Aug. 24, 2015 OOTD: Resisting Retail has Begun


I still have a few days left in my 30 day grace period but there is nothing more that I need to add to my wardrobe at this point so I’m officially starting the challenge of Resisting Retail for the next 365 days. I even added a countdown widget at the bottom of my site to keep me motivated. My next post will include images of my entire wardrobe so you guys can see what I have to choose from and even help me pick some OOTDs if you like. Something that seems to be a result of this challenge is my being more conscious of what I want to wear and wanting to look my best. With that in mind, my first outfit felt like a perfect way to kick things off.

I bought this top weeks ago, only back then, it was way too big for me and had sleeves. I did some alterations myself and made it fit, ditching the sleeves in the process. Then I just paired it with these thrifted white slacked (originally from The Limited) and my brown wedges from DSW. I felt so chic in this outfit and managed to go through the entire day without getting anything on my pants, win! What do you guys think? Let me know with a comment. If you’re participating in a wardrobe challenge or downsizing to a seasonal capsule I’d love to hear about it.

Have courage,
Elle

Elle is wearing a floral sleeveless top that she altered with some white slacks and brown wedge heels.

June 23rd OOTD: Feeling Spiffy


Today I wanted to wear something that made me feel powerful and professional so I opted for this look. It’s a blue button down from Banana Republic, coupled with these grey plaid slacks and my DSW wedges. I wore my glasses but didn’t wear them here because the light kept causing a glare. It was a no make up kind of day. I can tell my confidence is building because I have started to edit my images less over time. Maybe I’ve been doing a better job of taking care of myself. I used to avoid wearing this shirt because I felt like it was a little too close fitting. Now it fits perfectly as if it were tailored. Hooray for progress!

Have courage,
Elle

My Friend Elle June 23rd OOTD

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5.28.15 OOTD: Flower Power


Today I wore two floral items, both of which are thrift store items. To create a visual break between patterns I added a leather belt from my New York & Company jacket. I topped it off with my DSW wedges. I had a good day at work. I think I impressed my boss with how fast I was getting things done today. While I still have a day job, I’m just going to do my best and get as much knowledge and experience as I can. Let me know what you think of my OOTD. My watch is from Guess by the way. My husband bought it for me when he got a raise at work. He’s got a coordinating rose gold watch as well.

Have courage!
Elle

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4.10.15 Today’s Outfit (Weekly Wardrobe Capsule)


Cheers, it’s Friday! Today I felt like dressing up again, so I put on a dress that I found at the Goodwill. This dress was a size 10 until I tried my hand at making it fit with my sewing machine. I’m very happy with the result. You’ll see more of the dress later this week. Dresses are an outfit in one piece but I wanted to keep layering so I added the brown leather jacket by New York & Company, given to me by my Mom-in-law last year. Then I grabbed a pair of earrings that my Mom made for me and a pair of sandal wedges from DSW and bam, outfit completed. This is the first time I’ve paired leather with a cotton dress but I like the results. I think the pattern makes a great contrast with the brown and the golden buttons on my jacket. What do you think?

Have courage,
Elle

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4.8.15 Today’s Outfit (Weekly Wardrobe Capsule)


Today I wore a grey shirt that I refashioned with a pair of skinny 7 jeans from Macy’s and my new DSW boots. My co-workers seemed to really like my shirt. It was all grey but I added strips of fabric from a cardigan I found at the thrift store. It’s always pretty cool at my job so I layered the shirt on top of a camisole. Let me know what you all think!

Have courage,
Elle

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