Wednesday, June 29, 2011

June 29, 2011: Self Inspired

Do you like the progression of curly hair? First day it is down, then half up, then all up. If I don't do something drastic (like wash it) there is going to be some craziness! Or I will just put it up in a ponytail again but, I digress... 

When trying to plan out today's outfit I wasn't really struck with any great ideas until I caught a glimpse of this skirt hanging in my closet. I remembered that fun combo that I wore the other night to go out and thought why not do something similar for today? I could have gone with the same exact thing and just thrown a blazer over it (that is allowed by the rules) but, that would be too easy. Maybe I'll save that for another day... How do you make your weekend looks work for the professional/academic world? Is there even a need for you to differentiate?
  • Topaqua dolman sleeve top, Old Navy with a tank top underneath for the modesty; khaki safari jacket, LOFT (same jacket different color here,hereherehere, and here)
  • Bottompink and coral polka dots skirt, New York & Company (same skirt different color here)
  • Shoes & Accessoriessilver Stella wedge pumps, Seychelles via DSW/gift from BF; mixed metal earrings, gift from Natalia/ModCloth; vintage Louis Vuitton speedy, eBay

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

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

June 28, 2011: The Easy Way Out

As the weather heats up in New York I find myself heading to the other side of my closet: Dress (and Skirt) Land. It is just so much more convenient to throw a dress over my head or slide a skirt on and head out the door. Plus, it can still be super professional if need be... How do you keep yourself cool in the warm weather while still staying professional?
  • Top: purple and orange floral patterned jersey knit dress, New York & Company (same dress different color here) with a tank top underneath for the modesty; black cropped jacket, Express
  • Shoes & Accessoriesblack peep toe wedges, Payless/gift from BF; carnelian earrings, Elizabeth Showers Vintage;  gray and black purse, Pietro Alessandro 

Items from this outfit are previously seen and remixed here:

Monday, June 27, 2011

June Gone By

This is going to be one of those posts... It's unfortunate that I haven't been able to keep up with blogging but, I think this upcoming weekend will put me in a good spot for finally getting ahead. It isn't about catching up (most of the time) it's about making sure that I can have a few outfits up my sleeve just in case things get a little crazy I don't fall behind. We're not even going to talk about all the other cool stuff that I wanted to write about or have wanted to be a part of... let's just talk about what I wore.

June 16, 2010
  • Top: floral print t-shirt, Vera Wang for Kohl's; khaki safari jackets, LOFT
  • Bottom: black really skinny pants, GAP
  • Shoes & Accessoriessilver cutout flats, Merona via Target; silver and gold teardrop earrings, V'ta Jewelry; gray and black purse, Pietro Alessandro

June 17, 2011
  • Top: pink rosette embellished t-shirt, LOFT; brown houndstooth jacket, LOFT 
  • Bottom: double waistband denim trouser, tailored by me LOFT/Christmas gift 
  • Shoes & Accessories: teal leather flats, ALDO via Re/Dress NYC; rainbow beaded earrings, MoxieBee, gray Le Dix/Motorcycle bag, Balenciaga

June 20, 2011
  • Topgray camo/animal print ruffle button down shirt, LOFT; gray flyaway cardigan, New York & Company
  • Bottom: black really skinny pants, GAP
  • Shoes & Accessories: black peep toe wedges, Payless/gift from BF; silver bead earrings, Tiffany & Co.; black belt, came with pants; gray and black bag, Pietro Alessandro

June 21, 2011
  • Top: black sundress, Old Navy; brown and black zebra print cardigan, New York & Company
  • Shoes & Accessories: silver Stella wedge pumps, Seychelles via DSW/gift from BF; silver bead earrings, Tiffany & Co.; gray and black bag, Pietro Alessandro

June 22, 2011
  • Topred floral embellished top, Simply Vera Vera Wang via Kohl's; black flyaway cardigan, August Silk via TJ Maxx
  • Bottom: gray Hudson Wide Leg pants, New York & Company
  • Shoes & Accessories:  teal leather flats, ALDO via Re/Dress NYC; black onyx earrings, V'ta jewelry; gray and black bag, Pietro Alessandro

June 23, 2011
  • Toporange short sleeved sweater with beige and white argyle, Merona for Target
  • Bottom: gray pants, New York & Company
  • Shoes & Accessoriesbrown/black snake embossed ballet flats, Xhiliration for Target; gold mother of pearl teardrop earrings, V'ta Jewelry; brown suede purse with silver leaf embellishments, GAP 

June 24, 2011
  • Topyellow blouse with floral embellishment, New York & Company, with a tank top underneath for the modesty; purple cardigan, Merona for Target/gift from BF
  • Bottombrown pants, New York & Company
  • Shoes & Accessoriessilver cutout flats, Merona via Target; my abuela's vintage silver hoop earring; brown suede purse with silver leaf embellishments, GAP

June 27, 2011
  • Top: navy blue dress (with pockets), Adrienne Vittadini via Loehmann's borrowed from Mom; gray plaid blazer, Jones New York via Mom
  • Shoes & Accessories: silver cutout flats, Corso Como via DSW; silver coin pearl necklace, V'ta jewelry; silver coin pearl earrings, borrowed from Mom then altered; sunglasses, RayBan; cream woven tote, Loeffler Randall for Target

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day

From: Iris
To: You

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

June 15, 2011: Total Humpday

I might not have felt my regular case of "The Mondays" this past Monday but, today I am painfully aware that it is only Wednesday. I am also without interesting words, darn you Wednesday...
  • Top: blue crochet neck blouse (same shirt different color here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here)
  • Bottombrown plaid capris, New York & Company
  • Shoes & Accessories: silver cutout flats, Merona via Target; silver and gold teardrop earrings, V'ta Jewelry; brown suede purse with silver leaf embellishments, GAP

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

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

June 14, 2011: Everybody, Everywhere is Loving Lace

Lace | Everybody, Everywear

I haven't participated in alot of these Everybody, Everywear things but, I am going to try to stay more on top of it. There is another reason besides my bad timing; I haven't really been super into everything they have selected. I'm only going to wear things that I like on my body and already have in my closet. Today, I can definitely get on board with lace. I don't think it's the easiest thing to wear in an everyday capacity but, when it's done well it's really lovely, I can't wait to see what Everybody, Everywear comes up with!

  • Top: teal corsage embellished t-shirt, Merona via Target (not to be confused with this one) with a tank top underneath for the modesty
  • Bottomgray lace skirt, Tara Jarmon for Target
  • Shoes & Accessoriessilver cutout flats, Merona via Target; silver bead earrings, Tiffany & Co.; yellow alley bag

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

June 13, 2011: No Mondays Here

Yesterday was the first Monday in a long time that I don't feel like I'm have a case of "the Mondays". Unfortunately, it wasn't so much like any other week day that I managed to get all my posting in... That's ok we;re not falling so behind!

  • Topyellow short sleeve embellished t-shirt, New York & Company (same shirt different color here, here, and here) with a tank top underneath for the modesty; purple cardigan, Merona via Target 
  • Bottom: khaki a-line skirt, Merona via Target 
  • Shoes & Accessories: silver cutout flats, Merona via Target; silver bead earrings, Tiffany & Co.; brown suede purse with silver leaf embellishments, GAP

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

Monday, June 13, 2011

Featured: Clothed Much

I know many of you people might have found your way to me through my participation in Clothed Much's Rule Breaking Monday. It's actually one of my favorite blog projects to participate in because of challenge it presents to all of the participants, "think outside of the box!" I guess I really got it this past week because I was the winner for my pajamas at work look! Thanks Elaine! Check out everyone else's rule breaking looks at Clothed Much on Mondays...

Friday, June 10, 2011

June 10, 2011: T.G.I.F!

I am so ready for the weekend! Even though the past few days have been (almost) unbearably hot I can't wait to spend some time in the sun! Do you have any fun plans for the weekend?

  • Top: yellow ribbed tank top, Old Navy (same shirt different color here, here, here, and here); khaki safari jacket, LOFT (same jacket different color here, here, here, here, and here)
  • Bottom: red, blue, white, and yellow floral print skirt, Talbots via The Unique Thrift Shop
  • Shoes & Accessories: silver cutout flats, Merona via Target; my abuela's vintage silver hoop earrings; gray le-dix/motorcycle bag, Balenciaga

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

Thursday, June 9, 2011

June 9, 2011: Remain Neutral

Guys, it is going to be 100°!! Well, not quite yet but, it will be by the afternoon. With all this heat I struggled to put an outfit together that was office appropriate but, wouldn't melt me. Ironically, I have been trying wear blazers all week and make that work for the summer but, it's just too hot!

In that arduous search I discovered another summer staple of professional wear that I am missing, traditional cardigans! I have three, honestly (this one, this one, and this one.) I also realized that the cardigan is the best alternative to the blazer during the warmer month when they are out of the question unless you want to fade from heat stroke trying to make it to your air conditioned office building. I know, I know 2 + 2 = 4... Do you have any other blazer alternatives that you utilize during the summer?

  • Top: brown tank top, New York & Company with another tank top underneath for the modesty; gray ruffle trim cardigan, LOFT/birthday gift from BF's parents
  • Bottom: black capri pants, New York & Company
  • Shoes & Accessoriesblack Dolce Vita sandals, via Nordstrom; pearl earrings, pearl earrings, Macy's/birthday gift from Mom; gray and black purse, Pietro Alessandro 

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

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

June 8, 2011: Seen This Before, Almost

This is my first foray into wearing a dress that I have already worn before. I did things a little differently this time as per the new rules, how do you think it came out? I think technically there is no repeat... 
  • Top: gray shirt dress, New York and Company with a tank top underneath for the modesty
  • Shoes & Accessories: black peep-toe wedges, Dr. Scholl's; black belt, from another dress; silver bead earrings, Tiffany & Co.;gray and black purse, Pietro Alessandro 

Items from this outfit are previously seen here:

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Update: I Complete You Product Challenge

Deodorant is expensive in my opinion so when I come across the kind I like to use on sale in a buy two get one free back I jump all over it. I should buy multiples of those too! No wait, that's what got me into this situation...  But, in the end it is more a necessity that 75 bazillion bottles of lotion from Bath & Body Works! I know, I know: I'm just rationalizing...

June 7, 2011: Wishing For Double

Do you have things in your wardrobe that you wish you had bought multiples of? Or do buy multiples of? Not in different colors or patterns; I'm talking about actually purchasing two for the same exact thing for when the first one eventually falls apart due to consistent use. Well, I have learned my lesson regarding that. When I find something I love and use all the time I am totally buying two from now on... 

This doesn't really pertain to clothes as much as it does shoesI am so in love with these flats! I can't believe I didn't think of them before when I was struggling to find office appropriate shoes in my shoe closet. The problem is that I have had them for close to three years now and they are literally falling apart. The same can be said for my silver gladiator sandals, nothing is ever quite the same color.  If I had known in May 2008 that I would be in this position now I would totally have ponied up another $20 or $25 for duplicates!

Also, I'm wearing stuff on my body not just my feet. The outfit I'm wearing today is very similar to this outfit.
  • Top: orange tank top, J Crew; beige short sleeved jacket, GAP
  • Bottom: white skirt, GAP
  • Shoes & Accessories: silver cut out flats, Merona for Target (similar here); turquoise and silver earrings, Pennyweights; turquoise and silver bead necklace. gift from Mom; brown tote bag, Bulga

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

  • April 7, 2010
  • Wishing For Double

Monday, June 6, 2011

June 6, 2011: Business Alternatives

After last week's craziness, I am going with a more traditional office look today. I have a feeling that I couldn't have gotten away with it forever... This is also because all of the college graduates that I recruited on Career Day are starting and I want to set a good example! The safest bet would have been a full suit but, I wanted to show them that there are other equally professional alternatives. Do you mix and match your suits as separates? What do you wear when you want to be professional that isn't a suit?
  • Toppurple 3/4 sleeve top, Xhiliration for Target (same shirt different color here); brown tweed jacket with floral details, George via The Unique Thrift Store
  • Bottombeige pinstripe pencil skirt, New York & Company
  • Shoes & Accessories: brown snake skin kitten heel shoes, Coach; coin pearl necklace, V'ta Jewelry; coin pearl earrings, borrowed from Mom then altered; cream woven tote, Loeffler Randall for Target

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

Sunday, June 5, 2011


You guys know how big I am about thrifting partly because of the great deals but, also because of the benefits for the environment! The City of New York is thinking the same thing and has started the re-fashioNYC program in response.


Annually NYC residents throw away approximately 200,000 tons of clothes, towels, blankets, curtains, shoes, handbags, belts, and other textiles and apparel. Frankly I think that can be attributed to laziness on their part but, the city of New York is going to make it ridiculously convenient for people who don't donate due to the lack of convenience.

re-fashioNYC is a partnership between the City of New York and Housing Works  to make clothing donation through convenient in-building drop-off service at no cost to the building or taxpayers. The program is expected to grow slowly in response to participation requests and Housing Works ability to expand its services. 

If you're interested in participating in this new and convienient clothing reuse program, fill out the form here!

Friday, June 3, 2011

June 3, 2011: These Foolish Games

I am taking all sorts of fashion risks today! First of all just look at those sandals, I am asking for trouble.. or maybe not since no one really said anything to me yesterday about what I was wearing. I am totally bringing a pair of pack up shoes today.

Other than that my outfit seems normal right? Perhaps even totally stylin' and Tory Burch inspired? I'll feel your resounding "Yes!" and you would be mistaken. It is totally stylin' and definitely Tory Burch inspired but, not completely normal. Don't tell anyone but, this fab dress is a sleepshirt from Target. I know my secret is safe with you but, now you can see how I'm really pushing the envelope... What is the most shocking thing you've ever worn out in public?

  • Top: navy and white patterned "dress", Gilligan & O'Malley via Target
  • Shoes & Accessories: silver gladiator sandals, Isaac Mizrahi for Target; silver knotted necklace, Christmas gift from my dear friend; silver bead earrings, Tiffany & Co.cream woven tote, Loeffler Randall for Target

FBFF: Summer Lovin'

1. When it comes to packing for vacation what’s your mantra?

I am (admittedly) one of the worst packers ever! I have a serious tendency to over pack because I so nervous about needing wanting something from my expansive closet that I try to bring it all with me. I should follow my own advice: "Don't stress, there is probably a Target nearby!"

2. What are your must packs?

Do undies count? Seriously... The things I am most concerned with having besides that are my unique toiletries like my face stuff and my hair stuff. That isn't something I'm going to want to have to pick up on the fly or be able to buy at Target.

3. What are you happy to leave behind?

There isn't really anything that I am happy to leave behind but, I am more than happy to ignore my cell phone and leave it at the hotel or friend's/family's house where I am staying.

4. Any packing secrets that help you get everything into one suitcase?

If there is anything that comes close to helping me with this is making a list prior to packing at least so I get a visual idea of how many days I'll be gone and how much stuff I need to bring with me. Whether I follow the list or not is another story...

5. Beach reading… what are you taking with you to read in the sand?

I normally bring a bunch of glossies that I wouldn't normally spend money on and get in tune with what's coming up on the fashion horizon. If I'm reading a book that is too good to put down (most recently: The Hunger Games Trilogy) I will subject it to the sand as well.

Check out everyone else's answers over at ModlyChic!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

June 2, 2011: Because I Have To

I don't really like this outfit, this is one of those mornings where I woke up and put on clothes... The weather has been getting increasingly warmer and more beautiful (YAY) which has found me headed towards the skirts and dresses in my closet. Except for today, I felt like pants.

There was a hidden benefit to wearing nothing but skirts this week so far as I discovered while putting this ensemble NONE of my pants fit me anymore. Well that's an exaggeration... MOST of my pants don't fit me right now and that is so frustrating. Desk jobs are bad for your health. For me it's not that I weight that much more since starting this new job it's just that everything is being redistributed to my hips that don't lie and my derrière... I will not buy fat pants! I am going to work on this problem. If you work a desk job how do you keep yourself active?

I also decided to be really bold and wear sandals today. Part of my pants not fitting can be attributed to the fact that I barely leave my desk so... I figured I can hide my feet and feel out people's receptiveness when I get up to grab my lunch from the fridge or another cup of hot water for tea. I actually am not sure it's going to work out. Either way I still do need to go shoe shopping, I'm thinking at least two or three pairs if I can find things I like.

  • Top: green ribbed tank top, Old Navy with a tank top underneath for the modesty; beige short sleeved jacket, GAP
  • Bottom: brown knit pants, New York & Company
  • Shoes & Accessoriesbronze sandals with genuine stone embellishments,bo'em via DSW; mother of pearl teardrop earrings, V'ta jewelry; purple tote bag, Coach

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

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

June 1, 2011: Off Season

Some people might think that tweed is one of those things that should only be worn in the winter. I am not one of those people (obvi.) Perhaps, it's because I don't stores my "winter clothes" in the summer and vice versa. With this skirt specifically it's probably because I picked the it up while I was in California so that must mean it's for warmer weather, right? Either way I will ignore the funny looks I get for wearing tweed when it's 80°+ outside. What are some seasonal barriers that you ignore?
  • Topyellow ruffle collar shirt, LOFT
  • Bottom: rainbow tweed skirt, Lafatyette 148 via Saks
  • Shoes & Accessoriesblack peep-toe wedges, Dr. Scholl's; pearl earrings, Macy's/birthday gift from Mom; purple tote bag, Coach

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