Archive for December 26, 2012

Boxing Day

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Yule, etc.  I hope you got everything you had hoped for.  I had an excellent geek holiday; I got an SSD for my mac and a thermapen instant read thermometer (I LOVE to cook).  I also got a gorgeous necklace from my husband, a couple of scarves, and a cardigan from my sister-in-law.

Anyway, today I went out to see what I could find in after christmas sales.  That meant I was in a rush.  Apparently I hit the zoom by accident when setting up the camera, because I managed to cut off my own feet today.  Ah well…

This is my uniform; black pants, black cardi, print tank OR Black pants, print/colored cardi, black tank.  No thought, always matches, looks pulled together without much effort, and frankly I have a TON of each of those elements so there is always something clean!

  • Animal Print “Peplum” Tank (Alloy)
  • Ruffled Cardigan (Marshall’s, a couple seasons ago)
  • Black Ponte Trousers (Coldwater Creek)
  • Animal and Wood Bangles (
  • Multi-level necklace (the little boutique across the street*)
  • Black Josef Seibel Shoes (TJ Maxx) [My feet hurt from shopping, baking and running around campus to work receptions, so I went comfy.]

I went to Nordstroms to try on a type of shoe that they supposedly carried, only to find out that they don’t actually carry them.  However, I was already IN Nordstroms, so I had to shop.  (Moral imperative and all…)  I found a great shirt you will be seeing soon that was on clearance, bought a new lipstick (Laura Mercier’s Creme Smooth Lipstick in Dulce de Leche, worn above), and finally broke down and bought myself Chanel’s Black Pearl nail polish.

From there I headed to Dillards and Macy’s, but only found one other shirt that I liked and whose price was where I wanted it to be.  I found a terrific Patricia Nash purse, though, that was on sale for a steal (due to a very small broken stitch that I know how to fix) and which will premier in the spring.  I also spent a chunk of money at Coldwater Creek, who has everything 50% off at the moment.  I got pants, tops, jewelry and a scarf.  Overall it was a successful trip to the mall!

*Funny story:  I went in there to check out their end of semester sale (30% off everything) and was greeted by Billy Idol’s Rebel Yell.  Turns out they now play 80s in there all the time.  All I could think was “That was new and edgy when I was in college.  That makes me kind of old, doesn’t it.”  The girl at the counter told me she LOVES Billy Idol and 80s stuff.  I’d be surprised if she were even BORN in the 80s.

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