wear to work: casual friday.


Good morning fashion-lovers!  Happy Friday!

Fridays are seriously the best. The first day of the weekend with two whole mornings to sleep in ahead of you.  Knowing when you leave work that you have the next two and a half days to your self to do whatever you want– even when it happens to be just lying on your couch watching Netflix for ten hours at a time.  I don’t need to tell you this though, because you already know.

But one of the other great things about Fridays is the unspoken (or sometimes explicitly stated) rule that Fridays are the day of casual dress.  At Lands’ End, it’s casual attire all days of the week.  It’s great because there aren’t any written rules, so I really can wear whatever I want.  Some days I’ll wear a dress and booties, but the next day I can stroll in wearing some slouchy jeans and a tee shirt.  It’s pretty perfect.  But, I’m totally aware that I’m in a unique situation and most places of work have stricter dress codes.  My fantastic friend Ali, for example, is a teacher and has to follow a certain dress code.  But, on Fridays they do get an actual “Casual Friday.”  I know some definitely struggle with the concept.  You want to wear more comfortable and casual clothing, but you still want to be professional.  Even more so, you want to be stylish.  It can be tough meeting all the above.  But luckily, Ali volunteered to join me in the second installment in my Wear to Work series centered around Casual Friday attire.

The trick to professionally and stylishly mastering Casual Fridays is to mix your wardrobe.  What I mean by this is wearing one piece that’s more on the professional side, and one that’s more on the casual side.  For example, you could still wear your button-down blouse, but pair it with some dark rinse jeans.  Try your classic chino with a casual chambray top.  You can even go with the nice t-shirt route as long as you don’t wear denim on the bottom.  Then, use your accessories to your advantage.  If you’re feeling too casual, throw on a statement necklace to jazz it up a bit.  If you’re feeling too formal, wear casual flats, or if you’re like me, throw on your Vans, for an edgy-casual look.  No matter how you pair it, remember to stick with pieces from each end of the spectrum and mix and match away!

Ali and I wore the casual work attire in two different ways.  She went for a dressy-tee paired with skinny chinos and some easy sandals.  I dressed up my chambray top with broken in chinos, wedges, and a pop color necklace.











On Kaylee:

Target Chambray Shirt (similar) | Gap Broken In Chinos | Target Wedges | Francesca’s Necklace | Sequin Bangle | Lauren Conrad Arrow Ring

On Ali:

J. Crew Pattern Block Tee (similar) | Gap Skinny Khakis | Lauren Conrad Bracelet Set | Gap Sandals (similar)

How do you do Casual Friday?

Until next time–



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currently craving: florals

Happy Saturday!

It’s sunny with a high of 52° in Madison today and it’s finally starting to feel like spring.  To East and West-coasters, that might not seem that warm, but considering it flurried on my drive home from work yesterday, I’m pretty ecstatic.  I’m finally starting to get that spring fever with tanks, shorts, and spring patterns on the mind.  The obvious go-to spring pattern, the floral, is not quite itself this year.  Gone are the days of soft, feminine florals– in 2014 the multi-floral, also known as the hyper-floral, is out in full force.  These bright, digitally printed versions of the classic spring pattern are more colorful and edgier than ever before.  Don’t get me wrong, sometimes when you want your look to be softer, a feminine floral is the way to go.  But if you really want to make a bold statement, try out  the eye-catching version that is bound to turn a few heads.

I spent a few hours last night searching the ends of the earth/internet to find the absolute best of the best in florals this spring.  Check out my picks below!

Falling for Florals

Blue dress

Peplum top

Swim suit

Sam&Lavi cropped pants

Mink Pink short skirt

PL by Peter Lang flower ring
$34 – theiconic.com.au

Iphone case

What floral piece are you dying to get your hands on this spring?  Personally, I can’t stop thinking about the Anthropologie ankle pants!

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what happens in vegas.

Hello, hello!

Thank goodness it’s already Wednesday!  I don’t know about you, but I’m just itching for the weekend!  To get you through that mid-week slump, I bring you my latest styling adventure.  I was recently asked by travel expert Kendra Thornton of Thornton PR to participate in a challenge with a handful of her other favorite bloggers.  She is going on a trip with her girlfriends to Las Vegas and gave us the mission of planning an outfit for her night out.  I gladly accepted this challenge, as dressing up to go out is my forte.

So for Kendra’s night out in Vegas, I wanted to create an edgy, yet feminine ensemble.  I started with a gorgeous lace sheath from J.Crew and layered on statement making accessories.  A leather jacket tossed over the lace makes for an eye-catching contrast that is sure to turn heads.  The leopard heels are for, well, just because.  I mean who doesn’t feel instantly sexy in a pair of leopard heels?  Simple gold jewelry and a neutral clutch and nails exude sophistication and femininity.

A Night Out in Vegas

So what’s your review? Would you wear this on a night out? Sound off below!

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To see my official mission from Kendra, click here: LookingAheadtoLasVegas

pleatsandpearls + modcloth

Hi friends!

I was recently asked by Modcloth, yes that Modcloth, to participate in their Uniquely You campaign.  Uniquely You is a contest of sorts for fashion bloggers, where Modcloth sends out a different product each week for us to style, and we style it however we’d like through Polyvore.  Modcloth will pick their favorite look each week and post that blogger’s look to their page.  Pretty exciting, eh?

So this is my first go-around, so cut me some slack, but I’m pretty pleased with the final product.  This week, I was given a simple cobalt sheath dress.  In general, I’m not a blue and black person, so I had to infuse a bit of grey to make this look a little softer and more me.  It’s still quite chilly in the Midwest, so I went for a more winter-friendly ensemble complete with leather zipper ankle booties, a heavyweight sweater cardigan, and glam accessories.  Talk about sophisticated chic! 

lead by example
What do you think? I can definitely see myself wearing this to work or on a sunny weekend afternoon.  For more styling ideas, check out my new profile on Polyvore.

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