Casual Friday: Yellow Graphic Tee & Jeans

Today is the last day of my week long, self-challenge based on the Trend of the Month ChallengeYellow.
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I’ve really enjoyed the challenge, but I have to say today’s was the toughest to come up with and then, the most fun! Things I’ve learned through this process, I actually do have a few yellow items – if I really dig that is…

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Button-up & Belt – Thrifted, Graphic Tank Top – Rainforest Cafe, Jeans – JCP, Sandals – Shoe Show, Bracelet – Handmade by Me

Today’s graphic tee was found in the bottom of my dress, under everything else. Maybe you think it should have stayed there, maybe my co-workers do too, one will never know. I purchased this one a whim way back in 2005. No, I wasn’t on Spring Break I just wanted a top from the Rainforest Cafe! I hardly ever wear this tank top because it shrank after I got it home and washed it. But I was actually happy with the way I styled it for today’s look so it might, actually get some wear this summer!

To make this graphic tank top more office appropriate I added this thrifted pink button up, left open; a blue cross necklace;  a mint green & pink/coral bracelet; a belt to my low-rise jeans and some cute strappy wedges.

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Hope you guys have enjoyed the yellow looks this week and everyone has a great weekend!!

Joining in on these linky parties this Friday!

Think Tank Thursday / Three-fer Thursday / Fashion Friday @ All Things Chic / Two Thirty Five Designs / Favorite Frock Friday / Fridays Fancies / Fashion Informant Link Up / Fridays Five / Style Me Friday / The Best of Friday Style Link-Up!

Thrifter Thursday: Denim Skirts

We’re continuing Yellow Week here in honor of Marion’s Trend of the Month challenge!

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I recently saw Lindsey‘s post on the Return of the Jean Skirt and read that denim skirts are coming back in style and I couldn’t be happier! I have a dark denim pencil skirt I picked up from Target a couple years ago and I love wearing it, but this skirt is one I made years ago before I even had a blog! It’s flare at the bottom makes it really fun to wear too!

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Graphic Tee – Thrifted, Denim Up-cycled Jean Skirt – ME, Belt – Forever 21, Ballet Flats – Target

I made this skirt out of two pairs of old jeans, using a New Look pattern to go by. Knowing the color of the denim was different, I kept the darker denim in the middle and the lighter denim on the sides (the back looks exactly the same as the front so the side seams match).  I added the brown piping for interest and also because I didn’t want to hem the jean material. This is actually a really heavy skirt!

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I accented today’s look with yellow accessories, however I have worn this tee with a bright pink skirt too. This is a great weekend casual look or great for going out for an evening of family fun at the park.

Joining in on these linky parties today!

Linking up with these beauties today! WIWW @ Transaltantic Blonde /Whatever Whenever Wednesday / Get Your Pretty On / Wardrobe Wednesday / Dress For the Day / My Whims Wednesday / Diaries of a Bargainista Whatever Works Wednesday / What We Wore, Read & Made Wednesdays / Trending Pretty Wednesday / Think Tank Thursday / Three-fer Thursday / Fashion Friday @ All Things Chic / Two Thirty Five Designs / Favorite Frock Friday / Fridays Fancies / Fashion Informant Link Up / What I Wore to Work Link-Up! / Fridays Five

Fashion Friday: LBD – Office Edition

I’ve been seeing loads of LBD’s (little black dresses for those not in the know) popping up all over blogland lately and I thought I’d thrown in my take on the LBD: Office Edition.

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LBD – JCP, Statement Necklace – Julep, Sandals – Payless

I’m sure you’ve all heard it before but I’m going to remind you again. If you invest in a great staple, like this linen-blend sheath, it will last you many, many years; throughout many different fashion trends. I picked up this LBD from JCP approximately 10 years ago when I became a real professional office worker! ;)

This little guy had gotten me through many meetings, after work drinks/casual dinners, Sunday’s at church and it would even work great for an afternoon out with the family.

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For this look, simplicity is key! Simple redlip, statement necklace, earrings and sandals. What do you think? For me it’s perfect for the office.

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It’s that time again!!! Each month I eagerly anticipate Marion’s announcement for the Trend of the Month challenge! Wednesday she announced the Trend of the Month for May would be Yellow! Be sure to link up your “Yellow” inspired outfits next Wednesday.

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The challenges usually push me out of my comfort zone and this month’s challenge has been no exception. You have to understand, I love the color yellow as much as the next gal but have always been afraid to wear it and therefore I do not really own anything in yellow. There are no cute yellow skirts, blouses, scarves, purses, heels, flats, necklaces or earrings in my closet and this fact has got me worried about how to play along next week. What I do own in the color yellow is one bangle, one set of hoop earrings, a DIY necklace, a yellow button up shirt and one yellow tee! Come back next week to see how I utilize what I’ve got to create a couple of different outfits!

Joining in on these linky parties this Friday!

Fashion Friday @ All Things Chic / Two Thirty Five Designs / Favorite Frock Friday / Fridays Fancies / Fashion Informant Link Up / Vodka Infused Lemonade Thursday Link-up! / Fridays Five / Style Me Friday

Casual Friday: Dressing Up a White Tee & Jeans

Most days in our office you will see any number of styles due to the nature of each individual’s job, however on Friday’s everyone’s ready for the weekend and casual looks abound. I love wearing jeans at the office however I like to keep my look dressy just in case I run into a client, there’s an impromptu meeting, etc. Today I opted for a white tee and jeans with a navy blazer, white sandals and yellow accessories.

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Blazer & Jeans – Thrifted, Tee & Statement Earrings – Target, Sandals – Shoe Show, Sunnies – Ray Ban

I recently wore these yellow accessories with a cobalt cardigan here, but for today I wanted to add a little extra punch.

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The navy blazer is a must with the cooler temps we’ve been experiencing this week and the navy polka dot belt/scarf helps tie it all together (pun intended). ;)

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$1.99 Red Lipstick – NYC 308 Retro Red

There’s been quite a bit of talk lately in blog-land about which shades of RED or PINK or ORANGE lipstick are best. I found this super cheap RED lipstick at Wal-mart last fall from NYC and I love it. I can make it pinker with a light application and lip gloss or I can go all out RED, as I’ve done here with a heavier dose. It’s long wearing and again – super cheap! I think I paid about $1.99 total. I have a favorite PINK lipstick I received in a Birchbox I got for Christmas that I’ll highlight Monday.

White Tee, Jeans, Navy, Yellow, Blazer, Sandals, Ray Ban sunnies

Although the temperatures have cooled somewhat, Spring is here to stay and I am so glad. I can’t wait to get out and enjoy more sun this weekend!! We’ve been continuing our Operation Outdoor Spruce up this spring so I’ll be posting about these changes and more throughout the month of May!

Joining in on these linky parties this Friday!

Fashion Friday @ All Things Chic / Two Thirty Five Designs / Favorite Frock Friday / Fridays Fancies / Fashion Informant Link Up / Vodka Infused Lemonade Thursday Link-up! / Fridays Five

Casual Friday: DIY Statement Necklace

Thank you all for your sweet comments on my DIY Skirt featured in Wednesday’s post. I really appreciated each and every one!

I love DIY projects; most are sewing projects but I have branched out to other areas via Pinterest! Recently I made this great Pin: T-shirts to Statement Necklaces

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and ended up making a bracelet too!

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These statement pieces were super quick and easy to make. I hope to make a couple more in different colors, but currently I have enough white tees to make more and then try some dyeing techniques – maybe ombre?!

I also hope to find the time to sew another skirt using the same technique I used to create my DIY Skirt I wore on Wednesday, but this time I’ll be adding a bottom ruffle or pleats to it. The main material I found is just too short for my liking. I might try to photograph my steps, but the material is black and that may or may not photograph well.

DIY Projects Around Our Home:

In the coming weeks I’ll be showing you a few DIY related projects Caveman and I have completed over the past year.

OUTDOORS: Last spring I left you with only one installment of Operation Outdoor Spruce Up, part 1. We Caveman has completed a few more items on our list and I plan to bring them to you this spring.

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INDOORS: Last weekend on our shopping trip I found some great spring/summer fabric for pillow covers. I really want to update a few of the ones I made last year to incorporate some brighter colors. Thanks to Pinterest and the amazingly crafty bloggers behind Pinterest I also tried a new technique with the “A” on our gallery wall that I’ll be posting soon. DIY-Wooden-Frames

That’s all for today! Sounds like I have some serious work today this weekend! ;) We also plan to get out and enjoy this amazing spring weather too! What are you guys planning, anything fun?

Joining in on these linky parties this Friday!

Fashion Friday @ All Things Chic / Two Thirty Five Designs / Favorite Frock Friday / Fridays Fancies / Fashion Informant Link Up