What’s black and white and cobalt all over?

ME! In this cute, work appropriate Pinterest re-creation! I love when I see something on Pinterest and know immediately that I already have all the pieces to put together a similar outfit already. I actually pinned this months ago but hadn’t gotten around to actually wearing it until last week. Here’s the original photo:

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By Outfit Posts via Pinterest

Here’s how I interpreted it:

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My top (color no longer available in this exact print, but here’s an option with smaller dots) and pants are from Old Navy, sweater is from Loft last year, boots are from Maurices, and necklace is from Charming Charlie.

I loved how this outfit came together! I did a pullover sweater instead of a cardigan and boots instead of heels. I bought the pants this past spring. They were my first pair of Pixie Pants and I haven’t looked back since! They’re so cute and comfortable! I also loved the gold and blingy jewelry. I think it dressed up the outfit just enough.

I can definitely see myself wearing this outfit again!

Fall Style Challenge Week 4!

What a fun challenge this has been! The outfits have been a lot of fun and I’ve found some new favorite pieces as a result. The Facebook group has been HUGE but so much fun with so many ladies posting. And the blog link-up has been great too! So, here are my last several looks.

Day 17

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I got to break out my faux leather striped leggings! I thought this outfit was so cute and fun! The pieces are actually all pretty new too.

The cardigan and top are both from Maurice’s. I love burgundy this fall. If I see something burgundy I basically want it…now. My leggings are from JCP. I can’t find the exact ones online, but these are pretty similar. Shoes are from Target.

I like all the fun details going on. I think it’s a lot of fun without being too much. It would be a great going out outfit too- especially with some heels!

Day 18

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So…more burgundy! I LOVED this outfit. I made a few alterations to the prescribed outfit- like changing out jeans for colored skinny pants and adding the cardigan but I think it came together so well. This may be my favorite look of the challenge and I have the Facebook group to thank! I was inspired by this picture from Groopdealz that one challenger shared. I HAD to have this vest that I have wanted for over a year (so glad it got popular enough to have knockoffs made! lol!).

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I didn’t recreate it exactly, but I LOVED my Old Navy leopard cardigan (sadly, they are almost sold out now, but there’s also this pullover version available in a few more sizes) with the black puffer I got at Old Navy last year. I also added my burgundy pixie pants (color is wine purple) ALSO from Old Navy and my Naturalizer boots that I love more every time I wear them!

Day 19

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I think this day was supposed to include the neutral sweater over the plaid, but I decided to go with a tribal print cardigan instead. I liked the subtle print that I think mixed well with the plaid. I was kind of unsure about it when I put it on, but I ended up really liking this outfit. The sweater is the only thing still available (but just in a few sizes) and it’s from Maurice’s.

Day 20

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One lone picture of this outfit…and I’m not even wearing shoes! I actually did denim on denim…sort of! I put my dressy sweatshirt on top of my denim shirt to ease me into this. Imagine my cognac boots completing this ensemble! 🙂

Unfortunately I missed day 21! The last day! But it was also an INSANE day when I taught children’s church, threw a birthday party and participated in my church’s Trunk or Treat. I DO have a picture of me and my kids and my sister looking adorable in our Halloween costumes though!

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We were literally FROZEN this weekend when it got really chilly for our Trick or Treating and Trunk or Treating! But we had a lot of fun too!

Thank you so much for joining me as I’ve blogged through this challenge! I’ve had a lot of fun and I’ve stretched myself some. I think I’m really getting comfortable enough to change things up when I wanted or needed to and added my own flair to the outfits. I think that shows some growth!

I’ll be participating in a new link up starting Friday with some bloggers I have met through this challenge. So stay tuned! Till then, be sure to check out what some other ladies did in this last week.

Deena | Christy | Jordan | Carrie C. | Shaunacey | Danielle | Beth | Joy | Sarah |
Leslie | Katie | Jennifer | Carrie M. | Lisa | Mary | Sheila | Lana | Lauren | Anna | Alison
Love Lauren

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! 🙂

Chambray Shirt Dress

I started thinking about a chambray shirt dress when I read this blog post from Alison at Get Your Pretty On. I love easy and cute and that seemed to be just what this dress is all about! Dressy enough for my office, but still casual enough for anytime. Of course, like most women I think, I went to Pinterest to be sure I would be able to wear it lots of ways with things in my closet. The answer was a definite yes!

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How cute is this for fall?!

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And…It works for all seasons! 

Next up was my search for just the right dress! I really only looked at two. I found this one at GAP and this one at Maurice’s. 

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(Maurice’s on right, GAP on left)

I thought both looked really cute, but ultimately I went with the more expensive GAP option because I got a good deal during a 40% off sale and I liked that I could belt it or not and could remove the belt if I wanted to add my own. I also thought it looked a little cleaner and more polished, and since I planned to wear it to work, that was a must. I also liked that I could order a petite size from GAP.

Here’s how I wore it the first go-round!

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I topped it with a floral jacket from Maurice’s, some tan booties (a few years ago from Target), and simple earrings and a watch. I thought it was a great office look, but could be casual as well.

I’m so happy with this purchase and I’m sure I will wear it all kinds of ways in all seasons!

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…

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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

Work Wear Style Challenge Week 3!

It’s been a crazy week! It’s been so nice to have outfits ready to go- very little thinking required! Here are my outfits from this week:

Day 9

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Unfortunately the full body pic is really unflattering! But, overall, I think this was a cute outfit. Still need to play around with the belt over clothes thing to find the most flattering placement. It was SO hot last week, so I had to replace the recommended white button-up with a lace cami. I should wear it more often! It’s so cute! Could have upped the accessories on this one too. All these items were older purchases.

Day 10

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I loved this outfit! Mostly because I finally got to wear this adorable polka dot button up from Old Navy! I LOVE it! I got it for this challenge. I wore some Maurice’s jeans, leopard flats from Target and a tassel necklace from H&M. Perfect casual Friday look!

Day 11

 

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I went off-challenge on Day 11 and drove up to St. Louis to spend the day with one of my college roommates! So much fun! It was a BEAUTIFUL day and we spent most of it outside at the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Arch. I did wear a challenge printed top and bright cardigan (till it got too warm).

Day 12

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I was pretty skeptical of this outfit when I saw the email, but I ended up really liking it! I felt really preppy in my oxford and printed pants, but I liked the little bit of edge the Maurice’s necklace gave it! (By the way-Maurice’s jewelry– and other things- are buy 1, get 1 1/2 off right now. I have two necklaces on the way right now!)

Day 13

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I really changed things up from the suggested outfit today, but I got the basics- black, color, and pattern! I like how the jewelry really dresses up a pretty basic outfit. I blinged myself out today and I like it! My pants are new from Old Navy. They are pixie ankle pants and they are my favorite work pants right now! I have 4 pairs- all in different colors- and am already thinking of what other ones I need! They are comfortable and stretchy but also really cute and professional. My top is from this summer at JCP and flats are from Target. Bracelets are from boutique sites and necklace is Charming Charlie’s.

It was a fun week of outfits! There are just a few left, but I’m already excited for the Fall Challenge! Fall is definitely my favorite time for clothes- boots, sweaters, scarves, etc. I love it! I’m definitely hooked on these challenges!

Make sure to check out how other bloggers styled this week of outfits! 

 
 
 

Workwear Challenge Week 2!

I had great intentions of posts in the past week, but travel over the long holiday weekend meant it just didn’t happen! I was off on Friday and Monday, but I just missed one outfit. Here’s what I wore this past week!

Day 4

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I just loved this outfit! The colors and graphic print pants made it fun and playful, but still professional enough for the office. The pants are from JC Penny. They’re a recent purchase, but were on clearance so I can’t find them online. My cardigan is from last year, but I saw this one, also at JCP, and it’s very cute. Shoes are Target (now sold out online) and I really don’t remember where the necklace is from!

Day 5

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I decided to play with this look one night since I missed it while traveling! I had kind of a hard time with the shirt, since I wanted to show off my leopard belt and not my muffin top… I do like the preppiness of this outfit, though, and my super cute Toms wedges! Top is from JCP, everything else is old!

Day 6

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I love this top! I fell in love with it at an Ann Taylor outlet last year and actually waited for a big sale to buy it! I just think it’s such a classy print and it’s super flattering. I don’t have to dress it up much since it’s already an attention grabber.

I also have a special love for my tassel necklace. I saw them everywhere last fall but most were really expensive and I just couldn’t justify it. I like to go fun and trendy and inexpensive in my jewelry (for the most part) so I’m not out tons of money when trends change. Then I found this cute necklace at H&M for $8! Perfect! I’ve definitely gotten my money’s worth!

Shoes are Payless and pants are Maurices. Not sure if those are the exact pants, but they’re pretty close. And FYI, Maurice’s has great pants and jeans! The lengths go from x-short to x-tall. For someone who often has to hem pants that are short length, this is awesome! They’re usually my first stop when pants shopping!

Day 8 (I missed Day 7’s outfit)

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I pulled out my summer favorite, printed joggers for today. These are from Maurice’s and are now sold out, but I love these pants! They are fun and different, but also really versatile. I wore my Pinterest Told Me To “Must Have Shirt” (linked to the new version- different colors, but the same basic style. It really is a great top!) that I got last summer from Nordstrom with it, plus some fun pearls and black flats. Overall, I’m not in love with this look, I think there’s too much flowiness going on, but, I do feel like I am in my pj’s so that’s kind of nice!

So, week 2 is in the books! Days 4 and 6 are both faves this week. Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out some other ladies’ looks!

Also linking up with Alison of Get Your Pretty On
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Love Lauren