Dress Well: Office Flannel

J. Crew shirt (love this spring one), J. Crew skirt, Old tights (similar), Rag & Bone Harrow booties, Tory Burch bag (very similar), Michael Kors watch (similar), J. Crew bracelet, J. Crew bangles

Last night I got caught up watching The Devil Wears Prada on TV because it's an awesome movie. Obviously. Anyway, after Anne Hathaway's "transformation" in the movie, she greets her boyfriend outside of his restaurant and says that she's the same girl, just with better clothes. That's pretty much how I feel about myself since I started reading blogs, writing this one, and taking a few more minutes every morning putting together my outfits. It never would have occurred to me just one year ago to wear this casual flannel shirt to work. It never would have dawned on me that it would look just as professional when paired with a pencil skirt as all of my other, boring button-down shirts. And let me tell you, I'm so glad I finally realized that flannel could be made office appropriate - there's something about wearing a soft, comfortable shirt that makes even the most taxing of workdays that much easier to live through.

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So, who's excited for Daylight Savings Time? This girl is. I used to always hate the "spring forward" part about starting Daylight Savings Time, but now that I spend most of my days cooped up in an office I will gladly sacrifice one hour of sleep in order for it to still be light when I get home from work at night. Plus, starting Daylight Savings Time always makes me feel like we've sprung one giant leap closer to summer. I know it's just one hour, but I'll take what I can get.

Have a great weekend!

Dress Well: Double (Valentine's) Copycat

Anthropologie dress (wish I had enough $$ for this one), Urban Outfitters cardigan (similar), Old necklace (similar), Vintage clutch (similar), J. Crew bracelet, Coach sunglasses, Outfit 1 shoes: Rocket Dog boots, Outfit 2 shoes: Steve Madden flats

I have had not one, but TWO inspirations for the pairing of this eyelet dress and this red sweater. The first was two years ago, when Quinn wore this outfit on Glee:

Sorry for the low-quality picture, image source here

Yes, she is wearing the exact same dress that I'm wearing in the pictures above. And she's also wearing heavy brown boots, which I unfortunately could not find a picture of. When I first saw her in this dress on Glee, I hated how they styled it - brown boots with spaghetti-strap eyelet? Too unexpected. At the time, the only thing I thought this dress went well with was sandals. But as time has gone by, I've come around to the Glee version, and now my Rocket Dog boots are one of my favorite things to throw on with this dress.

Here are a few more photos of my interpretation of Quinn's outfit:

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I am so proud of these curls.

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I told you you'd see this bracelet soon enough!

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My second inspiration came from Sequins & Stripes. When Liz posted about Valentine's outfit consisting of an eyelet dress paired with a red sweater, leopard flats, and the J. Crew heart bracelet, I realized I had every single outfit component and decided to put it together myself.

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Dress Well: Christmas Eve

12-11-12-CollageNecklace - J. Crew, Blouse - Club Monaco, Bracelet - J. Crew, Belt - J. Crew, Clutch - Zara, Skirt - Alice + Olivia, Heels - Vince Camuto

Knowing that I will spend allllllll of Christmas Day in my pajamas with unbrushed hair and no makeup on, I like to try to look halfway put together on Christmas Eve. The items above are what I wish I was going to be wearing this Christmas Eve - the outfit incorporates a level of sparkle that you can only get away with during the holidays. Also, I see Christmas Eve as the one day out of the year to wholeheartedly dress in Christmas colors - we might as well take advantage, seeing how everyone avoids looking "Christmasy" the rest of the year. With this outfit, all I need are stockings over the fireplace, hot cocoa in my hand, and "Silent Night" playing in the background to make for a perfect Christmas Eve.

Dress Well: Bridal Shower Style

Zara dress (sold out; similar), Sam Edelman booties, Louis Vuitton wallet, Old necklace (similar)

I know, I know, I promised that I would post what I wore to the November bridal shower almost a month ago (I'm sure you all have been anxiously awaiting this post since then). I finally got a chance to throw the bridal shower outfit  back on last weekend, when my husband and I took a stroll over to the Presidio.

I spent weeks trying to figure out what I should wear to co-host my friend's bridal shower - it was in early November, so I wanted to wear a fall color, but nothing too dark - I didn't want to look like I was heading to a funeral instead of a wedding celebration. The shower was held in Houston, so my dress had to be light enough to wear in 80-degree temperatures while still looking appropriate for fall. Let me tell you, friends, this combination is not an easy one to find. However, when Jacey wore this dress over on Damsel in Dior, I knew I had found the one. The lighting in my pictures is a little misleading - the dress is actually a deep shade of burgundy, and not bright red. Paired with these booties, I think it's perfect for the fall.

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Please forgive my pasty white legs - seeing as it never gets above 70 degrees here in SF, I will never have a tan again...ever.

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Finally got me some grown up shades - thanks, Mom!

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DSC_7783I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend - I had a great time bouncing around the Bay Area with my sister (pictures of her visit to come soon, of course). Now I'm only five days away from heading to Texas for the holidays! My, how the time flies!

Have a great week.