AJ Wears :: Green pleats

Happy St Pats, everyone! I got into the green spirit a little early and wore this swingy green skirt to a ladies' night out, but I thought it would be perfect for a quick holiday post.

March has brought warmer (patio??) weather so I'm starting to bare my legs and toes a little more. I love the long hem of this pleated skirt and I balanced it's girly-ness with a leather jacket and some leopard wedges. Oh, and I didn't forget the pot of gold 'round my neck, either. I hope you all have a safe and fun Saint Patrick's...don't forget to wear green!

Skirt, Forever 21. (similar)
Jacket, Forever 21.
Tank, The Limited.
Necklace, eBay.
Bag, Botkier for Target.
Shoes, JustFab.

Weekend Snapshots :: Christmas and Beyond

Christmas was eventful, you guys. Not only did we have a white Christmas, we had an all out blizzard which led to a lot of shenanigans.

Amazing animal pajamas (they're called kigurimis) I ordered from China that my sister and I rarely took off. They are THAT. COMFY.

And yes, I'm ridiculous and put my dog in pajamas too. I found them at an after Christmas sale, don't judge me. Watching her prance around the house in a snowflake onesie turned out to be the best $4 that I've ever spent. It was HILARIOUS.

I knew it was going to snow in Little Rock on Christmas, but I had hope it would snow in Longview while we were visiting my parents. Luckily for me, we had a good hour or two of beautiful snow in Texas on Christmas! It was truly magical, and thankfully all melted the next day so we could still make the Target after Christmas sale.

Sadly, our house in Little Rock was not so lucky. We spent the rest of the week checking our thermostat waiting for it to come online. The house was out of power until Saturday - and then AGAIN on Sunday, so we've been house hopping for the past week waiting for heat and lights (and most importantly, internet).

Spent our last night of Christmas break at the casinos in Shreveport - I might not have won any money but I found a few slot machines that were a total blast!

My BFF from growing up, Chesley, standing in front of a million dollar wall at the Horseshoe Casino. Probably the only million I'll ever see in my lifetime!

How was your holiday, lovelies? I'm excited to get my party on tonight for New Years and I have my fingers crossed that it'll be one with lots of light and heat (power, hurry up!). I hope you all have a fabulous last night of 2012 and I'll see you in 2013 with lots more sequins and sass.

How to Wear :: Metallic Jeans Three Ways for the Holidays

OH HAY Y'ALL. It's almost Christmas! Imagine my excitement. Then explode that by a million and that's how much I love the holidays. So here's an extra special super bonus blog for you guys this week - three holiday looks using the latest trend, metallic denim.

I've been seeing fancy, sparkly jeans all over lately so when JustFab released their holiday denim collection, I was all over it. They have metallic jeans in gunmetal (what I chose), black, and bronze. The material is a little thinner than the solid colors of the signature skinnies, but I found they fit true to size as well. My favorite part - they're not too long for short people like me. You can't buy a pair of skinnies without a sheen right now. It's hot, let's work it.

Layering is a great way to make tops more office appropriate, but I think people forget you can layer a sleeveless top OVER things, instead of just under! I love this peplum top because it has a little bit of sparkle and funk (check out this back zipper!)

Try layering a structured top over a button up or long-sleeve tee for a totally new look that will keep your warm without covering up the cuteness. This look is pretty much perfect for work-to-weekend too because the top has a little shine!

Outfit 2 is all about what you have to accomplish before the 25th - I actually wore this out shopping, for a little baking, even to grab all of my Christmas dinner groceries. Flat boots will keep you walking all day long and a chunky, cozy sweater in a fun color will keep you warm without a coat (perfect for mall walking in search of the perfect gift).

PS - a fun necklace always makes a sweater feel a little more special.

Can you see the sheen on these jeans?? I love how they look grey at first glance, but then you discover they're just a little more exciting. They're SO fab.

This is the most obvious, but a metallic jean is PERFECT for a night out! Whether its a fabulous holiday party or gift exchanging with your favorite girls, don't be afraid to mix some fabrics and add a little color to make a party appropriate outfit. I went with a bright pop in silk, a staple jacket in velvet, and mixed in a little lace.

For some reason, velvet just feels more festive. Am I right??

Anyway, that's three ways to rock metallic denim for the holidays - and beyond. They're a lot more versatile than you think, and I'd totally recommend you check out JustFab's holiday denim if you're looking for a cheap way to get into the trend.

Look 1: Denim, c/o JF. Peplum top, Marshalls. Booties, Isola.
Look 2: Sweater, The Limited. Necklace, XXI. Boots, JF.
Look 3: Top, XXI. Blazer, Old Navy. Pumps, ShoeDazzle. Necklace, JewelMint.