Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Modern Victorian

Lately, I've been spending a bit too much time on the Forever 21 website - the slippery slope of fashion.  You head on there to buy something either crazy basic or trendy, and you end up piling up a shopping cart full of $15.80 odds and ends.  But, I should be totally unapologetic about this because I really think they have stepped up their game and not the prices, so who can argue with that?

Nota bene: the models for Forever 21 and Revolve are pretty damn good, extremely persuasive, and I am a sucker each and every time thinking I will look the way they do.  Well played, F21 and Revolve.

As for this dress, it was another Forever 21 impulse buy that I thought was the neatest little spin on modern Victorian.  And plenty forgiving following our Thanksgiving luncheon today, where yours truly had an extra carrot souffle.


Dress: Forever 21 (similar vibe)
Clutch: 3.1 Phillip Lim (similar)
Boots: Franco Sarto (similar)
Sunglasses: Zara (similar splurge)

Monday, November 24, 2014

I Got Dressed

This Monday is my Friday! I am out for the rest of the week to spend the holidays with my fam in La Quinta (near Palm Springs) and I could NOT be more pumped.  In other news, I got dressed today.

Happy Thanksgiving, all! So thankful for a sweet readers - you've made this little pet project a whole lot more fun than we ever anticipated it could be!


Top: Urban Outfitters (alternative)
Sweater: Old Navy (alternative)
Skirt: Halogen
Pumps: J.Crew Factory (wedge alternative)
Earrings: Kate Spade (lovely gift from my lovely friend Jordan!)

Friday, November 21, 2014

Turkey Friday

We had a potluck turkey lunch at work today, in honor of Thanksgiving.  And boy oh boy was that bad for my afternoon productivity.  Zzzzzz....  Thank goodness I wore stretchy pants!
Also - are knee-high boots with skinny jeans still a thing? I feel like everyone has moved on to booties/ankle boots. But I still love this look!


Shirt: LOFT (alternative)
Jeans: Forever 21 (similar)
Boots: Steve Madden (similar)
Sweater: Martin + Osa (RIP) (similar)
Necklace: Towne & Reese (alternative)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Wear It... Thursday?

Headed to a networking event today, but didn't quite want to wear a suit, so I just went with black and blazer.  In fact, this is the third day this week that I have worn all black and I'm wondering at what point I turned into Johnny Cash.

Anyway, I notice that Paloma and I got the memo for Thursday and are both doing blacks and whites and grays!  In fact, earlier today I had another shirt layered over the lacy black one, then changed my mind and pared it down... Uncanny, how much we think alike.  And how often.


Top: Patterson J. Kincaid (similar)
Skirt: Bebe (similar)
Jacket: Stitch Fix (structured one)
Necklace: Topshop (similar one with bling)
Shoes: Zara (pretty basic)

Wee Bit Festive

As much as I try to fight it, the holiday season is upon us.  Seriously,  does this start earlier every year?? I will say, I do love Thanksgiving, however.  Who wouldn't love a holiday whose entire focus is to be with the ones you love while you eat and relax?

Anyway, the point is that it feels like its about time to bust out my beloved wool/sparkle pencil skirt.  It's hard to tell in this first shot, but its woven with some gold shiny threads into the black wool and it makes what would be a plain ole pencil skirt just a wee bit more interesting and festive. 


Shirt: H&M (similar)
Skirt: J.Crew (similar - its a splurge but i could NOT find an inexpensive alternative)
Shoes: Enzo Angiolini (similar)
Cardigan: The Limited (similar)


{I shared a better shot of the skirt on instagram}


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wear It Wednesday: Shirt + Sweater

It's Wear it Wednesday again!  And once again, we are both rocking the same item or style to see two takes on it.  Today: shirt + sweater!

Paloma says...

Fall is here! Forecast of mid-70s for the next week! Huzzah! Guess that means its time to bust out the layers and sweaters.... right?! (I can feel the entire Northeast section of the country shaking their heads at me). In other news - this shirt is quite possibly the softest and greatest shirt ever. Oh, J.Crew, you can do no wrong.


Shirt: J.Crew (similar)
Cardigan: Express (similar)
Skirt: Halogen (similar)
Shoes: Jessica Simpson (exact)
Necklace: Target (exact)

Karen says...

Today's WIW pick was an excuse to force myself to put some pieces together, rather than throw on a dress or throw on my usual blouse and skirt.  It just hasn't gotten cold around here (with Christmas around the corner), but mercifully, it is cool enough to wear two layers.  I am forcing myself to repurpose purchases from last year and the year before and, of course, that means more mixing and matching.  Discipline, Karen!  No more shopping!  (At least until Black Friday!)


Shirt: Heavenly Couture (a similar shirt with blue polka dots here)
Sweater: Forever 21 (love this splurge)
Skirt: Madewell (another similar from Madewell)
Shoes: Zara (similar with studs)

Monday, November 17, 2014

Simple Monday

Nothing better than a weekend with some of your oldest and dearest girlfriends in the world to make you feel totally rejuvenated.  And also really damn tired on Monday.  Too much wine, too many late nights!  In any event, I kept it simple today in a short-sleeve sweater and one of my favorite pencil skirts (it has tuxedo stripes - too lazy/busy to get a good picture of them) that I haven't busted out since last winter.


Sweater: The Limited (similar)
Skirt: J.Crew (similar)
Shoes: Nine West
Necklace: Forever 21 (similar)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Neutrals + Red

Oh my goodness how cute did Karen look yesterday in her dress and booties??  So envious of how cute she looks in booties... I decidedly cannot pull them off very well.  So probably a good "Wear it Wednesday" for me to miss.

Anyway, back at it today in neutrals with a bit of red.... and looking forward to a three day weekend with college girlfriends in town! Happy day!


Sweater: J.Crew
Pants: Gap (similar)
Shoes: Sole Society (similar)
Necklace: J.Crew Factory (similar)


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wear It Wednesday: Dress + Boots

Karen says...

Ah, I am the lone poster this Wednesday since Paloma is working from home and has no need to don a dress and ankle boots.  It's just as well, as Paloma isn't inclined to wear ankle boots/booties to work on Wednesday (she'll do it on a Friday).

Busy times round these parts, lots of meetings, lots of reports due.  But it's Wednesday, and I'm having fun mixing patterns, shapes, and colors!

On balance, without Paloma, this does not turn out to be a WIW challenge, just my outfit for today.


Dress: H&M (similar)
Boots: Zara (similar)


Necklace: Zara (this Topshop one rocks!)

Monday, November 10, 2014

Head to Toe

I have long proclaimed my love for J.Crew's "Tippi" sweater - I have it in three colors but would love to own a zillion more.  So I was eager to try out J.Crew Factory's alternative, the "Charley" sweater.  I bought this lovely one back in September (pre-shopping ban) and am finally wearing it since the weather is cooperating and acting like fall!  I must say, I think I might like it more than Tippi! Its a wee bit looser and more relaxed which I think I like.

Anyway, my beloved friend Maggie knew I bought this sweater (because I pretty much run all my clothing purchases by her, which is totally not weird), and she suggested that I wear it with this purple skirt.  Good call, Mags!

Also... wearing head to toe J.Crew Factory today...


Sweater: J.Crew Factory
Skirt: J.Crew Factory (alternative 1) (alternative 2)
Shoes: J.Crew Factory (alternative)
Necklace: Target (alternative)

Thursday, November 6, 2014

On a Roll...

Oh my, iIam on a roll with the maroon/red/burgundy color this week... totally unintentional but I've worn some version of those colors every day this week!


Tank: Urban Outfitters (similar)
Skirt: The Limited (similar)
Cardigan: J.Crew (similar)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Wear It Wednesday: Pink & Red

It's Wear it Wednesday again! And once again, we are both rocking the same item or style to see two takes on it.  Today: pink and red!

Paloma says...

I love color. As is obvious to anyone who reads this blog.  And I REALLY love this color combo.  Though its not one that I wear it too often.  In fact, the only other time I can think of was waaaaay back in 2012 in our second post EVER.  Today's outfit was straight up ripped off from Veronika (she does good work wear, that girl!) and this outfit which I have been meaning to copy for ages.  Today is the day, folks. Today is the day.

Also, I want to point out that I am wearing turquoise earrings (YES MORE COLOR), but after several failed attempts at a decent up-close selfie to capture them I decided to just tell you about them.


Sweater: J.Crew
Skirt: Target (similar)
Shoes: Banana Republic (similar)
Necklace: Forever 21 (similar)
Earrings: J.Crew Factory (fab alternatives on sale!)

Karen says...

My love for pink and red together is eternal, sprung from the very moment I watched Marilyn's Lorelei Lee in "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.  When Paloma suggested Pink & Red for today - loved it!

I've also been fantasizing about mixing fuschia with burgundy, which Paloma very closely achieves here... Since I had a meeting today, I had to keep it somewhat subtle, and that's how we end up with the red blouse and pink shoes.

Oh yes, and we lopped off some locks yesterday - thanks to Tamara at Perry McGrath!


Tab-sleeve shirt: Hardwear (similar)
Pleated skirt: S.Y.L.K. (here in midi - loves!)
Shoes: Steve Madden (would kill for these!)
Belt: Cole Haan (similar)


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Ain't Mad Atcha

So if you follow us on instagram (@ninethirtytofive) you probably saw my post this morning in which I lamented that Stitch Fix totally ruined my "no shopping" streak.  In the beginning of October, I made a resolution to not shop for clothes for the remainder of 2014... but totally forgot that I had a Stitch Fix box scheduled to land on my doorstep the first week of November. Gah! So of course I was stoked when I got the box, but also wary... I knew I would love at least an item or two, and it would be oh-so-sad to lose that $20 styling fee by sending back the whole box.  So, of course, I fell in love with everything in the box.  But I used my super will power to send back all but one item - this dress.  It's super lovely, super comfy, super awesome.  Even though it was responsible for me breaking my no-shopping streak.  It's OK, dress. I ain't mad atcha. 

Dress: Stitch Fix (41Hawthorn Anabelle dress) (similar)
Cardigan: The Limited
Shoes: Gap
Necklace: Forever 21 (similar)

 And here she is without the cardigan....(side note - about 4 people today commented that I looked "so short" without my heels... flats are really a rarity for me! And honestly I kinda wish i were wearing heels with this, think it would have looked better)

And of course, the most important accessory of the day... my "I voted" sticker. Vote, peeps! :)


Monday, November 3, 2014

Maroon, Again.

I am making the weirdest face in this picture but oh man was i NOT in the mood for picture taking today. My husband is out of town for a week and a half and when I'm solo parenting for that long, this is the kind of face you are gonna get from me, sorry.

Anyway. I just realized that I now own three pairs of maroon pants. Huh? How did that happen? Anyway, no matter, these are my cropped pair and I love them (though I have to unbutton them when I sit down... but that's likely due to the three pieces of pizza I had last night...oops. Hey, single parenting - don't judge!)

Sweater: Express (similar)
Tee: Target
Pants: The Limited
Shoes: Sole Society (super affordable alternative)