Monday, September 1, 2014

Weekly Roundup: New Blog to Follow, Behind the Scenes at the Emmys, and

Weekly Roundup: New Blog to Follow

I am really, really excited about this blog that I found in Real Simple called Girls Dressing Cute for Work! Maybe you've already heard of it? I love it. Here are some of my recent favorite outfits.

Don't they make you so excited to get dressed for work?! If not, don't fret. We all have days where we wear basic black pants and a shirt. But there is something to be said for showing up, isn't there? And sometimes that means dressing the part.

Speaking of dressing up and the show of it all, I loved this post about the Emmys.

And, let's get together and eat these, ok?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Buy Now, Wear Now and Later: Fall Florals

Buy Now, Wear Now and Later: Fall Florals

Happy almost Labor Day! There are so many sales going on right now that I needed to pop on here and remind you that there are things that you could be buying now-and wearing now and later. Let's talk about fall florals, shall we?

The thing is, you don't have to wait for fall to wear floral prints with a dark background. The image above actually comes from Lovely Pepa in the spring, and it's equally wearable right now. Here's how I'd recommend that you wear a dark floral now-and once the weather changes.

For Now

Wear fall florals now with brights and whites. Try them over jean shorts or cropped pants or with a bright top like Monsoon-anything that clearly defines the look as summer-y. Feel free to add in a bright shoe or stick with a neutral.

For Later

Bring out the dark background of a fall floral and let the pattern shine by keeping the rest of your outfit dark, too. I particularly like how the jacket and pants are both shiny here.

Looking for something more work appropriate? Look to Boden's styling for a fall work look that marries a wool skirt with a dark floral.

Feeling inspired? Check out these fall florals on sale!

Love this button down from Asos.
Really into this simple rose tank from Anthro and the floral-stripe combo at Jcrew.
These Loft pants are a bit more subtle. This Loft shirt is gorgeous!
This Free People jacket is not, nor are these Anthro pants, but they are $100 off!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Vegas, Baby: Burgers, Date Nights, Horn Earrings, and Pools

Vegas, Baby: Burgers, Date Nights, Horn Earrings, and Pools

Some of the highlights of our Vegas long weekend included bunless burgers at Bobby's Burgers, dressing up for dinner at Mesa Grill (get the lobster tacos and the grilled elote), Sushi Samba (with friends! Get the sea bass), and the beautiful but strange-menued RX Boiler Room (maybe just go for a cocktail if you're near by?), getting my first airport pedicure on the way out of town (there are those travel pants again!), and sitting by the pool for hours reading good books and magazines.

We stayed at Aria again, and I loved it. I like staying in newer hotels there that don't tend to have that old smoke smell. We saw LOVE again, too, and I would watch it five more times today. It's just so good!

I loved those bull earrings and wasn't sure I was cool enough to wear them, frankly. But my friend Hannah gave me the confidence to wear them, and I ended up really liking the way they looked-very edgy! Since I couldn't bear to wear heels with my back/hip problems, I felt like they dressed up the gift shop sandals I wore with the East Village Dress at least a little bit!

Oh-and I always wear pool accessories, do you? Just costume jewelry that I can get wet and still feel like myself by the pool.

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Best of Old Navy's Labor Day Sale

The Best of Old Navy's Labor Day Sale

I don't know if you were more aware of it than I was, but suddenly I realized that Monday is Labor Day! We are going to a food festival even deeper out into VA than we live, meeting friends for tapas and a comedy show, and hopefully getting some chores done around the house on Monday, too. I'm so happy to have my husband coming home after two weeks of work travel!  I'm probably also going to do some fall shopping, maybe even at Old Navy of all places! Sometimes I hate their stuff, but this time they've got some cute looks going on, and their sales are pretty awesome.

I've seen versions of this graphic tshirt styled adorably all over ever since seeing this one at Nordstrom, which is now sold out, and I was tickled to see that Old Navy has a spin off. Here's a cute picture from their Instagram feed with it!

I also love this You Me Oui shirt! White Coat Wardrobe had a cute idea for how to style it for the summer.

This dotted dress looks like it works best for women who are not very busty, according to the reviews. I love it to wear now with sandals or later with a moto jacket, tights, and low boots.

Ditto this wrap dress, which seems like it has fitted sleeves.

I like the idea of this gray dress with sleeves, but I'd need to see it in person to know what they mean by "fleece" and how thick that makes this dress. Also, what's happening on the sides there?

I love skinny awkward little pants to wear around the house, especially in the winter to tuck into fuzzy slippers. These look perfectly awkward-and STRIPED!

Maybe even throw in a hooded sweatshirt to wear at the same time like a crazy candy striper?

I'm fascinated with this skirt, and I'd have to try it on. I like the dots and the stripes, of course, but also the houndstooth, which is a big pattern for fall. I have a skirt from Old Navy that I think is the same one, and I do love it. However, it rides up a lot as you walk and goes from a mid-length skirt to a mini in about 50 feet. So beware! Oooo-and I love the idea of a longer version-especially in that leopard print!

Hmmm...I just noticed that each of my favorites is black and white. I'm really having a black and white moment here this late summer/fall, can you tell? Generally, I also tend to stick with neutrals when I shop at a cheaper place like Old Navy. I find their color choices to be less than sophisticated, and the neutrals tend to wear and age better.

Other favorites from the same chain of stores? Wool blazers on sale, this comfy looking work shirt, and my always-fall-favorite, buffalo plaid. Oh-and not a sponsor. I just like the sale stuff they're dishing out.

Prepping for Vegas, Baby

Prepping for Vegas, Baby: Hair color, lip stain, and comfy pants

Last week, I went with my husband to Las Vegas, and I promised you some pictures! I posted some to Instagram, and others are here for the first time. We've been there many times by this point because he often has work functions out there, and we like to spend time there together before or after those. It's an odd fit for us in some ways because we're not really club people, and I don't gamble at all.

But, we do love to eat well, see shows, and hang out by the pool so that's mostly what we do when we travel there!

Here's how I prepped for our trip: I haven't dyed my hair in all of our years of TTC, and I figured it was about time to do something more fun with my hair. Here's my before, during, and after. She warmed up my brown and added some sneaky underneath highlights that I couldn't seem to capture on film. They're there-I promise!

Then, on the morning I flew out to meet my husband, I suited up in my comfiest pants and my travel hat (Marshalls, men's section). I wanted to show you my lip stain, but somehow I ended up looking a bit like Michael Jackson with a duck face.

What are your rituals around going on a trip? I love to pack in advance, wear something warm enough for the plane, and put on fun makeup even for an early flight. I like to feel pretty when I deplane, is that silly?


Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Death of Skinny Pants?

The Death of Skinny Pants?

Something's up, guys. Something really interesting is up! Pants are getting less skinny, have you noticed? I love it! I personally really like fitted pants, and I think they're a great look on many women, but I also love a bit of variety. It makes me really happy to see pants like these cropping up!


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sneak Peek: Unquiet Riot

Sneak Peek: Unquiet Riot

I can't wait to show you more of the shots from the recent photo shoot I helped style. It started as a celebration of redheads and became so much more. Here's a little taste.

Photos provided courtesy of Lauren Modny Photography.  Creative direction and styling provided by StartCloseIn Styling and Piccadilly.

Back to Cool- Sneakers for Even Us Non Student Types

Back to Cool- Sneakers for Even Us Non Student Types

If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know that I've been having some serious back problems. I drive too much, and my posture isn't great, and I've destroyed my feet for years. The problem has come home to roost, that's for sure. So it has me looking into all sorts of fancy accessories like inserts, car seat pillows, and stability shoes. And I know that my dreams of cute shoes are about to be dashed at this week's chiro and PT appointments...

Don't worry-today's post is not about any of those things! It's about the adorable sneaker-like shoes that I found in my travels. Maybe you could get away with them with an insert? But the point is just their good looks. Hey, we might not be going back to school, but who doesn't like a new pair of shoes in the late summer?

Here are some of my favorites.

Kate Spade and her dots! Man, I can't get enough of them. I also love the idea of the dipped laces. That would be easy to DIY, too!
Kate Spade NY

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Bold & The Bohemian: Go Boho in Just a Few Steps

The Bold & The Bohemian: Go Boho in Just a Few Steps

Add a Kimono

If you don't already have a kimono that you love, this is the place to start. I've been wearing my mom's vintage kimono from Japan for a few years, but there are also some great new ones out there. I recently purchased one from TJMaxx, for example. The thing that I love about a kimono is that it's light and airy but also provides a light layer for a trip to the movies or dinner in a chilly restaurant.

Via Asos
Look for one with colors that you typically wear so that you can throw it effortlessly over jeans shorts and a t-shirt or a maxi dress. At this time of the year, I'd recommend that you look toward neutrals or dark colors because this is something you can easily wear over jeans or leggings for fall. See how the rest of her outfit is not boho, but she still just looks cool?

Or, go whole hog and boho up the whole getup!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday Roundup: A Book You Must Read, Hate Comments, Happy Dresses, and Pattern Mixing-and Why I might Watch HSN

 Monday Roundup

Good morning! Happy Monday! I'm just back from a long weekend in Las Vegas with my husband, and I will share some pictures with you later this week. I don't gamble at all, but I do love to eat well, see shows, and hang out by the pool!

I'm breaking with my pattern and mentioning something that wasn't just out last week and is, in fact, a book. I mentioned last week that I was packing the book Tiny Beautiful Things, and I can't say enough good things about it. I could have devoured it on the flight to Vegas, but I milked it until my return flight. I didn't want it to end! I highly highly recommend it for women-and men. It might be under the Christmas tree for everyone I know-so get ready!

I loved how compassionate she is; I loved the advice she gives; I love how she is able to see the deeper questions that people were asking. I just can't stop thinking about it. If you want to preview it or can't wait to get it, the book is a collection of advice column entries from what seems to have been an incredible anonymous advice column called Dear Sugar. I had never heard of it. Some of the letters were published for the first time in the book, but you could get started there, too.

I thought the interactions that Kelsey Miller had online with an anonymous commenter were really telling about this day of over-media-saturation and the danger of hiding behind the screen, and I loved that she wrote about them. Sometimes I think all I want is for more people to care about what I write and for more comments, but then I read something like this and realize how hateful that can be, too. Good for her for standing up for herself!