Monthly Archives: January 2012

Hello Spring?

It has been unseasonably warm here in the East Coast, and I’m NOT complaining.  As much as I love boots, I love wearing pumps with my skinny jeans because they make my stubby legs look miles long!  By the way, don’t you just LOVE this new top?  I got it from a store called Joe Fresh, have you heard of it?  It’s a Canadian based company that has opened up stores here in NYC (not sure where else in the country).  It’s filled with basics, like this silk shirt in every color, cashmere blend sweaters, striped shirts all at affordable prices.  This shirt was only $39!  Think H&M meets American Aparel.  Fortunately for me, but unfortunately for my wallet, there’s a store directly across from my office! 

I’m in love with my Rebbeca Minkoff bag!!!  I got it during the after Thanksgiving Day sale and I’m thinking about getting another one in pink.

Top: Joe Fresh (similar)

Jeans: 7 for all Mankind

Shoes: Calvin Klein (similar)

Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

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Color Trend: Neon – Colorphobe style

I have to admit that when I saw that neon was going to be a big trend this spring, I cringed.  My mind immediately went through a montage of blinding 80s fashion.  And while some may adopt this trend in that very way, I’ve decided that I’m just going to dip my toe into the neon pool.  I’ll probably pair these with some neutrals, whites, and navy blues.  Here are the neon pieces I’m craving for this spring (and probably even before then!): Spring 2012 Neonsource | source | source
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So, how do you feel about neon this spring?  Are you going to go head-to-toe highlighter blue? Or will you be dipping your toe like me?

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Casual Weekend

This was one of the outfits I wore last week during our quiet weekend in Jamesport.  

Hope you have a great week!!!

xx,

Di

Top: Gap (similar)

Fur Vest: 5/48 (similar)

Necklace: Off 5th (similar)

Jeggings: AG (similar)

Boots: Jessica Simpson (similar)

 

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Giveaway – Statement Necklace

Update: Congratulations to Sabrina of Sabrina and the City for winning this lovely necklace!

Happy Friday everyone! It sure has been frigid out there in the Northeast.  So we thought it would be a great idea to add some sunshine to your day by giving you a chance to win this gorgeous statement necklace from Stephan & Co.

Here’s How To Enter:
Follow City and Burbs on Facebook and leave a comment telling us you’ve done so.
For additional entries, subscribe to our blog (from the sidebar) and/or follow us on Twitter and leave us a separate comment for each of those actions as well.
Giveaway ends January 23,2012 and the winner will be announced on the 24th.

Good luck!

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Brown Tights

Brown tights remind me of a grammar school uniform, but I was totally convinced otherwise by Jean from Extra Petitte.  She’s so right, brown tights bring a warmth to any outfit.  Will you be trying brown tights? 

 

 

 

Top: Gap (similar and much cuter)

Skirt: Ann Taylor

Tights: Zara (similar)

Shoes: Banana Republic (similar)

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Black and White

This weekend we headed out East to celebrate some special events.  Frank’s Birthday and our two year dating anniversary.  We decided to go to our favorite restaurant, Jedediah Hawkins.  It’s a beautiful Inn located in South Jamesport, NY.  The menu has a great variety of dishes, many of which include fresh products from their own garden.  Our personal favorites are the duck wings and the burger, yum!

Here’s what I wore.

Top: Zara (similar)

Jacket: Banana Republic (old) (similar)

Pants: Club Monaco (gift from Frank) (similar)

Shoes: Calvin Klein (old) (similar)

Necklace: Nordstrom (old)

Clutch: Rachel Rachel Roy (similar)

 

 

 

 

Here’s a shot of us enjoying a pre-dinner cocktail

 

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Boring suit…no more

I love how these blue shoes brighten up this boring black suit.  How do you spruce up your suits?

Suit: Victoria’s Secret (blazer , pants)

Top: Loft (similar)

Shoes: Steve Madden via DSW

 

 

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Salad – Inspired by Nordy’s

People say that it’s the water in Jersey that makes the bagels so good. And the pizza crust. And the sub rolls.  See a pattern yet?  Frankly, I don’t think it’s a coincidence that I’m a carboholic — which is really unfortunate for my waistline.  One thing we lack in Jersey however, is a place that serves a mean salad.   Enter my “west coast bestie,” Sabrina of Sabrina and the City, who is responsible for introducing me to the Nordstrom Cafe – a lunchtime gem – and home of my go-to salad when I have to eat on the road — the Mediterranean Chicken Salad. Well, this salad is not just for the road any more because they sell the delicious, tangy dressing! Dijon Balsamic VinaigretteSo now I can recreate it at home!

 

Mediterranean Chicken Salad Recipe (makes 2-3 servings based on portion size)

ingredients:

3 cups chopped heart of romaine lettuce

1/4 cup sliced sun-dried tomatoes

1/4 cup halved kalamata olives

1/4 cup reduced fat feta cheese

1/4 cup Dijon Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

 

directions:

Toss lettuce, sun-dried tomatoes, olives and dressing.  Sprinkle feta cheese on top. Serve. Enjoy.

Mediterranean Chicken Salad

 

 

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Resolutions

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I used to think that New Year’s resolutions were a crapshoot. Year after year, my resolutions to ‘get fit’ and ‘read more’ have gone uncompleted. But after some time in corporate America, I realized what the problem was with my resolutions – there was no way to measure success. (I can almost hear my manager saying, “Metrics. Success is all about tangible metrics.”) For the past two years I’ve made concrete goals and have been pretty successful in attaining them. (Granted, last year’s only goal was to get married :).) So without the burden (also, blessing) of planning a wedding this year, 2012 is going to be about improving myself.

I realize I’m a bit late to the resolution party but I’ve been letting 2012 stew for a little bit. After several days of pondering, here are my 2012 resolutions:

2012 Resolutions

number 1 | furnish and decorate entire first floor

We’ve lived in our house for over a year. For months I’ve been pinning ideas for our living room, dining room, kitchen and entryway. So now, it’s time to take all that Pinterest energy and get our home out of the ‘in progress’ stage. Once that’s done we can…

number 2 | have a party

I really love hosting parties. I love planning the menu, creating playlists, picking a signature drink, and then watching everything come together. It was one of the reasons I loved planning our wedding so much. So, once our house is finished, I’d love to have people come over and enjoy it.

number 3 | spend more time with girlfriends

As I mentioned in a post a few weeks back, I’m terrible at keeping in touch. Unfortunately, this extends to some of my closest girlfriends too. I’m not a huge phone/text person — I do my best communicating face to face. So, in 2012, I’d like to make sure that I see my girlfriends at least once a month.

number 4 | finally order our wedding album

Our wedding photographer, Tatiana Breslow, was outstanding. She took spectacular photos and documented the day better than I could have imagined. She gave us all the high res images and I guess that made me a little lazy on the album front. But it would be a sin not to have a professional album of our wedding so, that’s on the list for 2012.

number 5 | implement skills learned in social media marketing class

Last semester, Diana and I took a Social Media Marketing class at our alma mater, Rutgers University. We learned a ton about blogging and branding and I hope to put that knowledge to use this year. More specifically, to put a little more structure around our the management of our blog and to do quarterly reviews on our progress.

number 6 | accessorize more

I am a big fan of the show What Not to Wear. Aside from my inner Cher Horowitz loving the makeover aspect, I also really respect their message that it is important to look presentable. A lot of times, the women on this show have the mistaken perception that those of us who care about fashion are frivolous and vain. I get such a great sense of satisfaction when they finally realize that looking your best makes you comfortable enough to be your best. It’s all just really touching, but I digress. The point is, that it’s important to look polished. Well put-together outfits are the first step, but it really is the accessories that help to complete a look. So, more baubles in 2012!

number 7 | take the next step in my career

Well, once I’m all polished and accessorized, that has to translate into at least one rung on the corporate ladder, right? Seriously though, I’ve been in my current position for 5 years and have amassed a ton of knowledge that I think has prepared me well for the rest of my career. So, I’m ready to advance to the next phase on my path to total world domination ;).

That’s it for me for 2012 — do you have any resolutions for this year?

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Casual Weekend

Happy Monday Everyone!  Have a great week!!!

XX,

Di

 

 

Sweater : Old

Jeggings:  Citizens of Humanity

Boots: Vince Camuto

Scarf: Zara

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