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Aug

24

Playing with Polyvore…

Somehow, I got pulled in to playing with Polyvore again. If I’m going to spend that time creating sets, I might as well share them. Aren’t I generous? 😉

I put this outfit together after receiving a new pair of destroyed denim crops from Forever21, but was too lazy to do more than try them on to make sure they fit. (They were perfect.) I went in to Polyvore looking for other items similar to things I already have in my closet. While I didn’t find the exact jeans or top, the ones I’ve chosen are really close to what I have.

My blush/nude shirt is from Ann Taylor. I wear my father’s old Seiko gold/navy chronograph. And I have a mustache necklace on the way; no Marni clutch…but I do have the black Prada pumps. What? They were an investment. Initially, I’d probably wear this with a shorter pair of black Coach pumps, because I’m not completely recovered from breaking my foot earlier this year.

I can see myself spending a lot of casual downtown days in this outfit.

Downtown Chic

Jil Sander top
stylebop.com

Prada leather shoes
barneys.com

Marni clutch
barneys.com

Michael kors jewelry
net-a-porter.com

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Jan

15

OOTD – interviews

Thank goodness I’m a “creative”…

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Black skinnies – HUE from Nordstrom Light grey tank – Costco Charcoal button tee – Old Navy Black jacket – Kenneth Cole from Nordstrom Grey scarf – Versalette Pink and black oxfords – John Fluevog

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Jan

05

OOTD – weekend casual

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Grey and orange sweater – Vertical Design from Nordstrom Rack
White tank – Costco
Jeans – HUE from Nordstrom
White cotton loop scarf – present
Hat – Minna from Goorin Bros.
Turquoise bag – Chinese Laundry
Brown boots – Dr. Martens

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Jan

03

OOTD – grey and gold

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Grey sweater – Target
Olive tank – Costco
Jeans – HUE from Nordstrom
Gold scarf – Target
Boots – Frye from Nordstrom
Grey wool bag – Urban Outfitters

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Dec

31

OOTD – black, white, and blue

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Black jacket – Kenneth Cole from Nordstrom
Blue, grey, and white top – Bobeau from Nordstrom Rack
Black crops – HUE from Nordstrom
White cotton scarf – Xmas present
Black bag – Vince Camuto from Nordstrom Rack
Ankle boots – Paglia from Fluevog
Frames – LA Eyeworks

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Dec

29

OOTD – black, grey, and pink.

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Grey sweater – Target
Pink tank – Target
Black skinnies – HUE from Nordstrom
Black cotton tube scarf – Xmas present
Silver boots – Doc Martens 20-holes
Turquoise bag – Chinese Laundry from Zappos
Frames – Alain Mikli

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Dec

28

OOTD – red plaid jacket and yellow scarf

I recently rediscovered the easy stylish addition that a scarf can make to just about any outfit. In today’s case I partnered up a golden yellow scarf with a red plaid jacket over a t-shirt and jeans.

I need to stop forgetting this simpke way of dressing up otherwise utilitarian outfits for myself.

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OOTD - plaid jacket, yellow scarf, jeans, and boots

Red plaid jacket – Nordstrom Rack
Brown tank – Costco
Charcoal grey t-shirt – Old Navy
Jeans – HUE from Nordstrom
Brown boots – Dr. Martens
Yellow scarf – Target

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Nov

19

Outfit of the Day – November 19, 2012

I’m going to try something new here. Namely, a bit of OOTD fun. Well, fun for me. Maybe not so much for you.

Why not so much fun for you? Because they’re almost all going to be bad self-pics taken in mirrors with my decrepit mobile. I don’t have the patience for setting up a tripod and staging shots…also, I live alone and don’t really like other people taking photos of me.

So why do it? Mostly to see how often I wear the same outfits. I suspect it’s more often than I think.

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The details:

  • Gray shirt: Old Navy, last year
  • Khaki skirt: Old Navy, several years ago
  • Beige and Brown Belt: OneStopPlus.com
  • Gray Tights: Hue from Macy’s
  • Brown Boots: Loft by Ann Taylor
  • Gold Necklace: Macy’s

The parts you can’t see:

  • Gold Seiko men’s chronograph
  • Black “Harden the Fuck Up” wristband
  • Gray wool hat
  • Khaki short trench: Target, several years ago
  • Gray wool bag with brown leather straps

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Nov

19

Taste Changing

I don’t think we really notice when our style tastes start to change. At least, not until they’ve changed enough that the schanges actually jump out at us one day.

For me, that day was today. As I was killing some time between meetings this morning — seriously people, half an hour between meetings is not enough time to effectively dive into a new task and be productive — I found myself perusing the Ann Taylor site looking for shirts. I’m not sure when I became the sort of person who shops Ann Taylor for wardrobe basics, but the realization that I’ve become exactly that kind of slapped me in the face today.

Ann Taylor is quite a distance from the cobbled together, quirky thrift store looks that I was so fond of in my late-twenties. And I’m not really sure exactly what happened, but somewhere along the way, my tastes grew up. I’m not so sure I can say the same for the rest of me.

I did at least avoid buying any silk blouses. Since that was a working wardrobe staple for my mother when I was a kid, I think I wouldn’t be able to look at myself in the mirror if I started wearing the same…at least not for another 10-15 years.

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Apr

05

Makeup: Drugstore Favorites

Over the years I’ve narrowed down my personal makeup arsenal down to a single medium-sized bag of products. Most of those products are from Benefit and MAC, but I also have a few drugstore bargains in my pile of favorites.

Now, I’m not going to pretend that drugstore cosmetics are all of as high quality, or have the same textures as their more expensive cosmetic counter brethren, but there are definitely a few treasures to be found in those aisles. Here are a few of my favorites:

Sinful Colors Bare and Social Ladder

Sinful Colors Bare with Social Ladder on top. It's easy to experiment with new colors when you're only spending two bucks.

Sinful Colors nail polish easily occupies the top spot on my drugstore favorites list. At $1.99 a bottle, it’s hard to pass up even if you don’t know much about it. The wide array of colors — from subtle to bold — will catch your eye in the display stand on the cosmetics wall, and the price tag will likely prompt you to load up. The textures are good, with the more opaque colors being pretty consistently thick and creamy, and the more sheer shades a bit thinner; and the application is comparable OPI or China Glaze. As for staying power, with a top coat I consistently get 5 days of wear without significant chipping. And bonus: it pretty frequently goes on sale for 99 cents, and I’ve seen it as low as 49 cents on occasion.

Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm

Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm in Healthy Blush has become my weekend errand-running lip color of choice.

Buying a tube of Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm was one of my best spontaneous drugstore purchases ever. At the time, I had just started a new project in a client office where the air seemed both warmer and drier than any office I’d ever encountered, and my lips were paying the price. At $8.99, it’s pricier than Chap-Stick, but it’s worth it. It has an almost creamy texture, a hint of sheer color, and SPF 20. It keeps my lips soft and happy, and smells way better than Carmex.

Rimmel London Fix and Perfect Pro Primer

Rimmel London Fix and Perfect Pro Primer makes a great base to create a smooth canvas for your foundation.

If you wear foundation, there’s a better than even chance that you should also be wearing a primer underneath it. At $7.49, Rimmel London Fix and Perfect Pro Primer is a great choice that gets the job done as a basic primer at a much lower price point than its cosmetic counter comparables. (Does anyone love alliteration as much as I do? Probably not.) This one does a great job at “mattifying” (I seriously hate that word), smoothing your skin, and helping keep your foundation in place for longer. I can’t comment on how well it covers normal pores because I have pores large enough to store loose change in, so I have to turn to Benefit’s The Porefessional to get that particular job done, and that’s really not a fair fight for any drugstore product.

NYC Color Wheel Mosaic Face Powder in Translucent Highlighter and Glow

NYC Color Wheel Mosaic Face Powder in Translucent Highlighter and Glow makes a great way to set your makeup.

I’ve always had problems finding a face powder that didn’t make me look, well…powdery. Even the “translucent” stuff never really blended well for me. The lovely thing about NYC Color Wheel Mosaic Face Powder in Translucent Highlighter and Glow, other than its $4.50 pricepoint, is that its combination of colors means that it works with a multitude of skin tones…and it really does seem translucent. It also means that I don’t have to keep a separate highlighter or bronzing powder in my kit, because I can just concentrate my brush on the appropriate parts of the palette to get the effects that I want. I love that kind of efficiency of space!

So, those are my drugstore faves. Now, go forth and play in the makeup aisle of your favorite brightly lit drugstore…and then come tell me about any jewels you uncover for yourself.

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