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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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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 20

Gone for the weekend, so packing light.   Didn’t realize how cold the weather was going to be, so spent most of the weekend in the black blazer and scarf.  I think this white shirt may be the 30-30 winner for most used item!

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30-30 Day 14: Happy V-Day!

Valentine’s Day gets such a bad rap.  But I like it.  Sure, it’s fake, it’s cheesy but really, love is nothing if not a giant cliché!  Plus winter needs as many little sunny spots as it can gather (I say that remembering how dreary winter can be in the Northern states).  Who doesn’t need as much love as they can have in life?  And who I ask doesn’t love red, pink and white?!  Me for one!

In my mind I had thought about wearing this red dress (also worn here) over the top of the white shirt.  Haven’t you seen a mannequin or two wearing something similar?  On plastic perfection it looks cool and creative.  It was really a no go for in real life.  It looked like I was trying to be sexy with a strap-less dress but then got scared and added a shirt underneath.  But I wanted to wearing the dress, so instead I wore it underneath!

Haven’t you seen those blurbs about going from work to date?  Viola!  I’m evening ready, all I have to do is take off the shirt!  Unfortunately I don’t have exciting evening plans – it’s too crowded anyway – but I love how I get another red pencil skirt out of this dress!

Belt is from Nordstrom Rack, ’10

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30-30 Day 11

When I looked in my closet this morning I was for the first time feeling a little doubtful about being locked into these 30 pieces.  But when the going gets tough, the tough get creative.  I never would have mixed this top with this skirt, but necessity is a great thing.  Turns out, I love this mix!

I bought this skirt last fall at Forever 21 after being inspired by the great brocade looks from the Fall 2010 Balmain show (see pic at bottom of post) – see some more pictures of it here.   I love that it’s a little bit rock and roll and a little Louis XIV.  Brocade has nice memories for me, since my first “sexy grown-up” dress was a blue and tan brocade mini sheath (I wish I had a picture of it!).  I felt like a million dollars in that dress.

The belt is from Nordstrom Rack, ’09

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30-30 Day 4.5 – 5

I went into H&M last month with the express intent of buying a birthday dress.  They had some nice options but I wasn’t sure.  My friend helped with opinions and we both decided we liked this bright red sweet heart one.  (Thanks Kim!)  I saved it all month – it was a little difficult – and finally got to wear it this weekend.

I cheated a little and wore it both to my birthday dinner party on Friday night and to church the next morning.  But nobody saw me twice so – no harm done.  It’s a pretty bright red dress, but with the cardigan I think it’s classy.  A middle aged lady wearing a beautiful red and black plaid taffeta shirt came over and said,

“Wow, I’m glad somebody else is wearing red!  I still hear my mom’s voice in my head saying, ‘Never wear red to church!’    But you wearing that dress makes me feel a lot better!”

I told her not to worry because I loved her shirt and that she looked great in it.

Isn’t it funny how we hear our mother’s voice and opinions well into our adulthood?  I can still think of things I mom has told me that stuck irrationally into my head.

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