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)

A Little Morning Pick Me Up

We’ve all had one of those mornings where the alarm clock goes off…and goes off… and goes off… until suddenly your eyes snap open and you realize you’re going to be late. On mornings like these, it pays to have a couple of pieces in your wardrobe that you know you can reach for to pull together a look that makes your bedraggled butt look put together. And those pieces might look different to different people. For some people it’s a jacket or a dress. For me? Nothing beats a little chambray and pattern mixing. I know that I can close my eyes and pull any one of my *cough* five chambray shirts (I don’t have a problem, I can stop whenever I want) out of my closet, toss on a print or two (Good rule of thumb for mixology? Grab one graphic and one organic) and somehow roll out of the house looking presentable. And guys? That’s worth at least 5 more minutes of sleep.

Cardigan: Target (similar)

Chambray shirt: Target (similar)

Skirt: Banana Republic Factory (similar)

Tassel necklace: gift

Leopard flats: Target

Sunglasses: Charming Charlie