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

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Get right, get tights

You know I’m ready for winter when I pull out my tights. I forgot I had bought this skirt and thought it would be the perfect item to join my tights in a ceremonious welcome to winter. Lucky for us Arizonans, it is going to be in the low 70’s all week, which means these tights are both stylish and practical. For any of you in warmer climates, you can still join in on the fun, just buy thicker tights (similar to leggings). I got these tights at Macy’s, so they are higher quality and thickness than the cheap ones you can get at H&M or Forever 21. I always get runs in those too. To go with my tights, I added this black and white brocade print skirt from Francesca’s and a simple black V-neck. With a simple outfit like this, I saved the best for last: my shoes. I went with these grey Jeffrey Campbell look-a-likes. A burst of color would be gorgeous with this look, but I settled on something a little more neutral. Dots of silver jewelry around my neck and hands give the whole thing a bit of glam. I love this outfit, it’s the perfect thing for work, drinks afterward or a fun activity on the weekend.

xx

Adriana

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Shirt: Calvin Klein, Skirt: Francesca’s, Tights: Macy’s, Boots: Mix No. 6 (DSW), Necklace: Express, Bracelet: Bauble Bar

Photo by Ashley Goelitz

Day 351: Who are hue?

Today I was feeling a little creative, so I basically pulled on whatever I wanted that was black, white or grey in hue. I think it all works because all three colors essentially bleed into each other on the hue scale. I chose this striped dress to go with the subtly patterned jacket because I thought it was an interesting pattern contrast, even though the colors were the same. That’s the secret to pattern mixing. Stick with similar colors and you will be a success every time. I added simple black heels to keep things from getting to be too much. You don’t want to just put on everything that would match at one time. Solids are necessary for balance. I chose both silver and pewter accents to keep with the neutral hue theme. I think this outfit is the first “risk” I’ve taken in a while, and it felt good!

xx

Adriana

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Blazer: Express, Dress: Forever 21, Heels: Calvin Klein, Necklace: Express, Bangles: Express, Ring: Stella & Dot

Photos by Jennifer Doan

Day 339: Bonjour

Today I wanted to wear a dress I haven’t worn in a while and then I saw this pretty cream lace dress. It’s very Parisian inspired (it comes from the Maison Jules section of Macy’s) and it looks great with the tan I have going on right now. I’m usually hesitant to wear cream because I don’t think it really does that much for any skin tone, but the tanner the better usually. I love the whole feminine, light look of this dress and while I’m still feeling a bit cloudy-headed, I thought I’d fake it til I made it! I added black heels to go with the black piping on the top of the dress. Black and metallic accessories help glam up the look and I think this necklace makes it look even more vintage chic. Au revoir!

xx

Adriana

IMG_2280Dress: Maison Jules (Macy’s), Heels: Calvin Klein, Necklace: Bauble Bar, Watch: Michael Kors

Photo by Ashley Goelitz

Day 311: Corporate fashionista

Happy Friday Eve! Today I settled on a feminine business look to power me through to the end of the week. Women are becoming recognized for their achievements more and more these days, but sometimes we’re still not taken seriously. I draw a lot of my confidence to overcome these situations from my smarts–and my smart dressing. One of my fashion idols, Lauren Conrad, was once asked in an interview, “What is your favorite position?” Some women would be offended, some would spit out a playful innuendo, but Conrad did something that made me love her even more. Her answer: CEO. Conrad is exactly the kind of example our generation needs for both fashion and business smarts. I chose this simple, but sweet, coral scalloped dress and a grey blazer today. Up close, the blazer has a black and white design, but from a distance it appears grey. Tricky, tricky. I added black heels to enhance the black in the blazer. Simple gold accents and a statement necklace keep this dress no-nonsense with a touch of glam. Go get ’em tiger!

xx

Adriana

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20140807-134509-49509030.jpgJacket: Express, Dress: J Crew, Heels: Calvin Klein, Necklace: Free Press (Nordstrom Rack), Midi Rings: Francesca’s, Rings: Bauble Bar, Bangles (left to right): Michael Kors, Kate Spade New York (both)

Photos by Jennifer Doan