AJ Wears :: A floral blazer

Things I should be doing - laundry, any sort of house keeping, work, packing, playing with my dog. What I'm doing instead - blogging, because duh. Mixed in with a bit of facebook and twitter, an occasional browse around various shopping websites, and a mental scolding for not keeping on track. There should be an official diagnosis for the decreased productivity and laziness that occurs before a vacation. I call it "Vacation flu". I am worthless about a week out every time I'm about to leave town.

Unlike real flu, Vacation Flu doesn't deter me from wearing pretty things. I like to wear all of the ridiculous things that don't go with anything else and get it out of my system before I go on a trip, so I don't end up with a bag full of neon jeans and animal print shoes. It's a pretty smart trick, I don't mind if you steal it. One day and counting.

PS - I'm answering questions about blogging and fashion in Arkansas on Eve's Addiction blog today! Check it out and then go buy yourself something nice.

Blazer, Zara (here's a cute print for fall).
Shorts, Forever 21 (similar from dailylook, rachel zoe).
Shoes, Mulberry by ShoeDazzle.

AJ Wears :: A thrifted blazer

I've been inspired recently by all of the incredible bloggers I follow that have that coveted knack for thrifting. I used to scour Goodwill on a weekly basis in high school looking for plaid school girl skirts and ties (okay, okay, I MIGHT have gone through an Avril phase...!). But somewhere in adulthood and the opening of Forever 21, I decided I'd just buy cheap clothes and that was that. Besides the odd vintage piece I picked up at (overpriced) vintage stores or online, I haven't done much in the way of thrifting lately.

Thanks to countless posts from you guys of your ridiculously awesome finds, I decided to try my hand at it again. There's something about finding a great piece in a sea of castoffs that gets my blood pumping. And it doesn't hurt that vintage and older pieces are scarce - making it easier to get a more unique look. I hit up my neighborhood Goodwill yesterday to do a little digging and found this J. Crew blazer...and I love it. I love the contrasting lining and the pretty olive color. And I love that not only was it $5, it's built better than anything I would have bought at Forever 21. I might have to make treasuring hunting a weekly venture from here on out. Please excuse my smug face in this blog post. I was feeling pretty darn proud of myself.

 Blazer, J. Crew (thrifted - similar at ModCloth).
Scarf, The Limited (similar under $20).
Sweater, Forever 21.
Sunglasses, JustFab (and a little obsessed).
Booties, JustFab.

What I Wore :: Legs like a Simpson

Sometimes, getting dressed can be incredibly challenging.

 Not in a "I can't get out of bed" kind of way but in a "Nothing I'm wearing really goes together" kind of way.

 Totally normal from the waist up...

 ...Lisa Simpson from the waist down.

On those days, I say, don't worry if everything isn't meshing. Go ahead and mix the leather and fur. Add some tights that make you look like you might have some sort of weird disease. Mix black and brown? Whatever! Tease the crap out of your hair and throw on some sassy boots and just go with it. Because those are the days where you might come up with an incredibly creative outfit that's completely out of your normal realm of comfort. Or a total trainwreck. It could go either way.


Vest, Forever 21 (similar).
Turtleneck, The Limited.
Shorts, Forever 21 (similar).
Boots, ShoeDazzle (old - Mekko, I think?).
Tights, Forever 21.
Necklace, Mark.