A chameleon in winter

Looking at these pictures I feel a bit like a chameleon. The black/white/brown/blue palette i’ve got going on blends in pretty easily with the barren landscape… Thank goodness for those red lips!
I wear this denim shirt shirt often but rarely button it all the way up. I’m a big fan of a plunging neckline, both for aesthetic and comfort, but I guess the button-up bug bit me on this particular day. I was rummaging through my jewelry drawer and found this cutie bow pin. (And by “rummaging” I mean grabbing anything that wasn’t tangled together and swearing a bit. Anyone semi-disorganized with a jewelry drawer knows what I’m talking about!) As far as my other accessories go I’d love to say they were strategically plotted, but my scarves are about as well organized as my jewelry drawer, so I grabbed the first favorite I saw and tied it atop my head.
I pulled the ole ‘wear a dress as a skirt trick’ (is that a thing? I guess it is for me!); I love this dress but it’s sleeveless, and therefore not conducive for a February photo shoot.

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Something that’s been getting me through the last bit of winter is my obsession with Spotify. I know I’m the last person on the planet to jump on this train but I’ve had a lot of fun discovering some new music and revisiting lots of old favorites. Suffice it to say, I’ve been spending many nights on the couch with my Spotify and a cat on my lap, and it’s pretty great!

Outfit details: shirt :: Charlotte Russe | dress, earrings :: forever21 | pin, scarf :: thrifted | boots :: Dorothy Perkins

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The great unbuttoning

I had this dress on about 15 minutes when I realized why I never wear it to work. It magically unbuttons itself all. the. time. Luckily I wore a black slip thing underneath it because it’s a little see-through so when the buttons popped open at least nothing was seen. Looks like  I should have walked around in it at the store for 10 minutes longer before I bought it. Or just remembered that I need to size up on the button-up dresses to make way for my giant cans! Ha.

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I love the grid pattern of this dress. It’s not really stripes, and it’s not really plaid, but somewhere in between. I decided to contrast all the squares with some dots on my legs! It was actually my intention to not wear black and white with a pop of color and this dress is actually the very definition of this. I give up! I love it too much.

In other news, this month for me has been all about baking. It’s not something that I’ve cared for in the past, because I am more of an “oh, I’ll throw some of this in there, and how about some of this?” person when it comes to cooking, and I feel like with baking that’s a game changer and you end up with flat, hard cookies. BUT, it’s kind of refreshing to measure everything out and I’m finding places where you can add a little spontaneity. Last night I made these yummy Salted Caramel Mocha Brownie Cups (although I didn’t make the frosting. I just used the frosting the brownie mix came with and added some caramel on top with some sea salt.) Anyway, I digress. Have a great rest of your week!

Outfit details: sunglasses :: Forever 21 (similar) | dress :: White Rabbit | tights, belt & wedges :: Target

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La La Love You!

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Happy Valentine’s Day! We decided to do a combined post this week since we are celebrating our blogiversary, Valentine’s Day and linking up with Fancy Friday!

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Happy Valentines Day kitties! I love dressing up with a special occasion in mind, so I really had fun putting this outfit together. I pretty much grabbed a bunch of the most girly, lovey-dovey items in my closet, piled them on and voila!
The heart in my hair is actually a shoe clip that Mar handmade me a few years ago for Christmas, and it so happens to double as a super cute hair pin!
I was hoping to unearth some heart tights from the tights abyss in my closet, but when I came across these adorned with bows I was happy to avoid heart overkill.

This dress is a real gem that I actually don’t wear too much. It’s very sheer and therefore not super practical for winter and also hard to pull off in summers sans tights. But this was the purrrfect occasion!

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I hope everyone is having a lovely love day whether with your partner, friends, family, or even just you doing you… Enjoy it!

Jessi’s outfit details: dress :: thrifted | heart clip :: DIY from Marlena! | belt :: Forever 21 | sunglasses :: gift from Marlena | flats :: Urban Outfitters (similar)

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I think I might actually wear this cardigan every Valentine’s Day. I’ve had it forever, it’s warm, and… well, there are hearts on it! It’s a little long and I was losing the shape of my waistline so I decided instead of a belt I’d just tie it up. I love this dress! We actually featured it on our Favorites: Thanksgiving post and Mom got it for me for Christmas! Genius. If it had a been a tad warmer out maybe I would have taken off the cardi so you could have seen the GIANT BOW on it. BOWS! I love ’em.

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As a bright-eyed college student I used to hate the commercialism behind Valentine’s Day, it’s owned by Hallmark, blah blah blah. I’ve since given up on all that because once you do, you open your world to presents, a fun date night, and PRESENTS! Joe spoiled me this year with some beautiful diamond earrings, and I spoiled him with a new record player! And tonight Joe’s mom is coming to babysit and we’re going on a lovely little date to Alba for dinner and then who knows what else?

Marlena’s outfit details: hearts cardigan :: Forever 21 | floral dress :: Christmas gift from my mom, Modcloth | brown tights :: Kohl’s (another gift from my aunt Lori!) | red socks :: gift from my mom | brown oxford heels :: Buffalo Exchange, Chicago | flower nail decals :: gift from Jessi, Forever 21

After we finished up our photos for this post, we hit up El Aguila, an amazing Mexican restaurant, for lunch and celebrated our Blogiversary with cupcakes!

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We’re linking up with Fancy Friday today!

Fashionthatpays Dress Up Fancy Friday

It’s our blogiversary!

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It’s true, pretty kitties! It’s our one year blogiversary! I still remember Jessi and I deciding over dessert and drinks to start our little corner of the world. And to celebrate, we’ve rounded up our favorite 5 outfits! I also had too much fun making it look like we are having stare downs in our pictures. Enjoy.

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A Lovely Little Number in February | Arghhhh! I’m a kitty pirate

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Ice Cream Dress on an Ice Cream Day | I’m With the Band

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Spring, please? | Chicago Road Trip!

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My Holiday Outfit Post Holidays | Feelin’ Nautical

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I Don’t Like Ice Cream…I Love Love Love It!
| My Favorite Dress in a Butterfly Garden

We can’t wait to bring you more outfit inspiration in year number 2!

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Favorites: Valentine’s Day!

We admit it: we love Valentine’s Day! Whether you’re married to your husband or to your cat, it’s time to celebrate looooooove. We’ve picked out some fun items to wear, to eat, and to give this week. xoxo

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1. Two hearts are better than one.
Heart Charms Necklace :: Forever 21

2. This is adorable on so many levels!
MinkPink Marie Sweater :: NastyGal

3. Chocolates are so passé! Send your love some macarons from your local bakery or make these! You won’t be sorry.
Heart-Shaped Red Velvet Macarons :: Sweet Treats Baking Blog

4. Guarantee yourself flowers on the big day with this cute cut-out dress.
Floral Tulip Back Dress :: Forever 21

5. Hearts come in all colors.
Look Into Your Heart Bag :: Modcloth

6. Share some tea with your lover, your BFF or even have a tea party with your imaginary friend!
Sweetly Sipping Tea Set :: Modcloth

7. The most subtle way to celebrate V-Day? Heart nails!
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Nail Polish :: Encore Nail Polish via Etsy

8. You’re never too old to give valentines to your friends! It’s always fun to scour vintage stores for old-timey valentines or visit Etsy for super cute and original valentines from the heart. (p.s. these are printable for procrastinators!)
Printable Valentine’s Day Card Beatles Quote :: AllTheBestQuotes via Etsy

9. Don these fire engine red booties and spark some love.
BC Footwear Cinnamon Schnapps Booties :: Modcloth

Happy Valentine’s Day! We ❤ you.

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Practicality is for Suckers

This skirt is what I call a “standing only skirt.” It’s very 80s, very high waisted and very tight (and therefore very hard to sit down in.) But very worth it, I say! The fact that I can manage to wiggle into this thing is a miracle and watching me do so is, I’m sure, simultaneously hilarious and disturbing (just ask my husband!) But the heart wants what the heart wants, and my heart wants this skirt. I love this skirt because it goes with pretty much anything. Because it’s so high waisted I love to pair it with smaller sweaters, crop tops and button-ups tied at the waist. It transitioned beautifully from summer to fall to winter and has proven to be super durable (it’s not bursting at the seams yet!)

I’ve been working on purging my closet and in the process have unearthed some tops I haven’t worn in ages but can’t bring myself to part with. I love the fabric, color and print of this shirt but it really doesn’t do a great job of staying buttoned, which is why it sat in the back of my closet for so long.
Finally, the last secret about this outfit: the shoes are a tad broken, but that doesn’t stop me from wearing them. Pretty much this is the perfect outfit for doing absolutely nothing: no sitting, no walking… I never claimed to be practical!

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So I’ll pose this question: do you guys have clothes that are anything but practical yet you can’t part with them because you love them??? I hope I’m not the only one!

Outfit details: sweater, bow :: Urban Outfitters | shoes :: Hill Vintage | shirt, skirt :: White Rabbit | earrings :: Domestica (gift) 

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Monsters in Winter

Where do you go when it’s gray and gloomy outside for photos? May I suggest a bright, giant monster mural where you can stand in front of one of the said monsters and look like you’re being eaten? My two-year-old son would approve, especially if there was a fart joke somewhere in this post.

Anyway, today’s outfit post is brought to you by my favorite combination of black and white mixed with a bright pop of color. Egads, I just looked back at my last 3 outfit posts and they all fit under this category! I need to get an imagination already. Next week: I refrain from black and white!

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I actually had quite a bit of fun with this outfit. I have been feeling purple lately (Oh no, what does that mean?) so I added my pretty purple purse, earrings, bow, and nails. Vavoom! Last but not least, my hair. It’s quite subtle but my braid isn’t just any old braid. I actually parted it into 3 strands, like you do, but then braided one of the strands before braiding the entire thing. I saw it on The Beauty Department. I love it, although now I realize you can’t really tell. Rats!

Looks like I couldn’t work in a good fart joke. It’s very hard to do in this medium without sound.

Outfit details: Sunglasses :: Forever 21 (similar) | Hair bow :: Charming Charlie | Purple earrings :: Gift from Jessi! White Rabbit | Top :: Von Maur | Scarf (as a belt) :: thrifted | Skirt :: Target (similar) | Tights :: gift from my Aunt Lori! Kohl’s | Purse :: Ruby Begonias | Wedges :: Target 

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