Hardworking, Detail Oriented

As much as I like to look at the big picture over all, everyone knows the devil’s in the deets. Even the most elementary of outfit formulas can be jazzed up with a key element or two – a little pattern play can spice up your go-to work outfit and a blazer and jeans are the perfect backdrop to some mixed metallics. I love taking something basic and elevating it with a tweak here and there. Take this outfit, for example – blouse and jeans, seems simple enough, right? What if I were to tell you that the reason it works is that all of the additional pieces are working together to tell a cohesive story? The braided detail on the clutch’s zipper pull mimics the weave and exaggerated pull on the shoes. The x ring also winks at that criss-cross pattern while creating triangles in the negative space that give a nod to the earrings. And the earrings? Well, they point directly to the cool pleated detail on the back of the blouse (which also happens to be reminiscent of the slashes on the shoes #nbd)

In fashion and life, teamwork makes the dream work, you guys. So even when you’re rocking something that seems pretty straightforward, don’t be afraid to add in a cool element (a scallop short here, a bunny rabbit there…) to keep it interesting.

pleated back blouse: LOFT

skinny jeans: American Eagle

woven peep-toe booties: Target

fold over clutch: Target (similar)

triangle dangles: Fashion Lane truck (similar)

rose gold x ring: Charming Charlie

tortoise shell sunglasses: Charming Charlie

initial E ring: Down by the Station boutique (similar)

You Bettah Bee-lieve It

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years it’s that rules are definitely made to be broken. I mean, sometimes you’re just strolling through the clearance section at Target and you espy a swarm of cute things! And sometimes those cute things are dresses made for children (yet another slam dunk from the Victoria Beckham collection)… But hey, one girl’s dress is another grown ass woman’s tunic, right? Listen, I’ve always been a fan of animal prints – the more literal the better. I’ve worn cats, foxes, dinos, penguins, bunnies, and whales, so obviously this cute little number obviously fits right into my hive (or what I affectionately call my “business casual menagerie”). If you keep your eyes and head open to new things, you never know where inspiration may strike.

Tunic: VB x Target

Jeans: American Eagle

Wedges: Target (similar)

Ear jackets: Sugarfix by BaubleBar

Sunglasses: LOFT (similar)