Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Maxi Dress

For the longest time I have been afraid of the word maxi. For me, maxi invokes images of women who easily scale 5'7" and can pull off a full length dress. Does it matter that Nicole Richie - who is 4 inches shorter than me - wears maxis all the time? No. I just knew that I would never be able to pull it off. 

 But I took the leap and got this maxi dress during an Ann Taylor sale a few weeks ago, and you know what? I was wrong. So wrong. I feel like this dress makes me look like I've suddenly sprouted a few extra inches. Plus the chevron stripes are slimming. Everything about this dress is just right. And because everything was so right about this dress, I figured there was nothing better to wear for my first day in the city. And you know what? I got complimented on the T! Bonus! 

Dress - Ann Taylor
Jacket - Swapped
Gladiator Sandals - Target
Necklace - JewelMint
Earrings - Shabby Apple
Ring - Kate Spade

Is there something you always thought you could never pull off, but then you take a risk and it realize it works brilliantly? I'll admit when I'm wrong, and in this case, I was really wrong. But, I've luckily realized the error of my ways can assure you that I'll be stocking up on maxi dresses moving forward.   


Monday, August 29, 2011

Feeling Catty

Based on what I'm reading across the interwebs, I know I'm not the only one who's got a bad case of jungle fever. You know what I mean... a desire to own everything with an animal print.

I picked up this top from Alloy this summer. And yeah, I know it's a site for teens, but 32 is the new 16, right? The thing I love about this top is the bow tie at the top (which you can't see here, grr) and the cut of the sleeves, which allow it to flutter a bit. 

This was also the last photo shoot at my old office location. Today is our first day in Boston (woo hoo!) so I'll need to find a new spot to take outfit photos. I'll also need to mentally prepare for creepers, unless you know any good spots around the Common/State House that don't get a lot of foot traffic. Apart from the creepers, I have a serious question for you city commuters. How do you balance fashion and comfort when walking to/fro the T? Do you wear your heels around the city? Or do you wear a pair of flats and switch to heels at the office? I'm struggling with this concept, and appreciate any insights/thoughts. 

Shirt - Alloy
Pants - New York & Co
Belt and Earrings- Tilly's
Shoes - Urban Outfitters
Ring - JewelMint
Watch - Citizen
All right, I'm off to navigate my first commute as a city dweller. I feel like today is the first day of school (I mean, a girl has to really think about her "first day in the city" outfit.) I think I've got a good one planned, and can't wait to show y'all. I hope y'all have a fabulous Monday, and we'll see you tomorrow.


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Missing You

Friends, I have been missing you so much. I haven't read a blog for days, and each day I wear a cute outfit hoping to take outfit photos, only to leave work when it's pitch black outside. I guess you can say I'm a little busy this week (3 clients prepping and pitching for one of their busiest trade shows of the year.) Sanity should resume next week. Until then, here's what I'm playing on repeat to get me through the craziness. 

See you next week (when my office officially moves into the city!)

Friday, August 19, 2011

The Power of Pink

Do you have that ONE piece of clothing - or outfit - that makes you feel unstoppable when you wear it? This skirt is IT for me. I LOVE everything about this skirt - the fit, the feel, the deep shade of fuschia pink. 
 But the thing I love most about this skirt is its versatility. I can wear this skirt with almost anything, and it makes whatever I pair it with look that much better. Many of you met me at the Blogger Event wearing this skirt. I usually wear this skirt when I'm meeting with a client (or meeting a potential client for the first time.) This is my make-a-good-first-impression-skirt. 
 As much as I wear this skirt, it has never been captured on film and posted here. Well friends, that's about to change. I guarantee you that you're going to see this skirt on this blog - a LOT! It's my mission moving forward to think about what else I can pair this skirt with in my closet. I hope you don't mind seeing this skirt around this ol' blog a bit more. 
 Skirt - Kate Spade (Sample Sale!)
Top - Ann Taylor
Shoes - Tahari
Ring - Kate Spade
Bracelets - Forever XXI (I think)
Pearl Earrings - Gilt Group

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Mad for Mad Men

I know, I know, I'm way behind, but I have to say that I'm super excited for the Mad Men collection from Banana Republic. 

As you know, I like a well tailored, classic outfit, so this line is right up my traditional alley. 

 I look at this outfit, and I can envision Stephen and me having cocktails at Eastern Standard before going out to the theater. Of course, none of that is true, except for the cocktails at ES part, but you get the idea of what I'm thinking. 

The only problem that I see with this line is that there's too much for me to choose from. I would like to have one of each, please, but that's unfortunately not going to happen. 
 Is there anything in the collection you're dying to add to your fall wardrobe?

Monday, August 15, 2011

Celebrating Love

This past weekend Stephen and I were in mid-coast Maine to celebrate another wedding. It's hard to believe that we're almost done with this wedding season, but we've now attended 3 of the 4 weddings already. 

Each wedding we attend is special because it reflects the couple, but this was, by far, one of my favorite weddings ever. I could see a lot of Stephen and me in this wedding, and Stephen must have too, because he thought the ceremony was perfect. 

Oh, and I forgot the mention that the bride made her own wedding dress. MADE. FROM HAND. It was, in one word, stunning. Although I don't think there's a word that captures just how amazing this dress was. 

Shorts - Swapped
Shoes - Via Spiga
Ring, Necklace and Sunnies - Kate Spade
I wore this outfit to go shop in the town square. I think red is quickly becoming my go-to color because I snagged two pairs of red shorts this summer. I scored these shorts at the recent swap uncapped event, and I'm in love with them. I actually took this outfit to the wedding and changed into at the reception. 

And just a little something to make your Monday better. You're welcome. Have a fabulous day!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Black and White and Red

This was the week for black and white. First Kristen pulled together a super cute black and white combo, then Lissy showcased her version with a Lanvin look alike, and Noelani kept it sweet and simple.Now it's my turn. I'm wearing a Shabby Apple dress - it's seriously the most comfortable dress I own, and the high waist on it makes me look ultra thin. The heels are from Urban Outfitters, and are also ultra comfortable.

I messed with the settings on my camera last weekend in Michigan, and didn't realize it until I posted these photos. Instead, I got frustrated with how these shots were turning out, gave up and went home. I guess that was my blonde moment. You'll quickly learn those are frequent occurrences. 
What are your plans for the weekend? We're off to Maine for another wedding. I'm excited about this one - the bride and groom are such a fun couple and they throw great parties. I'm also excited that after this weekend, we'll be down to one more wedding to attend during this season. Enjoy your weekends lovelies, and we'll see you on Monday!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Banks of the Red Cedar

"On the banks of the Red Cedar, there's a school that's known to all" 
This weekend Stephen and I attended our second wedding of the season. This wedding was special for us for a number of reasons. Most important is the couple and Stephen being a groomsman in his school friend's wedding. The other reason is that they exchanged vows at the Michigan State Chapel, the alma mater of 99% of the wedding party. 

To celebrate the MSU wedding, I donned my emerald green Kate Spade dress. I thought since I was on the campus wearing my green, that it only made sense to take photos along the banks of the Red Cedar. Plus, I didn't know that the school was actually on the banks of the river.

I have to say that I really love this dress. I'm a huge fan of Kate Spade because her clothing is classic, but has a really fun twist. This dress has the bow detail that's just off center, which keeps it from looking hokey and young. I could have also titled this post the Kate Spade post, because my shoes are also Kate Spade. They also have a fun bow detail at the toe and ribbon threaded through the gold chain.

Dress - Kate Spade
Shoes - Kate Spade
Earrings - Forever XXI
Bracelet - Actually a necklace, forgotten where I purchased

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Back to Basics

Today's post is brought to you by the cold I developed late on Saturday, which had me feeling terrible on Monday. That resulted in this outfit - not my most creative, but I like to think I'm getting back to basics. As in, the basic color scheme. Blue. Check. Red. Check. All I need is green and I'm a primary color wheel's dream. 

For some reason, I could not get my tripod lined up properly and only snapped a handful of decent photos. Normally I'm a slave to taking at least some decent photos, but today I was so exhausted after work that I didn't even care. 

Dress - Loft
Necklace -  my grandmother
Turquoise Ring - JewelMint
Right hand rings - bought at an artist alley in Montreal
Watch - Citizen
All I could hear during these photos is Kristen (of Boston Fashionista fame) saying "Beauty is Pain." So I tried my best to toughen up and make it through the pain. After all, if I took the time to shower and get dressed today, I've already done the hard part, right?

Monday, August 1, 2011

My first ever acting gig

Happy Monday friends! This morning my company officially announced our move into Boston, and yours truly couldn't be more excited! To celebrate (and have a little fun) we created a video with reasons why we're so happy to make the move into the city. If you jump to about 2:25 in the video, you'll see my first (and probably only) foray into acting. How about them chops, eh?

All kidding aside, I wore this outfit on my birthday (how's that for slumming?) and I wanted something to accent my b-day shoes (which you can't even see in this video (boo!) 

top - Eva Khurshid (scored on ideeli)
jeans - Old Navy