Friday, July 30, 2010

Blue and Gray Today

Dress: BCBGeneration
Cardigan: Old Navy
Shoes: Steve Madden
Necklace: France
Usually, I don't get this gussied up if I'm just going to be hanging around the house on Friday. However, today I am going to see Forever Plaid and going out to dinner with my mom and family friend tonight, so I wanted to look nice. I've actually been dying to wear this dress all summer, but it's really not very office appropriate, even though office attire is very much business casual. Anyways, so I'm excited I have an excuse to go out for once, so I'm happy to be wearing this.

Hope everyone has a good weekend!
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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

I'm blue, da ba dee, da ba die.

Cardigan: Free People
Camisole: Calvin Klein
Shorts: BCBG Max Azria
Belt: Delia*s
Shoes: Coach
Necklace: Betsey Johnson
For having no idea what to wear yesterday morning, I am pretty pleased with how this turned out. I'm back in my 'I'm not wearing black, but I don't know what to wear without black,' funk yet again. So, after pulling a little inspiration from this cardigan I haven't worn in forever, I just kept pulling out anything I found blue...and TA-DA! Unfortunately, I think this may be one of the last time's I wear this cardigan, it has just become way too small. Not to hard to believe, seeing as I got this my sophomore year of high school, I think. Over five years ago. Wow.

One thing that I am kinda surprised about- how this is almost entirely designer! Now, I have no problems with designer labels- I love them, in fact! However, my outfits are usually a mix of labels, with not label stuff. Anyways, it's just how this outfit turned out, I guess. Plus, it's not like people can tell what brands I am wearing, so that makes me happy.

Okay and as for the title- after talking about how much blue I was wearing, how can this not be the post title? After hearing it come up on my shuffle on iTunes yesterday for the first time in forever, it was just too perfect. The Music video is available here.
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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Back to School Shopping has Commenced!

Hooray! Although I don't plan on doing too much back to school shopping this year (not having a full-time paying job isn't helping my Coach leather wallet too much...) there was one purchase that I wouldn't go to school without this year- and that is a new tote bag.

My bag for the past year and half, was a beautiful Juicy Couture leather tote bag, with little Yorkies all over it, and a red, white, and blue stripe right down the middle. It was beautiful. However, after many all day shopping trips, taking my shiny Toshiba laptop to the library, and always holding my heavy textbooks on the way to class, this bag is starting to show it's wear. The slim straps have begun to rip, and the bottom of the bag is loosening at the seams. Am I blaming that on Juicy? Not at all. I blame it on myself- I tend to be pretty hard on tote bags. Do I really need a brand spanking new bag? Not really. But I want to preserve my Juicy one better, so I will retire it for a couple of months on the shelves with my other designer handbags.

For the past two months, I have been looking for a replacement. I had been gravitating towards Kate Spade bags- I love their colorful, playful, and youth inspired vibe. However, I was game to look at anything. Anyways, a couple of days ago, I was ready to make my purchase. I had found a beautiful gold leather tote bag in Kate Spade's last chance sale. For some reason though, I couldn't justify the purchase. The price wasn't good enough. I left it in my online shopping cart anyways, just so I could ogle it later if I wanted to.

Yesterday, I got an email from Kate Spade. They had sent me a friendly reminder (aka a marketing ploy) that I had left a bag in my online shopping cart. If I bought it today, they would give me an extra 20 percent off. Very enticing Kate Spade, very enticing.

The only reason I really hadn't bought the bag before, was because I wanted to go to the Hagerstown Outlets to check out the Kate Spade store. I knew I would be able to find a better deal there, but I wasn't sure of what the selection would be like. With this marketing ploy planted in my mind that I needed the bag now, I dragged my boyfriend with me to the Outlets for a 'quick trip.'

After walking around the small store for about five minutes, I found the perfect bag. It was big, pink, sturdy, and had little pockets perfect for my phone and iPod on the side. Of the all bags we had looked at, my boyfriend called it 'practical,' surprisingly enough. After fawning over the bag, I nervously turned over the Kelly green price tag hanging on a handle. It was a steal! Not only was the bag priced better than one I had been stalking online, it was on sale! I paid for the bag, and happily strolled out to the car.

I'm happy. I can't wait for all the adventures that Kate and I will be embarking on- because I know there will be plenty. What do you think?

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Hershey Park Adventure

Yesterday was freakin' fantastic. I really don't know how to describe it, other than saying that. Well, other than the fact that there were about two hours of torrential downpours. Thankfully, we were hiding out in cafe enjoying Dippin Dots once the storms began, so we stayed warm and dry. After taking up our table for about an hour and a half, we ventured over to Chocolate World, just to have our eyes glaze over at the amount of accessible chocolate. While I didn't buy any (Hello- totally overpriced, would have melted in the car, don't feel like carrying around chocolate all day) I did try a Barbeque sauce with Hershey's Chocolate infused- surprising, very delicious with my tasty potato wedges.


Ride wise, I was very pleased. We were able to get on all the rides that we had intended, other than Storm Runner, which had a wait of over an hour that we were not willing to tolerate. However, we did ride Fahrenheit, which was a hell of a lot scarier than I last remembered, but fun all the less. I had been a little worried that we wouldn't be able to ride Great Bear (or, Le Grand Ours, as we kept saying in French) because of how long it was closed after the storms, but thankfully we did- and it was entirely worth the wait.

Overall, an absolutely delightful Sunday. It's back to work now though, and I am exhausted, tired and sore. Here are some pictures from the adventure- although don't expect much of the quality- these were taken from my old Olympus point-and-shoot. No way was I dragging my cumbersome Nikon around the park all day.

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Florals Galore



Me Me and my mom :)
Dress (borrowed from mom): David Meister
Necklace (borrowed from mom): Hawaiian Island Jewelers
Earrings: Stolen from mom
Shoes: Wetseal
Bag: Dooney and Bourke

I spent of all of today in D.C. with the family- and it was absolutely wonderful! Our plans included seeing Mary Poppins at the Kennedy Center, and an early dinner at Old Ebbit Grill. First of all- the show was remarkable. If you haven't seen it and you get a chance-go! From the elaborate scenery, and outstanding acting- it is entirely worth seeing. At a couple points throughout the show, Mary Poppins actually flies! Well not really of course, but it's the kind of thing you will have to see to believe.

Then, it was time for an early family dinner at Old Ebbit Grill- one of D.C's oldest restaurants (1856) famous for their oyster bar, that is the favorite of many presidents, celebrities, journalists, and political insiders. I enjoyed a decadent Caesar salad with steak carne estadas while talking about the upcoming school year with Grant- I still can't believe he is going to be a senior!

As for what I am wearing, well I literally came home this weekend with nothing. I had been planning on bringing something extra cute to wear for today, but I changed my mind when I remembered there was a store in my basement with racks of beautiful clothing all in my size. (aka my mom's closet) I chose this dress because of the interesting shape, and the cheery colors. I am really into cherry red clothes right now- despite usually not wearing them because of how it reminds me of Target, and how it doesn't always look best on red-heads. Anyways, I don't know what I would do without my mom sometimes. And not just because of her amazing closet. Honestly.

Hope everyone is enjoying there weekend- I can't wait for Hershey Park tomorrow!
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Friday, July 23, 2010

Fuss-Free

Shirt: American Eagle
Skirt: Theory
Sandals: Steve Madden
Bracelets: Silly Bandz....that i have found in various places
After sleeping in for the first time since I can remember, I woke up, and just wanted to go home as soon as possible. I got out of bed, took a shower, and decided to let my hair dry naturally- the horror! Well, it's not going to last for long, I plan on straightening it sometime tonight or tomorrow. In getting dressed, I knew I wouldn't be doing anything other than running errands with my mom, and hanging around the house, so I kept my look pretty casual. So casual, that I am wearing Silly Bandz. Yes, I am wearing the fad that 6 year-olds are crazy about right now.

That's it for now- back to being Martha Stewart! I have already made a fresh pico de gallo with my dad's tomatoes, and I plan on making a black bean and corn dip- yum!
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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Cheery Cherry


Top: Target
Camisole: American Eagle
Skirt: Sixty Eight
Belt: J. Crew
Shoes: Steve Madden
Necklace: Betsey Johnson

After yesterday's muted tone outfit, I knew I wanted to go bright today. I've been waiting awhile to wear this skirt, because I knew I wanted to work it with some super curly hair, which I finally decided to do today. I'm really pleased with out this look came out, and with all the colors in the skirt, I can't wait to find another way to wear it!

Today is also the weekend- woohoo! And I am for once, in for a super fun one. I don't have any plans for Friday- yet- but I'm sure I'll think of something to do, and if not, I'll just spend time with my family. Saturday, I don't have to work at Target for once (WOOHOO) because I am going to see Mary Poppins and eat at Old Ebbit Grill with the family. Then, Sunday I am off to Hershey Park with Melissa and Derrick for an adventure thrilled day. Alright, I am so off of here and onto my fun weekend! Pin It

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Bad-Ass fail

Top:Bellatrix
Skirt: BCBG Max Azria
Shoes: Coach
Belt: Target
Earrings: gift
Last night, as I lay in bed thinking about what I would wear today, I couldn't think of one idea that I really liked. My mind was just bouncing around everywhere, and come to think of it, I really wish I had a notebook or something right next to my bead. ( I thought of some cool new combinations last night!) However, there still wasn't anything I wanted to wear today. Even though I still have stuff that I haven't worn from my last trip to Tyson's, I wasn't quite sure how to put them together yet.

So this morning, getting dressed was particularly difficult. However, I did remember thinking up something to the extent that I was wearing last night, so I tried it. Overall, I was really happy with out it turned out. Because this top is so feminine, I really wanted to make this look bad-ass. I didn't entirely reach the goal, but I became close enough. I wanted to wear my little black booties with this originally, but when I tried that out, it just didn't work at all- it made my legs look like little stubs! Then, I wanted to do some heavy black eyeliner, in favor of my traditional brown eye look, but I didn't have any black eye-liner! So, I just stuck with dark black mascara.
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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

70s Boho Chic

Dress:Muse
Boots: Minnetonka
Earrings: Gift
I've had this dress for a couple of months now, and have yet to wear it until now. Okay, it is more of a fall dress, especially with the way that I have how paired it with my fringe boots, but I just really had a desire to wear it now. Anyways, I'm loving how it came out-I wanted to make this look as 70's as I could, and I think I really got the look that I wanted. I mean my hair straight and pulled back like it is, and these awesome fringe boots- doesn't it scream 70's to you?

But enought about that. I'm at work now, enjoying a leisurely lunch and secretly watching Au Revoir les Enfants at the same time (oh the joys of Netflix instant view!) On the itinerary for the rest of the day- Pretty Little Liars with Derrick, and starting my first day of teaching Zach French. Another long, exhausting, but fun day. Pin It

Monday, July 19, 2010

Tropical Punch


Dress: Lilly Pulitzer
Cardigan: Context by Lord and Taylor
Shoes: Steve Madden
Necklace: Vintage

If the real world was just like my favorite show, Gossip Girl, I would be a Blair. I like my t's crossed right in the center, and my i's dotted with a small, precise points. I like silky hair-ribbons, knee-length skirts, quality leather handbags, and patent leather flats. My outfits are always polished, classy, coordinated, and refined. I hate working out, and I think that gossiping and shopping should be considered team sports. I live by my detailed calendar, and would love to get a leather moleskin notebook for the coming school year. The only thing I cannot relate with to Blair is her ability to be calculating; concocting conniving plans to hurt others. Despite this, I pretty much am Blair.

Sometime though, I wish I could be more like Serena. I want to just roll out of bed, and just put on the first thing I see without giving it a second thought. I would pair the effortless outfit with my uncombed bed-head, that had not been straightened, curled, or treated in some other time-consuming manner. I wish I could just roll with the punches, and just do whatever I felt like doing whenever. However, I'm not a Serena, I'm a Blair. I will never be a Serena, I plan and organize way to much to ever be like her.

Alright reader, so by now you must be wondering where I am going with this. Well, today I am being a Serena. No- definitely not in looks. As you can see today, I straightened my hair, and am wearing a planned and coordinate Lilly Pulitzer outfit. However, I am being Serena in that I am choosing to do whatever I just feel like doing. This weekend, I thought a lot about my blog. I'm doing it a lot more for other people with hopes of getting more widely read than I am doing it for me. That changes today.

I started with making it private. No, you won't find my most intimate secrets on here (HA- why would those be on the internet!), but I don't want random people that I don't know about reading this and seeing it. So hello to you friend! Because I know that is who you are if you are reading this. Plus, I am now doing this blog for me- not for anyone else. I'm going to practice writing more, and about more than fashion. I will definitely not be delving into politics (because I hate those,) or other serious matters, but more just about what I am thinking.

I want this to be fun again! As of recent, it has just felt like a chore, and I don't want it to be that way at all! Sure, I'm going to be doing my outfit posts, but probably more like everyday. I will not wait until the days that I am actually dressed for work or whatever, I'll share what I wore to the gym, or while just hanging out around the house. However, I'm not going to be doing self-portraits outside anymore, unless I can have someone do it for me. I feel so self-conscious whenever I used to, always wondering if someone was watching me take pictures of myself. I look so self-absorbed. And I swear, I'm not! So, I'll be doing pictures on my time now. For instance, yesterday I only had time to take a mirror shot. As crappy as it may be, it's better than nothing-right?

Well, I suppose that enough rambling for now. Welcome to my 'new' blog.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Words to live by....pt.15

"Women dress alike all over the world: they dress to be annoying to other women."
-Elsa Schiaparelli

I just found this quote to be pretty funny. And oddly enough, pretty damn true.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

I'm not in it to win it, I'm in it for you.

Cardigan (not seen): Minnie Rose
Top: Rebecca Taylor
Pants: BCBG Max Azria
Shoes: Coach
Bag: Coach
Necklace: Betsey Johnson
Earrings: stolen from mom
Today is my last day of work for the week-woohoo! I had absolutely not a clue as to what to wear today, because they had been forecasting for scattered showers all of this week. This eliminated most of my dresses that I got last week, because I like to wear my gladiator sandals with them-which are not rain appropriate. After a little think, I picked out this top that I absolutely LOVE. It has such an Andy Warhol pop art touch...almost like this piece by him. Anyways, I really wish I could make the colors in the top more with a red, purple, or at least a gray skirt, I don't have any of the above. So I stuck with the ever boring black. I finished my black ensemble with a cashmere cardigan (yea, I know it's the summer- but the office is cold!) and super comfy wedge pumps.

Also, today's title comes from this song, which is my new favorite. Check it out!

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Girly- Girl pt. 2

Cardigan: Calvin Klein
Tank Top: J. Crew
Skirt: Lilly Pulitzer
Shoes: Steve Madden
Bag: Coach
Necklace: vintage
Earrings (not seen): France
Even though today was gray, muggy, and gross, I wanted to look fun, fresh, and colorful! I bought this skirt last weekend, and fell in love with it the minute I saw it. I knew I wanted to pair it with something equally bright to really play up the color, so I paired it with my favorite super bright cardigan. To keep playing on the girly look like yesterday, I added this sparkly vintage necklace that was my grandma's and added some cute pink star post earrings I got in France. (which you unfortunately can't see)

I apologize for the poor quality of the last couple of photos, the weather has been so gross, and lately I haven't had much patience for outfit photography after work. Hopefully I will be over this soon!

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Monday, July 12, 2010

No pink, but it's still girly!

Shirt: Ralph Lauren Sport
Skirt: I.N.C
Shoes: Coach
Align CenterBag: Coach
Necklace (worn as a belt): Claire*s
When I bought this skirt last weekend, I was very excited to think of lots of ways to incorporate it into my wardrobe. Originally, I was going to pair this with my hot pink v neck shirt, for a super girly look. However, seeing as I haven't done laundry in about two and a half weeks, (whoops...) it was back to the starting block. Suddenly, I was reminded of how much I love yellow and navy blue together, and pulled out this shirt. To keep the look as girly as I could have in my original intentions, I paired it with my long-stranded pearl necklace (worn as a belt) and my sparkly silver sequin shoes. (these haven't really seen the light of day ALL summer courtesy of my gladiator obsession)

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

And I would glady hit up the road get up and go if I knew that someday it would bring me back to you

Dress: BCBG Max Azria
Cardigan(not seen): Context from Lord and Taylor
Shoes: Steve Madden
Bag(not seen): Coach
Necklace: Betsey Johnson
Earrings: free from a craft fair
This dress is the exact same style as this one, just slightly shorter. Anyways, I really love this dress. I've mentioned before how much I love coral in the summer time, and I think this is another great color choice for skin tones such as mine. I paired it with some simple coral earrings and my favorite Betsey Johnson layered necklace for a polished and refined look.

Originally, I was wearing a cardigan to keep this look office appropriate, but by the time I left, it was just so hot I couldn't keep it on any longer! Oh well, at least I wore it in the office, at my mom's request, actually.

Also, today's title comes from one of my favorite songs that has been on repeat recently in my head, Sunday Morning by Maroon 5. The music video is here, and the live version is here. Hope you guys enjoy as much as I do!

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

What is this, the 1950's?


Dress: Alfani
Shoes: Steve Madden Luxe
Bag: Coach
Sunglasses: Target
Earrings: stolen from mom
Necklace: France

Today is yet another scorching day in Maryland. The heat is absolutely unbearable. However, my office is relatively temperature, so this dress was the perfect choice for today. I am loving how this dress really enhances my red hair and my pale skin.Turquoise and teal are some of my favorite color choices for such fair skin like mine. Plus, doesn't it remind you of something that would could from the 1950's? Although it is not vintage, the style and shape to me seem very vintage- and I love that effect! I paired this with my newest gladiator sandals that I got from DSW this weekend, and some pretty gold and turquoise jewelry. Hope everyone else on the east coast is keeping cool!

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Hot, Hot, Hot!


Dress: Nine West
Cardigan: Calvin Klein
Shoes: Anne Klein
Earrings: American Eagle
Bag: Coach
Sunglasses: Target
Necklace: Hawaiian Island Jewelers
Belt: Off a dress in a thrift store
This is definitely one of my favorite dresses I bought this weekend at Tyson's. It's just so cheerful, bright, and fun- I couldn't resist. To make it more work appropriate, I paired it with cardigan, even though it is at least 100 degrees outside. I can't wait to wear this to other summer events without a cardigan, however. Then, I added this bright blue belt that is a favorite of mine and some simple gold jewelry to finish this off. I'm really happy with how this turned out, and can't wait to wear it different ways!

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Monday, July 5, 2010

Words to live by...pt. 14

“Today, fashion is really about sensuality—how a woman feels on the inside. In the '80s women used suits with exaggerated shoulders and waists to make a strong impression. Women are now more comfortable with themselves and their bodies—they no longer feel the need to hide behind their clothes.”
-Donna Karan

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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy 4th of July!

Top: Target
Shorts: Hollister
Shoes (not seen): Steve Madden
Belt: J. Crew
Bracelets: Lenox and Segio Lub
Bag(not seen): Coach
Earrings: gift
First, I apologize for not having a full outfit post today, or pictures of the best quality. I haven't really had the time today to get some really good shots. However, I really like this outfit! Red, white, and blue is such a great color combination, and I think I am really going to try and incorporate it more often. Plus- I got to wear this J.Crew metallic blue belt that I love but never wear. To top it all off, the jewelry I wore home this weekend (and the only jewelry I had at home,) was patriotic colored and my toes were already painted blue. I am quite satisfied with myself.

Anyways, happy 4th of July! I hope everyone is spending time with the family, going to barbeque's, laying out by the pool, or seeing fireworks later tonight! Above all, I think everyone should take so time today to remember how fortunate we are to live in a country such as this one and remember what the creators of this country did to make this country so great.

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Friday, July 2, 2010

Tyson's Shopping Spree

From left to right: Alfani turquoise button down dress, Calvin Klein blue and green water color dress, Nine West white with flowers dress, Lilly Pulitzer sunburst dress, Eighty- Six floral printer skirt, Lilly Pulitzer hot pink mini skirt, Bellatrix nude tank, DKNYC white linen pants, I.N.C navy blue and polka dotted mini skirt, Tahiri cream silk tank, BCBG Max Azria navy bermuda short

Today was a most successful day at my favorite mall, Tysons. I look forward to how I will encorporate all these new pieces into my overflowing wardrobe. My favorite part about this- I bought nothing black! I challenged myself while shopping with my mom today to avoid black at all costs. Of course, nothing here could really be worn in the winter unfortunately, which probably aided my blackout mission.

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Here's to breaking rules!


Top(borrowed from mom): Ann Taylor Loft
Pants: Delia*s
Shoes: Steve Madden
Wristlet: Coach
Bracelets: Lenox and Sergio Lub
Earrings: gift
Today is the first day that I have ever worn jeans to work. I'm not exactly proud, to say the least, but I was kinda stuck. I really wanted to wear this top, but I didn't want to wear it with the white skirt I have been wearing frequently this summer, or black. My favorite trusty jeans felt like the only way to go, in this situation. Overall, I do like this look. It's just not up to the professional level of dress that I try to emulate at work. This is summer I would be more inclined to wear in school, in a sense.

Plus, I mixed metals in this look! Well, kinda. I'm wearing silver jewelry and my usual gold flats, which may not count for some. However, between mixing the brown and black yesterday and the metals today, these are big stepping stones for me! I've always seen both as relative fashion faux pas, so I'm glad to be breaking the rules. ( In a good way, of course.)

In other news, tomorrow I will be off to Tyson's for the day with my mom! Look for a related post soon to follow after the trip.

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