Dress Well: The Run Around

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Madewell chambray shirt (old), Paige Denim jeans, Converse Chuck Taylors, TEXI leather bag, Ray-Ban sunglasses

Yesterday I had to do a couple of store visits for work, so I took that as an excellent opportunity to break out some of my more casual clothes. My Chuck Taylors haven't been getting much love lately (after all, my Chie Mihara wedges have pretty much become the equivalent of a dictator among my shoes - no other shoes will be tolerated!) and yesterday seemed like the perfect opportunity to pull them out again. Let them know I hadn't forgotten about them.

Also, for all of you who don't live in the Bay Area - this is what I wore to work (after the store visits). And I wasn't underdressed (at least, I don't think I was). Sometimes I forget how crazy "professional" standards are around here...but you won't hear me complaining about get to flex a few more creativity muscles where my wardrobe is concerned. When I worked at the bank, all of my outfits incorporated one of three pencil skirts. Things got repetitive fast.

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DSC_4824My obsession of the day (and probably week, possibly month): Ed Sheeran's Thinking Out Loud. Am I totally behind the times? I'm not exactly up to date on the music scene. But I heard this song on Songza on Tuesday and have been completely enamored ever since. It's my new antidote for a bad day or a stressful situation - seriously, who can feel down during that chorus?

Have a wonderful day, everyone.

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: Bejeweled

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Topshop top via Nordstrom (old), J. Crew white jeans, Sam Edelman sandals, J. Crew necklace (old), J. Crew bangle, Anthropologie bag, Ray-Ban sunglasses

Is it just me, or did the peplum trend totally disappear? I haven't seen a new peplum item in a store or online in quite some time. How quickly these things come and go.

Maybe peplum is gone from stores, but it's certainly still got a place in my closet. I bought this top last year and I will be wearing it for a few more years to come at least. I love the color, it makes me feel like my arms are awesome, and it plays nicely with big necklaces - win, win, win.

I also just can't get enough of this old Anthropologie bag these days. If you had told me on the day that I got it that I would someday be wearing it while living in San Francisco and taking photos for my fashion blog, I would have told you you were out of your mind. I guess clothing trends aren't the only things that make dramatic changes in the course of a few years.

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DSC_3475At this point in the week, I'm about ready to go into hibernation. Wake me up when it's Friday, won't you?

Dress Well: Memorial Day Weekend

Anthropologie blouse (old), AG jeans, Sam Edelman sandals, J. Crew bracelet, Rebecca Minkoff bag, Anthropologie sunglasses

There are still some things about living in San Francisco that I'm trying to get used to. One of those things is enjoying a cold Memorial Day weekend. When my husband, his sister and I went out for dinner last Saturday night, I wanted to wear something as holiday-weekend appropriate as I could. However, dressing for Memorial Day is a bit of a challenge when it's 50 degree outside! Long sleeves and jeans were essential, while choosing to have cold feet was a bit more of a stylistic choice. Either way, the outfit let me focus on what was important - enjoying a delicious dinner at A16. I wish I was going back tonight for more pizza!

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The one thing that a cold, gray Memorial Day allowed me to do was nap, watch TV, and eat without feeling guilty for bumming around my apartment all day. It wasn't a productive, healthy, or particularly interesting day, but it was exactly what I wanted. Hopefully each of you did something a bit more exciting!

Well, I think it's about time to go start my Mon...Tuesday! Gotta love these weeks where you're confused about what day it is the entire time. I've got some fun stuff lined up for this short week, so I will see you back here tomorrow!