the time I wore a blazer

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Blazer-H&M oldsimilar// Dress-Forever 21 old-similar// Tights-Spanx// Boots-Steve Madden seen here// Red Scarf-street vendor NYC-similar// Red bangles-Charming Charlies old-similar

Sometimes I walk into a store and buy a blazer. I have no idea why. I am SO NOT a girl who wears a blazer. I think they make me look like a child playing dress up. They don’t allow for many activities what with them being so restrictive in the arms. They make me look so businessy. Yet, somehow I see them and want them in my closet.

This little plaid number called to me on one of my first trips to H&M years ago. With its adorable elbow patches and great neutral palette I thought FOR SURE I would find a home for it in my repertoire. FALSE. I have literally never worn it. Not once. I have tried it on. I have worked outfits around it. And yet every time I decide it’s just too serious for my liking.

That is until I put it over my little $8 leopard print dress. I mean if leopard print can’t save a plaid blazer with elbow patches nothing will. I promise you.

But I think it may have worked. I might even wear it again. Maybe. But really probably not. I mean unless I have to go to a job interview or court or something.

all day dressing

Day Look

Day Look

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Day Look: Tank-Nordstrom// Sweater-H+M, old-similar// Jeans-Paige old-similar// Shoes-Toms//Evening Look: Tank-same//Sweater-H+M, sold out-similar//Jeans-same//Boots-Shoemint seen here//

 

So the majority of my days consist of 1-718 outfit changes depending on my plans. I hate wearing the same thing all day. Usually by lunch I am out of the mood of the original outfit and ready for something different/more comfortable/cuter/not what I am currently wearing. It just happens. I am ok with it. I have come to pack for it pretty well on trips. It drives my husband a bit nutty. On days where an outfit change is not an option I have a lot of anxiety. I can not predict what I will want to wear to dinner when I usually can’t commit to a sweater/skirt combination past lunch.

Anywho, last week I was meeting a friend for lunch/gossip, taking back all the things I had been meaning to since Christmas came and went and ending this all day event meeting Joel for dinner(HUSBAND). Needless to say, I tried on roughly 94 different outfits and couldn’t find a good fit that would flow all day. I did, however, find a solution that didn’t take too much packing, just an additional sweater and pair of shoes. And guess what-by the time dinner rolled around I was still pretty pleased with the way things turned out. The long gray tank/oversized cardigan was so comfy that I didn’t feel the need to get away from it and Toms are always a good choice when running around town. Truth be told I wear a version of this outfit most afternoons and when bumming around town. Then for dinner throwing the sweater over the long tank was a perfect casual night out when paired with the boots. Maybe I will go throw that on for the rest of today…

I wish I could say this was me turning over a new leaf. Not putting so much pressure on the perfect outfit. Not needing to change so many times each day. Perhaps being able to pack a carry on for a weekend trip instead of checked luggage. Sadly not. My name is Mallory and I am addicted to an outfit change.

Until next time.

Mal

All mixed up

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Mixing Prints mixing prints mixing prints mixing printsShirt-Ralph Lauren// Sweater- Joe Fresh// Jeans-American Eagle//Boots-Steve Madden// Hat-American Eagle

I love prints. I love mixing a print or 3. I love the surprise of a plaid cuff of a button up shirt and a polka dot sweater. I love a leopard print with a camo (I love a leopard print or a camo with ANYTHING truth be told). There is something about looking down and seeing a polka dot tight and a striped sweater that brings a bit of jolly to my otherwise dead of winter, can’t feel my toes, why didn’t I stay at home in yoga pants and Husbands KU sweatshirt day. And let’s be honest. It’s the little things in life.

plaids and polka dots

This plaid shirt has become my go to this winter. Every summer my brain and my body reset and I forget just how chilly it can get here in KC. The flannel came out in October worn with its sleeves rolled and has slowly morphed into the most fashionable undershirt I own. Sure, layered under an oversized cream cable knit its great. The picture of ski lodge perfection. But layered under this black and white playful sweater it is just (so not) plain fun and maybe a little dizzying. I paired it with Jeggings which I was totally against until I put them on realized that we were infact meant for each other. They are so comfy and they actually tuck nicely into boots. And when you have calves like mine, you need all the help you getting into boots that you can get.

This outfit is made for casual Mondays. Is that a thing yet? Mr. and Mrs. Corporate American-if you are out there-please let casual Monday become a thing. It would be magical. We could all mix prints and be warm and cozy and happy and wear jeggings together. Please.

What prints are your favorite to mix?

Have a Happy Weekend!

Mal

73 and sunny

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Lace Maxi-KC Boutique similar here, Leather jacket-old similar here, Leather boots-Shoemint old similar here, necklace- amazing find last time I was in Jamaica similar here

 

It’s about this time of year-the weather shifts just slightly. All of a sudden 43 degrees feels like 75 and we are all reaching into the back of our closet for the things we shoved there last September. And before we even have a chance to slip into our favorite cropped boyfriend jeans and toms or in my case maxi dresses, the weather has gone back to its typically moody January self of cold and cloudy and endless.
I got this black lace maxi dress right at the end of maxi dress season and it never even got to have its day in the sun. So I have been trying to work it into my winter wardrobe. Though it is meant to be worn with a fabulous pair of sandals, a messy bun, huge sunnies and tons of bangles for right now it will have to exist with a pair of riding boots and a leather jacket. And really I think it works pretty well. You know-for those days that we feel like spring will never come.
How do you wear you summer clothes in the winter? Cause this whole jeans and sweaters and leggings and long pants and cold noses is for the birds. Spring-are you out there?