Dress Code: Texture, pattern and shine on a Friday!

imageI love how this outfit came together, and it follows the fashion philosophy of Stacy and Clinton from TLC’s “What Not to Wear.” Stacy and Clinton always emphasized that an outfit should include texture, pattern and shine. I loved that show and really miss it! Today’s outfit is in their honor…

I recently bought this cute red top at the Banana Republic outlet and it was only $12. I wore it with my black leather Anthropology skirt (shine) and my black quilted cardigan from Nordstrom (texture). I then added my leopard and lace Tory Burch pumps (pattern). I finished the look with a couple of bracelets, including a leopard wrap bracelet from Charming Charlie (pattern) and a few Kate Spade bangles, and my black quilted patent leather Tory Burch tote bag (texture and shine).

Homework: How would you mix texture, pattern and shine?

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Dress Code: On Wednesday’s we wear camo and fancy baubles!

imageI eyed this Bauble Bar statement necklace at Nordstrom for the last couple of months… and now it’s mine.

Funny story, I went to Nordstrom last weekend to return two bracelets that I bought during the summer Anniversary Sale. The bracelets were really cute, but would not stay closed. I thought I paid the sale price of $17.99 for each bracelet, but when the sales associate looked up my purchase, it turned out I paid $28 for each bracelet. This amazing Bauble Bar statement necklace was on sale for $30, and since I returned the two bracelets, it was technically FREE! Yay!

I wanted to wear this necklace with something fun, so of course, I pulled out my favorite Gap camo khakis. I paired them with a black tunic from Brass Plum at Nordstrom and my Coach wedges. I added a few Kate Spade bracelets and I was ready for a great day.

Dress Code: On Wednesday’s we color block!

imageThis dress is one of my favorite purchases from the Gap. It was on sale and a great deal. It’s very simple and super comfortable. It’s perfect for a busy morning when I need to get ready quickly after my morning workout. I threw it on in a hurry and added my Kate Spade orange Popsicle pendant necklace. My navy Cole Hahn wedges completed the look. I love that the Popsicle necklace perfectly matches the bottom stripe on the dress.

Homework: What is your favorite fall color block look?

Dress Code: Could I be wearing any more accessories?

imageToday was all about the accessories! I wore my black and white, geometric print pleated skirt from Banana Republic with my black and gold studded Michael Kor’s t-shirt. Then I started piling on a ton of fun jewelry. I liked the way yesterday’s necklaces looked, so I found three more to wear together. I started with a long gold mini tassel necklace from C. Wonder, then added a single tassel pendant necklace from Ann Taylor, and finished the look with a vintage Chanel button charm that I bought at a Christmas boutique. The bracelets came next! I started with my hot pink, Kate Spade leather bow bracelet for a pop if color. A few more Kate Spade bangles and a multi-strand leather and chain bracelet from Forever 21 created the perfect arm party! Lots of accessories for a fun day!

Dress Code: Stripes and initials

imageToday, I wore a really simple navy and maroon jersey striped dress that I recently bought at the Gap factory store at the Carlsbad outlet mall. The dress was only $30 and it’s a great grab and go option. It’s perfect for mornings when I need to get ready at the gym, since it doesn’t wrinkle and will roll up nicely in my gym bag. Since the dress is rather plain, I decided to play with necklaces of varying lengths. I wore three of my favorites and I think they really compliment one another. I layered my Kate Spade “one in a million” initial disk necklace with my Coach heart locket, and my C. Wonder “H” script necklace. I love the way the necklaces make the dress stand out! Now I’m looking at all my necklaces and trying to figure out other combinations to layer together.

Homework: Have you tried layering necklaces? Share your ideas with us!

Dress Code: On Wednesday’s we wear hot pink and leopard

imageI wear my leopard “MC” Hammer pants from H & M on days I know are going to be super busy. They are so comfortable, almost like pajamas! Today, I wore them with a simple black tunic from the Brass Plum at Nordstrom and my Coach wedges. If I wear these pants with flats, they look really casual. As soon as I add a heel or wedge, it instantly dresses up the pants and makes them appropriate for work. To complete my look for the school day, I added my hot pink Kendra Scott tassel necklace and a hot pink Kate Spade bangle bracelet. If I’m wearing leopard and black, I almost always add hot pink as an accent color. It’s such a fun color combination!

Dress Code: Happy fall, y’all!

imageI made a decision this week. I’m over the summer-like weather and officially dressing for fall. I have so many cute fall purchases ready and waiting to be worn. Today, I needed a two for one outfit; a daytime and evening look. For school, I wore my Vince Camuto black, leather trimmed leggings from last year’s Nordstrom Anniversary sale with a short- sleeved black sweater that I picked up from the Banana Republic outlet last weekend. I knew I needed a pop if color, so I added my hot pink Kendra Scott tassel necklace, my hot pink Kate Spade bangle and my new Stacy Brown Design monogram beaded bracelet. My Coach wedges completed the look. Fridays are made for leggings and comfy sweaters!

imageAfter school, I was headed to a high school football game. Since I was going to be on the field, my open-toed wedges were not going to work. All I needed to do was switch out my shoes for my Enzo Angiolini riding boots. I bought these boots at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale in July and this was my first opportunity to wear them. The boots are super cute and comfortable and I know I will be wearing them a lot this season.

Homework: What are most excited to wear this fall season?

Dress Code: leopard+hot pink+monogram=fabulous

imageLeopard, hot pink, and a monogram… I love it when all my favorite things come together in one outfit! Even though it is still rather hot out, I decided to dress for fall and wear one of my new favorite sweaters. I bought this leopard print sweater a few weeks ago at the Banana Republic outlet for $25. Since it was a warm day, I didn’t layer it with anything. I do think it will look really chic with my denim worksheet underneath when it get a little chilly. This cute sweater paired perfectly with my classic Halogen black pencil from Nordstrom and my Coach wedges. I decided to skip the necklace and pile on the bracelets. I was really excited about wearing my new Stacy Brown Design tassels monogram beaded bracelet. It’s adorable and it was only $19.99. I added a coral and pink bangle from Banana Republic with a hot pink bangle from Kate Spade. The orange and hot pink accessories gave this outfit just the right pop of color!

Homework: What will you wear on the first cool day of fall?

Passing Notes: The Carlsbad outlet mall

imageWhen I was driving back from San Diego on Sunday, I saw the Carlsbad outlet mall out of my peripheral vision. It would have been rude not to stop, right?

I’m getting so much better at outlet shopping. I don’t need to go in every store and I only buy things that are bargains and fabulous. I did quite well on this trip.

I started at Kate Spade. I found a great black and white striped overnight bag. It folds into a pouch for storage and will be great for traveling or as an extra gym bag. I also bought a pair of large rhinestone, go-with-everything earrings. The entire store was 40% off and the overnight bag was additional 20% off on top of the 40%. Score!

Then I headed to Banana Republic. I was very selective. I found a black silk pleated midi skirt and a black sweater. The skirt was $70, but then it was 60% off. I had a $20 reward coupon so the skirt was basically $8. I wore it to school today and I love it. I predict it will be one of my favorite fall purchases.

Then, I went to the Gap. I found a super cute maroon and navy striped dress and a super comfy pair of black pajamas. These items were on sale, but not super cheap. I just liked the simplicity of the dress. It will be perfect on a busy morning when I don’t want to overthink my outfit. I love Gap pj’s! The fabric is so soft. I think this is the fourth or fifth pair I have bought. I like this pair in black because they look more like lounge wear and less like pajamas. I could go and get my mail wearing this outfit and not be embarrassed if I ran into a neighbor.

My last stop was at the Crate and Barrel outlet. I broke a few of my water glasses and I was lucky that they carried the same style. In addition to the glasses, I found some super cute to-go cardboard food containers. I don’t know what I will use them for, but I knew I had to have them. The black and white pattern would look adorable with an orange tulle bow and filled with Halloween treats.

All in all, this was a successful visit and I am happy with my purchases!

Homework: What is your all-time favorite outlet purchase?

Dress Code: Sunday = fun day!

imageI had such a fun weekend! I headed down to San Diego for a birthday celebration on Saturday night. Of course, that led to brunch on Sunday morning to debrief the soirĂ©e. The party was in Hillcrest, so we walked a few blocks to a cute little restaurant for breakfast. I packed my white Gap boyfriend jeans and a black j’adore graphic t-shirt from Old Navy for Sunday. I wore them with a Coach leopard hat, a pink Kate Spade bracelet, and my black Tory Burch sandals. I always pack a hat when I travel, just in case of a bad hair day. Let’s just say, I’m glad that I had it! The outfit worked well for brunch and outlet shopping on the way home. Details on my shopping purchases will be shared this week!

Homework: What is your favorite brunch outfit?