Archive for April 8, 2013

Matchy-Matchy

All sorts of fashion bloggers talk about how everything doesn’t need to be all matchy-matchy, and they are absolutely right.  However that doesn’t mean that you CAN’T.  When serendipity hands you the pieces, sometimes it’s fun (if only to see people stop and do a double take).

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Case in point; I wore this top any number of times last summer and it remains my favorite color-block piece due to it having colors I love and a unique but simple design.  Oh, and being based in my go-to black.  So today I wore it with black skinnies (coldwater creek, as usual) and flat Merrill sandals – nothing special or out of the ordinary, and both quite old to boot.  I completely forgot to put on a necklace and am still wearing the bracelet from the FIRST outfit I tried on this morning; I had to take the dog to the vet and wasn’t really thinking/planning well.

What WAS new is the bag you can see in the background.  Here’s a better shot:

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When I walked past this Olivia and Joy Cassidy shoulder bag in Marshall’s I ALMOST didn’t buy it.  I loved it immediately and carried it around for a good 20 minutes before talking myself out of it as too similar to other things I had.  Then it showed up on one of the flash sale sites and I took it as a sign.  I mean, it cost $36; I wasn’t going broke for it.  (Link is to DSW where they have it now for $45, but I have seen it again at TJMaxx as well.)

The thing is that it is absolutely PERFECT with this top.  Depending on the light, the colors match exactly or are so close that only someone trying can tell the difference.  One of my coworkers stopped short walking past my office when she saw the top and the purse behind me.

To me, that’s just fun.  Maybe I should have picked something less matchy-matchy, but I love these colors too much not take advantage of the chance to put them together!

 

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Bad hair day – can the outfit make up for it?

IMG_2870I have to admit that today was NOT a great hair day.  I tried something new and, well, I’m not happy with how it came out.  However the outfit is something of an old standby; solid and dependable.

  • Black jeans (Coldwater Creek)
  • Black knit cardigan (Alfani, purchased at Macy’s a while ago)
  • Black, blue and white tank (purchased at Marshalls)
  • Black patent wedges (Gabor)
  • Blue and gold bangle bracelets (purchased at Marshalls)
  • Blue bag (Street Level, purchased at LittleBlackBag)
  • Gold cartouche (old, gift from my father)

The bag was a great deal – I picked it up for a little more than $20 as a sale item on Little Black Bag and I’m really pleased.  It’s not leather (they are only just starting to add leather bags at higher price points now) but it has a great texture and is a brilliant blue that works well with a lot of my summer stuff.

My biggest problem with this outfit is that you can’t see much of the pattern on the tank; it’s an art deco-esque pattern, and is gorgeous.  I wore it so often last summer that it’s starting to fade.  Still fits though, so until it falls apart it is going to stay in my regular rotation!  Here‘s a better picture of the design that I posted last summer.

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I remain really pleased with the find of these bangles at Marshall’s.  In fact I may have to go back and get some more in other colors.  And my hair looks better in the closeup, so that’s always nice 🙂

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Classic spring colors

IMG_2833Classic spring color palate; White, Navy and Hot Pink accents.  My husband actually teased me the other day about the amount of pink I’ve been adding to my wardrobe, but it’s a favorite accent color for me.  Never baby pink; always bright hot pinks.

  • Navy striped tee (Ralph Lauren Outlet, similar)
  • White, Navy and pink cardigan (Eloquii)
  • White straight leg jeans (Coldwater Creek)
  • Pink Canvas Pocket Tote (Michael Kors; old)
  • Navy sandals (Kenneth Cole Reaction, purchased at TJMaxx)
  • Pink shell necklace (old)
  • Pink leather bracelet (old)
  • Pink sunglasses (Betsey Johnson, purchased through LittleBlackBag)

Before I got into purse, I had 2 identical bags that I alternated between.  These Michael Kors Pocket Totes are nearly perfect in terms of size and shape.  I have this one in pink that I carried spring and summer, and a leopard print version that I carried fall and winter.  I refuse to get rid of them; they are still awesome bags.  So they are still part of my regular rotation!

This outfit was inspired by a couple of other outfits I’ve seen lately involving stripes on stripes.  I think it’s a fun look.  If the stripes are the same colors, they actually look great if the “main” color is reversed (as in this case) or if the stripes are of different sizes/thicknesses.

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However for a cheap dime-store necklace, that pink fake shell thing is getting a lot of wear.  I need to go shopping and find something better that can still bring the color in but be more in tune with my style shape-wise.

I also am still on the hunt for a pair of navy-ish sandals that I love.  These are OK, but not as comfortable as I would prefer and don’t have any heel at all.  I would prefer some heel (an inch or two).  So that hunt goes on.  (I could have worn the navy cape cod polka dot sandals last worn here, but felt like that would be a bit much with the stripes on stripes.)

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IMG_2809I got a new pair of shoes last week that IMMEDIATELY inspired me to make an outfit around them.

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Sometimes, if the shoes are cute enough, they just hand you an outfit on a silver platter, and that’s what happened here.

  • Black and red Cape Clogs Le Femme Sandals (Cape Clogs)
  • Black maxi skirt (Karen Kane, purchased at Dillards, old)
  • Black and white chevron cami (Lane Bryant)
  • Red bell-sleeve jacket (J.Jill, no longer available in plus)
  • Red dot bag (Kate Spade Deborah Dot Nadine – no longer available; check ebay) Still love this more than I can possibly explain.
  • Red steampunk necklace (artist friend)
  • Red Bangles (Mystique, purchased at Marshall’s)
  • Black Bangle (Vince Camuto, purchased through LittleBlackBag)

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So that you can see the mixed bangles and the necklace.

2013-01-10 10.46.34This outfit just threw itself together for me.  I mean seriously, the hardest part was deciding whether to do the maxi skirt or a pair of black skinny jeans.  I literally started pulling things out of the closet and this was the first item of everything.  No questions.  Just easy.

Part of what I love is that each piece is heavy and solid – nothing feels cheap or flimsy.  And I could probably kill someone with these shoes…They are solid wood soles…Yet comfortable and with arch support.  I don’t know how they do it!

2012-09-11_14-42-41I still adore this bag.  I swear, sometimes, that if I had to get rid of all but one this is probably the one I would keep.  Fun, great shape and size, both a cross-body strap and a handle. What else could you ask for?

 

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Today was an amazing ride to work – the perfect temp; just cool enough to be comfortable without being chilly.  Although it wasn’t actually any faster than normal, the ride felt somehow easier.  Loved it!

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