I bought this skirt a while ago but never wore it because the waist is too big (so be sure to order down a size). Today, I just really wanted to wear it, so I cinched it up and ran out the door. The midi length kept my legs warm enough during California’s version of this nationwide cold snap, but some microfiber tights would be perfect for adding an extra layer in other parts of the country.
Speaking of countries, one of my friends is headed to France and Switzerland in a few days and I am supremely jealous. Please join me in pretending this photo shoot happened in Paris. Thanks.
Leather vest: H&M // Faux leather leggings:Alloy // Navy blouse with faux leather shoulder detail: H&M (love this Vince option) // Wedge booties:Cole Haan via Piperlime // Long gloves: Nordstrom Rack // Leather tote:Coach
One of the perks of both le hubs and I working from home is that we can sometimes sneak away for a quick lunchtime date. This morning, after he had multiple conference calls and I worked on cranking out a number of large projects, we decided to forego our self-imposed lunchtime restaurant moratorium and indulge in a teensy little hooky from real life. The sweet potato fries are a little sweeter when the two of us are snuggled into a warm booth on a chilly day.
I am times-fifty-excited about these leggings. They’re 5″ longer than regular leggings, AKA there isn’t a flood today. Haaay!
Thanksgiving break was such a fulfilling long weekend – see the highlights on Instagram. I somehow still crammed in a full workweek, but it felt so much shorter when broken up by a the holiday festivities and a little [too much; sorry wallet #notsorry] online retail therapy. Then, on Monday, I launched a new, multi-page feature on my client’s website to coordinate with an ad campaign launch. This is the kind of stuff that makes my heart pitter-patter.
Hashtag getitgirl. Hashtag this was an amazing span of days. Hashtag I love the holidays. Hashtag I am being Totes McGoats informal with my writing here because I just cranked out a bajillion marketing pieces and a 2014 business plan.
Last week, I decided to shop at H&M instead of taking a lunch. I picked an excellent day: sale! Can you believe I scored this sweater for $12.95? It has become an instant favorite. I found a number of other staple pieces, and all together, everything cost less than one ill-fitting shirt I had just returned. Major win.
Speaking of purchasing power: Better World Shopper is a neat iPhone app and book I discovered in college thanks to a great professor. I have starting using the app again to assess my purchases and the impact they have on the world around me. Stores and brands are graded on a letter scale, and I have set my limit for new purchases at a “C.” H&M clothing gets a “B-,” so I feel alright about continuing to shop there. By comparison, for example, Target clothing gets a “D” and Macy’s gets an “F.”
The list isn’t exhaustive, but it’s a great start. Being conscientious of the impact we have on the world around us is incredibly important, and I want to do my part.
Gray sweater with embellished shoulders:H&M // Black silk pants: H&M (in-store, love this crepe version) // Wool coat:H&M (also love this one and this one) // Ballet flats:ShoeMint // Leather tote:Coach // Round sunglasses: Target (in-store, similar here) // Teardrop necklace: anniversary gift from le hubs // Silver men’s watch: Kenneth Cole, my wedding gift to le hubs
The winter rainy season has arrived – fashionably late, which is fine by me. The overcast skies made me crave comfort, but a client meeting demanded a little embellishment to polish up the look. These H&M pants are perfect for days like this: they are very easy to wear, but the material and high waist say “tuxedo.”
These cooler temperatures and drizzly days make evenings in front of our sparkly tree feel even more magical. I’m planning to share my holiday home décor, and I can’t wait for it to be ready! This time of year just seems full of promise and love.
I just started showering before bed and not drying my hair, which has a million benefits, three of which I will outline here. First, no holding a heavy blow dryer above my head (I had bilateral shoulder reconstructions in college and if I can avoid overhead exercise, that’s always my first choice). Second, no heat damage. Third, I wake up with shiny curls. Um, what. Deadpan whyamIjustlearningthis face.
I helped my hair with some strategic curling iron tendrils to get this look, but this takes an estimated 0.01% of the effort I usually exert on my head every day. Be prepared for more of this, at least until I grow out my haircut (if that ever happens).
So, this outfit. Comfy. Simple. Quick. Good for getting back to work deadlines that require more attention. On that note, bye.
P.S. Kitten heels: good for getting things done, but still feeling like you’re wearing clackers.
This skirt has sat unattended in my closet for months and I am so glad I finally pulled it out. I wasn’t sure how to wear it, but after seeing how the lovely Cara of Cara’s Cliche wore a similar skirt from ASOS, I decided to give the button-up-layering a try. Very sloppy-chic, relaxed-belle – my go-to look as of late.
With NYFW in full swing, my style inspiration is at an all-time high. Instagram is my obsession right now; I just can’t get enough of the behind-the-scenes peeks, of-the-minute runway videos (seriously, so cool) and street style as it is actually on the streets. It has definitely inspired me to step it up to the next level with my style!
My friend Cara of Cara’s Cliche and I often consult each other on emergency purchasing decisions: This sweater or that? Yea or nay to this hemline? When she sent me a picture of this sweater, I loved the saying, the colors and the sassy, tongue-in-cheek statement. So when she suggested we do a style challenge with the sweet Danielle of Envision Pretty, I was in!
I wore this out for date night with le hubs and brought flats with the intention of traipsing around IKEA afterwards, but we ended up heading back home for a late night of project work for some clients. The up side of this scenario is that a certain someone finally decided to sell some of his comic collection investment. This does mean I can’t play the ok-then-I-choose-to-invest-in-Chanel-Dior-and-Manolo card quite as handily, but all in due time.
Be sure to see how two of my LA favorites styled this cozy sweater! I love Cara’s leopard skirt and Danielle’s amazing booties.
I’m looking forward to wearing it with slim black pants once the temperatures drop, so stay tuned for more chic inspiration.
Shortly after graduating from college, I was walking around my neighborhood grocery store when someone came up to me and complimented my outfit. It put me over the moon. I had no idea what I was doing with my style, and after having spent the previous four years in an all-about-comfort combination of athletic gear and UGG boots on my frigid Midwest campus, wearing anything but Speedo and Under Armour meant testing uncharted waters – pretty much literally after having spent so much time training with my team in the pool.
Fast-forward a few years after discovering the magic of style blogs and the reality that fashion can be accessible, experimenting with quite a number of outfits that now make me cringe, and I’m back to almost the exact outfit I was wearing at Jerry’s Foods in Edina, MN. I love it.