30. Obsessed with leopard print.

You’ve probably already noticed this by now, but I’m pretty much in love with leopard print.  I mean, not the in-your-face-head-to-toe love, more like the subtle hint kind of love.

Case in point:

leopard print outfit
See, classy!

leopard print fall outfit
Beige tee with 3/4 sleeves – Loft (thrifted @ Goodwill); similar here
Sleeveless leopard print blouse – H&M (old); similar here*
Dark skinny jeans – Dorothy Perkins
Nude pointed toe flats – Target*
Geometric necklace – Forever21*
Large stud earrings – Express (old); similar here
(* = affiliate link)

Don’t forget to vote today, meow!

XO,
Gabby

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29. Comfy casual.

Sometimes, I just really don’t feel like getting out of bed and putting on a cute outfit.  I just don’t!  I honestly would wear my fleece Spongebob pajama pants all day long if it was appropriate.  Fah reals.  I obviously can’t do that for my job without sacrificing my dignity, so I usually settle for something that’s still almost as comfortable.  Thankfully, I work in a pretty casual dress environment.

Cue today’s look:

chambray denim black skinny jeans combat boots leopard
Effortless and comfortable, without looking too frumpy.  I also did super simple makeup: just a little mascara and blush.  Oh, and I filled in my eyebrows a bit.  Good eyebrows are my passion.

Here’s a list of everything with links!

chambray denim black skinny jeans combat boots leopard
Light denim chambray shirt – Target (old); similar here*
White tunic tank – Victoria’s Secret (old); similar here*
Black skinny jeans – Express (thrifted @ Goodwill); similar here*
Leopard scarf – Walgreens (old); similar here and here
Lace-up combat boots – Zulily (old); similar here
(* = affiliate link)

There you have it.  Simple, comfortable, and yet still put together.  Sort of.  Almost.

XO,
Gabby

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28. Fall is here!

I enjoy the summertime, especially since my birthday is at the end of July.  Honestly, though, I’ve grown to LOVE the fall.  Hot apple cider (with or without a little kick of rum), brisk air, sweaters, falling leaves, and pumpkins?  Yes, please!  I think it has to do with all the cute layering I can do.  Plus, boots.  I don’t think I need another reason other than boots, right?

One great fall fashion staple is the blazer, which can be dressed up or down depending on your mood or where you’re headed.  I own blazers in gray, black, and most recently camel (which will be making an appearance soon).

Here’s an outfit I wore a few weeks ago.  I teach a chemistry lab one night a week at a local college, and this is what I put together for the first session of the semester.

fall outfit layers layering blazer riding boots gingham

I really like the subtle mixing of prints at the sleeves.

fall outfit layers layering blazer riding boots gingham
Here’s the breakdown of everything!

blazer gingham skinny jeans riding boots

Gray ponte blazer – Forever21 (old); similar here* and here*
Black and white gingham button-down shirt – GAP (eBay); similar here* and here
Black v-neck tee – Target*
Dark wash skinny jeans – GAP
Brown riding boots – Enzo Angiolini (eBay): similar here*
Rhinestone horseshoe necklace – Forever21 (old); similar here
(* = affiliate link)

Stay tuned for lots of layered looks this season!

XO,
Gabby

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27. Yet another reason I love the thrift store.

I finally found two wardrobe staples I’ve been looking for!  A pair of rain boots and a pair of black riding boots.  Both at the thrift store.  Both for $10 (i.e. $5 per pair).  I am a super happy girl right now!

The rain boots I got are just plain black.  I don’t feel like I really need to show you a photo of the actual pair, but they look strikingly similar to the “Matilde” rain boots by Loeffler Randall.

loeffler randall rain boots
I think $5 is a pretty awesome price considering boots like these go for $195!

The second pair of boots I got are actually still available on the Kohl’s website.  The are on clearance for just under $26, but the original price was $84.99.  Again, a pretty good deal considering I only paid $5 and the pair I scored still looks brand new.

croft barrow riding boots
I also bought a few new tops, but I’ll save those for another post (or two).

Now, to get back to my X-Files marathon…

XO,
Gabby

 

26. Twenty fashion rules…to break!

This article was posted back in January, but I really love it and wanted to share just in case you missed it. 🙂

20 fashion rules to break

Photo credit: cosmopolitan.com

http://www.cosmopolitan.com/celebrity/news/20-fashion-rules-you-should-break

White after Labor Day?  Do it.  Spend a ton of money for quality?  Not necessary.

Really great advice overall.

I hope you are all having a great Monday!

XO,
Gabby

25. What I wore to Pridefest.

gabriella k singing

A few weekends ago, I had the opportunity to perform with my dear friend Lex Allen during Pridefest at the Summerfest grounds here in Milwaukee.  It was so much fun!  (On a side note, if you like R&B/funk/soul, check him out…he is a talented artist!  http://www.facebook.com/TheOfficialLex)

The grounds are pretty big, and I knew we would have to park pretty far away if we didn’t want to pay the $10 to park on site.  Sadly, that meant heels were out!  I think the outfit I came up with was perfect anyway.

lex allen and the vibes

Lex Allen and the Vibes! From left to right: Anthony, Sam G., Lex, Sam K., Jason, and me

gabriella k singing

Singing my little heart out. Check out my husband jamming in the background! Photo credit: Xavier Waller

If you feel like recreating this look, here’s a breakdown of what I wore.

ponte dress neon yellow sneakers

Textured sheath dress – Forever 21* (available in black only)
Neon yellow belt – Express (old); similar here
Gray canvas sneakers – Target*
Faceted button stud earrings – Express
(* = affiliate link)

As you can tell, I fill this dress out quite a bit more than the model.  Baby got back, yo.  I like it better more fitted anyway.  What do you think?

Have a great week!

XO,
Gabby

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24. My latest thrift store finds.

I usually deposit my husband’s checks since he works from home, and there just happens to be a Goodwill right next to our credit union.  I just can’t help myself.

I stopped in yesterday and found some really great pieces.

Here they are!

brown vest

Brown button vest – Banana Republic

old navy print blouse

Sheer printed blouse – Old Navy

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new york and co tank

Gray ruffle tank – New York & Co (still had the tags on it!)

gap shorts

Dark khaki shorts – GAP

Printed ruffle blouse - J. Crew

Printed ruffle blouse – J. Crew

Printed ruffle blouse - J. Crew

The total for all 5 pieces? $22.12.  High fives all around.

So, how do you think I did this time?  I’ll make sure to share some outfits including these pieces soon.

XO,
Gabby

23. Springtime sweater weather.

It got so chilly again last week!  I bought SWEATERS at Target…and I actually wore them.  Luckily, the weather has warmed up considerably and it’s gorgeous outside today!

I bought two sweaters in the clearance section at Target a few days ago, one for $7 and one for $9.  Surprisingly, they are NOT marked down on the website; if you want to score some nice sweaters for next fall/winter, I’d suggest you look in store first!

sweater neon spring outfit
cream sweater neon nude flats spring outfit
Cream pullover sweater – Target*
Hot pink tank – Target*
Boyfriend jeans – Express (old); similar here
Nude patent flats (w/ handmade shoe clips) – ZOOSHOO*
Faceted button stud earrings – Express
Neon statement necklace – eBay; exact here
(*=affiliate link)

I hope the rest of you are enjoying warmer weather this weekend!

XO,
Gabby

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22. Three outfits, one post.

I totally forgot to take photos of a few of my outfits this week.  I did, however, make some cute little diagrams for you!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

black tan polka dot outfitBlack and white polka dot blouse – Francesca’s (old); similar here and here*
Dark khaki skinny jeans – American Eagle (old); similar here
Black ankle strap vamp flats – ZARA
Faceted button stud earrings – Express
Rhinestone statement necklace – eBay
(*=affiliate link)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

gray stripe sweater army boots outfit

Gray cardigan – GAP (old); similar here
Gray stripe dolman sweater – Two Apples (thrifted @ Goodwill); similar here
Dark-wash skinny jeans – GAP
Lace-up military boots – Zulilly (old); similar here
Faceted button stud earrings – Express

And that brings us up to today’s outfit.  I was incredibly tired today…definitely due to tossing and turning all night and not getting much sleep.  I had to present data at a large joint lab meeting today, and I was super nervous about it!  I did fine, and my boss told me I did a nice job.  Sometimes it’s just so nice to get affirmation!

green black leopard ankle boots outfit

Vogue-ing in the Target dressing room. Classy.

green black leopard ankle boots outfit
Green cardigan – Target (old); similar here
Sleeveless leopard print blouse – H&M (sold out); similar here and here
Black skinny jeans – Forever 21 (old); similar here
Black ankle boots – T.J. Maxx; similar here
Faceted button stud earrings – Express

I also bought a few clearance sweaters and a new chambray button up. 🙂

Okay, I need to get back to catching up on my shows!

XO,
Gabby

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21. Casual outfit for Mother’s Day.

Unfortunately, my mom had to work on Mother’s Day (although we did make time to stop and see her on Saturday night and give her a gift).  However, my mother-in-law was free, so we spent some time sitting on her porch on Sunday afternoon.  The weather was gorgeous that day!

I put together a really simple outfit for the occasion.

cream sweater olive skinny ankle pants
cream sweater olive pants gold accessories
Cream crocheted sweater – Mudd (thrifted @ Goodwill)
Oatmeal tank – Target*
Olive chinos – Forever 21*
Nude patent flats (w/ handmade bow clips) – ZOOSHOO*
Gold leaves statement necklace – eBay
Faceted button stud earrings – Express
(* = affiliate link)

Here’s a close up of my necklace for detail:

gold leaf leaves statement necklace

You should remember that sweater from a Goodwill haul I featured a few weeks ago.  I seriously love it; it’s the perfect spring sweater.  I also linked to a tutorial for the handmade bow clips.  They are unbelievably easy to make!

Well, that’s all I have for today.  Make sure to check back soon for my next outfit! 🙂

XO,
Gabby

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