AJ Wears :: Lace & Leather Shorts

While everyone in the world is acting like the Nordstrom Anniversary sale is THE only sale that has ever existed, us 'round these parts were getting hyped about the Dillard's Clearance Sale. It's that special time that comes who-knows-how-often where all items on clearance are an additional 30-40% off. I found myself in the contemporary section on Thursday holding about six different leather items, trying to decide HOW MUCH leather is too much. The sales associate helping me assured me there was no such thing - she confessed to owning over half of the items I was considering herself.

She made the sale in the end by convincing me leather was in again for fall. What can I say? I love a little edge and these were basically free.

Top, ABS Platinum (similar from Bluefly).
Shorts, Trina Turk (Exact if you're curious - paid only 20% of that! Affordable option from JCP).
Heels, ShoeDazzle (similar from Steve Madden).
Necklace, Vintage (similar from River Island).
Bag, Rebecca Minkoff (exact in new prints!).

AJ Wears :: White Pants

I almost didn't buy these pants. The first time I found them (on clearance!) at Dillard's, they were WAY too long, even for some of my super high heels. I knew I was unlikely to ever get them hemmed, so I didn't buy them. Fast-forward a few weeks, and I couldn't stop thinking about them, so I dropped by just to see if they were still there. MAGIC AND FAIRY DUST, there they were. I took them straight from Dillard's to the tailor and never looked back. That also encouraged me to finally take my jeans in to get hemmed as well! Win/win/win. I'll skip the part of the day where I fell down a flight of stairs and just pretend like this was the perfect outfit.

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Pants, Trina Turk (similar at Dillard's).
Shirt, Zara (If you love the pleats - if you love the color).
Blazer, Forever 21 (similar).
Heels, Sole Society.
Bag, Kate Spade.
Necklace, BaubleBar.

AJ Wears :: A Navy Pencil Skirt

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. As I continue to upgrade my wardrobe piece by piece, there are a few that I'll hold on to (until they fall apart) regardless of where they came from. This skirt (which I swear is navy) is one of those things (it was $8 from Forever 21). It's just a piece of jersey material sewn in the vague shape of a pencil skirt (which I kept getting tangled in every time I went to the bathroom today). But it's comfortable to sit in all day and looks pretty darn professional for something that was probably a pillowcase in its former life.

No, these shoes are not comfortable. Always keep flats at your desk. Look! Bow belt, bow bag. So matchy.

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These earrings are awesome. First Lady in the front, last lady out of the clurb in the back. And my hair is thrown into my half-hearted attempt at a messy chignon after seeing this Birchbox video yesterday. I figured out halfway through the day that I had "Leslie Knope Man Hair." Parks & Rec fans, YOU know.

Top, Theory (similar from same).
Skirt, Forever 21 (similar from Target).
Heels, Marceliana from JustFab.
Bag, Kate Spade Beau Bag (exact in other colors - wait for mega sale).
Earrings, BaubleBar (exact).