back to work

The past weekend was really fun, but work has definitely kicked up a notch this week. To keep my spirits up, I threw a few of my favorite things into one outfit. 

Chambray! Again. From Lands End. Skirt from Zara, sweater from Uniqlo (50% off heyyy), necklace from Dannijo, shoes from JC Penny. Belt from Old Navy. I think I’d like to add some jingly bracelets to this look, but I can’t wear too many at work or they jingle too much when I type. Also, you can’t really see them, but my nails are orange. Which I liked.

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Today’s look includes blazer from Uniqlo, shoes and skirt from Zara and top from a cute store in Columbia, Mo., that I can’t remember the name of. So glad it’s Friday, am I right?

books + fashion

So you all know I read 50 Shades of Grey and didn’t hate it as much as I thought I would (for my thoughts on the book, see here). And just to reiterate that you can use critical thinking and find inspiration in just about anything, let’s use the book to find some outfit inspiration. 

In the book, Ana borrow a purple dress from her roommate (you know, because Ana’s too smart to care about clothes and anything that’s not old English literature), and Hot Billionaire ends up quite liking it on her. Here’s how I might style a purple dress for Ana on days when she’s being a normal 20-something and not going on really expensive dates with the city’s hottest bachelor. I’d put her in flats because this girl just does not seem like she’d be comfortable in heels. And you know what, that’s totally ok. Play to your strengths and what makes you comfortable. These flats are from Madewell and I love them. Dress is J Crew, sweater is Jonathan Saunders, earrings are Dannijo (you know, she can’t completely give up glamour), and clutch is Rae’s Days. I think it’s so perfect for her because she loves to read and works in publishing. 

And for when she does have a really expensive date with HB? Why not hint at that sexy bondage stuff the book alludes to so much. Add a corset belt, shoes from Louboutin, bracelet from Asos, and McQueen lookalike clutch. Dress is L’Wren Scott. 

bookstore

I’ve been posting some tidbits here and there, but now I am so excited to announce that my zipper bags can be found at Second Chapter Books in Ligonier! 

My wonderful friend Jewels (you guys know Jewels, right? She runs a cool cooking blog) was using some bags she got from Rae’s Days on Etsy, and a very nice bookstore owner in her town saw them and took an interest. Jewels told her all about me, and, a few weeks later, they are ready for sale at Second Chapter Books. I couldn’t be more thrilled about this opportunity, and it was so fun to work on this order and see them in a brick and mortar store. If you are in town, please stop by and check them out!

If you aren’t in great state of Pennsylvania, you can always check out Rae’s Days on Etsy