Sunday, December 5, 2010

Perfect New Year's Eve skirt, An Everyday Bag with Some Edge, and a New Book by My Favorite Author

Of course, not all my purchases have been sweetness and light. Here are a few more actual purchases with a little more bite. Also, I should note that I do not believe in paying full price! Prices are as listed, but they're not generally what I paid. I loves me some coupon action.

NY & Co Red Label Matte Gold Sequin Skirt ($49.95):

Nine West "Dark Angel" handbag in Pewter ($89.00):

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary by David Sedaris ($10.99):

Girly, Sweet Purchases

I like to let my clothes reflect my mood, and right now the mood is sweet and romantic. Over the past month, I've been carefully adding a few pieces to my collection. Here are a few of the sweetest new additions:

Old Navy ballet flat in Pink ($19.95):
Bare Escentuals 100% Natural Lip Gloss in 7 Layer Cake ($15.00):

Friday, September 10, 2010

Oxford lace-ups for ladies

If I was to go shoe shopping this fall, I would definitely be in the market for some menswear-inspired shoes.

I really like Nine West's "Almund" ($89) for their oxford with a kick look:

I also like the MIA Girl "Siebert Oxford" ($49.95):
Also crazy cute is Impo's "Tany Oxford Bootie" ($39.95):

Socks and heels: Proceeding with caution

So, socks with high heels... I want to try this trend--though obviously it will take great thought to choose the socks and heels--but am I too old to pull it off? Some bloggers are labeling this in the "do not attempt if over 25" category, and I'm 27. Close enough?

Just in case, I'm doing some sock research. These cross hearts ankle socks ($6) are adorable though I think I would feel more comfortable pairing heels with these floral lace anklet socks ($4.80).  

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Facebook helps me clean my closet of 5 mistakes

I become a bit too attached to things, and my closet suffers for it. I might want to wear this again. What if I give it away and the perfect occasion for it comes up? What then? Well... I would wear something else. End of story. Except I have some difficulty leaving it at that, which is why I've started doing some Facebook research on possible give-away items. The results are a bit frightening. Mind you, I've lost some weight since many of these pictures were taken but still... What was I thinking?

1.) This apple-printed shirt from Forever 21 is way too young for me. This was taken in 2007, and the shirt was still in my wardrobe until a few weeks ago when I had the epiphany that what might have been cute at 24 is not acceptable at 27. 

Actual, Not Hypothetical Purchases

Even though I am reformed, I realized that I actually needed a new fall jacket. I caught this one on sale today for $20 at Old Navy. I'm really liking the color gray right now. I was actually looking for the utility jacket in olive green, but it looks like that color is sold out both in store and on-line. Then, in an admittedly unplanned move, I also found this sweater on sale. So soft and peachy and pretty! It's okay, since I am doing a major overhaul of the closet and getting rid of a bunch of stuff. 

Monday, August 23, 2010

Ten Things I Would Buy from Ebay's World of Good

Ebay has a page called World of Good where you can buy items "ethically sourced, fair trade, and eco-friendly gifts and goods" from around the world. I love when shopping also benefits a good cause.  Here are a few standout items...

1.) I love the colors in these earrings from Indonesia:

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Ooh. Sparkles.

Just a quick little update! I came across these vintage earrings on ebay and love the stones. I'd love to see how the colors play in the light. This particular pair are clip-ons (ouch), and a quick search did not turn up anything too similar for pierced ears. When I have more time, I will go treasure hunting for a more wearable set. 

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

This one's for the guys!

Bellatrix Lestrange Style

Sephora: Everything's Pink

Mad about Modcloth

Dreaming in black and white

Cheap and Pretty at Forever 21

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Contest Entry: Kate Spade Curious Canary

Contest Entry: Kate Spade Fuschiatini

Contest Entry: Neutral Bridesmaid

Contest Entry: Rockstar Bridesmaid

How do you wear your pearls?

I love pearls. To me, they are the great style equalizer. You can spend $4 or $4,000 and get pretty much the same effect. It doesn't matter if they're real or fake. Coco Chanel wore fakes, so I simply ask myself, "Do I think I am better than Coco Chanel?" The answer is no, so I figure that, if fake pearls were good enough for her, they are good enough for me. Pearls, to me, are imbued with a sense of celebrity glamour. So, in shopping for pearls, it can be helpful to look to gain some inspiration from icons. How do you wear your pearls?

The Holly Golightly way: Okay, so this may come as a bit of a shock, but... Audrey Hepburn rarely wore pearls. Most of the time she kept her necklines pretty straightforward and unadorned. She did, however, wear them as Holly Golightly in the 1961 classic Breakfast at Tiffany's . It was pretty difficult to find an inexpensive option that looks anything like Holly's necklace. This set (with matching earrings) for $21.99 was the best option I found:

The Jackie Kennedy way: 3 strands of slightly varying (but still relatively short) length, keeping it ladylike and classy. White gloves optional. This set is on ebay starts the bidding at $19.99. It was actually more difficult to find this Jackie-esque set than I would have imagined--for cheap, anyway.

The Carrie Bradshaw way: Lots and lots of pearls! You're really getting your $24.99's worth with these layered strands of faux pearls.

The Classic June Cleaver/Neo-Classic Scarlet Johannson way: A single strand of pearls is a classic look. I already have one, but if I didn't I could get this one on ebay for $3.99.