Tuesday, January 31, 2012

winter white

I recently thrifted this cotton and rabbit hair blend sweater at Goodwill.  Prices at the Goodwills in my area went up in 2012....skirts, sweaters and tops went from $3.79 to $3.99.  Still worth the $3.99 price tag.  The sweater is from Gap originally, and is oh so cozy.  I bought this Ann Taylor skirt off Ebay over a year ago, and while I love it, I have struggled to figure out the right top to wear with it. 
These super cute burgundy shoes I picked up at the Naturalizer outlet when I was in Vegas in December.  Just the right punch of color, and at $20 a good steal for heels that feel like they have the cushioning of runners.


I realized today that this whole outfit (except for the boots and undergarments) is thrifted.  AND I recently found a new-to-me blog that features readers thrifted finds every Tuesday.  Considering 90% of my clothes are thrifted, I am super stoked about this.
The sweater is originally Old Navy ($3.79), the top is Banana Republic ($3.79 and has some cool detailing that you can't see in this picture), and the skirt is a Walmart brand ($2.99), but was found with the tags still on it.  Not bad for a casual Monday.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

crazy times

I have had a hard time this week getting in pictures....but I promise I have been wear clothes.  I pretty much wore this outfit with these shoes on Tuesday, and a variation of this outfit yesterday.  This mornings photo isn't very flattering (I promise it looks better in person) but at least I got a picture taken, even if I didn't have time to re-take the picture.
The skirt (Abercromby and Fitch), sweater (Nicole Miller) and the button down (Lee with tags still on) were all thrifted for $3.79 each.  yay Goodwill!

Thursday, January 12, 2012


This semester has hit me hard.  First week and I am already reaching for pieces based on comfort rather than style.  I picked up this gray 100% cashmere sweater at Goodwill shortly into new year.  100% cashmere sweater for $3.79....thank you Goodwill!
I paired the sweater with an easy-peasy combo of black pants and a white button down shirt.  Boring?  yes.  Comfy and easy?  definitely!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

one of those days

Today was one of those days where I tried on way to many outfits before ultimately deciding on the dress that I kept looking at every time I went in the closet.  Why didn't i grab it first?  It seemed too early in the semester for all over animal print.  Why ideas like that pop in my head I don't know.  This dress is super comfy and on a rainy day with lots of meetings and 2.75 hour power lecture comfort is key.
This is a dress I obtained via Goodwill for $4.99.  And after my long rant yesterday about how I like a pop of color with black and white, today I just didn't have a pop of color in me.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


Today is Everybody Everywear: Black and White.  Now this should have been super easy for me.  Half my closet is black and white.  If I could afford to buy all of my clothes from White House Black Market, I would.  But today is also the first day of classes and thus I am trying to set a tone and impression with my new students.  I have come to the revelation, as much as I thought I was a black and white girl, I am a black and white girl who needs a punch of color.  Pure black and white seems too harsh (not that I haven't done it, see here, here, hereherehere, here, here, here, here, here and here)  But I am coming to love a pop of color with my black and white.  (See pops of color with black and white: here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, herehere,and here. )  Wow, I really do like my black and white with a pop of color, as I only chose some outfits to link.  So today, I was just feeling the need for a pop of color.  I added below how it looks without the cardigan, and while nice it seems unfinished to me.  I tried a black blazer and a black cardigan but they seemed like overkill on the black.

I have had this shirt for a while (um well over a year) and it has gone completely unworn.  I guess it felt like too much a lot of the time.  but I got lots of compliments on it today, especially from my students.  The skirt is new to me (White House Black Market via Ebay).  I must say, whbm pencil skirts are the best.  There sizing is very consistent and fits my body shape the right way. 

Shoes: Aldo clearance ($39)
Skirt: White House Black Market via Ebay ($12)
Belt: Kohl's clearance ($3)
Tights: Talbot's Outlet ($3)
Shirt: Random Boutique ($19.99)
Cardigan: Moda via Goodwill ($3.79)

What do you think, was the cardigan the right call?

Black + White | Everybody, Everywear

Monday, January 9, 2012

And so it begins.....

Another semester starts.  I am 35 years old, and I still have that back to school in January feeling going on.  I wonder if it will ever go away?  Maybe when I retire?  Luckily, I don't teach today.  But I am still on campus with oodles to do.  This is how I braved the first dreary, rainy day of the semester:

I am have pretty much worn almost this exact same outfit before.....but why mess with a good thing?  (see first wearing here).

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

casual Wednesday

I don't often post my casual outfits.  In fact I don't post all my regular work day outfits, so the casual ones surely get missed.  But I am loving these jeans (despite the muffin top visible with this angle).  The flowers on the thigh make me happy.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Favorite Looks of 2011

So this post is a little late in coming, but I just decided I did want to highlight my favorite looks.  It will be fun to look back at them next year and see if I still like these looks.  I am going to post them in no particular order.  But the following looks are the ones that make me feel great, and put together, and most importantly like ME.

I think it is safe to say that despite how much I try to mix in some color, I feel my best in primarily black and white!