AJ Wears :: A purple midi

It's hot, y'all! We've had warmer temps than normal around here this week (90s instead of 80s) so when I'm not hibernating in my cold dark house, I go with skirt + tank top for warmer days.

I picked up this skirt at Goodwill a few weeks ago after I decided I wanted to add some long, full skirts to my wardrobe. Of COURSE I loved this one from Asos, but I figured Goodwill would be a great place to look for this type of skirt, because it might be considered an older or more traditional shape. $4 later, boom. HOWEVER...I got home and it wouldn't button. I decided the best course of action would be to pretend like it fit and just put a belt over it so you couldn't tell. I should do tutorials on how to wear clothes that don't fit.

Skirt, Thrifted.
Tank, Limited.
Belt, Thrifted.
Wedges, JustFab.
Bag, JustFab.

Friday Favorites Remix :: Lavender Pumps

I tweeted about this outfit Wednesday. Sometimes, I can get dressed at 5am and everything just works. Other times, I spend all day and can't get ANYTHING going. That's when I like to reflect on these outfits on the blog and talk about what I would have done differently.

First of all, I would have sized up in this skirt. I found it on the Target clearance rack after trying it on a few weeks before and thinking about buying it at full price - now it's only $6! I couldn't remember if I needed a 4 or 6, but skirts are usually pretty generous on me so I grabbed the 4. I've also been optimistic about losing some fluff and figured I'd fit into it after all of that diet and exercise I promised myself I'd start doing. The end of this story is :: I had to use spanx and they hurt, a lot, and I couldn't finish my Bang Bang Shrimp. You may not see this skirt again unless I lose a thigh.

Secondly, I thought since I couldn't breathe and all it was a "form fitting" skirt and something loose and blousy on top would balance it. In real life, I looked effortless and sexy (in my head, anyway). But that was lost in translation in photos - the lack of waist definition made me look wide instead. I might opt for a more form-fitting top next time, or add a wide belt at the waist to help the silhouette.  I don't regret my choices, I actually quite like the outfit, I just see an opportunity to make it better the next time.

 Finally, I confess - occasionally I photoshop myself to look more how I see me in my head. My mother raised me to believe I was the most beautiful, talented, and fantastic child that has ever existed, so often my big head gets in the way of what I probably look like to everyone else and my ego is slightly hurt when I see pictures of how I really look. This is not for you - it's for me. And it's not every photo, either, I'm not even going to tell you what I do, because it's only certain things that look weird in certain photos. Others are completely untouched. This is a totally vain thing to do, and I'm sorry (but I'm totally still gonna do it). Ladies, we are all beautiful JUST AS WE ARE but some of us need a little help in Photoshop to look how we do in real life. The camera adds 10 lbs. So do the cheese fries. Never forget!

Anyway, this is a lot of rambling for a Friday just to say - aren't these lavender pumps darling? I remixed them this week on accident, actually. I just thought they looked amazing with the skirt and then I held the post for Friday Favorites because they're fabulous. Link up below and show me how you re-wore this week! Happy Friday!

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AJ Wears :: Stripes on Stripes

It's been unusually cold for May. We broke a low record this weekend and I actually had NO IDEA how to even dress myself. Last year I was in NYC and fully expected cooler weather. This year, my brain can't function and I still have new wedges I haven't worn yet. I ended up going with a tried-and-true favorite of legging pants, striped tee, and fun scarf. I figured some bright flowers on the scarf and fun shoes would make things feel springy (even if the weather wasn't feeling that way).

 Look at Little Rock showing off. Even when it's cold, it's still trying to be gorgeous. We spent the weekend at Made By Few, a conference for tech/design/developer types that was really inspiring. I spent my Saturday at the Clinton Library listening to some amazing people (like that guy who designed the FarCry 3 posters and that guy who founded Threadless). What it reminded me was - I have an amazing job where I have the flexibility to pay the bills and the time to focus on what I love...this blog. I get to be an art director, photographer, graphic designer, and content creator in my free time and I LOVE it. This blog is my passion project, and I'm glad I get to share it with you. Work when others are resting.

Top, Love 21.
Pants, Forever 21.
Flats, ShoeDazzle.
Jacket, Forever 21.
Bag, JustFab.
Scarf, Charlotte Russe.