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Today was a mild day for the weather— the sun was even shining and I’m glad that I picked this outfit to wear today.  This is one of my favorite dresses in my closet and I picked it up for a steal in February 2013 from  New York and Co.  I find that this dress is just right for so many occasions– it can walk into the boardroom with a blazer and pumps, fit in the classroom with a cardigan and some interesting jewelry, take a spin out on the town with some stiletto’s and a clutch, and do a weekend brunch with the girls with a straw hat and flat gladiator sandals.  I’ve worn it about twice a semester since I bought it and then some in my personal life!

February 22, 2016 M (m)

This time around I have styled it with a khaki blazer, tan and gold belt, gold watch, gold starfish bracelet, nude legs and pumps.  I also tried it with a long gold necklace, but I thought it was too much so I took it off.  I’ve worn this dress quite a few ways over the duration of the time that I’ve owned it, so when I looked back at my previous outfits I was surprised that I’ve never gone in this direction before.  I have another dress that is similar in cut and color (in photographs) so what works for one also can work for the other.

Here are some of the many ways that I’ve styled this dress before:

The first time that I wore it I paired it with a black cardigan, black belt, and leopard print pumps.  Since then I have done it in a monochromatic version with gold jewelry and nude pumps.  Twice I’ve done it with a grey cardigan– once without a belt and faux snakeskin pumps and once with a magenta belt, silver necklace, and silver mary jane pumps.  I have also done it with a purple cardigan, bubble necklace, and black heeled sandals, an oatmeal cardigan, magenta and gold statement necklace and nude pumps, and maybe the most different from all the others– layered over a black turtleneck and black tights and topped with a black blazer and  accents of silver jewelry.

But, of all of them– here is my favorite:

August 2013 Cruise

But, that might have more to do with the fact that I wore it on a cruise with my then boyfriend/now husband and sister and brother-in-law.

-Carla

Then & Now

This weekend was a relaxing weekend.  My husband and I have settled in to my schedule for this semester nicely.  This is one of the first times where I’ve had a “traditional” schedule of working in the day and having evenings and weekends off.  Previously, I’ve had classes two nights a week and/or worked in retail or food service on the other evenings and weekends.

I like to spread out my chores and “must-do’s” throughout the week so that each day I only have to spend an hour or two doing “not fun things” like laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning, grading papers, etc.  I find that this is much better than letting it all pile up and finding yourself doing a laundry marathon.  I’d much rather do a Criminal Minds marathon, myself.

I would say that the one drawback is not having clearly defined “couples” time.  There are times when I want my husband’s undivided attention during dinner and while watching our evening TV shows.  But, sometimes he doesn’t know that and he wants to pursue his own interests—reading Reddit or checking Facebook.  And, the reverse is true.  Sometimes he wants my undivided attention and I don’t realize it and I am watching makeup videos on YouTube, reading a magazine, or talking on the phone to my sister.  I’m wary that with being able to see each other so often we might take the other’s presence for granted.  Honestly though he is always asking to take me out to dinner and I’m usually saying No, I’ll cook dinner for us.

February 15, 2016 M (m)

I picked this outfit out on Sunday afternoon to wear on Monday.  Even though it was President’s Day I had class.  My college observes President’s Day on Tuesday so that the classes that meet on Monday and Wednesday have the same amount of instructional time as those that meet on Tuesday and Thursday.  The Monday/Wednesday classes have already lost a day of instruction to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day earlier in the month.

I’ve worn this outfit, or a variation of it, a few times before.  It was originally based on this pin.  This time around I started with a light khaki pencil skirt.  Then, I added a long-sleeved button-up in magenta.  Over top of that I added a scoop neck cardigan with a pink and magenta flower print.  I went with nude hose, nude pumps, subtle gold earrings, and my daisy ring.  Below are other variations that I’ve done of this same outfit:

In all 4 versions I am wearing the exact same cardigan, and in 3 of the 4 I am wearing the same magenta button-up underneath.  In the top row I have paired the cardigan and button-up combination with trousers: grey on the left and denim colored trousers on the right.  In both of these variations I have belted at my natural waist with a skinny belt– brown on the right and hot pink on the left.

In the bottom row variations I have gone with skirts and flat brown boots.  On the left, I’ve chosen a lighter colored khaki skirt and on the left a darker version of khaki– almost a tan.  On the left I’ve belted this outfit with a skinny tan belt and on the right I have not.  On the right I have also tucked under the top of the cardigan to fake that it is a v-neck cardigan instead of a scoop-neck.  I thought that I had done this outfit with a thick brown belt, but I didn’t have a photo, so maybe not?!?

I think out of the 5 variations my favorite might be the top left with grey trousers and silver shoes.  How about you?  Do you have a favorite variation?  Please let me know in the comments below.

-Carla

My outfit today is my version of this one on the left.  I’ve had this pinned for what feels like forever– it is in the 5th row of my board!  I don’t know why I’ve never done this outfit before, but I haven’t.  The elements of the outfit are ones that I think most women have in their closets: khaki skirt, collared button down, v-neck sweater, nude pumps.  In actuality, your button-up and sweater combination could be any color.  I went with a purple v-neck sweater and a purple pinstriped button-up.  I could have went with a pink one, but I haven’t worn this purple shirt in a while.  Also, I opted to go with my darker khaki skirt instead of my lighter one.  Lastly, I did take my outfit photo’s with my nude pumps, but when I looked outside and saw the snow covering the ground I switched to my flat cognac brown riding boots.  I didn’t snag a picture before I left for class.  I’m glad that I wore my darker khaki skirt because I think that it looked better with the boots that I wore.

February 10, 2016 W (m)

I REALLY like this outfit and I hope that you like it, too.  Everything just feels so cohesive and pulled together.  And, I like how my hair and makeup turned out today, too.  That always makes a big difference in how I feel about my outfits.

Thanks for reading!

-Carla