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Black & Tan

 

It’s been a crazy week, and I’m exhausted, it’s only Thursday?  I think you can tell from this picture how tired I am.  Oh well, not every picture or day can be our very best.  At least I felt good in this outfit – which is a sure way to brighten an otherwise dragging week!

I’m loving these pants I just got from Anne Taylor Loft.  They’re so retro and comfortable.  Dressy but don’t need dry cleaning.

The shirt I found at Marshalls a few years ago, I love the print and the unique color scheme – marigold, tan, and black with spots of peacock blue-green.  Sadly, the cut of it is so blousey that it makes me look like I’m slouching with no shoulders.  For this reason, even though it’s silk I’ve kicked it out of the VIP section of my closet and have relegated it to my work wardrobe.  This isn’t anything to be ashamed of, but it’s probably the shirts last stop before it hits Good Will in a few more years for someone else to slouch around in.

Cropped Black Pants, Ann Taylor Loft, ’11 See them here (I bought my a lot tighter than the model shows them because I hate baggy pants!)

Silk Blouse, Marshalls, ’07

Shoes, Nordstroms, ’06

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Modern Old Hollywood

This outfit got rave reviews by everyone at work.  Several people said, “You look so elegant, so old Hollywood!”  Everyone wanted to know what the occasion was, but I just smiled and nodded and graciously accepted their compliments.

The dress was so comfortable and flattering, it was much more body conscious than some long dresses can be.  The jersey (t-shirt) fabric kept it from being super dressy.

It was a beautiful day here, and spring may finally be in the air here in LA!

Dress – Max Azria via TJ Maxx, ’11

Shoes – BCBG via N Rack, ’11

Denim Jacket – H&M, ’10

Scarf – Street Market, Florence Italy, ’04

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Winter’s End

Well we can hope right?

This sweater with short sleeves is perfect for California winters!  I love this outfit.  It’s not only comfortable but also cute and really functional.

The boots are wonderful, and super comfortable with a spacious toe-box.  I can’t wear them every day (like my black lace-up boots) because of the color, but every time I don them, I get compliments wherever I go.  A lady at Trader Joe’s stopped me in the produce department to ask where I got them!  They were another Christmas present but my mom got them from Nordstrom’s and I looked this morning and they are still available.  (Although the sizing is very limited at this time.)

Short sleeved cowl neck sweater: Banana Republic, ’10

Cropped jeans: J Brand, via Anthropolie, ’09

Boots: Miz Mooz, via Nordstroms, ’10

Watch: Fossil, ’09

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Victorian Motorcross

30-30 couldn’t be over fast enough for me to get back out and do some shopping!  I realized that I really need more basics on the bottom.

I found these great motocross inspired jeggings.  They fit great but will need to have the waist taken in because they gap pretty badly.  Since the rest of the fit was great I went ahead and got them.  The nice Chinese lady down the street at the dry cleaners does a great tailoring job and she wowed me with my last pair of jeans that I took to her.

The sweater was a gift from my Mom.  She was sad that she’d almost missed the sweater season but since the weather has been crazy cold here lately I assured her I would still get use out of it.

It went so perfectly with the shirt I found on sale from Free People.  If you have one of these stores near you don’t be put off by the insanely hippie vibe.  I wouldn’t describe my style as boho at all, but every time I go in I find something that is unique and cute and once it’s on it strikes a nice balance of artsy and cool.

The shirt and sweater matched so well, both having the same plummy purple (the purple doesn’t really show up too well in the photos because it was such a gray day) and I loved how the sweater rose a bit in the back to show off the shirts little “train.”

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Sequins in the City

All my 30-30 clothes are in the hamper waiting to be washed.  And I will get around to that eventually.  It’s such a nice feeling to put them behind me for a bit.  I feel like my options are endless now!  It did really help to recalibrate my feeling of having nothing in my closet!

I took the day off to spend with my parents who were in town visiting.  A morning hike and a delicious breakfast and then wandering around the mall and dinner out on the town.  It was a very nice day.

My outfit transitioned from day to evening nicely with loose inspiration from Isabel Marant’s F/W ’10 show.  Sequin leggings aren’t really a viable option for most of us but I loved the cropped pants with pointy shoes.

You may recall that I also have this sequin shirt in navy, yes, I own two colors of the same shirt – hey they were on sale!)  You can’t really tell from the picture but they’re matte sequins which I liked.

Stud Purse from N Rack, ’11

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30-30 Day 27

I had to work today, an Oscar party at my office.  I normally don’t watch the Oscars, and could mostly care less about who wins what.  This is ironic given that I work in Hollywood in the oh-so-glamorous movie industry.  The only thing I really like is seeing the dresses and how people put things together.  I don’t have much occasion to wear floor length ball gowns but it is interesting how style choices made by stars and their stylists trickle down to us lowly masses.

I have to say I really loved the red dresses that appeared.  I’m predicting that red dresses will star showing up in every-day wear.  See all the dresses on MSN’s Entertainment page.

I decided to wear my red dress one last time this month.  But since I was running around managing the catering crew I needed to wear flats.  It looks a lot less dressy with the boots, but it’s functional so I guess that’s all you can hope for on a day when you’re running around.

I love this dress and I’m so glad I got it.  I think it will be a work-horse year-round, even though I’ll probably wear it out before I get tired of it – which usually happens with dresses from H&M.

 

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30-30 Day 26

I forgot to take a daytime picture so you get this lame indoor one with flash.  Oops!

It has been cold and rainy here and I didn’t feel like wearing heels on a day when the weather was so unpredictable.

I’ve never worn this dress with a blazer since I was worried that the ruffles around the neckline would get in the way but actually I think it worked well.

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30-30 Day 25

Pulling off my first fully duplicate look in 25 days.  I’m pretty proud of the fact that I haven’t worn the same thing twice (almost but not completely) in a month.

I love this sweater, it’s that loose weave “penniless glamour” look.  You can’t see it here very well, but it’s woven with army, black, tan and metallic gold threads.  I fell in love with it when I saw it but… sadly I’m not sure how long I’ll keep it.  It doesn’t keep its stretch which means the sleeves just hang and don’t stay pushed up because it’s cheap (Oh, Forever 21).

Well I still love the color, so I’m not sure it’s been a complete waste of $20 or whatever it was that it cost.

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30-30 Day 24

Almost over!!  Are you as excited for this exercise to be done as I am?!  Despite my boredom I tried to put together an outfit I’d really feel good in today.  Success!  I feel great and I love the color combination of plummy purple and light pink.  With just a few sequins thrown in for good measure!

I realized last week that I really only picked out two bottoms that I can wear to work day in and day out.  Two bottoms for 30 days is a little rough.  The other pair of jeans requires heels (can’t do that all day when I am on my feet) and the other skirts are great but too fancy or too eye-catching to work as neutrals.  Well I made it – despite my picking mistakes.

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30-30 Day 23

Only 5 days left!!!  Clearly I lacked inspiration today.  I was going to jazz it up by adding a hot pink scarf but ran out the door and totally forgot it.  Oh well, sometimes you have to just do simple.

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