After a long weekend (filled with shopping and eating leftovers) it was pretty hard to get back in the swing of things. I found my morning routine dragging a bit, so today I reached for an easy outfit composed of basics.

I started with all black. A simple black sweater and black tights were my base. I tried on a few skirts in different pattens, colors, etc., but wound up going for the basic gray mini. Like black, gray is slimming and it always matches. In an attempt to spice up the bland outfit, I went with pops of leopard for my shoes and scarf. Keeping the outfit un-boring, I threw on my go-to black and gold arm party that matched my new belt (I’d brag about it now, but you can see the price below.) Gold hoops and my simple Coach Station bag finished the outfit.

So it’s not my most amazing outfit, but it’s a good use of basics that’s very work appropriate. Not to mention I felt good in it, even after eating my weight in sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie and green bean casserole all weekend.

Gray Skirt $6.95, Loehmann’s Clearance • Black Sweater $18.99, Banana Republic Clearance • Merona Leopard Heels $22.00, Target.com • Black Grommet Belt $3.98, Target Clearance Find • Gold Earrings $5.99, Target from a set of three • Leopard Scarf $5, Mandees on sale • Black Grommet Bracelet $4.99, Clearance J Crew • Black and Gold Wrap Bracelet $7.90, Forever 21 • Michael Kors Gold Watch, Birthday Gift from BF • Vintage Coach Station Bag $24.99, Fabulous eBay Find

*Photography by the incredible Josh Schweser