Haven't done this in a while....how about an outfit post??
A staple that should be in every girl's wardrobe is......a pencil skirt. (Bet you thought I was going to say a skinny belt, huh??) This electric blue version is my latest clearance rack find, courtesy of the Limited. Tonight I celebrated the big 3-0 with all of my friends here in Seattle. That's right folks, on Monday I begin a new decade - a decade in which I think I have to officially be a grown-up. Fitting that I'd dress like a librarian for my party then right?? I was excited to get my fancy on, but to avoid looking too stuffy and office-like, I decided some bling and a pop of color were in order. J. Crew hot pink skinny belt and sparkle cuff to the rescue!
That is such a weird close-up picture of my arm! Sorry, I don't know how else to photograph my jewels. Here's another weird close up of my ruffled polka dot blouse and cardigan. Both are from the Banana Republic non-clearance rack. Oh well, cute none-the-less:)
Thank you so much to Briann, Christy, Medley, Stefanie, James, Kristen, Aleks, baby Ava, Reed, Jessica, Sarah and Ryan for helping me celebrate my Birthday. You guys are the best, and I look forward to celebrating many more of life's milestones together!
Color Blocking = a new trend when 2-3 bold colors are worn from head to toe, all from the same color family (ie. red and pink). I'm super intrigued - but not enough to try this on my own. These ladies look lovely, but I'll just live vicariously through them utilizing the world wide web, and allow you to do the same on my blog :) Happy Friday!
Today's version of "Sunday Sunshine" will be a run-down of all of my recent purchases that are gearing me up for fall. Yes, FALL people. It is right around the corner, even if you're in denial. I too was in a state of denial, until I spent my day off last week at the mall. I am so wishing to hold on to every last stitch of summer, but fall is by far my favorite season for clothes. I've been perusing my September fashion magazines and blog-stalking fashionistas on the world-wide-web for seasonal inspiration, and it was time to put some of those ideas into my closet. Yay shopping! Below are my newly acquired treasures, with a little inspiration-sharing mixed in.
1. J Crew....aka, my mothership.
I swear, if someone could get into my head and see the dream styles I'd always wish to be sporting, they'd spit out J. Crew. Pretty much every window, catalog, display, and mannequin they come up with I use for inspiration. Now, I know better, but I went in anyway. And I am pretty proud to have only walked out with 3 things. 3 expensive things none-the-less, but I love them! First, this amazing orange was available in every piece imaginable, but I went with a simple tee. Easy to mix and match, will look awesome with my leopard print peep-toe flats, and will work well under my Apple blue :) I picked up the jeweled turtle pendant, because who doesn't love a bit of whimsy around the neck? And last but not least, this wool "city mini" in "bright dahlia." Probably will be rocking it with a cozy sweater, skinny belt, tights and boots.
2. Banana Republic....gotta love the clearance rack!
I swooped into the BR, and picked up this dress for about $35 after reading this post on "What I Wore." Amazing blog, serious style, and I'm inspired by her nearly everyday. This dress is a bit summer-y, but I'm thinking layered with a denim jacket, it will be perfect for those days that are near when our temperatures start to drop. I'll probably throw in a red accessory - I can't pass up the opportunity to be nautical :) Secondly, I found this pink blouse in the petites section for uber-cheap. I tend to find great deals in that part of the store, because apparently I'm the only one in Seattle with a short torso. Thinking about this with some dark navy skinny jeans.
3. Old Navy...sometimes a shopping trip is just about one piece!
After seeing this vest on 2 different blogs, both styled in a way I loved, it seemed like a piece I needed in my wardrobe. The first look would work for the remaining weeks of summer, plus she's sporting a skinny belt. A girl after my own heart. Check out "GS Lillian Daily" for more ideas. She's a bit eccentric, but has some fun ideas too. The second is a good transition idea for fall, as the vest is work over longer sleeves. And more mileage out of my leopard print shoes! Christine is a fashion editor in NYC (note the pigeon on the sidewalk) and her blog "My Style Pill" is a good read as well.
4. Nordstrom Sale anyone??
This year I was on a mission. I needed some grey knee-high boots. I've got a black pair and a brown pair, which I pretty much wear 8 months out of the year here in Seattle. Grey seemed like the next logical neutral, and I knew Nordy's could help a girl out. Grey suede, thick enough heel to be comfy at work, fun buckle detail, and how can you go wrong when the brand name is "Naughty Monkey?" Love the brand, and they always have funky shoes with fun details. Remember this pair?
5. Madewell....as if J. Crew wasn't enough?
J. Crew's sister store - ie. in the same company - is a little gem called Madewell. It is right next door to my Apple store, and due to the fact that I walk by it every day, I have developed such an affinity! Their clothes are slightly more urban/trendsetter vs. J. Crew's preppy/pretty, but I regularly find amazing pieces that, although are unique, I know I will have in my wardrobe for years. My first find was this gingham button-up shirt, so I could copy the below outfit idea (styled with a great olive cardigan and wide woven belt - cute!) I also purchased this sunny yellow cardigan, but I couldn't find a picture showing the best feature - elbow patches! Lace seems to be everywhere these days - and January Jones looked part-Betty in her black shirt - so I'm going to try and channel my inner-"Mad Men" with this tank option. And last but not least - an awesome statement necklace! It does look a little home-made, but let's be honest. I am not good at crafts, but I am good at shopping:)
6. Since we're talking about lace....Fancesca's!
How cute is this cardigan?? Looks awesome over pretty much any color. Score!
7. Who isn't inspired by 50% off the entire store?? Thanks Gap!
2 pairs of pants, 1 pair of shorts, 3 sweaters, 3 tanks, 1 dress, and a blouse for about $200. Who needs an employee discount??
Can't believe I am saying this, but I'm excited for the weather to turn slightly more chilly. Slightly! Especially tomorrow, because I have no AC in my house, and I'm definitely going to work up a sweat cleaning out my closet :)
Last Friday night I had fantastic plans that were 6 months in the making. I was super excited to see Adele in concert, bought tickets online, and had an amazing dinner with a friend before the show. At the door, events unfolded as follows: Cute ticket-taker girl: "Um, I'm really sorry to have to tell you this, but these tickets aren't real." Me: "Excuse Me??" I said, my heart sinking into my stomach. Kudos to the Craigslist scammer who conned 45 of us into buying tickets to a long awaited sold out show. Note to self: Never. Again. I honestly could have cared less about the money we lost - but was SOOOO bummed not to hear her sing.
On a positive note, I did enjoy getting fancy for the evening. On a negative note, once home I was still reeling from my irritation, and brushed out my fancy do - throwing my hair into a top knot before I remembered to take a photo of my ensemble. So yeah, this is an on-purpose headless shot of me :)
I got this navy sundress from Francesca's at the beginning of the summer for $40. How cute is the all-over bird print? Love. It's got a great neckline, trimmed with some ruffles for extra fun. My lime green puff-sleeve cardigan is from Banana Republic about 2 years ago...an oldie but a goodie. I loved it so much I bought it in 2 colors. Do any of you ever do that? Do mulitples of the same item make it into you closet?
What else is new? I'm rocking a J. Crew skinny belt with this outfit. Hot pink patent leather? Yes please.
Is it random that I always take close-up shots of my shoes by sitting them on my desk? I never feel like I have a good shoe shot when I go to blog - so like always, I scrambled to my closet today and proceeded to complete a mini photo session. These gold gems came from Nordstrom Rack last summer. Typically Jessica Simpson shoes have a crazy high heel, or a ridiculously chunky wedge, but these were an exception, so they came home with me :)
And last but not least - this awesome flee market find! There is an outdoor market in Seattle every weekend during the summer, in an eclectic little neighborhood called Freemont. In the summer of 2009 I was introduced to the Freemont Market by my friend Summer - the same friend I was supposed to be attending the Adele show with. We found a booth called "Fun Junk" - where they were selling jewelry made from....well, junk! Typewritter keys, dog tags, old rulers, and as pictured above, vintage watch faces! Check out their website here: http://funjunkonline.com. Note: this is a legit place to purchase goods online....unlike my non-Adele tickets.