Cubicle Chic, Installment One!

Blouse: H&M, Cardigan: Ann Taylor, Belt: Forever 21, Skirt: Kenneth Cole Outlet, Tights: Forever 21, Shoes: TJ Maxx, Purse: Spotted Moth, Watch: Christmas present from hubby :), Necklace: Forever 21

First off, just wanted to thank you all for making my one year blogiversary such an amazing day!  The giveaway has had an overwhelming response and I’ve never received so many emails in such a short amount of time, ever (yup, I got an email each time y’all comment)!   Also, a big thanks to all my amazing sponsors for offering such generous discounts, don’t forget to take advantage of them!!  Both giveaway and discounts end this Sunday, January 16, 2011, so make sure to get your entries in and your shopping done!  And now I think I probably have 100+ new blogs to follow, which is great for me since blog reading is quite possibly my favorite hobby, but not sure how hubby is gonna feel about that one~! πŸ˜‰

Earlier this year, OK so that was just last week, I kicked off the year with a “In Style” post and I said I’d be doing more of these this year.  Now I don’t personally consider myself a fashionista but I’m hoping that blogging about my outfits can help me be more creative with my current wardrobe.  And not to mention, my hubby and I made a deal that if I only buy 1 top, 1 bottom, 1 shoe, and 1 accessory (cost of each can’t be over $100) between now and May 1… he’ll buy me a certain item that I’ve been eyeing!  πŸ™‚  And for a shopaholic like me, that’s gonna be one tough feat!!!  Do you think you could do that!?  It’s gonna take  A LOT of willpower, especially with all the cute stuff you guys always find and post on your blogs!

So anyhow, where was I, oh yes, in my first “In Style” post of the year, I mentioned this new installment I’m going to start called “Cubicle Chic” for all us women who have 8-5 jobs that require you wear business casual attire to your cubey cube (if you have your own office, you’re not allowed in the club because you’re probably a CEO making millions, sorrrrrry)!  My favorite part about it is the belt over cardigan over ruffle top look! What do you think?  Oh, and I’m pretty much in love with my heels that I purchased from TJMaxx for like $10, total steal right there!  And since I never did a “What I got for Christmas post”, there’s a peek at the Seiko watch my hubby got for me, you may not be able to tell from the pic, but there is bling on it, and I love it, except that I haven’t had a watch in ages so I keep forgetting to wear it, doh!  And remember the bag, it’s the one I posted for my “It’s In The Bag Blog Crawl” post!  If you have been living under a rock, you can check out all of the other participating bag revealers over on A Hasty Life!

So tell me, what’s the longest you’ve gone without shopping (for clothes/accessories/shoes)?


  1. January 13, 2011 / 12:16 am

    Longest time I ever went w/o shopping was… 3 months! School/recruiting was just SO CRAZY. Even now I usually only shop once a month or even less… Good luck with the resistance!

  2. January 13, 2011 / 12:17 am

    I love your new series!!! You are adorable and I love your outfit…it really is perfect for cube life πŸ™‚

  3. jennifer young
    January 13, 2011 / 12:20 am

    yous a cutie sandy! these pics are great–did your hub take them?! i’m not sure how long i’ve gone without purchasing clothes/accessories–i need to keep better track though!!!
    have a good day!

  4. January 13, 2011 / 12:27 am

    Oh my gosh I love your shoes! I totally love the belt over the cardigan look as well!

    I give you props Sandy for making that deal. I would completely fail and buy things and hide it. But, I believe in you! hahaha You can do it!

  5. January 13, 2011 / 12:29 am

    i love your shoes and the outfit is put together really nicely πŸ™‚ good luck with your shopping hiatus. you can do it!

  6. Ting
    January 13, 2011 / 12:32 am

    aha, so cute πŸ™‚ i just purchased shoes onlines.. a few pairs! yikes. but don’t tell the fiance! πŸ˜› 😑

  7. January 13, 2011 / 12:41 am

    I love that blouse. WANT!!!!!

  8. January 13, 2011 / 12:50 am

    Your outfit looks so put together and chic! Love the watch as an accessory too πŸ™‚

    Ooh I wonder what you’re practicing such self-control over!

  9. January 13, 2011 / 12:59 am

    Oh I absolutely LOVE your outfit! I love your blouse and your shoes! The longest I went without shopping was about half a year. I don’t even know how I did that. o_o

  10. January 13, 2011 / 1:06 am

    maybe a month or two, max. I find that if I do try to restrict my shopping, I just end up going on a binge at the end of the restriction and spend more than if I had just allow myself to buy a little at a time, I wouldn’t feel the need to go nuts. Cute outfit!

  11. January 13, 2011 / 1:29 am

    Geez you’re cute. I love the belt look too. I just can never figure out how to pull it off. I always feel funny.

    LOVE that deal you made with your hubby! I always make deals like that with Chris and then always end up breaking them. Hm.

  12. January 13, 2011 / 1:35 am

    I went on a huge three-month shopping ban in August and it nearly killed me. I realized I needed to allow myself to buy little things once in a while. When I was depriving myself of a $5 bracelet or something small, I realized it was getting ridiculous. However, due to my tiny budget this semester, I will have to be on a shopping ban until I graduate in May except for tiny things here and there.. Maybe we can be shopping ban buddies. Love your outfit!

  13. January 13, 2011 / 1:49 am

    Ha! My husband does every trick to get me not to buy anything. But he knows a good deal and I always find them. I love this entire outfit!

  14. January 13, 2011 / 2:36 am

    cute cute cute!! i love the skinny belt. i gotta get me one or ten.

  15. January 13, 2011 / 3:13 am

    This is a fantastic outfit, Sandy! I love the color of the cardigan! And the cutest shoes to boot!

    I’m a big purse-fan, so it was amazing when I went a whole 8 months without buying a purse of wallet. It was “painful” but my wallet was happy with the money I saved!

  16. January 13, 2011 / 3:51 am

    you are such a cutie Sandy, congrats on your first year blogging, here’s to many many more! Love your shoes btw!

  17. January 13, 2011 / 4:37 am

    It’s such a cute outfit!!!
    I’ve gone probably…3 months πŸ™‚ I might try to make it until summer now since I just went crazy when I was in the US!

  18. January 13, 2011 / 6:07 am

    umm lady. you are stunning.

  19. January 13, 2011 / 6:17 am

    the cubicle chic idea is amazing. and you look great!

  20. January 13, 2011 / 6:27 am

    You are one stylish worker girl! The ruffle blouse and pretty cardi. And the watch πŸ™‚

    I don’t think I have really set a limit on myself before. Maybe I should to stop buying clothes when I don’t need it. And shoes. It’s hard because Etsy is such a treasure trove of beauty!

  21. January 13, 2011 / 6:32 am

    I’m just in love with your bag and your overall office look! I tend to stay away from skirts at my office, but I just love them on other people!

  22. January 13, 2011 / 7:03 am

    you look so cute! i LOVE that top! xoxo jcd
    i’ve gone about a month or two without shopping…so not too long unfortunately.

  23. January 13, 2011 / 7:08 am

    i’ve gone months before because things like food + shelter got in the way πŸ˜‰

    THOSE SHOES! so beautiful.

    xo Alison

  24. January 13, 2011 / 7:21 am

    What a stylish outfit!

    Hmmm…I haven’t shopped for myself for maybe more than a year now? I am a total frumpy mom and I really need to get back on the bandwagon since I do have a cubicle job as well. Thanks for the idea.

  25. January 13, 2011 / 7:43 am

    Love this outfit on you, Sandy — you look so beautiful and confident! I’ve actually gone months and months without buying new clothing; grad finances don’t exactly always allow me to shop on a whim. But when I do get to go, I make sure it’s a real experience.

  26. January 13, 2011 / 7:48 am

    You are so gorgeous and stylish! Keep going on curbing your shopping habit. it will be worth it!

  27. January 13, 2011 / 7:50 am

    OMG!! Look at you!!!! Sexy lady! I love that cardigan! The color is so lovely! I am so lazy when it comes to work! Haha. I do NOT dress up nor have I ever worn a skirt! Mainly bc the company I work for is a manufacturing company. Anyways…love the outfit! πŸ™‚

  28. January 13, 2011 / 7:54 am

    Oh boy, I am in the same boat. Saving up for our wedding, I have taken it upon myself not to buy any clothes. I used up a gift card that I got for christmas, and thats it!

  29. Roxanna
    January 13, 2011 / 7:55 am

    Great outfit! I need to borrow that look! Will your H allow you to shop for LV? That should be exempt from the challenge!

  30. January 13, 2011 / 7:59 am

    You are so super cute!

    Aside from groceries we usually don’t have the funds to shop much so I can go incredibly long stretches without shopping… longest was probably months.

  31. January 13, 2011 / 8:21 am

    This is a great idea! I’ve thought about doing a “What I’m Wearing Wednesday” segment on my blog! I just need to find someone to take the photos!

    I am LOVING your handbag … thanks for letting us know where you got it!!! πŸ™‚

    Have a good day!

  32. January 13, 2011 / 8:39 am

    great new series and i love the purple cardigan!

    the longest i’ve gone without shopping was a month. so much money saved, but i felt deprived. πŸ™‚

    cute and little

  33. January 13, 2011 / 8:50 am

    aaaaahhhh – and you told me you’re not stylish?! give me a freakin’ break – i LOVE this outfit! love the color of that cardigan too. and of course, i drool over that purse everytime i see it!! LOVE all of this!!! so excited for the series. πŸ™‚

    longest i’ve lasted…prob 2 months. it was a long time for me. hehe.

  34. January 13, 2011 / 8:59 am

    You are beautiful Sandy! Love the outfit. I can always use some good cubicle wear inspiration!


  35. January 13, 2011 / 9:09 am

    Can’t wait for cubicle chic! πŸ™‚ Very nice outfit. Hmmmm, I’ve gone more than 6 months without buying any clothes before. That was out of necessity. Things are much better now although I do have to tighten the old purse strings once again. Maybe I’ll make a deal with myself that if I don’t buy anything I don’t need between now and May 1st that I will buy myself an LED hula hoop. Thanks for the inspiration πŸ™‚

  36. January 13, 2011 / 9:14 am

    You are so beautiful and stylish!!
    I am so excited for this new series!!
    Good luck on your spending hiatus!! It is soooo hard! But it will TOTALLY be worth it!! {I can not wait to see your prize!!} πŸ™‚
    I think the longest I have gone is about two months or so. I usually crumble over at F21. Their prices are just so reasonable and they have the CUTEST stuff!!!
    Love you doll!!

  37. January 13, 2011 / 9:22 am

    cubicle chic is tres chic!! love your look and that mulberry color is very flattering on you! the whole look is sassy and sexy. the longest i’ve gone w/o shopping is probably a couple of months.

  38. January 13, 2011 / 9:23 am

    I don’t consider myself a fashionista by any means! But blogging about fashion has definitely gotten me to be more creative when it comes to getting dressed in the morning. And I look at other fashion blogs differently…looking how they pair garments and accessorize. It’s been a huge help!

    <3 Ashley

    P.S. Thanks for the shout-out today!! Still adoring your bag!

  39. January 13, 2011 / 9:31 am

    i love your whole outfit! the cardigan color is so rich and looks fantastic on you!

    haha the longest i’ve gone with out shopping….maybe this past year. About 3 months? Being a poor college kid is never fun.


  40. January 13, 2011 / 9:42 am

    Love this outfit! I’ve been looking for a belt like that…guess Forever21 is where it’s at. πŸ™‚ Also, that purse. I love that it has an over-the-shoulder option as well as carrying in hand.

  41. January 13, 2011 / 10:10 am

    I’m really liking the deal you have with your hubby right now. I wonder if I could make a deal like that with mine πŸ˜‰

    The color of that cardigan makes the outfit and I’m also loving the ruffle blouse with the belt. Your heels are so cute too! $10…that is a steal! The bag and watch are also really nice. This is a perfect outfit for the office. Thanks for sharing and you look fantastic!

    The longest I’ve ever gone in all honesty is about 2 months. I’ve been cutting back big time lately and usually buy a little something here and there.

  42. January 13, 2011 / 10:16 am

    I don’t know what’s the longest I’ve gone without buying clothes… but I just wanted to say that I like your outfit! – especially the purple-ish color of the cardigan with the grays of the skirt and bag and shoes – pretty.

  43. January 13, 2011 / 10:18 am

    you are so pertty;) and i love your belt!

  44. January 13, 2011 / 10:23 am

    You are toooo cuuute!! Love the blouse and the bag! That bag would make a cute camera bag too.

  45. January 13, 2011 / 10:39 am

    Very cute! I love the color of the cardigan.

  46. January 13, 2011 / 10:43 am

    All this year I pretty much had to go without shopping since money was really tight. It was killer!

  47. January 13, 2011 / 11:03 am

    you look so cute, sandy! love the outfit!

    i think i’ve gone maybe 6 months w/o shopping for those things. bleh. not by choice, definitely.

    btw…LOVE your rings…. πŸ˜‰

  48. January 13, 2011 / 11:04 am

    love the new series! i have my own office, but it’s not a glamorous one…i work in a tiny church & the office used to be inhabited by a little old lady! hopefully the new series will inspire me to bring a little more chic to this tiny church office (in the dead of winter) πŸ™‚

  49. January 13, 2011 / 11:06 am

    AWESOME! I am a cubicle chic!
    I am here exactly 8-4:45 & girl … i get side tracked sooo much with blogs ;-P

    The longest I went without shopping was about one month & I was miseable! hahah I was trying to save money. (hard times)

    thank goodness thats over ;D


  50. January 13, 2011 / 11:09 am

    Sometimes I miss having a 9-5 job just so I could dress cute like this! Sometimes I dress up anyway, and no one understands why. Like “I can’t just wear sweatpants 24/7” is not a good enough excuse.

  51. January 13, 2011 / 11:12 am

    cute post, cute look, cute blogger πŸ™‚ Stopping by from twitter to comment. I never shop anymore (except at the fabric store) since I have started making my clothes. My mom’s a shopper, tho, and gives me great gifts. Good luck 2 u.

  52. January 13, 2011 / 11:37 am

    this is such a fabulous look! i love that beautiful shade of purple on you!! β™₯

  53. January 13, 2011 / 11:42 am

    adorable outfit! the eggplant looks great on you. i can go a couple of seasons without a clothes purchase. my most expensive shopping moments usually reside in prepping for fall | winter dressing because that’s my favorite time of year. needless to say that the last quarter is an expensive one with holidays also falling in the same time period. what can i say? i know what i like! ; )

  54. January 13, 2011 / 12:12 pm

    I love your outfit and look forward to future posts because I am a 9 to 5 cubicle dweller too πŸ™‚

    I can’t remember exactly the longest I’ve gone without shopping, but it was probably this fall for maybe a month or a month and a half. We were really busy traveling and with work, friends, etc. so time just passed on by and before I realized it, it had been a month.

    I’d like to try to hold myself to a shopping ban for a longer period (like 2 months) just to try it!

  55. January 13, 2011 / 1:17 pm

    Yay! I love outfit posts! Really looking forward to more of these posts. πŸ™‚

  56. Kate
    January 13, 2011 / 2:01 pm

    Great outfit!
    I quit shopping when I was about 7 months pregnant. It’s not fun buying clothes when you’re that big, and you know you’re just going to get bigger! I remember finally going out to buy my first pair of post pregnancy jeans (Citizens!!) when my baby was 2 months old…it had been 4 months then! Wowza! So now when I shop I feel like I’m just making up for lost time! πŸ™‚

  57. January 13, 2011 / 2:28 pm

    True story: I went nearly a whole year without shopping after my husband and I got married because we were flat broke. Well, we weren’t FLAT broke, but we were trying to save money and hubby was being really strict with me.
    I got so desperate at one point that I broke down, went to target on my way to the office, bought a sweater and undershirt on sale, changed in the bathroom after purchasing it and later told me husband that I “spilled coffee on myself and had no other choice…” My evil plan worked because he was a lot more sympathetic than if I had just gone shopping because I was bored with my wardrobe.
    … I probably should’ve posted this anonymously, but I figured you won’t tell. Right?

  58. carla de leon
    January 13, 2011 / 3:25 pm

    oh my goodness what a cute topic and outfit! can’t wait to see more!!!

  59. January 13, 2011 / 4:37 pm

    Oh wow. I am such a shopaholic as well! I think you can do it! Love the blouse in these photos. You look gorgeous!


  60. January 13, 2011 / 7:57 pm

    You need to wear this color ALL THE TIME because you look stunning in it!! I used to be a shopoholic, but lately I’ve decided I really don’t need more clothes..and I’m trying to re-invent ones I already have.

  61. January 13, 2011 / 8:29 pm

    I’ve tried SOO hard to not shop as much…but I think the longest I’ve gone without buying something new is prob 2 weeks. eek.

  62. January 13, 2011 / 8:58 pm

    loooove this look sandy! i love unexpected belts and pumps at work!

  63. January 13, 2011 / 8:58 pm

    i love this outfit! especially the shoes!!

  64. January 13, 2011 / 9:17 pm

    I love this outfit, and I love this new series! I teach, so I don’t work in a cubicle, but I definitely can appreciate work-chic style on a budget! Also, that’s quite a challenge you’re taking on but I’m sure you can do it! Can’t wait to see your “prize” if you hold out πŸ™‚

  65. January 13, 2011 / 9:53 pm

    love the outfit sandy! looking fwd to your cubic chic posts! =) i for real need a little help in that dept πŸ˜‰

  66. January 13, 2011 / 10:28 pm

    whoa whoa whoa. only ONE top, bottom, shoe, and accessory!? And I thought I had it bad by promising to only buy one new pair of shoes per season. (i have a nice list going to painfully swoon over for 4 months)

  67. January 13, 2011 / 10:43 pm

    so funny we did an outfit post on the same day! yours is so cute!! i loooove the color of that cardigan! and that’s a great idea to loop your belt over like that. my work environment is very casual, but sometimes i dress up anyways πŸ™‚

  68. January 13, 2011 / 10:44 pm

    p.s. good luck with your challenge! that would be very hard for me. i would have to stay away from any stores because i am too easily tempted. but it will make you more discerning with the choices you do make!

  69. January 13, 2011 / 11:02 pm

    That color is perfection on you!

  70. January 14, 2011 / 5:46 am

    Oh god probably about a month at the absolute most!!! Love the colour of the cardigan and that bag
    Rachie xo

  71. Eileen
    January 14, 2011 / 8:36 am

    First of all, I just want to say “I LOVE YOUR BLOG!” I love the post and the outfit is so cute – I think I am going to copy this :). I am also a shopaholic and loveeee shoes! Hubby made a bet with me last year – if I promise not to buy shoes for 3 consecutive months, he will buy me whatever I want no matter what the price is. Well, guess what? I LOST πŸ™ Sooo, good luck to you because temptation is a killer! πŸ™‚

  72. January 14, 2011 / 11:43 am

    Love your shoes so much! And that color is one of my favorites!
    So classy!

  73. Cynthia
    January 14, 2011 / 12:53 pm

    I am in love with that bag!

  74. January 14, 2011 / 2:25 pm

    OMG 1 top, 1 bottom, 1 shoe, and 1 accessory in 4 months?!! GOOD LUCK! I could never do that. You better pick well! πŸ™‚

    I love this outfit! the ruffles and the color is just gorgeous!

  75. January 14, 2011 / 11:55 pm

    Wow, I adore this outfit, especially the shirt and cardigan!

  76. Grace
    January 15, 2011 / 12:27 am

    I love this outfit! Keep up with the fashion posts! πŸ™‚

  77. JULIE
    January 16, 2011 / 6:20 pm

    Well I think you’re a fashionista! Don’t be so hard on yourself!! You look GREAT…nice job accessorizing! Love the necklace.

    I probably go shopping for clothes/shoes (something) every two weeks! That’s when my allowance comes in lol πŸ™‚ I also buy stuff from everywhere….it can be Payless or Nordstroms…hahah, just as long as I like it.

  78. January 20, 2011 / 12:37 pm

    You’re such a baaaaaaaaaaabe!! πŸ™‚

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