Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Wanna Go-Go?

I work in a small office where fashion takes a back seat to programming and testing. Actually it's not even on the radar in my office. So when I showed up this morning in the outfit pictured below, I got some flak about my vest. Sometimes when you leave for work in the mornings and you feel good and think you look good, others have different views. But I love this outfit for the following reasons:
  • The dress is from Loft and I bought it a few years ago. It's a size 12!
  • I got these Tahari boots from Macy's in 2008 and I haven't been able to wear them as they have been too tight around my calves. Although I could zip them in the past (barely), I couldn't bring myself to wear them with calf spillage. Now they zip right up!
  • I adore faux fur gilets and waistcoasts. I got this Rachel Roy version on sale earlier this month plus an extra 30% off. It's still available here. I'm still on the hunt for the burgundy Zara gilet. I check ebay every day.
Let's talk about accessories for a moment. I've never been a fan of a lot of accessories. While I love the "arm candy" often worn by other fashion bloggers, it's just not for me. I like to keep my jewelry interesting but err on the side of minimalism.

Plus as a technical writer, I sometimes remove my watch while writing online help. I can't imagine typing with heavy bangles all day long. And since I wear my hair down most of the time, I own very few pairs of earrings. I also can't wear earrings for too long as they irritate my ears.

So will this vest make another appearance at work after the teasing? I'm not sure. But I'm not going to compromise my style as I have been getting positive feedback from family and my blog followers.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Leopard Spots

My husband usually takes all my outdoor shots in the morning before I leave for work. However, he wasn't up this morning so I found a secluded spot near work, threw on my kit lens, set up the camera on the tripod, and set the timer (forgot my remote and thus most of my shots were blurry). But cool background, huh?

I bought this leather jacket about 10 years ago at Banana Republic. As I was looking through some magazines this weekend, I was seeing a lot of leather. I wasn't sure this jacket would fit as it's a size 10 and I haven't been able to get into it in 4 years.  So I tried it on last night and was amazed that it fit! I think I did a little happy dance in front of hubby.

I bought the skirt at a Ralph Lauren outlet store about 3-4 years ago. I knew I had lost enough weight that it would fit but wasn't so sure I could wedge myself in it after eating 3 yeast rolls at Hometown Buffet last night. Thank goodness we don't indulge in buffet/fast food very much anymore. I can't imagine eating like that all the time again.

{Jacket: Banana Republic (old) | Blouse: Forever 21. Similar here without spots. | Skirt: Ralph Lauren (old) | Necklace: J. Crew | Shoes: JC Penney | Sunglasses: Mosley Tribes Raynes. Buy them here (polarized). | Bag: Coach}
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Monday, February 27, 2012

My Trip to Wegmans

I love gourmet grocery stores. My favorite is The Fresh Market. I had to wait a year after moving up to Connecticut for one to arrive. And although it's 24 miles away, it's so worth a weekend trip to stock up on the most delicious steaks, other cuts of meat, and fresh fruit and veggies (it's the only place I can find Meyer Lemons).

I also was very spoiled in Florida where there was a Publix on just about every corner. As soon as you walk into a Publix, you can smell the bakery department. The stores are always clean, well lit, and well stocked. The cashiers are warm and friendly and it just makes for a nice grocery shopping trip.

However, both Publix and The Fresh Market take a back seat to the best grocery mecca I have ever been to. I believe I first discovered Wegmans while stopping in Mechanicsville, PA on my way to visit family outside of Pittsburgh. I only stopped in Mechanicsville because I needed my Chick-Fil-A fix. The nearest Chick-Fil-A is in Paramus, NJ (1.5 hours away). When you grow up on this Southern staple your whole life and then not have it, well... that's another post.

As soon as I entered Wegmans in PA, I couldn't believe my eyes! A grocery store that was also a food court with pizza, Chinese, sushi, and vegetarian stations. Each section of the store was brightly lit with in-your-face glass displays of ample food selections, signs above every station (Bakery, Meat, Cheese, Seafood, etc.), and lovely employees willing to take you where you needed to go. It was like big kid Disney World.

So when I read that a Wegmans was opening in New England back in October (the only one in New England thus far), I knew I had to be there on opening day to experience what hundreds of other people were craving as well. Seriously, I couldn't even get a cart on opening day (or carriage as they call them up here).

After a few months of letting the novelty die down, I trekked the 200 mile round trip journey to the Wegmans in Northborough, MA. And although I cleared my picture taking with management via Facebook the morning I went to the new store, the cheese counter employee got a bit squirrelly with me. Here are a few pics I was able to capture this past weekend.

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Hampton's Wife

I am so not a Hampton's wife!
  • I've never been to the Hampton's. Although I could drive there or take the Port Jefferson ferry to Long Island.
  • Been on boats, never a yacht.
  • I'm a native Floridan hick. Grew up in Pinellas Park, FL.
  • I don't have a personal trainer, chef, or maid.
  • I do own the required small dog, a sweet and adorable Chihuahua who turns 10 next month.
  • I've tasted foie gras and caviar. I can't believe people eat that crap.
  • I drive a Saturn Vue. Enough said.
Just because I'm not a Hampton's wife, doesn't mean I can't indulge in some fake fur, pearls, and a sleek bun. Oh Muffy, how you do carry on!

I was too lazy to blow dry my hair today and thought I would try out my new foam bun maker I got on ebay. Turns out it works better on wet hair than dry. I dyed my skunk stripe last night and will be touching up my highlights tomorrow.

So this is what I wore on my trip to Northborough, MA to shop at Wegmans.

{Shirt: Gap Favorite. Buy it here. | Jeans: Delia's. Buy them here for $15!. | Vest: Delia's. Buy it here for $20!. | Necklace: Thrifted | Watch: Guess | Boots: Dolce & Gabanna | Lip Tar: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics - Pretty Boy. Buy it here.}
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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Sunny Side Up

Little did I know that this J. Crew boat neck top I had hanging in my cramped little closet had the little paillettes I was lusting after on Thursday's post. While they aren't white leather, they are sparkly and I love anything with sparkles or sequins! What girl doesn't?

I finally got some colored pants into my wardrobe. These cotton chinos are from Loft and I bought them online. The fit is a bit weird as they are slim in the thigh area but loose in the waist. They have some stretch but after sitting in them all day at work, let's just say they aren't the most comfortable pair of chinos I own. The Gap broken in straight khakis I have in royal blue are much more comfortable, as are my new hot pink jeans that I bought online from Delia's for $15!

I think I've mentioned it before but I am a makeup artist. I use the term loosely because I am not a practicing makeup artist (except on myself). The last time I did makeup on others was to help out a friend almost a year ago for a wedding. With that being said, I love makeup. I own A LOT of makeup. And I attend IMATS in New York each spring. You don't have to be a makeup artist to get in. What's great about IMATS is the chance to break away from the larger beauty lines and try some of the smaller, lesser known (and sometimes better) cosmetic companies. One line that I love is Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC). I think their loose pigments are far superior to MAC's. And their Lip Tars are amazing.  I'm wearing Pretty Boy today. A couple of things about their Lip Tars - use sparingly and use a lip brush. You really don't need much. Also with the brighter colors, you don't want to apply them with your fingertips. The Lip Tars I own (I have Queen as well) stain the fingers.

I think the warmer weather we've had the last few days is making me yearn for spring. Can't wait til the flowers start blooming in early April. I'm hoping dressing in bright colors this past week will help usher spring in a bit earlier this year. Typically it stops snowing in Connecticut around the first week of March. And we've been incredibly lucky this year that we've only had two mild snow storms this winter.

{Top: J. Crew | Pants: Loft. Buy them here. | Necklace: J. Crew | Cuffs: Asos. Buy them here. | Shoes: Nine West Andriana. Available in other colors here. | Bag: Coach Outlet Store | Lipstick: OCC Pretty Boy. Buy it here.}
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Friday, February 24, 2012

Confident Blues

I've learned to embrace my curves and feel sexy in pencil skirts and heels, but what I really feel comfortable and confident in is menswear attire. T-shirt, blazer, pants, and oxfords or loafers. Fashion is cyclical and I've been dressing in menswear since high school. Here's me and my best friend, Wendy, in a high school newspaper staff photo. She's the blond, I'm the brunette. See the loafers? That blazer was an awesome hunter green (I love jewel tones).

I love that Zara makes structured and interesting blazers for women. I picked this one up in Stamford a few weeks ago. It's 50 degrees here today and since the blazer is lightweight, I thought it would be the perfect compliment to my royal blue Gap pants. I originally wanted jeans in a royal blue color but haven't found any I like. These Gap pants are new in their collection. Translation: not on sale. But sometimes you have to pay full price to jump on a fashion trend.

The light is changing in the mornings in my backyard where my husband takes my pictures. We're having to rotate around the yard to find morning shade. Hopefully in a few weeks, when the time changes, we'll be able to take pictures in the evenings and I won't feel so rushed in the mornings. And according to family, maybe I'll smile more in my pics. Husband said I looked mad this morning. I'm not mad, just blue.

 {T-shirt: Gap Favorite. Buy it here. | Pants: Gap Broken in Straight Khakis. Buy them here. | Blazer: Zara | Oxfords: DSW (old) | Belt: Asos Curve | Lipstick: MAC Girl About Town. Buy it here.}

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

A little online shopping...

My Delia's order came in the mail last night. I'm pretty excited to wear these hot pink jeans that I got on sale for $14.99. I'm seeing all kinds of pairing possibilities (black, navy, yellow, mint...). I'm also really pleased with the fit and quality. I had been eyeing this faux fur vest for a couple of weeks now and finally bought it (on sale for $19.99). I have to say that it is true to size (I got a Large) and coloring. It just needs a little hand brushing from being in the plastic packaging. Nice kitty.

Maybe I'll just pair them together this weekend when I go to Massachusetts. I'm planning a trip to the most fabulous grocery mecca ever. If you love food and big, glitzy grocery stores, then you have to go to Wegmans. It's two hours from my house but every time I drive to Pittsburgh to see family, I stop at Wegmans along the way. I can't even describe this store, so I'll just have to take pics and show you on Sunday!

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This Week's Lust Item - Paillettes

I'm in love with white, leather Paillette dresses and skirts. What is a paillette? It's small, decorative trimming - usually a cluster of sequins. The spring issue of Lucky magazine has this wonderful Armani Exchange Paillette dress (doesn't look like it's available on their site yet buy it here) paired with a structured blazer (I love me a structured blazer). And Zara has a cute skirt version on their website. I'm debating on buying the Large but Zara clothes tend to run small. A large is more like a size 10 or 12 and I'm just not quite there yet. I hope this is a trend that continues into summer as I think it's a fun, crisp, and interesting pattern to wear.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Wake Me Up...

...before you go go. That's right. I went all Wham on you! It's time for some 80s neon! Flip open any fashion rag and you'll see bright lime and yellow making its comeback. I plan to use neon colors sparingly as husband was a bit worried I might dive off the deep end and jack up my hair as well.

Color inspiration can strike anywhere, at any time. While doing my highlights over Superbowl weekend, I was reading the Spring issue of Lucky magazine and saw this black and purple combination. I already had all but one of the components to duplicate my interpretation of the outfit. I just needed the neon bag. I found mine online at Old Navy and got it for around $10. Originally I was going to pair the purple shirt with my black pleather skirt. Unfortunately, the skirt only lasted one wear. Actually it didn't even last the full day. It ripped open in the back and couldn't be fixed. I'm talking a long, horrible gash in the back. So sad. Good thing I only paid $6 for it. Now I'm on the lookout for another pleather or leather black skirt. Although I wouldn't mind this little purple number by Tommy Hilfiger. Too bad it's $700!

{Blouse: J. Crew |  Skirt: New York & Co. | Shoes: Marc Fisher - Macy's | Bag: Old Navy. Buy it here. | Sunglasses: Mosley Tribes Raynes. Buy them here in Silver/Blue. | Nail Polish: China Glaze in Pool Party and Re-fresh Mint | Lipstick: Nars Schiap. Buy it here.}
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