Wednesday, July 1, 2015

American Flag Scarf

The American Flag is an inspiring thing. 50 little white stars twinkling at you on a blue background paired with strong red and white stripes. Don't you just love it? I found a scarf like this while shopping in Annapolis last year, and I regretted not buying it all year. When I went back this year with my sister I had to see if they still had it. Since I was in a serious saving mode at the time, I decided not to get it. When my sister saw me put the scarf back she offered to buy it for me as an early birthday gift. I accepted her generous offer without much hesitation. I love that the scarf creates a cool American vibe without looking overdone. I'll find any excuse to pair it with my chambray shirt at work or a white t-shirt and jeans for a more casual look.

I hope you have a lovely Fourth of July. Here are some other patriotic scarves I love:

Lou Lou Scarf / Free People Tattered Flag Scarf / Infinity Scarf on Etsy / American Flag Scarf on Etsy



Thursday, June 25, 2015

Leopard Print Dress

I fell in love with this dress from Loft at first sight. I quashed my unrequited love by telling myself to wait for it to go on sale. When there was a flash sale a few months ago, I made sure to look for this dress. I was happy to find it again at a price tag of about $30 -- down from it's original $80. Since then I have worn it to work many times. It was perfect for the FUSE concert at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra: Brahms + Radiohead. Amazing by the way! The next one is Coldplay + Beethoven on October 7.

I love that I can throw this together with a few pops of color, and I am ready to walk out the door in a few minutes. The moral of the story is if you see something you love, try it on in the store to make sure of your size and then wait for it to go on sale.

Loft Dress / Lou Lou Earrings / Francesca's Necklace / Nine West Clutch / Calvin Klein Shoes



Thursday, June 11, 2015

Lobster Shorts

I found these Lobster-print gems while visiting one of my favorite consignment shops — Avalon Exchange. They are perfect for a few of the trips I have scheduled this summer — first to Annapolis, MD and then to Charleston, SC. The shorts speak for themselves as far as what both cities have to offer. Great seafood and impeccable preppy style to match. They were only $6 after I used my store credit. I had been obsessing over lobster prints the last few summers. So glad I was patient! Above I styled them for a dressier dinner date and below is a more casual option for sight seeing.

Option #1: $6 J.Crew Lobster Shorts via Avalaon Exchange / $15 J.Crew short via Cleveland Flea / Tommy Hilfiger Shoes via T.J. Maxx / Gap Belt / Vintage Bracelet
Option #2: $6 J.Crew Lobster Shorts via Avalaon Exchange / Ralph Lauren Shirt / Converse Sneakers / Michael Kors Watch and Cuff


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

My Favorite Swimwear for 2015

Top Shop Scalloped Swimsuit, $68

By now,  I hope you've purchased your swimwear for the season. This is the point when everything is going on sale and styles are sure to run out. Just in case you haven't check out my favorite choices after the jump. For me this year it's all about interesting shapes, patterns and colors and vintage silhouettes. I am loving the clever scalloped trim of this Topshop suit in classic black and white.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Soft Shorts

Target Shorts / The Limited Top ($12) / Old Navy Jacket / Unionbay Sandals via Kohl's

Soft shorts are this perfect mix of totally acceptable going out clothes and lounge wear all in one. I looked around for the perfect pair and finally settled on these from Target. Order one size larger if you want to add some length.

I wore these over the weekend with this lace top for a girl's weekend at Lago Winery in Jamestown, PA. These are considered festival wear after all. I can't think of anything more similar to a festival in the life of a 29-year old than going to a winery in the middle of a rural town. There was wildlife, a barn and even cows. I layered on this army jacket at night.

Now it's time to work on that tan.





Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Mango Salad

I've been on the lookout for recipes that are light and easy to make for summer nights. Ideally something healthy as I'm scared at the thought of beach season quickly approaching. Anything involving mango and cilantro ranks very high on my list as I could eat either by the bag full. I even had thoughts of not sharing this salad.

Mangoes were on sale at the Market District where I shop and there was a sample lady with a salad similar to this one. Hers used red onion, and I am not sure what the dressing was. I simply used olive oil and vinegar. The result is a great mix of sweet and sharp flavors, which I love. This and the latest issue of Vanity Fair were my sides for dinner last night. I am not sure what Sofia Vergara is up to besides Modern Family and being engaged to Pittsburgh's Joe Manganiello (I keep hoping I will see them together around town), but I guess I will find out.

Mix together:
2 large mangoes diced
1/2 onion diced
2 tablespoons of chopped cilantro
Olive oil
White vinegar

There are many variations of this salad and this one from Epicurious looks really good.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

2015 Goodwill Good Style Show Recap

Left: Banana Republic Blazer / Star Vixen Dress  Right: Jones New York Jacket / Hudson Jeans / American Eagle Shirt

The Goodwill Good Style Fashion Show was a blast from beginning to end. If you haven't been following, every year Goodwill gives me and fellow bloggers money to purchase and style outfits from Goodwill that are worn for a runway show.

My theme this year was "Cleveland in Bloom". With all of the new and exciting things happening in Cleveland lately, I felt like it was the right moment to celebrate the city's renaissance with the vibrant colors and patterns of spring.The picture above is of two of my fabulous models Kali and Soul. Follow the jump to see more looks from the show!


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Mother's Day

Old Navy Dress / Garage Sale Jacket / Nine West Shoes via T.J. Maxx / J.Crew Factory Necklace / Charming Charlie Purse

Mother's Day this year will be quite the occasion. This year my sisters and I will actually be in the same state to celebrate with our mother. Us being in the same state is a rare event these days so I am really looking forward to it. We plan to go to Trattoria in Cleveland's Little Italy. The Linguine with Mussels are calling my name.

For our lunch, I am wearing this bright combination of cherry red, yellow and floral print. I found this jacket for $5 while rummaging around a garage sale last summer. It expresses my excitement for spring perfectly.

I can't believe the Goodwill Good Style Fashion Show is only a day away. There is still much to be done — packing, ironing, etc. I hope to see you there! It will be a great event!




Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Men's Style: Goodwill

Congratulations to Kelly who won the tickets to the Goodwill Good Style Fashion Show! 

I've been back to Goodwill a few more times since my first shopping trip for the show. My biggest challenge so far has been trying to find a “modern” pair of men's pants in both the right length and waist size.

My friend who is modeling in the show was very patient with me as I texted him pictures of men's pants from the Goodwill dressing room. Our conversations went like this:

Me: “Do you think this pant leg looks a little wide?”
My Friend: “Don’t you think with the recent trend in slim leg pants?”

Let's just say the pants I was asking him about were not very stylish.

Luckily, I found a pair of pants that I think have a modern look and are the right size. After sharing the pants saga with my boyfriend, he suggested enlisting the help of a tailor. Find a pair of pants that fit in the waist — a tailor can't make pants bigger — and have them taken in or hemmed. Lesson learned!

What tricks have you learned for shopping at Goodwill?

To see all of my looks, buy tickets for the Goodwill Good Style Show at Living Social. The show takes place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 7 at Windows on the River

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Pattern Mixing for Work

The Limited Blouse and Skirt / Target Tights / Kelly and Katie Shoes / J.Crew Factory Necklace / Michael Kors Watch and Cuff 

Dressing for work can be fun if you know how to pattern mix. It's a trend that unlike cutoff shorts and sheer blouses can actually appropriate for work. The basic rule of thumb is to mix patterns with similar color palettes. I. Love. This. Grid pattern blouse. It forces me out of comfort zone of only wearing nautical stripes. This classic a-line skirt is a great way to keep this outfit grounded.