Monday, January 26, 2015

black and blush.

sweater: J. Crew // jeans: Target // necklace: thrifted // watch: Michael Kors // flats: J. Crew Factory (similar, similar, love these)
iPhone case: kate spade // nails: Sinful Colors Why Not w/ gold foil DIY detail

As I shared last week, I'd been on the hunt for the perfect black jeans...which I ended up finding at Target. These are the Mossimo Mid-Rise Jegging, which are my first mid-rise jeans since oh I don't know, middle school maybe? I have to say, they're soooo much more comfortable (and flattering) than the low-rise versions I've worn for years. Priced at $27.99 these were a no brainer compared with some of the much pricier designer versions!

If you happen to be looking for a new pair of black jeans be sure to check out my best of the best black jeans guide! Have a great week!


Friday, January 23, 2015

friday finds + faves.

[colorful accessories for one of next week's outfit posts]

Happy Friday friends!

As you might have noticed, I've been a little light on posts lately. To be perfectly honest I've been feeling a little uninspired and questioning what direction I want to take the blog this year. As much as I love taking selfies in the mirror (which was supposed to be a temporary fix until I found a new photographer), I really want to produce better content this year. Rather than just showing you what I wore to work, I want to focus more on "how-to's" to style a little black dress, how to apply the perfect liquid eyeliner, etc. When I originally started this blog I was featuring recipes, DIY projects, and my "this vs. that" feature, in addition to my daily outfits...and I think it's time I get back on that path!

I'd love to hear what you think...what would you like to see more, or less of this year?

Until then, here are a few of my recent finds and faves!

Have a great weekend!


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

best of: black jeans

1. Forever 21 // 2. Old Navy // 3. Mossimo
4. American Eagle // 5. Gap // 6. Madewell
7. Paige // 8. Adriano Goldschmeid // 9. J. Brand

One of my resolutions I made for 2015 is to focus on quality, not quantity. I have a habit of stocking up on cheaper items, then discarding them after a season when they don't hold up so well. Case in point: my Forever 21 black jeans. I've been buying these jeans for years (hey, they're only $8), and they fit fine the first few wears...and then they slowly start stretching out, rapidly fading, etc.

Rather than just grabbing another pair of these wallet friendly jeans on my next trip to the mall, I decided to try a variety of other options, ranging from $8 all the way up to $185. After trying on several pairs and comparing finishes (I was looking for a true black, no distressing), and rises (mid-rise...adios ultra low-rise), I found that the Paige Skyline Skinny Jeans (#7 above) fit perfectly and were sooo comfortable. Priced at $169, there were definitely more than I normally spend on denim, but I was willing to make the plunge if it meant a great pair of black jeans that I'd be able to wear for seasons on end.

However, I happened to check out the jeans at Target the same day and discovered the Mossimo Mid-Rise Jegging Jean in Modern Fit (#3 above). I kid you not...these looked nearly identical to the Paige jeans! Same fit, same rise, same wash...and they were just as comfortable! Priced at $27.99 they're only a fraction of the price of the Paige jeans, which is always a bonus!

In the end I decided to return the Paige jeans and took home the Mossimo jeans instead. Time will tell if the color and fit hold up with a few washings, but I'm excited to try them out this week!

What about you? What is your favorite pair of black you have a wallet friendly staple or a designer favorite?


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

navy + purple.

Old Navy blouse // Banana Republic pants // J. Crew heels (via eBay, similar) // Stella & Dot necklace
Stella & Dot bracelet // Michael Kors watch // NYC + Wet 'n Wild nail polish // kate spade iPhone case
andrea everyday purple navy banana republic old navy jcrew fashion blog what i wore
Old Navy peacoat // gifted scarf (similar) // outfit detailed above

This may be the year of "marsala" (seriously Pantone?!?), but I think I prefer the 2014 color of the year. #radiantorchidforever

I actually got the inspiration for this outfit from Pinterest. I've been feeling a little blah and frumpy lately after working from home the past few weeks...Pinterest and other fashion blogs have been a big help in getting me re-inspired to put together new outfits!

What about you ladies, are you a fan of "marsala," and where do you turn to for outfit inspiration?

P.S. This is my first post using my new iPhone 6!!! Good riddance 4s!


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

first things first.

shirt: Target // Skirt: J. Crew Factory // boots: Old Navy (sold out, similar, similar) // tights: Targe
necklace: J. Crew Factory // watch: Michael Kors

leather jacket: thrifted // outfit detailed above

Woo hoo...first outfit post of the year! I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing Christmas and New Years! I took off the better part of the last two weeks and couldn't have enjoyed that time off any more. Well, I could have done without being sick the past four days, but who can complain about laying on the couch and binge watching Gilmore Girls for hours on end!?! Not me!

So, for the first outfit post of the year I decided to go with one of my new faves, these Old Navy ankle boots. They're super simlar to the popular Rag & Bone 'Harrow, boots" but will only set you back about 10% of their price. Can't beat that!

What about you ladies...did you score any new favorites or sought after pieces this Christmas? What's on your current wish list?