Neutral Ground

I’m actively trying to rotate items in my closet and wear as many things that I own as possible.  Today’s outfit was a result of that attempt.  The top, believe it or not, had been sitting in my closet for 7 months!  My sister gave it to me for Christmas and sadly, it had just sat there…for months.  The skirt had been sitting in my closet for over a year, sadly.  Sigh.  Partly because I could not fit into it a few months ago, but also because I have a bad habit of not circulating my clothes often enough.  That ends today!

Neutral Work outfit,

View from above,

Walmart Necklace,

Nine West Shoes,

Marshalls heels,

Details:  Skirt – Forever 21 old, similar here, herehere, and here and here; Top – Windsor Store, similar here and here; Shoes, $30 Nine West via Marshalls, check stores but similar here and here; Necklace – Walmart here; Bracelets – Forever 21, here.

For those who love the shoes in this post, know that they are currently sold at a Marshall’s store near you!  They were $30, are super comfy, and a must-have for any professional wardrobe.  Highly recommend you get them if you don’t already own a pair! The pearl cluster necklace is also a must, in my opinion.  It’s classic, goes with so many things, and for $5 it’s a purchase you just cannot pass up.

Well, friends, hope you enjoyed this outfit recap!  Have a happy Tuesday and I look forward reading your comments in the comments section below!

Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!

Instagram Lately

Happy Monday, Friends!  Hope everyone had a fun/restful/food-filled holiday weekend!  I was fortunate to spend mine with friends and family, so for all intents and purposes, it was perfect.

Week 4 of my Get Yo’ Fitness On is coming on the blog later this week, but in the meantime, I thought I would share a bit of what’s happened on Instagram lately.  I also made sure to highlight some fun purchases I made this month.  All super affordable of course! 😉

First up, are a pair of JCrew statement earrings.  I found these by chance on eBay not long after they sold out online.  They are SUPER fun to wear and add a great pop (or pops) of color to any outfit!  I could not find a pair anywhere, so I linked some others I’m coveting at the moment.

Instagram Lately, http://chicinacademia.comDetails: J Crew earrings (sold out), other versions here and here.

The skirt in the photo below is Milly for Kohl’s and I had my eye on it from the moment I found out the Milly for Kohl’s collaboration was happening.  I waited and stalked it much like a hunter does it’s prey, then pounced the moment it went on sale!  It’s SUCH a fun skirt, and paired with the chambray top pictured below, or a crisp white shirt, very workplace-appropriate, in my opinion.  Well, at least my workplace, haha.

Instagram Lately, http://chicinacademia.comDetails:  Skirt, Milly for Kohl’s.  This one is sold out, but you can find it on eBay here, or other items from the collection here. PS – Do you spot my little photobomber?! #photobomblove

You may or may not already be familiar with the Kendra Scott necklaces that are EVERYwhere, but if you’re not, allow me to educate you.  Kendra Scott is what Juicy Couture jewelry was in the early 2000’s.  Err-body wants it and most err-body owns at least one piece.  Well, go ahead and count me as one of the molecules in the mole (he he he!).  I TOO wanted this jewelry.  BUT, I didn’t want to pay the price, so I waited and waited and sure enough, someone produced a dupe.  I happened to have found mine for about $9 with free shipping, so I call that a pretty savvy purchase for an on-trend item.  Hold your applause, por favor. #gracias

Instagram Lately, http://chicinacademia.comDetails:  Tassel necklace, eBay here.

I recently mentioned that I made a trip out to LA, and while there, stopped at Forever 21 where I found the necklaces below for less than $20 combined.  They are actually sold separately, but the part of my brain that processes fashion information quickly computed that these two might in fact look amazing when paired together.  I listened and voilà – genius pairing in the making.  Is there a MENSA for fashionistas??  Just saying’… See Exhibit A, below.

Instagram Lately, http://chicinacademia.comExhibit A: Forever 21 necklaces, here and here.

Last month, I happened to be shopping for my boys’ birthday party goodie bags and stopped by my go-to spot for such things – Walmart.  A true fashionista seeks inspiration everywhere she goes, so naturally, I took a stroll through the clothing and jewelry department.  That’s where I found the two necklaces pictured below.  At $5 a pair, they had to come home with me.  Both are very work-appropriate and paired with the right outfit, can look like you paid far more than a mere five buckaroos!

Instagram Lately, http://chicinacademia.comDetails:  Walmart, similar here and here.

Also while in LA last month, I found a skirt for work.  I found that I’d been slacking on the office-formal wear, so I decided to step up my game again and try to dress up a little more, again. 😉  Part of the reason I think I’d been slacking is because I felt so out of shape.  Many of you will understand this, but when one has packed on the pounds, pencil skirts aren’t always the most flattering items of clothing one can or should wear.  But, since I’ve started working out (see Get Yo’ Fitness Challenge workouts here, here, and here) and eating healthier, I find that I can fit back into my fitted pencil skirts; or, in this case, buy new ones, haha!

Instagram Lately, http://chicinacademia.comDetails: Skirt, Forever 21, here.

It seems I found lots of items during that Forever 21 trip in LA, because I also purchased the pearl cuffs pictured below! These in particular I also loved because they’re subtle enough to wear to the office, AND – added plus – they don’t get in the way while typing!  Fashionable and functional.  Done and done.

Instagram Lately, http://chicinacademia.comDetails:  Pearl Cuffs, Forever 21, here.

Well, that’s my Instagram Lately recap for ya!  Hope you found some of these pieces inspiring for your own sartorial adventures this month.  Should you find yourself on a tight budget, worry not!  I have a giveaway active on Instagram for a tassel necklace of your choice (see below).  They are Sift With Style necklaces from Heart and Home Collection, worth over $20 a piece!  Enter on Instagram to win!

Tassel Necklace Giveaway, http://chicinacademia.comDetails:  Free beaded tassel necklace to one luck winner!  Check out Instagram to enter.

That’s all for now, friends!  Let me know if you know of any other deals on either clothing or accessories.  In particular, I’m on the hunt for a pink tote or satchel so holla at ya girl if you spot any under $40!

Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!

My Insta Moments Recap

I realize that not many of you are on Instagram, and perhaps only keep up with my sartorial activities via this blog, so I decided to share some of my Instagram moments here! Here are a few I thought you might find worthwhile:

Chic in Academia,

Details for one of my ootd’s (aka outfit of the day).  Links:  Pendant necklace by Cayetano Legacy, here // Watch by Guess, similar here // Bracelet by Banana Republic, similar here.

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A $3 tweed jacket I found on eBay.  Very Chanel-like, don’t you think?  Links: Jacket by Target, similar here // Sequin hanger by Pastels and Pastries, here.

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We’re all a little into fashion in my household.  Here’s my little one’s ootd from a week or two ago.  Don’t you just love him?!  Links: Shirt by Gap Kids, similar here // Pants by Old Navy, here // Sneakers by Nike, similar here.

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My Valentine’s Day outfit, complete with my new Gigi New York Uber clutch, which I scored on major clearance!  Links: Top by Lotus Boutiques, similar here, herehere, and here // Skirt and belt by Target, similar here and here // Bracelet by Henri Bendel, similar here // Clutch by Gigi New York, here.

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I recently found these espadrilles at Target for $25.  Target recently ran a promo where each pair was $20, so keep your eyes out for additional deals and discounts if they strike your fancy!  They are pretty comfy and in my opinion, pretty perfect for spring and summer!  Here, paired with a vintage Chanel bag that I scored on eBay for next to nothing – relative to full-priced Chanel bags, of course. 😉  Links: Espadrilles by Target, here // Chanel bag, similar here.

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Did you know that you get a free birthday gift from Sephora if you sign up for their free Beauty Insider Reward program??  Yes!! This month they are giving away a free Nars lipstick duo!  I made a quick stop by the mall to pick mine up this weekend.  I also picked up my favorite mascara while toting my newest bag obsession from Forever 21!  Links:  Bag by Forever 21, similar here // Nars lipstick duo, here // My favorite mascara by Dior, here.

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And finally, my birthday dinner outfit!  It was my birthday this week, so we went out for a quick dinner after the kiddies went to bed.  I literally had 5 minutes to throw this on, but liked the way the outfit turned out!  Links:  Top by Lotus Boutique, original is sold out, but a similar is linked here // Skirt by Altazurra for Target, here // Heels by Shopbop, here // Bag by Francescas, similar here.

Hope you enjoyed my Instagram update!  If you want to follow along on Instagram, follow me here.  Otherwise, I’ll try to post a recap every now and again to keep you updated.  Hope you all have a fantastic week!

Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!