Hounded

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Zara Blazer /  H&M Chiffon Cross-over top / Zara Sheath skirt / Falke Pure Matt 50 Denier / Marc Fisher Kevins /Michael Kors Runway Watch 

I found this sleeveless houndstooth chiffon-type cross-over top at H&M quite a few months back. I took it with me into the fitting room and when I put it on, it was just “meh”. But I had walked into the store wearing a blazer and had a thought that I should put it on over top to see what it would look like. Voila. Instant chic. Goes to show that it pays to be creative even in the fitting room.

The skirt is just a touch too long to be worn with these boots. If the boots were black or if the skirt was a bit shorter it would give the illusion of a longer leg. Here, I just insisted on wearing these boots with the rest of this outfit and hoped that no one noticed that I looked extra short today.

Two of Three

I know some of you have been waiting for sweater reveal #2, so here it is styled with a suit:

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 Talula Babaton by Aritzia  / C by Bloomingdale’s Cable Knit Cashmere Sweater / J.Crew Skinny Leather Belt / Forever21 Ring /   LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Amaya Pump / Michael Kors Runway 

This C by Bloomingdale’s Cable Knit Cashmere Sweater is two of three of the season. I initially bought this during the Bloomingdales F&F sale (I later returned and re-purchased for a lower price). I wasn’t going to keep it, but when I pulled it out of the package it was so soft and cozy, I changed my mind. It’s a little bit big in XS, but not in a bad way. I can’t wait to wear it through the end winter.

And because we don’t all have to wear suits to work, here is the outfit without a jacket:

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Or you can change out the jacket for something a bit more casual (and bright!):

DSC01438_2 DSC01419_2 DSC01416_2J.Crew Hacking Jacket in Double-Serge Wool 

It’s been a while

You all haven’t seen me in a work dress in a while, huh? That’s because I haven’t put one on in a LOOONNGG time.

I had an idea for an outfit, but what resulted was something totally different than what I initially envisioned in my head (it’s still fairly warm here in DC if you’re wondering why there are no tights yet):

DSC09632_2 DSC09652_2 DSC09664_2Zara Blazer/ Banana Republic Sheath / Ann Taylor Signature Pumps / Adrienne Vittadini, inherited from my late grandmother / Forever21 Ring / Botkier Charlotte Clutch / ASOS Double-wrap Leather Belt 

This Zara blazer is one of my favorites in my closet right now. I bought it out of necessity a few months back when I went home to Toronto for a friend’s wedding and realized that I had forgotten to pack a blazer or a coat to wear over my dress. D’oh! I needed some sort of black cover-up around the $100 mark and this fit the bill. I love how just a bit of the lapel is blue so it can only be seen when it’s folded down, and how I can pop the collar and it suddenly looks like a different jacket. I do wish, however, that there was some sort of button closure to hold it closed. I think I may add a small hook-and-eye myself.

Any good finds this Black Friday? I bought a bunch of things, but I think they might all be going back. Lots to return this coming week! Maybe I’ll have better luck tomorrow (Cyber Monday).

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