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Week O’Nautical: Black and Blue

Week O'Nautical - Black and Blue

Week O’Nautical – Black and Blue

Ok so this may not be my most nautical look for Week O’Nautical but it does involve some #nauticalblues!  As we creep closer to the long weekend my wear to work outfit this week took my basic blacks a little more patriotic with cobalt blue.

 

Black and Blue Wear To Work Outfit

Black and Blue Wear To Work Outfit

This has been the summer of skirts for me.  I’ve seemed to gravitate to skirts with sleeveless tops and tanks all season long.  Today, I paired my black pencil skirt with a ladder back tank (both Express, old) with some cobalt pumps (Guess) and a classic black bag (Avon Signature).

Tank and Pencil Skirt Combo

Tank and Pencil Skirt Combo

Ladder Back Details

Ladder Back Details

The ladder back adds some unexpected fun to a work look.  Granted, I do work in a laid back office environment but I understand this wouldn’t work for all offices.  But you know what does work, fun red white and silver Kate Spade dupe earrings and a fun on trend choker (both Charming Charlie).

Red Lips mark. All Butter Lip Treat in Fired Up

Red Lips mark. All Butter Lip Treat in Fired Up

I think I’ll be themeing out those nautical blues this Labor Day Week O’Nautical.  Long weekend here we come!  (even though I’m sad birthday month is coming to an end)  You can checkout my past Week O’Nautical looks here.

Week O'Nautical Work Wear Look!

Week O’Nautical Work Wear Look!

Houndstooth on Houndstooth

Houndstooth on Houndstooth

Houndstooth on Houndstooth

It may be in the low 80’s here but it’s the last day of winter!  Can’t say I’m disappointed, but I can say what I’ve been loving in late winter is lightweight blouses with everything from skirts to trousers to ankle pants, etc…  My favorite being the Express Portofino blouse.  It just fits and feels so right, especially when it’s in houndstooth.  Portofino’s and pencil skirts are my absolute favorite go to for work wear.

Express Portofino Blouse

Express Portofino Blouse

Portofino’s and Pencil Skirts:  Express Portofino Blouse  |  Express Houndstooth Pencil Skirt

Portofino's and Pencil Skirts

Portofino’s and Pencil Skirts

mark. Box Set Necklace  |   mark. On Point Earring Set  |  Kate Spade Idiom Bangle

Avon Matte Ruby Ultra Color Lipstick with mark. Jewelry

Avon Matte Ruby Ultra Color Lipstick with mark. Jewelry

mark. In Black and White Tote  |  Altuzarra for Target Ankle Boots

What to wear to work:  houndstooth

What to wear to work: houndstooth

Copy Cat – Express Peplum Look

Imitation is the greatest form of flattery.  Express, be flattered, because I want to imitate your looks… and I did!  After seeing this look in the May mailer I had to copy cat it.  So let’s break it down… black peplum top + black slim fitting pants + black pointy toe pumps + arm party + black sunglasses = one super chic look!

Express Peplum Look

Express Peplum Look

With the KILLER Memorial Weekend sales I was able to pick up this peplum top from Express for ONLY $17!  I’ve been thinking about this look since the moment I got the mailer so I knew first time I wore the top I was recreating this outfit!  The peplum trend is one I’ve been wanting to try for quite some time and Express has had some really awesome offerings, but I knew a simple basic black top I’d get the most use out of and be able to take it past its fad.

Copy Cat Express Peplum Look

Copy Cat Express Peplum Look

Of course I had to make it my own.  With such a simple canvas you could really take this look many ways.  I started with what I already had, slim fitting black pants (also from Express), pointed toe pumps from Shoedazzle, some edgy jewelry from mark. and my new favorite bag, the High Style Convertable bag, also from mark, and of course my go-to Marc Jacobs sunglasses.

Edgy accessories from mark.

Edgy accessories from mark.

The necklace and earrings are old favorites from mark. but the Rock The Place Ring ($20) is a hot new arrival at my eboutique:  http://ahessinger.mymarkstore.com.  You can also get the High Style Convertible Bag ($40) at my eboutique.  I like the dark, hematite and silver tones  with this look, they make it a great Friday night outfit!

Perfect Peplum Look with Express and mark.

Perfect Peplum Look with Express and mark.

Putting a look together doesn’t have to take all that much effort, just be inspired by something you see and immitate it!  Express is one of my favorite brands so I love getting their emails and mailers to be inspired by their looks.  What are some of your favorites to be inspired by?  Have you copy catted a favorite look?  Maybe you’ll flatter me by imitating my copy cat look!

Copy Cat – Express Peplum Look

Imitation is the greatest form of flattery.  Express, be flattered, because I want to imitate your looks… and I did!  After seeing this look in the May mailer I had to copy cat it.  So let’s break it down… black peplum top + black slim fitting pants + black pointy toe pumps + arm party + black sunglasses = one super chic look!

Express Peplum Look

Express Peplum Look

With the KILLER Memorial Weekend sales I was able to pick up this peplum top from Express for ONLY $17!  I’ve been thinking about this look since the moment I got the mailer so I knew first time I wore the top I was recreating this outfit!  The peplum trend is one I’ve been wanting to try for quite some time and Express has had some really awesome offerings, but I knew a simple basic black top I’d get the most use out of and be able to take it past its fad.

Copy Cat Express Peplum Look

Copy Cat Express Peplum Look

Of course I had to make it my own.  With such a simple canvas you could really take this look many ways.  I started with what I already had, slim fitting black pants (also from Express), pointed toe pumps from Shoedazzle, some edgy jewelry from mark. and my new favorite bag, the High Style Convertable bag, also from mark, and of course my go-to Marc Jacobs sunglasses.

Edgy accessories from mark.

Edgy accessories from mark.

The necklace and earrings are old favorites from mark. but the Rock The Place Ring ($20) is a hot new arrival at my eboutique:  http://ahessinger.mymarkstore.com.  You can also get the High Style Convertible Bag ($40) at my eboutique.  I like the dark, hematite and silver tones  with this look, they make it a great Friday night outfit!

Perfect Peplum Look with Express and mark.

Perfect Peplum Look with Express and mark.

Putting a look together doesn’t have to take all that much effort, just be inspired by something you see and immitate it!  Express is one of my favorite brands so I love getting their emails and mailers to be inspired by their looks.  What are some of your favorites to be inspired by?  Have you copy catted a favorite look?  Maybe you’ll flatter me by imitating my copy cat look!