AJ Wears :: A Gingham Dress

I call this outfit “Tablecloth Chic,” inspired by my favorite Italian restaurant, Bruno’s. In fact, this whole thing makes me want some Eggplant Parm - pro tip, get your noodles tossed in alfredo because both the red sauce and white sauce are amazing there. In fact, just get two bowls of that to dunk your bread in too.

Am I a food blogger now?

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Dress, Asos (exact - on sale!).
Heels, JustFab.
Bag, Gucci.
Lipstick, Smashbox.

AJ Wears :: A Gingham Dress

BEHOLD, THE SHIRT DRESS. The ultimate item in summer fashion. It's light, breezy, and somehow manages to look put together enough for the office. I also love the vintage vibe this one gives off; I had a coworker tell me my look gave off a "Modern Dorothy Vibe."

I imagine this dress will carry into fall as well with tights and a cropped sweater layered over it. My wardrobe purchases this past year have all been bought with seasonality in mind; I love pieces that you can layer under or over others and wear year round.

Dress, Asos (exact - will likely go on sale soon!).
Heels, JustFab (similar heels // similar flats).
Backpack, Coach (similar from Asos).
Necklace, BaubleBar (similar from Off 5th).

AJ Wears :: A Plaid Peplum

One of the weird things bloggers get to work with are c/o items - care of, for the non-bloggers out there. It's no secret that companies looking for more eyeballs on their website and goods send free clothes to bloggers in hope that it'll help promote their brand - it's cheap, easy advertising. The hard part for bloggers is making those c/o items work in their wardrobe.

So today, I'm making a case for the c/o. It's more than just getting something for free. I like to look at it as an opportunity to review a company for you guys, so you know if it's worth your time or not. Enter today's top from Abadday. It's actually a set - top and shorts - but the entire thing together felt slightly costumey so I split them up.

I actually wore the shorts first - my friends went crazy over them! I also received a number of compliments on my top today, making me feel like I did a good job with choosing. I just wasn't bold enough to wear them together...yet. My overall review of Abaday is a good one, though. They were much quicker with shipping than other Asia-based websites have been, and while the quality was pretty much expected (so-so), the uniqueness of the pieces made up for that.

Top & Shorts, c/o Abadday.
Jeans, Hudson (exact).
Shoes, Zara (similar from JCP).
Earrings, c/o RocksBox (review coming soon!).
Bag, Kate Spade (exact in coral or yellow, similar from Sole Society).