Happy Holidays

I didn’t think it was fair to make the holidays about me, so we didn’t do any photo shoots.  In fact, the only picture I have for this post is of Chris and me  (which is actually cropped from a family picture–we forgot to get a nice shot of just the two of us this year).

I’m happy with the outfit I ended up wearing.  The sweater material kept my upper half warm, although, I think I could have invested in warmer tights.  My go-to choice of footwear for the past few weekends have been these suede boots, because: 1) they’re relatively comfortable, and 2) they have a dressy, wintry look to them.  I accessorized with the belt that came with the sweater dress as a means to “cinch” my waist (by the way, does anyone else remember the SNL Gap girls sketch with Adam Sandler and David Spade?  They were on to something with their obsession with cinching).

The hubster wore a blazer with a dress shirt, tie, and jeans.  I convinced him to buy the blazer, although he wasn’t initially on board.  Overall, I think he was able to pull off a look that wasn’t his style.

I hope to post more in the new year–in the meantime, don’t be afraid to try (on) new things!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Hers:

Sweater:  Cable & Gauge/Marshalls

Dress (with belt):  Derek Heart/Marshalls

Tights:  Calvin Klein/Marshalls

Boots:  Jasmin/vintage

Necklace:  Guess/Macy’s

Earrings:  loaned

His:

Blazer:  INC/Macy’s

Button-down shirt:  Calvin Klein/Calvin Klein

Jeans:  Levi’s/Levi’s Outlet Store

Tie:  J. Crew/J. Crew Factory

Shoes:  Clarks/Comfort One Shoes


Play Time

I was feeling flirty and funny when I wore this outfit.  The skirt was way too short to be worn without anything underneath, and it did make me feel semi-self-conscious.  So, I added a pair of black jeggings and felt this was enough for visiting my parents without shame.

This outfit was from last Sunday.  I find that I wear more playful clothes on Sunday than on Saturday.  I think this is because of: 1) the laundry dilemma (i.e. not having enough clean clothes to choose from) and 2) the decision to spend the last day of the weekend in the most laid-back way possible (i.e. not caring about my outfits as much).

This weekend, I’ll be going out-of-town for a couple of days, but I’ll be back by Sunday.  We’ll see if we can capture a few of my holiday outfits for the blog.

I hope that everyone has a wonderful holiday and enjoys the rest of 2011!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Button-down shirt:  twenty one/vintage shop

Skirt:  Rachael & Chloe/Marshalls

Jeggings:  Van Pierre/Marshalls

Flats:  Armando/vintage

Necklace:  vintage


Getting Ready

I was ready to go out to dinner and a party with this outfit.  But, unfortunately, as the sun went down, the air got colder, and I realized that boots were the way to go instead of the pretty party shoes that I wore for the pictures.  I do like the dainty quality of the metallic heels, but when you’re walking around in the city, comfort is paramount (I ended up wearing my black suede boots from I Love the ’90s).  Nevertheless, I was happily able to stick with my Heathers‘ inspired animal-print blazer and dress it up with flashy jewelry.

I’ve been wanting to wear this blazer for awhile now.  As the temperatures started to drop, I realized that my only chance to wear this outfit this year was this weekend (sorry for the ‘this’ overkill).  If it had been a little bit warmer, I would have worn a cotton slip-like dress underneath the blazer.  However, since it was on the chillier side, I chose to layer a ruched, cotton top over a satiny slip-inspired dress instead.  I like to mix prints as well as materials, but I preferred the way the satin material matched the smooth texture of the blazer.

I’m excited for the upcoming holidays, but I’m not quite ready.  I used my quirky style to buy gifts for a White Elephant gift exchange this weekend (we’ll see how that plays out).  I still have a few gifts to buy (I know, I’m your typical last-minute shopper), but then I should be good to go.  I’m hoping to be a little bit more original with some of my gifts this year.  But I think that might be code for ‘unique things that I would want for myself?’

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Blazer:  Liz Claiborne/vintage

Top:  Max Studio/Marshalls

Dress:  Xhilaration/Target

Tights:  Calvin Klein/Marshalls

Shoes:  Isaac Mizrahi for Target/Target

Necklaces:  Alfani (x2)/loaned

Earrings:  gift 


The Fun Never Ends

I still enjoy wearing tops with cartoon characters on it.  Granted, these types of shirts are not in my regular rotation of wardrobe choices, but when they’re worn, they’re worn with pride.  The blogger, Chic Muse, has a great take on combining a cute cartoon with a cute pair of heels (I also like how a blazer imparts a level of sophistication).

This is my version of an outfit that has younger and more mature elements.  I bought this hoodie about four or five years ago when I was still in my early twenties.  I think the whales and sailboats provide a cutesy spin on a nautical theme.  The colors suggest playfulness and vivaciousness; a perfect match for a quiet, Sunday early dinner (note:  this is a sign that you’re getting older; when you eat dinner at 4:30 pm).

I balanced out the cuteness with a paisley-printed blouse and a pair of corduroy cargo pants.  My pink boots and jewelry rounded out the ensemble.  I specifically chose the beaded jewelry for the coloring as well as to help transition to an older look (in my opinion, beaded jewelry, for the most part, can be worn at any age and with almost any outfit).

So, the lesson of the day is:  find a way to incorporate fun designs into your look.  And remember–you’re never too young to eat an early dinner.

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Hooded sweatshirt:  Sweet Child/Marshalls

Blouse:  JW/donated

Pants:  Terranova/Terranova (store in SoHo)

Boots:  Mossimo Supply Co./Target

Necklace:  Target/loaned

Bracelets:  Macy’s/loaned


Suggestions Welcomed

I apologize for not posting more last week.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have my pictures of my work clothes from last week with me, and I didn’t have any neat outfits to show off.  I also apologize for the darkness of the last post.  This time, I made sure to get showered, dressed, and camera-ready well before the sun set.  I figured out that most clothes look better in the daylight.

My look today was inspired by two things:  1) my desire to wear this vintage blouse and 2) my need to do laundry.  My closet is quickly becoming empty of clean clothes.  This whole outfit, thankfully, passes “the smell test.”    Unfortunately, the last time I did laundry, my load consisted entirely of bath towels, which does not help me in the wardrobe department.  I will have to devote some time this weekend to at least wash my work clothes.  In the meantime, I’ll be creative with what’s available.

I accessorized with some jewelry that my mom gave me for my birthday.  I love how the different colors (especially the gold!) stand out against the red and gray colors of the blouse and sweater.  I carried out the gold theme by wearing these vintage Gloria Vanderbilt heels with gold accents.

I had to wear a scarf since it was mighty chilly out.  I didn’t want to wear the scarf for the pictures initially, but Chris convinced me.  He is slowly becoming more comfortable expressing his own opinions regarding style and fashion.  Since he is my primary photographer, I rely on his judgment, especially if I’m having doubts about an outfit.  Words of advice:  if you need a second opinion on what to wear, find someone you trust, and be open to his or her suggestions–you never know what you’ll come up with!

 Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Blouse:  Liz Claiborne/vintage

Sweater:  Derek Heart/Marshalls

Pants:  Banana Republic/Banana Republic Factory Store

Tights:  Calvin Klein/Marshalls

Heels:  Gloria Vanderbilt/vintage

Scarf:  gift shop

Necklace:  gift/Macy’s

Earrings:  gift (2028)/Macy’s


A Gem of An Evening

I’m finally wearing a dress that I’ve been wanting to wear for a few months now.  It’s a unique combination of a jersey t-shirt and a semi-ruffled dress.  I was instantly attracted to the unusual composition of the dress, but the high price turned me away.  As I’ve mentioned before, if I don’t “have to have it,” I’ll wait until the price is lowered.  Luckily, my patience was rewarded, and I was able to buy this dress at a significantly reduced price (so far, this technique has worked for me at least three times in the past two years, although, I, unfortunately, have purchased a jacket at the initial sale price of $30 that was later reduced to $20 after I bought it–hey, you win some, you lose some).

I also covered up with a coat that I wore when I went to Paris last year, but I had to wear a light, black trench coat underneath to keep my arms covered.  Unfortunately, the overcoat has three-quarter length sleeves, which is not an acceptable means to keep warm on a cold, fall night, so I doubled up the layers.  Similarly, I kept my lower half warm by wearing calf-length boots and tights.

The dress also came with a sparkly bonus:  the faux gemstones on the belt buckle paired well with a jeweled necklace that I purchased from Paris, so I wore them together.  Not only do I love buying and wearing jewelry (when I can), but I love to find pieces that are different yet distinctive of a certain time period or a place (this probably explains my affinity for vintage or antique objects; I enjoy things that have a story).

This outfit was worn during a very fun and memorable dinner with friends.  Unfortunately, we probably won’t get together again until after the new year.  Either way, it seems that we’ll have a lot to look forward to.  So, here’s to fond memories of the past and happy times in the future!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Dress:   BCBG Max Azria/Marshalls

Coats: (overcoat) Vertigo/Marshalls; (trench coat) Nine West/Nine West

Boots:  Nine West/Marshalls

Necklaces:  (jeweled) boutique shop in Paris; (beaded) loaned

Purse:  Franco Sarto/Marshalls