Sunday, January 31, 2010

Doppleganger

There is this stupid (but sort of intriguing) thing going on Facebook right now about changing your profile photo to a celebrity that people say you look like.  Sort of odd, I know.  But, I have gotten a whole slue of celebrity look-a-like comments: Drew Barrymore, Sarah McLachlan, Adriana Lima (Ha!  Yeah RIGHT!) but, the best one was Sara Evans.  When I was told this a few years ago, I had no clue who in God's name she was.  I didn't listen to country and I had never paid attention to who she was until, while working for Target, I saw her new album on our new release endcap and said "No Sh*t!" out loud.  I guess it is pretty subjective...You decide.

 
Sara Evans

Me, around the time I was told I look like Sara Evans.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Remixed Boots

The last few days have been cold.  And I am not just making that up.  By cold I mean 10 degrees F with a windchill of -15 degrees F.  Anyone who is in the midwest has felt it and I am sure has been just as uninspired with cabin fever as I have.  I practically LIVE in boots because in all honestly, I will freeze with out them.  So, instead of simply ignoring my blog and not posting outfit pictures, I decided to remix my boots.

 
Cardigan: UO
Blouse: Thrifted
Skirt: Thrifted
Belt: My grandmothers from the 70s
Leggings: Target
Boots: Target
Fuzzy thing the picture: my cat

  
Tee: UO
Vest: I heart Ronson
Necklace: Gift from Christmas
Bracelet: A street vendor in Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Jeans: Edun
Boots: Target

Also, please ignore the bad fuzzy quality of my camera.  Somehow, I screwed up a setting and it is focusing weird.  Time for a new camera I think.  My poor Canon Powershot is just not cutting it!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Two Days - Two Looks

I woke up yesterday morning thinking about how I need to diversify my wardrobe a bit more and I thought how cool it would be to do two outfits that are on the complete opposite end of my closet style spectrum: One very feminine and one very menswear-ish.  Plus, I had some fabulous new items to wear: A wonderful dress sent to me in a swap by Mel from Idee Geniale, a great pair of trousers from Zara and the vintage 1920's secretary's pen I picked up during my blogger meet up with Leilani. 


Cardigan: Thakoon for Target
Dress: Gift from Mel at Idee Geniale
Necklace: My own design
Belt: Target
Leggings: Hue
Oxfords: Rampage


Cardigan: Forever 21
Blouse: JC Penny
Necklace: Vintage secretary's pencil
Trousers: Zara
Heels: Target
Owl Brooch: Vintage

 

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Blogger Meetup with Leilani from Thriftaholic!

A few weeks back, Leilani from Thriftaholic wrote me a message suggesting a meet up since she lives in Chicago!  Of course, I thought it was a fantastic idea and I know she loves to thrift and antique (although we are told it is called 'junking').  So I thought I would just post some great pictures from our day of thrifting (and junking) adventures!



 
So much stuff!  Sensory overload.  We almost hyperventilated!

 
A cruiser bike!

 

 
The two dresses I bought!


Leilani and the creepy rotten foam filled cat we found!


Although he was sort of cute...


I desperately wanted this Herman Miller chair....but it was $2600!  Eek!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Monday Blues (or Turquoise?)



I woke up this morning completely excited about receiving a fantastic swap package from Mel at Idée Géniale and because I got to wear the new high waist skirt I got downtown at Zara yesterday.  I have really been into high waists and belts which is so not me.  I think finally at 27 I have accepted that I have hips and I am not a waif-like runway model.  No.  I am 5'5 and I weigh more that 90 pounds.  I used to wear only long shirts and hip-hugging skirts in A-line form.  But, I feel like it is OK to have hips and butt now.  Plus, my husband likes when I wear things that I fitted (like all men do).

Well, I love my new skirt but I dressed super quick this morning and threw on this turquoise shirt that I have had for years.  I just don't think this outfit works.  I should have chosen a different top and I really considered not posting.  But, what good would that do!  Fashion isn't always 'on' for everyone, every day.  Oh well, tomorrow is a new day....with no (fashion) mistakes in it.

This past Saturday, while out thrifting and antiquing (or apparently 'junking' as a old shopman told us), Leilani (from Thriftaholic) asked me a beauty question about what I consider the best non-sticky lipgloss.  I felt sort of bad because I didn't give her a really thought out answer.  I guess it is hard because I come across so many lip glosses at work.  But after long thought, I have narrowed down five of my favorite lip products for you!


Why? Glides on easily, doesn't dry and has great color


 
Why? Although sticky, it doesn't dry you lips out and it gives good plump!





3. Lip Stain - Urban Decay Lip Envy
Why?  It is the only lip stain that doesn't dry my lips out.  It keeps good color.




 
4. Non-sticky (in my opinion) Lip Gloss - CARGO Classic Lip gloss with Time Strip Technology
Why? Non sticky!  Great color and great feel on the lips.









5. Tinted Lip Balm - Benefit Benetint Lip Balm
Why? Smells like roses, perfect sheer color, keeps your lips moisturized!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Lazy Sunday...

I have to just write about my Sunday because my Saturday rocked due to an awesome blogger meet-up with Leilani from Thriftaholic.  However, sadly, I lack pictures on my camera that are not blurry so I am hoping Leilani had better luck!



Sweater: Thrifted
Jeans: Todd Oldham (they are 10 years old)
Flats: Target
Necklace: F21

I often have people ask me what I wear around the house.  Well, here you have it.  It isn't exciting but it does put my jeans to work since I do not typically wear jeans anywhere.  I actually love this sweater to death.  I bought it for $3 at the Goodwill near my house.  Technically it is from Target.  (Not sure if anyone knows this but, Target donates unbought clearance to local thrift stores like Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc).  It is just so comfy and soft.  Perfect for doing chores or grocery shopping on a lazy Sunday.

Note: Because this post sort of lacks reading entertainment, I plan to post my finds from the blogger meet up tomorrow. 

Friday, January 22, 2010

Short Update on the Brown Sweater

I just wanted to update that I found my sweater!  Apparently, I wore it later that day to my best friends house and accidentally left it on a chair! 

Just thought I would share....

Thursday, January 21, 2010

R.I.P Dear Brown Sweater



Yesterday I was all prepared to do this fabulous photography session on how to cut your own fringe but at about 7am while trying to dress in the outfit I planned the night before, I realized that my new brown UO cardigan that my mother bought me for my birthday (see above) was left sadly in the Bolingbrook Forever 21 fitting room by accident.  I tried not once, not twice but three times to track it down by calling the store (and the mall security people) with no avail.  Needless to say, I am incredibly upset.  To make it worse, I had to tell my mother who was less than thrilled that I misplaced the $40 sweater she bought me after wearing it one time.  I re-bought it myself because I was so in love with its comfy long sleeve and useful pockets.  *sigh*

Cardigan: Thakoon for Target
Dress (worn as a tunic): Juicy Couture
Pants: Target
Heels: Target
Headband: Karina (I got it from the accessories buyer halfway through the day) 

Moving on from my fashion pain, I dressed somewhat sad today.  Ok, so it was due to my sweater lose depression but I did try.  I have this fantastic Juicy tunic/dress that I bought on super-super clearance at Macy's about a year ago and I have never worn it.  I feel like it is too short to be a dress but too long for pants and I lack a good pair of actual leggings.  But I love it.  So, I wore it with stretch jeans today and super high heels.  I felt like it was a bit off fashion-wise all day but, I guess I'll just have to make it up tomorrow!

Lastly, I know one of my New Years resolutions was to do a beauty post once a week but I have been lacking!  So, despite my non-existant fringe trim post I am leaving you with the best shampoo and conditioner I have tried in a LONG time (and I have tried A LOT.  I work in beauty, keep in mind)....


David Babaii for Wildaid!  Specifically the shampoo and conditioner with Amplifying Volcanic Ash.
AMAZING!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Chictopia10 Conference and Menwear Influence

I wanted to first approach everyone and ask who is going to be at the Chictopia10 Conference on February 13th?  I was really thinking of going but I am so hesitant.  I would be traveling alone (unless somehow I can convince my husband to go with...doubtful) and I have never actually done that except for a trip to Paris which really just consisted of being alone on the flight not in the city.  So I thought I would get some feelers out there as to who is going.  Maybe someone in the Chicagoland area?  I really think it would be great to go.  Not only to meet many of the ladies that are going but because I think my industry (beauty) should be represented as well.  I think I could learn something as I am in the eCommerce sector of beauty retail.

With that said, I wanted to mention my recent love for menswear inspired outfits.  So much that I bought oxfords (ok so, they still have a heel), which has always been something I have geared away from.  Somehow I have just been loving all the new spring collections (haven't we all) and their amazing and whimsical menswear inspiration.  I love to pair some of my new menswear-esque pieces with some of my more feminine blouses and such.


 Blouse: H&M
Cardigan: F21
Brooch: vintage
Skirt: gift from mom (Express)
Leggings: Hue
Oxfords: Rampage
(That cat would be Madeline. She likes to impede on my photography space) 

Speaking of Menswear, there was a great Spring editorial in the most recent publication of WWDFast magazine.  I get WWD at work in order to keep up on the industry and I love when they publish WWDFast because it is not like the newspaper version.  This editorial has been my favorite in the last few months...



 
 

(This last one reminds me of a past post from Aya of Strawberry Koi!)

Sunday, January 17, 2010

And then I turned twenty-seven...

This weekend (which for me started at about 2pm on Friday because I left work early) was my birthday.  I feel like it flew by so fast and now I am facing another week at work...again.  I think birthdays are funny now that I am a older.  Part of me loves that I am an adult with a great job and an amazing husband and on the cusp of stepping into family life and the other part of me really misses my days in Chicago going to see bands at dive bars and having to thrift because I was poor and not just because I liked it.  Twenty-seven to me is a weird age.  I don't feel twenty-seven.  In all honesty, I felt my age until I was about 17 and then I just stopped.  I dont think like a 27 year old should but, then again, what is that exactly?  Does anyone else feel this way?

Well, regardless of the above paragraph of philosophical thought, I was extremely lazy in taking any outfit pictures this weekend.  I only managed to capture Friday because I loved it so much and I got home early enough to take it in another room in my house.  Saturday we went out for sushi and drinks with friends but I forgot the camera and today (which is my actual birthday) we shopped for a new bike for me (I got one; a mountain cruiser.  Bike trip pictures will probably end up on here) and then sadly had to attend a funeral for a close friend's sister.  So, all I have is Friday's outfit.  But to be honest, it was my favorite of the weekend.


Blouse: Richard Chai for Target
Vest: ModCloth
Brooch: vintage
Jeans: Edun
Boots: Target 

I hope everyone had a great weekend!  And thank you so much for all the lovely comments lately!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Two Days of Meetings

Our office is pretty business casual and most of the younger girls dress fairly trendy so, when I realized I had two meetings with vendors in two days, I took the opportunity to dig out some of the more business formal outfits I own.  I don't wear them as often because I feel fairly dressy compared to my coworkers when I do.  In fact, I am not going to lie, I feel fairly dressy on normal days too (and you see those outfits most of the time when I post them). 



Day 1
Necklace: ModCloth
Shirt: Express
Skirt: H&M
Shoes: Target




Day 2
Jersey Cardigan: Francesca's Boutique
Necklace:F21
Blouse: Rogan for Target
Skirt: ModCloth
Leggings: Target
T-Straps: Crown Vintage London



In more serious news, I have been completely obsessed with a few items for the spring and since my husband finally got a job after 7 months of being laid off as a architect, I am itching...ITCHING to shop!  The following items have me breaking my New Years no-buy resolution!











Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Play it, Sam. Play "As Time Goes By."



I was taking a look back at my posts from the time I started this blog and I realized that I have never posted about my all time favorite movie, Casablanca.  I have loved this movie for as far back as I can remember.  I am not sure why.  Maybe it is Bogart (who I have always found oddly sexy), or the story line with its love story that ends realistically, or the music, or the fashion.

Think Casablanca is what started me off on my obsession with fashion from the 30s and 40s.  I grew up seeing picture of my Grandmother in the 40s when she made a long trip alone speaking almost known English across the Atlantic from Paris after marrying my Grandfather, an American GI who spoke little French and had only known her a few months.  These pictures of her were always so fashionable and happy.  Especially those taken when she first came over to the US.  (Maybe I will one day get around to scanning them!)



This obsession eventually lead me to singing jazz in high school.  I even sang at the Green Mill in Chicago while I was in college.  If you have never heard of the Green Mill, its pretty famous mostly for being a hang out of Al Capone in the 30s, Chicago's wildest decade.

So I was extremely happen when my mom told me she bought me this for my 27th birthday on Sunday!


A FEDORA!
via Urban Outfitters

I am so excited about it.  It will go grand with these (That I bought myself for my own 27th birthday)!

 



Sunday, January 10, 2010

The weekend brings the cold...

This weekend has brought me the worst cold ever!  I was super close to just not posting tonight but, as I sat and watched the season premiere of Big Love I thought, "No, I will stick to my resolution of consistency and I am just sitting here...so..." and thus here is the post.

So despite my cold, I managed to go to the Goodwill and I am so glad I did because I found an amazing shift dress with the best pattern!  I am excited because I adore pieces that have both black and brown shades in them (they are more versatile!).  I took some quick shots of it so just ignore that horrible look of sickness and pain on my face!




Anyways, I have been really wanting a pair of oxfords lately since I keep seeing them all over the blogs.  So I actually purchased a pair on DSW because I had some coupon codes.  I feel like they will be great for now with some thick leggings but also in the spring.  I bought black but I plan to search out some brown ones once my husband starts bringing in money from his new contract job!  (I haven't mentioned that yet but, he just got hired on for 2 and half months as a contractor!) 

So like many of you, I have been just praying for the cold to end early this year!  I am probably even more egged on by this due to both my current cold sickness as well as all the amazing collections I am seeing across my favorite brands. Hopefully, the rest of winter will go by fast!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Just a Quick Note

I know many of you are vegans or vegetarians out in the blog world and I wanted to share my recent taco experience.  Tacos with Chickpeas!  Amazing enough for an unscheduled post!  You can find the recipe HERE.



PS.  I am attempting to go vegetarian (I can't do vegan.  I love cheese too much).  This is because A. I dont like meat and B: it cuts out a lot of unneeded fat. 

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Resolution Part Fin and a Special Giveaway!

I really honestly feel like kicking myself in the bum for making a resolution to wear what I dont normally wear in my closet.  It is so incredibly hard.  However, yesterday I think I had a breakthrough even though I didn't end up wearing the outfit to work (it was too cold out) and opted for something warmer for my office (which is typically an ice box).

Enter the ModCloth dress...the first ModCloth dress I ever bought.  I wanted it so so bad that the poor ModCloth team probably received at least 50 notify me requests for when it would be back in stock and I have NEVER WORN IT.  I originally wanted it for my Wedding Shower but wore this dress instead.


Sweater: Target
Dress: ModCloth
Belt: Target
Leggings: DKNY
Booties: ModCloth


So I want to sort of copy a bit off Mel from idée_géniale and post my makeup.  I never really do close-ups so here is one of my normal day makeup.




I don't really wear MUCH makeup considering I own thousands and thousands of dollar worth of perfectly good makeup.  I just dont have time and this is my fail-safe way of always looking pretty.  I am wearing:

 

CARGO Blu-Ray Powder

 

Benefit Dandelion Face Color (as a blush)

 
Burt's Bees Lip Balm

 

Smashbox Eyeshadow Trio in Viewfinder

 

Benefit Baby Cakes Eyeliner

 

Cover Girl Lash Blast Mascara

I know, pretty simple.   

Ok, ok...the Give Away!

So, as many of you know, I work for a very well known American beauty company call ULTA and as part of ULTA, we often have some very awesome Friends & Family events.  The end of the year is no different and I would love for all of you to take part!  How does it work?  Well, you have to have a Friends & Family exclusive postcard which I am willing to send to anyone that is willing to give me an address to send to!  Just EMAIL ME!