Wednesday, March 31, 2010

ShoeMall's Summer Sandal Giveaway...

ShoeMall is hosting a giveaway of summer sandals -- perfect to get your mind in gear for the warm weather that is heading our way!

ShoeMall's giveaway lasts for 4 weeks, and when all is said and done, they will have given away 15 pairs of sandals! The chances are great!

Contest ends April 28th, 2010, so if you're interested, head on over to their website to checkout the details and find out how to enter.
All info you need can be found here:

Wild Thing, You Make My Heart Sing...

Most people like to rope in wild animals, but apparently I like wild animals to rope me in:


Green Button: Merona, thrifted
Pants: NY&Co
Shoes: Kenneth Cole Reaction
Belt: Cato
Black Cami (unseen): Kohl's
Earrings: black coral from Curacao, gift from brother for 21st Bday
Necklace: NY&Co?
Bangles: probably Claire's

Unfortunately, I couldn't get photos outside due to the rain, and seemed to be unable to get a decent full-length shot. As a consolation prize, I share with you the corner behind out front door. Dear fiance loves his comics, and the entire first floor (which really is only a tiny computer room -aka- man cave) is decorated with comic posters and DJ paraphernalia. I think for Christmas or his birthday I am going to buy tons and tons of frames, so at least they can be properly mounted and hung, instead of using thumbtacks dorm-room style. If our house is gonna be decorated with posters of Deadpool and the X-Men, at least I can class the joint up a bit!

This outfit felt better than it looks in the photos, and honestly, I think it looked better in person. And seeing this necklace in the photo reminds me that I want to shorten it. I love the necklace, but I'd like it better if it hung closer to my neck. As I've said before, I normally don't wear my tops tucked in, but I wanted to show off this awesome belt. I love it!
I got a compliment from a coworker while wearing this outfit that I looked very professional. Whoda thunk it that a zebra-print belt would elicit such a comment?!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Stay Fabulous or Get Slapped Friday...

As most of you probably already know, Erin over at Work With What You've Got has instituted a new holiday entitled "Stay Fabulous or Get Slapped Friday." The rules are pretty simple:
(1) Stay Fabulous.
(2) If rule #1 is broken, get slapped.

This is what I wore while hoping not to get slapped:


Striped Turtleneck: Target
Sweater: H&M
Pants: Lane Bryant
Shoes: American Eagle for Payless
Flower: H&M
Earrings: Gift from fiance

I have been coveting the stripes I've seen on other bloggers for WEEK now, and I'm excited to have landed myself an awesome striped turtleneck! Of course, the weather is finally supposed to turn warm on us, so I will have to pack this baby away soon until fall/winter, but maybe I'll have one or two more chances to wear it before its too late. (I haven't yet crossed "Long Sleeved Striped Top" off the Want List on my sidebar because I still want one that isn't a turtleneck. Still hunting...)

Have you ever seen an outfit on another blogger and totally fallen in love with it and filed it in the back of your brain... then one day, you get dressed, totally NOT imitating another outfit, only to realize that your outfit is completely inspired by the one you loved? (Did that thought totally not make sense to you?)
While there are several differences between the two, I think my outfit today was utterly inspired by Hillary's outfit from a few months ago.
True, the sweaters are different colors, and hers is a cardi whereas mine is a pull-over, but I remember loving that she had the striped peeking out past her sweater sleeves. And since I don't have a striped scarf to tie bow-style around my neck, I added my striped flower as an extra stripey pop (and they also mirror the flowers that are part of her cardi).
Still love that outfit, Hillary!

Swirly Thursday...

I wore this outfit on Thursday of last week. I don't wear this top very often, but I love the swirly pattern and the bright colors:


Top: Kohl's?
Skirt: Old Navy?
Tights: We Love Colors
Boots: Ros Hommerson
Earrings: Claire's
Bamboo-Design Bracelet: gift from my parents for my 21st Bday
Sunglasses: Claire's?

This top originally came with a black sash attached to it, but it hit me in entirely the wrong place (as is the case with MOST tops that have attached belts), so I removed it and love the top on it's own.

Does anyone have fit issues with skirts?
I often find (and it is the case with this skirt) that when I find skirts that fit my hips, they are often too big around the waist and gape there. I knew this was an issue with pants for curvier gals, but I don't know that I've ever heard of others commenting on this about skirts. I'm not sure if maybe I need to go up a size, but that doesn't seem like the answer because then the rest of the skirt would be too big. I suppose I could go up a size and then have the rest tailored in...but golly, that can get expensive!

I'm interested to hear what the rest of you have to say on this -- any thoughts? advice?

Friday, March 26, 2010

They Call me Mellow Yellow...

Only this yellow wasn't very mellow at all!
I find yellow to be a very difficult color for me, and i think I look better in a more muted, mustardy yellow. However do love this skirt, and I don't really have an appropriate brown top to wear with it (which is the color I would normally be more inclined to pair with it).


Top: H&M
Skirt: Anne Taylor LOFT, swapped
Shoes: Mossimo, thrifted
Necklace: very old
Bangles: bought from a friend
Earrings: NY&Co

Hopefully wearing the chunky brown necklace near my face helped to counteract some of the yellow washing me out.

I wore the top tucked in because I thought it looked more pulled-together than an untucked tshirt (because really, that's all this shirt is). But I really don't like the way it looks like I'm carrying a spare tire around my midsection. I think this issue could have been counteracted with a nice wide belt worn where the top and skirt meet; unfortunately, I don't own a wide brown belt -- this has now been added to my shopping list!
I untucked the top when I got home, and I think the proportions were much better for me.

My fiance is at two different soccer practices tonight. I could have anything I want in the world for dinner, and I opted for mac-n-cheese with salsa on it.
What does that say about me?

Thursday, March 25, 2010


When I was a little girl, whenever I didn't get my way, I would pout and stick my bottom lip out as far as it would go. My father used to tell me that if I stuck it out any farther, a fisherman was bound to hook me. He would then proceed to try to grab my lip, and I would forget about whatever I was upset about since I would be totally broken down in a hysterical giggle fit.


Dress: Target
Tights: Target?
Shoes: Kenneth Cole Reaction
Belt: Marshall's
Earrings: Claire's?

After the amazingly gorgeous weather we had over the weekend, a few days of clouds, rain, and chilly air were cause for fishlips, indeed.
I bought this dress over the weekend at Target. The fit isn't exactly *perfect* for me, but I feel like it looked better in person than it does in the photographs. I am trying to build up my skirt and dress wardrobe, and I just loved the purple of the fabric. I also was pretty darned proud of myself for pairing these earrings with the dress, since the pattern on the dress is repeated in the earrings.

I got a trim last week, and my hairdresser started playing with my hair, trying to figure out a wedding style. I told her I want to look like me, but better. No growing long hair just so I can have an updo for one day. That might be for some people, but it's just not me.
In the process of playing with my hair she whipped out the curling iron -- something I haven't thought to do in AGES. I wasn't sure how my haircut would look with curls, but she gave me nice, loose waves instead of a tight curl. I absolutely love that adding a little curl to my hair gives it an entirely different look! While it won't be an everyday thing for me, you can definitely expect to see this look from time to time.

Mixing high and Low...

I wore this outfit on Monday, and I must admit, I felt rather smart in it.


Top: swapped
Jacket: Nordstrom Rack
Pants: Marshall's
Shoes: NickelsSoft, thrifted
Earrings: Claire's
Necklace: Laila Rowe
Bracelet: Tiffany

I love the idea of mixing high-end and low-end pieces in one outfit.
I don't recall the brand of this jacket offhand, but I bought it at Nordstrom Rack, and it is definitely something I couldn't have afforded if I would have had to pay full price for it. Likewise, this Tiffany bracelet was a gift from my parents for my 30th birthday. (Every girl needs a little piece of Tiffany, dontcha think?)
However, the pants were purchased at discount retailer Marshall's, the shoes were thrifted, and the top was free via a clothing swap.

This is of of those outfits that proves that you don't have to pay an arm and a leg to feel like a million bucks.

PS: Let me introduce you to Raul Duke. Some people have children, some people have "fur babies," and some people, such as my fiance and myself, have these adorable little monsters waiting for us at home:


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

It's a Major Award...

Imagine my surprise when I was just doing my thing, checking out my favorite blogs, when I see that one of them has given me this award! Thank You Suze!


I am supposed to tell 10 interesting things about myself, and pass it along to some other bloggers.
OK, here are my "interesting" facts:

(1) I am adopted. I have known all my life. I found my birth mother when I was 19 years old, but the family and parents I grew up with are the people I consider my "real" family.

(2) I used to want hair as long as Crystal Gayle. In high school, I asked for my stylist to cut off "the dead ends" and ended up with at least 6 inches chopped off my hair. I cried for days. Since then, my hair has only gotten shorter and shorter -- the style I have now is nowhere near the shortest cut I've had (which my brother dubbed my Billy Idol look).

(3) I can pop my jaw loud enough for people to hear it. I thank a horrible case of TMJ for that.

(4) I skipped kindergarten. Well, to be precise, I was in kindergarten for 6 weeks, then they moved me up to first grade.

(5) My parents are both from England. I was always envious of friends with huge families because I have no other relatives in this country.

(6) I am shy. Very shy. So shy my parents wanted to put me in therapy (but didn't). To this day I'm convinced that I have Social Anxiety disorder. Once you know me, I'm pretty darn outgoing, but put me in a room full of strangers and (a) I won't make the first move to talk to any of them and (b) most of them will probably think I'm stuck-up -- my mom always told me that I come off this way.

(7) I have been a dancer since I was 2 1/2 years old. I have done tap, jazz, ballet, poms, hip-hop... I taught for a few years, and then a year ago, a friend suckered me into joining a hip-hop team with her. I am the only white girl on the team, but I managed to "pass" as black when one of the other girl's mom saw me onstage and thought I was just light-skinned. That totally made my day. :)

(8) I am getting married in October. My fiance and I have been together for over 3 years -- this time. We dated briefly back in undergrad, then didn't speak for 8 years. He found me online, and the rest is history...

(9) I'm a Facecrack addict.

(10) I have a tendency to talk to myself. Out loud. Most of the time I'm totally aware of it + don't do it around other people, but once or twice when I'm lost in my own thoughts I have had a friend or boyfriend ask me who I'm talking to. Oops.

OK, so now I'm supposed to pass this award along onto some other bloggers. It didn't say how many.
I choose:
Erin over at Work with What You've Got
Hillary of byhillary
Kimberly at Fab Finds Under 50
Christine who runs FutureLint
Tina over at T Minus, T Plus

These are a few of my absolute FAVORITE blogs to read, so I'm excited to have this opportunity to give them this award!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


Becky, over at Gilding the Frilly is giving away a $25 gift card to Marshall's. If you have read this blog for oh, say 5 minutes, you know I'm a huge fan of Marshall's! It would be seriously kick ARSE if I won this giveaway!
Thanks to Becky for hosting and the awesome people at Marshall's to gifting!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Bright Sunshine-y Day...

I wore this outfit way back on Tuesday of this week, but I've been a bad blogger and I'm only just getting around to posting.


Top: Charlotte Russe
Pants: Marshalls
Shoes: Aeropostale
Earrings: Claire's
Cami: Kohl's
Bracelet: thrifted?
Flower: H&M

I have this same top in 4 different colors, and it is one of the few items I can still wear, despite my vast fluctuation in weight over these past few years. I went through a brief period where I thought it didn't work for my now-larger body frame, but seeing it in this photo, I think it's quite flattering!
I love the dusty rose and ruffles paired with the slightly punk-rocker vibe of the stripes on the flower. I really look forward to finding outfits to wear this flower with!
Hopefully it doesn't come across too much in the photo, but my hair was actually pretty dirty this day. I usually only wash my hair every other day (or maybe every third day, if it is behaving well), and it really needed to be washed but I just didn't have the time. To camouflage this, I decided to try out Hillary's french braid style (which I had filed into my brain and wanted to try now for a while anyway) -- despite having short hair, I actually have quite a bit of length in the front, and I love finding new ways to style my hair, since I easily get bored with the same look every day. It's been a very long time since I have french-braided my own hair, so I'm really rusty and the braid wasn't as clean as I would have liked, but generally I really liked the style and look forwarded to trying it out on cleaner hair after a little more self-braiding practice.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Flower Power...

I wore this button-up open for most of the day and just wasn't feeling the outfit, despite receiving a few compliments on it. It wasn't until almost the end of the workday before it dawned on me to actually button up the shirt, thus giving me a waist, and I liked the outfit much more after that!


Floral Button-up: Old Navy
Purple Knit Top: Charlotte Russe?
Gray Pants: Lane Bryant
Purple Heels: Vera Wang for Kohl's
Earrings: NY&Co
Green Cami: (seen through purple knit top IRL, but not in photo: Kohl's

I really liked these pants when I bought them, but nowadays, I'm thinking they are too big in the pooch region. I sure don't need any help looking larger there! These may end up in the giveaway pile, especially now that warm weather is coming and I won't need to be wearing pants for much longer!

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Household Hint...

This was the hint on my daily calendar today. I've never tried it, but I thought I'd share!

"Keep hand-washed sweaters soft by adding a capful of hair cream rinse to the final rinse water."

If you try this or have tried it in the past, chime in!

Win a Shopping Spree...

I was browsing the interwebs this morning, doing my usual checkup of all things newsy and not-so-newsy, when I came across this, a contest sponsored by Harper's Bazaar. The winner will win a trip to New York City, a $10,000 shopping spree at Saks Fifth Avenue, provided by Saks Fifth Avenue, and participate in a photo shoot to be published in a future issue of Harper's Bazaar.
I won't be entering myself into this contest, but I think there are several of you out there who may be interested!
Information available here.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Two and a Half...

Since I have been bad lately about getting outfits photographed and posted on the same day (and I'm really not posting much on the weekends) I made the effort to get up extra early so I could get outfit photos before work today, instead of waiting until I got home. The downside is that the photos had to be indoors, but since we are expecting rain for the next few days, the photos would have been indoors this afternoon anyway.

So, here's what I wore yesterday:


Top: H&M
Skirt: NY&Co
Shoes: RSVP
Scarf: Claire's?
Earrings and Necklace: made by me

I really loved this outfit! The skirt is super-comfy with an elastic waistband and *pockets!* I usually pair this skirt with a white top. Because of the 2 shades of purple, I'm wary of trying to pair it with any color other than white or purple, and whenever I pair it with darker shades of purple, it just feels so...well, dark. If i had more purple items in my wardrobe, I would try to several different shades all at once, which is something that Audi is genius at! This more violet shade of purple brings out the lighter shade in the skirt, and the white scarf brings the lightness of the outfit up a whole notch. Throw in nude pumps to seriously lengthen the leg line, and yay!

Rose was wondering if it was too early to be wearing sandals and I told her NO!


Top: H&M
Jacket: Tommy Hilfiger via swap
Pants: NY&Co
Earrings: Laila Rowe
Sandals: Montego Bay Club via Payless

Most days, I wear either sneakers (when it's cold outside) or flip-flops (when it's warm) as my "comfy shoes" for my commute. I bring my "work shoes" with me in my bag. The work shoes are usually only worn within my office building, so really, I can rock any season's shoe anytime of year.
That said, I do usually put the sandals away during winter. Part of this is because I am always cold, so even inside, I prefer my feet to be covered in the winter. The other part is that, to my eye, sandals in winter just seems wrong. But who knows, maybe like plenty of other trends, my eye would adjust if I saw it enough.
Either way, I pulled out these sandals today, and I'm glad I did!


Umbrella: Target
Rain Boots: Laila Rowe

The other day, Fashion Therapist made the observation that almost everyone she saw used boring, black umbrellas when it was raining outside. This is something that I noticed myself a year or two ago. Working in the DC area, black is the go-to- color for most office-working professionals, so I see TONS of it. Suits, shoes, umbrellas, purses, briefcases... classic, yes. But that much? BO-RING. I went on a hunt for an umbrella with some color! Lots of umbrellas with color really are little-girl-ish, so you do need to have the confidence to not care if people look at you funny.
I had the same challenge with rain boots. I have to say, I am SO happy that rain boots became stylish a few years ago -- why had we not embraced these little wonders sooner?? My last pair of rain boots were red with black polkadots, complete with little ladybug faces on the toe box. I love those boots until this past fall when they split up the back.
In a panic to find another pair of cute boots that fit my large calves (this is a tough one!) I traipsed on over to my local Laila Rowe and found these beauties. Laila Rowe carries several pairs of boots in lots of different patterns and colors -- seriously, if you have one of these stores near you, you NEED to go, and take your dollars with you! Their stuff is fairly priced, but you will want to buy out the store!
I do wish in a way that the boots and umbrella were coordinated (how fabu would I be then?!) but individually, each piece brings a smile to my face on an otherwise dreary day.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Where is my Disco Ball...

Looking at the photos of this outfit, I think I was late for a night of disco-dancing. Or maybe, I was late for my job as a flight attendant aboard a flight straight out of 1974!


Dress: swapped
Shirt: thrifted
Tights: Target?
Shoes: Fioni, thrifted
Belt: Marshalls?
Earrings: Claire's
Nail Color: OPI Russian Navy

You get a pretty good picture of my engagement ring in the nail-color photo -- dear fiance did an amazing job picking it out! It is exactly the style I wanted: a center stone with a circle of smaller stones around it. I love that it looks like something my grandmother could have handed down to me.

I got this dress from a clothing swap I went to a few months ago. I didn't love the dress, and this is the first time I'm wearing it. I decided to go ahead and take it on the off-chance that I could style it in a fun way. When I picked up this shirt a few weeks ago when I was thrifting, I fell in love with the colors and the stripes, but I found the pattern overwhelming. In theory, I think the shirt and dress work well together, but in reality I thought the dress was a little too tight for work and the shirt was a little too... well, Three's Company.

What do you think -- is this fashion-forward or a fashion flop?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Daily Deals...

No outfit post, I'm afraid. It was such a gorgeous day outside yesterday that I did a little too much walking around outside, then when I got home, I instantly jumped into cooking dinner mode, then changed into comfy clothes and curled up with dear fiance to watch LOST. You didn't miss much, though. The outfit was OK, but I wasn't thrilled with it.

What I AM thrilled with, however, is today's Daily Deal on the Target website. I didn't realize that Target did this until I was browsing the site today (am I totally behind on this tidbit?) Here is the gist of it, straight from Target's website:

The crux of Daily Deals isn’t complicated: Fun cool stuff at mind-blowing low prices. But to be sure all goes smoothly and you get to max your savings without a hiccup, we figured answers to frequently asked questions were warranted.

How long are these great deals available?
For just 24 hours. But the great part is that amazing new deals are posted every day, and that includes weekends.

How many deals are there every day?
Up to five fabulous items are featured at a time.
What time do the next day’s deals appear? While most good sensible peeps are sleeping: Midnight. (PST)

Can I find these great deals at my local Target Store?
Nah, that’d be too easy. Daily Deals items are only available online.

How much does shipping cost?
Standard shipping is always free at Daily Deals, no joke. If you just have to get it sooner, see expedited shipping rates at Checkout.

Is there a limit on how many I can buy at these great prices?
Yes. We want as many people as possible to enjoy the great savings so we’ve limited purchases to five of each item.

What kinds of products get featured on Daily Deals?
We work hard to find cool, fun and unique items that we think you'll love. Items from almost any product category may be featured.

Can I return a Daily Deals item?
Yes, it’s easy and handled like any other purchase. See our Returns Policy for details or go to the Online Returns Center to get started.

Today's main daily deal is a BOGO for some gauchos. I was an avid member of the anti-gaucho movement until I ended up buying a seriously cheapo pair as a beach cover-up a few years ago. Then I was converted. They are comfy and really practical as a beach cover-up, for working out, cleaning house, lounging around...
I wouldn't recommend wearing them as actual fashion, though I did see one girl I know rock them with a rock-n-roll tank and a pair of stilettos.
Still at 2 pairs for $10 (and free shipping!) you know I'm picking up a few pairs!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

A Spring in my Step...

Huzzah! Finally, an outdoor photo!


Yellow Top: H&M
Cardi: TJ Maxx
Brown Pants: unknown
Shoes: Mudd
Earrings: Cato

After having participated in the Wardrobe Capsule Challenge last week, you'd think I would have all sorts of ideas for new outfits I would want to wear, but when I stood in the closet, I was completely clueless. Uninspired. I had no idea. So of course, I turned to Kimberley's Inspiration Calendar. This called for "Neutrals with a Citrus Pop." I think I have more pop than neutral, but with the official start of Spring nosing its way ever-so-near, I don't care!

Not only was it finally WARM enough to attempt an outdoor photo, but after having cleaned out the garage this past weekend with dear fiance, I think I actually have somewhere to take outdoor photos again! See, when we moved, we lost the joy of having a deck, and I really had trouble finding a place where I could snap a few pictures. Of course, I need enough light, but I also like a halfway decent background and a tiny bit of privacy. This location isn't perfect, but it will do for now -- at least you can't see light switches and power sockets in the background!

This weekend we have our first pre-wedding counseling session, and next week is our food tasting. We already have a venue (with a caterer), and I have a dress. We are *thisclose* to having both a photographer and the band I reallyreallyreally want to have -- just need to sign contracts, but they are pretty much good-to-go. I was worried about not doing much wedding-wise for January and February, but March seems to be falling right into place. *Yay!*

Covergirl Outlast Lipstain...

As you can probably tell from looking at my outfit photos, I don't usually wear makeup on a day-to-day basis. There is really no reason for this, other than pure laziness. I do actually OWN a decent amount of makeup, and for the most part, I know how to use it. I'm no makeup artist by any means, but I actually really like the way I look in makeup, and when I give myself enough time, I do actually use it sometimes. Unfortunately, on workdays, it is very rare that I leave myself enough time to put on a face. I may cover a blemish or throw on some gloss, but that's about it.

Another reason that I don't wear makeup on a daily basis is that so much of it needs to be reapplied throughout the day, and I really can't be bothered to touch up my face, much less carry around all the supplies needed to do so. That said, any makeup that is quick any easy to apply and lasts a while is totally awesome in my book.

After having read a few other bloggers say good things about Covergirl Outlast Lipstain I decided to give it a try.
First, I have to say I was surprised that it wasn't easier for me to hunt down -- I looked both in my local grocery store (Safeway) and our closest Target, and while both carried Covergirl products, neither had the lipstains. I finally tracked it down at our nearest CVS.
I picked up #415 "Teasing Blush" since I wanted something somewhat similar to my natural lip color, but amped up a notch or two. I have to say, this product really fit the bill. I throw it on once in the morning, and I can either leave it as is or layer some gloss over it. Even when the gloss wears off, the color does not. I usually touch it up once after lunch -- the color doesn't come off when I eat or drink, but I usually like to apply a second coat midday to amp it up some more.
I am hoping to get another lipstain in a bolder color, probably #405 "Berry Smooch."

Lipstain-Before Before Lipstain
Lipstain-After With Lipstain

In short, I would recommend it, if you're thinking of trying it!

*I was not paid or requested in any way to do this review by Covergirl. I am simply sharing about a product I enjoy.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Wardrobe Capsule Challenge Recap...

Day 1:

Day 2:

Day 3:

Day 4:

Day 5:

What I learned about myself:
(1) I am super-proud of myself for injecting more color into my daily outfits and not falling back onto neutrals for this challenge.
(2) I can go longer without wanting a new piece of clothing than I can without wanting some variety in my accessories. Seriously, I could have gone on a LOT longer with this challenge if I could have changed out the jewelry or shoes.
(3) Even with a good dose color and different stylings, the same pieces get boring to me. Others in my office didn't realize that I was wearing the same 10 pieces, but *I* did, and that's what made all the difference.
(4) I would totally use this method of selecting clothes when going on a short vacation. Only I would take a lot more accessories!
(5) I need to use a larger purse on a daily basis! I was amazed at how many times throughout the week I reached for my purse to get something, only to find that I didn't have said item with me, due to carrying the smaller purse for the week.
(6) I am more creative with the way I style my clothing than I thought I was. I was constantly trying on different outfits with the same pieces. I often read other bloggers' posts and think how creative they are, but maybe I don't give myself enough credit.
(7) I am my own worst critic. Heck, I may even be TOO hard on myself! For example, on Day 3 of the challenge, I pointed out the boot marks on my legs and that the skirt wasn't a perfect fit for me. The comments I received pointed out that no one noticed the marks on my legs, and most people thought the skirt looked great! Sometimes I need to go a little easier on myself.

Which outfit of the week was your favorite?
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Wardrobe Capsule Challenge, Days 4 and 5...

Apologies for the delay in posting, but on with the rest of the challenge photos!


Green Sweater: Marshalls?
Gray Cowl Neck Top: NY&Co
Gray Pants: NY&Co
Purple Heels: Vera Wang for Kohl's
Scarf: Laila Rowe
Earrings: NY&Co
Purse: Nine West via Marshalls

I wasn't sure if i liked the scarf as a belt with this outfit, but I received several comments around the office, so it must have been a hit! I initially tried the belt-over-scarf look I saw on S. over at Academichic, but the belt and scarf I had selected for this challenge just didn't work. Rather than force it, I decided to hold off on that experiment until I had the proper tools at my disposal.


Dress: Moda International via swap
Green Button-up: Merona, thrifted
Purple Heels: Vera Wang for Kohl's
Earrings: NY&Co
Purse: Nine West via Marshalls

I spent Thursday evening trying on TONS of combinations. Despite having several outfits planned on paper, the only way to know if they truly work is to actually try them on -- and several on-paper outfits just didn't look right in real life. Added to the fact that I was seriously growing weary of these pieces, I finally settled on this combo. I probably should have worn tights under the dress since (1) my legs are glow-in-the-dark white, and (2) the dress is a bit short on me.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Wardrobe Capsule Challenge, Day 3...

I was *thisclose* to actually getting this outfit posted the same day I wore it, but then my camera battery died. Oh well! Today's another day, and maybe today's outfit well get a same-day post!


Top: Merona, thrifted
Skirt: Old Navy
Shoes, Urban Outfitters
Belt, Marshalls?
Earrings: Body Central
Purse: Nine West via Marshalls

I received a lot of comments on this skirt when I posted my capsule pieces. Everyone seemed to love the skirt! I admit, I do love the colors, which is why I bought it. However, the light, floatiness of it makes it difficult for me to wear, and I don't think the proportions of the skirt are right for my body: it hits me at a wider part of my waist and a strange section of my knees, and the pleats add volume to my hips where I really don't need any. This is the first time I have worn something tucked into the skirt and belted. I rarely tuck tops into my skirts, but the few times that I have, I like it only when I have the belt in place. Unfortunately, the belt doesn't like to STAY in place, and I was adjusting it all day.

Oh, and please ignore the strange stripes on my legs in the photo -- those are from my rain boots, and they were there for most of the evening! Does anyone have any tips on how to get those types of marks to fade faster?

I realized today that it is 2 weeks until dear fiance and I have the food tasting for our wedding! The tasting is on St. Patrick's Day, and I can't wait -- the catering company is supposed to be amazing! (I think I'd better remind myself to have a light breakfast and lunch, because I'm sure I still be stuffing myself that night!)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Wardrobe Capsule Challenge, Day 2...

Top: Old Navy
Vest: H&M
Pants: NY&Co
Shoes: Urban Outfitters
Earrings: Body Central
Purse: Nine West via Marshalls
Belt: Marshalls?

All new wardrobe pieces and accessories for my second outfit, no overlaps other than the purse (which I only included in my accessories so that I wasn't cheating). I usually use purses more for function than fashion, but I do like for my purses to add a little something to my outfit. I didn't want to cheat on my first time out doing the Wardrobe Capsule Challenge, so I selected a purse that would work with all of my outfits. This purse is much smaller than what I normally carry, and I have been missing the items I had to leave out of it in order to make it work. You never know what you use until it is no longer at your fingertips!

This outfit is mainly blue and gray, but I love how the small touches of green in the purse, earrings, and shoes add a layer of depth to the look.

I have a great look planned for day 3 of the challenge, which aside from accessories (which I have maxed out), uses yet all new wardrobe pieces!
And since so many of you love this skirt, keep an eye out, since it will be the focus of the outfit!

Are there any questions you would like to ask me? I'd love to have more interaction with my readers, so please, ask me anything!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Wardrobe Capsule Challenge, Day 1...

For the first day of the challenge, I wanted to start out with something simple.
Wrap dress, scarf, hoops, heels. Easy Peasy. Since hosiery was a freebie, I decided to add in a pair of blue-gray tights.

Dress: Moda International, swapped
Scarf: Laila Rowe
Shoes: Vera Wang for Kohl's
Earrings: NY&Co
Purse: Nine West via Marshalls
Tights: Target?

I originally intended this scarf to be a Christmas gift for my future MIL, but I ended up finding something I liked better for her, so the scarf defaulted to being mine. I don't mind so much, trust me. I love the colors! Surprisingly, this is the first time I've worn it!
I've seen E. from academichic wear her scarves under tops so that they look like a layering top, and I've always found it to be a very chic look, so I thought I would try that here. I really love that the purple in the scarf ties in the deep purple of the shoes. (Yes, those shoes are deep purple, not black!)
There is no other olive green in the outfit besides the purse, but I am quickly becoming part of the camp that sees olive green as a neutral. I'm not fully-converted, but I do think olive green can go with most anything. And if not, let's just consider it a pop of color!

What are your thoughts on my attempt for Day 1 of the challenge?

Spring Capsule Wardrobe Challenge...

Jane over at The Small Fabric of My Life has kicked off yet another Capsule Wardrobe Challenge, and this is my first time participating!
I'm sure most of you are quite familiar with the challenge, since most bloggers seem to participate, but in case you haven't heard about it, the rules are simple:
Choose ten items of clothing from your wardrobe and mix and match them for five days between Monday March 1st and Friday March 5th.
You can have any combination of shoes, dresses, skirts, tops and jackets as long as it adds up to ten individual items.
You are also allowed five accessories which include jewelery, scarves, bag, belts etc.
Underwear and hosiery do not come under the ten items and five accessories!

In addition, because it is freakishly snowy in so many parts of the country at the moment, she added this addendum to the rules:
In addition to your ten items and five accessories you are permitted one functional coat, one pair of functional gloves or mittens, one functional hat, one functional scarf and one functional pair of snow boots or other essential footwear needed to get from A to B without your feet freezing off!

With no further ado, I present to you the ten wardrobe items I will be using for this challenge:

Blue Wrap Dress: Moda International, swapped

Gray Pants: NY&Co

Floral Skirt: Old Navy

Blue Floral Blouse: Old Navy

Green Sweater: Marshalls?

Green Button-Up: Merona, thrifted

Gray Cowl Neck Top: NY&Co

Gray Vest: H&M

Purple Heels: Vera Wang for Kohl's

Green Flats: Urban Outfitters

And here are my five accessories:

Purse: Nine West via Marshalls

Scarf: Laila Rowe

Green Dangly Earrings: Body Central

Hematite Hoops: NY&Co

Black Stretch Belt: Marshalls?

I really tried to make an effort not to fall back onto all neutrals, so I based my outfits mainly on blues and greens. For the neutrals I did use, I wanted to NOT use black; hence the gray pieces. I've always thought gray adds a certain depth to an outfit.

I really look forward to seeing what everyone else comes up with for this challenge!

Iphone Fashion App...

Regular post to come later...

Last week, when watching the last few minutes of Tyra (I often catch the last few minutes of Tyra, Oprah, and the Doctors when I get home from work and will watch whichever one is most appealing) she spoke with a young lady who came up with an app for the iphone that is designed to help fashionistas plan outfits and weed through their wardrobe.
Now, I don't have an iphone, but I do have a smartphone that has the option of downloading apps, so I listened up.
Basically, you take photos of all the pieces of your wardrobe, either on the phone, or with your camera (you can transfer the photos to your phone via a number of methods). You can customize groups such as "dresses," "outerwear," "red items," or any which way you like to compartmentalize your own wardrobe -- it's all up to you.
Using the photos you have in your "closet," you can pull items and create outfits, similar to the method used in polyvore. Once an outfit is created, you can save that image to use as inspiration.
An added benefit is that, with pics of all of your wardrobe pieces contained in one app on your phone, there's no more chance of accidentally buying a duplicate wardrobe item -- just check your phone to see if you already have something like it.

So, I'm watching the girl explain this app, and I couldn't help but think how handy it would be. True, there would be a decent amount of maintenance involved -- photographing all new items and deleting anything thrown out or given away -- but how handy would it be to be able to plan out your outfits for the week while riding the train to work? Or how many times have you gotten inspiration for an outfit when you're not at home? Just pull out your phone and create an inspiration collage!

Would you use an app like this if it was available to you? Why or why not?