Monday, September 30, 2013

Burgundy, Plum or Wine?

Can you believe it is Monday, September 30th?! 2013 is flying by. Tomorrow marks the 1st day of October and I stand in disbelief. Finally temps are trending toward Fall! I should clarify: fall-like temperature in Southern Cali means anything under 80 degrees Fahrenheit...or at least since we've been out here. It's funny, previously I would have considered that warm weather, but now I happily pull out my boots. When in Rome, do as the Romans... 
Let's get to it; here's what I wore to work:
Please excuse the wrinkles in my shirt, I was sitting for a bit and didn't think to take a couple of shots first thing. Lesson learned.
I love this vintage clutch! It is pretty baby blue color & texture, with intricate hand beading. 
Scroll down for a close-up.

Here's the breakdown:
Earrings: Lord & Taylor
Blouse: Ralph Lauren (also seen here)
Statement necklace: JCPenney
Pants: Rafaella 
Shoes: Franco Sarto
Clutch: Vintage, thrifted

Friday, September 27, 2013

Lady in Red: Vintage from Head to Toe

I really like wearing hats. Random opening statement right? But I really do! Did you know that I have enough hats that I could wear a different hat everyday for more than 30 days?! Too bad I can't wear hats to the office. I thought California is supposed to be more free, and liberal. For now, I sport my hats after work and on the weekends. One day tho...I will wear hats to work ;)

Here we are at the end of the work week, and the first week of Fall. I decided to pull out my wool hats; this is the second one that I have posted this week from my vintage collection. For your viewing pleasure, I brushed the feathers on this hat in one direction; they looked so nice and shiny. 
Too bad the wind had other ideas o_O

I'm looking forward to the weekend. Who's happy to pull out more fall gear? What do you have planned? Carpe diem!

Hat: Vintage, thrifted
Sunglasses: Vintage, thrifted
Earrings & Necklace set: Vintage, thrifted
Bracelet: Ross
Silver ring: Keepsake from Stockholm
Dress: Vintage, thrifted
Belt: Thrifted
Booties: Victoria's Secret (purchased via catalog 15 years ago)
Handbag: Dooney & Bourke

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Guess what day it is? It's HUMP Day!

I love that commercial, it captures the essence of the celebration of the day that is smack, dab, in the middle of the week: Wednesday! What's the big deal about Wednesday? Well, in American culture, it provides a gentle, yet powerful reminder that the glorious weekend is only TWO days away! LOL!

Any who, I digress. On to today's post. So one thing that nobody told me about blogging: it is WORK! I thought it would be easy to squeeze it into my already full life schedule. I was, how can I put it candidly, DELUSIONAL. For example: Can you imagine how many pictures are taken for one semi-successful looking blog post? Unimaginable. Out of all of the photos taken for today's post, here are the ones that made the cut:

My husband is of the belief that natural shots/photos look best. Well, today's post certainly meets that criteria. 
It's Wednesday folks!

Hat: Vintage, thrifted
Earrings & bracelet: Kenneth Cole
Ring: Gifted
Peplum top: TJMaxx
Skirt: Thrifted
Shoes: Nine West
Clutch: Vintage, thrifted

Monday, September 23, 2013

Vince Camuto - Friend in my Head

I cannot believe it is Monday already! Why does it seem like the weekends go by too fast? Probably because they do... We spent the weekend with friends; the highlight was smacking cards on the table (as hard as possible)in a game by the name of Bid Whist. How was your weekend?

Today's post:
I have yet to see an article of clothing by Vince that I dislike. This midi-length tube skirt called me in the store, by name. I decided to pair it with a blue & white stripe peplum top this go round, and blue wash platforms.
Excuse me while the wind blows hair in my face...

Earrings: JCPenny
Peplum top: TJMaxx
Skirt: Vince Camuto
Bracelets: Assorted
Handbag: Michael Kors
Shoes: Kenneth Cole

Friday, September 20, 2013

All White After Labor Day, With Michael Kors

Michael Kors jeans of course!

Typically, I am most comfortable and confident in Not Your Daughter’s Jeans (NYDJs). However, every now and then, I seek comfort elsewhere, and today I found it with Michael Kors. I guess these would be considered straight leg, and they have a bit of a low rise. The color is more of an off white/cream. 
Side note: I was feeling some kinda way while taking these pictures! I started not to post them because I know I can do better. But guess what, nothing's perfect, including me. Enjoy the weekend my friends!
Earrings: Macy’s
Tank: Cable & Gauge
Jeans: Michael Kors
Bracelets & bangles: Macy’s
Ring: Loehmann’s
Sequin bag: Vintage, thrifted
Sandals: BCBG

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Two Pleats in a Row

'If it ain't broke, don't fix it' - that's my motto. Two pleated dresses, two days in a row. Now what is odd, as you'll learn about me: I'm wearing black. I rarely wear black, let alone all black. Perhaps my big hair clouded my judgement (no pun intended). 
Anywho, here I am, in rare form: dressed in black.

Earrings: Thrifted
Necklace: TJMaxx
Bracelet: Ross
Peplum Top: Loehmanns
Dress: Thrifted
Stilettos: Nine West
Handbag: Brahmin
These shoes are a fav of mine. Although they are super pointy, the width is wide enough across the front brim that they are comfy. I'd love to have a few pairs, in cobalt blue, yellow, and fuschia. Fun, fun, and more fun. 
Well, the countdown continues to Friday! Whoo hoo!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Hump Day: Vintage Teal Pleats

Happy Hump Day Everyone! It feels like this week has dragged on and on (although it's been busy), I am so ready for Friday! Why? Because I'm looking forward to getting with friends and having some fun;Work has been work, and I am looking forward to a couple days off!

When I saw this dress, there was no question in my mind that I was going to purchase it! I love purchases like that- BTW.The color, pleats, and cut were made for me! I wear it all year round, as there are bascially 2 seasons here. This time I put a 'Fall' spin on it, by play of colors. One day I'll show you how I add sleeves to this fit :)
Are you looking forward to the weekend? What are your plans?
Pearl earrings: Vintage, thrifted
Necklace: TJMaxx
Dress: Vintage, thrifted
Bracelet: Thrifted
Handbag: Coach
Shoes: Bandolino

Friday, September 13, 2013

What I Wore - Casual Chevron Maxi on a Friday

I am so happy that Friday has arrived, I almost cannot put it into words! After returning from vacation, why did I think work would be a breeze this week? I was wrong. Monday-Friday has truly been a blur of meetings, phone calls, and more meetings....This weekend I plan to stay low-key, and get in some R&R. 

I usually shy away from maxi dresses, because I am short and I feel that they can be uncomplimentary. Am I alone in feeling this way? Well, when I spotted this baby at the thrift store, so crisp and clean, I couldn't leave it behind. Who can say no to chevron? 
Bonus: This entire outfit was less than $40.00!
What I Wore:
Fedora: Nordstrom
Earrings: Jessica Simpson
Dress: Liz Claiborne, thrifted
Bangles: Sterling Silver
Clutch: Vintage, thrifted
Jellies: Unisa, thrifted

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Snapshot of Detroit - Part 3: Sunday Best

Part 3 wraps up my series, "Snapshot of Detroit". I took these shots on a Sunday afternoon, in the inner city. I remember when this area had thriving businesses. Now looking at it, you might think that this is a city outside of the US. It isn't. 
This is #DetroitUSA.

Hat: Vintage, thrifted - Jewelry: Jessica Simpson - Dress: Madison Leigh - Shoes: Via Spiga

Monday, September 9, 2013

What I Wore: Tulle Skirt to a White Party

We attended a White Party while visiting Detroit last weekend. There has been at least one 'white' themed event each year for the past few years. Last year I wore white jeans and a crochet top, the year before that, a white shirt dress, and so on. Typical off the rack wear. When I received an invite this go round, I immediately had an image in my mind of what I wanted to wear. I wanted to be, in a word: unique. This go round the attire was specified as dressy; slightly different than events in years past. I love an excuse to dress up, so I set about looking for a retailer that sold a nice full tulle skirt. That proved to be like looking for a needle in a haystack. So, I opted for a well recommended vendor, and had the skirt custom made.
Jewelry: Nordstrom
Top: TJMaxx
Skirt: Custom made
Shoes: Kenneth Cole
Clutch: Vintage, thrifted

This was a really fun outfit to wear! We made a long night of it, and while downtown after the White Party, many folks offered their congratulations as they thought we just got married - LOL! As the night went on, I wondered if anyone would gift us with a wedding present =) 
I didn't care for the way these pictures turned out, as it was an overcast evening. I added a basic filter which didn't really help...but oh well, it is what it is!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Snapshot of Detroit - Part 2: Vintage Peach Maxi Dress

Here's another look at my hometown, Detroit. You'll notice a stark contrast to the images shown in Part 1. 
Yes, there is beauty in my city. 
What I Wore:
Dress: Vintage, thrifted (I don't care for dolman sleeves, but this one was a winner)
Jewelry: TJMaxx, Nordstrom, Kohls, Thrifted
Booties: Levity
Handbag: Dooney & Bourke

It's good to be home, #detroitusa