Block Party



So apparently the last time I posted was June 27, 2014.

Geez, there’s really no excuse for that kind of gap. I just got lazy, guys, that’s the sad truth. But I’ve got a few posts saved up, and I’m going to post those, and then I’ll TRY to get back to my poor, long neglected blog!

Today’s outfit comes from waaay back in June, when the sister of my very first best friend got married. Ironically, it was at the same place as the outfit from my last post, which was from another of my friend’s weddings! So many weddings in 2014, guys.

Here is my designer comparison outfit:

maxi dress compare

Abi Colorblock Maxi Dress by Market and Spruce: $88
Call it Spring Aralian Wedges: $55
ModCloth Nautical Nostalgic Navigation Necklace: $10
Charter Club Simulated Pearl Stud: $17
Outfit total: $170

My copycat bargain outfit:


Colorblock dress: Ross, $12
Turquoise peep toe wedges: Cato, $3.99
Bronze heart necklace: Body Central, $1
Pearl clips: Claire’s, birthday present
Outfit total: $17

I loved the fun, bright colors of this outfit and it was cool and comfortable for an outdoor summer wedding. The pop of the turquoise and the navy against the white really helped the color block of this dress to stand out. I tried to keep my jewelry simple so the dress would be the focal point, and I think a heart necklace is always perfect for a wedding 🙂

It’s always exciting to find a maxi dress that’s the correct length for my short self. This one was just a touch to long, but with my little wedges it ended up perfect–thankfully they matched perfectly!

Again, I know it’s been a ridiculous amount of time since I’ve been posting on this blog, but I promise I’ll try to get back into the swing of things!

Thank you for sticking me with, you guys are the best!



As always, I like to include it when I get a funny behind the scenes picture, and those usually include me getting photobombed by a cat. My boy Gustav was for some reason VERY interested when we were taking these outfit pictures, so I’ll include a couple with him 🙂



What are you even doing?

What are you even doing?


Maybe Two is Better Than One


Well look at me. It has not been a month since my last post!!! Can I get some props here, please?! Especially since I’ve finally managed to drag myself away from the bottomless pit that is searching for Peeta/Josh Hutcherson pins on Pinterest. It’s possible I spent an hour(s) doing that before I remembered I had a TON OF AMAZING PICTURES for you all. I’ll save my Peeta obsession to tell you all about for another day.
But before we get to the outfits (yes, that’s right, I said outfits), I would like to introduce to you Miss Katie Schwarz! She kindly consented to take photos for my blog when I was having trouble finding a time when I could ask Lauren to, and let me just say she is equally talented and has managed to make me look very beautiful.
Now, as I mentioned before, you all will be getting TWO outfits this post. “But what madness is this?!” you cry (or I am imagining you saying, oblige me by uttering that out loud right now if you will. Go ahead, I’ll wait. Like Dora when she asks you questions when you accidentally land on Dora the Explorer while flipping through channels. It’s easier and less awkward to just do it. I’m assuming you’ve done it by now and will continue.) The reasoning is simple- one of the outfits I really love but I didn’t know the price on like half of it. So, in order to assuage my guilt, I asked Katie to indulge me by also taking photos of me in an outfit I’d worn the previous week that she wasn’t able to take pictures of previously.
Without further ado, the first of hopefully many future school outfits on this blog:
Photo credit: Katie Schwarz

Cream sheer blouse: borrowed from my roommate (approximately $17?)
Royal blue skirt: Ebay, $7.25
Black tights and white tank top with gold stripes: I have no idea
Leopard open toe flats with black bows: Steve Madden via Ross, Christmas gift from my sister and approximately $12-14
Gold filigree and white rose clip earrings: Forever 21, $3.80
Outfit total: ??? but more than $25 😦

So maybe you can see why I felt guilty throwing this outfit up as a legitimate bargain outfit post. Yet there were a couple of reasons I still wanted to show it to you all. First: my skirt. I loooove this skirt, and it was only $7.25! I got it on Ebay from a vaguely sketchy seller in China, but it showed up in a reasonable amount of time and is pretty good quality. Plus I adore the color. The seller has a wide selection of colors, actually, and I’m considering buying another. Second: the top. Now, I know it’s pretty expensive and not even mine, but it lets me emphasize again how amazing it is if you can borrow clothes from friends. I knew I wanted to wear a white blouse with this skirt as soon as I got it, and my roommate Katelyn just happened to have a perfect one that didn’t cost me a thing! Third: my earrings. As you may have caught, these are clips because I, unlike the vast majority of girls I know, do not have my ears pierced. There’s a ton of reasons why, but mostly it’s just that I know I would spend all my money on earrings if they were pierced. Clips are much harder to find and thus effectively save me from a potential money drain. I knew as soon as I saw these I had to have them because I love gold and cream, and they seemed very Victorian/vintagey to me which I love (also note my impressively done hair aka it’s not just down and wavy). Now, onto the actual bargain outfit:
Photo credit: Katie Schwarz

Red and black tribal print blouse: Mossimo via Daisy Exchange, $4.50
Black skinny jeans: Forever 21, $10.80
Skinny grey belt: came with another pair of pants 🙂
Grey Oxfords: Ebay, $8.23
Sparkly jewel clip earrings: Forever 21, $3.80
Outfit total: $27.30

I know this outfit is a couple dollars over, but I hoped you wouldn’t mind because I just love it! Two of these are recent purchases that I am absolutely in love with, the shirt and shoes. I couldn’t believe it when I found this blouse for less than five dollars, I was ecstatic! I am pretty picky about my prints but I think this one is absolutely gorgeous, and I just love red and black together. You might recognize my skinny jeans from my very first post, and I still love them as much as ever (I actually recently bought grey ones exactly like this, I repeat that these are a fabulous pair of jeans for only $11 and you might consider them if you like skinny jeans). This is one of my favorite belts, though I know it’s hard to see on the outfit. What do you think, am I cheating by not giving it a price since it came with another pair of pants?
Again, I found some rocking clips at Forever 21 (who has started carrying them and from whom I am gaining an impending sense of doom as I foresee what might happen to my wallet if they start having a lot of them regularly) that I thought added just the right touch to the overall look.
And, honestly, my absolute favorite part of the whole outfit- MY OXFORDS!!! I am deeply obsessed with Oxfords, I freely admit it, and I have scoured the web and Ebay for months trying to find a good deal on some cute ones. I don’t know how I got so lucky as to get these for less than $8.50 (with shipping!) but I suppose the fashion gods were simply smiling on me that day. My sister actually despises these shoes and I know plenty of people who just don’t get the Oxford craze, so I’m wondering what you think? I’d love to hear from you in the comments about that or anything in my blog, especially if you know anywhere I could get more cheap Oxfords 🙂 For now, since I feel like this is the longest post ever, I will bid you adieu until next time and hopefully I’ll have some more cute outfits for you!


P.S. Until I get tired of it, I’m going to start ending my posts with my favorite Peeta/Josh Hutcherson pins, just to add a little spice to things. Also, I think that P.S. clearly stands for Peeta and Sara.

One day….