Work Look: Houndstooth Skirt

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Express camo jacket, GAP velvet trim striped tee, BlankNYC denim shorts

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tee: GAP

shorts: BlankNYC (very similar)

sandals: Tory Burch

jacket: Express (mine is older version), great option, option

 

Work Look: Houndstooth Skirt

Hi friends! Took a few days off from the blogging world. It was my weekend to work, combined with shifts Friday + Monday, and just couldn’t bring myself to blog yesterday first thing or late last night. I love this little space of mine, but sometimes a bowl of ice cream plus a good movie wins. That was my world last night. 🙂

I’m trying to also figure out a few ways to keep my blog a little more interesting. I used to post full outdoor blog photos when I could – or inside if the husband/photographer wasn’t available – but  creating flatlays has gotten so much easier for me the last few months. If you’ve read my blog from the beginning, you know I’ve lived in 5 different houses since 2015! We moved from Findlay, OH (where we went to pharm school) to Florida and the blog started in our rental home while we were in school. I used the “gym” room with a blank wall and on carpet lol. From there we moved down to Florida in May 2015, and took some outdoor photos but we were staying in my dad’s winter home which had fantastic lighting, and used a blank wall there. With their high ceilings, it worked out really well. We eventually built our own “first” home together down here, and kinda did the same thing. However we ended up hating that neighborhood and only stayed for about 18 months before selling our house (It was a senior citizen community… or they wanted it to be… we had no idea!). My dad had also sold his house and moved into a villa in a different neighborhood which we ultimately moved into as well. So we sold our first home in April 2017, moved into my dad’s villa, and waited for a current home to finish building. Being a villa, it didn’t have great light. My flatlay journey started there. And now we have been in our current home just over a year and I have yet to figure out the lighting. It’s one of those houses where the sun comes up in the front of those, and sets in the back. But all of our big windows are in the back of the house. So, it’s tricky. Mornings are a no go. But so are early evenings. Our bedroom where I have that big mirror also sits in the back of the house, so I have about a 3 hour window to entertain photos from 1-4 pm ~ probably the worst part of the day because I’m never home then ha!

Anyway, enough rambling ~ I just want to get back to a variety of photos for the blog. I love creating flatlays, but somehow seeing the outfit on the person (at least for me), gives me a whole other feel for how the outfit looks and wears. So stay tuned ~ hopefully I’ll have time later this week to take some different types of outfit photos!

Ann Taylor tweed houndstooth skirt, J.Crew Factory long sleeve white tee, Banana Republic floral blouse, Merona pumps, Sole Society Girard bag

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skirt: Ann Taylor

tee: J.Crew Factory

bag: Sole Society (in brown), love this option in black

scarf (really old): love these options here and here

pumps (old): similar

 

Fall Look: Athleisure

A pretty simple look today, but one I wanted to talk about because it has some new favorites! These sneakers are a steal for only $65! They come in a bazillion colors and perfect for everyday wear. My leggings and zip-up jacket are currently 40% off for cardholders!  And my sunglasses are only $14. Athleisure is just so easy. It’s one of my favorite things to wear when the husband is working, I’m home alone, and errands call that I really just want to get done asap so I can come home and blog, read, or do anything not related to errands. 😝

Nike Tanjun sneakers, Old Navy black leggings, Old Navy zip up jacket, BP sunglasses

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sneakers: Nike

jacket: Old Navy

pants: Old Navy

sunglasses: BP (Nordstrom)

Work Look: Floral & Corduroy

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LOFT sweater tank, LOFT burgundy pants, LOFT mules, Jessica Simpson bag, Baublebar druzy pendant necklace

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sweater tank: LOFT

denim (old): very similar, very similar

mules: LOFT

necklace: Baublebar

bag: Nordstrom Rack

Work Look: Floral & Corduroy

A nice reader commented the other day how much she loves work looks ~ and it made me realize how much I’ve really cut the work looks out of my blog the last few months since my employer went all “wear whatever you want.” I mean, they said no sweat pants, but when they leave the book open from there it’s kinda hard not to take that to heart! 😂

If you’ve read about the back story of my blog up in the “about” section, I started writing and putting outfits together back in 2015 when I graduated pharmacy school and they ingrained it into our heads we needed to dress professionally. I took that to heart and really pushed putting professional (think lots of pencil skirts), but fun outfits together. I loved it. Getting dressed for work was my favorite part of the day. I still have probably 30 pencil skirts in my closet, but since then we moved from the midwest to Florida (where everything is more laid back), and also my employer was really only business casual to begin with – and now straight up casual dress. When I’m working 13 hour days on my feet, it’s really hard to put on anything more than just jeans, flats, and whatever top suits me that day. However, we are getting into our “busy” season down here in Florida, and I’ve had a real itch to get back to dressing up a little more. Busy season means we get more pharmacist overlap – meaning I’ll work more days through the week – but my hours go down to 7-8 hour shifts so we don’t all slit our wrists! 😂

After all that babble, what I really wanted to say was I miss putting together fun work outfits with skirts and dress pants. I’m trying to sell most of my pencil skirts now on Poshmark because it’s just too hard to “run” (literally) in a pencil skirt when it’s really busy. However, shift skirts and A-line skirts are still easy to wear – and I truly miss dressing up! I’m also on the hunt for a good plaid dress for fall. I feel like I’ve said this 1000x in the past on the blog, but I need to get back to my “roots” for the blog and post more work outfits! So, here we go!

My skirt is from last fall, but LOFT brought the exact same skirt back this year, but in a slightly darker color. My color is more butternut squash, and the new version is more pumpkin color. The new version is more in line with trends this fall. Which alas, makes sense – heaven forbid we use the same color scheme year after year lol!

Old Navy floral blouse, LOFT corduroy skirt, J.Crew Factory necklace, Merona pumps, Baublebar earrings

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skirt: LOFT Outlet

(mine is from last year – slightly different color)

top: Old Navy

necklace (old): option, option

pumps (old): option, option

earrings (old): option, option

Fall Casual Look: Marled Sweater

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LOFT Outlet striped ruffle top, Sole Society satchel, Express denim, Express loafers, Kendra Scott filigree necklace

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top: LOFT Outlet

jeans: Express

shoes: Express

necklace: Kendra Scott

bag: Sole Society

Fall Casual Look: Marled Sweater

Just love a good lightweight sweater that can be thrown on over leggings or skinny jeans. This sweater is that perfect length. It’s Florida friendly also! It’s that ‘marled’ material, so stretchy knit, and breathable. Only 3/4 length, and has the cutest cross-back detail in the back. I was instantly drawn to the colors and print of course, but when I tried it on I was all sorts of in love with the fit, curved hem detail, and length! And the 3/4 sleeve, because that means I can actually wear it maybe in November (if we’re lucky!). I’m about ready to go back to shorts and tank tops if this weather doesn’t cut it out lol!

I purchased this sweater in a regular size (sized down one to XS), but also comes in petite sizing. I wasn’t at all thrown off by the length, but if you’re more apt to wear with jeans and not leggings I would go with petite size if you’re under 5’4″. I’m only 5’2″ and thought the regular length was fine with going down one size.

Express circle hem sweater, Free People jeans, Steve Madden Lancaster booties, Kendra Scott earrings

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sweater: Express

jeans: Free People (also here)

boots: Steve Madden

earrings: Kendra Scott

 

Work Look: Cheetah Print

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Bobeau ruffle sleeve top, Joe's Jeans, Tory Burch miller flats, Sole Society bag, J.Crew Factory tortoise necklace, The Limited belt

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top (old): almost identical

jeans: Joe’s

necklace: J.Crew Factory

flats: Tory Burch

bag (old): similar

belt (old): option, option

 

Work Look: Cheetah Print:

My love for leopard print sees no end, but lately I’ve seen cheetah print popping up in lots of stores ~ and it’s like I fell in love with a new ice cream flavor! 😍 I originally purchased this sweater with plans to pair it with a dark brown skirt for work, but haven’t found one I’m in love with yet (they claim it’s leopard print on their website… but I think they need to check their cat prints.. or maybe I do! 😂). If you zoom into the sweater, it has tiny brown specks of cognac brown!

LOFT carries a faux leather skirt which has fantastic reviews (here), but I wanted to try it on first in store and my 2 local stores do not carry it. So I’m still on the fence about ordering that one. Both LOFT and Factory also carry wool versions, so if you live  in a climate that isn’t still 5,983 degrees – try these skirts here and here. I might hold out on those… in about 3 months. 😂 I tried the sweater on originally with a pair of mossy green pants, so I figured a wine/burgundy color would work also – and it did! So not as exciting of a flatlay as originally intended, but this sweater really is very fun, pretty, and lightweight enough you won’t sweat in somewhat temperate climates (good only in Florida in air conditioning lol). Fits TTS.

J.Crew Factory animal print sweater, A New Day studded mules, Express legging denim

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sweater: J.Crew Factory

pants: Express

mules: Target

earrings: Target

 

Work Look: Rust in Color

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Banana Republic floral curved hem tunic, LOFT burgundy cardigan, Banana Republic denim leggings, Merona pumps, Kendra Scott filigree necklace

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top: Banana Republic (my color is old) – other options below

1 | 2 | 3 | 4

 

leggings – Banana Republic

cardigan (old) – option, option

pumps (old): option, option

necklace: Kendra Scott

 

Work Look: Rust in Color

This blouse had me the first time I saw it. It’s got such a unique blend of colors from the light blue, dark gray, taupe, and rust. I knew it would work perfectly with these rust mules, and also my taupe booties. I threw the necklace in last second, but it might be a bit much for the outfit. The best part about this top is I sized down one so the v-neck wouldn’t be so low to require a camisole, and the arms fit perfectly on my petite frame! I usually always have to roll up my arms on blouses because of the length, but this blouse was perfect. I rolled them up anyway for the flatlay, but you get the idea! It comes in 5 other prints and colors – the stripe and polka dot versions are pretty also! I would say you can order your regular size if you aren’t busty like myself or don’t mind wearing a camisole and/or bralette.

All in Favor wrap blouse, J.Crew Factory denim venice wash, Steve Madden studded trace mule, Accessory Concierge tassel necklace

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top: All in Favor

necklace: Accessory Concierge

flats: Steve Madden

jeans: J.Crew Factory

 

Fall Look: Work Casual

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Blue sweater, 7 For All Mankind jeans, Banana Republic silver flats, Kendra Scott rayne necklace

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sweater (old): option, option

jeans: 7FAM

necklace: Kendra Scott

flats (old): options in flats, mules, loafers

 

Deal of the Day:

I think I own 10 of these vests in all colors and prints (don’t laugh – they are fantastic!). Right now they are on sale for $50, but if you buy 2 – $40 each, buy 3 – $35 each, and buy 4 – $30 each! Ok, kidding – I don’t recommend anyone buys 4 of these vests… unless you don’t own any, and then you need to catch up. 😂 But that deal applies to almost anything else online (the more you buy, the more you save), so if you love J.Crew – time to stock up!

J.Crew Vest

J.Crew puffer vest

Fall Look: Work Casual

I know a lot of business offices utilize Fridays as “casual work” day, and this is pretty much what I would put together if that was the case! I’m lucky enough to be able to wear jeans now everyday, but even before that was a ‘rule’, I would have definitely taken casual Friday also! I am also pretty sure almost all bloggers put various outfits together combining some form of olive, camel, and leopard and I get why ~ it’s just such a good combo! Olive is just a great color in general and works for almost all skin tones. And I gotta tell you guys – these loafers are really comfortable and only $40! I fell in love with the color instantly and was taken back by how soft they are. I haven’t worn them to work yet, so if you need the ‘how comfortable are they after standing for 8-12 hours on your feet test’ – that’s TBD – but I gotta say I have high hopes just the little I’ve worn them around! My bag is also on sale right now for $22! I’m all about these affordable accessory finds!

Lucky Brand waffle bell sleeve sweater, Express denim, Express loafers, Express crossbody bag, Express leopard belt

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sweater: Lucky Brand

jeans: Express (on sale for $31! I sized up one)

shoes: Express ($40 + 4 color options)

belt (old): very similar

bag: Express (on sale for $19!)

 

Fall Trend: Varsity Sweaters

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Old Navy mauve jeans, LOFT sweater tank, Universal Thread peep toe booties, Sole Society bag

SHOP THIS LOOK:

sweater tank: LOFT

jeans: Old Navy

sandals: Target

necklace (old): love these options here and here

bag (old): similar here, love this option

 

Deal of the Day:

One of my favorite tanks available right now is finally 40% off!

lace tank

Gibson tank, Kendra Scott necklace, Joe's Jeans

Fall Trend: Varsity Sweaters

With the air conditioning going full blast down here still, this is actually an outfit I could wear today! Varsity tops have been pretty popular the last couple of years, but I usually you see the print show up on long sleeve tees and cardigans ~ I fell in love with this henley knit version!  It actually comes in eight different colors! And I know I say this about everything I buy (clearly addicted to soft knits), but it’s so soft. There is just something about knits you can throw on and feel like you’re wrapped in a blanket by the tv… even if you’re working. 😆

American Eagle varsity sweater, Free People shark bit denim, Sole Society Ferris booties, Sole Society leopard crossbody

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top: AEO

jeans: Free People

booties: Sole Society (other black option)

bag (old): new version, clutch version