TJMaxx Tweak- Lilly Pulitzer Maxi

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For some reason, I am exhausted this week! I’m not sure if it’s because I had a busy weekend, if my regular 6-hour sleep schedule isn’t going to cut it any more, or if it’s because I haven’t been going to the gym regularly anymore. But I should probably start going to the gym again, for a variety of reasons. I’ve been wanting to join a gym, but I can’t find one with an indoor track, and I’m just going to have to convince myself to start running on the treadmill, which could take some time. The treadmill is just so boring, though. I feel like you run forever, but you never get anywhere!  The rec center at school kind of became my second home, and I’m going to have a hard time finding a place that I love as much as I did. Nevertheless, I need to go somewhere, so I’m just going to have to suck it up and start paying for a membership. Ugh. But I digress.

For the longest time, I knew that I wanted to get a Lilly Pulitzer shift dress for graduation. I wanted something classic, Southern, and grown-up, and a Lilly shift had all of those qualities. In November when I started looking, I had my heart set on the Janice shift dress in Shorely Blue.

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It was perfect, and I was so excited about it. But, it was definitely expensive, and I wasn’t doing a great job at saving my money. Around spring break, I realized that I probably wasn’t going to be able to afford it. While I was at home for spring break, I went shopping with my mom and sister for Easter dresses, and though I wasn’t happy about it, I started looking for graduation dresses, too. I couldn’t find anything I loved (for graduation…I found about 5 I wanted for Easter…I had two different looks I was going for, okay?) at the first few places we went, and I wasn’t sure what I was going to do. The next day, my mom and I went to TJMaxx to look for a new top to go under my suit, and I thought I would browse the dress section while I was there, just in case.

AND THAT’S WHEN I FOUND IT. I saw the recognizable, bright-colored, juice-stand print peeking out of the rack, and I literally ran to it. They had my size, but there was one problem…it was a maxi dress. My mom was like “I don’t think this is going to work,” but I dragged her into the dressing room anyways-you can’t get what you want if you don’t even try.

I tried it on, and just as I expected it was WAY too long for me. But it fit perfectly everywhere else, and it was beyond gorgeous. I loved it, my mom loved it, and I had to have it. I twirled around in it for a while, and then I had an epiphany. “What if I cut it off and make it a shift dress?”, I asked my mom. She thought it was a wonderful idea, and we spent the next fifteen minutes in the dressing room deciding where we could cut it off, if the alteration place could actually do it, what to do with all the extra fabric, and of course, what shoes I was going to wear. It was the best thing that ever happened to me. Not really, but graduation has come and gone and I’m still just really excited about it.

Here’s what the dress looked like when I bought it:

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Please disregard the HUGE MESS that is my closet at my parent’s house. I was going to take a better picture of it, but I forgot until I was at the alteration shop and the lady held her scissors up to it and said “there’s no going back now!”. So this is the best I’ve got. Anyways, don’t you love it? I will admit that it made me a little sad to cut off all that extra fabric, especially since it had that beautiful lace trim on it. But my mom and I salvaged the fabric and I’m thinking about making a skirt out of it! Also, since this was at TJMaxx, I’m pretty sure it’s out of season. I don’t recognize this print, but I still really love it!

And here’s what it looked like after alterations:

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I’m obsessed. Still. I will seriously wear this thing as long as it fits, because we all know that Lilly is timeless. I was so happy to find it, especially since my dreams of a Lilly dress were crushed by my financial irresponsibility. Speaking of, you’re probably wondering how much I paid to make my graduation dreams come true. The dress itself was $80, and alterations were $20, so $100 total. Still not cheap, but significantly less than buying my first choice! I’ve never been one to tweak clothes to my liking, because most of the time, alterations are kind of a hassle, and it seems easier to me to just find something else that fits how I want it to. But do you remember Monday’s talk about not settling? Yeah, this was about the time in my life that I decided not to settle for anything I didn’t really want, and I decided that yes, that even applied to my clothes. Also, I really like the idea that probably no one else has this exact dress. I’m definitely going to start searching for more bargain pieces that I can tweak to my tastes. This is a great way for those of us who are extremely picky to customize our wardrobes without spending a fortune!

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In My Closet- Neutral Heel Collection

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It’s almost the weekend! I forgot how exciting the weekend is when you’re working- I’m loving my job, but it will be nice to have a break and maybe get some of that laundry done that’s piling up. It’s also Memorial Day weekend, so we get an extra day! Had I not just returned to College Station, I would go home to be with my family, but I’m just planning on staying here and relaxing (and probably watching Bravo until I become Heather Thomson- HOLLA). And blogging, of course.

“In My Closet”  is a series where I feature a piece (or four, in this case) that I personally own that I believe is a staple in the wardrobe of a fashion-forward young woman. Today, I’m highlighting my staple heels- black and nude, each in two different styles.

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Now, this lineup of shoes might seem a bit excessive to some, and you know what? Maybe it is. But don’t you worry, I can definitely justify having two pairs of shoes in the same color. A large shoe family is a happy shoe family. Let’s start with the black heels.

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First are these Jessica Simpson platform pumps. I’ve had these ever since my sophomore year of college, and I absolutely love them. They’re a classic style, but also very tall and sassy (yet surprisingly easy to walk in). The rounded toe makes them an obvious choice for winter, and sometimes I feel that the matte leather simply looks better than the patent- but it depends on what I’m wearing, and what kind of mood I’m in. Also, they are the only heels I have that are tall enough to wear with a certain pair of dress pants, so sometimes I choose these out of necessity- I wouldn’t want to be tripping on my own pants!

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Next are these Jessica Simpson patent peep-toe heels. I got these for my cousin’s wedding, because she wanted us to have patent heels, and everyone else had peep-toe, so I obviously couldn’t be the odd bridesmaid out! I felt bad asking my mom for another pair of black heels, so I suggested we get a pair from Payless or Target, and she responded, “I don’t buy cheap shoes.” So that’s worked out well for me! I like the shorter height of these heels, they’re a more casual option, and more practical for everyday wear. If I wear heels to work (rare), I’ll wear these (or their nude twins), and my feet aren’t dying by the end of the day. As with the platform pumps, there are certain ensembles I feel simply look better with these shoes than the others- it just depends, and it’s always nice to have options!

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These Steve Madden pointed-toe pumps are basically my first true love. I searched for nude pumps that complimented my skin tone for YEARS before I came across these- I had finally found my sole mate. I love the matte leather and the pointed toe, it’s a very chic and timeless style. I usually wear these with more tailored, formal dresses, or black dress pants. They’re the Audrey Hepburn of my shoe family, and I will cherish them forever.

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Yes, these are the same Jessica Simpson pumps I have in black. I had them in pewter once, but I would wear them from my dorm to the parking garage my freshman year and destroyed the soles, so they’re no more. But there’s a reason I’ve had three pairs of these- they’re a great shoe, and a staple in my wardrobe. I bought these shoes for my sister’s wedding (weddings have done great things for my shoe family…I need to be in another one soon…), as we were wearing nude heels, and pointed-toe pumps would not have looked good with a floor-length gown. Again, I love these because they’re more casual, and I typically wear them with flowy sundresses, or when I’m going to be standing a long time. Another perk to having the same shoe in two different colors- I can wear either one with my suit- black for winter and fall, nude for spring and summer!

It’s definitely nice to have so many options, but it’s not completely necessary. I would suggest at least one pair of black heels and one pair of nude heels, each in basic, not too trendy styles. One of the two will match everything, and if you get a good pair, they’ll last forever! Classic heels are a great way to add instant polish to any ensemble, and are a staple for your single girl closet.

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Spring Greens

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I thought we were done with the cold hard winter of 2014, but it decided to make an encore appearance Tuesday, following some bad weather Monday night. It was probably 60 degrees, which is unacceptable because it’s summer break and I want to go to the pool, not wear long sleeves. But I digress. I went to lunch with my sister on Tuesday, and decided to wear the warmest things I brought home- jeans and a chambray.

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I started with my new floral chambray from Old Navy. I bought this last week, and it was on sale for only $11.49! I LOVE my solid chambray, but I’m afraid I’m going to wear it out soon- I wear it at least once a week! I love the tiny floral print on this one, it’s perfect for spring! I paired it with my bright green cropped jeans from JCPenney. (It looks like they’re out of this color, but they have a neon green- so cute!). I love this bright hue, it’s perfect for spring and summer, and it brings life to an otherwise simple outfit. I chose my brown Lucky Brand loafers, because they’re comfortable, versatile, and my newest favorite shoes. I bought them from Marshall’s and unfortunately cannot find them online- but the Lucky website has similar styles! For finishing touches, I added my everyday watch, roll bracelet, and rings, and my Kendra Scott Morgan Studs. I love this look because it’s casual yet interesting, and was excellent for a cooler day! But hopefully we won’t have too many more of those!

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Floral Frocks with ModCloth

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One of my favorite parts of spring is getting to wear fun dresses. After a few months of darker, heavier fabrics, wearing a spring dress in a bright pattern is a very freeing experience. I typically get a new dress for Easter each year, but this year I bought one for Ring Day instead. I had every intention of wearing it for Easter as well, but the more I looked at it, the more I decided it wasn’t “Easter-y” enough, so I wore one of my other favorite dresses.

If you’re looking for a new favorite dress this spring, you should definitely check out ModCloth! I was recently contacted by ModCloth to participate in their “Uniquely You” challenge for fashion bloggers. My job was to create an ensemble based around their gorgeous Bouquet of the Season dress, and I had so much fun!

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I started (obviously) with the Bouquet of the Season Dress. First of all, I love the print and color scheme of this dress. That, coupled with the sweetheart strapless neckline makes it a beautiful, feminine choice. When I saw this dress, I knew I had to take the ensemble in a classic, timeless direction.

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Next, I added the Charter School Cardigan in Ivory. I really love how a cardigan looks over a strapless sundress, and it makes the outfit appropriate for many different occasions!

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For footwear, I chose these lovely Every Day of the Chic wedges. They’re a bit more modern than the regular nude pump, but still a classic style.

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I decided to keep the jewelry simple and sweet. The Long-Awaited Earrings caught my eye because they’re not too fussy, but still dramatic enough to make a statement. I added the Knot a Moment Too Soon bangle to give the ensemble a dainty touch.

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Finally, I chose the Garden Grandeur Clutch. I love the pop of turquoise this adds to the outfit, and how it gives this classic look a modern twist.

If you’re looking for a new dress this spring, head over to ModCloth! They have a great variety of floral frocks that will make you want to wear a dress almost every day of the week,

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In My Closet- Hunter Rainboots

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I hope you are all staying warm out there! It snowed last night and this morning, and the University closed campus until 10 this morning- unfortunately my class is at 1:50. I guess I will just have to bundle up and brave the cold to go to Finance! If it’s still a little damp outside, I will definitely be wearing my Hunter wellies!

Today, I’m (finally) doing another “In My Closet” post, a series in which I share with you an article of clothing that I personally own that I feel is a staple in the wardrobe of a fashion-forward young woman. This time, I’m featuring my Hunter rainboots!

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Now, I’m not saying you MUST have Hunter boots, because they’re definitely expensive, but a good pair of rain boots is definitely a must in your shoe closet, especially if you do a lot of walking! I got my boots for Christmas, and I am completely obsessed with them! They are extremely comfortable, and have a good, supportive sole, which is great since I’m usually walking long distances across campus when I wear them! I know that makes me sound like someone’s mom, but my old rain boots had a flat sole, and my feet hurt so bad when I wore them that I eventually stopped wearing them! They are also very warm- I actually prefer them to any of my other boots! I wear them when it’s not raining, and I’m not even sorry about it. I chose black because I wanted to be able to wear them with everything, and because I wanted them to be a classic I can wear forever. I love the polished look of these boots, and the outfits I have put together to wear with them.

Enough about my boots, here’s why you need a good pair of galoshes: First of all, there’s nothing worse than soaked socks on a rainy day. For those of you walking across college campuses or big cities, you should definitely invest in a pair! My campus literally floods when it rains, so they’re great for trudging through puddles and staying dry! While there are many patterned options, I love my solid pair. They go with everything, and I don’t have to worry about wearing too many patterns and colors and looking like I’m a five-year-old playing dress up. They’re also great for playing in the snow (I’m assuming this- I’m from Texas, it never snows.) and a variety of other outdoor adventures!

If you don’t already have a pair of wonderful wellies, I would definitely suggest you add them to your single girl closet- you never know when you’ll need them!

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