Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Skinny Cords

I was super excited to share with you my most recent Marshalls find, these Blank NYC skinny cords. They were in the clearance section for $39.99 marked down from $80. The wale of the cord is very thin so they almost feel like velvet. (Don't even get me started. "I would drape myself in velvet if it were socially acceptable.") On top of that I scored this great Tulle jacket with an Avalon credit. The tan and wine together create such a great fall look and my sailor stripe t-shirt adds that extra bit of pattern to break everything up. I wore this on a Friday when I had a lot of meetings and wanted to look professional but still casual.

Details: Tulle jacket via Avalon Exchange / Old Navy shirt and ballet flats / Blank NYC cords via Marshalls / J.Crew necklace

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Did You Shop or Not?



So did you do it? I shopped on Friday and picked out a brand new luggage set for a reasonable price as well as a few Christmas gifts. I didn't really get into the whole clothes shopping craze that I usually do this year. Partially because I can't keep my mind straight for long enough to even know what I want and partially because I am trying to stay away from impulsive shopping. The whole shop on this specified day but wait to find out what the deals are whether its online or in store does not feel like the best way to shop. I want to take my time and know that I am buying something I really love or really need as opposed to buying something because it is on sale. My mind cant differentiate the two when I am in a time-pressure situation. How about you? Find any good deals?

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

 Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! Just quickly popping in to share my Thanksgiving day outfit. I hope you are surrounded by the people you love and enjoying some seriously decadent food.

Details: H&M dress and scarf / United Colors of Benetton leggings / Franco Sarto boots via Nordstrom / Target earrings / Macy's bangle

Monday, November 19, 2012

Orange You Glad I Didn't Say Banana

 
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I started my Christmas shopping over the weekend. Black Friday shopping is always a seasonal right of passage for me and my mom and sisters, but by the time we get to the mall, everything is picked over and the sales are pretty average. A couple of the stores I went into already had sales going on and I was able to get some pretty decent deals. One such deal was the purchase of these orange cropped pants on final sale for $14.88 at the Loft. At first, I was skeptical about buying orange pants, but then I realized there would never be another better opportunity for me to buy orange pants. I quickly did a search on Pinterest when I got home to make sure I wasn't crazy and found some great outfit inspiration seen above. Orange pants in question below.


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thanksgiving Decor for Less Than $6

 Next week is Thanksgiving and I realize that most people are pretty stressed out. Out of town guests, feast preparation and Black Friday shopping culminate into a very hectic time. Luckily, I have not reached that stage in my life where I actually have to host Thanksgiving. Everyone in my family should be very pleased about that as I am just starting to learn how to feed myself. However, I did make an effort to get festive where I could around my apartment. I bought this basket for $1.50 at Goodwill and purchased the seasonal potpourri for around $4. This is definitely not centerpiece material. Like I said, I am not there yet. But I do think it would look nice in another room or entranceway if  you want the Thanksgiving theme to carry on throughout your home. 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Military Jacket Over Work Outfit

Just as summer was winding down I scored this military jacket for $15 at Avalon. With military being such a big trend for fall I snatched it up. For a long time I toyed with the idea of wearing it over a work outfit. After seeing Skyfall this weekend, the latest installment of Danial Craig as James Bond, I pulled the trigger. I think I was inspired by Naomi Harris as Eve Moneypenny. Her MI6 office attire felt sophisticated but modern. For the purposes of my workday, this jacket toughens up the ruffles and satin of this blouse, and accentuates the jewel tone.

DETAILS: J.Crew blouse and H&M jacket via Avalon // H&M skirt // Franco Sarto Boots via Nordstrom // J.Crew necklace.



Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Sophisticated in Polka Dots


Maybe it's because I was born in the 80s and I can still remember wearing polka dot sweaters with neon pink leggings, but I had a nagging need to tone down this sweater lest I repeat history. I also really wanted to wear it to work without looking unprofessional. A simple but fall-appropriate color palate and sharp tailored separates was my game plan here. I like how polished yet not-to-serious this look is.

Details: Thrifted Evan Piccone blazer / Old Navy sweater / Banana Republic skirt / New York and Company shirt / Thrifted Ann Taylor shoes / Worthington tights / J.Crew necklace


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Monday, November 5, 2012

Chesterfield in Need of Home

For reasons unknown to me, I found myself browsing the furniture section of Anthropologie and found the likes of this Chesterfield in need of a home.

Fall Ankle Boots

Like any true romantic, fall makes me reach for dark, floral patterns and feminine details. To balance out that vibe, I occasionally drif...