grey area

Neutral Work OutfitIt’s a grey area, this limbo between winter and spring.  It’s late February, which means I’m already planning my spring outfits and thinking about prints and pastels.  But the weather begs to differ.  Temps reached a glorious 50°F this weekend and then overnight, we dipped back down by 20 degrees.  As if Mondays didn’t suck enough already.
Leopard Cutch

And so while the polar vortex is making an untimely return this week, you better believe I was barelegged all weekend in skirts, including this bright red beauty.  But if you’re not ready to go bold, I recommend transitioning into slightly warmer temps (even if only for a fleeting weekend) with a spring time pieces in a neutral palette and a pop of leopard.

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Black & Grey Work Outfit Black & Grey Work Outfit Black & Leopard Bag Work Outfit Accessories

WEAR
Top: Lily White (c/o)
Skirt: LOFT
Necklace: Sequin (c/o)
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (similar)
Bracelet: Juicy Couture
Shoes: Ann Taylor

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Tracy Davis

tuxedo topper

White Tuxedo Blazer & Red DressWhen it comes to special occasions, I have the tendency to buy an outfit only to never wear it again.  Well, not this year.  Part of the reason why I set a monthly shopping budget was to work with my wardrobe in new ways.  Since I bought this red lace dress for Valentine’s Day last year, it’s about time I bust it out again for a remix.
White Tuxedo Blazer & Red Dress The easiest way to transform an outfit?  Top it with a blazer — brownie points if it’s of the tuxedo variety.  You add instant polish and class, and best of all, that special little dress lives to see another day.White Tuxedo Blazer & Red Dress Black Lace Clutch White Tuxedo Blazer & Red Dress Valentine's Day Accessories

WEAR
Blazer: Ann Taylor
Dress: Tobi
Necklace: Sequin (c/o)
Bracelets: J.CrewJuicy Couture
Bag: Prabal Gurung x Target (similar)
Shoes: DVF

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James Colvin

shopping budget: january 2014

Ann Taylor LOFT January 2014

Earlier this year, I resolved to take control of my spending habits and set a monthly shopping budget of $350.  So far, the challenge has helped me evaluate the items I add to my wardrobe and avoid any tempting distractions.  At the end of each month, I’ll share my purchases with you and review my remaining budget for the year.

January started off slow.  I brought home a hefty holiday shopping haul and felt sartorially satisfied for most of the month.  Then came along a special reason to splurge (more on that later), plus two huge sales from Ann Taylor and LOFT.  Sales on sales galore!  I scored some majorly discounted finds and won a $30 gift card from a shopping event hosted by Sam of La Petite Pear.  In the end, I saved over $500 in discounts and came out $25.75 under budget, so I’d say that’s a win!

PURCHASES
Texture-Diamond Shirt: $24.75 (was $49.50)
Pleated Skirt Dress: $44.75 (was $89.50)
Cotton Flannel Skirt: $29.75 (was $59.50)
Scalloped Dress: $44.75 (was $89.50)
Contrast Striped Skirt: $34.75 (was $69.50)
Tuxedo Blazer: $24 (was $169)
Jeweled Neck Halter Top: $36 (was $109)
Leather Piping Blouse: $12 (was $59)
Ponte Zip Leggings: $39.50 (was $79)
Cap Toe Kitten Heels: $64 (was $128)

TOTAL SPENT
$354.25 – $30 gift card = $324.25

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