My first color block!…I could almost say that this is also my first Zara purchase, but it’s not. A few years ago, I purchased a pair of linen pants that I proceeded to return the same day. LOL. I think this may be my first *successful* Zara purchase, though. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you probably know that I love the style of Zara, but the fit and the quality generally don’t agree with me…or I don’t agree with *it*. I do like to look though, and a few days ago I dropped in for a quick peek before my CLE class and saw some gorgeous pencil skirts. I’m a sucker for royal blue. It is my favorite color EVER. Even my Clarisonic brush is royal blue. No joke.

So when I saw a royal blue pencil skirt laying on the table, I made a bee-line for it.  I took it into the fitting room, and there began the debate/confusion. On the table it looked royal blue. In the fitting room, it looked like an old man’s trouser blue. Do you know what shade I’m talking about? Blue, but not a deep navy, but kind of gross looking. Then I was on the fence. It looked great. The fit was great. Quality seemed pretty darn good, for once. Cute exposed zipper in the back. But what color *was* this? I was also debating the purchase because I already have a blue skirt, and girl doesn’t really need multiple blue skirts, does she? I then took it back to the table and compared it to the the other skirt they had in burgundy (it also comes in black). I didn’t really like it. It was much more brown than I would have liked. If it had more of a red tone to it, I would have taken that one, no question. But then given the lighting in that store, I really couldn’t be sure what color it was.

Anyway, after staring at it for a while, I just went ahead and purchased the blue one. And I think I made the right choice. What do you ladies think? Is it royal blue or old man’s blue?

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Rachel Roy Ruffle Halter Top / Zara Sheath skirt / Boutique9 Thomsina / Express Bracelet

From these photos, I’m starting to believe this skirt is actually PURPLE!

If you’re wondering, how much the skirt costs, it’s $49.90US. The sales associate also reminded me that Zara will go online on September 7th. Rumor has it though, that they will not ship to you, but rather to the store for pick-up. Kind of strange and a complete disappointment if you don’t live near a Zara, but kind of cool if you actually do live near a B&M store and you can only find what you want online.


DSC07589_2 LOFT Jewel-bib Tee / Theory Larryn Skirt / Ann Taylor Patent Skinny Belt / LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Zabrina Pumps 

Do you know what’s great about this little tee? That it accessorizes itself!

You may not notice at first glance, but there are actually few things happening in this outfit:

(1) As mentioned, self-accessorized.  Too lazy to think of jewelry? No problem!


(2) The fact that this skirt sits right at the waist elongates the legs; and

(3) the high heeled pumps don’t hurt either. Leave out the strappy mary-janes and you give yourself a longer leg line.


High-waisted skirt + non-strappy pumps = long legs!


(4) While the skirt and the shoes elongate the legs, the little belt actually draws attention away from the fact that my torso is very short (and it would be really emphasized if I removed the belt); and last, but not least,

(5) This skirt flares out at the waist camouflaging my very narrow hips.


This simple outfit is actually doing a lot of work for which I’m thankful, because it disguises my true laziness.

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 Ann Taylor Silk Camp Shirt  / J Brand 910 Skinny Jeans / Boutique9 Thomsina / American Apparel Medium Carry-All  / Ann Taylor Patent Skinny Belt / Michael Kors Runway Watch 

This is one of my favorite outfits. It’s simple and easy, looks great, and perfect for a dinner out with one (or a few) of your favorite people. If I could add one more piece of jewelry to this outfit it would probably be a mid-length gold chain. But seeing as how I can’t find one, just pretend that there’s one there and we’ll both be happy. =)