Monday, June 30, 2014

Last Call for June!

So, I've been very caught up in the World Cup (see super long post somewhere below), as well as neverending work tasks that keep me running around.  So, I have taken the pictures, come hell or high water, but will have to slowly do a series of retroactive posts.  In the meanwhile, here is today's effort to close out June and get back in the game!

Today's outfit is a straight rip from (gasp!) um, Kim Kardashian.  I would, like, never do this.  Except I saw this picture and instantly recognized, oh, I have stuff in all of those colors.  So, if you take out filling the outfit as if it were painted on, which Kim does quite well, and looks damn good doing, then I've very closely approximated it.

I actually have a BCBG bandage skirt that would have really nailed it, but it's just not appropriate for work.  So I suppose this is the loose and nearly baggy version of Kim K's Parisian chic.

Top: J.Crew
Skirt: Club Monaco
Shoes: KG Kurt Geiger

Short Timer

Today is like a Thursday, in that tomorrow is my Friday, in that Wednesday I go out of town for five days.  In other words, its very hard to feel motivated for work when a vacation is on the horizon.  But I forge on...

Tee: Forever 21
Skirt: Merona for Target
Shoes: Nine West
Necklace: Towne & Reese

In other news.... we are on instagram! Follow us: @ninethirtytofive. 

In yet other news..... I love this neckace.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Work: The Picnic

Our annual work picnic takes someplace downstairs.  And there is barbecue, ice cream, carnival games, a photo booth, even this dude walking around on stilts.  This year, they could not have it someplace downstairs because a massive parking structure is being constructed on that someplace.  So, they had it someplace downstairs but off to the north, like in Elysian Park.

Dress: Threads 4 Thought
Wedges: dv Dolce Vita
Bag: Clare Vivier
Sunglasses: Clover

Four Stories About My Outfit

Today I present.... four stories about my outfit.  And another picture of the back of my office door - but from a different angle! You guys, things are getting crazy up in here.

Shirt: Urban Outfitters / Jeans: Red Engine / Cardigan: Stitch Fix
Necklace: Towne & Reese / Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens (Fredrica Sky High in "Nature")

(1) Last night as I picked out my clothes for today, I contemplated throwing this shirt into the goodwill pile.  I just feel like its too.... ruffly.  And I just never wear it.  But I decided to give it one last chance to win me over. And lo and behold, the first thing my husband said to me this morning when he saw me in it was "oh I love that shirt!"  Me: "Really? Why?"  Hub: "I don't know, I guess I just like the floofy part in the front."  Go figure.  Anyway, I guess that means its staying! When your husband specifically compliments an item of clothing, you wear it.  Rules of marriage, people!

(2) After pining over them for approximately 400 years, I finally got me some Swedish Hasbeens! I love love love love these shoes already and believe I will wear them to death. They are cute, go with everything and are shockingly comfortable. WIN.

(3) I bought this necklace from a cute jewelry boutique called Towne & Reese that I was introduced to by my old friend (aka not my friend at all but I watched her on TV and follow her on instagram so its like I know her, right?), Emily Maynard of the Bachelor/Bachelorette fame.  I have stalked T&R online for awhile, and finally pulled the trigger on a couple of necklaces which were on sale and all of which I love.  WIN AGAIN.

(4) Look! I have a pair of jeans that actually cost more than $40!

Feather necklace.....

Thursday, June 26, 2014


Thanks for the encouragement on the last post, y'all! Glad people like seeing my outfits, even though there is exactly zero creativity in my photos. As evidenced by picture number 634 behind a door....
Dress: J.Crew
Cardigan: J.Crew
Shoes: Nine West "Stylin"
Necklace: J.Crew Factory

Karen commented in her post the other day that this summer was all about the black and tan combos.... and she immediately reminded me that I have these awesome black and tan shoes which I bust out approximately never.  Seriously, though. The last time I wore them was almost one year ago! But see, I always hesitate to reach for these shoes because they are SO TALL. I mean, like 4.5 inch heels.  Since I am already 5'8" these shoes basically turn me into a basketball player.  But maybe I need to just get over that? I am sitting basically 95% of the day after all.... 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Opposite Lives

So I have come to the conclusion that Karen and I pretty much have two different blogs here.  This is based on the fact that we have two very different lives.  Notice that Karen's pictures are usually taken in a social setting - after work cocktails, shopping, a fun mid-day excursion.  Mine are usually taken (OK always taken) behind my office door.  Yes, Karen gallivants and socializes and I do none of the above. Sadness.

But, alas, it is what it is.  And here I am, again, behind my door. Wearing J.Crew, The Limited, and Jessica Simpson.  I bet 100 dollars Karen's picture today involves some unusual location, amazing hair, and some cool item she got a boutique that only cool people know about. :)  (sorry, is my envy showing?)

Cardigan: J.Crew
Skirt: The Limited
Shoes: Jessica Simpson
Necklace: Target

Monday, June 23, 2014

Casual Shirt + Pencil Skirt

I love a good t-shirt.  And while many will tell you that t-shirts do not belong in the office, I vehemently disagree.  In fact, I decided long ago that almost any t-shirt instantly becomes office appropriate when paired with a pencil skirt and heels.  Case in point - this old Urban Outfitters tee that I usually reserve for weekends with boyfriend jeans and sneakers takes on a whole new life as work wear just by slapping it on under a suit skirt, some heels, and a pretty (albeit cheap) necklace. 
Tee: Urban Outfitters
Skirt: The Limited
Shoes: Banana Republic
Necklace: Forever 21

Friday, June 20, 2014

Black Obsession

Last couple of Fridays, I've been wearing simple/basic black with my DV Dolce Vita wedges.  I can't seem to get around the impulse of doing so.  Also, it's already been decided that this summer will entail lots of black and tan combos.  Like the cookie.  Like the beer.  Like anything that matches with this J.Crew clutch and DV wedges.

Oh, and um, Zara is having its usual huge sale.  So um, yeah, I had to go and try a few things on.

Shirt: Joie (sample sale)
Skirt: Merona x Target
Wedges: DV Dolce Vita
Clutch: J.Crew
Sunglasses: Vintage Christian Dior

Basics are Better

There's nothing like basics. Articles of clothing you can throw on and instantly feel comfortable and simple and good.  For me, bootcut jeans and a striped top are as basic and easy as it gets. Would wear this every day if I could.

Shirt: Urban Outfitters
Jeans: Gap
Shoes: Ugg
Necklace: Forever 21

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Long Lost Treasures of the Tod's Variety

I love my summer whites, and the best of them is my Tod's tote from 2006.  I bought it on sale from Neiman's in an era where I could just, you know, buy a huge Tod's tote.

Other than that, always love me a slub top, some cropped pants, some statement necklace, some platform peeptoes.  The End.

Blouse: Barneys New York
Pants: ASOS
Shoes: Michael Kors
Tote: Tod's
Necklace: J.Crew Factory

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Pinafore Envy

Lately, I've been layering lightweight blouses with simple, utilitarian work dresses.  The effect, I think, is usually a combination of conservative and chic.

Had drinks with Connie today.  As glamorous as we are, of course we wound up at Target after.  Thanks for the photo, Connie!

Shirt: H&M
Dress: Theory
Heels: Sole Society
Clutch: Clare Vivier
Sunglasses: Clover

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

East Side Adventure

Jamie needed to go to Clare Vivier, so right after work, we headed to Silver Lake.  And then we went to Clover and found jewelry and sunglasses.  And then I said, I think we should eat Hoy-Ka Noodles.  So I took us to what I thought was Hoy-Ka, but what in fact turned into Boran Thai.  The noodles were substantially similar - all that back alley Bangkok goodness.

And then, I had Jamie take my picture on Serrano and Hollywood.  Which, you know, is this mix of shady and historic - as evidenced by the dodgy exchange taking place behind me, as well as the Chateauesque architecture behind that.  Thanks, Jamie!

And I'm still in red, white, and blue!  Though it's more of an Argentina blue.

Tank: NSF (Ron Herman)
Skirt: L'Agence (another Ron Herman find)
Sweater: Forever 21
Clutch: Clare Vivier
Shoes: Halogen
Sunglasses: Clover

Blergity Blergity Blah

The title of this post is about how I feel today. Just trudging through a heap of work. Nothing exciting.
It is my ninth wedding anniversary, though, so at least I have a gorgeous bouquet of flowers on my desk and a sushi date to look forward to on Friday.

Blouse: Stitch Fix
Pants: J.Crew "Minnie"
Shoes: Enzo Angiolini
Cardigan: The Limited

Monday, June 16, 2014

Let's Go USA! (A Long Love Letter to The World Cup)

Where we have, "Forca Portugal," "Forza Azzurri," and "Come On England," I don't know the rallying cry for the US National Men's Team.  I've cheered the former three on quite a bit in my football fandom, but never the latter, as a real Benedict Arnold.  But, in my defense, the rest of the country never cares much about them unless it's a World Cup year.

Well, dear blog reader, I must share this about myself: I am a devoted footie.  I have been enamored with football (sorry, soccer) since 1994, the hottest summer in Diamond Bar, sweating out the final penalty kicks with everyone else in the world, eyes on the divine Roberto Baggio at the Rose Bowl.  Roberto Baggio was my first football love.  I think I learned Italian because of him.  After that, I would make weekly trips to Borders to find issues of La Gazzetta dello Sport in hopes of reading Baggio tidbits in that iconic pink paper.

The years after that were pretty difficult.  I used internet dial-up to try and access international football news on something called the World Wide Web.  I remember how it took 30 minutes for one JPEG to load.  That was so sad.  My family was cheap back then, so we never had any premium sports channels.  My burgeoning football interest was helped by a trip to Europe, and I would hoard scarves, kits, and posters from street vendors.  I even have a Roberto Baggio wallet.  That fervor then cooled as I gave up hope, and the 2002 World Cup was a kind of blowout with none of my pet countries in the mix.  But I was in Europe for that World Cup and I delighted in skipping class to catch a game.  As everyone else did, with businesses closed and small cathode ray tube TVs lining the streets.  Wonderful, but after that I distanced myself from football again, more a lack of access issue.

But then... 2006.  An epic, wonderful year.  I was working by then and took delicious long lunches watching my beloved Italy make it all the way to the top.  I had done enough homework to feel a kinship with each and every player on Squadra Azzurra.  I remembered the brutal 1994 loss and was happy that I could understand how meaningful the 2006 win was for Italia.  It feels just as real when I watch that penalty shootout on YouTube, when all the players scatter across the field in pure, jubilant joy.

Even more significant than that, I was introduced to the phenomenal, mesmerizing talents of one Cristiano Ronaldo.  And then I was back in full footie effect.  I could now subscribe to Setanta/FSC and watch the English Premier League.  I knew everything about Manchester United and watched every game until Ronaldo won his first premiership.  I thought of Sir Alex Ferguson as my dad.  I got to understand the Champions League and was overjoyed in 2007 when United won that trophy, again with Ronaldo.  And then, Beckham came to the Galaxy, and I was right there every game with my season tickets.

Oh yes, indeed, I am a football fan.  Well, here we are in another year and I'm happy to have it all start again.  Today, I had no intention of doing so, but ended up wearing our red, white, and blue just in time for US vs. Ghana game.  I admit full band wagoner status in suddenly being a fan of our national team.  It should come so natural, but I just spent a ton of time outlining the above and the US just didn't play that much of a part.  (Except that I have seen Landon Donovan play more than any other player.)  And yet, I was down in our work bar today for the last bit of the game.  And the US delivered.  And the cheers and shouting that erupted in Brooks' winning goal for that game, brought back all the delight I have missed in these intervening World Cup years.

Oh, but this is a blog about clothes.  So anyway, here I am wearing red, white, and blue.  And very fittingly, because - Let's Go, USA!

Sorry about this long missive, by the way.  But I kinda had to get it all out.

Top: Joie
Pants: J.Crew Factory
Shoes: KG Kurt Geiger
Cardigan: Club Monaco


This whole ensemble is straight out of 2008 for me. I wore both of these items on the regular back then.  This was a time when 'work wear' was still a bit foreign to me, and so I relied heavily on sensible sweaters and skirts/slacks in grays and blacks.  How appropriate that I actually had a lunch date today with my former secretary from back in those days.  She must think I have no new clothes! For shame!  OK, fine, she probably didn't even notice.

I'm just glad everything still (barely) fits.

Shirt: LOFT
Skirt: Kohl's
Shoes: Enzio Angiolini

Friday, June 13, 2014

Work At Home Wear

Ordinarily I don't blog my "work-from-home" outfits because (1) they usually aren't so much "outfits" as they are "pajamas", and (2) this is a "work wear" blog, not a "work at home wear" blog.  However, we had a request for more weekend wear outfits on the blog (thanks to our joint post from Monday), and today I actually got dressed to go to my daughter's mid-day preschool graduation.  So here ya go!

This is a head to toe Target look (shocking, right?).... and also a head to toe cotton/jersey look. So basically pajamas that pass as clothes. Win.

Tank: Target
Skirt: Target
Flip Flops: (you guessed it...) Target

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Cardigan Hoarder

Considering I have always been obsessed with cardigans, and have to stop myself from buying them on the regular, it came as a surprise to me when I recently realized I do not own a single blue cardigan.  That had to be fixed, obviously. J.Crew Factory to the rescue! This cardigan is lovely, too - great texture and shape, and since JCF is always having a sale, it was totally affordable too.

Kept things simple today - all black with my bright cardigan. Comfy, cute, perfect.

Cardigan: J.Crew Factory
Tank: Old Navy
Pants: The Limited
Shoes: Enzo Angiolini
Necklace: Forever 21

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Stewardess Chic

"Would you like anything to drink?"

The other question is, what airline would this work for?  United?  KLM?  (Although, I wouldn't mind scoring a Singapore Airlines outfit.)  This outfit started out as a joke - a co-worker and I had been wearing similar combos day in, and day out, that today, as a joke, I was instructed to just wear a light blue shirt, navy, and brown shoes.  It didn't look half bad, but I thought that the scarf was a fun, extra touch.  (And, any excuse to whip out this treasured gift.)

Shirt: Maison Scotch
Skirt: Martin + Osa (RIP)
Scarf: Hermes
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell
Bag: Clare Vivier

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Risky Business

I have always been leery of wearing a chambray shirt to work, even though I have seen many lovely women do it and look fantastic (Karen included!)... but today I threw caution to the wind and decided to sport mine. Living on the edge, people!

I actually love it and can't believe it took me so long to do it - I guess I just always thought of chambray as sort of denim and denim is relegated to Friday so I thought it would only be appropriate on Friday... but really, its just a blue shirt. Right??

Shirt: Target
Skirt: J.Crew Factory
Shoes: Jessica Simpson

Monday, June 9, 2014

Loose-Fit Mondays

It's just like old times - almost - where we used to see each other every day.  We were able to squeeze in a lunchtime meetup, a good time to commiserate over Mondays in general, and how we both opted for loose fits to feel comfy today.  Easing into the week.

Skirt: Merona for Target
Shoes: Target circa 2009 (knock offs of Seychelles 'gypsy')
Bag: The Limited (I stalked this bag for eons, and finally got it in store for $19 - amazing) 

Paloma says...

Normally I am a staunch believer in tucking shirts into pencil skirts - only because it creates a good silhouette and defines the waist.  Today, however... I don't know, I just felt like being a titch frumpy. Mondays, I guess. 

In other news - these shoes I have had for a zillion years and I'm amazed that they still get a lot of compliments (including from my lovely co-blogger)! They are a Target knock-off of the "Gypsy" sandal by Seychelles, and I love them because they are cute, different, and weirdly comfortable despite being super tall.  Anyway, they are unfortunately in terrible shape so I might have to start some ebay stalking.....

Dress: Calvin Klein
Sweater: H&M
Shoes: Nine West
Necklace: Forever 21
Sunglasses: Zara
Bag: Clare Vivier 'Moyen'

Karen says...

This outfit simply doesn't photograph very well - and looking at it, just isn't one of my best.  Le sigh.  This dress is usually worn with a belt, which I forewent today in protest of Monday.  The shoes were sort of a no-brainer - and before I knew it, I had recreated the colors on my new Clare Vivier sample sale find, the coral-blue-tan Moyen messenger.  The difference with the sample sale version is that it is not lined inside - having visited the store last week, the retail versions are beautifully lined with chambray and other lovely fabrics.

I kind of look like the Romanian or Colombian flag.  Oh well, just in time for the World Cup.

Working for the Weekend

This is just a quick fun little post because it shows yet another feat in our relationship - we actually got together for a weekend lunch! And - bonus - a quick shopping excursion at the Clare Vivier sample sale! So why not capture the moment and put it on the blog? Not only do you get to see us in the same picture for once (!), but also get a peek at our weekend wear.

We were accompanied on this lunch by my 4 1/2 year old daughter, who did us the courtesy of taking our picture for the blog.  She took about 400 pictures, and only about 3 were usable, but she gets an "A" for effort.

Karen is wearing...
 Tank: Forever 21
Kimono blouse: Forever 21
Shorts: Urban Outfitters
Wedges: DV Dolce Vita
Clutch: J.Crew
Sunglasses: Zara
Necklace: Madewell

Paloma is wearing...
Shirt: J.Crew
Jeans: Old Navy
Shoes: Banana Republic circa 2007
(full disclosure, I never wear shoes like this on the weekends unless I am out at night sans kids, but since Karen showed up at my house looking totally fashionable and adorable I had to swap out the flat sandals for something a bit more chic)
Bag: J.Crew

Friday, June 6, 2014

Errand Gear

It's Friday, which means jeans.  It's also DMV appointment day, which means please-put-on-some-makeup-this-picture-is-going-to-have-to-last-another-five-years.

I also really wanted to wear my new Steve Madden leopard slip-ons, inspired by Chiara Ferragni of The Blonde Salad.  Here are all the Steve Madden x The Blonde Salad shoes, including Chiara's version of my shoe, and here are the ones I got instead, for half the price.  I confess that I saw someone wearing them on the plane back from Aspen last week.  That trip was inspiring in so many ways.

The rest of the outfit is just comfy stuff - a too expensive Monrow tissue tee (I got on sale), a way too inexpensive pair of Zara jeans (that I also got on sale), and the trusty Rebecca Minkoff tote (that I - you guessed it, got on sale), all of which made for a super efficient metro ride to Grand Central Market for some Wexler's pastrami.  Oh yes, and I did get my licensed renewed, woohoo!

Errands all done.  Now back to work.

Tee: Monrow
Jeans: Zara Trafaluc (like these)
Shoes: Steve Madden 'Ecentric'
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff 'M.A.B.'

Thursday, June 5, 2014


I was working from home yesterday, which meant I wore workout clothes all day.  But I am back today in a Classic Paloma outfit - pencil skirt, blouse, cardigan, heels.

This blouse/skirt/pumps trio is particularly great because they are all major workhorses in my closet.  Not surprisingly, they were all featured in the 30 for 30 challenge we did back in September (ugh, remember that??  Yikes that was in fact a challenge!.. but should we do it again?)

Anyway, I paired my sturdy trio with a new item from J.Crew Factory - this lovely necklace.  I am a sucker for cheap (we are talking $5) jewelry, so I felt oh-so grown up when I purchased a necklace (on sale) for a whopping $20! It is lovely, though.  I love a good pendant necklace and this one is great because its versatile and has a semi-vintage feel.

Cardigan: LOFT
Shirt: Old Navy
Skirt: The Limited
Shoes: Jessica Simpson "Calie"
Necklace: J.Crew Factory

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Off to the Opera

I had to find a dress suitable for office, dinner, and the opera, in that order.  I found this sleek and fitted dress at the holy Nordstrom half-yearly sale (which I attended online), along with these white Kurt Geiger heels.  I am so happy with both finds.  The dress is seriously multipurpose with its length and simplicity, and I just love wearing anything midi that doesn't make me look too short.  As for white heels, I've been wanting a pair since last spring, and I find them to accent basically anything.

Of course, earlier in the day I had on a colored cardigan.  For the opera later that night, I had on a black shell.  This was late afternoon in Silver Lake, where all that was needed was some dark sunglasses.

A note about the opera: it was Thais, and it was wonderful.

Dress: Trouve
Shoes: KG Kurt Geiger
Clutch: Clare Vivier
Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Multipurpose Dress

Another day, another impulse-purchase-turned-closet-workhorse.

I bought this dress (which came with the belt) on a lark while wandering around in Southeast Portland last September (Portland, btw, I adore - went to college in Oregon and always feel I left a teeny bit of my heart in that gorgeous state).  Found it in a boutique called Twill.  I bought it because I thought it was comfy enough to wear on my weekend while on mommy duty, but also classic enough to wear to work.  Its the Multipurpose Dress - my favorite kind. And boy, was I right! I seriously wear this dress all the time.  I mostly wear it on the weekends when I need to look slightly nicer than usual but still want to be comfy.  However I did wear this exact outfit to work a few months back and failed to blog it so hey it didn't count!

Dress/Belt: Twill
Cardigan: LOFT
Shoes: Banana Republic


I saw Paloma's post, and I thought, how appropriate!  Spots and stripes for the two of us today.

Once again I have three colors going: apricot, peach, and navy blue.

Dress: Piko 1988 (from Rimo)
Shoes: Nine West
Jacket: frenchi

Monday, June 2, 2014


This cardigan was a total impulse purchase at a great boutique in my 'hood (Native), and it has turned out to be one of my favorite cardigans ever.  Something about the weight and feel of it is just perfect. Plus, its a cardigan with a pattern, which I have way too few of.

Cardigan: Native boutique
Skirt: J.Crew Factory
Shirt: Target (Merona)
Shoes: Jessica Simpson "Calie"