5.30.2013

The Joy of Basics

Blazer: c/o Akira, Top: Joe Fresh, Trousers: H&M, Shoes: Dune (sold out), Clutch: H&M, Necklace: House of Harlow, Watch: Michael Kors, Bracelets: Stella & Dot and c/o Banana Republic, Sunglasses: c/o Polette, Nails: Essie 'Russian Roulette'

These trousers round out my awesome sale finds from H&M a couple weeks ago (where I also got this dress for $10 and this blazer for $15) and came in at a whopping $10. I don't even know what made me try them on; they're thin & slouchy and have a drawstring waist, and are nothing like anything I would normally pick out, but I guess the low price tag had me feeling adventurous & thought they were worth a try. They're supremely comfortable, and I've worn them out & to the office, so they're proving to be well worth the ten bucks!

Also, last week both in real life (sorry co-workers) and on twitter, I had been venting about the lack of nice, simple tops that weren't sheer, backless or have random cutouts. I was so frustrated! Then I walked into Joe Fresh, and whaddya know? A perfect, simple black tank was hanging there waiting for me. I was a happy camper, for sure. Until I got home and realized I only grabbed one of my bags from the self checkout, meaning I had paid for the top and left it behind. (Forehead slap) Thankfully the attendant had put it aside and I didn't have to explain myself too much. 

Don't forget to enter the amazing $200 giveaway I have happening with Beso! Happy Thursday!

Thanks to Kristin for the photos!

27 comments:

  1. Great necklace and purse! You look lovely!

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  2. great !!


    new post

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  3. Best pieces in my closet come from H&M sales! Love the pants, they fit so perfect and are so chic. Love the snake clutch, gives a great touch.

    Cee. ♥
    Code Overdressed

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  4. Totally adore this outfit. Those pants are awesome and I love the House of Harlow necklace!

    xo Emma
    http://strollingthecityinheels.com

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  5. this is a great post and an adorable look. basics don't have to be boring and yours certainly are not! and your shades are pretty awesome too.

    xo.
    cake & valley

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  6. Love your wedges and clutch! Pumps up a classic outfit.
    -Kodi
    grey et al

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  7. Gorgeous necklace! And such a chic outfit. I am a huge fan of wearing basics and then adding to them with a eye-grabbing clutch or jewelry, like you did here. P.S. I have that same clutch ; )

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  8. You know how much I love the basics and you know how much I love a great black and white look! That blazer is great, Kate! I love my white blazer...you'll be living in it! xo

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  9. This is a great outfit! Love the classic black and white and that necklace is awesome!

    Megan
    budgetfashion101.blogspot.ca

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  10. I love this black and white look, so clean and crisp!! That white blazer is ammmazing
    xJennaD

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  11. Such a simply chic outfit! Totally gorgeous.
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  12. LOVE this white blazer and basics look. Very classy. Also, THAT NECKLACE. Amazing.

    Blessings!
    Star
    http://www.beautyandbows.com/

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  13. Already told you in real life, but I love this look! It's simple, and I'm always a fan of the whole black & white thang! Gorgeous!

    Bold Subtlety

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  14. I am so with you on the basics problem girl - I hate picking up a shirt only to find out it has a lace back or sheer panels. Eugh! You look absolutely gorgeous! xE

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  15. love this look and that clutch!

    love from San Francisco,
    Britt+Whit

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  16. I totally thought that your pants + shirt were a chic jumpsuit. Love the black and white combination Kate!

    xoxo,
    Chelsea & The City

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  17. So sleek and chic! (I'm a poet, eh? haha)
    I love how simple this is, but you look like a million bucks!!

    Natasha ~ TashaDelrae.com

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  18. Wow, you seriously look so effortlessly chic. I would wear this in a heart beat Kate! LOL you are too cute leaving your bag in Joe Fresh. I think I need to journey in there because that is an awesome basic .. xo

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  19. I love the simplicity and polished style you portray in your outfits.

    I'd never guess that was an inexpensive top and pants because it all looks very classy paired together.

    xoxo Jackie
    somethingaboutthatthing.blogspot.com

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  20. Wow, you seriously look so effortlessly chic. maxi dresses

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  21. White blazer is such a good staple item! Great look!

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  22. What a great black and white look!

    Have a great weekend, Kate :)

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  23. Love how your accessories spice up this basic outfit!

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    www.daisyraeboutique.com

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  24. Oh wao, I'm so glad your top was still there when you got back!! I admit that has happened to me before as well, but I'm glad it all worked out good. I really like this outfit on you! Its so classic and effortlessly chic.

    www.thejoyoffashion.blogspot.com

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  25. I love love this look on you!! :) everything about it!
    xx
    shortpresents.com

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