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Outfit for the Perfect Weather

70 degrees and sunny is not weather you’ll find in the northeast right now – where it’s upwards of 90 degrees and intermittently humid and rainy. So, you can imagine how awesome it is to be visiting Vancouver, BC where the weather is nearly perfect. It’s sunny and there’s a light breeze and I’m getting some use out of my cardis and jackets again – I’d forgotten how long I missed them. So, on this day of sightseeing, I definitely layered up with color but since we walked a lot, I wore flats. I like to be comfortable but I don’t normally wear sneakers outside of a gym. How about you, when you’re sightseeing and doing a lot of walking around, do you totally dress down and wear sneakers or do you save those for a workout and opt for cute flats instead? Do any of you brave souls break out heels?

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white tank | fuchsia boyfriend cardigan and webster navy eyelet skirt : target | yellow bubble necklace : ebay | rose gold sandals : jlo at kohls | nude skinny belt : michael kors at annie sez

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Also, here are some photos of beautiful Vancouver. I was pleasantly surprised by how gorgeous it is!

Sunset at Sunset Beach, Vancouver

View of Stanley Park from Canada Place

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White, Blue, Yellow and Braids

I love Saturday afternoons in the city and while its always important to look great, trekking through the city demands comfort – especially in 90 degree weather like this past weekend.  So I put together this crisp and clean, white and blue outfit, paired it with some flats, a bold statement necklace and a braided updo.  More about the updo coming up.

blouse : zara (old)(similar) | white skinny jeans : michael kors @ annie sez (old)(similar)(similar and affordable): rose gold sandals | jennifer lopez @ kohls | yellow statement necklace : ebay | glasses : dita svelte | gold leaf earrings : annie sez (old)(similar)

Now about the updo.  From the front it doesn’t look like much but if you follow us on Facebook or Instagram, you saw this picture of the back of my updo that I posted on Saturday:

The french fishtail seashell braid.  I have to admit, this was a feat of engineering that I’m not sure I can replicate.  I saw this pin on Pinterest and was immediately inspired.  After much searching I finally found two YouTube videos whose instructions I was able to combine to create the look you see above.  I essentially replicated this forming technique but with the fishtail braid from this video.  Like I said before, I don’t know if I can recreate this but if I get enough interest, I’ll do a tutorial video for it.

 

In other news, I finally caught the first episode of The Newsroom, and since I’ve mostly been watching ABC Family fodder this summer, this show was definitely a nice change of pace.  I haven’t seen the second episode yet but the first was spectacularly written and acted.  It’s not as gritty as The Wire, nor as remarkably moving and understated as Mad Men (IMO the best shows of all time — the best, not my favorite), the first episode is very promising.  What are you watching this summer?

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30 Things Every Woman Should Have and Should Know By The Time She’s 30

When I was at Barnes and Noble the other day, this book caught my eye:

Being over 30, I was intrigued.  This book is based on the list created by author Pamela Redmond Strathan and was published in Glamour back in 1997 (when I was a measly 17 years old).  The book has notable women elaborate on the list but you’ll find it below in its concise glory.  I’m proud to say that I know or have most of the things on the list, although I still need a little bit of work on a few as well. That said, the reason I like this list is because it’s less about ticking things off a list and more about being empowered, self sufficient, and mature.  But to have some fun, number 3 on the HAVE list caught my eye and got me thinking.

By 30 you should have something perfect to wear if the employer or man of your dreams wants to see you in an hour.

What would I wear if the employer of my dreams wants to see me in an hour? What would I wear if the man of my dreams (my dear husband) wanted to whisk me away on a fancy date in an hour? Well, here’s what I came up with.

Employer of My Dreams Outfit:

suit : tahari @ annie sez (similar) | blouse and necklace : banana republic | shoes : michael kors pressley pump | tote : louis vuitton hampstead mm

I’m a huge fan of a classic navy suit.  In this case I would tone it down as much as possible but for a day in the office, it’s easy to pair it with bright colors and jewelry for a trendier look.

Man of My Dreams Outfit

full-skirt belted brocade dress : ellen tracy @ annie sez (similar in blue) | black patent pumps : christian louboutin pigalle plato 120 | white studded clutch : rebecca minkoff mac stud clutch | bracelet : arden b necklace (old)

I just love the silhouette of this dress, it’s super flattering and the shoes help enhance my legs :).

So, what do you think?  Do you have your outfits in your head for these occasions?  Also, read the list below and if you’re 30, let us know — do you feel comfortable that you know and have all the things listed?

The List

By 30, you should have:
1. One old boyfriend you can imagine going back to and one who reminds you of how far you’ve come.
2. A decent piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in your family.
3. Something perfect to wear if the employer or man of your dreams wants to see you in an hour.
4. A purse, a suitcase, and an umbrella you’re not ashamed to be seen carrying.
5. A youth you’re content to move beyond.
6. A past juicy enough that you’re looking forward to retelling it in your old age.
7. The realization that you are actually going to have an old age—and some money set aside to help fund it.
8. An email address, a voice mailbox, and a bank account—all of which nobody has access to but you.
9. A résumé that is not even the slightest bit padded.
10. One friend who always makes you laugh and one who lets you cry.
11. A set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra.
12. Something ridiculously expensive that you bought for yourself, just because you deserve it.
13. The belief that you deserve it.
14. A skin-care regimen, an exercise routine, and a plan for dealing with those few facets of life that don’t get better after 30.
15. A solid start on a satisfying career, a satisfying relationship, and all those other facets of life that do get better.

By 30, you should know:
1. How to fall in love without losing yourself.
2. How you feel about having kids.
3. How to quit a job, break up with a man, and confront a friend with-out ruining the friendship.
4. When to try harder and when to walk away.
5. How to kiss in a way that communicates perfectly what you would and wouldn’t like to happen next.
6. The names of the secretary of state, your great-grandmothers, and the best tailor in town.
7. How to live alone, even if you don’t like to.
8. Where to go—be it your best friend’s kitchen table or a yoga mat—when your soul needs soothing.
9. That you can’t change the length of your legs, the width of your hips, or the nature of your parents.
10. That your childhood may not have been perfect, but it’s over.
11. What you would and wouldn’t do for money or love.
12. That nobody gets away with smoking, drinking, doing drugs, or not flossing for very long.
13. Who you can trust, who you can’t, and why you shouldn’t take it personally.
14. Not to apologize for something that isn’t your fault.
15. Why they say life begins at 30!

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Wear to the Office – Chambray and Lace

I’ve been on the hunt for a chambray button down top for at least a year. Well, contrary to what this photo may lead you to believe, I still haven’t found one. But the other day while I was at TJ Maxx I found this amazing lace skirt with a coral underlay. I desperately wanted to wear it during one of the warm days last week and I needed a chambray top to pair with it – so I improvised. What you see here is not a shirt, it’s actually a belted dress that I bought several years ago at Annie Sez. I just tucked in the belt loops, added a neutral belt and shoes and went on my merry way. I really love this combo of lace and chambray and can’t wait to add a pair of lace shorts to my wardrobe for non-work attire. What do you think of lace and chambray?

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lace skirt : willi smith @ tj maxx | chambray dress : old | tan belt : michael kors | platform loafers : banana republic quinn

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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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My Daily Outfits – Yellow

Where: Work
Top: H&M
Skirt and Necklace: JCrew
Watch: Michael Kors
Shoes: Banana Republic

I woke up to a beautiful day and blue skies in NYC. I knew that I had to wear this shirt I got at H&M this weekened. This is one of my favorite skirts, worn here.  I’ll be sure to take it into fall and pair it with dark blue or hunter green. 

Don’t forget today is the start of Missoni at Target.  I’m bumbed that I have to work, but Cat from Project Housewife is heading out there to pick up a few things for me 🙂  On my list, these adorable flats and this stylish sweater. 

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My Daily Outfits – Wedding Guest

Where: Wedding in LI
Dress: Asos
Necklace: Express
Clutch: Pree Brulee
Watch: Michael Kors
Ring: Banana Republic
Shoes: Christian Louboutin

This look was inspired by the lovely Linzy from Sparkling Footsteps. I recently purchased this dress from Asos for only $26 (now on sale for $17!) so I decided to take her advice and add some bright and sparlking accesories. The best part was that the dress, clutch and necklace were under $100!

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My Daily Outfits – Inspired by….

Where: Weekend running around
Top: Urban Outfitters (similar here)
Shorts: Loft
Shoes: Sam Edelman
Watch: Michael Kors (click here to purchase)

This outfit was inspired by the faboulous Christina of Profresh Style. She loves this top, as do I, and has worn it several ways and inspired this outfit. This is a light attempt at mixing prints. Ok, I know the top is not printed, but the crochet gives it a printed effect…baby steps for me 🙂

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My Daily Outfits – Look for less

Where: Dinner with Frank
Left : DVF
On me
Top: Target
Skirt: H&M
Necklace: Banana Republic
Watch: Michael Kors
Bracelet: Target
Shoes: Steve Madden
Bag: Louis Vuitton

I first saw this dress in a Saks add magazine I received at home. I immediately ripped it out and went on a mission to recreate this look for less. I already had the H&M skirt that I bought back in the spring. I picked up the Target top during a trip to Jamesport and put it all together to recreate this $365 dress for under $150 (minus the bag)

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My Daily Outfits – What a morning!

Where: Work
Top and Skirt: Banana Republic
Shoes: Tory Burch
Watch: Michael Kors

Yikes…this morning was one of “those” mornings. I literally emptied out the contents of my closet on my bed. I pulled out my back yesterday, so I’m walking like a little old lady. It took everything I had to strike a pose this morning. I got stuck in traffic and was late to meet a customer…to top it all off, I left my cell phone in the car that Frank took home!!!! Yikes…hope this is not an idicator of how the rest of the day will go! Wish me luck!

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