Jan 11th, Work it Wednesday

It’s another edition of Work it Wednesday– where I link up with Jill’s Good Life- and show 1 item worn 3 ways. I’ve also linked with What I Wore Wednesday– so you can get lots of great ideas!

I really love this challenge because I love seeing how versatile a piece can be.

I read in Jessica Quirk’s book “What I Wore‘ that when shopping, she always makes sure that she can wear an item several ways before buying it.

I’ve also heard from readers who say when they shop they buy an entire outfit- but then later- they don’t know how to use the separate pieces from the ‘ready made’ outfit with other items in their closet.

One thing I learned (and shared) from my 30 for 30- was that you really don’t need a ton of clothes- you just need some great versatile pieces that can be worn several ways.

So, on that note- today’s staple piece is my light blue denim shirt. I’m showing it plain (and tucked in ) on the right- just paired with darker denim jeans and leopard flats. This is a look I would have NEVER tried a few months ago, but it actually quite stylish (or so I’m told!)

But, you know me- I like to layer. I like to be warm, I like the rule of 3… so here goes:

My first version is untucking the shirt and adding my faux fur vest, the one I call ‘the dog’. Notice my dog checking out my other dog! I think she’s jealous!

Love this vest! It adds a rugged, yet glamorous spin to the look.

My next look is my vintage sweater, this is a great cozy, weekend look!

This sweater is 50 years old!

My last look is with a scarf and boots.

Love the way an infinity scarf is easy to wear!

Jan 4th, Work It Wednesday

Now that I’m back at work, I need to dress up a bit- so today’s outfit is one of my favorite dresses (which I think is actually a nightgown) made into a skirt.

First, I simply added a black v neck shirt and a necklace. I love the neckline of this shirt, it is very flattering. I think the plain black top works because the skirt has so many details with the ruffles.

In the next version I decided to add a bit more color- so I added this purple sweater over the black shirt, then I  added a gorgeous scarf that ties all the colors together.

The purple sweater and scarf add a burst of color.
Without the scarf- a necklace works well to tie in the black.

For my 3rd look I added a grey flannel blazer to make it look more professional. I like the belt on the blazer because it emphasizes my waist.

To make it more professional, I added the belted blazer.

Work it Wednesday and What I Wore Wednesday are great places to find inspiration, so please take a minute to click on the link and check out some other great styles!

Have a wonderful day!

Dress: Anthropologie, Shirt: Nordstrom, Purple Sweater: Nordstrom, Scarf: Target, Blazer: Banana Republic, Boots: Nordstrom

Dec 28th, 30 for 30- Day 28

Work it Wednesday– today’s theme is my ever favorite- the black turtleneck. I’ve done this before, (here) but thought it’d be fun to try again today, especially since my choices are so limited.

My first look is my Rachel Zoe inspired, night on the town, all black with faux fur.

I like the way the necklace picks up the color in the fur.

My next look is more of a daytime look- I’ve added a cute jacket and bright scarf. This jacket works well because it has elastic at the waist, which helps define my middle- and doesn’t let the jacket overwhelm me.

Perfect for a cold and rainy day- like today!

My 3rd look is another daytime look. I’ve paired this oatmeal sweater with this gorgeous scarf, added some thick wool socks (scrunched down) and these cute boots.

Love these shoes with this sweater! Looks like they were made to go together.

Since I was on a roll, I decided to try a few more looks:

This outfit is all about the gold scarf.
Audrey Hepburn inspired look.
Return of the grandpa sweater!

As you can see, my black turtleneck is probably the most versatile piece I own. Since I’m always cold, it works well to keep me warm, and acts as a base for me to add items to.

Which of these looks is your favorite? Any?!

Pants: Gap, Turtleneck: White House, Black Market

Dec 21st, 30 for 30 Day 21

I call this my Martha Stewart outfit- partly because I plan on spending the day working around the house, cooking, cleaning, wrapping presents… you know the drill!

Another reason I call this Martha Stewart is because before I started this style experiment I remember watching her show  and noticing she would wear a blouse while cooking. I remember thinking, weird! It looks so uncomfortable and stiff- and personally, I’d rather wear sweats!

However, all that has changed with this blog. Even working around the house, I am forcing myself to dress up a bit-  not that this is dressy, but at least I’ve put a little effort into my look because you never know who will ring your doorbell, right?!

Today I’m participating in Work it Wednesday only to the degree that I’m showing 3 different shoes with this very simple outfit. I’ve got on casual tennis shoes, my desert booties and leopard flats. Which are your favorite?

These casual slip on tennis shoes are a great alternative to regular tennis shoes!
I'm always a fan of the leopard flat. It brings an unexpected flair to my outfit!

I’m also linking up with The Pleated Poppy– check it out for hundreds of great style ideas!

Jeans: Nordstrom, Blouse: Target, Cardigan: Nordstrom, Shoes: Boots- Kohls, Tennis Shoes- Macys, Flats- Target

Dec 14th, Work it Wednesday

I think Work it Wednesday is so much fun- the idea is that you show 1 look 3 ways, (but to be honest I prefer seeing the actual outfits on people- as opposed to the cute outfits people put together on Polyvore.)

Clothes can look fabulous in theory, but then you put them on and it can be all wrong… That is one reason why I very seldom shop online. It just makes me nervous. Unless I know the exact brand and size, I’m afraid things won’t fit.

I’m running to Costco again today (seems like I was just there), so today’s outfit is another extremely simple look.

I’m wearing my skinny jeans, brown boots and a white shirt. For style and warmth I’ve decided to throw on my brown leather jacket and a scarf.

My dear friend, Heidi, sent me this gorgeous gold scarf (above left) for my birthday- and I truly love it. It’s hard to describe, but it’s gold- and then it also has a shimmery gold thread that runs through it. It’s perfect because it can be very versatile- cute paired with a casual outfit, or it could easily dress up something very plain.

Below I’m trying this brown infinity scarf that another dear friend, MaryAnn gave me for my birthday (great minds think alike). This one has a ton of texture- it’s a loosely knit pattern, as you can see from the photo.

Boy, am I blessed to have such sweet friends!

This scarf has lots of texture and detail, including the fringe!

Finally, I’m trying my plaid scarf from Target. This used to be my favorite, but now tht I have these new ones, I’m not so sure.

By the way, I’m pairing up with The Pleated Poppy today to- so be sure to check out all those cute gals!

I love the plaid in this scarf.
Yep, that's my new puppy in the background. Isn't she sweet?!

Nov 2nd, What I Wore Wednesday

I’m linking up with both What I Wore Wednesday and Work it Wednesday– so if you have time, be sure to check out these other great sites.

Today I am showing my denim skirt worn 3 ways. Speaking of 3- I’ve mentioned this before but I like following the rule of 3. By this I mean I try to always have 3 items in the upper half of my outfit.

In my first look I’ve paired it with a black t shirt, silver necklace and my furry vest, affectionately named ‘the dog’ as seen here. I like this look because it’s edgy, yet doesn’t seem to far out of my comfort zone.

On the right is my next look- where I’ve paired the skirt with this brown sweater. To follow the rule of 3 I have a tank under the sweater and a necklace. This sweater has a lot of interest because of the pattern down the middle and the sleeves. Paired with brown boots- it’s a classic and safe outfit.

Lastly I’m showing a weekend look. I’ve paired it with a long sleeve pink t shirt over a white tank and then layered my white vest over for warmth. I’m wearing casual tennis like shoes- perfect for running errands or standing on the sidelines.

This skirt is a good alternative to jeans.
Love my dog!!
This sweater would look cute belted too.

Skirt: H&M, Black Shirt: Anthropologie, Fur Vest: Marshalls, Black Boots: Nordstrom, Brown Sweater: French Connection, Brown Boots: DSW, Necklace: Jewel Kade, Pink Shirt: Michael Stars, Vest: Nordstrom, Shoes: Macy’s

Oct 26th, Work it Wednesday

Today I’m participating in Jill from Good Life’s weekly link-up party where we show 1 item worn 3 ways. I’ve decided to go with a wardrobe staple, the black pencil skirt.

I love the pencil skirt for work because it’s so easy to wear and so much cuter than black pants.

I work in a very conservative field- so this look is perfect for me- but if you work in a more trendy field, make sure to keep your outfit current with a cute top,  jacket, sweater or accessories!

As seen on the left, I paired it with a animal print top and cute jacket. The animal print is unexpected, yet because it’s under the jacket- it isn’t too edgy.

On the right I decided to try another very conservative jacket- but paired with this bright orange tank makes it more modern.

Below, I’m showing an outfit I wore a few weeks ago- I paired my skirt with a sweater, scarf and boots. I think this one might be my favorite!

If you don’t own a pencil skirt- you could try any of these tops and jackets with dark jeans- it would look really cute as well!

Skirt: Gap, Jacket on Left: JC Penny, Jacket on Right: White House, Black Market, Leopard Shirt: Express, Orange Tank: H&M, Shoes: Nordstroms