Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Work With What You've Got: Secondhand Dress

A while ago one of my aunts, Titi I (no we don't have the same name), gave me this dress. She said she didn't like the way it looked on her and that she thought it might be perfect on me. The problem was that when I got the dress it was at least three inches longer. Mid calf length dress and skirts are not something that I find flattering, it's an awkward length... What made the dress even more awkward was that the extra fabric on the bottom was the printed pattern from the top half (trust me it looked wierd) What to do?

It was simple! I just removed the bottom panels and now the dress hits just below the knee. I was going to hem it because the edge is a little raw but, I haven't gotten around to it (you couldn't even tell could you?) I wear it either way! Since then it has become one of my favorite outfits to run errands in when the weather is warm. I just thrown it over my head grab some flip flops and I look put together but, am super comfy... the perfect combination! Thanks Titi I!
  • Top: printed dress, Magic; gift from Titi I altered by me; tank top underneath for the modesty
  • Shoes and Accessories: purple flip flops, Bitten via Steve and Barrys

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Update: I Complete You Product Challenge


 
And so it continues; two down and a very long way to go! I guess it's good that it is taking me so long. I am saving alot of money by using the products that I have but, when I'm out shopping my senses are bombarded with new scents and product promises that I want to cave to. Keep calm and carry on...
  • philosophy Rasperry Mousse Shower Gel
  • Bath and Body Works Green Clover and Aloe Body Lotion
  • Jergens Soft Shimmer: Skin Radiance Moisturizer
  • Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula
  • Bath and Body Works Cotton Blossom Body Lotion
  • Bath and Body Works Peony Body Lotion

Friday, August 27, 2010

August 27, 2010: Third Time's A Charm

I was hoping to keep the outdoor picture thing going but, BF woke up late and had to rush out the door leaving me photographer-less. I'm all for independence and doing it myself but, traipsing downstairs with my tripod during the morning rush seems like a bit much or, maybe I'm just lazy... Either way, back to the hallway! I am so ready for the weekend, can't you tell?
  • Top: teal zipper trim top, Mossimo via Target/gift from BF. I think it's a little long but, I couldn't resist the zipper detail! It reminds me of one of my fav Project Runway looks... Jeffrey where did you go?; tank top underneath for the modesty
  • Bottom: denim jeggings, LOFT birthday gift from Mom
  • Shoes & Accessories: bronze sandals with genuine stone embellishments, bo'em via DSW; tiger's eye earrings, Citygirl Accessories; yellow alley bag

Items from this outfit are previously seen here and here:

Thursday, August 26, 2010

August 26, 2010: Urban Safari

Yesterday when I said I only had four pairs of forgotten shoes left I wasn't being entirely accurate... I had one pair of completely fabulous forlorn shoes that I could not make an outfit with but, would could not part with because they are too fabulous! Enter, Dior Vintage Flower Slingbacks!


Aren't they fabulous? I didn't even factor them into my shoe project because I figured if I hadn't been able to do anything with them by now I wouldn't be able to moving forward. Either way, I wasn't going to get rid of them (I love them) so, they were better off in my closet as a memory.

That all changed this morning when I was getting ready. Originally I had planned on wearing these great comfy Due Farina shoes but, I just wasn't feeling the purple and green combo (shocker, I know) and I was inspired to give the forlorn shoes a try... I think it worked out fabulously! I'll be honest they are not the most comfortable things in the world (I bought flip flops just in case) but, they are super cute and I'm so glad I got to use them! Do you have items like that in your closet that you just can't bring yourself to part with but, will probably never use? How do you justify keeping them (other than continuously searching for a way to wear them)?

I've talked so much about the shoes I have completely neglected the awesome dress I got myself for my birthday! I love the look of shirt dresses but, the cut is not always the most flattering on me depending on the placement of the belt loops and that's if it even had a belted waist (crucial). The Calvin Klein dress I wore a week or so ago was close but, the pockets plus the completely perfect shape make this dress absolutely irresistible (despite it's wrinkled state)! This will certainly not be forgotten, neglected,  or forlorn!
  • Top: khaki green sleeveless shirt dress, New York and Company
  • Shoes & Accessories: Dior Vintage Flower Slingbacks, Dior Outlet; silver bead earrings, Tiffany & Co.; brown leather bag, Kooba

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

August 25, 2010: Get Your White In

I'm not sure who said don't wear white after Labor Day but, it's one of the few silly fashion rules that I always have stuck in my head. So, now that I'm feeling the pinch of summers imminent close some part of me says that I have to get all my random white pieces in! Either way, you can bet that I will be breaking this skirt out no questions! Whales and jolly rogers just don't seem as appropriate for fall as a fabulous animal print! Plus, this ensemble gave me a great venue to showcase a pair of forgotten shoes. Only four pairs left, piece of cake! Are there pieces in your wardrobe that prompt you to break fashion rules? Do you follow the "no white after labor day" rule? What rules do you follow?
  • Top: yellow short sleeve embellished t-shirt, New York & Company; gray tank top underneath for the modesty
  • Bottom: cream and navy printed skirt, Libertine for Target
  • Shoes & Accessories: Marianna espadrilles, Coach; red coral earrings, mall kiosk in California; purple bag, Coach

Items from this outfit are previously seen here:

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

August 24, 2010: Grayness Go Away

I have nothing against the rain but, I really don't like the gray cloudyness it brings. It is so unmotivating! I am completely a morning person but, when I look out my window and see that hot mess in the sky all I want to do is go back to bed. I'll admit it I woke up a little later than planned this morning so posting was out of the question, here's the late edition! Now that I'm looking at the outfit the pants look like PJ's, no?
  • Top: coral embellished tank top, LOFT via Mom
  • Bottom: brown herringbone pants, New York and Company. That's right, I finally finished lengthening the pants (with a little help from Mom) I love that you can't even tell that they used to be cuffed!
  • Shoes & Accessories: bronze sandals with genuine stone embellishments, bo'em via DSW; mixed metal earrings, gift from my co-worker Natalia/ModCloth; gray Balenciaga Le-Dix/motorcycle bag

Items from this outfit are previsouly seen here and here:

Monday, August 23, 2010

August 23, 2010: Sunshine, Where Did You Go?

This week is going to be an absolute mess weather wise; humid, raining, and at the same time cold. What happened to the summer? I thought I still had more time to wear the oodles of dresses and forgotten shoes that I have yet to utilize. I'm looking forward to the last weekend in August being appropriately warm and sunny. I guess they will just have to wait... Either way, I can't wear everything that I have been holding off on in such a short period of time! Today I am trying to get the ball rolling but, I'm not going to stress. This personal style challenge won't come to a close until April and hopefully it will be warming up all over again at that point! Can you believe we are closing in on 6 months already? I can't. Do you hold off on wearing certain items only to realize that you have missed your window? Apparently, I do.
  • Top: red crochet embellished tank top, LOFT; brown and black zebra print cardigan (for the modesty), New York and Company
  • Bottom: gray pencil skirt, New York and Company
  • Shoes & Accessories: black peep-toe wedges, Dr. Scholl's; labradorite earrings, Pennyweights; blue Foley + Corrina City Clutch gifted via Plaza Too

Items from this outfit are previously seen here, here, here, here, and here

Update: I Complete You Product Challenge


 
This past weekend I was gifted/found a few more things to add to the list. At this rate I am never going to have to buy soap, lotion, or fragrance ever again!
  • philosophy Rasperry Mousse Shower Gel
  • Jergens Soft Shimmer: Skin Radiance Moisturizer
  • Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula
  • Bath and Body Works Green Clover and Aloe Body Lotion
  • Bath and Body Works Cotton Blossom Body Lotion
  • Bath and Body Works Peony Body Lotion

Friday, August 20, 2010

August 20, 2010: Twice In A Row

Today is another "need to be comfy" day (this time it's BF who needs an early morning ride) cleverly disguised as casual friday and the perfect excuse to rock my jeggings. I am a total convert but, I digress...  Today's fantastic and comfy outfit makes me feel (on some level) like I'm relying to much on clothes that could be worn when the weather gets a bit cooler and that I'm not utilizing all my warm weather things to their best advantage. I could totally see myself wearing this exact same outfit, for example, with a scarf/ballet flats and it being perfect for the fall but, according to my official rules that would be cheating. O well, I will make it work when the temperature starts to drop!

As for today, I'm sure you would (correctly) expect that I am so excited this week is over, especially after these past two days of early morning rising. At least I have fun things to look forward to this weekend. Dinner with one of my besties after work today and a visit from my fav cousin tomorrow... fun times! Maybe I'll snap some pictures while we're out and about. What are your plans this weekend?
  • Top: gray v-neck top, Old Navy with a tank top underneath for the modesty
  • Bottom: denim jeggings, LOFT birthday gift from Mom
  • Shoes & Accessories: gladiator sandals, Christian Siriano for Payless; rainbow beaded earrings, via now defunct Moxie Bee; purple Coach bag

Items from this outfit are previously seen here:

Thursday, August 19, 2010

August 19, 2010: Before The Sun Rises

I told one of my friends that I would give them a ride to the airport this morning since it would take them significantly longer to get there on public transportation at this time. Due to the earlier than normal hour of today's departure from home I am all about being super comfortable but, still work appropriate since I will probably head straight into the office once I drop her off. Is it the most flattering look in the world? Perhaps not although, the rhinestone epaulets are pretty awesome but, I digress... Either way, the aforementioned flattery wasn't really the driving force behind today's outfit. Ideally, I strive for comfortable and stylish looks but, occasionally there are days like today where practicality trumps the norm. Does every outfit you wear need to be complimentary to your body or are there days when you sacrifice that for comfort?
  • Top: gray jewel drapey top, LOFT birthday gift from Mom
  • Bottom: white pinstripe capris, New York and Company
  • Shoes & Accessories: silver gladiator sandals, Isaac Mizrahi for Target (similar and on sale here); silver bead earrings, Tiffany & Co.; black spy bag, Fendi

Items from this outfit are previously seen here:

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

August 18, 2010: In The City

Today is my lunch downtown and I think I found a comfy and stylin' dress that is also professional AKA works perfectly in this situation. Plus, I even managed to incorporate a pair of forgotten shoes! Even though I picked out the dress last night my accessories didn't really work out the way I planned so I am still running a little behind. I'll keep this quick.
  • Top: Calvin Klein khaki dress, Loehmann's (same dress on the weekend here
  • Shoes & Accessories: brown suede Prada wedges, DSW; chunky cluster statement necklace, LOFT (similar here); silver bead earrings, Tiffany & Co.; vintage Louis Vuitton speedy, eBay  

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

August 17, 2010: Hard and Soft

When I was piecing this outfit together this morning. I couldn't help but feel a little like a candystriper. I think it was the pink and stripe combination or more specifically the stripes in this skirt. I think this T-Shirt with a gray pinstripe skirt (note to self: get gray pinstripe skirt) would be great!  But, I digress... I needed to find a way to make this a little less sterile so I have added some chunky accessories and am ready to go! Tomorrow's outfit I might have to plan out tonight when I get home because I have a meeting downtown and I always feel like that creates a new standard of style that I have to meet resulting in a clothes hurricane in my bedroom and tardiness at work. What kind of situations create an new level of pressure or a style challenge for you?
  • Top: light pink Mossimo t-shirt, Mossimo for Target via Mom (similar and on sale here)
  • Bottom: gray and white striped skirt with lace trim, Merona for Target via Unique Thrift Store during "Birthday Beginnings
  • Shoes & Accessories: silver gladiator sandals, Isaac Mizrahi for Target (similar and on sale here); chunky cluster statement necklace, LOFT (similar here); cream Loeffler Randall bag, Target;

Monday, August 16, 2010

August 16, 2010: Make It Work Monday

I think everybody has been where I am this morning... You have an idea in your head but, you just can't make it work out that way. While browsing blogs I noticed that Kendi from Kendi Everyday was wearing the same LOFT skirt that I got for my birthday as a(n exchanged) gift. After that, I was completely inspired and set on wearing the skirt today! While searching through my closet I came up with a few really great outfits but, none that were appropriate for high humidity 85°+ weather. I guess those will appear as the weather gets cooler and this will have to do for today. Do you give up on an outfit when it's not working out like you planned or try to salvage it?
  • Top: purple scoopneck sweater, GAP outlet (same shirt different color here and here); tank top underneath for the modesty
  • Bottom: ivory and black animal print pencil skirt, LOFT birthday gift from BF's mom
  • Shoes & Accessories: black peep-toe wedges, Dr. Scholl's; silver feather headband, LOFT birthday gift from Mom; pearl earrings, birthday gift from Mom a few years ago; silver L.A.M.B bag via Loehmann's

Items from this outfit are previously seen here:

Friday, August 13, 2010

August 13, 2010: No Friggatriskaidekaphobia Here!

Today I am happy for the weekend. No silly superstitions can bring me down! Thanks for letting me know what you thought about my outfit yesterday! It was a "landslide" victory for Double Take. I had reflected that this personal style challenge is helping me to see the potential in my wardrobe and yesterday was an ideal example. A few months ago I might not have put together that blue skirt with that coral top especially when I had something that was closer to an exact match even though I (now) know that it is a color combination that works well. I'm eager to see how my style continues to evolve as I move progress through this challenge! Any fun plans for the weekend?
  • Top: yellow ruffle collar shirt, LOFT
  • Bottom: denim jeggings, LOFT/gift from Mom 
  • Shoes & Accessories:  red Bridget Thong Sandal, LOFT/gift from mom; red coral earrings, mall kiosk in California; cherry print tote, Luella for Target. That's right people, as in the first Go International capsule collection for Target! Even if you don't remember this specific pattern maybe this tartan plaid dress will jog your memory...

Items from this outfit are previously seen here and here:

Thursday, August 12, 2010

August 12, 2010: Double Take

Yesterday was surprising for me in that apparently curly hair is no big deal! Barely anybody commented (IRL) on it, I'm not sure if that's disappointing or negligible. I guess there are other things to focus on at work besides the state of my locks. Today it's up in a messy bun because I am in a rush and it's being a little wild. This easy fix is the one thing I missed about curly hair! This bun looks alot more interesting than one with pin straight hair. Maybe it was all the humidity and "nature" that I was exposed to at Boscobel last night... I would actually recommend going to take in some Shakespeare or just the beautiful gardens if you have the time but, bring bug spray! Here are a few shots of last night before the show started:

Today's outfit might seem similar to you and that's because it is! I wore an almost identical outfit in July and I'm not sure which works better. In the previous one I was just looking for something that "matched" with but, I think this might "go" better. Let me know what you think in the poll below!
  • Top: coral embellished tank top, LOFT via Mom
  • Bottom: blue polka dot skirt, New York and Company (same skirt on the weekend here)
  • Shoes & Accessories: gladiator sandals, Christian Siriano for Payless; gold perforated earrings, New York and Company; brown leather tote, Bulga

Items from this outfit are previously seen here:



Wednesday, August 11, 2010

August 11, 2010: I've Been Keeping A Secret...

If you take one look at this picture you'll know what it is... My hair is crazy curly! I have had it straight for about two years since my graduation from college and today is a first day in a long time that I am letting it free. I didn't straighten it because I dislike my curls, I in fact LOVE them! I did it because I chopped all my hair off (or to my chin) and liked it better straight. I actually think it's still a bit too short in all it's curly glory but, I couldn't resist leaving it natural once I realized that the keratin had finally started to wear out and (I'll be honest) was feeling a little too lazy to blow it out last night! There are still a few pieces in the front that are straight so I just pulled them back.

Maybe my no hassle attitude is because my schedule is packed today: employer breakfast at a local college, goodbye lunch with one of my fav interns, regular work stuff, and a picnic dinner tonight at Boscobel while seeing Taming of the Shrew with family at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. I will be floating through it all in these forgotten shoes! I really wish I had used them sooner, they are so light and comfortable much like their predecessors (which I never owned a pair of) but,  less scary. Plus, I love the fact that I could get a little pattern mixing in! Polka dots and tweed anyone?
  • Top: red tank top with rosette embellishment, LOFT with a tank top underneath for the modesty
  • Bottom: black and white tweed skirt, thrifted/no tag
  • Shoes & Accessories: black and white polka dot wedges, Very Volatile via Mandee; my abuela's vintage silver hoop earrings; black Spy Bag, Fendi

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Update: I Complete You Product Challenge

I didn't forget about it! I have been diligently using all of my current products and definitely have not made any new purchases in the past couple of weeks. It has been going alot more slowly than I thought it would but, I just finished the first bottle and figured I would share!  One down and a very long way to go...

 

  • philosophy Rasperry Mousse Shower Gel
  • Jergens Soft Shimmer: Skin Radiance Moisturizer
  • Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula
  • Bath and Body Works Green Clover and Aloe Body Lotion
  • Bath and Body Works Cotton Blossom Body Lotion
  • Bath and Body Works Peony Body Lotion

The Bestest!

I just had to let everyone know that my family is AMAZING and I love them very much. They all chipped in (even my "little" brother) and got me my "normal" birthday list wish. It's better than I imagined! This birthday has been pretty fantastic so far...

August 10, 2010: Wearer's Remorse

I have alot of options when I get dressed every morning (as I'm sure you can imagine) so I try to pick something out the night before or at least have an idea in my head of what I would like to wear. I thought I would wear a certain black dress with a pair of forgotten shoes but, when I tried the ensemble on I realized the dress might actually be better for when the weather is a little cooler... So, I turned to this dress (comfy, stylin, and work appropriate) and although I'm feeling better about the outfit I'm a little sad because now this dress is done until next year. I've felt that way about all my dresses and have been trying to think about ways to remix them but, it's trickier than I thought!  
  • Top: black and white faux wrap dress, White House Black Market/gift from cousin 
  • Shoes & Accessories: red Bridget Thong Sandal, LOFT/gift from mom; black reversible headband, Mandee; red coral earrings, mall kiosk in California; black Spy Bag, Fendi

Monday, August 9, 2010

Weekend Wear: Completely Caved

I'll be honest, I feel like the summer is already over... It didn't help that when I went shopping with Mom for my birthday (YAY LOFT Friends and Family Sale) the majority of the things I saw were for the fall. As I sarted to embrace the layers and jewel tones of the upcoming season's palatte I couldn't help but, be drawn to the super trendy and apprently inescapable "jegging." That's right people... I am a sucker!  I tried them on (even though I had been vehemently against them for me) and loved the look plus the extreme level of comfort. I took them for a real road test today running some errands and they did not dissapoint. I kind of hate to admit it but, I might be the newest jegging convert!
  • Top: ivory tank top with embroidered neck, Patrick Robinson for Target with another tank top underneath for the modesty
  • Bottom: denim jeggings, LOFT
  • Shoes & Accessories: purple suede-ish ballet flats, Mossimo for Target; brown belt, New York and Company; gold and mixed metal earrings, gift from my co-worker Natalia/ModCloth

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Weekend Wear: Party Like It's Your Birthday!

On the night of my birthday I went dancing with a few friends of mine... This was definitely not office friendly attire but, I think I managed to keep it club appropriate yet classy AKA not an over sized t-shirt, I mean dress from Forever 21. That totally works for some people but would be a fashion disaster on me! What would you wear for a night out dancing? 
  • Top: beige tiered dress, New York and Company via store credit from BF's Mom
  • Shoes & Accessories: silver gladiator sandals, Isaac Mizrahi for Target (similar and on sale here) I was going to wear these ridiculously amazing gladiator booties from Carlos by Carlos Santana but, I pulled a muscle in my leg and would not have made it an hour on the dance floor let alone until the sun came up! It was totally the right move in the end I think because I had a fantastic time with no pain; silver bead earrings, Tiffany & Co.; silver beaded necklace, Bitten via Steve and Barry's
Approximately 3:30 in the morning and we were still going after that but, I was getting tired...

Friday, August 6, 2010

August 6, 2010: Let The Weekend Begin!

My wait is over, my birthday is here! I'm so excited for this evening that I have a feeling this will be a quick work day. Overall, everythingng off well and I haven't even left my apartment yet. A gift all the way from Cali from BF's parents was waiting for me when I got up. I wonder how long it has been in the apartment, those sneaky people... The card was hilarious (as always) and the gift was really awesome. I'll show it to you some time but let's just say part of it will probably become a wardrobe staple!

Your wait is over! I know it's Casual Friday but, I just couldn't resist wearing this dress that I got yesterday. It's my favorite thing that  we picked up. Whose going to tell me no anyway? It's my day! This dress is perfect for work on what is supposed to be a hot (but, not so humid) day and dinner after with the fam. Tonight is another story but, maybe we'll get to that later...
  • Top: pink embroidered dress, Unique Shrift Store/gift from Mom
  • Shoes & Accessories: silver gladiator sandals, Isaac Mizrahi for Target (similar and on sale here) Did anyone notice they look a smidge less ragged? No, I didn't make it to my shoe guy but, my friend Krazy Glue and I helped them out! The one with the brush works great in a pinch!; pink shell earrings, some random craft fair; limited edition Tracey Emin for Longchamp Pliage via the outlet