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Monday, June 23, 2014

Manic Monday: Brunch inspired outfit





Sunnies: Vince Camuto | Earrings: Stella and DotNecklace: NY&Co (option) | Bag: Michael Kors (option, optionbudget option) | Jacket: Express ($59.99 + 40% off!) | Dress (last seen here): BCBG (option, option, budget option)  | Shoes (also seen here): Steve Madden (budget option

A couple of weekends ago when I was brunching with the husband, I saw this girl walk into the restaurant with the cutest, most effortless brunch outfit - a cotton pullover dress with a lightweight anorak jacket over, sleeves pushed up, and printed, slip-on sneakers. Don't you wish you could pin people in real life? I definitely took a mental picture of her and knew I wanted to recreate this look at a later date. I was secretly kicking myself for never buying the anorak jacket from Express that Gina has featured a few times.

Fast forward to a few days later, and I swear it's like she reads my mind. Gina put together a post of her features and clearance favorites here. I scrolled through her post feeling "safe" since I, for once, didn't *need* anything that she was featuring. Then BAM. She ends with the anorak jacket. Ok, ok, I get the hint, Shopping Gods. So, I ordered it, and I'm so glad I did!

I'm wearing the XS, and it's more flattering that I imagined it would be. It always throws me off when things don't look flattering on the models - because if they don't look perfect in it with the advantage of getting touched up in photos, then how am I supposed to look good in it?! I was pleasantly surprised though - I love that it has the hidden drawstring on the inside of the jacket to cinch the waist. And it's the perfect weight for cool summer mornings or evenings - even lighter than a denim jacket. Snag it now here while it's still around for over 60% off! You'll thank Gina and me in the fall for this, I promise.

Now, if you're thinking I'm crazy for even wearing a jacket in the summertime - you could easily switch the jacket for my favorite vest, and switch the sneakers for some barely there sandals!

What have you seen someone wearing in real life lately that left you inspired?


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77 comments :

  1. I've spotted cute outfits before that I just HAD to recreate! The dress looks adorable styled casually with the sneakers!

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart
    Juicy Couture Giveaway!

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    1. Glad I'm not the only one!! Wish I could get their photos sometimes so everyone can appreciate their style!
      Thanks for reading!

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  2. I adore this look!! It such a great weekend look and the shoes are just amazing! I have yet to get them myself but it's on my list!

    Have a great day!

    xo, Erica
    Casually Styled

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    1. Would love to see you style them - they're really great! And redonk versatile.

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  3. LOVE how you styled this! Completely different than anything I've tried- thanks for the inspiration. Love the pairing of that coral with with jacket and the leopard sneaks!! I might have to try a variation on this with a coral tee or something since I don't have a dress that color. Besides that, YES, the jacket is just an amazing transitional piece. I love how easy the sleeves are to roll up - such a cute styling choice.
    Gina -- On the Daily Express

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    1. I'm so glad you approve of this! And I'm happy that I've given you newfound inspiration! It really is such a great piece. Thanks so much for keeping it at top of mind!!

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  4. Great color combo! Love that it's an easy, relaxed look, but with great style!
    Kellie @ www.ie-style.com

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    1. Exactly! I wish I could thank that chick for giving me such great inspiration!

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  5. What a comfy and chic outfit! That orange dress looks awesome with the jacket!
    http://www.weshopinheels.com

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    1. Thank you! I loved the combo myself!

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  6. It's crazy how we have such similar items in our closet I could easily recreate this look :) Love it!

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    1. Well I would be so flattered if you did! Love your style!

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  7. So adorable! An anorak is highly versatile....and it stood out with that coral dress & sneaks you wore!

    Rebecca
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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    1. Thanks, Rebecca! I'm totally a believer of the anorak jacket now!

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  8. The jacket indeed is very flattering on you. I really love your leopard sneakers. I've seen them everywhere on the blogsphere. They go so perfectly well with the rest of your outfit. Enjoy your Monday!

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    1. Yep, they're certainly everywhere, which definitely had some influence into my decision to stalk and buy them! They're prefect though so no regrets!

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  9. This look is SO CUTE! I can see why you wanted to recreate it! Loving your sneakers!

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    1. Thanks! Easy breezy but I still felt put together! Thanks again!

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  10. Such an adorable look! I know what you mean about being able to pin things you see in real life! Love those leopard
    slip-ons, they look great paired with the dress!

    Jill
    dousedinpink.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Jill! And glad you can relate!!

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  11. I just love the coral and the green. And I love your hair. A great, great look.

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    1. Aww - thanks, Tracy! I love a great updo!

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  12. This is just a great idea with the coral and the jacket! Plus those leopard shoes are hottt! Love this outfit on you! :)

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    1. Thanks, lady!
      I wasn't really a big sneaker person but I kept obsessing over these! I'm so glad I got them- they're really great!

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  13. This outfit is adorable! such cute leopard sneakers!

    Alena & http://garmentsspeech.blogspot.com

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    1. Isn't the print perfect? I love them!

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  14. "Pin people in real life" - I love it! It's so true. Gina is dangerous with her fantastic inspiration! I do love my anorak jacket though. It is definitely one of my most work pieces. Love it with your coral!

    xo, Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

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    1. It really is such a great jacket! I'm glad I finally caved. So worth it!

      Thank you!!

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  15. Love the anorak over this dress. It's an unexpected combo but its the perfect contrast.

    http://www.kathrineeldridge1.wordpress.com

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  16. Beautiful outfit and I love those leopard slip ons!!!
    effortlesslady.blogspot.ca

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    1. Thanks so much! Happy you like it!

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  17. Love your anorak jacket, a great decision for buying Gina's and congrats on recycling! :) Another great look from you and I love your messy bun too!

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    1. Thanks so much! I love a messy up do and feeling like I have a ton of hair!

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  18. Cute look and I LOVE those shoes! Happy Monday...xo!

    ~Whitney
    www.whitneynicjames.com

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    1. Thanks! Happy Monday to you as well!

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  19. Loving this casual outfit..and so true about pinning ppl in real life ;). I usually just stop them, excuse myself and compliment them..and make a mental note of the outfit to replicate later..hehe..Thanks for the link up :)

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    1. I definitely try and compliment people when I can! She was across the restaurant, so I thought that may be just a little creepy! Haha

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  20. Love this look! Army green and orange is another color combo that I love. The anorak goes so well with the dress. My go-to jackets in the summer are my utility and denim jackets. Not crazy at all to wear an anorak in the summer. Have a great week, Carylee!

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    1. Thankfully it cooled down enough for this to be perfect for the weather!
      Thanks for the note!

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  21. Love the leopard sneakers!!! I'm a sucker for all things leopard and these are to die!

    xoxo,
    Tara Belle
    www.northernlights-southernbelles.com

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    1. Yep, me, too! These are perfect and you need them!

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  22. Oo, I have been wanting a jacket like that for late spring/early fall -maybe this is my time to order way (it's a pretty good sale!)

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    1. And, you look super cute - a perfect style for brunch :)

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    2. Aww- thank you! I definitely recommend it! It's a great price right now too!

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  23. I love that dress and the coral with army green is such an unexpected but fantastic combination!

    Lea
    http://highheeledstyle.com

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    1. I'm glad you appreciate it! I love pairing opposites with each other!

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  24. Love this look, especially with those animal-print slip-ons! Thank goodness we're able to pin your interpretation of this look! :)

    Jen @ Librarian for Life & Style

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  25. Love the whole outfit but my favorite about this post is this: "don't you wish you could pin people in real life?" Lol! Totally with you there! :)

    Rhea, Et Cetera - Nautical Summer

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    1. What's so funny is during my day and a half walk in Chicago, there were so many cute outfits I saw! I was wishing I could take photos! But that's creepy! Haha
      Glad you can relate!

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  26. I love the pink and green combo! I have a similar jacket and agree it is the perfect piece to finish an outfit!

    Nicole
    Nicole to the Nines

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    1. It's the perfect layer! Can't gush about this jacket enough!

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  27. This is the perfect brunch outfit! I've been known to sneakily take pictures of people whose outfits I like ... whatever works, I say;)

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    1. I can't say I haven't tried before!! :)

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  28. I love this look so laid back yet cute! I need to get back anorak

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  29. Dresses with sneakers! One of my favorite looks. :-) You wear it well.

    Mo

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    1. Thanks!! You have the black Sam Ed Beckers don't you? Or something similar? You were one of the people that pushed me to get slip ons because of how great they look on you! I want the black ones also!

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  30. I love you jacket and the color combo of the green and coral, a fun and casual look. you look great!
    Nora
    www.jacketsociety.com/blog

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  31. Why did you do this to me??? I was happy with how unflattering it looks on the model, but now that I know you are my height and I've seen how pretty it looks on you, and you were evil enough to even share the size you are wearing.....and for $36, can I really pretend I don't need it in my life???

    Natalia

    Natalia

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    1. Hahaha!!! Get it!!! It will be worth it, I promise!! :)

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  32. LOVE those sneakers!! And the military vest looks awesome with the pink :)

    Jessi
    http://www.haircutandgeneralattitude.com

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    1. Thanks lady! These sneakers are amaze!

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  33. Love those shoes and I LOVE your hair like that! Sorry I've been a bit quiet - rather manic couple of weeks, but I'm baaaaack!

    Mama-andmore.com

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    1. No worries, I have totally been the same way! I feel so far behind in blog life! Appreciate you guys hanging in there with me!

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  34. I am obsessing over this look! Love those shoes!
    xo,
    Jacqueline
    stylininstlouis.com

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    1. Awww- thanks lady! You need the shoes!

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  35. I'm loving your hair done like that, girl!

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    1. Thank you!! Love a big pile of hair on my head! It's fun!

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  36. Your bun looks so pretty! And that is the perfect brunch outfit - it looks chic but also very comfortable with the sneakers & anorak...great real life pinspiration :-)

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    1. Thanks, lady! I love outfits that are comfy but still feel put together!

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  37. Love this casual chic outfit! I've been eyeing those slip ons for ages - way to style them!!

    Jenna from Visions of Vogue

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    1. I swear these slip ons are my flat riding boots of the summer. They're a great casual, on-the-go option, and bright up any outfit!

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  38. Now I can pin your outfit! Your blog is too cute! Glad I found you!

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