Archive for November 30, 2012

Back in Black

I admit it;  when I don’t feel well and/or am in a hurry, I fall back on black (and don’t blow-dry my hair).  That was the case this morning when 1) I had an early meeting and 2) appear to either be getting a head cold or having a really bad allergy attack.  Nontheless it gave me a chance to wear this cool new tank I got.

  • Art Deco Tank (Avenue; 22/24)
  • Long Knit Cardigan (Marshall’s)
  • Black Ponte “Jeggings” (Lane Bryant, 22)
  • Silver Bracelet (Tiffanys, old)
  • Boots (don’t recall) with Birkenstock Insoles
The thing I notice (now, of course) looking at this image is that I have no legs.  OK, that’s not COMPLETELY true, but I don’t have a whole lot of leg.  I knew that, of course; I have short stubby little legs regardless of my outfit.  But this very long cardi isn’t doing me any favors in that department.
This outfit was paired with the same purse I’ve been carrying all week, the green Kate Spade.  This is mostly out of laziness driven by not feeling entirely well; it’s hard to decide what you are wearing and trade out purses when you are sneezing.


That should get a bit easier starting next week.  We have an extra* Billy bookcase from Ikea that needs 1 door, and then it will be set up as a purse storage and changing location.  Yes, I’m going to have an entire cabinet dedicated to purses.  Although I may also use it for boot storage during the non-boot time of the year. Depends on how full it gets….


Favorite Frock Friday

*It’s kind of a funny story, actually.  We have this spot in our hallway that used to have cabinetry, but the arizona weather had dried it up and it was falling apart.  It also wasn’t especially sensibly designed for what we needed to store.  So we pulled it out, painted the area, and decided to get some bookcases for the spot.  We measure, and it says the opening is 63.5 inches wide.  The bookcases are 31.5 each, so that would be 63, which should fit, right?  Well, apparently not.  Or rather the opening was 63.5 inches wide at the FRONT, but not once you got in a couple of inches.  By the back it narrows to 62.  So after buying and assembling the two bookcases, the 2nd doesn’t fit.  So husband went back and got a narrow one to put into that space with one of the wide ones, but now we were left with an extra, assembled bookcase.  Sitting in the middle of one of the lesser used rooms while we tried to figure out what to do with it.  This seems as good a use as any…

Spread the Polish Swap

I love playing with nail polish.  One of my favorite things is playing around with new colors.  Admittedly, I usually give myself pedicures more often than manicures, but any excuse to do something once and having it look cute for a week is something I am all over.

Anyway, I joined the “Spread the Polish”Sqap and was assigned Carly from Lipgloss and Crayons.  (Funny story:  She emailed with the title of ” Polish Swap Partner”.  I was having a REALLY long day, so what I read was “Polish (as in from Poland) Partner Swap”, and was trying to figure out why someone would want my cranky old husband 🙂 )  I told her I loved sparkly polishes, which are also PERFECT for this time of year!

I sent Carly a box containing an Opi Polish, a Sally Hanson magnetic polish, and a few of the mini polishes that come in those little 4-packs.  [I love those things, btw…. I have a shoe-box full of them.  They let me try new colors without feeling guilty that I have a full bottle that I’ve used twice.  Ulta, Opi, and Sephora all have them, usually to show off their newest colors, although the only ones available online are the Sephora sets.]

A couple of days later, a box shows up containing the polish set above!  The New Black: Innovations in Color: Glimmer Twins.  This set includes two versions of silver polish; one that is shimmering, while the other that goes further to glittery.  I promptly put the shimmery silver on first, then added the glitter layer over the top.  As you can see above, the result is a wonderful sparkly color that is perfect for a night out.  (You know, like the weekend coming up!)

I then tried the glitter version over a darker purple/brown color and am loving the result!  I also tried using the silver shimmering polish as a type of french tip, but my hand wasn’t steady enough.  Perhaps with a set of those templates that create a clean edge….

Thanks Carly!  This has been fun!


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Inspired Outfit; Stripes and Leopard

Today I’m inspired by another blogger whose post last night made me go first “Wow” and then “Hey, I could do that!”!  XOXOTrina posted an outfit combining Leopard and Stripes that I thought was just adorable.  While I could have mimicked it exactly, I chose to make a couple of small changes.

  1. Trina chose leggings and boots, but the stripped top I am wearing isn’t really long enough for me to be comfortable in leggings.  Therefore I replaced those with black jeans and flats.
  2. My scarf is a different style.  I like the scale of the print on hers better but you work with what you have.
  3. I pulled out a short sleeve sweater that, looking at it now, appears to have been a mistake.  I thought it would be cute, but I like hers better.

Still, I think this looks very put together and just unique enough.

  • Striped Shirt: J.Jill
  • Black Jeans: Coldwater Creek
  • Black Cardigan: J.Jill no longer available in that color
  • Scarf: Boutique across the street
  • Josef Seibel flats: Ebay
And it would appear that I REALLY need to do my roots in the next day or so….

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Thursday Threads!

As promised, here is the new Thursday Threads link-up.

Of course it didn’t occur to me until, oh, 9pm, that by the time I get up in the morning, take a picture of my outfit, and post the picture, it will be fairly late.

So I’m posting the link-up NOW, and will come back and add my outfit in the morning….

In the meantime, say hello to my co-host, Daenel from Living Outside the Stacks.  She has a great, funky style and a pair of boots that make me go wow!

Clements Ribeiro Clover Cardigan

When the Swan by Clements Ribeiro collection for Evans first came out, I went gaga for this cardigan;  great colors and a unique design caught my eye immediately.  At the time, however, it was expensive ($100) and I didn’t have enough spending money to order it.  Fast forward a couple of months and Evans put the entire line on sale for 40 or 50% off.  I snapped it up.

I wanted the cardigan to shine, so I am wearing it mostly with pieces you’ve seen before: black Coldwater Creek Ponte Trousers and a black tee (that either needs to be re-dyed or replaced soon).

The only touch of “jazzing it up” this morning was with the shoes I found this past weekend at TJ Maxx; these are a Clark’s wine-colored suede clog wedge that I picked up for $39.99; very comfortable and easy to walk in. Plus I am OBSESSED with this color.

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Random Thoughts:

  • I’m very low energy today; what I REALLY wanted was another two hours of sleep.  I kept dozing back off after hitting snooze.  I blame it on my dog, who was curled up tightly in the arch of my back being warm and sleepy….
  • I am currently mourning my red Coach bag; this past weekend I applied a coating of leather conditioner to my black coach and decided to do the same to the red; unfortunately all these black marks showed up and the bag is looking terrible.  I’m still trying to figure out if it can be cleaned up or is just a total loss.
  • I am currently bidding on a bag I really want off of ebay; *fingers crossed*  Of course if I get it I have to take the similar (but lower quality) one I ordered from Kohls back, which is always a pain.  Still, I would rather have the higher quality real leather bag.
  • I am going to see a podiatrist tomorrow; my right foot has been hurting more than is reasonable lately, and while I don’t know if there is anything they can do I can at least get it looked at so that I don’t do any more damage.  With my luck I have some sort of stress fracture and will be wearing sneakers for the next 6 months.
  • I’m taking an art history class this semester, just for fun, and really wish I had more time to spend on it.  I may spend time going through the book again after the semester is over.  I mean really, the entire renaissance in 2 weeks?  That just isn’t enough time.  We are skipping huge swaths of great art and skimming over much of the rest.  [Being career focused in college is all well and good, but there are a lot of things like this that I never took because I was so focused on making sure I was never broke.  Now that I’m desperately overeducated and reasonably secure, I am taking a lot of those courses that got skipped along the way.]
  • I am a premier shopper, yet over the past week I have been unable to shop for anything other than purses, and even THOSE I’ve only had limited luck on.  It’s kind of strange, actually.
  • Seriously, someone explain to me who all these people are who buy $1,000+ purses?  I mean I have yet to buy one that cost over $200, and feel generally like I am spending a lot on my bags. Yet the flash sale sites all have bags running in the hundreds to thousands of dollars, and those bags often show as sold out!  I just can’t imagine paying a thousand dollars for something I am going to set on the floor, toss around in the car and otherwise beat up the way a purse get’s beaten up.  I am not poor, but that kind of spending just seems outrageous   Maybe that’s the difference between being upper class and being upper middle class; the latter still has to make choices and trade-offs in their spending, while the former can afford to buy a thousand dollar purse and set it on a public bathroom floor.