Southern Belle in Training

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October 27, 2014

OOTD: J. Crew Pleated Mini Skirt Style Collab!

     I am so excited about today's blog post!! I am doing a style collaboration with Michaela from The Monogrammed Midwesterner. If you aren't following Michaela's blog, then I think you absolutely should! Michaela just started blogging this past summer, and her blog has already become one of my favorite daily reads!! She is a fellow college student (like me!) who also has quite the passion for fashion. :-) Michaela is absolutely the sweetest thing, so definitely visit her blog here and also be sure to follow her on Instagram @missmichaelaaaa!

     The idea for this fun collab started after I tweeted back in September about purchasing the famous J. Crew Factory during a big online sale they they were having. Michaela tweeted back saying that she had it in a different color, and we mutually agreed that once mine came in we needed to figure out a way to combine OOTD posts! I absolutely loved how Michaela styled her skirt. I also love the color of her skirt! This skirt from Factory is sold in a few different colors, and let me tell you if I wasn't on a college student budget I would have scooped it up in every color it's sold in!! I ended up buying the navy one though since that happened to match the most things in my closet (practicality won ;-) ).

     Here's the rest of my outfit!

All photos credit to Olivia Miller Photography

 Skirt: J. Crew Factory || Top: Talbots || Jacket: Wet Seal || Boots: Tory Burch || Scarf: Talbots || Laptop Bag: Vera Bradley || Earrings: In Pink Jewelry || Bracelet: Silpada Designs {old} || Lips: New York Color Expert Last Lip Color in Air Kiss

     The beauty about the J. Crew pleated mini skirt is that no matter what color you have it in, there are endless ways to wear it! I had so much fun pulling out different things from my closet to put this outfit together. As y'all know, I love wearing bright colors (hence why spring and summer fashion is my favorite!), so I was glad that this fun scarf and my beloved Vera Bradley laptop bag allowed me to add some bright pops against all of the fall colors.

     This outfit also mixes some high end and low end purchases. Obviously my Tory Burch riding boots (which I have blogged about before) were more of a splurge, but this faux leather jacket that I'm wearing was a clearance find at a Wet Seal outlet last spring for under $10!! And my lipstick is quite the bargain- $1.99 from the New York Color drugstore make-up line. I really like this line of Expert Last Lip Color lipsticks that they launched earlier this year, they have great staying power and pigmentation for such a low cost product! I would definitely recommend them. 

      Be prepared to see this skirt again on the blog this fall and winter! I love investing in quality pieces that I can wear again and again and mix and match with things that I already own. 

     And shout-out to my sweet friend Olivia of Olivia Miller Photography for these beautiful pictures! More pictures from Olivia Miller Photography will be on the blog soon!


     xoxo Miss ALK



  1. You look so chic! What a fun collab between the two of you. :)

  2. You look so ready for fall I'm so jealous! The outfit looks really cute, and I like how the both of you styled them similarly but still different at the same time. I love how your outfit photos have evolved in the past year; I love how much you've improved and grown as a fashion blogger in that time!

  3. I love that skirt, I always go to buy it whenever there is a sale online, but I never seem to pull the trigger! I think I'll have to buy it before fall is over now! Super cute!

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