Friday Fashion Remix :: Black and white pants

Hola, dudes! Today's remix comes to you by the fact that I love these pants and just wanted to wear them again. You saw that coming, right? I definitely wanted to dress them up a little bit this time, so a lunch and tour of the Oscar de la Renta exhibit at the Clinton Library were the perfect excuse to get them out.

 I was in Walmart picking up some towels after lunch and this lady said, "Girl! You Work. That. Outfit." I said, "Girl, I will." And work I did.

The other bloggers at the lunch pointed out that my shoes matched the exhibit, and it was perfect that I wore a suit because Oscar was guy who suggested pant suits be Hilary's "thing"! Kismet, I tell ya. Not even planned. I'll have a post up later today with my adventures from today's lunch.

Here's how I wore these pants last week.

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AJ Wears :: A colorful tee

Back in the swing of blogging things! Let's talk about Prabal Gurung. I originally got up early early to shop the line and bought that floral dress and the black and white lace top. Then after about a day I realized that the whole system is just a pressure cooker for shopping disaster! The feeling that it's all limited edition and someone else will buy it if you don't makes me go into panic mode and I make hasty decisions instead of smart ones. They all went back. Then I justified my decision by telling myself it all looked like Lisa Frank anyway. Then I was shopping today (weeks later) and was shocked to see a few PG pieces at my dear West Little Rock Target, including this fun tee I'd had my eye on after seeing everyone else's pictures.

Ultimately, the tee feels the most wearable of the collection for me and added some real fun to an otherwise pretty traditional suit look. I love that it looks like a painting and I've already dreamed up a few other ways to wear it. Plus it's pretty much the most affordable piece in the collection at $20. I have a lot of thoughts about Target's limited collections, mostly good, but I do think it creates an environment where you buy buy buy without thinking about how it'll actually fit into your wardrobe. Some of my favorite pieces have come from these collections, though, including a fantastic little cropped blazer and the dress I wore for my engagement pics. The trick is finding pieces that are workable in many situations or have a more timeless feel. While this tee is super trendy, a tshirt is going to get worn a heck of a lot more than a dress, no matter how dazzling it may be.

As for the shirt today, it took me to CBG for dinner with my bests and to see "100 Years of Broadway", a song tribute to some of my favorite showtunes. Now I have Les Mis songs stuck in my head and plan on singing them at the top of my lungs for the rest of the day. I know my husband will be thrilled.

Shirt, Target.
Pants, XXI (These are fantastic).
Shoes, JustFab.
Blazer, The Limited (This one is cute!).

What I Wore :: The New Suit

I love suits. Done right, they can be incredibly feminine and fabulous (with a touch of powerful). I rarely get the opportunity to wear any of my suits any more, but I'm always experimenting with new ways to mix up my suiting pieces. This week I'm channeling my inner Olivia Palermo (girlfriend loves a modern suit).

 Surprise attack! These aren't even pants! They're jeans! A pair of black jeans is way more comfortable than dress pants but can create a faux suit look - particularly perfect for traveling. Choose a trouser or skinny cut to get a great modern silhouette.

 Two obsessions this week - this bag and necklace. This JewelMint piece attracted all sorts of attention today when I was out and about. It's a little bit glammy sparkly, a little bit cleopatra. Second obsession - this fabulous bag that arrived on my door step this afternoon. I didn't even know I needed a nude bag until I saw this one and ordered it immediately.

Finally obsession - office or mall appropriate pointy wedges. These are business in the front, party in the back for sure. I love the leopard heels!

The moral of the story is, you can totally rock black jeans at work and people probably won't even notice.

Blazer, The Limited.
Jeans & Blouse, XXI.
Necklace, Egyptian Royalty Collar by JewelMint.
Bag, Bombshell by JustFab.
Wedges, Kellie by ShoeDazzle.