Everyday Engineer: Neon+Black

10 Jul

Sometimes you just have to dive in and buy the neon blazer, right?  Because who can’t use a good neon yellow blazer?  Not to mention I was on vacation–I like to remember my vacations by the clothes I purchase there. It’s my version of a souvenir.  Neon happens to be a little harder to style, so I decided to pair it with a lot of neutrals this time around.  Looking forward to trying it different ways–any suggestions?  How would you wear it?

Neon+Black 1 Neon+Black 2{Similar Blazer in Blue, Similar Flats, LOFT jeans, similar shirt}

 

Starting Again

11 Mar

Week One of work and daycare was a success.  I enjoyed starting at a new jobsite at work, and E seemed to adjust well to the new daycare.  I think he was a bit overwhelmed with all the babies and activity.  Time with Mommy is boring compared to that!  As for this weekend, while Elliot and I played around the house, John was stuck in bed with the flu (or something similar!).  E and I are crossing our fingers, but so far, we’ve stayed healthy.  In the meantime, I have enjoyed some sunny and warm(ish) days out and about.

I wore almost this same outfit at the Texas Style Council last year, and frankly, I was a bit surprised it still fit!  In celebration of that, I decided it was worth a few outfit shots.

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Engineer YOUR Style: Workwear

1 Mar

A close friend of mine recently got a new job and asked for my help in updating her wardrobe to have more professional wear.  It’s not a formal suit-and-tie office, but it’s important for her to look pulled together and professional.  I’ll be doing a series incorporating trendy and classic pieces to create a mix-and-match wardrobe for her.  I’d love to do the same for you, so contact me for more information on wardrobe consultations and how I can help engineer your style!

Workwear: Striped Dress

Want the look for yourself?

Striped Boatneck Dress (LOFT) $69.50

Black Boyfriend Cardigan (Express) $39.90

Black Boots (Aldo) $59.99

Black Tights (Ralph Lauren) $18

Denim Jacket (Gap) $69.95

Pink Flat Shoes (DSW) $39.95

Trend: Patterned Pants

22 Feb

Have you already dove in and bought some patterned pants?  I’m still working towards my pre-pregnancy weight, so I’m holding out on purchasing new clothes, BUT patterned pants are on my list of wants!  There are so many options out there–some that are bright and bold, others that are subtle and classic.  I’ve got a look to share for both!

Bold vs Classic

Bold: The Limited ($79.90—but running specials right now, mine popped up as 40% off)

Classic: Gap ($54.95)

Bold Outfit

Chambray Shirt (Gap): $49.95

Keds (Nordstrom): $39.95

Straw Tote (DSW): $44.95

Sunglasses (LOFT): $24.50

I always love pairing a skinny pant with an oversized top, and this chambray version is so versatile!  I can see pairing it with all sorts of outfits.  A pair of Keds is easy to run errands in or chase after little ones while still looking chic.

Classic Outfit

Striped Shirt (Piperlime): $49

Keds (Nordstrom): $39.95

Pyramid Stud Earrings (Nordstrom): $24

Sunglasses (Madewell via Shopbop): $49.50

With a subtle pattern, I love the option of pairing it with another pattern.  This mint and pink striped top is light enough that neither pattern distracts from the other.  From far away, it looks like it’s paired with a basic navy, but up close there is added visual interest by layering the patterns.  A half tuck of the shirt into the pants keeps it looking put together while still ulta-comfy.

Back to Basics

5 Feb

As some of you have probably experienced, maternity leave involves a whole lotta hanging out around the house.  Sure, there are walks around the neighborhood and the occasional play date, brunch, or shopping trip, but for me, it mostly involves fitting in a shower, exercise and household chores during nap times.  Getting dressed and ready isn’t often on the agenda.  So I was happy to have an opportunity this past Friday to head out to my old jobsite with John and Elliot to say hello to everyone and check out the progress.  I took the opportunity to pull a few basic pieces together and even had a chance to curl my hair.  Since almost nothing fits from my old wardrobe yet, I was drawn to the basics–a good skinny jean, boots, oversized shirt and cardigan.  Didn’t add any jewelry since E has recently discovered how to yank on things.  It’s hard enough pulling my hair out of his grip.  So what are your basics?  Are they your everyday wear, or do you save them for the weekends?

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