Things I Wore :: March 2019

I guess it’s spring, people! The weather has started warming up, but I hardly took any blog photos in March thanks to constant rain on my cutest days. Bad planning on my part…but the good news is that I take daily photos with my Echo Look so I have SOME evidence that I wore clothes this month.

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3/1: These are my favorite pants. I’m so glad I ordered them on sale (and the matching jacket, which you’ll see later this month!).

3/2: I re-discovered this longer camisole from LOFT in my closet this year, and layering it under a sweater, over leggings has been my favorite weekend getup. There was a Mardi Gras parade in SoMa today so we checked that out and then went and ate a ton of crawfish cheese dip (it’s amazing) at Rebel Kettle Brewing Co.

3/3: Little Rock Marathon Day + Cold + Rainy = I stayed inside and in my comfies most of the day.

3/4: Giant comfy sweater for work

3/5: Work from Home (AKA Old Navy Leggings). At some point I put on something Fat Tuesday festive but apparently didn’t bother to take a photo.

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3/6: I’ve had this shirt for over a year and just now figured out that it’s a cute layer shirt! This cropped sweater remains a closet MVP and I wish I had more colors. If it ever unravels, I will be devastated.

3/7: Work + Volunteering at a Create Little Rock event. These pants are from ShoeDazzle randomly, but I have LOVED them because they’re stretchy and comfy.

3/8: Super casual day + some working from coffee shop.

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3/9: Pulled out our bikes since the weather was gorgeous and rode to the State Capitol to hunt Pokemon.

3/10: Daylights Savings and Errands. The Everlane Day Glove has proven to be a favorite flat this month!

3/11: I guess I was feeling ambitious on a Monday? Finally got around to wearing this Leith dress I bought weeks ago (here’s the sleeveless version - I love this shape).

3/12: WORK FROM HOME TUESDAY!!!

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3/13: This is the suit I was talking about! I ordered the jacket when Blair’s collection first came out, but it was way too big and a little pricey for what it was so I sent it back. Fast forward to it going on sale, me ordering it in a smaller size (and petite!) and getting the pants too (now on sale at Rack). I love this outfit.

3/14: Got my hair done today and wore another suit. I am officially a suit girl. This is my favorite trend in years. This is another petite number, this time from Asos. I also finally wore these heels out of the house after a month of sitting in my closet, afraid of committing.

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3/15: Work + Radio Remote (I later changed into my radio sweatshirt for that, though).

3/16: St Patrick’s Day parade and block party on our street! I did order a skirt and a headdress just for the occasion, and then discovered that the Irish Step Dancers were wearing the exact same skirt. Cooooool.

3/17: Actual St. Patrick’s Day called for more green. We went and saw Evita at the Robinson, which I didn’t really care for but I’m glad I saw.

3/18: I left work early today to go home and pack for my trip to San Diego! We also skipped cooking and went to Sushi Cafe instead…yum.

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3/19: Flying to San Diego! Time for you guys to cross reference what I said I packed with what I wore. If you want to see more of my outfits check em out here.

3/20: General exploring in San Diego and shopping.

3/21: First Day of the Conference!

3/22: Second Day of the Conference!

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3/23: We moved to the yacht today and took the trolley down to Tijuana.

3/24: Went to the San Diego Zoo and Coronado Beach

3/25: Spent some time in Little Italy before hopping a plane back to Little Rock.

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3/26: I always work from home on Tuesdays, even on the days that I’ve been gone for a week. I didn’t want to wash my hair so I didn’t go to work, but I still managed to have a jam-packed day with radio and voice over gigs.

3/27: I did eventually wash it and bam! I’m back on the outfits. I took a photo in this skirt c/o SheIn but finally got to wear it in an outfit and I gotta say, it’s a fun little number.

3/28: One of my favorite things about coming home from vacation is all of the BOXES you get! My Spring box from Elizabeth & Clarke showed up and I love this shirt they sent. It was a gorgeous day so I met some friends on a patio to enjoy the weather.

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3/29: Casual Friday. Ready to spend the weekend cooking and doing Peloton classes (get $100 to the boutique with my code HM8UTY when you buy a bike! DO IT LETS BE FRIENDS!).

3/30: We did very little on this Saturday, except go to Lowe’s and go look at Macbooks at the Apple Store. I bought two pairs of “street” leggings from Old Navy’s athletic wear on sale the other day, and they’re awesome for casual errand running for sure.

3/31: Barkus on Main day! It’s a giant dog parade and block party in downtown Little Rock. We followed it with crawfish at Rebel Kettle, cheese dip at Lost Forty, and tacos at Cantina Cinco de Mayo. Which I followed with a long spin class when I got home, because woof.

That’s (almost) everything I wore in March! I do have a tendency to change into workout/athleisure when I get home these days, so look for a post about that stuff coming your way some day soon. If you have any questions about where I got certain pieces, let me know in the comments or shoot me an email!

What I Packed :: San Diego, CA

Have you ever stood at the baggage claim of a Southwest flight? It’s a great example of “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.”

As I waited for my small carry-on and cabin bag, I watched countless people drag suitcases large enough to haul a person in off the belt and struggle to drag them around the airport. Even if you’re checking a bag, I still think the carry-on is the perfect size - don’t forget you still have to drag that thing around the city when you’re off the plane!

All of that to say, here’s what I packed for our recent work trip to San Diego.

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Work trips are a bit different than fun ones, because you do have to look somewhat presentable if you’re planning on networking at all. We took a few extra days on this trip for fun though, so I had the challenge of packing a wardrobe that worked for business and leisure.

Day 1 :: Travel & Exploring
Black Leggings + Red Camisole + Black Sweater + Sneakers

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We had an early flight and gained two hours, so we had the whole afternoon to explore our new neighborhood in San Diego. I wore leggings, a camisole and sweater for the plane to combat draftiness, but opted to wrap the sweater around my waist once we reached warmer temps. Sneakers also proved to be my best friend since we did most of our exploring by foot.

Day 2 :: Shopping & Balboa Park (kind of)
Black Jeans + Pink Camisole + Black Sweater + Loafers

Mr AJ had a day of workshops for the conference we were attending, so I had a free day to go explore the city and do whatever I pleased. I took the trolley to Fashion Valley and talked myself out of buying Chanel flats, but did pick up this cute red backpack from Zara that proved to be clutch for navigating the conference later.

After that, I tried to walk to Balboa Park to take a leisurely afternoon stroll, but ignored the ominous clouds (it never rains in California, right?) and ended up getting stuck under a tree in a deluge. After that it was back to the hotel to change into dry leggings and grab a snack from a cheese store that ended up being closed. Rough day.

Day 2 :: Evening Networking
Plaid Jacket + Pants + Loafers + Black Top

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Unless you’re in a very corporate industry, I wouldn’t recommend packing a full suit. However, both of these pieces worked on their own really well (as you’ll see in future outfits), so I decided to pack the whole thing. That way, I could wear the full set for networking or fancier dinners.

Day 3 :: First Day of Conference
Black Sweater + White Button Up + Plaid Pants + Loafers

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We attended the Social Media Marketing World Conference, which means we saw a wide variety of wardrobes! I opted to go business casual, and this was a super comfy + cute outfit for the first day of conferencing. I heard from many people that the rooms could get drafty, so I was glad I wore the sweater.

Day 3 :: Dinner + Gaslamp District
Black Sweater + Plaid Pants + Suede Jacket + Loafers

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I ditched the button up to go a bit more untucked for dinner, and grabbed my suede jacket since it was pretty cool in San Diego. I’m glad I brought a layer to protect against the elements, especially since we sought out a rooftop patio to enjoy views of the city this evening.

Day 4 :: Conference Day 2
Plaid Jacket + Black Jeans + Red Camisole + Sneakers

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Day 2 of the conference was still action-packed, so I swapped out my loafers for my sneakers. I like to have a couple of options when it comes to flats just because they hit on different points on your foot - I was walking 15k-20k steps // about 10 miles a day every day, so just that slight change made all the difference. We skipped out of the last keynote and walked to Little Italy for $1 oysters (food guide coming your way soon!).

Day 5 :: Train to Tijuana
White Jeans + Pink Sweater + Espadrilles

I didn’t get all iterations of all of my outfits but here’s another variation I wore during my trip.

Day 6 :: San Diego Zoo & Coronado Beach
Bonus Athleisure Wear

Not pictured in my packing graphic is a couple of pieces of athleisure I packed for lounging, working out, and super comfy days. I’ll include them in the official list at the bottom, but since we were doing a long day at the zoo I decided to wear super comfy clothes. Athleisure is great to pack because you can mix and match it into your normal wardrobe, but it doesn’t take up a lot of extra space in your luggage - all of mine fit in one of my skinny packing cube.

Day 7 :: Exploring & Travel
White Jeans + Red Camisole + Sneakers

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Our final day we had a late flight, so we decided to grab pizza and visit the Ballast Point brewery before catching a 3:30 plane. It continued to get warm as the week went on, so this was one of the warmest days! I didn’t need a layer for our exploring, but did throw on the black sweater when we headed to the airport since I knew it would be cold when we got back to Little Rock.

Final Packing List + Tips

There are a few things not pictured on the graphic that would be great for a work or conference trip that I did bring, so I’m including a list below. Full disclosure - I did have some other items that were more for my “fun” side of the trip, so I’m not including them in the official list because this is meant to be specifically for a work trip. I also did not take photos of every outfit despite my best efforts, so there were some variations here that you might not have seen, such as leggings + pink sweater that I changed into the day I got soaked, or the white button up + black jeans for a night out, etc.

Packing List:

  • 1 Pair of Black Jeans

  • 1 Pair of White Jeans

  • 1 Pair of neutral leggings

  • Matching Jacket + Pants

  • 2-3 Camisoles (I packed Black, Pink, and Red)

  • 1-2 Blouses (aka, work blouses)

  • 2 Sweaters

  • 1 Jacket

  • Optional: 1 dress / skirt for dressier events (I did not use mine)

  • 2-3 Soft Tanks for Lounge + Workout

  • 1 Pair of Fashion Sneakers

  • 1 Pair of Athletic Sneakers (I love the Charleston Shoe Co Lulu - looks great for day sneaks too!)

  • 1 Pair of Black or Nude Flats

  • 1 Pair of Sandals (for mild or tropical climates)

  • 2 Pairs of Leisure Shorts - 1 athletic, 1 lounge

  • Swimsuit (always pack a swimsuit)

Tips:

  • Wear your biggest shoes so you take up less space in your suitcase

  • Pack a light scarf to add flair to outfits and bags

  • Buy a backpack at Zara that you can carry around the rest of the week (lol this is a joke but a nice reminder to leave room for stuff you might buy!)

  • Bring a stainless steel water bottle! This was a life saver all week.

  • Organize everything in packing cubes for easier packing + unpacking. I put all of my tops in one, all of my athletic / loungewear in one, all of my pants + dresses in one, etc.

  • Instead of packing bright workout tops in traditional athletic fabrics, consider bringing plain neutral tanks in cotton so you can use them for lounge or backup shirts

  • If you need more room than a normal carry-on, consider adding a cabin bag instead of a second larger bag! It slides onto the handle for easy toting around.

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AJ Wears :: A Fluffy Red Coat

I’ve officially dubbed this coat “The Elmo Coat.” It’s ridiculous, it’s bright, it’s actually SUPER warm. You’ve already seen it on Instagram a few times if you follow me there.

I wore this out one night and the restaurant hostess said I looked like Cruella de Ville, if she lived on Sesame Street. AND I. AM. HERE FOR IT.

The thing about wearing a super fluffy coat is that people want to pet you. As long as you’re prepared for that, it’s otherwise a fun and rewarding experience. You also have to be prepared for constant whispers behind your back. Some will love it, some will hate it. Some will try to pose with you, thinking you’re the Times Square Elmo. Own it, girlfriend.

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But most importantly, never forget where you came from.

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Coat, Asos (exact - on super sale so heart and watch for returns).
Sweater, Atlantic Pacific x Halogen (exact sold out // similar from NY & Co).
Skirt, JustFab.
Boots, Stuart Weitzman (this dupe on Amazon has great reviews!).
Bag, Balenciaga (City bags on Poshmark).