Cuffed Jeans and The Boots with the Heels

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Play It Cool, Stay in School: Outfit of the Day

Yesterday was my first day of school. It’s still incredibly hot in Baltimore, so I pulled on my black skort (unfortunately it’s not the awesome Zara one, but one I was handed down a couple of years again) and an interesting printed tee.

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I paired it with a denim vest. To stay in the blue and white motif, I added a blue and white pin chained on necklace and a blue and white heart earrings to add as decoration to my collar.

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I had an amazing first day! I got free chocolate at the gym, had a really engaging professor, a good meeting at work, and a fun time in lab.

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I actually had to make an outfit change as my shoes are not appropriate for a lab setting (cancer cells are not good for your toes).

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Shirt: Thrifted

Vest: DKNY, DIY cutoff sleeves

Earrings: H&M

Necklace: Pin – Oma, Chain- Michael’s

Bracelet: New York and Company

Skort: Gifted

Shoes: Urban Outfitters


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Ways to Wear: Black and White and Read All Over

give me something I can dance to

give me something I can dance to

If you’ve never heard of IFB, you definitely need to check it out! They have amazing tips for any style blogger that are fun and easy-to-read. One of my favorites is the IFB Project, a weekly style challenge for IFB members. I love reading all the different posts and ways people spin the topic. This week’s project is Black and White Ball!

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When I thought of ball, I thought of dress codes. Is it a white tie? Black tie? I decided to style four different black & white outfits to attend any of these possible balls.

Look #1: Casual

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For me, there’s something great about a crisp white shirt. It’s so easy to pair and I love the sharp look when it’s paired with black jeans. I paired it with a black necklace, a white bracelet, and a clear clutch. Keeping with the black and white trend, I paired my DIY googly eye gladiators to finish the look. I feel like this outfit looks clear, but I don’t really think that can really describe an outfit :).

Shirt: Thrifted

Pants: Cotton On

Shoes: DIY

Clutch: DIY

Necklace: Thrifted

Bracelet: Gifted

Look #2: Beach Formal

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I think a beach formal dress code is the hardest thing to follow. I paired a white men’s dress shirt with my LBD. I wore my neutral sandals with this thrifted brown bag. My favorite thing about this bag is that it has a cell phone size a la Zack Morris pocket. My hair is down with a braid crown. This shirt is perfect because it can be tied for a more beachy look or untied for a looser look.

Shirt: Thrifted

Dress: New York and Company

Necklace: Gifted

Bag: Thrifted

Shoes: Urban Outfitters

Look #3: Cocktail

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This top was made my great grandmother. I love the sequins (if only sewing talent was genetic). I usually wear the skirt as a business skirt for interviews and events, so this outfit is super easy to throw on after work. Even though those shoes are a little high, they’re perfect for dancing as you can see.

Shirt: Gifted

Skirt: H&M

Shoes: White House|Black Market

Look #4: Formal

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I love this dress. It’s fun and flirty, but also is really classic. To play up the formal aspect of the outfit, I wrapped a bow tie around my wrist several times as a bracelet. I paired with my green wedges with the black and white detailing and a sequin-y purse. I admit it – I love sequins. Maybe a little too much. Nah.

Dress: Macy’s

Shoes: Payless

Necklace: Charlotte Russe

Bow tie: Dad’s

Purse: Thrifted

What’s your favorite look? How do you navigate difficult dress codes?

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Also, I’ve been loving taking street art photos this week and I thought they’d be a cool way to combine the many photos I take when doing my outfit posts. Please let me know what you think 🙂


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Ways to Wear: Overalls/Dungarees, Part 2

I’m back with more ways to wear overalls. I loved finding different ways to pair these pieces. If you haven’t seen part one, click here!

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1. Add a scarf.

Adding a scarf adds some interest to the neckline. This scarf is actually the bottom of a housedress that I’m refashioning. I love the print.

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Shirt: Thrifted

Overalls: Thrifted

Scarf: Thrifted

Shoes: Payless

2. Wear a shirt with an interesting neckline.

Since the overalls length is adjustable, I decided to play with the top. Turtlenecks or the high 90s-esque necklines that are in season add a different twist to overalls.

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Shirt: Espirit

Overalls: Thrifted

Belt: White House|Black Market

Shoes: Payless

3. Wear a button-down shirt.

Buttoned to the top or with a few open on the top, adding a button-down shirt adds some glam. Watch out to not wear anything too striped or you might look like a farmer.

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Shirt: Thrifted

Overalls: Thrifted

Shoes: Thrifted

4. Make it really girly.

By adding this girly pussy bow blouse, it breaks up the boyish shape of overalls. I love the look with one strap off the shoulder.

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Shirt: Forever 21

Overalls: Thrifted

Belt: Forever 21

5. Edge it up.

With a pair of combat boots and a hat, this outfit changes up the youthful look of overalls.

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Overalls: Thrifted

Shirt: New York and Company

Hat: Thrifted

Shoes: Thrifted

6. Add a skirt.

I know this is a little weird, but I think with a blazer and flouncy skirt, the overall top peaking out is very interesting. I would love to know your thoughts!
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surprise there are overalls underneath

surprise there are overalls underneath

Overalls: Thrifted

Shirt: New York and Company

Skirt: Express

Blazer: New York and Company

 

I think the best advice for styling overalls is to have fun with it! They’re not a super serious clothing item – so enjoy the days you wear them!

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A Day in the Life: Overall, it was a good day

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a cautious driver always looks at the road ahead…

 

I went into New York City for the day. First, we checked out the New York Public Library. They had a really interesting exhibit on the importance of children’s books. They had a lot of representations of old children’s books and an entire section about banned books.

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all banned in the us

We then checked out Strand, a bookstore with over 16 miles of used and new books. They had a great selection and we spent a lot of time checking out the numerous titles.

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books on books on books

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While returning to Grand Central, we checked out the visitor’s center. I love visitor’s centers more than the average person because I think they’re a great way to find interesting things to do in cities. I really liked that you could write your wishes for 2014 on confetti from the Ball Drop on New Years Eve. I thought that was a really cool idea.

Wishes for 2014

Wishes for 2014

And I wore overalls, my favorite summer trend. I love how comfy they are! I paired it with a grey v-neck. I decided to go “glam” with the accessories and paired it with a black necklace and a black mustache ring. To fit everything and add a pop of color, I used a red clutch.

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Shirt: Forever 21

Overalls: Thrifted

Necklace: Thrifted

Ring: Thrifted

Shoes: Urban Outfitters

Bag: Thrifted

 

 

crazy driver

crazy driver bids you readers adieu

How do you wear overalls?

What’s the best museum exhibit you’ve ever been to?  

 


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Outfit of the Day: The Goldilocks Skirt

I have been searching for the perfect chiffon maxi skirt for about a year. I’ve tried on numerous skirts to no avail. I tried on skirts that were too tight and hard to walk in. I tried on skirts that were too loose. I tried on skirts that were too shear. When I tried on this skirt, it felt “just right”. I love the color – even if it’s a little brighter than I usually wear. The length is exactly what I wanted – short enough to wear without heels and long enough to wear with heels! The best part was that it was thrifted. I searched everywhere for it, but found it for $4 at the thrift store! Just goes to show, you can find amazing things at thrift stores!

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hi blog readers!!

hi blog readers!!

The top is from Threadless – a company that produces designs on shirts and hoodies of popular user-submitted art. It’s great fitting and the airplane on my shirt is made up of tickets, but the tickets are all jokes. I got it about five years ago, but I still love it.

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For jewelry, I decided to layer a bunch of old charm bracelets. I love mixing metals!

Shirt: Threadless (Exact)

Skirt: Thrifted

Belt: Thrifted

Shoes: Payless

Bracelets: Claire’s, Charlotte Russe, and Kohl’s (these are from about 7 years ago though)

Watch: Gifted


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Outfit of the Day: (Mint) Cuffed Jeans and the (Grey) Boots with the Heels

It was really rainy this day and I switched from my light sundress to the warmest clothes I could find. I pulled out my jeans, a scarf, and a boyfriend jacket. It was very rainy as well, so I pulled out my boots with the heels.

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cuffed (mint) jeans & the boots with the heels

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laughing in my mint green pants

This is basically an outfit of my favorite clothes. Mint is one of my favorite colors and these boots make me feel tall, but are super easy to walk in. The shirt and scarf are from Lausanne, where I spent a great summer last year. The boyfriend jacket was something I saved up for a while in high school and waited till it finally went on sale. All the pieces make me feel super comfortable and confident.

Shirt: H&M

Scarf: Aldo

Jacket: New York & Company

Jeans: Target

Boots: Shoe Warehouse at an outlet mall

Do you have any clothes that you gravitate towards because of where you got them? 

 


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Outfit of the Day: An Ode to Sombreros

My brother found this sombrero and tried to give it away. I was in shock of his blatant disregard of the fashion appeal of a sombrero. A sombrero can be worn on your head or down for an ultra awesome look. It shades your head from the sun and makes you the life of the party! 🙂

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and it's great badminton wear

and it’s great badminton wear

Dress: Thrifted

Hat: Brother

Shoes: Payless

Necklace: Fred Flare

Do you have a favorite type of hat?