AJ Wears :: A Leopard Dress

Okay, you caught me. I wore this WEEKS ago and just now blogged it.

Also, this purse doesn’t have a strap on it, because I couldn’t find my dog’s leash one morning so I took the strap and walked her using that. And then I lost it.

Finally, I’ve found a spot on the top of my work’s parking deck that’s great for taking photos. So great, in fact, that there are competing fashion bloggers sometimes and I can’t get the spot I like. They’re fancy though and bring “friends” or “photographers” with them to take their photos, while I just prop my tripod on the door of my car and hope for the best. FASHION!

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Dress, c/o SheIn (exact).
Coat, SheIn (exact).
Heels, Valentino (similar from SheIn)
Bag, Coach (similar from Walmart).

AJ Wears :: A Pajama Suit

I’ve always loved a suit.

The history of the suit goes back to the late 600’s when King Charles II demanded all men wear waistcoats, trousers, and ties, which eventually evolved into the modern suit for men. By the 1870’s, Sarah Bernhardt raised eyebrows in Paris by wearing what she called “boy’s clothes,” a custom-made trouser suit that blurred the traditional gender roles.

In the 1900’s, women’s suits began to evolve into what we know them as today - from the ankle-length white suits the suffragettes wore to march in, to the fur-trimmed jacket Coco Chanel designed in 1914. The 80’s brought around the colorful power suit, with bold shoulder pads and matching belts. In 1990, Madonna wore a black suit over exposed lingerie in the Vogue music video. The suit has had a long history of being constantly reinvented over the years, while still maintaining its classic appeal.

When I think about suits on women, a few names come to mind. Katharine Hepburn. Hillary Clinton. Judy Garland. Ellen DeGeneres. In recent years, celebrities, designers, and bloggers have rekindled the suit’s excitement with bold patterns, interesting cuts, and cool colors (shirt not required, obvs).

Insert some “trickle down” story in Miranda Priestly’s voice about how I got here, wearing this suit that looks like pajamas.

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Suit, ASOS (similar from Topshop // mine is old, but I just ordered some more cute ones from Asos!)
Top, Everlane.
Heels, Manolo Blahnik (exact // similar for less)
Bag, Gucci. (similar from Macy’s)

Things I Wore :: January 2019

Well, we’ve got one month of January under our belts. I’m slowly getting back into the swing of blogging, red continues to dominate my wardrobe (after black, of course), and I spent the last week of the month with some sort of gross cold (thanks, polar vortex). Here’s what I wore almost every day in January.

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1/1: New Year’s Day brunch at Fassler Hall (duck fat fries + gouda sauce for dipping, trust me), and then we went to Target where I got a rug from the Christmas clearance for $1.50.

1/3: Remember this cute Old Navy dress from this fall? I knew it would look cute with my favorite cropped sweater, and I was RIGHT. Also, it’s on super sale right now.

1/4: This is the day I actually started in those fabulous wide leg pants from SheIn, but ended up changing because it was rainy and gross and I didn’t want to drag pants through water puddles all day. These pants were a random add to a ShoeDazzle order and I. love. them. So comfortable!

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1/3&4: Here’s those same outfits, but with coats, because it’s cold. Red coat is from SheIn (exact), pink is Asos (similar on sale).

1/5: I, along with the whole world, got the Marie Kondo bug and spent my Saturday dropping off piles of stuff to Goodwill. This fuzzy sweater was a Christmas gift and has been one of my favorite things to cozy up in.

1/6: Gorgeous day, so we hopped on our bikes and rode to SoMa to get ice cream from Loblolly, pick up my favorite tea from the Green Corner Store, and then play ping pong at Core.

1/7: I love that this blazer is long enough to fake as a dress! What I was not prepared for was how much I’d be crawling around on the floor at work trying to put together a trade show booth.

1/8: Proof that I actually wear my outfits that are on Instagram and the blog! Here’s what I wore to work!!

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1/9: Lime scooters appeared in Little Rock magically overnight, so this is what I wore the first time I rode one. A couple of thoughts: A: you never feel as cool as you think you will on a scooter, and B: did you know there’s a brake? You can use it to slow you down, instead of hopping off and running alongside the scooter until it stops. Amazing.

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1/10: I’ve been spending a lot of time at Nexus Coffee instead of work lately. It’s just so warm and friendly and they have delicious bottomless mugs from Leiva’s so I like to leave and work from there in the afternoons. I wore this to work (and Nexus).

1/11: I somehow convinced myself that I would be the portrait of athleisure in January. I ordered 1000 pairs of leggings and matching tops from Old Navy. I am on the hunt for the perfect layers to pair, so I look effortless and chic. I even started a Pinterest board intent on nailing the look. What actually happened is, I have not gotten properly dressed most of this month.

11/12-13: Marie Kondo strikes again. I wore another “athleisure” look these two days no doubt, and spent hours putting together Ikea furniture after a huge haul. It’s basically consumed my entire life this month.

1/14: I wore this to work, but honestly I don’t remember much else about that day.

1/15: Another work outfit. Man, all I do is work and put together Ikea furniture this month.

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1/17: Oh, do you notice anything weird about this photo? No big, just some stuff we leaned against the mirror during our Ikea renovations. I had no idea that they were blocking my shots for two days.

1/18: See above.

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1/21: Marie Kondo strikes again. These boots are currently in the giveaway pile as they no longer spark joy. They do, however, spark lots of weird comments from strangers.

1/22: Look away. I have worn some variation of this outfit at least once a week since I got it. But I worked from home and then went to get sushi this day and it feels right.

1/23: Don’t ever let me leave the house without tights on again. I almost froze to death this day thanks to some insane winds and apparently it was only 30 and no one told me? kthx

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1/24: I rectified my tights situation today and it was absolutely gorgeous despite the cold. Went to an after work thing that was supposed to be empowering but mostly just annoyed me, then had a lovely dinner with my gals at Cantina Cinco de Mayo (which was not annoying at all).

1/25: I’m having a hard time staying at work because there are these two guys that play ping pong near my desk about six times a day. So, I bail for another afternoon at Nexus.

1/26: I actually wore a cute outfit today and met up with my friends for some QT at The Pantry Crest (get the lasagna, goodness me) but forgot to document it. :shrugemoji:

1/27: GUESS WHAT. We went back to Ikea. We ordered some shelves and they came in damaged and the wrong size (oops) so we decided to drive back to Memphis to exchange them and pick up a few more things. The Ikea saga continues!! I really thought these Everlane sneakers would be comfortable for every day, but I did one of those foot peels and I guess my skin was too soft because they rubbed a huge blister on my left heel.

1/28: Last known day before the sickness struck. I ordered this coat from Amazon hoping it would be longer - the example photos certainly looked like it would hit me lower - but it’s so soft I’m keeping it anyway.

1/29-31: The plague has hit. You don’t want to see the Aerie pants I’ve been wearing every day (but I will link them because girl, they are comfy).

And that’s a wrap on January! We survived Marie Kondo, two Ikea trips, and the plague. Have questions about specific items? Just drop the date in the comments and I’ll tell you what I can remember.