Friday, July 3, 2015

The Ultimate Day to Night - Office to Bachelorette

Oh hallooooooo, Jeff and I are still living la dolce vita in Italy, so here is another previously scheduled post. I promise we'll be back soon!

So last month, I ended up having to go straight from work to a bachelorette party. I could have changed in the bathroom at work, but it seemed kind of awkward to then have to wander through the office in a tiny outfit and heels. So instead I took a different route:

Layers! I added a maxi skirt and scarf (and then a jacket because it ended up being kind of chilly) and suddenly I could wear this pretty, low-cut romper to work and no one was the wiser. Of course, the hair and makeup may have been a bit of a giveaway ;) This is different than a lot of day to night outfits in that you couldn't see most of my outfit at the beginning, but it was just as easy of a switch as when you change out a pair of shoes or switch handbags. I obviously wouldn't always recommend layering (a layered romper in particular, it adds a fun layer to the whole romper/bathroom issue), but in this case it was the perfect solution. 

Oh, and can we talk about this romper? Normally stretchy waist rompers don't work on me, nor do wrap fronts (which are supposed to be great for bigger busts, but in my case usually end up showing way too much skin) but this one somehow just works. It's great for dressy occasions, but as you can see also works dressed down with a denim jacket (just wear flat sandals instead of heels). 

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Additional Navy & Stripes Required

Oh hey there! Jeff and I are still traipsing through Italy and still consuming copious amounts of vino, so here's another previously scheduled post.

Blazer - JCrew / Tee - JCrew Factory / Denim - Old Navy / Heels - Michael Kors / Watch - Wristology / Earrings (similar) - BaubleBar / Glasses - c/o Firmoo

I don't know what's happened to me lately, but I want to wear navy and stripes, basically all of the time. These pictures are actually from a while ago (when it was a little chillier) but it got to the point where all I was posting were navy and striped outfits (ahem, ahem)so I thought I'd sit on these for a while. When paired with a blazer a striped tee can feel really nautical and dressed up enough for work, but with white shorts it's perfectly dressed down for the weekend.

Oh, and can we talk about these heels for a second? They may be the comfiest pair I've ever owned. Like, so comfy that I'm considering wearing them to a tradeshow when I get back. Seriously, go try them on. They've been on sale at Nordstrom every time I've looked at them for the past two months, so perhaps they're on sale RIGHT NOW. Past Me can't be sure of that though. Don't trust Past Me.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Lavender & White

Buongiorno! I wanted to show off my Italian skills, but really I still only know how to say, "La donna legge il giornale" which is super helpful for our trip. Jeff and I are still honeymooning it up in Italy and hopefully stuffing our faces with all of the pasta and gelato. Here's another previously scheduled post.

Sweater (similar) and Skirt (similar) - Loft / Sandals (similar) - Sole Society / Necklace and Bracelet (similar) - Stella & Dot

I have no idea why, but I had the hardest time styling this skirt. Like, last summer I'm pretty sure I wore it once. It's just a white skirt. In my brain I can think of 100 ways to wear it (or really, at least 4) but then in reality they never quite work out. Until I decided to pair it with this pretty lavender sweater for work. And then when I got to work I topped it with a giant fleece because the inside of my office is the same temperature as the inside of a glacier. I was trying to do blazers for work layers, but that is so not working out.

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Two more ways to wear a lavender sweater:


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Friday, June 26, 2015

June Budget

Every month I post about my clothing budget. My budget per month is $300, which to some may seem like a lot and to others a little, but feels just right for me. You can read my thoughts on my 2014 budget here

Oh, and yeah, we're still honeymooning in Italy so this post is on autopilot thanks to past me. 

So remember last month when I said June was going to either be a really low or really high spending month? Turns out really high. And most of that was done before it was actually June (my last budget post went up on 5/29). I think I got excited that a) there was a little wiggle room since I was so far under budget last month and b) I felt like I could justify some things for our trip to Italy, like comfy sandals I could walk around in, a pretty swimsuit for the Amalfi Coast, and a fancy skirt because, well, who doesn't want a fancy white skirt for their honeymoon? I also grabbed these pink pumps for our rehearsal dinner after buying and returning at least 10 pairs of heels that weren't quite right (it was weirdly easier to buy shoes for the wedding itself!) and a couple of casual tops.

Here's the damage for June:

Ann Taylor Skirt - originally $129, on sale $81.27
Michael Kors Sandals (similar shown - mine just have studs down the center) - originally $125, on sale $79.97
Robin Piccone Swimsuit - originally $138, on sale $82.80
Jessica Simpson Pumps - $88.95
Frenchi Tank - originally $28, on sale $15.90
Ann Taylor Tank - originally $59.50, on sale $37.49
Halogen Tank - originally $25, on sale $14.90

Total Spent: $401.28
Total Saved: $192.17

Since we're halfway through the year now (!!!), here's a recap of what I've spent so far in 2015:
January: $309.38
February: $256.22
March: $300.33
April: $228.74
May: $196.20
June: $401.28

Total Spent: $1,692.15
Average Per Month: $282.03

So even though I went a little over for this month, I can rest easy knowing I'm still under budget overall for the year.

How did your budgeting go for June?

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Summer Sweater

Oh hello there! I'm currently on my honeymoon in Italia (more vino, please!) so here's a previously scheduled post for your viewing pleasure.

Sweater - Loft / Shorts - JCrew Factory / Sandals - Sole Society / Bag (similar) - Ann Taylor / Watch - Wristology / Necklace - Stella & Dot 

So guys. This top.

I know, right?

It's just a sweater with cutouts, but it is somehow my most complimented item, by everyone from college kids to old ladies. Paired with some short shorts it looks decidedly young, but with capris or white jeans I could see my mom wanting to wear it too. Or maybe even my grandma. She's pretty hip.

Winner winner chicken dinner.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Viva Italia!

Oh hey! We're married! We're off to Italy for our honeymoon! I like exclamation points!

I was going to cue up a bunch of guest posts for you guys while I'm gone for the next two weeks, but then I ran out of time and instead am just using up my backlog of outfit posts, you know, robbing Peter to pay Paul, screwing myself over when I get back from our trip, whatever you want to call it. So there's a bit of style coming your way while I'm gone.

Want to see some snaps from our wedding or what we're up to in Italy? Follow me on Instagram @kristinadoes or check out our wedding hashtag #marryabarry.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Rehearsal Dinner

Dress (same dress with silver beading, same dress in different colors) - Adrianna Papell / Heels - Jessica Simpson / Bag (similar) - unknown (from Nordstrom Rack)

You guys!! It's happening! Today is our rehearsal dinner, and tomorrow is the big day!! I'm so excited I might pee my pants or something. And when I say "my pants" I mean this fancy sparkly dress I've been waiting almost a year to wear. I searched for white or silver strappy heels literally for months to pair with it, but ended up going with these bright pink suede heels because, well, why not? Feels a little like Barbie heading out on a hot date, but you know, in a good way. Semi-related: have you seen the Barbie Style Instagram account? So so good.

Anyway, my brain is no longer working right. Have a great weekend! If you want to see some wedding snaps, follow @kristinadoes on Instagram or find our hashtag, #marryabarry.

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