Classy & Casual

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This is one day, one outfit concept, and two different iterations. One is a wear-to-church outfit, and the other, with the same color threads, makeup and hair, is more casual for whatever fun adventures Sunday afternoon might hold. Or this is a mighty fine outfit to wear to the office, so this could easily be a work-to-weekend post too!
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My boyfriend says Sundays are his favorites with me, because we get to go to church together and we always seem to find some fun, spontaneous adventure for the afternoon. I agree! There is something so wonderful about sitting close and holding hands while we pray, singing from the same hymnal, giving each other little knowing looks, etc. And it’s summer so the great outdoors calls after church! 
What has been your favorite summer adventure so far? 
xo
Natalie

Casual Sequins: Oxymoron?

My friend told me I don’t wear jeans very often. 
Regular old blue jeans, as opposed to colored denim, because we all know I love my hot pink jeans! I guess it’s true…I’m a skirt and dress sorta girl. That, or yoga pants and one of my many sweatshirts. But you don’t need to see that. 
My mom gave me this top for Christmas. My brother (again with my brother  nick-naming my outfits/clothing, right? This was my lot in life growing up) calls this the “mermaid top.” I think I rather agree this time! The paillettes are a beautiful matte blue-green, but when the light hits them, they shine and come alive.

I wanted to try wearing this top in a wearable way. A “Hey, this Mermaid top isn’t so scary!” way. So I pulled out the old blue jeans. For some texture contrast, I added my velvet riding jacket and my gray suede pumps. Since the top is rather statement-y, I kept my makeup and jewelry very simple. Just a few coats of mascara and this wonderful Pomegranate-Fig Lip Butter I received in a gifted Birchbox, and it was a particularly good hair day thanks to another goodie from my Birchbox. Have you joined Birchbox? It’s totally fun…they send you designer beauty samples every month. You can join here! For jewelry, just some simple studs and my favorite rings. If your office lets you wear jeans on Casual Friday, I think this would be the perfect outfit. Take off the jacket, change the heels, add a bit more makeup, and you could head out for a party afterwards!
This Missoni bag is my absolute favorite winter purse. It’s a consignment store steal, considering it was under $20 and it retails for nearly $500. Tomorrow I’ll show you my purse & travel essentials featuring the uber-awesome GoToobs from HumanGear.
Also, I’ve been reading these amazing blog posts about picking the perfect jeans for your figure. Considering they don’t make my favorite brand of jeans (what I’m wearing above, Blue Cult) anymore (I don’t think…if you know otherwise, please let me know!), I’ll need these tips soon enough. Thanks, Rachel!

Wednesday Work to Weekend

Ahh, halfway through the week, my friends!! We can do it!! 
A bright floral outfit and some awesome boots oughtta help, don’t you think?
And when it’s time to rock the weekend look, chill it out with some softer tones and flat boots. I switched black (more dressy and professional) accessories for camel/brown tones, and threw my hair up. Perfect for some antiquing!

Work Outfit
Earrings: F21
Blouse/Tunic: Tucker for Target
Skinnies: F21
Belt: Thrifted
Sweater: TJ Maxx
Boots: Payless
Weekend Changes
Belt: Thrifted
Boots: Walmart


Wednesday Work to Weekend

It’s Work-to-Weekend time, since it’s mid-week and we’re all pining for the weekend!

Gosh I love this outfit. Sequin tank is from one of my best friends, who traded it in for another color, and let me borrow this peachy-pink one. We often send each other boxes of clothes to trade/borrow, and this was in my latest installment. I’ve got one allllmost-ready for her by the door!
The beautiful Rome-scene silk skirt it a great new find. I think it will work in spring, summer, and fall (not so sure about winter?)
Weekend Wear:
Jeans, a more casual scarf, and a slightly different take on the color combo, and I’m good to go! Sequins can take a girl anywhere!
Style Secrets
Work
Hairclip: Goody, gift from mom
Necklace: Self-made
Tank: Talbots, borrowed/hand-me-over
Scarf: Hand-me-over
Bangles: Local store
Sweater: Tag sale
Belt: Thrifted
Skirt: Talbots Collection, consignment shop
Boots: Thrifted
Weekend
Jeans: Earnest Sewn, TJ Maxx
Sunnies: Local store
Earrings: Lia Sophia, gift
Belt: from another shirt
Striped Scarf: Gap, thrifted

Wednesday Work to Weekend

and Weekend…

Hump day = checkmark. Weekend? Yoo-hooo! Weekend! I’m waiting for you!
Style Secrets
Sunnies: Thrifted
Colored Bobbies: J.Crew
Necklace: Target
Tank: Old Navy
Sweater: American Eagle
Belt: Thrifted
Pencil Capris: Gap/thrifted (super score)
Heels: MaxAzria, consignment store
Earrings: Forever21
Weekend Look—
Linen Moto Jacket: Charlotte Russe
Tank: Old Navy
Jeans: Target
Flips: Havaianas