AJ Wears :: A Striped Dress

Saturday bonus outfit! While most of what I wore this week was compiled from those 18 pieces from yesterday's post, I did throw in a few beachy items to fill out my wardrobe JUST. IN. CASE. I knew I'd be inside most of the time because of work and weather, but just before tropical storm Andrea rolled in, we had a huge beach party complete with fireworks, sliders, and white people dancing (which includes a lot of conga lines).

My friend Amanda actually turned me on to this dress - Target BTW - and I was shocked when I ran into it at my store! I thought it was perfect for our beach party. I danced like no one was watching. And my heels got stuck on the back of the skirt and I almost fell over. For the record - I was merely trying to document the dancing in my own journalistic fashion and my boss pulled me into the conga line. It happens!

Dress, Target (exact).
Shoes, Zara (similar).
Necklace, Gift from my awesome sister.

Friday Favorites Remix :: Lavender Pumps

I tweeted about this outfit Wednesday. Sometimes, I can get dressed at 5am and everything just works. Other times, I spend all day and can't get ANYTHING going. That's when I like to reflect on these outfits on the blog and talk about what I would have done differently.

First of all, I would have sized up in this skirt. I found it on the Target clearance rack after trying it on a few weeks before and thinking about buying it at full price - now it's only $6! I couldn't remember if I needed a 4 or 6, but skirts are usually pretty generous on me so I grabbed the 4. I've also been optimistic about losing some fluff and figured I'd fit into it after all of that diet and exercise I promised myself I'd start doing. The end of this story is :: I had to use spanx and they hurt, a lot, and I couldn't finish my Bang Bang Shrimp. You may not see this skirt again unless I lose a thigh.

Secondly, I thought since I couldn't breathe and all it was a "form fitting" skirt and something loose and blousy on top would balance it. In real life, I looked effortless and sexy (in my head, anyway). But that was lost in translation in photos - the lack of waist definition made me look wide instead. I might opt for a more form-fitting top next time, or add a wide belt at the waist to help the silhouette.  I don't regret my choices, I actually quite like the outfit, I just see an opportunity to make it better the next time.

 Finally, I confess - occasionally I photoshop myself to look more how I see me in my head. My mother raised me to believe I was the most beautiful, talented, and fantastic child that has ever existed, so often my big head gets in the way of what I probably look like to everyone else and my ego is slightly hurt when I see pictures of how I really look. This is not for you - it's for me. And it's not every photo, either, I'm not even going to tell you what I do, because it's only certain things that look weird in certain photos. Others are completely untouched. This is a totally vain thing to do, and I'm sorry (but I'm totally still gonna do it). Ladies, we are all beautiful JUST AS WE ARE but some of us need a little help in Photoshop to look how we do in real life. The camera adds 10 lbs. So do the cheese fries. Never forget!

Anyway, this is a lot of rambling for a Friday just to say - aren't these lavender pumps darling? I remixed them this week on accident, actually. I just thought they looked amazing with the skirt and then I held the post for Friday Favorites because they're fabulous. Link up below and show me how you re-wore this week! Happy Friday!

Friday Favorites Link Up!

AJ Wears :: Floral Pants

This is only my second time to wear these pants - I bought them, I loved them, and I had no idea what to do with them. But when these pretty purple shoes arrived, somehow I put the two together and fell in love.

I actually only picked these up after a number of my "shoe friends" (YES I HAVE SHOE FRANDS) showed them off and JF had a ridiculous 40% off sale. It was a total whim - but this adorable lilac pump has won my heart. They're ACTUALLY COMFORTABLE TOO - I'm not saying that in a, "compared to walking on fire" kind of way. I wore these to the mall tonight and this platform is actually tall enough that these feel like a mid-range heel. Love that (ps - I ordered 1/2 a size up).

Look! Matching earrings! I didn't even know I had these. Also, I let my hair go natural today for the first time in a few months. I know, it's shocking - my hair doesn't naturally arrange itself in perfect 1.5" barrel rolls without frizz by itself. Naturally, it's a mess even SJP wouldn't deal with, but I've embraced it and I'm glad to know it does SOMETHING when I don't feel like doing anything.

Shirt, The Limited.
Pants, Target (exact).
Heels, Rosalind by JustFab.
Bag, vintage Coach.