Tag Archives: Fashion

Boutique Sales Anyone?

2 Feb

What are you doing this weekend? The Boutique Warehouse Sale in Alexandria has definitely caught my attention. This Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. the Masonic Temple will turn into a crazy, boutique buying, extravaganza. You can even enter a chance to win to get in the door early. I’ve never done anything like this, but I’m definitely going to try it out. Anyone want to join me?

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Landing Gear

10 Jun

For the past two months I’ve been racking up frequent flyer miles with trips to Cali, Alabama, Arizona, and Kentucky (and this doesn’t count the trips where I drove). I have lots to report on some 101 goals related to all this travel,¬† but before I set out to fly the friendly skies again this weekend, I wanted to post something that’s been on my mind (and in my suitcase). And that’s travel wear. At this point, I think I’ve seen it all from pajama pants and slippers to miniskirts and stilettos. I’ve seen what works, and what doesn’t.

Obviously, I’m no fashionista. But, I am working on my performance in the style department. So without further ado, some style ideas for your next trip.

The Red Eye

Red Eye

Isabel Marant cotton tee, 190 EUR
Contrast Foldover Yoga Pant, $30
TOMS sparkly shoes, $54
Puma grommet handbag, $85

The number one consideration here: comfort. Cross-country flights, especially at night, can be no fun. Comfort is key! I am also a big proponent of slip on shoes (TSA and the guy behind you at security will thank you). Another great thing about this outfit: the awesome carry on bag. Big enough to store your headphones, your Kindle, and a snack, but still cute enough to tote around (and slip under the seat in front of you).

The Jet Set

Jet Set

3 1 Phillip Lim merino cardigan, $239
Dorothy Perkins pink tee, 25 GBP
Seven For All Mankind boot cut jeans, 165 GBP
Lacoste shoes, $84
H M leather bag, 25 GBP

For every day traveling, I like to go pretty casual, but yet still nice enough to grab dinner out when I reach my destination. Some things I like about this one: a cardigan you can pull on when the cabin inevitably goes from hot to cold. Layering options are great for flying. I also really love the splash of color in this top as well.

The Business Class

The Business Class

Trollied Dolly square neck dress
J crew cardigan, $40
Red Herring black shoes, 16 GBP
Kate Spade summer handbag, $249

Sometimes I have to go into the office as soon as I touch down, so I need to wear something that works at 10,000 feet just as well as in a meeting with my boss. In these situations I usually go with a dress. Something with an A-line or other non-constricting fit and above all WRINKLE-FREE. I have found favorites from Target and Ann Taylor, all that allow me to emerge  from a plane without rushing to find an iron. I am also a fan of flats even when dressing nicer. I like the pop of color this bag provides as well.

So what do you think? Have you all done any traveling lately? Any rules of sky style that you live by?

Back to School

18 May

So tomorrow I trade the office for the classroom. I have to take a three-day workshop in statistics before the fall semester starts. I read the articles they sent ahead, I have my calculator and my pencils and paper ready. So, now for the important part… what to wear?

So what do you think? It’s my first shot at Polyvore. And, oh yeah, I don’t actually own any of these pieces. But not bad right?
Wish me luck!

Shopping Extravaganza

20 Apr

Saturday morning, I woke up early, picked up the lovely Katie W., and then drove down to Richmond to meet the queen of shopping herself, Kristen. It was a spectacular day. Even torrential downpours and threatened power outages couldn’t keep us away.

We started the day out in a shopping center with Target, Dress Barn, Marshalls, and Kohls. There were many good finds and my eyes were opened to some new styles and some new ways to mix up and style pieces I already own.

We then headed over to Short Pump where we hit up Macy’s, H&M, Ann Taylor, and, um, Cheesecake Factory. Hey, it was a long day, girls need sustenance! Shopping with friends, especially my friends, is the absolute best. Kristen is great at pointing out how well (or not well) something fits, Katie is so quick to tell you how great you look, and in the end, we all walked away with some great picks that fit our lives and our style (and our bodies).

I can’t wait to display my findings! I think it is time for me to dabble in pseudo-fashion blogging and post some pictures. Better start working on my self-photography skills!

Suit Up

4 Mar

My job rocks. In fact, I am super excited to report, that I just got a promotion! I am beyond excited about this.

This job is also one of the first jobs I’ve had where I need to wear a suit on a semi-regular basis (and with the big promo, even more regularly). I must say, I’m not a huge fan. The fabrics are often icky, and the shapes just don’t normally do well for my, uh, shape. Ah, well, I’m a big kid now, I’ll get over it.

One of my goals is developing my wardrobe and whether I like it or not, suits are going to play a part in my work collection. Last week, I was hit with an issue when it comes to suits. See, I work in a pretty male-dominated environment. These men are also typically in uniform of some kind, if not in suit and tie. As I sat in a meeting last week, it hit me I was the only female in the room; no worries, I can handle that. However, when I got up to use the bathroom and glanced in the mirror I was horrified. A suit I really loved, looked downright juvenile and girly. I felt completely out of place as I headed back into the meeting.

So what was wrong with the suit? It was the sleeves, something I had originally liked about the jacket. They were slightly “poofed” (clearly, I’m going to need to work on my fashion terminology as well). Something like this (mine had long sleeves, but you get the point):

I feel a dilemma here. I do not want to come off as girly and immature. On the flip side, I don’t want to look like I’m wearing my dad’s suit to work.

S0, what are your thoughts? And where can you get a nice suit without breaking the bank (money management post to come)? Additionally, are there appropriate alternatives to suit wearing? What are the rules?