Outfit Chronicles: Stripes

I'm a huge fan of stripes as the world of fashion has been for the past year. Here I'm sporting this AMAZING find from Burlington Coat Factory. YES. THAT place. I was actually shopping with my friend Ana, and I was only going for the sake of keeping her company and some opinions.

Guess how long that lasted?

I told y'all how much I had been wanting a blazer. Well, look who threw themselves at me?! This $18 cotton blazer!! Perfection. Made out of fabric that can breathe and is soft -- a must have for Arizona weather (winters don't exist here) -- but constructed just like a formal blazer.

I wanted to mix it with some denim and more stripes :) Kind of a punky, casual, dressy look.

blazer: Burlington Coat Factory, gray striped top: Ross, shorts: F21, leggings: Charolette Russe, shoes: Journeys

Oh yeah, and I had my hair cut again. It's funny because this was actually 2 weeks ago, but since Jose was gone all of last week -- I pushed my outfits to a later date.

Speaking of Jose being gone, how do you like this... We're sitting in the airport, right before he has to get in the security line and Jose pulls out a little piece of paper. He reads off to me the restaurants and shops he has planned to visit. I roll my eyes at his preparation, but mostly at the amazing food he'll get to have without me. Except the doughnuts. Baby, you HAVE to sneak some doughnuts in your luggage for me, I plead. It makes sense, right? He's flying back Saturday, and I would see him that Sunday when I got back from Tucson.

Once again, I get home exhausted after my trip to Tucson and one of the first things Jose does is greet me with a box. SMELL THIS. I open up the box to reveal these 4 beautiful, iced, and sweet-smelling doughnuts from the glorious Dynamo Donut in SF. Then I notice there's one with a bite mark. What I mean to say, is that it's been bitten. I look up at Jose who immediately throws his arms up and says... I couldn't wait! I waited a whole DAY for you!

So in case you were wondering Jose's limit on self-control.. that's a day. Then we proceeded to polish those suckers in 2 days.

Moral: Doughnuts & stripes for the win my friends.

Outfit Chronicles: Goodbye Shoulder Pads

Shoulder pads. Football looking shoulder pads. Have you ever had those? I bought a blazer about a year ago that had these bulky shoulder pads on them. For some crazy reason, I really loved the blazer and was SO sure I'd be wearing it to work. And then... I never did. Nothing ever seemed to look right with it.

Fast forward a year later, and I'm standing in my closet. I really wish I had a blazer, I think to myself. My eyes scan my clothes and they fall on that dang blazer. Ugh. I'm so upset that I have NEVER worn it and spent $45 on it. I WILL WEAR THIS!

I pull out some scissors and say bye bye pads. After snipping the thread and removing the pads, I grab a casual long sleeve to go under it. I decide to choose everything else as casual (jeans, long sleeve shirt, hair in bun) and top it off with matching brown boots. I think I was trying to channel Emerson Made.

You guys... I have killed these brown boots. I think I've had them for at least 2 years, and they're so used that I can't wear them when it rains because water will seep in. Sad, huh? On top of that, I wore them to Saturday's photoshoot and scuffed them up so bad!

But people love those boots. I love those boots. I love the nubby heel! Atlanta friends... you MUST go to Shoe Land. They only have this store in Georgia and Florida -- the prices are unbeatable!

Blazer: JC Penny, long sleeve: Aeropostale, necklace: F21, jeans: Charolette Russe, boots: Shoe Land

I've been experimenting a lot lately with my clothes and using what I already have to create something I've never done before. So expect some more Outfit Chronicles posts! Sometimes I have to ask Jose 5 times "Are you SURE this looks okay?" But I realize I can't always ask that because not everything is "supposed to match." And let's admit it, guys can be one dimensional in that sense sometimes ;)

Oh. And you won't believe what I got at Forever 21. It starts with high waist and ends with shorts. Say whaaat?! YES. I. Went. There. Feliz Jueves!