Thursday, September 29, 2011

Vintage skirt in fall plaid

This outfit makes me think of Kate Middleton or Emma Watson via Burberry. It has that traditional British look that still says I am a modern woman. Plaid is a pattern I always get nostalgic for when fall rolls around. It seems to be the perfect compliment to heavier fabrics. I got this skirt at a vintage shop in Cleveland last spring called the Rag Refinery. Lucky for all of you they have an online shop as well. I love how the skirt adds the perfect touch of vintage to the outfit, and that it goes perfectly with these boots. Do you plan to incorporate plaid into your fall wardrobe?
Rag Refinery skirt; Express cowl neck top sweater; Franco Sarto boots; H&M earrings

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Fall dress from work to date

I think this picture perfectly encapsulates the fit of this dress. It lays in a similar way as a wrap dress, but without the wrap, and the deep neckline is paired with a waist line similar to a skater dress. I wore this first as work outfit with my scarf covering the deep v-neck and then out to dinner and a movie at South Side Works. I kept it comfortable with the flats and the scarf doubled as a way to keep it conservative at work while also dressing it up for a date after work. I have a couple more looks in mind for this dress so stay tuned and read my review of the dress.
H&M dress and earrings; Target scarf; Gap flats; emile m. purse via TJ Maxx;

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Reworking my vintage electric blue blouse

I first wore this blouse on the blog about a year ago with these black pants and heels. Today I am revisiting it with some updated accessorizing in the form of a statement necklace, red lipstick, and leopard print heels. This blouse was purchased at ridiculously affordable thrift store prices and I am still getting use out of it a year later. Expensive designers are still putting out similar styles. Regardless, how can you say no to electric blue?
Thrifted blouse; H&M pants: Nine West shoes; The Limited necklace; Nars Heatwave lipstick

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

70s style dress and boots

A little sneak peak into my weekend at Trax Farm in Finleyville, PA. I have finally found my country market near the city. As you can see fall harvest is in full swing.

I have worn my mom's old dress countless times. Every time I get a plethora of compliments. There may not be a better time than right now to wear it. With fall right around the corner I can give it that sophisticated look with boots and a blazer. The flowy skirt paired with the boots evokes that 70s style everyone is talking about. This is the first time I have styled this dress for a fall work look and I love everything about pairing the structured with the less structured.

I wore this outfit tonight to a Mason Jennings concert at Mr. Smalls Theater in Millvale, PA. I was extremely impressed by this concert venue. We watched a movie projected onto the back of a brick building in their outdoor courtyard and enjoyed pumpkin beers while we waited for the opener Pine Tree. The small old 18th century Catholic church provided for an intimate atmosphere, which was especially appropriate for Mason Jennings whose encore was a Hawaiian lullaby his mother used to sing to him.  

Sunday, September 18, 2011

$14.95 H&M jersey wrap dress

I went into my local H&M looking for this dress after I was prompted by an email from the retailer advertising this dress for the amazing price of $14.95. To me it looked like an up-to-date take on the jersey dress that could be worn for just about any occasion from work to family events to a night out.

One thing you should know, if you are looking for this particular color pictured above, is that it is actually more of an orange rust than red. I was not upset by this as I like the color rust, but it's important to note that the color looks different in person. The dress also comes in a blue pattern, snakeskin, powdery beige, camel, and black.

When I first tried on the dress in my typical size small, it was not flattering at all. The waist was loose making me look wider than I actually am and it just didn't have that sleek look like from the picture. I guessed that H&M's inconsistent sizing was the culprit. Indeed it was. Upon trying on the x-small, the waist was tighter and hitting me in the right place. The sleeves were also much tighter, but I don't mind that. The wrap, which was a little too loose before, was also fitting much better now.

I bought the dress in rust and can see myself wearing it in a variety of different ways such as with boots and a scarf or black tights and heels.

Being that this dress is jersey and only $14.95 the fit is not going to be perfect on everyone, but I definitely advise you to try on some other sizes and see how it looks before giving up on it. It really is quite a versatile and stylish dress for only $14.95.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Old Navy Green Corduroys

I was walking into Old Navy to make a return last spring when these green corduroy pants jumped off the sale rack and into my bag for $6! It didn't make sense to not buy them. Ever since then I couldn't wait to wear them with rich fall colors. At first I thought this red plaid button down would be way too staged and too much like a Tommy Hilfiger photo shoot, but I think the blue blazer does a good job of toning it down. Today the high was fifty nine degrees. We are officially crossing over into some cooler fall weather.

Ralph Lauren button down; thrifted Evan Picone Blazer; Old Navy pants; Charleston Market earrings
In other news, I tried the Market District Giant Eagle brand of Harvest Pumpkin pasta sauce. I made it with regular spaghetti noodles, added bacon, walnuts, and goat cheese. It was delicious. Next time I think I will make it with cheese ravioli as the recipe of the jar recommends. I love fall!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Androgynous fall look

When it comes to my work outfits I don't mind a little androgyny. I actually prefer it. A nice pair of trousers and a classic button down look great on a man, and even better on a woman. It's the Annie Hall effect. The less form fitting pieces leave more to the imagination. I threw in the boat shoes to top off the menswear-inspired look. They also seemed like a good match for these rolled navy pants. These pants are perfect for fall, and I am going to take full advantage of them while I can.
Sears pants; Target top and shoes; J.Crew necklace

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

White blouse + Chunky Necklace

For in between seasons, this outfit has it all. Long sleeves that can be rolled up and plenty of ventilation. The color scheme also has a hint of fall with the red skirt, but still calls on summer with this chunky gold and turquoise necklace. Although it's a little glared out by the sun in these pictures, I love how this necklace spruces up a white button down shirt. I have meaning to make this pairing for a while.
Gap skirt; NY & Co. shirt; Ann Taylor shoes; Forever 21 necklace

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Fashion's Night Out: Saks Fifth Avenue Pittsburgh

During a rainy Fashion's Night Out, the Saks Fifth Avenue in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh stood out like a beacon of everything stylish and fabulous. Whether you are a frequent shopper at Saks or you dream of shopping there one day, it's a great place to visit for some fall inspiration and fashion camaraderie.

The theme of the night was technology. Blogging and social media were embraced with a VIP area as well as some visitors from the Carnegie Science Center. was in attendance taking before and after pictures of guests in their Saks styled outfits for a chance to win a $500 gift card. Overall it was all very blogger friendly.

Guests enjoy dry ice cream in front of the Theory display.

Local DJs and music were on every floor as well as some kind of treat in the form of candy, cupcakes, wine, and more.

For me, looking at all of the on trend displays for fall was the biggest highlight. I can't wait to pull out my chunky sweaters for cooler weather and the gorgeous sweaters on display definitely stole the show. There were various boho/70s looks, something I will truly be embracing this fall with wide leg pants and flowy tops. Although dark rich colors were prominent, it looks as though you shouldn't rule out brights just yet. See the hats and glove display below. It was one of my favorites.

Models Marissa and Maddie look great in their fall styles. I loved the updated Burberry print on this dress.

While there I was able to take a tour of the store with Marketing Director Meg Flynn, and I was given the chance to see just how specialized the shopping experience at Saks really is. Regular shoppers can try on clothes in their own private dressing room and seek the help of a stylist by joining the Fifth Avenue Club. Perfume launches happen at Saks far in advance of other stores, such as Maison Martin Margiela's (untitled), a light flowery scent. Designers rent space to showcase their wears. It's truly like having access to New York City's Fifth Avenue.

A Gorgeous Cable-Knit Sweater

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