Sunday, October 31, 2010

Playing the Blues









Occasion:
This sweater is another late-summer-have-to-wait-for-fall-to-wear purchase.  My friend S from school has the same sweater in yellow and had been wearing it as a jacket for a few days, but I knew that I wanted to incorporate it more into my actual outfit. It took me a few tries to get it right, and there were a bunch of outfits that I vetoed, but I think this one works pretty well:)

I paired the navy assymetrical zip sweater with other blue tones for a monochromatic look that would showcase some great accessories. I love the collar of this structured chambray buttondown and I thought it would go well layered under the sweater. My denim pencil skirt was perfect to keep the outfit in the same color scheme. Because of the monochromatic nature of the outfit and the deep V neck of the buttondown, I decided to tie a silk scarf as a neck tie. To tie the colors together I picked a red, white, royal and navy blue scarf. I love this silver studded belt and thought it would really pull the outfit together:) I really think that navy and camel color go so well together, so these boots were a perfect addition! They were also among my later summer purchased for fall and I am so excited to be able to finally wear them now:)


Outfit:

White undershirt: Elzee (Brooklyn, NY)

Button-down: J.CREW

Sweater: GAP

Skirt: J.CREW

Tights: Century 21 (Hue)

Scarf: Marshall's

Boots: Banana Republic

Belt: GAP

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

I Mean Business








Occasion:

I don't really know why I dressed up so much today...it was pretty much a normal day of school, nothing too exciting. I did just get this jacket and I have been wanting to wear it and since it's a bit fancy, I decided to pick an outfit that really went with the business-y feel. I tend to dress up for most occasions, because for me, when I feel like I look nice and put together I have so much more confidence, I am more outgoing and I feel better about myself. I, personally, would rather be dressed up more for any occasion, than feel like I am underdressed. Also, dressing more casually for me, sometimes translates as 'shlumpy.' I don't have a lot of 'in between' clothes. Whenever I go shopping, I try to tell myself to get more casual clothes, but I guess I tend to gravitate towards items that can be dressed up more. I like to have variety and I feel like dressier items can always be dressed down, but it's harder to make a hoodie, for example, look nicer.

This jacket was one of my buy-it-in-the-summer-wait-until-it-gets-colder-to-wear-it purchases. And it just finally got cool enough. I love the black/gray/white pattern it was definitely a perfect dressy fall jacket! I also love the contrasting silky lining in the sleeves that shows when you roll up the sleeves a bit-which I had to do because of my short arms:) I paired it with my black pencil skirt. To give it kind of a mismatched 'three-piece-suit' feel, I layered this menswear-inspired vest over a white long-sleeve undershirt. This necklace was an AMAZING gift from R...I'm finding it hard to not wear it with everything! I wore my great black mocs and black tights to finish the look.

Outfit:

White Undershirt: Elzee (Brooklyn, NY)

Vest: H & M

Skirt: Target

Jacket: Banana Republic

Necklace: Gift from R

Tights: Century 21 (Hue)

Shoes: Zappos (Minnetonka)

Belt: Gap


When do you feel confident? What outfits make you feel great?

Sunday, October 24, 2010

A Walk in the Park








Occasion:

On Sunday we we drove to Brooklyn in the morning to get D a new Shabbos tallis from Eichlers. We LOVE Eichlers! They have a great selection of Jewish rituals object, music, children's books and seforim and we always end up walking out of there with more than we originally intended:) After coming home, we quickly ate lunch and since it was such a nice day, we took Keppie to the dog park. She LOVED it! She ran around with all of the other dogs, drank sooo much water and played with her ball. After we got home she was so tired that she fell asleep for a few hours!

Since we were going to Brooklyn and this part of Brooklyn has a much more religious community with even stricter modesty dress requirements, I decided to adapt my outfit so as to not stand out so much. I did this by muting the color scheme. I bought this sweater jacket in June on final sale for $15 and since it was such a steal, I got the same one in black. (*Tip: to find great seasonal pieces at really good prices, buy them at off-season times and just wait a bit! Scour the sale racks and look for items that you know will be much more expensive when the right season comes around.) Those items will usually be 'last season', but if you buy classic pieces instead of just trends it won't matter. The similar sweater for this season is retailing at BR now for $130...so my $15 isn't so shabby!! I paired it with my black pencil skirt and a white undershirt. To dress it up a bit I added a wide stretchy belt and this great fabric flower necklace which was a gift from my sweet friend, R...thanks R, I love it! Since it was a bit cool, I opted for black tights and my great black mocs!


Outfit:

White undershirt: Elzee (Brooklyn, NY)

Sweater: Banana Republic

Skirt: Target

Belt: Ann Taylor

Necklace: Gift from R

Tights: Century 21 (Hue)

Shoes: Minnetonka


Do you adapt what your wear to be more appropriate for where you go? Do you only err on the side of more 'covered' or do you also take into account places where more covered would be out of place?

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Ghetto Fabulous!








Occasion:

I was told by one of my classmates that this outfit made me look "ghetto fabulous". I am not exactly sure what that means, but I think she meant it as a compliment:) I kinda thought that I looked like a hip-hop artist so maybe that's kinda related to 'ghetto fabulous', no? Well in any event, whatever I looked like, I felt extremely confident in this outfit and it put a spring in my step. Ya' know when you feel like you look good and it gives you that little confidence boost to get through a long day? Yeah, that was this outfit:)

I really like this sweater/vest/top/thing...whatever you would call it:) It has an very open weave so it is versatile for fall and spring...and potentially the beginning of winter. I paired it with a simple black undershirt and pencil skirt. I added the fun patterned fishnets for added interest. To cinch the sweater at the waist, I opted for a wide stretchy black belt. To match the black accessories, I went with this menswear inspired 'newsie' cap and some fun fringy moccasins. For a little bling, I added this medallion chain necklace. All in all - very happy with the look:)

Outfit:

Sweater: Banana Republic

Undershirt: Kayla's Blessing (Chicago, IL)

Skirt: Target

Fishnets: Target

Belt: Ann Taylor

Necklace: Banana Republic

Hat: Target

Shoes: Zappos (Minnetonka)


What outfit makes you feel super confident? Does a great outfit put a spring in your step?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Go Green






Occasion:

Since I am back in school full time, I don't have all the time that I had this summer to constantly be running errands, so anything that needs to get done usually happens after D and I get home from work/school. I wanted to get these pics in outside because natural light is sooooo much better than the bad incandescent lighting in my dining room and since I had my camera on me and we were at Target (one of my happy places), I had D snap away:) It's always a little embarrassing to take a ton of pictures in front of crowds of people, and I did get a few weird looks as people passed in and out of the store, but I figured that if I am willing to put my life on the internet I should not be bothered by people watching the photoshoot! Does anyone else who blogs (with photos of themselves) get camera-shy sometimes??

As you probably figured out already I love color and I am not afraid to try blog new color combos. I've had this sweater for a few months now and I just haven't been inspired. Since I wear shirts that cover my collarbone for modesty reasons, I sometimes shy away from V necks. I feel that unless it is a patterned shirt, that the undershirt underneath sometimes looks weird and obvious and makes me stand out as 'strange'. Especially if it isn't a low 'V' and wouldn't show cleavage or a lot of skin, because then I think that people think that I am strange because the shirt isn't that low to begin with and there I am covering up even more!

I got the scarf over the summer for $8 and I haven't figured out that many outfits to wear it with. I thought it would be more versatile, but it's been sitting in my scarf bin. However, when I looked in my closet, suddenly it clicked! I love tying scarves around my neck in this drape-y way, because it really conceals an undershirt under a V neck. Instead of seeing an awkward expanse of white undershirt, you see a really cool patterned scarf:) I paired it with a lightweight black cotton skirt with some fun eyelet embroidery and leggings and finished the look with my cognac colored mocs and school purse:)

Outfit:

Undershirt: Elzee (Brooklyn, NY)

Sweater: Banana Republic

Skirt: Gap

Leggings: Target

Scarf: Talbots

Mocs: J.CREW

Bag: J.CREW


Do you ever get camera shy in public? How do you hide an insecurity in dress?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Change of Season






Occasion:

On Sunday night, I changed over my closet from my spring/summer wardrobe to my fall/winter wardrobe. It was a MUCH bigger endeavor than I had bargained for! As I was unpacking my winter clothes, I tried everything on. Now I know what fits and what doesn't and exactly what I have in my closet so that I can prioritize new items based on need.

One thing I have left to do is to change over our bedding to the 'cold weather' bedding. When we moved into our apartment the bedroom was painted a mauve color and we didn't really have the option to change it. I have since come to love it and finally found bedding that goes with it really well, although in the beginning it was really challenging to find something to coordinate with it! Also, our bed frames are really old and I don't really love them anymore so eventually I would love to get new bedroom furniture...any suggestions are welcome! I was checking out bed sets and there are some gorgeous ones, so we'll see...maybe for Chanukkah:)

Also, I am going to be doing a Product Review of an item from csnstores.com and I am really excited! They have a bunch of really great websites to choose from including www.luxebycsn.com, www.allmodern.com, and www.cookware.com so there is definitely something for everyone!! I'll keep you posted (haha, get it?!) on whatever I get and stay tuned for the review as well.

This outfit was definitely a casual Sunday outfit! It was a bit chilly, so perfect weather for a sweater! I love the magenta color, it is so bright and fun, but also fall-esque because of its blue undertones. I paired it with my trusty denim pencil skirt and it was super comfortable. Since it was a bit cool, I opted for leggings:) I kept the accessories pretty simple. A long gold chain necklace and coordinating multi-magenta silk scarf was all that I needed. These moccasins have proved to be an excellent purchase! It feels like I am wearing slippers everywhere - I love it!

Outfit:

Undershirt: Elzee (Brooklyn, NY)

Sweater: J.CREW

Skirt: J.CREW

Necklace: Banana Republic

Leggings: Target

Scarf: Ann Taylor

Moccasins: J.CREW

Glasses: Dolce & Gabbana


Have you changed over your closet yet? Any bed set recommendations?

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Pretty in Pink








Occasion:

I am a big fan of clothes that are versatile and can be worn for multiple seasons. It really starting to feel like fall and I am loving the cooler temperatures. The leaves have just started to fall of the trees in our apartment complex and Keppie is loving pouncing on them and trying to catch them as they blow...super cute to watch:)

It warmed up a bit for a day and I decided to take a pretty springy/summery cardigan and make it work for fall. I layered the cardi over a white undershirt and to add some interest, a cute white ruffle tank. Since it has a busy floral pattern, I kept the bottom simple with a denim pencil skirt. Since it was still a bit chilly, I opted for some leggings and cognac colored moccasins. To accessorize a bit, I chose this chunky flower necklace and a gold snake-skin belt. Since it was chilly in the morning, I broke out my trench coat for the first time this year.

*Budget Tip: If you have a pretty good sense that an item 'trend' is here to stay (example: the trench coat) and you want a nicer one but can't afford the brand name price tag - wait until the end of the season when the item will usually go on clearance or final sale and snag it then. Tuck it in your closet for safe keeping and pull it out next year! (This one was originally over $200 when I first saw it last fall - I snagged it this past summer for $80 on final sale!)

Outfit:

Undershirt: Pink Orchid (Passaic, NJ)

Ruffle Tank: J.CREW

Sweater: Anthropologie

Belt: J.CREW

Skirt: J.CREW

Leggings: Target

Moccasins: J.CREW

Necklace: LOFT

Jacket: Banana Republic

Bag: J.CREW

What are the versatile items in your closet? How are you wearing them for fall?

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Mix it Up!








Occasion:

Now that I am back in school full time, I really am trying to pick out my clothes the night before or at the very least, have an idea of what I am going to reach for in my closet the next morning. I know that if I go to bed without any idea then the potential for a closet crisis in the morning really goes up...and when I wake up at 6 AM I really don't want to deal with that! So far I've been pretty successful - just one closet crisis since I started school in the middle of September:)

I love mixing and matching accessories to constantly create new looks and I think that this outfit is a perfect example! I started with a simple black pencil skirt and white cotton long-sleeve shirt. The shirt has a cute ruffle detail which really adds interest. I also love breaking the 'fashion faux pas' that you can't wear black and brown together, so I layered this brown 'menswear-inspired' pocketed vest to contrast with the black skirt. This was the perfect neutral palette to showcase some great accessories! I started with a color scheme: fall warm neutrals. Golds, browns, burnt oranges. I doubled up these coordinating necklaces and added the gold snake-skin print belt. The silk headscarf also tied into the golds and browns. I am loving these patterned tights and they were definitely a steal! I just got these boots and I am so pleased with them. They were a bit pricey, however, I had a great coupon and I believe that if you spend a bit more to get a quality item, it will last you MANY seasons instead of replacing a beaten up item each year.

Outfit:

Shirt: Banana Republic

Skirt: NY & Co.

Vest: Marshall's

Belt: J.CREW

Scarf: Century 21

Necklaces: Thrifted

Tights: Target

Boots: Banana Republic


When do you pick out your clothes? Night before? Day of? Do you have a closet crisis if you don't have any idea what you are wearing?

Monday, October 11, 2010

Back in Black







Occasion:

Ever have one of those days when you go from your drawers to you closet and back again and again hoping that the perfect outfit will materialize? Feeling that despite a closet full of clothes, that you have nothing to wear? Going through each article of clothing rationalizing why you can't wear it today (too hot out, too cold out, skinny day, fat day, etc.) Yeah...that's how this outfit came about. When I am struggling to find something to put together I tend to reach for blacks. I think it's because I just feel like I look more polished in black. It's instantly glamorous, flattering and easy. Sometimes I have to feel bold to wear a bold pattern; or feel happy to wear bright colors...but black...black is like the trusty, no-fail option for whatever kind of day I'm having.

This sweater is probably one of the oldest pieces in my closet. I bought it my sophomore year in college, and despite it not being a good quality sweater, it's definitely held up better than I thought. This sweater also seems to look good no matter what! I decided to pair it with a simple denim pencil skirt. Because black is such a blank canvas it screams for accessories! I wanted to do something other than a necklace, so I chose to tie this black and white patterned scarf in a kind of 'Wild, Wild West' inspired drape. I added some subtle interest with a skinny black patent leather belt and topped off the outfit (haha...get it?!) with this structured newsie cap. It has gotten cool enough for leggings (yay!) but I wasn't ready to say bye to my top-siders.

Outfit:

Sweater: Wet Seal

Skirt: J.CREW

Leggings: Target

Belt: Talbots

Hat: Target

Scarf: Century 21

Shoes: J.CREW

Glasses: Dolce & Gabbana


Do you ever have 'those' kind of days? What do you reach for?

Sunday, October 10, 2010

End of Summer







Occasion:

The weather is starting to cool down and I am now back into the full swing of things with school and life and everything in general...and I'm loving it! It was nice to travel for the Jewish Fall Holidays and to see family and friends (in Chicago and Knoxville, TN) and we loved having some time off from work and school to sleep, eat good food, and celebrate the essence of the holidays, but it was a LOT of traveling and we are glad to be home:)

I am really enjoying my classes. They are much harder than last year, and because each class is 3 1/2 hours long, sometimes it is hard to have full concentration all the time, but everyone is so smart and interesting and it's a great school, so I am happy. My learning partner, R, is great. We are still getting to know each other, but we get along really well and I think that we work really well together. She is so smart and I know that I have a lot to learn from her!

Days at school consist of a LOT of sitting so I have to put together outfits that are comfortable for sitting all day. Since summer is coming to a close, I have been trying to get in a few last wears of some of my most summery outfits. I will be a bit sad to pack them up, but I can't wait to unpack the fall/winter clothes...bring on the layers!! For this outfit, I knew I wanted to wear this light blue skirt. I love baby blue paired with white, so I decided to keep the top simple. I love the ruffle detail of this top because it adds a bit more interest to a simple cotton top. This necklace was one of my favorite spring purchases and I definitely got some great use out of it. Since the outfit is simple, I thought that it was a great canvas for some bold accessories. The bright scarf adds a splash of color and the gold belt ties everything together. I will be so sad to see my platinum gold top-siders get packed away. They were arguably the best overall spring purchase I made. I wore them everyday for about 5 months so the 'cost per wear' equaled about $0.50 per day! That's an awesome 'CPW':)

Outfit:

Shirt: Banana Republic

Skirt: Gap

Belt: J.CREW

Necklace: LOFT

Scarf: Century 21

Top-Siders: J.CREW


What was your favorite spring/summer purchase? What item are you going to miss most from summer?