I got this shirt from a lady at work who said that she loved it but every time she put it on she just couldn’t see herself wearing it out of the house. After seeing me bedecked in some other sequin item she brought it to me, “You’ll love this” she promised. And I do!
It’s a cashmere tank top with sequin panels on the front. It’s crazy shiny and wearing it alone might blind someone if I stand in the sun at the wrong angle, but worn as a layer it works wonderfully.
The loose weave knit of the light sweater (can’t see it in the drawing) as the top layer let’s the sequins poke through from underneath and isn’t too heavy.
I’m squeezing the last life out of my multi-print leopard flats. This may have been the last day I wore them since they’re officially falling apart. I’m sad, but at least they got some happy wearing out of them!
For some reason sequins seem very winter to me, maybe icy and a little harsh. It is probably something I’ll phase out for the summer months, but this made a great transitional outfit.
Black Sweater: TJ Maxx, ’11
Sequin Tank: c/o co-worker, BCBG Max Azria, ’11
Jeans: J Brand via Anthro, ’09
Shoes: Nine West via TJ Maxx, ’10
Though I don’t live on the East Coast, or consider my style very preppy, or happen to be wearing this as I tramp down an autumn leaf strewn country lane, this look really hits all those notes.
I decided to bust out this blazer one last time before I packed it away for the summer. Unlike the flat drawing, it is a purpley burgundy (like the photo) corduroy. This fabric is interesting because it almost seems to shimmer as you move because the under color is lighter orangey burgundy (like the drawing). And it has elbow patches! Elbow patches! How very professorish of me!
I wore it with the teal sweater and not finding any necklace that really worked I decided on this scarf, which happened to have almost the same color teal in it. I am secretly happy when something matches so well.
This outfit is a completely new combination of pieces and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. Isn’t it funny how you can have pieces in your closet for year and never think about wearing them together?
Shirt/Light Sweater: Martin & Osa, ’09
Blazer: Express, ’05
Jeans: Guess by Marciano, ’10
Boots: Gifted, ’07
Scarf: Gifted, H&M, ’09
After wearing the same 30 pieces (and really it was more like 15) during my 30-30 challenge I feel like those pieces are old friends after such an intimate acquaintance. These are the pieces I turn to when I’m in a hurry and fresh out of ideas, and in a huge rush.
Work has been really busy lately and my usual ETA at 7:30 has been pushed back to 7am just to keep up. This means that when I roll out of bed I’m still half asleep and putting together a creative outfit has to be quick. I wish I’d added a pop of color to this outfit but it was simple and I felt classy and that’s sometimes the best you can ask for on a harried morning.
As you can see the weather today was beautiful, still cool at about 65F, but I love that.
Thanks MN for taking the pic!
Shirt: Express, ’09
Blazer: Express, ’02?
Jeans: Guess Marciano, ’10
Boots: Rockport, ’10
Filed under Spring, Winter
I woke up this morning and it was incredibly dreary out. Cold and gray and having rained the night before, wet. What is this weather? The end of March and it’s still cool and gross. Okay, I’ll stop complaining as I know most of you reading this are just beginning to see the first signs of spring and here I am wanting full-blown summer.
I decided boots and jeans were in order and threw on a coat as I walked out the door. Of course the day I wear a coat it turns sunny and warm by mid afternoon.
Grey Military Coat (no drawing): H&M, ’09
Periwinkle Shirt: Limited, ’10
Cropped Jeans: J Brand, ’09
Boots: Rockport, ’10
Scarf: Pier 1 Imports (Yes, I know, it’s a strange place to buy clothes but I had a gift certificate I needed to use up.)
Filed under Spring, Winter
We’ve been having the weirdest weather here in LA. Usually (I say usually like I’ve lived here my whole life and not just three years) by March the rain has stopped, but it just keeps on coming on! Sunday was a torrential downpour, it rained harder than I’ve ever seen. All. Day. Long.
But I forget that rain is a spring occurrence in the rest of North America, and not something relegated solely to winter. And it will keep things green here a little bit longer, before the summer turns the hills to a crisp.
This jacket is perfect for spring, and since we don’t have a long spring, I usually forget about it. I usually don’t get a chance to wear many of my jackets, which is sad because I love coats. I unpack them every year and usually wear a few of them once and pack them right back up a few months later.
Jacket – Express, ’07 (Every so often I find these things at Express that look nothing like the Express most of us know – college girl club clothes.)
Jeans – J Brand, via Anthropologie, ’09
Tank – H&M (no drawing, since you know what a wife beater looks like)
Shoes – Miz Mooz via Nordstroms, ’10 (so comfortable!)
Necklace with amethyst and gold beads – castoff from friend (who says every time she sees me wearing it she wonders how she could never pull it off.)
This outfit is very casual, but sometimes you need something easy.
One of the nice things about my job is that it’s as casual or dressy as I choose. Generally I try to strike a nice balance and not wear clothes that would be ruined by a coffee pot dumping on me, or a crate from Costco getting me dirty (think white pants – though I love all the white jeans popping up all over). Depending on my ever changing schedule I can adjust my outfits. If it’s a really busy day with lots of deliveries and organizing then I wear something easy like this. If I have meetings and know I’ll be meeting with clients I can dress it up.
Occasionally I walk into stores selling pretty office clothes and wish I could wear fancy heels on a daily basis. But what I don’t gain from the extra height (like I really need it anyway!) I get by not having to constantly sit. I’m up and about and running around all day long – and that’s a nice perk.
And for running around nothing beats these little leather driving moccasins. The raw leather stretched out just perfectly and are now soft and supple. I think they’re such a classic preppy look. While I’m not that preppy, I do enjoy the occasional piece that reminds me of my life on the east coast a long long time ago.
Boat Neck shirt: H&M, ’09
Cropped Jeans: J Brand via Antrhopologie Sale, ’09
Driving Moccasins: Bass Outlets, ’09
As much as we all hate daylight saving time, I have to say, the change of more light in the evenings really has spring pulsing through my veins!
I once saw a woman working in a train station in Toulouse, France, she was wearing skinny black jeans, and a uniform shirt similar to this, with short puffy sleeves. She had the collar popped and was wearing a classy scarf (those French women and their scarves!). I wish I’d taken a picture of her, but the image of her dressing up her otherwise boring train uniform has stayed with me.
I’ve switched her scarf for a colorful wooden beaded belt. It was a steal at $12 from Wet Seal. Although I’m afraid one day the elastic will die and the wooden beads will go skittering around the floor, to great embarrassment. Well, until then, I’m enjoying this find that looks very well-traveled – as if I found it languishing in a market stall in Bali.
Chevron Black and White shirt: Express, ’07
Cropped Jeans: J Brand, ’09
Belt: Wet Seal, ’10
Shoes: BCBG via N Rack, ’11
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
Filed under Shoes, Winter
The challenge is finally over. My friend V-Ron (she also is kind enough to take all my pictures) said that doing just 28 days is cheating since it is called thirty for THIRTY. But I assured her I was done. There were a few days where I wore more than one outfit and from a practical standpoint, I have no more clean clothes! In fact, I’m wearing a non approved black shirt under the sweater. I purposefully hid it, so that I could cheat, but I’m telling you anyway so….
It was a good month! I can’t believe I made it all the way through. It was an amazing amount of variety, though it was a pain to do laundry so much more frequently. I put together some outfits I wouldn’t have normally worn and learned what I could really use more of – basic bottoms!
Threw this on, it was warm and I was really tired of wearing the blazer. This is all black, I’ve gotten in a black rut as the 30-30 ends. It also doesn’t help that the weather was cold and rainy, and there seemed to be a lack of color everywhere! Added the belt (Betsey Johnson via N Rack, ’09) for a dash of something interesting. The shoes also keep it a little more peppy since they’re very colorful.