Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The best of both worlds

I knew I wanted to wear this red jacket to work today but not in a really dressy way. I wanted something in between casual and dressy because sometimes I can't make up my mind, which is otherwise defined as business casual. I find that no matter what I wear with these dark wash skinny jeans, it always feels a little more stylish. And high heels and a t-shirt always solve the need for both dressy and casual.
Forever 21 jacket; H&M top; American Eagle jeans; Nine West shoes

Monday, November 29, 2010

Thanksgiving outfit

If I look sleepy, I blame the turkey. For Thanksgiving I wanted to get dressed up without wearing my go-to leggings and sweater dress, which I admit is amazingly comfortable. I also wanted a color that felt like fall to me. I had been eying this skirt from Forever 21 for some time now, but could never really justify the purchase until I felt the need to get something new for this holiday. Now that I have it I have an endless list of possibilities for it. It will definitely be used a lot. 
Target turtleneck; Forever 21 skirt; Nine West shoes; J.Crew, gifted, vintage pearls

Noticing the similar color pattern in our outfits, I couldn't help but force my older sister to take a picture with me. You can see we had the same colors in mind, but very different styles.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is one day a way. Are you ready for the amazing feast? Holidays centered around eating are my favorite. Seeing my family is of course nice too. I am also excited to finally go skating this Friday. It's been too long. And hopefully we will have time to catch the new Anne Hathaway-Jake Gyllenhaal movie, Love and Other Drugs. What are you up to? I hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Enjoy your holiday and these links:

The Spades on the Selby.

Beautiful girl, beautiful city.

I wish I owned a pair of sparkly pants.

Looking to this for outfit inspiration makes me want to incorporate more ties.

Love the colors and love the pants.

(Photo via Fashion Gone Rogue)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Difficult dressing

I recently had the unfortunate experience of attending a friend's father's funeral. As someone who usually enjoys getting dressed every morning this was not one of those days, nonetheless, appropriate dress was required. I really don't think it is necessary to involve any type of style or thrill into dressing for an occasion such as this. One should be as understated as possible so as not to take attention away from the situation at hand. That does not mean throw on every possible item of clothing you own that is black. I usually like to use one piece that is very neutral to compliment the black and break it up because unless you are trying to make a statement by wearing all black, then I think wearing all black can be rather unflattering. And making a statement is not what you want to do. Looking good is obviously not the main objective in a situation like this, but I think you should wear what makes you feel most comfortable and what will best help you through the situation. I always feel better when I know I look good. It instantly gives me more confidence, and I think in a way it says, this event is important to me and to remembering that person, so I am going to put my best foot forward; however it is that you decide to do so is up to you.
NY&Co coat; H&M top; Nordstrom cardigan; Skirt (gift); Vintage Ann Taylor shoes; Tights (?)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Sequin show

I was rummaging through the abyss of Marshalls when I came across this sequin skirt in the middle of the sweaters. It was obviously meant to be. I like that the sequins appear to be matte, and not too shiny or cheap. At $24.95, this skirt is much more affordable than J.Crew's sequin skirt, featured here. I confess that I will always love J.Crew's skirt more. Attempting not to make this a Siegfried & Roy ensemble, I paired it with more subdued colors. It was the perfect little touch of sparkle for my friend's house warming party this weekend.
H&M sweater; Marshalls skirt; Hue tights; J.Crew necklace; Nine West shoes

Thursday, November 18, 2010

New member reception

Sorry for the weird lighting in these photos. I forgot my camera earlier today, and I had to take them at the art museum while at its new member reception. The museum has been undergoing major renovations over the last 5 years. The East Wing, which contains the impressionist and contemporary art, my favorite, was one of the latest wings to reopen, renovated and better than before. Part of the event included a quick guided tour of the East Wing. We stopped in one of my favorite rooms of the East Wing, the room with all of the Monet's, Water Lilies being among them. I feel very lucky to live in a city that has a world-renowned art museum.
Forever 21 sweater, dress and leggings; Banyan Tree necklace; Target shoes; Silver Mine watch and bracelet  

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Layering necklaces and faux bob

I can officially say that this army green, military-style shirt is something I have worn a lot. Who knew while shopping in the men's section of J.Crew I would find such a wardrobe staple. Also, I never thought of this color as versatile, but it pretty much can handle anything I can throw at it. I can even wear this shirt wrinkled, which is not usually something I can stomach. I decided to pair this rough shirt with a gaudy amount of pearls. I had yet to try layering all of my pearl necklaces on top of each other. I really like how all of the different colors, sizes, and strands look together. I also tried a faux-bob by tying a loose, low ponytail and twisting the ponytail up and tucking it underneath the bunched up hair.
J.Crew men's shirt and necklace; Vintage pearl necklace; Long pearl strand (gift); H&M pants; Vintage Ann Taylor shoes; Target turtleneck

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Peacock strutting

There is nothing I love more than finding a piece of clothing or jewelry that I know I can't live without and then finding out that that thing is about as cheap as ordering several items on the 99 cent menu at Burger King. There is also nothing I love more than the 99 cent menu at Burger King. I picked up these antique-looking peacock earrings at Forever 21 the other day, and I am finding any and every excuse to wear them. Look at them, strutting their stuff!
H&M sweater; Target scarf; Loft tights; Franco Sarto boots; American Apparel skirt; Forever 21 earrings; Vintage bracelet (gift)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Put on the costume

I love drama and getting dressed up. In that regard, I have a lot in common with Snookie. However, my version of getting dressed up usually involves more than a t-shirt re-purposed as a dress. I also love large Italian men who can sing, so when I saw discounted tickets to Pagliacci on Groupon, I knew I had to go. The singers were amazing to listen to, the costumes and settings were beautiful, and the subtitles were just what I needed to get through the lack-luster opening performance to the meat of the tragically romantic lyrics of Pagliacci. The last thing I wanted to do was look like I was trying to dress for the Opera. There were already several regulars there already looking the part, so I went with this flowy dress and tailored jacket for a dressed up "younger" look.
Mom's vintage dress; F21 leggings; Target shoes; H&M jacket; Clutch (boutique in Chicago)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Happy Friday!

I can't get enough of the styling of this photo. I would absolutely love if I could find this exact outfit while thrifting and create such a perfectly messy up-do. Going to see the boy this weekend, and the weather seems to be cooperating so far. What are you all up to?

Enjoy yours and these links:

Get your vintage and sweet fix at this too-cute store.

Beautiful photos of Edinburgh.

Living in: Breathless (I have to see this move.)

This, Madame, is Versailles.

Reporting in Style

Be just who you are, good advice in any circumstance.

Love this Closet and Casa (especially the quote on the wall)

Destination Wedding: Tuscany
(So jealous that she wore a one of a kind Ralph Lauren dress intended for Giselle)

Love the sparkly Tory Burch holiday guides

Color blocking done right

Hilarious WTF posters

(Photo via Wildfox)

Thursday, November 11, 2010


As soon as I found out that we were going to have a slight peak in temperature I knew I wanted to wear these polka dot tights. I am still very smitten by the idea. Polka dots plus tights? Genius. I am amused so easily. And I really like the way the rest of the outfit fell into place even though I was nervous about mixing green, brown, black, and red. I don't know about you, but I feel this mod/beatnik vibe from my black turtleneck plus skirt that I really like. Although, I sometimes can get my poetry on, I really just like the way it looks and that is all. I am really not a good nonconformist. In fact, I kind of felt like Pam from the episode of the Office when she has her art show. If you don't watch the Office, I will be shunning you for the rest of the day. 
Target turtleneck; Gap skirt; NY&Co. tights; Ann Taylor shoes (vintage); Banyan Tree necklace; Silver Mine jewelry (gift)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Ralph Lauren look

I feel like all I need to make this authentically Ralph Lauren are some horses and hounds and for this to actually be a photo of me in Ireland with my small cottage in the distance instead of being at a park in Ohio. I am an admirer of the Ralph Lauren style and started building this outfit around the sweater, which is the only item that is authentic. The rest is inspired by that look. I don't think Ralph Lauren ever stopped creating ladylike looks, and that is extremely relevant today with what has been on the runways recently, hence the knee length skirt.
Vix coat (Victoria's Secret catalog); Ralph Lauren Sweater (Marshalls, gift); Skirt (gift); F21 leggings; Franco Sarto boots (Nordstrom); Watch (gift); Bracelet (vintage, gift)

Obsession of the moment: Boot heels

Every time I put on an outfit I think, "I got a fever! And the only prescription is more boot heels!" Crazy stuff is going on in my head, which means I have officially crossed over into obsession. Even though my mind is clouded with my love for these boots, they actually fill a very practical void for winter: Something dressier than winter boots. The low thick heel is perfect for icy sidewalks. And I can't help but love the odd pairing of sporty and dressy. They are kind of like a hooded dress, which I still can't find any justification for wearing.

1. Jeffrey Campbell 'Loggins' Oxford, $169.95
2. J.Crew Eliza lace-up boots, $350

3. Forever 21 Combat Ankle Boots, $35.80
4. Steven by Steve Madden 'Isolate' Ankle Boot, $159.95
Workman Lace-Up Bootie, $27.80

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Scarf weather

I had to chaperon an event for my sorority this past Sunday, and I basically was trying to go for an outfit that wasn't going to make me look like I was trying to dress young, but at the same time, cute enough to pass as a really mature but still young-looking student—that doesn't sound creepy. Turning 25 really makes you question your youth and vitality in comparison to 20-year-olds. They have 5 years on me. 5! So I went with something easy by re-purposing this shirt dress from summer as a top and then throwing a scarf into the mix, which is why I love scarf weather.
H&M scarf and top; American Eagle jeans; Franco Sarto boots; Silver Mine jewelry (gift)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Jack Wills: Holiday Looks

Jack Wills, UK clothing line and recent arrival to the U.S., has some perfect looks for the winter/holiday season. You can always count on their preppy plaids, blazers, and oxford button downs, but I am loving the glittery detailing on the Arkendale Sequin Dress and Runfold footless tights. I will definitely be using these looks as inspiration, especially pairing my plaid shirt with a ruffled skirt.

The first snow/outfit post

I was very surprised this Friday while on my way to Michael Symon's latest Cleveland culinary experience, BSpot, I found myself caught in what can only be described as a freak snow storm. So on Saturday when I ventured out for some early Christmas shopping, I was ready with the Wellies. I like the way I wore this gingham shirt much better than last time. Even though the shirt is of a thicker material, I needed another layer to stay warm in this unexpected cold weather, hence the sweater tunic. Has anyone had their first snow/snow storm? Want to move to Cleveland? The weather is beautiful!
H&M sweater and pants; Shirt courtesy of Jack Wills; Hunter Wellington boots

Are you living under a rock?

Some fashion news I think you should know this Monday AM if you would like to stop living under a rock:

J.Crew just premiered their Spring 2011 collections (Men and Women) available for viewing on Style.com. Messy hair and side pony tails are still in, thank God! And the new hot lip color is Nars' HeatWave.Get it while it's hot.
Emma Watson looks like Twiggy for December covers of Marie Claire and British Vogue, further affirming my love for her. Both feature spreads are gorgeous.

The Blonde Salad got first dibs on Lanvin for H&M. Decide whether you will be spending  the dough to buy the latest designer collab on November 23. 

Friday, November 5, 2010

Happy Friday!!

I love Downtown From Behind. The first girl looks so classy riding her bike and the second girl looks so beautiful in her sheer cover up. What you are all up to this weekend? Mine should be a relaxing one. Hopefully I can catch up on some reading and relaxing.

Enjoy your weekend and these links:

JFK and Jackie: it's like butter... 

Love the Decemberists and their album covers

If you are privileged enough to go, a travel guide to Sardinia, Italy

The Mark Cross overnight bag, how classy and subtle

You're going to want those homemade Twix bars

Olivia Palermo and her boyfriend model for Mango

Emma Watson looks gorgeous. Her decision to get a pixie cut makes my decision to want bangs insignificant. 

A sneak peak of J.Crew spring 2011 for women and men

Lanvin for H&M is obvi on my list

How to: Holiday side chignon

Alma mater pride: "Own your look" Prom contest

Wow! So my sister just sent me this link. Apparently a girl from our old high school won JoAnn Fabric's "Own Your Look" Prom Contest. The challenge was to create a prom outfit and Sarah Lottes from my alma mater won! The prize included $50,000 in cash and a $1,000 gift card to Jo Ann Fabrics. Go cougars!

A Gorgeous Cable-Knit Sweater

Details: Banana Republic Sweater (Similar) / Gap Jeans / Nordstrom Boots / Ten Thousand Villages Necklace Well, it's officially ...