Thursday, February 24, 2011

Curly Sue


Hello strangers.  Sorry I haven't posted in a while.  I've been working a lot...almost full time.  It probably feels like more hours than it is because I'm on my feet the whole time.  On Monday I worked eight ours and closed the store, and and then I opened at 8:00am and worked another eight hours.  I soaked my feet for a  long time after that, but then I had the energy to put my hair up in curlers.  I guess I like my job because it's tiring and energizing at the same time.

I thought that these curls would relax after a few hours and look like this, but they didn't.  I looked so much like Shirley Temple I couldn't take myself seriously, so I eventually put my hair half-up in a clip for a more sophisticated look before going to work.  All my coworkers loved it, and Steph said I looked like a porcelain doll (which I'm not sure I like).  I felt kind of silly and it took a while for me to get used to seeing myself with hair this curly (there are a lot of mirrors at work).   


There's a button missing on this coat and I'm either too lazy, or I keep forgetting, to sew it back on.  So my hand is covering up that spot, and wow, it's freakishly white compared to my face.  I need to get out more. 


I just bought these amazing oxfords at Kohl's for $11 and they are really comfortable.  I think I've found a new favorite store.  I know some of you might find this photo disgusting, but I think it's pretty.  Just think of it as nature's Jackson Pollock.  And if you're wondering, I took off the green silk skirt I was wearing because it wrinkles really easily and I wanted it to look nice for work.  Above, a bit of pink tulle skirt I was wearing underneath the green skirt is showing.  You can get it for $12 now at Target.com, but I happily paid full price.   I really like that the elastic waist allows you to wear it high or low on your waist.  Speaking of Target, Elizabeth is having an amazing target giftcard giveaway on her blog, but it's only open for a few more hours, so get there quick!


Coat and Skirt: Anthropologie // Underskirt: Target, $17 
Socks: UO, $5 // Shoes: "So" brand via Kohl's, $11

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Weekly Favorites: Sunny and Share

 
 
 
 

Yellow, the color of sunshine, daisies, butter...and many other lovely things, is so cheerful and versatile. It looks great combined with almost any color under the sun and brightens and adds a sophisticated touch to the simplest of outfits.  Classy but never stuffy, a yellow pencil skirt makes a smooth transition between feminine lace and Doc Marten's, and adds an unexpected twist to a festive V-Day outfit.

I found all these lovely ladies through Chictopia and Weardrobe.  Click on any of their pictures to seem more of their individual styles.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Gah! I always forget to come up with titles!


If you've noticed that I don't look particularly happy in this picture, it's probably because it was a lot colder out today than I expected, but I was very comfortable at work.  (They keep it so flippin' warm in that store!) The store is trying to sell magazine subscriptions and I've been given the minor responsibility of tracking and promoting them.  If anyone has some sales tips on how to get people to pay $12 for a year subscription of Glamor, Self, or Lucky, let me know!  It was unexpectedly busy in the store this morning which was good for business, but unfortunately this pushed magazines to the bottom of my priority list.  oops.


If you'd like to read more about this amazing bag, check out my Shoedazzle.com review here.


I got this amazing shirt at Ann Taylor Loft, and I just wanted to warn you that a lot of the non-stretch material blouses this season are running small in the shoulders so you may want to size up.  My shoulders are about 42" around and I usually wear a small there, but lately I've had to wear mediums.  Don't take it personally, you didn't gain weight.


This motorcycle jacket is actually dark brown, not black like it looks in these pictures.  It's faux leather and I got it for $25 at Ross.  It's sooo buttery soft.  The brand is "Nostalgica by Matthew H".  I've never heard of it before and I can't find a website, but I'd choose soft faux leather over slick or sticky real leather any day, and you can't beat that price! I would probably name my first born son Ross if that name wasn't already taken by my cousin.  Maybe I'll go for Maxx or Marshall, and if I have a girl she'll be Penney or Taylor.  Well...maybe not...maybe.


Shirt: Loft // Jacket: Ross, $25 // Shorts: Old Navy 
Tights: JCPenney, $4 with coupon // Shoes: JCPenney 
Bag: Shoedazzle.com, $32 // Earrings: Loft, $10


Friday, February 18, 2011

Shoedazzle Review



I just received this Nila Anthony Christine Woven Hobo bag from Shoedazzle.com and I was so pleased with the experience that I have decided to write a review about it.  Shoedazzle.com is more than just shoes; It also has handbags, jewelry and occasional clothing deals.  I only paid $32 for this amazing bag that originally cost $62.  The site has great pictures that are true-to-life and they give you an accurate idea of what you are buying.  I'm really picky about my handbags, but I'm very pleased with the price, design, and quality of this bag.  It's the perfect size, shape, and color for me, and the faux leather isn't rubbery or plastic-y.  I couldn't have found this bag anywhere else but Shoedazzle.com (believe me, I tried!).  Shoedazzle.com also has free shipping and exchanges, which I love.  Another pleasant surprise was the ingenious packaging:      


I love that they were able to protect and transport their product in an impressive yet ecological way.  The packaging was minimal; there was just the box, some tissue paper, the protective reusable bag (so cute!) the purse, the prepaid return sticker, and the invoice.  The box was just the right size and there was no Styrofoam peanuts or bubble wrap!

Shoedazzle.com isn't your typical online boutique so I'll explain how it works.  It's a $40 per month, member's only site in which you can select any single item from your own personalized showroom each month. In other words, everything costs $40.  However, your first purchase is $32, and you can earn credit by inviting friends to join.  When you first go to the site you'll be asked to "Join for free". Then you'll be asked to complete a style survey which will determine what kinds of items will end up in your showroom.  It takes about 24 hours for your showroom to be filled with items specially selected for you, but while you wait you can shop a selection of best sellers.  Remember, setting up a showroom is free!  If you don't like what you see in your showroom you can request alternates.  Once you make your first purchase and become an official member, your account will be charged monthly.  If you don't want to buy anything on any particular month, you can skip that month within the first 5 days, free of charge.
  

I must admit I wasn't immediately impressed by Shoedazzle.com.  I was a little disappointed with January's shoe selection because it was mostly stiletto pumps but February's selection has been amazing.  There were several pairs of flats and boots that all sold out quickly, and I really like the choice of handbags.  I've also recently come to realize the value of a platform and how it improves comfort and ease of walking.  Here are just some of my favorites from February:


Many items on Shoedazzle.com come in a choice of different colors.  Most of the shoes are "Shoedazzle" brand, and many of the purses are by Nila Anthony and Melie Bianco. After doing some research and comparing prices, I've come to realize Shoedazzle.com gives you amazing deals.  But hurry because items sell out quickly!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Down The Rabbit Hole


What's wrong with this picture? There's a street light in the background! This park by my house is like a little patch of nature within the concrete jungle, but I have to be very careful to not let pieces of civilization slip into my pictures here.  I could have cropped that pole out, but I actually like it there.  I think it's because today's outfit feels a little silly.  The bow-tie collar of my shirt combined with my purple popcorn-knit sweater made me feel a bit like the Mad Hatter, so I went with it and added the clock necklace, you know, like the White Rabbit?  (If only I had a top hat.)  To go along with the Alice in Wonderland theme, it seemed appropriate to have something in the picture that looked like it wasn't supposed to be there, so that's where the street light comes in.    


I just realized that this clock necklace doesn't work anymore, so that's not the actual time at which these pictures were taken.  I'm going to go to sears today to see if I can get it fixed.



Shirt and Pants: Anthropologie // Sweater: Moda International, gift
Necklace: UO, $10 // Gloves: Wal-Mart

Sizing You Up


Yesterday morning the top I wanted to wear didn't fit so I quickly came up with a substitute before heading off to work.  I'm not really thrilled about it because I find this look a bit too conservative and predictable, but here it is on the good ol' blog because maybe one of you will like it?  It's not all about me after all (says the girl who takes pictures of herself).  I suppose the green belt is a bit unexpected and I dig matching shoes and leg-wear and I like all these pieces individually.  I really like this skirt.  I found it for $11 in the Petite section at work.  Most of our skirts are cut too straight for my curves, but I think this skirt works because I went up a couple sizes and wear it lower on my hips.  I'm usually a 4 at work, but this skirt is a 10P, which is comparable to an 8 because you always size up when you switch to petites anyway.  So next time you go shopping, if there's a Petite section, check it out but don't forget to size up! Sometimes the item that is all sold out in Missy sizes is available in petites, and most people can get away with skirts and tops that are only about half an inch shorter.




Shirt: Anthropologie // Sweater and Skirt: Loft // Jacket: Buffalo Exchange, $14
Jewelry and Socks: Gifts // Shoes: Skechers via Famous Footwear, $30

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

If Bigger is Better Then...


I'm testing out the newer blog editor.  These pictures are huge!  Part of me likes smaller pictures because then you don't have to scroll down forever to read a blog post.  I think I read somewhere that most people would rather click a link or a button than scroll down on a web page.  If you really want to see me in a bigger picture you can always click on that image.  But part of me also thinks that the average blog reader doesn't mind scrolling down because that is the nature of the blog and we're all used to it by now.  There also seems to be an overall preference for bigger pictures among fashion bloggers.  So what do you think? Is bigger better?

The most exciting thing happening in my life at the moment is that tights are on sale almost anywhere you go these days.  I bought five pairs yesterday, and this afternoon, ironically, was almost warm enough to go without any.  It's hard to believe we held the record low temperature a couple weeks ago.  




Dress: Loft, $22 // Cardigan: Loft, $30 // Sweater: Target // Tights and Belt: Loft, $3 
Shoes: Thrifted, $4 // Earrings: Loft, $10
Necklace: street vendor in Santorini // Bangle: Francesca's Collections