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How to style an a-line skirt two ways

One Skirt, Two Ways – In the Office

This post should really be titled “How toStyle an A-line Skirt for Work,” but whatever.  Believe it or not, I only own ONE … I repeat, ONE … skirt. It’s this navy a-line skirt you see in this here post. I love the idea of skirts, but they always seem to ride up or turn around on me, so I end up pissed rather than feeling fabulous and fresh. In a fit of skirt-induced rage, I got rid of all of my skirts except this one since it didn’t move around as much as the others.

Seeing that this skirt is it for me, I need to be able to style it different ways for all of the different events in my life. And as much as I wish it wasn’t so, going to work is the most common event in my life (outside of eating, drinking and breathing, of course). So here you go, an outfit I sported this past week to work. And please find it in your heart to excuse the photo quality here, my camera died right before I shot with Agnes, so I had to resort to my trusty iPhone.

How to style an a-line skirt two ways How to style an a-line skirt two ways How to style an a-line skirt two ways How to style an a-line skirt two waysShirt J.Crew (similar) | Skirt Cynthia Riley (similar) | Flats Cole Haan

Next up – how to style an a-line skirt for date night.

What would you pair with this skirt for a day at the office?

Photo: beautyXposé; Diclosure

Outfit Post: Banana Republic

I felt like a walking advertisement for Banana Republic today because my pants, top and necklace were all purchased there recently. I went shopping yesterday for the bf’s birthday present (which I did get), and ended up doing a little shopping for myself. It was Memorial Day, so I couldn’t help it. Plus, Banana was offering me 40% off my purchase. It would have been a crime against nature to walk away!

These trouser jeans as perfect for both a casual and a semi-dressy occasion, plus the top is so fabulous for sping! I love the zig-zag lace detailing and the bright pink color.

The pink top is so perfect for spring
How can you not love a back zipper?
These are the perfect work jeans
A close-up of the top's detailing and delicate necklace
Showing a little ankle - getting frisky
I'm thinking about shortening these pants just a little bit, as they are a bit too slouchy at the ankle for my liking

TopBanana Republic; Trouser JeansBanana Republic; Necklace – Banana Republic; Shoes – DSW

Do you shop at Banana Republic? If so, do you have a favorite piece?

Photos: Kristin Bassett/BeautyXpose

Outfit Post: Orange You Glad?

I was going to start this post with and “orange you glad” knock, knock joke, but I didn’t want everyone to unsubsrcibe from BX on account for my lame jokes. You’re welcome.

This past Friday, I had the day off of work to attend my boyfriend’s brother’s college graduation. It was the first beautiful day in a long time, so I was happy to not be in the office (and to be at his graduation, of course!). Being myself, I had planned out what to wear approximately a week before the actual event. I knew I wanted to wear the orange J.Crew dress that I scored at the same time as my J.Crew eyelet shorts. I also knew that I was going to wear it with my birthday Kate Spade necklace, because the colors together are gorgeous … and I try to work that necklace in to every outfit.

Dress J.Crew | Necklace Kate Spade | Shoes via TJMaxx (similar)

On another note, this is the last photo that was taken before I chopped off all my hair at the Sassoon on Boylston Street. You can see it here.

Would you rock orange?

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure

Outfit Post: Mixing Patterns

Look at me – getting crazy, mixing patterns. I would like to say that I planned this, but I didn’t even realize I was mixing patterns until one of my coworkers pointed it out. This fashion genius (oh yeah, I went there) was all a coincidence. I think it worked out well, but I suppose I’m a bit biased.

On another note – holy moly, my hair has gotten way long. Good thing I have an appointment at Sassoon this weekend. I thought about just getting a trim, but now I think I might get a little crazy. I can’t wait to share my hair transformation with you in a few days!

Think I'm just wearing one print? Think again!
Stripes and florals? Who do I think I am?!
Top it off (bottom it off?) with bow flats

Shirt and Shoes – TJMaxx; SkirtTarget; Necklace – Forever 21

In case you were wondering (I’m sure you weren’t), this is appearance number two for this neon/nautical top. I also wore its “fraternal twin” shirt in my Eyelet Shorts post just a couple of days ago. Yes – this shirt is so comfy, I bought it in two colors. It was either a great idea or an obsessive one. Not sure yet.

Photos – Kristin Bassett/BeautyXpose

Outfit Post: Neon and Nautical

Two trends are popular these days (well, along with others): nautical and neons. I like to think that I merged these two trends into one happy outfit today. I got this beautiful necklace two weeks ago for my birthday from my wonderful boyfriend. He picked it out all by himself with no help from me. Aren’t you so proud of him? The top I’m wearing is not only cute, but it’s also one of the comfiest pieces of clothing I own. I love it so much, I also bought it in green and navy stripes.

Other breaking news: I just got a new fancy camera. The Canon t2i to be exact. I hope you can notice a difference in the photo quality from previous outfit posts. I’m so thrilled with the improvement, but it’s only worth it if you, my lovely readers, notice a change.

A glimpse of my entire outfit
Put your hands upon you hips ...
Absolutely love my birthday necklace!
A little wrist action
The view from the top

Top/Jeans/Flats – TJMaxx; BeltJ.Crew; NecklaceKate Spade; Watch – Michael Kors

So, let’s hear it. What do you think about these two trends, my outfit or my new photos/camera. Can’t wait to hear from you all!

Photos: Kristin Bassett/BeautyXpose

Outfit Post: I’m a Giraffe

So I’m not literally a giraffe (in case you couldn’t figure that out on your own), but I’m pretty sure this dress is giraffe print, which obviously makes me a giraffe by association. It’s been a long week (yes I know it’s only Monday), so excuse my nonsensical rambling.

I found this dress (by Valerie Bertinelli) at my local TJMaxx last Friday while I as shopping. Some people drink after a hard week of work, but I shop. I rationalize my unnecessary spending by reminding myself that’s it’s healthier for my body than excessive post-work drinking. I love a good animal print, so I couldn’t put this dress back on the rack. Next time, I am definitely going to style it with a colorful belt and maybe even a statement necklace. Getting crazy, I know.

Does this giraffe print make me look taller? (Bad joke, I know)
I feel like I'm hosting the weather segment on the news in this photo
Just trying to show off my new earrings
My cute new earrings (which were absolutely not visible in the above photo)
All my jewels

 Dress – Valerie Bertinelli (via TJMaxx); Sandals – Target; Earrings – Found (which is the name of a consignment shop); Watch – Michael Kors; Black and gold bracelet – Found (which is the name of a consignment shop); Middle three bracelets – gifts from family and the BF; Far right bracelet – Found (which is the name of a consignment shop)

What do you all think of animal print?

Photos: Kristin Bassett/BeautyXpose

Outfit Post: Colored Denim

Since it’s finally Spring, all I want to do is wear all the bright colors I own at once. I often curb the urge and try to stick to one or two bold colors per outfit, but one day I might just go hog-wild and wear them all!

Anywho … I decided to wear bright pinkish-purple and blue to brighten my Monday. Since it was my first day back from vacation, I felt the need to sport a particularly colorful outfit. Plus, I bought these bright blue skinny jeans from Banana Republic while on vacation in Florida, so I just couldn’t resist.

Caridgan H&M (similar) | Top via TJMaxx  (similar)

Jeans Banana Republic (similar)| Shoes MaxStudio via TJMaxx (similar)

I’m sorry, I couldn’t find any of the items online 🙁 I just bought the pants, but it was at an outlet store, so possibly they aren’t available online anymore? That seems odd since colored denim is so popular now,  but oh well.

What are you favorite bold color combos?

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure

Outfit Post: Flower Power

To celebrate the first day of Spring, I wore a bold pair of pants … naturally. My pant choice was definetly aggresive, but I felt it was my obligation to the world to give them a shot. Ok, so I am in no way morally obliged to test out patterned pants for the world, but I was curious.

I ran past this pair of pants in the window of a local H&M. At first I was appalled, then confused, then intrigued and then in love. I felt that it was my calling to own these pants. Plus, they were only $15, so I couldn’t help myself. Can you blame me?

Some people giggled at my pants, other people feigned interest (I know they thought I was crazy for wearing them) and others still professed their love. Now it’s your turn to judge…

How can you NOT want pants with flowers?!
Just your average flower pants...
They're just so flower-y!
How can you be anything but happy when you look down and see flowers ALL DAY LONG?!

PantsH&M; Cardigan & Camisole– also H&M; Belt– J.Crew; Shoes– MaxStudio (via TJMaxx, but you can also find them at DSW)

Would you wear flowered pants?

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Style with FauxReal

This year, you don’t have to count on the luck o’ the Irish to get lucky on St. Patrick’s Day. Instead, you simply have to count on FauxReal and its “Kiss me, I’m Irish” t-shirt. It’s the tuxedo t-shirt of St. Patrick’s Day.

If you’ll be celebrating at a parade, pub crawl, (casual) workplace or simply at your house, this shirt is the perfect (and humorous) way to show your festive side. Plus, it’s pretty cozy!

Am I wearing 1 shirt or 2? You'll never know!
Business in the back, party in the front
Attempting my own version of an Irish jig
Kiss me, I'm Irish!

If you take yourself seriously, this isn’t the shirt for you. This is the type of shirt for the gal who’s looking to kick back, have fun and maybe get her kiss on during St. Patrick’s Day. Plus, you won’t have to bother with accessorizing since the shirt comes with it’s own photorealistic shamrock necklace.

The “Kiss Me I’m Irish” shirt retails at $25 at the FauxReal website. If you need help with sizing – I normally wear anywhere from a size 6-10 in tops, depending on the retailer. I’m typically a medium, but this small fit just perfectly.

How will you be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this year?

Photo: Kristin Bassett/Beautyxpose; Disclosure

Outfit Post: Silver Lining

It’s been a long time, my outfit-post friends. I think the last true outfit post I did was back in the days of “No Pants, No Problem.” As much as I love fashion and dressing up, I chose to skip the outfit posts for a few reason:

  1. I didn’t have a proper camera, so I had to use my Mac
  2. Using my Mac meant I had 3 seconds between hitting the shutter button and striking a pose
  3. It was hard to position my Mac in ways that didn’t make me look like I was all sorts of distorted.

My thinking was that struggling for sub-par outfit photos was more hassle than it was worth. Plus, I didn’t want you to have to suffer through my poopy photos.

Lately though, I’ve been lusting over everyone’s outfit posts and having a little blog envy. While I still don’t have a proper camera, I’ve invested in a remote and tripod for my iPhone so taking self-portraits in the morning will be much easier.

Please bear with me, I’m still struggling to master the lighting and camera settings on my phone. I’ll play around with this for a bit to see if I can get good quality photos before I fork over truck-loads of money for a quality camera.

Enough of my rambling. It’s outfit time!

Shirt via Marshalls (similar) | Skirt Gap (similar)

Shoes Max Studio via DSW | Earrings Forever 21 (Similar)

Sorry, I could only find the shoes still available online 🙁

Could anyone recommend tips for taking great photos on an iPhone or a great camera if I decide to invest?

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure