Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 in review - outfit posts: kelly green cardigan

As a way to wrap up 2012 (and my first year of outfit blogging!!) I have organized the outfit photos from my archives into groups by sorting them into image collections of my favorite & most worn pieces of clothing. I found it interesting & fun to to see all the different ways I wore the same thing! Hope you enjoy it too!

Original outfit posts can be found here:
1/2/3/4/5

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

outfit post: white crepe button down blouse, black skinny jeans, leopard heels


Inspiration - Blake Lively

As I get older I find that one of the harder areas of dressing to keep up with is going out for a night on the town type clothes. I think I struggle to stay in tune with 'current' both because the style of this kind of clothing is much more trend driven then office or day to day wear so it changes frequently and secondly because I no longer want to dress in the same half-naked clothes my 18 year old self thought were a fantastic idea.

Way back in my college days (1999 era) we wore bootcut black pants and a bust showcasing spaghetti strapped tank. Now I see girls (I live in a predominantly college-aged town) in daisy duke high waisted shorts and blousey button up shirts or skin tight body conscious dresses.

This outfit is my current go-to going out outfit. I feel like it's on-trend and body flattering without being too young or too naked. And best of all it can pull double duty - I swap the crazy heels for riding boots - and this outfit works for day as well.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

outfit post: navy sheer patterned blouse, black skinny jeans, brown boots


Inspiration - Rachel Bilson

I love Rachel Bilson! Easy fun outfit for lunch with the girls.

(Ran out of time to finish queuing up blog posts for this week while I'm traveling. Next saved entry will post on Monday the 31st where a week of 2012 in reivew will start again. Sorry!)



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    Tuesday, December 25, 2012

    outfit post: grey sweater, black skinny jeans, black scarf, brown boots


    Inspiration - Reese Witherspoon

    I know that this blog sorely lacks in winter clothing. Living in Florida I don't have the long stretches of cold weather that your northerners have to deal with. Throughout the winter we just get a week or so of a cold snap and then the weather returns to moderate levels.

    Last week I traveled to Philly/New Jersey area for work and wowzers was I reminded of what cold weather is like. (And everyone there was happy with the 'not too cold' temps and lack of snow!) I wore this sweater (sleeves unrolled) with a long sleeved layer underneath and my winter coat to dinner with a co-worker after work. (We ate at the Continental Mid-Town, sat in swinging chairs hung from the ceiling and had DELICIOUS lobster mac and french onion soup dumplings! Super yummy!)

    Once I'm back to regular posting - I will try to incorporate more cold weather outfits into the blog as well as a One Suitcase post for winter trip.

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    Monday, December 24, 2012

    outfit post: cream color border cardigan, black pencil skirt


    Inspiration - Ann Taylor

    I have had a crazy few weeks. I had week of work travel, a crunch of holidays & all associated errands into a few days and then am currently on vacation with my hubby - trekking around Costa Rica!  I feel lucky and happy but super busy. So to compensate I queued up the outfit summaries over the past week, these regular outfit posts this week and then more summaries next week. Hope you find them fun!

    Wore this cardigan previously with skinny jeans here.

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      Saturday, December 22, 2012

      2012 in review - outfit posts: burgundy cardigan

      As a way to wrap up 2012 (and my first year of outfit blogging!!) I have organized the outfit photos from my archives into groups by sorting them into image collections of my favorite & most worn pieces of clothing. I found it interesting & fun to to see all the different ways I wore the same thing! Hope you enjoy it too!

      Original outfit posts can be found here:
      1/2/3
      4/5/6
      7/8/9

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      Friday, December 21, 2012

      2012 in review - outfit posts: blue plaid button down

      As a way to wrap up 2012 (and my first year of outfit blogging!!) I have organized the outfit photos from my archives into groups by sorting them into image collections of my favorite & most worn pieces of clothing. I found it interesting & fun to to see all the different ways I wore the same thing! Hope you enjoy it too!

      Original outfit posts can be found here:
      1/2/3/4
      5/6/7/8
       
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      Thursday, December 20, 2012

      2012 in review - outfit posts: grey pants

      As a way to wrap up 2012 (and my first year of outfit blogging!!) I have organized the outfit photos from my archives into groups by sorting them into image collections of my favorite & most worn pieces of clothing. I found it interesting & fun to to see all the different ways I wore the same thing! Hope you enjoy it too!

      Original outfit posts can be found here:
      1/2/3
      4/5/6/7

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      Wednesday, December 19, 2012

      2012 in review - outfit posts: black shorts

      As a way to wrap up 2012 (and my first year of outfit blogging!!) I have organized the outfit photos from my archives into groups by sorting them into image collections of my favorite & most worn pieces of clothing. I found it interesting & fun to to see all the different ways I wore the same thing! Hope you enjoy it too!

      Original outfit posts can be found here:
      1/2/3/4
      5/6/7/8

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      Tuesday, December 18, 2012

      2012 in review - outfit posts: white bootcut jeans

      As a way to wrap up 2012 (and my first year of outfit blogging!!) I have organized the outfit photos from my archives into groups by sorting them into image collections of my favorite & most worn pieces of clothing. I found it interesting & fun to to see all the different ways I wore the same thing! Hope you enjoy it too!

      Original outfit posts can be found here:
      1/2/3
      4/5/6/7

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          Monday, December 17, 2012

          2012 in review - outfit posts: black pencil skirt

          As a way to wrap up 2012 (and my first year of outfit blogging!!) I have organized the outfit photos from my archives into groups by sorting them into image collections of my favorite & most worn pieces of clothing. I found it interesting & fun to to see all the different ways I wore the same thing! Hope you enjoy it too!

          Original outfit posts can be found here:
          1/2/3/4
          5/6/7/8
          9/10/11/12
          13/14/15/16

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              Saturday, December 15, 2012

              2012 in review - outfit posts: navy polka-dots

              As a way to wrap up 2012 (and my first year of outfit blogging!!) I have organized the outfit photos from my archives into groups by sorting them into image collections of my favorite & most worn pieces of clothing. I found it interesting & fun to to see all the different ways I wore the same thing! Hope you enjoy it too!

              Original outfit posts can be found here:
              1/2/3
              4/5/6

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                  Friday, December 14, 2012

                  2012 in review - outfit posts: green military jacket

                  As a way to wrap up 2012 (and my first year of outfit blogging!!) I have organized the outfit photos from my archives into groups by sorting them into image collections of my favorite & most worn pieces of clothing. I found it interesting & fun to to see all the different ways I wore the same thing! Hope you enjoy it too!

                  Original outfit posts can be found here:
                  1/2/3
                  4/5/6

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                      Thursday, December 13, 2012

                      2012 in review - outfit posts: denim pencil skirt

                      As a way to wrap up 2012 (and my first year of outfit blogging!!) I have organized the outfit photos from my archives into groups by sorting them into image collections of my favorite & most worn pieces of clothing. I found it interesting & fun to to see all the different ways I wore the same thing! Hope you enjoy it too!


                      Original outfit posts can be found here:
                      1/2/3
                      4/5/6/7

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                      Wednesday, December 12, 2012

                      2012 in review - outfit posts: neon yellow pumps

                      As a way to wrap up 2012 (and my first year of outfit blogging!!) I have organized the outfit photos from my archives into groups by sorting them into image collections of my favorite & most worn pieces of clothing. I found it interesting & fun to to see all the different ways I wore the same thing! Hope you enjoy it too!


                      Original outfit posts can be found here:
                      1/2/3
                      4/5/6

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                          Tuesday, December 11, 2012

                          2012 in review - outfit posts: mint cropped jeans

                          As a way to wrap up 2012 (and my first year of outfit blogging!!) I have organized the outfit photos from my archives into groups by sorting them into image collections of my favorite & most worn pieces of clothing. I found it interesting & fun to to see all the different ways I wore the same thing! Hope you enjoy it too!


                          Original outfit posts can be found here:
                          1/2/3/4/5

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                          Sunday, December 9, 2012

                          2012 in review - outfit posts: mustard cardian

                          As a way to wrap up 2012 (and my first year of outfit blogging!!) I have organized the outfit photos from my archives into groups by sorting them into image collections of my favorite & most worn pieces of clothing. I found it interesting & fun to to see all the different ways I wore the same thing! Hope you enjoy it too!


                          Original outfit posts can be found here:
                          1/2/3/4
                          5/6/7/8
                          9/10/11/12

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                          Friday, December 7, 2012

                          one suitcase: beach vacation capsule wardrobe


                          Post 10/10 -
                          Between my job & my love of seeing new places around the world I spend a fair amount of time living out of a suitcase. From all the experience I have gained from hauling myself & my stuff all over the place I have learned just how valuable packing smart & packing light is to your sanity. And I think I have gotten pretty good at selecting just my few favorite pieces of clothing to bring and stretching their use though multiple outfits for multiple activities as I travel. So for this second installment of the one suitcase feature I'm going to try out a beach vacation capsule wardrobe.

                          The purpose of the "One Suitcase" feature is to try to show you how you can pare down your packing list when you travel without sacrificing the number or variety of outfits you have for the range of activities your trip may entail. I have learned through trial and error (and the pain of lugging wayyy too big a suitcase) that by packing a few favorite & versatile pieces of clothing I can mix and match the items into a surprising number of outfit options. You just have to do a little planning up front. Hopefully the posts this week will show you my method and help you find the potential of the clothes you already have in your closet!

                          In case you missed it:
                          Packing Checklist:


                          The method:
                          1. Basics - First I pick some basics pieces to lay the foundation for the trip. I try to pick my favorite go-to clothes. Clothes I know I wear over and over. The ones that go with almost everything. For me, this usually involves  laying out my favorite jeans, basic shorts and a pair of super comfy wedges.

                            For the basics in this capsule wardrobe I have chosen whites & navys/blues as the base colors. I packed my favorite jeans, white & black shorts, white button down shirt, chambray button down shirt, a navy & a white cardigan and a white strapless dress.









                        • Interest - Second, I add a few interesting pieces to compliment the subtle basics. I look for pops of color or fun patterns that will make the basic pieces more exciting. I try to grab items that will compliment each other or at least be somewhat in the same color scheme. For me, I'd usually go for a striped top, a dress, few colored dresses and an interesting blouse that would go with both cardigans.

                          For this capsule wardrobe I chose a pink t-shirt, a striped tank, a teal tank, an ikat tank, an ikat coverup, a teal maxi dress, an ikat skirt and a green & yellow dress.

                        • Accessories & Shoes - Finally, I add some accessories to complete the outfits. Jewelry, belts and scarves take up very little room and can dramatically alter how an outfit looks. Unfortunately, shoes is the area I still struggle with. I always want to bring just one more pair. But I've learned to limit myself to only either blacks or browns (depending on my clothes) and then nude/beige shoes go with everything.

                          For this capsule wardrobe I chose three necklaces, one gold watch, white fedora hat, brown belt and a teal clear beach bag. 


                            Proof of concept - All my clothes, jewelry & shoes fit in my one beach bag! (I'd actually use a carry-on suitcase and typically I wear my bulkiest pair of shoes & jeans on the plane so this bag would have more room - but just for show I put everything into the one bag.)




                                  (outfits 35-40) one suitcase: beach vacation capsule wardrobe

                                  Post 9/10 - The purpose of the "One Suitcase" feature is to try to show you how you can pare down your packing list when you travel without sacrificing the number or variety of outfits you have for the range of activities your trip may entail. I have learned through trial and error (and the pain of lugging wayyy too big a suitcase) that by packing a few favorite & versatile pieces of clothing I can mix and match the items into a surprising number of outfit options. You just have to do a little planning up front. Hopefully the posts this week will show you my method and help you find the potential of the clothes you already have in your closet!

                                  In case you missed - it the previous posts in the series can be found here:
                                  Here are outfits 36-40 for my Beach Vacation trip made from the clothing pieces listed here:

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                                  Where I'd wear it - dinner & dancing
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                                  Where I'd wear it - guided island tour
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                                  Outfit 38:
                                  Where I'd wear it - travel day
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                                    Where I'd wear it - lunch by the pool
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                                    Outfit 40:
                                    Where I'd wear it -lunch & shopping
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                                    **The last day of this series of posts has a very tall downloadable image with the 16 clothing pieces and all 40 outfits for easy reference.**

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