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  • February 13, 2015

    Navy Gray Striped Suit

    women's navy striped suit

    If you want be taken seriously and look professional, the wardrobe you choose plays a huge role particularly in a corporate setting.  Dressed in a sharp, stylish suit can enhance your overall image and boost your confidence on the job.  This striped suit ~ jacket & pants ~ from Express is a great choice for that matter.  It’s such a flattering suit featuring a contemporary silhouette that is both sophisticated and edgy.  I find the ‘navy + gray’ color combo absolutely chic.  The best part is you can get this suit set for around $200!

    Wear the jacket and pants separately to complement your other work basics.  The fitted jacket will make a great addition for smart-casual ensembles as well when paired with a pullover shirt and boot cut jeans for example.

    February 12, 2015

    President’s Day Sale

    Right now Brooks Brothers is having a fabulous President’s Day sale with up to 60% savings!  Offer ends Feb. 16th.

    Here are some of our favorite pieces on sale. Which is your favorite?

    Filed under: Sale — Sophie Wood @ 10:01 am

    February 8, 2015

    Power Duo

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    I deep cleanse my face at least once a week.  I have combination/oily skin that needs a nice, thorough cleansing on a regular basis.  I often reach for my Clarisonic Mia 2 for a deep pore exfoliation.  I find using the facial brush and gentle exfoliator together yields clearer and smoother skin.

    My new favorite scrub is Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Pore Scrub which I use every other day.  The tiny granules are not abrasive on my sensitive skin yet they are effective on removing dirt and oil build up in pores.  Of course, the result is even better when used in conjunction with the Clarisonic brush.  For more precise and gentle exfoliation, I’m going to pick up this Luxe Satin Precision Brush Head.

    Also, I prep the skin beforehand by lightly washing off the face with warm water then steaming my pores using a hot towel to open them up more.  This process seems to help loosen up the residue to come off even easier.

    Remember not to over-exfoliate which can damage your skin.  And be sure to clean your facial brush properly.  Here is how.

    February 2, 2015

    The Blush Coat

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    Dorothy Perkins coat

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    bootcut jeans for work

    It has been a long stretch of winter with cold temps and gusty winds here on the East Coast.  I do enjoy winter immensely but now I’m ready to welcome in the more colorful, warmer spring season.  Aren’t you?  Today, I have just the right coat to brighten up any dreary day.  This Blush Coat from Dorothy Perkins is sufficiently cozy without adding bulk.

    The classic double breasted style is easy to wear.  What makes the coat really chic to me is the color ~ a muted pastel pink tone with a hint of blush.  I love that it’s not a bright pink but still adds enough color to pop your outfit.  I will be wearing it from now through spring (chilly evenings).  It’s currently on sale for $55 which is a steal, aka ~ inexpensive investment!

    Top it over any workday outfit for a warmer commute.  I paired the coat with my go-to jeans, polka dot blouse and metallic accessories for a hint of shine.  The “coat + jeans” outfit is my foolproof winter ensemble.  By the way, I have been living in bootcut jeans lately.  The dark jeans are especially versatile.  Below are more ways to get the look.


    Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Dorothy Perkins.

    January 30, 2015

    Must-Have Jeans for Work

    It’s pretty simple ~ jeans are a basic wardrobe staple.  Except for those that refuse to wear jeans, everyone has at least one favorite go-to pair whether it’s worn-in skinnies or trendy boyfriend denims.  It’s difficult to deny the highly versatile appeal of denim jeans as everyday wear, for almost every occasion including at the office.

    I consider jeans the most important of all basics for my own personal wardrobe.  I used to practically live in them and still wear them all the time.  As I get older, my taste in jeans has evolved from heavily relying on skinny jeans to favoring more classic styles like wide-legs and boot cut jeans.

    wear to work jeans

    There are jeans that are meant to last only a season, and there are jeans which will last you for years to come.  The quality and stitching of the fabric, the cut, the fit makes all the difference between average denim jeans to well crafted designer jeans.  If you want the latter, I recommend stylish yet durable pairs from True Religion.

    In regards to choosing a style that is best suited for work, I suggest bootcut jeans in dark wash. You can’t go wrong with the simple, comfortable and polished style of the bootcut.  Shoe-skimming dark jeans create a clean, lean silhouette which will flatter your overall proportions. Also consider mid to high waist if you wish to shrink your hip area.

    True Religion’s Becca Mid Rise Bootcut Jean is the perfect example of a flexible, wear-to-work pair. This modern bootcut flatters all figures in a smart, slimming silhouette.  The subtle flare will help elongate your legs especially when worn with high heels or boots.  Give denim the extra professional treatment with a button-down shirt and tailored blazer.

    True Religion

    Looking for a more casual and comfortable pair?  The Runway Leggings will give you the chic look of the skinnies ~ minus the zipper and the button closure!  The pull on construction and the stretch knit fabric will give you the feel of your favorite yoga pants.  Wear it with a blouse, cardigan and loafers for casual Fridays or shopping trips on weekends.

    The Runway Legging

    collage by WorkChic | photos via Who What Wear, Pinterest

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