work on the weekends part 2

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Happy Halloween everyone!! I'm headed out tonight for some sort of DC shenanigans, but we'll see how things go with all the predictions of rapidly falling temperatures and rain being thrown around. This second work look shows off another one of my new Fall purchases, the zip up sweater from Banana Republic. I'm wearing a size medium and I think it's a great cozy piece, with just enough detail around the neckline that I can keep accessories to a minimum. It comes in a few different colors and I'm trying to convince myself that one is enough!

Sweater: Banana Republic ~ Pants: H&M (similar) ~ Shoes: Nine West ~ Purse: TJ Maxx ~ Sunglasses: Kate Spade

work on the weekends

Since I can't seem to find a space to take outfit pictures at my new job, it's been almost impossible to get what I actually wear to work up on the blog. And because I actually do enjoy the business/business casual pieces in my closet, this makes me a little sad. Rather than admit total defeat though I decided to take part of my weekend to recreate a couple of my favorite work looks, using pieces that are still available in stores. So no, this isn't what I wore the whole day Saturday, but it is what I wore the Thurs before that!

Top: Ann Taylor (I recommend sizing down in this shirt - I'm wearing a Medium) ~ Skirt: Halogen (also in black & polka dot) ~ Shoes: Franco Sarto ~ Purse: H&M (old but they have something similar) ~ Necklace: Banana Republic ~ Sunglasses: Kate Spade


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Sometimes the unexpected purchases turn out to be the best purchases, because did I want my cute little red H&M bag to snap like a twig on my way to work? No. Did TJ Maxx have the most perfect of replacements? Yes, yes they did.

Top & Blazer: J.Crew (old, but similar here and here) ~ Pants: GAP Factory ~ Boots: Bandolino ~ Bag: TJ Maxx ~ Sunglasses: Kate Spade ~ Necklace: Forever21

rule breaker

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No white after labor day is just one of those rules that never made much sense to me. Fall in DC is an interesting time, as days switch constantly between the low 60's and high 70's, so if a sunny day screams graphic tee and white jeans, I think I'm just gonna go with it

Shirt: HSM Designs ~ Pants: The Limited ~ Purse: H&M ~ Shoes: Express ~ Sunglasses: Kate Spade

weekend update

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I'm sure I'll inundate your feed with more Fall awesomeness soon, but this past weekend I went up to see my friend in Pennsylvania and we visited the National Apple Harvest Festival (the 50th!) and the Historic Round Barn and Market and let me tell you what - Fall has exploded up there. It is a wonder to behold and I had to share some of my favorite pictures of the weekend. If you live in or around Gettsyburg, or just want a fun relaxing weekend on the East Coast, then I highly recommend you make your way there!

fall favorites

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As the temperature finally starts to cool down in DC I've found myself starting to reach for the darker, more saturated pieces in my closet. While I'm lucky enough to not have to do any wardrobe transitions to bring forward my warmer options, I thought it might be helpful to highlight some of the trends I'm going to be rocking more often this season.
Burgundy is still going strong this year and faux-leather accents. I picked up this raglan inspired shirt from The Limited last year, but there are plenty of options in stores for you to take a look at (Banana Republic in particular seems to have embraced the look).  If I was that type of person I would have paired my jeans with Converse or some other cute sneaker, but at heart I'm a ballet flats kind of girl. I do have say these Vince Camuto ones (from DSW) are AMAZING and have actually replaced most of the other shoes in my closet. Who has time for blisters when you can walk on air? I can't find them online but they do seem to still be around in stores, in a variety of colors, so I highly recommend checking them out!

And since updating ones wardrobe can at times be a budget busting activity, may I suggest you take a look at Raise? It's an online tool that not only lets you sell unwanted gift cards, but gives you the opportunity to buy new ones at a discount. For example, you can save up to 4.2% on a BR gift card, or 25.5% on one from Ann Taylor! Personally I've got my eye on these AMC options since there are so many cool movies coming out lately.

Top: The Limited (similar, also similar) ~ Jeans: The Limited (similar) ~ Bag: Target ~ Shoes: Vince Camuto (similar) ~ Necklace & Sunglasses: Kate Spade