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Elbow Patches on the East Coast

Though I don’t live on the East Coast, or consider my style very preppy, or happen to be wearing this as I tramp down an autumn leaf strewn country lane, this look really hits all those notes.

I decided to bust out this blazer one last time before I packed it away for the summer.  Unlike the flat drawing, it is a purpley burgundy (like the photo) corduroy.  This fabric is interesting because it almost seems to shimmer as you move because the under color is lighter orangey burgundy (like the drawing).  And it has elbow patches!  Elbow patches!  How very professorish of me!

I wore it with the teal sweater and not finding any necklace that really worked I decided on this scarf, which happened to have almost the same color teal in it.  I am secretly happy when something matches so well.

This outfit is a completely new combination of pieces and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.  Isn’t it funny how you can have pieces in your closet for year and never think about wearing them together?

Shirt/Light Sweater: Martin & Osa, ’09

Blazer: Express, ’05

Jeans: Guess by Marciano, ’10

Boots: Gifted, ’07

Scarf: Gifted, H&M, ’09

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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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