Dress Well: The Double

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 Old Navy blouse, Blank NYC jeans via Madewell (old), Chie Mihara wedges, Madewell necklace, J. Crew leopard bracelet (old), J. Crew pavé bracelet, Anthropologie bag (old)

You guys: the shirt in the photo above and the shirt in the sidebar of this website are NOT the same shirt. I know. Mind blown.

Let's compare side by side. Here's the shirt from the sidebar: DSC_1138

And here's the other one:

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They're basically fraternal twins.

As I've talked about in the past, the shirt in the sidebar is one of my favorite pieces of clothing of all time. Because it's one of my favorite pieces of clothing, I have worn it so many times that it is practically disintegrating. It's ripped across the back, the dye in the stripes is running, and the whole thing is just very...fragile. So when I was in Old Navy last week and saw what appeared to be the EXACT SAME SHIRT, I had to buy it. There was no question.

The Old Navy version isn't as spectacularly perfect as the original - it's polyester, not silk, a little bit looser-fitting, has a frocket, and is generally not as high-quality. But it was $23 - easily a third of the price of the original from J. Crew. And its life will probably be longer - so what could I possibly complain about?

Best of all, it means the short-sleeved striped (fake) silk shirt won't be exiting my closet any time soon. And that makes me a happy girl.

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DSC_3727The other thing that makes me a happy girl is the fact that we're headed to Cincinnati today! We're going to the wedding of two of our close friends and couldn't be more excited to reunite with college buddies and celebrate such a happy occasion.

Have a great weekend - I'll see you back here next week.

Dress Well: Pink Pants Day

Madewell blouse, Blank NYC jeans via Madewell, J. Crew flats, J. Crew necklace, Rebecca Minkoff bag, Ray-Ban sunglasses

Friday was "bright pants" day at work (long story). I'm obviously a fan of "bright pants" day - it gave me a very welcome reason to break out my neon Blank NYC jeans. Also, I can hardly believe that this is the first time I've worn this Madewell blouse on the blog! I absolutely LOVE it (and wore it both Friday and Saturday night this weekend. Shhhh.....).

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I hope you all had fun weekends. The highlights of mine included dinner with friends at Park Tavern (DELICIOUS - highly recommend), getting a facial, making all of my husband's dreams come true by going to see the LEGO Movie, and dinner at Foreign Cinema (also delicious). It all flew by so fast - don't they always?

Have a great week.

Dress Well: My Favorite Color

Gap sweater, Madewell jeans, J. Crew flats, J. Crew necklace, Anthropologie bag (similar), Tory Burch sunglasses

Navy blue is, and will always be, my favorite color. However, I've found that in most cases it's necessary to force myself to resist the temptation to buy navy blue tops and sweaters - because we wear jeans year-round here in SF, it's virtually impossible to craft an outfit with a navy top if you don't want to look like a giant dark blue popsicle (something I've been guilty of on many occasions). However, colored denim has proven to be a total game-changer in that respect. Now that I have neon pink jeans, bring on the navy shirts! I'd wear them every day if I could.

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Well, I've got another week full of hard work, note taking, careful listening, and question asking ahead of me, and I couldn't be more excited! Although I tried to get my rest in this weekend, I'm not sure I was wholly successful - dinner with friends, long walks, an outing to Troya, going to see Mud, an Ikea trip, watching a friend perform in a musical, and a Mad Men viewing party all got in the way of being completely rested. Not feeling sorry for me? You shouldn't be - it was a fantastic weekend :)

Enjoy your Monday.