Friday, July 30, 2010

Lucky Duck (See Jane Stunned)

I must have woken up on the right side of the bed yesterday morning because to my pleasant surprise, I found that I had won not one, but TWO giveaways on blogs that I love.  Color me surprised...and grateful!

Please check out With a Wink and a Smile and Jammer at 10am when you can, as they gave away some pretty awesome stuff and are pretty cool gals, to boot!  (I still can't believe I won two giveaways on the same day.  Best Thursday ever.)

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Bootie Call (See Jane Lust)

Get your mind out of the gutter...I'm talking footwear, people.  While I'm still thoroughly enjoying the summer weather, the retail gods have swayed me yet again into thinking it's time to buy boots and sweaters.  I realize that it won't start getting chilly until late September, but booties are the perfect transition shoe from summer to fall, that you can easily wear into winter and spring.  Pair with shorts, skirts, dresses, jeans--the whole gamut.  They truly are season-less shoe.

Some of my top picks:

 *clockwise from top left

How would you wear booties?

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Organized Chaos (See Jane Neat)

If you're anything like me, you may struggle with organization.  That's not to say I have trouble getting things done; in fact, I consider myself a savvy multitasker.  However, my inner monologue is constantly going and sometimes a girl just needs a list...or ten. 

Thanks to modern-day technology, I don't have to saunter into Office Max (please, no) to get organized.  Organization is at your fingertips, thanks to the internet.  You can find all the items below at Sorting With Style.

*clockwise from top left

Olive To-Do Sticky Notes - Make a list, check it twice, then stick it on the fridge so you remember.
Light Blue Chalk Board - I've expressed my love for chalkboards before and it hasn't waned since.
Clover Green Notepad - I still take handwritten notes at work (it helps me retain information better) and this lively pad would make such a daunting task much more enjoyable.
Woodgrain Pencil Cup - Because if my pens weren't in this, they'd be strewn about my desk.

Are you also organizationally-challenged?  Please share your secrets (seriously).

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Extra Cargo (See Jane Duplicate)

If you haven't noticed, cargo pants are making quite a resurgence.  I feel like a wee 7th grader again, when all I really wanted was some Abercrombie & Fitch army green cargo pants with back, flap patch-pockets paired with a logo wool sweater.  Fast forward to 2010:  the adult in me slightly shudders at the thought of cargo pants, but the 13 year old in me wants to dust off my Doc Marten chunky brown shoes and pair them with these glorious cargos (and possibly an American Eagle ribbed, muscle tank).

Don't act like this doesn't get your heart racing...

Obviously, the most sought-after cargo as of late is the J Brand Houlihan.  I haven't tried them on, but considering my vast J Brand jean collection, I'll go ahead and bet they fit like a dream.  However, at $228, I'm more inclined to save my money to buy other fall/winter investments, like boots and sweaters.

Overall, The F21 pants aren't a bad replacement for the Houlihans ( and saving $200 doesn't hurt either).  Ironically enough, I think Abercrombie has a pretty good version of the cargo pant...after all, they know best. 

If only that moose wasn't so obvious...

Monday, July 26, 2010

Afternoon Matinee (See Jane Wear)

I thought Saturday afternoon would be the perfect time to see a movie as it was quite possibly the muggiest day of the year--150% humidity and expected rain.  Turns out, it didn't rain, but I'm still glad I got to beat the heat in the cool movie theater for a few hours (I finally saw Inception).  I have a few prerequisites for movie-going attire: a removable top and/or scarf and forgiving clothes are a must.  It can get downright frigid in the theater, so a coverup is essential.  And because I tend to go buck wild on the snacks, I need something stretchy and comfortable (see: no belts or restrictive clothing, please).

Banana Republic chambray shirt (seen here), H&M tee shirt, American Apparel cotton miniskirt, Dolce Vita wedges (seen here and here), Rebecca Minkoff bag, vintage turquoise ring (seen here)

(boyfriend walking into the shot)

I liked the movie, although, I'll admit that I'm still scratching my head.  Enough with the psychological thrillers, Leo.

How was your weekend?

Friday, July 23, 2010

White Out (See Jane Transition)

Just because Diddy (psh) hosts une fête blanc on Labor Day weekend to send off the summer doesn't mean it's your last opportunity to wear your brightest whites.  (Like he's really the end all/be all authority on this oft-debated matter, anyway.)  White can be worn well in to fall when done the right way.  There's still time to buy those white dresses (on sale, mind you) and wear them for a couple more months!  Don't shy away from the fabulous sales happening...there are plenty of hot days in our future.

Take a basic white tank dress (and yes, it's $26)...

Add a versatile fall jacket...

And short booties... (Disclaimer:  I am in love with these Pippin-esque booties.  But, am I the only one who wore this exact shoe in 3rd grade?  The only difference was mine were Soviet red and I wore them with oversized, hooded tops or sweaters with deer on them)

With these adorable socks...(oh, had these socks in 3rd grade, too)

Et voilà!  A perfect transition outfit that will last you past Indian Summer.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Daydream Believer (See Jane Drift Off)

Is it just me or has this week been both completely painful and never-ending?  I thought yesterday was Friday, I kid you not.  I'm barely keeping afloat right now amidst my new work assignment, brutal travel schedule, and mild (and recent) case of ADD.  I haven't taken a vacation in basically a year due to various reasons and have a 12 day European holiday coming up in a mere month.   Light, meet Tunnel.

Sometimes I need to let my mind wander to keep sane during a hectic week.

Great trips I've taken...

Salty comfort foods...

 My own comfy bed...

My support system... 

 *My parents last summer.  (I love this picture)

 What gets you through a long week?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Rawhide (See Jane Tan)

I stepped into Nordstrom yesterday evening to peruse the anniversary sale shoe section and waltzed out with a receipt in my hand and a mind full of possibilities.

Rather than coming home with a new pair of boots, I found a leather jacket that was heavily discounted and out of stock in my size (naturally).  It was the perfect mix of cowgirl with a vintage, yet edgy feel.  A sales associate must have sensed my despair and immediately made a few calls only to find the jacket in my size at another store where it will be shipped to me for free.  Sometimes it pays to visit the ol' brick and mortar store.

I already have a black, biker-esque black leather jacket that I've worn and loved for the past two years.  The prospect of another leather jacket brings me pure excitement.  For all I know, the jacket could look terrible (I was trying on one that was way too big), but in the meantime, I will imagine the possibilities...

What are your thoughts on tan leather jackets?

Monday, July 19, 2010

Music Monday (See Jane Jam)

As usual, the weekend came and went in the blink of an eye.  I spent part of my time outside in the sweltering heat and a lot of time recouping (i.e. getting used to my new travel schedule).  I ended up opting out of going to the Pitchfork Music Festival which boasts a bevy of great bands.  Most of the bands I wanted to see played Sunday and I simply couldn't muster up the energy while knowing I had to wake up at 4AM the next day.   Therefore, in honor of the music festival I didn't attend this weekend, I wanted to pay tribute to some of the great, new bands that I, unfortunately, missed.

LCD Soundsystem
   Listen to:  I Can Change

Wolf Parade
    Listen to:  I'll Believe in Anything

Best Coast
   Listen to:  When I'm With You (video below)

How was your weekend?

Friday, July 16, 2010

Jetlag (See Jane Recoup)

I'm back from a business trip (hmm...that makes me sound somewhat important, but alas, I'm not) and sadly, have several more to take in the coming months.  I spent the first two years of my post-college life living a jet-set lifestyle (i.e hanging in airports and not going to the grocery store for months at a time) and while I've thoroughly enjoyed my four-month hiatus, I have been summoned back on the road by the travel gods.

Don't cry for me (I'll do that myself), rather, let's look for the positive in the situation.  For example, I was once was an uninformed over-packer turned savvy traveler.  Let me show you a few lifesavers that have made extensive travel a bit more tolerable.

My boyfriend bought this for me when he thought my ratty, old Longchamp had seen better days and too many airplane floors.  Best travel tote, ever.  It holds my 20 lb computer along with (but not limited to) an overstuffed wallet, bottled water, several magazines, sunglasses, two blackberries, and my sanity. 

You need a lightweight scarf on a plane.  Whether you use as a pillow, blanket, or to hide your face from plane talkers (ugh), this is your lifeline.   (Oh, hi Alli)

Every time I see someone wearing heels at the airport, I wince out of pain for them.  The last thing you want to be doing is schlepping your bulging carry-on down a moving walkway only to have your heel get stuck in the metal grid.  Yes, it's happened to me.

Do you have any travel secrets?

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

What Goes Around (See Jane Dust Off)

I'm dusting off my Citizens of Humanity wide-leg dark jeans to get the look, à la January Jones.


Yeah, so a part of me wants to be Jan Jones.  The part that's in love scenes avec l'homme, Don Draper.  And, maybe the part that's wearing those pants (and yes, I realize they appear to be wool, not denim).

Yay or nay to wide-leg jeans?

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (See Jane Bargain)

Summer may be in full force to the average folk, but in the retail world, fall apparel is slowing starting to crowd the racks.  Soon enough, they'll be cranking up the AC in Bloomingdales, so you can justify buying that new Vince sweater in late July (I'm onto you, retailers).  Try and resist the flawless styling of fall outfits until it really starts to get chilly (late September for the midwest and east coast, alike).  I know it's difficult--trust me.  When I was living in NYC, I went on a cashmere sweater binge on Labor Day, only to find the sweaters were slightly marked down when I stared to actually wear them.

Take advantage of the summer sales as of late.  (Upwards of 70% off and beyond!)  Try to invest in pieces that you'll not only wear the rest of the summer, but next year as well (ahem, bathing suits).  It's like Christmas in July!

Like you need a reason for another LBD.

I can't wait to wear this gauzy top, knotted, while walking around Rome next month.

$29 + 20% off = score of the summer.

Do you love summer sales as much as I do?

Monday, July 12, 2010

Us v Them (See Jane Wear)

I've been wearing this Parker Cami Dress more than I'd like to admit since buying it a few weeks ago.  It's the perfect dress for this hot weather:  simple, short, and breezy.  I often get that way when buying a piece of clothing that I really love--I wear it to death until the next best thing comes along.

When I bought the dress from Revolve Clothing, I looked closely at my computer and realized the model wearing the dress was Alli from The City (remember her?).  While I realize that the dress will never look the same on me as it does the model (or Alli in this case), but it definitely sways me into buying certain items because of how it looks on them.

Parker Dress, Dolce Vita wedges, Urban Outfitters necklace, Michele watch

I know it's your job, but thanks for looking great, Alli.  I love the dress.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Shop It To Me, Baby (See Jane Choose)

Have you ever wished that someone would email you the best sales with the brands you like and in the sizes you need?  Wish no more, mes amis.  I hate to sound trite, but essentially, "there's an app for that."  Enter:  Shop It To Me.  I have been receiving emails from Shop It To Me since 2007 and I honestly look forward to Monday + Thursday to see what's on sale of my favorite brands.  Why?  Because I'm a busy girl, dammit, and I don't have time to dilly-dally!  Also, I love to shop, but hate paying full price.

If you think this is something you'd be interested in, click here to sign up.  I recently (voluntarily) became a Shop It To Me Trendsetter, mainly because I use the site so often and think it's a great way utilize online shopping (it pulls from sites like shopbop, j crew, and bloomingdales) without having to scour the internet for hours on end.

Now, on to the best are my picks from my last Shop It To Me email:

Tibi Halter from the OutNet

Dolce Vita skirt from Shopbop

Elizabeth and James wedges at Shopbop

I find online shopping very convenient (and liberating) but I still have friends that don't like it.  Do you shop online?

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Versatile Blogger Award (See Jane Thank)

A huge thanks to Nikki at Style and Charm who was oh-so-kind to bestow the Versatile Blogger Award unto me.  Nikki's blog is one of the first I read every morning and she's too sweet to pass this along to me!  I started this blog as I thought it would be a great segue into two of my passions:  style and writing.  I truly love doing this and am thrilled that people actually read my humble little blog.

  1. I could eat pizza every single day.
  2. My favorite color growing up was purple and I still have a soft spot for it, today.
  3. I have to travel for work (a LOT) and am not scared of flying but HATE take-off and count backwards from 10 about five times after the wheels go up.
  4. I'm dying to move to NYC.
  5. I've never liked wearing polos because I think I look like a boy in them.
  6. Fall is my favorite season and has always represented a fresh start in my mind.
  7. I wish I could take a sabbatical and go to Thailand and SE Asia for a month.

I would like to pass this award on to the following blogs:

Check these ladies out!  They are so cool it hurts.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Corporate Strategy (See Jane Work It)

I can't tell you how many cardigans and pencil skirts that are hanging in my closet because it would be downright embarrassing.  While I love the classic silhouette, I wear it way too often to work (and Joan Holloway, I'm not).  As I woke up late this morning with a huge holiday hangover, I realized that my usual uniform just wouldn't cut it (and that a good portion of my work wardrobe is in a laundry basket waiting to go to the dry cleaner).  I gussied up my plain, black dress with a yellow belt and chain necklace and felt instantly more awake.  I was running late so makeup and hair had to be put on the back burner.  Baby steps.

Theory shift dress, Corey Lynn Calter belt, Banana Republic chain necklace, Dolce Vita peep-toe pumps

What do you wear to work?

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Tom Tom (See Jane Shoo)

I don't know why I've avoided the TOMS shoes bandwagon for this long.  Not only do they look totally comfortable, but when you purchase a pair, shoes are given to a child in need.  For both stylistic and comfort purposes, I think they will be perfect for everyday but also for my European vacation next month.  (I refuse to relive college and wear my squeaky, white tennis shoes while gallivanting around Europe.) I foresee myself wearing them for many occasions, whether it be power-walking to work in a black shift dress or meandering the streets of Paris in cut-off jean shorts.  Thus, I'm definitely looking into purchasing a pair and I need some help.

Silver Women's Glitters
Aira Women's Cordones
Blue Harbour Women's Cordones
Natural Canvas Women's Classics
Natural Women's Burlap Classics

What's your vote?

Friday, July 2, 2010

Sweet Land of Liberty (See Jane Celebrate)

Wishing you all a Happy 4th of July.  I feel extra patriotic on this holiday after looking at and discovering that I had ancestors that lived in America (i.e. The New World) in the 1600s.  Gosh darnit, it just makes me love America even more. 

To celebrate, I will be making one of these cakes, because I never have and always wanted to:

May your celebrations be filled with sun, hot dogs, friends, family, summer sales, and an ample supply of alcohol. 

Thursday, July 1, 2010

This Charming Wedding (See Jane Reminisce)

It seems that all I've been talking about these days are weddings.  Are you tired of it yet?  Well, don't worry, this is the last wedding post you'll hear from me as I have no more weddings to attend this summer.

However, I'd like to wish Happy Second Anniversary to my dear brother Blue and his wife (and my favorite sister-in-law) Tess!  It was a few days ago and I'd like to congratulate the happy couple.  It seems like just yesterday, I was in sunny Ojai, California, waiting for the big day to arrive.  Way to make it over the two-year hump, kids!  If you haven't received your gift yet, don't fret, as I'm sure the cotton balls will arrive soon (what can I say, I'm a traditionalist).

Tess + Blue

Here is my brother's blog link, in which he sweetly reminisces about the mix tape he made (see: iPod playlist) prior to walking down the aisle:   Take note, men!  

Emily (sister) + Nick (best man) + Anna (me)

Whether you're married or not, do you (or will you) abide by the traditional anniversary gift list?