Day Date 2013 – Eiteljorg Museum

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IMG_20131206_114915_269*Occasionally, I will write posts that have nothing to do with style, though I will try not to make them super prevalant. Feel free to bypass these, if you have no interest!

Today, The Fiancé and I headed out on a Day Date to explore Indianapolis’s Eiteljorg Museum. This museum houses an extensive collection of Native American art, as well as Western American paintings and sculptures. I have a huge interest in Native American culture (my scarf even had a southwestern tribal feel to it), so this has always been a must-see for me, and I am glad I was able to visit this museum today! What a nice local treasure here in Indianapolis!

Highlights—-

  • Bagels for breakfast
  • Walking around an almost empty museum (Fridays at 11am is apparently a good time to visit a museum)
  • Special exhibit: Jingle Rails (train track made out of wood pieces that was designed to look like local and national landmarks)
  • Beautiful paintings and jewelry
  • Staying nice and warm inside a beautiful museum!

Snow Scarf

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Luckily, I am not actually wearing a scarf of snow, can you imagine how miserable that would be? Indianapolis got a bit of a snowfall last night (weather report says about 3 inches of snow), and The Fiancé and I luckily both were already taking a day off work to spend a “day date” together. I thought I would incorporate this bright scarf to a.) keep in line with my Five for Friday scarf theme this week, b.) to provide a bit of bright colors to the dreary scenery, and c.) to help me stay warm as we’ll be walking around downtown.

We’ve had our bagels from Einstein Bagels for breakfast and dropped my car off to get its oil change (being an adult is so glamorous), and now, we are headed downtown to take in the holiday decorations, visit the Eiteljorg Museum, and try the legendary (and very fiery) shrimp cocktail from St. Elmo’s Steakhouse. Hopefully, I’ll be able to snag some photos and can post the details of the trip on this blog!

Stay warm out there, folks!

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  • On Target item: Mossimo Scarf (old, but similar here)
  • Sweater: Old Navy (exact)
  • Jeans: Denizen, Target (exact)
  • Duck boots: L.L. Bean (got mine thrifting for $25, but exact)

Five for Friday, Vol. 7

*A feature that I am going to run on Fridays (along with a daily outfit post) is called “Five for Friday.” I’ll be featuring five items from Target’s website that I am lusting after and feel could work wonders, if I had them in my daily wardrobe.

Guys, Target seems to have some amazing scarves for sale lately. I want them all. But as you all know, I am on a shopping ban until Christmas, which means imaginary shopping it is. Therefore, I declare this week’s Five for Friday’s feature to be ALL ABOUT SCARVES! So maybe you can buy them…and tell me about them…and mail them to me to let me steal borrow them? You guys rock.

1. Oversized City Lights Blue scarf (I actually purchased this one before my ban and I can’t wait to see how pretty it is in person)
2. Mossimo Supply Tree scarf (colorful and almost a piece of art)
3. Gold Leaf scarf (super chic and would look great with black this holiday season!)
4. Oversized Black Sheep scarf (it is no secret that I love me some animal graphic items and this one has a hidden black sheep. Dorbs to the max!)
5. Oversized Map scarf (love the map and how great would this be for a friend who loves to travel?)

Tell me what you think about these scarves?! Do you like an item-specific Five for Friday?

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.