AJ Wears :: A Lemon Dress

On my way to work this morning, I thought extensively about the new Beauty and The Beast. While it was magical and enchanting and Emma Watson was a lovely Belle, I found myself thinking it would have been even better had they hired someone who could really sing. Her voice was so over-processed and pushed that they could never have tackled one of my favorite numbers from the Broadway show, Home. A more seasoned singer could have knocked that out of the PARK and introduced a beautiful song to new generations. This is what bothered me about La La Land too - I TOTALLY get that Emma & Ryan would draw in a crowd, and the movie is about normal "just like us" people but why not give that opportunity to a Broadway actress? As someone who spent years of her life in musical theatre and voice lessons, it's always bothered me when lesser-known actresses get glazed over for famous girls that can't really sing that well.

Side note: Did you hear Emma Watson was cast in both B&TB & La La Land and had to choose? Ugh. Really loved you as Hermione and feminist, tho. 

WHILE I'M ON THE SUBJECT - Can we please get a lesser known musical for those "blah blah blah LIVE!" productions? Err'body in the world has seen Grease. Let's see Crazy For You or Thoroughly Modern Millie or Kiss Me Kate or okay now I'm just naming all of the musicals I like.

Anyway, here's what I wore this weekend.

And since I only managed to snap two photos on my iPhone of this outfit, here's a selfie with a corndog. Super casual.

Dress, Forever 21 (as I predicted on Twitter - this has sold out. Check local stores and blame Gal Meets Glam's large following for buying it out // this one's cute tho).
Shoes, Donina by JustFab.
Bag, Louis Vuitton.

AJ Wears :: A Black Jumpsuit

Anytime I buy a jumpsuit or a dress, I ask myself if it can do double duty - i.e., can I wear something under this for a new look? Turtlenecks, striped tees, and lacy tops all look GREAT under dresses and jumpsuits, and the added layer can make the look more casual or work appropriate. This jumpsuit from Tobi.com is a little dressy and revealing for every day, but with a tee underneath it was the perfect outfit for afternoon patio'ing with Zoey the Pug. Who, was so dramatic about having to be in public, refused to walk back to the car. I had to carry that 25 lb lump all the way down the street...I have no idea where she gets all that diva from (I do. It's me).

Jumpsuit, c/o Tobi (exact).
Tee, H&M (exact).
Sandals, JustFab.
Necklace, local boutique Fringe (similar from BaubleBar for you non-LR peeps).
Bag, Jimmy Choo via Poshmark (shop the Biker Bag on Poshmark).

Dog, Mine. You can't have her.

AJ Wears :: A Chunky Sweater

This has been the year of the chunky sweater! On cold days this winter, I basically lived in an oversized sweater and legging jeans. I was thrilled to wear this one, which I snagged from Trunk Club, one more time this weekend after a warmer than average February. It's soft. It's textured. It's exactly the sort of thing you'd wear to have a beer on a Sunday afternoon (which is exactly what I did).

Sweater, Madewell (exact).
Jeans, Old Navy (exact).
Booties, Kendall + Kylie c/o Shopbop (exact).
Bag, Alexander Wang (exact).