The February Challenge: Day 8 : Crested

I went through a phase when I loved crested blazers and “collected” a few. I have since decided that they can be a little too prep school and now face this dilemma between keeping them or donating them.

J. Crew coat & skirt, Talbots blazer (similar), Yesstyle blouse (similar), Ann Taylor belt & shoes, and Prada bag

What are your thoughts on crested blazers?

The February Challenge: Day 6 : Fanfare & Townhouse

The ASOS pussybow dress seen here hasn’t been worn in several months. It was one of the items that I had picked for the 30×30 challenge that I did last summer and was then relegated to the back of my closet once the challenge ended.

A simple two-tone dress is the ideal blank canvas to paint on; belt it to further accentuate the colorblocking trend and try a skirt over the bottom or a cardigan over the top and it’s a brand new outfit. For a lazy morning dresser like me it’s a clear closet staple. 

J. Crew coat & jacket, ASOS dress (similar here and here), Ann Taylor belt (in black) & shoes, Talbots gloves (similar), and Prada bag

Do you own a two-tone dress? How do you wear it?

The February Challenge: Day 5 : Hemming Woes

I bought these Theory pants last summer and briefly contemplated doing my own DIY hem but abandoned the plan at the eleventh hour because I didn’t have enough confidence to operate on such a fine piece of garment.

Ann Taylor blouse, J. Crew coat, Theory pants, Ziginy shoes, and Prada bag

I also haven’t decided how much to hem it so it’s been gathering dust in my closet. It is pictured at the original length and it’s obvious that it won’t work without a serious hem job.

How much do you typically hem your pants? I suffer from serious hem job regret sometimes which is part of why I don’t own too many pairs of pants.

OOTD: Deja vu

I haven’t been posting very many work outfits because they have been fairly uninspired. It’s hard to find motivation to dig through a room littered with clothes in the morning for an unexpected pairing.

And while I love a classic silhouette, with my more relaxed work environment on most days I can get away with a somewhat creative outfit. So…I have resolved to dress more whimsically for work and try out different styles to  see how they look on my shape. 

This is the jumping off point for me. I don’t veer too far from button up, pencil skirt and a pair of pumps so I’ll at least swap out the skirt for something different on Monday. 

red theory skirt j crew townhouse trench heather caramel ann taylor leopard shoes
Ann Taylor top (similar), necklace & shoes ($$$ here), J. Crew coat, Theory skirt, and Prada bag

ootd red theory skirt j crew townhouse trench heather caramel ann taylor leopard shoes ann taylor white blouse black calfskin prada bag

If you see some weird pairings in the next little while, just forgive me for trying to integrate a bit of my own idiosyncratic elements into those outfits. That, or I really just rolled out of bed and put on the first things I see.

Wish me luck!

OOTD & AE Long Cable Sweater Review

It warmed up unexpectedly yesterday after three days of misery here in the Northeast. I had bundled up in anticipation of harsh winter conditions but by lunch I was out and about without a jacket.

j crew townhouse trench heather caramel flair skirt old navy american eagle sweater
J. Crew coat & skirt, American Eagle sweater (striped version here), F21 necklace, and Hunter boots (and here)

j crew townhouse trench heather caramel flair skirt old navy american eagle sweater f21 necklace

I thought I would do a quick review of the AE Long Cable Sweaters that I purchased two weeks ago. I ordered about 10 colors in all and returned about four of them (due to color difference and manufacturing defects, small holes specifically).

american eagle v neck sweaters

What I like about this particular sweater is that it’s logo-less (eagle logos stop being age appropriate for me about 10 years ago) and the price is very reasonable (I got them for less than $10 each). The XXS fits snugly but since I don’t normally wear a tank top underneath sweaters and plan to wear the sweater like a fitted top, I don’t mind the fit.

rainbow colors american eagle v neck sweaters

 The sweaters are rather thin and with lighter colors a nude color bra is necessary (unless the intention is to make your bra color known). The sweaters also vary quite a bit in fit across colors. Of the 10 sweaters that I got, the green sweater shown here is perhaps the tightest fitting (along with the red and the black).

AE Long Cable Sweater American Eagle Green

The length of the top and the sleeves were a bit long for a 5’2 person but nothing egregious.

In all, I think the beautiful colors are what sold me on the sweaters. I also don’t own very many sweaters in a similar style so these ended up being keepers for me.

AE Long Cable Sweater American Eagle

See the sweater on my beautiful blog friend Pauline.


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