Clothing

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Animal Print

I can’t remember exactly when my leopard print obsession started. I know it was within the past 5 years since I graduated college, but I don’t think a week goes by without at least one outfit featuring leopard. As far as I’m considered, it’s a neutral. I wear leopard with floral, stripes and all sorts of other print. Power clashing is my favorite past time.

So as you can imagine, on a lazy weekend day when I just want to wear pajamas but realize that’s not socially acceptable, leopard is a must. This weekend I opted for my leopard slip-on sneakers. They jazz up the most boring of outfits and make me feel like I didn’t just roll out of bed unshowered when, in fact, I did.

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Trench Cole Haan | Sweatshirt Target | Necklace ILY Couture (similar)

Jeans Citizens of Humanity | Sneakers Target

Nothing cheers me up like a little animal print OOTD!

How do you feel about leopard print? Do you wear it often?

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Kicking Back

On the weekends, I like to kick back and stroll around town in something a bit more comfortable. This typically means jeans, a cozy top and flats. It’s still pretty chilly here in the Boston area, so I pushed my limits with this light jacket. I just can’t stand the sight of my Winter coats anymore.

On my way to meet up with Agnes for brunch, I pulled on my favorite military-inspired jacket and laced up my New Balance x Kate Spade sneakers. While I’m not normally a sneakers-outside-of-the-gym girl, these cuties work great with the athleisure trend so I couldn’t say no.

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athleisure ootdJacket MaxStudio via TJMaxx (similar) | Sweater MaxStudio via TJMaxx (similar)

Jeans Citizens of Humanity | Sneakers c/o New Balance (other styles)

Necklace SOWA Market (similar) | Belt J.Crew

Now excuse me as I go for another stroll.

What do you wear on weekends when you’re just relaxing?

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Top if Off

It’s FINALLY starting to feel like Spring here. The weather is getting warmer and the snow piles are only a few feet tall at this point. It’s basically beach weather. And with the nice weather and snow-free sidewalks comes the opportunity to wear something other than jeans and snow boots.

The other week I decided to get really crazy and wear something I haven’t worn in a while – a work dress and heels. It felt amazing to have my bare legs see the sun, and Lord knows they need it. I mean, look at my legs basically blending in with the snow. Plus, it put a little extra pep in my step to be dressed up at work again. Be gone, jeans! Just kidding, I still wear jeans 95% of the time, it’s just nice to not HAVE to wear them.

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Top it Off OOTD 7Coat J.Crew past season (similar) | Dress Polo via TJMaxx (similar) | Shoes BCBG 

Hat via TJMaxx (similar) | Earrings c/o Cecilia Gonzalez

What are some of your favorite dressy pieces for the workplace?

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Who, What, (Workout) Wear

I’d be lying if I said I was the most fit person out there. At one point in my life, I was. As a competitive gymnast for about 10 years, I worked out constantly. And then I “retired” and went to college … and then got a job  … and then got a bit lazy. You know how it goes.

I go through phases when I work out almost every day and phases when I just don’t for months on end. I’m reentering a workout phase and hoping to make it stick this time. I only ever fall out of my routine because of excuses I make for myself, and it’s time to stop making those excuses.

And while sheer motivation is the main driving force behind a constant routine, cute workout wear doesn’t hurt. I don’t know about you, but a new sneaker or a cute performance hoodie inspires me to go to the gym and show off my new outfit … I mean workout.

So this past weekend, I met up with Elissa from Style Wire for a blogger class at Endurance Pilates (more on that here). Before the class, we had a little fun warming up and snapping some pictures of our newest workout wear.  It was so fun to catch up, work out together and compare notes on our respective new workout attire.

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Oh don’t mind us, we’re just casually sitting in the middle of this parking lot. Nothing to see here. Move along …

Jacket c/o New Balance | Pants GapFit | Tank GapFit | Shoes c/o New Balance

What brands do you gravitate to for workout wear?

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Leather Sleeves and Scalloped Hems

If you know me at all, you know that I’m a self proclaimed Maxxinista. On an average week I can be found at my local store at least once and more often than not I come home with a goodie … or two, or three.

The other week when I was perusing the racks, I was considering how I could seriously use a few more business causal tops. I work in a very casual startup, so there is no real divide between my work and weekend wardrobes. What you see me wearing in my free time is what you also see me wearing during work hours. That is unless you find me at the beach or the gym. But I digress

So as I’m flipping through hangers, I looked across the women’s section and saw the most fabulous blazer/jacket situation on display. (Faux) leather sleeves, tweed body and a peplum waist were calling my name. It’s the perfect jacket to dress up for work or down for a weekend brunch. Naturally, I added to my “yes” pile. And then I glanced to the right a bit more and saw the most adorable blouse with a scalloped hem. I knew instantly that the blouse and jacket would work wonderfully together as well as blend into the rest of my wardrobe seamlessly. We rode off together into the sunset. On and one thing before you bring it up. I know I should have ironed my blouse, but that would require owning one. Moving on.

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Jacket Calvin Klein via TJMaxx (similar) | Top Willi Smith via TJMaxx (similar)

Necklace Forever 21 (similar) | Jeans Target

Booties Franco Sarto via TJMaxx (similar) | Watch Kate Spade

So far I’ve received approximately one zillion compliments on my jacket and also styled my blouse with a chunky knit, open-faced cardigan. Spoiler, it looked adorable that way too.

How do you work leather (either real or faux) into your wardrobe?

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Valentine’s Day Date

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I won’t be doing anything romantic this Valentine’s Day. I’ll be visiting my grandparents in DC and getting afternoon tea. I mean, if that doesn’t spell HOT, I don’t know what does.

But just because I won’t be with my boyfriend this weekend doesn’t mean I can’t get dressed up in celebration in love. And with that, I wanted to share with you my planned Valentine’s Day OOTD.

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Earrings c/o Robert Matthew | Clutch c/o Soul Carrier | Watch Kate Spade

Top (similar) | Pants Free People (similar) | Shoes BCBG 

It might be a bit over-the-top for afternoon tea with my grandma, but oh well. In the words of Oscar Wilde, “You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”

What will you be wearing this Valentine’s Day?

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Snowy Sunday

Some New Englanders have been itching for a snow day. As far as Winters go, this one has been pretty mild. Sure, there were a few below-zero days, but there have been plenty of days where I’m too toasty after walking more than a few minutes in my coat and scarf. And the icing on the cake, as far as I’m concerned? There has been little-to-no snow. We had flurries here and there, but nothing substantial … until now. It snowed on Saturday this past weekend and it’s set to potentially blizzard this week (when this post goes live).

Don’t get me wrong, I love Winter wear. The hats, coats, scarves and boots all tickle my fancy. I love a bundled look, but I don’t necessarily love the snow that goes with it. I like to wear snow boots because I choose to, not because I have to. Makes total sense, right? Right! Glad we’re on the same page.

This past Sunday, I met up with the lovely Agnes from Spoons and Stilettos for a cup of coffee and outfit photos. It was such a pleasure to meet Agnes, especially since we’re two city bloggers caught in the suburbs :) We might have gotten a few stares from people walking by, but we didn’t let that stop us from capturing our snowy OOTD.

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J.Crew Coat past season (similar) | Target scarf old (similar) | J.Crew chambray shirt

Vince tshirt | JCrew belt | Paige denim

L.L. Bean boots | Kate Spade watch | Kelsi Dagger purse via TJMaxx

J.Crew elephant necklace (similar) | Pendant necklace from SOWA  (similar)

Thanks to Agnes for taking my photos and I hope you all enjoyed my snowy OOTD.

What is your go-to snowy-day footwear outfit?

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Outfit Options: New Year’s Eve

Can you believe we’re just a couple of short weeks to the end of 2014 and the start of 2015? You probably can assuming that you have either a physical or electronic calendar that you can consult. But that’s beside the point.

To ring in 2015 correctly and start the year on a good foot, you’ll need (obviously NEED and not want) to rock a New Year’s Eve outfit that’s as fabulous as you. And plus, if there is one night when no one can mock you (or remember) for wearing a romper, NYE is the night. To help you plan for the midnight countdown, I’ve pulled together three outfit options that could work for (almost) every party.

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Top Outfit: jeans | top | purse | booties

Middle Outfit: skirt | top | clutch | booties

Bottom Outfit: romper | bracelet | clutch | heels

What will you be wearing while you ring in the New Year?

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Outfit Options: Holiday Party

With a week of December under our belt, holiday party season is in full swing. And with all the festivities comes lots of photo opportunities, which require only the cutest holiday party outfits. Whether you’re attending a casual get-together at a friend’s house or a swanky holiday party, I’ve got you covered with three options.

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Top Outfit: shirt | pants | flats | purse

Middle Outfit: dress | boots | necklace | clutch

Bottom Outfit: dress | clutch | heels

What will you be wearing to holiday parties this year?

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July Wish List

A new month means a new list of items I want someone to buy me … I mean I want to buy myself. And seeing as I was gone most of June for work, I didn’t get a chance to get the items on that wish list either. I guess I have double the shopping to do this month!

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Happy July!

Eyeliner | Beach Tint Shimmer | Dress | Necklace

What are you looking forward to nabbing this month?

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