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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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Tut Tut – Looks Like Rain

We’ve been having the weirdest weather here in LA.  Usually (I say usually like I’ve lived here my whole life and not just three years) by March the rain has stopped, but it just keeps on coming on!  Sunday was a torrential downpour, it rained harder than I’ve ever seen.  All. Day. Long.

But I forget that rain is a spring occurrence in the rest of North America, and not something relegated solely to winter.  And it will keep things green here a little bit longer, before the summer turns the hills to a crisp.

This jacket is perfect for spring, and since we don’t have a long spring, I usually forget about it.  I usually don’t get a chance to wear many of my jackets, which is sad because I love coats.  I unpack them every year and usually wear a few of them once and pack them right back up a few months later.

Jacket – Express, ’07 (Every so often I find these things at Express that look nothing like the Express most of us know – college girl club clothes.)

Jeans – J Brand, via Anthropologie, ’09

Tank – H&M (no drawing, since you know what a wife beater looks like)

Shoes – Miz Mooz via Nordstroms, ’10 (so comfortable!)

Necklace with amethyst and gold beads – castoff from friend (who says every time she sees me wearing it she wonders how she could never pull it off.)

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Long (Black) Dress and a Shoooooort (Denim) Jacket

Yes, the original song lyric is “short skirt and a looooong jacket,” but you get it.

I normally don’t really pay much attention to which celebrities wear what, but I have to say I was amused when I saw both Emma Stone and January Jones wearing almost exactly the same thing I wore the other day.  (True I wore it later in the week than they, and much less formally, but I also didn’t have a stylist dressing me.)  Click on the image for source and article.

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An American in Paris

After seeing this skirt from Talbots (which was so much like the skirt I already owned) I decided to build an outfit around the styling in their ad.

I love the look of the classic military shirt.  The shirt I had included in my 30-30 (see it featured here) was worn in heavy rotation.  I realized it wouldn’t be a terrible idea to invest in another version of the same shirt.  While shopping with my mom at Chico’s I discovered this lovely classic, loose version in ivory.  It has that timeless American look.  The first runway picture from the Ruffian S/S 2011 show and the second and third pictures from classic American designer, Ralph Lauren’s S/S 2011.

Normally I don’t shop at Chico’s, but I think it’s also good practice to find things wherever they might be hiding.  A good wardrobe does not have to all come from Gucci to be stylish, Anthropologie to be creative, or Good Will to be cheap.  Do you ever find wonderful things in unexpected places?  If so where?

Military Shirt: Chicos, ’11 See it here
(The drawing is more creamy than the actual shirt, the picture is more reflective of the true color.)

Pleated Denim Skirt: Zara in Greece, ’02

Belt: Express, ’10

Sandals: BCBG Generations via N Rack, ’10

 

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Modern Old Hollywood

This outfit got rave reviews by everyone at work.  Several people said, “You look so elegant, so old Hollywood!”  Everyone wanted to know what the occasion was, but I just smiled and nodded and graciously accepted their compliments.

The dress was so comfortable and flattering, it was much more body conscious than some long dresses can be.  The jersey (t-shirt) fabric kept it from being super dressy.

It was a beautiful day here, and spring may finally be in the air here in LA!

Dress – Max Azria via TJ Maxx, ’11

Shoes – BCBG via N Rack, ’11

Denim Jacket – H&M, ’10

Scarf – Street Market, Florence Italy, ’04

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30-30 Day 20

Gone for the weekend, so packing light.   Didn’t realize how cold the weather was going to be, so spent most of the weekend in the black blazer and scarf.  I think this white shirt may be the 30-30 winner for most used item!

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30-30 Day 17

I missed day 16 because I was sick – yuck.  I slept all day, so obviously there wasn’t an outfit involved.

I threw on the navy tank top under the black sweater because I was out of undershirts.  I didn’t realize it would show up, but it is a happy accident.  I love the navy, black and pink together!

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30-30 Day 10

An early morning at work, so I wore this all American working outfit – looks like I’m going to go dig ditches.  Usually I don’t like the denim on denim look, but this is working for me because they’re so different they don’t really read as being both denim.  I’m also wearing my olive tank-top, but wearing it more as a foundation garment, since wearing a wife beater alone hardly seems work appropriate, unless you really are digging a ditch.

Necklace from Forever 21, ’08

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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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