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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Loving My New Glasses

I've been wearing the same brown tortoise glasses for the last four years, and I just got a new pair since I've been so bored with my old ones.  I've been wanting to try some frames that actually make some kind of a statement.  Something a little daring.  I fell in love with these frames, but I was a little worried they might be too much.  It turns out my hair covers the logos at times, and it turns out they really are not that daring.  My only concern is that Clinton Kellly hates little tiny designer logos.  I'm not too worried though since I feel so good in these frames.  I actually want to wear glasses now.  Usually I wear contacts any time I'm going out of the house unless I am really tired and don't want to deal with contacts.  Now I am excited to wear these glasses.

Lately I've been wearing this green top with this charcoal cardigan all buttoned up, but I decided this time to leave the cardigan completely open (I saw this recently on a What Not To Wear episode).  No need to cover up this beautiful top so much. 

Classiques Entier ruched top spring hill green - Nordstrom Rack
Old Navy boyfriend cardigan charcoal
KUT From The Kloth wide leg denim trousers - delight wash
hematite silver ball necklace - Macy's brand (special purchase w/ Mom on our awesome trip to Scottsdale, AZ this past Thanksgiving)
silver cuff bracelet w/ gold circles - Macy's brand
Cole Haan 'Carma Air' OT w/ Nike Air black patent pumps - Nordstrom
Coach 'Bernice' frames brown w/ gold accents - Kaiser Optometry

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Holiday Party Outfit - Sparkly Tank

Last Wednesday night we went to a very good friend's holiday cocktail
party.  The outfit I wore was quite different for me.  I've never worn
a sparkly top before.  I am completely copying the sparkle tank idea
from another friend who wore a very similar top to this very party
last year.  I was seriously in love with her sparkle tank, and I
looked for a long time for the perfect one.  I found it this past
September through Rue La La. 

I wish I had a better photo of these earrings.  Unfortunately there is no stock photo I can find.  I'll have to wear them again and get better photos.

I am holding this clutch in the photo, but it pretty much blends in to the tree so you can't see it.  Here is the stock photo so you can see.  I love this clutch:
  Holiday Party Outfit
*MICHAEL Michael Kors sparkle tank silver/black/charcoal -
Semantiks 'Bree' dress pants black - Nordstrom
Bobeau open-front cardigan black - Nordstrom
Cole Haan 'Carma Air' OT w/ Nike Air pumps black patent (my very first pair of
Cole Haan shoes - the ones that made me fall in love with Cole Haan) -
Sorrelli 'Rare Jewels' gemstone earrings black/red/hematite - Nordstrom
Jessica McClintock rectangle fold over box clutch pearlized black -

*The back side of this tank doesn't have the is plain
with regular ribbing.  I love this idea since it makes it a little more casual to go
with dark denim for a night out on the town.  This allows for just the right amount of sparkle.  Also, the tank itself is charcoal, not black, another reason to love this tank even more.

*Since I had four friends make purchases from who used me
as their referral, I earned a $40 credit which I used to purchase
this $39.95 sparkly tank.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

What Not To Wear latest promo - wow!

I don't have any pictures of me today as of yet, but I wanted to share the latest promo for What Not To Wear.  Tonight will be the first night the show airs on its new night.  The show has moved from Friday nights to Tuesday nights.  Clinton will be walking off the set on this one....oooooohhhh aahhhhh... This should be a pretty interesting episode!

What Not To Wear latest promo

Monday, December 20, 2010

Newport Harbor Cruise Outfit

Saturday night my husband and I went on a holiday cruise around Newport Harbor.  It was cold and rainy, so I dressed to keep warm.  Instead of opaque tights I went with leggings to make sure I stayed warm.  The cruise was mostly inside, so I wished I would have gone with the tights and a lighter tee since I ended up being too hot.

These photos were taken in front of my husband's office.  I love the background here. 

Laundry by Shelli quilted jacket black - (originally bought in a size smaller but didn't realize it was too small until months later - I am incredibly lucky I was able to get a size up so long after the original purchase......sigh... it feels so good when clothes fit properly!)
Caslon ribbed long sleeve tee charcoal -
Halogen denim skirt - Nordstrom
Style & Co. skinny belt silver croc -
Nordstrom brand leggings (not sure these look right with the denim skirt)
Sperry Top Sider 'Sadie' rain boots -
BP. Nordstrom ombré scarf black/gray (didn't realize my scarf was hanging lopsided...wish the hubs would have mentioned something)
Nine West croc handbag pepper - Macy's

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A Sparkly Scarf

This black sparkly scarf I purchased last year at White House | Black Market was intended to go with a sweater dress I no longer own.  I am so glad it looks so nice with a plain black scoop neck tee and jeans.  Last year I was not brave enough to wear the silver flats with this silvery sparkly scarf.  I thought it might be too much metallic, but I think the silver flats are working out just fine.  :)  This outfit was worn today at my mommy group holiday party.

Thanks to so many of you mommies who came up to me this afternoon at the holiday party and told me you are enjoying this blog.  Now I know I have more readers than I think I do.

Scarf tied loosely to show length and for when it's too warm to be close to my neck.

Scarf tied the half loop style for when it's colder.   I don't know if this style is really called 'half loop' - I just made that up.  This is an awkward angle - my 5 year old isn't used to doing close-ups.  Not too shabby, though!

Caslon long-sleeve scoop neck tee black - Nordstrom
KUT From The Kloth boot-cut jeans future wash -
Tory Burch 'Reva' flats silver - Nordstrom
Style & Co. skinny belt black -
White House | Black Market sparkle scarf black/silver
Nine West croc handbag pepper - Macy's

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Houndstooth Wool Coat

I was wearing my same old boring black cardigan this morning, but the super cold chill made me turn around back into the house to get my wool coat.  This houndstooth coat was my amazing 40th birthday gift from my mom, sisters, and mother-in-law.

MICHAEL Michael Kors houndstooth wool coat -
KUT From The Kloth boot cut jeans future wash -
Halogen long-sleeve ribbed tee black - Nordstrom
BCBGirls 'Phoebe' flats black -
Nine West croc handbag pepper -  Macy's

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Black Cardi with Animal Print Pumps

My camera's memory card was having some trouble last night and only allowed for this one photo.  I wore this outfit Thursday night to Bunco and since this is such a different look for me I really enjoyed wearing it.  I loved it so much I wore it again the next night (Friday night) for a little party we hosted at home.  I usually frown upon wearing so much black, but with these animal print pumps being such a statement I think the black cardi, cami, skinny belt, and minimal silver jewerly it all seems to work well to let the animal print pumps be the focus.  I am so in love with these shoes it is crazy.  Since my camera sucks and doesn't focus properly even with an adult using it (as in this case) I will post the stock photos of the shoes so you can see them in detail.  Thanks Style Underdog, it was so awesome to have you over last night!  Such fun!

I also wanted to share the stock photo of the black diamond pavé earrings I wear all the time but always forget to take a close up photo of them.

Bobeau open-front cardigan black -
Caslon cami black - Nordstrom
KUT From The Kloth skinny jeans -
Style & Co. skinny belt black -
Cole Haan 'Air Talia' pump Leopard Haircalf w/ NIKE AIR technology 3.5" heel - (purchased with Cyber Monday incredible 40% off code!!!  YAH!)
Nadri 'Black Diamond' pavé ball stud earrings -
bangle bracelet silver - gift

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Necklace Seen In Clinton Kelly's Make Over America Fashion Show

Today I wore the same outfit I wore for my dad's 75th birthday a couple  of weeks ago but forgot to get photos done.  The only thing I'm wearing differently is I have a silver croc skinny belt instead of a black one.  Just wanted to change things up a bit.  Also I left one button of the charcoal boyfriend cardigan open to help show more of the green top underneath.  Last time I buttoned it all the way up and the green hardly showed.  I think it is better with one left opened.

Too bright, I know.  I couldn't wait until later to do the photos since we are having guests over for dinner on Friday night and lots of cleaning needs to get done.   I'll figure out a better place for photos tomorrow.

Halogen denim pencil skirt - Nordstrom
Classiques Entier ruched top Spring Hill green - Nordstrom Rack
Old Navy boyfriend cardigan charcoal
DKNY opaque tights - Nordstrom
Cole Haan 'Air Lyric' 1.25" heel boots black -
Style & Co. silver croc skinny belt -
Nordstrom brand crinkled leather handbag natural -
*Style & Co. silver circle pendant short necklace - Macy's

*I first saw the silver circle pendant short necklace on one of the lucky winners of Clinton Kelly's Make Over America Fashion Show at Macy's in June of 2009.  I wanted to get the necklace then but I sort of forgot about it.  I saw it on the clearance table last March.  Yah!

*You can see the necklace on Candace (one of the participants), here on this video clip of the fashion show.  A pretty good close-up begins at 3:15.  This fashion show was the bomb.  I was so lucky to attend and see Clinton Kelly, my style hero, in person.  He called on me and answered my style question.  The official Make Over America photographer put this photo of us on the official Make Over America website.  Here is the photo of me with my style hero!

Monday, December 6, 2010

OLD Navy Super Low Tee Remix #3

This time the super old super low Old Navy tee is in brown.  And it's too low to show nicely with this ruffle cardigan.  Because the tee is so low I must wear a tank or cami underneath.  This doesn't quite look right.  The white tank can hardly be seen at all.  I love this sweater, but I'll need to rework the layering pieces.  Usually I just wear either a white or brown cami.  I'll stick with those until I can figure something else out.

Caslon ruffle cardigan chartreuse green - Nordstrom
Old Navy tee brown
Hinge tank white -
KUT From The Kloth wide leg denim trousers Delight wash - Nordstrom Rack
Another Line skinny belt chocolate brown -
Kenneth Cole REACTION 'Ballet Parking' flats pewter - Macy's
COACH 'Carly' signature handbag - Nordstrom
Kendra Scott teardrop earrings - Nordstrom

Friday, December 3, 2010

Same Old Navy Tee, Different Color, Remix #2

Yesterday was completely busy all day and night, I am just now getting yesterday's outfit posted.  I mentioned before I have four very old v-neck solid tees I'm just learning how to wear with an updated fall look.  Here's the teal color tee with a pendant necklace and gray three-quarter sleeve scoop neck tee as my layering piece.  I also wore the denim jacket today but  the weather is rather warm right now so I took it off.  I really wish I could make my skinny belts lie straight and not lopsided.

I'm looking slightly relaxed here...

Super OLD Old Navy super LOW v-neck tee teal
Three Dots three-quarter sleeve scoop neck tee heather gray -
KUT From The Kloth boot-cut cords espresso brown -
Cole Haan 'Air Carma' OT with NIKE AIR technology copper croc - Cole Haan outlet
Another Line skinny patent belt chocolate brown -
Kendra Scott pendant necklace - Ebay
COACH Signature 'Carly' handbag - Nordstrom

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Clinton Kelly Dress - Remixed

I'm not sure I like this or if it even looks good at all... I usually wear this dress with black tights, black high heel boots, black cardigan if it's cold, and black leather purse.  I'm getting a little bored of all the black accessories, so I thought I'd make this a day look with different accessories.  I think this will look better without the leggings, but it was too cold today to go without.  Maybe black flats would look better.  The medallions on the flats seem busy with this printed dress.  I don't know.

Kelly by Clinton Kelly empire waist v-neck dress -
Lauren denim jacket -
Nordstrom brand leggings
Tory Burch 'Reva' flats metallic silver - Nordstrom
Liz Palacios necklace -

Thanksgiving Weekend in Phoenix

My mom and I had a wonderful weekend in Phoenix for Thanksgiving weekend.  My Great Aunt Bertha turned 100 years old so we went to her Centennial party on Saturday.  My cousin Debbie (Great Aunt Bertha's granddaughter) had her first child, and the party also honored her baby.  They had four generations of family there.  It was such a wonderful experience.  Thanksgiving was spent with my favorite uncle.  All day Friday (which was Black Friday) and Saturday during the day was spent at the incredible Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall and Biltmore Fashion Park.  My mom wanted to update her wardrobe a bit so I helped her with some new blouses, a beautiful structured jacket, and some fashion jewelry.  Mostly all were purchased from Macy's with unbelievably awesome discounts.  We had such a nice time shopping there.  It was just the two of us, it felt so relaxing not to have any responsibilities for five days!

 Thanksgiving dinner outfit
Merona cable knit sweater dress chocolate brown - Target (on clearance!! yay)
Nordstrom brand opaque tights black - Nordstrom
Cole Haan boots 3.25" heel black -
Style & Co. chain belt silver - Macy's
*Nine West 'Dixon' croc shopper Pepper - Macy's
kate spade bauble bracelet gold, black, cream - kate spade
Rachel teardrop earrings hematite - Nordstrom

*The Nine West red croc handbag was such a steal I have to share.  It was originally $69.00.  I had a 20% off coupon, and I was going to be happy with that price.  The sign showed it was also on sale for 25% off.  I guess it was marked down to a lower price on top of that I didn't know about because the lady told me it was $23.90!!  Gotta love Macy's sales and coupons!!

 Black Friday shopping outfit
Studio M circle print empire waist tee (wish the side was pulled down properly) - Macy's
Halogen denim skirt - Nordstrom
Hue opaque tights chocolate brown - Nordstrom
Cole Haan boots 2.25" Woodbury -
BP. Nordstrom scarf black - Nordstrom
Nine West 'Dixon' croc shopper Pepper - Macy's
Macy's brand bracelet clear red 
White House | Black Market charm earrings black

Lunch at Neiman Marcus Cafe Scottsdale Fashion Square

Last Chance Store is a Nordstrom company store that is one step beneath Nordstrom Rack.  There are only two in the country:  Phoenix and Miami.  Most of the merchandise is pretty beat up, but I had to check out this ultra clearance Nordstrom store.  I didn't find anything worthwhile, unfortunately.  Perhaps if I had more time I could have found something.  I looked at every size 7 shoe hoping to find something Cole Haan. 

Saturday:  Last Chance shopping outfit
Caslon scoop neck tee black - Nordstrom
INC Macy's printed tiered skirt 
Style & Co. skinny belt black (I wish it wasn't lopsided!) -
Nordstrom brand opaque tights
Cole Haan flat boots black -
Nine West 'Dixon' croc shopper Pepper - Macy's
Macy's brand bracelet clear red  
Alexis Bittar donut pendant necklace lucite gold -

For Saturday night at Aunt Bertha's centennial party I wore my Kelly by Clinton Kelly dress.  I styled it the exact same way so I didn't have my mom take photos of this outfit.