Sharp-Dressed Lady: August in Review

Sharp-Dressed Lady: August in Review

My first back-to-work outfit after vacation. Those wedges always make me feel confident!

The first day back after vacation, I try to go the extra mile when I’m getting ready so I really get back into work mode. So, with curled hair and wedges that make me look tall and skinny, I was ready to go after our wonderful 2-week getaway to the Northeast.

Cardigan and shoes: Target; Pants: Ann Taylor


Who doesn't love a comfy, silky top that's covered in cheerful birds? Bonus points: it was less than $10 on clearance!

While I was initially worried about how the bright mint-ish color of the cardigan would go with this bright and busy top, I was really happy about how the colors worked together in the final outfit!

Top: Banana Republic Outlet, Skirt: Macy’s, Cardigan and belt: Target, Shoes: Payless Shoe Source


What can I say? Navy, mustard and cognac just feel right together for me.

For years I didn’t wear yellow because my mom didn’t like it for some reason, but I have grown to LOVE it – especially mustard! Whether it’s paired with black, brown or navy, it’s turned into a basic neutral for me. I think it looks rich and gorgeous with navy, cream and cognac here.

Top: Kohl’s, Cardigan and belt: Target, Skirt: Banana Republic Outlet, Shoes: Payless Shoe Source


I was so happy to have a red cardigan after many years without, but this is the day I fell down the stairs at work...

Ah, this was such a triumphant outfit for me. I was feeling cute and confident with my pencil skirt, new $7 top (what what) from Target and the red cardigan I was so psyched about. Plus, my awesome heels and some red lipstick. I looked awesome all day, until the last 2 stairs from the bottom on my way home. Then BAM.

Top and cardigan: Target, Skirt and shoes: Ann Taylor


Yes, I know it's August, but sometimes a girl needs some nice fall tones in her life.

I need to replace this cardigan soon since it’s getting a little threadbare, but I think it’s the perfect cool hunter green. You can’t see in the photo, but these shoes are adorable kitten heels in a slight plaid with brown patent leather accents – I’ve had them since college and I love them.

Top and cardigan: Target, Skirt: Ann Taylor, Belt: Old Navy


Oh casual Fribsday, I may love you the most of all!

I mean, who doesn’t love casual Friday? These dark wash skinny jeans from a past StitchFix are my go-to now because they have a great high waist to hide my belly, plus a great amount of stretch for throughout-the-day comfort. The pop of orange brightens up an outfit which could be pretty boring otherwise, and it’s another StitchFix keeper from a while back.

Cardigan: Target, Jeans and necklace: StitchFix, Shoes: Payless Shoe Source


I rarely wear my custom silk skirts from China, but I don't know why. I got so many compliments this day!

I can’t remember the last time I wore this skirt – I’ll never get rid of it, but I’m always a little worried about messing up the silk. That’s silly though – look how awesome it is!

Top: LOFT Outlet, Cardigan and shoes: Target


Recognize anything from this month's StitchFix? I just love the Leavenworth top!

You knew it was coming – the work debut of my latest StitchFix find! It goes perfectly with my new red cardigan and my comfy navy pencil skirt from Macy’s.

Top: Leavenworth Sleeveless Top from StitchFix, Skirt: Macy’s, Cardigan: Target, Necklace: Banana Republic

My First Review and Fifteenth Box – StitchFix!

My First Review and Fifteenth Box – StitchFix!

I just LOVE StitchFix!

I’ve been getting boxes for more than a year now- I think I got my first box around when I started my “new job” (coming up on 2years!). I’ve included it in our household budget to get a new box every 2 months. It’s fun for me (shopping without leaving the house), and Bill really loves the little fashion show and choosing what we keep. It’s like having a slightly more adventurous friend deliver what they think you’ll love, with no real commitment.

If you haven’t heard of it, StitchFix is one of those ubiquitous subscription box services that are everywhere these days. After filling out a style profile, you pay a $20 fee and receive a box with five clothing and accessory items in the mail. You can subscribe to these as often as you’d like, or get boxes on demand. If you purchase an item, your $20 fee goes as a credit towards the item’s cost, but if you don’t choose to keep any items – you’re out $20. If you keep all 5 items, you get a 25% discount on the final cost!

I have my style profile linked to my Outfitables pinterest board, so I can really tailor what I’m looking for. So far, I’ve had a ton of hits!

Now that I’m trying to be a better blogger, I figured it was time for a StitchFix box review (plus you can help me make decisions). So, without any further ado… my August 2015 StitchFix box!

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(Bill took all of these pictures on an iPhone, and I forgot to wear shoes, so please excuse any weird photography ;))


Leavenworth Sleeveless Top – Love it! Kept it! It’s light-weight, but sort of Fall-ish so it’s perfect for Fall. Works for office and casual time. This is just the kind of top I love getting from StitchFix 🙂

Zio Colorblock Mixed Material Tee – Let me be honest, this is the most comfortable shirt of all time – like the best jersey knit ever. Unfortunately, it’s not gonna work for work, and I couldn’t imagine playing $40+ for what was really a comfy sleepshirt. So, back it went…

Phelan Abstract Chevron Print Short-Sleeve Blouse – I so badly wanted to like this top – it would be great for the office – but the weird sleeves, puffy shoulders, and lack of tailoring killed it for me. Plus, it was about $20 more than the other tops. Ah well, it was a very good try!

Earlson Split Neck Blouse – This was another, really close almost top, but Bill talked me out of it. The colors and pattern wound up just being too loud for me, even though I loved the cut and fabric.

Dafne Chevron Maxi Dress – True life: I’d never tried a maxi dress before! I always figured the length would make my shortness even shorter, plus it would cover up my skinny legs 😉 But I LOVED this dress… for the most part. The chevron was great, the fabric and cut were really comfortable, and it made me look 11 feet tall! But, it emphasized my chest a bit too much, and it was nearly $90 – too much for a jersey dress I don’t think I could pull off


Overall, I think this was a pretty good box, even though I only kept one top. What do you think? Did I send back anything I should’ve kept?

I often use StitchFix to bulk up my work wardrobe (since I get almost everything else I wear from Target, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic and LOFT clearance) and this box was in the right wheelhouse for the most part. I also like that it makes me try fashion I never would’ve tried on my own – the maxi dress for instance! Now, I’ll keep my eye on the summer clearance sales to find a (much) cheaper option that’s the same sort of flattering.

Want to try it yourself? Feel free to use my referral link to try it out (plus I get a little credit, which is always nice 🙂 )

Sharp Dressed Lady, Week 5

Sharp Dressed Lady, Week 5

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Hi folks! It’s time again for Sharp Dressed Lady, my weekly fashion accountability check.

I may work in a super-casual workplace, but looking a little nice makes me feel more professional, positive and productive; this weekly feature is design to keep me motivated and accountable to keep it up!


There’s no outfit photo for Monday because I took the day off work with the husband to get time-sensitive errands run and have a little break at the end of the lacrosse season. I figured spending time relaxing with Bill was a bit more important than a fashion photo.  Instead, enjoy this photo of our snuggly puggle!

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Tuesday: cute (but not super comfy) peep toe flats from Target many moons ago, my favorite ankle slacks from Old Navy, the shirt I wore on Bill and I’s first date, and the wonderful long-ish cardigans from Target.

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Wearing black always makes me feel like I look a little sharp, in a put-together sense.

Wednesday: the return of my new Target shirt from last week, the same cardigan again, khakis from JCPenney I’ve had since I was 14, and shiny black flats.

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This outfit is not necessarily weight-flattering, but it was comfy and I like the color combo. Not pictured: hair in a bun, accented with fancy barrette!

Thursday: It’s my favorite dress! I grabbed this off the Target clearance rack ages ago, and I adore it. It goes with navy, teal-green, cognac and lime, so I can wear it in a billion combinations. It was a bit chilly, so I wore my boots to keep my tootsies warm, along with the matching belt and my wedding cardigan.

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My curler-based-curls aren’t super-defined here because my hair was still damp from a shower the night before. Dry hair works much better!

Casual Fribsday: (that’s a Better Off Ted joke, did you get it? If not, hie thee to Netflix!) Dark jeans and simple B&W stripe tee from Old Navy, purple cardigan from Target and Wal-Mart sandals.

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Much nicer than flip flops and a t-shirt, with no extra effort! Successful curls when I start with dry hair, too.

And that was Week 5! Did you like any of the outfits in particular? I really liked the cobalt, white/khaki and black combo on Wednesday; something about the contrast and richness of color is really nice to me.

I’m cupcake-catering a wedding shower tomorrow, then Bill and I are grabbing my late-delivered birthday presents and cleaning the house. Sunday, we’re going to the museum with my folks to use our membership for the first time; hooray!

Do you have any big or exciting plans for the next couple days? Have a great weekend!