AJ Wears :: A Black Peplum

I've been through a few black peplum tops. I outgrew my pleather one (probably too small to begin with) and the one I bought from H&M always felt too snug to be truly comfortable. So I added this one to my bag for a mere $27 when I was ordering some sweaters from Last Call a few weeks ago, and was pleasantly surprised when it arrived. Full, dramatic skirt. Sheer details. Gorgeous floral texture. For work, I have to layer a black tank underneath to counteract the sheer front and cover up bra straps in the back, but it doesn't take away from how pretty the top is. I wore this to work with a tweed jacket for day, then ditched the jacket for dinner with friends at night. I've always been a fan of the all black look, but have never felt truly comfortable in it until this outfit!

Top, Romeo & Juliet Couture via Last Call (s/o online - similar).
Pants, The Limited (exact).
Necklace, E.Leigh's (similar from XXI).
Heels, Saint Laurent (Kinda Similar?)
Bag, Alexander Wang (similar look for less from DailyLook).

PS - both of the tops I linked are now up on Pose if you're interested.

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).

AJ Wears :: A Printed Peplum

My style icon is a fictional character. Dr. Zoe Hart (Hart of Dixie - cutest show ever) has perfect city-chic style - with just a hint of girly glam. Rachel Bilson is a fellow shorty and usually nails it in real life as well, so I'm constantly pulling sartorial inspiration from her. At one point, I even looked up all of the brands she normally wears on the show so I could start shopping those to further refine my style.

One Zoe Hart's favorite designers is Rebecca Taylor; I'm a big fan myself, but most of her tops run in the $200-300s and that's pretty pricey for most people. But good things come to those who wait - after seeing this top on Dr. Hart, I was able to score it for a little over $60 (originally $265!). I plan on eventually writing a blog on how to get great deals on designer pieces, but most of the tips you probably already know. This was scored from Saks Off 5th with a coupon code for a little extra off.

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When  Credit Card Insider  reached out and asked if I'd show them one of my great steals as part of their Splurge vs Save campaign, I was happy to oblige. Celebrity style at 75% off? I'd say that qualifies as a BIG save. I appreciate their mission, too - I was able to pay off all of my credit cards last year! We have one card left that we pay off monthly so I'm never spending more than I make. Responsibility. Even a shopaholic can have some...pass it on.

When Credit Card Insider reached out and asked if I'd show them one of my great steals as part of their Splurge vs Save campaign, I was happy to oblige. Celebrity style at 75% off? I'd say that qualifies as a BIG save. I appreciate their mission, too - I was able to pay off all of my credit cards last year! We have one card left that we pay off monthly so I'm never spending more than I make. Responsibility. Even a shopaholic can have some...pass it on.

....and that's the face I make when my husband tells me my camera isn't focusing properly. I've had focus issues with this camera ever since I upgraded to a prime lens, so it might be time to upgrade my camera body as well. Perhaps with all of the cash I saved on this shirt, I'll be able to tuck some away towards a new DSLR. Boom.

Top, Rebecca Taylor (exact).
Jeans, Hudson (exact - these are the "Storm" color).
Shoes, Olivie from JustFab. (almost identical from Michael Antonio)
Bag, Alexander Wang (exact).
Bracelets, ByBritt.