The Formula

posted on: 6/25/2014

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The other day I was being interviewed for an article about personal style and the lady asked 'what's your formula?' which completely stumped me. 'Formula?' I asked for clarity. 'You know, what do you run to when you need to get dressed quickly.' In the 15 seconds I had to think about it, I think I said boyfriend jeans, cute top, heels. But when I really think about it, I think it's a dress and a denim jacket.


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In fact, this is one of those outfits. All the elements of me feeling put together are here. I also kind of feel like my denim jacket is kind of a security blanket -- I feel quite lost without it. We are currently stranded (in the lowest form of the word) at my in-laws this week. We came for a quick trip over the weekend and ended up having car trouble that seemingly will not end. This is day 4 and I'm running out out clothes. Luckily we shot a few extra outfits before we left and I'm an over-packer so for once it actually came in handy. Although, I might have to declare state of emergency on day 5 and hit up a Target or something. Things are getting desperate around here. 

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Wearing:
Madewell Dress (fits a little bit oversized)

54 comments:

  1. Lurch Hound LovesJune 25, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    This everyday look is perfect, I LOVE that the heel is so tiny so you can last all day! xx

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  2. In love with this dress!

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  3. Target sounds like a good way to overcome the emergency! PS, I was just there and our store was marking down some of the summery stuff already. Not to encourage you, or anything. ;) Love those sandals most!

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  4. Love this formula! It's summer perfect. Love these sandals too.

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  5. This is DEFINITELY my formula...though lately it's skirt and chambray shirt knotted in front because - dang - southeast Texas is a miserably hot and humid place. But yes. I refuse to wear jeans in the summertime here. Misery.

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  6. My no-rainer outfit is always a dress and flats... You don't have to think about matching when wearing a dress

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  7. really cute dress! love a good leo print

    http://hashtagliz.com

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  8. I love your outfit.

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  9. Love your outfit girl! And it’s a perfect formula.

    Carlee

    www.thelittlesloth.blogspot.com

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  10. You have a plethora of effortless dresses and I love them all! Still waiting on that invite to raid your closet....

    26 and Not Counting

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  11. Love the dress, the denim jacket is the perfect touch. Hope you find your way soon.

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  12. Such a simple and pretty outfit! I like your sandals and tote so much!

    http://lartoffashion.blogspot.com

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  13. Your state of emergency outfit is pretty darn cute. :) Love it! Hope everything gets resolved quickly and that you guys get back home safe and sound!

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  14. I have a shirt/jacket that I go everywhere with too...it is ridiculous how many times I wear it, but I guess that's the point of a go-to. Love this outfit :)
    Hope your car troubles sort out soon!

    sampzandsuch.blogspot.com

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  15. I'm the same way. Dress and a nice jacket, cardigan, etc. They're the most comfortable. I like to throw in fun shoes and purse for good measure and just simple jewels like a little gold ring and studs.


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  16. Love it! My formula is a striped top and jeans!


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  17. so gorgeous!! love that dress.

    www.modernsuburbanites.blogspot.com

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  18. love the dress and sandals.x
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  19. Stylish HousewifeJune 25, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    I've picked up two new denim jackets in the last month! They really do just jazz up an outfit in such a effortless way! You look adorbs lady.

    XOXO, Jenn
    The Stylish Housewife

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  20. This is 100% my "formula" too - easy dress, denim jacket, non-fussy shoes and my gold watch. This is what I'm wearing MOST of the time. If it weren't for the blog and needing to switch things up a little more, I would be wearing this ALL of the time. ;)

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  21. I really like the spots on the dress, reminds me of a Dalmatian but a chic dress version. :] // itsCarmen.com ☼

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  22. Love this. Such a great "formula" to have! Chic and classic. AND comfy! :)

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  23. Yes! I always knew being an overpacker would someday come in handy. Until then, I'm getting some great strength training in from lugging my giant luggage around.

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  24. i love those sandals!

    xxoo,
    nikki

    www.dreaminneon.blogspot.com

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  25. Oh, yes. Denim jacket + a dress is indeed, a winning combo. Looking gorgeous! :)

    Come visit us:
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  26. This is a lovely outfit - easy, but you look so put together!

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  27. footnotes and findsJune 25, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    those sandals are sooo cute! yea for me my go to in the summer is always a maxi with a cardi!


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  28. I feel ya about the denim jacket love. My boyfriend got me a levis one for Christmas last it and I wore it so much I had to give myself an intervention. I was days away from putting snacks in the inside hidden pockets.


    -Emily
    http://www.emilyorzel.com/blog

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  29. that dress!! have been looking it for ages!!

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  30. I like the way you think! Why do some laundry at the in-laws' for Day 5 when there's always a Target nearby? Lol

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  31. I love the oversized look of that Madewell dress. I think everyone has some sort of formula -- mine is dress, tights, sweater, oxfords. I find that I look odd in denim jackets and they are one of the "staples" I can't seem to get behind, for myself.
    xx Abby a geek tragedy

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  32. I adore this. Probably because THIS is my formula too. :) I don't know what I would do without my denim jacket.

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  33. I can literally find anything and everything at target. Best place to go in an emergency.

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  34. A denim jacket is my go to piece, you can really never go wrong with one.

    -Alice

    http://aestheticsinwonder.blogspot.com/

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  35. Those sandals are so cute! I love them with the madewell dress too :)
    Rory

    www.WearAboutsBlog.com

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  36. great look! love that dress

    http://www.atlantastateofmind.blogspot.com

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  37. That is a cute look. I think I should invest in getting a jean jacket (again).

    Cheresa
    www.misshotcouture.blogspot.com

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  38. Lovely dress!

    XO

    Jeanne

    http://fashionmusingsdiary.blogspot.fr

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  39. cute!!
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  40. Cute dress and sandals! I feel the same way about my denim jacket! it goes with me everywhere it seems like. Bless your heart --stuck at your in-laws!!! I always joke around and call mine OUT-LAWS!!! Hang in there!

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  41. this is a gorgeous dress! i do not have a formula either... it's usually "what's not wrinkled and seems in style?"

    ladies in navy

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  42. Very cute outfit!!!!!! My formula changes but i'm typically a jeans, t-shirt necklace, blazer with flats kind of gal.

    Agi:)

    vodkainfusedlemonade.com

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  43. Is it weird that I kind of associate you with really classy leopard print? I have an old photo pinned of you wearing a leopard print pencil skirt and for me it's so iconic of you. I used to think leopard print was so trashy, but you just make it look so upscale.

    Melanie | UnraveledThreads

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  44. I love that actually. A classy Peg Bundee. I know exactly which skirt you are talking about. I think my mom has it now :)

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  45. Classy Chic & ChardonnayJune 26, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    That print is awesome!! I swear I'm always drawn to it!

    Classy Chic & Chardonnay
    http://ceislin.com

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  46. Bahaha did you know that my MIL said that? She was like -- we have a washing machine...I was like 'don't ruin my trip to Target with logic like that...'

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  47. Oh this dress and the formula is good too! I feel like I really should start shopping at Madewell because I need this dress.
    xo Adri
    www.adrilately.blogspot.com

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  48. This is so chic and simple! I love it!
    xo!
    Shelby


    glitterandgingham.blogspot.com

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  49. very cute and simple! def. would also be one of my get-ready-in-15-sec choice of outfit! And I like the simple gold accessories, where did you get them?! I also love your shoes, they remind me of my favorite CL by Laundry sandals http://www.chineselaundry.com/products2.cfm/id/3641/attr1/7046

    thanks for the inspiration and keep posting lots <3

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  50. Adorable look! I love pairing a jean jacket with dresses.

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  51. I have to agree with you Kendi. A dress, sandals and a jean jacket. I adore summer time, especially in NYC.

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