Things I Wore in September

Even though I wasn't blogging in August and September that much, I did try and take lots of photos of my outfits. We're finally settling into our new place and my OOTD mirror gets a LOT more light, so I've been snapping photos before I go out or go to work to keep track.

It continues to be HOT in the South, quelle surprise, so I've been keeping it easy and breezy the past two months! As always, some links are affiliate links (which means I'll get a couple of cents if you click them or a referral if you buy!) but not all; I did my best to find similar items for any that are sold out, older items, or generally expensive.

First up: Went out for a sushi date in our neighborhood and I managed to glow up really quickly and felt cute, so here's my Saturday sushi outfit.


Top, Zara. Pants, Old Navy. Heels, Manolo Blahnik - you're going to be seeing a lot of them on this post. And a sneak peek at my bag I got in Paris, which will be debuting soon.


I actually did a lot of going out in September from watching the Hogs lose (outfit 1), eating at Dugan's almost once a week because it's across the street (outfit 2), and just general errands (outfit 3).

Outfit 1: Top, Asos (similar from Boohoo). Shorts, Belk (similar from Asos). Sandals, JustFab.
Outfit 2: Sweater, Old Navy (similar from XXI). Shorts, not sure but I cut them up myself (similar from SheIn). Booties, JustFab.
Outfit 3: Top, Loft (similar from Macy's). Jeans, Old Navy. Mules, Poshmark (exact, she accepts offers!).


A little #OOTN from dinner with my in-laws. I stalked this top when Eva Chen wore it on Instagram a couple of times and managed to snag the last one from Shopbop! It's by Whistles if you want to stalk it, but if you like the general style this one from Forever 21 is cute. Jeans are Old Navy, heels are Manolo, etc etc I am a creature of habit.


I also worked in September, and I've been trying to up my game a little when it comes to my work wear. I got sloppy in August and basically just wore a t-shirt and jeans every day, which is totally acceptable in a startup environment, but this month I tried to get back in the swing of things. Eventually I hope to be in bloggable fall outfits and taking photos on the reg.

Outfit 1: Top, Trina Turk. Cardigan, Elizabeth & Clark. Pants, Ann Taylor (similar from QVC). Heels, Manolo Blahnik.
Outfit 2: Top, Forever 21 (similar from Boohoo). Blazer, 3.1 Phillip Lim (similar from Mango). Skirt, JustFab (exact). Flats, Dillard's (similar from Boden).
Outfit 3: Top, Elizabeth & Clarke. Pants, The Limited. Heels, Manolo Blahnik (THEY'RE MY FAVORITE OKAY - Steve Madden actually has a great affordable dupe!)


More workwear. Top is from Forever 21 and I continue to love it years later (similar from Macy's), skirt (exact) and shoes are JustFab.


If you've followed me for a while, you know my feelings on multiples. It just makes you look like you're wearing the exact same outfit in different colors. Here's a great example of that, since I bought the same pants in two different colors from Zara - but they're so breezy and comfy, I don't care. They're basically the only pants I can wear right now since it's still 90.

Outfit 1: Top, Lush via Trunk Club. Necklace, BaubleBar. Pants, Zara (these are the nude). Shoes, GUESS WHO???
Outfit 2: Top, ???. Pants, Zara. Heels, Stuart Weitzman (similar for less from Asos).


Another boring work outfit but my shoes were fun! Top, The Limited. Shoes, Zara. Pants, Old Navy.


And finally, we celebrated our sweet friends Jeff & Erin in September which meant getting decked out in our wedding finest. Since it was a backyard wedding, I went with a "sexy casual" vibe and BB is in all Express. Romper is from Asos - I ordered it for my trip to Mexico earlier this year and it's just dressy enough for evening (here's a similar option). Heels are Stuart Weitzman (similar for less from Asos)..

If you want to keep up with all of my outfits, make sure you follow me on Instagram - I've been snapping them to my stories every day when I remember. And if you miss one, I'll catch up with you again in October!

AJ Wears :: Lace Extenders

Remember that time I forgot to blog for a month? Me either. Truth is, sometimes you've got to take a break and you can come back fresh and better than ever.

I promise to eventually add some posts about France, because it was awesome. But first!

Boot Cuffs & Socks featured me on a blog post of theirs recently (see it here, SO nice!), and reached out to see if I'd be interested in reviewing their products. Since it's still in the 80's here in Arkansas (omg so fall), it's a *little* early for boot cuffs, but I loved the idea of their Shorts Extenders and took them for a spin. 


Basically, they're little cotton shorts with lace on the ends to wear underneath your shorty-shorts for a new look and a little extra length. And let me tell you - these things are HANDY. Not only are they super comfy to wear, they take care of one really big problem I always seem to be complaining about - thigh rubbing!


I actually threw these in my bag for France and wore them under skirts, too, which was an awesome little solution to the dreaded chubrub, and really handy for modesty purposes like riding a bike or sitting on steps somewhere. Not into black? They're available in white as well! I snagged this photo from their website so you could see how cute they look peeking out from cutoffs. 


And, full disclosure, I've been wearing my white ones as sleep shorts. They're like super cute little bloomers that I throw on under a long tank. Like I said - versatile! The actual shorts are a soft jersey material, so they're very comfy for long wear.

Big thanks to Jamie and Boot Cuffs & Socks for sending the samples for me to try, and check out their website for some super cute "Faking Fall" boot cuffs. If you're gonna wear boots in the south right now, using a cuff instead of a full sock is a really cute way to change up your look.

PS - As far as sizing goes, the chart is pretty spot on. I measured my thighs as the most important part, since the lace doesn't have as much give, and the XL is a perfect fit. Thighs for days, y'all. 

Why I'm Bringing Back the Skort

Arkansas summers are hot. That's not a surprise, considering it's the south, but now that I walk a lot more I've noticed a disturbing trend - wearing skirts inevitably ends in chubrub®. Sure, I'd love to lose about 100 lbs so my thighs no longer touch and I don't have this problem anymore, but that's not gonna happen, so I had to find a better solution.

*clumsy woman fumbles with sauce jar* THERE'S GOT TO BE A BETTER WAY! 

For some reason, I was randomly wandering around Belk a few weeks ago (BB likes their shirts and we were in the neighborhood) and I stumbled on the world's most perfect invention: The Skort. I remember them vaguely from my childhood in the 80's, the original "business in the front (skirt), party in the back (shorts!)." These were so much better, though. The shorts...were inside of the skirt.


I've worn spanx to keep my thighs at bay this summer, which leads to lots of sweating and being uncomfortable, so a lightbulb went off in my head when I saw these. They would be perfect for work, perfect for walking to work, and perfect for traveling. I bought them in black and white.


While the length might be a little too short for taller girls and more conservative workplaces, I typically can get away with higher hemlines thanks to my height. The material is a glorious, stretchy suiting material and they pull on - no zippers, buttons, nothing. SO. COMFY.





These particular skorts are from a brand called Kaari Blue, which appears to be a Belk exclusive (read: in house) brand. I wasn't able to find them on the website, so check your local store - they were only $15! Here's a similar skort I found at Belk. Belk seems to be the skorts capital of the world, and I'm just going to continue to lean into the fact that I am a 90 year old lady now.

Seriously though, embrace the skort with me. I took the white pair to France and it was amazing to be able to walk without rubbing, bike if I needed to without showing everything, bend over, sit in weird places, etc etc etc. Join me on the dark side.