Monday, January 30, 2012

What I Wore - Wine & Animal Print

 Dress - Banana Republic, Cardigan - Loft, Tights - F21, Boots - Enzo, Belt - Aldo, Watch - Coach

I am miserably sick and want nothing more to be in bed in pjs but sadly I have a meeting with a customer and two sales presentations tomorrow. :(

Friday, January 27, 2012

What I Wore - Casual Bubble Print for Work?

 Blazer - Banana Republic, Dress - Old Navy, Tights - Target, Boots - Enzo Angoli, Watch - Coach

I don't think TGIF ever meant so much to me as it does today. It's truly been a hellish and exhausting week with sales presentations every day. Today it's raining and gloomy and I wish I could just curl back into bed until noon but I'm running out to another presentation about an hour away. Bleh. I'm not quite sure how I feel about this outfit. The dress is really cute with a cardigan (worn here) but I wanted to try to make it a little more work appropriate with a structured blazer. Maybe it's the wrong blazer. Hm.

Anyway, I can NOT wait until tomorrow for my girls' trip to Atlantic City with my friends! I found an awesome pair of black sequin shorts by Jessica Simpson that I'm excited to style. What are your fun plans for this weekend?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

What I Wore - Stripes & Ruffles

 Blazer - F21, Ruffled Tank - Target, Skinny Pants - Ann Taylor, Shoes - Moda Spana

I had been on a hunt for skinny black work pants for a while and scored when I found these on sale for $44 at Ann Taylor. I'm still not sure if they are "work" appropriate but I think it's a fun alternative to more structured/wider trousers. Since my top is longer and covers my bottom, I'm going to give it a shot today. You know how sometimes you want to see how the back of an outfit looks? Lots of style/fashion bloggers are lucky enough to have super talented people take their outfit photos and their back shots look natural. Since I have a tripod & a point and shoot, my back shots don't look very nice. Actually, I look like an ass taking a picture of her own ass. See?

Seriously, wtf do I look like I'm doing?

But at least you can see that my ba-donk-a-donk is covered and not completely unprofessional. Hopefully my boss won't be at this presentation scowling at my outfit, lol.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

What I Wore - I Tucked It In... Again

 Cardigan, blouse, & tights - F21, Skirt - Ann Taylor, Belt - Aldo, Shoes - Moda Spana, Watch - Coach

A while back, Jean from Extra Petite posted about the big difference tucking in a cardigan can make. I tried it out during the 30 for 30 (here) and I gave it another shot today. I have to admit, it really pulls the look together sometimes. Just make sure your layers are thin so it doesn't add bulk to your bottom. You can't really see the blouse underneath but it's sheer with some cute ruffling and tiny black polka dots. I also threw on some textured tights to add some more fun to the outfit.

BUT, the real fun as you can see, is my hilarious manicure! Since I have a crazy week filled with sales presentations (i.e. boring outfits & suits), I decided to jazz stuff up but giving myself a peel n' stick leopard print mani. I couldn't find the Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Polish Strips in the print (animal, obvi, I'm from Jersey!) I wanted so I'm trying out Kiss Nail Dress. So far, so good and it was about $4 cheaper than the Sally Hansen ones. My friend Shannon pointed out that I'm all ready for our girls' trip to Atlantic City this weekend! Now all I need are some sequins ;)

Monday, January 23, 2012

What I Wore - My dad asked if I was wearing a cardigan AS a dress

Everything is F21. Omg, do I need an intervention?!

The other afternoon, my mother asked if I could drive my dad to the airport since she had plans so we took advantage of the "alone time" and had lunch. I'm so lucky to have both my parents living near by (together! and in love!) so I really enjoy the few afternoons I'm working from home that I can spend with them. Usually these dates involve my mom but this time it was just me and dad. And he asked me if I was trying to pass off a cardigan as a dress. *sigh* I had a flashback of 15 year old me trying to go to a party in a mini-skirt and him saying, "Um, I see you're wearing a belt, don't you have a skirt to go along with it?" Oh, Dad.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

What I Wore - I had no idea I'm a Giants fan

 Blazer - Gap (so old... circa 2004), Tee - F21, Jeans - F21, Boots - Nine West, Earrings - F21

I went through my closet yesterday and purged 6 bags of clothes, shoes, & handbags I don't use any more. I was very honest with myself and tried a lot of things on to make sure I got rid of things that don't fit properly. I haven't worn this blazer in a LONG time but since it's in good shape, I kept it and threw it over my tshirt before heading out to run some errands. I had no idea the Giants were playing today (I'm really clueless about football) and Serg seemed surprised I had worn my blue "New York" tee. Sorry husband, I did not do that on purpose. I'm not the type who would cheer for a team just because you do, lol.

By the way, I don't understand how we always tend to get snow on weekENDS. I only like the white stuff on weekDAYS when it could potentially close or delay schools from opening ;) All the snow in our yard made it so bright out that I'm squinting in all of my pictures...

Wondering how I got my hair so straight? Probably not but I'm gonna tell you anyway! My Hana straightener finally came 2 weeks ago and I am IN LOVE. First of all, it came in an amazing package filled with goodies.

I love that I now have a silicone mat to put the iron on so I don't burn our cabinets or countertop (anymore...). The straightener has multiple heat settings, doesn't snag, and leaves my hair looking as shiny as it would if I had gotten a professional blow out. IN LOVE I tell you. I have yet to use it to curl my hair but I am sure it'll be just as fantastic. This is a great product and I might indulge in purchasing a Hana blow dryer when mine poops out.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Baby Shower Invites - Take 2!

I have never had an issue with Vistaprint and their shipping but for some reason they still haven't shipped Lindsey's original baby shower invites.

Since the RSVP date was quickly approaching and I wanted to give the ladies enough time to get back to me, I put together some simple invites with a rounded corner punch and my Cricut.

Fonts used: Feel and Champagne & Limousines

The silver paper was heavy cardstock left over from our wedding and I found the glittery pink paper at the Target $1 Spot with all of their Valentine's Day stuff. I cut the onesie using Sure Cuts A Lot and the rounded shadow option to layer the colors. The flowers were some photo corner stickers I've had in my stash. I really wanted to add little crystals as the silver onesie "snaps" but I didn't have any that were small enough so I just used a silver glitter pen.

I LOVE the idea of giving the new baby books instead of cards but I didn't want to seem rude or pushy like I was telling people what to buy. After some research online, I modified a little rhyme so it didn't break any etiquette rules then created a small 2.5x3in card to go along with the invite.

Although I really liked the chevron zig zag design of the original invite, I think these came out pretty cute for a last minute fix. Hopefully, all the other pieces I ordered from Vistaprint will get here in time for the actual shower!

P.S. I linked up at Tatertots and Jello and Pocket Full of Pink!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

What do you do when you can't sleep? I make wreaths.

I haven't been sleeping very well lately and despite my attempts with Sleepy Time tea or deep breathing before bed, I've been restless for the past 2 weeks. Yesterday at 11:45pm I decided to make a Valentine's Day wreath with some left over clearance yarn (I went through a crocheting phase, don't judge!), Target $1 Spot scrapbooking paper, and a 9in. styrofoam ring.

The project took about 30 minutes to complete. The most annoying part was wrapping the foam ring with the yarn. I swear, if you ever need to get yourself to sleep, give this a shot, lol. After that was done, I cut 4 different sized hearts on 3 patterned sheets with Sure Cuts A Lot & my Cricut and folded them to give the 3D effect. Then I used craft glue to attach the hearts to the yarn. Done and kinda sleepy.

Maybe I should give counting sheep a try next time...

P.S. I linked up at Tatertots and Jello and Pocket Full of Pink!

Monday, January 9, 2012

What I Wore - So Maybe I Like Furry Stuff...

 Blazer - Loft, Sweater - F21, Jeans - F21, Oxfords - F21, Necklace - F21
Mildly inspired by:
I bought this army green wool blazer at the Loft last winter for $2.99. Yep. You read that right. It was marked down from $128 to $4.98 with 40% off. And it was my exact size so I didn't even have to pay $128 in tailoring! When I got home and proudly showed Serg my amazing purchase, he told me it looked like someone shaved Chewbacca. Pardon me, but I don't see the resemblance.
I don't look anything like Renata's fabulous blazer!
Hmph. Luckily (?) the fur collar is only buttoned in and is easily removable so I wore my green wool blazer without it's furry addition a couple of times. UNTIL YESTERDAY! And I think it looked great. Take that, Sergio!

Friday, January 6, 2012

What I Wore - Gingham & Animal Print (again)

Cardigan - F21, Shirt - NY & Co., Skirt - Old Navy (hemmed), Belt - Charlotte Russe, Tights - Target, Ankle Boots - c/o my sister (Sole Society)

I have had this skirt for years and never really wore it because I thought it was too long. I finally got the courage to hem it myself and I don't think it turned out too bad! I'm sure you have noticed that I love this blue gingham shirt and this gray cardigan. If I were to calculate the cost per wear, it'd probably be around 2 cents. I have paired this shirt with my animal print belt before during my 30 for 30 challenge here: Big Hair & Cheetah Print. I dunno why, but I think it works.

Thanks again to my sister for the awesome ankle boots!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

What I Wore - Petite Fashion Challenge #12: Night to Day

Chambray shirt - F21, Skirt - Necessary Objects, Pumps - Moda Spana, Boots - Enzo, Necklace - Gifted, Watch, Coach, Earrings - Tiffany's

It's my first time participating in the Petite Fashion Challenge. There have been 11 challenges so far and this time around, i am Khatu proposed a "Night to Day" restyle.

It's amazing how a little makeup, hair, jewelry, and shoes can transform an outfit. The red lip alone completely changed the mood of this look. It really easily went from "drinks with friends" to "brunch with friends".

I had fun with this challenge and I look forward to joining more. Make sure to pop over to i am Khatu's blog to check out the other petite fashion forward ladies who participated. This challenge helped realized that I can restyle a ton of pieces in my closet for multiple occasions. That's going to come in handy because I put myself on a shopping freeze until February!

How do you restyle your outfits quickly & easily?