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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Long-Awaited Opportunity Outfit

I've been waiting all summer for the right time to wear this outfit.  Finally, last weekend I had the opportunity to go out to dinner with some great friends.  A wonderful time was had by all.  I long to wear clothes like this much more often, but with workout three days a week and kids, it just doesn't make sense.  I need to find more opportunities to wear my clothes.  It's making me crazy that I can't wear them often.

I have discovered the best-fitting skinny jean, ever.  7 For All Mankind High Rise Ankle Skinny has a 9" rise which works best for me. Watch them for sales at Bloomingdale's.  I got mine for 52% off with a sale price and promo code.



Long-Awaited Opportunity Outfit

Elie Tahari 'Chase' Sleeveless Silk Blouse, Aqua Dimension - nordstrom.com (saved all my Nordstrom Notes for this one!)
7 For All Mankind Jeans High Rise Ankle Skinny, white - bloomingdales.com
Halogen Lizard Embossed Patent Leather Flap Clutch, mint - nordstrom.com Cara Accessories Cutout Hinged Cuff Bracelet, hematite/gold - Nordstrom kate spade new york 'licorice too' pump, Powder Patent - nordstrom.com

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Warby Parker Beacon Collection

I am excited to share the new Warby Parker Eyewear Beacon Collection.  This stylish and affordable eyewear company asked me to choose my favorite looks and share with my readers.  I'm thrilled to do so.

Tortoise is my go-to frame for sunglasses.  The Ingram 942 Sun Topdown is definitely my favorite of the Beacon Collection.   The cool blue lens offers a nice pop of color to any outfit.  I could totally see myself wearing these.


The Nancy 933 Sun Topdown frames are also calling my name.  Colorful sunglasses rock.  Especially ones with clear colored frames.
These gorgeous yellow sunglasses are sitting right next to my two favorite desserts ever:  red velvet cake and cannoli.  How did they know those are my two favorite desserts in the world?  Now it's a must I get these sunglasses.




When you purchase Warby Parker glasses, they will donate glasses to developing countries.  Buy a pair, give a pair.  Warby Parker has already given 1,000,000 glasses.  A Do-Good company- that's for sure.  Click on Buy A Pair, Give A Pair program to learn more.

You can try-on before you buy your frames.  Order 5 pairs to try-on at home for 5 days, free of charge. Click on Home Try-On to learn more.



Monday, March 24, 2014

Diane von Furstenberg: Journey of a Dress Exhibition in LA: Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Wrap Dress

I'll never forget the moment in Amerian Hustle when I spotted the first of several Diane von Furstenberg vintage wrap dresses seen on Amy Adams.  You see, I know the difference between the originals from the 70s and the ones made today.  The 70s version the hem is below the knee and have cuffs on the sleeves.  The new ones made today the hem is above the knee and don't have the cuffs.  I was really freaking out when I saw Amy Adams wearing the Twig Print dress that Diane von Ferstenberg wore on the cover of Newsweek in 1976.  

Back in early February I took my family to see the Diane von Furstenberg: Journey of a Dress Exhibition at the Wilshire May Company building in Los Angeles.  DVF is one of my all-time favorite fashion designers, and I was so excited to be able to celebrate the 4oth anniversary of the iconic 70s wrap dress.  The show was something pretty special.  The show consisted of many mannequins wearing vintage and current Diane von Furstenberg iconic wrap dresses.  The mannequins had labels below that indicated the year the dress was from.  There were large photographs of vintage ads, scenes in popular films in which the actresses wore the iconic wrap dress, vintage DVF runway shows, and photos of Diane herself.  Diane von Furstenberg chose to have this amazing show in Los Angeles over New York City. Thank goodness for that.  I just had to drive up a freeway.  

Here I am enjoying the show.  It was a chilly day so I didn't wear my DVF wrap dress. Now I'm kicking myself for not doing so.

If you're anywhere near LA, go see the show.  It's been extended through May 1.




Vintage ads.

 One of the Amercian Hustle scene photographs on the far left.

 I'm pointing out the magazine cover.

Diane's personal collection of Andy Warhol pop art.

I'm poining out the fact that my dress, the square tips pink dress I bought in 2013 - is here!  I wish I would have worn it.  Darn!



Sunday, February 16, 2014

Birthday Earrings

My husband picked out these beautiful kate spade earrings for my birthday.  I couldn't be more excited about them.  He also got the matching bracelet, but I'll wear it another time when I'm not wearing the matching earrings.

Of the full-body shots taken the only decent one is the one below our babysitter took which included my husband.

I wish I had checked that my skirt was pulled down properly prior to taking photos.

I wish I had a better close-up shot to show the earrings.  Next time.

Birthday Earrings Outfit:

Vince Camuto Three-Quarter-Sleeve Peasant Blouse, Cobalt Blue - Macy's
Vince Camuto Dot Print Colorblock Pencil Skirt, Rich Black - Nordstrom Rack
Tarnish 'Lizard Chain' Clutch, Silver/ Gunmetal - nordstrom.com
Vince Camuto 'Basics' Cuff, Matte Black - Nordstrom
Cole Haan Basic Opaque Tights, black - colehaan.com
Cole Haan 'Markesa Air Boot 85', black - colehaan.com
kate spade 'on the town' drop mixed stone drop earrings, navy/clear/gold- Nordstrom

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Spring Outfit in Winter



It was 77° F today so I decided to dress on the springy side.  I had a denim jacket, but I didn't need it.  I got some unexpected free time without kids, so at the last minute I decided to go see 12 Years A Slave all by my lonesome.  Afterward I went to have alterations done on several pieces of clothing I have not been able to wear for far too long.

I'm in a roll seeing Oscar-nominated movies.  I've seen four so far.  I'm on a mission.  I want to see all nine that are up for Best Picture.

Next time I wear this top and these pants I'll try with orange flats.  It would be daring to wear orange flats with teal pants, but hey, it might just work.

Spring Outfit in Winter

HUDSON Nico Mid-Rise Super Skinny Jean, Soft Teal - Hautelook.com
Trouvé Textured Sheer Cap Sleeve Top, white - nordstrom.com
Tory Burch 'Louiisa' Top Handle Satchel, Tan - nordstrom.com
Cole Haan 'Air Carma' OT pump, Sandalwood - zappos.com
Tinley Road Tricolor Cabochon Necklace orange, mint, cream - piperlime.com
Vince Camuto Bangle, orange - Macy's

Monday, January 6, 2014

North Shore Oahu, Wait List No More, LOST tv, Nordstrom Honolulu

This is a long post but I have exciting things to share!

Early in December we went to Oahu for vacation.  We stayed in a vacation rental house on the North Shore.  This place is heaven.  So quiet, so beautiful, so perfectly warm.  It's never too hot, it's never cold.  It was just about a perfect 81°F every day.  The waves crashing just a few feet away woke me up at night, but I didn't care.  It was nice to be away from the crowds of Waikiki, but it was fun to drive down there for the stores and hotel restaurants.

Three amazingly awesome things happened on this trip: 

1.  One afternoon while we were relaxing out on the chaise lounge and hammock, I received a call from our charter school.  My 4th grade son was number five on the waiting list, and they finally got to his number.  My 2nd grade son got in as well due to Sibling Priority.  There happened to be no one else on that Sibling Priority List so he got to by-pass that list!  Both boys are in full-time now.  No more part-time homeschooling!  No more begging my friends and family to wear teal on lottery days.  No more lotteries. 



2.  LOST was my favorite tv show.  The filming took place mostly on the North Shore of Oahu, and we were literally around the corner from many of these filming spots.  I had fun doing a little self-tour.

LOST plane crash site at Mokule'ia Beach Park, Waialua, only 5 miles away from our vacation rental.
At the LOST plane crash site:
I have a few more LOST filming site photos, but I'll only bore you with the one!

3.  I usually look forward to the Nordstrom Fashion Rewards private parties the first week of December at home.  Since I was not home during this week, I found out that the Honolulu store was having their party on a night we were going to be in Hawaii!  My husband and I went.  It was so fun to visit a Nordstrom in Hawaii.  I bought my much-needed flip-flops, or "slippers" as Hawaii residents call them. My salesperson and I with my two new pairs of "slippers" at the party:

This photo below is the only one I have of my entire outfit.  The lighting and focus isn't very good, but hey, at least you can see my shoes!  After the Nordstrom party we headed to Waikiki to my favorite patio for cocktails at the Royal Hawaiian.


Hawaii Outfits:

On the chaise lounge chair and LOST plane crash site:

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Paisley Blazer in Wine, Night & Day

This year for Thanksgiving we decided to go out for dinner, and this is what I wore.



I don't think could love a blazer as much as I love this one.  I wanted to try wearing it for daytime, and this is how I styled it for my day of Saturday errands.  I think I'll be wearing this one quite a bit this season and beyond.  Next time I'll try with boots either in black or cognac.


Paisley Blazer in Wine, Night & Day

Max & Mia Single Button Paisley Jacket, Wine - nordstrom.com (Nordstrom.com made an error and listed the brand as Matty M)
Trouvé Double Scoop Linen-Blend Tee, white -nordstrom.com
7 For All Mankind® 'The Slim Cigarette' Stretch Jeans, Rinse - nordstrom.com
Lauren Ralph Lauren Croc Embossed Reversible Belt, Black Croc/Red Patent - nordstrom.com
MARC BY MARC JACOBS 'Katie' Pendant Necklace, Gold - Bloomingdale's (purchased with Friends & Family Discount and Happy Returns card!)
Natasha Couture 'Barrie' Bangles (Nordstrom Exclusive), Silver - nordstrom.com

Daytime accesories:
Nadri Small Pavé Ball Earrings, Black Diamond - nordstrom.com (no longer available in black diamond, but can be seen here)

Evening accessories:
Sorrelli 'Rare Jewels' black/red/hematite stones earrings - Nordstrom Rack
*A note about these pumps: the pointiness intimidated me and I thought they might be squishy tight against my toes, but these are the most comfortable heels I've ever worn.  They are even better than the Cole Haan pumps I've been pushing the last several years, and they are at the same price point. Depending on the style and material, the Cole Haan hurt my feet after awhile, and these kate spades don't hurt one single bit.  I am finding kate spade shoes to be very consistent in sizing even with flats.  Lucky for me I bought thse black and the nude with a price match to Bloomingdale's Friends & Family discount.  I found a pair in sliver and in purple suede on clearance with additional promo code and Old Navy/Gap rewards on piperlime.  Can't wait to wear them.