AJ Wears :: A Funky Cardigan

1. I found my tripod. Things were much more professional today.

2. Several people told me I looked like a school girl today, which I don't mind. I'm a big Gossip Girl fan (not as big as this girl, who based her whole life on Blair Waldorf) and tend to wear funky school uniform type outfits every fall. I also bought way too many headbands when that show was on. NO REGRETS.

3. I need a haircut. This is a shaggy mess and I am one frizz monster day away from just lobbing it off myself. Is it bang season yet?

4. I'm trying to improve my Instagram, but sheer laziness and a lack of fresh blooms and white surfaces to photograph is really holding me back. If I photographed what was actually going on in my house, it would be a table of abandoned podcasting equipment in the corner, a stack of credit card offers on the kitchen counter, a pile of dog toys in the bedroom, and a wine bottle graveyard from the past two weeks (it's been a rough month, OKAY). I mostly just want to smack these girls who have enough time and clean counter space to style a bottle of perfume and make it look like Annie Leibovitz personally took the photos. But, I am trying. There's that. Anyone have suggestions of what they'd actually like to SEE? I really only get momentum on outfits, shoes and when I go to Tokyo.

5. For the first time in a few months, I kind of feel like I've got it all together, but I'm really more concerned about the well-being of my character on Animal Crossing and the career-advancement of my girl on Splatoon than I am myself. Speaking of video games, adult women are now gaming's biggest demographic. Woohoo!

Cardigan, Forever 21 (similar in B&W // similar color).
Top, Forever 21 (exact. so cute).
Skirt, J.Crew Factory (similar from Factory and Imma buy it in grey).
Shoes, Zara (similar from Forever 21).
Bag, Alexander Wang.

AJ Wears :: A printed cardigan

It was like 40 degrees today. What? Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan. But the rain that came along with it wasn't my fave, particularly because I wasn't wearing my rain boots. No, I wore them yesterday and didn't need them, so I opted to go without today and it poured most of the morning and afternoon. It's a written rule that it will only rain when you leave your boots at home.

At least I had a bright cardigan and jacket to keep my spirits high. And cheese crackers. Those helped too.

Don't forget about Ladies Night Out at The Promenade tonight! See y'all there.

Cardigan, Forever 21 (cute option in blue).
Blouse, Bardot (similar from JCP).
Jeans, Hudson (exact - Storm).
Jacket, The Limited (similar).
Flats, Zara (similar from Amazon).
Bag, JustFab.

AJ Wears :: A Houndstooth Dress

There are a few things I can't resist in this world, and one of them is houndstooth. Third in patterns only to stripes and leopard, something about this print always makes me giddy. So when I found this shapeless adorable shift at Target yesterday, I plopped it in my cart along with my trashbags and cheese cubes. Target, you are the devil (and I love you).

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My friend CK also informed me they have this in white. It's the perfect holiday dress without being overly "holiday". I couldn't find this exact dress online, but check in stores (both of ours had plenty).

Dress, Target.
Shoes, Zara (exact).
Jacket, Forever 21 (similar from XXI).

And if you love houndstooth...

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Bon-Ton, $20 | Nine West, $37 | Jessica Simpson, $58