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I’m behind by three days and fighting my cat!

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Top: Target
Necklace, netted tights: Forever 21
Skirt: Jcrew
Purple tights: c/o We Love Colors
Shoes: Go Jane
Belt: Modcloth

I am behind by three days on photos, meaning I wore the outfits and either didn’t take photos or haven’t loaded them. Woo hoo.So, therefore, you guys will either miss three days, or I can go back, take the photos and post them all on the same day. Choose wisely 🙂

I also cannot believe I’ll be in Texas in a little over a week! Get ready ladies, we’re going to have so much fun!

(Short on words, long on style. Or something.)

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red rover, red rover…

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Top, jacket: H&M
Shoes: Target
Scarf: Gift
Cords: Calvin Klein

This is the shirt I picked to take place of my long-lost black pants. I swear, I must have a laundry fairy that likes to eat my clothes because I can never find what I’m looking for. That, or I’m just really bad at remembering where I put my clothes. I’m leaning toward the fairy.

I haven’t looked at my blog reader in days, and I’m almost afraid to. I don’t want to read any posts if I can’t comment on them, so I’m saving them up for this weekend. It’s going to be such a fun weekend! Do you guys have plans for the weekend? What are you doing?

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Florals and jeans

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Top: Target
Cardi: Old Navy
Jeans: Kenneth Cole
Shoes: Forever 21
Necklace: Urban Outfitters

Holy crap! Sunlight! I love my new job. I can FINALLY get home before dark. It’s a 30 minute commute now, instead of 60 minutes. It was still cold out today (thus the coat), but I could actually take photos outside again! Yay!

This top takes the place of the black turtleneck I added to my mix, but somehow never found… I also need to replace my black pants, but I’m waiting to see what else I can add instead of those.

Um, that weird area of red snow, yeah, I’m not sure what that is… I didn’t really notice it until later, but I’m pretty sure it’s not blood. Pretty sure…

Don’t forget to join the giveaway and learn more about Paper Doll Project!

PS- I’m really sorry I’ve been slacking on blog comments and visits this week. I’m planning to do a TON this weekend to make up for it!

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What did Katy wear?

Dear Katy of Modly Chic and I have swapped posts for the day 🙂 Check out her blog for my post!



Hello lovelies! I’m certainly not the colorful Suze, but I’m making an attempt to be a little more colorful in my choices during this 30 for 30 Challenge and so we are switching blogs today. This colored concoction is a little toned down from an earlier similar outfit with the help of this off-white jacket. I was trying to find a way to wear this funky skirt and bright marigold top in more work-appropriate way.

As I was walking around in this outfit, someone mentioned that I looked ready for the summer. Since I was in a long-sleeved shirt, jacket, boots and a skirt that is made out of corduroy pieces the comment took be back… What? Summer? But I realized one of my aversions to color has to do with the idea that color IS something only for the spring and summer months. But that just isn’t true, as Suze demonstrates so well. So, here’s to more color in the winter months!

This is outfit 11 of 30 for the Challenge.

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Blogger meetup! (Ann Arbor edition)

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Top, cardigan: Old Navy
Jeans: really, really old
Shoes: Forever 21
Scarf, belt: H&M
Earrings: gift

On Friday, I headed out to Ann Arbor for a blogger meetup. We were a mix of fashion/style bloggers and life bloggers. I’ve been following these ladies on twitter on through their blogs for months, so it was awesome to meet them in person.
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I met up with Dorothy from Dash Dot Dotty to take some outfits photos, and so we could hang out a little beforehand. She is SO sweet. And she wore the cutest dress (sequins, hello?!). Awesome. (Big thanks for taking my photos!!)

Then, after the meet up, Katie, Vanessa and I decided to take photos together. Because, you know, we’re hams like that. There were very few serious photos. Most turned out like this:
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But we did manage to get one nice one!
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(last two photos are via Vanessa and her sister)

And there is now an info page about Paper Doll Project. Check it out and sign up for our March style swap!

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Allergic reactions, my last day (at my job) and friend friday

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Top: Tucker for Target
Necklace: From Selina
Pants: Calvin Klein
Shoes: Forever 21
Belt: Modcloth

It was not my first choice to wear glasses today. My eyes decided to freak out and have been red, runny and itchy for a few days now. I’ve narrowed the culprit down to either my contacts or my mascara. I’m leaning toward the mascara because it’s semi-new and I’ve never used it before, and I won’t be using that brand again! (Clinique, if you’re curious).

Today is my last day at my very first “real” job. I’m sad to leave, but excited to start my new job!

And, good news! For those of you interested in the Paper Doll Project Erin, Liz and I just did, we’re planning to do it again, but we’re going to open it up to anyone else who wants to join! We’re working out the details, but as soon as we have more information we’ll let you guy know 🙂

Now, onto friend friday! This week is all about color (I swear I didn’t write them!!)

1. What color dominates your closet?
Is it wrong to say all of them? Sadly, I don’t have much black or grey, or tons of pastels. I tend to have deep tones mostly.

2. If money weren’t an issue how would you change the color emphasis in your closet?
I would buy more of everything 🙂

3. What is your mantra about mixing colors?
If I like it, I wear it. Anything can match, it just depends on how you want to look at it (can you tell I like color?!)

4. For you, how do you incorporate color into your outfits?
Um, a lot? I’ve worn head-to-toe color, with no neutrals, or I’ve gone so fas as to wear a black dress with colored tights. You can do it however you want, but just do whatever is comfortable to you!

5. Which blogger(s) do you think do a good job of incorporating color into their wardrobe?
Immediately I thought of Louise from Coffee and a Cardigan and  Collette from Statements in Fashion. They both seem to embrace the fun you can have with color, and I [obviously] like that! And, how could I ever forget Jenni from Pixie in Pumps?! She’s like my color twin, although shorter 🙂 (hehehe)

** For more information about Friend Friday and to read what the others had to say, head over to Modly Chic!

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See the outfit that made Erin swoon.

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Dress: Thrifted, Thakoon for Target
Jacket: Banana Republic
Necklace, belt: Modcloth
Tight: Olive green, c/o We Love Colors, Spruce green I bought, We Love Colors
Shoes:
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Day two of our paper doll project! I really like this. Anyone else want to tell me what to wear? I like not having to think about it 🙂
I don’t know if this really made Erin swoon, but when she instructed me to wear my green tights with this dress she said *swoon.* So that means she really did, right? I also wanted to pay homage to her hair, because she always looks so effortless, and my hair is always a struggle to deal with. For once, it cooperated. Yay!

Check out what I told Liz to wear and what Liz told Erin to wear.

It was about 8 degrees when I got ready for work, which is why I’m wearing two pairs of tights. You can’t really see them, but they’re not the same color. I took a photo to demonstrate.
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I’m actually pleased that you couldn’t see the spruce green through the olive green. That means I have on some THICK tights, right? Right.

And I now own an iPhone. My friend upgraded to a 4G and kindly let me buy his 3G. It’s awesome! I can now play Angry Birds on my OWN phone, instead of waiting for Cher to come into town or for the next time I’ll see Emily or Craig. Are there any apps you suggest I download?

PS- I redid my blog layout. I’ve had a few people tell me it’s loading slowly, so I’m fixing that, but please let me know if you see anything else wrong with it. 🙂

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1950s paper doll

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Cardigan: Jcrew
Skirt: Anthropologie
Shoes: Kimchi Blue
Belt, necklace: H&M
Top: F21
Purse: gift from my momma, Coach

Welcome to my paper doll project (apparently it’s mine, although it’s me, Liz and Erin participating. I guess it’s mine because I suggested it? Whatever… LOL). When Liz, Erin and I posted our 30 pieces, I made some remark on twitter about secretly making up clothing options for them, and it turned into this. Today, Liz told me what to wear, I told Erin what to wear and Erin told Liz what to wear (make sense?).

I had a different shirt on this morning (the cream one with the peter pan collar) and while it looked cute, I looked like a 1950’s librarian. I totally could’ve played that role, tossed on some cat-eye frames and rocked it out, but I decided against it. I was meeting Selina and Sophie from Sisters 4 say more is more after work, and didn’t really want to scare them off with my 1950’s clothing. And I think I was successful. I don’t think I scared them off… yet… 🙂

I swear, Liz knows me REALLY well, because this outfit is so very ME. I love it. Hilariously, Erin picked the exact same shoes for me to wear, so I really hope you guys don’t get sick of them!!

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Polka dots and elbow patchs

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Top: Tulle
Jacket: H&M
Pants: Banana Republic (pretty old)
Shoes, necklace: Forever 21

I wore a variation of this outfit on my second interview for my new job (I start next week). I’m not really a suit person. I prefer separates that I can mix and match for a professional look. Plus, this shirt is adorable, but I say that about all my clothes.

This is my blazer post for EBEW (everybody, everywear). Check out how others wore their blazers today…
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Someone wanted to be a style blogger today. I set up the camera, and she was posing in my spot! I had to follow her wishes and post her photo. (She looks so little here! Let me assure you, she’s a chubby little monster.)
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Yay for chubby kitties!! 🙂

Don’t forget to enter the We Love Colors giveaway!

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Go red for women, friend friday and more!

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Top: Old Navy
Dress: Banana Republic
Scarf: H&M
Tights: c/o We Love Colors, gold
Belt: Modcloth
Shoes: Urban Outfitters

Only one more day left! Since today was the day to wear red and I’d already worn my red tights, I decided to just go bold and rock out the gold tights with my red shirt. I feel like and art teacher in this outfit, demonstrating the primary colors. Ha.

If you want more information about Andie‘s Go Red for Women initiative and how to get involved, click here. Otherwise, continue reading for this week’s friend friday, which is all about involvement.

Katy says, “The launch this week of the 30 for 30 challenge, as well as the rise of EBEW and even the going red for women month, got me thinking how do we decide what content works for our blog and what doesn’t? Some bloggers commented that some of these ‘blogging events’ are full of people just interested in jumping on the bandwagon and trying to garner a little more fame out of it, while others are authentic. All interesting and valid points, which of course had me thinking what makes a blog unique and how do we are bloggers differentiate ourselves and our blogs from the thousands out there.

1. With all the blogging events out there how do you determine which ones to participate in and which ones to avoid?
If I like it, it sounds interesting to me and I want to do it, I do it. If it doesn’t sound like something I would normally do, I steer clear.

2. Be honest, have you ever jumped on the bandwagon of some blogging movement/event for the wrong reasons? How did that turn out?
Usually, I’ve been pretty good at having my own reasons for doing something. But, I understand why others could think it’s a big clique or that it’s a bandwagon movement. Doesn’t that same mentality  come out when an indie band suddenly becomes famous? We assume that, even though it’s a great idea, the participant is only doing it for exposure. I don’t think that is the case for MOST participants. I think some people are doing it to feel part of something, and there is nothing wrong with that. Everyone chooses to do something (or not do it) for their own reasons, and who are we to tell them they are wrong?

3. How do you give your own flair to a blog event while still maintaining the general mission and purpose?
My purpose and mission with this blog has been very simple from the start: do what I want and showcase what I’m wearing. It’s evolved into DIY fashion and showing how to dress professionally on a normal/small budget (we’re talking LESS than $100 spent PER MONTH). If something comes up like the 30×30 or EBEW, and I want to participate, I do.

I think the 30×30 is a brilliant idea and 800+ participants agree. It’s about showing how to work with what you have. Sure, some people have HUGE closets and some people own very little. But when you put certain restrictions on what you own (such as utilizing only 30 pieces) you begin to realize what you own and how to wear it in ways you didn’t think of before. If you want to read more about my thoughts on the 30×30, check out this post I wrote for the last one, after seeing some not-so-nice remarks on twitter.

4. When determining the best content for your blog what criteria do you keep in mind?
I see if I have the time, the ability, and the want to do it. I also don’t participate in things that I’d have to run out and buy something for. An example would be EBEW. If I didn’t own the item they were featuring, I wouldn’t do it, plain and simple. The items aren’t chosen to be crazy items most people won’t own, they’re picked because many people own them. But if I don’t I just don’t include myself in the mix. Pretty simple.

5. While everything will not suit your blog, how do you try to support your fellow bloggers who are participating in something worthwhile, but not your style?
Well, first of all, I’d never write a post talking badly about the project and projecting the idea of boycotting blogs that do it. Second, before I was ever involved in FBFF, I’d always go to Katy’s blog and V’s blog, read their answers and check out the others involved. You can support other bloggers by leaving comments, encouraging them to do their best and by just being NICE to them. You may not like everything everyone posts, but you don’t have to be rude about it. If you don’t like something, stop reading their blog. You don’t have to broadcast to the world that you’ve done so, but you don’t have to read about something you have no interest in.

I remember following Kendi on her very first 30×30 last spring, and I was very inspired by the idea and wanted to try it on my own, but knew if I did, it would be assumed I was copying her. Then, she opened up the summer edition to her followers, and I decided to participate. I had people like Jenni and Angeline right there, supporting me as I went through it. This time, neither of them are participating, but I am, and they’re both sending me encouraging tweets and leaving kind comments. So even though they’re not doing it, they’re still supporting me.

To learn more about FBFF or join the group, head over to ModlyChic.com. You can also visit the other blogs participating.