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Tag: 30 days of dresses

#30daysofdresses – day 30

A little late, but better than never.

Wore this cuteness on my work trip in Boston last week. And that about wraps up #30daysofdresses.

You can see all 30 days here.

It was an interesting way to blog a month. I learned a few things:

1. I choose outfits based on my feelings – either how I am feeling or how I want to feel that day. Having a pre-determined outfit that I have to wear never makes me feel good.

2. Wearing dresses is fun when it’s a choice. So glad I was born in the 1980s and not the 1680s.

3. My personal style hasn’t evolved so much in the last 2 years, as I’ve gained clarity about why I wear the clothes I wear.

4. 30 day challenges are not for me. 2 weeks, tops.

5. Blogging every day is fun and this challenge made me think about having an editorial calendar again… we’ll see.

6. I am not cut out to be a life-style blogger.

#30daysofdresses – day 29

Ggguyyyyyyssssss – I thought I was done. I thought this was #30.

But no – I miscounted and this is only 29.

Lovely, odd, prime 29.

Fine.

I never wear this dress, but forcing myself to wear it for this challenge reminded me that it is cute and I can totally rock it. Yes, it would look better with heels, but I don’t own black heels right now (and I can’t afford them because I just bought new boots).

This was a quiet, easy day at work – thank goodness.

Dress from Express forever ago. Necklace is an arrow. Flats are Payless (thanks mom!) Blown-out, over-editing by yours truly.

#30daysofdresses – day 28

Straight forward me.

Navy, pink, black dress. Blue jacket. Blue flats. Green bag.

Also, can we just jump up and down that IT’S NOT BLAZING HOT ANYMORE!?

Yay Fall in LA.

Dress from Ann Taylor LOFT. Jacket from Forever21. Flats from Payless (thanks Mom!).

#30daysofdresses – day 27

(Written Monday 10/27/14)

What happens when I have a mocha for Sunday brunch (first latte is weeks), plus watch Walking Dead before bed and then our fire alarm goes off at 4:45am on a Monday morning??

Ssstrrrreeeeesssssss.

But hey, look, the moon is void all day today, work is lame, and I have new boots. Paired with this cute dress my mom picked up for me at Christmas 2014. Because when I wear black it’s actually black and white in a cute pattern. See also day 15.

Yes – I went out with Jessica on Saturday for one last shopping trip before we do.not.hang.out.in.this.capacity again for at least 6 months. On the list: black boots and a jean vest.

Due to some awesome sales, I also picked up burgundy boots from Clarks and black jeans from American Eagle. And braved this huge mall at 1pm on a Saturday. Twas a good thing I spent the previous 24 hours alone in my apartment so I had the energy reserves for that chaos.

People are nuts.

I wanted black boots, but each time I see black boots I think they’re cute and then wish they were brown. Or tan, camel, navy, burgundy or sand colored. Anything but black. It felt like the smart thing to do was to purchase maroon boots — these would go with all of my navy colored clothes and be interesting enough that I could justify spending the money on them. See, style people, I’m learning.

But today, as I write this, I’m wearing the black ones. The fringe detail and the fact that they’re a different matte black is what gets me. So cute. Also, buy one get 25% off at Clarks this weekend AND I had $100 gift card from Christmas (thanks Mom!).

Yes, I hoard gift cards.

Did I mention I buy expensive, well made shoes and then wear them for 8-10 years?? #justifyingthecost

American Eagle was also having an amazing sale of buy one get a second item 50% off. When I put the cute jean vest on the counter, the cashier said, “If you grab any other item under $50 and not on clearance, it’ll be 50% off.”

“Fifty?” I repeated.

“Fifty” she nodded her head.

“I can do that,” I said, and took off looking for something I needed. Maroon boots? Check. Hoodie? Check. Cute dress with little flower print? Check and check.

But what do I love at AE if not their jeans… and after Jess asked if I owned a black pair of jeans (I did not), it was as simple as pulling my size and trying them on quickly in a dressing room.

(Also, their stores do not have mirrors anymore expect in the dressing rooms, where the mirrors are 11feet tall and 4feet wide. WTF?)

That’s it for my shopping on a Saturday story. If you’re about over this challenge just like I am, watch this video of Shoshana, the character on Girls who makes me laugh out loud every episode, and then re-read this post as if it’s her voice saying it. Today marks T-3 dresses weeeeeee!

#30daysofdresses – day 26

In where I repeat a dress…

It was bound to happen. I do have over 30 dresses, so my original intentions were good, but man oh man, if this isn’t difficult. Or at least annoying.

I’m realizing that this project would’ve suited me better if I had shared an outfit every day for a month – using it as a jumping off point for my own creativity. Like Sherry at Simply Celebrate, who dresses in the most unique and fun ways, I want my clothes to reflect me and how I feel.

Should’ve started with the feeling of each day and share why the clothes I picked served that purpose.

Instead, I decided to start with the challenge of wearing (almost) all of my dresses and I was pretty excited at the start. Now, I’m pretty excited for this challenge to be over. Haha.

So this outfit felt more creative / liberating since I picked it today based on how I was feeling. It’s one of my newest dresses, I love it so much, and I decided to wear it totally different from day 10.

Boots, jacket, feathery earrings = Total warrior princess.—Dress and jacket are Forever21. Boots are Clarks. Earrings are Kohls.

#30daysofdresses – day 25

Losing steam has meant getting creative.

This black dress is from WetSeal circa 2006. I purchased it in Boston for the end-of-school boozefest.

It’s a party dress, and an almost-skanky one at that. HOWEVER, throw a cardigan over it and voila, instant cute, swishy skirt for modest looking outfit.

Also, excellent hair day.

Dress is WetSeal and so old no one cares. Cardigan is Ann Taylor LOFT.

#30daysofdresses – day 24

This isn’t a very flattering photo. Clearly, I am losing steam. (Don’t think I was cut out for 30 day challenges.)

On this day, I got to speak with my therapist in the morning and my life coach at night… like a real Californian.

Boots are Kohls. Dress is probably Kohls, but it’s too old for me to care. The neckline is the best part and I blocked it with my hand. #fail

#30daysofdresses – day 23

This is one of those outfits I love – dress makes me feel all profesh, boots make me feel like a bad-ass. Perfect combo for a full day of work and meetings.

Wish I’d taken a more flattering photo of the whole outfit.

I’m trying to grow my hair out again. I miss it long and I would prefer it to be much closer to my shoulders than it is. :sigh: I’ve just felt pretty whatever about my haircut since July. We’ll see where it goes from here.

Oh, and the dress has pockets. #win

Dress from Ann Taylor LOFT forever ago. Boots are Clarks.

#30daysofdresses – day 22

Jacket on. Jacket off.

From work last Monday.

Felt like I was over this dress, but pairing it with boots and the blue jacket made it feel new and awesome.

Dress and jacket from Forever21. Boots from Kohls.

#30daysofdresses – day 21

The Sunday of our trip to Vegas meant brunch at the Jasmine restaurant inside the Bellagio. It was formal, elegant, and quiet (ah yes, finally I found a place in Vegas that is quiet). The restaurant overlooks the Bellagio fountains and each time the fountain show comes on, the music in the restaurant changes so you can hear the music that lines up with the water dance.

Oh, and my dress just happened to match the flowers & butterfly decor. #nailedit

After stuffing ourselves with breakfast items, Chinese food, sushi and ridiculous pastries (one had a pipette of rum stuck in it) we walked the Bellagio Conservatory to see the harvest flower display.

And then we were on our way back home to LA.

Dress is Kohls – purchased for $4 on the sale rack. Little yellow belt appears again. Purse is from Aldo.