THE Pants

Here I go with these pants again! It has been a while so I was due anyways right? These are my FAVORITE work pants! I always say it but I am so happy I bought these.  I had one outfit in mind when I bought them, only one! Which wasn’t the smartest idea considering how much they costed, but I am so happy I convinced myself to splurge. My newest pairing is with my chambray collard button up from Target! I feel a tad 80/90’s mom in this but I think that is just my new jam: mom jeans, high waist, tons of colors, all of the above.

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Anyways I do not know why I didn’t think about my chambray top with these pants before. Maybe I thought the colors would be too much, but really, is denim even a color? When you consider denim pants then they are kind of “colorless” right? Because we all (usually) say anything goes with denim. I definitely do not think a normal long sleeve button up chambray would go, but the sleeveless worked perfectly. If you have any other ideas for these pants let me know because I think I am finally running out of ideas…

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Links! Soo, these pants are long gone, and I can’t find anything super similar BUT PLEASE LOOK AT HOW CUTE THESE ONES ARE! They are Topshop from Nordstrom and are most definitely on my wishlist now. Topshop Belted Stripe Roll-Cuff TrousersTop from Who What Wear from Target linked here but it is on clearance and mostly sold out so a new similar one is linked here.

Stripes on Stripes

I love experimenting with pattern mixing, but sometimes when people think of pattern mixing they do not think of mixing two of the same kinds. In this outfit I chose to mix two different vertical stripes. This cannot work with just ANY or ALL striped pieces so be cautious with your choice. My pants are navy with thin, spaced out double white pinstripes. Although they have plenty of stripes, they are subtle enough to not be over powering. From afar they can almost pass as solid navy. My top is white and gray stripes with no extra spacing. This worked well because the colors weren’t standing out or fighting for attention. The gray and white almost blur together where a white and black stripe or other bright or dark color would pop too much and not mesh with the stripes on the pants. I was sure to keep the whole outfit on the gray/dark tone side.

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Now I am not usually one to wear dark colors or outfits. I wear them and I do like them, I just mostly end up leaning towards colors. When I do wear a darker outfit I like to add some kind of pop of color or in this case flare. To not be completely dark with this ensemble, I added my very shiny, rose gold Steve Madden DAISIE pumps and a statement necklace that was gold with pinkish stones. This way my metals (mostly) matched and added some kind of shine. Something had to stand out! It is fun to add bright shoes to a dark outfit, that way they are your statement piece. I actually think I built this outfit around the shoes. Statement pieces do not just have to be around your neck in a necklace form, they can be any piece of your outfit, shoes, accessories, handbag, blazer, etc. This was a fun way to spice up a work outfit, I got a lot of compliments in the office.

Do you have any pattern mixing success stories? I always feel like a winner when I pull one off! Do you get the same vibes?

Happy Friday Jr! Outfit is linked below:

  • Pants – Mine are Leith from Nordstrom but they are sold out, similar linked here
  • Top – A New Day from Target, linked here
  • Heels – Steve Madden DAISIE (currently on “pre-order”) linked here
  • Necklace – Perry Street from Rocksbox linked here (PS- if you use my code THEBLAWXOXO you get your first month of Rocksbox for free!)

The Red Striped Top!

Ladies! Remember a couple posts ago I showed you the red striped top from Who What Wear at Target? Post linked here in case you missed it. Well the top is finally online! I just wanted to update you because I love this top so much, so perfect for work this week with Valentine’s day!

Find the top here from Target!

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Red Stripes

I took a stroll through the Target clothing section, against my better judgment, and of course I found something. The seasons are finally changing in store so all the new merch is coming out. I love when the seasons change and seeing what the new styles will be. The second I saw just the pattern of this top I grabbed it off the rack. I was so excited when I saw the puffy shoulders! I tried it on and was sold, of course it’s by one of my favorite lines at Target, Who What Wear. It was one of those tops that you know exactly what you were going to pair it with, like my high waist, raw hem, mom jeans from Topshop (yes the label says “mom”). It came out so cute! I was worried the top would look weird tucked in because it is kind of boxy but it looked great. Of course when I wore it to work yesterday I wore black slacks with it untucked and that looked cute too.

Check it out!

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Find the look here: Top from Who What Wear at Target

My jeans are sold out too, but I found these other cute ones on sale at Target! Linked here!

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Digging that early 90’s mom look

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Kelly Kapowski vibes

Succulents!

I wanted to post about this because I was so proud of it. I couldn’t think of what to get my parents for Christmas that just passed like at all. I thought of lame things but they didn’t really need them. Finally I asked my dad what they needed for their Arizona house and he said decorations. Well, I tend to get my best ideas while sitting in traffic since I am in traffic twice a day forever. This is no joke, last time I was stuck in traffic for two hours just to meet my girls for dinner on a Wednesday, I replanned my entire wedding. I am not even close to being engaged, but my wedding will be beautiful you can bet.

Anyways, I had seen something on Pinterest to hold succulents and other plants. It was shelves built into wood pallets. I wasn’t entirely sure how to build that but I got this idea as I kept thinking to hook wooden crates together. I planned it all out. I needed six crates, wood stain, a paint brush, a bunch of succulents, and a way to hook them together. The most tools I had was a pink hammer and measuring tape from the dollar section at Target, so I ordered a pink drill from Home Depot! I mean why would I get a different color for my tool collection? I bought the crates at JoAnn’s Fabric already on sale AND I had a 20% off coupon so that was a plus there. Then I got the stain (a top coat and stain in one) and a paint brush at Home Depot. I also bought wood screws and a little pack of hooks. I spent so long staring at screws before I found them. I didn’t know what size or what kind! Finally a pack said wood screws and I thought that was good enough, I bought two sizes and one didn’t work.

I started staining on my patio and it took me FIVE ENDLESS HOURS. If I didn’t catch it, the stain would drip down one side and leave marks and it was a frustrating mess. The next day I put it together and had to play around to make sure all of the exposed sides weren’t the one with the drip marks. OH, side story: when I was planning out the shape I had this perfect vision. Then when I tried it, it didn’t work because the width wasn’t half the size of the length. I had to FaceTime my little sister and her boyfriend and play Tetris to figure out a new shape. What we came up with was even better than I had first planned!

So I screwed it all together and put the two hooks in and stood it up! Next was the fun part, adding the succulents. Thinking of my dad, he loves adding lights in their yard. We joke that he is afraid of the dark. I went back to Home Depot and found these adhesive, battery operated, LED lights that you push to turn on. I put those in three of the crates and then twinkly lights in the other three. Once it was all together I was in love and I wanted it for myself!

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My favorite is the glass diamond shaped thing with the twinkle lights, I found it at Hobby Lobby! I was planning on doing two hanging plants but I couldn’t find a second one that fit. My parents absolutely loved it, I was so happy! Now my sister wants me to make her one too! Sometimes, I am pretty crafty ;).

OTK Boots!

I was asked about my taupe over the knee boots I was wearing in this post. Mine are actually two years ago from Steve Madden called the GORGEOUS. Those are sold out but here are a couple similar ones:

Steve Madden Elektric (on sale!)                       Target Journee Collection Maya Faux Suede

                         

 

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Hope you are having a good Friday! 🙂

Fancy Flats!

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!

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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!

Year End Party

Sorry it has taken me so long to write this post, everything has been so busy with the upcoming holidays! I am sure you can all agree. I cannot believe Christmas is in a week from today! Are you ready? I almost am… I think. I wrapped three gifts last night and felt very accomplished. I still have a few things I need to get though.

Anyways, last Friday the 8th was my work year end party. My boyfriend was away at training so I brought my best friend and we had a blast. The “dress” I wore I had had my eye on for like ever. It was on my wishlist at Nordstrom and I kept stalking it. Finally it went on sale for 40% off so I HAD to buy it. My reasoning for buying it was for my work year end party, yeah I think I bought this in like September, only four months early LOL! I put dress in quotes because it is actually a romper. I kept calling it a “romper dress” not knowing the correct term until my bffff and I settled on “dromper”. Come to find out thanks to Socialite via Instagram, it is called a “walk through romper”. If you are lost, basically it is a romper with a long back almost like a train. I guess technically it is like a mullet! I know that all sounds so silly but wait until you see it!…

See! I felt so beautiful and sexy in it! I don’t want to sound conceited but you know those outfits that just give you all sorts of confidence? Well this was one of those. There was one flaw though… it is very low cut which again yes is sexy however, in order for it to not fly open and show off your girls you have to tape it to your chest with dress tape. That’s fine, I put it on and got all taped up. I also brought the tape with me in my purse because after my first experience with dress tape it starts to come off when you get sweaty and I knew we would be dancing. Before the party my bfff an I met up with my manger and his wife for dinner and right before we left dinner I went to the ladies room to re-tape a little before heading to the party. Once in a stall I realized I was completely taped to my chest, and wearing a romper. THERE WAS NO GETTING OUT OF IT, which meant no bathroom for me! Um I was slightly panicked as I feel I may have the smallest bladder in the world. I felt slightly dumb for not thinking of that before making this wardrobe choice.

I ended up getting through it though and we had a lot of fun. We rolled in at about 9:45pm, got some drinks, took photos in the photo booth, danced. THEN at 11pm a surprise guest appeared… SNOOP DOGG! Last year Nelly performed but we were thinking no one would be there this year since we were having “celebrity DJs” which I had no idea who they were. Snoop was fun and we danced to his show for an hour. Once he finished we decided to leave but not before we got a picture with the former Angel player Hank Conger! All in all, a great and eventful night, I just love being able to dress up.

Outfit details!

My “dress”/”dromper”/”walk through romper” was from Socialite at Nordstrom (unfortunately it is sold out since I bought it a while ago but they do have this new one I am obsessed with: linked here!)

My necklace is from Something Navy’s line at Nordstrom with Treasure & Bond linked here (they just got a restock last Friday so you better hurry)!

My heels are from Target and they are pretty comfy! Find them here!

Cher’s dress is from French Connection at Nordstrom linked here!

Cher’s heels are also from Target and linked here!

Little Ruffles

This is my THIRD post about a ruffle top! Convinced I am obsessed yet? I absolutely love the little dainty ruffles down the front of this button up blouse from Target (unfortunately it is sold out because I bought it a little while ago). The little ruffles give it just enough fun detail without being too much. Target’s new brand, A New Day, in my opinion is doing really well. I can always find something I like and the price point is great. When I saw the pieces coming out I thought they would cost more but they are around the same price or even cheaper than some of the other Target brands.

I paired this top with my Topshop high waist black cigarette pants from Nordstrom (which I seem to be pairing with everything lately). One thing I love about this pants is that they make your waist look so tiny! This combo made a great work outfit. I finished it off with my red Steve Madden heels and a red lip for a pop of color.  The only thing I do not care for on this shirt is that the sides come up high almost like a slit. This makes it to where you have to wear higher waisted pants whether you tuck it in or not because then your stomach shows, which is not really appropriate for the office.

Check it out! 🙂

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Little Black Dress

I love dresses but I don’t wear them all that often, especially not to work. I have long legs so it can be hard to find one that is an appropriate length for the office. I think it was back around the time of the Nordstrom sale that I saw a TON of bloggers all wearing the same dress. I checked it out and found it was by Leith, a ruched body-con. I looked at it A LOT before I finally bought it. It comes in a handful of colors but all of the ones I wanted were sold out in my size, so I settled with black (if you know me you know I don’t usually go for black). In this case though I am so happy I did! I can totally see why all of those bloggers I saw were obsessed with this dress because now I am. It is just perfect, there is no better description. The length is perfect for work, despite that fact that it is a body-con it isn’t your usual super tight dress so check the box again for work appropriate. The ruching in the front lets you not worry about any body issues like sucking it in all day or muffin tops, and the little V in the front adds just a little bit of sexy to it. I have paired it with flats/mules, heels, and over the knee boots like I did below. I have also topped it off with a blazer, and I have tried a knit sweater, again below. It is just perfect like I said and I cant wait to get it in another color. I also saw they have the same dress but with long sleeves, that is obviously on my wish list now.

Check it out below! (PS- I haven’t worn this necklace since my sister’s wedding in June and I do not know why because it is AMAZING! She got it for me from Baublebar for my Maid of Honor gift. Be prepared to see it more often!)

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Shop the look here: Leith Ruched Body-Con Tank Dress from Nordstrom | Necklace (sold out =/) | Sweater (similar linked here from Target) | Steve Madden ELEKTRIC Over the Knee Boots (similar, mine are from two years ago)

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