Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Good InVESTment








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Today was another pretty lazy day. I took Keppie out to play in the snow and she loved it again...it's so darn cute to watch her jump around. We played fetch with a stick and she couldn't get enough. I finally had to take her inside because I was getting cold and she resisted the whole way back to the door.

I actually didn't end up getting dressed until the early evening because we finally got to leave the apartment. We went and did a bunch of errands because the roads have now been sufficiently plowed enough for people to be going out safely. Unfortunately, the most most important errand we had to do was unsuccessful. We need to get Keppie "paw protector boots" since the salt that is used for the roads and sidewalks is really bad for the pads on her paws. We didn't plan too well in advance and they were out of her size and since we got so much snow, the truck with a new shipment was delayed. Oh well, I'll go back on Thursday and try again...sorry Keps!

I didn't realize until I was going through all of these photos that the forest green of the turtleneck doesn't really stand out from the black skirt and black pinstripe vest. This vest has shown me that some of the best items in my closet can be thrifted. I got this vest almost 2 years ago and it is one of the most often worn items in my closet. It was super cheap and has held up amazingly! I have plans next week to spend a day thrifting and I can't wait:) I jazzed this dark outfit up a bit with my gold chainmail necklace and finished it with my black fringy moccasins.

Outfit:

Turtleneck: Banana Republic Outlet

Vest: Thrifted (H&M)

Skirt: Target

Tights: Century 21 (Hue)

Necklace: Gift from D

Shoes: Zappos (Minnetonka)


For all y'all Northeasterners: what have you been doing with these snowy days? What's the best part about snow?

Monday, December 27, 2010

Off the Shoulder








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Wow! We were hit with almost 2 feet of snow up here in Northern NJ. I am definitely not prepared as I don't own a pair of snow boots so right now I am borrowing from my friend D until I get some of my own...thanks D!

We came back from our ski trip in VT yesterday. We left the slopes early to get in before the storm got too bad. We got in before most of it, but towards the end I was a bit hairy on the road. Luckily, D is from Chicago and is used to driving in the snow...he's a champ for getting us home safely:)  Skiing was really fun! I took a lesson on Friday morning and then afterwards I practiced going down the smallest green slope all afternoon. D was a great coach as well and helped me gain confidence. I am actually a pretty good skier for it being my first time...and I had a blast...even though my body is rebelling now (soooo sore!). I can't wait til the next time we get to go!

Keppie was soooo funny in the snow! She loved it and kept trying to eat so much of it. She would jump into a huge snow drift and bound around...it was amazing to watch. We brought out our camera and got some great pictures and video of her playing around.

This outfit was from one of the last days of school before the break. I wanted to wear a pretty traditional outfit - black sweater, grey skirt, white button-down, but I really wanted to 'dress it up' and make it more interesting. I pulled the sweater to lay off the shoulder and let my necklace drape really low. I finished off the outfit with my fringed moccasins.

Outfit:

 Sweater: Wet Seal

Button-Down: J.CREW

Skirt: H&M

Tights: Century 21 (Hue)

Necklace: Gift from R

Shoes: Zappos (Minnetonka)


What do you do to jazz up an otherwise boring outfit?

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Love Ya Sis!







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This is gonna be a short post cause D and I are leaving for a ski weekend in Vermont in an hour! I am so excited!! To all of my reader that this applies to: Have a Merry Christmas:) To everyone else: enjoy having a few days off from work/school/etc. :) See y'all back on Monday!

I wanted to showcase this necklace, made by my very talented little sis. It's really cool with three attached strands, one with big wooden beads, one with shell type things and the third with brown seed beads. It was a b-day present a bunch of years ago and now whenever I wear it I always think about my sis all day:) My sis is such a special person and I have so much respect and admiration for her. She is truly wise beyond her years and even though she isn't so "little" anymore, she will always be my baby sis!! Love you D! (yeah, my Sis also happens to have a name starting with D...confusing much?!)

I wanted a simple outfit so that the necklace would have the spotlight. I chose a simple cream turtleneck, dark brown corduroy skirt and my camel colored equestrian boots.

Outfit:

Undershirt: Elzee

Turtleneck: J.CREW

Skirt: J.CREW

Tights: DKNY

Boots: Banana Republic

Necklace: handmade gift from Sis!


Do you have pieces that are so treasured because they are handmade?? What are they?

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Ruby Red







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Since I am now on Winter Break for a month or so, I am going to catch up on all of the posts and outfit photos in my queue. Today was my first 'non-school'-school day, and I'm not gonna lie...I didn't bother to get dressed. I did take Keppie for a 3 3/4 mile walk and it was so cold that I came home frozen. After being so cold outside, I didn't want to take off my sweats. Instead, I curled up on the couch, cuddled the Kepster and caught up on 2 months of dvr'd Desperate Housewives (D is gonna kill me if they aren't off the dvr queue by the end of the week!). It was exactly the lazy day that I needed. I even fell asleep curled up on Keppie's couch which forced her to nap on the other couch:)

This outfit, from a school day last week, is the first post to showcase my gorgeous new winter coat! After some great coupons, this coat was a steal! It is super classic and I love the beautiful camel color and fun military inspired pockets. D literally took these photos as soon as I walked in the door, hence me still wearing my school bag...I didn't even have time to take it off and get settled. This sweater was another one of my black friday purchases and it was a great purchase. I love the button details and fun knitted pattern and it is super warm despite being short-sleeved. I decided to layer it over a plain white undershirt and pair it with my black pencil skirt. To jazz it up a bit, I added this chunky gold necklace and finished off the ensemble with my black fringy moccasins.

Outfit:

Coat: Banana Republic

Bag: J.CREW

Sweater: Banana Republic

Undershirt: Elzee

Skirt: Target

Tights: Century 21 (Hue)

Shoes: Zappos (Minnetonka Moccasins)

Necklace: Banana Republic


What do you wear on lazy days?

Monday, December 20, 2010

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Hat Hair






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It was so rainy and gross when I wore this outfit the other day that I wasn't willing to put on one of my wigs for fear of what it would look like at the end of the day! Since they are human hair they can get wet and they do get wet when I get them washed...but its still not so great for them to get caught in the rain; not to mention the dreaded I-got-caught-in-the-rain-and-now-I-look-like-a-drowned-rat hair. I just didn't want to risk it, plus berets are totally in now even with hair tucked inside that I didn't think that I's stick out too much:) On rainy days, I really just want to lounge around in sweats and sit on the couch cuddling with Keppie...but since I had to go to school I wanted to be as casual and comfy as possible. I think that this outfit was pretty casual and I dressed it up a bit to not be too boring:)


This shirt was one of my favorite black friday purchases. It has a great 'nautical' feel with the navy stripes, and the sequins are a great accent and give it some added whimsy. I paired it with my denim pencil skirt to keep it simple and added a chunky gold chain necklace to play up the 'nautical' feel. I wore rainboots for my commute but while at school and during these photos, I changed into my moccasin booties. I topped it all off with this chunky knitted navy beret.

Outfit:

Undershirt: Elzee (Brooklyn, NY)

Shirt: J.CREW Outlet

Skirt: J.CREW

Necklace: Banana Republic

Shoes: Minnetonka (J.CREW)

Beret: H&M

Leggings: Target


What do you wear on rainy days?? What do you do with your hair?

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Winter Break!







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I started my winter break today and it goes through the end of January! I am so excited and D and I have some fun stuff planned and I am already making dates with friends to hang out:) D and I are going on a ski trip over the Christmas weekend and I can't wait! I have never been skiing before and because of that I'm a tad bit nervous. I don't have great balance and I am a bit clutzy so wish me luck!!! I am hoping that becase I am a good ice skater (believe it or not, despite the balance issues and the clutziness), that the skills will transfer:) I'll be sure to update y'all with how it goes:)

Well winter is definitely here in full force! We saw a few flakes here recently and the temperatures have been in the 20s this past week...so I have started layering like there is no tomorrow!  This color combo just kinda came together...but I love it!! As I mentioned here...I love turtlenecks and I have a bunch in a variety of colors. Here, I decided to match an eggplant purple turtleneck with a camel colored corduroy skirt. I really like to wear cognac colored accessories when I wear light colored skirts. For this outfit, I layered two wooden necklaces, went with the light camel colored equestrian boots, and since here, in these photos, I am coming straight from school, I am carrying my cognac leather satchel that I carry every day. I topped the whole ensemble off with a light tan flower beret.

Outfit:

Sweater: GAP Outlet

Skirt: J. CREW

Boots: Banana Republic

Tights: DKNY

Necklaces: Thrifted

Beret: Nordstrom

Bag: J.CREW


Do you have a winter break?? What are y'all gonna do over winter (break)??

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

First Flakes!








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Yesterday we saw the first snow flakes of the season and this morning we woke up to a light dusting on the ground! I was soooo excited! Growing up in the south and never seeing much snow, I always get excited for the first snow of the season. Keppie LOVED the snow. She kept licking it and laying down to eat it...it was so cute:)

I love wearing wool in the winter but it can be itchy. I combat the itchy material by always wearing an undershirt. Undershirts are also a great way to layer for extra warmth. I also love wearing winter white in the colder months. This sweater combines both of those winter month trends. This fun beige sweater has a winter white trim crisscross neck. I paired the neutral sweater with a simple black pencil skirt. To add interest to an otherwise simple outfit, I accessorized with a metal/wood necklace and a fun green-toned scarf with a gold trim.

Outfit:

Undershirt: Elzee (Brooklyn, NY)

Sweater: Banana Republic

Skirt: Target

Leggings: Target

Scarf: Marshall's

Shoes: J.CREW

Necklace: Thrifted


Are you loving winter white this winter??

Monday, December 13, 2010

Toasty Turtleneck







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One of my favorite winter items to wear when it is cold out and I want to be toasty warm is a turtleneck. I know some people hate them, but I love how they make you feel all wrapped up and they are so comfortable since they are always some sort of stretchy material. I do have a couple that are wool, so they are a but itchy, but since I wear an undershirt of some sort under everything they never bother me. This particular turtleneck happens to be one of my all time favorites. My favorite color is and has always been orange, but when I was little I felt pressured to say it was pink so that I would appear girly enough, and then as I got older, I felt pressure to say that it was blue because I thought that people would think that orange was a weird color to have as a favorite color. But then high school came, and with it the courage to be myself - I got a bright orange backpack and carried it all through high school, college, for all my travelling as my carry-on, and to this day, whenever I use my bright orange backpack it always makes me smile cause I love it so much:)

So yeah, this turtleneck is also bright orange and since it's such a flashy color on top, I decided to keep the rest of the outfit pretty simple and muted. I paired it with a flowy corduroy black skirt and black tights and wore my warm fuzzy Ugg boots. To top it all off, I layered two necklaces that showcase the great fall colors.

Outfit:

Sweater: GAP

Skirt: H&M

Tights: Century 21 (Hue)

Boots: UGG

Necklaces: Thrifted


Are you also a big fan of turtlenecks? What are your fave winter wears??

Sunday, December 12, 2010

I'm Back!!










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Hi All,

I took a bit of an unannounced break because things were really crazy around here...but now I am back and I have a ton of outfits in my queue...so get ready!!  To recap the past few weeks: D and I went to FL for Thanksgiving to be with my family and we had a great time and did some great summery things like swimming and boating...but in the winter:) We got back and as soon as we were unpacked it was time to celebrate Chanukkah...to all my fellow MOT (members of the Tribe) I hope you had a wonderful Chanukkah:) School has been a bit crazy and I was asked to lead an event at school which was a bit time consuming...but it's over now and it was very successful so I am really happy! I have break coming up from school - Friday is my last day until the end of January...so expect to see some cool changes around here as I will have a TON of time to devote to blogging:)

This outfit was definitely an experiment for me with all of the mix-and-match colors going on. You might have noticed lately that I have tried mixing my chambray shirts with denim for a more monochromatic look, but this time I decided to have a color contrast and I went for the tan skirt. Blue and orange are almost opposites on the color wheel, so they tend to go really well together. I layered this burnt orange v-neck sweater over my button-down and cinched it with a brown braided leather belt to give it more shape (I used Elaine's "twisty belt" technique again...if you haven't tried it, you definitely have to!! For a bit more excitement, I added this colorful silk scarf tied as a necktie and a navy knitted beret. I chose leggings since it's getting cooler and these moccasin booties seriously feel like slippers, so every chance I get, I'm puttin' these baby's on!!

Outfit:

 White Undershirt: Elzee (Brooklyn, NY)

Button-down: J.CREW

Sweater: J.CREW

Skirt: GAP

Belt: LOFT

Leggings: Target

Beret: H&M

Moccasins: J.CREW

Scarf (as Necktie): Century 21

What have you been up to for the past few weeks??

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Hi from Southwest Florida!!










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Hi Y'all! Sorry I've been a bit MIA...D and I are visiting my parents in sunny Southwest Florida:) My parents moved to Fort Myers 2 years ago for my dad's job and we are so glad that they did! We've been soaking up the sun in my parent's pool, taking their dogs for walks and today we went out on a pontoon boat in the bay. It's amazing here...80s during the day, 70s at night...makes me not want to head back to the NY area. My brother came in from college in Pittsburgh for the holiday weekend and my grandfather (my only living grandparent) came from Boca Raton for Thanksgiving and since my sister lives at home for college, all of us kids were home at the same time since the summer. I helped my mom cook a bunch and we had such a nice Thanksgiving dinner. D and I had a very relaxing shabbos with a LOT of sleep:) It's so nice to be at my parents house and I am so thankful for my amazing husband, loving parents, great brother and sister and I am feeling so incredibly blessed for all that I have! I also have to be thankful for YOU - all of my wonderful readers and fellow fashion bloggers - for being so supportive of this endeavor of mine!

I know what you are thinking...this outfit doesn't look so 'summery'! Well, truth is, I am a bit behind on outfit posts and decided not to really document my outfits here in FL (I had to pack really light and have basically been wearing the same couple of things the whole week)...so pardon me if I just catch up on some outfits that have been in my queue:) I did however, do some great Black Friday shopping, so stay tuned for some new mixing and matching. D and I were crazy enough to take a nap for a few hours after dinner on Thursday and then go out shopping at midnight to some great outlets down here. It was packed and a madhouse...but we both came away with some great deals:) My family has never been one for Black Friday shopping, but D's family really takes their Black Friday shopping seriously, so this year I agreed to go and I have to say, it was a success!

I haven't really worn this skirt much since the summer and I wanted to break it out for the cooler weather. Since I am really into mixing masculine looking items with feminine pieces, I opted to pair this flowy, ruffley skirt with a classic sweater-over-button-down look. I accentuated the masculine top with a silk scarf tied as a neck tie. To add more definition, I added this wide braided belt and to go along with the menswear theme, I chose my oxfords. To top it all off, I wore a simple black beret.


Outfit:

Shirt: GAP

Sweater: Wet Seal

Skirt: GAP

Belt: J.CREW

Scarf (as necktie): Century 21

Tights: Century 21 (Hue)

Shoes: Zappos (Steve Madden)

Hat: H & M

Did you do anything exciting over Thanksgiving?? Go anywhere fun??