Wednesday, June 29, 2011

I trick myself sometimes...

Good evening everyone,

Seeing as I only got about 4 hours of sleep last night, I have three things to note for today.

1) I'm loving these shoes. No break-in time, no rubbing, no blisters, and no tired feet. I even went out for happy hour after work and they didn't bother me once. They have wonderful padding on the foot bed and on the back where your heel hits the shoe. So nice...Good thing I ordered them in all three colors :) Added bonus-I could still walk in them after 2 margaritas.

2) I'm still loving this Ashley Stewart skirt. I always want to pair it with maroon, but I might go nuts and wear it with hot pink next time (maaaaybe).

3) In a desperate attempt to dislocate my hand from my hip while posing, I held on to my frozen yogurt. I foresee more props to keep it up.

Ok, it's past my bed time and tomorrow is going to be a long one. See you on the other side!

White cardigan: Old Navy
Maroon tank: Ann Taylor Loft
Skirt: Ashley Stewart
Shoes: Clarks Artisan "Domino Pip" via Lord & Taylor
Necklace: Gifted
Earrings: Nordstrom Rack
Frozen yogurt: Gifted :)

Monday, June 27, 2011

old favorites

Good evening everyone,

It's been a damn long day, and I knew that going into it. That's where my old favorite tee and (not as old) jeans come into play. Tomorrow will be better :)

Top: Ann Taylor Loft (Ebay)
Jeans: Calvin Klein
Necklace: Kohl's
Sandals: Clarks via Amazon

Friday, June 24, 2011

Since you've been gooooooooooooone

 Ya'll...I spent 3.5 hours at the hair salon on Wednesday night. I almost fell asleep! Thank goodness I ate something late in the afternoon. But was the 3.5 hours worth it? I'm still on the fence. We ended up doing highlights and lowlights to get my hair closer to the original color, and I guess I wasn't expecting it to come out so two-toned. It reminds me of Kelly Clarkson (which isn't bad, just...different). We all know change is hard for my little brain to handle :)

(that's Kelly, in case you forgot)
Also startling-my 3 year blog-o-versary! June 21 marked 3 2 years**, and I totally forgot. In fact, I forgot last year. At least I'm being consistent. So, happy three two years! Don't go back to the beginning posts. The photos are terrible. Grandma's pinky mauve room does NOT make for a good photo experience. And while we're being honest, I still have no idea how to take a proper mirror shot. If there is such a thing...

Now I'm just going to leave you with a bunch of photos, 'cause that's what this blog is all about. 

(I do in fact have a neck. Just not right here.)
Cardigan: Ann Taylor Loft
Tank: Macy's
Jeans: Calvin Klein via Ebay
Shoes: Naturalizer via 6pm
Necklace: Ideeli

**Apparently I threw an extra year in there. I started this in 2009!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

my last day as a faux red head

Good afternoon everyone,

The last two work days have been rather un-blogworthy as far as outfits go. I've been slacking and picking out my outfits in the morning (I usually try them out the night before) and I haven't been sleeping well. So I've been wearing jeans and tops because my brain is incapable of putting things together at 6am. That being said I'm trying to motivate myself a little more, so last night I pulled this maxi dress and decided to call it a Target day (all of today's outfit is from there). 

I'm also trying a new hair color tonight. I'm hoping to go back to my original color and possibly add some highlights. While I like having dark hair, I hate going once a month to get it colored. So keep your fingers crossed for me. Last time I tried going from dark to light hair I ended up with carrot orange! I'll have to dredge up the photos for your amusement someday.

Happy Wednesday!

Cardi: Target ($21, June 2009)
Black maxi dress: Target ($24.99, July 2009)
Sandals: Target ($18, May 2010)
Red Belt: Relic via Ebay ($15ish, October 2010)
Necklace: Gifted

Friday, June 17, 2011

the kindess of strangers

My boss just made a candy delivery-M&Ms all around! Today definitely needs some extra choco. 

Happy Friday!!

Yellow cardi: Ann Taylor Loft via Ebay ($19, June 2010)
Striped tank: Nordstrom ($25, June 2011)
Jeans: Calvin Klein via Ebay ($17, May 2011)
Sandals: Amazon ($20, August 2010)
Necklace: Gifted
Ring: QVC via Ebay (ages ago)
Nail polish: Zoya "Tallulah" (click here to see it)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

sketchy skirts

Good evening everyone!

My goodness this week has just flown along! One of my projects has a big due date tomorrow, and my coworker is going to be out of town so it's going to be a very busy final work day for me. I plan on wearing something comfortable (but then again, when do I not want to wear something comfy?)

Today's outfit actually wasn't too high on the comfort scale. I had to keep adjusting the belt to make sure it stayed between the shirt and the skirt. And my feet were killing me by the end of the day. But I really loved the colors. And I got a great compliment from one of my seldom-seen coworkers. She asked "Do you always look so nice?" I told her I don't look so nice before 9am. :)

(This was my "coyly look behind" attempt. So many of you bloggers have mastered it. I'll just keep trying.)
If you've been reading along recently you may have noticed that I've bought a few Ashley Stewart items lately. I had never shopped there before but when I saw this skirt I thought "hhmm I'll bookmark that!" Then the very next day they had a 50% off special, so I bought it along with 2 tanks. I'm very pleased so far. :)

Happy Thursday!

Top: Ann Taylor Loft ($8, May 2011)
Skirt: Ashley Stewart ($17 on sale, May 2011)
Belt: NY & Co
Shoes: T.J. Maxx ($40, I forget)
Necklace: Etsy

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

eat, sleep, shower, repeat

Good afternoon all,

This dress is one of my favorites, but sadly it has two flaws. First there's the pilling and fading, which I usually try to ignore. Then there's the scoop neck. It's so low (or the straps are too long) that my bra just hangs out. So my solution was to throw on a nice purple top and call it a day. I thought about taking up the straps, but the seam under the bust would hit me too high then. What do you all do about clothing that's too low cut? Tank tops as a layering piece? A really fancy bra to show off to your coworkers? Just kidding... :)

Happy Wednesday!

Purple top: Ann Taylor Loft ($8, May 2011)
Dress as a skirt: Old Navy ($20ish, May 2009)
Shoes: 6pm ($24, October 2009)
Necklace: Ann Taylor Loft ($19, May 2011)
Watch: Gift from Mom
Yellow belt: Taken from a dress (I bought the dress on ebay just for the belt!)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Laced with brilliant smiles and shining eyes...

 It's Everybody Everywhere lace day! I had a pretty tough time with this one. While Ssarching through my closet for anything lace related I realized that I don't have many work appropriate lace items (or much lace at all, really). I tried on at least 4 bottoms with this top and I just wasn't enthused. But I got a lot of compliments today, so something must have least on the outside :)

Go see how the other lovely bloggers styled their lace looks here!

So how about sharing what I've worn since last Friday and yesterday?



Happy Tuesday y'all!

Lace top: Kiyonna ($15 on clearance last year)
Yellow tank: Ashley Stewart
Jeans: Calvin Klein
Black flats: DSW

Floral top: Ann Taylor Outlet
Green tank: Ashley Stewart
Gray pants: Ann Taylor Loft
Sandals: Amazon

Leopard top: Bloomingdales
Jeans: Target
Bronze flats: DSW

Thursday, June 9, 2011

pinheads and poppies

Good evening everyone,

Are you all familiar with Hellraiser? It's a Cliver Barker book (and a series of films) that feature a creature called Pinhead. I've been calling today's top my Pinhead top because it reminds me of Mr. Pinhead. I mean, how could I resist a top that makes me think of a sadistic creature from another dimension? Did I mention he lives in a box? Anyway, there are quite a few Hellraiser movies and thanks to Netflix we've been working our way through them all. And if you have no idea what I'm going on about right now...



The more you know! :)

How about I end with a more pleasant image of my fabulous tote bag...

Happy Thursday!

White cardigan: Ann Taylor Loft
Pinhead tank: Nordstrom Rack ($14.97, June 2011)
Black crops: T.J. Maxx ($14.99, May 2011)
Necklace: Gifted
Shoes: DSW
Poppy bag: The Sak via ($40, May 2011)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

busy worker bee...

Good afternoon everyone,

I thought I'd take a cupcake break and give today's update. It's hot as ever so I dressed for comfort. I even said "screw belting it" because that's just another piece of fabric to deal with. Actually I lied-these shoes are terribly uncomfortable. But not in the "ugh I'm roasting" sense. They just feel like you're walking on concrete with zero give and bendability. But they're cute, right? Riiiight. I parked right next to my building (I would have parked in my building if I could have) and crabstepped my way to my office, where I promptly stuffed them under my desk. Do you all stash your uncomfortable/cute shoes during the day while you're at work?

Moving on to a more comfortable subject-cupcakes. Always cupcakes. These were waiting for me this morning courtesy of the best boyfriend around. And let's be honest, it was my breakfast and lunch. Because they really are that good. I ate some apples to even out the crap food intake, but really? I don't care. At least not today. :)

Happy damn-it's-only-Wednesday!

Cardigan: Ann Taylor Loft ($21, May 2011)
Dress: Target ($20, July 2010)
Yellow tank: Ashley Stewart ($6, June 2011)
Shoes: Ann Taylor Loft via Ebay ($7, September 2010)
Necklace: Gifted
Earrings: Stella & Dot via Ebay ($35, June 2010)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

you were unaware that diamonds came with debt...(meg & dia)

Good afternoon everyone,

How's your day going? Is anyone else sad that we're only on Tuesday of this week? It was another "ugh drag myself out of bed" morning.

So I have been wanting to wear my maxi dress as a maxi skirt, but I've had trouble finding a good top to pair with it. I'm not completely sold on the pattern of this ebay tank find, but it'll do for today. I can't even think about tomorrow though. I think it's supposed to feel like 103 or something. *grumble grumble*
On that note, Happy Tuesday!

Cardigan: Ann Taylor Loft ($21, May 2011)
Tank: Alfani via Ebay ($11, May 2011)
Black maxi dress: Target ($24.99, July 2009)
Sandals: Amazon ($20, August 2010)
Necklace: Ebay (forever ago)
Earrings: Jewelmint
Belt: NY & Co (2009)

Monday, June 6, 2011

everything in it's place.

 Hello Monday folks,

This was mentioned a long time ago, but I am a total sucker for anything peacock related. So when I saw this tank top at Nordstrom Rack I was all over it. I just wish it didn't wrinkle so easily.

How about a closer view?

And the hair (with the eternally fashionable oxygen tanks lingering in the background)...

What animal print do you all go for? The always in-style leopard? Stripey zebra?

White cardigan: Old Navy
Tank: Calvin Klein via Nordstrom Rack ($23, May 2011)
Pants: NY & Co
Wedges: Clarks "Malibu" via 6pm
Necklace: Gifted

Friday, June 3, 2011

school colors

 Good afternoon all,

It looks like two consecutive posts is my new routine, eh? Anyway, this Friday came way too fast but the day itself is dragging along. My coworker is out for the day so I have a shortened lunch break and too many things to catch up on.

Do you all have any plans for the weekend? I think we're going to have a picnic up in Frederick and hit up some of the local stores. Hopefully the weather will stay nice. 

Happy Friday!

Green cardigan: New York and Company (2009)
Yellow tank: Old Navy ($15, May 2011)
Jeans: Ann Taylor Loft (<$30, 2009)
Sandals: Target ($18 on sale, April 2011)
Necklace: Jewelmint (April 2011)
Earrings: Etsy ($8.80, January 2011)

Thursday, June 2, 2011

the back of my neck is very happy...

 Good afternoon everyone!

Believe it or not I've been taking photos, but I forget to transfer them from my home computer to my flash drive.Today however, we have evidence in hand! Not to mention a surprise haircut! But before I get into it-how was everyone's long weekend? I caught up on a lot of sleep. I was very well rested by the time Tuesday came around :)

Do you all remain "faithful" to one hair salon? I've been bouncing around since I moved up here, and I've never really been happy with where I've gone (not to mention the outrageous DC/MD salon prices). So when Groupon offered a deal at a nearby hair salon I figured I would go ahead and try it. Right after I bought the Groupon I found a different wonderful salon, and I've been debating about what to do with the Groupon ever since. Should I use it and just go to the different hair stylist, and then pretend like nothing happened when I go in to the other salon later this month? Or just lose out and let the Groupon expire? Well, obviously I used it, and in the process I think I may have found a new favorite salon. 

Anyway, I told the woman that I have always wanted a bob, but I don't like having short hair and she said I should go ahead and go for it (well, not a true bob, but short hair). Which I did, and I love it! I feel so much cooler without hair on the back of my neck! Next step-shaved head! Ok, not really. but I'm super happy :)

Who knew I could drone on and on about a silly haircut? Let's get on to outfit details:

Cardigan: Target ($7.49, May 2009)
Brown polka dot dress: Target ($6, October 2009)
Purple tank: Lane Bryant ($10, May 2011)
Gold leaf belt: Coldwater Creek ($17, January 2011)
Shoes: 6pm ($40, May 2011)
Necklace: Ann Taylor (years ago)