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Outfit: Pants Pro

Often times, my work day outfits have to do double duty, taking me from an office setting to a nonprofit reception, dinner with girls or a double date. I’ve mentioned it here that I have way too many basics and not enough blouses with personality so when I saw this gorgeous bold print blouse for under $15 at H&M during a recent visit, I couldn’t resist. I love that it looks just as good with navy slacks as it does with boyfriend denim or tucked into a skirt (it also comes in another print).

While I leave the house at 7:45 am with my tote in-hand, I always bring a small purse for later, along with some portable make-up for touch-ups (think concealer, mascara, cream blush and liner). Not only is it lighter, a chic clutch — in this case metallic — gives my daytime look an evening feel, and it’s either easier to wear it standing at an event, or stash at a table for dinner.

By the way, I’m such a pants girl for the office (pretty practical considering I like to sit legs crossed at my desk like a four-year-old!). And, yup, I’m also the girl wearing pants, sipping hot coffee (I loooooooveeee a hot cup of coffee!), even when it’s 95 degrees outside and I’m sweating.



Can’t help but share this last pic… I don’t even know how this happens to my hands! After a few minutes posing like a champ, I can’t help but make a super socially awkward movement, particularly if I’ve just tried to play it cool as people walk by wondering what the heck we’re doing.

Blouse: H&M (more floral prints here) // Pants: J. Crew Factory (wearing size 2) // Purse: Tory Burch (on sale) // Watch: ℅ Jord (it’s made of wood) // Heels: Louise et cie // LipsFresh, in tulip  // Hair: styled using this

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    Julia
    April 29, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    I love your tip of bringing a smaller clutch to transition your daytime outfit into an evening out. Small act with big returns– I’ll be using that tip!

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      Alyson
      May 2, 2016 at 9:08 AM

      Definitely big return to transform your look!

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    Heidi
    April 27, 2016 at 10:46 PM

    That last picture is adorable! Your out-takes always turn out so cute! Mine are slightly more terrifying:) I actually looked at that top in the store, it’s really flattering! Love the pink heels especially.

    Heidi || Wishes & Reality

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      Alyson
      May 2, 2016 at 9:14 AM

      That’s so funny – let’s just say there are outtakes, and then there are outtakes. 😉

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    Shira
    April 27, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    I’m not a pants girl lol but you always look amazing in pants! Great outfit!

    http://asequinloveaffair.com

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    Nicole Underwood Gonzalez
    April 27, 2016 at 3:09 PM

    That top is great! Looks so chic and it’s such a simple outfit!

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    Kimberly
    April 27, 2016 at 11:01 AM

    Such a great top – I definitely need to be better about seeking out printed pieces for my closet too!

    http://www.pennypincherfashion.com

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    Tara
    April 27, 2016 at 6:23 AM

    Kind of in love with the print of your top…I think I may need to go hunt it down!

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