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Nicole Martin
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Remixing my wardrobe to create buzz-worthy, office-approved outfits! Find out more at: Creating Panache.
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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Inspired: Jen Loves Kev

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shirt: Limited (gift) ~ skirt: Atelier via Nordstrom Rack ($20) ~ vest: Old Navy ($14) ~ shoes: Target ($20) ~ bracelet: thrifted via Beacon's Closet ($8)
Date: August 31, 2011
Ensemble message: Last night I pinned a few inspirational photos to my Pinterest account, and a recent outfit over at Jen Loves Kev was one of them.  As soon as I saw Jen in this outfit, I thought, "I can re-make this - and it'll be totally office appropriate!"  This shows how easy it can be to take an outfit from a magazine, runway, or another blog and make it your own.

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What has inspired you lately?

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Bumming Around

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tank: Lucky Jeans ($10) ~ top: Target ($12) ~ shorts: F21 ($14) ~ scarf: my mom's

Date: August 30, 2011
Ensemble message:  So yeahhh... this is me, currently.  Last week got a little crazy (what else is new?) so I didn't get to post much or even take photos to come back to this week.  Then, we moved to Part 2 of Nomadic Living on Saturday, right before Hurricane Irene hit the northeast.  The Husband and I were able to squeeze in the move plus a movie and dinner out before the worst of the storm hit us, but essentially I've been in comfy clothes since I got home from work on Friday night.  On top of that, Irene knocked out the power at the Day Job for 2 days straight, so I've been working from home.  Oh, and did I mention that I haven't been bothered with make-up either?  Below is a rare make-up-less pic, but I wanted a close-up of my scarf (aka undried hair tamer):

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Speaking of home, Part 2 of Nomadic Living is a Residence Inn.  Not too shabby!  Poor Donna is a bit confused... in the past 2 months, she's gone from a condo as a single dog, to a full house with 2 playmates, and now a studio as the lone dog once again.  She's a bit dramatic about it, but then again, I don't think she's complaining about the multiple pillows on the bed:

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This is why I call her My Little Jelly Bean

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Back to corporate wear tomorrow!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Some Favorites

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cami: Marshall's ($16) ~ blazer: Zara (old-$35ish?) ~ skirt: Kensie Girl (gift) ~ shoes: Franco Sarto ($65) ~ necklace & cuff: gifts

Date: August 16, 2011
Ensemble message:  I'm pretty sure I wore this on last Tuesday because this date was a major milestone in the project I've been working on at the Day Job.  The past couples weeks have been a blur... but I like to dress up for special occasions so my thought process was probably similar that morning :)  And ironically, I'm wearing the same skirt as my post from yesterday!  Well, not really ironic since it's one of my favorites... as are the cami and blazer.

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Do you wear certain outfits for different events, even at work??

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Borrowed Again

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shirt: Banana Republic Mens (borrowed) ~ skirt: Kensie Girl (gift) ~ vest: Old Navy ($14) ~ shoes: Target ($20) ~ bangle: NY&Co ($10ish) ~ necklaces & watch: gifts

Date: June 30, 2011
Ensemble message: Another from the memory card!  I wore this almost 2 months ago... assuming it was a typical day in the office.  Clearly it wasn't too hot yet since I stole borrowed this shirt from The Hubby.  I thought the grey in the shirt would look too monotone with the grey skirt, but the green vest breaks everything up nicely.

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I also wanted to thank you all for sticking around while I blog very inconsistently... you guys are truly the best!  I seem to be over the hump of my project.  Just in time for fall fashion too I might add - my favorite time of year!!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Mixed Prints

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cami: Marshall's ($16) ~ jacket: F21 ($12) ~ pants: DKNY Jeans via Filene's Basement ($24) ~ sandals: Nine West Outlet ($25ish) ~ necklace/cuff: gifts ~ bracelet: thrifted ($8)

Date: August 8, 2011
Ensemble message: This outfit was styled especially for this week's Everybody Everywear challenge - mixed prints!  Mixing prints is not a stretch for me, I've done it before (see below).  But it was a challenge to find a new mix since my wardrobe is a bit limited at the moment.  Though it's subtle, the stripes on the jacket do count as a print!  I personally think that stripes and floral are the easiest prints to mix (for those of you who might be a bit shy when it comes to mixing prints).

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Here are some other ways I've mixed prints:

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Everybody, Everywear | Pattern Mixing

Monday, August 8, 2011

Blank Canvas

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dress: Katerina dress c/o Carissa Rose ~ shoes: Franco Sarto ($65) ~ bracelet: thrifted via Beacon's Closet ($8) ~ scarf & earrings: gifts

Date: August 1, 2011
Ensemble message: Last week, I had the pleasure of personally welcoming 8 new hires to the Day Job!  I had a couple hours to do my HR thing, and I wanted to look professional but approachable.  I love this Carissa Rose dress because the stormy grey color is a perfect canvas to fun and colorful accessories.

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What clothing is your blank canvas??

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Urban Camo

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shirt: H&M ($15) ~ cami: Marshall's ($14) ~ skirt: Gap Outlet ($19) ~ shoes: Target ($20) ~ cuff/earrings/belt: all gifts

Date: June 29, 2011 (ish)
Ensemble message: Another outfit from awhile back... Again, not sure the reasoning behind this outfit, but I am pleasantly surprised by how the cami matches much of my existing wardrobe.  This olive green button-up was just begging to be paired with the bright pink camo-type design.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Office Color Blocking

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t-shirt & cardi: Target ($5 & $14) ~ skirt: Gap Outlet ($19) ~ shoes: Steve Madden via Famous Footwear ($14) ~ necklace: gift
Date: June 28, 2011 (ish...)
Ensemble message: Well, I must admit... I just found these photos, along with 2 other outfits, on my memory card last week.  I *think* they are from the week before I went on vacation.  I don't believe there was any particular reason I wore this, but I had this outfit in my head for awhile.  This is my answer to color blocking for the office: one half is brightly colored but toned down by a darker neutral.  This would also work with a tan skirt or pants too.

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Have you color blocked in the office?  I'd love to see pics!

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