AJ Wears :: An olive vest

I've been seeing too many girls looking far too cute in their little olive green utility vests lately. It's a look I wasn't sure I could even pull off until I randomly bought this black one. I really wasn't even looking, but randomly found this one at Forever the other day and decided to give it a try. It has all of my requirements - a drawstring to define the waist a little better, a little bling, and it was cheap (ish. $35 for Forever 21 is high on their end, but still not a deal breaker).

To avoid looking like I was trying to enlist, I paired it with a lace skirt to sweeten the whole outfit up a little. We spent the evening on a patio downtown and I didn't once overheat. Mission accomplished, sleeveless coat. PS - I love Merrick's Art's take on Five ways to wear a utility vest! I'll be trying them all now.

Vest, Forever 21 (exact).
Tank, Chico's.
Skirt, Forever 21.
Sandals, ShoeMint.
Sunglasses, c/o Michael Kors.
Bag, Kate Spade (exact).

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 furry hood

IMAGINE MY SURPRISE when I woke up and it started snowing today. I thought we'd see nothing more than some nasty slush and ice, but the winds from Canada blew in some flurries and I could not be more thrilled. I had to stop myself from taking prancing snow pictures outside during the small blizzard. I did however, learn my lesson from yesterday. Pants.

 I took this opportunity to wear my obnoxiously day-glo sweater because, why not? Also, it's so ridiculously thick and warm that I can't wear it indoors at all. I keep thinking it achieves that perfect slouchy cozy look (a la Victoria's Secret catalog model) but alas, it's just a normal sweater despite it's retina-burning hue.

Here's a picture of me smelling my coat. MMMM. Smells like freedom and dreams. Actually, it kind of smells like stale Abercrombie, because I bought it at Park Plaza and everything that comes from there ends up with that cologne smell to it because they spray so much. Even if it didn't come from Abercrombie. True story.

Sweater, The Limited (look! an over priced dayglo of your very own).
Jeans, Gap.
Boots, Nabila by JustFab.