Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Pencil To Paper{bag}

banana republic mint cardigan, loft breton striped shirt, j. crew no. 2 double serge pencil skirt mauve morning, pink sash, steve madden elevaate, handbag heaven vieta veronique buckle satchel, agaci tonal multi bead stretch, mac korean candy sheen supreme lipstick, mk5430, forever 21 faceted bead ring set

banana republic mint cardigan, loft breton striped shirt, j. crew no. 2 double serge pencil skirt mauve morning, pink sash, steve madden elevaate, handbag heaven vieta veronique buckle satchel, agaci tonal multi bead stretch, mac korean candy sheen supreme lipstick, mk5430, forever 21 faceted bead ring set

banana republic mint cardigan, loft breton striped shirt, j. crew no. 2 double serge pencil skirt mauve morning, pink sash, steve madden elevaate, handbag heaven vieta veronique buckle satchel, agaci tonal multi bead stretch, mac korean candy sheen supreme lipstick, mk5430, forever 21 faceted bead ring set

banana republic mint cardigan, loft breton striped shirt, j. crew no. 2 double serge pencil skirt mauve morning, pink sash, steve madden elevaate, handbag heaven vieta veronique buckle satchel, agaci tonal multi bead stretch, mac korean candy sheen supreme lipstick, mk5430, forever 21 faceted bead ring set

banana republic mint cardigan, loft breton striped shirt, j. crew no. 2 double serge pencil skirt mauve morning, pink sash, steve madden elevaate, handbag heaven vieta veronique buckle satchel, agaci tonal multi bead stretch, mac korean candy sheen supreme lipstick, mk5430, forever 21 faceted bead ring set
Cardi: Banana Republic Mint Cardigan - XS / $15 (similar)
Top: LOFT Striped Shirt - XSP / $30 (almost identical one) (cheaper option)
Belt: fabric sash borrowed from F21 woven shorts (buy)
 Skirt: J. Crew Super 120s Pencil Skirt - 00P / $118 (buy)
Shoes: Steve Madden Elevaate - 5.5 / $60 (similar - so beautiful!) (another Steve Madden option)
Watch: Michael Kors "Small Runway" (MK5430) - $127 (buy)  
Ring: Forever 21 Faceted Bead Ring Set (recent) - 6 / $3.80 (buy)
Bracelets: Agaci Tonal Mutli Bead Stretch - $6.50 (buy) (similar - only $6)
Bag: Vieta Veronique Buckle Satchel - c/o Handbag Heaven (buy) (i like this boxy one too)
Lips: MAC Korean Candy Sheen Supreme Lipstick (buy)

This week is turning out to be crazier than usual.  As is typical for me when things start getting hectic, I turn to soft, neutral clothes.  I love the pastel palette of this outfit and went a-la J. Crew again with just a bold lip color to give the look a bit of a kick.  And thank you for all the support for this lipstick the last time I wore it -- I finally mustered up the courage to wear it for work!

I also decided to try and convert this pencil skirt to more of a paperbag skirt.  See that bunching of fabric and the little sash addition?  Take notes, kids --  this is a no-sewing needed DIY.  ;)

banana republic mint cardigan, loft breton striped shirt, j. crew no. 2 double serge pencil skirt mauve morning, pink sash, steve madden elevaate, handbag heaven vieta veronique buckle satchel, agaci tonal multi bead stretch, mac korean candy sheen supreme lipstick, mk5430, forever 21 faceted bead ring set

And do you see that scraggly little ponytail?  I tried to recreate the pumped-up equestrian-inspired ponytail that was seen on the runways of New York Fashion Week but sadly mine didn't turn out quite the same {although it sure did look all poofy when I was styling it earlier!}.  I think I need better dry shampoo and/or hairspray...  Recs anyone?   

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22 comments:

  1. Hey the orange lipstick looks fab on you! it's a nice kind of sheer colour :)  Have you tried L'Oreal's Elnet hairspray?  I don't use hairspray often but I hear it has great hold and doesn't leave that icky sticky residue.  Also did you tease your hair to make the pouf?  Even just a little teasing makes a huge difference.

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  2. love the colored lip with neutrals look - i'm a fan! and you are totally rocking out the layered bracelet look....pretty! 

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  3. i did tease like crazy and i actually did use the L'Oreal Elnet hairspray (what a coincidence!). it was huge when i left the house but it ended up deflating in a matter of minutes! maybe i should've used more hairspray...

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  4. Very cute outfit. I wore something similar to a job interview today and felt great about it! I love the lipstick, also; the color is just great! 

    Jessica.

    http://www.JessicaWearsPearls.com

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  5. Gotta try that with my pencil skirt - what a fun way to get two looks with one skirt! :)

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  6. First time at your blog! :)
    I've been having the most crazy week too..!
    Love your skirt.. and that bow.. 

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  7. Loving the pastels :)
    Nice touch with the sash and paper bagging too. Too bad I don't actually have a pencil skirt to convert! Come to think about it I hardly wear skirts to work. 

    PQP
    http://prettyquirkypants.com
    xx

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  8. Spectacular Outfit Simply Loved it, Awesome Color Combination and the top is really Fabulous!!  You Looks Gorgeous in this Lovely Dress, Your Bag is simply Awesome!!

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  9. Ahh!! SO creative, Kileen! I was completely fooled into thinking this was a real paperbag skirt.  Now I REALLY have to get my hands on this skirt ;) J.Crew, please have a sale soon!

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  10. LOVE this, Kileen!  The makeshift papber-bag waist is incredible!  I love that look so def. going to try it out myself :)  Also, that striped top is so cute, I love the look of the stripes.  And cute, cute layered gold bracelets + watch, as you know, I loooove layering of jewelry!

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  11. I love the color blocking. That bow is really cute too. 

    I sometimes use Treseme Dry Shampoo, which adds a lot of texture, so that makes it easier to work with or tease up. And it's inexpensive. ;)

    Stay Beautiful,Renhttp://rosesarerenfashion.blogspot.com/

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  12. When things get hectic for me, I tend to wear a lot of black and gray..it's almost like somber day = somber colours!  Excellent job on turning a pencil skirt into a paperbag, and I love these colours you combined altgother!  Also you look beautiful in bright lipstick, I started to venture into it for fall, it takes some getting used to but it really shows up nicely in photos! :D

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  13. oh thanks for the rec! i've heard good things about that one too and will have to try it out!

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  14. hehe very clever what you did to create the paperbag skirt effect, I'll have to steal the idea from you. :D

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  15. Loving this look! :] I really like the colors and the stripes paired together. I love your bag too! I actually saw this recently...but for $39.99. I think I may have to go back and get it...heh heh.

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  16. wow, $40 for this bag is a deal!! you should definitely go back and get it!

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  17. This is so cute...another genius idea by Kileen :)

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  18. I love this color combo, and your huge stack of bangles. lovely!

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  19. Cute outfit!

    http://initialed.blogspot.com

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  20. cute bag and ultra pretty skirt! I'm a big fan of that shade!

    JEN

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