AJ Wears :: Floral Shorts

Behold, the compliment shorts. No matter where I wear these things, someone stops me to compliment them. I'm not sure why I wear anything else.

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Funny story about these shorts, though. They were almost the shorts that weren't. I had to make an exchange with Trunk Club and told my stylist she could toss some other stuff in there for me to check out. It was a particularly busy week so I didn't really get to do a full try-on and blog post, but the morning I was boxing everything up I picked up this bag and said, "Oh, this is a cute print. Are those shorts?" Mr. AJ and I are literally about to walk out the door and I ran to the bedroom to try these on. He was watching me try to shimmy into these shorts saying, "You're never gonna get those on." Which only made me shimmy harder because DARNIT I KNEW THEY'D FIT.

They just needed a little coercion. I was in a hurry, after all, and elastic is a stubborn beast. I took one look in the mirror and said, "Okay, those are cute," before tossing them aside and taking the rest of the trunk down to be picked up. 

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Long story longer, they fit, this was a great impulse buy, and I've worn them almost once a week since. They're not super expensive and look way cuter in person than on the website, so I'd give them a try if they have your size (these are the large and I'm a fairly solid 8/10 these days).

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Shorts, J.O.A via Trunk Club (exact).
Tee, Everlane.
Shoes, Sole Society (similar from Asos).
Bag, Coach (Edie Style: exact style from this season // second hand // similar for less)

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 Bow Shirt

Here's another outfit I wore before going on vacation. It was my last day of work, and I was hopping straight into a car after to make a head start on our 7 hours of driving, so shorts! I know August is still a far cry from fall...in fact, we're just NOW getting the temps we should have had in July! I always get antsy once I start seeing boots and cute jackets hit the shelves though, so I try and appease myself by working little elements of fall into my "It's Still Summer" outfits. A blouse in a dark color gives that fall-feel without rushing the season TOO much. PS - I picked up this blouse from Instagrammer @CleanUpCloset. She always finds the BEST stuff at Goodwill, so give her a follow if you're into Insta-shopping.

Blouse, Theory via @CleanUpCloset (very similar but pricey, Love this blue one!).
Shorts, The Limited (exact- on sale in many colors!).
Bag, Rebecca Minkoff (exact in solid black).
Shoes, Zara (cute similar from XXI).
Glasses, Karen Walker (exact).