Monday, January 31, 2011

30 for 30 items of clothing

I am one post into the 30 for 30 challenge and I have already learned something about my wardrobe. I live in a world of blue, purple, and gray. Apparently these are the only colors that register on my radar because I seem to have a lot of these. When photographing my 30 picks I had to make some adjustments because there wasn't much color variation. Gold, rust, and fuchsia to the rescue!

It was actually extremely difficult to narrow down my choices. I was worried about having enough warm clothes because it is still really cold, but I still wanted the option to play with my maxi skirt and purple pencil skirt. And I had to throw in a dress for a bridal shower I am attending this month as well as a jersey for the Superbowl.

Strange story. I won a pair of James Jeans, which I will be without for the first couple of days because I ordered the wrong size. Despite that I had to include them because they are amazing and look much better on than the photo gives them credit for.

So here we are! Let the games begin! If you are participating in the challenge fill me in.

Friday, January 28, 2011

50 classics for our closets and 30 for 30 challenge

Hopefully you haven't been living under a rock, and you have heard of and witnessed the charming online lifestyle magazine Matchbook. It just launched on Wednesday. In the pages of the premier issue they give us a 50 classics for your closet checklist. This is something that I could not love more because for a while now I have been trying to build what I consider to be the ultimate closet. One that is not filled with outdated trends and disposable cheap clothing, but one that is equipped with the classics that will pull through for me time and time again.

I have some of the things on this list, but there are definitely gaps that need to be filled. A lot of that has to do with my instant gratification shopping habits. I realize I need to slow down my spending and focus on saving for these clutch wardrobe pieces.

To help with that mindset, I am participating in Kendi Everyday's 30 for 30 challenge. The idea is to restrict yourself to wear 30 pieces of clothing from your wardrobe (including shoes) for 30 days. Sound hard? The real kicker is there will be no shopping for 30 days as well. Goodbye spring shopping!

During this challenge I hope to:

1. Appreciate what is in my own closet.
2. Find new ways to wear my clothes.
3. Figure out what is not working and purge. 
4. Save money.
5. Focus on purchasing items that are evergreen.

I will be taking you along for the ride and you will see a lot of repeat outfits in the month of February. Just be warned. I will be sharing the 30 items I pick. So stay tuned.

Wish me luck! And let me know if you decide to participate! The more support the better!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Refinery 29's next big style blogger

Refinery 29 is trying to find the next big style blogger. If you think that is me, you can vote for me here. And if you don't, this is kind of awkward. I guess we can still be friends?

Lady-like winner announcements!!!

I just realized I never announced the winners of the lady-like week giveaways. Congratulations! You may come up to the podium and accept your award. Or just check your inbox because I emailed you!
Rebecca from Sweet Moonnlight won the vintage pin from My Crochet Garden.

Clare from Teacup of Whimsy won a gift valued at $32 from Natural Fashionista by Rachelle D.

 Michelle from Another Day Another Outfit won the vintage earring and pin set from Moondog Cottage.

Classic inspiration

J.Crew is channeling a laid back LA vibe with their recent photo shoot featuring Hollywood landmarks. I love all of the runway looks for spring, but this is the first campaign that really has me excited for summer. I think I will take that trip with them...In my mind at least. (P.S. check out this archive of the blog J.Crewing—Goldmine!!)

I am loving this simple outfit featured on Le Fashion. White trousers, white t-shirt, red lipstick, side-swept bang—it's all you need.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Girly details in the great tundra that is Cleveland...

Ok so this is kind of the look we came up with together last week when I said I wanted to pair this polka dot top with flare jeans. The boots and the sweater kind of take away that 70s feel, but that's because it was probably one of the coldest days of the year last Friday. I really wanted to see what this shirt would look like tucked into a pair of pants, and it turns out I love it just the same. The polka dots can do no wrong. And a healthy dose of red lipstick doesn't hurt either. There is just something fun about pairing a big chunky sweater with a feminine little bow tie shirt.
H&M sweater, top, earrings; Gap jeans; Wanted Royalty boots (Piperlime); H&M; Nars Heatwave lipstick

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Camel and red ambitions

I was trying to figure out what my big camel and red moment would be (because I have been taunted with hundreds of images of this beautiful combo, See example), when I remembered that I bought this camel poncho earlier this fall, and I have had this bold print skirt since my days as a sales associate at Loft. I am mad that I didn't think of my particular creation sooner. I really like that the poncho itself is evocative of the old west and the bright print skirt is probably more appropriate for a garden tea party. Despite their contrasting purposes, I think they look oddly good together. And I think the wine colored boots, which can go with either piece separately, helped tie the look together.
H&M poncho ($20); Ann Taylor blouse ($14); Loft skirt; Franco Sarto boots; Charming Charlie earrings (gift)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Cleveland HotSpot: Lilly Handmade Chocolates

Lilly Handmade Chocolates in the Cleveland neighborhood of Tremont might as well be called Temptation Island. If you are a chocolate addict and swoon in the presence of specialty beers, this store is your kryptonite. All of the chocolate is handmade. When I say that I don't mean that they used their own bunny molds and just filled them with chocolate. Every single chocolate is created by Lilly. From the crazy ingredients to the designs it is all her idea. So two Fridays ago, when I was able to make it to the wine/beer and chocolate tasting they were hosting in conjunction with the Tremont Art Walk, I was pretty fired up.
Just read the ingredient lists of some of the chocolates we tried: Boozie Suzie (kirsch soaked French cherries. kirsch double chocolate ganache. dark chocolate.); Hawaii 216 (milk chocolate. house made pineapple jam. Neuske’s smoked bacon. five spice milk chocolate ganache.); and The Black Diamond (black perigord truffle infused honey. dark chocolate.). Each chocolate had its own wine or beer pairing. We tasted Scotch Ales from Ommegang and Dieu du Ciel as well as a Cab blend from Kit Fox and Color Me Purple Cabernet.

This is a definite must-see if you are ever in the Cleveland area. Cheers!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Lady like inspiration

We've laughed, we've cried, we've ogled gorgeous blouses, vintage jewelry, and knee-length skirts. Lady like week is over, but it will not soon leave my memory. A little dramatic, I know, but this is a trend that I feel will repeat itself time and time again, and one that I will probably keep attempting to achieve long after we have moved onto something else less characteristic of my style such as minimalism. So I am leaving you with some runway images to inspire. Keep it classy ladies!

Thank you to all of my sponsors! You truly made this week amazing with your generous discounts and giveaways.  Please continue to give your support to these amazing Etsy stores:

Hannah Mayo Photography
Tonight in Paris (Discount code good until Jan. 31st)
Vintage Valley Girl
Sweet Moonlight
Arion Jewelry
Stephie Lou Vintage (Discount code good until Jan. 31st)
Natural Fashionista by Rachelle D Giveaway ends Saturday, January 29 at 10 a.m.
Moondog Cottage Giveaway ends Saturday, January 29 at 10 a.m.
Quirk Vintage Clothing
My Crochet Garden Giveaway ends Saturday, January 29 at 10 a.m.
Stories and Divinations

All other discount codes end Sunday, January 30. You can see all of the discount codes and giveaways on Facebook and Twitter.

Reader's lady like look

Lauren from Small Time Style submitted her best lady like look and I am absolutely smitten. The long skirt and flowy blouse create an elegant and long line, and I just love the polka dots. For more great style, check out her blog here.

Lady like giveaway: My Crochet Garden

The last giveaway of the week is this beautiful flower pin from My Crochet Garden. Besides the great vintage finds, they have crochet hats, sweaters, and even bike seat covers. Visit the store and leave a comment below to enter to win the flower pin. Entries will be taken until 10 a.m. Saturday. Good luck!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

70s lady

Lady like looks are not only influenced by the long poofy skirts of the 40s and 50s, but also the long-sleeved billowy blouses and high-waisted wide-leg pants of the 70s. I am not wearing said pants here, but they would be an excellent compliment to this polka-dot bow-tie blouse, which is sheer by the way. And what is more lady like than a cardigan, pearls, and a pencil skirt. The cardigan was a gift from my sister that I unfortunately had to return because of a missing button, but instantly felt OK returning when I saw this coral version.

If you haven't already, please enter this Vintage pin and earring giveaway as well as this Floral beaded necklace giveaway. And follow me on Facebook and Twitter for more deals on Etsy. Send me your best lady like look at and I will feature it on Friday!

NY&Co. cardigan (gift); H&M top; Arden B pencil skirt; Vintage Ann Taylor shoes; Banana Republic pearl bracelet

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Ladylike giveaway: Natural Fashionista by RachelleD

Now through Saturday you have the chance to win one of these beautiful necklaces up to a $32 value from Natural Fashionista by RachelleD. To enter, please visit the store and tell me which is your favorite in the comments below.

Good luck!

An old classic: The striped shirt

I mentioned yesterday that part of the reason these lady-like looks are easy to wear is because they usually involve very classic pieces that you should always have in your wardrobe. I took that concept and applied it to a recent trend. Classic elements such as this knee-length black skirt, crisp white blouse, and bright red lipstick are updated by layering on a striped shirt. I also wore these brass hoop earrings and wine-color boots because of the Americana Ralph Lauren feel of this outfit. The striped shirt is definitely an old classic, but something that has been really on trend lately. So many of the classics have come back recently.
If you haven't already, enter to win these vintage earrings and pin. And keep checking my Facebook page and twitter profile for discount codes for Etsy. 
Charming Charlie's earrings (gift); NY&Co. blouse; Ralph Lauren top; Skirt (?); Franco Sarto boots

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A lady-like giveaway: Moondog Cottage

I am so excited to introduce a giveaway to Lady-Like Week here on the Cosmopolitan Clevelander. The carefully curated Etsy shop Moondog Cottage is offering one of my readers this gorgeous vintage earring and pin set. To enter, please visit the store and leave a comment below with your contact information. A winner will be chosen at random this Saturday at 10 a.m.

If you see something else you like and your order is $25 or over, contact Moondog Cottage and let them know that you heard about them via my blog and you will get free shipping. Shipping charges will be refunded after you place your order.

Happy shopping!

Monday, January 17, 2011

A week for the ladies...

Last week, I started to notice a pattern in the way I was dressing. I was embracing longer skirts and girly accessories. Lady-like looks, including longer skirts, 50s-style sweaters, and gloves and pearls, have been making their way into my style conscience since the Fall 2010 Louis Vuitton runway looks. While some may find this trend boring, I actually feel that making longer skirts and classic shapes look current is more of a challenge. These looks are ultimately what will help you create a timeless and effortless wardrobe appropriate for your 20s to 50s. It's the Betty Draper in all of us wanting to come out. So this week is dedicated to everything lady-like. Keep your eyes peeled for some discount codes to select Etsy stores. I will be posting these deals on Twitter and Facebook so make sure you follow me on both. 
I have been trying to slowly incorporate some of my Christmas gifts into my current wardrobe, and I have had to resist the urge to wear all my gifts at once. I think I have been displaying amazing self control. It's hard though since I got such thoughtful, nice gifts. First of all, I have to commend the boy for getting me this amazing necklace that is something I would have definitely picked out for myself, but something I would have never bought for myself. And secondly, I am in love with these shoes. I tipped off Santa when Nine West was having a great sale and so here they are. As for the rest of the outfit, I love the classic shape of this skirt and its paper bag wrinkled texture. With a skirt this big and a turtleneck that clingy this outfit really accentuates a lady-like silhouette with its cinched waist. And the very neural colors made it easy to wear the leopard print pattern and bright red lipstick.
Target turtleneck; H&M skirt; Anne Klein sweater tights; Banana Republic necklace; Nine West shoes

(Top photo via Fashion Gone Rogue)

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