Friday, December 30, 2011

Consigment Shopping Before New Year's Eve

I found myself this New Year's Eve with no clear choice in my closet as far as outfits are concerned. I have a couple lovely new pieces of jewelry, but that's just part of it. Not to mention bills, upcoming trips and birthdays have me trying to save my money. So I decided to check out Avalon to see what was available in the affordable and slightly used department. There were a lot of great pieces, but no winner for New Year's Eve. I will probably wear something I already own, but I wanted to show you some of the cool dresses and not so cool dresses I looked at for inspiration.
This metallic silver dress was great, but a couple sizes to big. I wanted to try it on just to make sure. If there was more time a trip to the tailor would have take care of that.
Too small.

I loved the idea of this dress, however the hearts are just not my style. I loved the sheer overlay and the intricate beading.

Great J.Crew jacket, but too big and boxy.

This dress fell under the category of "I don't know how I am supposed to wear it". The torso was way too long.
This turned out to be a little too long and unflattering in my opinion.

Although this is a great jacket that could easily be dressed up or down, I thought the pattern and boxy shape were a little overwhelming on me.
Finally I struck gold with this practically brand new, silk J.Crew blouse. It may not make an appearance for New Year's Eve, but it will be put to good use for the rest of 2012. What are you wearing for NYE?

Monday, December 26, 2011

Warm Christmas

Ralph Lauren turtleneck; The Limited cardigan; H&M skirt; Target Leggings; Franco Sarto boots; Michael Kors watch  
Merry Christmas! How was your day? Did you eat a lot? Did you get everything you wanted?
We had unusually beautiful weather in Cleveland this year. Warm enough that I was able to go for a walk after lunch and take some quick outfit pics. Although there was no snow I felt like the sunshine added to the overall cheeriness of the day. I got some very fun gifts for my apartment including some new party games and a crock pot that I had been wanting. And I of course got clothes and more clothes. This flyaway cardigan was one of my favorites. I see it becoming a very consistent member of my wardrobe. One of the best moments of the day was surprising my mom with a photo blanket of our family. I ate a ton and laughed hysterically playing my new party game with everyone. What was your favorite moment from your Holiday celebration? 

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Last minute stocking stuffers

 Dress: H&M/Scarf: BP Nordstrom/Leggings and Headphones: United Colors of Benetton/Boots: Piperlime

Are you done with your Christmas shopping? Yes. Have you wrapped all of your presents? No. Me Neither. I had a strange phenomenon happen to me this year. I did not have a surplus of boxes and ribbons and bags to wrap my presents with. Last year, when I was living with my parents, there was this storage area full of Christmas wrapping paper and boxes. It was great. This year that storage area did not appear in my new apartment and I was bewildered. Where do boxes come from I wondered? Does the stork bring them too? Perplexing stuff.

So I thought I'd share one last gift tip just in case you really are one of those last-minute shoppers. I was in Shadyside last weekend browsing the United Colors of Benetton where I found these shiny new headphones and this great new pair of leggings all for under $25. Either of these would make a great stocking stuffer for that stylish lady in your life. The scarf was something I picked up while Christmas shopping as well and I barely take it off. Happy Shopping to all of those slackers out there!

Tune into tomorrow for Christmas Memories/Wish List with Kimberly Morris of cleveland.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

"A little place called Apsen"

Poncho: H&M; Leggings: United Colors of Benetton Boots: c/o Crocs Headband: Walmart Top: Gap 

Sorry for the lack of outfit posting. I have been completely overwhelmed by the holidays this year. I committed to a cookie exchange that was not for the meek of heart. 10 dozen cookies! All in one night. And I chose the hardest recipe there is: sugar cookies with royal icing. From scratch. I can't look at a cookie sheet without feeling nauseous. Now that I have survived the tough stuff, I am ready for the tundra that is Western PA. Yes, these Crocs Fuzz Booties are as warm as they look and comfy too! However, they do require a look with some panache. So I paired them with this 70s style poncho and leggings. I didn't want to overwhelm their already attention-getting presence. Is anyone else thinking of the ski lodge scenes from Dumb and Dumber? Queue movie quote:

Lloyd: What the hell are we doing here, Harry? We gotta get out of this town!
Harry: Oh yeah, and go where? Where are we gonna go?
Lloyd: I'll tell you where. Someplace warm. A place where the beer flows like wine. Where beautiful women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano. I'm talking about a little place called Aspen.
Harry: Oh, I don't know, Lloyd. The French are assholes. 

Monday, December 19, 2011

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Twelve Days of Christmas

...or you could just give lingerie. This Plum Pretty Sugar Loungerie video is really cute and the PJs and lingerie are sexy but look comfy and tasteful.There are more cute styles on their blog. I would love one of the robes with their beautiful patterns or the cropped pajama pants.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Preppy Christmas

My tip to everyone Christmas shopping this year is Don't Underestimate Old Navy. I have been really impressed lately with what they have to offer this Christmas season. Cute stripes, bright colors and classic sweaters are all things on my Christmas list. Not to mention, I bought the cutest polka dot sweater at the outlet this weekend for $10!

Collarless coat/Fair Isle cardigan/Neon Yellow Messenger bag/Striped sweater/Shawl Collar Toggle sweater/Mock Neck Cable-Knit sweater

Enter to win this bracelet!

Don't forget to enter my Shabby Apple giveaway! Today is the last day to enter. You have until 9 p.m. EST.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas Memories and Wish Lists

Don't forget to enter my Shabby Apple giveaway! 

Throughout the month of December I will be posting Christmas memories from some of my blogging friends and items on their list this year. To start things off here is my own Christmas Memories and Wish List post. 

Cookie image via Whisk: a food blog/KitchenAid can opener/Guess watch

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Rent or Buy?

Don't forget to enter my Shabby Apple giveaway! 

Did anyone else read this article in the New York Times? Being someone who just started renting for the first time I am interested in the renting versus buying argument. It would be nice to have a place that is all mine. To know that you wouldn't have to pack up and move every couple of years is a comforting thought. However, I like the flexibility renting provides. You never know where you will end up. It's very nomadic, which I kind of like. What are your thoughts on this? Do you rent or own? How cute is the studio she ended up with? I think I would be pretty content living in a studio like that in New York City. What about you?

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Soo happy...

Don't forget to enter my Shabby Apple giveaway!

...I picked out my very own Christmas tree this year. It may be from the Lowe's Lawn and Garden center and not the beautiful snowy fields of Chesterland, but it's all mine. As you can see I am playing around with some plaid ribbon. I'll let you know how it turns out. And I can't stop wearing these beauties. They were a gift to myself on Black Friday on super sale from Old Navy. I love how versatile they are. I have been able to wear them with everything from a skirt for work to jeans for the weekend. They are $20 online right now.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Giveaway: Shabby Apple

I have always loved the vintage-inspired looks of Shabby Apple. The Poker Face Alice bracelet is like a sweet charm bracelet that packs an extra punch with its chunky look. To enter for a chance to win this bracelet, Like Shabby Apple on Facebook and leave a comment below. For extra entries follow Shabby Apple on twitter and their blog. You have until Wednesday, December 7. Good luck!
Update: Suburban Sweetheart is the winner! Congrats!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Animal pillows

When I first saw this antler pillow on Habitually Chic, I was so in love with the ski lodge quality of it. Heather Clawson is right. It definitely gives a cozy cabin feeling. And it is so perfect for winter/holiday decor. Then I got this bird pillow as a house warming gift, and I am once again in love with the outdoorsy vibe. I may be outgrowing my love of animal shaped pillows and ditching them for this more adult and classy version. Wouldn't it make a nice Christmas gift for someone who just moved?

(Top photo by Heather Clawson)

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Black Friday recap and tips

My mom and I both love shopping. I think I can partially attribute my interest in trends and style to my mom. So even though we don’t normally go out on Black Friday to shop, we decided to go this year just for the fun of it. It surprisingly wasn’t as bad as we thought it would be. We certainly didn’t encounter anything like the crazy stories we heard on the news. Of course the normal rules of shopping don’t apply on a day like that, so I came up with a few of my own observations. I would love to hear your Black Friday tips too! 

  1. If you get there after the 5 a.m. crowd and before the lunch crowd the mall is not as hectic.
  2. The only exception to rule 1 is Forever 21. Only enter this store with ear plugs lest the fashion-obsessed teenagers rupture your ear drums as they yell with glee.
  3. Don’t waste time at stores that promise amazing deals, but upon further inspection you realize the only clothes on sale look like they are from a different decade or were a mistake they are desperately trying to get rid of.
  4. Some stores have a time limit on deals. What’s up with that?
  5. Keep up your stamina with plenty of food breaks. The guy handing out samples in the food court is more than happy to help you.
  6. Sometimes waiting in line for a dressing room is not worth it.
  7. Trying something on over your clothes requires skill and a friend to watch your purse.
  8. Keep ALL of your receipts. Don’t forget gift receipts.
  9. Ask for gift boxes now. The closer it gets to Christmas the more likely stores are to run out.
  10. Don’t forget to take advantage of support Small Businesses Saturday.
The stores that had the best deals for us all day were Gap with up to 60% off and at least 20% off, and the Limited with 50% off of everything. Where did you find the best deals? 

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Black Friday and Pinterest

I was waiting for my invitation to Pinterest like my invitation to the cool kids table. For some reason I thought creating a board would be much more involved, but luckily some trend setters already uploaded a ton of great inspirational photos to choose from. I found a lot of familiar images and some new ones to add to my list of favorites. Follow me on Pinterest and check out my Black Friday inspiration board. It mainly consists of stripes and more stripes, girly details like bows, sequins and lace.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Crocs and Pavement Day 5

Today is the last day of looks from my photoshoot with Crocs and Pavement. Check back through my other posts to see the rest of the photos.
I thought I’d end the week with my favorite outfits, these dresses and boots. Like I said in my last post, these sleek Crocs ankle booties look marvelous with a dressier outfit. This black smock dress has a wonderfully playful look about it with its gathering at the top and bell sleeves. The pattern has such a nice vintage flair to it. Even though this dress is more modest the boots kick it up a notch.

Crocs Avalita in Black
Pavement dress and belt 
Makeup and Hair by Sarrah Beyer of Esbi International Salon & Spa
Photography by Chris Hooton
Last Photo by Chaz Balasakis

I love the silhouette these black boots create with black leggings. They look so chic with this gorgeous purple dress. The ruffle spilling over the belt is extremely flattering. The whole ensemble is girly with an edge.

Crocs Exitosa Boots in Black
Pavement dress, belt and hat
Makeup and Hair by Sarrah Beyer of Esbi International Salon & Spa
Photography by Chris Hooton

Special thanks to everyone who volunteered their time to help with this photoshoot, especially Justinea Vidic of Crocs who made this all possible. Thanks for everything!

A Gorgeous Cable-Knit Sweater

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