Monday, February 28, 2011

Weekend update 30 for 30: Days 25 to 27

I have a lot to update you with. It was quite a busy weekend so there are a lot of outfits to share, but I wanted prove that I was still sticking to the 30 for 30 in the final stretch. You guys keep me so honest!

Day 25: For staying home because of a real-life adult snow day!
J.Crew cardigan; Old Navy shirt; c/o James Jeans; Gap city flats; The Limited necklace

Day 26 outfit #1: Bridal Shower
Nordstrom BP cardigan; Gabriel Brother's dress; Nine West shoes; Francesca's necklace

Day 26 outfit #2: Bachelorette party that included cooking class and bowling
Kohl's sweater dress; c/o James Jeans; Francesca's necklace; Nine West shoes

Day 27: Church, book store, Mexican food, Oscars
J.Crew cardigan; c/o Jack Wills shirt; American Eagle jeans; Gap city flats

Friday, February 25, 2011

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Balancing act

I don't know about you guys and galz but sometimes I get in a rut when it comes to my work attire. I am always trying to maintain my professional appearance while still expressing my personal style. I feel like this outfit really achieves that. The pencil skirt, although a typical work piece, is in a fun bright color. The gray sweater is more of a relaxed look, however, paired with the pencil skirt it is perfectly acceptable in my business casual office. The necklace helps to dress it up a bit. Looking professional and stylish in the office doesn't have to be expensive either. The sweater is from H&M and the skirt was thrifted.
H&M sweater; Thrifted United Colors of Benetton pencil skirt; Nine West shoes; The Limited necklace

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Great lengths

The trend as of late has been to wear a maxi skirt with a cute cropped knit sweater. Since I did that already, I thought I would play around with different lengths. Because I was going with a longer sweater over top of an already floor-length skirt, I thought it would be a good idea to add my belt to this outfit so I didn't drown in the long proportions. And because it was another cold day in the Cleve, I wore leggings and socks to keep warm under this skirt. They are black and gray argyle and completely don't match this outfit, but I don't care! I feel a little Cruella de Vil with these gloves.
H&M sweater; Forever 21 skirt; Gap belt; Target gloves; Nine West heels; NY&Co. sunglasses

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Navy, black and tan

I am skipping right past day 21. That will come later in the week for my guest post. So I am moving right on to day 22. I think it’s interesting that a couple of months ago I was debating whether or not to purchase this blazer at the thrift store for under $5. After taking it home and sending it to the dry cleaner it looked like new and during this challenge it has become a staple in my wardrobe. And yes those are black jeans. The old rules about wearing navy and black have pretty much been forgotten. The warm hue of these boots really brings the colors together. With such a neutral palette, I thought it was the right time to break out the Nars Heatwave lipstick.
Thrifted Evan Piccone blazer; Old Navy top; James Jeans Twiggy Black Cat leggings; Wanted Royalty boots; Nars Heatwave lipstick

Monday, February 21, 2011

Weekend update 30 for 30 challenge

Day 19: Target turtleneck; American Eagle jeans; Banana Republic necklace, Nine West shoes
Day 20: J.Crew cardigan; H&M top: James Jeans; Gap city flats; Nars Heatwave lipstick

Happy Monday all! I hope you have today off from work. I do and I am loving every minute of it. Sleeping in, coffee, and reading my favorite blogs...couldn't be more perfect. I just wanted to check in with my weekend outfits for the 30 for 30 challenge. I basically lived in skinny jeans so sorry for the lack of variation. I took my first ballet class in years on Friday night and we celebrated my mom and aunt's (her twin sister) birthday with tacos and birthday sombreros (Vicky Cristina Barcelona soundtrack is great background music for a party). Also, the Oscars are this weekend. I can't wait for that! I will be posting my ballot for you to see sometime this week, and I would really love it if you could weigh in. And I will be guest posting on another blog so stay tuned for that. Enjoy your week!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

The origin of gingham discussed

The gingham shirt has become such a common part of the wardrobe vernacular that it would be redundant for me to try to explain its appeal. I actually can't even think back far enough to remember its origin or who "started it". I suspect J.Crew due possibly to the influx of folk bands or maybe its attempt to extend the brand to hermit writers who have had to suffer bear attacks and unruly river currents without their lightweight button-down shirt in Van Buren gingham to protect them. So anyways, I tried to contrast the rural vibe of the gingham shirt with skinny black jeggings and mah shiny purple pumps for day 18 of the 30 for 30 challenge. I am a remixing foool!
c/o of Jack Wills button down; c/o of James Jeans Twiggy Black Cat leggings; Antonio Melani pumps; Ray Ban Wayfarers; Francescas necklace

Friday, February 18, 2011


 My original plan for today's outfit was this pencil skirt, striped shirt, navy blue tights, loafers, and a neon yellow belt. I had several other bright bells and whistles that I was going to add, but then I remembered journalism 101: K.I.S.S. In the end I went with just a simple blazer and this green glass bead necklace, and I loved the results! Sometimes I don't accessorize enough and sometimes I tend to over-do it, so something I am learning is control and not wearing every trend that is hot all at once. It was actually something that Habitually Chic author Heather Clawson said in this blog post that made me rethink this outfit. It had to do with the editors from Vogue looking so simple and chic during NYC Fashion Week compared to all of the style bloggers running around overdressed. It stung, but then I realized that I tend to try to be too trendy instead of just stylish. I definitely want to achieve a balance between the two leaning more heavily towards stylish. It's easy to compare yourself to other style bloggers wishing you had the same clothes when in reality that is what sets you apart—being different. So the moral of the story is: be the first to buy something trendy and then blog about it right away so no one can steal your thunder! Happy Weekend!
Thrifted Evan Piccone blazer, United Colors of Benneton skirt, and Ann Taylor loafers; Old Navy t-shirt; Worthington tights; Banyan Tree necklace

Thursday, February 17, 2011

American aesthetic

This is actually one of my favorite outfits of the whole 30 for far! I love the way that boxy, menswear-inspired silhouettes look on a feminine figure, and I tried to contrast that with the pony tail and big earrings. I feel like the wide-leg pants with the blazer and crew neck sweater epitomizes looking sharp but leisurely—the traditional American aesthetic achieved by designers like Ralph Lauren, Derek Lam, and Tory Burch. This is also just a fancy way of saying that I can wear jeans to work if I want to.
Thrifted Evan Piccone wool blazer and Ann Taylor shoes ($5); Pendleton wool sweater; Gap jeans; H&M earrings; Ray Ban wayfarers

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Black or white: MJ tribute and day 15!

This was when I officially got to the bottom of my pile of clothes for the 30 for 30 challenge and it was day 15. So I accomplished my goal of wearing every piece at least once, even though I had to throw all of the black and white colors together at once. I feel like this is my Michael Jackson tribute of the 30 for 30. From this point on it is my strategy to not repeat an outfit I have worn already. Despite the simplicity of this outfit, I always love the clean lines of pairing black and white and having a little fun with that by using a white polka dot bow tie blouse. I love that the bow tie just peaks out of the top of this cardigan. This is definitely something I see myself pairing with a bright skirt in the spring time. Speaking of spring, it has been so warm lately that the hills are alive with music...except that we don't have hills in Ohio. Despite this heat wave, I couldn't be more excited by the heavy fabrics and deep colors walking down the runways at Fall 2011 NYC Fashion week. I have been wanting to highlight my favorites, but I have not had time this week, so I might provide an update this weekend. Stay tuned!
BP Nordstrom cardigan; H&M blouse; The Limited pants; Gap ballet flats; Ray Ban Wayfarers, Nars Heatweave, Silver Mine Jewelry; Vintage marquee rhinestone earrings via ebay

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Interpreting of 60s-70s style and day 14

This blouse was the last clothing purchase I made before I started the 30 for 30 challenge. I found it at a new consignment franchise in Cleveland called Clothes Mentor. I couldn't be more excited for this store addition because it is basically like Plato's Closet for adults. No snobby teens are at the counter telling you that your clothes are not up to snuff. This particular blouse is reminiscent of those that strolled down the runway in the Fall 2010 line for Chloe, and it nicely channels the 60s/70s with its fun pattern. I decided pairing it with this navy skirt would accurately depict the mod vibe and shorter hemlines of the 60s. Because the color combo was so vibrant, I didn't want to go too far off the mark, so I wore my navy blue tights. Because of this whole colorful-tights craze I was able to find the courage to wear navy blue tights, and realized how desperately I needed them. A few years ago I would have been too immature to realize their value, and too chicken to try them. Now I can't imagine a wardrobe without them. That goes for skinny jeans and ballet flats too. These only became popular within the last 4 or 5 years, and I can't believe I ever lived without them. I will probably never stop wearing either. Does that mean skinny jeans will be the mom jeans of the future?
BCBG thrifted blouse; Gap skirt; Worthington tights; Ann Taylor thrifted vintage loafers; Silver Mine jewelry

Monday, February 14, 2011

Weekend update and Larchmere antiques

This is what I wore over the weekend.
For antiquing on Saturday (Day 12): Thrifted scarf; Target turtleneck; Gap pants and belt; Charming Charlie's earrings; Nine West shoes; Thrifted Ralph Lauren purse
For Sunday brunch and movie (Day 13): H&M sweater; c/o Jack Wills gingham blouse; c/o James Jeans Twiggy Black Cat leggings; Gap ballet flats; Silver Mine Jewelry

This outfit started with my love for scarves and anything equestrian. I love playing with different ways to wear scarves, and when I saw Sydney from the Daybook style her scarf like this, I knew I wanted to try it. I folded the scarf diagonally and brought the two ends together and tied them around my neck, like a cowboy kerchief, and then I layered my belt over the scarf at my natural waist. Ta-da! A new way to belt it. Celine Dion-style!

In said amazing outfit, we ventured to the Larchmere neighborhood in Cleveland for antiquing. The antique stores ranged from completely random kitsch to obscure, expensive pieces like the kind that make people rich via the Antiques Road Show. One store that had us at hello was Elegant Extras. Based on the storefront, you would assume that they only carry porcelain and china dishes, but if you navigate your way through the narrow rows between tables and tables of dishes, you will find several cases of vintage fine jewelry and some very fun paintings including the mannequins. I had to share some photos of this store because it is just out of this world. There was so much jewelry to choose from, but when it came down to it, my favorite cases were those with the statement earrings and necklaces. Of course no actual purchases were made during this trip due to the 30 for 30 spending freeze.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

French girl

For Valentine's day I didn't want to wear the typical red and pink ensemble. I just recently wrote an article expressing my disdain for it. I did want to wear something evocative of romance, which is why I put together this French Girl inspired look. As you can see, Cleveland is still covered in snow so I decided to go with my sweater tights. An amazing invention. If you are in the Cleveland area for Valentine's Day, you should visit the Cinematheque and see one of the Audrey Hepburn movies being shown.We ended up seeing the new Adam Sandler movie because we didn't want to bring ourselves to watching such a depressing movie as Blue Valentine for the special occasion. Just go with it was pretty silly. What are your Valentine's Day plans?
Ralph Lauren top and vintage thrifted purse; Target scarf; Gap skirt; Anne Klein tights; Ann Taylor thrifted vintage loafers; Ray Ban wayfarers

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Woolly mammoth

I am a third of the way through the 30 for 30 challenge (it's day 10), and I am glad that I put my Pendleton wool sweater in the rotation. It is one of the warmest sweaters I own. It's a vintage, American-made piece so you know the quality is good. I picked it up at the Ohio Knitting Mills pop-up shop, which has been extended to February 20th. It has been so cold this week, I actually wish I was a woolly mammoth with it's warm fur. Damn ice age! I resorted to layering. The striped shirt seemed like a natural pairing for this rust-color sweater. I feel like the top part of this outfit is very casual and the bottoms are all business, but the flare legs allow for a little leeway in that department. A lot has been discussed about the 70s being back in style so I piled on the gold jewelry including this cool vintage cloisonné cuff from the boy and one of my new Margaret Elizabeth rings that I won from a Matchbook giveaway. The 24k gold vermeil is so pretty and shiny and I love the clear quartz. What I love most about her jewelry is that she uses fine materials, but the pieces wont break the bank. She is definitely a jewelery designer worth checking out.
Pendleton wool sweater; Old Navy t-shirt; The Limited pants; Nine West shoes; J.Crew necklace; H&M earrings; Vintage cloisonné cuff; Margaret Elizabeth ring

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Hair buns and herringbone

So what do you do when your alarm doesn't go off and you wake up just with just enough time to drive to work? You quickly shower, throw your hair in a bun, and run out the door. Once I made the decision to style my hair in a bun, it was clear to me that I wanted to wear dangly earrings. I knew that my navy blue blazer and fuchsia sweater dress I chose the night before would go well with these gold peacock earrings. What I ended up loving about the outfit was the way the bun looked with my herringbone winter coat. Sometimes it's nice to appreciate the little details of an outfit. I feel like buns and herringbone coats qualify as unabashedly prep (also a reference to one of my favorite blogs). I feel like it polishes the whole look and reminds of Natalie Portman running around New York City in her winter coat and ballerina bun in Black Swan. In reference to yesterday's post, I did not see 127 hours either, but I did see the King's Speech and loved it. I also saw Black Swan and hope it wins for best picture.
Vix coat via Victoria's Secret; Kohl's dress; Thrifted Evan Piccone wool blazer and Ann Taylor loafers; Forever 21 earrings; Worthington navy blue tights; NY&Co sunglasses

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

30 for 30 weekend update

Hello! I just wanted to check in with what I wore for the 30 for 30 over the weekend. The reason I am doing this so late is because I made a long weekend out of it. And with an unexpected long weekend that you didn't pack for comes with it a repeated outfit. That's right I had to repeat an outfit. But it was all for a good cause: an extra fun weekend!

So what's new with you? Did you see any good movies over the weekend? I feel like there are more than enough events to get us through the month of February:

Valentine's Day
The Oscars

And soon it will be March practically spring. So what are your Oscar predictions? I am thinking it's going to be hard to choose between James Franco and Colin Firth.

Days 5 & 8: H&M sweater; American Eagle jeans; Piperlime boots; Charming Charlie's earrings
Day 6: Terry Bradshaw vintage jersey; AE Jeans; Gap city flats
Day 7: H&M sweater; Target scarf; James Jeans leggings; Charming Charlie's earrings

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Twiggy Black Cat

Thanks to Taylor from Sterling Style and James Jeans, I had the chance to peruse the online selection of the LA-based jeans designer. I had a hard time narrowing down my choices, which included the skinny green cargos, very on trend right now, and the dark wash leggings, but in the end I chose these Twiggy Black Cat jean leggings. I chose these because I wanted exactly what the name infers, that 60s look. Something that would look good paired with ballet flats dressed down or with high heels for the dressier occasion. When they arrived they could not have been more perfect in color, fit, and style. They are not so overly stretchy that they loose their shape after too much wear, but they seem to have the right amount of give in the right places. I have never felt so comfortable in a pair of skinnies or jeggings as people call them. I am feeling very 60s with them on. Andy Warhol would be proud.
Cashmere turtleneck (gift); The Limited necklace; Ray Ban Wayfarers; James Jeans leggings; Nine West shoes

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