Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Shorts Week - Super Casual

For Day 2 of Shorts Week, I'm going in the opposite direction from yesterday.  This is pretty much my weekend uniform.  Tee or tank & shorts & Sperry's.  Comfortable and easy.  If it looks familiar, that's because it is almost exactly the outfit I wore to the Ben Folds concert back in June.  It was much cooler that day, so I wore a regular tee, and had to add a hoodie.  But you know, same basic idea.  

Buying these Sperry's was an excellent decision.  My only regret is that I didn't buy them in 2010 when I first wanted a pair.  

Tank: Gap (similar, similar)
Shorts: Target (exact)
Shoes: Sperry (exact)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Shorts Week - Pseudo-Professional

Shorts Week is here!  As I mentioned on Thursday, I really like wearing shorts.  I'm very happy that I work in an office with a pretty casual dress code, so I can get away with wearing shorts to work sometimes.  My own personal comfort level means I usually try to dress them up.  A ponte knit blazer is one way to fancify shorts a little bit.

This particular blazer is a new addition to my closet.  I've had a pink blazer on my list forever, and haven't been able to find the perfect one at the perfect price.  I had my eye on this H&M option online, but they never had my size available to order.  A couple weeks ago, I was taking some summer items to the consignment shop when I spotted this beauty.  It's exactly what I had in mind, and for just $12, I was sold.

So, can you wear shorts to work?  If so, how do you try to dress them up?  Any shorts suit wearers out there?  Whatever shorts outfits you might wear, link up below and make sure to check out Ginny's blog this week!      

Blazer: Gap via Absolutely Her Consignment (option, option)
Tee: Old Navy (option, option)
Shorts: Old Navy (exact)
Shoes: Gap outlet (option, option)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Funny Friday

It's Friday!  How about some funny things to kick off the weekend?

First, a story from the kids at church.  I'm hanging out with the 2-3 year old class on Wednesday nights this summer.  Let me just say that it is a good thing they are cute, because they are trouble!  This week, I was reading a book about farm animals to a couple of the kids.  One of the boys started asking me if I had any of the animals at my house.  It went something like this:

3yo boy:  Do you have chickens at your house?
Me: nope
3yo boy:  Do you have cows at your house?
Me: nope
3yo boy:  Do you have horses at your house?
Me: nope
3yo boy:  Do you have gooses at your house?
Me: nope
3yo boy (growing more and more concerned with each question):  Do you have cats at your house?
Me: nope
3yo boy:  Do you have a dog at your house?
Me: nope
3yo boy:  Well.... do you have a vacuum at your house?
Me: yes, I do have a vacuum.

So, at least I have something.  He seemed worried that I lived in an empty house.  I'm still not sure why we jumped from animals to cleaning machines.  Kids are so weird sometimes!  

And second, have you seen this video yet?  I love it for multiple reasons.  One, the original song is catchy, but so dirty/creepy.  I just can't listen to it. (especially since Robin Thicke looks so much like his dad, and I'm like "Dr. Seaver, noooo!") Weird Al keeps the tune, but cleans up the lyrics!  Two, I can get kind of riled up about grammar (exhibit A, exhibit B), so I hope this helps people figure out how to talk/write correctly!

Anyway, happy weekend!  Remember to link up next week with Ginny and me for Shorts Week!  

Cardigan: J.Crew Factory (exact)
Top: Gap (similarsimilar)
Skirt: Old Navy (similar, similar)
Sandals: Carlos Santana via DSW (optionoption)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Wearing Shorts

It's time for another theme week, and July is the perfect time to be wearing some shorts.  I'm so excited to have Ginny from My New Favorite Outfit as my co-host this month.  We'll be kicking it off on Monday and wearing shorts all week long, so please join us for some or all of the days!  

So, let's talk about shorts.  I like shorts, which is weird, because I don't like pants.  And aren't shorts just pants with the legs chopped off?  It seems like a lot of women don't like shorts, because thighs should be hidden away in shame.  I always get nervous when I see/hear women with much thinner legs than me talking about how they can't wear shorts, because of how fat their thighs are.  People would definitely run in terror as you clomp down the street.  Sometimes I worry that they are right, and then my legs are definitely not shorts-worthy.  But then again, no.  Ladies: stop being crazy.  You look fine.  Buy some shorts.  It will be okay.  I promise.

It's also the Third Thursday of the month, so that means I'm joining in with Bri at Work Clothes, I Suppose.  I decided to bump my July theme to next week, so I wouldn't run into a conflict with Third Thursday Threads, and then she picked the exact same theme as I was planning, so it would have been perfect.  Oh well, just another excuse to wear shorts.    

Top: J.Crew Factory (exact)
Shorts: Loft (option, option, option)
Shoes: Sperry (exact)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Lima Bean Necklace

John calls this my lima bean necklace.  I can't really argue with him.

**shortest post ever!

Necklace: Gift (similar style, similar color)
Top: Lucky (similar)
Skirt: Target (similarsimilar)
Flats: Old Navy (optionoption)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Repeat Repeat

Someday, I assume I will run out of different ways to wear this dress.  Today is not that day.  This is basically the summer version of this outfit.

I should probably say something more interesting.  Here's a fun piece of info - I'm meeting Ginny for lunch today!  We met up last summer a couple times and then fall/winter/spring was just crazy.  I'm excited to catch up in person again.  And we may just be planning an upcoming theme for next week.  I'll share the theme on Thursday!       

Necklace: F21 (similar, similar)
Dress: Gap (similar, similar, similar)
Belt: Steve Madden (similar)
Sandals: Target (similar)

Monday, July 14, 2014

J.Crew Addict?

About a week before I left for Indiana, I ordered 3 things from the J.Crew factory.  These shorts (in bright yellow) arrived before I left.  I love them, but they are a little too small, so I think I will have to return them, unless I lose about 5lbs before I make it out to the outlet mall.

My 2 other purchases (the Clare cardigan in brocade blue and this top in vibrant fuchsia) arrived while I was gone, but John was still home, so he rescued them from the front porch.  Then I bought this skirt at the regular J.Crew in Indy.

I wore this outfit on the first day back to work, and met John for lunch because we had no groceries at home.  He commented on my skirt, and I said it was new - from J.Crew.  Then the conversation went something like this:

John: Do you have a J.Crew addiction?
Andi: no - well, maybe a little.
John:  And is J.Crew more or less expensive than the Gap?
Andi:  welllll...

I then explained to him my new-ish shopping philosophy, where instead of buying 3 t-shirts at the Gap for $7 each and then rarely wearing them, I would buy a maxi skirt at the J.Crew for $22 and wear it more frequently.  It's just math!

Anyway, this is my new skirt and I love it.  For the first outfit, I went with the most obvious pairing of a white tee and cognac accessories.  I felt very fancy all day long!   

Tee: Gap (option, option, option)
Belt: Gap (similar)
Skirt: J.Crew (exact)
Watch: Fossil (similar)
Necklace: Old Navy (similar)
Sandals: Target (similar)