Monday, February 28, 2011

30 for 30: Outfit 19









Occasion:

Today I completed my first spinning class! It was soooo intense; I felt like quitting multiple times. However, I had D chuggin' along right beside me and with his encouragement I was able to finish. My legs felt like jell-o, my shirt was soaked through and I felt like I was going to pass out, but at the same time I felt amazing and I was/am so proud of myself. Spinning was something that I thought I was bad and therefore I thought I hated it...but I am getting used to it and with the right music it can be really fun (I was totally rocking out to some of the songs...D and I were goofing off and singing along!)

This outfit was one that I had sketched out even before I began the 30 for 30 and I finally got around to wearing it. I layered this polka dot sleeveless blouse over a simple white 3/4 sleeve undershirt and paired it with my black pencil skirt. I have definitely gotten over my fear of black and brown together and went with brown accessories. I am in LOVE with this braided leather belt and have found it super versatile...a definite must when I invest in accessories. I matched my beret to the belt and added this brown wooden necklace. To keep the bottom monochromatic, I wore these fun patterned fishnets and my fringy black moccasins.

Outfit:

White Undershirt: Pink Orchid

Blouse: GAP

Skirt: GAP

Belt: J.CREW

Necklace: Thrifted

Hat: Nordstrom

Tights: Target

Shoes: Zappos (Minnetonka)


What are you proud of yourself for lately? What have you accomplished that you thought you couldn't?

Sunday, February 27, 2011

30 for 30: Outfit 18







Occasion:

I recently started spinning with D at the gym. I am slowly getting into it and now that I have a gel seat for the bike and padded shorts, it is now much more comfortable. Spinning is a VERY intense workout and the second time I did the class, I didn't pace myself and could only make it through the first half hour. D and I are spinning again tomorrow, so hopefully I can pace myself better and be able to make it through the entire class.

The bus that I take from the city back to Teaneck stops right in front of the gym and D meets me there with my gym bag...hence the pictures in the hotel that is connected to the gym. This shirt is really proving to be one of the MVPs of my 30 for 30 so far. I paired it with my dark grey full skirt and belted it with a light pink snakeskin belt to give it more definition. I added a chunky cream colored beaded necklace and my camel colored equestrian boots. A black knitted beret finished off the ensemble.

Outfit:

Cream Undershirt: Elzee

Shirt: GAP

Skirt: GAP

Belt: J.CREW

Tights: Century 21 (Hue)

Boots: Banana Republic

Necklace: Banana Republic

Hat: H&M


Do you spin? Any advice or tips?

30 for 30: Outfit 17








Occasion:

Oh Man! This is the first time I've ever posted 3 times in one day...but what can I say? I am so far behind in my posts and I have some free time today (I've already baked banana chocolate chip bread, put away all the china from the weekend, cleaned the bedroom, washed the dishes, ran some errands AND taken Keppie for a walk...all in the time that D has been in the city for his LSAT class). I still need to plan our dinners for the week (I just got 3 new cookbooks...Thanks, D!). I want to try some new recipes. We have recently gotten into the habit of repeating dinners over and over again and we both agree we need some new recipes in our repertoire! I made a bunch of new recipes from the new cookbooks for Shabbos and they were super yummy:)

This outfit started with the accessories. I love teal/turquoise and I wanted to focus an outfit around them. Black and turquoise are such an obvious combo so I decided to add in the long grey cardi and denim pencil skirt to give different colors and textures. I matched my beret to my cardi and since it was super cold the day that I wore this, I reached for my UGG boots which always keep me toasty! Y'all can probably tell by now that I am a big fan of the double belt. Here is no exception. I twisted 2 turquoise belts with different patterns/textures together and I really liked the effect. This necklace is such a great statement piece and the chrome and turquoise fit in just perfectly with the grey sweater and other turquoise accessories. The bracelet finished off the look:)

Outfit:

Turtleneck: J.CREW

Sweater: J.CREW Outlet

Skirt: J.CREW

Leggings: Target

Boots: UGG

Hat: H&M

Necklace: Forever 21

Belts: J.CREW

Bracelet: Gift from Dad

What accessories do you like to build outfits around? Color Schemes?

30 for 30: Outfit 16








Occasion:

I have had this sweater/blazer in my 30 for 30 since the beginning but I hadn't worn it, so I decided to get creative:) This leopard blouse has been a great remixer in my closet in general so I knew it would be great in my 30 for 30! I wanted to go for a business casual meets after-work-happy-hour look. I paired the structured sweater with this fun patterned blouse and a black pencil skirt for a very office appropriate outfit (even though I am now in school full time and I can dress really casually, I did work in a non-profit development (read: fundraising) environment for 2 years so I still consider outfits that would work in the "real world"). To add some fun details and some interest to this ensemble, I decided to double belt. I paired a gold leather snake-skin with a brown leather braided belt and knotted them in the same way. I finished off the outfit with my camel colored equestrian boots and a cool charm necklace. What do you think?

Outfit:

Black Undershirt: Pink Orchid

Blouse: Target

Sweater: Banana Republic

Skirt: GAP

Tights: Century 21 (Hue)

Boots: Banana Republic

Belts: (Gold) J.CREW (Brown) LOFT

Necklace: Banana Republic


Do you consider work and 'after work' when you plan outfits?

30 for 30: Shabbos Edition Outfit 15








Occasion:

Yay!!! Halfway through the challenge!!! I am waaayyy behind in posting! In actuality I am really on outfit 20 or something like that, but I have just been so busy this past week that posting had to take a back seat. But now it's Sunday; D has his LSAT class in the city for several hours so it's me, Keppie, my computer and a dirty apartment. Obviously first things first...I have to start out the morning with a post:)

When I put this outfit on and was in the bathroom putting on some makeup, D asked me oh-so-innocently, "Do you think that matches?" I know that a lot of my friends think that their husbands are useless for opinions on how they look because no matter how they actually look their husbands tell them they look fabulous. Well, D tells me the truth, and as much as I would sometimes like for him to lie to me (read: between when I wake up at 6:15am and when I am dressed and ready to leave the apartment at 7:10am), he has a pretty good fashion sense and I really do like that he is honest enough to give his real opinion.

So...when he asked me if I thought I matched after being really proud of this outfit I was a bit deflated. I wore it anyways, since I didn't have much time before Shabbos started and because I really thought that this outfit worked. I got to synagogue for Friday night services and related the story to one of my best friends, A. She told me not to worry and that the outfit really did work. I felt so much better and regained my boost of confidence. After services, D and I came home and ate a great dinner just the two of us. It was really nice and relaxing, and since it was Shabbos and we couldn't just eat in front of the TV like the rest of the week, we got a chance to really talk to each other since it had been a busy week for both of us.

After dinner we went to a friend's apartment for a big dessert and to celebrate the recent marriage of a couple who just moved into our community. It is traditional to celebrate the week after marriage with groups of friends at meals called Sheva Berachos. To be able to say all of the blessings, Judaism requires that 10 men (a minyan) be present. Since we all live in relatively small apartments, the people organizing the Sheva Berachos decided to have a dessert so that more people could come but one couple wouldn't be responsible for fitting 20+ people around a dinner table. The wife of the new couple recently found out that she needs to eat a gluten free diet, so I made a couple of gluten free desserts so that she could really enjoy her last night of Sheva Berachos. I made a triple chocolate trifle and almond butter mousse...yum!

I got this olive color cross-over sweater on super sale at J.CREW a few weeks before I started the 30 for 30 challenge. The best time to buy quality winter sweaters is at the end of the season as stores are desperately trying to make room for their new spring merchandise. They tend to be drastically reduced and if you go regularly to keep checking out the sale items you can usually wait for the even greater markdowns:) I paired it with this chevron pleat button down top and my camel colored corduroy skirt. This cognac colored leather braided belt, camel colored equestrian boots, and thrifted wooden necklace tie the outfit together. What do you think: a match or a miss?

Outfit:

Sweater: J.CREW

Shirt: J.CREW

Skirt: J.CREW

Tights: DNKY

Necklace: Thrifted

Belt: J.CREW

Boots: Banana Republic


Have you gotten any great 'end-of-season' deals?

Monday, February 21, 2011

30 for 30: Outfit 14









Occasion:

I had a day off from school today thanks to President's Day, and what better to do with a day off than run around like a chicken with your head cut off doing errands all day!? That's exactly what I did. D made me a HUGE list of things to do last night and today I accomplished all but one of them...it was a tremendously productive day!

And just when we thought we were getting rid of Old Man Winter for good, it had to go an snow again...ugh! I was so excited to see grass, err...mud...err anything other than a dirty white covering. Well that only lasted a few days and now we are back to a (fresh at least) white blanket. Let's hope this groundhog keeps his promise and that this new snow is gone soon.

As I have mentioned previously, one thing that this remix is teaching me is how to remix items past their designated season. Take this blouse for instance. It was a transitional summer-to-fall piece probably meant to be worn with bare legs, strappy sandals and short or a mini skirt. I wanted to add some fun patterned pieces to my 30 for 30 pics and I thought that this blouse was just the item. Now, mid-February, paired with a knee-length skirt, fun fishnets, and my suede MacAlister boots, it fits perfectly into a winter ensemble. A few accessories such a the fun gold charm leather belt and a cool African beaded necklace complete the look.

Outfit:

Black Undershirt: Pink Orchid

Blouse: J.CREW

Skirt: GAP

Belt: J.CREW

Tights: Target

Shoes: J.CREW

Necklace: Kenyan Street Fair Vendor in MD


Did you get more snow? How are you remixing your items past their season?

Thursday, February 17, 2011

30 for 30: Outfit 13









Occasion:

Ya' know those days where you just don't feel confident about how you look and it affects your mood, how you interact with people and generally everything about that day? Yeah, that's how I felt yesterday. This outfit worked in my mind...but once I got dressed yesterday morning I just wasn't happy with the outcome. I really wanted to change, but I didn't feel that I had time, so I just had to suck it up and 'fake-it-til-ya-make-it'. Working out always makes me feel so good afterwards, and yesterday I made it through (almost) a whole 1 hour spinning class. D loves spinning and does it all the time, but I never did it before, mostly 'cause to be perfectly honest, the seat hurts me. I am very sore today, but I really liked it. The time went by fast, the instructor played fun music (a lot of Glee!) and I think that if I get a gel seat for the bike (and maybe wear those padded shorts) that it will be much more comfortable and I'll be able to do it better. 

I wanted to layer my chambray shirt under this sweater, and in theory it worked, but both the shirt and sweater are at least a size too big (I can't bear to part with the sweater, and I haven't found a chambray shirt to replace this one yet) and the combo of bagginess just didn't work. I tried to cinch it with a belt to give some waist definition, but since there was so much baggy material, it just ended up bunching on either side of the belt. I paired both of the blue tones with my grey corduroy skirt, grey tights, and my black fringy moccasins and topped it off with a navy knitted beret and a chunky red necklace.

I debated about whether or not to post this outfit, but since I am half way through the 30 for 30 challenge, I didn't want to miss an outfit opportunity. Also, (and the bigger reason I did post) is because it's easy to look at fashion and personal style blogs and think that the women (and men) are all so confident everyday, look fabulous all of the time and love everything that they wear. I wanted to show that it's okay to have an off day. It's okay to be a bit down and have my self confidence waver. I am a real person, and while, for the most part I try to be positive and confident, sometimes I have days when I don't feel good about myself and the way I look. I just have to pick myself up, fake an extra bit of confidence and make the next day better.

Outfit:

Chambray Shirt: J.CREW

Sweater: J.CREW

Belt: GAP

Skirt: J.CREW

Tights: DKNY

Shoes: Zappos (Minnetonka)

Hat: H&M

Necklace: Thrifted


Do you ever have off days where you don't feel confident about what you are wearing? What do you do to combat those feelings?

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

30 for 30: Outfit 12






Occasion:

Short post tonight since D and I have to get to bed:) I cheated a bit and wore this outfit twice since the first time I wore it I didn't get to take pictures (since it was on Shabbos - and photos are a no-no). This time I wore it as a weekday outfit to school; a bit dressy, but I really liked the outfit and felt super confident.

I kept it simple with an overall black color scheme (black pencil skirt, assymetrical zip sweater, tights, black fringy moccasins) and paired it with this fun red patterned blouse. I added this chainmail necklace (a great gift from D) to complete the look:)

Outfit:

White Undershirt: Elzee

Blouse: GAP

Sweater: J.CREW

Skirt: GAP

Tights: Century 21 (Hue)

Boots: Zappos (Minnetonka)

Necklace: Gift from D


For all participating, hows the 30 for 30 going? Is it getting easier/harder?

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

30 for 30 Shabbos Edition: Outfit 11







Occasion:

This was my Friday night Shabbos outfit. D and I had our 2 very best couple friends over for dinner, and since I still needed to prepare a bit, I decided to be more casual (since I wasn't going to synagogue services).  We had an amazing time laughing and telling stories about our crazy weeks. I even got to sing Y&D's son K to sleep on our couch. It has been a long time since I have sang for anyone (last time I sang was in college at my a capella group's final concert) and singing to him brought back some great memories! Also, K is such a beautiful little boy and to watch him fall asleep as I rubbed his tummy was soooo delicious...Y&D, watch out...I might have to steal him:) I love toddlers; they say the most amazing things. He calls Keppie "Ally Puppy" and tells Y&D that he wants to take a nap with Ally...and of course, I eat it up! I know that he can be a handful for my friends but they are AMAZING parents and I know when the time comes for me and D (G-d willing), Y&D will definitely need to impart some serious wisdom and advice to us!

This outfit is a double dose of  ruffle! The white button down has cool 'chevron' style pleats and I think it looked really cool layered under the sea green henley. I paired the tops with my black pencil skirt, fun fishnets, and my black fringy moccasins. I think I achieved exactly what I was going for...casual, simple yet fun, and totally comfortable for a night of good food and hanging out with the best of friends:)

Outfit:

White Button-down: J.CREW

Shirt: LOFT

Skirt: GAP

Tights: Target

Shoes: Zappos (Minnetonka)


What would you wear for a fun night of staying in with friends?

Sunday, February 13, 2011

30 for 30: Outfit 10








Occasion:

Well, I am 1/3 finished with the 30 for 30 challenge and so far it's going well. It has really cut down on the amount of time it takes me to pick out an outfit, but I do miss the rest of my closet...so, I'll be excited when I get to include everything again. I thought that the 'no-shopping' rule would be hard to follow, but I really haven't had any problems with wanting anything so badly lately. I think part of it has to do with the fact that we are taking our honeymoon soon (we are going to be spending 11 days seeing Paris, Brussel, Bruges, Amsterdam and a quick day trip to London) and we are saving up to do some serious shopping abroad!! I have definitely gone into stores...I always walk the city around a bit during my school lunch break, but I have only been window shopping:)

I don't love this outfit, but I think that it was because I was in a bit of a bad mood when D took the pictures and I think it translates into the pictures...owell:( This pink ruffle shirt has gotten too big to wear normally, but if it's tucked in or if something is layered over it, I think it still works. Since this skirt has belt loops and is fuller, it lends itself to shirts being tucked it. I decided to accessorize with shades of brown, so I paired my ensemble with this skinny braided brown belt, cognac wooden necklace and my camel equestrian boots.

Outfit:

White Undershirt: Elzee

Shirt: Ann Taylor

Skirt: GAP

Tights: Century 21 (Hue)

Necklace: Thrifted

Belt: LOFT

Boots: Banana Republic



Any advice for shopping in any of the countries we are going to?...let me know where I should go!