Risky Business

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 Club Monaco Emma Short Trench / J.Crew Tippi Sweater / Jacob Tie-Neck Bow Blouse, without the bow (similar here) / Jacob Tulip Ponte Skirt (similar here) / Le Chateau Ring / LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Amelie Pumps / Olivia Harris Bag / Natasha Leather and Stud Bracelet from TJ Maxx, Unknown brand Leather and Chain Bracelet from TJ Maxx (see similar), Silver Bangle (similar here) / Michael Kors Runway Watch

I decided that despite the freezing cold temps in the office, I was going to take a big risk and wear a skirt to the office. It was my way of rebelling against the attempted suppression of my love for fall fashion. It’s the perfect weather to begin pulling out the fall gear, and whoever controls the A/C is intentionally trying to kill my fashion sense by making me wear a snowsuit. That’s my theory, at least. Luckily, I didn’t suffer too much. I’ll probably continue to try to wear skirts to the office until one of these days I find myself deeply regretting it.

Back to work

Just like the school kids, I’m back to work after unintentionally taking the entire summer off. The EOTDs will hopefully be more frequent even though I’ve already had a late start this week–it was a rough weekend. But the work aside, the office is a meat locker! It is too early to be wearing a trench coat in DC, but I am wearing one along with a scarf, gloves and a hat. I can tell you that freezing your employees is not conducive to high productivity. I just want to point that out to any employers who feel the need to blast the A/C so that the indoor temps are at like, 50 degrees fahrenheit (translation: 10C).

DSC04791_2 DSC04773 DSC04790 Club Monaco Emily Pants /  J.Crew Boy Shirt /  LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Amelie Pumps Club Monaco Emma Trench Coat /  Olivia Harris Purse / Le Chateau Ring / Michael Kors Runway Watch 

These pants are my latest Club Monaco purchase. They were costly at a regular price of $169.50. At the time, I found the price tag to be pretty hard to swallow especially since they were non-suiting pants, but I now I LOVE them and have no regrets (I also felt like I was deserving of a splurge since I had just found out I passed my bar exams).  It’s one of those items I would actually buy a back-up for if they die.  They are made from Japanese twill and have a bit of stretch. The fit? Amazing. The price accounts for the fancy, smooth twill, and also the leather trim on the pockets which i’m sure is going to cost me a pretty penny when I have to clean them, but I will worry about that later. These pants are an excellent replacement of my GAP Really Skinny pants. I really love the way the GAP’s pants look on the leg, but I’m not a fan of the material at all (BTW, if you are wondering, if you dry the Really Skinny pants enough times in the dryer, they stop stretching out as much). These pants also have besom rear pockets as well as front zip pockets. The GAP skinnies do not. The material has a very subtle sheen to it which gives them a dressier look than the GAP’s version, which have been mistaken for jeans in the office by a few co-workers in the past. Wrinkles? They are cotton, so there are wrinkles in all in the typical places like the  back of the knees, but actually not too bad.

These pants actually run very small, particularly in the legs. I am wearing them in a size 0. The smallest size CM  carries is 00. If you are extra petite and are looking to invest in a good pair of pants, Club Monaco pants are definitely worth a try. The suiting trousers do run a touch big if you are somewhat lacking in the booty department like I am, but most their other denim and twill pants seems to run much smaller lately. Check out the Emily pants here! Remember, if you have a valid student card you get 20% off (online too)!

Spring In January

The weather this winter thus far has been unreal. A few weekends ago my condo community held a New Year’s Brunch and I actually ate my meal outdoors on the rooftop. In a cardigan. In January. Wow. The following is not the outfit I wore that day, but just an explanation as to why I would be wearing such lightweight sweater and a trench coat at the end of January and not something heavier:

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Club Monaco Merino Wool Turtleneck Sweater / Le Chateau Trench / Paige Premium Denim Verdugo Jeggings / Olivia Harris Bag / Ann Taylor Signature Pumps / Ann Taylor Leopard Haircalf Skinny Belt / J.Crew 5-Strand Pearl Necklace.
Apparently, I thought it was cool that my hand was in my pocket because all the photos are like that! Haha.

A few weeks ago I had a reader request for more outfits with jeans. And to be honest, I’m at a bit of a loss. I own a *lot* of denim. Almost embarrassingly so, but you don’t see a whole lot of it on this blog. If you’ve followed me for a long while, you know that I am truly a tomboy and I am perfectly content wearing a t-shirt, jeans, and a pair of sneakers most days (to the point where Stacey and Clinton might be mortified). I also like to take walks during my days off and I don’t drive anywhere in D.C., so where a lot of girls may opt for heels in their off time, I would most definitely *not* unless the specific occasion calls for it. So when I go casual, I don’t think of it as anything spectacular and I promise you, it really isn’t. But that is why you may not see a whole lot of different denim in my posts. The only time there is a somewhat significant divergence from my typical t-shirt and jeans for casual wear is a change in season–as the weather gets cooler, my outfits get edgier, but not necessarily more interesting (if I had more disposable income then it probably would be). But, having said that, there are some off days (maybe few and far between) where I do put in a little bit more thought into what I wear, so I will put more of an effort to blog about them. If there is anything else you’d like to see more of on this blog, please LMK. I’d love to hear some ideas!