AJ Wears :: An olive blazer

I'll warn you now - I'm already on an olive kick for fall. I don't even care if it's not the "it" color for this season, it's fantastic and fall-ish and I keep incorporating it into all of my Polyvore boards. I chose to wear this particular piece of olive to the J.Crew Style Sessions last week.

The actual event was a lot of fun. J.Crew was throwing a little fall party (complete with adorable refreshments) and I got to go in and put together some outfits with their fall line.

Can't stop making outfits in my head for these sparkly loafers. They might be going on my fall wishlist.

I also played paper dolls with BB and picked out an outfit for him. He's grumpy about wearing sweaters before it's cold (or even shopping for them) so he was a great sport. I've been trying to get him into a gingham shirt FOREVER.

LOVE this embellished collar tee and puffer vest together. I had a hard time leaving that vest. Another fall list maybe. It was light and thin and would make a great layering piece for fall and winter. PS - their toothpick jeans run super small. I almost fell over trying to squeeze into them.

And of course, I couldn't resist the opportunity to snap a dressing room selfie. This little tweed skirt was another favorite.

Thanks to J.Crew at The Promenade for inviting me out! The cupcakes were delicious.

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.

AJ Wears :: A sailboat skirt

I love a full skirt - a fitted, higher waist in proportion with a nice full bottom just makes the prettiest shape. It's classic without being dated, and this silhouette from a range of several decades continues to work today. Plus, hey, I think they look great on me.

When this skirt first arrived from eShakti I could not WAIT to wear it, but thanks to cold weather and dreary days, it didn't feel quite right until this week. I can see myself wearing it this summer with a white tank and a fun straw hat, but for now I layered it over a J.Crew dress for a little extra warmth on a windy day. Look at the sailboats. LOOK AT THEM. They're so cute. I'm in love. I can confidently say I'm addicted to eShakti skirts - I had this one customized to hit above the knee and I love the length!

 I already have another one or two skirts in my cart, so even though they bribed me with a skirt to win my affection, I can confidently say I will shop here again in the future, especially since I can customize the skirts to my height (which is kind of short). If they've won you over too, you can use coupon code "JWERSCLTHE" to get 20% off until March 20th. Boom.

PS - it's hard to tell with the lighting - but notice anything different about my hair? I've got a fun vlog coming your way soon!

Dress as a top, J.Crew.
Skirt, c/o eShakti.
Shoes, Gianni Bini.