Monday, February 29, 2016

Work Outfit: Spring Colors

Work Outfit with Light Pink Skirt + Gray Blazer + Blue Accessories

J Crew Gray Blazer + Pink Skirt Work Outfit

Givenchy Antigona Blue
Jacket: J.Crew 'Sidney' (most similar current style) | Blouse: Banana Republic
Skirt: J.Crew | Shoes: L.K. Bennett | Bag: Givenchy
Sunglasses: Karen Walker | Watch: Michael Kors | Bracelet: Loren Hope
Earrings: Trina Turk via Rocksbox (use my code helloframboisexoxo for a month of free jewels)

I am enjoying this early spring we're having in Denver and trying to incorporate some springy pieces into my work wardrobe. This pretty blush skirt was a recent sale find from J.Crew, but in a classic style of theirs that fits me well without alterations. I like my work skirts to have a little breathing room in them so I can tuck in thicker blouses or shells and not have anything look too tight or lumpy.

As I mentioned in my last work outfit post, I like the way shorter jacket sleeves work on my petite frame. The look is more proportional and feminine, and it leaves my wrists exposed to display a watch and a bracelet or two. I am a huge fan of J.Crew's old 'Sidney' blazer, which I'm wearing here, but sadly, it was discontinued after the AW 2014 season. I've bought two on eBay since then, but I wish I'd had the foresight to get one in every color when I saw them on deep discount. The new 'Campbell' blazer is the closest jacket in their current line, but when I tried it, the shoulder area didn't sit properly on me, and my tailor thought altering it would be too risky and expensive. I'm doing my best to take good care of my Sidney blazers so they last a long, long time, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that J.Crew's next slim-cut blazer will be a better fit for me.

Hope you had a great weekend--happy Monday!

x, Tam

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Oversized Sweater Love

Oversized sweater + destroyed denim

Pink with monochrome details

Chunky sweater + distressed J Brand jeans + Valentino tote
Sweater: Banana Republic (similar from ASOS) | Denim: J Brand | Scarf: LOFT | Bag: Valentino
Boots: rag + bone | Sunglasses: Karen Walker | Bracelet: Vita Fede | Watch: The Horse

Sharing a quick casual outfit post today! This sweater is one of my favorite pieces I own--it's the perfect weight and coziness for travel and easy weekend looks. I think I've worn it at least once a week all winter, so I thought it was about time I posted one of the outfits I've created with it!

Hope you're having a wonderful week!

x, Tam

Monday, February 22, 2016

Work Outfit: Neutral Separates

Black & tan work outfit

Black & camel work outfit

J Crew No 2 Pencil Skirt + Ann Taylor Tweed Jacket
Jacket: Ann Taylor (old, similar here) | Blouse: Ann Taylor | Skirt: J.Crew (on sale!)
Shoes: Loeffler Randall (current version) | Bag: Valentino | Sunglasses: Karen Walker
Bracelet: Vita Fede | Watch: Michael Kors | Necklace: Roberto Coin
Earrings: Trina Turk via Rocksbox (use my code helloframboisexoxo for a month of free jewels)

Today I'm sharing a work outfit I wore to the office last week. The warm weather in Denver lately meant I could skip tights with this look (which feels completely crazy in February).

The jacket I'm wearing is one of my favorites. Although it can be worn just like a typical black blazer, the tweed fabric, grosgrain trim, and shorter sleeves make it look more interesting and feminine. I've found that three-quarters or bracelet sleeves can be more flattering on a petite frame than full-length sleeves, so quite a few of my jackets have shorter sleeves. I also like how a shorter jacket looks proportionally.

Suits are a mainstay in my work wardrobe, but when I'm not in trial, I wear a lot of separates to the office. The look is a little less formal but allows for more variety in my outfits. Mixing and matching lets me get more use out of my work pieces, and putting together just a couple neutral colors keeps the look appropriately professional.

Hope you had a great weekend--happy Monday!

x, Tam

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Rosy Red

J Crew Carrie Cami + Banana Sloan Pants + Red Patent Pumps
Jacket: Arden B. | Cami: J.Crew | Bag: Reed Krakoff
Pants: Banana Republic (note: mine are the old Sloan fit and were altered to slim the waist and seat)
Shoes: L.K. Bennett (red is out of stock on their site, but available on sale right now at Gilt Groupe)
Sunglasses: Karen Walker | Lariat: Gorjana via Rocksbox c/o

Well, it's a bit late to be posting my outfit from Valentine's Day, but even with the holiday on Monday, work has been crazy this week, and when I spend 12 hours a day lawyering, it's hard to get up the gumption to do more "work" when I get home. When I get home really late, all I can handle is dinner, a relaxing shower, and maybe a little TV before bed. Anyone else with a full-time job feel that way?

Sean and I had a low-key Valentine's Day, which was perfect for us given our hectic weekday schedules lately. We saw Hail Caesar and ate a cute little restaurant that had a yummy special tasting menu for the holiday.

J Crew Petite Carrie Cami + Slim Beige Blazer

The weather in Denver has been so phenomenal lately that I was able to wear this outfit with no coat for a walk around downtown and out to dinner. For the last two weeks, we've been having highs in the sixties and seventies. It feels like I brought the Phoenix weather home with me when I returned from my weekend in Arizona!

The silk cami I'm wearing is a new addition to my closet via J.Crew's sale, and although it turned out to be much too low-cut to wear under a blazer for work, it's pretty and breezy for an evening out. (Pro tip: a little fashion tape goes a long way in preventing any wardrobe malfunctions with a low, looser top like this one.)

J Crew Petite Carrie Cami + Banana Sloan Pants + Red Patent Pumps

Hope you've had a wonderful week!

x, Tam

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Review: Chloe Drew Bag

chloe drew review
Bag: Chloe Drew in "Motty Grey" with gold hardware, available at Nordstrom, or Farfetch
Outfit 1 (top right): details here
Outfit 2: (bottom left): details here

Today I'm sharing my review of the Chloe Drew bag you've seen so often here and on my Instagram feed lately. I first noticed this bag in street style shots at various Fashion Weeks and on celebrities about a year ago, and I've been admiring (okay, stalking) it online ever since. I love how it instantly elevates any outfit and gives the simplest looks a chic, ladylike vibe. Click through for my full review!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Arizona Weekend

White lace + black distressed denim

J Brand Photo Ready denim + Chloe Drew + LK Bennett wedges

White lace + distressed denim
Top: Anthropologie | Denim: J Brand | Shoes: L.K. Bennett (a few sizes left on Gilt)
Bag: Chloe (available at Nordstrom or Farfetch, where I got mine)
Bracelets: Loren Hope, Vita Fede | Watch: The Horse

Sean and I had so much fun visiting friends in Arizona this weekend. If you've been following my Snapchat (username: helloframboise), you probably saw that I caught some of the Phoenix Open golf tournament, ate some of my favorite foods, and got to go to my bestie's gender reveal party (she's having a boy!). It was wonderful to get a break from the cold and soak up a little sunshine.

Hope your weeekend was just as fun!

x, Tam

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Laced Up

Overalls + Lace-up flats + Chloe shoulder bag

JCrew Turtleneck + Overalls

Overalls + Lace-up flats
Jacket: Zara | Turtleneck Tee: J.Crew | Overalls: Topshop
Bag: Chloe (available at Nordstrom or Farfetch, where I got mine)
Shoes: Steve Madden | Sunglasses: Karen Walker | Bracelet: Vita Fede | Watch: The Horse

Quick outfit post for you today! We've had some extra-gray and cold weather this week in Denver, but today the sun finally came out and the snow started melting. I'm currently packing for a quick getaway to warmer temperatures and am excited to be wearing these cute lace-up flats again soon!

Thanks for reading! Hope you're having a great week!

x, Tam

Monday, February 1, 2016

Building a Work Shoe Wardrobe

I've recently had a few readers ask about what kind of shoes I have in my work shoe wardrobe and whether I spend entire days in high heels. Short answer: I only spend the day in heels if I absolutely have to--so most days, I wear both heels and flats. (Very) long answer: settle in with some popcorn and get ready to go through several years' worth of wardrobe building. I'll be discussing all the shoes pictured above--these are all actual shoes I own and wear to work (the photos are all clickable links).

A little background: I am a full-time lawyer who goes to court 1-5 days a week. Whenever I go to court, I'm dressed "business formal," although the particular court I usually work in has a somewhat relaxed version of business formal, so there's a little leeway for bolder fashion choices. I always wear a jacket and closed-toe shoes in court.

The environment in my office is more relaxed. If I don't have any meetings or court appearances, I am able to wear nice jeans or business casual attire. Unless I have clients coming in, I am usually in flats at my office to try to save my feet a little. Read the whole breakdown after the jump!