What I Wore Wednesday VIII

pleated poppyHello all! Thanks for stopping by WIWW, where I’m linking up with The Pleated Poppy for another edition of What I Wore Wednesday!

School’s out for the summer but we’re still busy registering new students for classes, which makes for a nice quick day :). Maybe one of these days I’ll post what I look like 5 minutes after I get home- nothing says “fashion icon” quite like a men’s tshirt and 12 year old shorts….

Today I’ve got another cute ruffled top, a cinched belt, and some light Candies pants. It’s finally not freezing in here so no need for layers, and even though it’s still raining I’m wearing open toed shoes anyway! I didn’t paint those nails for nothing.

Here’s the rundown of it all:

  • Top: New York and Company (within the past year)
  • Pants: Kohl’s (within the past 3 years)
  • Belt: Came with another pair of paints!
  • Shoes: Payless… they’re just plain brown wedges

Normally I’d post another picture with a close up of some accessories or whatever, but today I thought I’d detour from that to ask for a little help. Most of my regular readers know I adopted a dog from Lucky Lab Rescue and Adoption a few months back, and the rescue is currently trying to win a grant so they can help more awesome dogs in need. Could you take 2 seconds to vote for them here? No name or email address needed- just searched for Lucky Lab Rescue and Adoption and identify the state as IN.


I thank you, Dutch thanks you, and Lucky Lab thanks you!!



What I Wore Wednesday VII

WIWW 7th edition already?! You know what that means…. it’s freezing out. But finally not raining (altough to quote Curly from City Slickers, the day ain’t over yet!).

I’m working some layers today, because it’s super chilly in here- I forgot to take a picture of my jacket, sorry. It’s only about 50* out but because it’s June the air is blowing at work, it’s got a scheduled date to turn on and once it’s on they can’t shut it off.

Today I’ve got a tank (as always), a ruffled white shirt, and a vest with my standard black dress pants and black shoes. I think I sort of look like a fancy waitress, but whatever I love my vest and I’m not taking it off! Finding a cute, short, cropped vest was far more difficult then it should have been. I bought it 2 or 3 years ago when vests were somewhat popular in the fancy time clothes department and I must have gone to over 5 stores looking for the perfect one- because of this I have absolutely no idea where it came from.

I thought I’d show off my purse and wallet today too, both are from the same store but were purchased at separate times. The purse, which is HUGE and AWESOME my mom got for me a few months ago and the wallet is actually a clutch that I purchased several years ago.

I use the same wallet every single day, since it’s in my purse it doesn’t need to match. For work I generally go back and forth between this bag and the one I featured in WIWW IV because they’re both spacious and have lots of pockets inside.

Here’s the rundown for it all:

  • Ruffled shirt: New York & Company (within the past 2 years)
  • Vest: unknown (within the past 3 years)
  • Dress pants: Gap
  • Black heels: Payless
  • Purse: Anne Klein from TJ Maxx
  • Clutch: Kathy Von Zeeland from TJ Maxx

So what are you wearing today? Do you have any standard work purses? Can you please make it 75* and sunny? Tell me in the comments or join me on The Pleated Poppy!

What I Wore Wednesday VI

It’s Wednesday! And you know what that means… it’s raining. It’s a curse. But besides that, it’s finally warm enough for summer clothes!

Now that all the students are gone it’s pretty slow around here, lots of time for revisions and catch up work. Today I decided to wear a blue button down, brown dress capris, and blue shoes.  Nothing too fancy, but still work appropriate. I haven’t worn these capris since last summer and whew they still fit, but seriously I really need to get my exercise on. As for the shirt, I don’t wear it a ton because it wrinkles super easy and animal hair sticks to it like crazy- but for a slow day sitting at my desk it should be fine.

What you can’t see too well in the picture is a pearl necklace, a slim gold bangle, and a gold pinky ring. If nothing else, WIWW is encouraging me to actually wear some of the jewelry that’s been hiding in my room for years. I have a hard time wearing nice jewelry, the Revere girl in me really just wants to wear plastic hoops and fake diamonds every day and unfortunately that’s just a weekend look now. ::le sigh::

But let me not forget to mention the real superstars here: Jergens lotion and Blister Block. I’m so pale that my tan is basically everyone else’s natural color, so there’s no way you’re getting me in shorts, skirts, or capris unless I’ve had at least a week’s work of time with Jergens natural glow. It’s the only thing that doesn’t turn me orange and doesn’t look completely unnatural.

Further, most of my open toe non-wedge heels are very pinchy. So Blister Block is amazing, it’s like this teeny tiny deodorant looking stick that goes on like an invisible wax wherever you might get shoe bites and it just runs house all day long. I think I picked it up in the band aid aisle- I’ve had this same tiny stick for a couple years now, so it’s worth the $8 or $9 that you spend.



As for where everything came from:

  • Shirt: Charlotte Russe (within the past 3 years)
  • Capris: Kohl’s (within the past 3 years)
  • Shoes: Payless (within the past 3 years)
  • Necklace, bracelet, ring: all gifts!

So what are you wearing today? Let me know in the comments or join me in linking up to The Pleated Poppy!

What I Wore Wednesday V

It’s Wednesday again and guess what- it’s still raining. I think WIWW has seriously cursed the weather around here. Anyway, I tried to insert a little cheery color into my outfit today to help brighten things up… but that’s not really my thing so once again I’m mostly draped in dark colors.

We’ve got an office retreat today from 8:00am-1:00pm, and by “retreat’ I mean we’ll be sitting in the basement of the library today and hopefully we’ll all make it out alive. But for that reason, I wasn’t super worried about being fancy and decided to be a little more fun.

Point of note: so many of my clothes and shoes right now have some sort of ruffle on them. It’s nearly impossible to buy clothes without ruffles right now.

My pants look a little stretched and pulled, but that’s just because they’re straight out of the dryer. By the time I got to work today they were back to they’re usual self, haha!

What you can’t see in the picture above is that my pants have the slightest pin stripe going on. I have hemmed them up 5inches even though I bought the petite size! Let me just say that I absolutely hate how “petite” and “ankle” and “short” labels still assume that you’re over five feet tall. Well I am not! I’m five feet on the nose and because of that everything needs heels or a hem. Ugh.

My shoes have the slightest snake skin pattern on them, I’ve had them for years and they’re one of my go to summer shoes because the heel is only about two inches and the front is wide enough for my big fat feet.

Here’s the run down on where it all came from:

  • Cropped yellow top: 5*7*9 (over 3 years ago)
  • Shirt: Ann Taylor loft (within the past year)
  • Pants: New York & Company (within the past 3 years)
  • Shoes: Payless (within the past 3 years)
  • Bracelet: I honestly do not remember, probably Forever 21 though.

So my friends, what are you wearing today? Leave it in the comments or hook up with me on The Pleated Poppy. Dutch is just dying to know….

What I Wore Wednesday II

Welcome to the second edition of WIWW! Wouldn’t you know, I found another blogger (totally way more internet famous then me) doing the same thing. Hop on over to The Pleated Poppy to check out not only what she wore today but what her tons of followers wore too!

Today was a tough get up and get dressed day for me- I’m fighting off an intense stomach bug and I also had a really important meeting today. Basically I haven’t been able to hold down food since Monday night and I absolutely had get out of bed and bring my A game to work. I needed to balance comfort with fancy, and here’s what I came up with:

I decided to keep it super simple: black shoes, black pants, black shirt, and a silver blazer. Nothing too tight or too clingy, nothing itchy or pull-y.

I am not the type to wear a full matching suit, and I never expect to be, so for me this was professional with style. I can’t be in head to toe black, and I hate suit jackets, so I felt that this met somewhere in the middle. Sure a shimmering silver jacket is a little wild for a professional meeting, and rolled sleeves are semi-Miami Vice but I think it looked just fab.

I kept my jewelry as minimal as my outfit today too- flashy, but not overpowering. A girl always needs some flash, amirite?!

Here’s the run down of where it all came from:

  • Silver Candie’s brand blazer: Kohl’s (last week!)
  • Black t-shirt: TJ Maxx (sometime in the past 2 years)
  • Black dress pants: Gap (sometime in the past 2 years)
  • Black ankle boots: Payless (within the year)
  • Fossil watch: TJ Maxx (within the year)
  • Pendant necklace: a bridesmaids gift from my dear friend Megan

And so I throw it to you- what did you wear on this dreary, rainy Wednesday?