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Style Me July: Week 2 (and a bunch of other stuff from the bestest week of 2012 so far!)

Jul 16, 2012

Has it only been a week since I became a faux fashion blogger? much has happened. Bear with me, because I have a lot to tell y'all.

Day 9: Gimme Your Purse

Tote: Cynthia Rowley, $100 at TJ Maxx
Blazer: Atelier at TJ Maxx (It's been with me since my very first job up here in DC! I can't fit into the suit pants that came with it anymore -- MUST. SHRINK. BUTT. -- but the jacket has held up really well. I think the whole suit was around $65.)
Skirt: Talbots
Note: My previous work bag was a really cute Coach Poppy messenger bag.

After a year of throwing it under Metro seats, it had gotten dirty beyond the point of being able to clean it. Actually, I asked a saleslady how to clean it when I bought it, and she told me "with a rag and warm water." Yeah. That didn't work. So I needed a sturdy yet stylish bag that could handle all my Metro rides. This one does the trick. It's not a statement piece like the Coach bag was, but this thing will last me for years.

Side Note: This was the day I tendered my resignation at my current job. Definitely a bittersweet moment, but I'm SUPER EXCITED!!!! about my new job. More to come on that soon.

Day 10: Retro Moment

Shirt: Target $18
Bracelet: Forever 21
Necklace: H&M
Note: In case you can't tell, I went 80s. I know most people think "60s" when talking about retro style, but technically (and by "technically" I mean according to Wikipedia), "Retro is a culturally outdated or aged style, trend, mode or fashion, from the overall postmodern past, that has since that time become functionally or superficially the norm once again," AND "It generally implies a vintage of at least 15 or 20 years." And according to all the enthusiastic comments I received about my jewelry, I think it's safe to say the 80s have become the norm, superficially (what does that even mean?) or otherwise...and in small doses. Let's not get too crazy.

Side Note: This was the day I brought in cupcakes for a coworker's birthday. It was a new recipe and they were soooooooooo good!

Day 11: Dots & Circles

Jacket with Belt: H&M
Earrings: New York & Company
Note: I'm loving trying out summer up-dos. This one was particularly easy, and the video was fun to watch.

Side Note: This was the day my coworker (a man) alerted me to Sprinkles being in the building! I've trained these guys well. It will be sad to leave them, but I do feel as if my work here is done. If you work in the Pentagon and missed Sprinkles, they'll be back in August from the 13th to the 17th and the 20th to the 24th, and again in September from the 10th to the 14th.

Day 12: Sunglasses

Sunglasses: H&M --> $5.99 <-- (Perfect for me because I break or scratch up every pair I own. These have weathered being thrown around in my bottomless tote all season.)
Seashell necklace: Forever 21
Jacket: New York & Company

Note: Work suddenly got busy and my photographer and I couldn't get outside the one day we should probably have been outside to take a photo. (Note the G.I. Joe action figure under the computer screen, proof that we have a sense of humor here in the Pentagon. Oh the stories I'd love to tell...)

Side Note: This was the day I was supposed to appear in Dinwiddie Traffic Court (say it out loud and real fast for fun: DIN-widdie) for a reckless driving ticket I got over Memorial Day. The cop actually told me I wasn't driving recklessly, but he was going to ticket me as such anyway, and he was going to ticket me for having a brake light out. Pay attention to this detail, Virginia drivers: If you are going over 80 MPH in Virginia -- regardless of the speed limit -- you will be ticketed for reckless driving, which is a criminal misdemeanor. That means you can go to jail. I was going 81 in a 70, just like err-body else. (That'll teach me to drive a red car.) Anyway, I hired a lawyer and he got everything dismissed. If you need a referral, let me know.

Day 13: Hair Accessories

Headband: Forever 21 (I know you can't really see it, but it has little pearls on it and is really pretty.)
Cardigan: Banana Republic
Cami: The Limited
Belt: H&M

Note: Yes I know this is SUPER cheesy, but it was my last Friday in the Pentagon. It had to be done.
Side Note: My last day of work (this Friday) will also be the last day for the 2-star general I've been working for, for the past two years. As a farewell to him, we are having an office-wide BBQ. There's going to be a really neat surprise for him, which I was enlisted to be a major part of, and all I can say is it will be a prime opportunity for me to either epically embarrass myself or become a YouTube sensation. Or both. I'll keep you posted.

I skipped the weekend again (Mixing Patterns and Inspired by A Friend) because I had a blind day-date and didn't want to experiment with patterns, and my Sunday outfit of sweatpants and a dirty t-shirt would have insulted any friend I could have claimed I was inspired by. So instead, I offer you a DC rainbow, a lovely way to end a lovely week:

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