Striped Giraffe

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I’m back to blogging and hopefully will be back for a long time!

This outfit is quintessential Katie – stripes, cutesy animal graphics (specifically giraffes, which are my favorite animal), jeans, and ankle boots. My best friend, B, told me to make sure that I put this outfit on the blog (as I wore it on a trip to Louisville this past weekend)…so here it is!

These Target Denizen jeans are still going strong as a serious staple in my closet, and they never seem to fade (knock on wood). I am excited to wear them tomorrow to work, as we are being rewarded with a random Hump Day Jeans Day. No complaining here though!

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  • On Target item: Denizen Jeans, (got mine in August, in stores)
  • Shirt: Merona, Target (exact)
  • Scarf: from London street market
  • Shoes: Mossimo, Target (old)

Long Weekend

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I love having a few extra days of time off to use at work before the year is up. It means I get to have more free time to do productive things (like catch up on my favorite TV shows on Hulu or spend all my money at the eye doctor…and Target).

I’m loving this print mixing that I have going on in this outfit. I’m a sucker for stripes, and they pair so easily with florals. Sweet and timeless. The jean jacket adds a classic touch and some warmth, because let’s face it…the days are getting shorter and colder. Guess I’ll be getting some good use out of my blazers soon.

What do you do on days off from work?

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  • On Target item: Merona tank (old)
  • Skirt: Xhilaration, old
  • Jean jacket: Eddie Bauer (old)
  • Shoes: thrifted

Week of Denim

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At work this week (and next week), we get to wear jeans to work (minus Tuesday, where we have to be in business casual) because we met our office goals in September. It is such a nice treat to be able to roll out of bed and jump into some jeans instead of worrying about what pair of dress pants to wear.

Since it is Monday, I thought I would take my black Denizen jeans out for a work test drive. These jeans are super soft and almost jegging-like. I love the pairing with the “fancy” (leopard shoes and pearls) with the casual (the denim/chambray shirt) to complete a pulled together, but still casual work look. I’m excited to be sharing more casual looks on the blog today, so get ready for some more denim looks after Tuesday this week!

What is your work dress code like? Let me know if the comments!

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  • On Target item: Denizen Jeans
  • Shirt: Cherokee buttondown (from the boys department, similar)
  • Necklace: Forever21 (old)
  • Shoes: Merona, Target (old, similar at Target now)

Tough on Family Fun

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Holy moly, this weekend has been jam-packed! Lots of activity yesterday (chicken minis, wedding dress shopping, lunch, more shopping, dinner, and Gravity) and more today! My parents came down for a picnic with my dad’s parents and sister, and The Fiance and I joined them for a little family fun. It was a gorgeous fall day (though chilly at times), so I am glad I had my “tough guy” motorcycle/bomber-style jacket to keep me warm. I wanted an outfit that I could run around in and not be worried about sitting like a lady, since we did a lot of laughing, playing with the dog, hiking and wading in some streams, and eating.

Pretty great day, and now I am going to go enjoy some football to finish out this Sunday.

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  • On Target item: Xhilration Jacket, (old, similar)
  • Shirt: JCPenney, thrifted
  • Jeans: Old Navy (old, similar)
  • Shoes: Sperrys (old…and still wet from wading!)

I Own This

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Short hiatus from the blog, but I have been inspired to start again by my two best friends. Nothing like friends around to encourage you to pursue your interests right?

Speaking of best friends, one of mine, B, is getting married in July 2014, and I was given the honor to go wedding dress shopping with her today. It was a lot of fun to hang out with her, her mom, her sister, and another bestie, and watch her try on dresses for the first time! She didn’t say yes to one today, but it is just a matter of time until she does! The above outfit is what I wore. I wanted something that was “smart casual” – a term I think I made up – that showed I deserved to belong in this fancy bridal shop. It turns out, I ended up leading the group to the fitting room and carried several dresses back to the fitting room…like I owned the place. So I guess the outfit worked?

Plus, I wore the jacket closed (it doesn’t have a button/closure) with my new ladybug brooch. So winning.

What would you wear to a dress fitting for a friend?

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  • On Target item: Denizen Jeans, (just got mine in August, in stores)
  • Tee: Merona, Target (exact)
  • Blazer: DressBarn (similar)
  • Brooch: Old Navy (bought in October, in stores; similar)
  • Shoes: thirfted