Friday, December 30, 2011

Outfits Working Together

So I work with some very fashionable ladies and before our holiday luncheon we got a few shots of our outfits that day:


Even though we work in a fairly conservative office these ladies are not at all afraid to play with color, which I love.


You can see here I've employed my Christmas Tuxedo made mention of here. Of course I didn't go for the all red suit, but instead played it safe with black and grey.  Is that a cop out?  Not so much because of the killer leather collar last seen here. And when you say red suit during the holiday season one can't help but think of Santa Clause and I sure as sh*t do not want to be mistaken for an old fat white man.  AND let's not forget the shoes...


The burgundy wedges are from Shoe Mint.


We had a lovely  lunch with the rest of our team at the Grand Concourse and because of the heel action you see above I insisted on using the valet. Don't worry it was my treat, what can I say, I'm a giver.
Thanks Rita, Megan and Misty! And thanks to Fred for taking the photos.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Home Alone


Yes that IS an aluminium Christmas tree in the background

This dress has wings!  Feel free to make a maxi-pad comment now.



sweater-Gap(similar here), dress-FreePeople(some other dress options here),
snood-Jcrew(similar here), coffee cup-Canada


Since I work for a university I always have the week between Christmas and New Year's off.  My husband does not, so I have a whole week at home on my own and its AWESOME!  There is the temptation to just stay in PJs all day, but by day three that starts to get depressing so I always make myself shower and put on some sort of "around the house outfit."  I call this my sister wife dress, which is actually a summer dress, but I've winterized it with the snood, wrap sweater, long-johns and slippers. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Some Finds from After Christmas Sales

So yesterday I had totally planned on going out to hit up the after Christmas sales, however it rained horribly and I really was enjoying my pajamas so instead I just trolled through the online versions of said sales and picked up these two items:


both from UrbanOutfitters


Now the pants weren't exactly on sale, but I couldn't resist.  I'm thinking of totally wearing them together.  I figure I can slap on a blazer like the one from this post.  Or I may layer the blouse over a turtle neck.  Either way I intend to try it out as a possible office outfit.  The basic components of trousers and an embellished blouse are definitely safe enough for work, but the colors here make it a bit more daring/interesting.

Here are a few additional finds:




Now I actually didn't buy this particular collar, but I did get one similar from Asos that I think will be perfect with the black blouse above.  And these shoes finally went on sale!!!
dress, blouse, shoes-Zara


Yes these are open-toed shoes and we are in the midst of winter, but a thick sweater tight will save these lovelies from being shut in for the next few months.

I am still hoping to make it out (possible today) to hit up some of the boutiques on E. Carson St. here in the South Side. I really want to check out Jupe, Fig Leaf and of course all the amazing vintage shops.  There's also this new place Pandora's Box between 23rd and 24th that opened right before Christmas. I've seen dresses in the window, but it also looks to have some curios as well.  Oh and I should probably go to Pittsburgh Jean Company, but in all honesty their window displays have really slumped as of late.  They used to some of the best windows in the South Side.  Well, where ever I find myself I'll be sure to report back. 

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Girl With The Dragon Tattoo







I love a rough brown belt. 


coat-BB Dakota c/o ModCloth, jeans-Martin&Osa, shirt-MikkatMarket, belt-Gap(similar here), boots-Bass(more boots here), ring-JewelMint, bag-Nine West(similar here)

For a day after Christmas movie date the husband and I went to see "Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" so of course I wanted to wear something black and tough.  The boots are so killer and I like how they have a cowboy vibe.  Also how sickening is the ring? Definitely something Lisbeth Salander would wear, don't you think?  Overall this is a fairly easy look, you may recall the shirt for this post

The ring, the belt, the half tuck, and of course the boots make an outfit from a shirt and jeans.  I will say that I wish the stripes in the coat ran all the way round to the back, but maybe that would have been overkill.  I guess we'll never know...

Monday, December 26, 2011

Elizabeth Arden

Another great gift I received for Christmas this year:


Elizabeth Arden tote and makeup case.



Filled with cosmetics!


I really was excited to receive this gift and was totally not expecting it to be so elaborate.  Mascaras, glitter powder, lipsticks, lip glosses, eyeliners, brushes, and a huge shadow and blush palette! (click here to see the details) I also love both bags which will now be my go to totes for traveling.  I was going to take a few "beauty shots" but then I realized that I'm a 13 year old girl when trying out new makeup and need to put on every color at once.  So I've spared you from having to see that hot of a mess. 


Friday, December 23, 2011

Ugly XMAS Sweater Party

Each year the husband and I host and ugly holiday sweater party.  We actually have a contest for best ugly sweater, but we usually give prizes to everyone who shows up in a tacky sweater.  These prizes consist of re-gifts that are taking up too much space in our attic. 











Now these two are obviously not in sweaters, however my friend Tracy's purse is awesome--suede and fur--we all enjoyed petting it.







The Winners!!!


Have a very Merry Christmas everyone.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Office vs. India





jacket-MikkatMarket, sweater-Zara (similar here), trousers-Jcrew(similar here), shoes-Banana Republic(similar here), necklace-Jewelmint, scarf-seen here

So from yesterday's post I hinted that I would style this scarf with a military jacket and here you have it folks!  Talk about service!  Since the scarf hails from India I was thinking about what I'd wear to explore India.  However, I had to go to work instead of India so I didn't deck myself out in khakis or fatigues.  Instead I wore this military jacket in place of a  blazer, and traded khakis for wool trousers.  I think overall this does have an adventurous vibe and I really dig how the teal of the sweater's sleeves plays off the orange of the scarf and the military green of the jacket.  The pins came with the jacket, but I'm not sure I'll keep them on... I may trade them out for something like this:

from Modcloth since the bling of the faux-military honor might be a bit too much.  I think some cute animal pins would add some unexpected flair.    

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Scarf

For Christmas my sister-in-law gave me this fabulous scarf:







So yeah, this was an attempt at photographic animation as the scarf "took over" the chair.  Anyway, not only do I love the scarf itself, but also the packaging is so chic.  My sister-in-law picked this up in her many exotic travels, but you can also check out the website: http://www.thebombaystore.com/categories/Bombay-Store-Fashion/cid-CU00007133.aspx

One word of warning, prices are listed in rupees and I have no clue what the exchange rate may be. 


In terms of outfitting, I'm thinking of pairing this with a military jacket and maybe some wool trousers, we shall see...


Winter White (& Black)

dress-eShakti(similar here ), cardigan-Anthropolige(similar here ), scarf-J.Crew Factory(similarish here ), boots-Li...