I Feel Pretty | in Jeans and a Blazer for Work

I Feel Pretty | in Jeans and a Blazer for Work

The Work Wear Challenge opened on Monday so I thought it would be fun to revisit one of my favorite ways to dress up jeans to make them office appropriate.  Colored denim can work great for a business casual office environment.  The key is to pair it with sophisticated separates like a white button down and blazer.  Outfits like this make me *almost* wish I worked in an office again!

Pastels for Fall 2013 Full
Pastels for Fall Close
Pastels for Fall 2

[Blazer:  Similar/Jeans:  Similar/Shirt:  Similar/Purse:  Same/Heels:  Same/Necklace:  Similar/Sunglasses:  Same/Watch:  Same]

If heels aren’t your cup of tea, swap them out for a pair of ladylike sling back flats, like these.

steve madden leopard sling back flats

 [Leopard Sling Back Flats]

A look like this would work just as great with your favorite refined dark wash skinny jeans.  This pair would look great with a bright blazer like the one below.

[Classic Dark Wash Skinny Jean]

This radiant orchid blazer is the perfect partner for those dark wash skinny jeans and it’s ON SALE.

[Radiant Orchid Blazer]

Finish the look off with a pretty statement necklace in complementary colors to tie the outfit together.

[Mint and Pink Bar Necklace]

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Registration for the Work Your Work Wear Challenge is now open.  This challenge will include a shopping list of work wear basics plus three weeks worth of business casual outfits delivered to your inbox daily.  Sign up before regular registration opens to get the lowest rate.  Check out a sneak peek of two outfits from the challenge and learn all about the challenge here.


It’s the day of the week at GYPO where we celebrate what makes us feel pretty. Whether it’s a new outfit, hairstyle, or makeup, the I Feel Pretty link up is about anything and everything that makes your life prettier. Even if you’re not a blogger, you can still play along. Just tell us what made you feel pretty this week in the comments!

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There are just a few simple rules:
1. Follow GYPO. (Bloglovin‘, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest)

2. Link up your pretty post.

3. Link back to my blog (using the button above or your own link).

4. Visit other pretties.

That’s it, now go have some fun!

Trend Watch | Pastels for Fall

Trend Watch | Pastels for Fall

Along with traditional jewel tones and deep, saturated hues, a surprising color trend is making it’s debut this fall – pastels.

The good news is that this trend can extend the wear of some of your favorite pastel pieces from spring and summer.  Think twice before you store those pink, lavender, mint and yellow cardigans, blouses, blazers and jeans.

I decided to give it a try with my favorite pair of mint jeans.  Adding a navy jacket and leopard heels helped to ground the look and make it more fall-like.

Pastels for Fall 2

Pastels for Fall Close

Leopard Heels

Bijoux Box Necklace

Pastels for Fall 2013 Full 2[Blazer:  Similar/Jeans:  Kut from the Kloth/Blouse:  The Limited/Heels:  Similar/Purse:  c/o Wallis/Necklace:  c/o Your Bijoux Box/Sunnies:  Ray-Ban/Watch:  Michael Kors/Bracelet:  c/o Everyday Icing]

If you don’t have a pair of pastel jeans yet, it’s not too late.  Here’s an option in corduroy also made by Kut from the Kloth.  These jeans fit me so well – they have the perfect rise, not too high or too low. Their corduroys come in eight different colors.

These would look great paired with a chunky beige sweater and some ankle boots.

[Kut from the Kloth – Mia in Corduroy]

[Cabled Knit Sweater]

[Lylee Ankle Boot]


Your Bijoux Box CollageOver the past few weeks, I’ve featured these three gorgeous pieces of jewelry from Your Bijoux Box.  Your Bijoux Box is a monthly box subscription service that delivers two to three pieces of hand curated jewelry to your front door – all for $35 a month.

All of the pieces I received are very high quality.  The clasps, weight and craftsmanship are what I’d expect from a high end retailer.  I also love that a little card is included each month with suggestions for pairing up the pieces.

Your Bijoux Box has an extra special offer for readers of GYPO.  Sign up for a box subscription HERE and you’ll receive the black bracelet pictured above for FREE!  Just enter code PARTY3 at checkout.

It’s Your Turn:  Will you be wearing pastels this fall?  Tell me in the comments!

Getting my pretty on with Friday’s Fab Faves, What I Wore to Work, Shanna, The Pleated Poppy, Style Sessions, Funday Monday, Monday Mingle, Monday Bloom.

Oxford Obsession

Oxford Obsession

It all started with this adorable outfit I found on Pinterest and now I’m full out obsessed with oxfords for fall.  I already have the navy blazer, boyfriend jeans and t-shirt.  All I need is the shoes to complete the look.

Here are a few options that I’m considering.  Which pair is your favorite?

[Restricted “Roosevelt”]

[Crown Vintage “Alice”]

[ModCloth “Trips of the Trade”]

[Hinge “Fraser”]

[Report “Harvey”]

It’s Your Turn:  Will you be buying oxfords this fall?


Don’t forget today is the last day to enter to win a $365 Nordstrom gift card over at Pinterest Told Me To.  Click on the graphic below to enter!

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You could buy the whole Pinterest inspiration outfit (plus some) with that much Nordstrom dough!

The navy blazer…

[Navy Linen Blazer]

The boyfriend jeans…

[Kut from the Kloth “Catherine”]

And a cute pair of oxfords too!

[Miz Mooz “Monaco”]

Be sure to stop by to enter and wish Sheaffer a happy blog birthday too!

I Feel Pretty | Preppy

I Feel Pretty | Preppy

Even though it’s brand new, this navy blazer is making feel all old school.  You know, like I should be hanging at Bel Air Prep with Will and Carlton.

That’s a Fresh Prince of Bel Air reference for you youngsters.

“In West Philadelphia, born and raised…”  I dare you to not finish the rest of that in your head.

Will, of course, famously wore his blazer inside out.

It was still in dress code, right?

Although mine has a pretty lining too, I kept it on the right way.

[Blazer:  Kenar (Similar)/Jeans:  LOFT/Shirt:  H&M (Similar)/Necklace:  Target/Earrings:  Macy’s/Shoes:  Tommy Hilfiger (Similar)]

Heather tagged me yesterday in her five things post, so I thought why not?  Looks like fun!  Here goes…

Five Facts about Alison

1.  I love 90’s sitcoms (see above).  My hubby and I have watched re-runs of every episode of Fresh Prince, In Living Color, King of Queens, Golden Girls, Mama’s Family and Designing Women.  OK, so there’s some late 80’s overlap in there.

These shows are pure nostalgia.  Some of them remind me of living at home and watching with my mom, like Designing Women.  Others bring back high school memories.  My friends and I used to recap scenes of In Living Color at the lunch table the day after an episode. Fresh Prince brings me back to college days, watching with my roommate and BFF, Danielle. We’ve been best friends since we were twelve.

This is us circa 1993, crazy girls!  That’s me on the right…naturally curly big hair, the envy of all the girls back in the day.  Thank God for the flat iron.

2.  My hubby and I met on a blind date twenty one years ago when I was 18 and he was 21.  Even though we were apart for five years (of growing up!) before re-uniting and getting married, I always knew he was “the one”.   I truly believe that God created the perfect man for me.

This was taken on our anniversary last year.

3.  I grew up in a tiny town in Pennsylvania named Hopewell (population 200).  My high school graduating class had only 89 students in it.  I’m a first generation college grad.

This is the house that I lived in from the age of four.  My parents still live there, which is really cool. I love to visit and sleep in my old bedroom.  My kids have a blast there and get to make the same memories, playing in the river behind Mimi and Pappy’s house, taking hikes and doing the things that I did growing up.

4.  I’m the youngest of three girls.  My sisters both live in the Dallas area too.  My oldest sister Andrea moved here first, I followed her right after college and our middle sister Heather moved here five years ago.  We spend every holiday together.

Me, my sister Andrea and my sister Heather.

5.  Five, hmm.  I have to come up with five?  I’m just not all that interesting.  Oh, here’s one.  I was our local “fire queen” in high school.  In case you’re wondering what a fire queen is, it’s essentially an excuse to have a pageant in a small town.  I made speeches about fire safety and rode on top of fire trucks in parades. I was kind of a big deal with big hair.

There you have it.  Five captivating facts about my life.  Now onto the fun!


It’s time for this week’s I Feel Pretty link party but first let’s take a look at last week’s Pretty of the Week.

She’s Jennae of Green and Gorgeous!

Her chambray, white skirt, turquoise necklace and cobalt blue flats are perfectly tied together with the fun Aztec print clutch.  Gorgeous, indeed!


Link up your outfits or anything else that makes you feel pretty.  There are just a few simple rules:

1.  Follow GYPO. (Facebook, TwitterBloglovin‘)

2.  Link up your pretty post.

3.  Link back to my blog (using the button above or your own link).

4.  Visit other pretty peeps.

That’s it! Let the fun begin.

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