Slip Into Black

Happy Thursday, everyone! 

I'm excited that the work week is almost over, and we're expecting an unseasonably warm weekend! 
I'm looking forward to fun fall weekend plans - a screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, a fashion show, and pumpkin picking!!  :-D

I'm also seriously contemplating Halloween costumes.  It's my favorite holiday, mostly because I love the fun of dressing up.  I'm planning a make-shift costume to wear while taking the kids trick-or-treating!
Dress:  Ann Taylor
While my mind may be more on costumes, today, I'm talking alterations.

I previously featured this dress here in a petite x-large and found the fit a little large. I mentioned that I wanted to give it a go in a average size large.  The overall fit of the dress was a bit better, but it was even longer than the petite dress, which was already too long.

So, I had it taken up to a below-the-knee length and had the side slits raised.

I'm much happier with the overall fit and can't wait to try this dress out with printed tights and stockings as the weather continues to cool.
Vest:  The Limited
Earrings:  NY&CO and The Limited (Available here and here)
Clutch:  Amazon.com (Similar here)
Ring:  Earthbound Trading Company
This look with the moto vest was planned for a month or two ago, but unfortunately, it took me this long (note the brown hair in the "before" pic) to get the dress hemmed. 

I like this outfit for an early fall transitional look when it's still warm outside but your mind is on autumn.

Heels:  Payless
For those of you in warmer climates, it would likely still be a good choice.  :-)
Bracelet:  The Limited
Are you a fan of moto vests?

For this vest in another look, see here.


Layer It On

One of the best things about fall is wearing layers!

The crisp, cool weather of fall practically demands them!  The temperatures in this area can change almost immediately, so it's always good to have extra clothes that you can take on or off.

Skirt:  Ann Taylor Petites (Available here)
Trench:  c/o eShakti Custom (Similar here)
Here, I'm wearing a cami, scarf, cardigan, and trench.  This is actually how I wore the outfit most of the day.  My office had its typical chill factor, so the layers kept me cozy while I worked.
Tote:  Target
Boots:  Fergalicious by Fergie (Available here)
Tights:  The Limited (Similar here)
I skipped the cardigan until I got to work.  I keep it on standby in my office in case I need it, and today was one of those days.
Scarf:  LOFT
Earrings:  New York & Company (Available in silver here)
Bangle:  Ann Taylor (Available here)
That is, until we had a FIRE DRILL!!!  After going down fourteen floors, I was nice and toasty, so off came the trench!
Camisole:  LOFT Petites
I love the versatility of mixing layers..  Layering gives you a more nuanced look that adds more visual interest. 

Plus, it's just really practical!!!

Cardigan:  LOFT Petites (Similar here)
Do you opt for layers in the fall?

For the trench in other looks, see here, here, and here.


Dress Up Tee Time

As I wrote last week, I'm starting to get a get a very strong sense of my personal style and the direction I want to take my wardrobe in the next year or two. 

But, I'm still playing around with my look, trying out new hairstyles and hair colors to see what best feels like me.  My wardrobe will always be a bit constrained by work dress codes, mom duty, and other life roles that don't always mesh with my fashion ideals.
Skirt:  The Limited (Sold out here; Similar here)
That said, I think I can have a little more fun with my hair and make-up to help create more of the image I want to project.

I have been loving the auburn color I recently chose, but I decided to try a darker burgundy color that I thought would be great for fall.
Blazer:  LOFT Petites
The color is darker than my natural hair color, and I'm really liking it.  I've been going with demi-permanent colors to be gentler to my hair and for less commitment to the new colors. 

This rich burgundy is just begging to be worn with a ton of black and darker colors.  Today, I gave it my first spin with black and dark purple. 

Tee:  Torrid (Sold out on-line; See here)
Due to the fact that I was sick most of last week, I did not make many of the events of St. Louis Fashion Week that I had planned to attend.  Definitely a bit of a bummer because besides the fun of seeing designer fashions and being introduced to local brands and companies, it's one of the few times a year when I have the opportunity to really be myself with fashion or to try out new looks.

I was playing around with different outfit possibilities for the week, and this was one of the ones with which I came up.

I love the mix of casual (tee), evening (leather skirt), and business (blazer) in this look.

Boots:  Torrid (Available here)

Earrings:  Target (Available here and here)
Lately, I've been obsessed with my Dior-inspired earrings...do you know which one's I'm talking about?  The ones with the small stud with larger ball back.  I just think they are such a genius take on the classic pearl stud - ladylike, but also tribal and edgy.

I completed the look with an amber lucite clutch for an unexpected touch.

Clutch:  Eva Mendes for New York & Company (Available here)
All in all, I love the outfit for a more low-key evening event.  I tend to be a serious dresser - my clothes tend to be serious, especially my night-time looks, so I like that this outfit has a relaxed touch with the tee. 

I don't care for a lot of the statement tees out there, but this declaration is pretty bad ass!  ;-D

Would you wear this look for an evening out?

For the skirt in other looks, see here and here.
For the shirt in another look, see here.
For the blazer in other looks, see here, here, here, and here.


Neutral Territory

I continue with casual looks on the blog today with a couple of comfy looks featuring Babooshka Boutique and my arrowhead pendant from 11 Twenty Eight Designs.

I was planning on waiting on these looks since I just did a post including this jacket and necklace.
Jacket:  The Limited (Available here)
Necklace:  11 Twenty Eight Designs (Similar here)
But...over the weekend I decided to color my hair again (this time a darker burgundy hue), so I wanted to post all my old photos, so I could get to the new ones and show off my new 'do.  :-D

And, with my new-found attitude towards my wardrobe and shopping (hopefully this attitude will stick), expect to see more of my favorite pieces re-worked in a variety of ways.  This jacket is becoming quite the fall staple in my wardrobe and is getting lots of wear for work, weekend, and evenings.
Top:  Babooshka Boutique (Available here)
Leggings:  Wal-mart
Moccasins:  Minnetonka (kids) (Available here)
This first look I wore a few weekends ago at a local chili cook-off with the family.  The outdoor festival had a ton of great eats (including some delicious vegan chili), featured a live rock band made up of active duty Air Force from the local base, and even a rock climbing wall sponsored by the YMCA.

It was a really great time, but it was very brisk and chilly that day, so I wanted a look that was warm but also comfortable for all the walking around.  I gave my feet a rest from the heels and went with my moccasins, which proved to be a great choice!  

While I went for flat boots for a casual weekend day, I opted for heeled boots to dress up my black maxi dress.  
Dress:  Babooshka Boutique (Available here)
I haven't worn this look out yet, but I would definitely wear it for a casual date.

I love the ease of this dress.  It' so comfortable, but the high side slits make it sexy for date night.
Slip:  The Limited (Available here)
Boots:  Target (Available here)
As the weather is cooling, I threw the dress on with boots and my moto jacket.
I'm enjoying the mix of black and caramel this fall.  It's a rich neutral look that just feels right for autumn.
Rings:  Torrid
Clutch:  Eva Mendes for New York & Company (Available here)
Would you wear a look like this for a casual date? Are you a fan of a mixed neutral look?

For the grey top in other looks, see here and here.
For the black dress in other looks, see here, here, and here.
For the jacket in other looks, see here, here and here.