Easy Move

This is an example of a casual outfit (for me).  Or really an outfit that makes me feel easy-breezy but not overdressed.  I think that in the blog world, I’ll never be overdressed, but in my real world, there are times that I dress up a little more than I should.  This, however, seemed to be just the right outfit for lunch and a stop at the thrift store (just in case you didn’t know:  good food, good coffee, and good thrift store hunting are my new favorite things).

I’ve been looking for a piece of furniture to store some of my clothes.  I share half a closet with Chris, so you can imagine how I’ve been overcrowding his side with my clothes and accessories (and my growing supply of handbags–more on that later this week).  I didn’t want to buy a heavy armoire (although I’m sure that’s what I would need) because we have a small apartment that I’m sure we’ll move out of sometime in the near future.  So, what was the next best thing?  How about a vintage kitchen cart with three shelves?  I liked the movability and the surprising spacious capacity of the cart.  So, this has become my new dresser:

I know, it looks silly, but I figure, it’s easy to move, and I could always use a wheeled tray in the bedroom in case I’m feeling extremely lazy and want breakfast in bed (although the likelihood of eating in bed is pretty low due to the fact that 1) I’m a messy eater and I wouldn’t want crumbs in the bed, and 2) there is no TV in the bedroom–so, sadly, I can’t think of another reason to have a rolling cart in the bedroom).

So, I managed to haul my thrift store finds into our apartment wearing this outfit.  Oh, and I also did grocery shopping which I managed to do in record time (I think I was in and out in less than 30 minutes–not bad considering we haven’t been to the grocery store in about two weeks).

I hope to post more on my thrift store shopping adventures sometime this week.  I hope everyone had a good weekend!

P.S.  Despite the very concerned look on my face, I had a nice weekend.

P.P.S. Stay tuned for Easter photos!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Top:  Xhilaration/Target

Tank top:  Mossimo/Target

Jacket:  TJ Maxx

Pants:  Old Navy/Old Navy

Belt:  Calvin Klein/Marshalls

Shoes:  Carysma/vintage

Purse:  vintage Coach

Bracelets:  gifts


Going With It

I. Can’t.  Stop.  Dressing.  Funky.  Okay, I CAN actually stop, but I seem to be in such a funkalicious mood that I can’t help but want to dress with wild abandonment (note:  I’m not supposed to use the word “can’t”; a co-worker told me that I have to take that word out of my vocabulary–I’m working on it).

I wanted to style my outfit based off a jacket that I bought at a vintage store months ago, but was only just recently dry cleaned (note:  it still carries that “vintage” smell–I suppose the smell is just so strong or it wasn’t properly cleaned–methinks I don’t want to know the truth).  The jacket inspired a “must-stay-warm-yet-appear-mature” look.  I felt all prim and proper with a turtleneck sweater and a jumper that, when cinched with the right belt, made me feel conservatively commanding.  I also doubled up on tights and leggings because I was afraid my legs would get cold.  I pulled out my wacky leggings, decided they were possibly too crazy to wear with the rest of the outfit but was told by Chris to “just go with it.”  Actually, I’m not sure if that was his exact quote, or if it was just a paraphrase of what he said, and I faultily remembered it because I was thinking of a Jennifer Aniston movie; either way, I took what Chris said, and decided to leave the leggings on.  I figured my legs would thank me later.

I had planned on just wearing my polka-dotted jacket as my extra layer, but I realized that it was going to be colder at night.  So I brought along my ruffled short coat just in case (note:  it did get colder at night, and it was a little chilly during the day–yay, for wearing multiple layers!).  It was comfortable when we were inside the museum and inside this atrium.  A quiet retreat from city life:

And now I will quietly retreat from my computer, so I CAN get ready for bed.  Goodnight and funky dreams!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Dress:  Old Navy/Old Navy

Sweater:  So/Kohl’s

Leggings:  Xhilaration/Target

Jackets:  Polka dot:  Notations/vintage store; Ruffled:  Steve Madden/Marshalls

Boots:  vintage

Belt:  vintage

Purse:  Franco Sarto

Sunglasses:  Franco Sarto


Let’s Reconnect

I apologize to the one (or two) person(s) reading this blog:  my every intention is to have two posts per week, but alas, at this point, I can’t do this on a consistent basis (cue sad trombone).  I hope in the future, I will inundate this blog with more outfits and musings (this shall be my New Year’s resolution–it’s not too late to make any, is it?).

With that in mind, my outfit for the week comes courtesy of last Saturday.  We attended a celebratory dinner and got a chance to catch up with old friends.  I feel that’s what I’m doing more and more of every year; reconnecting with people whom I haven’t seen in a very long time.  So, yet another resolution of mine is to spend more quality time with friends (good friends=good fun).

I really love this dress (it’s got pockets!).  I bought it at Old Navy a few years ago, and so far, I’ve worn it for Christmas, a wedding, and now a dinner.  I would probably wear it more if I didn’t care if the same people saw me wear it over and over again.  In fact, maybe I should add this to my list of resolutions (it’s growing really fast now); I’ll try to be less self-conscious about what clothes I wear.  That way, I can wear the same thing as many times as I want and not feel guilty about it.

Speaking of guilty, I hate to leave now (it was so great catching up!), but I must attend to some daily chores (don’t worry–I enjoy blogging more than cleaning, but unfortunately, during the work week, I leave our apartment a little on the filthy side).  I plan on showcasing a new outfit next week.  See you soon!

P.S.  If you were wondering, yes, it looks like my head is going to fall off in that last picture (that might be why I appear to be giving the evil eye).

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Jacket:  Mossimo/consignment shop

Dress:  Old Navy/Old Navy

Tights:  Calvin Klein/Marshalls

Shoes:  Armando/vintage

Necklace:  Macy’s/loaned

Earrings:  Alfani/Macy’s

Bracelet:  Macy’s


Lazy Day

I have a backlog of pictures to share this week.  Unfortunately, I’ve been slow with posting because I’ve had a lot going on (I know–lame excuse.  I’ll try to make it up to all of you).  So, for starters, here is my outfit from this past Sunday.  I was literally shivering after we stepped outside to take my pictures because I had finished drinking some ice water and there was a bit of a chill in the air.  The jacket stayed on for the first few pictures as I warmed up.

As I became immune to the cold, I decided to show off my outfit the way I had intended it to look–without the added jacket layer but with the focus on the pink/magenta colors.  I neutralized the girly effect with some brown-accented jewelry and blue-gray cargo pants.

I ended up ordering a huge sandwich for lunch that day.  I hadn’t had breakfast for some reason, so my eyes were bigger than my stomach (note: my unsmiling face is probably because I’m stuffed and hoping I don’t have black olives stuck in my teeth).  I was able to bring the leftovers home, only to have Chris accidentally finish off (most of) the other half of my sandwich the next day.  It’s okay.  It saved both of us from having to cook something for lunch that day (I think I had a bowl of cereal or something that required no heating of any kind–what can I say?  I’m a lazy cook).

I mention sandwiches because, sometimes, you just want an easy outfit that, like my ideal meal preparation, takes little time and effort (not that it didn’t take me a few minutes to come up with this outfit, but at least my goal was to be easy and breezy).  So, here is a template for a simple, weekend outfit:  grab a pair of comfortable pants, find a shirt that semi-matches, and accessorize with a neutral color.  Works almost every time.

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Top:  Esprit/gift

Pants:  Sound & Matter/Marshalls

Boots:  Mossimo Supply Co./Target

Necklaces:  Pink beads:  Target; Brown beads:  gift

Earrings:  Macy’s/gift 


New Year, New Tradition

I was inspired by BeautyRiot Diva for this post.  I liked her idea of having her significant other pick out her clothes for a week.  Unfortunately, I don’t have a week’s worth of outfits to wear to work, so I asked Chris to pick out one outfit on one day of the weekend.

Chris picked out the jacket and asked me to wear it with a pair of jeans.  The jacket is fairly worn and nubby, but it was actually warm enough for me to wear with a light jacket over top.  I prettied it up with my red shoes and some gold jewelry.

So, this is what I wore on the last day of 2011.  Nothing fancy or splashy; just a casual look to ring in the new year.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have a swanky party to attend, so there wasn’t a need for a party dress.  We ended up hanging out at my parents’ house to celebrate the new year.  My party outfit ended up being a pair of pajamas with cats in Santa hats and polka dots (sorry, no pictures).  My dad suggested I wear polka dots for good luck.  Apparently, my dad has started a new tradition.  Hopefully, this translates to good fortune in the future.


All in all, I didn’t have to think hard about my attire this weekend.  That’s the way to ease into the new year: with a laid-back attitude (and surrounded by your loved ones).  Here’s to a happy and healthy new year!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Jacket:  Unionbay/Army base exchange

T-shirt:  gift shop/gift

Jeans:  ZCO Jeans/Marshalls

Flats:  Nine West/Marshalls

Earrings:  gift

Necklace:  loaned


Imagine the Possibilities

I had the opportunity to spend the weekend with some family in NYC.  My husband, Chris, and I go up a few times a year since he is a native New Yorker.  I find that each time we go there, we discover new and exciting things.  I like to observe the local trends while I’m there and just soak up the arts and culture vibe.

Chris was definitely inspired when we were up there.  If he saw a striking background, he would whip out his camera and ask me to pose in front of it.  We probably took more pictures for the blog that day than we have before.  There is just such a cool, urban feel in New York, and Chris is just a cool, urban kind of guy.


We ended up having to bring a suitcase full of clothing (I think I took up three-quarters of the suitcase) because I didn’t know what I was going to wear once we got there.  If the wind blew one way, I would be inspired to wear a certain outfit; if the wind blew another way, I would be inspired to wear a completely different outfit.  My fickle nature made me spend a little bit more time packing (because I had to pack accessories and shoes that I thought I might wear), but surprisingly, the ideas for the possible outfits came to me relatively easily.  I think I will streamline my packing in the future, but for this trip, I packed at least four different outfits for a day-and-a-half-long trip (meaning I really only needed two outfits at most–or two pairs of clean underwear at least, however you want to phrase it).  Luckily, Chris is a light packer and is laid-back when it comes to my desire to have outfit options.

Actually, it came in handy to have a variety of clothes.  When an outfit that seemed good in my head, didn’t work in reality (don’t you just hate when that happens?), I was able to rework it.  See, I really wanted to wear these wild leggings I bought last week, and I really wanted to wear them with my blue sweater (I know–sometimes I have problems compromising when it comes to what I will wear).  The skirt I brought was obscenely short when I tried it on, so the black dress I decided to bring at the last minute was the perfect fallback.  The jacket and the scarf were worn because I knew it would be chilly in the evening, so it helped that they matched my outfit (by the way, for my loyal readers, this was the scarf that I ended up wearing with my outfit in ‘Hint of Red‘–I will wear things that aren’t intended to be a part of my outfit because I can’t stand being cold, so it’s a plus if it matches somewhat).

In the end, I hope the outfit that I chose, helped to capture the awesome vibe of the city.  We really enjoyed the time we spent with family, and we had fun exploring areas and places that we hadn’t been to before.  I can’t wait to go back–next time, I’ll try to pack a lighter suitcase.

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Dress:  Poetry Clothing/Marshalls

Sweater:  American Eagle Outfitters/Marshalls

Jacket:  Me Jane/Ross

Scarf:  Mossimo Supply Co./Target

Leggings:  Xhilaration/Target

Socks:  Hanes/Target

Shoes:   Stride Rite/vintage

Purse:  Olivia + Joy/Marshalls

Earrings:  donated

Sunglasses:  Franco Sarto/Marshalls


Denim and Gold


This morning, it was clearly fall.  Then, as the afternoon went on, the sun got a little brighter, and it suddenly felt like it was summer again.  I brought my jacket just in case, and to prove that I would eventually need it once the sun went down, I wore it for this first picture.  Also, as a throwback to the warmer weather, I wore this cami and my perforated yellow shoes to keep the rest of my body cool.

The thing that I like about the fall is that you can still wear your summer clothes but with extra layers.  From a style standpoint, winter will be a challenging season for me (considering that I like wearing my summer clothes almost year round).  But we will cross that bridge when we get to it.

This skirt was actually “donated” to me by my sister.  The denim actually has a gold, glittery sheen to it which matches my new obsession with all things gold.  Unfortunately, a picture I tried to take of my skirt did not do the gold justice, but if you look closely, you might be able to see a hint of the sparkles.

I’m also really digging this necklace that I bought for a ‘3 for $5’ deal at a vintage store.  As mentioned before, I don’t own too many accessories, but things have changed!  I have a secret benefactress that has lent me some of her jewelry to dress up my outfits (is it bad that the jewelry was practically just handed to me?  You don’t have to answer that).  So, if I accessorize my outfits just right, you’ll be seeing a more dazzling version of me in the days and weeks to come–Looks So Fine 2.0?

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Top:  American Eagle Outfitters/Marshalls

Skirt:  Gap/donated

Jacket:  Stella Starr/TJMaxx

Shoes:  Merona/Target 

Necklace:  Richelieu/vintage