outfit: work stripes

July 23, 2014

striped skirt + florals
For as much as I’m at work — at least five days per week — I realized I’m often guilty of sharing more here of my night and weekend looks and not enough of what I’m wearing to the office. You can catch some of it on Instagram (@avggirlsguide), however here’s a look I wore earlier this week for a work meeting, and then a lunch meeting for the Women’s Foundation of Palm Beach County, a local nonprofit I’m involved with.

This skirt instantly called my name at Ann Taylor; great stripes, classic black and white, jacquard detailing, it’s so good. I snagged it during a big sale, but it’s now even less. It’s such a wardrobe staple: I’m also ready to wear it with a denim button down, and with one of my J. Crew light-weight sweaters, for example.  The camisole has this great mirrored print but I couldn’t resist adding a little neutral bling… just because. For a girls movie night, I later swapped out all the clothes for a black blouse and dark denim, keeping all the accessories, this necklace included, exactly the same.
striped skirt + florals
striped skirt + florals

PS: about five hours after taking these photos I chopped 3-4 inches of hair off; I shared it here, and love the results. I’ve struggled with thinning, scraggly ends — my roots are shockingly thicker than my ends — and this blunt cut makes my hair so much feel so much more thick.
striped skirt + florals

blouse: h&m (ancient) // skirt: ann taylor (petites) sizing: I’m wearing a 4 petite // heels: madewell // tote: c/o ann taylor (similar from AT; and similar for less) // necklace: c/o baublebar x nordstrom collection // ring: baublebar x stripes and sequins

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Holla if you’re you’re an Amazon-obsessed, Prime member extraordinaire who lives for deliveries like this girl? There could be just baby formula, diapers, socket covers or something random but the eliminating the need to run to the store — particularly for bigger items like my paper towels – is a pretty big victory in the busy mom playbook. I know I’m not alone in my love affair with Amazon so thought I’d share with you from time to time my latest purchases. I love that the price is usually the lowest, though in instances like the kick board, I fully could have found a cheaper one but it was a Wednesday, there was no chance I could get to a store without being majorly inconvenienced, so I paid an extra $5, and it arrived just two days later, in time for a weekend by the pool. Totally worth it. I always try to remember that at the end of the day, as much as  I love to save, find a deal, our time equals money. I’ve realized sometimes it’s worth not running that errand during lunch or after work (and being away from my family)…. that time is way too valuable.

My latest Amazon deliveries! What are yours??

Favorite Amazon purchases

reads#girlboss: a must for a business owner or girl who wants to move on up, and tell me again about the night I was born, a great book for adoptive parents to read to kids (and a great conversation topic for us to read to our daughter, who I did carry).

iPhone case (comes in a dozen color combos): because it’s the accessory I carry everywhere. Fairly protective with a slight lip. Love the shiny white + matte gold.

gym gear:  balega hidden comfort tab running socks: I’ve never splurged on socks until recently and I’m obsessed. The ankle tab eliminates any slipping into your sneaker, and the cushy bottom with breathable top are worth it.  Also love my new camelback water bottle for my time on the treadmill, or just around the house

for my little fish: adore the fun tie-dye print on this speedo kick board (and shhh, it was my personal victory of not succumbing to another princess or Frozen promo item!). Great quality.

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I’m not sure how nearly four years of blogging has gone by without me writing this post… I’m watch ob-sessed. They somehow make my outfit (at least in my world!). Since I’m switching up the outfit/style posts to Wednesdays, head here each Monday for other fun and helpful style-related content. This week: watches! Watches are an awesome way to make a statement, give a subtle look at your style… and keep you on time. Give thought to the size of the watch head: the larger the more contemporary, the smaller the more classic.

Invest in a classic watch, like a silver or two-tone, and then add in a few other mid-level watches to round-out the collection. I find myself partial to two: my black leather band watch, and my white acrylic. I’m also rotating in a rose gold and my newer wood watch, which is cool, light and a great conversation topic. Check out TAGG’s picks here, and heads up: tried to source the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale picks when possible; you can save big (on watches full price elsewhere) there right now. Do you have a go-to watch?

10 favorite watch finds

1. michael kors rose gold watch (in gold, too) // 2. fossil black watch (for more bling, try: michael kors black watch) // 3. kate spade white leather watch // 4. kate spade petite pave watch (perfect for black tie!) // 5. rumbatime purple adjustable watch (water resistant!) // 6. kate spade navy leather watch (love in pink, too!) // 7. michael kors tortoise shell (look for less) // 8. burberry silver watch // 9. la mer studded leather watch // 10. skagen gold watch (great slim face)

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One of the best sales of the year is here! This sale by Nordstrom is #1 in my book because here’s the deal: the store marks down Fall items that will be full price again in a few weeks. Seriously, miss this and you’re going to have major remorse (I’ve been there). I know it’s hard when you’re doing the summer time cut-off’s and tank thing, but plan ahead and you’ll thank yourself later. You can save big time, from costume jewelry to classic, designer pieces.

Evaluate your closet now from undergarments to workout gear, accessories, and the classic work and weekend staples. If you’re not sure you’re next step, TAGG did some homework for you; check out our absolute favorite finds, and shop early… a few items I’ve adored are already sold out.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale // Best Picks!

jewelry kendra scott earrings (own/love!) // baublebar necklace // cara hinged gold bracelet // michael kors black watch (fav!) // bobbi brown set

topsmint sweater //striped elbow-patch sweater (steal!) // hinge lace blouse (ordered!)

dress/bottoms: halogen leather shift dress //vince camuto faux leather mini moto skirt (obsessed) // treasure and bond moto denim // vince camuto pants

footwear vince camuto over-the-knee boots //halogen peep toe bootie // sam edelman lace-up heels // burgundy suede heel // leopard pumps

workout & homezella scoop tank // zella live-in capris (ordered!)// navy throw

underwear: hanky panky low-rise thong // dkny shaping brief (ordered; hear they’re great!)

purses/wallets: aimee kestenberg tote // michael kors wallet // tory burch cross-body (gorgeous!)

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