Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Resolution

I dressed up this comfy purple frock with a semi-casual 3/4 sleeve blazer today for witness interviews.  Also carrying my new bag from The Limited which I love love love, and which I got for 40% off yesterday when I returned about half of my last online order.  It's a great bag because it's huge and holds all my junk, and yet still very classic and lawyer-ly.


Dress: Target (super duper cute sleeveless alternative that is major marked down)
Shoes: Nine West
Blazer: LOFT (alternative)

And finally, I have made a resolution.  And I am putting it on the blog so that I don't break it (you guys, hold me accountable!) - no more buying clothes/shoes/bags/jewelry for the REST OF THE YEAR.  Dude, I bought SO much stuff this year, and I really just don't need more. I mean, yes I WANT more, but need? not so much.  Anyway, the one exception to this is if I sell something on ebay (which I have been doing here and there) then I can use that money only

I want to get more creative with what I've got, and stop the unnecessary spending ~ this is going to be so hard since Fall is upon us and boy, oh boy, do I want All Of The Fall Things.  Wish me luck! And any readers who have similar resolutions, let me know. I need support! :)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Ready To Fall

Closing out a weekend in Rancho Mirage, I've decided I'm ready to fall it up.  There is always something about that late summer jaunt to the desert that gives closure, especially for a hot weather aficionado like myself (I daresay, Paloma may not agree!).  

Last week went by in a flurry, all work-related, and trying to pull together resort pieces for a work retreat out in the desert.  Whew!  Everyone at work today agrees that they could use one more day of sleep after a whirlwind weekend of funning.  It was the firm's 20th anniversary, so it was the rare every-few-years' type celebration.  Note, it was so crazy that Paloma and I had to forego one week of Wear It Wednesdays...

And I can't believe I didn't post on it last week, but Vi and I attended the 3.1 Phillip Lim sample sale here in downtown LA, and after some furious ferreting through the racks - I found the most amazing clutch for fall.  More on that, later this week.

Another week, ready for autumn...


Shirt: Urban Outfitters (similar)
Clutch: 3.1 Phillip Lim (similar)
Skirt: Forever 21
Boots: Franco Sarto (splurge)

Friday, September 26, 2014

Ultimate Combo

After two days of working from home in my yoga pants, I'm back at it - just in time for Casual Friday!  Keeping it simple today - jeans, heels, blouse, cardigan combo really can do no wrong if you ask me.


Shirt: The Limited
Cardigan: The Limited (similar)
Jeans: J.Crew
Shoes: J.Crew Factory (wedge version)
Necklace: gift (similar)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Long-Loan

I have this amazing friend Cynthia, whose line of work with various fashion companies makes her the occasional recipient of trendy, must-have style swag.  And because she has awesome taste herself, she just has super cool stuff.  Cynthia has almost six inches on me in height - but we are the same shoe size!  So we are often swapping clothes, or she is just outright "long-loaning" them to me when she is doing a closet edit.

Such a closet edit event happened about a week ago, and I walked away with Cynthia's Merona pencil skirt and Marchez Vous booties.  Today is a twofer ode to Cyn's amazing fashion pieces.


Shirt: Halogen
Skirt: Merona (yes, it's $14.99 here on eBay!)
Shoes: Sole Society (Jeffrey Campbell similar on sale)
Big Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
Little Bag: Coach (but this Dakotah with fringe is even better)

So, how fitting is it to wear a Target skirt in a Target dressing room.  And then take like this faux sultry selfie.  Anyway, I went to try on some more Altuzarra, such as the dress in the foreground.  Oh, this dress with its lace-fringe collar was just lovely, which I would consider getting minus 5 lbs. later... In any event, the dressing room colors and wide mirror basically begged me to selfie.  (Or so I convinced myself.)


Tank: Maison Scotch (would kill for this 3.1 Phillip Lim one)
Skirt: Tart for Stitch Fix (similar, splurge and budget)
Scarf: Topshop (super similar)
Shoes: Marchez Vous (similar with peeptoe but not as amazing!)

This outfit is totally who-cares and constructed around wanting to be comfortable, and wear these uh-mazing Marchez Vous croc-embossed platform slingback booties.  There is even a suede tie around the ankle.  I will need to wear them again soon because they are just too fabulous for words.  

So, here's the background on Marchez Vous - it is the shoe company of Yeardley Smith, as in, the voice of Bart Simpson.  And the shoes all have the most interesting touch of ladylike Parisian chic accented with badass.  How did they come into my life?  Well, once again, sometimes Cynthia is the recipient of amazing clothing items, and she has an eye where she can curate only the most fabulous things.  I guess Cyn has worn these once or twice (or half a time) and has kindly long-loaned them to my irresponsible care.  They sure as hell do feel like $600 on my feet.

Just kidding, Cyn, I will take good care of them - or keep them forever and long-loan you something else in return.  Or hand you some cash.  Whatever.

New Things and an Oldie

Sporting some new purchases today - this striped camisole which I got because of course I need more striped shirts in my life (not really, but look the stripes are vertical so its totally different!), and this skirt which is actually navy and a part of my new navy suit - I also got the jacket and slacks. And this cardigan is way old school J.Crew (from like 7 years ago?), and I love it more every year.


Cardigan: J.Crew (similar here but in limited sizes)
Camisole: The Limited
Skirt: The Limited
Shoes: Enzo Angiolini (similar)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Replays

I just got a shipment of some new items from The Limited and yet somehow this morning I still reached for these old stand-by pieces.  It's just one of those days where I didn't feel like trying anything new - this blouse has been one of my favorites for a long time, but going through archives I was surprised to see I haven't worn it on the blog all that much (only twice that I could find - here and here). This skirt and these shoes on the other hand... have more than paid for themselves based on the heavy play they see here (See Exhibit A, B, C, D, and E, among many many others). 

Honestly that is one of my favorite things about having a blog - the ability to go back and see how I've worn things in the past...particularly when I did it well back then (which ain't always the case)!



Shirt: LOFT (similar)
Skirt: The Limited (similar)
Shoes: Jessica Simpson (similar)
Earrings: J.Crew Factory (similar)

Friday, September 19, 2014

Low Key

Friday is here! And the weather is normal again! Seriously, who knew 79 degrees could feel so amazing? 

Keeping things comfy and low-key today in navy and jeans.  Nothing special, but it gets me through the workday so I can focus on the weekend! Happy Friday!


Top: Target (nicer alternative and with cute piping!)
Jeans: J.Crew
Shoes: Gap (the ones I really wanted here - and now on sale!)
Necklace: Gold Initial Necklace from Celebrate Today on Etsy - LOVE!


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Cute, Colorful, Comfortable

Feeling a bit fuzzy today after a night out with lots o wine and lots o food in celebration of the big 3-4 last night. But thankfully I escaped the "I'm too tired, I don't care, why don't I just wear all black" mentality and managed to throw together something cute, colorful, and comfortable. Ta-da!

 
Shirt: Old Navy (similar with long sleeves)
Skirt: Halogen
Necklace: Forever 21 (similar)

Also - love how the back of this shirt has a different pattern than the front!
 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wear it Wednesday: LBD

It's Wednesday again! And this week for Wear it Wednesday, we are together! Hurrah! We braved the 95 degree heat for a lovely bibimbap (YUM) lunch in celebration of Paloma's birthday. 

As a refresher - every Wednesday we will feature an item or look and each style it our own way - so you get two spins on the same look.  Today we featured the classic of all classics - the Little Black Dress.


Dress: J.Crew (alternative with cute scalloped neckline)
Shoes: Zara (alternative, alternative)
Bag: Madewell (great and much cheaper alternative)
Sunglasses: Prada

Paloma says...

Nothing says "happy birthday to me!" quite like lunch with a beloved friend, fabulous shoes, and brand new sunglasses (thanks, Mom!).  Even the fact that it is exactly 4 billion degrees outside for the 6th day in a row can't get me down.

So the LBD is an item that I think we all know is a must in every woman's closet.  I think you can literally wear it with anything.  Knowing we were featuring the LBD for Wear it Wednesday, I tossed around a ton of different possibilities in my head - scarf, blazer, cardigan, statement necklace?  But this morning, when it was already 85 degrees at 7:00 am and I was rushing around trying to get out the door by a decent time without my kids smearing their banana-covered faces/fingers, all I could come up with was LBD + fabulous shoes.  Not to mention the idea of putting a scarf or blazer on was far from appealing. And you know what? I think it's perfect.  Nothing better to pair with loud shoes than a classic black shift dress.


Dress: Ella Moss (similar)
Jacket: StitchFix - Market & Spruce (similar from Express)
Shoes: Sole Society (similar with D'orsay shape)
Clutch: J.Crew (on sale)
Necklace: J.Crew Factory (super similar)

Karen says...

HBD to Paloma in her LBD!  I'm so honored to be able to take this lovely lady out to lunch on her birthday.  As is always the case with Paloma, it all worked out - birthday lunch, and photos together for WIW.

When we were discussing what to feature, I just randomly thought, how about LBD.  Because that's the thing you think you have at least a few of.  And then it turned out that I must've purged or donated most of my work LBD's.  I pulled out this old Ella Moss number from 2008 - which still fits, thank God, because of its general cut, but then it's much more billowy than I would have liked.  Compound that with the fact that it basically has a keyhole-halter situation in the front and back, NSFW, which gave me an excuse to wear the wonderful StitchFix blazer my sister gave me last month.

One more wrinkle - it is hotter than hell outside.  So I put that jacket on only for the photo and for a few moments here in the office.

One more anecdote: while this photo was being taken, a seedy-looking guy was walking by and sort of leering at us.  (I can't blame him, when I'm standing there posing shamelessly.)  He made a sort of off-color, flirtatious comment - and then got his foot stuck in our plastic bag of leftovers that we had set on the ground.  So then he dragged our leftovers across the street for a few feet, all the while with that lascivious look on his face.  And so we burst out laughing.  And then he liberated his foot from our food.  And then we laughed some more.  So that's why I'm all grins here!  (And because it's Paloma's birthday!  Woot!)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

This Skirt Again

Another short sweet post.  I wore this skirt like two seconds ago but I love it so! And love it paired with coral - even though my shirt has two stains on it, because I am classy like that.
 
Also? It is 100 degrees out and I am grumpy about that.
 
 
Shirt: Old Navy (another in coral but with a vneck)
Skirt: Stitch Fix (similar but as a pencil skirt)
Shoes: Nine West (sling back alternative)

Indian Summer

"Is that a dress?" I got that a couple of times today.  Nope, it's a nearly-crop top matched with a pencil skirt.  I love the skirt, but seldom am able to match it with any more than than a white shirt.  This crop top, being bright and floral, has endless possibilities, and the more it clashes with something, the better!

I know I gave up white, or something like that, but the way the weather is looking these days, let the white live on through Indian summer!

Excuse the grainy photos, we be selfying it up today!


Top: Topshop (basically this)
Skirt: Halogen (similar)
Heels: Kurt Geiger (I would love these!)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Quick One

Quickest post ever as I am rushing out to pick up the kids after attending a three hour long conference.  Easy breezy today in work wear basics, but of course with a colorful twist. Happy Monday!


Shirt: Stitch Fix (similar)
Pants: Express (similar)
Cardigan: H&M (similar)
Shoes: Banana Republic (wedge alternative)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Virgo Party

Virgos and Tauruses are totally compatible, and there is no better example of that than Virgo Paloma and Taurus Karen.  Today we were able to grab a long-awaited and much-anticipated birthday lunch together, to celebrate our friend Jamie's birthday earlier this week, and Paloma's birthday next week!


Dress: Old Navy (similar color and same cut)
Wedges: Sole Society (on sale!)
Bag: Fendi (another version)
Headband: Tasha (splurge)

Karen says...

Boy, do I love warm weather with a breeze!  Add on other treats, like seeing Paloma and Jamie for lunch today at The Factory Kitchen to celebrate these two beauties' birthdays.  We had a luxurious lunch of pasta, bigne, cannoli, and coffees all around.

This is an Old Navy dress I fantasized about wearing with denim jackets, chunky sweaters... I mean, the way I fantasize about wearing basically anything.  The striking color, swing skirt, and Old Navy pricetag was too much to resist.  

I also really love the leopard hairband - trying to find similar links above, I am now obsessed with the Gucci and Roberto Cavalli splurge versions of a simple leopard hair adornment.  Glad I got mine at Nordstrom, when I did.

Tank: Target (similar)
Skirt: Target (similar)
Tote: Madewell
 
Paloma says....
 
So... this is obviously not a "work wear" post for me - this outfit is not even appropriate for Casual Friday. In fact, this is outfit that is far afield of what I would typically wear on any occasion.  The truth is, when I'm not working, I am usually with my kids, which means I am wearing things that are comfortable above all else. And also things that are not inclined to cause a wardrobe malfunction.  Short flippy floral skirts like this are not appropriate for wrangling children. Just sayin. 
 
So today I worked from home and my only obligation was meeting my former coworkers for an awesome lunch in the so-hip-it-hurts Arts District of DTLA.  Though my typical work-at-home outfit involves leggings and a ratty t-shirt, I decided to step it up a notch (and spare my friends that awful sight) and wear something I wouldn't typically get to wear. Ta Da! 
 
Oh, and Virgos Rock! :)
 
Oh, and also - how awesome does Karen look in that breeze?!
 
 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Dressed Up

Another Stitch Fix* purchase! This dress was in my July fix, and I love it because it can totally be dressed up or down (who doesn't love that?). I would say it probably leans more toward dressed down (it is, after all, made of heather gray t-shirt material), but as long as the skirt length is appropriate and it isn't made out of ripped denim or sheer fabric, usually any skirt/dress can be paired with heels and a cardigan and made work appropriate, amiright?

In other news, I purchased a new suit last night - so exciting! I only have two suits - one black, one gray - and since I am scheduled to go to trial next month and will thus be in suits for a couple weeks straight, I figured it was time to invest so I don't go crazy with boredom.  I took advantage of The Limited's day-long 50% off sale (they seriously have the BEST sales!), and bought myself a lovely suit in a super exciting color...wait for it... navy! OK, so its not daring at all, but I think I now have the basics covered.  Next time, I am getting one in a fun color like burgundy!

**OK one last thing! The Limited is having its semi-annual suit sale right now (dangit, a day late).  It's buy one/get one free for suit jackets, skirts, pants, dresses.  I love The Limited suits - they really are great quality for a very good price. 

Ok, that is all. Here is my outfit......


Dress: Stitch Fix (love this sleeveless alternative)
Cardigan: LOFT (similar - so cute and 40% off!)
Shoes: Banana Republic (similar - I actually like these better than mine! hmm...)
*If you decide to try out Stitch Fix (its so fun!), feel free to use this link (which gives me referral points whenever anyone signs up on my recommendation).  Thank you kindly! :)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wear It Wednesday: Pattern on Pattern

This week, we're challenging each other to wear patterns together.  Once the laughingstock move of the 80's, it's now an easy way to bring interest to simple and fitted cuts.




Shirt: Madewell (similar)
Skirt: Madewell (similar)
Shoes: Classiques Entier (similar)
Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters Emma
Bag: Fendi (similar)

Karen says...

I sometimes wish I were a guy so I could mix patterns and colors in a suit.  Since women's clothes seem to have more cuts (and more bells and whistles overall), I can only mix patterns when the rest of the outfit is relatively streamlined and uncluttered.  Since the blouse and skirt are both Madewell, it's almost as if they were in the same family anyway, and I like how this turned out.

And happy birthday to my lovely friend Jamie!  I took her to dim sum lunch today, and she snapped this for me in Chinatown.



Cardigan: Native boutique (similar)
Tank: Gap (similar)
Skirt: Kohls (similar)
Shoes: Jessica Simpson (similar)
Necklace: J.Crew Factory (similar)

Paloma says...

OK, so I'll be honest. I dropped the ball on Wear it Wednesday. I totally did not wear pattern on pattern to work today.  However, I did wear this polka dot cardigan/tank/skirt combo.  So when I got home I quickly swapped out my red shoes for leopard ones and snapped this photo outside of house (there was a four year old screeching "MOMMMMMY!" in the background as I snapped this because her sister was trying to steal a toy).  And I totally would have worn something like this had I remembered Wear it Wednesday, so I think the crisis has been averted.

Leopard is one of the easiest patterns to mix with, because it acts sort of as a neutral.  I've paired leopard shoes with stripes before, and now dots. What's next - floral? 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Fallin'

I'm glad I wore the heck outta white in the last few weeks, because I'm getting into the mood for fall, even if the weather doesn't agree.  It's kinda perfect - wearing these rich, muted colors without too many layers is also a novelty in itself.

My eighth-grade self was obsessed with navy and burgundy.  Turns out my eighth-year attorney self is the same way.  I kinda love all of these pieces because it ranges from $13.80 to $500 (the bag and the shoes, bought back in 2007 and 2009, respectively).  Props to my sister for snapping these shots on an after work jaunt to The Grove and Farmers Market!  (Look how naturally I shop for fresh fruit!)


Tank: J.Crew (it's on sale!)
Skirt: Forever 21 (budget and splurge, though mine was $13.80)
Cardigan: H&M (similar)
Bag: Fendi (another cloth Fendi bag)
Heels: Manolo Blahnik (similar)

Royal

Another lovely Stitch Fix item! I think I read somewhere that purple is the most universally flattering color, and I totally buy it.  It's always been one of my go-to colors.  And the shade of this blouse is a particularly pretty one - though I am not sure the picture does it justice.

 
Shirt: Stitch Fix (41Hawthorne) (similar)
Skirt: Halogen
Shoes: Banana Republic (alternative)
Earrings: H&M (similar)

Friday, September 5, 2014

An Everything Kind of Friday

So much going on today, between getting some work done and out, taking an off campus lunch, catching up with co-workers, and then planning a party in the evening.  I have been fantasizing about an "everything" dress for such days, and found it last week at Topshop.

Not as visible here, but it's a slinky black slip dress with pockets!  And I imagined that it was something I could wear with a chunky sweater and boots.  Or tons of jewelry.  Or a kimono and some sandals.  Or under some denim.  Sure enough, today it works well for a fall Friday with some totally on sale neutral wedges, and an old sweater I got at a Ron Herman sale.


Grandpa Cardy: Gentle Fawn (similar for fall)
Dress: Topshop
Wedges: Sole Society (and ridiculously on sale!)
Jewelry: Madewell (similar and on sale!)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Houndstooth

Quickly popping in for a post even though I have exactly no time. I had to post, however, and show off this awesome new skirt I got in my latest Stitch Fix box! Oh how I love Stitch Fix. Some have complained about it, but I think the whole experience is fun - it forces me to try out things I would never have chosen for myself, and it is just so fun to get that box in the mail! And if I even keep just one piece from the whole box I am a happy camper.  In this case, I kept two - this skirt (which is so great because I have been wanting a new B&W skirt for awhile, AND its A-line so not my usual pencil skirt, AND it has an elastic waistband - holla!), and a lovely purple blouse.


Shirt: The Limited (similar)
Skirt: Stitch Fix (similar)
Necklace: J.Crew (similar and way cheaper option)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Wear It Wednesday: Chambray Shirt

So, in order to mix things up a bit around here, we thought we'd start a little feature we are calling "Wear it Wednesday."  The idea is that each Wednesday we will choose an item or style of clothing and each style it our own way.  We both love the idea of remixable wardrobe items, and we love seeing how different people style the same item.  Since we have a very different style from each other, but each love the way the other dresses, we thought it would be a fun way to showcase our different fashion perspectives!

Today.... a classic - the chambray shirt!!

Paloma says...

I have mentioned before my hesitance to embrace the chambray shirt at work.  I've only done it once before and totally loved the results.  Back then, I paired it with a colorful pencil skirt.  Today, I stuck with the pencil skirt but in a basic black, and decided to go full-on southwestern with my accessories, as a nod to my New Mexican roots! I mean, a denim shirt, some turquoise, and (faux!) snakeskin? Does it get more cowgirl than that?  (er...excuse my terribly-tucked shirt!)


Chambray shirt: Target (similar)
Skirt: The Limited
Shoes: J.Crew Factory (similar but a wedge)
Necklace: Towne & Reese (alternative)

Karen says...

The obviously rushed pictures.  40,000 things were going on today.  Despite all the complications, like, oh my God, it's fall, and oh my God, I have a client meeting, I knew I could meet the challenge of Wear It Wednesday!  And here is my chambray shirt, which is sleeveless with polka dots, here for my Wednesday mix.

These photos are courtesy of Vi.  After lunch.  I needed coffee.


Shirt: Anthropologie (totally similar)
Jacket: StitchFix (similar)
Skirt: Zara (similar)
Shoes: Zara (here's a better option for fall)
Bag: Vintage Coach (modern alternative)

Not Bouncy or Shiny

What a bummer.  This outfit is one I have been meaning to wear forever (copying Kendi), and I love it so. However, I am fighting a gnarly cold and had an exhausting weekend with not enough rest, so basically felt like hell in a handbasket this morning.  Thus, the tired eyes and sad hair.... not exactly the bouncy shiny look I had in mind with this lovely ensemble.  Maybe I should have done a headless shot. Instead, I present you with this lovely snarl face.

Anyway, this black and white top was such a great find - and from Forever 21 no less! I love when I find something from that store that goes the distance. It's a rarity, but it happens!



Shirt: Forever 21 (similar)
Skirt: J.Crew (similar)
Shoes: Sole Society (similar)


Also, I am apparently having a  green moment. See Exhibit A and Exhibit B, both from the last week.