up a size). It fits comfortably and I feel like I still have room to move around without everything showing. This dress comes in a bunch of different colors and patterns. I especially love the leopard one 😉

MAXI DRESS

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Dress // Cardigan // Shoes

I think a waist length sweater looks the best with a maxi dress. If you wore a long sweater with a maxi dress, there would be too much material and it would hit you in all the wrong places. Similar to a swing/flare dress, wearing a waist-length sweater hits at the right spot on your waist so that the maxi still gives you some shape. Plus, you want the dress to be the star of the outfit, not the sweater. The maxi dress I’m wearing here has a colorful palm print pattern and I chose a dark blue waist-length sweater so that it doesn’t take away from the dress at all. The dress is stunning on its own so don’t let a cardigan take away from the beautiful dress underneath.

Keep following along for more posts on the type of cardigans to wear with different outfits. And, please leave a comment to let me know what other editions (work pants, jeans, skirts, etc.) of this post you would like to see! Have a great day 🙂

One Pair of Pants, Three Ways

I am always on the hunt for a good pair of patterned work pants because it is hard to find ones that fit well, can match with a lot of tops, and look good on me. When I saw these patterned pants in the store, I knew they were perfect!

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First, I love the pattern on these pants. They are navy with white, black, and pink vertical stripes. The pattern is not too overwhelming; it’s very simple but it looks sophisticated. I also love the fit of these pants. They are high-waisted, which makes them very flattering. You can wear the pants with or without the belt. I wore the belt in all of my looks because I think it helps make the pants stand out and it looks great with a top tucked in. I bought these pants in a size 2 short (TTS). These are supposed to be cropped pants, and I love that they fall right at my ankles. They are perfect for heels now and will look great with black booties in the fall or even into the winter!

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Pants // Top // Necklace

The first top I paired with these pants is this white pom-pom top I found at Banana Republic last week. This top is such a steal!!! The pom-poms add a fun element to this short-sleeved sweater, and it looks great with these pants and black peep toe heels. I added a pink necklace to accentuate the pink in the pants and I think this is the perfect back to school work look.

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Pants // Top // Shoes

I love combining the same colors in outfits, but in different shades. So, these navy pants also look great with a lighter blue top. Express makes these zip up tops, and they are so flattering! They look great tucked into a skirt or pants, like I am wearing here. And, they make this top in many different colors and patterns. I also love pairing stripes with more stripes! These striped blue heels look great with this look. I can’t wait to wear this outfit in September. I love this look so much that I might wear it on the first day of school!

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Pants // Sweater // Shoes

Lastly, I paired these pants with a beautiful blush pink sweater. This sweater has amazing sleeves!!! I love how cozy the sweater is and then the sleeves just bring it to the next level. The ruffle on the sleeve hits right at my wrist, which is perfect because I can still type on a computer or write on a piece of paper and it won’t get in my way. It is a little bit longer of a flutter on the other side of the sleeve, which makes it really fun. I will definitely be wearing this sweater with jeans and boots in the winter.

In these three looks, I took the colors that were in the pants – white, blue, and pink – and I chose tops that would accentuate those colors. Check out Express for all of these great work looks!!!

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Wearing Purple

When I look through my closet, I have a lot of clothes that are black, white, gray, and blue. I love buying clothes that are neutral colors like these because I know they will match with so many things!

When I look through the outfits I’ve worn lately, I wear something colorful only about once a week, but those are usually my favorite outfits to wear. Wearing colorful dresses and tops is so fun and really stands out more than wearing black and gray all the time. So I am dedicating this post to the color I have the least of in my closet…PURPLE!

If I look in my closet right now, I can count on one hand the number of purple items I can find. Purple is such a beautiful color and it can be very versatile. I need more of it in my closet.

I found these gorgeous purple pieces at Francesca’s last week and I am so excited to share with you how I styled them.

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The first is the beautiful purple dress. It’s light and airy and the material is so soft. I love the criss-cross neckline because it makes the dress more fun than a simple v-neck. Plus, it makes the dress a little sexier. I also love the ruffle sleeve detail and the fact that it is ¾ sleeve. This dress is easy to throw on, but the details on the sleeves and the neckline make it fun and a little different than a plain shift dress. I paired it with a belt, to give it a little more shape, and some great black and white wedges. This dress is perfect for summer, but can also easily be transitioned into fall with some booties.

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Dress // Belt

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The next is this gorgeous purple top. How beautiful is this color? I love everything about this top. The v-neck with the choker neckline is such a great statement in this piece. The material is incredibly comfortable so it does not feel restricting at all on my neck. There are buttons in the back so you are not choking when you put it on. The double ruffle sleeve on this blouse makes it so elegant. This top can easily be dressed up or down. I paired it with jeans and black sandals for a more casual look. But, you can wear it with work pants or a pencil skirt and it would be a great work look. This top is made of a thicker material so it will be perfect to transition into fall.

I think this top looks great with these cobalt blue earrings. At first, I was hesitant about it because purple and blue together remind me of a bruise. But, I think the two colors look amazing together and make the look more sophisticated. So don’t be afraid to mix colors together even if you’re not sure they work. When it comes to fashion, I am a firm believer that you should live by your own rules. If you think it looks great together and you feel good in it, then that’s all that matters.

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Top // Jeans // Earrings // Shoes

This top is, hands down, my favorite purple item in my closet right now and I know it will be in yours too 😉

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Chicago Trip

Last week, I went to Chicago for the first time with one of my best friends from college. We had a blast and I can’t wait to share our experience and some great outfits with you!

MONDAY

I got there at night on Monday and we immediately went to Lou Malnati’s for dinner. This place has delicious deep-dish pizza. Being from Jersey, I do prefer regular New York style pizza better, but I did love this deep-dish style because I love all the stuff in it. You definitely have to eat it with a fork and knife because it gets a little messy. From there, we walked down Michigan Avenue and saw the beautiful Chicago skyline and Millenium Park at night.

TUESDAY

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We decided to rent Divvy bikes for the day, and I highly recommend them!!! You pay $10 to have the bikes for 24 hours. There are tons of bike stations all around the city so it was no problem finding a bike when we needed one. You can only have a bike out for 30 minutes before returning it to a bike station otherwise they charge you $2 for going over the time limit. But, you can immediately take out another bike once you dock it at a station. Thirty minutes was not long enough to get anywhere, especially because we stopped frequently to take pictures 😉 but there are enough Divvy bike stations in the city that it was no problem for us to dock it and then hop on another bike. We biked the Lakefront Trail down to Navy Pier and it was such a great ride. There are no hills and the views are incredible. We went to the famous Portillo’s for lunch to get Chicago-style hot dogs. I don’t usually eat hot dogs, but I had to have it while we were there and I have to say it was pretty good. Next, we rode the bikes to the Skydeck in the Willis (Sears) Tower. We rode the Divvy bikes on the street to get there, which was a little bit scary, but we did it! The Skydeck is on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower and it is a MUST SEE if you go to Chicago. The views are incredible and the pictures are amazing. I highly recommend it.

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The outfit I wore was perfect for a day of bike riding and sightseeing. White denim shorts look great with any outfit and I love these ones because they are stretchy and don’t squeeze my legs when I sit down. And, I absolutely love the blue color of this top!! And, the good news is that I have been seeing this color everywhere lately. I love the ruffle sleeve and the fact that it is a slightly thicker material. I get cold easily so it kept me warm and cool at the same time. Does that make any sense? I usually wear an XS in Loft tops, but I got a small in this sweater because I wanted a little bit of a looser fit. These Sperry shoes are one of my favorites to travel in because they are so comfortable and you don’t have to wear socks with them. They were great to wear all day long. I didn’t want to wear big jewelry for a long day of traveling, so I chose these colorful beaded bracelets to add some more color and fun to this outfit.

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Top // Shorts // Shoes // Necklace // Bracelets

WEDNESDAY

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We still had a few hours left in the morning before our 24 hours for the Divvy bikes was up. So, we decided to ride along the Lakefront Trail again because it was just so beautiful. We rode up by the Shedd Aquarium and the views of the city and Lake Michigan are stunning. And, of course we had to get more pictures. Once our time ran out for the Divvy bikes, we spent the rest of our day walking around Millennium Park and the Magnificent Mile. We stopped at The Bean, which is a great spot for pictures, and we got some delicious Garret’s Popcorn! The Magnificent Mile has some great shopping, which we couldn’t resist.

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A romper is a great piece to travel in because it is simple, comfortable, easy to pack, and it looks so cute! This one has a beautiful blue and pink floral pattern and fun tassels. I love the length of the shorts and that it is 3/4 sleeve. It is like you’re wearing pajamas… but really really cute pajamas. I am wearing an XS petite (I am only 5’2”) and it fits me perfectly. Next, I need to talk about these shoes. These are my favorite shoes of the summer. They have a low heel, which makes them easy and comfortable to walk in. The tan color matches with EVERYTHING. And, they are not suede! So many of this type of shoe are made with suede, which can get dirty easily and can be difficult to wear in the summer. These shoes are amazing. If you do not already have them in your closet, you need to get them right now. They will be great sandals to transition into fall!

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Romper // Shoes

My first trip to Chicago was amazing and I cannot wait to go back!

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How did I get here?

When I think back to where my fashion inspiration started, I think back to high school. Before you get any ideas…I wasn’t “cool” in high school. I studied hard, played volleyball, and just did my thing. I never really felt like I belonged in high school. But, I always felt good when I was wearing a cute outfit. It seems so simple, but I know I’m not the only one who feels more confident and happy when wearing a great outfit. I felt great in what I was wearing, and that was key for me.

Then, when I got to college, I became the go-to girl for fashion. And I loved it! I felt like people started to appreciate my sense of fashion. Plus, I was a great shopping partner.

And now, I am a middle school math teacher and I love getting dressed for work everyday. I pick out my outfits before I go to sleep so I am less stressed in the morning and can feel great all day in my look.

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I started my instagram account last September (2016) posting pictures of my outfits when I got to work each morning. I know they weren’t the best pictures and after the school year was over, I had a whopping 35 followers. I knew that if I wanted more followers, then I needed to really get serious about it. So I did a little research. I looked hard at the blogs that I love and tried to figure out what I liked the best about what they did. And, most importantly, I had to figure out what was going to set me apart.

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First and foremost, I want my blog to be fun! I want it to be informative for my readers and help them feel good about what they are wearing. All too often people tell me that they want me to come shopping with them and help them pick things out. I wish I could do that, but I just don’t have the time! So, I want this to be a guide for all the ladies out there who struggle to put pieces together, who don’t know if something looks good together, who want comfortable, cute, and affordable outfits to wear, who don’t want to spend a lot of money but want to look great at the same time. If any of these sound like you, then you have come to the right place. And, if you ever have any suggestions about what you would like to see on my blog and what you would like to see me write about, please please please leave a comment and let me know. This blog is for YOU!

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I honestly never thought anyone would actually be interested in knowing about the things I’m wearing, but I follow so many fashion bloggers and I love knowing all about that part of their lives. So, I’m guessing that a lot of other people do too. I like learning about new stores, new products, and new styles that I would have never known about without these fashion bloggers. I hope to inspire you to feel confident in what you are wearing and I am telling you, it will make you feel SO GOOD!

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5 Ways to Add Leopard to Your Outfit

Anyone who knows me well, knows that I LOVE LEOPARD! I have a leopard camera strap, a leopard baseball hat, leopard letters on all of the bulletin boards in my classroom, and leopard bed sheets. You could say I am obsessed. I would never wear a head to toe leopard outfit, but I love adding leopard accents to what I wear. Today’s post is all about adding a little leopard to your outfits. Don’t worry, it’s nothing crazy, but it is so FUN!

#1: Leopard Shoes

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There are so many great leopard shoes out there now. You can find leopard flats, heels, wedges, sandals. You name it, they make it with a leopard print. This look combines two of my favorite patterns: leopard and stripes. This black pleated skirt is perfect for work and I love it paired with a simple black and white striped t-shirt. I added a long necklace to the outfit, but the leopard shoes are the star of the show! The great thing about these shoes is the wedge, which makes them so incredibly comfortable. So, don’t be afraid to add some leopard shoes next time you put on a striped top! This combination is sure to turn a few heads 😉

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Shoes // Skirt // T-shirt // Necklace

#2: Leopard Shirt

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This leopard sweater is one of my favorite pieces in my closet because it is so versatile and comfortable. I paired it with some dark denim, hoop earrings, and black heels. Wearing a leopard pattern top is enough of a statement so I  kept the rest of my look pretty simple. I wanted to add just a little bit of color, so I threw on this mint green bracelet. I think this outfit is perfect for a casual Friday or a night out.

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Here are some of my favorite leopard top options: #1 // #2 // #3

Jeans // Shoes // Bracelet

#3: Leopard Skirt

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I absolutely love the pink and leopard combination in this outfit. This skirt is great because it is not a typical leopard pattern. It is not brown and black like most traditional leopard items. And that’s why I love it! Don’t be afraid of leopard pieces that are not the typical colors because they can sometimes be more fun. This black and white leopard skirt looks great with a pink t-shirt, pink earrings, and pink shoes. I wanted the skirt to be the star of the outfit so I kept the rest of the it in the same color family (PINK!). Just because you wear one black and white piece of clothing doesn’t mean the rest of your outfit also has to be black and white. Don’t be afraid of a little color. Light blue would also look great with this skirt!

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T-shirt // Earrings // Shoes

#4: Leopard Bag

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This is the easiest way to add leopard to your outfit! You can get all dressed in pretty much any color and then just add a leopard bag to pull the entire look together. I love the colors in this look paired with the leopard pattern. White pants with a chambray top is always a winning combination. Just add some nude sandals, and any color sweater will do! I love the contrast of this maroon color with the look. And how cute is this leopard clutch? It is big enough to hold pretty much everything that’s usually in my purse. This comfy effortless look definitely needs to be in your outfit rotation ASAP.

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Pants // Top // Sweater // Shoes // Earrings // Clutch // Lipstick // Lipgloss

#5: Leopard Belt

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This all black look makes me feel so beautiful. And to make it really pop, I just added a leopard belt and a fun lip color! I added heels to this look to make it date night ready. But, you can easily pair it with flats or booties for a great work look. Everyone needs a really great pair of black pants. These are super stretchy and fit like leggings, which I absolutely love! And, this tank top is so simple. Even with the simplicity of the pants and top, this is a very sophisticated and elegant look. All black is stunning and oh so slimming. And then you can just add any accessories you want to make the look pop….as long as it includes this leopard belt 😉

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Belt // Pants // Top // Earrings // Lipstick

How many times do you think I said leopard in this post? Take a guess. I know it’s a lot. Keep reading to find out if your guess is right.

Thank you so much for reading my first official blog post! And continue reading for some great outfit inspiration and more leopard ideas. Please leave a comment to let me know what you thought 🙂 Oh, and the answer is 35 times… Sorry I’m not sorry…

Note: Many of the pieces from the outfits in this post have been in my closet for a while. I did my best to find pieces that are similar to link for you so you can recreate these looks.

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