January Wardrobe Update

Today I created a little checklist based on my last blog post about my new wardrobe. Let’s talk about the pieces I’ve already gotten!

Rebuilding Your Wardrobe | SparkleSistersEven though I have money budgeted for clothes, it’s still really hard for me to justify paying full price, especially when plenty of staples will always go on sale… I’ll detail my spending here too, for perspective, and help, for those who are on a budget!

Black Dress Slacks:
I bought two pairs of pants from LOFT. The first I bought on the clearance rack in the store, so I don’t know much more about them. They’re a skinnier fit. They need to be hemmed at the bottom. $42.86

The second pair came today. They are a big big in the waist, but belts are good things. They’re quilted and sooo soft. Ankle pants that are good for winter and spring. $14.88, my friends.
Rebuilding Your Wardrobe | SparkleSistersNice grownup jeans:
This was such a fluke deal and I still think it was an accident. Anyways. I got two pairs of the same jeans (from, you guessed it, LOFT), and they were on sale for $22.25 each. They’re comfy and stretchy, not really denim-y. I roll them up once at the bottom. But that’s in style…so I guess it’s fine!
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This was also on sale, bought it when I got the pants. It was $22.50, which is more than I usually spend on tops (I’m terribly cheap), but figured it was a good deal. I found it by looking for those that was priced super high, but were brought down to a manageable price. That way, I’m receiving the quality of the top worth the extra cash.
Rebuilding Your Wardrobe | SparkleSistersSweaters
This isn’t in my possession yet, so I’m not sure if I’m keeping it yet. But I found a bit of a casual sweater, and liked it! Sometimes slouchy stuff is hard to wear on my frame, but I’ll evaluate how it looks when it gets here… It was on sale also for $15.88, so how can you say no?

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Color: Vintage Oatmeal Heather

Work Dresses
YOU GUYS I FOUND THE CUTEST DRESS. It was actually on the clearance rack at LOFT for $12.88. I actually did take a picture of it. Wore it for the first time this week and LOOOVE how it fits. The picture makes it look kind of shapeless, sorry…
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Total: 7 pieces for $153.50
Average Price: $21.92/item

Moving forward:
I’m looking forward to the rest of my shopping, especially since I’ve already got a great start. Lots of black, but that will slowly be joined by exciting tops and accessories!

xx
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new year, new wardrobe!

Hello there!

It’s been a long time. I just haven’t done anything worth mentioning recently…!

I’ve already prepped my husband for 2015: the year of the wardrobe crossover. My goal is to replace most of the old pieces in my closet. I’ve got lots of shells/tanks from Ann Taylor LOFT that I’ve been wearing for 5 years now, and they’re starting to get ratty and pilled. Not to mention, I can’t remember if I’ve already worn it to that “one significant event that happens every year.” I just need new work clothes, you guys. and it’s gonna happen!

My new wardrobe will have:

Black dress slacks
Nice grown-up jeans
5-7 shells, patterned or solid
3-4 cardigans
1-2 sweaters
Black pumps (my heels are broken on the current ones 😦 )
1-2 Pencil skirts
Work dresses
Dress up dresses
Plain v-neck T’s

What’s in your closet? What are some staples that every lady needs?

xx

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Derby-themed Fundraiser Night

You guys, I did something nearly fashionable!

Our University held an “Uncorked” event at a local concert venue, where there was a live band, hors d’oeuvres from all over town, plus wine to top it off! This fundraiser made money for a scholarship fund dedicated to local students. Although we are quite nearly the same as the broke students we were a month ago, J and I got an email that offered 2 tickets for less than the price of one regular ticket! We still did our part, but sure tried to also get our night’s worth of fun out of it!

The dress code was “Derby attire.” I consulted my frat-tastic friend who works for the University on what to wear and the conversation went like this:
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But I did have a well-shaped dress for the occasion (if only it were floral!) to wear. So I played along with it to see what I could come up with. Justin had a nice coral-orange tie and he even picked out the jewelry in the store from the mere memory of what color his tie truly was. And it turned out pretty great! I wish there were some better colored pictures of the final product, but here were all the components! I also haven’t worn earrings in a decade (lies, maybe a year?) so that was something fun and new. I think wearing them always make me look older. I take what I can get. The lady that cut my hair that same day asked if I was 12.

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Derby Attire | TheSparkleSisters

Derby Attire | TheSparkleSisters

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The Look:
Dress: Banana Republic
Shoes: Payless (I know, but they are really comfy!)
Jewelry: Icing

It was so fun to dress up and go somewhere! We watched the Belmont Stakes the next day, too, in true Derby fashion. But I didn’t wear a hat…some people did, but I wasn’t sure if people were actually going to!

This fashion link up today is going to Sunday FUNday and StyleElixir!

 

Sparkle On!
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Fashion Friday: Cruise Casual Dining

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As we’re kicking off Spring Break this week, lots of people are heading out on cruises! I thought I’d share some of my outfits from the cruise I took over Christmas, because it seemed like a great time for it!

First off, I was super happy that I hadn’t tossed my sandals from last summer. They’re gone now…but I needed them badly for this trip! I wore this combo as a bit of dressy casual for dinner one night.

Get the look:
Sheer shirt
Patterned capri pants
Statement necklace
Sandals

My articles are from:
Top – Charlotte Russe
Pants – Ann Taylor Loft
Necklace – Charming Charlie’s
Sandals – Target, Summer 2013 season

I am not a bandeau wearer, friends. Partly because I think it’s immodest, and partly because it would fall down…

But here’s me in the mix!
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What’s your go-to casual outfit for a cruise?

Love,
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This week, we linked up with Favorite Fashion Friday!

Crocheted Bow Earwarmer

I have a confession: I love gray. But this time I included a little sparkle for the sparkle princess hiding somewhere inside me.

I am also a suuuuper amateur crocheter. Anything that is some variation of a square is possible, for me…Blankets. scarves, etc. I also made this in the car…so pictures are a no-go until the end.

Materials:
Yarn – Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick-n-Quick (or something)
K needle
Scissors

1. I just double crocheted for five rows.

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2. Then I made a 4-stich wide bow center, and attached it off-centered.
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3. Add a button to the back and tee hee,  you’re done!

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Sparkle On!Love,
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Chain Stitch Scarf – Easy!

Scarves are typically a really quick and easy Christmas present. But I liked this one so much that I kept it and bought my stepmom jewelry instead…Besides…I made her a scarf last year.

Okay, here’s the deal…crocheting tutorials are not my gig. I can barely read them. So. Here’s where I got mine…

Pinterest Link
Link to Pattern

It was super easy, took me about two sittings. I only used one skein of yarn, and didn’t use the whole thing, even!

Materials:
K needle
1 skein of Homespun yarn

Like I said…I don’t do tutorials for crocheting. But here’s what it looks like!

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Enjoy and happy crocheting!

Love,
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What I’d Wear: Casual Friday

Hi friends!

I’m writing on fashion now, yikes. But I like this outfit, so I figured I would share. I wear this combo to work on Fridays, or in this case, to a casual holiday get together at my Dad’s house.

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I went to my dad’s house for Thanksgiving lunch and wanted something comfortable, but cute. The skinny pant and flats combo is always a sophisticated look. I paired these jeans with a sweater with interesting sleeves. It’s cozy, but also not too bulky.

The necklace has gotten tons of wear because it’s WHITE! And WHITE, my friends, means it matches with ANY solid colored top you have on. Brilliant, I know. It is a really easy way to dress it up for work, and money well spent. I am really just beginning on my journey of accessorization (a word? Sounds good), and I really like having an accent to really finish out the outfit!

Necklace: Francesca’s
Sweater: American Eagle
Nail polish: Color Club from Birchbox
Jeans: Aeropostale (Don’t hate, this is the only place I can buy pants)
Shoes: Target

What are you wearing for Christmas?

Sparkle On,
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