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Classics in Sunny Southern California

After wearing the same 30 pieces (and really it was more like 15) during my 30-30 challenge I feel like those pieces are old friends after such an intimate acquaintance.  These are the pieces I turn to when I’m in a hurry and fresh out of ideas, and in a huge rush.

Work has been really busy lately and my usual ETA at 7:30 has been pushed back to 7am just to keep up.  This means that when I roll out of bed I’m still half asleep and putting together a creative outfit has to be quick.  I wish I’d added a pop of color to this outfit but it was simple and I felt classy and that’s sometimes the best you can ask for on a harried morning.

As you can see the weather today was beautiful, still cool at about 65F, but I love that.

Thanks MN for taking the pic!

Shirt: Express, ’09

Blazer: Express, ’02?

Jeans: Guess Marciano, ’10

Boots: Rockport, ’10

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I’ve Been Workin’ on the Railroad

It’s gotten cool again here, and as I was sorting through my dresser I realized I’ve worn these pants very few times this winter.  They’re fine wale cotton corduroy which makes them feel too heavy for summer.  Being this bright shade of red they’re not really everyday type pants but they’re fun to break out now and then and the cut is very comfortable.

I wore my favorite boots in a new way in this outfit too, underneath the pants, instead of the pants tucked in.  These pants are cut straight and when tucked in tend to blouson from the boot top – which is a funny look.  It makes the boots like a completely different pair of shoes to wear them this way.

This outfit strikes me as very all-American.  The classic work clothes of the working man.  The classics never go out of style even though the cuts and colors change a bit as time goes by.

Chambray Shirt: H&M, ’10

Red Corduroy Pants: J. Crew, ’07

Boots: Rockport, ’10

Watch: Fossil, ’10

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Running in Driving Shoes

This outfit is very casual, but sometimes you need something easy.

One of the nice things about my job is that it’s as casual or dressy as I choose.  Generally I try to strike a nice balance and not wear clothes that would be ruined by a coffee pot dumping on me, or a crate from Costco getting me dirty (think white pants – though I love all the white jeans popping up all over). Depending on my ever changing schedule I can adjust my outfits.  If it’s a really busy day with lots of deliveries and organizing then I wear something easy like this.  If I have meetings and know I’ll be meeting with clients I can dress it up.

Occasionally I walk into stores selling pretty office clothes and wish I could wear fancy heels on a daily basis.  But what I don’t gain from the extra height (like I really need it anyway!) I get by not having to constantly sit.  I’m up and about and running around all day long – and that’s a nice perk.

And for running around nothing beats these little leather driving moccasins.  The raw leather stretched out just perfectly and are now soft and supple.  I think they’re such a classic preppy look.  While I’m not that preppy, I do enjoy the occasional piece that reminds me of my life on the east coast a long long time ago.

Boat Neck shirt: H&M, ’09

Cropped Jeans: J Brand via Antrhopologie Sale, ’09

Driving Moccasins: Bass Outlets, ’09

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Victorian Motorcross

30-30 couldn’t be over fast enough for me to get back out and do some shopping!  I realized that I really need more basics on the bottom.

I found these great motocross inspired jeggings.  They fit great but will need to have the waist taken in because they gap pretty badly.  Since the rest of the fit was great I went ahead and got them.  The nice Chinese lady down the street at the dry cleaners does a great tailoring job and she wowed me with my last pair of jeans that I took to her.

The sweater was a gift from my Mom.  She was sad that she’d almost missed the sweater season but since the weather has been crazy cold here lately I assured her I would still get use out of it.

It went so perfectly with the shirt I found on sale from Free People.  If you have one of these stores near you don’t be put off by the insanely hippie vibe.  I wouldn’t describe my style as boho at all, but every time I go in I find something that is unique and cute and once it’s on it strikes a nice balance of artsy and cool.

The shirt and sweater matched so well, both having the same plummy purple (the purple doesn’t really show up too well in the photos because it was such a gray day) and I loved how the sweater rose a bit in the back to show off the shirts little “train.”

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Sequins in the City

All my 30-30 clothes are in the hamper waiting to be washed.  And I will get around to that eventually.  It’s such a nice feeling to put them behind me for a bit.  I feel like my options are endless now!  It did really help to recalibrate my feeling of having nothing in my closet!

I took the day off to spend with my parents who were in town visiting.  A morning hike and a delicious breakfast and then wandering around the mall and dinner out on the town.  It was a very nice day.

My outfit transitioned from day to evening nicely with loose inspiration from Isabel Marant’s F/W ’10 show.  Sequin leggings aren’t really a viable option for most of us but I loved the cropped pants with pointy shoes.

You may recall that I also have this sequin shirt in navy, yes, I own two colors of the same shirt – hey they were on sale!)  You can’t really tell from the picture but they’re matte sequins which I liked.

Stud Purse from N Rack, ’11

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30-30 Day 7

Threw this on as I ran out the door, since I overslept a little.  Was considering replaying the outfit here but decided to switch it up and keep that for later.

After getting to work I realized that I’m not a big fan of the sneaker with skinny jeans look.  And I should have worn a scarf to keep this from being boring when I took off the jacket.  Isn’t it the worst to decide you don’t like your outfit when it’s too late?

I guess part of the 30-30 challenge is that you will have some high and some low moments. Despite how I felt in this mix, the picture looks cute – so maybe it was just me having the Monday blues after my happy fun-filled birthday weekend!  Back to normal life.

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30-30 Day 6

Running errands and hanging out with friends.  One of my friends thought this looked very euro with the bright tights.  I wanted to be comfortable in flats but not boring.  You can see the tank top (which isn’t in my 30) but I was wearing it more as a foundation piece since I never took off my sweater.

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30-30 Day 2

My picture taking buddy at work (during day-time hours) is sick.  Today I’m going to figure out a way to take a better outside picture with the timer but I didn’t want to miss a day so here’s yesterday’s outfit.

 

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February!

I love this month, it has my birthday (which I love and never want to get annoyed by as I get older!) and Valentine’s day!  People give V-Day a bad rap, but it’s nice, especially in a month that in some parts of the country has little else going for it!  February can be that dreary dead time of year when there’s nothing to look forward to except the dreary dead March, my personal least favorite month.

Picked out my 30 for 30 (really it’s 30 for 28) late Monday night, and had a cool idea for showing you what I picked but work has been so busy there’s no time to goof off (imagine that!).  So it will have to wait until later this week.

Here’s a really crummy indoor (read with flash) shot of what I wore yesterday.  Didn’t get a chance to take the picture during the day – this daily picture taking business is harder than it may seem!

White Camp Shirt, Express ’09

Denim Skirt, Express, ’10

Necklace, gifted, ’09

Shoes, Nine West via TJ Maxx, ’10

Tights, Express

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Work-a-Day Sequins

I like the mix of something that used to be evening wear, with the day-time denim work shirt.  I got some compliments on the combination, “it’s gutsy!”

I wish it had more waste, maybe next time I add a belt?  I feel like when I look at this picture the skirt makes me feel short.  What do you think?

Denim Shirt, H&M ’10

Sequin Shirt, Express ’10

Knit Skirt, Forever 21 ’10

Boots, Rockport ’09

 

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