Lei Ann...Off Duty

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*the free people unicorn coat*

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thought i’d switch up some of my outfit posts here on ye ol’ blog.  instead of always pretty print dresses for work, here’s a glimpse of what i typically wear on the weekends…definitely more comfy, yet fun & a little bit quirky :)

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i found this awesome free people car coat on one of my goodwill runs a while ago.  it’s the epitome of comfort wear…being constantly wrapped up in a sweatshirt quilt.  LOVE IT!  i got *plenty* of compliments on it over the weekend :)  truth be told though, i was sold on the battling pink unicorns on the pristinely clean satin cream lining.  such a shame the best part of this coat is on the inside :(  maybe i’ll wear it reversed next weekend…hahaha!

wearing: free people car coat (via goodwill) || panda sweater (via LF harvard square) || simply vera wang pleather leggings || simply vera wang ankle wedge booties

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*abstract geometric floral print*

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this is one of my favorite comfortable go-to dresses…especially for the fall weather with the rich, dark jewel tones of burgundy & navy.  a client complimented me on it & i couldn’t even remember where i got it, but it was definitely thrifted.  not bad for an $8 dress all these years later :)

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the fall weather is just beautiful & this weekend is shaping up to be really nice, sunny & dry!  have a great weekend, y’all ^_^

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wearing: thrifted geometric navy/burgundy dress || skeleton cameo pendant (via ebay) || kenneth cole burgundy patent leather mary jane heels 

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*my carrie bradshaw outfit*

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to me, big tulle skirt + pointy toed pumps = the quintessential carrie bradshaw outfit.  certainly not something to wear during the work week, but for a fun late night dinner out with friends, perfectly appropriate!

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the sweater & skirt are new items, but the chartreuse heels i’ve had forever but haven’t worn.  they’re way more comfortable than i expected, so hopefully i’ll wear them out more ^_^

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wearing:  altuzarra x target orchid print sweatshirt || express white shirt || LC lauren conrad tulle midi skirt || shoemint classic pumps

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*postcard print*

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i thought fall was officially here when i already started bustin’ out the black tights & sweaters.  *however* looks like we’ve been blessed with a brief break of balmy temperatures, so i have a chance to wear some summery items before they’re put away in the closet for months :)

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for example, the postcard pattern on this shirtdress is a fun & refreshing print.  i do love my stripes & florals, but it’s nice to change up to something different :)  since i found this dress on the clearance racks, it was missing a belt.  no problem, just grabbed the one from the dress i already had that’s part of this same collection for a little bit of print mixing ^_^

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then, i didn’t wear these oldie but goodie wedges all summer, so glad to have the opportunity to take them out at least this one time.  it’s a shame  when great shoes don’t get out of the closet, isn’t it?

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wearing: peter som for designation postcard print dress || skeleton cameo pendant (via ebay) || christian louboutin blue ribbon espadrilles (super old)

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*all about the accessories*

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today’s outfit is pretty easy…just the simplest of cream dresses, bland, kinda blah.  hence, i decided to make the accessories more the emphasis of my look today :)

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first of all, this necklace i acquired at a little boutique in market square on my recent trip to knoxville.  the nerd in me thought “oh cool, a molecular design”…you know, like benzene rings & whatnot.  then, when my husband saw me wearing the necklace, he was like “honeycomb, cool!”  hahaha…yeah, that too :) *sheepish grin*

then, this snakeskin belt caught my eye hanging in my closet, so also pulled out my trusty old snakeskin wedges that match so well.  in the realm of animal skin designs, i’ve always kind of preferred reptile/snake patterns over the ubiqutous leopard print.

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finally, my most favorite leather jacket.  i totally call it my “switch" coat…for you fans of the matrix like myself :)  it was one of my first & still greatest ebay finds when i won it back in 2000.  it’s classic & will always be, it’s such beautiful, supple soft leather & is perfect for this fall weather.  i actually think i have a pair of (somewhat) matching leather pants somewhere.  hmmmm…i should hunt for it.  then i could cosplay as switch for halloween, bwahahaha!

wearing:  target cream floral textured dress || custom made cream leather long jacket (via ebay) || honeycomb design necklace (via reruns boutique) || ann taylor snakeskin belt || jeffrey campbell ‘mariel’ snakeskin wedges (super old)

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*more birds on sweaters*

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birds on a sweater?  again?  hahaha…when i find a theme i like in terms of my daily outfit, i guess i go with it for a while :)  

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well, it’s definitely sweater, skirt & tights weather.  seems to be my easy go-to these days since returning from knoxville & the cool fall weather is here to stay.  at least it’s sunny today & the perpetual rain has stopped…for now.  

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wearing:  swallows crop sweater (c/o h&m) || peter som for designation striped skirt || simply vera wang tights || black/clear crystal necklace (via manila street vendor) || leather ankle booties (via dillard’s)

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*gold cranes on a field of black*

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the second i saw the lookbook for the altuzarra for target collaboration weeks back, this gold embroidered cranes sweater was the be all & end all.  i was lucky to buy it as well since the morning the collection came out (as most of us know, these target collections drop at like 3 a.m. EST), i was up for an early flight & literally bought this sweater on my phone waiting in line to board my plane.  hallelujah for technology!

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i love the length & weight of this sweater.  it looks very fancy, but feels so easy.  the star for sure though are these embroidered cranes!  i was very impressed with the quality of the designs.  the silver & gold threads make the cranes very rich-looking, very lively.  the placement at the shoulders is just perfect.  i love the other pieces from the altuzarra x target line, but this *for sure* is my favorite :)

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wearing:  altuzarra x target black embroidered cranes sweater || express ruffled midi skirt || “korea” dragon black bomber jacket || nine west ankle booties

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*street art in downtown knoxville*

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i just got back from an amazing weekend in knoxville, TN where my friends got married with the great smoky mountains as an incredible backdrop.  while i found all of nature’s majesty truly beautiful, i was actually pleasantly surprised with how bohemian & artsy parts of downtown knoxville is.

knoxville street art, mural

upon our sightseeing, my friends & i found this super awesome alley full of cool paintings, murals & street art.  truly, i definitely did not feel like i was in kansas…certainly not knoxville…anymore :)

knoxville street art, mural

wearing:  peter som for designation palm print/striped shift dress || cats eye sunglasses (via ebay) || scott (hawaii brand) wedge flip flops

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*black & white book print & stripes*

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golly!  i go away for a few days to florida & come back to frigid boston weather!!!  luckily, it seems it’s only going to be cold today & warm up a bit more for the weekend.  whew!  i *like* cooler weather, but this was really unexpected ^_^

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luckily, this 'alice in wonderland' book print infinity scarf from uncommon goods came at juuuuuust the right time :)  it’s the perfect knit layer to ward off that autumn chill in the air.  plus, look at the little illustrations scattered on the scarf!  i was sold on just the words, but with the pictures, so much cuter!

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i really like uncommon goods for gifts for women.  they have a lot of unique designs & handcrafted gifts, most made right here in the US…great items i would love to give to friends that they wouldn’t find on every other website :)  uncommon goods also has cool gifts for men.  now that the fall weather is upon us, christmas & all that gift giving will be here before we’re ready, so check uncommon goods out :)  happy weekend, everyon!

wearing:  peter som for designation striped fit & flare dress || ‘alice in wonderland’ literary scarf (c/o uncommongoods) ||  express off-white denim jacket || black gladiator sandals (c/o luxury rebel

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disclaimer: i received the infinity scarf in exchange for a review from uncommon goods, but opinions are 100% my own :)

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*fringe kimono print mixing*

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got a LOT of print mixing going on for today…florals, fringe, snowflake, banana & tropical palm prints…WHEW!  i love how it all comes together though.  today is my wedding anniversary (eeekkk! hello, old married lady) so i wanted to look a little bit fancier today, hahaha :)

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i feel the need to warn you guys.  i discovered the peter som collection at kohl’s when i was whiling away the hours when i took my sister-in-law to upstate new york to visit her dying friend.  it was all on clearance & since i really liked the pieces i ended up buying, i investigated online & ended up buying more from their website & at other kohl’s in my area.  so, there’s going to be a glut of peter som items that will flood this ol’ blog of mine, hee hee hee ;)

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the peter som collection is right up my alley…lots of amazing print combinations, lots of flattering, flirty skirt shapes, plus super cheap!  i didn’t expect to go on a shopping spree this late in the season, but when most pieces ended up being around $11-15 each, who wouldn’t????

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wearing:  peter som for designation printed shift dress || necessary clothing fringe kimono jacket || shoemint woven leather sandals

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