Friday, August 31, 2012

A Bow & Some Polka Dots

Happy Friday!  I have a new client meeting today and was told they have a very casual dress code so do not wear a suit.  I totally struggled putting an outfit that was not stuffy but still professional.  I don't know how many tries it took to make this outfit come together.  Wished that life was simple and everything comes tied in a nice neat bow :)

Do you suffer with business casual dressing like I do?  Every company's casual is unique and my rule of thumb is always be on the dressier side because you will feel more uncomfortable if you are under dressed.  


Outfit Details:
Ann Taylor Top (Similar)
White House Black Market Skirt (On Sale Now)
Kate Spade Belt (Similar)
Old Navy Earrings (Similar)
The Limited Bracelet (Similar)
The Limited Ring (Similar)
White House Black Market Wedges (On Sale Now)
Kate Spade Purse (Similar)

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Dressing Room Dress Up - Loft

In my fantasy life, I would have an unlimited supply of money to buy whatever I please (a bigger house with a yard & swimming pool with gorgeous views, Van Cleef clover jewelry, a personal chef etc.).  Since that's far from reality, I am staring a new series - Dressing Room Dress Up to showcase some of the items that catches my eye.  I will be highlighting some of the items that I tried on and some may end up in my happy hands or what was I thinking pile.  

Fashion is all about having a fun so here's my crack at having some fun!

My 1st Dressing Room Dress Up is at one of my favorite stores - Loft.  I am a big fan of the Loft for several reasons:  
1.  Their prices are very reasonable
2.  They are always on trend with their clothes
3.  Quality overall is fair for what you pay for
4.  I am not a fan of big stores and the Loft is the perfect size for me
5.  They always have sales so it makes me feel better that I am not paying full price

So which one is your favorite?  


 Diagonal Stripe Ponte Cap Sleeve Dress - A very classic dress and I love the take on stripes.


Cheetah Print Ruffle Collar Shirt Dress - I love the kick pleats on this shirt dress!


Autumn Zig Zag Skirt - Zig Zag always reminds me of Missioni.  Even the colors of this skirt screams Missioni.


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A Statement

Today, I am linking up with Marionberry Style Blog for her monthly style challenge.  This month's them is the statement necklace.  I am no stranger to statement necklaces - I love them.  In the 3 months that I've been blogging, this is the 3rd time this necklace has made an appearance (here & here).

I love how you can add a pop of color or accent a color in an outfit.  

How do you feel about statement necklaces?  Do you think they are appropriate for the workplace?



Outfit Details:
Ann Taylor Top On Sale Now)
The Limited Skirt (Similar)
J Crew Necklace (Same look from Etsy)
J Crew Belt (Similar)
Banana Republic Ring (Similar)
Franco Sarto Heels (Similar)
J Crew Purse (Similar)

Monday, August 27, 2012

Hot Pink & Lace

Happy Monday!  This outfit is basically the same outfit as this post since it's lace top under the same tank but with a pencil skirt.  I've had this lace top for a couple of years and I always end up wearing a red or pink tank underneath it.  I guess I was meant to have a little color in my life.

I am linking up with Not Yet Dead Style today - please stop by and see discover other fashion bloggers.

Do you tend to wear a more neutral or matching color tank under your lace/sheer tops?



Aren't the heel on these shoes so fun?!  Totally a 70's vibe to them.


Outfit Details:
White House Black Market Lace Top (Similar)
White House Black Market Tank (Similar)
Ann Taylor Belt (Similar)
The Limited Skirt (Similar)
Sam Edleman Heels (On Sale Now)
Accessories Auction via Facebook Earrings (Similar)
Loft Ring (Similar)
Ann Taylor Necklace (Similar)
The Limited Bracelet (Similar)
Tory Burch Purse (Similar)

Saturday, August 25, 2012

20 Minutes

 I went to CrossFit this morning and had to take my son to a 4 year old birthday party.  I didn't get home until past 11:30 and the party was at 11:00.  With a late running start, I gave myself 20 minutes to get ready.  There was no time to think with 20 minutes.  Thank goodness I had the foresight to actually buy and wrap the gift the day before.

I literally bathed and threw this dress on and just added on the necklace & belt.  Brown is always a great neutral color just to add some dimension to any outfit.  We were out the door by 12!  We even got to the party before they started eating and my son was happy to eat some birthday frosting.

What is the quickest you can get ready?


 This dress was last worn here.


Outfit Details:
Loft Dress (On Sale Now)
Loft Sunnies (Same)
J Crew Necklace via ebay (Similar)
Loft Belt (Similar)
Tory Burch Bracelet (Same
Tory Burch Sandals (Same)
J Crew Purse (Similar)


Friday, August 24, 2012

Animal Skirt

As summer is coming to a close, all the stores have had their fall items on display for what seems like forever.  This skirt is one of the items I picked up at Loft that is part of the fall line.  I am not quiet ready to give up summer yet but am ready to wear this skirt.  So I paired it with a summer tee -  last seen here and my bright orange jacket.

I can get a lot of mileage out of this skirt as it transition to fall.  This skirt will look adorable with any of the fall colors that are hot this fall (teal, purple) and will look great with boots.  Now onto the hunt for some new black boots :)

Are there any fall pieces that you are excited to purchase or dust off from your closet?





Outfit Details:
Ann Taylor Top (Same)
Loft Skirt (Same)
Loft Jacket (Similar)
Loft Earrings (Similar)
Tory Burch Bracelet (Similar)
Banana Republic Ring (Similar)
Nine West Heels (Similar)
Tory Burch Purse (Similar)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Birthday Dinner

Since I was out of town last week, we had to delay the family celebration dinner till this weekend.  I was wearing shorts all day and we had no idea where we were going.  Of course 5:30 rolls around and we still had not decided and than it's 6:00.  I had about 5 minutes to change and this is what I pulled together.  I wanted to wear heels but had no idea where my nude heels were so I used my trusty Tory Burch flats.  

Very casual outfit but I think the blue clutch instead of my constant giant purse made the outfit a little dressier and fun.  

Do you change your purse base on your outfit or do you the same purse for all?

We ended up eating sushi at O Fine Japanese Food in Irvine.  The sushi was delicious and they had this lychee ice cream which was to die for too.  I made sure I took some pictures to share before gobbling it all up.



Outfit Details:
Lauren Conrad Top (Similar)
White House Black Market Jeans (Similar)
Banana Republic Earrings (Similar)
The Limited Necklace (Similar
Banana Republic Ring (Similar)
Ann Taylor Clutch (Similar)
Tory Burch Flats  (Same)


Monday, August 20, 2012

Chevron Dress

I was on a business trip last week and came home late Thursday night.  When I woke up Friday morning, getting dressed was the last thing on my mind.  Like always, that's when dresses come to my rescue.  

I picked up this dress from Kohls a couple of months ago.  I love the color of this dress and the chevron stripes.  So fun and it kind of reminds me of Missoni's famous pattern.  Kohl's also reached out to me last week to share with my readers a 10% discount off their website.  Happy Shopping!

Kohl's coupon for 10% off valid until August 24: UBLOGTEN

It's Monday so I am linking up with Not Yet Dead Style be sure to stop by Patti's blog.  Happy Monday!





Outfit Details:
Apt 9 Dress (Similar)
Tiffany & Co Necklace (Same)
Loft Ring (Similar)
Coach Bracelet (Similar)
Marc Fisher Heels (Similar)
Tory Burch Purse (Similar)

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Staying Cool

It has been so HOT in southern CA that all I want to do is lay on my couch all day and do nothing.  I don't even want to walk to the car in this heat.  I know...I am a wimp.  So the closes thing to doing nothing is wearing extremely comfy clothes.  When it's hot, I stick to wearing 100% cotton tops & bottoms.  

What's your go to fabric to battle the heat?

I am linking up with Two Thirty-Five Designs so please stop by and see other bloggers causal outfits.




Outfit Details:
Loft Top (Similar)
Loft Shorts (Same)
Loft Sunnies (Same)
Accessories Auction via Facebook Earrings (Similar)
Tory Burch Bracelet (Similar)
Banana Republic Ring (Similar)
Banana Republic Necklace (Similar)
Banana Republic Wedges (Similar)
J Crew Purse (Similar)


Saturday, August 18, 2012

A Sneaky Boy


I attended a friend's 60th birthday for a friend last weekend.  It was an outdoor party and I wanted to stay cool in this heat wave we are having.  So what do I choose?  A maxi dress of course!  The fabric of this maxi has a silky feel to it so it looks just a bit more dressy than my knit maxi.  For some contrast, I added the blue jewelry and I was ready to go.

What would you wear to an outdoor party?



So my 4 year old says he wanted to be in the pictures with me today.  I gladly accepted the challenge and below are the results of what a 4 year old considered being in pictures.  


I didn't grow an extra hand by my waist - that's Logan being "in" the picture.  And below is how he strikes a pose.  I would be so lucky if I can get a picture of him with his eyes open or actually not making a funny face in the camera.  


Happy Birthday to my beautiful friend Karen!

Outfit Details:
Banana Republic Dress (Similar)
J Crew Necklace (Similar)
Armita Singh Earrings (Similar)
Loft Belt (Similar)
Banana Republic Bracelet (Similar)
Banana Republic Ring (Similar)
Tory Burch Sandals (Same)
J Crew Purse (Similar)



Friday, August 17, 2012

Cheetah or Hearts?

I have a confession to make - I struggle with wearing pants.  I never know what type of shoes goes with the style of pants.  These pants are ankle length and I normal pair them with heels but with my leg still on the mend - I had to stick with wedges.  

I distracted myself with the shoe confusion by wearing a fun printed top.  Isn't this just so adorable how it turns from cheetah to hearts??  

Do you have guidelines that you use when pairing pants with shoes?




Outfit Details:
Forever 21 Top (Similar)
The Limited Pants (Similar)
Stella & Dot Necklace (Similar)
Ann Taylor Bracelet (Similar)
Banana Republic Ring (Similar)
Tory Burch Wedges (Similar)
Tory Burch Purse (Same)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

It's Official!!!

Yup it's official...today I am officially starting my Mid Life!  I really can't believe that I am turning 40 today - I swear I don't feel a day over 39 :)  I wanted to share some birthday humor with you and see how well my co-workers know me.  Below is one of the birthday cards I received.  The inside of the card says: "May your wildest dreams come true!"  If you ever come across a deal like this, please let me know.

30s have been a great decade and I can't wait to see what 40s have to offer.  


Summers in Southern California usually starts in late July and lasts through late September.  Today, I was on the road all day in 100+ weather.  I had to find an outfit that was comfy and kept me cool.  Wearing wide leg trousers were the answer...perfect for driving and staying cool.  I love to use these in the winter with some knee high boots as well.

Are you a fan of wide pants?



Outfit details:
White House Black Market Top (Similar)
White House Black Market Belt (Similar)
Loft Sweater (Similar)
White House Black Market Pants (Similar)
Tiffany & Co NWM's Necklace
Loft Bracelet (Similar)
Loft Ring Similar)
White House Black Market Wedges On Sale Now)
Tory Burch Purse (Same)


Monday, August 13, 2012

Lace & Polka Dots

Something about lace just makes me feel so feminine.  I scored this pretty top at Kohl's in the juniors dept!  I almost never stop by the junior section but I was walking by and saw this pretty top which caught my eyes.  This lace on this top is a heavy feel with a silvery sheen to it.  

Junior section is almost a no go zone for me since the cut is always to narrow or to short.  If you a woman of a certain age...do you shop in junior sections?

BTW, aren't these wedges just so adorable?  I love the wood looking detail on the wedge.

I am linking up with Not Yet Dead Style's Visible Monday.  Be sure to stop by.  Have a great week!





Outfit Details:
Candies Lace Top (Similar)
The Limited Skirt (Similar)
Unknown Belt (Similar)
Unknown Necklace (Similar)
Coach Bracelet (Similar)
White House Black Market Ring (Similar)
Jessica Simpson Wedges (Similar)
Tory Burch Purse (Same)


Saturday, August 11, 2012

My Fair Lady


This weekend we headed to the Orange County Fair (hehe...hence the title to today's blog) to enjoy some unhealthy fair food, listen to music and enjoy the fun.  It was a hot day so a hat  and sunscreen was required to avoid getting sunburn.  

My friend had this hat on awhile back and I thought it was such an adorable hat that I had to have it.  She picked it up at our local grocery store, Sprouts.  I have been looking for a wide brim hat to wear that's cute and functional.  Who knew you can find them at the grocery store!

I don't own a lot of hats and would love to incorporate them more into my outfits.  I wished I could go to a British wedding or attend the Kentucky Derby where I can go really crazy with hats.  How often do you wear hats?




Outfit Details:
Loft Top (On Sale Now)
Ann Taylor Skirt (Similar)
San Diego Hat Company Hat (Same)
Loft Sunnies Similar)
Armita Singh Earrings Similar)
Banana Republic Ring (On Sale Now)
Ann Taylor Necklace (Similar)
J Crew Yellow Bracelet (Similar)
Ann Taylor Turquoise Bracelet (Similar)
Loft Flip Flops (Similar)
Tory Burch Purse (Same)

Here are some highlights of the fair.  Eating the required junk food.  A picture of a spotted chicken.  Logan enjoying his fresh roasted corn. An ariel view from the sky tram - I had to stay calm for Logan but inside I was freaking out!  I am afraid of heights and thought it was the longest ride of my life.


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