Belatedly, a Valentine’s Day post

Sorry for the lengthy absence! It’s been a crazy two weeks โ€” traveling, schoolwork, work-work, sporting events, bad weather, the usual. But, don’t worry โ€” I have some good posts coming up! I have a few new sweaters and nail polishes and styling tricks to show off. Stay tuned.

Before I get to the good stuff, though, I have to post my Valentine’s Day outfit, just because I liked it. It’s nothing crazy, I didn’t go full-out heart-spangled, but I never pass up an opportunity to dress for a holiday, even in college, so I had to go somewhat pink and flouncy. I tried to tone it down with brown accessories, and eventually I added a light gray cardigan, too. I don’t think I’ve ever belted this skirt before, and I’ll do it again, for sure โ€” I really like the shape it creates.

Look at that flawless hand heart. You’re impressed.

I had a low-key but fun Valentine’s Day; four of my friends and I hadย  “Singles Awareness Soiree,” where we baked cake, watched a movie and laughed a lot. Overall a great night. How did you celebrate? And at what age do you think I have to give up dressing up for holidays? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Remixing: School day to school board

Today was a difficult day to get dressed: I had to sit through a day of classes then attend a local school board meeting on a work assignment, all with an inch or so of snow on the ground and even more in the air. How to go from put-together casual to professional with minimal effort? My solution: A basic top and sweet accessories. Just a plain Forever 21 black turtleneck sweater, with a super pretty, multi-strand, multi-color New York and Company necklace and matching earrings.

The outfits:

For the school day, skinny jeans and my favorite black boots, which are not as waterproof as I would like but still functional.

For the school board meeting, Banana Republic slacks and my favorite black wedges (heels would have worked better with the slacks, but, again, snow). I also swapped the big, colorful earrings for plain studs.

I loved both looks today โ€” neither was complicated, but both looked sharp and pulled together, which is impressive on snow days, when half the campus is in sweats โ€” or, worse, leggings as pants โ€” and rainboots. Cheers.

Boots and Skirt and Boots and Skirt and Boots and Skirt…

One of my friends taught me the secret to beat-boxing: Just say “Boots and Cats” over and over. It sounds ridiculous, but I dare you to try it. Go ahead. Try.

So, if Boots and Cats works, Boots and Skirt can work, too, right? I don’t know. Seeing as there’s really not a non-silly way to beat-box, might as well go with it.

Today I did that thing were I got tired of wearing jeans and was determined to wear a skirt, regardless of what the weather did. Lucky for me, it turned out to rain all day. Awesome.

Proof that I took this first thing today: If you look closely, you can totally see my retainer. Awkward.

Wearing white tights on a rainy day was not a good call, but the outfit worked, for the most part. I picked this sweater up on clearance at Target a few months ago, and I love it โ€” it’s super soft, and it’s a great dress-up, dress-down piece. I like wearing it like this for college, but I can see myself someday attempting to wear it with a pair of brown slacks for a job. I really want a light blue collared shirt to wear under it, but the tank works for now.

What do you guys do on days when you just don’t want to wear pants, but the weather isn’t quite cooperating? I have to figure something out โ€” I’m predicting a rainy spring here because we’ve had such a mild winter. Missouri weather is always a challenge. Cheers.

My fall/winter uniform

Fun fact: I spent my first- through eighth-grade years in a uniform. Plaid skirt, polo, the works. I think that’s part of the reason I’m just starting to really think about clothes: I went through grade school wearing the same thing every day, then high school trying to wear something different every day, and now that I’ve figured that out, I can try to actually look decent every day.

But, I’ve come to realize, having a uniform was a pretty handy thing. Life’s always busy, and any day when I have to make one fewer decision is a good day. On days when I don’t feel like thinking too hard about what to wear, I turn to my favorite standby: my American Eagle cable-knit v-neck sweaters.

I don’t remember which one I got first, or when I got it, but these days I have five. The striped one is the newest; the purple one is my favorite. The colors and necklines change a little year to year, but one thing never changes: They’re honestly perfect for every single occasion. I’ve worn them with Chucks to class, with black slacks and heels to work, with skinny jeans and knee high boots for just about everything else. They work with scarves. Short necklaces. Long necklaces. Tank tops. T-shirts. Skirts. Seriously, I can’t get enough of them.

I’m cheating with the outfit photo below, because I’m wearing a Tommy Hilfiger version that I “stole” from my mom, but it’s basically the same thing. How many times have I wore variations on this outfit in the past two weeks? Seeing as only the solid blue one is clean right now, looks like five. I’m sure if you read back on this blog to last winter, you’ll see them several times. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.

Sorry for the horrendous Photoshop abuse. Sunshine + snow = death of my camera.

So if I go multiple days without an outfit post, you all can probably safely assume it’s because I’ve fallen into my uniform trap and I’m too embarrassed to admit it ๐Ÿ˜‰ Cheers.

Dressed-up Plaid

I haven’t outfit-posted in a few days because I’ve been sticking to basic gym-shoe-accommodating things in hopes of getting my somehow-injured foot back in shape. Today I reached the foot-injury stage of, “Well, this is going to hurt no matter what shoes I wear, so I might as well wear shoes I like.” So, back to your regularly scheduled programming.

I bought two button-up plaid shirts at Old Navy last week, and they’re just perfect for winter โ€” warm without being bulky. I’m not sure if they’re flannel or what (the receipt says flannel, but it’s debatable), but they’re great. The shirt’s cheap ($15-ish, depending on the sale you get โ€” I couldn’t find them online, sorry!) and available in about a billion colors, and it fits really well, too! I also appreciate that the sleeves stay rolled up when you roll them, because I typically push my sleeves up to my elbows, anyway.

Yup, we've got saloon doors in my basement. You're jealous.

I’m so hooked on the skirt/tights/boots combo. I skipped my brown boots in favor of gray ones to avoid looking too cowgirl, which was probably a good call, and dressed up the whole thing by keeping my hair and earrings nice. I love this look โ€” you’ll see this again soon. Cheers.

Shirt: Old Navy flannel something? sz XS. Still in stores, but not so much online; similar here. Skirt: Old Navy (old). Tank: Old Navy (old). Tights: Target. Boots: Payless, old, but similar here.

Boots, Skirts and Fuzzy Socks

I’m back, guys! We’ll see how long it lasts. New Year’s Resolution: Blog. Right.

Seriously, though, I’m going to try to start this up again. Why not? I’m home on winter break, so I have some free time to write and actually dress nice. I’m starting my stress!job again next semester, so I’ll need this blog for sanity’s sake again. And, an even more compelling reason to make this good: I finally took the leap of showing this to someone in my “real life.” My little sister and I read the same fashion blogs, so I made the decision to let her in on mine. Have to keep it cool so she doesn’t laugh at me too much ๐Ÿ˜‰

Today’s outfit started with a pair of boots. If you guys have been reading my blog from the beginning (which, okay, you probably haven’t, but let’s roll with that), you know that a) I have a pair of black knee-high boots that I adore and b) I have absolutely no idea how to wear them with anything other than skinny jeans. I think the problem is the attitude of the boots. They’re kind of tough, if you will โ€” I’ve had more than one friend refer to them as my “hooker boots,” which is never a good thing โ€” and I don’t know how to wear them with skirts or dresses. So, I wanted a pair of “softer” boots, wearable with skirts and dresses, and I wanted them to be brown, because I’ve never had brown boots. After a long search, I found my perfect pair at Target.

They’re tall but slouchy, brown but not cowgirl. I love them.

Once I had the boots, it was no time at all before I learned to wear them with skirts and tights. It just feels easy, you know? Today’s outfit is one of my current favorites (and my fashionista sister liked it, too!). I picked up this sweater with the skirt-tights-boots combo in mind. I like the way the off-white in the sweater pairs with the off-white tights.

I think I might go with my lighter denim skirt next time, just for a better contrast to the navy sweater, but it works for now.

Just for kicks: A confession, and a thought. Confession: I wear fuzzy socks under my boots. Why not? They’re warm. They’re soft. They’re comfortable. They keep my tights from getting too worn out. And, you know, no one can see them, so no big deal, right?

So here’s the thought. I do this. My friends all do this. Everyone I have talked to who wears boots has confessed to doing this at some point. Do any of you do this? And, more importantly, do you think there are famous people who do this? I can’t get the thought of Kate Middleton or Kim Kardashian or Katy Perry or some other celebrity walking around with fuzzy socks in her boots. Crazy or not, it makes me smile. Cheers.

Boots: Target Mossimo Kailey Tall Boots in brown, sz 5 1/2 (also available in black, gray, taupe and navy). Sweater: Forever 21 Patterned Knit Sweater, sz S. Skirt: Old Navy (old). Tights: Forever 21 (old). Socks: Old Navy Chenille Cozy Socks (Stripes out of stock, but star-patterned socks here).

Defeated by a false alarm

When I started the No Pants Challenge, I did so with the caveat of “I am only doing this as long as it is practical โ€” I am not wearing dresses in storms.” Because we were predicted to have thunderstorms and maybe a tornado today, I spent the whole day in pants. So disappointing! I didn’t even make it for a week. And it never rained! It was windy and the temperature dropped a lot, but rain never happened.

I always want to coordinate to my rainboots, so I went with a simple black/white/gray scheme. Nothing exciting, but it gets the job done. Also, how terribly stumpy do my legs look with these rainboots? There has to be a better way.

I got lost wandering around new parts of town today and ended up walking 4.5+ miles in my rainboots, up and down hills and whatnot in 70+ degree weather. At least I got my exercise, right?

Every day, I findย  new pretty places for backpack tripod and I to set up camp and get some pics. I feel like a lot of them end up more focused on the setting than on me, but I’m cool with that. If you’re going to look at my boring outfits, you might as well get to see a nice creek, too.

Cardigan and boots: Target. Jeans: Old Navy. Tank: Kohl’s.

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