Inspiration Monday: SJP

Today’s Inspiration Monday over at Two Birds and I actually remembered to play along!  The inspiration for today is Sarah Jessica Parker, wearing a lovely blue dress and chunky aqua cardi with neutral pumps.  Here’s the pic…

And here’s what I decided to wear today, inspired by SJP’s look…


Oy… terrible pic!  That’s what I get for forgetting to do this on lunch and having to do it inside and at the office so I get get this posted today.  Note to self: Never again!

I opted to stick with neutrals instead of going with brights because I really wanted to wear this specific chunky cardigan.  It was my grandpa’s and is super comfortable.  Also, I liked her tone-on-tone thing, and didn’t have a cardi that worked in such a way with the dresses I have.  The dress is a jersey number that is certainly one of my favorite, super-versatile pieces (I’ve worn it for work, nights out, holidays, and even during the 21 Day Challengesuch a great dress).  It’s by Soprano and I got it years ago at Marshall’s.  I added cocoa tights because it’s a little chilly here today (though still rather warm for February) and decided to really work the tone on tone thing SJP has going on by wearing my Carlos Santana wedges (a great Goodwill find).  I added a chunky but delicate necklace that works with the browns on my lower half and simple CZ studs.  The necklace I actually made myself, and is three large tiger’s eye beads and olive seed beads.  I don’t wear it often, but it worked really nicely with this look.

Initially, the tights-and-shoes thing and was a really tough decision for me.  I don’t think I’ve worn dark tights with lighter shoes since reading it was a major fashion faux pas in Seventeen magazine when I was a teenager.  But, I decided I’d brave it and see how I felt about it throughout the day.  Overall, I’m liking it.  Hopefully, I will be more willing to brave this look as spring approaches, because I think it can really work.  Yay for being pleasantly surprised about something I’ve decided to be adventurous about!  Seems to be happening more and more, which is most definitely a good thing!

Overall, I’m pretty happy with this outfit.  It’s not something I’d normally put together, and it’s awesome that I was able to work this look out with what I had.  I suppose that’s part of the point of Inspiration Monday, but yea.  I love when it works out!  Now if only the pic was as good as the outfit :grumbles about florescent lighting:

If you’d like to participate in Inspiration Monday, keep an eye on this page every Friday.  That’s where Megan and Nora post the inspiration shot.

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6 comments for “Inspiration Monday: SJP

  1. rubybastille
    February 21, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    I’d never heard of Inspiration Monday – it looks really fun! And those wedges are amazing. 🙂

    • Rachel Jay
      February 21, 2012 at 1:20 PM

      You should play! It’s really fun, and often, even if you don’t do a look that Monday, it’s easy to go back and do something inspired on old stuff 🙂 And thanks! I love them!

  2. February 21, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    you look beautiful! i love the dark tights with light shoes!

    • Rachel Jay
      February 21, 2012 at 2:44 PM

      Aww thanks! 🙂 And yea, I do too! Definitely going to be giving it another shot, possibly with a more dramatic contrast!

  3. February 22, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    Lovely!!! I really like the whole shape of the outfit! At least your inside shots have an interesting backdrop! Mine are taken in my dim front room in front of my front door with a whole load of junk and mess in the background! I can’t wait for summer again!

    • Rachel Jay
      February 22, 2012 at 6:10 PM

      Haha thanks 😉 I usually try to go for a blank wall when I’m working inside, but it’s hard sometimes! Today I took a “random outfit” pic in front of my front door. I can’t wait for warmer weather either (though what we’ve had this winter really isn’t anything to complain about!! 40’s in mid-February is practically unheard of around here!).

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