Tuesday, January 31, 2012

a very Talbots Tuesday

Good afternoon everyone,

I got back from FL on Saturday and I took Monday off so I could catch up on everything I missed over the past week. The weather in FL was sunny and clear every day. It rained once, but I was taking a nap :) The weather here is in the 60's today so I decided to go bare-legged and show off my new Coach flats.

So let me take a moment to honor these shoes. They were a whopping 80% off at my mom's local DSW. I feel like they were molded just for my feet! And I couldn't say no to the shiny black patent color. So for $30 a pair of Coach flats became mine! We did some other shopping as well (too much, but it all fit in my suitcase for the return flight) and I got some great buys at the Talbots outlet and Ross. The south Florida Ross stores have such a huge selection of plus sizes! I dragged my mom to every location near her :) I got a Jones NY dress for $13 (originally $144), another for $40 (which I might return), and 2 dresses that were featured on Ideeli recently (both under $30). My mom kept asking why I needed so many dresses. Need, haha! She's funny.

I also want to mention that I sat out in the sun for 45 minutes and I'm now peeling. I went for a pedicure/eyebrow wax (in FL) and the woman was asking where I lived. When I told her up north she said "No wonder you're so pale! So see-through!" Lovely, right?

So how was your week? Are you ready for February? I'm not, but it's barreling towards us at a slightly alarming rate.

Happy Tuesday!

Floral top, skirt, necklace: Talbots
Flats: Coach via DSW
Red belt: NY & Co ($2.99!)

Thursday, January 19, 2012

a forest green dress

 Hey, remember this dress? Here it is in one of the solid colors! You know I can't resist a dress with pockets. In fact I forgot this had pockets until this afternoon and I was way too excited over my rediscovery. I find this dress a little hard to style because it runs big, and with the draping at the top I need something to accentuate my waist. I could try wearing a top under it but the dress is a jersey knit and it shows every single wrinkle and lump. Maybe I could do a button-down shirt just to vary it up a tad. Crazy, I know.

Also crazy (or just embarrassing)-I walked in to work with my dress tucked into my tights this morning (in the back, obviously. Fortunately I had on a long coat, but there was a moment of panic where I thought "SHIIIT have I taken off this coat at all between the house and work???" Lucky for me (and the rest of the population) the answer is no.

Happy Thursday everyone!

Cardigan and dress: Talbots
Boots: Nordstrom Rack (the brown ones this time!)
Earrings: Grandma's
Necklace: Old Ann Taylor
Belt: From another dress

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

houndstooth wednesday

If I had enough houndstooth in my wardrobe every day would be houndstooth day! I think it's my favorite print (followed closely by leopard, which I do have enough of to wear every day hehe). Added bonus-it never goes out of style.

What's your favorite print or pattern?

Unsolicited shoe update-This is the first time I've worn heels! My legs were really sore by the end of the day (and they're only about an inch high-the heels, not my legs) but I'll take it! :)

Happy Wednesday!

Coat: Old Navy
Cardigan: Old Navy
Pink sweater: Ann Taylor Loft
Skirt: Nordstrom Rack
Heels: Corso Como via Ebay
Earrings: JewelMint
Necklace: Gifted

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

passing through unconcious states...

Good afternoon ladies,

This dress was my original pick for the black and white theme last week but I traded it at the last minute. I ordered one size down but the top still tends to bunch up. I love the stripes though :)

It's hard for me to believe, but I leave for Ft. Lauderdale this Saturday and I have a million things to do before then. I'm completely torn on what to pack since my footwear is so limited (must be flat, comfortable, and able to withstand Florida temps) which means my go-to boots are out.

Speaking of boots, in an attempt to organize myself this weekend I went through all of my knee-high boots and tried them on to see if they still fit. I can't zipper most of them up even halfway. I'm pretty upset about it considering I've paid a lot of money to have most of my boots stretched over the past couple years. I guess my right calf is more swollen than I give it credit for. So I'm going to hang on to my favorites for at least a year (which is when my leg should be back to "normal") and sell the others. Boo hiss! I know there are far worse problems to have out, but it's just on my mind.

So how is your week going? Any news?

Happy Tuesday!

Cardigan: Gap
Dress: Eshakti
Boots: Nordstrom Rack
Necklace: Etsy
Bracelet: Gifted

Thursday, January 12, 2012

back to the jewel tones

Good afternoon everyone,

After Tuesday's EBEW Black and White theme and yesterday's (no photos) black top with jeans I wanted to get back to wearing colors. We had a big meeting today and I knew I would be talking in front of my peers so I wanted to wear something nice. This skirt was another of my great Talbots finds. :)

As you can see I also got a haircut. I asked my stylist to straighten it for me so I could sleep in a little longer for the following 2 mornings. When I wear my hair curly I have to wash it beforehand and it feels so great to get out of bed and just have to do some touch ups with the straightening iron. Hopefully I can make this last one more day :)

Happy Thursday!

Cardigan and top: Ann Taylor Loft
Skirt: Talbots (still available here)
Flats: DSW
Necklace: Gifted
Earrings: Nordstrom Rack

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

EBEW: Black & White

Good afternoon everyone,

Black and white is on today's agenda, thanks to Everybody, Everywhere. Go here to see how the other ladies styled their Cruella colors.


Did you have a nice weekend? I met up with a friend I haven't seen since this past summer and had a nice time catching up over dinner. We went to the Cheesecake Factory and even though we got there for a late brunch it was packed! And is it just me, or are their floors super slippery? No matter which Cheesecake Factory I go to, I slip around on their tiled floor. I refuse to admit that it might just be my mental instability :)

Happy Tuesday!

Dress: Merona via Ebay
Maroon tights
Boots: Nordstrom Rack
Necklace: JewelMint

Open cardigan: Fashion Bug
Peacock dress: NY & Co (years ago)
Boots: Nordstrom Rack (yes, I wear them almost daily)
Necklace: Etsy
Bracelet: Ann Taylor Loft

Friday, January 6, 2012


This outfit is pretty much a repeat of what I wore right before Christmas, but I didn't get any photos. I promise the red top hasn't been crooked all day, just for this photo op. The skirt and shirt are more great deals from Talbots and we've all seen these boots before :) I'm so tired I'm barely functioning, and I haven't even made it past lunch. Relaxing is on my weekend agenda.

Happy finally Friday!

Black open cardi: TJ Maxx
Red top: Talbots
Skirt: Talbots
Boots: Nordstrom Rack
Necklace: Gifted
Bracelet: Ann Taylor Loft

Thursday, January 5, 2012

chilly cheetah

It's a little embarrassing for me to admit, but I kinda dove off the deep end with Talbots. Recently they had a promotion that if you bought 3 sale items you got 60% off each item. Then I had an additional code that got me another 40% off. Add free shipping and they really got me. So I bought this beautiful cheetah dress for under $30 (originally 169!). It's still available here (but it's a little more expensive now).

Are you all shopped out from the holidays or are you finding good specials? I'm trying to reign in my spending (again, hah). Happy Thursday!

Cardigan: TJ Maxx
Dress: Talbots
Necklace: Talbots
Boots: Nordstrom Rack
Coat: Old Navy

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

hello 2012!

 It's tough for me to remember to write 2012 on everything. Each year I feel like I've just mastered the art of writing the correct year and then *bam*, switch again! So how was your NYE? We stayed in, someone fell asleep around 8:30pm and I stayed up to watch 30 Rock. I think I'm still on Season 4, hah. I'm going to call it a tradition (to watch 30 Rock on NYE) since I've been "catching up" for 3 years now. We don't have cable, and even if we did I wouldn't remember to keep up with the weekly schedule. I'm so thankful for Netflix :)

So a lot of people must have skipped work yesterday (the drive and parking were easier than normal) and I had on a totally rockin' outfit, but I lost my photographer. So it's like the outfit never happened, right? Right! Must wear it again...

Moving on to today's outfit-this is the other wool skirt I got from Talbot's. Again with the wrinkles, but with wool I guess that happens. And I wanted to switch out my flats for my often-worn black boots but I was too lazy to go back upstairs so my legs froze. It was 16 degrees out this morning! Brrrrrr!

Happy freezing Wednesday!

Purple cardi: Old Navy
Bird Top: Bloomingdales
Red skirt: Talbots
Flats: Kohl's
Necklace: JewelMint