Leave it in the pastels

I have seriously neglected this blog, but no more! I hit the ground running on day one of 2015 and haven’t stopped for a water break since! I absolutely love the colors in this outfit and it reminded me how much I miss posting each day on here. Today’s outfit was inspired by the cool down and transition from winter to spring. I chose to put the coral with the light blue because I thought the contrast was really pretty and light. It has a fun loving feeling about it. The zippers on both pieces give it an edge and extra intrigue. I’m always attracted to pieces with zippers, and I especially liked how they were placed on this sweater. Today’s high was in the low 80s, so I figured it was safe to wear sandals! I added some small touches of silver to keep the outfit simple yet feminine. This is this first time I’ve worn my sapphire ring on the blog. I got it for Christmas and I’m obsessed. Sapphire is my birthstone–and those can be tricky. Many jewelry items with birthstones can be tacky looking, but this ring is just perfect.

xx

Adriana

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Pants: Anthropologie, Sweater: Express, Sandals: Tory Burch, Necklace and Bracelet: Bauble Bar, Ring: Macy’s

Photo by Ashley Goelitz

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That’s a stretch

So, you go shopping and buy some beautiful new shoes. They’re a little tight, but you look in the mirror and see how perfectly they look on you and ALL of the outfits you could wear them with. The shoe salesman promises you that, of course, they’ll stretch. An amateur would wear their new pair out and about over and over until they get worn in. As a seasoned veteran, I know this is the absolute worst idea in the world. For example, I bought these beautiful new booties to wear on my trip this weekend. How will I make sure they are nice and comfortable by Friday? Well, dear reader, I will tell you. One of the perks of sitting down for almost the entire eight hours you’re at work? Stretching your shoes. Your feet aren’t subjected to dancing, walking long distances or standing for hours. Instead, they get to sit comfortably under your desk. I’m not going to lie, your toes might still get a little tingly, but, hidden safely under your desk, you can give your feet a little break. Do that outside of the bar and get ready to be judged–or at the very least, very dirty feet. While you’re not wearing your shoes, stuff socks in them to keep their shape and continue a little extra stretching. I paired my new beauties with tights, a black and white striped dress and this comfortable sweater. The dress looks chic while the sweater warms my look (and me) up! I’ll be sure to get a photo of these booties with my Friday night look too!

xx

Adriana

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Sweater and Dress: Express, Necklace: Francesca’s, Ring: Tiffany & Co., Tights: Forever 21, Booties: Steve Madden

Photos by Ashley Goelitz

Don’t block me out

Wow, I’ve really been slacking! In my defense, I was sick for a week, but I digress. Today’s outfit is very modern office. I looked in my closet for a dress and I saw this lovely color-blocked one that I haven’t worn in ages. It’s very flattering and comfortable–which isn’t easy for your average office dress. I started dressing a lot less traditionally professional recently. When I first started my job, I was all slacks, pencil skirts and blazers. Not only did that get a little boring, it isn’t very realistic in the offices most of us work in now. Very few of my friends have to dress like that every day. I didn’t want to get sucked back into the “Office Space” style dressing by pulling out this dress, so I chose a few items to keep it fresh. First, this blazer. It’s eye-catching, modern and super cute. It is still professional, but it doesn’t look too stuffy. Plus, it makes this dress look more interesting instead of making it look more straight-laced. I added some tights to keep me warm and patent heels to end it all on a polished note. I added some light black and gold jewelry items to bring my usual hint of glam.

xx

Adriana

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Blazer: Anthropologie, Dress: Express, Tights: Macy’s, Heels: Calvin Klein

Working for the weekend

I wanted to feature this outfit because I think it is the perfect balance of work and play for the office. The bright orange sweater contrasted with the navy blue skirt keep things interesting and light–it doesn’t make you feel stuffy and stuck in a cubicle. Sometimes getting dressed is the best part of my day, so I always try to make it count. Feeling good when you leave the house is the key to feeling good all day long. I added these awesome, strappy brown heels because our weather permits it. I might as well take advantage of our perks! All of you bundled up in the East and Midwest can get your revenge when we’re melting in 100 degree temperatures. I not only got these heels on sale, but I also love how different they are. Sometimes wearing shoes that go up to your ankle can cut your leg off, and flatter your figure less. I think the pattern of the heels work against that and end up elongating my leg in a really nice way. I topped everything off with a long grey sweater because my thin blood keeps me from warmth whenever we get into the 60s around here. I love winter layers, it’s so much more fun!

xx

Adriana

IMG_1943Long Sweater: H&M, Sweater: J. Crew, Skirt: J. Crew, Heels: Steve Madden, Necklace: Francesca’s

Photo by Alexis Mladenoff

Amazing lace

I absolutely adore this lace top. You can wear it with virtually everything, but it’s not even slightly boring. I realize I’ve used these olive pants on the blog recently, but l just had to post this outfit. I think the olive gives it a different, more interesting look than black pants do. I added riding boots to keep the colored denim looking classy, rather than casual. Little details like the lace sleeves and shoulders give your look a hint of fun and intrigue. I spent a pretty penny on these boots, but they have proved to be completely worth it. Black boots are a staple, and when you splurge a little on an item like that, you rarely regret it. These boots have a really classic look, so I’ll be able to carry them into the next winter season too!

xx

Adriana

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Shirt: Express, Olive Jeans: J. Crew, Boots, Watch and Ring: Michael Kors

Photo by Alexis Mladenoff