Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tie it with a Bow









Occasion:

As D and I finish up the last bit of packing, I am trying to squeeze in one or two more outfit posts since I will be taking an 11 day hiatus to backpack through Europe (yay!!! so excited!!!). It isn't real to me yet that we actually leave tomorrow. I don't think it will be real until we land early Friday morning. We have a packed itinerary and we are gonna cram as much as we can into the next 11-12 days. I love you D, and I am so excited to finally go on our long awaited honeymoon! The weather is supposed to be amazing! It'll be a nice break from this 40 degree business as Paris is supposed to be in the 60s and 70s and Amsterdam is supposed to be mid-50s! Woohoo!!

I have had this purple (?) colored shirt in my closet for a few months now, but I wasn't quite sure what to wear with it. The bow detail is super cute and I wanted to find some way to showcase the color of the bow detail. I have the same shirt in black and white and that one was much easier to style (obviously because black and white go with everything) but this interesting purply-grey (is that a color?) version was really puzzling me! I was hanging and reorganizing a bunch of my clothes when I turned over my closet for spring, and I happened to hang it next to this madras print button down shirt and...voila - instant outfit inspiration:)

I didn't really realize this when I put this outfit on, but it became very apparent once I was reviewing the pictures - this shirt is too big and not very flattering and it bunches in weird places when I move. I debated not posting this outfit, but since this is a daily personal style blog and I am a real person who makes mistakes with some outfits, I thought that I should document that not every outfit is a winner or even looks good. It's easy to post the outfits that make us feel confident and secure, but I'm not always confident and secure and that deserves to be documented too. So even though I don't really like the way this outfit fits me, I wore it and I'm gonna suck it up and show it.

I decided to pair the shirts with a navy A-line skirt that had also been languishing in my closet untouched for months. I got this skirt on super final clearance for $3.99 and since I only have black and brown tights (I really need to learn how to branch out into the world of colored tights...o well, maybe next winter) I had to wait until I didn't need tights to wear this skirt. I decided to wear my gemstone studded flats and top the ensemble off with my navy knitted beret. I think it's a good transitional outfit for this cool March weather we've been having...c'mon Spring - HURRY UP!

Outfit:

Shirt: Banana Republic

Button-down: J.CREW

Skirt: GAP

Shoes: Banana Republic

Hat: H&M


How would you wear this shirt? What would you pair it with? 

Shabbos Edition: Kentucky Derby











Occasion:

I recently picked up this hat at J.CREW. They have some amazing summer hats this season and all of them are really reasonably priced. If you are looking for a variety of straw hats with some unique details, I highly recommend that you check out their selection. A friend of mine told me on Shabbos that I looked like I was going to the Kentucky Derby with this hat. I felt really confident in this outfit even though it was a bit out of my personal style comfort zone. I wanted to take a bit of a risk and I did with this ensemble.

This sequin top is really fun and fancy and I was going for a really girly, elegant look and since the weather was bright and sunny, I wanted to bring out the springy items that have been packed away for so many months!

I paired this gold sequin top with a flowy, pleated black skirt and belted it with a black wide patent leather stretchy belt. I added a gold chain geode necklace and some gem studded flats for some added interest. I topped the whole ensemble outfit with this wide brim floppy straw hat:)

Outfit:

Undershirt: Elzee

Shirt: J.CREW

Skirt: Banana Republic

Belt: Ann Taylor

Necklace: Forever 21

Hat: J.CREW

Shoes: Banana Republic


What do you wear when you want to be fancy and flirty? Are you into the wide brim floppy hat for spring?

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Nautical Feel










Occasion:

We are finally getting some sunny days even though it hasn't gotten super warm yet. We took these pictures on Friday afternoon when we took Keppie out for some exercise. She had been a bit cooped up and really needed to get some energy out. She had a blast playing with this stick. She LOVES picking up sticks and is constantly trying to bring them in to our apartment.

I am totally into the nautical/Breton stripe trend and this shirt has such a cute sequin detail:) I paired the shirt with my denim pencil skirt. To add to the nautical feel, I wore this gold chain necklace with ribbon ties. I finished the ensemble with my cognac moccasin booties and this fun two-toned straw fedora.

Outfit:

White Undershirt: Elzee

Shirt: J.CREW

Skirt: J.CREW

Necklace: Banana Republic

Hat: J.CREW

Leggings: Target

Shoes: J.CREW

Are you into the Nautical/Breton stripe trend? How are you wearing the stripes?

Orange & Yellow










Occasion:

I have some exciting news: D and I leave for our honeymoon on Thursday!!!!! We are going to Paris, Bruges and Amsterdam for 11 days! I haven't really done much travelling before because I've haven't had much of an opportunity. I have gone to Israel twice before and Canada once, but that's it. D has done a ton of travelling and he has made a super detailed itinerary for us to go by. We are spending 6 days in Paris (including a Shabbos), 1 day in Bruges, and 4 days in Amsterdam (including a Shabbos). We are packing really light so that we can bring back plenty of souveniers;) I won't be updating the blog while we are gone since I won't have much internet access so y'all will just have to wait until I get back to see everything! I promise I will share all of my outfits and treasures that we bring back:)

Here is an outfit from last week: I paired this bright goldenrod silk shirt and rust colored sweater together. I really like the colorblocking of these items. Since the top half of my outfit is really bold, I kept it simple with my denim pencil skirt. I finally got to unpack my Sperry Top-siders and I can't wait to wear them all summer (I may or may not have gotten another pair for this summer:). I topped the ensemble off with a patterned silk scarf.

Outfit:

Shirt: GAP

Sweater: J.CREW

Skirt: J.CREW

Shoes: Sperry

Scarf: Marshall's

Where do you want to travel to? What's your dream vacation?

Friday, March 25, 2011

Shabbos Edition: Classic White








Occasion:

For Shabbos Dinner last week D and I (and Keppie!) went to our friends' C & A's apartment. They just moved in a few weeks ago and their apartment already looks great! They are such great people and we love all of the time we spend with them. Our great friends R & R and their son A were also there and when the 6 of us get together we always have a blast!

I have had this classic 3/4 sleeve wrap blouse in my closet for a while now and I am just never inspired to wear it. For some reason I always feel boring when I put it on, so I decided to jazz it up with the red beaded necklace and the wood/metal combo necklace. I also paired it with this black pencil skirt which is also a really classic cut but is much more interesting because of the cool embroidered hem. These ballet flats are much more comfortable than I thought they would be and they have such a cute gem pattern on them. I am really excited to wear them more come spring-ier weather!

Outfit:

White Undershirt: Elzee

White Shirt: Banana Republic

Skirt: Filene's Basement

Necklaces: Thrifted

Shoes: Banana Republic


How would you wear a classic white shirt to make it less boring?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Chicago Style






Occasion:

Since I am so far behind in my outfit posts, this is what I wore when we went to Chicago last week to celebrate the birth of my new nephew. It was much colder in Chicago than it was here in NJ/NY...although today was absolutely gross and rainy/snowy! Aside from being cold in Chicago, the weather was nice for our weekend there. Alas, this was the only outfit that I had time to photograph.

I paired this bright golden sweater with a flowy dark charcoal grey flowy skirt, belted it with a skinny brown braided leather belt, matched the belt to my camel colored equestrian boots and added a splash of color with the red beaded necklace. I really liked the result! Sorry for the short post...but it is definitely bed time!! Night night:)

Outfit:

Sweater: J.CREW

Skirt: GAP

Belt: LOFT

Tights: Century 21 (Hue)

Boots: Banana Republic

Necklace: Thrifted

Glasses: Dolce & Gabbana


Yay! We made it past hump-day...any fun weekend plans?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Two Toned Scarves









Occasion:

As the weather gets warmer, I am so ready to wear spring-ier clothing! I am a bit behind in posting, so the day I wore this was still a bit chilly. I took a page out of fellow student and friend R's 'fashion arsenal' by wearing these two pink scarves. R wears scarves to school almost daily and always looks effortlessly put together because of them...so thanks for the inspiration, R!

My whole ensemble was built around pairing these scarves together. To add yet a third contrasting color to my top half, I wore this pink sweater. I paired all of the pinks with my denim pencil skirt, wore my cognac moccasin booties and topped the outfit off with a colorful silk scarf.

Outfit:

Sweater: Banana Republic

Skirt: J.CREW

Scarves: H&M

Tights: Century 21 (Hue)

Silk Scarf: Talbots

Shoes: J.CREW


What are you looking forward to purchasing this spring? What trend are you dying to try?
 

Monday, March 21, 2011

Kosher Casual - Product Review

**Disclaimer: Kosher Casual graciously provided me with this skirt for review, however, this review is impartial to the best of my ability**









Occasion:

A few months ago I was contacted by a modest clothing website Kosher Casual offering to give me an item of my choice for a product review.  I chose this shiny black stretchy pencil skirt and I have to say, I LOVE it! It is just stretchy enough to be super comfortable, but it is still very fitted and the shiny material makes it a tad bit dressy. The length is great, as it hits just below the knee, but since it has a stretchy waistband, it can be worn shorter or longer depending upon how high you wear the waist. It runs very true to size; I got a large and it fits great. The one downside is that it bunches a bit when walking around my hips, but not too much that it looks noticable. Thanks so much Kosher Casual!!!

For those of you in the greater New York Area, Kosher Casual has a boutique in Teaneck. To make an appointment to visit, call Alene at 201-530-0346. She is wonderful and will spend time helping you pick out the perfect pieces for you to enjoy! For those of you not in the area, go to www.koshercasual.com to order from their online merchandise.

I wore this skirt on one of the first spring days of the year and it was wonderful to be out sans tights! I love when the weather gets warm enough so that I can pack away my tights and go bare legged and this was the first day for that! I paired my skirt with a nude colored cardi with fun yellow buttons. I layered a white ruffled tank underneath for an extra layer since it's not quite warm enough without a few layers. The accessories really bring out this outfit. I wanted to go with a bright color scheme for my accessories and chose a bright pink skinny leather belt, a chunky pink flower necklace and a bright orange and pink silk scarf. I brough out my Sperry top-siders for their springtime debut, but just discovered that I need to get another pair as there are huge cracks in both soles:( Come on spring...get here quicker!!!

Outfit:

Skirt: c/o Kosher Casual 

White Undershirt: Elzee

White Tank: J.CREW

Sweater: J.CREW

Necklace: LOFT

Belt: J.CREW

Scarf: Century 21

Shoes: Sperry


Have you had any springy days yet? What did you wear to celebrate?