Pattern mixing workwear – windowpane and dots

Fall workwear pattern print mixing j.crew fan necklace

Banana Republic Camden ankle pants pattern print mixing workwear

Gap windowpane sweater patten print mixing workwear

Top: Gap Windowpane Sweater
Pants:  Banana Republic Camden Fit {very similar}
Necklace:  J.Crew Factory Fan Necklace
Bracelets:  Gorjana Leather Wrap, J.Crew Factory {similar}
Purse:  Le Chateau {old!}
Shoes:  Sam Edelman ‘Portney’

After salivating over Tibi windowpane dresses last season, I finally managed to add an affordable windowpane item to my closet {it helped that Gap/Banana Republic/Old Navy have been having amazing sales recently!}.


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Black and White

I picked up a few things during Jacob’s online summer sale – this top being one such item.  When it arrived I realized I needed a smaller size…  Now, had I been shopping in-store, I would have either a) gone and grabbed a smaller size, or b) if there wasn’t a smaller size in-stock, I probably would have not bought the blouse.  Simple.
Interestingly, I have come to realize my shopping rules change in the case of online purchases.  Instead of insisting on the correct size, my thought process goes something like this:  “Shit, this is too big… Dammit! Dammit! Dammit!  It is such a pain in the ass to send online orders back (in general).  How big is it?  Probably only a size too large.  Can I make it work anyways?  Maybe.  How much did I pay again?  Oh, that’s not too bad.  Not really worth sending back.  Maybe I can just fix it myself.  Where are the darts?  Hmmmm…I could probably rip out a few seams and alter it…”
…so here we have the finished (altered) product. Unfortunately there is a big crease across the front – probably from my seat-belt?

Top:  Jacob {currently on sale!}
Pants:  Jacob {really old!}  (very similar)
Bracelets:  The pearl-looking bracelet is actually one strand from my DIY multi-strand necklace tutorial – now I am glad I chose to use stretchy jewelry thread!  Not sure where I got the silver bracelet (brain fart – here’s an almost identical version).  I thrifted the gold bracelet on my right arm (might actually be a necklace – it is double wrapped)
Sunglasses:  Armani Exchange
Purse:  Josette Cacnio
Shoes:  Jean-Michel Cazabat ‘Ozara’  {a recent addiction}


Top:  Banana Republic {old!}
Leather skirt:  Thrifted  {one of my all-time favorite thrift store finds!}  (similar)
Sunglasses:  Armani Exchange
Bracelet:  Cassis
Bag:  Samsonite  {my go-to work bag!}
Sandals:  Pour La Victoire ‘Vanna’


Part of me really wanted to re-take these photos, but with limited time left in the day (yesterday), I didn’t have an opportunity take a second round.  For better or for worse, a large part of fashion blogging is actually photo composition. While I am by no means a photo pro, I know that had I taken these shots in my normal location (there were people around…grrrrr), or had I actually ventured out in public to shoot this outfit near something architectural, the clothes would have translated much much better.  Instead, I snapped a few sub-par photos next to my garage.  Classy.

Blazer:  J.Crew 1035 blazer
T-shirt:  Joe Fresh {old}
Pants:  London Jeans {from Victoria’s Secret}
Sunglasses:  Armani Exchange
Necklaces:  homemade {DIY instructions}
Purse:  Pour La Victoire ‘Haven’  (very similar, also from PLV)
Shoes:  Jean-Michel Cazabat ‘Ozara’

What do you think of the larger pictures?  Let me know!

A little polish


I decided to increase the size of my photos today.  Is bigger actually better?  Let me know what you think!

Blazer:  Talula for Aritzia  (similar Banana Republic option)
T-shirt:  Jules & James for Zellers
Pants:  J.Crew Cafe Capri in wool
Sunglasses:  Armani Exchange
Necklace:  Amrita Singh  (similar AS)
Bracelet:  Z Designs
Purse:  Pour La Victoire ‘Haven’  (similar PLV)
Shoes:  Sam Edelman ‘Portney’ {I wear these quite frequently, although for whatever reason they don’t appear on the blog often…}


With all the rain recently, it has been hard to get outside to take outfit photos. 

Blouse:  Zara {last fall}  (similar)
Skirt:  also from Zara {last winter}  (similar)
Sunglasses:  Armani Exchange
Necklace:  Osolee ‘Marilyn’
Purse:  Vintage
Heels:  Jean-Michel Cazabat ‘Ozara’

I pity the fool…


Kevin calls this necklace my “Mr. T necklace”.  I don’t have a good comeback for that joke at the moment, so he gets an eye-roll instead.  Lots of fun.




Dress:  J.Crew Memo dress {currently on sale!  This is my “work meetings” dress}
Necklace:  Osolee ‘Marilyn’ bib necklace
Bracelets:  Leather/chain/crystal- Osolee ‘Zoe’ and unnamed.  Cuff – Cassis.
Belt:  Winners
Purse:  Vintage  (similar)
Sandals:  Pour la Victoire ‘Vanna’


Mr. T image borrowed from