Black, white, and burgundy is definitely a color combination you’ll see frequently throughout the blog archives–it’s pretty neutral, but not boring. That’s definitely a characteristic I look for when I want to appear professional, which is why I wore this look for a conference (in which I was presenting a poster) this past week.

Technically, I wore this outfit a few days prior to the conference too, as a “trial run.” Does anyone else do that? I like to try out an outfit for an important occasion, just to be sure there’s not something unexpectedly wrong with the garments or the way they fit or drape. I guess I’ve had one too many occasions when the zipper is impossible scratchy or the pants are just a bit too tight, so I’ll take the extra precaution!

black striped dress: J.Crew Factory, exact, similar (so adorable!) // burgundy cardigan: J.Crew Factory, almost exact, similar // gold tassel necklace: Forever 21, similar, similar // black flats: BCBGeneration, similar, similar


navy dots + burgundy

DSC_4018My infatuation with all things burgundy continues today, this time in the form of a cardigan.

DSC_4019I’ve convinced myself that blazers, cardigans, and other “completer pieces” from my regular wardrobe will suffice for the duration of this pregnancy. They might look a little ridiculous at times (there’s no way I could button this cardigan over my bump!), but at the very least, they’re keeping me from getting bored!


navy dot dress: Mimi Maternity, similar, non-maternity // burgundy cardigan: J.Crew Factory, exact, similar // tan wedge sandals: Lauren Ralph Lauren via Amazon, exact, similar // gold watch: Fossil via Belk, exact, similar // reversible tote: Nordstrom, exact, similar

^Taken at 24 weeks

a tale of two belts

DSC_7717Many moons ago, before I even had any interest in style, my mom bought me a two-pack of belts from Macy’s. One was the skinny black belt I wear all the time, and the other was the gray leopard belt you see in today’s outfit. The sad thing is, this is the first time I’ve worn this belt after having owned it for at least five years. That means it has probably survived at least ten closet purges! I guess I knew I’d have a use for it someday…

DSC_7708I must admit that it complements my gray dress quite nicely! However, I’m not sure it’s worth keeping if this is the only item of clothing with which it coordinates. How would you wear a belt like this one?


DSC_7726Other things that coordinate nicely in this outfit? My lipstick and my cardigan. Unlike the belt and dress, that match was unintentional!

DSC_7695gray quilted dress: Loft via eBay, similar // gray leopard belt: Nine West via Macy’s, similar (python), similar (different colors but adorable!)// burgundy cardigan: J.Crew Factory, exact // black booties: Forever 21, similar

leopard + burgundy

Hello, friends! I took an unplanned blogging hiatus over the past couple days, mostly because I didn’t have a good location to take outfit photos in our hotel room. I did get a chance to relax a bit and do some window shopping on Black Friday though!

Now that we’re back, it’s crunch time. This is the last week of classes, so I have lots of tests and a presentation, plus I’m acting as a research coordinator for a pilot study on ovarian cancer. Is it Friday yet?

I worked from home today, so I wore something I might be a little reluctant to wear to work–a leopard print dress.


I attempted to tone it down a bit by keeping the rest of the outfit simple and neutral.



leopard print dress {Merona via Target}, hand-me-down similar

burgundy cardigan {J.Crew Factory}, $24

black skinny belt {Nine West via Macy’s}, old similar

black wedges {CL by Laundry via DSW}, $25

Would you wear a leopard print dress to work?