AJ Wears :: A Muppet Coat

Happy New Year!

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I wore this weeks ago. And not to a fancy party or New Year’s bash, I wore it on a regular Sunday afternoon to go watch football or some other sport (clearly I was just there for the wings). Sometimes, a company sends you a c/o item and you pick out something ridiculous and then have nowhere to wear it, so you wear an actual muppet on an un-extraordinary day.

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And you know what? I’m gonna do that more this year. Never save a great outfit for a perfect occasion when that occasion might just be life.

Other things I resolve to do in 2019:

  • Brain Stuff: I got in a bad slump last year of zoning out in front of screens. This year, I want to be more active in my downtime. I’m planning on pulling out my piano and doing a refresh course, reading at least 20 books (as opposed to the four or so last year), and sitting down with Mr. AJ for more board games and puzzles in the evening instead of rewatching The Office for the 10th time.

  • Body Stuff: I really fell off the workout wagon in 2018. My Peloton has sat relatively unused by me (Mr AJ continues to kill it, of course), and the gym that’s so conveniently located downstairs wouldn’t be able to pick me out of a lineup of one. More spin, more yoga, and more outdoorsy stuff like hikes and walks this year. And if my PT is reading this, I promise I’ll do my knee exercises at least once a week.

  • Time Stuff: Embrace the power of “No.” I said yes to a lot of stuff I didn’t feel like doing last year, and it resulted in me feeling stressed and annoyed. I tend to feel selfish when I say no, instead of thinking of it as self care or preservation. This year, I promise to not overcommit myself to a bunch of stuff I hate.

  • Shoe Stuff: I will find the perfect pair of black flats this year if it kills me.

  • Travel Stuff: I only have one trip planned right now, but I’d like to get away as much as possible. Definitely planning another international trip this year - Italy? Portugal? Germany? We’ll find out.

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Coat, c/o SheIn (exact - get 15% off with code Q1ajwears15).
Leggings, Spanx (exact).
Sweater, Express (similar from Halogen).
Boots, Kendall + Kylie (exact).


AJ Wears :: A Big Sweater

Last season, I rented this sweater from Rent The Runway and fell in LOVE with it. The oversized sleeves. The big, chunky knit. The way it was just long enough to wear with leggings without swallowing me whole. Unfortunately for me, I couldn't find it anywhere. I considered just never sending it back and seeing if they noticed. I scoured the internet for weeks after trying to find it. I even emailed Revolve to see if they could track one down for me from the designer.

And then a magical little sale alert popped into my inbox and told me Urban Outfitters had one in my size - and it was on sale. Twelve seconds later, I had an email confirming my order and I was pleased as punch.

Thanks to a mild winter, I didn't get to wear my beloved big sweater too much, and I suspect this might be the last time I'm in a sweater until next Fall, since it's going to be 80 degrees this week. I'm listening to George Washington sing "One Last Time" as I write this.

What? I'm a little dramatic.

Sweater, Elliatt (rent it // similar from Missguided).
Leggings, Spanx (exact).
Necklace, Fringe (local!).
Boots, Stuart Weitzman (exact, I'm wearing Topo // similar from Kohl's).
Bag, Louis Vuitton Favorite MM.

AJ Wears :: A Pink Sweater

Pink is a powerful color. When I wear this particular sweater, I get a lot of comments on it. Things like, "Aren't you bright today?" and "What a cheery color!" and "OWWW MY EYES MY EYESSSS!" So if this sweater ends up looking a bit like one of those Victoria's Secret photos where they just edited it to be six new colors on the same photo, that's why. It's just rull bright and my camera got confused, because I'm usually in a much blacker color.

Sweater, J.Crew Factory (similar on sale at Nordstrom).
Plaid Tank, Forever 21 (exact, on sale).
Boots, Stuart Weitzman c/o Shopbop (exact, in Topo // similar for under $100!).
Coat, J.Crew Factory (exact, still available in a few sizes // real J.Crew version on sale).
Bag, Gucci (I have no similars but I really want this flamingo purse now).

Other times I wore obnoxious pink things: