unexpected basics



LC Lauren Conrad pleated faux-leather shorts (Kohl’s sale) | Ralph Lauren striped cardi | Chico’s tank | Jessica Simpson Landen pumps | JustFab tote bag


Never did I ever think I’d fall so deeply in love with a pair of pleather shorts. I’ve worn these babies no less than 10 times since buying them the weekend before Thanksgiving (actually, getting them for free with Kohl’s cash; #winning). In fact — beginning on Thanksgiving Day — I shamelessly donned them three days in a row. They just may be one of the most versatile things in my closet right now. And they lighten the disappointment that it’s December and I’m bare-legged and sweating in my black twinset cardigan.

Speaking of legs, one of you has a pair of ASSETS by Sarah Blakely Super Shaper Tights courtesy of jcpenney with your name on ’em…

Katie, you forgot to leave me a way to contact you! Oops! Please shoot me an email by Friday with your shipping information. If I don’t hear from you, we’ll have to draw another winner. Thanks for entering everyone!

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  1. 12.20.11
    Lorena said:

    You look like you just walked off the pages of a fashion magazine…. its just perfect.

  2. 12.8.11

    I liked those when I saw them but didn’t buy because I thought they would look horrid on me…they look so cute on you! I love LC’s line.

  3. 12.8.11

    great look! I really like that necklace, and those shorts look really comfy – great for warmer or cooler weather :)

  4. 12.8.11

    This entry is a wonderful reminder of why I need to move back to Florida, so I can also wear shorts with bear legs in December :-) Those shorts are lovely. I have to check my local Kohl’s. Lovely outfit, as always. Btw, I ended up finding the utilitarian Decree jacket at JCP. $19.99 – $15 off coupon = $4.99 #winning!

  5. 12.8.11
    Annie said:

    I have been lusting after shorts like that…absolutely love them on you and how you paired them with the striped cardi! Kohl’s huh….who woulda thought!

    The Other Side of Gray

  6. 12.7.11
    oolung said:

    Wow, I must say I never considered pleather before, but these do look lovely!

  7. 12.7.11

    Those shorts are SO CUTE. Leather shorts, especially in that color, are surprisingly versatile, I think. I need a pair!


  8. 12.7.11

    love the classic striped cardigan; such a staple, it goes with everything. i end up living in pieces like that!

  9. 12.7.11
    soanthro said:

    I love the shorts!! Almost got them but figured I wouldn’t find enough to wear them with, now I’m regretting that decision! Got some other Lauren Conrad things instead and I totally went back with my Kohl’s cash too :)

  10. 12.7.11

    I love your jacket!

  11. 12.7.11
    SaFire said:

    forget the shorts, i lurve your shoes. <3

  12. 12.6.11
    Melina said:

    Those shorts are so cute! I’d never think to purchase leather shorts, but those look so fab on you!

    xx Melina

  13. 12.6.11
    Dasia Gonzalez said:

    I bought the SAME shorts and I am so obsessed as well, but haven’t had the chance to wear them yet!!

  14. 12.6.11
    Jess said:

    I also own those pleather shorts and I love them. Such a great addition to my wardrobe!

  15. 12.6.11
    7cakes said:

    Those are adorable. I would never have thought I would like those =D but they’re cute as can be!

  16. 12.6.11

    How could you ever get enough of those shorts they are superb! Love the cute cardi!

    Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

  17. 12.6.11

    I am currently on a shopping ban. But . . . I have been wanting leather shorts forever and I have some Kohl’s cash from Christmas shopping. This should be allowed no? I LOVE these shorts! You look great!

  18. 12.6.11
    Terri said:

    A coworker of mine has been lusting after these very shorts! I sent her a link so she can drool at them/you.

  19. 12.6.11

    I absolutely love this outfit!! The shorts are killer and your cardigan goes perfect. xoxo

  20. 12.6.11
    Katie said:

    Yayyyy!! I’m super excited! I just sent you an email :)


  21. 12.6.11
    Chelsea said:

    Oh, I love those shorts- what a great pick! I’ve been on the hunt for a neutral pair of dressy-type shorts to wear over tights. Unfortunately our weather here isn’t warm enough for bare legs! lol

  22. 12.6.11

    how are you wearing shorts in december?? :) p.s. they are adorable…i want! LC rocks :)

  23. 12.6.11

    I love those shorts, and heels. Goodness that’s a cute outfit!
    Congrats to the winner also :)

    Come enter my Shabby Apple dress giveaway just in time for holiday parties season!

  24. 12.6.11
    Cathy said:

    Those shorts look so cute on you!!! Love it!

  25. 12.6.11
    ppfgirl said:

    Those shorts are adorable! They weren’t super-flattering on me when I tried them on, but otherwise, I loved them. :)

    • 12.6.11

      I went up a size, and then I loved them! The first time I tried them on in my size, I was kind of “meh.”

  26. 12.6.11
    Anne said:


  27. 12.6.11

    Ugh, I have been wanting those. Jealous!