AJ Wears :: A Bow Blouse

 It started thawing out today and hit a week high of about 44 degrees, so I ventured out to the mall and hit the sale racks. I took the opportunity to wear this blouse that I bought at a vintage shop in Madison literally a year and a half ago. It's one of those super puffy blouse-y shirts that's not easy to style, but I love the big bow. Side story: one time my friends and I texted for like a week and a half arguing over whether or not the proper name of tie blouses was "pussy bow". No concrete conclusion was made.

 Not gonna lie, I'm feeling a little "hot for teacher" today but seeing as how I'm not allowed near small children, I figured it was okay. Then when I was in the Limited, I bought a skirt that I actually liked with this outfit even better, but I'd already taken these pictures and figured I'd save it for later and not be one of those girls who puts on everything new they just bought in one outfit. Even though I'm TOTALLY that kind of girl.

Sweater, Forever 21.
Skirt, Forever 21 (similar in grey).
Blouse, Vintage (here's a cute alternative!)
Bag, Some place in Austin.
Shoes, JustFab.

What I Wore :: The one that got away

Everyone has that one. thing. that they can't stop thinking about. Maybe it was a shirt that wasn't in your size. Maybe it was a dress that sold out while you were waiting for it to go on sale. Maybe a Kate Spade bag got snatched from your cart during a sample sale (I hope you smacked whoever did that, btw). Whatever it is, I get it. This shirt was almost the one that got away. You guys, this is about to get a little dramatic. Feel free to turn up the Katy Perry and play along.

 I'd been stalking it on Forever 21's website for days. It was pinned to my shopping board. I was thinking I'd make it into the store to see if they had it, but then - then it sold out online the same afternoon I'd finally decided to just buy it. No trace of it in the store. I went back at least 6 times just to see. I even had friends on FB check their local stores with no luck. Ebay, search engine, repeat. I'd even started examining similar garments to see if I could modify them to LOOK more like this one. Crazy woman on a misson? Check and check. Hell hath no fury like a woman who can't find the tunic she wants (I think Shakespeare wrote that).

And then, the day came. After telling my former manager about it, she emailed me over the weekend to tell me they'd gotten another size run and she'd held it for me in an XS and S. I told her I could be there the next morning. Dreams do come true (and having friends in retail doesn't hurt either).

 Where did this ensemble go? Date night, of course. Sushi and sake and good times with great friends. It's such a simple shirt, really. Just a tunic with sequins that has a fun almost tuxedo feel to it. I imagine it'll look adorable with short skirts and tights for holiday parties and maybe even a fabulous wide leg pant. I don't know. All I know is, I was kind of a crazy person stalking this down and it paid off. Shop stalking is like hunting for women, except instead of a license you need a Visa. And maybe a touch of the crazy eyes.

Top: Love 21 (SO, but check in store! - closest I could find)
Leggings, Express (similar).
Booties, JustFab (similar).
Clutch, Forever 21 (similar).

What I Wore :: Comfy, meet Cute

It sometimes seems like clothing can be one of two things - cute or comfortable. I often forgo comfort for the sake of an outfit, so when you find something that's BOTH of these things, jackpot.

A year or two ago I got on a weird wrap sweater vest kick. I actually have no idea if that's what you'd even call this - but I have several. They're delightfully warm and cozy like a giant blanket, but a fun pattern or cut makes them much more fashionable. It's like a chic Snuggie. Anyway, combined with some super soft leggings and fabulous boots, you've got an outfit appropriate for anything from airport security to cocktails with coworkers. If you're feeling ambitious, mix it with a studded belt or bright long sleeve tee. Or just add a pop of color with your jewelry - anything goes when you're wearing the fashionable snuggie.

Sweater, Old Navy (Love this one! And this one! Oh. And this one.). Necklace, XXI. Boots, JustFab. Bag, ShoeDazzle (similar).