Wednesday, April 20, 2016

OOTD: Day in Des Moines

A weekend with no responsibilities is a dream come true! This weekend was the first Saturday that I've felt like I didn't have to run errands or do anything in particular. So, my boyfriend and I headed up to Des Moines for a day of shopping. Being in Ames, there isn't much opportunities for shopping (besides online) so it was super nice to shop around in some boutiques and at the large mall in West Des Moines. 

Before heading to the mall we walked around Des Moines's East Village and the downtown area. I haven't made a trip down to Des Moines in a while so it was nice to explore the city. If you follow me on Instagram you already know that I recently got an internship at Meredith Corporation for next school year! I will be an editorial apprentice (aka intern) at Better Homes and Gardens! This has been a dream of mine for so long and I am so excited to have the opportunity. With that, I will be working downtown Des Moines next school year, which I am super excited about. I love a city atmosphere so getting a break from Ames during the week will be amazing

This green space is right outside of the Meredith Corporation's offices. There are a ton of cool sculptures and lots of space to walk around. The weather was perfect outside so we walked around and decided to take a few photos! 

As for my outfit, this is my go-to uniform when it comes to a casual day look. I love these skirts from J Crew Factory (I've talked about them a ton before). They literally can work with any top, but I usually pair them with a cute tee or button down. Button downs are also a go-to piece for me. I love how classic they are. I'm trying to build my wardrobe to be an assortment of classic things that I can wear for years to come. I love trendy pieces, but I'm staying away from fast fashion and trying to find things I can wear for my soon transition from college to the "real world". 

This look could easily be turned into a work appropriate look by rolling down the sleeves, buttoning up the top more, and adding a pair of flats or boots with tights. Normally I dress very classic but recently it's been an everyday occurrence. As a soon to be senior in college you could say that I'm ready to move on and get a "big girl" job! 

Per usual, my go-to accessories of the moment are KJP bracelets paired with Alex and Ani bangles and a watch. Also, I am wearing my favorite pair of Sperry boat shoes. I picked these up forever ago but they were a part of a J Crew Sperry collab. Personally, I think the world needs another collab like that!

Where it's from: 
Skirt: J Crew Factory 
Shirt: Ralph Lauren Polo 
Shoes: Sperry Topsider J Crew 
Belt: Target 
Pearl bracelet: KJP 
Bracelets: KJP & Alex and Ani 
Watch: Kate Spade 
Earrings: Kate Spade 
Purse: Henri Bendel 
Sunglasses: Ray Ban 

What is your favorite classic go-to look? Let me know in the comments! 

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