Pinspired Navy Work Outfits

Inspiration for my work outfits comes from many places, although Pinterest provides a great deal of inspiration on a daily basis.  I have an entire board dedicated to ideas/inspiration for my work outfits.  Since I surmise that not everyone who reads my blog has a Pinterest account, it behooves me to share some of my favorites with you in this post!  Here are some ideas for putting together outfits for work with a navy color palette.

Work Outfits in Navy,









1753cd49c5f9f53d57060c82659b3d7aThe images in this post were taken from Pinterest and do not belong to Chic in Academia.

All images with links to blog available on my ‘Career’ Pinterest board (here).  I’m in love with them all and want to recreate each of them!  What do you think??  Any favorites?  Let me know in the comments section below.  And, as always, don’t forget to follow along with my daily outfit posts on Instagram!

Until next time! Stay ‘Chic’!

Utility Vest, Jacket and Get Yo’ Fitness On Week 4

I think I have an olive green utility vest/jacket obsession.  I recently decided I HAD TO HAVE both a utility vest and utility jacket.  Both in olive green.  So, off I went.  I hunted both down and now am the proud owner of both items, with not too big of a dip in my bank account!

The first item I found was the utility jacket.  I first saw it on my friend Sarah of ShopsSRJ.  She wore it so casually and described it as the perfect ‘throw on and go’ jacket that, well, I had to have it!  So, I searched and searched and found the one below on eBay for $8.

Utility jacket,

Details: Jacket, eBay, similar here and here; Dress, Gap, here; Shoes, Plato’s Closet, similar here; Necklace, Banana Republic, similar here; Bracelets, Forever 21, here; Bag, Louis Vuitton, buy used here.

I love the length, the slouchy sleeves, and the fact that it’s light enough to wear during the summer.  Layers are important during the summer, particularly when frequenting air-conditioned places.  This outfit I wore to a coffee date with girlfriends, followed by a little bit of shopping.  Notice I’m wearing slip-on shoes and clothing that is easily removed in case I need to try on clothes and shoes in a jiffy!  A girl’s gotta think ahead! 😉

Next, I hunted down the utility vest I could not get my mind off.  I found it during a grocery shopping trip to Target, because you know I can’t grocery shop at Target without perusing the clothing/shoes/accessories sections of the stores, haha.  So there is was, in its $30 glory.  They happened to have a $10 off coupon available that day, and I also used my Target Red Card, so in all, I saved $11.50.  Not too shabby!

Utility vest,

Utility vest,

Details: Dress, old from Target, similar here and here; Vest, Target, here; Necklace, Walmart, similar here and here; Shoes, Michael Kors via TJ Maxx, similar here and here; Bag, TJ Maxx, similar here and here; Belt, Altuzarra for Target, similar here and here.

I wore this outfit to the office and my office mates seemed to like it as much as I did!  I’ve pinned some other combinations on Pinterest in case you’re interested in buying and styling it other ways.  Find me on Pinterest here.

Finally, don’t forget to follow my workout updates for the Get Yo’ Fitness On 6-week challenge here on the blog!  Week 4’s workouts are as follows:

Summer Program_W4D1 Exercises

Summer Program_W4D1 Summary

Summer Program_W4D2 Exercises

Summer Program_W4D2 Summary

Summer Program_W4D3 Exercises

Summer Program_W4D3 Summary

If you’re just now learning about this challenge, then look up workouts in my search bar to the right above!  All 4 weeks will pop up in your search.

Hope everyone has a fantastic week!  If you are at all inspired by these outfits, follow along on Instagram for daily outfit posts, here.  Don’t forget to leave comments, suggestions, tips, etc below in the comments section.  I look forward to hearing from you all!

Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!

2014 Black Friday Sales Guide

Want to get a head start on some of the major sales happening this Friday?  Here’s a few of my faves in the form of a list, which you may peruse at your leisure…or, frantically, for those of you who have been anxiously waiting a very long year for Black Friday to arrive!

Happy Shopping and Happy Thanksgiving, friends!!

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THE LIST: – take up to 70% off on black footwear + up to 70% off on designer shoes, two days only!

Alice + Olivia – take 25% off on your entire purchase + free shipping on select orders too (Black Friday Sale)

American Eagle Outfitters – take 40% off on your entire purchase + get free shipping on all orders (Black Friday Sale)

Ann Taylor 50% off on your entire purchase (Black Friday Sale!)

Ann Taylor LOFT – 50% off on your entire purchase (Black Friday Sale!)

ASOS – 25% off on partywear + take 10% off on your entire purchase (stackable!), limited time only

BCBGeneration – 50% off on your entire purchase, today only

The Body Shop get 3/$33, 4/$44 or 5/$55 sitewide + get a Limited Edition Black Friday Tote for $30 (a $125 value!)

Calypso St. Barth – 30% off regular priced items + an additional 50% of sale items (Today only: $100 cozy scarfs)

Coach – take up to 50% off on sale shoes + 30% off on apparel

C. Wonder – take 40% off sitewide (everything is on sale!) + get free shipping

Diane von Furstenberg – take 40% off on select fall & winter styles

Dorothy Perkins – take up to 30% off sitewide + get free shipping on all orders

Express – take 50% off on everything + get free shipping on all orders, no minimum

Fab’rik 30% off entire site

Forever 21take 20% off on all full-priced dresses and skirts, today only (+ take 10% off on your entire purchase too!)

GAP select fleece & sleepwear is now $19 (+ take 30% off on everything else!)

GUS MAYER – 50% off all sale-priced markdowns

H&M – take 20% off on your entire purchase + get free shipping on orders of $50+

Intermix – take an extra 30% off on all sale items & markdowns

JC Penney – take up to an extra 25% off on your entire purchase + get free shipping on orders of $49+

J Crewtake 30% off on all full-priced styles + get free shipping on all orders

J Crew Factory – take 50% off sitewide + get free shipping on all purchases of $50

Kate Spade New York – take up to 75% off on hundreds of items + 25% off with code HOLLYJOLLY

Kendra Scott – take 15% off sitewide + get free shipping on all orders, no minimum

Kohl’s – take 15% off sitewide + earn Kohl’s Cash + shop 500+ Black Friday deals

LOTUS BOUTIQUE – 6-8am – free $25 giftcard with $50 purchase
8-10am – free scarf with $50 purchase
10-12am – free leggings with the purchase of two tunics
12-2pm – $100 giftcard drawing
2-4pm – buy a jacket or fur, get 50% off your remaining purchase
4-6pm – free necklace with purchase of any purse
6-8pm – 50% off all shoes
8-CL – free $25 giftcard with $50 purchase

Marley & Lilly – Free Blanket scarf with every $100 purchase

Michael Kors – up to 50% sitewide

Modcloth – take 50% off on 100’s of brand new items, limited time only

Madewell – take 25% off on your entire purchase + get free shipping on all orders

New York & Company – take 50% off sitewide (no exclusions!) + get free shipping on all orders of $5

Nine West – take 50% off (or more!) sitewide + take an extra 10% off sitewide, exclusive promo code

Nordstrom – take up to 40% off on new sale markdowns

Philosophy – take 10% off orders of $50+, 20% off on orders of $75+ or 30% off on orders of $100+, four days only

Rebecca Minkoff –  25% off all purchases of $275+ and up to 70% off on new markdowns

Rebecca Taylor – extra 30% off all sale items

Smashbox Cosmetics – take 25% off + get free shipping on all purchases of $50

Steve Madden – take 25% off on your entire purchase + get free shipping too

South Boutique – 15-70% off entire store

Target – take 40% off on sweaters for the whole family + buy one, get one 50% off on all boots, handbags, and wallets

Tory Burch – take up to 30% off on your entire purchase + free shipping

Urban Outfitters – 50% off on new fall & winter markdowns

Vince Camuto – 40% off on your entire purchase

YSL Beauty – take 20% off + get free shipping on all purchases of $75+

Zara – take 30% off the entire site