When I got my job a little over two years ago, I was so excited to have to follow a business casual dress code. Is that weird? I don’t know, I have just always loved the idea of dressing up for the office. I had a good amount of business attire from my previous job (although it wasn’t required), but I was starting at a new job so of course I wanted new items. I slowly started collecting new styles from my usual go-tos Target and Old Navy. Like most styles, they don’t last all that long in my closet. I am constantly changing my likes and dislikes.
One day I was browsing Topshop on the Nordstrom site and found a dark pink pair of high waist trousers. I was immediately obsessed and couldn’t stop thinking about them. I wanted them so badly but they were $69.00 if I remember correctly. I have never spent that much on a pair of pants so I didn’t think that I could now. My want however got the best of me and I convinced myself that I deserved them for starting a new job. I ordered them. When they arrived and I put them on I knew I made the right decision, but I was afraid to tell anyone how much they were. Why? I don’t know, it was my business anyways.
Now I have had these pants for over two years and still probably wear them once a month or every month and a half. They have become a staple in my closet. The color, although not bright, is still a fun pop, and it never fails when I wear them I STILL get compliments all day long.
I have realized that it is okay to have investment pieces if you are actually going to get use out of them. These pants are still in style and a great material so I know they will last. There really is a quality factor here. The key though is making sure you are investing in something that can be worn more than once (dresses I know are a different story, but why will we invest so much in a dress to be worn most likely once but question our decision to invest in pants that can be worn constantly?). A good pair of work pants, jeans, a blazer, basic work tops or outwear that will be put to good use I think are totally worth the investment. What are your investment pieces?
Outfit linked here (similar pant options as these are old): Top | Pants option one (comes in 3 colors including a similar pink) | Option two | Option three | Option four | Option five | Heels
My sister Tabitha and I have come to call this dress “the blogger dress”. It earned its name when the last Nordstrom anniversary sale happened. The dress wasn’t on sale but almost ALL of the bloggers we follow were wearing and talking about this dress by Leith. When I finally went to Nordstrom to try it on I understood why. This is probably the best dress I have ever owned. All the other bloggers kept talking about how great the fit was and how the ruching in the front covers any bloating or lack of abs. They were absolutely right. I feel so comfortable and good in this dress. It is long enough for work but still short enough to dress it up to go out. The crossed V front makes it a little sexy without being inappropriate. The best part is I feel like I can be relaxed in it and not worry about sucking it in all night or pulling it down so my butt doesn’t show like in a typical body-con. I am tall, like around 5’8″, and I can still wear a small in this dress and not worry about it being short. I already have it in black and this peach color, but I still want to get it in the navy… and possibly the green. It is just so versatile! It can seriously be worn for any occasion. Like below I just wore it with cheetah espadrille mules from Target to keep it casual to walk around Fremont Street. If you are looking for a good fitted dress I promise you, go try this on and you’ll probably want to buy it.
Outfit details linked here: dress (Leith), sunglasses (BP), shoes (dv for Target)
I know I got these almost a month ago but I just love them! I am talking about my mustard yellow, embellished slingback flats by Topshop at Nordstrom. When I first wanted them my friends were like nah don’t get those, except for Heather of course, she gets me and yellow gets both of us. I had them on my wish list since I saw them, I even already had an outfit planned to go with them which yes is the outfit below.
The day after black Friday, my style girl Taylor at the Brea Nordstrom text me to let me know they were having an additional 20% off sale items! I took a look and there they were! My flats, on sale, for like $27ish. Of course I bought them, they are just so cute! My outfit that I had in mind was my olive green chinos from A New Day at Target (um yes only $19.99), my gray and white striped sweater, also from A New Day at Target, and my Perry Street Necklace from Rocksbox. Look how cute it is!
Find the look here:
- The flats are sold out 😦 BUT they have the black leather ones STILL on sale, linked here from Nordstrom!
- Olive green straight leg slim chinos from Target
- Gray and white striped pullover sweater from Target
- Colette statement necklace by Perry Street from Rocksbox
PS- I meant to post this days ago but with the holidays it slipped past me!
PPS- I hope you all had a merry Christmas!
While out on our longboard, die in the desert adventure in Palm Springs two weeks ago, my bffff and I stopped by our favorite store in downtown Heavenly Couture. I have told you all about them before, NOTHING is over $16.99! WHAAAA?! Now I make it a point to always stop by when I am down there (She said she saw one in Huntington Beach but wasn’t sure if the pricing was the same so yes I will be down there soon checking it out). One of the items I found was a pale blue, belted duster (I am going to be honest here, I just found out it was called a duster LOL! I was calling it a long vest).
I wore it to work this week and I really liked it! It is not something I would normally wear but I have been working on trying more new things out of my norm. I got a lot of compliments on it too. My outfit made me think of fall because I added the booties and the color scheme. Now I am getting excited for fall, but then I remembered we still have ALL of August to sweat through. Anyways, check it out!
Heavenly Couture doesn’t really have their stuff online to link so looks like you will just have to go check them out 😉
Occasionally, as in more than I should, I stroll through the clothes section of Target. The other day I passed through and didn’t really see anything that I liked. It is hard when the seasons are changing and stores are redoing their entire floor set. I decided I was being good not finding anything and started to walk away… until I came across this dress! Pink chambray, how perfect is it? I grabbed one off the rack and didn’t even try it on, just went to the check out.
This dress is the perfect shade of pink and goes perfectly with all tans and browns. This time I paired my chestnut booties from Steve Madden (clearly my new favs since they are in most of my recent posts) but next I can even try my tan heels to make it more business casual for work. You can even add a sweater or a denim jacket to add more. I can’t wait to wear this again! I’m thinking this weekend with the sun coming out! (I am having trouble finding it online to link it but I will try looking again tonight!)
I have been waiting like a whole month to wear this outfit and it did NOT disappoint! I got the top and bottoms from Nordstrom. I love these pants because they are work pants yet feel like joggers, AND the back is elastic so I am sitting here so comfy all day long. I fell in love with this top the moment I saw it. I picked it up, looked at it and put it back and couldn’t stop thinking about it. I bought it the next day haha. I love how it is great for work yet can also be casual. I want to pair it with jeans next. Do keep in kind though it’s pretty big, this is a small and I’m swimming in it. I paired this outfit with tan heels for work but you can also make it causal. I changed out the heels for my chestnut booties and added a hat and I was ready to go out after work! I love, love, LOVE this combo! Also, please be proud of my easy front tuck because IT IS NOT EASY. Looking effortless sure can take a lot of effort! Check it out below!
Find the look here:
Top: B.P. Stripe Button Front Shirt- Nordstrom
Pants: Okay the pants are gone now but I found a similar pair and now I want these too! Topshop Ruffle Pocket Houndstooth Peg Trousers- Nordstrom
Heels: Steve Madden Women’s Carrson Ankle-Strap Sandals- Macy’s
So I have some good news! I have been working on figuring out a niche for my blog. I have been so broad and general I need a focus point. I was trying to think about what style I wear the most. That can be hard because my style always changes according to my mood or where I am going. As I was trying to pick out what to wear to work the next day it dawned on me, I spend the majority of my week in the office! Our office isn’t super dressy, in fact we really don’t have to dress up at all, but I like to, it is work after all. Shortly after I decided on this new office style niche, a job opportunity came to me. One of my best friends is a recruiter for the company and she approached me with the opportunity. I interviewed, got offered, and accepted! (I will go more into the new job once I have my first day). Anyways the new office dress code is business casual. This all made me feel that writing about office style was meant to be! I am really excited to get started. Some people think that dressing up for the office can be boring and plain, but I am going to show you all that you can still express yourself while dressing for work.
Stay tuned and have a great three day weekend!
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