Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Bah Humug (a venting session)

Not to be all "bah humbug," but... well, bah humbug.  I am not a big holiday season person to begin with, but this holiday season has been just bleh.  Don't get me wrong, i am very excited to see my daughters open their presents from Santa on Christmas morning, and I am very excited for a four day weekend filled with friends and family, but ugh the stress leading up to Christmas just sucks. Too many expectations, too much money spent, too much to DO!  It doesn't help that for the past month, at least one member of my family has been sick at all times. Last week, I was knocked out by a massive head cold for a good five days. It was awful.  It also doesn't help that work is nailing me right now, and I have a huge vacation planned for the first ten days of the year which means approximately 5,987 things on my "to do" list.  In summary: meh.

Okay, I'm done with my venting. At least I love my outfit today! Merry Christmas y'all!

Sweater: J.Crew Factory "Charley" (here)
Shirt: Old Navy (alternative)
Skirt: The Limited (exact)
Shoes: Jessica Simpson "Calie" (here)
Earrings: Kate Spade (here)

Friday, December 19, 2014

Winter Casual

Bring on the faux fur!  Admittedly, the whole Uggs/shearling in California thing is totally pretentious given there's uh, no snow, and it's never really below 65.  But faux fur looks fab, and you can't hate a girl for the envy.

This is my last casual Friday in 2014!  For the first time in 3.5 years, and my first time with my firm, I'm taking a proper vacay.  (I know, I know.  Austin, New York, Aspen, all those weekend trips... but this isn't a day tacked onto a weekend.  I'm gone!)  I won't be here for 10 days or so and the idea of leaving everyday work tasks isn't as amazing as I thought it'd be.  Once I move past the anxiety (which may or may not take like two minutes once I get to LAX, passport in hand), I will revel in the idea of being detached and far away.

On that note, all the more reason to rock the faux fur and shearling.  Vi and I went to Target to buy Christmas essentials, and stopped by this really weird social media spot.  More to come later on these Matt Bernson Tundras.  I plan to wear them all over Taiwan.

Top: J.Crew Factory Charley (on sale and in different colors)
Pants: Current/Elliott (like these)
Boots: Matt Bernson Tundra (on sale basically everywhere)
Bag: Sole Society Agnes
Jacket: Spiewak (check the Forever 21 steal)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Holiday Duty

It's that time of year!  The Employment Team 2012 holiday whatever-it-is.  Nobody showed up festive.  Christmas was hardly mentioned.  Or holiday plans.  It was just four lawyers having a quick lunch at a new restaurant.  The important thing is that we made it happen.

And, of course, being able to post together.  Yes!

Paloma says...

Black and white and red will always and forever be my fall-back color combo.  It is also very appropriate around the holidays, so it works out quite well for our holiday lunch/gathering/whatever.  I have been feeling the need to keep my wardrobe more simple lately; just have been gravitating toward basics more and more. I'd like to say this is because as I get older I have a more classic and simple wardrobe, but I think its really the 4,876 item to-do list and the madness of the holidays that has me in this "who cares what i wear, cant it just be all black?" mood.

Top: H&M (exact)
Cardigan: J. Crew (exact)
Skirt: The Limited (similar)
Shoes: Nine West (similar)
Scarf: gift (similar)
Bag: The Limited (exact - and its currently 50% off!)

Karen says...

Sourcing from my amazing besties today, Cynthia and Emily.  We had our own little holiday do over the weekend before everyone travels at the end of the year.  Cyn gifted me this perfect necklace; Em gifted me the sleek Alexander Wang-inspired jacket from Japan.  Mondays are best when you have something new to wear!  Also hauled out the furry coat, it's going to be rainy and in the 60's this week...

And, of course, although it's ever so hard to schedule, it's wonderful to party like it's 2012 again and lunch with Paloma, Jamie, and Steve.  I love getting our photos together.  Truth.  Fact.  'Nuff said.

Tee: Current/Elliott (mine's not muscle, but close)
Pants: Uniqlo (oh yeah, black jeggings! similar ones)
Jacket: Delyle (similar)
Heels: Vince Camuto (more festive here)
Jacket: Spiewak (ooh tres similar)
Bag: Sole Society (inspired by this)
Necklace: J.Crew Factory

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Maroon Pants and a Bandage

Maroon (oxblood? port? wine?) colored pants forever!  I can't believe I went so long without owning pants in this shade - I could wear them every day!  Paired with a cozy sweater for a long day of sitting at my desk and plugging away at a zillion tasks.  Oh, and also having a (very) minor medical procedure on my hand this morning - excuse the bandage!

Pants: The Limited (exact)
Sweater: Forever 21 (similar)
Necklace: The Limited (similar)
Shoes: Nine West (similar)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Wear It Wednesday: Kelly Green

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: kelly green... at least, I think this is kelly green.

Karen says...

Thoughts on this outfit:

  • I was experimenting with a new curling iron today, thus the big, loose waves;
  • There are mini shoulder pads in this Zara jacket, what I like to call my "Joan Crawford" look;
  • This is totally a kelly green racerback tank, which is why I've kept on my Joan Crawford blazer all day.

Shirt: little boutique in DTLA by 6th and Spring, the name of which escapes me
Jacket: Zara (some Topshop awesomeness)
Jeans: Citizens of Humanity (beyond old!) (similar and updated)
Shoes: Kenneth Cole (very similar)

Paloma says...

I love J.Crew pencil skirts, and this one in particular because this kelly green is just so darn cheery, and livens up any outfit.  Anyway, here's how I styled it today....with neutrals, neutrals, neutrals.

Sweater: The Limited
Skirt: J.Crew (very similar) 
Top: LOFT (similar)
Necklace: Forever 21 (similar)

Monday, December 8, 2014

Normcore Envy

Mondays are ever so much more bearable when you can go casual.  Still in Austin mode, I think, and I originally wore some ankle boots to work.  There was the denim, and there had been a colorful scarf.  But then my Black Friday purchases were waiting in my office, and when I put on the sneakers - bam!  Normcore!

Well, not really, but I will fully confess that I picked out these New Balance sneaks in the hope of creating one or two normcore looks.  Is it really me?  No.  But come on, a girl can try.

Tee: Current/Elliott (similar)
Jacket: H&M (similar)
Skirt: Madewell (similar)
Shoes: New Balance (on sale!)

Sunday, December 7, 2014

South By Southwest: Austin

I quite literally went South by Southwest by going to the University of Texas, Austin to see The Making of Gone With the Wind exhibit at the Harry Ransom Center.  It's the 75th anniversary of the movie (oh my God, I remember buying the 50th anniversary edition!), and this momentous birthday is more than reason enough for this magnificently curated exhibit of Scarlett's best dresses and David O. Selznick's voluminous papers chronicling the making of the film.  I am the ultimate classic film geek (among many other nerdy things, I'm afraid), and I could not believe my good fortune in going to Austin for my best friend Reyna's bachelorette party at the same time of the exhibition.

I mean, this is a workwear blog, right?  And workwear are clothes, and clothes are fashion, right?  These gowns most certainly have nothing to do with work, but they have everything to do with fashion.  And there is nothing more fashionable than Scarlett O'Hara.  So not only must I share with you these showstopping dresses, but I must advertise this exhibit here so that you really will go see all of this on your own.  With one look you are transported to so much more than the glamour of 19th-century dress, but really to the golden era of filmmaking and the richness of fabric and detail that is everything we love about fashion.  In fact, I was struck by the fact that really these costumes were the luscious late-30's more than they were the austere 1860's.  If you're a "Windie" like me (I know, eyeroll, ha!), you know that Walter Plunkett designed these spectacular pieces.

And here they are, in order of appearance in the film...

Scarlett's Curtain Dress

This one had faded quite a bit, and was probably the most exhibited dress from the film.
In the bit of cloth by the longer tassel, you can see the original color of the dress.
As you can imagine, despite the enormous skirt, the bodice and sleeves were quite
petite for the very dainty Vivien Leigh.

Scarlett's Red Party Dress

This was "the" dress for all of us, right?  This was actually the only dress from the book that
was not green - so infatuated was Margaret Mitchell, unintentionally even, by Scarlett's green
eyes and her dresses to match.  But the scene called for Scarlett to arrive in notorious
fashion - and as we know, there is nothing more dangerous than a lady in red.
This dress was immaculately preserved and every bit as lush as you'd expect.

This was the treat of all treats for me.  You never see the back of the dress in the movie.
It's on Scarlett, and in the next scene, it's in a pile in her boudoir.
So to see the back of this in all its splendor - wow.

Scarlett's Green Peignoir

Did they really wear this in the late 1860's?  This dressing gown is everything decadent
about Scarlett's post-war life.  As beautiful as this dress is, it makes me a little sad
because Scarlett and Rhett end up having a nasty argument in this scene.  Ha.
The detail here is brilliant, and once again, Ms. Leigh lived up to Scarlett's small waist...

Scarlett's Blue Velvet Robe

Once again, not an actual dress imagined by Margaret Mitchell, everything here is 
pure Plunkett.  This might have been the most perfectly preserved piece - you wanted to
run your hands all over the fur and velvet.  Again, another sad outfit really because...
well, no spoiler alert here.  Scarlett recuperates in style.

And as for Austin?  Well, this wall on South Congress says it all.

Sweatshirt dress: Alternative Apparel (similar)
Leggings: Forever 21 (super similar)
Boots: Frye Veronica
Scarf: somewhere in Koreatown (similar)
Cap: Free People It Suits You
Clutch: Vintage Bonwit Teller (I like this one, too)

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Busy, Busy, and a Skirt

Busy day, busy month! End of the year means time to catch up and make sure I meet (no, EXCEED) my billable hours ~ weeee!

Tee: Merona for Target (similar)
Sweater/Jacket: LOFT (similar)
Skirt: Halogen (similar with fun leather piping)
Shoes: Banana Republic (similar)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Return of Casual December

Boy, do I wish I could have gotten a better photo of this outfit!  After starting the first two days of the month in deposition and client meetings, I couldn't wait to get into my casual gear for the return of Casual December.  It's not a total free for all, you're only allowed to go casual with a donation of a new toy or $5.  It's a costly effort, but man, I will do anything to be comfortable.  And wear Black Friday stuff I bought.

What I really wanted to showcase were these DWP for Scoop NYC Frida Tencel Chino Joggers!  (Designed by Gwen Stefani, how cool!)  Yes, I got asked today, "Are you wearing sweats?"  It's a fine, fine line... The elastic cuff, slub fit, and taper are hard to digest.  But thankfully one or two fashionista co-workers totally "got" it, and that's all that mattered...

Shirt: Forever 21 (awesomely discounted to $10)
Jacket: H&M (similar)
Bag: Zara (an amazing Sole Society similar)
Heels: Kenneth Cole 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Productive and Positive

Back to work! I always find the first day back at work after a vacation to be on the one hand depressing (ugh, so much work!) and on the other hand, productive and positive (I am so rested, look how much work I can get done!).  Today is feeling more productive than depressing, thankfully. It doesn't hurt that the L.A. weather has been divine today - rainy and chilly.  Love it.

Blouse: LOFT (similar)
Skirt: StitchFix (similar)
Cardigan: J.Crew (exact)
Shoes: Enzo Angiolini (similar)
Necklace: J.Crew Factory (similar)

Of course, vacation time meant copious amounts of food and wine, so I busted out the elastic waist skirt today. Thankfully it's adorable.