Monday, August 15, 2011

Pastel (See Jane Wear)

                  banana republic chambray shirt (a staple worn here and here) + necklace (c/o), rory beca dressh&m belt, j crew heels, 
                                                                                                                              c/o alex + ani feather bangle


I hate it when I buy an item, like a dress, that only gets worn once or a handful of times.  I bought 
this dress for a wedding in June and slowly but surely it was pushed to the back of my closet.  
During a slight panic while furiously looking for something else, I rediscovered the said dress and 
determined to make it work for a more casual evening out.  Chambray and a wide leather  belt 
instantly dress anything down and this dress was no exception.  The palette was soft and feminine 
and the chambray and leather toughened it up a bit.

In related news, I met up with my San Francisco friend, Anh, on Saturday night along with Taylor, Audrey and Jennifer.  Anh and I became friends when I was traveling out to San Fran every week for work and it was so fun to have her in my neck of the woods.

me, taylor, audrey, jennifer + anh
How was your weekend?

53 comments

  1. love the whole look :)

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  2. LOve how you've paired the dress with the shirt to pair it down. I have a habit of buying dresses and only wearing them once, I need to work on it.

    C x
    http://memiorsofalittlethingcalledlife.blogspot.com/

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  3. Great mix and match! You look great!

    Fashion Cat
    www.firstlookbook.blogspot.com

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  4. Glad you re-discovered the dress, it's a beauty! And you girls look fabulous.

    ♥, Jamie
    www.TheFancyTeacup.com

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  5. Anna, I LOVE this! I keep seeing chambray belted over dresses lately and I lovelovelove the look! You look gorgeous! And so fun that you girls got together! Envious of all the blogger meet ups that happen other places!

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  6. Yayyy you look amazing! And Anh and you have the same color dress on, funny! :D
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  7. Some of my favorite bloggers in one pic. :)

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  8. You guys are too cute!! I love the J.Crew heels. Xo

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  9. what a genius idea to re-work a more formal dress into an everyday outfit with a chambray shirt... i love the look on you!! the necklace is amazing <3shelby

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  10. This looks beautiful! Love the turquoise necklace :)
     PIECE OF CAKE. PEACE OF MIND.

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  11. this outfit is just so simply pretty, it's very modern marie antoinette with its colors and styling.

    my weekend consisted of quite a bit of travelling to cape cod in massachusetts for a vacation. but also some pleasant antique and consignment shopping along the way!

    www.hiimsaratee.blogspot.com

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  12. Aww you are all so adorable! I wish I had blogger friends closer to where I live for meet-ups! I live in the middle of nowhere!

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  13. the outfit is a stunner!! glad you brought this dress back to life. i am the same way about wearing clothes - i want to get the most out of it!

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  14. I love this outfit - really cute colors and a great layering. I've never thought that a necklace like this would look good with the dress in this color, but it looks amazing!

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  15. Love the chambray shirt! Great casual night out outfit :)

    xx Ashlei

    http://kinksarethenewpink.blogspot.com/

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  16. Such a fun night!!!! You looked fab as always! I love that dress, the black version is one of my choices for the reunion dress!!!

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  17. I LOVE this outfit!! such a great combo! Chic and casual! For some reason the ends of the paragraph are being cut off where the advertisements are? I didnt know if you knew! amazing post!

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  18. Love this look - such a perfect way to style the dress and it's always satisfying to get some use out of something that's been sitting unused for a while.

    xoxo ~ Courtney
    http://sartorialsidelines.com

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  19. You look gorgeous! I love that dress and you styled it so beautifully.
    xo Josie
    www.winksmilestyle.com

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  20. What a great way to get some more wear out of this pretty dress. And what a fun little girls night!

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  21. Obsessed with this outfit!! That bold necklace is the perfect touch!

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  22. I love this dress and how you have dressed it down. I know what you mean, there are so many things that I buy and rarely wear, it's great to mix it up like you have done here.
    Just discovered your blog, I'm loving it and am now following.
    x

    http://www.theothersideofthepondmydear.blogspot.com

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  23. Ooo, I love this outfit! Perfect for a girl's night out

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  24. I love how you dressed down the formal dress! This look is so cute on you!

    Sarah

    Ps. Looks like a fun blogger meet up!

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  25. Great pictures! I'm loving your whole outfit. You look so pretty in pastels!

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  26. You look so amazing!

    xoxo,

    colormenana.blogspot.com

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  27. Love this look! So chic!!!

    http://stilettosanddiaperbags.blogspot.com/

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  28. You look gorgeous. I lovelovelove the dress and denim shirt! x

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  29. Yay! Super fun pics with the girls and, um, you know my thoughts on the denim shirt. MUST.

    xo,
    C

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  30. Love the way you dressed that cute dress down with the chambray shirt.

    xo L.

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  31. This is one of my favorite looks that you've worn! I love it from head to toe and um... hello, legs for days.

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  32. Really like your necklace!

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  33. Love the look Anna! Great night and so glad to have meet you. Let's do it again soon!!

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  34. I am totally copying your outfit idea this weekend, I love it!!!
    And you all ladies look fabulous!

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  35. you all look lovely! I hope you had a fab time :) Love this outfit too!

    xo Julia
    galmeetsglam.com

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  36. you really did dress it down just right! The look is lovely!

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  37. I hate saying 'effortlessly chic' because it may be slightly overused but this really is...:)

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  38. DOUGHNUT VAULT!!!!!nomnomnom!!!!


    Ahem...I love this look as well.
    :)

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  39. Loved the dress and those J.Crew heels are A-mazing. All my fave blogger gals in one room how fun!

    Myrna

    http://mybeatboutique.blogspot.com/

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  40. this dress looks so pretty on you! love how you paired it with a denim shirt! very chic!

    xxx,

    Fashion Fractions

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  41. Cute outfit! Love how you dressed it down! The necklace is a great touch!

    Elise
    http://seamsdeep.com/

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  42. Oh wow, who would have thought that dress was pushed in the back of the closet. That whole look is amazing and I am not ashamed to say I am going to try my best to dupicate it.

    Great post!

    So, pretty soon models will be out of a job. There is something really creepy about that

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  43. This happens to me, also- I buy something, wear it once (if that) and then totally forget about it.

    Great remixing; love the chambray over the dress!

    -Ashley
    http://lerougestylo.blog.com

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  44. Love this look layered with casual extras...the chiffon would be wayyyy to dressy for everyday street wear but that chambray totally tones down the look...especially for a night on the town with the girls...you look fantastic!

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog sweets, hope to see you back again soon!

    xo-Julie
    Peace. Love. LOL!

    Haute Khuuture Blog

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  45. Yay for blogger meet ups.. all you ladies look lovely. :)

    I love the peach dress and chambray on you... and that necklace is gorgeous too.

    xx Love & Aloha
    Swing by to enter my Simply Audrey Giveaway!

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  46. So cute and so jealous of you ladies!! I hope to meet you one day!! xx
    Amber's Notebook

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  47. Love your outfit, what a fun group of girls!!

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  48. GORGEOUS. I absolutely love how you styled the dress and these photos are so pretty! I miss you!! You all look hot in that last photo! Have fun on your honeymoon!

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  49. Really good idea - Love the fact that you used the dress again by dressing it down. I have tons of dresses that never get worn - I'm going to try this out.

    xo
    TFE
    www.theFashionableESQ.blogspot.com

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  50. this look is so chic and classy! great blog

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  51. Holy Cow... I'm going to chambray-leather belt all the dresses..

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