Saturday, June 30, 2012

101 Black Dresses

Dress: Charlotte Russe,, $5, 2011
Necklace: Coldwater Creek, free with coupon (was $11)
Pearl Earrings: gift from work
Bracelet: JCPenney, old
Shoes: Old Navy

"Her closet was filled with black dresses" 
My last installment in the #StyleMeSmartly challenge. I enjoyed it again this time and I'm hoping another fashion challenge pops up for July. 

 I've decided a while ago to curtail the purchases of black dresses because this quote fully pertains to me. This is one of my fave black dresses though because I'm crushing on full skirts these days. The back is lovely because it's open except for 2 bows. So cute to look at, but hard to wear. I wore this to work with a tank under and a white cardi over. 

I did a re-fashion on my necklace. Re-fashion is blogger talk for alteration, as I have gathered. At time of purchase, this necklace has two of the white cords, so as is, the bottom of this necklace would hit waist-level. Not cute. So I added a jump ring to one side and hook the clasp to that.  It's still a little long so I tied a knot in the back that's hidden under my hair. The other white cord will be re-fashioned into a bracelet when I get to it. I bought this necklace awhile back, but paid out of pocket for it. Since I have too many necklaces these days,  I returned it and rebought it months later when Coldwater Creek sent me a coupon for $25! Love them! 
I got the coupon just because I'm just a regular ole customer too! 

(I've been pinned!)

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Stripes of the Yellow Variety

Dress: Forever 21: $3.50
Necklace: Forever 21
Bracelet: Forever 21, gifted
Purse: Steve Madden via TJMaxx $40
Flip Flops: Payless

Even though I've OD'd on striped clothing lately, I couldn't say no to this yellow version.
 I think it was one of those forced buys because of Forever 21's buy one get one free clearance. I just can't pass them up! 

I'm inspired by this quote for #StyleMeSmartly
"No matter what their financial situation, anyone could be chic everyday"
So true, especially if you are a bargain shopper like me! 
It's all about finding what you love at any price point. 

Monday, June 25, 2012

Graphic Arts

Top: Target, free with coupon
Jeans: Target, free with coupon
Necklace: c/o ShopLately
Ring: Forever 21 
Photographer: my BFF

I love the bold, graphic look to this necklace.  All it needs is a simple outfit. 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Thinking Turquoise

Dress: JCPenney, old
Necklace: Target, 2011
Belt: Old Navy $1
Shoes: Payless $5

Just an easy summer work outfit...this one is for #StyleMeSmartly
"The peace & tranquility he found at the seaside"

Monday, June 18, 2012

Army & Navy

Shirt: Ralph Lauren, old
Sweater: Old Navy $5
Necklace: Personalized via Etsy
Belt: ?
Skirt: Express, really old

#StyleMeSmartly outfit inspired by: 
"The coziest sweaters imaginable"

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Stitched Summer OTI

My inspiration: 

My take:

Dress: Charlotte Russe $2
Sunglasses: Delia's
Straw Tote: Bath & Body Works

I'm loving Old Navy's Stitched summer collection and
pretty much anything that has that ethnic vibe. 
I was feeling "Mexico Vacation" when getting dressed this morning...

Linking to Work it Wednesday

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Green Print OTI

Inspiration Pic: 

My take: 

Dress: so old
Necklace: BaubleBar  $24
Purse: Kate Spade, gifted
Shoes: Payless $5

For this last Open to Interpretation, I tried out a couple of outfits, but this was the winner. 
I was inspired by the green and the gingham print. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Yellow Vest OTI

My Version: 

Vest: JCPenney
Shirt: Target
Skirt: Forever 21
Wedges: Kohls
Necklace: Kohls
Coral Bracelet: Joann's Fabrics
Wood bracelet: Handmade by me
Shell Bangle: bought on vacation at Capitola
Watch: mr. shopfreak's hand me down

Another outfit I probably wouldn't have thought to put together. I was inspired by the yellow and the vest and built around those pieces. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Polka Dot OTI

Inspiration Pic: 

My Take: 

Shirt: Target, free with coupon
Necklace: Kohls
Skirt: Target, $8 with coupon
Shoes: Payless $7

I was looking for a white based print and found this shirt in my closet..
it's the sister to the inspiration skirt! 

Monday, June 11, 2012

Neon OTI

Taking Part in Open to Interpretation. Here is the inspiration pic: 

And my take

Lace Shirt: Target $2.38 with coupon
Tank: Forever 21 $3
Skirt: Old Navy, old
Bracelet: Macy's
Cage Sandals: Marshalls $25

Can't get enough of fashion challenges and link-ups! So much fun to get creative with my closet and force myself to decide on clothing and wear them! This shirt is a new purchase...probably just last Friday so it's making its way out of my closet a lot faster than usual. I'm really loving neon this season so I'm just gonna go with it...

I wore my personalized necklace again so I'm going to add it to my participation this week for  #StyleMeSmartly quote: 
"What was about to happen would change Audrey's life forever"

Sunday, June 10, 2012


Dress; JCPenney, old
Necklace: personalized via ETsy
Shoes; old

I think this was the last day of my lower heeled, simple bowed black sandals. I've had them forever and they were so comfortable to wear for walking around during work days.
So sad the heel broke.  I'm now in full hunt mode for replacements and I'm also looking for black peep toes because my other stand-by could use an update. This is the worst kind of shopping, when you are looking for something you need. It's seems like it always takes the longest to buy something, because I refuse to settle.

I'm wearing my personalized necklace with my kids names for #StyleMeSmartly,
 Inspired by this quote: 
"What was about to happen would change Audrey's life forever". 

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Summer Work Wear

Dress: New York & Co, old
Cardi: Wet Seal $5
Flower: Joanns
Sandals: Payless $5

Here's one of my typical outfits for work during the summer. A sleeveless dress with a cardi so I can stay warm in air-conditioned offices, but still be able to be cool enough to drive around in the hot weather without the sweater.

This is my first installment in the #StyleMeSmartly challenge. This month they are doing a book club and outfit challenges based on quotes from a book about "Breakfast at Tiffany's". This outfit is for this quote: 
"Years later, the white rose was still his favorite. He took it with him everywhere". 
I'm eagerly awaiting my copy of the book so I can take part in the Facebook discussions...

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Another Minnie outfit

Dress: Target, old
Sweater: Target, 2011 $4
Bracelet: JCPenney 1993

This sweater is coral, but photographed and paired with the polka dot,
 it's screaming Minnie Mouse again.

Monday, June 4, 2012

To the Max!

Dress: Kohls,$10, free with Kohl's Cash
Sweater: Old Navy $5
Wedges: Ross $15
Purse: Steve Madden via Ross $40
Necklace: c/o ShopLately