Things I Wore :: September 2018

Now that October is basically over, what better time to recap everything I wore in September?

It was a rough month, weather-wise. It was hot and I get cranky when it’s hot this close to fall, so my parade of cheap SheIn tops continued for the first half of the month. I also made a pretty large Old Navy order with some transitional dresses. I’ve slowly been getting back into dresses. Why did I ever stop?

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9/1: Birthday party for my dear friend Sandra + a little touch of Razorback flair.

9/2: Sunday Funday bike ride to Diamond Bear for beer and pretzels. This skort ended up working fairly well for biking! I wanted to look cute but not chafe my thighs, so I loaded up on Lush Rump too.

9/3: Labor Day. I guess we went to the pool or something because I did not log an outfit that day.

9/4: SheIn is mostly hit or miss but I LOVE this top. Super easy to throw on and go while still looking put together.

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9/5: No idea what I wore to work today (maybe I worked from home?) but we had tickets to go watch the Arkansas Travelers play and I decided to show my love for Otey the Swamp Possum, one of the most horrifying team mascots ever to exist.

9/6: I let Alexa decide what top to wear with these overalls and she picked this one from SheIn.

9/7: It actually cooled off thanks to some rain. This wrap sweater from Leith is so soft and comfy, and I’m really into green this season.

9/8: Went to my friend Maegan’s house (check out her blog Southern Blondie) to watch Arkansas lose football. It rained all night. Actually, these rubber Chelsea boots from JustFab got a LOT of wear this month.

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9/9: Since it rained its face off the day before, the Main Street Food Truck Festival was moved to Sunday. The rain did make it a little cooler (70s! Hurrah!) so I could wear pants! I had some tacos and then we went and sat on the patio at Live Life Chill.

9/10-11: Did I not go to work on Monday? Why is there no photo? Tuesday was crazy with freelance stuff so I’m assuming I wore leggings all day.

9/12: There’s that cute dress from ShoeDazzle again, and this comfy little jacket from Old Navy (this year’s version is sueded!). We were hosting a fundraiser for a local candidate so I dressed up a little and drank wine for democracy.

9/13: A dramatic SheIn top for work, followed by a birthday dinner for my friend Amy at Cantina Cinco de Mayo. It’s our favorite cheap Mexican place and I’m thrilled they moved in downtown.

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9/14-17: Wedding in Cincinnati. I didn’t really keep track of my outfits except for what I wore to the wedding, this gorgeous maxi from Luv Boutique and a fun crop from Everlane with a dramatic back. I may do a short blog on what we did in Cincinnati (mostly beer tourism).

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9/18: My Old Navy packages are starting to roll in (four in all for one order, get it together guys) so I have some cute new stuff to wear! It’s cool enough for a dress with sleeves but I need to keep my legs out. This dress is a new favorite.

9/19: Work and getting my roots done! It’s hard to tell but this dress is a deep green. This was pre-hair.

9/20: I had a committee meeting at Heifer International at lunch today, which I like to dress nice for. Plus fresh hair, duh. Another comfy-but-cute Old Navy dress! They’re killing it at basics right now.

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9/21: A weird SheIn top with some shorty shorts since it’s super hot again. My dad was in a show so we drove home to Texas after work.

9/22-23: No photos because I’m in Texas but I basically just wore all of my Old Navy dresses and it rained all weekend. But the show was great! And I got all of my favorite foods!

9/24: This dress is the comfiest thing I own. It’s soft and slouchy and I bought it in both gray and red.

9/25: The heat is back. I had lunch with Maegan today and ran all over town for errands and work.

9/27: Guess I worked from home on Wednesday? The weather roller coasters once again and I finally get to wear my new Spanx leggings. I love them so much, I replaced my old ones this year during the NSale (and picked up the Moto ones!).

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9/28 (day): A super cute SheIn top for work. I’ve been waiting for it to cool off so I could wear it!

9/28 (night): We won a silent auction recently for dinner at the 1836 Club, a membership only restaurant and club. It’s in this gorgeous old house I’ve always wanted to go in, and we got to spend the evening with some dear friends drinking great wine and trying some amazing food. I opted for this dramatic cape jumpsuit c/o SheIn, which made me feel like a sexy witch.

9/29: And it’s hot again. We did it ALL on this Saturday. Pizza and college football watching at Gusano’s, Oktoberfest at Rebel Kettle, a little patio time at Copper Grill, followed by dinner with friends at Ira’s Restaurant, a new place downtown that is absolutely amazing.

9/30: Sunday Funday has become a staple in our house, and I decided to dress comfy for it today in Gap leggings. We rode our bikes to the State Capitol and I grabbed some Pokemon, then we did a little patio hopping from Vino’s to Bark Bar to Brewski’s for wings and football. It was a PERFECT patio day and I love our bike riding Sundays.

So, that’s what I wore in September! October - coming soon.

AJ Wears :: One Blazer, Two Ways

Another twofer coming your way, peeps! JustFab sent me this blazer to review and I could not resist the opportunity to show it two ways. That's because it is, in fact, a two-way blazer! One quick zip and it goes from a slouchy boyfriend blazer to a sleek short one.

Look 1: Weekend

For a polished weekend look, I wore it long with jeans and flats. I absolutely love the color. I may have the sleeves shortened because I like a 3/4 length, but for now I just rolled them up.

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Blazer, c/o JustFab. Tee, H&M. Jeggings, Old Navy. Flats, Aquazzura via Poshmark (adorable similar from 6pm!). Necklace, BaubleBar.

Look 2: Work Week

I had a presentation last week and I knew I wanted to wear this dress; it's long enough that I don't have to worry about flashing anyone, and the short sleeves are better for any pointing at the screen I was going to do (no one comes to work to see your armpits). So I threw this jacket on with it and realized the length was no good with the length of the dress. In my head, it worked, but in real life I looked kind of frumpy. No worries there, I just unzipped the bottom of the jacket and made it into a cute little blazer.

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Blazer, c/o JustFab. Dress, Treasure & Bond via Trunk Club (similar from SheIn). Bag, JustFab. Necklace, BaubleBar. Heels, Manolo Blahnik.

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.