AJ Wears :: A Leopard Dress

Okay, you caught me. I wore this WEEKS ago and just now blogged it.

Also, this purse doesn’t have a strap on it, because I couldn’t find my dog’s leash one morning so I took the strap and walked her using that. And then I lost it.

Finally, I’ve found a spot on the top of my work’s parking deck that’s great for taking photos. So great, in fact, that there are competing fashion bloggers sometimes and I can’t get the spot I like. They’re fancy though and bring “friends” or “photographers” with them to take their photos, while I just prop my tripod on the door of my car and hope for the best. FASHION!

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Dress, c/o SheIn (exact).
Coat, SheIn (exact).
Heels, Valentino (similar from SheIn)
Bag, Coach (similar from Walmart).

Things I Wore in October

October is the worst month in Arkansas. Things start LOOKING like fall, and you'll get an occasional crisp day that kind of feels fall-ish, but then a day later it's in the 80's again and you're just a tiny sweat factory. Humidity is the enemy of cuteness. So this month's "Things I Wore" is fun because you'll see a progression of the weather!

Disclosure: Some of these links make me money. Some don't, because I wanted to link the exact item for accuracy. I've provided similar options whenever something is old or sold out! Enjoy.

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First of the month stayed pretty solidly in the 80's during the day, 70's at night so there was no need for layers. I barely managed to get dressed these days.

Outfit 1: Top, Everlane. Pants, Zara. Flats, Parfois (similar from Asos).
Outfit 2: Tank, H&M. Overalls, Topshop (similar from Asos). Sneakers, Puma (you may have to search a bit for this color - but here's a VERY similar Puma from Free People!).
Outfit 3: Top, Old Navy (similar from Rack). Skirt, Rebecca Taylor. Flats, Zara (similar from AE).

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I did try to dig around in my closet this month and get creative with items that had a more fall-like feel that I could still wear in the heat, so I rediscovered this cute olive skirt from the Loft I bought a few years ago!

Skirt, Loft (similar from Rack). Tank, H&M. Sneakers, Adidas (similar in silver).

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By this outfit, things were starting to get chillier in the mornings and evenings so I was able to snuggle up in this extremely cute and cozy cardigan, which later would be slung around my hips around lunch time when it was warm again.

Cardigan, JustFab. Tank, Everlane. Skirt, Zara (similar). Boots, Stuart Weitzman (similar from Rack). Necklace, BaubleBar.

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After work Halloween party in the alley gave me an excuse to get creative with my workwear this day, so I went for the school girl look and then slipped on my Slytherin cape after 5. VERY SUBTLE.

Top, Elizabeth & Clarke. Skirt, JustFab. Suede Jacket, BlankNYC. Socks, Asos. Flats, Zara.
Slytherin Cape & Tie, eBay.

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Love, love love this sweater and have been wearing it any chance I get - here's my winter uniform for work.

Sweater, Elizabeth & Clark. Blouse, Elizabeth & Clark. Skirt, Belk (similar from QVC). Booties, Stuart Weitzman (basically identical from DSW).

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And finally, it was time to pull out the boots again. These demons are my favorite but I really need to put my calves on a diet so they'll go all the way up my leg like GIgi Hadid's. I walked outside in this get up and realized it was COLD, so I came back in and threw on a leather jacket and had to take another snap. Because being on time to work is overrated. 

Tunic, Asos. Mostly unseen skirt for modesty purposes, BCBGeneration. Boots, Stuart Weitzman (similar for less). Leather Jacket, Kenneth Cole (similar). Bag, 3.1 Phillip Lim. Necklace, My grandma's 💕

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Have I mentioned that Halloween is my favorite month? Because it is. You can get away with SO much weird stuff in October. I actually startled a woman who got on the elevator with these bad boys. She said, "You do you girl, you just made my day." These monstrosities were appropriate because we were seeing a live Rocky Horror Show production at The Weekend Theater after work and you gotta go all out for Dr. Frankenfurter.

Jacket, Kenneth Cole. Tunic, Nordstrom (honestly would buy every color). Leggings, Spanx. Boots, ShoeDazzle.

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Here's some work wear for you from October. Layers is the name of the game when you walk to work, as is USB fan once you get to your desk.

Outfit 1: Top, Zara. Skirt, Belk. Heels, Valentino. Yes, I kind of felt like a flight attendant.
Outfit 2: Tunic, Nordstrom (same awesome one as before but in olive!). Trench, Everlane. Jeggings, Old Navy. Heels, Valentino.
Outfit 3: Blouse, H&M. Vest, Banana Republic (similar). Leggings, Spanx. Boots, JustFab.
Outfit 4: Cardigan, Halogen via Trunk Club. Tank, Lush via Trunk Club. Jeggings, Old Navy. Heels, Manolo Blahnik.

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Suede Jacket, Asos. Blouse, Elizabeth & Clarke. Tie, Asos (similar from F21). Jeggings, Old Navy. Flats, Aquazzura via Poshmark. Bag, Balenciaga via Poshmark.

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Another classic work to weekend fall look, brought to you by the exact same pieces you've seen a thousand times but probably haven't even noticed.

Suede jacket, BlankNYC. Tee, H&M. Jeggings, Old Navy. Necklace, BaubleBar. Heels, Manolo Blahnik.

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AND FINALLY...no October wear post would be complete without my Halloween costume? I've been spending basically all of my free time exploring in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on my Switch so I knew within ten seconds of playing that game what I was going to be for Halloween (here's what I am for the non-nerds in the room). That wig...was spectacular. I choose all of my costumes around wigs.

Costume: Handmade by me. Leggings, Spanx. Boots, Asos (similar from DSW). Wig, Amazon.

AJ Wears :: A Merlot Sheath

A few weeks ago, I attended a fashion show event featuring Lafayette 148. It was still hot at that point, but FELT like it should be fall, so I rented this adorable wine-colored sheath to wear to the event. I love a fashion show, even more so one where they serve champagne for lunch. By the end of the runway show I didn't even feel my Spanx anymore! 

Dress, Likely via Rent the Runway (similar from Likely // similar for less!!).
Heels, Valentino (look for less from Charlotte Russe).
Bag, Balenciaga (similar from Rebecca Minkoff // similar from Express).
Earrings, Stella & Dot (exact).

And what kind of blogger would I be if I didn't share a few shots from the show? Here are some blurry, somewhat visible runway photos.

Love the looks of awe on these VIP ladies. I get it, I love pleats too.