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Gone Fishing

February 5, 2011

I’m currently gathering some inspiration and stockpiling some good posts! I’m also doing a little housekeeping on the site.

Stay tuned :)

Two Thousand A-Livin

January 5, 2011

2011 is here and I’m excited to see where it takes me and everyone else in my life. The beginning of the year is always a fun time. You’re more organized, more focused and more motivated to get those little everyday chores taken care of in a timely fashion. For the most part I’m a very organized person BUT it’s the pesky little everyday things that always put a snag in my otherwise put-together life. Things like dropping off the drying cleaning, making any kind of return and then there’s picking up the dry cleaning, just the little things that don’t have to happen right that minute but hang on your to-do list for weeks on end. This year, like every other year, I’ve put some new systems in place to help me keep up with my life and I’ve zeroed in on some essentials that help me do that. I’ve set a few goals and reevaluated some areas of my life (and my closet) so stay tuned…this is bound to be a great year!!

[Gifted J Crew planner, Notes for every occasion, Tory Burch card case, Rebecca Minkoff "Morning After" bag, Kate Spade Wallet, Flip Cam to capture those unexpected moments like my nephew dancing to MJ on Christmas]

Have you done something nice today?

December 1, 2010

“Did you know that a good deed erases a bad deed?”

- Pigeon Lady from Home Alone 2: Lost In New York

Although I don’t think the best person to take sage advice from is the pigeon lady from Home Alone 2 it’s still not a bad idea! This post is a bit different than my usual ramblings but I think it’s a fun read. Last November one of my friends sent me an article discussing a woman’s struggle with her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Her Dr. suggested some alternative medicine to help her cope with the pain and lift her spirits a little. His recommendation was to do something nice for someone else every day for 30 days. Now, let’s just be honest with ourselves here I went down in a blaze of glory with my no shop November. I got all the way to the last week and FAILED. It was a valiant effort with a few sucesses along the way (I passed up a DVF dress on sale at Saks and I still dream about it) but I failed none the less. Despite my lack of will-power in regards to clothing purchases I was able to successfully complete the 30 days of niceness challenge last year. It’s definitely more fun to do something for other people than to not do something for yourself!

Some days were more impressive than others but for the most part it was the little things that made me feel like I was doing my part to make the holidays meaningful. Here are a few things that I spent last December doing:

  1. Writing letters to soldiers over seas (this may have been my favorite!)
  2. Donating blood
  3. Donating to charities
  4. Volunteering
  5. Offering to help friends/family carry groceries, take out the trash, etc.
  6. Not eating the last piece of pound cake and offering it to my Mom
  7. Calling a friend I haven’t heard from in a while
  8. Sending notes just because
  9. Holding doors open for people
  10. Letting someone go ahead of me in line at the grocery store

Those are just some ideas but really it can be anything! Writing Christmas cards, unloading the dish washer when it’s not your turn, baking cookies for your co-workers. Today’s task will be wrapping Christmas presents for the less fortunate! I hope this gives you some ideas!

Chiffon and Lace

November 22, 2010

I’m BACK! It’s hard to write blog posts on cute outfits and current favorites if you’re not shopping BUT just because I’m not buying anything doesn’t mean that I don’t love to torture myself by wandering around Saks on a Sunday afternoon.  I was trying to get ideas for a couple of holiday parties that are coming up and everything I was drawn to had elements of lace, chiffon or ruffles. Think volume. Think girly. Think cupcakes. I could just hear my mom telling me how my style hasn’t changed since I used to play dress up as a little girl.

While I will never grow out of flowey, girly dresses, my boyfriend pointed out to me that some occasions call for a little more glam and a little less pastry-esque attire (of course not his words but I’m paraphrasing). I managed to find a couple of dresses that satisfy both the chic, classic side as well as the romantic, girly side. Two of my favorite designers that capture both styles perfectly are Alice + Olivia and BCBG. Now if only money wasn’t an object… 

 {Alice + Olivia dress, BCBG dress, Alice + Olivia dress}

{I found this affordable alternative to the Alice + Olivia dress seen above right! Wyatt, dress}

Diving In

November 4, 2010

Day four and we’re still going strong! Instead of shopping I put together an outfit for a friend’s birthday this weekend which incorporates a trend I’ve been hesitant to try! I bought a pair of silk, cropped pants on sale at Madewell and I’m dying for a chance to wear them and see what people think. I’m not always the best at diving into trends head first but it didn’t take me as long as it usually does to bite the bullet and buy these pants. I was looking at similar options that were more expensive but I just couldn’t bring myself to pay that much for something I’m sure will be obsolete in a couple of seasons. Here’s what I came up with for birthday fun!

{Sequined Shirt and Draped Jacket, J Crew, Pants, Madewell, shoes, Jeffrey Campbell

Creatively Dressed

November 2, 2010

I love to shop. Period. I love getting compliments on how I’m dressed or my style in general which is why I started this blog…so you could all compliment me (kidding!). What I’ve realized is that instead of creatively “shopping my closet” for clothes I haven’t worn in a while or mixing things up with different accessories, shoes, scarves etc. I just buy something new. My passion for clothes and fashion drives a lot of my purchases, yes but when it comes to style it isn’t about what you spend it’s about how you wear it. Staple pieces can be dressed up or down, funky or classic and every way in between. Style is how you manipulate clothes to make you look and feel great. While I would love to be at the point in my life where I have cash to burn, I’m definitely not and even though I love my job it’s not exactly paying me Donald Trump’s salary.

So for now it’s all about using what I have with a few additions here and there and I am the first to admit it’s not that I don’t have enough! To kick off my wardrobe creativity and fiscal responsibility I suggested a contest with my friend Michelle. The rules of this contest are pretty simple, no shopping for 30 days from Nov. 1 to Dec. 1. We’re allowing purchases for others such as Christmas and Birthday presents or “just because” presents to those lovely men who put up with our shopping addictions and fashion meltdowns.

In case you’re thinking, “there is no way you’ll be able to do this, you have an entire blog geared largely towards fashion,” don’t you worry, you’re not alone! In the two days that we’ve been in contest mode I’ve already thought of no less than 20 items I NEED RIGHT THIS VERY SECOND. Hopefully that feeling is just the one of the initial symptoms of my withdrawal and it won’t in fact curl me up in front of my computer crying and clutching a cashmere sweater for the next 27 days.

So here it goes! This will be my mini Eat, Pray, Love experiment. Not shopping will be my Italy, wearing what I already have and falling back in love with it will be my India and I will end the month with a renewed sense of what I actually need verses what I want in “Bali”. Outfit posts to come later this week but nothing bought after Nov. 1!

{I’ll be fine…right?}

Face Time

October 25, 2010

If there’s one thing I’m definitely not an expert on it would be make-up. Do I love it? Yes. Do I understand skin tones, face dimensions color palettes? Not at all! With a lot of help from various cosmetic professionals I think I’ve assembled a good inventory of basic everyday essentials and fun nighttime sparkle. It doesn’t hurt that my mother is a Mary Kay rep and I have an makeup arsenal in my parents basement in case of emergency or that my friends are all to willing to share the secret to their cat eyes or dewy cheeks. I’ve discovered it’s all about the tips and tricks you learn along the way.

I fell in love with Bare Minerals a few years ago and I have gotten a lot of compliments on my skin because of it’s lightweight coverage. One of my new favorites is Mary Kay’s brow gel which is more useful than you might imagine for a girl with dark eyebrows (or one who analyzes photos of herself and gets irritated when her eyebrows are out of place!)! My favorites are listed below, enjoy!

{Daytime essentials}

{Nighttime Sparkle}

1. Benefit, Erase Paste

2. Benefit, Cream Shadow in Birthday Suit (great for everyday or as a base for a nighttime smoky eye)

3. Chanel, Bronzer

4. Mary Kay, Mineral Eye Makeup in Sweet Plum

5. Smashbox, Blush Rush in Radiance

6. Stila, Smudge Pot in Black

7. Mary Kay, Cream Blush

8. Benefit, BadGal Lash in Rich Black

9. Benefit, Show Offs in Powder Puff

10. MAC, Eyeshadow

 

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