Friday, January 29, 2010

Happy weekend!

I love this image of Sienna. She seems so resilient here beyond all of the media speculation about her personal life. I think we all could use a dose of resiliency right now.

Well, off to see the beau for cheerier happier times! It's his birthday weekend!

And so glad this long week and unbearably long month is finally over. When's the next holiday?

(Image Le Fashion)

Statement of the moment: Pets

Haha! I love these images of people posing with pets. I noticed both images this week. That constitutes as a trend, right? I really want a tough little bull dog and that horse is beautiful. I also love the mixing and matching of patterns in the second image. That actually is a real trend.

(Images from two of my favorite bloggers, Garance Dore and Cocorosa)

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Style inspiration: Sheer flowy dress

This dress from StyleSightings is so gorgeous. You can see how beautifully it flows when this woman walks just by looking at the picture. I think the dark navy blazer is the perfect compliment as well as those cute flats. And it falls into the category of amazing sheer clothing.

SMC update

New outfits at Shop My Closet.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Outfit rut

Do you ever find yourself in an outfit rut? Check out Shop My Closet to see a casual outfit spruced up with accessories.

X-ray vision

I have been noticing a lot of celebrities and bloggers wearing sheer tops with under garments visible or just dresses and tops that resemble lingerie. If I decided to wear this trend I would probably only wear a black bra under a sheer black blouse, and only at night in a poorly lit restaurant or bar. This dress worn by Cupcakes and Cashmere blogger, has a lingerie feel to it without looking like it was just pulled out of the underwear drawer and repurposed as a dress.

American Apparel ($45) has a great sheer top that would be pretty sexy with just a black tank underneath.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Snowy beaches

I always drive past Lake Erie on my way to work. This morning, the snow and sun made the beach and lake look especially picturesque. I know no one likes the snow, but I still love to see it, especially in a place as unexpected as the beach.

(Photos found here and here.)


I got this in an email chain. Thought it was kind of cute. The email subject line said, How Twins are Made.

Sunny print

Loving this one piece from J.Crew.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Friday, January 22, 2010

Happy Friday!

I love the bright colors, the ribbon heels, and the wide legged pants. It all makes me think of spring.

I have a very low-key weekend planned. What are you up to?

(The Sartorialist)

Golden Globe attire

I was a little surprised by the dresses at the Golden Globes. Generally, I believe that debating which celebrity looks best on the red carpet is sometimes silly because if you have the money to buy a beautiful dress (like most celebrities) how can you go wrong? But apparently some people have a lot of money and just make bad decisions, which is why personal stylists and agents exist. So out of all of the dresses, here are my favorites.
Zoe Saldana wears this Louis Vuitton well because it really compliments her skin tone. I love the draping and how it kind of trails off.
Emily Blunt wore this mermaid style Dolce & Gabanna dress, and executed it well because she has the frame to pull it off.
And then there is Cameron Diaz who just pulls off a simple red dress dress with black shoes. Simple but pretty is sometimes all you need. And this Alexander McQueen has some interesting detailing to it as well that doesn't overwhelm the dress.

Maybe people are saving their showstoppers for the Academy Awards?

(Photos from

Movie to see this weekend: A Single Man

I loved A Single Man, designer Tom Ford's directing debut. Colin Firth smartly and convincingly plays a gay man living in the 1960s reckoning with the loss of his lover for whom he can't mourn openly. It is both sad and beautiful. Tom Ford pulled out all of the stops for his movie debut, with artsy, over-the-top scenes in some instances, which remind you that he is a fashion designer, while some scenes were done with controlled precision and are very effective. One thing that everyone will be able to agree on is that the clothing and set decoration is on par with 1960s LA, and that aspect of the movie is extremely enjoyable to view and feel a part of for an hour and thirty nine minutes. Julianne Moore plays a funny but also tragic and enjoyable character to get to know. Her glam hair, makeup, and clothing are beautiful. They make me want to jump back in time and live in the 60s for a while.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Bangs and french style

I found this while reading A Cup of Jo.

Jezebel writes "The January Anthropologie catalog knows that you secretly wish you could be a quirky, insouciant French gamine living in Paris. Or at least: Dress like one."

Joanna agrees that she is guilty as charged, and I have to say that there is nothing I want more than to accidentally get caught in the rain while wearing a chic trench and darling dress, sit alone in coffee shops and appear content, and ride bikes with bushels of flowers in the front basket. I also really want this girl's haircut. Don't be all French and pretend like you don't care.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Pink lips for spring

Just as I was getting settled and confident in my red lipstick, I saw this image of pink lipstick on this is glamorous. I like the pop for spring, and it could be a nice change of pace when I am not wearing my bright red lipstick and need to make my lips match bright spring outfits. I was trying to figure out what to pair it with and saw that some of the trends in nail polish for spring included some muted colors like mint and nude. These colors might be subtle enough to wear with this challenging color to coordinate. What do you think? Essie mint candy apple, $8

American Apparel Mouse, $6

Monday, January 18, 2010

A little spring inspiration

I am ready to wear outfits like this one and for it to be much much warmer.

I hope you all enjoyed your weekends. The 20s style speakeasy I went to on Saturday did not disappoint. The drinks were delicious and the atmosphere in the private room was intimate and warm. If you live in the Cleveland area, I would highly recommend the Velvet Tango Room.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Happy weekend!

I've been a little obsessed with Tod Brody's photography lately. He's the one who did the album cover for Vampire Weekend that no one will explain.

I also have been really loving the Laura Veirs CD and the lyrics are beautiful, "Life is good when you dance all night/And the world emits electric power/The messages you sent to Mars/Came from your crown of flowers/Have you danced away the hours?/Have you danced away the hours?"

The beau is coming up this weekend, and I couldn't be more excited. We are going to this 20s style bar with classic drinks like Manhattans (they make their own sours and bitters), and we have a password to get into the back room. I will have to report on it when I return on Monday.

Have a sweet weekend...

Totes tested

I am not much of an accessorizer and that goes for bags too. That's possibly why people tend to buy me jewelry and purses for gifts, because I don't buy my own, and I end up wearing the same ratted, torn bag around everywhere. I think when this shopping freeze is up it could be time to invest in a good bag. But what is the best bag out of the tote variety? We all know that everyone is packing Longchamp, but here are some other purses that I have noticed, and I wonder how they compare.

The first time I saw this Bucket Bag from JPK Paris was in a winter Nordstrom catalog. I love the gold hardware and the jewel colors that it comes in. It does seem a little deep, like I would have to go searching for things with a flashlight. It is the cheapest out of these bags right now as it is on sale at Nordstrom for $109.

I was also introduced to Saltbox based in New York. These bags come in fun, colorful patterns. They also have a lot of pocket space, which is a good thing. It also looks like it has structure, like it wouldn't get flimsy after a while. It is a little more expensive at $145.

Then there is Longchamp. It's downfall: everyone has one! It also seems somewhat shapeless, and I could see myself trying to fit way too much into it, making it look like a bulky unattractive mess. It is, however, very classic and would go well with most outfits.

Does anyone want to weigh in their two cents?

Thursday, January 14, 2010

SMC update

Check out this beauty of an outfit at SMC.

Shopping temptations

Number one rule while trying to not spend money: Don't go into Forever 21. Rule number two: Don't go into Target.
I think these two places are my biggest weaknesses because they always feed my need for instant gratification. I can walk into either of these stores and find something I could justify buying whether it's really cheap or it's the perfect trendy piece for my wardrobe.
When I went into Target the other day to exchange CDs, I was bombarded with their spring clothes. It's January and they already have a fully stocked section of bathing suits and cover ups as well as cute spring dresses. I have been able to avoid Forever 21. I haven't even looked at its Web site for weeks, but Target is a much easier place to get caught in.
If I am going to stay strong, I will need to avoid both of these stores for as long as possible. But I thought I would post some things I spotted there so you can understand the torute I am going through. Look at the cute patterns on these dresses. And the frilly bathing suit!!! WAHHHHH!!!!!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Recycled clothing

I found a blog over the weekend that is truly an inspiration for me. So far you know that I have a mild, non-serious shopping addiction. I just love to try out new things and that has lead to me spending more than I want to on clothes, which has lead to my New Year's Resolution: no spending on clothes for the next three months. But when I am done with my spending freeze, I am definitely going to use Marisa's blog as my guide. She has decided to buy only clothes from garage sales and flea markets. Her budget: $1 a day. She takes ridiculous looking clothes and takes them in with her sewing machine or dyes them to make them look more current. Just look what she did to this oversized dress with its awesome pattern. Amazing!

VW: Preppy Style

Here is the last preppy post in honor of VW. To see the full post and leave comments go to Shop My Closet.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Prep school: Blazers

In honor of the Vampire Weekend CD release today, check out Shop My Closet for some preppy styling with blazers today and tomorrow.

CD releases

Today there are two CDs being released that I am super excited about. Vampire Weekend's Contra and Laure Veir's July Flame. I was listening to the Vampire Weekend CD on NPR when I came across Laura Veirs, and I really enjoy her music.
You are probably saying to yourself, "Why would you be buying CDs when you are on a spending freeze?" Well the answer is that I'm not. I was able to go to Laura Veir's Web site and download two of the tracks for free and I have a duplicate Decemberists CD that I recieved for Christmas that I need to exchange for the Vampire Weekend CD. Score! No money spent. But I hope you consider buying one of these CDs because they are both really good.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Featured blogger: Saray from Barcelona

Saray from Barcelona has an awesome blog. What is up with girls from Spain? They are so stylish. She has a very unique style from her Chanel purses and red dress to her glasses and combat boots. Check out her blog Dans Vogue for more style inspiration.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Weekend recap

I tried wearing opaque tights under my sheer polka dot tights this weekend. Check out the complete outfit here.

I made these confetti cupcakes for my sister's b-day.

It was a surprisingly sunny weekend.

Oh and I went through my first week without spending! It wasn't so bad. How was your weekend? Are you keeping up with your resolutions?

A Gorgeous Cable-Knit Sweater

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