16 April 2014

black & white | white & black







Nothing like some good print-on-print action! Not one to shy away from mixing prints, I stumbled upon this combination while staring into the abyss of my closet. I have been wearing these pants quite a bit recently when I have felt the need to break up the usual tights and skirts routine. Being that it is still in the 30s in the mornings here, I decided to throw on a blazer for added warmth and to dress up this denim shirt a bit more. I reached for this blazer and thought, either this is going to look crazy or crazy cool. Fortunately the combination of the light print and dark print look crazy cool (at least to my eyes)! Mission accomplished!

Shirt: Old Navy (old) | Blazer: H&M (old) | Pants: Gap (old) | Boots: Old Navy (old) | Bag: Zara


14 April 2014

#isitspringyet?







The transition between winter and spring always frustrates me. Especially living in Montana. All the fashion blogs and magazines are busy talking about how to wear that new midi skirt with those new mules, and meanwhile, it is still snowing here! Spring doesn't really start until May around here, and even then we can count on it to snow on Memorial Day weekend. So needless to say, getting dressed in the morning can be a bit of a challenge this time of the year. When it is sunny and warm (read: above freezing), I like to take advantage of it and test run a few new pieces. For this look, I incorporated my new peep-toe booties with a pair of cropped pants and a sweater to still keep it functional and weather appropriate. I like how the booties bring an edge to this outfit, something a bit more unexpected than a standard heel. To keep the overall look bright and spring-worthy, I reached for my new cobalt shopper instead of my usual black bag. It was a fun and different look for a day at the office.

Sweater: H&M (still for sale!) | Pants: Gap (in store) | Booties: Target | Bag: Zara


09 April 2014

rocker chic


 




So state government can be pretty cool sometimes. Recently, we had a celebration marking a special occasion with an evening banquet and awards ceremony. We had special guest and renowned Montana artist Monte Dolack present a commissioned art piece, and rubbed elbows with our agency's director, Montana's Lieutenant Governor, and other elected officials. It was an amazing and celebratory event--one that of course called for an equally amazing dress!

After my success with Rent the Rentway for my high school reunion (see post here) last summer, I decided to use RTR again for this banquet. I wanted a business appropriate dress that was still fun and unique enough to make the evening feel special. And I wanted to spend only about $30. Luckily RTR offers quite a few dresses to rent under the $50 price point. I found this artsy dress by Shoshanna and immediately ordered it! I love the bright almost watercolor-like florals and the simple, lady-like shape. I felt covered up but still fashion-forward. It was a little cool and windy during the pictures to take off my jacket, but the dress also has cap sleeves, which help give it a more work-appropriate vibe. When I put it on, I decided I wanted to play up the edgy vibe, and decided to style my hair up, add some bold earrings, a splash of color with my bright clutch, and top it off with booties and my faux leather jacket. I kept my makeup simple with a bright pink lip to match my clutch and nails, and then low-key eye makeup. For my hair, I just let it dry up and didn't add any additional product to give it a wind-blown and natural look. All in all, I felt really great in this outfit, and perfectly on point for my work's special celebration!

Dress: Shoshanna Barbara Dress via Rent the Runway | Boots: MIA Limited Edition Soho | Earrings: Target (in store) | Clutch: Thrifted | Jacket: Target (old) | Lips: NYX Cosmetics Soft Matte Lip Cream in Antwerp