Monday, January 31, 2011

Goodbye Full Closet...











Occasion:

This is my last outfit post before I participate in Kendi's 30 for 30 Challenge. I am excited and a bit nervous and I have already written out a bunch of possible outfits to help me with my remixing:) I will miss the rest of my closet while I do this challenge, but the goal is to be able to appreciate my full closet when the challenge is complete.

Here is another Shabbos outfit from last Friday night. If you missed my first Shabbos post, you can find it here with an explanation of Shabbos and how we celebrate. As I said there, I am trying to document my Shabbos ensembles since dressing up in our finest clothes and looking all fancy-schmancy is one of the ways we, as Jews, honor the Sabbath.

I got this sequin tank from the LOFT on super sale...we're talkin', like, $10...SCORE! Since it's pretty flashy, I knew that I wanted to go with black for the rest of the outfit. I paired it with my shiny black pencil skirt and asymmetrical zipper sweater. To bring out the sparkly nature of the sequins, I wore a gold chain necklace and paired the outfit with some patterned fishnets Lastly, to add a bit of casual-ness (yes, I am aware that is not a word...I really like making up new words and trying to pass them off as real:)), I wore my (LOVE them) suede McAlister wedge booties.

Outfit:

Black Undershirt: Elzee

Tank: LOFT

Sweater: J.CREW

Skirt: c/o Kosher Casual

Tights: Target

Necklace: Banana Republic

Shoes: J.CREW


What's your favorite dress up outfit? Does your personal style change when you dress up?

Sunday, January 30, 2011

30 x 30 Challenge!

Occasion:

I have decided, after a lot of wavering back and forth, to participate in Kendi's 30 x 30 challenge. I am very nervous that I won't be creative enough to remix the items I picked out in new and interesting ways but I am darn well going to try! I tried to pick out items that lent themselves well to mixing and matching and I am already planning ideas in my head (and writing as many of them as I can think of on paper).

This is my first time participating in a challenge since I joined the personal style blogosphere in July 2010. I am excited about finally feeling (somewhat) ready to join seasoned bloggers and newbies (like myself) alike in a challenge that I think we all can learn a great deal from. I know that all too often I stand in front of my closet (which most people would consider 'bursting at the seams', and feel like I have nothing to wear.

My goals for this challenge are:

1) To really get to know my closet and learn how to work with it to constantly make it seem fresh and new.

2) To be more creative with my choices of mixing and matching and try combinations that I never would have originally thought of.

3) To learn what my closet needs (not just what's on sale or super cute at the moment) and reevaluate if future purchases are worth it, or if they are just an impulse at the time.

4) Lastly, I want to continue to evolve my personal style and better understand how to express it with what I already own.

Here's How It Works:

* Pick 30 items (excluding coats and accessories) - that means everything else is included: skirts, shirts, sweaters, jackets, shoes, pants (well not for me!)

* Remix 30 different outfits with only these aforementioned 30 items (plus all of the accessories that you want)

*Try to do this in (approx.) 30 days.

*NO SHOPPING for the duration of the challege!

Wish me Luck!!!



And...Here are the 30 x 30 contenders:
Outfit:

5 Sweaters ( J.CREW, J.CREW, J.CREW, J.CREW, J.CREW Outlet)


5 Patterned Tops (J.CREW, J.CREW, GAP, Target, J.CREW)

8 Solid Tops (GAP, Ann Taylor, J.CREW, J.CREW, Banana Republic, LOFT, Thrifted, J.CREW)

1 Jacket (Banana Republic)


7 Skirts (Target, GAP, Thrifted (J.CREW), J.CREW, J.CREW, GAP, J.CREW)

4 Pairs of Shoes (J.CREW, Minnetonka, UGG, Banana Republic)


To everyone participating in the 30 x 30: Good Luck and Happy Remixing!!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Hat Tip!







Occasion:

One of the best things about being part of the personal style blogosphere is all of the great inspiration that we can get from each other! Whether we get ideas of how to pair certain pieces in our closet with other pieces that we never would have thought of ourselves, to putting our own spin on an outfit that we saw and love on another blogger, the inspiration is endless. Recently Kendi talked about having a folder on her desktop where she puts photos that inspire her so that she can recreate outfits that she sees, and I just loved the idea! I started doing that myself and this is the first outfit that I have recreated. This ensemble is a hat tip to the lovely (and modest!) Elaine. Elaine has such amazing style, is totally gorgeous and is such a personal role model of mine as a modest fashion blogger...i may or may not have a bit of a girl crush (shh...don't tell D!):)

I love the simplicity of the chambray shirt with a simple black skirt. I wanted a splash of color and since I don't have any cute hoodies like Elaine (mine are all huge, shapeless and an assortment of weird colors...the type of hoodie only meant to be worn around the house) I decided to add a colorful turquiose skinny patent leather belt. I completed the look with black accessories: fringed moccasins, knit beret, fabric flower necklace and a chunky beaded bracelet.

Outfit:

Shirt: J.CREW

Skirt: GAP

Belt: J.CREW

Necklace: Gift from R

Hat: H&M

Shoes: Zappos (Minnetonka)

Bracelet: ??

Tights: Century 21 (Hue)


Who do you get style inspiration from? Do you recreate outfits that you see and love?
 

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Take Two












Occasion:

Confessions of a fashion blogger: I actually wore this exact outfit while D and I were on our ski vacation over Christmas weekend, but for the life of me, I can't find the pictures that D took anywhere on my camera or in my iPhoto library. So I ask you dear readers: if a style blogger wears an outfit, and no one sees it (except the people I met that weekend, who I may or may not ever see again - and D), does it really count?? Isn't that what style blogging is about - documenting daily outfits for the world to see? So you see, really I had no choice but to rewear the exact same outfit:) 

Rewearing this actually worked out perfectly because as soon as I put this outfit on the first time, I LOVED it! I really like the look of the patterned button-down underneath the sweater. The sweater is just sheer enough to show through a bit - which I think is pretty cool:) I paired the shirt/sweater combo with my favorite denim pencil skirt. The accessories finish off the outfit - a matching pink beret, camel colored equestrian boots and a wooden circles necklace all complete the ensemble.

Outfit:

Shirt: J.CREW

Sweater: J.CREW

Skirt: J.CREW

Hat: H&M

Tights: Century 21 (Hue)

Boots: Banana Republic

Necklace: Thrifted


Do you ever rewear outfits because no one sees them? Do you wear the outfit the exact same way as the first time?

Friday, January 21, 2011

Shabbos Finest









Occasion:

Many of you may have noticed that I never post Friday night or until after dark on Saturday night. As an Orthodox Jew, I observe the Sabbath, or as most Jews of Eastern European descent call it, Shabbos. In the Torah (5 Books of Moses), it is described in Genesis that G-d created the world for six days, and on the seventh day, he rested. Since on the Hebrew calendar, the day begins at night, Shabbos starts sundown Friday night and lasts 25 hours, until an hour after sundown Saturday night. In order to sanctify the day on which G-d rested, Jews also "rest".

We have specific positive and negative commandments (restricitions) that we are required to follow. Most of the postitive commandments involve remembering and guarding Shabbos, keeping it holy, and making it separate and special from the rest of the week. Women light special Shabbos candles and we make special blessings over wine and bread. We eat big festive meals with friends and family, attend synagogue services and generally relax and recharge from a long, hectic week.

The negative commandments are a bit more complicated. They all derive origin from actions that were taken to complete the Tabernacle in the desert. Such actions include writing, making fires and building. Our Rabbinic tradition has broadened the scope of the actions to safeguard people from possibly transgressing and has reinterpreted them as generations have lapsed. In today's day and age, on Shabbos, we refrain from using electricity (i.e computer, cell phones, tv, turning off and on lights, cooking, etc.) We make all of our food preparations before hand leave lights on that we may want while turning everything else off for the 25 hour period. We are not allowed to drive anywhere, nor are we allowed to take any form of transportation. We must use stairs, refrain from writing, listening to music, etc.

It is a time to step back from all of the distractions of the week and our normal busy lives, and spend time with family and friends all while keeping in mind the sanctity and holiness of the day. For many, it is the only opportunity during the week to socialize and not have to worry about what has to get done and the stress of normal daily life. It is a time to reflect on the awesomeness of G-d and we let his spiritual presence surround us.

On of the ways that we honor G-d is by dressing in our nicest clothes. Since the restrictions of Shabbos do not allow us to take pictures I never get to post my Shabbos clothes. However, last week I was actually ready before the Shabbos officially began and decided to get some shots of my Shabbos finest:) I just got this silver skirt and black bow detail shirt. Gap and Banana Republic were both having major sales on their clearance merchandise and I was able to snag this skirt for $4 at the Gap and the shirt for $11 at Banana Republic...SCORE!! The shirt is jerseyish material, so it's actually pretty casual. I knew that I wanted to dress it up, so I layered it over a confettt-detailed white button down. Tucking shirts in always adds instant polish, so I went ahead and tucked...I also like how you get to see the cute ribbon detail on the waist when the shirt is tucked in:) I recently saw this hat at Forever 21 and fell in love with it. Also, since I never get to post my Shabbos outfits, y'all never see my fancy hats...like this one! Since I was feeling a bit funky, I wanted to wear my pretty patterned fishnets and finished off the look with a long strand of pearls and my suede Mary Jane heels.


Shabbos will be starting this week in a few hours. I am hoping that I will have time beforehand to take pics... I like sharing my Shabbos finest with y'all:)

To my fellow Jews, A Gut Shabbos (Good Shabbos, in Yiddish) and to everyone else, have a fabulous restful, relaxing weekend!


What do you wear when you dress up for a holiday or a special occasion?

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Lovely Leopard





Occasion:

I've had this sweater for years and it is one of my favorite pattern pieces. I definitely tend to gravitate towards solids, so I've been trying to step out of my fashion comfort zone and wear different patterns and mix and match patterns that I never would've put together. That's one of my favorite aspects of being part of the personal style blogosphere...I get so much inspiration from everyone! I love to see what others put together and how I can reinvent it to work for myself with what I've got in my own closet. There are endless combinations in my closet and I just need to learn how to harness all of the potential and make it work for me:)

I did a bunch of things with this outfit that I normally wouldn't have done. I wore a black undershirt and hat with a brown corduroy skirt. The only reason that I think that it actually works is because the leopard print cardigan has both black and brown tones in it. I am really breaking the rules...go me! The sweater also has these fun plastic gems sewn on...it really makes the cardi a bit fancier and also eliminates the need for a necklace or any other accessory.  I opted for brown tights and since there is still a foot of snow on the ground here I wore my UGGs to keep my toes toasty:)


Outfit:

Sweater: Marshall's (Kenar)

Undershirt: Elzee

Skirt: J.CREW

Tights: Century 21 (Hue)

Hat: H&M

Shoes: UGG


What do you do to break the rules or step outside your normal comfort zone??

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Double Belt It








Occasion:

This chambray shirt was one of the best fall-into-winter-definitely-into-spring-and-beyond purchases that I have ever made. My only complaint is that since I've lost so much weight, its kinda big and either has to be worn belted or with something over it to reign it in...but that's the best kinda complaint, right?! When I first got it I didn't think that I could wear it "Southern Tuxedo" style...you know, denim on denim (totally not ok usually...) but I have since changed my mind. I think it has to do with the washes of the denim. The skirt's dark wash is a good balance for the medium-light wash of the chambray. Anyways, I think it works...thoughts?

So...back to the belting. I saw this double belting look in one of the J.CREW fall catalogues and immediatley LOVED it. It looks complicated but it's actually really easy. I twisted the belts in the back and belted the pink end into the green buckle and vice versa. My pink beret matched the pink belt perfectly and you know me...I love matchy matchy! Hmm, maybe I love it too much...I think that I need to work on that for the new year, breaking out of my matchy matchy shell and mixing it up a bit more.

Outfit:

Button-down: J.CREW

Skirt: J.CREW

Hat: H&M

Belts: J.CREW

Tights: Century 21 (Hue)

Shoes: UGG

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Black, Grey and Red All Over

Welcome to my living room:)




Hello Keppie!



Occasion:

Today was a snow day for most of Northern New Jersey. I am still on break, so for me it was just annoying since I couldn't really do much. I thought it was gonna be a boring day cooped up inside, but I got a call from my friend R and we decided to go out walking each with our babies...her with her year old son A, and me with my "daughter" Keppie:)  About an hour into our adventure A fell asleep in his 'backpack-thing-that-is-worn-on-your-chest' and R decided to drop him off home with her husband R (yeah they are both R's...its too cute:)) Keppie then decided to be a "vilda chaya" ('wild animal' in Yiddish) and I decided to drop her off with D. R and I then decided to finish our walk. We went to the local kosher grocery store and got some so that D and I can do dinner tonight with R&R.

I like this light grey ruffle vest and I wanted to style an outfit around it. I layered it over a simple black undershirt and belted it with a wide stretchy belt. I paired it with my trusty denim pencil skirt and finished the outfit off with a red beaded necklace, my UGGs and my grey chunky knitted beret.

Outfit:

Undershirt: Ruthie's

Vest: J.CREW

Skirt: J.CREW

Belt: Ann Taylor

Necklace: Thrifted

Tights: Century 21 (Hue)

Boots: UGG

Hat: H&M


Did you have a snow day? What did you do?

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A Casual Kinda Day









Occasion:

I sent all of my wigs to get washed and styled, so today I had to wear a hat. Since a hat felt pretty casual, I wanted to keep the rest of the outfit comfy and casual as well.

I started with this purple patterned button-down and went from there. I love the color combo of purple and grey, so I layered up with this grey cardigan. I just love the satin detail, it gives what could be a boring grey sweater some oompf:) Denim is the epitome of casual, so I reached for a denim pencil skirt. Since my denim skirts are darker wash, they are naturally a bit dressier. I finished the outfit with a light mint green snake skin belt, my UGGs, and my grey knitted beret.

There ya go...an uber casual look!

Outfit:

Button-Down: J.CREW Outlet

Sweater: J.CREW Outlet

Skirt: J.CREW

Hat: H&M

Belt: J.CREW

Tights: Century 21 (Hue)

Boots: UGG


What do you wear for a casual day?