Saturday, February 26, 2011

Giveaway Reminder



This giveaway ends on Monday February 28, 2011 so there are only a few days left to enter for a chance to win a $65 gift certificate to spend on whatever you want at any of the CSN stores (not including shipping costs)!! This giveaway is open to US and Canadian readers! Here are the rules: become a follower in Google (if you aren't already) and leave a comment on THE ORIGINAL POST letting me know what item you would get with your credit... There are lots of ways to enter so take advantage of them!! Good luck!

Friday, February 25, 2011

February 24, 2011: Out Of Practice

I love my BF. I wouldn't bother listing all the reasons why but, I know there's alot of evidence to support that fact. One which only came to light last night when I came home after work and set up my tripod to take an outfit picture (picture taking Sunday really needs to happen this week, for serious!) I snapped 5 or 6 pictures but, after a long day of work/commuting I figured I had gotten the shot and wrapped it up. After viewing the results I have to say it is official, I have lost my touch! Where would I be without my BF? I would be subjecting you to months of me figuring it all out again in my hallway. No, you're right we'll just wait for BF...
  • Top: pink rosette embellished t-shirt, LOFT (same shirt different color here, here, and here); black safari jacket, LOFT
  • Bottom: dark gray Hudson Wide Leg Pant, New York and Company/new job gift from Mom
  • Shoes & Accessoriesblack ruffle embellished flats, Audrey Brooke via DSW; black and gray leopard print headband, 75% off $1.00 bin at Target; silver bead earrings, Tiffany & Co.; black Spy Bag, Fendi
Also, The Fuzz says "Hi!" Actually he's probably saying, "What's that over there?"

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

Thursday, February 24, 2011

February 23, 2010: Almost Crazy

After lamenting my lack of adventurousness this past week(ish) due to my new dress code I attempted to go out of my way yesterday to spice things up! After trying on various clothing combinations I settled picked this. I thought of pairing the blazer with a white and purple striped sweater instead but, when I tried it on it looked like it didn't quite go even though stripes go with everything/I was trying too hard. As much as I don't want to feel like I'm losing my unique style I also don't want to feel like I'm going to far in the other direction to bring it to light. How do you find the happy medium between your personal style and your work dress code?
  • Toppurple rosette embellished t-shirt, LOFT (same shirt different color here and here); blue tweed blazer, K Studio via Unique Thrift Store (came with this dress)
  • Bottomgray pencil skirt, New York & Company
  • Shoes & Accessories: black pumps, Nine West/new job gift from BF; pearl earrings, birthday gift from Mom; black Spy Bag, Fendi

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

Featured: We Love Colors Style Blog


Remeber this look? Well the people at We Love Colors liked it so much that they featured me on their style blog today. I feel special. Thanks, We Love Colors!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Best New Job Gift Ever!

I just had to share this with you guys since I know you will appreciate it. Yes, that is a pop up post-it dispenser shaped like a purse! Yes, BF's parent's are awesome!!

FYI: I am a post it fiend and purses are my fav.

February 22. 2011: Losing My Touch?

In my extreme sense of tired after this long weekend I decided to pick an outfit that was safe easy and wear a suit yesterday. I'll be honest I almost feel like I'm copping out. Don't get me wrong, it's a lovely suit that has some really beautiful floral details (note to self take close up pictures next time) but, it's just... a suit. There were no colorful tights or crazy shoes to spice it up. The closest I got was a little pop of color in the shirt which worked nicely with the little flecks of color in the tweed (note to self seriously take close up pictures next time) but, that isn't much. I can't help but, feel that this new office culture is sucking the creativity out of me in terms of getting dressed. Or maybe it's just that I don't want people to think I'm crazy or color blind right off the bat. What do you do to spice it up when you feel like you're in a wardrobe funk?
  • Topblue short sleeved sweater, Ann Taylor Loft (same shirt different color here and here); brown tweed jacket with floral details, George via Unique Thrift Store
  • Bottom: brown tweed skirt with floral details, George via Unique Thrift Store
  • Shoes & Accessoriesgray pumps, Steve Madden; pearl earrings, birthday gift from Mom a few years ago; beige pantyhose, No Nonsense via Stop and Shop; yellow alley bag

Items from this outfit are previously seen and remixed  here and here:



Monday, February 21, 2011

Giveaway: $65 CSN Stores Credit


So I have saved an old favorite for last... that's right, I couldn't be happier to end my final three month kick off with a giveaway from CSN Stores. They have a few of my personal favs like handbags and shoes and, they also have other stuff like air hockey tables and office furniture! Honestly, the possibilities are endless...

This giveaway will be until February 28, 2011 and is open to ALL readers in USA and Canada! I will pick the winner via Excel/random.org. Here are the rules: become a follower in Google (if you aren't already) and leave a comment on this post letting me know what you would spend the credit on... Don't forget to add your email so I can contact you! For bonus entries:
  • 1 bonus entry - "Like" 260 Days, No Repeats on Facebook. Leave another comment letting me know you did this.
  • 1 bonus entry - Follow 260 Days, No Repeats on Twitter. Leave another comment with your twitter handle.
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Good Luck!!

February 17/18, 2011: Finishing Strong


No, I didn't fall off the face of the earth but, I had some serious time management issues. A new commute and different work hours will do that to you. But, I kept it classy this week! I'll be honest though... I'm not loving these last two outfits. This new companies blazer preference is really throwing me off. I can't say that I'm so in love with either of this outfits but overall, I think I'm getting a feel for the office culture and, in turn, the dress code. Who knew it could be so complicated to put on some clothes in the morning? 
  • Topred floral embellished top, Simply Vera Vera Wang via Kohl's/gift from BF; black safari jacket, LOFT
  • Bottom: black pinstripe suit skirt, Calvin Klein via SYMS
  • Shoes & Accessories: black ballet flats, Xhiliration for Target; gray tights, We Love Colors; black onyx earrings, V'ta Jewelry;  silver bag, L.A.M.B via Loehmanns (not pictured)

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

I almost forgot to tell you, the following was my Friday outfit. That's right... no more jeans. BF and I also went out to dinner at  a fancy restaurant in the city since Restaurant Week became Restaurant Month at some places. I guess it worked out well plus, it was a nice way to end my first week at a new job.
  • Toporange short sleeved sweater with beige and white argyle, Merona for Target (same shirt different color here)
  • Bottombrown and orange tweed pencil skirt, LOFT
  • Shoes & Accessoriesteal leather flats, Aldo via Re/Dress NYC; brown tights, Merona for Target; pearl earrings, birthday gift from Mom; brown leather tote bag, Bulga (not pictured)

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

And The Winner Is...


FaithJ!!! Congratulations! I will be in touch shortly with details about your prize. Thanks to everyone who participated. I'm hoping to be able to bring you many more giveaways as 260 Days, No Repeats continues to grow and I hope you'll stick around to take part in that as well!

Happy Three Day Weekend AKA


From: Iris
To: You 

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Giveaway Reminder

Don't forget to enter this giveaway which ends tomorrow February 21, 2011. It is open to US and International readers as well! I will pick the winner via Excel/random.org. Here are the rules: become a follower in Google (if you aren't already) and leave a comment on THE ORIGINAL POST letting me know what item you wou get with your $100 credit to Shopbop... There are lots of ways to enter so take advantage of them!! Good luck!



Friday, February 18, 2011

FBFF: Body Image

1. Since you started blogging has your image of yourself changed? 

Yes, I would be shocked if it didn't. I would say overall it has been a positive thing but, seeing pictures of myself everyday (some better than others) has at times been difficult. It's when you picking the least terrible shot that it becomes no fun at all.

2. Are you self-conscious about any aspect of yourself? If so, do you go out of your way to avoid it or do you post it/talk about it anyway?

I am definitely self conscious about things. I just try to make sure that I look put together in all the photos for the most part that things that I don't like seem to be less prominent. The one thing that I did talk about was the fact that I have gained weight. It is something that has been an everyday struggle for me especially when I don't fit in the clothes I am supposed to be wearing in this personal style challenge but, one needs to get dressed and I committed to doing this so the world keeps turning...

3. Based on how you are feeling now, what do you think the future holds in the evolution of your body image?

Personally, I am not sure all that much will change. I know what I like about my body and I know what I don't. I know that it really isn't as bad in reality as it is in my head. There are bad days and good days and it will always be that way for everyone. In terms of people in general, I hope that everyone will become more accepting of the "average" woman, not everyone is a 6ft. size 2 model.

4. Do you photograph yourself for your blog? If so, how do you feel about the experience when you’re having your picture taken? If you choose not to post pictures of yourself, what prompted that decision?

For the most part I don't photograph myself, BF does. I will say I am super self conscious! I don't want to smile (he has to coax it out of me) and I fidget like whoa... it can be fun but, recently it has felt like more of a chore. I suspect that is because of all the changes in my schedule and the weather has been totally lame. Hopefully when it warms up things will be better!

5. What would you want every person who struggles with body image to take to heart?

Not to make this into more of a therapy session that it feels like but, I would tell them to check out the blogosphere and take in what normal everyday woman have put out there. If we can do it than anyone can!

Check out everyone else's answers at ModlyChic!

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

February 15/16 2011: What's Black and White and Red All Over?



The past two days have been a whirlwind! Acclimating to this new job and lengthier commute while incorporating the things that I would normally have on my schedule is definitely taking some getting used to. And based on my clean laundry situation it has been really difficult not to fall into the "city uniform" situation each day so far. It's something that I am definitely aware of so, I will try not to do so for the rest of the week, I need some color in my life...
  • Top: white button down shirt, New York & Company; gray jewel drapey top, LOFT; black pinstripe blazer, Calvin Klein via SYMS 
  • Bottom: black really skinny pants, GAP
  • Shoes & Accessoriesred patent flat American Eagle, Payless; silver and garnet earrings made by an old co-worker; silver bag, L.A.M.B via Loehmanns 

Items from this outfit have been previously seen and remixed here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here:


  • Topblack and white sweater shirt combo, August Silk via Mom's closet purge 
  • Bottomgray pants, New York and Company
  • Shoes & Accessoriesred patent flat American Eagle, Payless; leopard headband, Target; floral wire earrings, MOMA/gift from an old friend; silver bag, L.A.M.B via Loehmanns

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



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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Lafayette 148 Revisited

Remember how my hips (that don't lie) murdered that fabulous tweed Lafayette 148 skirt that I picked up while I was in California? Well turn that frown upside down because the fabulous people from the customer service department at Lafayette 148 saw my post and came to the rescue. They apologized regarding my bad experience and affirmed their commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. Then they sent me a new skirt, in a larger size just in case my hips get rowdy...


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Monday, February 14, 2011

February 14, 2011: The Best Laid Plans...



In an attempt to smoothly conform with my new company dress code I am take part in Modest Fashion Week... also, I'm pretty darn classy!

I should be super excited (and maybe a little nervous) about headed to my new job today. Instead I am something else. I'm not exactly sure what (aggravated, angry, frustrated, nervous, helpless, all of the above?) but, I can tell you why... I am now a dead ringer for the little kid from Dutch Boy paint. I thought that it would be a great confidence booster to get my hair cut; not just a trim like a serious cut. So, I headed to my hair dresser (who primarily speaks Spanish) with my Mom (who translates). Long story short... Mom needs to get her hearing checked because this is what I ended up with. It's not bad and hair grows I get that but, I'm not going to lie my confidence took a major hit. I am so unbelievably uncomfortable and slightly more nervous than expected... I didn't even want to post this picture.
  • Top: magenta pinstripe button down, New York & Company with a tank top underneath for the modesty; black long cardigan, New York & Company
  • Bottom: gray pencil skirt, New York & Company
  • Shoes & Accessories: black pumps, Candies via Kohl's; black tights, Just My Size via CVS; pearl earrings, gift from Mom; silver bag, L.A.M.B via Loehmanns 

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


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Happy Birthday!

To: My GF
From: Iris 

There is no such thing as Valentine's Day here!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

FBFF: Somewhere Over The Rainbow Is My Closet

1. What color dominates your closet?

I think I have a pretty good amount of all the colors, I try to be an equal opportunity fashionista. Recently though I have be leaning more towards gray as my fav neutral but, that's about it. We shall see though as I move into this new position, maybe I'll end up in what one of my co-workers referred to as the "city uniform" i.e. head to toe black and gray, doubtful...

2. If money weren't an issue how would you change the color emphasis in your closet?

I don't think money makes a difference at all. A lack of it definitely doesn't stop me from being fashionable so, similarly it doesn't keep me from incorporating color.

3. What is your mantra about mixing colors?

I generally subscribe to the idea of being adventurous but, trusting your gut. If you look in the mirror and don't like what you see don't wear it but, that rule goes so far beyond just mixing colors.



4. For you, how do you incorporate color into your outfits?

I try to make it a point to wear all the clothes in my closet which means all the colored pieces I have. Given my personal style challenge I can't rely on a few pieces to make up my wardrobe and I push myself to wear them all!

5. Which blogger(s) do you think do a good job of incorporating color into their wardrobe?

I think Lydia from Chic on the Cheap, Joann from Sidewalk Chic, and Marie from The Joy of Fashion do an great job with color

Check out everyone else's answers at ModlyChic!

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Friday, February 11, 2011

February 11, 2011: Goodbye To Everything That I Knew...

Today is my last day at my current company (peace out) and I am not going to lie I'm a total ball of emotions... Since it is the last chance I am going to have to wear jeans in the office for a while I pleased to be able to do so within the confines of this dress code not being wild and crazy like I was on Wednesday. I'm not really sure how things are going to be next week but, I feel sure that what happens will be positive!
  • Top: purple and white polka dot shirt, Old Navy (same shirt different color here)
  • Bottomdouble waistband denim trouser tailored by me, LOFT Christmas Gift
  • Shoes & Accessories: black sneaker/shoes, Rocket Dog; pearl earrings, gift from Mom; black spy bag, Fendi (not pictured)

Items from this outfit are previously seen and remixed here and here:


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Giveaway: $100 Shopbop Gift Certificate


Well, the fun things just keep on coming! The lovely people over at Shopbop have offered to give one of you a $100 gift certificate! What a great way to celebrate the fact that I am closing in the end of year one of this personal style challenge. There are lots of things to spend it on including designer bras from brands like Cosabella or Eberjey. If you're feeling thrifty you can head over to the Shopbop sale section and get the most bang for your found buck, it's really up to you!

This giveaway will be until February 21, 2011 and is open to ALL readers in USA and Internationally (except in Russia, sorry)! I will pick the winner via Excel/random.org. Here are the rules: become a follower in Google (if you aren't already) and leave a comment on this post letting me know what you would spend the credit on... Don't forget to add your email so I can contact you! Keep in mind that this is just one of a few fun things I have going on this month there is more to come but, I digress... For bonus entries:
  • 1 bonus entry - "Like" 260 Days, No Repeats on Facebook. Leave another comment letting me know you did this.
  • 1 bonus entry - Follow 260 Days, No Repeats on Twitter. Leave another comment with your twitter handle.
  • 3 bonus entries - Re-post this giveaway on your blog. Leave another comment letting me know you did this with the link.
  • 5 bonus entries - Add 260 Days, No Repeats to your blogroll. Leave another comment letting me know you did this with the link.
Good Luck!!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

And The Winner Is...


ERIN!!! Congratulations! I will be in touch shortly with details about your prize. Thanks to everyone who participated. I'm hoping to be able to bring you many more giveaways as 260 Days, No Repeats continues to grow and I hope you'll stick around to take part in that as well!















What To Wear To A Job Fair: The Cool Weather Edition

So what we previously discussed potential job fair outfits but, the weather is much cooler (if you didn't notice) and it definitely limits changes your clothing options. We already know how to dress for an interview now I think it doesn't hurt to revisit the job fair situation especially given the experiences I had at my last two job fairs for a while. Those people must not have read my old post...

I'll just give you them a reminder that you shouldn't wear jeans or pajamas! A job fair isn't a casual affair for most employers and you want to be thought of as a potential employee therefore you should dress the part. You can wear a suit but, if you don't have one or want to save that look for a potential interview you can try out some of the styles I've illustrated below.
Cool Weather Job Fair 4

Cool Weather Job Fair 3

Cold Weather Job Fair 1


Cool Weather Job Fair 2

These are just a few ideas of what you could wear. You know you don't have to dress in completely formal business attire to attend a job fair (although, it doesn't hurt) but, you do want to convey a sense of professionalism in what you are wearing. The person you meet at the fair is your ticket in and you want to make a great impression!

February 10, 2011: Colorblind

I could have sworn that I have seen this somewhat crazy color combination somewhere before but, I am having trouble tracking it down. Maybe I dreamt it and it was lying in wait amongst my sartorial subconscious. Despite that foundation I still had alot of trouble picking out what to wear today. I think the uncertainty of what lies ahead is messing with my outfit compilation skills. Maybe I'm just over stressing about all the little things that don't really matter... obvi that's the case, maroon tights are awesome and navy/mustard yellow is one of my fav color combos! What's yours? I'll try that next, I'm sure it will make me feel better...
  • Top: navy boatneck sweater, LOFT
  • Bottomyellow and brown polka dot skirt, Merona for Target
  • Shoes & Accessoriesbrown snake skin kitten heel shoes, Coach; maroon tights, Comfort Choice/Christmas gift from Cousin V (on sale here); coin pearl necklace, V'ta jewelry; coin pearl earrings, borrowed from mom then altered; brown leather tote bag, Bulga   

Items from this outfit are previously seen and remixed here and here:


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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

February 9, 2011: Breaking All The Rules

So I am down to my last few days in this office and I am feeling a little wild and crazy... You remember last week when I recklessly paired brown tights and black boots? Well, I'm doing it again today! I know it's Wednesday but, I am going to wear denim to work. I can see the horrified looks on your faces now... I know it's cray cray but, I don't care. I have a feeling that things are going to take a turn for the conservative around here and I wanted to push my sartorial limits as much as I can in place where I am comfortable leaving. Sadly, my "reckless" interpretation of the dress code (specifically the denim) is pretty standard around my current office. Even though I personally kept it classy who might be in for some culture shock? That's be me.
  • Top: green scoopneck sweater, LOFT with a tank top underneath for the modesty (same sweater different color here and here)
  • Bottom: dark denim pencil skirt, Torrid (similar here)
  • Shoes & Accessoriesblack Madison Heights Tall Boots, Timberland via Zappos; brown tights, Merona; coin pearl necklace, V'ta jewelry; coin pearl earrings, borrowed from mom then altered; purple tote bag, Coach

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Giveaway Reminder

Don't forget to enter this giveaway which ends tomorrow February 10, 2011. It is open to all readers in US! I will pick the winner via Excel/random.org. Here are the rules: become a follower in Google (if you aren't already) and leave a comment on THE ORIGINAL POST letting me know what item you wou get with the $20 credit to eShakti... There are lots of ways to enter so take advantage of them!! Good luck!

Featured: Accredited Online Colleges

I'll be honest when I got an email this morning from accreditedonlinecolleges.com I thought it must be some sort of spam. You know, the ones that are like get your MA in three months online which translates to give us your money and we'll generate a degree! They are not that... they are a resource for people seeking online degrees and while academics are the main thing they also seek to inspire their students in other ways. Like this article on the top 50 fashion blogs for college students. Guess whose in that list...

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

What To Wear To An Interview

So, as I mentioned before I did a little looking before I landed this job and while I was going through all that I decided to catalog my interview outfits. I figured it would be a good lesson for anyone who isn't sure what to wear when that big day comes.

In November I had an interview with another non-profit the same day as a job fair. I just swapped the cardigan I was wearing for a the suit jacket and it was a done deal. That day I was just happy I wasn't expected back in the office... In the end it wasn't the job for me (we were both on the same page about that) but, at least I got a little interview practice.
  • Topivory shirt with crochet embellishment, LOFT; black pinstripe blazer, Calvin Klein via SYMS
  • Bottomblack pinstripe suit skirt, Calvin Klein via SYMS
  • Shoes & Accessoriesblack pumps, Steve Madden; pearl earrings, gift from Mom; black spy bag, Fendi (not pictured)

My next interview was about two weeks ago. Like I said before, things took a turn for the serious! I didn't want to wear the same old suit that I wear for every occasion that calls for a suit (see above) so I reached into my closet to find something different. This was one of the few moments where I was grateful for my past shopping transgressions! Years ago I had purchased this Isaac Mizrahi suit from Target on SUPER clearance (like less than $20 SUPER) and had never utilized it fully. My mom took in the skirt but, I never had a need for the jacket until now... I think it was a total winner!
  • Top: yellow ruffle collar shirt, LOFT; gray wool blazer, Isaac Mizrahi for Target
  • Bottomgray wool pencil skirt, Isaac Mizrahi for Target/hemmed by Mom
  • Shoes & Accessoriesblack pumps, Steve Madden; silver bead earrings, Tiffany & Co.dusty mauve butterfly tote, GAP (not pictured)


My second interview for my new job occurred on the same day that NYC was hit with 19 inches of snow. Thanks snow! I think this suit was the one thing that went right because I didn't worry at all about the cold or wetness just how I was going to make it there on time... thankfully I got a very early start and BF was home to help dig the car out and I drove since the bulk of NYC's public transportation was shut down/delayed/who knew.
  • Toporange dolman sleeve top, Xhiliration for Target; navy pinstripe blazer, Tahari via Loehmanns
  • Bottom: navy pinstripe pants, Tahari via Loehmanns
  • Shoes & Accessoriesblack Madison Heights Tall Boots, Timberland via Zappos; pearl earrings, gift from mom; dusty mauve butterfly tote, GAP (not pictured)

To sum it all up, here are some thing that I now know undoubtedly to be true about what to wear when interviewing:
  • You cannot go wrong with a suit, ever.
  • That being said, it doesn't have to be an expensive suit just a well made one.
  • When it comes to accessories: the simpler the better.
  • Boots are OK when there are almost two feet of snow on the ground.
  • A solid bright color top really makes you shine.
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Monday, February 7, 2011

February 7, 2011: Ladies Make Some Noise If You Wanna Be My Replacement

Today I have alot on my work plate, I am going to be interviewing candidates to fill my role where I work when I leave this Friday. I can't believe it's all happening so quickly, I feel like I just gave my notice yesterday instead of a week ago. That being said I am hoping to find someone to replace me before I go even though my boss says I'm irreplaceable, awww... 

I am keeping it more professional today (AKA wearing a jacket) because I want to make a serious impression on the people who I meet. As my last week working in a business casual environment continues I might push that to it's limit as the week goes on! No, I don't think the teal tights count... 
  • Top: coral embellished tank top, LOFT via Mom; khaki safari jacket, LOFT
  • Bottom: brown jersey knit skirt, Old Navy 
  • Shoes & Accessories: brown pumps, Candies via Kohl's;  teal tights, Comfort Choice/Christmas gift from Cousin V (on sale here); tiger's eye earrings, Citygirl Accessories; brown Loeffler Randall bag, Target (same bag different color here


Items from this outfit are previously seen and remixed here, herehere, and here:



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