Monday, June 20, 2011

Risky Business

The wayfarers and collar shirt make me think of Tom Cruise in Risky Business minus the whole dancing in my underwear part. For me, it's more like blogging in my underwear in between drying my hair, getting dressed, and running out the door in the morning. Yeah—that's really not cool. Even though I may not have the coolness factor of Tom Cruise in an 80s movie, I sure feel cool in this summery red and blue combo. The nude heels and brown belt add to the warmth of the outfit. Lastly, I couldn't allow this preppy outfit to be too perfect, so I added some vintage bracelets. Risky...right?
Ralph Lauren button down; Gap skirt; Candies via Kohl's shoes; Vintage and J.Crew bracelets; RB Wayfarers

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Beachside town

With all of the nautical-inspired fashion right now, I am surprised to not see a resurgence in this style of skirt. I used Google to search key words such as nautical-print skirt, beach-print skirt, and even, French Riviera print skirt. Nothing came up like this. If I had to guess, I would say stores like Talbots and Ann Taylor used to carry skirts like this one in the 90s. It's certainly for a more "mature" woman. Even still, I am obsessed with this style skirt. I can't help but love the depiction of a beachside town in heavy paint-like strokes. And even better, I picked this one up at the thrift store for $3.50. The tag on this skirt reads Bernardo, a brand I never heard of until I Googled it.
Ralph Lauren top; Thrifted skirt; Nine West shoes; H&M trench coat

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Navigating casual Friday

For casual Friday at work (everyday), I like to turn to my Forever 21 maxi dress. It is amazingly comfortable, and it is also a great option for any Friday night plans that may come up. Wearing it with a cardi or cover up, to me, makes it work appropriate. Some may disagree, but my office is pretty casual. Some people wear jeans everyday. I choose to dress up during the week, but opt for something casual Friday, which is what the majority of people do. Everyone associates casual Friday with jeans. However, during the recent heat wave (99 degrees) we have been experiencing, jeans might not be the most comfortable option. So I am just curious, what can you get away with at your office? Is it just me, or are policies becoming more relaxed?
Forever 21 dress; J.Crew men's button down; Sam Edelman sandals; Ray Ban aviators; Vintage, Forever 21, Macy's, J.Crew jewelry

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Bossypants discussion: 50-150

Hello Bookclub! Long time no see. To lead the discussion on pages 50-150, I have passed the baton on to my good friend and former college roommate, Rosanna. See what she has to say about Bossypants after the jump:

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The chambray shirt

It used to be a U.S. work wear and Navy staple. Retailers have been revitalizing it in the form of tops, dresses, and even skirts, for what seems like a long time now, and I don't see it peacing out anytime soon. It's more light weight than denim, but it is just as versatile. I finally bought my own chambray shirt at Target for $20 this past spring. I thought its gray-blue color would pair perfectly with this bright print skirt that I picked up at the consignment shop. I wanted some opposition to its casual style so I layered on three pearl necklaces. The hardest challenge is making something casual look work appropriate, but I think this shirt passed the test. It is officially well worth the $20.
Target chambray shirt; Inc by Macy's skirt via consignment shop; J.Crew, Gifted, Vintage necklaces; Ann Taylor vintage thrifted shoes; Ray Ban Wayfarer sunglasses

A Gorgeous Cable-Knit Sweater

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