Saturday, November 29, 2014

outfit post: jean jacket, striped shirt, black skinny jeans, ankle boots, cream knit infinity scarf

Inspiration - Lauren Conrad

This cozy winter outfit has the same top pieces as the skirt & flats look I posted a few weeks ago but the result is quite different. I love finding new ways to re-wear clothes.

All the pieces in this outfit are fantastic basics - striped shirt, jean jacket and black skinny jeans are staples that can be used in a million ways. I did a quick search in the blog's flipcard view and came back with a ton of results for times I've worn these basics:
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

outfit posts: gift guide - for her

Because there are never enough gift guides on the interwebs this time of year - I decided to add my two cents. Here is a list of products that I own, use all the time and love. Very much a list of "Outfit Post's Favorite Things." Hopefully a few of these might trigger some inspiration for the gals in your life!
  1. Personal message necklace ($62) - This series of necklaces from Dogeared have a variety of charms that give personal inspirational messages things like: Happiness, Faith, Good Beginnings, Strength, Luck, Love. I think it would be a cute to give a gift that is both a pretty necklace plus a sweet message they see every time they wear it.
  2. Naked Basics ($29) - This set of eyeshadow has six great neutral matte colors that work on a variety of skin tones. It is a great everyday basic pallet that will get tons of use. There is also a recently released Naked Basics 2. I own both and love them both.
  3.  Tory Burch Flower Studs ($68) - Super pretty earrings that don't scream look at me I'm a logo.
  4. Victoria's Secret Cotton Mayfair Pajama ($52) - Everyone loves a nice pair of pajamas. These are classic cut with lots of cute pattern & color options.
  5. Chanel No.5 ($98) - Classic scent. My main go-to fragrance. Love it. From wikipedia - Traditionally, fragrance worn by women had adhered to two basic categories. Respectable women favored the pure essence of a single garden flower. Sexually provocative perfumes heavy with animal musk or jasmine were associated with women of the demi-monde, prostitutes or courtesans. Chanel felt the time was right for the debut of a scent that would epitomize the modern flapper that would speak to the liberated spirit of the 1920s.
  6. Longchamp - Le Pliage Large Shoulder Tote ($145) - At first the idea of spending over a hundred dollars on a nylon bag seems high but the stylishness, usefulness & durability of this bag make the price worth it. I bought my first one 14 years ago my first time visiting Paris (I chose brown) and since then I have subjected the bag to a ton of use and abuse and it is still holding strong. I use it as a travel bag when I fly in addition to my carry-on roller, as a gym bag with sneakers and clothes jammed in, as a overnight bag for a weekend trips and even sometimes as a beach bag. It also folds up really small so if I think I might need an extra bag on a trip I can pack it just in case without losing space.
  7. Kate Spade polka dot notebook ($14) - Every girl can use a pretty notebook. Even technology addicts like me appreciate putting pen to paper from time to time. I really love the metallic dots.
  8. Quilted Travel Flats ($18) - These shoes can be a lifesaver. They are great to stash in your bag for the end of a night on the town when you decide to wear crazy high shoes or wearing on your walking commute before changing into office heels or for having on hand for breaking it down on the dance floor at a fun wedding. I bought my pair after having to be piggy backed to our hotel room by my husband after a long night out in Vegas in painful shoes.
  9. Michael Kors Watch ($225) - This is a bit of a special occasion gift. For me, considering the number of times I have worn it, the cost per wear of this watch is well worth the investment in price. I like that it feels both like a functional timepiece but also like a bangle-y bracelet.
  10. Epsom Labelworks LabelMaker ($30) - Labeling makes the world better.
  11. Ultrasonic jewelry cleaner ($25) - I bought this jewelry cleaner from Target about five years ago and it's great. All you need is hot water, a touch of dish soap and an old toothbrush for super shiny clean jewelry.
  12. Chanel Nail Polish ($28) - This is a fun way to give a small slightly fancy gift that is a little indulgent without a huge price tag. Lots of great colors to pick from. I'm partial to the almost light pretty look of the 'ballerina' color.

outfit post: teal boyfriend cardigan, white tank, black skinny jeans, black riding boots

Inspiration - ShoeMint

Love this outfit for a weekend of relaxing with family and watching football. Comfy, cute and casual - sold!

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

outfit post: 8 thanksgiving outfit ideas

 

For this post I put together a compilation of previous blog outfits that I would choose to wear for a Thanksgiving Day event. I tried to pick a variety of dressiness levels to help with inspiration no matter your holiday's dress code.

For us, most years, Thanksgiving is a pretty casual affair with my immediate family. Usually jeans, sweaters and whatever gives some stretch for that second helping of pie. But there has been a few years where we've visited extended family who have a much more formal dining event. I hope this selection of outfits give you a few ideas of possible outfits no matter how you spend the day!

Mmmmm turkey....

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    Monday, November 24, 2014

    outfit post: black sweater, purple floral pencil skirt, black pumps

    Inspiration - Miranda Kerr

    On Sunday my friend D came over again for another multi-hour dress up session in my closet. We put together a zillion outfits and took photos while listening to Pandora and sipping champagne. (It was actually sparkling water for me but in a fun glass!) We took lots of pictures of cold weather appropriate outfits, work clothes and as well as a few holiday outfit ideas.

    My hope is that this set of photos will help me keep this blog balanced with both maternity and non-maternity posts for the last few months of my pregnancy. (And however long postpartum until I can fit into some of my regular clothes.) Thanks for baring with me while I try to keep things interesting for everyone! :)

    While talking with D during our marathon photo session - she mentioned she needs help in her own closet. After five years as a stay at home mom - she has gone back in the workforce as a medical rep. She asked if I would be willing to come over and help her figure out what a good set of work basics would consist of, what she currently has that could meet those needs and then make a list of what she should go purchase to round it out. And then we brainstormed I could document it all here for the bloggity-blog! Sounds like fun!

    I've never really tried to branch outside thinking of what belongs in my own closet. Due to our schedules it looks like it might not be until after the holidays but we definitely want to try to get it done before baby comes end of January. So... stay tuned... for kind of a long time... maybe I should have kept my mouth shut. :)

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    Saturday, November 22, 2014

    outfit post maternity: blue striped button down shirt, grey sweater, bootcut jeans, black flats

    (30 weeks)
    Inspiration - Jennifer Garner

    We got a decent cold snap here in Florida this week (multiple nights in the 20s!) and trying to get this basketball of a belly dressed warmly has been quite the adventure. I wore this outfit to a Junior League meeting on Tuesday night and despite the fact this looks like a simple outfit - it was quite a lot of ups and downs getting these pieces put together.

    Step 1 - my top half - good news: I only own two long sleeved maternity tops/sweaters which were both dirty in the hamper so I started trying on a bunch of my regular tops that I had written off as not fitting anymore. This striped button down shirt is still able to button but it pulls pretty badly around my stomach which made me think it was unwearable. But while I was trying it on - I all of a sudden realized that if I put a sweater on top of it then it would hide the gaping and become wearable. And then this grey sweater that I thought was out because it's too short to cover my whole belly worked out okay because the length of the shirt makes up for the shortness. Two pieces I thought were lost back into rotation! Yay!

    Step 2 - my bottom half - bad news: I thought that this layered top half would look really cute with black pants tucked into black boots. So I tried on the cropped black pants I wore in the maternity capsule wardrobe just a few weeks ago and they were skin tight. Not cute. But pushing ahead I tried on my black riding boots and I sat there on the floor struggling around my belly to reach my feet to zip the boots for quite awhile before I realized it was impossible. My calves have grown and the boots were not going to zip. So I stood up and looked in the mirror and it was bad news bears. Sausage casing tight pants sort of tucked into unzipped too small boots - it was terrible. I just had to laugh at how ridiculous I looked. Another few pairs of pants & shoes bite the dust. And so I went and got my four-sizes-bigger-then-normal stretchy maternity jeans out of the hamper, sprayed them with some downy fabric refresher and headed for the door.

    Step 3 - outer layer - acceptance: I put on my favorite coat of all time - the J.Crew Lady Day Coat -  on top of my outfit. And without even pausing I just accepted the fact there is zero chance the coat will bridge the 10 inch gap in front and become closable. It's gonna be a fat guy little coat situation for the next few months. Scarves will just have to make up for the open front. (I realize I'm very lucky that we only get frigid weather for spurts here and there in Florida so I can make it without a completely functioning coat.)

    (PS I'm having so much fun reading all of your survey comments. You guys are really sweet and really funny. Thank you so much for taking time to give feedback! Love it.) 

    (PPS here's me wearing the same sweater last February in a very similar outfit. Slightly different fit back then.)

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      Thursday, November 20, 2014

      Three Year Blogging Anniversary, Reader Survey & 3 $100 Giftcard Giveaways!




      Happy (almost) Three Years to Outfit Posts!! Yayy!!!

      On December 7th Outfit Posts will turn 3 years old! I can't believe its been so long already! Thanks so much to you all! I've loved all the feedback, questions, suggestions & support! You've made this blog so much fun. Hope you've had as much fun reading as I have creating the posts!

      To say a big THANK YOU FOR READING! I'm going to give away three $100 Amazon Gift cards, one card per week over the next three weeks! This isn't sponsored - just from me to say thank you.
      • Giveaway #1 - winner picked 11/26 <-- Congrats Miriam from MN!
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      • Giveaway #3 - winner picked 12/14
      You can enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. There is 1 entry for clicking 'I want to enter the giveaway!' which can be done 1x each day and 2 entries for filling out the survey at the bottom of this post. Winners will be picked at 10 PM ET on the above dates.

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      Survey:
      As this site embarks on year four I'd like to try to see what areas could be improved. So, in an effort to make this a more useful, organized & enjoyable site for you guys  - I put together a survey to gather some of your thoughts. If you have some time - I'd love to hear what you think. (Totally anonymous.)

      Answer what you want - ignore anything you don't want to answer. No biggie. Whatever you feel like commenting on is much appreciated! :)

      outfit post: grey sweater, black skinny jeans, grey suede pumps

      Inspiration - Ann Taylor

      This is a great base outfit. It works styled very simply (as above) with minimal jewelry for a normal everyday event like night at the movies with the girls. But what I really like about this outfit is a few small changes could really switch it up for holiday season-
      • Add a festive scarf for holiday meal with the family -or-
      • Add a sparkly statement necklace for a holiday cocktail party -or-
      • Swap the heels for cute snakeskin ballet flats for fighting the crowds holiday shopping
      Simple base - lots of options!

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      Wednesday, November 19, 2014

      outfit post: coral top, white fluted skirt, black jacket, leopard heels

      Inspiration - Reese Witherspoon

      On my own I wouldn't think of pairing three solid color pieces together for a work outfit - I tend to always incorporate a pattern or texture in one of the items - but something about the classic pieces plus the fun shoes I love. This is a unusual yet still professional getup. I think it would be a great interview outfit for a creative job.

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      Tuesday, November 18, 2014

      outfit post maternity: kimono, black maternity tank, bootcut jeans, black flats

       (29 weeks)
      Inspiration - Nicole Richie

      This kimono was a birthday present from my mom a few weeks ago. It's huge and flowy and great for something different then a cardigan to throw over my tried & true maternity tanks.

      Week 27:
      Symptoms - After months of soreness my lower back is finally less achy. Which is totally amazing. Belly seems to growing faster now and I'm starting to have to contort a bit to reach my feet and tie my sneakers.

      Food - Have been much better about eating lately. I've been on a pretty steady routine of eating the same thing over and over during the work week. Eggs, sprouted bread and spinach smoothies for breakfast. Yogurt for mid-morning snack. Chicken and veggies for lunch. Cheese & honeycrisp apple (<--sooo good!) for afternoon snack. And then a variety of reasonable dinners trying to have as many veggies as possible. Plus some chocolate here and there. And then on weekends with football & barbeques and out of town guests - I pay less attention. But had a checkup yesterday and I went from gaining 9 lbs between visits to 2 lbs. So the change it diet really helped!

      Exercise - Still trucking along trying to get 5-6 miles in with my Fitbit while walking the pups. Podcasts are my best friend. Loving listening to Start up, Marketplace, Serial and Wait Wait Don't Tell Me.

      Clothes - After have to buy multiple sizes of maternity pants as both my belly & bottom half grew - I'm trying to not buy much else for the next 10 weeks. Just going to do my best to mix & match jewelry and accessories with what I have.

      Body - One thing that is a bit of a bummer is sometimes my hands swell a bit and my rings get tight. Mostly after I exercise but sometimes for a day or two at a time for no good reason. I don't want to stop wearing them but we will see what my body decides is going to happen.

      Other fun new development is sometimes I can see the baby kicks when I'm looking at my stomach. Just little slight pokes coming from the inside out.

      Prep - Had a 4D ultrasound this week and got a pretty cool 3D picture of the baby's face. Also took a TEN HOUR labor & delivery class last weekend with the hubs. Very informative but phew - that is a long time to talk about anything.

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      Monday, November 17, 2014

      guest post - sister week: floral blazer, black top, black pencil skirt, black pumps

      Inspiration - Kim Kardashian

      This week my little sister volunteered to do a guest week posting about how she dresses for her job. (My friend V, a Pharma Sales Rep, did another guest week which can be seen here.) My sister is a Demand Analyst for a big mid-west company. She just graduated college and this is her first 'real' job.  This week's posts are typical outfits she wears during a normal work week as a young professional in a business casual environment. You can see all of her work posts here and all of her guest posts ever here.

      At my job I have monthly check-ins with my boss. We usually have our meetings over lunch and discuss things like clients, workload and my performance. This outfit is me combining a professional business look (pencil skirt & blazer) with some personality (fun bright flower pattern). It's a little more dressed up then what I would wear on a day to day basis but a little less then meeting with a client. :)

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      Friday, November 14, 2014

      outift posts maternity: black maternity cap sleeve ponte dress, black flats

      (29 weeks)
      Inspiration - Kim Kardashian

      Target strikes again. I had intended to stop buying any additional maternity work clothing but when I dropped by the store to grab a few necessities - this lovely, super stretchy ponte dress jumped into my shopping cart.

      I'm starting to feel pretty giant (things like rings and shoes are now feeling tight) and getting dressed each morning is becoming more of a chore. A one-piece-and-you're-done dress in soft stretchy black fabric is exactly what I need as I stare with sleepy eyes at my small collection of maternity wear debating just working from the house in my PJs instead of going into the office. Thanks tar-jay!

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      Thursday, November 13, 2014

      guest post - sister week: black racerback top, blue pencil skirt, black pumps

      Inspiration - Miranda Kerr

      This week my little sister volunteered to do a guest week posting about how she dresses for her job. (My friend V, a Pharma Sales Rep, did another guest week which can be seen here.) My sister is a Demand Analyst for a big mid-west company. She just graduated college and this is her first 'real' job.  This week's posts are typical outfits she wears during a normal work week as a young professional in a business casual environment. You can see all of her work posts here and all of her guest posts ever here.

      This a great outfit for those regular mid-week work days that transition into a few after hours drinks with friends. It's conservative enough for the office but still fun enough to feel cute sipping cocktails.

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      Tuesday, November 11, 2014

      guest post - sister week: black pencil skirt, black blouse, black blazer, black pumps

      Inspiration - Jennifer Aniston

      This week my little sister volunteered to do a guest week posting about how she dresses for her job. (My friend V, a Pharma Sales Rep, did another guest week which can be seen here.) My sister is a Demand Analyst for a big mid-west company. She just graduated college and this is her first 'real' job.  This week's posts are typical outfits she wears during a normal work week as a young professional in a business casual environment. You can see all of her work posts here and all of her guest posts ever here.

      For days that I have to give a client presentation our dress code goes from Business Casual to just short of Business Formal. But even though you are wearing a suit - it doesn't mean you can't add a little personality with accessories to your otherwise serious outfit. It could be a bright bag, a patterned scarf or in my case a sparkly necklace. Just a little touch to show that you are both professional and interesting.

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