Bright Cords and Puppy Love

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Look at this adorable troublemaker that I have to put up with when The Fiancé doesn’t take my photos!
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Please check out my dog, Cooper, in the above photo. This is his first blog appearance, and judging by how many photos he snuck into today, it is surely not his last! You find him to be adorable, right (clearly I am not biased at all)?

This blog is giving me such a great creative outlet to come up with new ensembles. I would have never paired these colors together, but was looking for an outfit and knew I wanted to wear these awesome bright blue cords. I didn’t want to pair it with gray or black, because the weather here in Indiana has provided enough of that for the week! This cardigan was peeking out of the orange section of my closet (yes, I am one of those people who color codes her closet), and I thought it might be a winner with the right neutral ingredients. Yes, I think cooking and creating outfits are similar processes…everything in perfect harmony, right?

Guess who failed at Weather Preparation 101 again? Cold feet > cold legs, so I guess I am learning? Don’t worry, my boss warned me about potential snow tomorrow, so I’ll be prepped and ready…I think.

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  • On Target item: Merona Cords (bought in October, in clearance in stores)
  • Cardigan: Merona, Target (old)
  • Lace tank: Ann Taylor Loft Outlet (bought in November in stores)
  • Belt: thrifted
  • Shoes: Mossimo, Target (also bought in Fall 2013, similar)

Target Review: Merona Oxford Blazer

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*Another blog feature will be reviews of “foundation/essential” pieces. These, in a sense, will be your investment pieces (though they don’t have to be at investment prices) as opposed to your trend pieces. So staples versus fads?

This Style on Target Review is for this navy oxford blazer from the Merona brand, mainly because I realized on Tuesday (when I wore it!) what a true staple this blazer is for me. First of all, everyone and their best friend has this jacket in at least one color/pattern. It is truly flattering on a lot of body types (also comes in petites and plus sizes online) and provides some structure and some layering interest when worn. A good navy blazer can really be a staple for everyone as it lends itself well to casual wear, business wear, and even can be used for “going out” outfits. Truth be told, I have this jacket in several colors and various patterns, but navy is the one I love the most. Classic, practical, and neutral enough to go with everything.

I’ve previously mentioned that I got a lot of these blazers using Cartwheel coupons and weekly ad markdowns. This blazer normally is $34.99, which is by no means cheap, but when you compare it to its J. Crew twin (running for $198 – for one more button), it makes it look a lot better (at least in my eyes right now, I am sure the J. Crew quality is beyond comparison).  

Check it out online at the above link or in store!

Pros—-

  • Price
  • Fit and size selection
  • Fully lined blazer
  • Color choices: comes in this navy, gray (also seen on the blog), red, dark red, green, black, tan, pink, and various patterns)
  • Patterned cuff lining (gives it a fun element)
  • Colored collar lining (see that yellow pop of color under the collar, so cute and unexpected)
  • Real pockets (that are sewn shut, but can be opened and utilized!)
  • Able to be laundered at home (whomp whomp dry cleaning is for adults!)

Cons—-

  • To get the right fit in the torso, I have to sacrifice length in the arms. This is fair enough, because I am 5’9″ and wearing a size 6 in this blazer. It is also okay, in my opinion, because I get to show off the cuff lining.
  • The one button is pretty boring (would prefer gold or silver or solid dome button, instead of the flat tortoise shell).
  • Definitely attract and shows dog hair (thanks to my dog Cooper!)

ps. Mad props to The Fiancé for taking the photos of me in this post and Monday and Wednesday’s outfit post. Even though I ate a lot of your salsa, yesterday. Whoops.

Dare to Bare

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This is my please-take-my-picture-so-I-can-go-inside-to-the-warmth face.
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I thought I could go one more day with not wearing tights. I was wrong. Cold fail.

I really like this outfit, mainly because I love stripes, leopard, and sparkly things (helloooo bling necklace!). This dress is super awesome and comfy, but I wasn’t sure when I was picking this out last night whether it was going to look okay this morning with all my lovely Target accessories, but I love it!

Even though my legs are cold. Good thing I have a blanket under my desk at work. What do you mean that’s not normal?

Have you made the move to tights? Or are you still daring to bare those unrestricted legs, just like me?

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  • On Target item: Statement Necklace (old, but similar)
  • Dress: Old Navy (recent)
  • Belt: Merona, Target (old, but similar)
  • Shoes: Mossimo ankle boots (old, similar)

What I Wish I Wore, Vol. 3

Classy Winter

Classy Winter by styleontarget featuring a knit hat

*So a feature that I am going to run on Wednesdays (possibly along with a daily outfit post) is called “What I Wish I Wore Wednesday.” I’ll be piecing together an outfit on Polyvore (which I have never used before blogging, but I really like it) with all Target items to show you what I wish I was wearing and just how easy it is too look cute on a budget.

I swear every blog this winter is featuring vests, particularly fur vests. While I love the look of a fake fur vest on my blogging counterparts, I simply can’t seem to work it into my every day wardrobe. So since this is an imaginary situation – in which, I have endless money to buy things at Target to wear – I decided to “try” out this trend. I actually owe these black jeans (love them) and have asked for this sweater for Christmas. So fingers crossed that I might get to style these items together in real life at some point!

Would you work a fur vest?

Copycat!, Vol. 2

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Outfit Inspiration from: Ann Taylor Loft online look book

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*Copycat! is a feature where I try to recreate outfits I find on Pinterest (or various other sources of inspiration), utilizing at least one item from Target.

This is my second round of Copycat!, and I am loving actually using my millions of pins! This inspiration came from Ann Taylor Loft, whose clothes I love and enjoy wearing. This skirt was a dream find when I got it. In my size. 50% off? I’ll take two (I actually did…watch out for the navy one to make an appearance someday!).

I think it worked well. I was worried about wearing a white tee, so I switched it to gray. It seemed a little flight attendent style, so I tied the scarf in a knot at the bottom and added a brooch for some sparkle. I do love her boots more than mine. I’ve not been impressed with my tall boots lately and might have to look into some nicer upgrades!

What do you think of my second Copycat!? Did I nail it or what?!

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  • On Target item: Merona Oxford Blazer (navy – recent)
  • Tee: Merona, Target (same style)
  • Skirt: Ann Taylor Loft (got in October 2013)
  • Scarf: gift from future sister-in-law!
  • Brooch: probably stolen from my mom
  • Boots: Macys, old