How to Accessorize | Just Different

Just Different
Happy Monday. I had a very interesting conversation at dinner with my family last night. We were talking about clothes and my style and they said I was “just different” and always have been when it comes to clothes. I know the outfit that threw my family over the edge was the yellow dress with hot pink tights. They couldn’t fathom 1. the color combination 2. that I wore it for a big meeting. To each his own. But my family was right, I’ve always been different. In high school I’d wear a floor length tie dyed dress one day and a plaid mini skirt and matching vest the next. I’ve always been fascinated with color, always loved shoes and I’ve worn bright tights for forever.
Just Different
This morning I threw together my outfit in 10 minutes, I was running late and had to take the Metro so I didn’t have much time to think about it. I bought this watercolor print T-shirt from the Gap last week and was itching to wear it but with what? When I threw it on the bed next to my blue pleated skirt I knew we had a winner. And instead of wearing a neutral cardigan or top like navy blue, I decided why not play up another one of the colors in the shirt? I of course went with red.
Just Different
And since there’s so much color up top, I anchored my look with navy tights and grey kitten heels. I wouldn’t wear red tights with this look, that’s too cliche in my book. Although I’m already sure some of you will look at this color combination like “that’s interesting…” But that’s okay because I am just different and I’ll always be that way.

What I’m Wearing: Printed T-shirt, Gap | Cardigan, August Silk | Skirt, Asos | Tights, DKNY | Shoes, Franco Sarto

How to Accessorize | My Husband

Prepster
I took a mini break from blogging this week and I think I’m going to not post daily like I have done for the last 3 and a half years. There will be a modified blogging schedule but hopefully the content will still be more of what you love. I haven’t taken any outfit pics lately because I broke out in a rash (I think a mix of stress, allergic reaction and the fact that I’m getting sick) so I haven’t been looking my most fabulous, but my husband has been so I thought I’d share his outfit today instead.
Prepster
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, I’m sure you know how much I love my husband. I think he’s quite adorable, funny and so smart and he loves me to pieces ( I’m pretty lucky). He’s also running a marathon in January! So I’m pretty proud of him too. I’m also his stylist or at least that’s what he always calls me. Lately he’s wanted a few new pairs of shoes that were leading into the preppy side and in the last week I think I’ve helped him find the perfect vibe he wanted to portray in his clothing.
Prepster
We stopped at the Bass Outlet and picked him up a pair of greyish blue Bucks and he’s recently added some very nice wingtips to his shoe collection (if you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you might have seen this picture of his growing shoe collection). I’ve made him wear more color over the years because I think he carries color so well (yes, I bought that teal sweater) but what he loves are the accessories. Wildly patterned socked, bold ties and cool shoes. Oh and my watch addiction has rubbed off on him as well, except his tastes in watches is much more expensive than mine.

I kind of love how he’s evolving as we’re getting older. He’s not a 20-something young guy, now he really looks like a grown man who knows what he’s doing. I love it. I love him to pieces.

What He Wore: Sweater, Gap | Wool Tie, Filene’s Basement | Shoes, Bass Outlet | Slacks, Bill Blass

How to Accessorize | Bargain Brights

Pink & Yellow
Today I head up a big meeting that I have to do quarterly and I realize I usually wear 1. a dress and 2. something sparkly when I want to look my best. I thought this would be a perfect time to test out my latest Shop Suey Society piece, the Anne necklace. Unfortunately, the Anne has been selling out like crazy but the Vickie is like her more color sister and Ariel is like her more eclectic sister. I love the sparkle and shine, it’s really beautiful in person. It makes me smile with all the sparkle.
Pink & Yellow
I decided to wear some bold color today for my meeting. You’ve previously seen me in this lovely orange faux wrap dress from Target. When I was reading the blog Making it Lovely, she mentioned a similar shaped dressed but in longer sleevesand I immediately scooped it up. For $29 at Target I figured why not add another dress to my fall wardrobe in a citrus shade. I had intentions of wearing this dress with deep teal tights but when I got up this morning I had pink and yellow on the brain, so vividly bright pink tights it was! I also thought they’d pair really well with these super cute two toned oxford heels I bought at TJ Maxx the other day for $40 (which is still less than their current sale price at Nine West. The entire outfit really is a budget bargain of colorful goodness – LOVE IT!
Pink & Yellow
I’m super comfortable, super bright and super happy with today’s look. And don’t forget that if you go to Shop Suey Boutique and use the code Art20 you’ll get 20% off any regular priced items – YAY! And definitely look out for Anne again, she’s gorgeous.

What I’m Wearing: Target | Necklace, Courtesy of Shop Suey Boutique | Tights, We Love Colors | Shoes, Nine West (purchased as TJ Maxx)

How to Accessorize | Cozy Casual Friday

Cozy Casuals
You know what this is? Corduroy! It’s definitely cold in DC and now they’re talking about our first signs of snow?! Um…when did fall just become a 2 week period? Sigh…
Cozy Casuals
Well, I thought I’d just put up a quick post today showing how I keep it cozy on a casual Friday. As you all know I’ve been a knitting fool since the summer and I found this pattern for a Bandana Cowl from Purl Soho on their blog (I plan on going to the store next week in NYC!). I’m knitting one for my sister but with most of my projects that get a bit more complicated, I try it out for myself to see if I can do it and it was a success!
Cozy Casuals
I used a really bright red/pink/coral colored yarn from Looped Yarn Works in DC and it’s so soft and so bright! Then I realized I have a t-shirt the exact color and I threw this all on with a black cardigan and grey corduroys. It’s going to be a very warm and cozy casual Friday for me.

What about you? What’s your casual Friday attire?

How to Accessorize | Green & Wine

Studs & dark nails
It’s definitely fall here in DC. There’s a chill in the air, I’m wearing jackets and scarves and I’ve pulled out my very colorful collection of tights. This morning I was playing around with the camera on my new phone and I snapped a few pictures of my outfit that made me realize how fall it is. Today I’ve got my studded bag and a fresh vampy burgundy color in my latest gel manicure (I had given it a rest for a week and tried a UV top coat – hated it and immediately went back to my gel manicure).
Green & Wine
I’ve got on a great deep wine colored pair of tights and my favorite slouch olive green suede boots. I bought them from Nine West 2 or 3 years ago and I still love them. They’re a perfect neutral and they have just a slight wedge so you can walk in them all day.
Green & Wine
And I’m wearing my Tucker for Target dress paired with my favorite green draped cardigan and a chocolate brown belt to bring it all together. I’m feeling so cozy and still really vibrant and colorful. Something about colored tights just really makes fall for me, I love getting to wear such rich, opaque color.

That’s what I’m wearing to stay cozy on this cold, rainy day, what about you?

How to Accessorize | If You’re Happy & You Know It

If you're happy and you know it
Why am I smiling? Because I’m wearing my favorite color today – GREEN! I think this might be my absolute favorite shade of green and it makes me smile whenever I wear it.
If you're happy and you know it
Today I’m actually keeping it quite simple and I went with a really great Michael Kors snakeskin print pencil skirtI bought at Macy’s with the Columbus Day sale and I added this Kelly green knit top for some color. My alternative would be wearing this skirt with a black top and magena tights, which you’ll probably see somewhere down the line as it gets colder.
If you're happy and you know it
And speaking of getting colder, it’s finally tights season! I love the fall just so that I can cover my legs in brightly colored tights. Today I wore a really inky black pair from We Love Colors and a pair of round toe black suede wedges. I threw on my trenchcoat this morning and totally should’ve grabbed my big scarf that I knit because there was definitely a brisk chill in the air as I was walking to the office. I have to admit, I do love cozy tights and chilly air.

What are you looking forward to about the cooler weather? What have you been waiting to pull out of your closet?

What I’m Wearing: Skirt, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Top, Banana Republic Outlet | Tights, We Love Colors | Shoes, Franco Sarto | Necklace, Birthday Gift | Watch, Swatch