Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A Study in Slacks

Today was Lawyer 101, appropriate looks for inside the courtroom and office.  And trading out our pencil skirts for basic slacks, like a good lawyer should.

Suit: Theory / Top: Zara / Shoes: The Limited

Karen says...

This outfit is standard issue lawyer.  It's timeless, really.  And by that, I mean that the top and the suit are from 2007.  In fact, with the exception of the shoes, I probably started wearing this exact ensemble in 2007.  This is the quality of the Theory suit: always a good investment, always flattering, fitted cuts that can stay in your closet for years or come back into play.

In reality, this is how I should look every day.  But what fun is that?

Tank: The Limited / Cardigan: Mossimo x Target / Pants: Express / Shoes: Mossimo x Target
Earrings: J.Crew Factory

Paloma says...

Boy, I am a terrible blogger when I'm busy.  I guess I will just have to rely on Karen to have something interesting to say.

Love this polka dot top, and love the turquoise studs with the red cardigan - an unexpected combo that somehow just works.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Double Duty

Another day of furious activity!  

Top: Express / Skirt: Kohls / Shoes: Calvin Klein via DSW / Necklace: Target

Paloma says...

All I have time to say today is that this outfit is comfortable.  Til tomorrow!

Dress: xhilaration / Boots: Vince Camuto / Tote: Madewell / Sunglasses: Vintage Christian Dior

Karen says...

I didn't think I'd get a photo in today, but a series of events occurring over two hours completely changed the course of the day.  I spent all day whipping up a motion to be presented in court tomorrow.  Round 3:30, my friend Cyn asked if I could make a 5:30 casting call.  Now, I am not successful in this arena by any means - but maybe once a year, they're looking for "thirtysomething lawyers" or "Asian with long hair" or whatever, and it's a fit for submission.  Problem was, I didn't have any casual clothes.  So, as I was putting the finishing touches on my no doubt brilliant motion, the plans for the rest of the evening started taking shape.

Motion done.  Cue Target.  Found this dress in under 10 minutes, sort of fell in love with it for the whimsical Carrie-Marilyn aspect.  $25 a steal.  Chambray shirt and slouchy boots in the trunk?  Check.  Casual outfit, done.  Take surface streets to West Hollywood, done.  30 minutes at the call, check.  Chat with college friend who is also at the call because he fits the bill (it was a Chinese thing, apparently).  As I'm only a couple of blocks away from Cyn, I head over to her place, where we can debrief about the call, and this NYU photography major can snap these shots for me.

There really is a little something extra here - it took 3 minutes to get these shots, a bit of her finding the right background, giving specific instructions, finding the right angles, click, click, click.

So, this outfit is a cheat.  I didn't wear it to work.  But you know, it was just stuff you saw before.  Haha.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Cheap Nudes

It's not what you think.

Today is a small ode to our inexpensive nude pumps, ever the working girl's go-to.

Top: GAP / Pants: Just U.S.A. / Shoes: The Limited / Bag: Madewell

Karen says...

Monday.  Not ready for you.  None of us are.  Not me, as shown in this photo, and not my co-worker, who was coaxed out of his office to snap this in the hurriest of hurries.  

Thoughts on the outfit.  Should stop using this casual tote for work, even if I love it so much.  Thought these were my black skinny pants, but actually they're my black jeans.  The whole outfit is rather casual, actually.  But still love the sky-high patent leather nude pumps that can make even pajamas look alright.

Tiny faux pearls: Heavenly Couture
"ciao bella": Urban Outfitters

Love layering two necklaces, which sometimes works, sometimes doesn't.  The "ciao bella" came with some other Urban Outfitters items I snagged.  With the $4.99 necklace, I got free shipping.

Last thought.  That which I can't fix on a sleep-deprived face, dark eyeliner and/or dark lipstick usually can.

Cardigan: The Limited / Tank: Old Navy / Skirt: Merona x Target / Shoes: Mossimo x Target
Earrings (not visible): delicate handmade gold hoops (bridesmaid gift)

Paloma says...

Here's the thing (or three) about my "nude" shoes: they literally go with everything, they make my legs look longer, and they are ridiculously comfortable.  Oh yeah, and at $30 they were a virtual steal. 

It follows, therefore, that I want to wear these shoes every day.  I rest my case.

(Sorry, too much lawyering going on today, apparently).

Friday, July 26, 2013

Casual Statements

Friday and back to our old stomp!  Hard to tell, but this is yet another undiscovered corner of the 7thatFig Target.

Shirt: Old Navy / Cardigan: Martin + Osa (RIP) / Jeans: 7 For All Mankind / Shoes: Nine West
Necklace: Some random Etsy shop

Paloma says...

Nothing like a bright yellow necklace to beef up an ordinary jeans and white shirt ensemble.  These bubble necklaces came around a few years ago, when they were introduced by J.Crew, and I wanted one so badly I could hardly stand it.  Too bad they were upwards of $100 and I just could not justify spending that much on a necklace.  Fast forward to today and you can find a near-exact knockoff of the necklace in every color of the rainbow for under $20.  (Seriously - search "Bubble Necklace" on eBay.)  So, budget-loving me finally bought one in this bright canary yellow.  Unfortunately, now I kind of feel like they are played out.  Le sigh.  That's what happens when you're a cheap bastard and can't hop on a trend until its been knocked off.

Dress: Piko 1988 / Jacket: Heavenly Couture / Shoes: Nine West / Necklace: J.Crew Factory / Tote: Madewell

Karen says...

We were delighted to see that we were both rocking the big necklace today.  It helps having themes, you know.  I wanted to take advantage of casual Friday but once again had an unusual number of meetings, and this outfit is something in between.

Piko 1988 is pretty much my favorite cheap-o brand.  I always find it at my favorite Soho guilty pleasure, Necessary Clothing, so anytime I find it on the racks of my go-to cheap boutiques, I am intrigued.  In this case, I found this striped shirt dress at Rimo, the only store of its kind on Sawtelle stuffed between all those great Asian restaurants.

And of course, the flip side of yesterday's Madewell tote.  I'm such a sucker for totes!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Coffee Anyone

Getting very literal today on our coffee break!

T-shirt: Madewell / Skirt: ASOS / Shoes: Michael Kors / Tote: Madewell (similar)
Karen says...

To me, this outfit is 100% Paloma-inspired.  She is the mistress of pairing tees as suiting separates, so this is probably the first time I've tried wearing a t-shirt as part of a "work" outfit.  Second, the skirt is Paloma-approved, something I've been eyeing for some time, but pulled the trigger on only after she confirmed that she had flagged the same one.  I reversed the bag (yesterday's Madewell purchase) to its stripey side because of Paloma's fondness for stripes + florals.  To top it all off, during our coffee break today she said she's also been looking for a new pair of black peeptoes.  Complete!

Really no surprise, picking up plenty of good habits here from my friend.  I'm having a lot of fun wearing this outfit today, even if it requires standing absolutely straight at all times so no lumps show on this ultra-tight skirt.  I could definitely use a couple of inches to work this skirt, but I'm just happy it fits.

Another note - love Paloma's outfit today.  The cognac and grey; the subtle way the shoes, sunglasses, and tote all go together.  So glad we were able to get proper pictures today!

Top: Urban Outfitters / Skirt: Banana Republic / Shoes: Banana Republic 
Tote: Coach Legacy / Sunglasses: Fred Flare / Watch: Citizen Eco-Drive

Paloma says...

This morning, my daughter was sitting on the bed watching me get dressed.  When I put on this shirt, she said, "That's a cute little shirt, Mom."  At first I was like "what about this shirt is little?" and then realized that I probably always refer to her clothes as "little" because, well, they are.  So she's just mimicking me in her compliment-doling.  Either way, if it's good enough for my three-year-old, it's good enough for me.

In other news, I just realized that I have worn something from Urban Outfitters virtually every day this week... weird.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Patent Pumps, Two Ways

Paloma is dressed for an in-office day, Karen is dressed to meet and greet clients and attorneys in all parts of town... just another Thursday in patent leather shoes.

Top: Urban Outfitters / Pants: The Limited / Pumps: Target "Pearce" / Necklace: Forever 21

Paloma says...

Boring and comfy is the name of the game when your ass is going to be a chair for 9+ hours.  I took awhile to get on the skinny pants train, particularly when it came to work pants.  (I think I just couldn't get the idea of a traditional dress trouser out of my head.)  Anyway, now I just feel so much more classy and pulled together when I am wearing slim pants!  It doesn't hurt that these pants (The Limited's Exact Stretch line) are stretchy and comfy as hell.  Have I mentioned yet that I love The Limited recently? They literally always have a huge sale going on so you can get things for a steal, and they really have great work wear stuff. 

Cardigan: Charlotte Tarantola / Skirt: Joie / Patent Leather Pumps: Michael Kors / Bracelet: Target

Karen says...

Whaddaday.  Pretty much want to pass out right now.  I started the day meeting a client in Venice, having coffee and croissant with my managing partner, back downtown to meet with co-counsel, back to the office to make another client meeting, then on to Culver City for two witness meetings.  All talking, all different cases, all different types of meetings.  I didn't give much thought to my outfit this morning except, keep it black, keep it nice, keep it comfy.  I would much rather be in the office like Paloma, because I have some major paperwork to get to... but hey, clients need attention, too.

For those Westside seasoned shoppers, this is obviously none other than the dressing room at Madewell Century City.  When the day ended, I was famished (no food) and dispirited (no fun), so I headed for the mall.  I also had something to exchange at Michael Kors, so a little retail therapy was in order.  I wore the "York" peeptoe patent leather pumps right out of the store, and then snapped this while picking up a tee and the floral canvas bag (pictured) at Madewell.  What tickles me most about this photo is how the vertical stripes of the drape is slimming to my legs.  That's a satisfactory end to the longest day ever.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Art of the Lunch Date

Today was two weeks and forty emails in the making - the co-worker's belated birthday lunch at Bar Ama.  Having three different versions of fried corn with cheese can't be beat, even if there's light heartburn to pay.

This is across the street from Hotel Barclay, where rates are written to be $1.00 a night.

Dress: The Limited Outback Red / Belt: Cole Haan / Shoes: J.Crew
Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters / Clutch: Vintage / Pearls: Principessa Venice

Karen says...

By Paloma's suggestion, I decided to cinch this dress today with a belt.  This is the same dress from another co-worker lunch last month.  Later on in the day, I threw a navy jacket over it for a client meeting.  I wanted to wear some other fun combinations this week, but all are in that valley of "office-appropriate and cute but NSF-client meetings or court."  This dress is perfect for work (meeting) and play (lunch).

Went through some of our photos from the year, and am both horrified and delighted by some of the outfits.  Some weren't worth cataloguing, and others made me think, "How come I don't wear that more often?"  We agreed today that, as difficult as it's becoming documenting our outfits every day, it is an interesting personal experiment.  It also keeps us accountable, and is a great motivator to stay on top of things like Pinterest, Pose, and fashion blogs in general.

This was a fun part of downtown; wish we could have caught more of it, but group lunches in and of themselves are such a luxury.

Top: Urban Outfitters / Skirt: J.Crew Factory / Shoes: Jessica Simpson / Necklace: Forever 21
Takeout Bag: Bar Ama

Paloma says...

Nothing like a red skirt to put the pep back in your step! (Fashion-wise, at least).  That, and a lovely leisurely lunch with (former) co-workers.

Today we lunched in the more hip/artsy/fashionable part of DTLA, which meant our impromptu sidewalk photo shoot was far less unusual to passers-by.  I highly doubt we are the only fashion bloggers wandering those streets.  I think Karen and I were both a bit bummed that our lunch companions were in a rush to get back to work, as we would have liked to troll around awhile looking for new photo locations.  Anyway...

The skirt is the last of my four recent J.Crew Factory purchases. I honestly can't believe there was ever a time when bright colored pencil skirts weren't a part of the work wear universe. They just make every outfit better!

Monday, July 22, 2013


No more drapey vests and babydoll tanks, it's back to business.

Tank: Urban Outfitters / Cardigan: J.Crew / Pants: GAP / Shoes: Nine West

Paloma says...

Well, whaddya know?  Another pic of me standing in front of my desk.  Bo-ring.  Anyway, I actually like my outfit today because, well, I'm not wearing a pencil skirt yet again.  I never wear this tank top for some reason and was actually this close to throwing it in the Goodwill pile but, for some reason, decided to give it one last shot.  Think it has been resurrected.

Earrings: J.Crew Factory

Top: Soft Joie / Skirt: J.Crew Super 120s / Shoes: Sole Society (on sale, of course) / Clutch: Vintage

Karen says...

One final top from the Current/Elliott and Joie sample sale from a few weeks back that I hadn't rolled out yet.  It feels exhausting keeping inventory of my clothes, and even more exhausting thinking up cute outfits for the individually cute finds.  We've been discussing the direction of our outfit inspirations - it seems to be fading with the persistent need to wear something different, something better.  In a way, we miss the days of wearing reliable repeats that just worked in their uncomplicated but still cute ways.

Still, I often am grateful for this blog project, objectiveless as it may seem, because it is still a wonderful creative outlet.  Any lawyer, male or female, can attest to the fact that this job inspires an identity.  Wearing suits, for instance, take on new interest because it makes you part of the profession.  For me, by that same token, trying to dress fashionably "for a lawyer" is an amusing challenge, but makes the lawyer part more fun, as well.

That said, this outfit is missing the jacket I wore this morning to court.  Ah, Monday.

Necklace: Heavenly Couture

Friday, July 19, 2013

Yippie Chic

It's a true hippie + yuppie moment with drape vests and embroidered babydoll tanks.  Friday's here and we're feeling free as birds.

Racerback Tank: Splendid / Drape Vest: Ecote x Urban Outfitters / Jeans: H&M / Shoes: Topshop
Tote: Banana Republic

Karen says...

I had been looking forward all week to today, to dress comfortably and to feel good just wearing what I wanted to wear.  So of course this becomes one of those days where a partner calls thirty minutes before lunch to ask if I can accompany him to lunch with a potential client.  "I'm in jeans," I warn him.  "So am I," he says.  "Do you look nice?" he asks.  "I guess," I say.

When I finally present myself, he decides, "You look nice..." as if he's not really sure about it.  And I say, "I look like I'm going to Coachella!"  And he laughs.  So I think he agrees, but we'll just roll with it.

Anyway, at our office, we see far worse... after all, I'm not the only person at the office who started cleaning out the Target the moment it opened.

Cardigan: The Limited / Tank: Anthropologie / Pants: Zara / Shoes: Nine West / Wallet: Hobo

Paloma says...

FRIDAY!  How I love you.  No only because I love wearing stretchy red pants, but also because I love knowing that tomorrow I won't have to get up at 6:00 a.m. to get to work, but instead I will wake up at 7:00 a.m. to get to swim lessons for the kids!  (Yes, folks, 7:00 a.m. is a luxury when you have a one-year-old and a three-year-old).  After the funk I've been in this week, I am very much looking forward to starting fresh on Monday, hopefully with a cute outfit.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Summer Standards

It's a steady 82 with moderate to high humidity, day in, day out, the setting for bright pinks and white tanks.  Today is a twofer with the reflection of the photographer in there, to boot.

Cardigan: H&M / Camisole: Old Navy / Skirt: J.Crew / Shoes: Nine West / Necklace: Target

Paloma says...

Boring outfit week continues!  I truly have had zero interest in my clothes this week.  In fact, if I didn't have this blog I probably would have worn basically the same thing every day. Preferably sweatpants, but don't think I could have gotten away with that at work.

Just nothing to say about this outfit - tweed skirt and a pink cardigan.  Ho-hum.  At least it's not a selfie today!  It's the little things.

Tank: Forever 21 / Pants: ASOS / Shoes: The Limited / Clutch: Clare Vivier / Necklace: Heavenly Couture

Karen says...

Had to keep it simple today for a client meeting, which was this ensemble topped with my Beyond Vintage lace-sleeved cardigan.  By afternoon, the humid heat set in and it felt oh-so-liberating to roam the working world in a racerback tank.

Of course, this outfit bears a strong resemblance to last week's, but that's unavoidable with these pants which  require the loose tuck-in.

I am so excited for Friday.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

In A Hurry

This little vanity project is a labor of dogged consistency.  Take, for example, our willingness to be photographed under any circumstance, whatever the hurry.

Camisole: LOFT / Jacket: Timing x Heavenly Couture / Skirt: Banana Republic / Shoes: Sole Society

Karen says...

Once again, a hasty shot as my photographer was running to his (new) car.  I was OK with this until I saw it photographed.  Then I was like, hm, why did I do this?  Without the jacket, the outfit makes more sense because it's just some brights thrown together.  The top has some neon yellow stripes with beige.  

Anyway, nice to see that the shoes match the 80's-era tile and finishes in this office courtyard.

Blouse: Old Navy / Skirt: The Limited / Shoes: Sole Society / Earrings: Macy's

Paloma says...

So this picture is not particularly flattering but I was just so excited that I was able to snap a selfie in the elevator at my office building that I had to use it.  Apparently I am easily amused.  Too bad there wasn't enough time in my journey from the lobby to the 24th floor to do any re-shoots.

Once again, busy week means trusty basics and standbys.  A pencil skirt and a blouse; black and white and red... these combos never fail me.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Reliable Stand-bys

Reaching for stand-bys on a blink-and-you'll-miss-it Tuesday.

Top: Forever 21 / Skirt: J.Crew Factory / Pumps: Jones New York / Necklace: Forever 21

Paloma says...

Another busy day with an easy outfit.  This striped tee is becoming my absolute favorite item in my closet.  I seriously reach for it every day and have to ask myself how long it's been since I last wore it so is it socially acceptable to re-wear it yet?  I think it's just one of those great shirts that makes any outfit more polished, and easily transitions from weekday to weekend.  That's my kind of shirt! Oh, and the fact that it was under $10 doesn't hurt, either. 

In other news, the color of this skirt is far more lovely than it looks in this pic.

Top: Joie / Skirt: Limited Black Collection / Jacket: Banana Republic / Shoes: Banana Republic
Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters

Karen says...

Today is a bit of a fail for me.  As you can see by the neither here nor there picture.  Co-worker Steve got a new car and invited me to see it, then joked that I should take a photo with it.  He was in a rush, I was tired.  So this was fine.

The outfit is a repeat, out of laziness from two mornings in a row where I had to be up pretty early.  I had court and didn't feel like wearing one of my proper suits, so I just threw together two black separates - which turned out to not really match.  And that bugged me all day.  Thank goodness the disparity isn't as visible in the glaring sunlight and standing by a black car.

The worst of my week is over.  Still much to do, but I can dress a little more for style, less for substance.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Monday, You're A Jerk

Might as well get the worst part of the week over with.

Shirt: BDG / Skirt: Forever 21 / Shoes: Enzo Angiolini

Karen says...

If I seem a bit not impressed right now, it's because I feel every bit as "ridden hard and put away wet" as I look.  Such a crass but apropos expression.  The filter of this photo deliberately obscures my face because every bit of makeup had been wiped off as I continually buried my face in my hands during a very draining deposition.

I don't know why I always have two appearances stacked into one day, versus just a couple of appearances spread out across the week.  But today was a visit to good ol' Stanley Mosk followed by a massively frustrating deposition full of stops and starts.  Anyway, so glad the day is over.

As for the outfit, I did plan ahead on it but I just wanted something comfortable and conservative.  Gosh, how boring it is to dress the part.

Top: Merona x Target / Skirt: Merona x Target / Shoes: Mossimo x Target / Earrings: Forever 21

Paloma says...

Busy day with not much to say.  I was on solo duty with the girls this morning, and had to scramble to get them to a doctor's appointment for one and parent/teacher conference for the other.  I literally did not think about what I was going to wear and just grabbed this skirt with a white tee and my trusty pumps.  And whaddya know?  I'm head to toe Target!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Comfort at a Premium

Kind of nothing to see here - just Friday basics and feeling fantastic in relaxed cotton.

Top: LOFT / Cardigan: J.Crew / Jeans: 7 For All Mankind / Shoes: Nine West

Paloma says...

To compensate for the dreadfully uncomfortable pencil skirt of yesterday, today I wore stretchy jeans and a flowy shirt made of cotton, and feel awesome.  I rarely reach for this shirt because I am not really a "shirt with embellishments" kind of girl, but realized today that the sparkle is minimal and actually tasteful.  So I might be reaching for it more often.

Earrings: big ole faux studs (faves)

Happy Friday, y'all.  May I come back from the weekend refreshed, and skinnier.  Ha!

Tank Dress: French Connection / Chambray Shirt: H&M / Ankle Boots: Lucky Brand

Karen says...

This is pretty much my uniform.  A slinky, cottony dress of some sort.  Ankle boots with a midi heel.  A chambray shirt.  All the outfits I put together on other days, good and bad, are the works of a charlatan.  This is really what I live in.

Stopped by Cabazon on the way back from Palm Springs last weekend, and found this tank dress at Neiman Marcus Last Call.  I don't know if I was severely fatigued or something, because by the time I went home, I opened the bag and did a "WTF?"  In the last five years, I've been between a 00 and a 2; this dress is a 4.  It fit quite well when I tried it on, which was a happy/sad moment.  So it's a happy/sad moment now that, while it's loose enough not to offend anyone, it's also apparently too big.  It will be perfect after I wash it.

And, here's a view of the inner corridors of our secret lair.  Lots of smart people at work behind these cubes.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Rainy Grays

Nobody can make sense of this weather, and everyone seems to have mixed feelings about it.  It's unseasonally humid for LA: the plus side of very comfortable high-70's, the down side of very dreary skies.  So, we dressed for it.

Kimono Shell: hinge / Top: Banana Republic / Skirt: Bebe / Strappy Sandals: Classiques Entier
Necklace: Heavenly Couture

Karen says...

I've been trying to wear this top for months; maybe even years.  It was an impulse purchase at Nordstrom on a spring-to-summer day, and I wanted to wear this as a casual, gossamer shell for everything from work to a farmers market.  What ended up happening was that it seemed to match nothing, article- and occasion-wise.

Pulled it out a couple of days ago and planned it for the week.  Solution?  Just wear it with some fitted black.  Et voila.  Happier still that I'm wearing it on a day where Paloma is wearing a similar scheme!

Shirt: Mossimo for Target (great shirt - buy it in every color if you can!)
Skirt: J.Crew Factory / Shoes: Nine West (here in black) / Earrings: J.Crew Factory

Paloma says...

There's nothing quite as uncomfortable as a too-small pencil skirt.  Especially when you walk four blocks in said pencil skirt.  So not chic.  However, there is also nothing quite as motivating - after looking at the pics that Karen took of me, I immediately proclaimed that today is the day I stop eating whatever I want and start exercising more frequently.  

Either that or start wearing a muumuu.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Let's Go Jewel Tones

We'd be a spectrum of jewels today, if we had been able to get together.

Dress: Zara / Cardigan: The Limited / Shoes: Calvin Klein / Faux pearls: Target

Paloma says...

Another day I am so sad we weren't able to swing a get-together for pics, because I love my outfit.  Boo.  The color of the dress is not done justice by this picture - it's a gorgeous emerald (Pantone's color of the year, people!) and is all sorts of perfect.

In other sad news, I didn't go outside of my building all day, and barely even left my office.  This means that no one got to see my dress in all its glory.  Thank goodness for you, internet peeps.  Thank goodness.

Shirt: J.Crew Factory / Pleated Skirt: S.Y.L.K. / Heels: The Limited / Necklace: J.Crew Factory

Karen says...

Today has just been stupid in all kinds of ways.  The weather is weird, and work is draining, not for any particular reason except that it's not as interesting today as it can be.  Also, I have other little life stressors, like security breaches with my banking institution, and feeling under the weather.  Cue sad violin.

The photo screams wet blanket and despondency.  However, I, too, am pleased with my J.Crew Factory purchases.  When in doubt, just wear that shiz together.  After all, they're all just jewel tones.

I bet this outfit would look cuter with a smile.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Blocking Brights

Absolutely in a summer color blocking state of mind today.

Heels: Aldo / Pants: ASOS / Silk Tank: J. Crew / Clutch: Clare Vivier

Karen says...

Today's lunch was a happy coincidence of many things: good company (Paloma and two co-workers), a stylish power lunch spot (Daily Grill), perfect weather (80's), coordinated outfits (see this post), and even a coordinated backdrop (The Standard wall).

I've been trying to do more with pants, which I'm so disinclined towards.  This is what happens when you're a shorty with narrow hips and a mini-badonka.  Pants never fit me quite right and I hate squirming in them all day at the office.  But these peg pants are a look I like, and hope to master.

Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters
Filter: Retro Camera Little Orange Box

Also, the Emma sunglasses at Urban Outfitters are your perfect summer shades.  Every girl who sees them clutches at them and tries them on.  Which is what happened today with Paloma, who happened to look fabulous in them.

Cardigan: Old Navy / Camisole: Old Navy / Skirt: J.Crew Factory / Pumps: Target

Paloma says...

Serious color overload today!  I love it.  This skirt was a recent purchase from J.Crew Factory, as were the earrings (they had a 50% off everything sale, I quite literally could not help myself), and I am so very pleased with both!  I honestly think J.Crew Factory might be my new favorite store.  It's like a smaller selection of items than J.Crew at a much lower price point, but still the same quality (as far as I can tell thus far).  Winning!

Filter: Retro Camera Little Orange Box

 I got this skirt in three (!!!) different colors.  Had a bit of a hard time trying to decide what to pair with this cobalt blue, and really didn't want to do something boring like black or white.  What I would have loved was to wear a slouchy heather gray t-shirt but somehow that didn't feel work appropriate enough.  So, went with a gray cardigan instead, worn with a purple patterned camisole from a zillion years ago (bought it in law school to wear under suits for interviews).  And of course I wore the nude pumps from Target.  I really have a hard time not wearing them every day.  May be my fave Target purchase ever.  Again - winning!

Earrings: J.Crew Factory

Monday, July 8, 2013

Wah, Wah, Work

Is it true?  The weekend is over?

Tee: GAP / Skirt: LOFT / Necklace: Forever 21

Paloma says...

So this skirt was such a long-awaited purchase, as I've wanted a pleated midi skirt forever. However, it took me a while to bust it out of the closet for fear it was too... bold?  Loud?  Anyway, I was dumbly worried that I wouldn't look lawyerly enough for my still-kinda-new job.  But today I decided, to hell with it,  and put it on with a basic white tee and my trusty nude pumps.  And off to work I went.

Shoes: Target

Unfortunately, I think I've decided midi length skirts are not for me.  I don't know what it is, but the length feels awkward and sort of seems to make my calves look bulky?  Or maybe it's just this particular skirt?  I just kept wishing it were a few inches shorter.  Anyway, I think I might need to wear taller shoes to compensate.  I will keep trying to make it work.  The pictures don't capture it, but it's a lovely coral color that's so summer.  It would be a shame to let it wither away sadly in my closet!

Contour Tank: Banana Republic / Skirt: Banana Republic / Necklace: The Limited
Peep-toe Shoe Boots: Classiques Entier x Nordstrom / Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters

Karen says...

So painful last night confronting the fact that the weekend was over.  Not only did I have Palm Springs to spend it in, but I had a buffer of a day and a half to acclimate back into normal life.  The idea of not being able to wear shorts and racerback tanks cut me to the quick.

But, after getting into a composed outfit and looking the part, I started to feel grateful for the balance a working life gives.  After all, it can't always be romping in rompers and sunning in sundresses.  I soothed myself: work clothes are pretty.  Work clothes are fun.

Friday, July 5, 2013


Getting caught up post-the most amazing holiday weekend ever!

Drape Vest: EcoteUrban Outfitters / Tank: Forever 21 (worn inside out)

Karen says...

I hate corny holidays, like, oh, let's all go pile up at the marina and watch fireworks, and force ourselves to eat poorly cooked dogs and burgers.  But I am a huge fan of the weekend getaway, and if takes a corny holiday to get set up, let's do this.

This Fourth was spent wonderfully in my beloved Palm Springs, at a sprawling desert oasis offering every manner of rest and relaxation.  Of course, the fashion possibilities are endless.  If only for the opportunity to dress thematically.

Romper: xhilaration x Target (bikini underneath) / Wedges: TOMS
Straw Floppy Hat: Nordstrom / Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters

I packed up all of my very best Urban Outfitters and Target summer goodies, and they were oh-so-perfect for dry heat and pool parties.  Had a couple maxis and cover-ups in there, as well.  I wish I could have photographed everything, but we don't need this vanity project to get even more out of hand.

Mo's Ribs Tee: my sis / Striped tank: Old Navy / Earrings: shop in Las Cruces, NM / Headband: Hobby Lobby

Paloma says...

Fourth of July is my new favorite holiday.  I've always liked the idea of it since it's a random summer day off (and who wouldn't like that?), but I have a newfound love for it since my second daughter was born on July 4th last year.  We always go to my mom and stepdad's house in Santa Fe for the 4th, and did the same this year, but somehow celebrating my little Vera's first birthday just made the whole thing feel more festive and fun.  Also, realizing that I will be celebrating a birthday every 4th of July for the rest of my life makes it pretty cool.  And who doesn't love dressing a toddler up for the 4th?  She will wear a lot of red, white, and blue, this girl.

Cut-off Shorts: my brother Drew's (pictured) old Levi's

As for me?  I spent the weekend mostly in cut-offs and tank tops.  This particular outfit is the only one that was photographed all weekend - my sister had these "Mo's Ribs" shirts made for all the family members to wear in honor of my stepdad's long gone BBQ restaurant.  Not exactly fashion-forward, but cute and sentimental, which is really all that matters when you are spending the day drinking wine in the grass, eating popsicles, and going down a slip 'n slide fully-clothed (regretted doing that, oh yes I did).

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Spotted at Primo

It's a polka dot party at Caffe Primo!

Top: Urban Outfitters / Skirt: J.Crew / Heels: Nine West "7Cress"

Paloma says...

My friend at work told me today that I looked "very Mad Men."  I think this is one of the best compliments I have ever received.  Who doesn't want to look like a 1960's secretary?  Seriously!  Though, Mad Men was certainly not my thought process while getting dressed this morning.  In fact, there was almost zero thought put into this outfit.  It really was just "Oh I haven't worn this polka dot shirt in awhile" and "I feel like wearing a skirt."  Bam!  That is how an outfit is born.

 Earrings: The Oxford Trunk

I am heading out for a very long weekend (five days!) in New Mexico, where I will celebrate the Fourth of July (and my daughter's first birthday) with family... and maybe even get a picture of my outfits!

Happy Independence Day!

Shirt: Heavenly Couture / Skirt: Martin + Osa / Heels: Julianne Hough for Sole Society "Giselle"
Straw Clutch: Vintage

Karen says...

I'm all neutrals and pastels today.  Hard to see, but the shirt is peppered with little blue dots.  I love it with Paloma and I both get the memo.

One of my co-workers had an issue with me matching the taupe shirt (which he thought was grey) to a tan skirt.  I'm like, matching is so 1998, buddy, then proceeded in mature fashion to pick out something wrong with his outfit.  Meanwhile, my shoes and necklace (and nail polish) apparently match.  Oh well.

Necklace: On loan from Cyn

I'm happy to do the big necklace over my shirt thing until it's worn the heck out.  Yeah!