Saturday, June 29, 2013

Twin Styled: Summer Work Look

Summer Work Style

I work much less during the summer than I do during the school year (yay), but on those days when I do work, I am always faced with a dilemma: what can I wear on this 3rd degree burn from touching the seat belt hot day? It is a huge challenge here in the south to find clothing that is both work and weather appropriate. But, as much as I wish I could perform therapy in my bathing suit, it just isn't going to fly, so here are some more socially acceptable options that I've found.

First of all, I am all about flowy skirts and dresses during the summer to catch any stray breezes. I also switch to more sleeveless blouses, and stay away from anything that is remotely tight. And since I'm wearing fewer layers, I like to put on plenty of accessories to add interest. My job allows me to wear sandals, but if you don't have the luxury of being free-toed, slip on wedges are a cute summery option. Finish it off with a bright manicure, and you're good to go!

How does your work wardrobe change in the hotter months?

Friday, June 28, 2013

Daily Look: Two of a Kind

Dress: H&M // Shoes, Earrings: Loft

Another day, another sundress. It may not be inventive, but throwing on a breezy cotton dress is definitely the easiest way to look put-together on days when it's just way too hot to put any thought into an outfit. This particular version is actually one of a pair--I own the exact same dress, just in a different color and with a tropical print (see the stone cold evidence here). I'm not usually one to buy multiples of items, but this was too good to pass up, and hey, they look pretty different and, strangely, even fit differently.

Do you ever buy multiples of the same item? Have you ever wished that you did (I have!)?

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Daily Look: Sunny Day

Dress: Dorothy Perkins // Shoes: Soft via DSW // Earrings: Etsy // Bracelet: H&M // Sunglasses: Cynthia Rowley via Marshall's

This outfit is what I am all about in the summer--easy, loose, and comfortable. I basically pulled on my most comfortable dress, grabbed my most comfortable shoes, and called it a day. I ended up really liking them together, so I can see myself putting this outfit on again and again.

Do you put an outfit you love on repeat, or try to change it up every day?

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Daily Look: Ballet Inspired

Shirt, Necklace: Ann Taylor // Skirt: J. Crew // Shoes: Zara // Bracelets: Forever 21 //  Earrings: Stella & Dot // Sunglasses: Ray-Ban // Lips: MAC Girl About Town

Although it wasn't on my mind as I was getting dressed, I realized pretty quickly that I had chosen a very ballerina-inspired outfit. Between the bateau neckline of this top (that almost looks like it could be a leotard), flare of my skirt, ballet flats, and even the bun in my hair, I'm pretty sure this outfit tells the world that I wish I could dance en pointe. If only. I have the flexibility of an arthritic elephant and the grace of a dizzy puppy. That's why fashion is so fun--I may not be able to dance like a ballerina, but I can dress like one if I feel like it.

Do you ever wear outfits that are inspired by anyone?

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Daily Look: Mad for Plaid

Shirt: H&M // Shorts: Gap // Shoes: Chinese Laundry via ModCloth // Earrings: Target // Bracelets: Loft // Hairband: Sephora

This is just a basic summer outfit that I wore sitting around the house, and on a quick trip to Hobby Lobby.  I have been getting a ton of use out of these shorts lately, especially when I am just lounging. They provide all of the comfort of pajamas, but look much cuter! Unfortunately, navy eyelet fabric does not play nice with kitty fur, so I have to do some major lint rolling if I am going to wear them outside of the house. Luckily, I am always armed with one in my house, one in my car, and even a mini lint roller in my purse!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Daily Look: All Tied Up

Shirt: J. Crew // Shorts: Gap // Shoes: GoMax via Ella Blue // Bracelets: Forever 21 // Lips: Face Stockholm French Martini

For this outfit, instead of tucking my shirt in, I decided to go the more summery route and tie it up. I don't normally do this, but I ended up liking the way it looked. The downside, which I hadn't thought of, came when I went to reach something and my shirt wanted to come too! Oops, bare midriff. Note to self: this is definitely not a good idea for work unless I'm wearing a dress underneath.

Do you ever tie one on (a shirt, that is)? Have you had the same problem I did?

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Daily Look: Blue Hawaii

Shirt & Pants: Urban Outfitters // Shoes: Chinese Laundry via ModCloth // Earrings: Francesca's // Ring: Asos

This outfit is the result of a problem I have with online shopping at a store with a large sale section. It started when Lauren let me know that Urban Outfitters was offering free shipping because I needed a blush. Instead of stopping there, I started thinking, well, if I'm ordering something anyway, I should check out the sale section. Twenty pages later, I ended up with a full cart that would have earned me free shipping any day, thus making the deal obsolete. Most of the order will be returned, but I did score these jeans and Hawaiian shirt on the cheap, so I guess it was worth it after all!