MAD Outfits

Velvet Bomber Jacket & Silver Heels

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As reported in my February buys’ post, this velvet bomber jacket looked like it would be a styling challenge. The lighting in my apartment made it looked much more blue than grey. I have a mostly black wardrobe due to work dress code, so I was looking for something grey to break up the darkness. (more…)

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Cream Laser Cut Top & Black Skort

Shoot Location: All America Park, Quincy, IL.

I love all things leather. This cream faux leather laser cut┬átop almost didn’t make the cut when I purged my closet of all things not black a few months ago. But I just couldn’t part with such a cute, versatile piece.

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Speaking of cute, versatile pieces: let’s talk about this black faux leather skort. I was so excited that skorts were a thing again. It was a big throwback to my early elementary school days.

Also, these Coach aviators, aka the only pair of sunglasses I’ve worn for the last two years.

I’ve worn these Zara booties so much, I’ve had the toes and heel taps replaced twice. If anyone knows of a similar, closed toe style, let me know! I can’t repair these forever.

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Zara cream faux leather laser cut top. Retail Price: $69.90; Purchase Price: $39.90. Times Worn: 10. Cost Per Wear:$3.99. Similar top here.

Zara black faux leather skort. Retail Price & Purchase Price: approximately $49.90. Times Worn: 15. Cost Per Wear: $3.33. Similar skort here.

Zara black suede ankle booties. Retail Price & Purchase Price: $69.90. Times Worn: 50+. Cost Per Wear at 50 Wears: $1.40.

Coach aviator sunglasses. Retail Price: $150. Purchase Price: $75. Times Worn: 300+. Cost Per Wear at 300 Wears: $0.25. (WHAT?! #costperwearallstar)

Off the Shoulder Top & Grey Skinny Jeans

I love this top and these jeans so much, I wore this exact outfit two times in three weeks. The first time I wore this outfit was to dinner with my alumnae advisor council. I volunteer as an advisor for the Delta Rho chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi at DePaul University here in Chicago.

This is the street I grew up on in Quincy, Illinois. Something seemed right about shooting my new outfit posts in the place where it all began.

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This is my holy shit, so excited face! Happy Wednesday, everyone!

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Maurices black off the shoulder top. Retail Price: $29. Purchase Price: $22.61. Times Worn: 2. Cost Per Wear: $11.31. On sale now for $12.49!

J Brand gray skinny jeans

Zara black patent leather pumps. Retail/Purchase Price: $69.90. Times Worn: 10. Cost Per Wear: $6.99. Blister blocks to prevent these shoes from leaving deeper scars on the back of my ankles: priceless.

Coach black leather Romy satchel. Retail Price: $298. Purchase Price: $223.50. Times Worn: over 100. Cost Per Wear: $2.24.

H&M silver collar necklace. Retail/Purchase Price: $15. Times Worn: 30. Cost Per Wear: $0.05.

MAD Outfit: Autumn Florals

Hello all! Today’s post breaks my favorite fashion faux pas: wearing white pants after Labor Day. I know some people still swear this is unacceptable; I say whatevs! White pants/skirts/shorts are a great neutral year round so don’t be afraid to bust them out!

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I love rolling up a pair of skinny cut pants to reveal the glory of the shoe, in this case a killer pair of booties with a tassel-pull zipper from Coach.

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Shirt-LC Lauren Conrad (Kohl’s). Retail Price: $44. Purchase Price: $30.80. Times Worn: 4. Cost Per Wear: $7.70.

Pants-American Eagle Outfitters. Retail Price: $39.50. Purchase Price: $29.63. Times Worn: 10. Cost Per Wear: $2.96.

Belt-Fossil (Macy’s).

Booties-Coach. Retail Price: $298. Purchase Price: $201. Times Worn: 6. Cost Per Wear: $33.50.

 

 

 

MAD Outfit: Shirt Tails

Anyone remember the 80’s cartoon, The Shirt Tails?! While racking my brain for a clever title, I thought something like “Denim Shirtdress” or “Leather and Denim” seemed generic, yet effective. All of a sudden shirt tails popped into my head and that was it. I wore this outfit to Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away tour with Hunter Hayes. Great show with my mom, aunt and cousin! There was a hilarious moment unfortunately not captured on camera where I bent over asking my cousin if I could possibly wear this dress without tights and not have my behind hanging out. It felt a little shorter than expected when I tried it on, but I think it will be okay once temps inch back up in the spring.

Also this is the debut of my new Coach Legacy bag, the Rory tote. If you’re in the market for a new classic handbag with a twist, there’s nothing better than the Legacy collection right now. Lots of punchy colors for the holidays and great shapes and sizes too. Have a great week!

Shirtdress-American Eagle. Retail Price: $49.95. Purchase Price: $46.25. Times Worn: 1. Cost Per Wear; $46.25.

Belt-came with dress or skirt from Maurices.

Tights-George (Wal-Mart.) Retail Price: $5.97 per pair. Purchase Price: $5.97 per pair. Times Worn: 3. Cost Per Wear: $1.99.

Boots-Coach. Retail Price: $548. Purchase Price: $219.20. Times Worn: 51. Cost Per Wear: $4.30.

Handbag-Coach. Retail Price: $398. Purchase Price: $298.50. Times Worn: 20. Cost Per Wear: $14.93.

Sunglasses-Coach.

MAD Outfit: Proud to be an American

Quick post: This patriotic bib necklace arrived from BaubleBar just in time for Election Day. I threw it on with a denim shirt for a heavy dose of Americana, hit the polls before work and am now sitting here flipping between a special on the presidency on the History Channel and Brian Williams and team on NBC.

So this isn’t the greatest picture but hey I was rushed!

Shirt-American Eagle. Retail Price: $39.50. Purchase Price: $29.63. Times Worn: 4. Cost Per Wear: $7.41.

Necklace-BaubleBar. Retail Price: $28. Purchase Price: $28.00. Times Worn: 1. Cost Per Wear: $28.

Below is where I posted myself for the results! Also see my Coach Legacy Leather Duffle, my birthday present to myself this year. Retail Price: $398.00. Purchase Price: $298.50. Times Worn: 45. Cost Per Wear: $6.63.

MAD Outfit: Pastel Stripes

Temperatures have finally gone down enough to break out the sweaters and boots without having to wear a heavy coat yet. The second I spotted this sweater at American Eagle, I knew I could construct an outfit around these awesome gray Coach boots. Enjoy the fall weather while it lasts!

Sweater-American Eagle. Retail Price: $39.95. Purchase Price: $23.97. Times Worn: 1. Cost Per Wear: $23.97.

Jeans-American Eagle. Retail Price: $49.50. Purchase Price: $34.99. Times Worn: 5. Cost Per Wear: $7.00.

Boots-Coach. Retail Price: $548. Purchase Price: $219.20. Times Worn: 50. Cost Per Wear: $4.38.

Sunglasses-Coach.