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Sumer work wear – pencil skirt, lace tee and loafers

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Dress (worn as a top):  SheInside
Skirt:  J.Crew Factory
Sunglasses:  Aldo
Bracelets:  Jacob
Purse:  Banana Republic {old}
Shoes:  Arturo Chiang Beatrixx

I loved the look of this SheInside dress online, however when it arrived, it was WAY to short.  Even my most daring self could not pull off such a short dress (keep in mind I am nearly 6’ tall).  Instead, it has been re-purposed as a top.  The quality is pretty decent for the price (I find SheInside can be hit-or-miss with regards to quality). 

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Weekend dress

Laura Wears... casual weekend style featuring J.Crew Draped Keyhole Dress and back-zip sandals

Laura Wears... white straw fedora, navy dress, beige sandals

Laura Wears ... J.Crew Draped Keyhole Dress and back-zip sandals

Laura Wears ... white straw fedora

Laura Wears... J.Crew navy dress and beige sandals

Laura Wears... J.Crew Draped Keyhole Dress and back-zip sandals

Happy Saturday!
I stalked this J.Crew dress online for quite awhile. When it finally came on sale, I quickly snatched it up.  Not only has it been in heavy rotation as part of my work wardrobe, but it can easily be worn for more casual pursuits.  It’s one of those great flexible pieces that can be dressed up or dressed down.  Definitely a worthwhile purchase. 
In an effort to simply my wardrobe, I have recently been on the lookout for items that can pull double-duty.  I would love to hear about your favorite high-rotation purchases 🙂

Dress:  J.Crew Collection Draped Keyhole Dress {take 40% off the sale price with code SHOPMORE – ends July 13}
Hat:  Pamoa
Sunglasses:  Aldo {Cdn link here}
Bracelets:  Jacob
Purse:  Banana Republic {an oldie but a goodie!}
Sandals:  J.Crew Back-Zip Sandals {take 40% off the sale price with code SHOPMORE – ends July 13}

Dots and Stripes

Polka Dots and Stripes Summer Pattern Mixing

Laura Wears | Dots and Stripes

Laura Wears | J.Crew Polka Dot Silk Blouse and Joe Fresh Silk Stripe Shorts

Laura Wears  |  Pattern Mixing Polka Dots and Stripes

Blouse:  J.Crew {from a few years ago – also seen here}
Shorts:  Joe Fresh stripe silk shorts {similar JF style}
Sunglasses:  Armani Exchange
Bracelets:  Jacob bangles; Gorjana three-bead bracelet
Purse:  Banana Republic {old}
Shoes:  J.Crew Metallic Suede Cleo Loafers

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Healing

white homemade maxi skirt linen j.crew tee

ankle sprain personal style maxi skirt

sprain maxi skirt linen tee

I have spent the last week feeling guilty about not updating the blog, so last night I finally managed to take a few quick pictures in the backyard.  As you can see, I am still side-lined due to my ankle sprain…2+ weeks and counting…  That being said, I am acutely aware that there are far worse things than a sprain and crutches, so I am trying to count my blessings and take this all in stride. 

I have been making a conscious effort to try and hide my leg/ankle as much as possible (despite the racing-stripe tape job, I highly doubt anyone wants to see my swollen and bruised leg).  Maxi skirts and loose linen pants have been in high rotation. 

Top:  J.Crew {similar}
Skirt:  homemade 🙂 {similar}
Necklace: c/o INPINK
Bracelets:  Amrita Singh; Jacob
Sunglasses;  Aldo Agrayssa Aviators  {Cdn link}
Shoes:  SoftMoc

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Shirtdress

gap gingham shirtdress leopard print loafers

gap shirtdress

leopard print loafers and gap shirtdress

gap gingham shirtdress and loepard loafers

Dress:  Gap Gingham Oxford Shirtdress {Cdn link here)
Bracelets:  Jacob {last year}
Purse:  Gap Leather Flap Clutch {Cdn link here}
Shoes: Arturo Chiang Beatrixx {I have been searching for affordable leopard print loafers for a few months now. I was quite happy to stumble across these beauties…on sale!}

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Lately…

Two quick snap shots from otherwise failed photoshoots…

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Coat:  Thrifted (I have been on the look-out for a nice tweed jacket for quite some time – similar here and here)
Shirt:  J.Crew Factory draped pocket tee
Pants:  J.Crew Factory Gigi pants (mini review – are exactly the same as the J.Crew Pixie pants with the exception of the zipper placement.  A much more cost effective option!)
Bangles:  Jacob {old}

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Jacket:  J.Crew Hacking blazer
Lace Shirt:  Moon apparel (similar here and here)
Pants:  Joe Fresh

An unusual pairing: burgundy and cobalt

burgundy wool coat royal blue

burgundy blue aritzia gap skinny

thrifted wool coat

Coat:  Thrifted
Blouse:  Aritzia
Long Sleeve Tee:  Jacob
Pants:  Gap Legging Jeans
Scarf:  Zellers
Purse:  Le Chateau
Shoes:  Naturalizer {old – 2006/07-ish}

So happy January is almost over!  The unseasonably cold weather is making it hard to enjoy winter.  I will be much happier in March when the snow starts to melt and the temperatures begin to rise…
In the mean time, I have been making an effort to test drive unusual color pairings like burgundy and cobalt/royal blue.
Also see my teal + burgundy outfit here {one of my favorite winter looks to-date}.