Thursday, December 31, 2009

chilly willy!

We woke up to more snow this morning, but it was nothing like our huge storm from last week. I ended up working from home until late this morning and driving in when the roads would be a little more friendly.

D and I don't have any plans tonight outside of staying warm and possibly watching some movies. New year's always makes me a little stressed, as if I'm supposed to have done something major in the last 10 seconds of the year. Fortunately I found a boyfriend that doesn't watch the ball drop :)

Black cardigan: Ann Taylor Loft Outlet ($9.99!, September 2009)
Blue top: Gap Outlet ($6, September 2009)
White top: Ann Taylor Outlet ($10, September 2009)
Herringbone trousers: Kohl's ($24, October 2009)
Black flats: Nine West Outlet ($20, July 2009)
Belt: Thrifted (2009)
Necklace: Ann Taylor Loft ($12.99, 2009)

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

pachuca sunrise...(minus the bear)

I've been trying to think of ways to wear this sweater since I bought it last year... It's very cold today so I decided to layer a cashmere sweater under it. I feel like the layer underneath makes me look a little less lineback-ish in the shoulders. :) I got this red cashmere sweater for a steal when I first moved up to MD. I didn't even know what cashmere was, but I have since become a convert. And what's even better is that I didn't pay over $30 for it when it went on clearance.

I decided to risk looking as pale as the wall behind me to give everyone a glimpse of another part of my office. My coworkers snuck in and decorated it for my birthday while I was on vacation. I was really touched when I arrived on Monday and saw streamers and birthday balloons. Then today my office neighbor came in and gave me the brown bracelet I have on, which happened to match with my outfit for today.

Patterned sweater: Old Navy (2008)
Red cashmere sweater: Old Navy (2007)
Brown pants: NY & Co ($20, October 2009)
Brown boots: VanEli via DSW ($49, November 2009)
Multi-colored necklace (part of a double necklace set): Aldo ($12, 2009)
Gold ball necklace: Liz Claiborne Outlet ($10, July 2009)

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

From 70's back to the 30's

Oh FL weather, I already miss you.

Obviously we all got home safely yesterday. I will say that I will never fly on my birthday again. No fun! But we did open our gifts from one another (D, my grandmother, and myself) and I have to say I'm totally excited that I got a blender. That's right, a blender gets me excited. Smoothies and mixed drinks shall be mine!

The shirt I have on today is one of my favorite shirts, bought right before I started this blog. I think I wore it 3 days straight while in Milwaukee for work.

Top: Marshall's ($15?, September 2009)
Pants: NY & Co ($20, October 2009)
Locket necklace: H+M ($9.95, October 2009)
Shoes: VanEli via DSW ($25 with return and a coupon, August 2009)

Thursday, December 24, 2009

it has been a crazy week

Well guys, I wasn't planning on having a hiatus. I'm in Florida until 12/28 and I planned on updating the blog, but that didn't go like I planned it to due to our horrendous journey to get to FL. But first, my clothes.

The first shot is from our crazy northern snowstorm on Saturday afternoon. I had on my Old Navy Jacket ($56) with an eternity scarf from Dillards ($6!) and some flannel pj's (aerie) with some boots (avon, $45). We've estimated that there was at least 18 inches of snow. Other places got 26 inches!

The second shot is what I wore on the plane. I wanted to be comfortable, so here's how that worked for me:

Moto jacket: NY & Co (B1G1 50% off $32, October 2009)
Top: Kohl's ($14ish, October 2009)
Jeans: Gap Outlet Long & Lean ($35, July 2009)
Scarf: From a Gap dress
Shoes: Nine West Outlet ($20, July 2009)

So I need to vent about getting to FL. First, I was able to change our flight from Saturday to Monday morning with no extra fee, which was fantastic. Then I booked the three of us a shuttle to get to the airport since both my car and D's car have been acting up. We get up at 4am on Monday morning to find out our flight has been delayed. Alright, no big deal. So we're waiting outside for the shuttle (which was supposed to arrive between 5:55 and 6:10am). 6:15 comes around and the shuttle still isn't at the house. So D calls to find out what's going on. Turns out they've canceled everyone in the suburbs, so they're not coming to get us. So we decide to take my car, which has been acting up for the past week or so. Acting up how you ask? Well, the gas pedal stops working from time to time, and there are various lights that keep fading in and out even when they're not in use (like the emergency brake light and the battery light). But we figured it would get us to the airport. Wroooong. The gas pedal stops working about 10 min. into our drive but D is able to get the car started again. We make it about 3 miles from the airport (keep in mind we're on I-95 at this point) and the gas pedal stops working again. So D pulls over on a tiny piece of shoulder (we're surrounded by snow) and tries to turn the car off and back on again. Nothing happens. He tried a few more times, but nothing happened. So we're stuck in 20 degree weather on the side of I-95, cars whizzing by us, and my 90 year old grandmother is wheezing in the backseat. So I call AAA and ask if a towtruck can come get us. In a very short amount of time the towtruck shows up, but it can only bring two people in the truck. So AAA calls a cab for us. Well, an hour later the cab still hasn't arrived, and the AAA sends out another tow truck to pick us up so we can follow the first tow truck to the maintenance shop. Meanwhile, it's about 8:45am, and our flight is delayed until 10:20am. We get to the maintenance shop and they say they can't look at the car, but the woman working the front desk is willing to take us to the airport so we can try to make our flight. Things are looking up, right? Well, we get to the airport and the line to check in outside is about 45 people deep. The inside is even worse. So D goes and finds a wheelchair for my grandmother, which puts us into some sort of priority line, and we're able to make it to our flight in time and my parents can now relax.

Meanwhile, I've been in contact with the car shop and they said it was just the alternator (which I just had replaced about a month ago). Turns out they put it in wrong and the whole thing burnt up, which was causing electrical shortages and that's why the car wouldn't start again. So hopefully, when we get back into BWI, things will be alright with the car.

I still can't believe we made it. *sigh* It's been a stressful trip down, but beautiful otherwise.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

all bogged down.

I was running super late today so I threw my hair up and it's too messy for pictures. :) I've been hiding in my office for most of the day.

NY & Co had a great sale (B1G1 75% off, plus an extra 30% off) so I bought some more of those amazing pull on pants that I adore so much. They added two more colors and I decided to wear one of them today.

I finally broke out my original VanEli boots from DSW. They're a beautiful deep burgundy color, and I'm feeling very matchy matchy with my sweater. I'm not going to lie...I have a matching bag too but I didn't get a picture of it.

Sweater: Gap Outlet ($22, September 2009)
Black tank under the sweater: Old Navy
Pants: NY & Co ($15, December 2009)
Shoes: VanEli via DSW ($25 with return and a coupon, August 2009)
Necklace: Gifted

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

biding my time until lunch.

Yesterday my coworker took us out for lunch (we just finished a project and it went well) and I got a cobb salad. I'm insanely excited about eating the leftover portion for lunch today, hence the title of this post.

I have to tell you all that I love these jeans. I've had them for quite some time (although I haven't been able to fit into them since last winter) and I'm glad to be wearing them again. Sometimes I forget that I do have fairly long legs, even if they're not skinny. These jeans remind me :) Also, they're the perfect length with these boots. Although if you just glance at the picture it looks like they cover my boots because they blend so well with our fabulous office carpet.

I have been terrified to wear my lovely gray suede boots in case it starts raining. You would think I'd get over it since I sit in an office for 8 hours of the day and the only rain I would encounter would be to/from my car, but I'm still worried about it. Today there is a zero chance of rain, but I still brought an extra pair of boots just in case my building floods, or something. I would put suede preserving stuff on them, but all of the ones I've looked at warn that the suede may get darker, which I do not want. Any suggestions readers?

Top: Ann Taylor Outlet ($30, September 2009)
Gray tank: Target ($10, 2005 or 2006)
Jeans: Old Navy "flirt" (I have no idea)
Gray suede shoes of awesome: DSW ($64, October 2009)
Necklace: Lia Sophia via Ebay (2009)
Black bracelet: Liz Claiborne Outlet ($12.95, September 2009)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

maybe i'm just tired...

I thought it was going to be colder today, but it was actually pretty nice when I walked out this morning. I didn't gasp when I got in the car. :)

Dress: Macy's ($45, December 2009)
Tights: Spanx via Ebay ($16.99, November 2009)
Boots: Ciao Bella via ($100, December 2009)
Long necklace: Ann Taylor Loft via Ebay (I forget)

Monday, December 14, 2009

at last there is nothing left to say...(matthew good)

It is apparent to me after looking at the pictures, that I should have worn boots with these pants. Oh well!

Flower top: Ann Taylor Loft ($16 on sale + coupon, November 2009)
Gray pants: Ann Taylor Loft ($20, 2008)
Necklace: Lia Sophia via Ebay (2009)
Black flats: Nine West Outlet ($20, July 2009)

Friday, December 11, 2009

it's my 100th post!

Can you believe it? I feel like I should have done something extra special today for my 100th posting but as you can see, this is anything but special. Although in looking at my blog I haven't worn the shirt since August 28 and considering I used to wear it once a week I consider this progress!

I love these jeans, and I haven't been able to fit into them for quite some time. It must be my oyster cracker diet. I'm kidding, but that is my lunch today because I forgot to bring something in. Anyway, I think ATL cuts their jeans differently now because I hate the way the new ones fit. So I try to take care of the two pairs that I do own.

Yesterday I wore the cutest outfit, but I didn't have a chance to get a picture of it. Figures.

Top: Ann Taylor Loft (no clue)
Jeans: Ann Taylor Loft ($32, May 2008)
Gray tank: Old Navy (2009)
Black flats: Nine West Outlet ($20, July 2009)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

I'm not so down with the sickness...

I woke up this morning feeling fine, and now I'm barely able to keep my eyes open and my sinuses are killing me! See that red on my cheeks? I'm not wearing blush and I'm not embarrassed; I think I have a fever. Aaaand I have way too much work to do. But enough of my complaining...

I planned on wearing a skirt today. The skirt felt fine last night when I put it on, but when I got it on this morning it kept bunching up and annoying me so I opted to wear a dress with a shirt over it instead. Then I wanted to add a belt but my outfit yesterday and the one I have planned for tomorrow both involve a waist belt so I left it off.

I had a long training today and this made for a comfortable "sit and look like you know what everyone is talking about" outfit.

Top: Ann Taylor Outlet ($27, September 2009)
Black dress worn as a skirt: Old Navy (2009)
Tights: Spanx via Ebay ($16.99, November 2009)
Boots: Ciao Bella via ($100, November 2009)
Necklace: Ann Taylor Loft via Ebay (I forget the details)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

I made a wish with lucky denver mint...(jimmy eat world)

I've got to tell you dear readers, I'm feeling pretty awesome in this outfit. I feel very professional and pulled together. It's funny how feeling good about an outfit can change the way your day starts out. Now I just have to get through the other 7 hours of the workday :)

This dress has been on my list of things to wear but I couldn't figure out what I wanted to put under or over it because it's sleeveless. Since I'm trying not to wear cardigans all day every day I opted for a thin colored shirt to go under the dress and add some variation. Also, I never ever thought I would wear booties with a dress because I thought they would look too much like witch shoes. But I have to say I love the way these look. And it's all thanks to you glorious bloggers.

Did anyone else get snow? It's so beautiful until it gets all dirty and mucky. Having lived in FL for so long must have made me extra giddy about snow or something.

Dress: Lane Bryant ($40ish, 2009)
Purple top: Target ($10, 2009)
Tights: Spanx via TJ Maxx ($16, 2009)
Booties: Easy Spirit via ($34, December 2009)
Belt: NY & Co ($13, 2009)

Monday, December 7, 2009

eleven to your seven...(hey mercedes)

I've been dreading this workweek all weekend but it just got a lot sweeter because our raises have been detailed for us and it just makes the work a little easier to deal with :) Also, I was promoted! Yaaaay!

I've had this dress for at least 1.5 years (if not 2) and I've never worn it until today. My boots are also new, although I just got them in the mail. They were a bit of a splurge, and they definitely look different than their website pics (to me at least) but I like them. It's a departure from my normal pointy toe fashion. And so far they're pretty comfortable. Also, I love that the calf fits!

Cardigan: Ann Taylor Loft ($33, January 2008)
Dress: Ann Taylor Loft ($30?, 2007)
Gray tights: Chadwick's (.86!, November 2009)
Black boots: Ciao Bella via ($100, November 2009)
Necklace: Ann Taylor Loft (2007)

Friday, December 4, 2009

Brownosing it.

So I'm debating buying these same boots I have on in black. They're on sale, plus an extra 25% off, and they're really comfortable. Plus, I don't own any high black boots with a heel (I have one flat pair). But I would have to get the calves stretched, which is a pain and of course makes the shoes cost more in the end.

Decisions, decisions.

I'm very glad today is Friday. I feel like I'm getting sick and I'm hoping a lot of rest throughout the weekend will clear me up.

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend!

Dress: NY & Co ($20, May or June 2009)
Turtleneck: Ann Taylor Loft ($8!, November 2009)
Brown leggings: Lane Bryant ($17 on sale + a coupon, September 2009)
Boots: Arturo Chiang "Peach" via ($86, 2009)
Brown belt: NY & Co (June 2009)
Long gold necklace: Liz Claiborne Outlet ($10, July 2009)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

feeling left out.

This shirt is one of my favorite purchases from last year. Also, my coworker really seems to like it. Had I have known I would have bought her one :) Sometimes I think this style isn't the most flattering for people with my chest size, but I don't care because I love the pattern and it's comfortable.

I have never worn this bracelet because it's a bit heavy and feels like ceramic (even though it's not), so I'm convinced I'm going to break it on something. But I'm being careful...

After looking at that picture, my pants look very slumped at the bottom. I feel like they don't do that when I'm walking or sitting (obviously). I'm just saying.... :)

Mock neck top: Macy's ($24, October 2008)
Black pants: Old Navy (2008)
Red flats: Nine West Outlet ($30, May 2009)
Black necklace: H+M ($9.95, October 2008)
Black bracelet: Liz Claiborne Outlet ($12.95, September 2009)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

time heals nothing by itself (tick tock turn it off)...(jimmy eat world)

I've been listening to some live Jimmy Eat World a lot as of late. It's a good pick-me-up while I'm stuck in rush hour traffic.

When I was picking out my outfit last night I could not settle on something that made me happy. I knew I didn't want to wear a dress, and I feel like I've thrown a cardigan over everything too often for the past week. I did manage to break out the brown shoes that are exactly like my black ones that I've worn for the past two days. :)

Green sweater: Ann Taylor Loft ($30, 2008)
Striped top: Lane Bryant ($9, 2009)
Khaki pants: NY & Co ($12, 2008)
Brown boots: VanEli via DSW ($49, November 2009)
Long necklace: H+M ($10, October 2009)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

you don't deserve a point of view if the only thing you see is you...(paramore)

I could not drag myself out of bed this morning. Ugh.

Today you'll see more pull on pants and comfy shoes. I feel I'm in a rut even though my closet is full.

I painted my nails with Opi's "Absinthe Makes the Heart" while watching Intervention and Hoarders last night. The nail polish is supposed to be a gray color with green glitter, which I figured would go with brown or black themed outfits...In show news, the woman on Intervention made me a little stabby and if you put her in a room with the woman from Hoarders it would not end well.

I got my boots that I ordered from yesterday. I'm returning the adorable gray pair because they're incredibly uncomfortable and the heel is too high for me.

Black cardigan: NY & Co ($20, 2008)
Maroon sweater: Gap Outlet ($22, September 2009)
Pattern tank: Ann Taylor (<$15, 2008)
Gray pants: NY & Co ($20, October 2009)
Black belt: NY & Co ($11, June 2009)
Necklace Lia Sophia via Ebay ($11, July 2009)
Black boots: VanEli via DSW ($30, October 2009)

Monday, November 30, 2009

so vanity's got this new gun that she wants to try on you...(dead poetic)

How about a story that has nothing to do with clothes? D was looking through my numerous unmarked burnt cds for a copy of The Wrens-Meadowlands. He picked up a possible copy and popped it into the player, only to find it was some screaming sad saps (and I wasn't around). He probably made it through less than two tracks, was sufficiently traumatized, and told me about the whole thing. So this morning I took the same cd and listened to it, since I was curious to hear what had prompted his reaction. I guess when it's old Hawthorne Heights, Dead Poetic, Stavesacre, and Underoath there is reason to be traumatized. The thing is, all of the cds in my car are at least 5 years old. Can I use that as a defense? Maybe? Please? Although thinking about it, I'm not sure my musical tastes have evolved into anything better, necessarily. :)

Now back to clothes. I'm expecting some great packages in the mail today. I did order a couple of the boots I was looking at last week, and I can't wait to see how they fit.

Cardigan: Target ($20, June 2009)
Red top: Ann Taylor Loft ($20, November 2009)
Black pants: NY & Co ($20, October 2009)
Boots: VanEli via DSW ($30, October 2009)

Friday, November 27, 2009

back on track.

Sorry for my lack of updates yet again. I was out sick Wed. and decided to skip updating on Thursday. It's been a rough couple of days.

My week of wearing dresses was a flop, since I opted for jeans today. I also changed my nail polish, this time to a matte black. I think it doesn't look goth or costumey because of the lack of shininess, although I am not opposed to regular black nail polish during any time of the year. As I've mentioned, I absolutely hate sitting around waiting for my nails to dry and I can't tell you how quickly this stuff dries. I actually threw on a coat at work today (bad, I know but I think I'm the only one in this side of the building) and I was typing within 5 min. with no problem.

In other news, today's shoe sales may be the death of me. I told myself no more shopping for myself (especially on black friday) but there are some boots on sale that I'm drooling over. Interested? Or how about these? Or these? Gagh.

Speaking of boots, you know the VanEli ones (I have them on now) that I rave about? Well, I was in DSW about a week or two ago and I was browsing the clearance section when I saw the one color I don't own, brown, for $46! But I was overcome with sadness when I realized they were a size 8 1/2 (and I needed a 9). But then my eye caught that beautiful letter W, for wide width, and when I tried them on they totally fit! Also, I know they technically have a gray color out there in this style, but I'm not interested because it looks exactly like the black pair to me. If it were a lighter gray I'd be on the hunt. :)

Gray cardigan: Ann Taylor Loft ($33, January 2008)
Purple ruffle top: TJ Maxx or Ross (2008)
Jeans: Gap Long & Lean via Ebay ($25, 2009)
Boots: VanEli via DSW ($30, October 2009)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

you'll change your mind come Monday...(jimmy eat world)

It's going to be a rough day, and I don't have much to say about it. I belted the dress because without a belt I looked like a pregnant peasant. I prefer just regular peasant, thanks.

I took a closeup not so you could see my chest region (can we consider that an added bonus or something?) but so you could see that I took the time to paint my nails last night. I always want to paint my nails about 15 min. before I go to bed, which makes for some nasty looking nail polish the next morning. Anyway, my favorite OPI color (metro chic) now comes in matte, and this is what it looks like. It actually dries really quickly and it didn't smudge while I was sleeping.

Coat: Old Navy ($55, November 2009)
Dress: NY & Co ($25, September 2009)
Belt: NY & Co ($11, September 2009)
Tights: Spanx via Ebay ($16.99, November 2009)
Scarf: Ann Taylor Loft (2009)
Boots: Ann Taylor Loft ($56, December 2009)
Short necklace: Ann Taylor Loft ($10, 2009)
Long necklace: H+M ($7.95, September 2009)

Monday, November 23, 2009

it's easy feeling righteous when removed...(jimmy eat world)

Sorry for my non-updating on Friday. My photo man was off in DC with his sister and I wasn't feeling very photogenic anyway.

I have a dentist appointment today so I wanted to wear something comfortable and easy. Ugh I hate going to dentists/doctors/anything insurance related. While I was trying on easy-to-wear dresses last night and settling on this one I also managed to plan out another 2 days of what to wear for the work week, so I guess that's an added plus.

Recognize these boots? They're the same ones I have in black, but I've never actually worn the brown ones until today.

Yellow cardigan: Ann Taylor Loft ($30, 2009)
Green dress: Old Navy ($25, November 2009)
Brown boots: Ann Taylor Loft ($56, December 2008)
Necklace: Charlotte Russe ($6ish, September 2009)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

it's like I got a new pair of shoes!

So I went to the shoe repair shop for the third time last night in hopes that the boots they stretched for me would finally fit, and they did. So I feel like I got a new pair of boots even though I really didn't. It's funny because all of the reviews for this particular style said that the calves were wider than normal and that's the main reason I bought them. I don't think my calves are especially big, but I couldn't get the zipper closed for the last 3 inches of the boot! So of course I'm wearing the them today. They're super comfy so far.

Dress: CAbi via Ebay ($46, 2009)
Tank: Old Navy (2009)
Boots: Arturo Chiang "Peach" via ($86, 2009)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

there's a light up ahead...(further seems forever)

I have had these pants for quite some time and I think I've only worn them once or twice. Now that I have photographic evidence of what I look like in them I think I will add these to the ebay pile. They wrinkle very easily, and I don't feel like they're very flattering.

The top, I adore. It's a great color and very soft and comfortable.

I'm considering renaming this blog "pictures in my office". :)

Top: Ann Taylor Loft ($14.50, November 2009)
Pants: Old Navy (2008)
Boots: Bandolino via Ebay ($10, 2008)
Scarf: Ann Taylor Loft (2009)
Necklace: Ann Taylor Loft via Ebay (2008)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

today is an off day

I feel completely disoriented and out of it today. I slept very poorly last night, so I slept for a few extra hours this morning and went in late to work. Now I feel like I'm off by a little with everything I'm doing. In fact, I don't feel like today's picture even looks like me.

As I was attempting to sleep last night I remembered buying these cute red shoes at the outlets in NJ back in May and I decided to wear them (I was going to wear my trusty black flats). I love pairing pieces of red. Then I ignored my grandmother telling me how chilly it was outside and left without a coat. When I got outside I thought "man, this isn't feels like it's in the 70's"...Upon checking my car thermometer it was 56 degrees. Like I said, I'm off today.

I didn't get a detailed shot of it, but my watch is new. It's my first order from and I'm pretty impressed so far. It's much bigger than my old watch, but I think I'll get used to it.

Floral top: Ann Taylor Loft Outlet ($19.99, May 2009)
Red tank: Target (2007)
Black pants: Old Navy (2008)
Red flats: Nine West Outlet ($30ish, May 2009)
Necklace: H+M ($8ish, October 2009)

Monday, November 16, 2009

The same old pictures playing over again...

Friday Night



Well, you get more than the normal amount of pictures today because I actually impressed myself by getting dressed throughout the weekend :) As you can see, I lived in the boots.

Friday night we went and saw the Colin and Brad show, and it was everything I hoped it would be.

Saturday I ran a bunch of errands, Sunday was nothing special, and today I decided to give the boots a rest. I love this whole peacock trend, and this shirt was a steal on clearance at Target. I've had my eye on it for a while and I was glad that they had one left in my size. In fact I liked today's outfit so much you got two shots, one of which looks rather uneven :)

I would like to take a moment and talk about two things. One of which is the brand Bandolino. I love their boots. They fit my feet perfectly all the time, and I have gotten a lot of compliments on the particular pair I'm wearing today. The second thing I'd like to say is Happy Anniversary to D. :) That's it!

Friday night:
Cardigan: NY & Co ($20, 2008)
Blue dress: Gap ($22, November 2009)
Black slip: Lane Bryant (2009-from another dress)
Tights: Spanx via Ebay ($16.99, November 2009)
Scarf: Ann Taylor Loft (2009)
Belt: NY & Co ($16, November 2009)
Boots: Ann Taylor Loft ($56, December 2008)

Sweater: Ann Taylor Loft (2008)
Skirt: Ann Taylor Loft (2007)
Belt: NY & Co ($11, June 2009)
Boots: Ann Taylor Loft ($56, December 2008)

Cardigan: NY & Co-same as Friday ($20, 2008)
Peacock shirt: Target ($3.74, November 2009)
Gray pants: Ann Taylor Loft ($20, 2008)
Patent black boots: Bandolino via Ebay ($35, 2008)
Locket necklace: H+M ($9.95, October 2009)
Bracelet: NY & Co ($6, October 2009)

Friday, November 13, 2009

I know you won't believe me...

And, it's Friday!

I have been on the hunt for a navy sweater, and I found in at the Gap for less than $20. It's incredibly soft and comfortable and I'm debating getting it in red. Interested? Go here (and don't forget your extra 30% off). I decided to bust out the jungle fever shoes and top it with a scarf that I've been meaning to wear ever since I bought it.

This necklace is quite possibly the best thing to happen to me this month. I got it on etsy and I absolutely adore it.

Tonight D, myself, and a friend are going to see Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood (of Whose Line...fame) perform the Colin and Brad show. I am so excited. I've seen it twice so far and both times were hilarious.

Navy sweater: Gap ($15, November 2009)
Cream tank: Target (2007)
Gray pants: Old Navy ($25, June 2009)
Octopus necklace: Etsy ($20, November 2009)
Flats: Smart Bargains ($37, June 2009)
Yellow jacket: Ann Taylor Loft ($39, November 2008)
Scarf: Ann Taylor Loft (2009)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

the past presents the future. (her space holiday)

Good morning all,

This is another outfit that I feel doesn't photograph well. Or at least that's what I'm going to tell myself.

I love these tights from Spanx. They're reversible, so the other side is black with the same pattern, but instead of seeing skin through the pattern you see the gray from the other side. It's very attractive, in my opinion.

Also, I might start living in these boots. I know some people might not like flat pointy toe boots (arrrrg matey) but I do. And ever since they created a hole in my heel they've been super comfortable, which is awesome. But I do wear a giant band-aid where it rubbed just in case :)

Speaking of boots, Nine West (who I'm happy with again; I'm so fickle) is having a limited time sale on these beauties and if you pay with your visa card you can use the code NWSUMV9 for an additional $10 off of a $65 (or more) purchase. Add free shipping to it and that's a bargain!

Ok, I'm done shilling for companies that don't really know I exist.

Dress: NY & Co (May 2009)
Gray top: Old Navy (2007)
Tights: Spanx via Ebay ($16.99, November 2009)
Boots: Ann Taylor Loft ($56, December 2008)
Necklace: Ann Taylor Outlet ($24.99, July 2009)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

i'll be your garage band king...(something corporate)

Sometimes I'm really slow to figure things out. Take this morning as an example. I was driving to work, noticing that there was little to no traffic. I hit almost all of the lights at the right time and there were far fewer people driving like idiots. So I thought it was because I left a little earlier than normal. An hour into work it hits me: Veteran's Day. Most people have off! But not me, lovely readers, not me.

So this is a dress that I bought back in April and it was actually not on sale (but I had a coupon). I just loved the shape and the way it fit me when I tried it on. Then it stayed in my closet, hanging and forgotten. Also, I flipped the belt around when I got to work so that the pointy edges are at the top. I think it was backwards before :)

On a side note, Lane Bryant is having their friends and family 25% off sale, and you can combine it with their $25 off $75 (and all of the other increments) discount. I'm going to be broke through the new year. :)

It's November and I'm wearing a dress without tights/leggings/etc...And I didn't bring a jacket. And I'm not cold. I love this weather.

Leaf print dress: Ann Taylor Loft ($43, April 2009)
Black lace tank: Old Navy (2009)
Red belt: NY & Co ($16, November 2009)
Boots: Ann Taylor Loft ($56, December 2008)
Necklace and earrings: Lia Sophia via Ebay (2009)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Yellow makes my day brighter...

I feel like I'm on a jewelry overload today. Big necklace, big bracelet, 4 rings..I usually tone it down a bit more.

Every time I wear this yellow jacket someone compliments me on it. I was reminiscing about a instance where I was moving swiftly through a store to get somewhere, and a woman reached out and grabbed the jacket while exclaiming "oh my GAWD I luuuv that jacket!" It made my day. :) This morning my coworker in the elevator gave me kudos for it, which made today a little easier to deal with.

I got the correct Nine West shoes in the mail yesterday and I wanted to wear them today so I based my outfit around them. :)

Yellow jacket: Ann Taylor Loft ($39, November 2008)
Purple petal tee: Ann Taylor Loft ($14.50, September 2009)
Yellow tank: Old Navy (2009)
Brown pants: Old Navy ($20, 2009)
Shoes: Nine West ($32, November 2009)
Necklace Liz Claiborne Outlet ($12.99, September 2009)
Big bracelet: Brighton via Ebay (2009)

Monday, November 9, 2009

blaspheme, blaspheyou, blasphe everybody in the roooom...(eddie izzard)

I was listening to Eddie Izzard on the way to work today and now I can't get some of his skits out of my head. I seem to want to call everyone I see today a bastard (emphasis on the a, of course) but I am refraining since I would like to keep this job. :)

Gray jacket: NY & Co (b1g1 50% off $32, October 2009)
Top: Kohl's ($14ish, October 2009)
Black pull on pants: NY & Co ($20, October 2009)
Scarf: Ann Taylor Loft ($10, 2008)
Boots: VanEli via DSW ($30, October 2009)
Necklace: Ebay ($10, 2009)

Friday, November 6, 2009

between past and present tense...

Oh Fridays, how I love you.

D is being very nice and accompanying me to the Nine West store near us. They shipped me the wrong pair of shoes so I'm going to return them, and I have 2 other pairs that I'm returning as well. I ordered these shoes a couple weeks ago, and then they went on sale for an even better price. So I reordered them and need to return the first pair.

I have to say I'm slightly annoyed at the customer service for Nine West. The woman I spoke to wasn't very sympathetic about their company sending the wrong shoes (am I wrong in thinking she should be?) and I'd be very annoyed if I wasn't already going to the store to return a previous purchase. Not to mention, she said that I could reorder the shoes at the store I return the wrong shoes at, and I asked if she could just order them for me and she said they didn't have any in stock in their warehouse. But I just looked online, and they have the shoe in the right size and color. So I don't know if she was looking at the wrong thing or what. She ended up connecting me to some store in Chicago that had them, and after saying my cc # and address to the woman no less than 6 times (with her repeating it aloud-identify theft much?) she finally sent my order out. So, fingers crossed.

Sorry about the ranting. I guess I'm just annoyed because I love Nine West shoes so much.

Have a great weekend!

Sweater: Ann Taylor Loft ($27, October 2009)
Pants: Kohl's ($28, October 2009)
Shoes: Nine West Outlet ($20, July 2009)
Necklace: Ann Taylor Loft ($10, 2008)
Belt: From a dress

Thursday, November 5, 2009

the boys are too refined...(the hush sound)

Last night I went to a giant thrift store with a friend of mine and I didn't have much luck. But, I found a suit jacket for work that I paid a whopping $3.99 for.

I had a review with my supervisor today so I wanted to look presentable. Enter my awesome suede boots. I don't think they photograph very well, but I love them regardless. So comfortable! Thankfully they're so expensive I won't even entertain the thought of getting them in another color. :)

Top: Ann Taylor Outlet ($30, September 2009)
Gray tank: Target (2006)
Black pants: Old Navy (2008)
Gray suede shoes of awesome: DSW ($64, October 2009)
Necklace and earrings: Lia Sophia via Ebay (2008)
Circle bracelet: NY & Co ($6, October 2009)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

all I wanted was you...(paramore)

I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed by work at the moment, so I'm going to keep this short.

I love the long pendant I have on here. I bought a gold one at H+M and when I was in Wisconsin I saw it in silver and knew I had to have it.

Also, I never would have thought to layer this shirt under a dress until reading all of the fabulous fashion blogs out there. Now D's favorite shirt can live on! :)

Black dress: Old Navy ($20, Summer 2009)
Top: Ann Taylor Loft ($20, 2009)
Black leggings: Lane Bryant ($16 on sale with a coupon, September 2009)
Boots: Ann Taylor Loft (2008)
Round onyx necklace: Marc & Pearl (2008)
Long necklace: H+M ($9.95, October 2009)
Black belt: NY & Co ($13, 2009)