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Back of the Closet Find and an Emmy Rant

Sorry for the late post today guys. I spent my morning blogging hour cheering and jeering (though mostly jeering) the Emmy nominations that were announced this morning. If you’ve ever seen my personal twitter feed, you know that I’m a tv-holic, so it’s no surprise that I have very strong opinions about the nominations. I’m super psyched about the Homeland noms, although I think their only winner will be Claire Danes, and I’m OVER THE MOON for the Max Greenfield nom for New Girl, though he’ll most likely lose. Seriously guys — Schmidt is the best new character of 2012.  Also, I’m accustomed to sci-fi getting snubbed since BtVS but seriously, how could the Emmy voters possibly ignore the awesomeness of John Noble in Fringe this season — or every other season.  And I won’t even get into the snubbing of John Slattery for Mad Men, Emmy Rossum for Shameless, Joel McHale and the rest of the Community team, and Madeline Stowe and the Revenge folks.  Sigh. Okay, rant over.
Now lets get into today’s outfit.  In an effort to force my self to get creative (and save some money), I’ve reduced my spending budget for clothing.  So, I pulled out this skirt, that’s been sitting in the back of my closet, for 4 years, never worn.  At first I thought it would be boring worn with black but the pattern of the skirt is so bold I think the black balances it out.  What do you think?  I’m pretty embarrassed to admit that this was sitting in my closet for so long, with tags on it just collecting dust.  What’s the oldest item with tags hanging in your closet right now?

City and Burbsskirt : DVF (old)(similar style)(similar floral) | button down blouse : express | necklace : forever 21 | black pumps : vince camuto heath | shoulder bag : calvin klein

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Color Combo – Red and Peach

So sorry for the late post today. It’s been that kind of week. On the bright side, I lost 4 pounds this week! However, since I’m going out to a Portuguese restaurant for dinner tonight, that may or may not all go to hell in a hand basket. Here’s to hoping I have some self-control.

Ever since I saw Cece from New Girl rocking peach and red on an episode of New Girl a few months back, I fell in love with the color combo.

Here I recreated the combo with red jeans, and a peach blazer. I also threw in the bubble necklace in aqua and almost took it off before I walked out the door. What do you think? Is it too much? Should I have simply stuck to peach and red?

blazer and bracelets : forever 21 | red jeans : express | blouse : august silk @ annie sez | platform sandals : LC @ Kohls | aqua bubble necklace : ebay

Linking up with Catherine over at Small Town Big Wardrobe!

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Navy and Coral

I had been dying to wear some of the items I scored at the Webster for Target event. So the other night when my girlfriend and I went to dinner on a beautiful night, I put together this outfit.

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white blouse : express (similar) | navy eyelit skirt and coral cap toe wedges (back in stock!) : target | coral necklace : stephan & co @ nordstrom (similar) | white rope bracelet : the paper source (similar@etsy)

I love the fit of the eyelet skirt, although I do wish that the waist wasn’t elastic. I was thinking about adding a big belt , but then I thought it would be too much. My favorite part of this outfit was the shoes. I’m completely in love with these espadrilles — they add a ton of height and add a punch of color to the outfit.

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PS. Don’t you just love the rockers we scored at Target for under 200 bucks?!

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Layered Necklaces

I’ve been been wearing layered necklaces for quiet some time.  In my typical effort to stay safe, they’ve usually been simple chains with small charms.  Lately, I’ve seen some beautiful combinations of statement necklaces.  I decided to give it try last weekend.

What do you think?  will you try this trend?

Dress: Forever 21 (similar) ; Shoes: Plenty by Tracy Reese (similar); Necklaces: Limited (similar) and Express

 

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Wear to the Office: Red and Hot Pink

I am a huge fan of all the color trends this season, more than any other season I can remember. Color pairings this season are bold, edgy and courageous – as Diana demonstrated in yesterday’s post. So when I saw this post by the lovely Aga of Aga’s Suitcase, I was immediately inspired. I love the combination of red and hot pink but I knew I had to add a grounding element if I wanted to wear it to work. So, I paired this bright ensemble with a navy blazer and neutral shoes and belt.

What do you think about brights at the office?

 

red pants : express columnist | hot pink blouse : joe fresh | navy blazer : tahari @ annie sez (similar)| loafer platforms : banana republic quinn (similar) | tan belt : michael kors @ annie sez

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Wear to the Office – Bright pants

Bright pants are a bit tricky for the office.  I wouldn’t recommend them for a very strict business environment.  If you’re office is a bit laid back, here are my tips for wearing bright pants.  

First, I would stay away from prints.   Stick to a solid color, blue, green or red (I own them all).  Pair them with a tailored blazer.  I picked a dark blue to add some contrast and to tone down the bright green.  I was considering wearing a white or tan blouse, however I found this top in the back of my closet and loved the monochromatic look it created.   Finish the look with a pair of neutral shoes.   I didn’t wear the necklace or bracelet to the office, a bit too much for me.  I added it later in the day for dinner with friends.

Tell me, would you wear bright pants to the office? 

Top: Banana Republic (0ld); Pants: Express (similar) ; Blazer: Banana Republic; Shoes: Nine West; Necklace: Nordstrom; Bracelet: F21

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Red Jeans – And FINALLY, a Haircut!

I’m going to admit something very embarrassing. Before today, I hadn’t cut my hair for almost an entire year.  I cut it about a week before my wedding and our 1st anniversary is in 2 weeks.  Worse yet, I had it cut all one length – not a good look for my sometimes curly hair.  Since, I’d saved on an entire year’s worth of no haircuts, I decided to splurge on this last one.  After some research I decided I’d go to the owner of the Girl Loves Boy Salon in Summit, NJ – Shahe Kasparian.  And I’ve gotta say, it was a truly great experience.  First, he took a look at my hair, and my face and explained to me why my hair shouldn’t be as long as it was.  Apparently, for my face shape, my height and my hair type, my hair shouldn’t be longer than a face length past my face… does that make sense? Maybe this will help:

Also, he said I should never cut my hair one length again — that I need some dimension and an opportunity to create texture.  I told him that I once got bangs and he cringed – he said definitely not for my face shape and because of the “wave” i have in my hairline — better known as my cowlick. All in all it was a very enlightening session.  I place a high value on experts who can share with me some of the science behind what they do and Shahe did not disappoint! And I love my new haircut!

Note: the lighting in these makes my hair look brown but it's still black as ever.

In other news, I worked from home today as I had no physical meetings (thank God for Cisco Jabber Video!) so I dressed down a bit.

red jeans : express (similar) | leopard flats : via spiga (these took a WHILE to break in — try these as they appear to be more comfy out of the box) | black shirt – rebecca beeson (old) | cropped denim jacket : calvin klein jeans (old) (affordable alternatives : here and here) | scarf : small shop in spain | sunglasses : tory burch

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Age appropriate clothing???

My bf and I have an ongoing bicker about what I should wear.  When we pass by a Bebe store, his eyes light up as he turns to me and says, “you would look hot in that tiny dress”.  I usually laugh and tell him I’m not 21 anymore and walk into the next store, usually Banana Republic or Loft.  I’m a big believer in age-appropriate dressing.  A tight bandage skirt with a flowy top is totally cute on my stylish little cousin who is in her 20s, but not so much on me, I’m 35…and proud.  However, today I was faced with someone that did not share my views on this.  I was in the subway when I saw a woman accompanied by a teen who was probably her grandson…I hope.  She was probably in her 50s wearing a black shorts suit with knee high velvet flat boots (the shorts were really short but she had on sheer tights).  She added an orange bag for a pop of color and her makeup and hair were well done.  She seemed like a very poised lady and she looked GOOD.  I was taken back by this look as I entered the subway in this outfit.  I couldn’t stop thinking about this all day, which begs the question, do you believe in dressing age appropriate or does anything go as long as you look good?   I would love to hear your comments!  

Xoxo,

D

Shirt: Loft, Pants: Express, Blazer: LC for Kohls, Shoes: Nine West

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Keep it Professional

I wanted to keep it simple and professional today.  I threw on my trusty Editor Pants.  Unlike Cat, I feel like the Editor pants work better on my body.   Check out her post on Editors vs Columnist.   We have many things in common, however height is not one of them!  Cat is 5’7″ (or 8″….I conviniently forget) and I’m 5’2″ (well according to my last MD visit I’m 5′ 1.75″…I round up).  I’m constantly try to find ways to make my legs look longer.  Here are some tips.  (1) Always wear heels with slacks. (2) Keep the hem at least 1/2 inch from the floor, the longer the length the longer your legs will appear.  Just be careful not too make them too long becuase then you’ll look sloppy, you don’t want that.  If you must get all your pants altered (I do) , make sure you bring the shoes you will wear most with those pants. 

If you’re short, like me, what thing do you do to appear taller?

Top: Jcrew, Pants: Express, Shoes: Calvin Klein, Watch: Audermas Piaget, Necklace: Jcrew

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by | Mar 1, 2012 · 8:07 am

The Burbs Does SF – Part 2

If you read yesterday’s post, you know that I spent the weekend in San Francisco with fellow blogger Sabrina of Sabrina and the City. Considering how fantastic Day 1 was, I thought it would be hard to top. But Sabs did not disappoint and we packed day 2 with more amazing activities.

First we walked over to Park Wide Rentals and rented some bikes.

Park Wide RentalsWe rode 17 miles on day 2 and though our legs were sore and our backs were achy, it was worth every pedal stroke.

Approximate Bike Route

The ride started at Laguna and Marina and led us over to the first lookout point for this beautiful view of the Golden Gate Bridge:

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Jumping in front of the Golden Gate Bridge

plaid top, leather jacket : target | white jeans : michael kors from annie sez | shoes : sperry

We then rode over the bridge,

Golden Gate Bridgeand into Sausalito where we were treated to this amazing view!

SausalitoSausalito ViewWe finished our ride in Tiburon at the famous Sam’s Cafe and had lunch and drinks. (I highly recommend their Pink Lemonade). Finally we took the ferry back to Fisherman’s Wharf and headed back to Pacific Heights to get ready for our evening at Tony Nik’s. Another incredible day!

Dinner and Drinks in SF

black blouse : zara | blazer : express | cobalt blue jeans : jessica simpson jeggings @ annie Sez : black peep toe pumps : bcbg @ annie sez | necklace : nordstrom

Tony Nik's - North Beach

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