These pictures were taken in a mall, but they were definitely not taken in a mall on Black Friday. I prefer to do my shopping under slightly less hectic conditions. Like, ideally from the comfort of my couch with a glass of wine in hand. But I do still enjoy the fun of walking through stores, looking at the displays, being able to feel the fabrics, and trying things on (often testing out some dance moves in the dressing room). But that’s exactly why I never make a point to go Black Friday shopping. It turns shopping into a sport, and you know how I feel about sports (they’re lame). The extent of my Black Friday shopping was ordering a bookcase from Target and going to a yarn store with my mom.
If you’re more of a Cyber Monday shopper like me, there’s a big Shopbop* sale going on now through the 30th (ends Monday night at 11:59pm Pacific time). It’s one of those where the more you spend, the more you save…evil, but awesome. The code is GOBIG15. Here’s my recommendation: head to Shopbop (here), find something amazing you want for Christmas, and then “accidentally” leave the page open and put your laptop somewhere that your significant other might happen upon it. [GIANT OVER-THE-TOP WINK] There are a few exclusions for the sale though, so double check the fine print.
*FYI: Shopbop is a current sponsor of this blog, and from time to time I am required to tempt you with information on their products and sales. Thanks for playing along!
Remember these pants? You just saw them on me yesterday. In case you were thinking “how many times can you really wear white corduroys?” The answer is: at least twice. I’m keeping this post short because my ‘rents are officially in town. We have about 10 bottles of wine for 4 people and 4 days, so it should be a good time. Happy travels and family time and mushy stuff to you all!
Right now all the #fashionbloggers are showing you “what to wear to Thanksgiving dinner” outfits. Well, here’s an example of a “what would be a horrible idea to wear to Thanksgiving dinner” outfit: lots of white and tight pants. But it was a pretty decent “what to wear to be a badass [insert occupation here]” outfit. I always say I love head-to-toe white in the winter, but I never actually do it. This is more like head-to-toe-off-white, which I think is easier to wear. I recommend it…just not on Thursday.
A recent casual Friday look. There’s print mixing, there’s a sweater vest, there’s ankle boots…this is a slightly chilly but happy girl. Oh, and I got my hair cut recently. Chop chop.
Speaking of chopping, who’s ready to start cooking up some Thanksgiving grub?! I am far from a chef, but I can follow a recipe and set timers. And I can roll up some Pillsbury crescents like nobody’s business. My parents are getting here tomorrow for our first T-day in the new house, and I’m so excited. We’re not the most sentimental family, but even scrooges like us can appreciate the warm fuzzies we get from being together for the holidays. Sure, some of it’s from the wine, but we also like each other’s company.
My fellow Americans, enjoy your (hopefully) short work week, and best of luck at the grocery store. Throw some elbows if you have to.
You guys, this is a really important post. Everything else I put on this blog is utterly pointless in comparison. This time I need your help. My firm’s big holiday party is in 3 weeks, and I need to pick a dress! It’s black tie, and the theme is Casino Royale. Last year I rented a dress from Rent the Runway, and I plan on doing the same this time. There are so many great options, but this time of year, the good ones go fast, so I need you to help me pick! I narrowed it down to these four, all of which I love for different reasons, and all of which have some risks. That’s why it’s so hard to choose!
First, there’s the Catya dress by ML Monique Lhuillier. I love the color, and you know I’m all about midi-length skirts these days. The downside is it could be a little overwhelming on my frame.
Second, there’s the Award Winner gown by Badgley Mischka. ALL OF THE SPARKLES. The risk is that it could be too long on me unless I wear really high heels.
Third, there’s the Golden Blossom gown by Theia. I have a feeling this would be super flattering on me, but black dresses are very common at lawyer events, and I don’t want to blend in with everyone else.
Fourth, there’s the Alexis dress by Theia. I like that it’s subtly sexy, but if it doesn’t fit well in the waist, the cutouts will probably make that more obvious.
Oh, and in case you’re totally unfamiliar with Rent the Runway, it’s exactly what it sounds like. You can borrow fabulous designer dresses for special occasions (or no occasion, I suppose) for much less than the retail purchase price. You can rent for a 4- or 8-day window, and you get a “backup” size for free, which takes some of the risk out of the process. They also have jewelry and accessories. If you have any fancy holiday parties coming up, I recommend trying out RTR! If you’re a newbie, you can get 20% off your first order.
So…it’s decision time. What say you?
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I don’t add new blogs to my Bloglovin’ feed very often, but my most recent addition was Wishes & Reality. Pretty much every outfit Heidi posts is something I would wear in a heartbeat. And you can tell by the blog name we have similar views on fashion and style, right? 😉
A little over a week ago, she posted this outfit – cozy cream sweater, leather skirt, over-the-knee boots, and a leopard print bag. And wouldn’t you know it? Yours truly had just bought herself a little early Christmas present – this Rebecca Minkoff bag. So obviously, I did what any self respecting blogger would do, and I straight up stole Heidi’s outfit top to bottom. No need to reinvent the wheel when someone else already wore a super cute wheel that I can copy with things that are already in my closet…er…garage? Whatever. Here’s to a fabulous Friday – don’t work harder than you have to.
First there was this outfit, and then this one. I’ve been really into black and yellow recently. Fall just puts me in the mood for mustard, I guess. Speaking of mustard, have you ever tried it on grilled cheese? It’s my family’s secret ingredient. But it’s not that secret because I just told you. Also it’s pretty obvious when your grilled cheese tastes like mustard. Anyway, it’s tasty. Try it with gouda, the best cheese in the world. Now that I’ve discussed my favorite color combinations and my favorite cheese, and I’ve shown you how to pull off a midi skirt with ankle boots (oh, did you not notice that? yup, totally did it), I think my work here is done.
You know what this hat is good for besides being adorable? Holding down my hair on a windy day so it doesn’t stick to my lipstick. You know me – always practical.
After I put on this hat, I immediately thought of this:
I swear this was not intentional, but when you’ve seen this 90s classic as many times as I have, it’s impossible not to absorb a little bit of the fashion sense sometimes.
I know I’m not the only Cher Horowitz fan, because one of my coworkers spotted me and told me I looked very Clueless. I’m 75% sure she meant the movie, and not that I looked like I didn’t know what I was doing. Although let’s be honest…I’m still just a baby lawyer. A lot of the time I really don’t know what I’m doing. Just fake it til you make it and wear a cute hat: that’s what I always say.
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In case you haven’t counted recently, there are only 45 days left in 2015. I feel pretty good about 2015. Not as many huge milestones as 2014 (you can only graduate from law school once), but it was a good year.
Let’s recap the most notable events from each month, shall we?
January: I threw an awesome Harry Potter themed birthday party for my #1 girl // February: I dressed like my inner Audrey for Adult Swim at the Children’s Museum
March: We celebrated 10 years of dating (because we didn’t stop dating when we got married) // April: I faced my public speaking fears and hosted a fashion show at Macy’s
May: I spent Mother’s Day with my mom (which doesn’t happen too often when you live 600 miles apart) // June: Umm….WE BOUGHT A FREAKING HOUSE
July: We moved out of our apartment of 6 years and started making the house feel like home // August: I celebrated a big birthday but avoided saying the number “30” out loud
September: I spent a relaxing week at the beach with my family // October: I saw Kristin conduct a musical for the first time (and she killed it, like she kills everything)
Most photos via my Instagram, where I overshare like nobody’s business.
On tap for November and December: Spending our first holiday season in the new house and entertaining both sets of parents!
When I was growing up, I wrote everything in my day planner. Remember picking out a new planner at the beginning of each school year? Then you would doodle all over it and tuck your friends’ school photos and stuff in there? Simple times, the 90s. These days, if I want to reminisce, I can look at Instagram, Facebook, this blog, and iCalendar to remember what things I did, what places I went, and with whom I did those things and went those places.
But sometimes I still like to use a good old-fashioned planner. Thanks to AT-A-GLANCE, I’m already set for 2016 with two cute new planners from their fashion line. And you know how much I love fashion ;). I don’t use them quite the way I used to, but starting in a few weeks, these planners will start to hold my weekend plans, my blog post schedule, shopping lists, and outfit ideas. The AT-A-GLANCE planners let me look at a whole month on one page, and then make more detailed notes for each day on the weekly pages. I used an AT-A-GLANCE planner for all of 2015 and it was exactly what I needed.
What exciting things will I be adding to my 2016 calendar? My 5-year wedding anniversary and hopefully a fun vacation to go with it! If anyone wants to give me a free trip to the Mediterranean, that would be great.
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I try not to be one of those people who says “I’m ____, so I can’t wear ____.” You know, like “I’m not skinny, so I can’t wear skinny jeans,” or “I’m busty, so I can’t wear boxy jackets, ” or “I’m short, so I can’t wear midi skirts” or “I’m pale, so I can’t wear neon.” It’s important to be aware of what proportions and colors are most flattering on you. But on the other hand, if you obsess over it, you miss out on wearing some fun stuff you really love. So even though I usually avoid oxfords because I think they make my feet look big, I made an exception for this craze-mazing leopard print haircalf pair. That’s just the kind of rules-be-damned, thrill seeking, fly-by-the-seat-of-my-flattering-ankle-pants girl I am. I hope everyone has a decent Monday, and you are all hereby challenged to wear something this week that makes you happy but doesn’t make you look perfect. Have fun.