Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Puuurrrrrrrrrrrrrr








Occasion:

The rain has finally stopped!! Today it was bright and sunny and amazing - and my mood has improved tremendously:) Keppie and I went to Petco today to get her some toys to help with the teething, some training treats and more food, and to look into one of their obedience classes. Now that she is fully vaccinated, she can interact with other dogs and puppies. She is doing really well with the at-home training that I am teaching her. She can sit, lay down, crawl and roll-over and D is teaching her to shake. We are still working on stay and wait. We want her to take a class in addition to my training so that she gets to interact with other puppies and can behave even when there is a lot going on.


Sorry about the tangent involving my super cute pup - back to your regularly scheduled program:) I have seen several blog posts recently about how to correctly (read: tastefully) wear animal prints: here is a great one by my friend Chandra at Momomod. It really comes down to choosing one item with the animal print, whether it be a shirt, a skirt or an eye-catching accessory. The runway may make you think that you can dress head-to-toe in leopard print and look 'high fashion', but let's be honest; we'd just look trashy.

For my leopard print look, I went with this printed short-sleeve blouse. I cinched it at the waist with a skinny black patent leather belt to give it some more shape. To keep it simple on bottom (because of the busy pattern on top), I opted for a simple denim pencil skirt. This long gold chain necklace was a great accessory because it added some interest while not being to bold as to command a lot of attention since the top is so busy. So go ahead - have fun with animal prints; just remember: the trick is moderation:)

Outfit:

White Undershirt: Ruthie's (in Monsey)

Leopard Print Shirt: Target

Skirt: J.CREW

Belt: Talbots

Necklace: Banana Republic

Shoes: J.CREW

Cute puppy accessory: KEPPIE!!:)


How would you rock the animal print this season??

Monday, August 30, 2010

Hat Trick








Occasion:

Day 3 of raininess and grossness kept me in sweatpants for an inordinately long part of the day...will this weather never end?? I was in a grumpy mood and every time D called just to say 'hi', I was short with him. I began to feel really bad about being down in the dumps, so I decided that getting dressed was in order. As soon as I had my outfit on I felt so much better and my mood instantly lifted. It's amazing what getting dressed can do for your mood and your confidence!

Since the day was so dark and overcast, I wasn't in the mood for a lot of color. I kept the color palette simple with black, gray and white. I am loving this fall sweater! It is merino wool, so on this cooler day it was perfect. The detailing with the asymmetrical two-sided zipper is so much fun and very versatile. I decided to zip it and then unzip a bit from both the top and bottom. I added this heathered gray ruffled undershirt to add some flirty feminine touches to the dark colors. I kept it simple on the bottom with a plain black pencil skirt. I love everything about this newsie cap; from the stripes, to the leather accent strap, to the fit...it's the perfect toss-on-and-go cap! Never mind if you didn't wash your hair that morning, just throw on a newsie and everyone will be none-the-wiser:) I added the black and white necklace to tie everything together and I think that the ensemble really works (especially for getting dressed at 4 PM on a gross depressing day!)

Outfit

White Undershirt: Kikiriki

Ruffled Undershirt: J.CREW

Sweater: J.CREW

Skirt: NY&Co.

Hat: Banana Republic

Necklace: Thrifted

Shoes: J.CREW


What do you wear to 'boost your mood'??

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Cooler Temps!








Occasion:

Day 2 of rain and grossness also brought with it some cooler temps - see, there's always a silver lining! Because of the rain I decided to wear a hat yet again. I don't want to get any of my wigs caught in a downpour (which would totally be fine for them, I'd just have to get them restyled), so I let the small side-pony show. My hair is getting long enough that pretty soon I don't think that I will be comfortable showing the ponytail. I am in the process of purchasing a new wig - a 'hat fall', which is basically a wig with hair removed from the hairline until the crown in a 'U' shape. It is designed to always be worn with scarves or hats so that you don't have the bulk of too much hair on the top your head. I'll post pics when I make my purchase:)

Because of the cool temperatures I decided to layer a bit. I chose a breezy navy and white striped short-sleeved blouse to go under the navy light weight sweater. I wanted to add some interest to the layers, so I combined the pattern with a solid. The dark wash denim pencil skirt kept the outfit in the same color scheme. I added the brown belt and necklace as a contrasting color and the oxfords matched with the accessories as well. I have had this navy beret-type hat for years, and I never knew how to wear it. I always thought it looked foolish and kinda jester-y, but I felt inspired today and decided that I can definitely pull it off. I firmly believe that if you exude confidence, you can really pull off anything you want to - so go ahead, rock the item you never thought you could!!

Outfit:

White Undershirt: Kikiriki (The Pink Orchid, Passaic)

Striped Shirt: Gap

Sweater: Gap

Skirt: J.CREW

Belt: LOFT

Necklace: Thrifted

Hat: Gift from coworker in 2007

Shoes: Steve Madden


What's the one piece you wanna rock but think you can't??

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Glimpse of Fall








Occasion:

It seems that a lot of bloggers in the personal style 'blogosphere' are pining for fall. I am no exception. These past few days of low-70s temps have already got me scheming up and dreaming about outfits for the cooler temperatures. I love layering, and to be honest, I am ready to not look 'weird' because I am covered up so much. With everyone covering up more for cooler temps, us 'modest folk' won't stand out so much:)

Today was pretty rainy and disgusting. Definitely one of those days where your sweatpants serenade you to stay in them longer (and possibly all day!) However, unfortunately I needed to go to Walgreen's and the post office. After getting dressed I realized that D had taken his raincoat and our only umbrella (why we only have one is beyond me - also, why I didn't get one at Walgreen's is also puzzling:))

In the afternoon the rain cleared a bit and Keppie and I walked over to my friend J's apartment to play with her son C (and to see her beautiful baby boy S again!). My other friend A came with her two daughters, E & K. We sat outside on the (mostly) dry grass and chatted while the kids played and Keppie chilled out and ate some grass (why she loves to eat grass - no clue!).

After D came home, we went to Costco and came out with a full cart (it's so hard not to, no?). We had leftover soup for dinner and hung out watching some T.V. It ended up being a pretty good day despite the grossness outside, hence why the pictures are inside today as well. I hate taking the pics inside, but if it's gross out or if I wait too long and lose the light, inside just has to do.

Since the temps were cooler, I knew that I wanted to layer. I have been loving my madras button-down and since it has grayish undertones, I threw on a gray sweater over it. My everyday jean skirt has gotten too big (so sad, right?:)) and so it finally bit the dust. I pulled this shorter (less structured) dark, denim pencil skirt out of my closet (it never really fit that well when I bought it, so it has been hanging in my closet for months) tried it on...and voila! Fits like a glove now:) Yay for shopping in my own closet! I don't have very many summery hats, so since it was so cool out I decided to pull out on of my fall berets. I had to pin it on because my hair is so fine that it was slipping all over the place without clips. I can't wait to break out the rest of my fall/winter hats:)


Outfit:

Madras button-down: J.CREW

Sweater: J.CREW

Skirt: J.CREW

Beret: H&M

Shoes: J.CREW


Are you pining for fall or still hanging on to summer??

Monday, August 23, 2010

Bonjour, J'mapelle Ally!








Occasion:

Yesterday was such a gross rainy day and we sat around the house all morning. D made amazing french toast from left over challah and then we cleaned up the apartment. In the afternoon we decided to go see Inception. It was really interesting and we really enjoyed it. However, when we left it was POURING! We ran a block and a half to the car and got soaked. It was actually kinda fun to run through the rain - it made me feel like a kid again:) We got home, changed and then went to my friend Y's fiesta-themed birthday party (love ya Y, Happy Bday!!). She and her husband J made great Mexican finger foods and there was even some karokeing (A, you rock!!). At the party a bunch of friends commented that this outfit made me look very French:) I got really excited because D and I just booked our honeymoon (over a year later!) and we are going to Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam - yay, can't wait! I guess yesterday I was channeling my Parisian "twin".

After the party D and I went to Target to get some picture frames for some of our wedding photos (we are finally beginning to pick out our photos and make our album - again, over a year later!) We took Keppie with us and she was such a hit. Every kid in the store wanted to pet her - she was loving it. We then came home and I took my friend C to a pre-Jewish High Holy Days wig sale. When I picked C up, she also told me that I looked very French:) I didn't find what I was looking for but C got her first hair-piece. She got a headband fall and it looks AMAZING on her:) It was a very productive day and very relaxing at the same time.

I was actually wearing a different outfit today but when D and I got caught in the rain I got soaked and had to change. I didn't have much time to get ready before the party so I just put on a simple black shirt and dark denim pencil skirt. The ensemble was screaming for accessories so I added the patent leather belt and silk scarf. I liked the splash of color that the scarf added with the red, and I decided to match these red leather wedges to the accent color. I am not the best at walking in high heels; in fact, most of the time I feel like a 4 year-old in my mother's heels. Because of this, I tend to choose wedges. They provide the stability that is absent with stilettos but also give the desired height (I'm only 5'2") to give me a boost of confidence and feel taller. I decided to wear a hat since it was still raining/drizzling all evening. Since I got these glasses I have been wearing them much more often then I ever wore glasses before. I love these frames:)

Outfit:

Shirt: Kayla's Blessing (Chicago, IL)

Skirt: J.CREW

Belt: Talbot's

Scarf: Century 21

Hat: Banana Republic

Shoes: Franco Sarto

Glasses: Dolce & Gabbana


Do you like to dress up like other cultures?? Which cultures? What do you wear?

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Tribal Chic






Occasion:

Last Wednesday I went to visit my friend J, her 2 year-old C, and meet her new baby boy, S, for the first time. It was so nice. J and I had some time to talk and C is old enough that he is talking more and more and is so stinkin' cute!!! Also, *gush*, S is such a beautiful baby! I got to hold him for 20 minutes and it was so hard to give him back. On my way back from J's, I stopped at the local kosher grocery store to pick up some things for dinner. I made fajitas for D and he LOVED them! I have to admit, they turned out really well. We then took Keppie for a walk in the park at dusk (which is why the pictures aren't great). It was a great day!

I love the cool gold 'tribal' look of the embellishments on this shirt. The tunic cut is also great with the empire waist and the wide sleeves and longer length. I paired it with the khaki skirt to keep the color scheme in neutral. A brown tone scarf and gold necklace finished off the look.

Outfit:

White Undershirt: Ruthie's (in Monsey)

Tunic: Banana Republic

Skirt: Gap

Necklace: Banana Republic

Scarf (as headband): Century 21

Shoes: J.CREW


Don't ya just LOVE perfect days??

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Topsy Turban

Indoor pics because it was raining:(






Occasion:

A couple weeks ago my friend S posted these really cool turban looks on her daily hair covering blog The Daily Cover. I wasn't so sure that I was brave enough to try it out, but then one of my favorite personal style blogs (and part of the inspiration for this blog), A Modest Attempt at Style, rocked the turban (way to go, Nina!) and I decided that I would just 'go for it'. D didn't really like it, so I probably won't do it again (he said it looked a little 'cancer patient' despite the hair coming out), but it was kinda fun to try something new:) I sometimes get in a hair covering rut, tending to do the same things over and over, and this experience helped me get past that and made me more open to trying different hair covering options. Even if I (or D) don't like them, it opens up many more options and now I think that my attitude will be to give things a chance and not automatically assume that I 'can't pull it off' (which I think a lot of us women do with a lot of different items/styles of clothing or trends).

I wasn't ready to go for a super colorful turban at first, 'cause if I didn't like it, I didn't want to draw a ton of attention to my funky look. I chose this black and white patterned silk scarf because it's pretty hard to go wrong with black and white:) I decided to keep the ensemble in the same color scheme since the turban is already a bit wild! I chose this black button vest with a drawstring belt. Because the top is very fitted, I wanted a loose flowy skirt to balance everything out. This is the black skirt with the eyelet embroidery that I have been loving! So cool and breezy on the scorching summer days. I also kept the color scheme going with my necklace.

Outfit:

White Undershirt: Ruthie's (in Monsey)


Vest: Loehmann's (originally French Connection)

Skirt: Gap

Necklace: Thrifted

Scarf (as Turban): Century 21

Shoes: J.CREW


Would you wear a turban? Why or why not?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Wifely Duties







Occasion:

This past Sunday, we woke up to sunny skies, only to find out that it was all a tease before the rain. D actually took the pictures as it began to drizzle (thanks D, you're the best!) On Friday, while cleaning up the apartment, I decided to go through D's closet and organize his shirts. Let me tell you, my husband has more clothes that any boy I know! I went through all of the work/dressy shirts and hung them up properly (D, you better keep it that way!) on the top rack of the closet, while the casual button downs, polos and zip-up jacket-y things (yes, he has multiple!) found a better home on the bottom rack.

When we got married and moved in together, I knew that I would discover things about him (and his family) that were very different than the way I (and my family) did things. One of these things really bothered me: D uses the wire hangers from the dry cleaners for just about every shirt. While this may seem minor, those hangers are meant to be temporary until the freshly laundered clothes are transferred from their plastic shield back into your closet. They have very sharp edges where the metal is exposed (the top part of the hanger and the twisted part around the neck of the hanger), and these edges can snag clothing very easily leaving pulled threads or even small holes! My mother threw these out immediately and told us never to hang clothing on them because they can wreak havoc in a crowded closet. One of my 'new wife initiatives' is to slowly weed those hangers out of D's closet and replace them with harmless, plastic, wooden or the really cool 'no-slip fabric-y covered kind of hangers. Therefore, in an attempt to get a good deal on a lot of hangers, we went to Costco on Sunday (luckily we got home before the major rains came.) I will now continue the process of making over D's closet and rehanging his shirts on nice hangers (you're welcome honey:)).

I just got this khaki colored skirt back from the dry cleaners (and it was hung up on a proper hanger in my closet immediately:)) and I wanted to wear it. I really love the chambray trend this summer/fall and I decided that this color and texture combo was perfect for a bit dressy/bit casual. I felt that the muted colors needed a little oomph, so I belted with this skinny pink/coral belt. I livened it up even more with the brightly colored headscarf, the coral colored gladiator sandal with the great chain detail, and my great cherry colored bag. Since I got my new glasses, my contacts have been on a bit of a hiatus...but don't worry, they're comin' back!

Outfit:

Shirt: J.CREW

Skirt: Gap

Belt: J.CREW

Headscarf: Marshalls

Sandals: Aldo

Purse: Longchamp

Glasses: Dolce & Gabbana


Does your closet need a makeover?? Do you use those awful dry cleaner hangers?

Monday, August 16, 2010

All "Tie"d Up



Dad...aren't you proud?!


sparkly!!


Occasion:

I usually don't get a chance to blog about my outfits from Friday night and Saturday because the laws associated with observing Shabbos prohibit taking pictures from sundown Friday night until dark (visibility of 3 stars) Saturday night. However, I liked my Saturday outfit so much that I decided to wear it Saturday night to go out (after Shabbos ended).

Friends of ours got tickets to a comedy club in Chelsea for late Saturday night and invited D and me to go along with them. We had a great time! The comedians (for the most part) we funny and it is always great to get to know new friends better.

Since the clothing that I wear for Shabbos is nicer than the clothing that I wear during the week (one of the ways we try to differentiate the Sabbath from the week is to wear dressy clothing in honor of the holiness of the day), I thought that it would be appropriate for an outing into Manhattan on a Saturday night. I love the combo of black and khaki color so I paired a classic black button-down (another staple for your fabulous fashion arsenal!) with a khaki colored flowy skirt. I belted the outfit to give it more polish, and the leather braided belt gave it more of a laid back, casual feel. To amp up the trendiness factor, I tied a scarf with a 'full windsor' men's tie knot. My dad taught me to tie a tie at a very early age. He thought every woman should know how to tie a tie, lest their husbands not know how to tie one for themselves (even though D knows how, I still flaunt that I, too, know how!) In keeping with the brown accessories, I opted for my oxfords (also because I didn't know how much Manhattan walking we would be doing - parking can be a nightmare on Saturday night!). I just got new glasses and wanted to show them off. I rarely forgo my contacts, but after almost 8 years with the same glasses frames, it was time for a new look - and I am LOVING them! Who wouldn't love shiny, sparkly letters:)


Outfit:

Black Button-down: Gap

Skirt: Gap

Belt: J.CREW

Scarf (as necktie): Century 21

Shoes: Steve Madden

Glasses: Dolce & Gabbana


To 'tie' or not to 'tie'?? - that is the question...for YOU!!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Baubles!




Oooo...shiny!


Occasion:

First of all, let me apologize. I was sick most of last week which led to one measly post. However, I have been feeling much better and I even have a couple of new posts in my queue...get excited!

Thursday was my first real day of feeling back to normal and I was soooo ready to get out of the house and back into a semi-normal 'routine.' I dropped of some old kitchen pots and pans at the local Goodwill store, and I decided to go in for a quick looksy:) I came out with an AWESOME find (sadly, it must wait until late fall/winter)...an Anne Klein 100% real cognac-colored leather knee-length skirt! SCORE! It is amazing...all it needs is a quick trip to the dry cleaner and a nice, safe secure place in my closet to hang out until the weather cools down. I can't wait!

It was also my friend R's birthday party at night and I wanted a fun party outfit. It was a great party! We had smoothies (and D made a vanilla ice cream/oreo/vanilla vodka concoction that was outta-this-world! We played Apples to Apples and all had so much fun.

I really like this vest? shirt? with these fun HUGE rhinestone details. I found this "gem" (haha, get it?? yeah I know I'm corny!) at Loehmann's. It's original price tag: $250!! I paid: $15!! I have no idea why the shirt was that expensive, but it made me really excited to get such a luxurious item of clothing for so cheap! I love Loehmann's because they regularly have deals such as this. If you are willing to dig through the overstuffed racks and sift through the massive clearance section you can find great items at a huge discount!

Because the baubles are so flashy, I wanted to keep the bottom half of the outfit simple. I went for a classic black skirt. The shirt is a bit big on me so I decided to use a wide belt to bring out some shape and make it more fitted. To continue the black/grey theme, I tied this black and white giraffe print scarf with my headband fall. I used a 10-ish inch wide scarf and folded it in half to keep a wide headband.

Outfit:

Black Undershirt: Ruthie's (In Monsey)

Shirt/Vest: Loehmann's (originally Magaschoni)

Skirt: NY&Co.

Belt: Ann Taylor

Scarf (as headband): Century 21

Shoes: J.CREW



Where do you go for your great finds? Do you get a 'thrill of the save' feeling?