olive and ivory…2 years later

One of my favorite color combinations for pretty much any season is olive + ivory + brown. The combination just seems so classic and very “me” every time I wear it. That’s why you can find it throughout the archives: here, here, here, here, here.

Anyway, today’s looks a a do-over of one I wore back in January 2015. As you can see, this version includes a similar dress, an olive cardigan, and sandals instead of boots. I’m thinking this dress will be on repeat this fall because it is SO comfy and the perfect length. I might need to devote a post to brainstorming new ways to wear it…any ideas?

ivory quilted dress: Loft Outlet, similar, similar // olive cardigan: J.Crew, very similar, similar // gold tassel necklace: Forever 21, similar, similar // brown wedge sandals: b.o.c., similar, similar

staying neutral

It’s been a while since I wore my trusty black ankle pants–they’re pretty much on constant rotation in the winter months, but once summer hits, I’m all about skirts and dresses. Anyway, I’m at a loss as to where to look for ankle pants these days. This pair is OK, but a bit tight (I bought them while I was still breastfeeding and thus a few pounds slimmer) . I tried the next size up of the Marisa fit “essential skinny ankle pant” at Loft (my former fave work pant), but the waist was way too big. Ugh. Why is finding work pants so friggin’ difficult?

This form-fitting pair will have to do for now. On this particular day I (once again) kept things pretty neutral by pairing the pants with an ivory peplum top and a simple statement necklace. Admittedly, this is way more dressed up than I need to be as a graduate student, but “dress for the job you want,” right?

ivory peplum tank: Loft, similar, similar // black ankle pants: Loft, exact, similar // black wedge sandals: b.o.c., similar, similar // crystal cube necklace: J.Crew Factory, very similar, similar

the gingham struggle

When I got dressed on this particular morning, I wanted to combine my black gingham dress and olive green. But I just couldn’t make it work, for whatever reason. The contrast of the feminine cut of the dress and a utility jacket/vest just seemed a little weird to me. Better luck in the fall with my black gingham button up, perhaps.

Instead, I went for my other favorite neutrals: tan and denim. I wore this for my dad’s birthday celebration. With all these grandkids around (6 in total between my sisters and me), it was a pretty crazy night that involved a bathroom being flooded and crying over coconut cake. Oof.

black gingham dress: Maison Jules, similar, similar // black leather belt: Uniqlo, similar, similar // denim jacket: J.Crew Factory, similar, similar // reversible tote: Street Level, exact, similar // two tone wedge sandals: b.o.c., similar, similar

more magnolias

If you happened to have followed along on my Take One, Pass It On challenge in July, then you’ve seen this top styled twice already. For a printed top, I’m surprised at how many different ways I’ve managed to wear it in the span of a month! This time around I paired it with some green Sloan pants that match ever so perfectly.

I really liked this outfit and felt pretty great wearing it…until a series of events happened that turned the day into a terrible, horrible, no good, ┬ávery bad one. Within the span of a few hours, I got stung by a bee, my “monthly visitor” arrived, and my car battery died. Thank goodness my husband was able to rescue me from that last one at least. I may or may not have drowned my sorrows in a few spoonfuls of peanut butter when I got home.

How do you make yourself feel better after a bad day?

magnolia print top: Banana Republic Factory, similar, similar // green ankle pants: Banana Republic, similar, similar // black wedge sandals: b.o.c., similar, similar