AJ Wears :: A Polka Dot Dress

Happy Friday! Say it with me...THREE. DAY. WEEKEND! I love a three day weekend. You can brunch hard on Sunday and still have Monday to lay by the pool. Today's ensemble is a simple one: a comfy dress in a midi shape (can't stop, won't stop) and a denim jacket because last time I checked, the strapless look wasn't office approved. You know what is office approved? Freakin' polka dots.

Dress, ASOS (exact, on sale!).
Jacket, GAP (similar from Old Navy).
Bag, Kate Spade (exact in coral or yellow).
Necklace, Gorjana c/o RocksBox.
Heels, Christian Louboutin via Bib+Tuck.

AJ Wears :: A Plaid Peplum

One of the weird things bloggers get to work with are c/o items - care of, for the non-bloggers out there. It's no secret that companies looking for more eyeballs on their website and goods send free clothes to bloggers in hope that it'll help promote their brand - it's cheap, easy advertising. The hard part for bloggers is making those c/o items work in their wardrobe.

So today, I'm making a case for the c/o. It's more than just getting something for free. I like to look at it as an opportunity to review a company for you guys, so you know if it's worth your time or not. Enter today's top from Abadday. It's actually a set - top and shorts - but the entire thing together felt slightly costumey so I split them up.

I actually wore the shorts first - my friends went crazy over them! I also received a number of compliments on my top today, making me feel like I did a good job with choosing. I just wasn't bold enough to wear them together...yet. My overall review of Abaday is a good one, though. They were much quicker with shipping than other Asia-based websites have been, and while the quality was pretty much expected (so-so), the uniqueness of the pieces made up for that.

Top & Shorts, c/o Abadday.
Jeans, Hudson (exact).
Shoes, Zara (similar from JCP).
Earrings, c/o RocksBox (review coming soon!).
Bag, Kate Spade (exact in coral or yellow, similar from Sole Society).

AJ Wears :: The Classics

On the days that I have "nothing to wear," I often turn to the most basic outfits. It's always a kind of duh moment when I realize a crisp white blouse and dark jeans is the perfect outfit 9 out of 10 times. I dressed mine up a bit with a killer pair of heels...when all else fails, just add heels!

Also, just add adorable leather bow you picked up for $5 at the H&M checkout stand. Impulse buy, but I love this thing.

Shirt, Theory (super similar from Theory on sale!).
Jeans, Hudson (exact).
Bag, Coach (This year's style - I scored mine for cheap at Marshall's).
Shoes, Miu Miu (super find from Bib+Tuck. Love this similar from BCBG!).
Ring, BaubleBar (exact).
Bow, H&M (exact).