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Reader Request: What I Wore my First Week of Work

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I remember when I was hired for my first full-time job. I was a freshman in college and home for the summer. I signed on as a marketing intern for one of the¬†fortune 500 companies in Kentucky. I was used to wearing leggings and sorority sweatshirts all day everyday and was in for a shock when I had to start dressing in business casual attire Monday through Friday. I thought that meant black pants, button downs and cardigans, so my mom and I headed to LOFT to overhaul my wardrobe. I’m pretty sure I bought the same “work trousers” in black, navy and brown. I still cringe when I think of my weekly wardrobe during those days (and for the record, my mom still buys me cardigans ūüėČ ).

Fortunately, I’ve become a little more creative in my work wear. Of all the occasions to dress for, I actually enjoy putting together a business casual look. I find that the majority of my¬†closet is tailored towards career clothes, which makes it easy to conceptualize an outfit every morning. Now, if you asked me to dress for a casual weekend brunch, I would end up in yoga pants and an oversized Patagonia. I just can’t get a handle on “weekend wear.”

While I am definitely not a fashion blogger, I do love nice clothes, style and shopping¬†as much as the next girl.¬†The catch is that I’m a bargain hunter.¬†If I want that $1,000 handbag, I¬†will wait for it to go on sale or track it down on eBay. Lately, I’ve been all about buying investment pieces, items that might be pricey, but that I will wear more than once per week, are highly versatile and will last me for years to come.

I recently received a message on Facebook from a¬†college friend (hi Katie!). She was interested in where I bought the clothing items from one of my recent posts.¬†This is an exciting moment for The Magic Tree, as today’s post is my first Reader Request!¬†(If there is something you’d like to see on the blog, please let me know!). Without further ado, a roundup of everything I wore to work during my first week.

MONDAY

Blue dress

Note: I ended up wearing the belt on the left.

Dress: Tahari via TJ Maxx | Blouse: Ann Taylor (old) | Belt: on left Talbots, on right LOFT (old) | Tights: Hue | Shoes: Franco Sarto | Bracelets: Betsy Pittard 

TUESDAY

Black tunic outfit

Shirt: Joan Vass via TJ Maxx | Pants: Tahari via TJ Maxx | Shoes: Antonio Melani (very old) | Necklaces: Rose pendant (very old) & James Michelle nameplate

WEDNESDAY

white blazer navy

Blouse: LOFT (old) | Shirt: unknown brand via consignment | Pants: Banana Republic | Blazer: Zara | Shoes: LK Bennett 

THURSDAY

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Blouse: Ann Taylor | Skirt: Ann Taylor via consignment | Tights: Hue | Shoes: Tory Burch via consignment | Necklaces: Pendant necklace is Coach via consignment & James Michelle | Bag: Kate Spade

FRIDAY

Gray Sweater

Blouse: H&M | Sweater: Max Studio via TJ Maxx | Pants: Max Studio via TJ Maxx | Shoes: Madewell | Necklace: old via Groupon

What I Wore to Work collage

There’s been a little fashion talk on the blog before.¬†In case you missed it:

xo,

Lizzie

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Household “Chores” Take a Back Seat + Cyber Monday Buys

If you’re ever naive¬†enough to think I’m one of those people that has it together, please take a look at this photo:

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Everything is exactly where I left it when we arrived home on Saturday night. I call that talent. In reality, I have been in finals mode for three days now. All my regular “chores” have been lowest on my priority list.¬†Hence, this note that I found in the kitchen this morning:

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(Please don’t think Bobby is some demanding “man of the house.” We’ve discussed multiple times that I prefer to do all the laundry because I’m picky about how things are washed and dried!).¬†I always, always get our laundry done on Sundays. It’s just part of the schedule I’ve set for myself. Welp, not this week, and apparently he has no clothes.

Just get me through Thursday and life will be a little less crazy ūüôā

BREAKFAST

A cold, creamy smoothie was calling my name this morning.

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I threw the following into the blender: 1/2 frozen banana, frozen strawberries, unsweetened almond milk, About Time vanilla protein powder. So tasty! Also enjoyed a cup of joe on the side. I’m still on the Pumpkin train and want to use up my Dunkin before I buy a holiday flavor.

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I’m trying to work on another paper through the morning, while also incessantly tracking my Cyber Monday¬†purchases.¬†I ended up ordering a couple pieces of jewelry from Gilt¬†<–affiliate link¬†(for gifts, so not posting links!), some random Amazon items including a scratching post, a computer sleeve and Smarty Pants multi-vitamins. I’ve also recently been checking out Talbots sales on the reg and ended up buying this belt for $12. My parents will find it hilarious that I shop at Talbots now. When I was a pre-teen, my dad thought I was dressing too old for my age (I probably was), so he bought me a pair of long, khaki shorts from Talbots. I promised I’d wear them, but they sat unworn at the bottom of my drawer for years! Sorry Dad :/

I’m most excited about this dress I ordered from Bluefly that I plan to wear to Bobby’s company holiday party next week and my friend’s wedding at the end of the month.

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I rented a Black Halo cocktail dress from Rent the Runway a few months ago, and loved it so much that I tried to buy it.¬†After realizing that it was from a past season and literally doesn’t exist on the interwebs, I’ve been hunting for a similar style ever since. I hope I love this one just as much.

Off to try and be productive. Also, who else is excited for the VS Fashion Show?

XO,

Lizzie

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Cyber Monday Deal Roundup

**Updated to fix some outdated coupon codes**

Good morning! I was¬†up bright and early today to check out the best Cyber Mondays deals that are circulating the internet. I’ve just included my favorite store where¬†I might be purchasing from today. I’m sure there are many more deals out there, so make sure to google “STORE NAME and cyber monday coupon code” before you check out on any¬†site. I’ve never been a big Black Friday shopper – I think I’ve done it once? – but¬†I always take advantage of Cyber Monday. So I’ve made my list, and I’ve checked it twice, let’s find out which deals are naughty or nice!

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  • 6pm.com: up to 60% off North Face full price items (lots of other sales on this site too)
  • Anthropologie.com: free shipping + 20% off sale with code EXTRAJOLLY
  • asos.com: 30% off with code ILOVEMONDAYS (there are lots of sizes left in my favorite white dress!)
  • Athleta.com: 20% off entire purchase
  • Bananarepublic.com: 40% off entire purchase with code CYBER
  • Elaineturner.com: 35% entire purchase¬†until 2 p.m. CST!
  • Emilyley.com: up to 40% everything
  • Express.com: 50% off sitewide + free shipping
  • Forever21.com: 20% off $60+ with code CYBER20; 30% off $120+ with code CYBER30
  • Gap.com: 40% off entire purchase with code CYBER
  • Gilt.com: Free shipping with code GOLDSTANDARD
  • GNC.com: 40% off sitewide
  • Jcrew.com:¬†30% off select full-price styles and additional 40% off sale + free shipping with code MONDAY
  • Jcrew Factory: 50% off sitewide; an additional 10% off +¬†free shipping with code YOUVEGOTSALE
  • Katespade.com: 30% off sitewide with code CYBER30
  • Madewell.com: 25% off entire purchase with code GIFTON
  • Nordstrom.com: 40% off select¬†items
  • Oldnavy.com: 40% off entire purchase with code CYBER
  • Piperlime.com: 30% off sitewide + 40% off sale¬†with code CYBERSALE
  • Rent the Runway¬†(<– referral link!): $40 off $100 with code CM4014 (this is one of the best sales I’ve ever seen on RTR)
  • Talbots: 50% off one full-price item; or 40% off entire purchase + free shipping

Questions for you:

  • Will you be shopping online today?
  • Where¬†did you find the best deal?
  • Black Friday or Cyber Monday??

XO,

Lizzie

 

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Deal Stalking and a Brain Fart

Hey guys, how are ya?

We’re hosting Bobby’s sister and her husband over here for dinner tonight. We haven’t seen them in a while and wanted to have a pseudo holiday celebration before the calendars start¬†filling up. I’m making a cheesy chicken¬†pasta bake. It’s a variation on this one, using spinach instead of kale and way less ricotta.¬†I’ve made it a couple times, but never for company.¬†Hoping they love it as much as we do!

No exercise today for me, but I’m planning on a morning workout before we hit the road tomorrow.

BREAKFAST & LUNCH

I toasted my last ezekiel english muffin this morning and topped it with crunchy peanut butter and 1/2 banana.

breakfast

As per usual, I packed lunch to-go including the same egg white salad from yesterday atop romaine, plus some green grapes on the side. <Рliterally the exact lunch from yesterday. Oops!

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Remember that research paper that was due today? Welp, it almost turned into the research paper that wasn’t. I printed it yesterday, placed it in my class folder and dropped the folder into my purse last night. When I opened my bag this morning to hand it in to my professor, IT WASN’T THERE. ¬†Turns out, I had¬†removed¬†said folder this morning because I wanted to lighten my load while walking to school. Literally didn’t even think about it. Luckily, I was able to email it to my teacher, but still. Talk about stressful.

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On¬†my way home from class I stopped into Nordstrom. Sometimes it’s dangerous living on Michigan Avenue ūüôā

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I had been online stalking a pair of booties¬†for weeks waiting for the price to drop. I noticed they were reduced a few days ago, but knew shipping would take way longer than just¬†hopping into Nordstrom. Fortunately, they had my exact size and I loved them even more in person. Lucky me! They’re the Franco Sarto Octagon Wedge Bootie.¬†

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My new booties are¬†already packed in my suitcase for our Thanksgiving trip to the farm, in addition to my “rugged” staples: cozy knits, fur, flannel and Fryes.

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I don’t really consider myself to be type A except when it comes to packing. I type¬†out every single item broken down by day or category. ūüôā

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Questions for you:

  • Have you jumped on the booties trend train?
  • What are you doing for Thanksgiving?
  • What is your packing strategy? <– I’m always fascinated by others’ methodologies or lack there of!

XO,

Lizzie

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Outfit Inspo: Knit Cape

Over the years, Pinterest has quickly¬†become¬†my main source of fashion inspiration. When I was in high school and college, I used to keep¬†binders full of magazine clippings featuring outfits that I wanted to recreate. I like to think I was ahead of the technology curve.¬†Today, I took a cue from some of the looks on my “Weekend Fashion” board (<– these looks don’t have to be worn on the weekend obvi, they just have a more relaxed vibe!), and decided to rock my knit cape.

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I first saw this identical cape + tee on Penny Pincher Fashion a few months ago and decided I needed to add them to my winter wardrobe.

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Has anyone noticed my affinity for skinny pants + loose sweaters yet? For F21, the cape feels thick and high quality, and is actually warm! I’m kind of in love. Sadly, the tee and cape are both sold out, but F21 has some other great options.

I was also inspired by these other cape/poncho looks, and plan to recreate some of them as well.

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Have you tried the cape trend yet?

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FYI – I saw on Twitter that Argo Tea is offering $5 off your purchase if you download their new app. I did so today, and enjoyed a new-to-me Earl Grey Vanilla Cream.¬†Take advantage, ya’ll!

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XO,

Lizzie

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What I Wore: Charity Event Edition

Hi friends. Hope your weekend has been equal parts fun and rest. Ours sure has been.

Today we’ve been recuperating from the festivities of last night. There’s been a lot of couch time, some Netflix, and at least one nap. Eats today have also been very random (and un-pictured) – handfuls of SkinnyPop, string cheese, frozen fruit, pretzels and a Quest bar. Since today included a lackluster performance in the meals and fitness departments, let’s move on.

One of the many reasons I started this little blog is to share my interest¬†in attainable¬†fashion, knack for “shopping” my own closet, and down right skill at finding a bargain. Therefore, I’m planning to start a series on¬†here called What I Wore, showcasing items that I (typically) already own, or at least can show you were to buy. We’ll start with last night’s look.

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(Excuse the grainy iPhone quality on all of these. I’m heading to Best Buy tomorrow to pick up a new camera cord)!

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My favorite part of my outfit was¬†this teal coat.¬†I bought it at consignment last spring, but hadn’t yet had a chance to wear it.

 coat

I wore a lip color that I was much darker in the tube, and I probably would have preferred darker, but it was still a nice contrast to the black and white.

lips

I’m drawn towards gold jewels most of the year, but in winter I always bring out my silver. My shoes are hard to see, but I ended up going with the Dolce Vita sandals from yesterday’s post. Since they are suede and such a dark shade of black, they worked perfectly with my tights.

hands

The whole venue looked gorgeous, but my favorite part were the tasting stations from some of Chicago’s top restaurants. It’s hard to snap pics while carry a drink + a clutch + a plate full of food (if someone has a trick for this, please let me know), but I nibbled on truffle mac-and-cheese and an eggroll.

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I wish I had a better photo of Kristin’s dress, but she looked beautiful in a dark green satin number and a¬†fab statement necklace!

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Such a great night!

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  • Dress: ASOS
  • Shoes: Dolce Vita via Nordstrom (<–found them cheaper than the link I used in yesterday’s post)
  • Tights: Hue
  • Clutch: Aldo via consignment; similar
  • Coat: Banana Republic via consignment; similar; ¬†similar
  • Earrings: Charming Charlie
  • Rings: glass ring (via gifted) &¬†David Yurman (via gifted)
  • Bracelet: via borrowed from my mama

XO,

Lizzie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Wear White in Winter

And…….we’re officially into the¬†weekend!

I promised you a fashion post and we’ll get to it in just a bit, but first, let’s cover lunch.

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I packed ahead,¬†including leftover spaghetti squash¬†and a honeycrisp apple. Of course, I¬†nabbed a few of these for dessert. ūüôā

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I also grabbed some random handfuls of crackers and chips throughout the afternoon in order to satisfy my carb-tooth. Now, on to the exciting part of this post.

HOW TO WEAR WHITE IN WINTER

As mentioned earlier, Bobby and I are attending my friend Kristin’s event tonight. She is on the junior board of a¬†children’s hospitals, and they’re throwing a cocktail party to benefit pediatric cancer research. I almost used my old standby,¬†Rent the Runway¬†(<–affiliate link), but decided to shop my own closet instead.

I wore this dress from ASOS for a “white party” at the end of summer.

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Clutch: Gigi New York; Shoes: Dolce Vita (via Nordstrom)

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When I bought the dress, I had every intention¬†of wearing it¬†into¬†winter, and tonight seems like the perfect occasion. I haven’t decided my exact game plan in terms of “winterizing” it, but I have some ideas.

  • Swap bare legs for tights¬†– obviously a no brainer when the temps are in the low 30s, plus tights can dress up anything. I may go very dark black, but likely something a little more sheer.

black tights        VS.        sheer black

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  • Add in a more substantial¬†black heel – ¬†Your shoes and tights should always fall into the same color palette to elongate your legs. In this case, black on black. I’m actually lacking in the black heel department (weird, right?), but would like to go for this look (minus a few inches on the heel).

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  • Use a darker bag¬†– when I first wore the white dress, I was trying to stay with the theme. But¬†since we’re bordering on the winter season (crying), a purse with a dark print¬†or interesting fabric will work best – think leopard, suede or metallic.

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  • ¬†Make your lips and nails a darker¬†shade¬†– winter is THE time to play with makeup colors. When I wore this¬†white dress in September, I did a light pink lip and nude nails. This time around, I’ll probably wear¬†dark gray nails and a much darker lip.

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VS.

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If you have anything in your closet that you think could work for all seasons,¬†then I hope my tips help! As always, if you have any specific questions, I’m happy to answer them. I have about three hours to figure out what exactly I’m going to wear tonight, but stay tuned tomorrow for the end result.

Have a fabulous Friday night.

XO,

Lizzie

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