Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Holiday Ideas For All
With the "Holiday Season" looming ahead, I've been bombarded with emails, magazines and catalogs boasting the latest holiday trends.  I figured it was about time that I shared these wonderful finds!  There seems to be a little of everything this year and a little for every woman; from the glitz and glamour, to the colorful statement, to the polished and pretty, you're sure to find something that fits your fancy!

More festive fashion to come...  until then, to all a good night!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Catalog Inspiration

Have you ever been reading through a catalog and thought, "hmm...I totally need that outfit!"  If not, well, I sure have!  Typically, I just tear out the page, forget that I wanted to go buy it (to my husband's delight), and try to make it up out of what I already own.  This only goes so well to a point.  Either I just don't look as cute as the model (like 99.99999% of the time) or the outfit just isn't as cute on me as I hoped it would be.

Today's outfit was another one of these moments...I tore out the page from the Nordstrom catalog awhile back and decided it was time to try and recreate it.

I'm missing the cute tie-neck blouse and slouchy sweater, but still matched the leopard print platforms and camel trousers.

I paired the camel trousers and leopard shoes with an ivory ruffled blouse and brown boyfriend cardigan.  (Anyone recognize the logo?? Yup...old school Abercrombie.  I told you I never get rid of anything.)  I went with a black belt and poppy pink bracelet to add some color.

I had to dig out these shoes.  
I know, I know. "But they're so fun!" you say. 
Why would I not wear them all the time?!  I'll be the first to admit it: they're super uncomfortable.  Somehow I made it through the whole day.  Anything for fashion!

Closet Tip:
You CAN recreate an outfit from a catalog.  It's all about finding what you already have and putting it all together.  Use the page as an inspiration and don't be afraid to tear them out for later!  I have a "lookbook" of my own where I keep all of my favorites.  It comes in handy in those "I have no idea what to wear" moments; a catalog/magazine/book dedicated to only the looks that I love!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

So Many Photo Opportunities (What to Wear to a Photo Session)

Geoff Zilan Photography
Fall seems to be a time for photo shoots, engagement sessions, and so many picture taking opportunities!  With all of the talk about photography sessions and what to wear, what not to wear, and trips to the mall with friends, I decided it was time to pay homage to these events!

 For my friend, Kim's engagement session, she wanted cute outfits that wouldn't take away from the picture and the focus- the happy couple!  I think she was able to find just that in what she wore. 

A black and gray striped sweater dress with an "arm party" of bangles matched her fiance's ensemble perfectly, and the outdoor backdrop.  For her second outfit change, she kept it simple with a layered look and jeans.  Perfect for being comfortable as the center of attention with your personal paparazzi for the day!

Ashley went with two outfit changes, also, with a cream sweater over a printed top and a striped sweater tunic with leggings.  I love how the outfits don't compete with the real subject of the pictures...the smiling faces!
A hint of color peeking out from the sweater keeps this outfit from being bland.  
Way to go Ashley!
I love how comfortable they look!

My friend Sara and I went shopping to find the perfect outfit for her engagement session.  
I loved the dress she tried on at the Limited, and here it is!  The pop of mustard with the belt finishes the fall choice!

Finally, our family pictures.  Strangely enough, I didn't have an outfit picked out for any of us until that morning.  I had spent so much time helping and thinking about others' outfits, I didn't leave any time to contemplate our own!

I had to keep reminding myself that this wasn't a photo shoot for me as I pulled together some awesome ensembles in my closet that morning.  Alas, I went with a safe and simple turtleneck and scarf from, you guessed it... J.Crew.  I wanted to have a little fun, so I chose to play with color through classic pieces.

My lil' pixie in her crazy colorful get-up.  A little silly and a little much, but still fun!

Closet Tip:
After all the researching, shopping, try-ons, picture texts, and piles of clothes on the floor, the one thing I've learned about getting ready for an engagement session or family photo shoot is to play it safe and be comfortable.  You're not going to a fashion shoot, but you do want to look your best.  

Do this by choosing flattering pieces that you feel comfortable in.  Don't worry about matching your clothes to those sharing the picture with you, as long as they have the same feel.  This means if you're in a cocktail dress, your counterpart should be in a suit.  If you're in a sweater dress, a plaid shirt or sweater would be a suitable match.  Too many patterns or layers can bring unnecessary focus to what you're wearing and not the subject of the pictures.  Keep in mind where you'll be having your pictures taken also; this is key in planning an appropriate outfit.  For example, if you're having them done outside, you probably don't want to be in a strapless dress and platform should look like you naturally ended up there with a photographer in tow!

All in all, have fun with it, be comfortable, and smile!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Purple Play

I recently acquired this purple pleated mini from J.Crew Factory.  I wasn't exactly sure how I was going to wear it until I started searching the recesses of my closet.  Lo and behold, out popped this Isaac Mizrahi for Target 80's-esque-neon-yellow shell made out of, what seems closely related to, athletic mesh.  Why I bought this in the first place, I have no idea.  I'm assuming it was under $5.  That would make complete sense for my rationale.  I can't say I remember wearing it more than once, but I knew at once it would make this skirt that much cooler.  I knew there was a reason I hadn't donated it to Goodwill yet!

The actual shade of the shell.
I could be working at a construction site in this color...this shade would stop traffic!

I paired the skirt and shell with a white button down and heeled loafers.  Yet another random purchase that I don't think have seen the outside of their box more than a handful of times.  Man, am I glad I save everything!

This necklace was a gift from a dear friend.  I think it was found on Etsy
It's not often that I wear a neckline that can show off a necklace like this, so I decided to rock it once again.

Nine West loafers that I know must have been a Super Deal.  
I don't have a pair of platform loafers yet, so these will just have to do.  
Not too shabby, if you ask me.

I love my Henri Bendel knotted ring.

Librarian glasses topped off the look.

Closet Tip:
You never know when that item is going to make-or-break an outfit.  It's definitely important to weed out the items that don't fit well and may never leave the hanger, but there are some items that can stand the test of time.  The rule, "If you haven't worn it in two years, toss it," doesn't always apply.  If you purchased that quirky item and are still holding on to it, don't let go just may simply need some more time to find it's place in the world again!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Feathers and Fall

 I wanted to wear something colorful, but I knew that I would have to add tights and a scarf to keep warm.  Especially during recess duty!  Here was my answer to keep the colors bright and the limbs warm...
This is a Maggy London dress that I purchased for a friend's wedding shower.
Easily recycled for a work outfit with a few tweaks! 

My mom gave me this J.Crew necklace because it was too "edgy" for her.
I love the toughness against the dress in this ensemble.

My favorite wedge heels.  So comfortable for work.

Any closet outfit isn't complete without another pop of comes a scarf!
All this outfit is missing is my black opaques. Another fun one from the many closet combinations that can be made.

Mad About Plaid

I finished off my Holiday shopping this weekend (I know, I'm kinda crazy...but it feels totally awesome!) and came across this great tuxedo shirt in tartan plaid at J.Crew.  I had to have it!  (40% an additional 20% off my whole purchase...I love outlet deals)  Now that I have this awesome shirt, I of course have been thinking of the outfits I can create with what I already own.  I'm thinking this shirt will be a very versatile piece.  For casual weekends, work wear, and dressy.
Tartan Tuxedo Shirt

Walkin in a Winter Wonderland

This was my casual Sunday outfit.  Perfect for running errands or just hanging around the house.  
Put together, yet oh-so-comfy.

Holiday Cheer

I love the look of a plaid shirt with a sequin skirt.  
I can't wait to wear this outfit out to a holiday party!
School Girl Cool
Layering with this shirt will be very easy.  Add a turtleneck and some tights and I think it's a perfect school teach in, that is. :)  I couldn't think of better shoes than my Hunters for this, because I know that's what I'll grab for on my way out the door!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

To Wear Socks, or Not To Wear Socks

I've been asked the question, "When is it appropriate to wear socks?" and have been pondering on this post for awhile now.  There are so many weird things about socks, as cool as they can be, that it's not so easy to answer that question.  Especially if you're not under the age of 30 and can get away with just about anything.  That being said, I'm going to attempt to answer that question in the most honest and realistic way that I can.  I mean, let's face it, we all have to wear them at some point or another.  I think, it's more a matter of taste, style, and necessity.
Doesn't this picture just make you jealous?! How cool are these socks?  It's not often that I am jealous of men being able to "style" an outfit, but these socks make the statement.  Not typically the case with women's socks.  Unless it's a joke.  Or you're truly going "out there" a little with fashion.
If you are going to wear them for necessity, such as wicking away sweat, working out, keeping your feet warm, I do not think it matters what they look like as long as they do their job!
What about for work wear?  Now that is tricky.  For the younger set, I say no socks at all.  I've never been one to wear trouser socks, or pantyhose for that matter, with my shoes.  It's either boots or bare.  You typically don't see pumps or flats ever paired with socks, it just doesn't look right.
But, I do understand that there may come a time or place where this needs to happen.  I mean, my mom wears trouser socks...many women do.  I can't ignore it any longer.  So, in this case I would say always match your trouser socks to your shoes.  Black shoe= black sock.  Navy shoe= navy sock.   Brown shoe= brown sock.  You get the picture.  Make sure they're not bulky, or it will compete with your shoe and pant.  

And if you're wearing an ankle pant, save the socks, please.  Go with an ankle boot or go without.  Unless you want to make a statement like this.  In that case, by all means, have at it with anything you want!  You will make a statement no matter what.
Hopefully that's slightly helpful.  Socks can be so much fun, yet so boring when they're necessary.  If you're in to making a statement any way you can, do whatever you want!  If you're more concerned with how things look and making it just right, stick on the safe side.  Either way, you're feet will be nice and cozy!