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Make it Rein

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I often walk past the Ralph Lauren rack in the Macy’s petites department and think to myself, “That is exactly what I’d like to be wearing when I’m 60.” This shirt was no exception, and the inner equestrienne in me (I used to have a horse, remember?) just had to try it on because it was on super-sale. And I’m glad I did because it turns out I don’t have to wait another 30 years to succumb to my preppy tendencies. =)

Purr

By fall, outfits, product reviews, style No Comments

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Skirt c/o Karen Cane, Alfani top & shoes, Apostrophe vest, Style & Co. belt, Modalu bag, sunglasses c/o Costa del Mar 

Ever since I got my hands on this cheetah pencil skirt, I’ve been yearning to wear this outfit. But with temperatures in the high 80s every day, I couldn’t find the right moment to wear this wool skirt until yesterday. Even though it got a little warmer in the afternoon, the morning started out crisp and just cool enough that I could pull off this layered look.

This skirt was generously given to me by my friends at Karen Kane to review, and I’m already looking forward to wearing it a million different ways all season. It’s a made of soft wool/polyester blend and fully lined, so it was actually quite comfortable to wear (unlike some itchy wool pencil skirts I’ve had in the past). It’s a little stretchy, and it’s a pull-on skirt — no zippers or buttons — which makes it look sleek and smooth with shirts tucked in.

Just like with the Karen Kane jeans, I was worried that the skirt might be too long or too tight because pencil skirts are not an item I would normally purchase without trying on. But it fit perfectly, and it’s extremely flattering. I can see myself wearing this with tights, blazers, sweaters, etc. It’s such a versatile piece. I know I’ll have it in my closet for years to come.

So far, I’ve been really impressed with the quality construction and fit of the Karen Kane items I’ve reviewed, and I love that many of their clothes are made in the USA. It’s obviously important in our current economic situation to hire as many American workers as possible, and I can definitely support a company who makes the effort to do that.

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Best Laid Plans

By back to renting, fashion statements, outfits, style, summer No Comments

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Lucy Love dress (2002), Forever 21 top, Aldo wedges, vintage Coach bag, Tory Burch sunglasses, Ann Taylor ring
I can’t believe September is just 10 days away (and I’m still posting photos from July…oops). My summer turned out nothing like I expected. I planned on lazy beach days, lots of parties and nights out with friends, and a few months of serious relaxation before August and September had me cranking out proposals at work. Things started off perfectly, but by mid-July, my summer veered a little off course. 
It feels like things have changed so much over the last six weeks, but even though I’ve been a little stressed, I think it’s for the better. The good news is I’m moving even closer to the beach! I’ve spent the last several weeks viewing every place for rent in my price range, and I finally found something and signed a lease with my roommate this weekend. I’ll be within walking distance of my boyfriend (and the new puppy!), the beach, and some of my favorite friends.
Things are about to get a little hectic at work (end of the government fiscal year), but October 1 marks my move date and the beginning of a (fingers crossed) relaxing fall season full of afternoons reading on my new patio, beach days here and there, bike rides, football, chili, and fun. 
There is one plan I stuck to — I wore every Hawaiian print article of clothing hanging in my closet at least once (if not twice) this summer. Just like I said I would. =)

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Aloha

By fashion statements, outfits, style, summer No Comments

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Old Navy shirt (super old), Bp. skirt, Style & Co. belt, Tory Burch shades, H&M hair bow, vintage jewelry, Target sandals

As much as I’d like to tell you that I took an unanticipated break from blogging because I’ve been too busy hanging out on docks in Hawaiian shirts…that’s not quite the case. A few things arose that I had to attend to, plus this is right about the time that work gets a little hectic, what with the end of the government fiscal year approaching and all. But, I did squeeze in some fun since I last posted — I swear. I took a five-day trip to New Jersey and a few beach days. I’ve even got the day off today (but only because I worked on a proposal until 2 am last Tuesday). It was a decent trade-off though — the weather’s gorgeous today, but it was about 102 last week. =)

I’ve got another long weekend trip planned for Thursday through Sunday, but my goal for this month is to settle back into my regular posting routine. I’ve got tons of photos and stories saved up for both my blogs, so I hope you’ll stop by again soon!

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Summer Layers

By fashion statements, outfits, style, summer No Comments

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F21 trench, Target shirt, LOFT tank, J.Crew skirt, Seychelles wedges, A&F belt, Modalu bag, Oakley sunglasses

A week or so ago, we were lucky enough to experience some absolutely gorgeous days in the upper 70s/low 80s, which is practically unheard of around here in the summer. I’d been trying to for weeks to figure out a flattering way to wear this sleeveless trench, and finally settled on a layered look with a lightweight ditsy floral shirt and an easygoing chambray skirt. It was the perfect outfit for the perfect day — I wasn’t too hot, and this outfit carried me easily from day to evening when the temperatures dropped into the low 70s.

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