Thursday, February 26, 2015

Color Contrast Comfy

You know how sometimes when you sit at a desk all day your clothes start to feel really constricting and uncomfortable? Well, this dress does not have that problem.  I would seriously wear it everyday if I could, its so comfortable and easy and not constricting.  But I always struggle with styling it and usually stick to an interesting necklace, neutral shoes, and a neutral cardigan or blazer.  Today I tried to be a bit different with the mustard-y cardigan and I have to say I love the color combo.  It doesnt come through in this picture very well, but the contrast is really pretty.

Dress: Target (alternative)
Cardigan: Forever 21
Necklace: J.Crew (alternative)

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Strictly Simple

OK.  My secret is out.  After months on the wait list, I got into Rent the Runway Unlimited to step up my accessories game.  So far, I find it to be fascinating and fun.  I'm going to make a point of posting each item before I ship it back for the next in queue.

And, if you haven't heard of RTRU, for $49 you get to rent three accessories per month, anything from sunglasses to handbags to coats.  The rings and necklaces are especially inspired, because these are statement pieces you sometimes do not want to hold on to because the one time with the outfit does the trick.  I'm going to give it a go for a few months (as much as my wallet can stand) and also see if it works out financially, as in, maybe I will be saving money not buying unnecessary big ticket accessories, and rather enjoying some pieces that I can return (once I'm over it, haha).

Today I have a simple t-shirt (favorite thing ever) with an (what else?) on sale Zara midi, my old shoes and bag, and Elizabeth and James sunglasses!  These, unfortunately, I'm promptly returning because, as a gently pre-used item, are too loose to wear.

Tee: Hardwear (similar)
Skirt: Zara (on sale for $17.90! but similar here)
Pumps: Carmen Marc Valvo (splurgy similar)
Bag: Zara (budget similar)
Sunglasses: Elizabeth and James Madison


I tried to wear a blazer instead of a cardigan today because I rarely wear blazers but I think they make any outfit look instantly more professional.   They are just not nearly as comfortable as cardigans, darnit.  Anyway, I do love how this outfit turned out.  And also love my new-ish cognac pumps that I got to replace those Banana Republic ones which I never really loved anyway and which were falling apart.

Shirt: Forever 21
Skirt: The Limited
Blazer: The Limited (alternative)
Necklace: The Limited

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Lawyered Up

I'm on topic, for a change, posting what I wore to a lawyer-related event.  I attended a reception last night with a ton of other lawyers - which can be a combination of irritating, intimidating, and super fun.  As it turned out, it was only the latter.

The event was smack dab in Beverly Hills - so after a couple of drinks, gabbing it up with colleagues, we had a quick dinner at Spago.  Not too bad for a Tuesday night!

As for the clothes, I didn't want to be in a dress suit all day, so I decided to go comfortable classy with a basic black dress.  But it has a sort of batwing, cape-like top, which I thought was forgiving and flattering.  As for the jacket - if you call it a "boyfriend car coat," and in a light baby blue, it has my name all over it.  Snapped up at Intermix over the weekend, and on sale!

Dress: Zara (like this but would kill for this)
Shoes: The Limited (super similar)
Bag: Clare V Louise

Coat: Intermix

Skirt Addiction Discovered

This skirt is perfect.  I have made many attempts at the black and white skirt (embarrassingly, I own like four or five that I can think of, other than this one), but have never been fully satisfied.  Let's see:  This one is too tight, but was once perfect.  This one is great but is actually not black and white, more of a black and light gray.  This one is too poofy and I haven't worn it in ages.  This one is more ivory than white, and doesn't feel very sophisticated to me.  Holy crap, I forgot all about this one! Woah, I have a skirt addiction problem.

Anyway, now that I have discovered my addiction, hopefully I can send a few of those old ones to goodwill and move on because this skirt is the. best. Great weight, super comfortable, sophisticated without being constricting.... A+.

Shirt: Express
Cardigan: J.Crew
Skirt: The Limited
Shoes: Asos
Necklace: gift (alternative)

In other news - still adore these shoes!!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Blue Pants

Blue pants! Fun! I had a spendy February, based in large part on my finally accepting that there are certain clothing items in my closet which will never fit again (sob), which therefore compelled me to take advantage of some crazy sales and replace said items.  I love these new pants because they are blue but not navy.  It's hard to tell from this oh-so-amazing iphone photo, but the blue is like a heathered blue. Very cute.  Kinda wish I had purchased the matching blazer.  Though my wallet (and husband) thanks me for refraining.

Also, the shirt is peplum and pleated which you 100% cannot tell from these pics. Wow, I need a photographer.

Top: Target (alternative)
Cardigan: Target (similar)
Pants: The Limited
Shoes: J.Crew Factory (alternative)
Earrings: somewhere in New Mexico (cute alternative)

Lazy Layering

Once again, I have been dressing daily like I'm going to post and then somehow, either I feel my face turned really haggard all of a sudden, or co-workers seem really not into helping snap a pic, or the day just got away from me... and then the outfit goes off into the abyss, maybe never to be worn again.  That's a bit dramatic.  But then, having worn it that week, you very well can't have it back on the rotation for a couple more weeks, at least... you know how it goes.  I mourn a bit for those carefully curated outfits, never posted.

So here's the perfect bad example - I've decided to post on a day when I got super lazy.  I have some dinner plans so I wanted to wear this black shift with a barely there kind of slit, and the way to make that work for... uh, work, is to layer it up.  I was feeling very #NYFW/#LFW so I just piled on the black.  Love doing that, anyway.  Love working with the cut and fit rather than patterns and colors, and that's what layering's all about.

Add some gold jewelry, some dark sunglasses, a pop of pattern, and I'm set.

Shift: Hardwear (inspired by something like this)
Jacket: Delyle (similar)
Scarf: Koreatown someplace (essentially this)
Shoes: Sole Society (as flats, inspired by these, and affordable like this)
Bag: Clare V (this but sold out at the sale price!)
Sunglasses: Zara (like these

Friday, February 20, 2015

Busy Classic

Busy Friday, classic outfit. Black, jeans, leopard, turquoise. Easy.

Shirt: Target
Cardigan: Nanette Lepore (similar)
Jeans: J.Crew
Shoes: Nine West
Earrings: J.Crew Factory (similar)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Painfully Uninteresting

Hello there! I've been a bit M.I.A. for a few days there, haven't I?  Well last Wednesday I fully intended to blog but it just became one of those days where even breathing seemed to take too much time, and therefore blogging got the ax.  I didn't like my outfit anyway.  Then Thursday and Friday were work from home days, and Monday was a holiday. So here we are, one week later!

Wearing a combination of colors that I love - burgundy and navy (though I realize this sweater looks very much black and not so much navy).  In fact, I just wore this combo a couple weeks ago.  I also busted out this peplum top today, which I loved oh-so-much online but which I have never felt like i could make work. I think the waist of the peplum is too high? Oh, and its also sheer which means I have to wear a tank underneath and since I don't have a tank that is the right length, I wind up bunching up a longer tank which only succeeds in making me look thicker in the waist area.  Blergh.  OK, I just realized how painfully uninteresting this paragraph has been. Carry on....

Cardigan: The Limited (similar 3/4 sleeve option)
Pants: The Limited
Shirt: J.Crew (similar)
Shoes: Nine West (similar)
Necklace: Forever 21 (similar)

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Wednesday Twofer

I miss our Wear It Wednesdays, and we definitely have to get our 2015 blogging game back into gear... but you know, the law game comes first.  But the WIW days will return!

In line with that, I don't know where the week has gone already, but I was able to IG two pics, which now amounts to two posts... in one!

Tuesday.  Post-deposition preparation meeting, looking for odds and ends for a weekend wedding trip.  At the TJ Maxx in Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw.  5:30 p.m.

Shirt: H&M (budget and splurge)
Cardigan: William B. (quite inexpensive, here's a comparable splurge)
Pants: Banana Republic (ugh on sale now but not when I bought them! ugh!)
Shoes: J.Crew Martina (in winter shades and on sale)
Bag: Clare V. Louise (on sale in shearling)

Wednesday.  Lunchtime.  At the metro stop somewhere in downtown LA.  12:30 p.m.

Dress: Joie (similar)
Cardigan: Division E (similar by Splendid)
Shoes: Michael Kors York 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015


I've always loved the color of this skirt, and yet always hated that crinkly thing it does in the front. Almost enough to make me not want to wear it anymore. Boo.

That is literally the only thing I could think of to say today, sorry.  

Shirt: Express
Skirt: J.Crew Factory (not quite the same color but cute alternative)
Shoes: Nine West
Earrings: Target (alternative)

Earring shot, and wow I look like a dork, what am I looking at?

I love you to the moon and back, leopard shoes....

Monday, February 9, 2015

6:30 p.m.

Outta words today, but here's a picture of me with a somewhat cracked-out looking smile and terrible hair because this was taken at 6:30 p.m. at the end of an exhausting workday and I missed my hair appointment last week.  Whatchagonnado?

Shirt: Old Navy (alternative)
Skirt: Halogen (alternative)
Shoes: Nine West (alternative)
Necklace: The Limited

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Just the Jewelry

I did the formerly unthinkable. I went to a 6:30 a.m. Hot 8 Yoga class.

Now, if you told me at any point in the past that I'd be up at that hour to work out, I would've called you a liar.  But I just hung on to holiday jet lag (like a champ) and I'm more than a month into 2015 with being up before 6:00 a.m., every day.  My awesome co-worker and friend, Jenifer, is the morning yoga addict and so I joined her this morning for some serious yoga ass-kicking.  It hurts so good.

So, I had to just pack light to transition from workout to work in her part of town, Bev Hills.  The outfit is simple as can be - Forever 21 dress, black heels, yesterday's black shag cardigan.  So we'll just focus on a couple of tiny details today.

Clover in Rose Gold: Wilma & Ethel (splurge)
Chunky Gold Chain: H&M (probably a better one here that won't turn green)

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Trust Me

I bought these pants eons ago, wore them once, realized they were too long, and then they sat in the back of my closet waiting for a trip to the tailors to be hemmed.  That trip finally came to fruition last week and the pants are back! I get so many compliments on these, and they really are great because they are a printed pant so its something outside the ordinary, but in black and white, there are literally endless colors that you could wear with them.  I, of course, chose boring gray.  But with a bit of color down south in the shoe area.  In any event, I actually think they photograph terribly - they look way cuter in person...guess you'll just have to trust me on that.

Sweater: J.Crew
Pants: Ann Taylor (similar)
Shoes: Steve Madden (similar)
Necklace: The Limited (similar)

My co-worker calls these my fuzzy purple shoes. Nice.

Black Shag

... sweater.  I'm on a total sweater kick lately, and have been accumulating them with more interest than necessary items like blouses and slacks.  Saw this shaggy black sweater on sale at Bucks and Does and thought it the perfect accent on a simple jeans and tee kinda thing.  Or, for an outfit you change into, out of a suit, for a lunch date with a friend.

And, as usual, I love layering black.  I'm tres casual again, but I'm going to squirrel away in my office here for the rest of the day!

Tee: Zoe Karssen 
Skirt: StitchFix/Tart (similar)
Heels: Zara (similar)
Bag: Botkier Bianca (similar by Marc by Marc Jacobs)

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Ripped Off

I ripped this look off directly from Jessica on the blog Here & Now (which btw, is a great blog - she is a teacher and is adorable and has great style; I gravitate toward blogs that are more approachable, fashion-wise, and also work-appropriate -- hers fits the bill for sure...btw, how many different punctuation marks do you think I could fit into this parenthetical?), and I love how it came together.  Just wish my cobalt blue pencil skirt was actually fitting at the moment because it would have looked great with this.  Also wish I had some cute gray suede pumps to pair with it.... next on the wishlist i s'pose.

Cardigan: J.Crew (alternative)
Shirt: J.Crew Factory (alternative)
Skirt: Target (similar)
Shoes: Banana Republic (alternative)
Earrings: Kate Spade

Maroon Moment

I'm totally having a maroon moment, and by "moment" I mean the last six months, at least.  Of course I am super excited that marsala is the 2015 Pantone Color of the Year, and I'm eager to transition to that, or even experiment with maroon-marsala monochromatic combinations!  For now, it is hard not to wear these Carmen Marc Valvo pumps every single day.  And had I been steadily taking photos in the last three weeks (sigh), you might have seen the proof...

Ah, yes, busy days.  2015, the Year of the Sheep, is going to be an awesome year.  I just hope I have time to enjoy it!

(How fun is it seeing a massive Botkier bag in motion?)

Layered Blouse: H&M (Rachel Zoe similar in gold, on sale)
Skirt: Forever 21 (super simple similar)
Heels: Carmen Marc Valvo (on sale now)
Bag: Botkier Bianca
Necklace: J.Crew Factory (I also like this one)

Monday, February 2, 2015

Summer in January

Happy Monday, y'all.  It's shaping up to be another busy week for me... though likely not as oppressive as the last month or so has been.  Also, we have a projected high temperature of 75 degrees, so my totally summery outfit is actually totally appropriate.  It happens every year around this time - I start to realize that "winter" is really a figment of the imagination here in SoCal and I get a little sad that I don't get to wear all those cute cozy sweaters and boots that sit in my closet, unloved.  That said, after spending ten days in Connecticut in early January, I think I can safely say that I would take a summery January over piles of snow and bone-freezing temperatures any day.

Blouse: Forever 21 (alternative)
Cardigan: Stitch Fix (alternative)
Skirt: The Limited (alternative)
Necklace: Towne & Reese (alternative)

Close-up of the necklace (and bonus cleavage shot - haha)

Yup, these shoes again.