Wednesday, March 6, 2013

coco chanel inspired jacket {and the Influence Network meet-up}

last week I was inspired by this look from Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere. She is one of the first blogs I started following almost 5 years ago! I still head over to her blog when I need inspiration! 

This outfit is the perfect mix of casual and business.  I wore it to a working lunch meeting and I was comfy yet totally put together.  

Plus I was able to wear one of my favorite jackets {I call it my coco chanel inspired jacket}, score.  I bought this jacket over 5 years ago on super clearance at Express for $16, double score! It is a jacket I will have in my closet for many more years. 

jacket: Express // t-shirt: Navy Exchange // necklace: Lisa Leonard // jeans: Paige denim via thrift store // shoes: Navy Exchange

I really love the these shoes, they have the sexiness of the pointy toe, but the heel is on the smaller side so they are perfect for every day wear. $20 for leather pointy toe black heels, I had to scoop these up years ago and I am glad I did. 

I love finding outfit inspiration from other bloggers and then recreating it from pieces I already have in my closet. It's like shopping for free.

Linking up for the Influence Network meet up.

 {hehe that is me on the far right}

three things about myself: 

1. I am a recovering shop-aholic. Ok, maybe that sounds a bit crazy but I have spent the last 9 months working on spending less money on mindless shopping. That includes clothes, shoes and accessories. Super hard for a fashion obsessed girl, but it is so worth it. After moving to Virginia I found some amazing thrift stores, much better than any we had in southern California. I try and find pieces at the thrift store that are similar to the current trends. It seems to be working so far. It gets hard sometimes because I see all my fashion forward friends posting on instagram and I want to head to the nearest target, anthro or nordstrom to shop til I drop, but I know I do not NEED anything else so I need not spend. 

2. I love social media, like crazy love! I am the social media manager for a few companies and non-profits and I cannot explain how much I love it. Being on facebook, twitter and pinterest every day really is a pretty cool gig to have. It was a long road to get here and I know I have a lot more I need to do to get to where I want to be, but I can see how God did it all.  From quitting my job almost 2 years ago and not working for 18 months, to having an etsy shop and even this little old blog. All of it was a part of Gods plan to get me to this point today.

3. I am addicted to color. I love to mix crazy bold colors, patterns and prints. It is who I am. I used to be afraid of wearing something that wasn't just like everyone else's outfit. Now I love to be different and take a risk. It may sound silly but it is something that I know is part of me being comfortable in my own skin. I turn 30 in a little over a month and I wouldn't trade being almost 30 to go back to 21 ever! I was so lost and lacked confidence in myself when I was in my early 20's. I am looking forward to my 30's! 

something i've learned from the network:

I love the influence network. I have to admit I haven't been as active on it as I would like because of work etc. But I love the way everyone is so support and encouraging of one another. I also love seeing how others are using their blog, shop, and voice to share the gospel. It reminds me not to loose focus of my purpose here on earth, the share my story and support and encourage others. 


Kerrie said...

Woot woot another "I'll be 30 this year" gal right here. I'm excited for it too. I think. haha no really, I agree. NO way would I trade it for being 21 again. It's nice to finally feel like a semi-adult ;) It's so calming and secure.

Bernadette Veenstra said...

I love your outfit. The jacket is classy, and I like how you paired high heels with jeans. Very nice.

Ashley Beaudin said...

Girl, I am totally with you on social media and colours. SO great to meet you! Love your blog.

erin m. said...

You're from So Cal? Me too! What part?

I'll Love You Forever said...

Love the jacket! Nice Score!

Annie said...

I love social media! And it would be fabulous to have that for a job!

I love color too! I'm getting better at mixing things you wouldn't immediately think just go together. I wasn't too fashion-forward and then I started working retail so I'm slowly learning how to get better at putting outfits together!

Anonymous said...

You look terrific in that outfit. I'm so glad you did the Influence Link Up! I followed you on Instagram when you were there last year and I have been following your blog ever since. I just love your soul! Can't wait to meet you in September!

Nadine said...

Well now you just described my dream job! Can I please have that job? I absolutely love social media! And I'm so glad your face made our little promo for this. That's so fun!

Kristin Cho said...

I love your color obsession, I think you know that by now LOL

So excited for the chance to meet you in September =D

Amanda said...

Oh you sweet thing. I love you!!! And you look amazing in that outfit - honestly you are so stylish!!

Jacqueline said...

Happy 30th in almost a month. My 30th is in May... and as much as I don't want to turn 30 and thought I'd be so many different places than I am {married, kids, white picket fence life - none of which I have or am close to} I agree that I'm much more comfortable in my skin now than at 21. I don't care if someone doesn't like my bright floral skinny jeans now. Back then, it'd have bothered me endlessly.

I also spend the majority of my day working on social media... isn't it so fun??? Who even knew that would be a thing back when we were in college?!

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