Same Idea – 2 Price Points – Orange Dress

Same Idea - 2 Price Points - Orange Dress

Same Idea, Different Price Tag

Here is another example of creating a similar look, but with very different price points.  Both looks are elegant, professional and certainly appropriate for the work environment.

I don’t know about you, but just by looking, I wouldn’t be able to tell that one look costs much more than the other.  What are your thoughts?

Thoughts

My company has has a RIF (reduction-in-force) this week.  It has been pretty shocking and very sad.  The ones of us who remain are asked to pick up the pieces and get the work done, with less people.  Some of us were given additional responsibilities.  If you have been in a similar situation, let me tell you that the best way to handle it is to “accept” and move forward.  Don’t complain, don’t stop working, just say to yourself, “It is what it is,” and I will continue to do my very best -the quality of my work is not dependent on outside sources. 

Have a lovely weekend! 

Fondly, Sonya

College Spring Capsule

College Spring Capsule

College Spring Capsule

Well, we have come full circle.  I started my capsule college wardrobe last summer when my daughter stayed at school to work and take classes during the summer.

She was complaining how she had nothing to wear and I thought…”oh, a capsule wardrobe is perfect for college life,” so I created a summer capsule for her.  (On paper, anyway…she didn’t really adopt my amazing capsule idea.)

After the summer, I decided to take the “series” into fall and then into winter.  The idea was to use many of the same clothes, interchanging a few here and there to fit the season.

If you want to see the college capsules for the other seasons, in the archives section to the right, look at August, 2015, for the summer capsule, October 2015, for the fall capsule and January 2016, for the winter capsule.

I would tell you to click here, and then link you to them, however, I do not know how to do that yet.  (If y’all know how to do this, feel free to share with  me.  I love learning all of these helpful wordpress features.)

So we come to the end of the series.  For spring, we are using the same clothes we have used in the past season’s wardrobe and incorporated them a bit differently to accommodate the temperatures in Spring.

During the next 4 days, I will take items from this capsule and create outfits.  You will be able to see how, again, as in the other seasons, a few clothes can create multiple outfits.

If going off to college, maybe you want to start with a fall capsule, depending on where your college is located.  If August / September are still warm months, like they are here in Texas, then maybe you want to start with a summer capsule, first.

I describe the process of creating a capsule wardrobe in the summer capsule post (Aug, 2015), so if you want to read about how to do this, check out that post.

My belief still holds true…a capsule wardrobe is ideal for college life.

Let me know if you agree and if you are going to try it.  My daughter has one more year of college left and I will, once again, try to convince her that this is the way to go.  Wish me luck!!

Fondly, Sonya

 

 

 

 

Monday (or Tuesday) to Friday

Monday to Friday

One Blazer Two Looks

A blazer is such a great investment piece and works beautifully with a pencil skirt for work.  But, don’t stop there, try the same blazer (with a different neutral color this time) with a pair of jeans for a more casual Friday look.  You can wear the same jewelry both days.  Unless you do not want to, in that case, don’t.

The color of this blazer is so beautiful – it has just the right amounts of red and blue.  A perfect color formula, don’t you think?

Where to Wear?

Work, and work, of course.  I would even say you could wear the outfit on the left to a job interview.  Why not, right?  The outfit on the right is obviously more casual and can be worn to the movies, to a more casual dinner, to drinks with friends, and so on.

Investment Pieces

Assuming you look terrific in purple and this perfect shade coordinates with the other colors of your wardrobe, I would say that every piece in these two outfits can be an investment piece.

Thoughts

I know it is Tuesday and not Monday.  I wanted to post this outfit yesterday but struggled with some technical stuff.  Don’t y’all hate technical issues?  I certainly do.

Today at work, the budget committee sent an email requesting that we load an update to the budgeting software.  I struggled and finally had to get assistance from out IT people.  It took our IT guy about 3 minutes to get the job done.  I, on the other hand, had already struggled with it for about 30 minutes.  My thought…why not just have all of our new software updates done by the IT department?  Isn’t that more efficient and a better use of everyone’s time?

I bet if I was wearing the blazer above, today, I would have been the one to load my new update in three minutes.  Heck, I may have been able to do it in two…because I think this purple blazer probably possesses those type of powers.

Happy Tuesday / Monday (again), everyone.

College Summer Capsule

College Summer Capsule

A College Girl’s Summer Wardrobe

My daughter, Ellie, is in college.  She is working and taking classes this summer, so she stayed at school.  When she came home last weekend she was complaining about not having enough clothes for the summer.   (Of course y’all know that she has plenty of clothes).  I believe what she was really complaining about was that she has numerous “random” clothes in her closet that don’t work well together.  So when she gets dressed for the day or for an occasion, she feels like she has nothing to wear.

That made me think about what a college summer capsule wardrobe would look like.  A capsule wardrobe, I’ve decided, is perfect for the college student because many of the dorms and apartments at university locations have small closets.  In thinking about this wardrobe, I came up with the items above.

Colors

In building your college capsule, start with color.  Choose a neutral palate first.  Above, I chose blue jean, black and white.

To this neutral palate, add one or two contrasting colors.  Any color would work, red, yellow, blue, green, purple, etc.

Above, I stayed with only one contrasting color – coral.  I chose coral because my daughter Ellie loves that color and she looks great in it.  When choosing your contrasting color, choose one that you love and is complementary to your skin and hair tone.

Bottoms

Most college girls have cut-off blue jean shorts so I had to add that in the capsule.  White shorts are perfect for summer and go with most tops.  In addition, I chose a pair of shorts that are a bit more “dressed up” and also a skirt in the contrasting color.

Tops

For the tops, I chose shirts and blouses that would be more “dressed up” and can be worn to class as well to more dressy events. My assumption is that most college students have plenty of tee shirts and tank tops in their closets that can also be worn with the bottoms shown.

Outerwear

A jean jacket is probably a must.  I chose a blue one, but a white jean jacket would work just as well.  In addition, a cardigan is great in that it can be dressed up or down and is perfect for those overly air-conditioned buildings.  The outerwear chosen would work great with the dresses shown, also.

Dresses

I threw in a couple of sun dresses.  It’s always good to have these on hand for those dressier events like when your parents come up for the weekend and take you to brunch.  Yes, Ellie, please wear one of the dresses shown to our brunch, not the clothes that you slept in the previous night. lol

Shoes

Just the basics.  I chose those items that would be most worn and in addition, coordinate well with the wardrobe.

Bags

All you need is one for school, for toting your books around, and a smaller one for shopping, movies, etc.

Jewelry

Choose a few items that coordinate well with your wardrobe and that you truly love.

Accessories

Except for jewelry, I did not add any accessories to the capsule above.  Items such as sun glasses, scarves, hats, etc.  Most college students (like my daughter) already have many of these items and can simply add them to the outfits created by the capsule items shown.

Cost

I chose clothes that are relatively inexpensive.  Some of the shoes, the jewelry, the tote and the jean jacket are a bit pricy for a college budget.  I made the assumption that these items are either already in a college girls wardrobe or can be purchased by the parents.  Ladies, add these more expensive items to your birthday and Christmas lists.

The assumption is that these more expensive items, like the Tory Burch shoes and the tote can be worn after college as well.

If your budget does not allow for any of these more expensive items, no problem.  There are many similar looking items out there that are far less expensive.  Places like H&M, Forever 21 and Target have very affordable options.

Closing Thoughts

After thinking about and putting together the college capsule wardrobe shown above I am even more convinced that it is the solution to the college students complaint “I have nothing to wear.”

Ellie, let’s do this thing!!

Let me know what your thoughts are about the college capsule in general and about the one shown above.  Do y’all think this idea would work well?

Simple Dress

Work Week - Simple Dress

A Simple Black Dress

I love the simplicity of this black dress.  The price isn’t too bad, either – under $50.  This is the type of dress that is perfect for work and requires very little effort or planning.  Just throw on your favorite pumps, some jewelry and you are dressed and ready.

In addition to work, a simple dress like this can be worn to many other events, such as dinner, brunch, church, a party, a funeral, to name a few.

Do y’all own a simple black dress, otherwise known as a LBD?

Fun Shoes

I own the Michael Kors shoes pictured above.  I love wearing them.  They are fun, add a bit of interest to any work outfit and I can wear them all day without my feet hurting.  What more could we ask of these darling shoes?

Shirt Dress for Summer

Shirt Dress - Day to Night

Shirt Dress

Here is another dress option for summer.  The one above is cool, moves beautifully and the color is light and fresh.

This dress can be dressed down, for a day look, or dressed up, as shown on the right, for an evening look.  For day, wear it to lunch, shopping, errands, etc., for evening, wear it on a date, to meet friends for drinks or dinner, to an evening movie, etc.  I probably would not wear a shirt dress to a semi-formal or formal occasion.  It’s probably not appropriate for artsy events, either, like the opera, ballet, or theater.

Day to Night

I do this often with my looks-switching them up from day to night.  For the day, pair a dress or outfit with a pair of flat sandals and add a tote or a satchel.  For evening, switch the shoes to heels, and the purse to a clutch.  If you want to change up some of the jewelry, that’s fine too.  This works best with your more casual looks.  I don’t usually switch my evening dresses from day to night.  It’s not that it can’t or shouldn’t be done, it’s just one of my “dressing” rules.  I know, it is probably strange to have “dressing” rules, but yeah, I have them.

White Shoes

I love white shoes for summer.  At the present, however, I don’t have one single pair of white shoes in my wardrobe…something is wrong here, I think.  Yes, a bit of white shoe shopping may have to be put on my week-end to-do-list.

The two pairs pictured above are beautiful and I can see wearing them often this summer (and probably next summer, too).

Saturday – Summer Brunch

Saturday - Summer Brunch

Affordable Dress

This dress is perfect for summer. and very affordable.  It’s easy to wear, looks fresh and with a pair of sandals, some jewelry and a tote, it looks put-together and appropriate enough to wear to many places.

Wear it shopping, to brunch, to the movies, at the farmers market, etc.  I love pairing orange and royal blue together.  The two colors compliment each other beautifully.

Don’t give up your put-together style just because we are in the lazy days of summer.  With a look like the one above, you can be cool and comfortable, and still put-together.

I actually prefer wearing dresses to shorts in the summer.  I think they are much cooler and less binding.  What about y’all, dresses or shorts for summer?