Thursday, May 29, 2014

Rotating

Sometimes when I am feeling a total lack of inspiration with my closet I will start to rotate through the items in my closet, one by one, and each day build an outfit around an item.  So today this tee came up in the rotation and I realized its been eons since I wore it, which is insane because its adorable and comfortable. So glad I re-discovered it!


Shirt: J.Crew
Cardigan: J.Crew
Pants: Express
Shoes: Jones New York

The Long-Awaited Impossible

We did the long-awaited impossible today: we met up for drinks.

This is a major milestone in the span of our friendship/bloggership/co-workership, having been so busy with opposite schedules in the last, oh, almost three years, that we weren't able to get together right after work for some cheese and wine.  But, since we planned this two weeks ago, it totally happened.

Here we are, right outside an uber-hip stretch of 6th that has Cole's, The Varnish, The Association, and where we wound up, Mignon.  (It was very cute.)


Striped Shirt: Martin + Osa (RIP)
Chambray Shirt: J.Crew Factory
Skirt: Tart "Galena" from Stitch Fix
Shoes: Steve Madden
Clutch: Clare Vivier
Necklace: J.Crew Factory
Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters

Karen says...

Oh, I cannot say enough about how much fun it was to have Paloma all to myself for over two hours.  We could not believe that we had never done that before, and of course, vow to do it like a million times more.  It is amazing how developed our opinions are about the issues of the day: Real Housewives, The Bachelorette, delivery diets, Aspen, Palm Springs...

This is another Paloma-approved outfit, for its pops of color and "mixed use" approach, combining casual with work pieces.  This is also a Karen-approved outfit because it's a super-comfy black slub skirt with some heels (which I would want to do every day).  In fact, this Stitch Fix skirt is something I've been sneaking into the wardrobe at least once a week.

A little nod to Mignon, this was every bit the Parisian hideout for your inner beatnik.  Two and a half glasses of wine, three cheese, three charcuterie, one egg en cocotte, to be shared with one fabulous friend - a pat little $30.  A very happy hour indeed!


Top: Target
Skirt: Forever 21
Shoes: Enzo Angiolini
Necklace: The Limited

Paloma says...

Hooray for drinks with my blogging buddy!  It was truly a delight to spend some time with this lovely lady, and we have vowed to not let another almost three years pass before we do it again.  I am holding us to it!

Wearing my favorite "feeling chunky" skirt - its so comfy and stretchy and flippy, you just can't go wrong!  Unfortunately I always struggle with what to pair it with so end up in black - always. 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Mo Jo

Mo Jo is something I am lacking today.  Nothing like a three day weekend to simultaneously re-invigorate and exhaust you.  Anyway, here I am in my favorite non-pencil skirt and a matchy-match top and cardigan. Perfectly acceptable for sitting behind a computer pounding away at the keys all day.


Shirt: Target
Cardigan: J.Crew
Skirt: The Limited
Shoes: Jessica Simpson "Calie"

On the Move

We have batted around the idea of taking the subway to Grand Central Market for lunch, since it's only one block and one stop away.  And today, we did it.

After that, all that's left is forcing your co-worker to photograph your outfit on a moving train.


Top: H&M
Skirt: H&M
Shoes: Nine West
Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters

Friday, May 23, 2014

Black and White Blahs

I've been feeling so blah this week - hence the lackluster posting.  Work has been busy, kids have been crazy, and I just have not been feeling particularly cute.  However, with this outfit - which I pulled out of the closet with exactly one second of thought - once I photographed it, I decided I really liked it! And it's going to have to take me from work day to date night, which I think it will do just fine!

Ok, time for me to perk up - date night AND three day weekend? Really nothing to complain about.


Shirt: Target
Pants: Modern boot cut by LOFT
Shoes: Target (knock off of Seychelles "Gypsy" sandal)
Necklace: Forever 21

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Tried and True Combo

Pencil skirt, blouse, and cardigan. Classic, and always on repeat.


Cardigan: The Limited (similar)
Blouse: Old Navy (similar with lace sleeves!)
Skirt: J.Crew
Shoes: Banana Republic
Earrings: super old, I have no idea...

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Rule of Three

Karen says...

So, I seem to be programmed a certain way lately where I can't get away from doing a tri-color combo.  It was a natural instinct to go with blue, white, and orange today.

Also, here's the final item of my last Stitch Fix, a chambray dress with Swiss dots.  They actually sent me the shirt version of this material in my first Fix, which I sent back, since I'm up to my limit with chambray shirts.  I initially frowned upon them having sent the dress version of what I sent back; but when I tried it on, le sigh, it was the perfect relaxed fit and ever so Halstonesque.

I acutely feel that the outfit is woefully lacking in a nice piece of statement jewelry.  But I was simply too lazy this morning.  And now, the next in the behind-the-office-door series...


Blazer: Zara
Dress: Pomelo "Sedona" by Stitch Fix
Shoes: Nine West

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

School Picture Day

Karen says...

Doesn't matter how old you get, or where you go to "school," I was on pins and needles last night thinking about getting my picture taken today for our firm website.  This isn't my first firm photo, and that's what created the anxiety.  I've practiced long enough to know that these firm website photos follow you around in life: the fact that, with a few keystrokes, Google serves this photo up as your calling card; and when prospective clients or litigation opponents want some advance intel, this is the mug they turn to.  With that in mind, I wanted to make sure I didn't roll in today with awful hair or Tammy Faye makeup.  Or worse - not enough hair or too little makeup!

A rather silly sentiment coming from someone who unabashedly has posted photos of her outfits every single day for a year and a half.  But, my friends, this blog is different.  This isn't really Googleable or aligned with my professional presence.  This is tongue-in-cheek fun in the blogosphere!

The official photo I took has me wearing a gray suit jacket, but this blouse and these pearls, indeed.  I changed afterward into another Stitch Fix delivery (the cardy), and a skirt and shoes more befitting my work persona.  Later, I participated in some "random" firm shots in this outfit.  You know, walking down the hall chatting about legal theory, or seated on a couch reading some legal documents.  As we do.

Final note: as much as Stitch Fix only sent me some basics this time, they knocked it out of the park where fit and comfort are concerned.  Final final note: it seems I'm very into contrast tri-color combos lately.


Blouse: Theory
Cardigan: Pomelo "Martina" by Stitch Fix
Skirt: Banana Republic
Shoes: Barneys Co-Op
Necklace: Tiffany & Co.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Bought the Box

Karen says...

I don't know if I was just lazy, or truly loved all the clothes in my Stitch Fix, but I bought the whole damn box.

Now, as you Stitch Fixers know, your happy little box comes with detachable outfit cards (much like recipe cards, so who doesn't love this concept) with inspirations for how to match each piece.  Suffice it to say, this outfit was not put together by Stitch Fix, but just lazy me throwing three of the Fix items together.  I'm happy it works, and I'm happier still that I have many options left!


Shirt: Daniel Rainn "Barcelona"
Skirt: Tart "Galena"
Scarf: 41Hawthorn "Holly"
(all courtesy of Stitch Fix)
Shoes: Zara
Clutch: Clare Vivier

Twofer

Paloma says...

I am lacking words today - I couldn't even come up with a title for this post!  This might be because we had a long, eventful, and fun weekend with friends in town and a trip to Disneyland!  (FYI Disneyland is equal parts awesome and awful.)

Anywho - I am also posting two outfits today - one from today and one from last Thursday that I just forgot to post.  Oops.  Worked from home Friday so nothing to see there.

Today... as basic as it gets.


Cardigan: Target
Tank: Gap
Pants: The Limited (similar)
Shoes: Jessica Simpson "Calie"
Necklace: Rose Quartz pendant, gift from my brother (similar)

And Thursday... I wore a shirt that I had kinda forgotten I had.


Shirt: Old Navy (similar)
Skirt: Target
Belt: H&M (similar)
Shoes: Banana Republic

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Rainbow Brights

Spring is in full effect with our colorful outfits today!  If, by spring, you mean 100 degree weather.

Here we are at Faith & Flower, at the twice-a-year reunion of our old employment law team.


Shirt: Gap
Cardigan: J.Crew
Skirt: Stitch Fix
Shoes: Jessica Simpson "Calie"
Necklace: Forever 21

Paloma says...

Holy summer, it was hot today.  I walked the 0.3 miles to meet these lovely peeps for lunch, and I was SWEATING when I got there.  Thankfully, I traded heels for flip flops and took off the cardigan for my walk which instantly transformed this outfit from summer work chic to weekend farmers market.

...which brings me to this skirt.  This was another item from my recent 'fix' from Stitch Fix and I gotta say, I LOVE it.  What I love about Stitch Fix is that you get things you would never necessarily pick out on your own but then you end up loving.  I gravitate toward the same things over and over (pencil skirts! cardigans!) but now I have all these fun pieces that compliment my style but aren't the same ole' same ole'. 


Tank: Madewell
Cardigan: Forever 21
Skirt: Velvet
Shoes: Sole Society
Clutch: Clare Vivier

Karen says...

I'm still really feeling the strand-of-pearls situation.  I thought it really set off the white.  Although hard to see here, the skirt is actually navy blue.  So if you put Paloma and me together today, we only need to grab someone in red and we're covering the rainbow.

This look is plucked directly from a Stitch Fix card sent to me yesterday.  Rather than wear any of the items today, I recreated one of the looks from my very own closet.  I'm still deliberating on the picks... it kind of feels like keeping one item or the whole box.  As Paloma and I discussed over lunch, the whole Stitch Fix thing is an imperfect process but just too damn fun.  Looking forward to posting the harvests from my most recent Stitch, though...

And many thanks to my darling Paloma for lunch and a little birthday gift today!  It's nice to see her just for a photo, but today was extra special.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Clean-Trendy-Casual

Karen says...

Had a client meeting in Hollywood yesterday and there is just something about the work style of entertainment administrative professionals.  It's at the intersection of clean, trendy, and casual (in the make-believe neighborhood where there are three streets, I guess).  I spent an hour talking to someone who had the loveliest strand of jeweled pearls accenting a simple black shirt contrasting with a fitted light cardigan.  Spent that hour admiring her style.

So, I tried to copy her today.


Shirt: Joie Soft
Cardigan: H&M
Skirt: Zara
Shoes: Nine West
Necklace: Givenchy
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

Nachos and Tight Skirts

Paloma says...

Gah. I love this skirt but unless I do a lot of Cardio Barre and restrict my diet to 1,200 calories a day, I don't know if I can wear it anymore - so tight! So uncomfy! Sadness.

But seriously - I have no problems with my body at all (it made two babies, people!), however I really dislike when I've put on a few lbs and suddenly all my clothes are a bit too snug.  I mean, I love an excuse to buy new clothes, but when you have to do it because you have been eating too many nachos (who am I kidding - there is no such thing as too many nachos) and skipping the Pilates, it's a bit of a downer. So for now, I will hang on to the skirt and eat some salads for awhile. But at the moment, I just can't wait to get home and put on my stretchy pants.


Shirt: The Limited
Skirt: The Limited
Necklace: Target
Shoes: Nine West "Rocha"

Monday, May 12, 2014

Back and At It

Paloma says...

After a few weeks of madness, work-wise, followed by a mini mid-week vacation and one day at work, it actually feels nice to sit at my desk all day and just plow through work and get caught up.  It also felt nice to have a surprise lunch date with my hubs!

Sporting another Stitch Fix purchase - I love this blouse (41Hawthorn Moni Stud blouse) so much. The color, the cut, the stud detail. It's fab.  I don't think I like it with these pants, however. Or these shoes. Or these earrings.  In short - I think I will style it differently next time.


Shirt: Stitch Fix
Pants: The Limited
Shoes: Banana Republic
Earrings: J.Crew Factory

Friday, May 9, 2014

Chambray Kicks

Karen says...

Another Friday, another day with my chambray kicks!  I love these shoes so much!  I have a whole other pair of Vans waiting to be worn (maroon), but I just can't get around to it while these are waiting by the door.

This is kind of embarrassing and awesome at the same time, but we've gone to Seasalt Fish Grill for lunch two days in a row.  This is just outside the restaurant, at a location where its many predecessors have failed.  I think, however, that they're going to make it.


Dress: Topshop
Cardigan: Forever 21
Shoes: VANS

Rested

Paloma says...

There is nothing like a little R+R to put a little pep in your step on a Friday.  After two glorious days at The Parker in Palm Springs for a mini vacation with my siblings, I'm back at it today.  But how lovely that I just have one day of work before it's the weekend?

Also - this cardigan was in my Stitch Fix box.  I would have returned it since I already have an orange cardigan (or three) but it ended up being cheaper to keep it since I got the "purchase all five items" discount.  And I don't have a 3/4 sleeve orange cardigan, so.... obviously it was a necessity.


Shirt: Forever 21
Cardigan: Stitch Fix
Jeans: J.Crew

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Birthday Black

Karen says...

I had a very happy birthday today, if a bit frenetic because it coincided with a big work assignment.  Whereas last year I was in Coney Island, and the year before that in Vancouver, this was just a low-key birthday at home with wonderful friends and eating delicious food.  It's nice to remember, as the years go by, how little you need to truly be happy.

I actually had some mini-fantasies of a fabulous birthday outfit and thoughts flew through my head in the days prior of just what I will wear on my birthday!  When the day finally came, I decided I just wanted to look nice.  And be comfortable.  And with me, that's just nice pieces of black with a couple of accents.  Also a tube skirt with plenty of give because of all the good eating...

Dinner was in Beverly Hills tonight, so we had dessert at Bouchon, and took a couple of birthday snaps in the Montage courtyard.


Hard to see the detail in these evening photos, but there are two front pockets on this mod textured blouse, and they are lined with leather.  I love the little luxuries!


Blouse: Club Monaco
Skirt: Bebe
Shoes: Nine West
Necklace: Heavenly Couture

Effortless

Paloma says...

I've been nutso busy for the last several weeks but finally the craziness is over.  And there is about to be a major shift - I am going on a two day vacation to Palm Springs tomorrow and Thursday- huzzah!!



Sweater: The Limted
Dress: Target
Shoes: Calvin Klein
Earrings: Banana Republic

Friday, May 2, 2014

Canvassed

Karen says...

I didn't really care what I wore today, as long as I wore my brand new Vans that were a birthday gift from my sister.  (Yeah - someone is turning a year older next week.  Blechh!)

They're totally my new favorite shoes, because I love chambray, and I love polka dots, and I love comfy. And I love Casual Fridays.


Shirt: Splendid
Skirt: Merona x Target
Shoes: VANS
Cardigan: Penguin

Inspired

Paloma says...

I have long been using MK over at Outfit Posts as outfit inspiration, and have frequently purchased items that she features.  So what a pleasant surprise when I learned that she was also inspired by me, and then she purchased this coral blazer on my recommendation! Blogger friendship born.

And I loved how she styled the blazer in her post earlier this week, so I decided to copy the whole darn kit n caboodle. Inspiration coming full circle!


Image via Outfit Posts


Blazer: SheInside
Jeans: LOFT
Shoes: Banana Republic
Tee: Target
Necklace: Forever 21

I would also like to mention that everything I am wearing today is comfortable and stretchy. WIN.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Nobody Does It Better

... than we do!  Of taking photos of each other!


Dress: Aqua
Jacket: Heavenly Couture
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell
Bag: Vintage Coach
Sunglasses: Vintage Christian Dior

Karen says...

May is here, my favorite month!  And I get to start it with Paloma, my favorite blogger!  Well, it was a blink-and-you'll-miss-it photo opp with each other today, but well worth walking a few blocks and giving up some billable time, because we know exactly how this works.  It's funny how fast and effortless it is to take photos of each other.  A year and a half later, we totally have this down to a science.

As for the outfit, um, it's really hot today and there's no escaping some amount of discomfort.  This is the same dress from this post, over a year ago.  I remember that was a cold day.  It's nice to be able to work these pieces in different ways, at different times.


Shirt: Stitch Fix
Skirt: The Limited
Cardigan: LOFT
Shoes: Enzo Angiolini
Necklace: Target
 
Paloma says...

Look! It's me with a backdrop other than my office door! It's so exciting!! I echo Karen's sentiments: it was truly a delight to be with her, snapping pictures, just like old times.  Back when this blog truly felt like a collaboration because it was our excuse to sneak away from our desks, take some pics, and gab every day.

And I am modeling one of my new Stitch Fix duds - this ruffle front blouse in a gorgeous shade of green.  I have got to say, my stylist really nailed it this time. I love every single piece. I was contemplating returning one of the items (a cardigan in a shade that I already own but which fits like a dream), but when I realized returning one item would make my fix more expensive than if I kept it (because you get the discount when you buy all five items) - I realized I basically had  to keep it.  Darn.