Friday, April 26, 2013

Power Lunches

Lunch is the theme of the day.  Karen goes casual with her downtown buddy, Paloma goes spiffy and schmoozin' with her new co-workers...

Paloma says...

So, bummer that it's Friday and I had to dress in business attire, but awesome because it was so I could go to a NAWBO-LA (that's National Association of Woman Business Owners Los Angeles) awards luncheon at the JW Marriott here in downtown LA.  I got to schmooze and eat my afternoon away, and even got a gift bag.  It was easy breezy and I felt like such a grown up.

Anyway, I need to say a word about this top from The Limited, because I love it and want it in more colors.  I think The Limited always carries it, just in varying colors. It's such a good work shirt for under suits and cardigans when you need to look pulled together but don't want to wear a collared shirt (I steer clear generally because I think they are so uncomfortable!).  Bonus - if you hang this top to dry, you shouldn't have to iron it.

OK, that's my sales pitch for the day. On to the weekend!

I am wearing...

The Limited Basic Layering Top in royal blue
J.Crew double serge wool pencil skirt in charcoal gray
Jones New York peep toe black pumps

Forever 21 bib neckace

Karen says...

Lunch with a lovely ex-boyfriend today.  A really cool one that is now a bestie.  I bought him a belated birthday lunch at Bar + Kitchen; he took iPhone photos of me all over downtown on command.  Fair trade.

This is ripped from a Pinterest look I'm obsessed with - essentially the baggy tan sweater with a slim charcoal miniskirt.  I won't link it here because... I really don't do it justice.  But I did a side by side comparison this morning in the mirror and realized that the pieces I had were practically identical.  Amazing how much a model makes a difference.  Sad face.

That said, I do like the color combination, because it's all unexpected but in the same family.  This sweater has become a cozy fave that I just throw on over anything - minidresses, maxi skirts, a pair of jeans.  It's the best $17.90 I ever spent at Forever 21.  Or anywhere.

Conflicted about my new balayage do.  It is straight-up blonde at the bottom.  As far as ombre goes, you cannot get any more expert than the gradient he created here.  But not sure I want to go absolutely blonde all the way through... I am Asian, if you've noticed.  But I suppose in time, it will be perfectly fixed when I'm ready for another trim.

Finally - these shoes - they are clunky, bold, and aggressive, and I love them!  I am convinced that every outfit is best showcased with sky-high platform sandals in black.  Seriously.

I am wearing...

Forever 21 baggy knit sweater
Only Hearts metallic tank
H&M charcoal mini-skirt
Topshop platform sandals in black and dark brown

Mulberry Bayswater Satchel in Oak
Dita sunglasses

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