Maurice’s Work Wear

I went to Maurice’s several weeks ago to try on some work wear and realized that I never put up a post with the pictures! The good news is, some of the pieces are on clearance now, so you can get a great deal! I really love work wear at Maurice’s. It’s NOT your traditional, conservative stuff. It’s fun, but still office appropriate. For some reason I tried on a LOT of black this time. I’m usually all about color, but not this time! All of these things can be mixed and matched with colorful items to make things a little less dreary! Here are a few of the things I tried on

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First of all, Maurice’s has great pants. I’ve said it a million times, I think. They have great fit, they wear and wash well, have lengths from x-short to x-tall (not available in every style, but still, that’s a big deal!), and they’re not ridiculously priced. I just love them! These skinny knit pants are just fabulous. They are like leggings, but better. They’re thick and stay put and look like pants. The lace front tank is so cute and could be worn with a cardigan, jacket or blazer over it, or even by itself. I am crazy about this zip front cardigan too. I love the black/white knit and the embellishment on the shoulders is sooo cute! I think this would be a great day to night look. You know, for someone who went out at night (aka, not me). But I would look fabulous at work AND as I sit on the couch watching The Voice and trying not to fall asleep!

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Same cardigan and pants as above with this really cute belted tunic top. It is sleeveless and chiffon, so not exactly warm, but really darn cute! It layers so well with a LOT, so I think it could work. I didn’t end up buying this shirt, but now that I am looking back at these pictures, I’m wondering if I should? Wouldn’t it look great with a burgundy cardigan? (YES!!) Or burgundy pants?! Maurice’s had some adorable burgundy knit pants that are now sold out online. That is so very sad. Look how cute they were-

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I tried them on with this cute olive lace tank (on super clearance now!) and the embellished cardigan (again).

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This outfit I liked less than I had expected. This jacket was cute, but just didn’t fit me well. Same goes for this simple flared circle skirt. I liked the idea of this with black tights and black booties, but probably for someone taller than I am! Unfortunately the skirt is now sold out too, but you can find lots of other skirts here– there are some adorable print pencil skirts in there!

Maurice’s currently has a BOGO 50% off offer in stores and online with the code SHOPFALL1014. It would be a great time to try something new (like skinny knit pants and a great cardigan!).

*I have no connection with Maurices or compensation from them, I just really like shopping there! ūüôā

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I Heart Maurices!

Living in a small town, my in-person shopping options are pretty limited. I’m a BIG online shopping fan, but I also love to actually SEE the clothes and try them on in person. One of the few stores we have in town is Maurice’s. I have been going to this store since I was in Jr High and I definitely think they have stepped up their game in recent years. It used to be a very juniors store, and while there’s still some stuff that I just can’t do, they also have some great clothes. Their work wear section is great and I love their pants and jeans that come in lots of lengths and sizes that flatter my very non-junior, post two babies, body! I see ladies from teens to women in their 50’s and 60’s shopping there, so I think there is a lot of great stuff. They also have great shoes and accessories.

They also have great sales. There always seems to be a BOGO 50% sale with different items in the store, and they send out fairly regular coupons if you’re on their mailing list to. They have good online sales, too, which I use sometimes as well (like if my store is out of my size in something or I missed an item in-store). I just got a 25% off coupon (That is re-usable!) in the mail this week and decided to head there on a kid-free evening to do some solo shopping.

They had a LOT of sweatshirt tunics/dresses in the store and I thought they looked SO cute and comfy that I had to try some on.

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This one was a great plum color with some cool faux-leather accents. I LOVE elbow patches and these were adorable!

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This striped dress was so cute. Unfortunately it was kind of long for me. But I loved the cozy fabric and lace details!

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This tunic was actually my favorite of the three. The kangaroo pocket was really cute and it looked and felt perfect for lounging on a cold night or on the weekend. It also comes in a pink stripe (this one is olive). I didn’t end up getting it this time, but I may have to before my coupon expires!

I didn’t get pictures, but I also tried these two sweatshirts on and really liked them too!

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Faded Camo Sweatshirt

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Floral Sweatshirt

I thought these were SO cozy and are a great way to add a little of some fun trends for fall in your casual wear.

Here are two things that DID go home with me!

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This sweater is awesome! It’s such a fun tribal print and it’s in gray, which is a little different. It will go with everything! It’s also very soft and cozy.

I tried it on with a wine colored shirt, which was really cute and made me think of how I could wear it with my wine colored pants this fall. Fun!

The floral baseball shirt is a lot of fun too. It’s very soft and I liked the colors a lot. I might actually do some pattern mixing and wear the cardigan with the shirt. I think that will be really cute. I’m really liking the floral for fall trend that’s everywhere right now. I’ve always done spring and summer florals, but this is a little different.

I also got these pants, which I am wearing in the pics but are hard to see. They are kind of part pants/part leggings. They are nice and thick (no jiggling allowed, unlike some leggings!) but are still super skinny. They are perfect for boots. These come in different lengths, which I love and this pair comes up fairly high to hide a muffin top (not that I would know….lol!).

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I got them because I have this pair¬†from two years ago that I have worn just about constantly! They are amazing! These have pockets and button and zipper just like regular pants. They’re wonderful! They also have them in this great wine color with faux leather trim on. If I didn’t have pants in this color already, I would probably have to get these!

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There are SO many more things I could have tried besides these. I will definitely have to make this a muti-parter! I love trying new things and sharing the things I find- whether it looks good or not!

What do you think? Are you a Maurice’s shopper? Any new trends you’re trying out this fall?

Love Lauren

Work Wear Style Me Challenge- Week 4

The Style Challenge has come to an end and I’m kind of bummed. But, I’m also excited to use the new style tools I gathered along the way to do some fun stuff with my outfits.

Day 13:

The challenge called for a cardigan over a sheath dress with a belt. I love this look! I felt polished and very put together. However, it was on this day that the heavens decided to open and it poured rain basically all day. I love looking good, but I hate being wet and soggy, so I had to change things up!

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The polished sheath dress look became a much more casual outfit! But, I loved this too! This leopard cardi is going to be my BFF this winter I’m sure! I layered it over a denim shirt and wore some skinny ponte black pants and ankle boots. I wanted to keep my cute layered necklace, but it was too much with the shirt and cardigan, so I switched it out for a simpler blue necklace.

Cardigan is Old Navy. Denim shirt is JCP. Black pants are Maurices (these are fabulous-SO comfy and skinny enough for boots with no problems, but a nice thick knit- they get tons of wear in cold weather!). Booties are from K-mart (I’m so proud of this fact! It’s not somewhere I shop much at all, but I happened upon these on super clearance this past spring and they are so cute!). Sheath dress is JCP. Colorblock wedges are Payless. Teal layered necklace is Charming Charlie’s and blue one is Loft Outlet.

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Day 15

The outfit was supposed to be finished off with a blazer, but I loved my new khaki jacket with this outfit! I felt cute and put together but still casual. The necklace was the perfect pull-together piece!

I need to talk about these jeans for a second. They are a few years old, but they are my old faithfuls! For a long time I stayed off of the skinny jean train because I have large thighs and just legs in general. But I tried these on and fell in love! They are the perfect length for me, fit perfectly (even when I’m a few pounds heavier or lighter¬†than usual), and have a nice wash that’s always appropriate. They’re from JCP and I’ve never found another pair that was just right like these!

My jacket was an impulse buy from Nordstrom (now out of stock). Mix and Match Mama suggested it and it was on sale for less than $30, so I went for it. It’s very cute, but it does have a few issues- it wrinkles really quickly/easily and the sleeves cuffs are huge. There’s elastic in the cuffs, but it’s gigantic around my wrist. I sized up since it’s a junior’s jacket, but that shouldn’t make the cuffs THAT big. It’s still cute and is something I didn’t have in my wardrobe, though, so I kept it. The sleeves are easily pushed up and I usually roll/push up my sleeves anyway, so it was fine.

The top is Old Navy. Necklace from Jane.com and leopard flats from Target.

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Just because two outfits were not enough…

Monday

I pulled out some pieces I hadn’t worn in a while during the challenge!

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I liked the soft flowy top with my bright skinny pants and structured denim jacket. I also couldn’t wait to wear these fun earrings! The colors weren’t something I’d normally put together, but I liked the pop.

Top is from Maurice’s this past spring, shoes are Target and earrings are Charming Charlie’s.

My denim jacket is Kut from the Kloth last year. Here’s a jacket from this year. This year’s colors are different and I like them (but honestly, I like mine more!). I never though of a denim jacket as an investment piece, but I’ve gotten so much wear out of this thing, it’s crazy, and I’ll be wearing it tons this fall/winter too!

Pants are Old Navy pixie pants and they’re my fave! They are on sale for $25 right now, so if you don’t have any yet, this is a great time to buy!

Wednesday

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I was running late, so I pulled out a challenge outfit! I went heavy on the pink and loved it! Also showing off my new cognac tote bag from Call It Spring. I got it on sale at an outlet this past weekend and I’m loving it!

Thanks for journeying through this little challenge with me! It’s been fun! I am SO ready to start the fall challenge! Sign up starts soon and the challenge will start in October. I’ll be sure to update my blog with the information when the time comes!

Also, be sure to check out my fellow Work Wear Challenge Bloggers’ last few outfits!

Love Lauren

TOMS!!

I LOOOOVE Toms! I love what the stand for in helping give something as simple (but also as important!) as shoes. In case you live in a cave and don’t know, Toms gives a pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair purchased. They also provide eye glasses, water, and probably more things that I don’t know about!

I also love a good deal! Toms are kind of expensive, so any chance to do good and save a little bit too, is even better. Toms are on Zulily starting today! There are SO many cute styles and colors! 

My kids and I wear our Toms a lot. My son has worn out several pairs, just because he refused to wear anything else! They are comfy, but also really cute and stylish. I have simple navy ones, red peep-toe wedges, leopard pattern burlap ones, and suede booties (and a few more too…it’s kind of an addiction).

You can check them out here.

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Red wedges

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Burlap Leopard Originals

Weekending and JCP Clearance!

I love this outfit! Lots of pattern mixing, but not too over the top. I’d love to add booties and a cozy cardi in the fall!

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My top is from Forever 21 earlier this summer, pants are from JCP last year, and shoes are my beloved leopard Toms from last year. I’ve worn them so much, the spots are getting really faded in places! I love Toms!

I also wanted to share some fun finds at JCP this past week. They have tons of summer stuff on clearance right now. I found jeans, shorts, cardigans, and a sweater for just $2.99 and a blazer for $4.99! There’s also coupons online to get and extra percentage off, even above the clearance prices! I found some stuff for my kiddos to save for next summer too. I love getting a good deal!

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