30 Days of Denim – Day Twenty One

Everyone prepare yourself, I’m about to do something CRAZY! Ok, not really crazy, just crazy FOR ME. I’m going to mix patterns. Well, um sort of.

Boy all of this build up for something so ridiculous. You see, I saw this photo on pinterest the other day and I thought — hey, that doesn’t looks so bad. Maybe I could try that.

And because it was stripes on stripes, we all know my closet was clearly fueled with some ammunition.

Now my version was not quite as fashion-y, but surprisingly I feel pretty comfortable in it even though it is (OMG) two! different! patterns!

Here’s What I Wore:
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Sweater: Gap Outlet
Shirt: Banana Republic Factory Store
Jeans: Gap Slim Boyfriend
Necklace: Banana Republic
Pewter Flats: Target
Bracelet: You’ve seen this one a million times. I like it, I guess.

I asked Garrett to take a detail shot so you could see the stripes-on-stripes effect and this is what he took — the boy is many things but detailed-fashion-shots for the blog are not his area of expertise…

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Not a detail of my face, babe! A detail of the shirts!

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“But a detail of your face is cuter.”

And then I did of the obnoxious adorableness. Feel free to barf. I might actually miss taking silly outfit photos in the morning when this little project is over.

We have absolutely no idea what we are doing, but hey at least we are having fun pretending!
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30 Days of Denim – Day Twenty

Well internet, Garrett is glad to know that you all agree with him that my fake Danskos are hideous. He’s been running around the house with his arms up like he is Rocky shouting “Vindication!” You can’t win ’em all, I guess. But damn, they are comfy!

Today I had the day off but still had to get up early to go get a “Health Screening” at work. Yeah, it was about as fun as it sounds. Then I ran a boat load of errands! WOOT! Adulthood, for the win. I remember when my days off included sleeping late and doing whatever I felt like. Ah memories.

Speaking of memory, I almost forgot to take a picture of this outfit because I was so busy today! I probably shouldn’t admit this but my internet usage definitely changes when I have a day off work. 😉 I just had a little panic attack about it, but we were able to grab a photo right before it got too dark!

Here’s What I Wore:

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Necklace: Target
Sweater: Banana Republic Factory Store
Jeans: Gap 1969 Perfect Bootcut (another hand me down from my fairy godmother AndreAnna)
Tank: Old Navy
Sandals: Target
Bracelet: Target

The flyaway hair is courtesy of the fact that my car has no air conditioning. Oh, the perks!

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30 Days of Denim – Day Nineteen

Today’s outfit is a hot mess. For a number of reasons. I’ll give you the cliffs notes:

* I may have mentioned I am VERY tired. This affected my outfit choice today.
*The shoes are apparently very polarizing.

Oh the shoes.

Here’s What I Wore:

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Necklace: Target
Cardigan: Merona for Target
Tank: Old Navy
Jeans: Gap Slim Boyfriend, which are now too big and sort of making me have a weird spare tire
Shoes: DSW – some off brand that wants to be Danskos, obvs.

They are my (fake) Danskos and even though I have mad love for them, Garrett HATES these shoes. He thinks they look like frumpy, orthopedic shoes and can’t understand my desire to wear them ever. In fact I would tell you what he calls them but this is a family friendly website.

*BAHAHAHAHA*

But here’s the thing, like a good pair of Chuck Taylors, I feel anxious when I don’t have a pair of Danskos in my closet. (Or the $39 knock of pair I got from DSW.) I understand they can not be worn in every situation, but sometimes they are necessary. Like today.

However when I got to work my friend Katie (Hi Katie!) was like “Dude, what’s with the clogs?” And when I told her the story I just told you she said, “Well, hey, at least they aren’t crocs.”

AT LEAST THEY AREN’T CROCS

And that pretty much sums up how I feel about this outfit. Is it time to go to bed yet?

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30 Days of Denim – Day Eighteen

Hey, remember this outfit?
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Well I’m using the same inspiration but remixing the patterns. SWAP! I’m sorry, but I’m ready for sweaters and I’m basically in love with anything mustard colored and stripey. SHOCKER.

Indulge me, will you?

Here’s What I’m Wearing:

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Crappy photo quality probably makes it hard to tell but those jeans are black. And so are the stripes.

Sweater: Gap Outlet
Shirt: Merona for Target
Jeans: Gap Premium Flare
Shoes: Payless
Earrings: Another mom hand me down. My mom rules!

Another thing this photo doesn’t tell you? Those jeans are in a size that I haven’t worn since junior high. WRAP YOUR BRAIN AROUND THAT, because I’m still trying. Seeing as I’m right about to be 33 (yep, that’s 20 years when you do the math!) the concept may take me a while.

I mentioned when I started this project that the purpose was to get a little more comfortable with my body since it has changed so dramatically over the last year. (I’m so close to 100 lbs lost I can taste it!) There are super awesome things about losing weight,yes. But as counter intuitive as it sounds, body confidence can be a bit of a struggle when you go through that much change this quickly. I’ve been trying to find an eloquent way to explain that for week, but AndreAnna nailed this feeling in a post this week and I would highly suggest checking it out.

Getting back in touch with who I am, how I look, what I love and how I want the world to perceive me were major goals of this little project. 2/3 of the way there I am starting to feel like it has been worth it. So thank you for letting me experiment here. For your positive feedback. For your suggestions. For your support.

They help a girl out you know, and it is appreciated!

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30 Days of Denim – Day Seventeen

And just like that, it’s been feeling like fall around here. A little bit overcast. A few nights of crispy cool air. Mornings that take just a little longer than usual to heat up. It’s like I can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel.

(Let’s hope that light isn’t a train coming right for us!)

That said, I guess I need to get my white jeans wearing out of my system, eh?

Here’s what I wore:

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Shirt: Rhapsody (Total TJ Maxx purchase.)
White Jeans: Gap
Red Wedges: Target
Earrings: That’s a good question. I’m going to go with Claire’s.

Speaking of earrings, when I look at the photo I feel like I was a little lazy with the accessorizing but sometimes when I wear white pants I feel like, HELLO I’M WEARING WHITE PANTS! Do you feel this way? And then it makes me feel a little less likely to add the bling you know?

In hindsight, the pants aren’t as loud as I thought they were, so maybe next time I will just bathe myself in diamonds. Or maybe just put on a bracelet.

Either/Or.

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30 Days of Denim – Day Sixteen

I have issued a challenge to myself: I will now show you EVERY striped piece of clothing in my closet!

Oh wait, I think I am already doing that. Hmmm, that’s not much of a challenge then is it? Well, it’s Friday and I don’t feel like being challenged so there! I feel like drinking 10 cups of coffee because I stayed up too late reading a book that I am really enjoying and for that my fashion is suffering! A good detective story will do that to a girl.

Here’s What I Came Up With Today:

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Shirt: Banana Republic
Necklace: Banana Republic
Bracelet: Target
Capri Jeans: Ross (FYI, these are the ones that came with yesterday’s free belt! haha)
Heels: Merona for Target (I promise I’m not tipping over in these, it’s just the way the photo looks)

I actually love this shirt though and have to force myself NOT to wear it every day. It feels like silk but is washable! I think they call that rayon…LOL I don’t know — I love the color, the pattern, the texture. It’s a good shirt. So even though I’m making a weird face, trust that I am generally happy with this outfit.

Garrett was actually telling fart jokes while taking these pictures so unfortunately I’m either making a fake smile/annoyed face like I am above or laughing hysterically.

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Yep, I don’t have that cute supermodel — oh look at me, ha ha ha, I’m laughing — kind of face. But then again I bet high fashion photographers don’t tell fart jokes on set. Well maybe they do, what do I know?

Anyway, I hope you all have a lovely weekend. Are you so ready for it? I know I am!

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30 Days of Denim – Day Fifteen

We made it!

We are at the half way point. The summit of style, if you will. HA!

I think the thing that I am most shocked about is that I haven’t repeated too many items of clothing. I mean jeans and shoes, yes. I don’t have 30 pairs of jeans. Or shoes for that matter. Well, maybe shoes, but only because some shoes are only for certain occasions.

I guess I’m shocked about everything else because I am definitely the type to say – “hey, this shirt is clean and out of the dryer, why not wear it again?” So I am actually pretty stoked that I have yet to do that during this little experiment. But you are not here to talk about how I hate to fold and put away laundry, are you?

Anyway, enough analyzing. Let’s talk denim. Wait, forget denim. Let’s talk shoes. Today I wore a skirt and it was solely because I wanted to able to look down all day today and see my Missoni for Target score. I couldn’t even get there until noon, but there was one lone box holding the pair of shoes I wanted in my size on the shelf. It was like a little a style guardian angel had my back.

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After all of the brouhaha yesterday, I feel sort of ridiculous that I am so excited about a pair of shoes, but I am. Judge away. They are making me so excited for fall. But you all already knew that.

Here’s the outfit I built around the fact that I wanted to wear my New! Darn! Shoes!

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It’s jeans and a tee shirt — high heels edition! Alternate Outfit Title: Who cares what I’m wearing, look at mah purdy shoes!

Denim skirt: Gap
V Neck Tee: Caslon for Nordstrom
Necklace: Target
Belt: That shit came free with a pair of pants I bought at Ross. What???
Shoes: Missoni for Target

The chunky wood heels on these shoes make me so happy! You can tell by the dorktastic smile on my face.

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30 Days of Denim – Day Fourteen

I have put together 14 outfits thus far and by my count this is the 8th outfit that involves stripes.  One must first admit they have a problem, yes? I didn’t even know I had that many different striped things in my closet. Hmmm…the more you know.

You know what I think it is though?  Stripes are the gateway drug.  You see it’s only been in the last year and a half that I have even entertained stripes because I realized I was always wearing solid colors.  Solids are fine, if not a little boring worn everyday right?  But I am WAY SCARED of buying anything patterned.  I just…well, just not yet. But I’ll get there.

Again, one must keep their very superficial goals in mind, you know?  😉

Stripes are my gateway drug to patterns.  Maybe I will get there in the next two weeks, maybe not.  For now,

Here was my inspiration:

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And here is what I came up with:

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Yes, it’s kind of an easy phone-it-in outfit, but the green stripes with brown! I was in love! In hindsight, I probably could have accessorized more but I was too obsessed with my glittery shoes to think about accessories.

Cardigan: Merona for Target
Tank: Gap
Jeans: Gap Slim Boyfriend Jeans (a favorite, obvs. God, they are like pajama pants!)
Gold Ballet Flats: Payless
Earrings: I think these are a hand me down from my mom

Speaking of shoes, I totally scored two pairs of shoes at Target yesterday despite all that Missoni madness. One on my lunch break and one that my mom scored for me from her Target. I am not the type of person who can let something sit in my closet, I want to wear it IMMEDIATELY, so my guess is they’ll turn up around here shortly. Did you score anything fun from Target yesterday?

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30 Days of Denim – Day Thirteen

Today’s inspiration is out of my comfort zone. But I guess that’s a little bit of what this project is about, isn’t it?

So let’s do this:


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I like this for all the obvious reasons: it looks comofortable, casual and stylish – the holy trinity, yes? But my version is pretty form-fitting and that is still taking a bit of a fake it til I make it kind of confidence to pull off.

Here’s what I came up with:

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Let’s talk about the boots for a minute, shall we?

I do not have tiny calves. At all. Even a little bit. In fact, after losing almost 100 lbs they are actually 1/4 of an inch BIGGER than they were when I started out on this journey. Talk about unfair, my friends. (Also unfair: my ring finger is the same size. Both of these things are difficult for me to comprehend, DAMNIT!)

Anyway, that was a bit of a sidebar.

Boots are basically impossible for me to find and require a two part experiment. 1: Will they fit around my Incredible Hulk Calves? and 2: Will they look flattering? You see, Number 1 does not guarantee Number 2. I feel like these boots do okay at both and I just recently picked them up with a coupon code that made them $24, shipped — and you know how I am with bargain shoes! I think for $24 it’s worth the experiment to see if I can get comfy with the idea of a more form fitting silhouette.

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Shirt: Old Navy
Jeans: Old Navy “The Diva” Skinny Jenas
Boots: Right here – check them out if you also have trouble finding good fitting boots.

Now it’s official — Mother Nature, BRING ON FALL!!!

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30 Days of Denim – Day Twelve

12 Days of Denim is a lot of denim.

Today was the first day that I got up and was like, “Really, jeans again?” I looked longingly at my pencil skirts and capri pants and then moved down my closet to the denim section.

But then I thought of this dress!

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This dress is sort of denim-ish. It’s not technically made out of denim but I won’t wear it to work unless it’s a casual dress/denim day so I thought it was the perfect mix today.

Dress: Merona for Target
Cardigan: Merona for Target
Shoes/Bracelet: Target

I feel like this will be a good transitional dress from summer to fall. Maybe you will see it again with boots and tights before the month is through if Mother Nature cooperates.

Please, Mother Nature: COOPERATE!

So ready for Fall!
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