Monthly Archives: November 2011

HELP! Me Pick a Dress to Wear!!!

Hey Everyone! I am going back to Minnesota this weekend for a family wedding and I am having a hard time deciding what dress to wear. Here are some of my options…please let me know which one is your favorite & the one you think I should wear. Because I value your opinions and I can’t make up my own mind –  I’m going to ask you to decide! Thanks for all your help!

1. Urban Outfitters taupe tiered crochet lace strapless dress

2. Arden B mauve zigzag strapless dress

3. Free People light pink tiered lace & tulle strapless dress

4. Anthropologie mixed print strapless dress

5. Free People silk Ivy dress

6. Anthropologie light blue & yellow plaid silk maxi dress

Please let me know which one you guys think I should wear…so I can start to pack!!!

Thanks again!

Still Subtly Sexy on Saturday Night…Even with the Sniffles

I’ve been battling the sniffles the past few days and the gloomy, rainy weather here in Chicago today isn’t helping. Needless to say, I’m not really in the mood to get all dressed up in a cute, short dress for work tonight; but, it is Saturday night in the nightlife scene so I can’t exactly go in wearing my sweats (which believe me, if it was acceptable in the dress code I would definitely do).

So here’s my solution for my outfit tonight…

I love the vibrant kiwi color of this chunky cable knit. The oversized poncho will keep me cozy all night long, but its short length is still subtly sexy…even for being a thick knit. On the bottom I’ve decided to wear my Members Only black liquid leather leggings. They have been sitting in my drawer for years and I’ve felt the urge to wear them lately…tonight’s the night. The black leather platform wedges I’m pairing the outfit with will keep the illusion of a long, continuous leg.

I love all of the opposing elements within this look. I love the mixture of the heavy knit with the sleek black leggings. I love the contrast of the bright green color and the basic black. But, most of all, I love the fact that I am going to be extremely comfortable in my gigantic pull-over…but still sexy by showing off a slim leg.

Happy Saturday Everyone!

Burnt out from the Blackness

Hello All. I apologize for being MIA with my blog lately. Working in the bar/restaurant & retail industries has kept me very busy this week. I am thankful that Black Wednesday & Black Friday are over and the only blackness I am looking forward to right now is that that I see when I shut my eyes tonight. It has been an exhausting last few days but I promise I will make a better attempt to put up some posts over the next few days.

Do any of you go have any crazy Black Friday shopping stories? Please share!

Wardrobe Obsession: The Chambray Shirt

The rugged men’s work shirt has been refined into a fashion statement; and the traditional chambray button-down shirt has now become a wardrobe staple. The classic shirt has a tailored silhouette and comes in a variety of shades of denim. It can be outfitted in a multitude of ways – here are just a few ways I have carried my chambray shirt into the fall/winter season.

Paired with pink pants, the chambray shirt is worn under a fur vest to create this causal outfit

Peaking out from underneath a purple fairisle sweater, the chambray shirt adds another fabrication to the wool & tweed duo

I love this outfit – I call it my “Scottish countryside look”. For some reason, I envision a woman there wearing something like this. I love the mix of textures & color. The chambray shirt is worn underneath a bright red chunky cable knit cardigan and paired with olive skinny jeans, accessorized with an ivory linen scarf with gold palettes to add even more texture.

A bit above your basic business attire, in this outfit the chambray shirt is worn under a hunter green patterned wool blazer and paired with ivory suede pants. The cognac pumps correspond with the buttons on the jacket while the pearls associate with the trousers.

Do you own a chambray shirt? If so, what is your favorite way to wear it?

ReCreate the Look: Charlize Theron

I decided to reconstruct Charlize Theron’s monochromatic look seen near the top left of this magazine tear page.

The idea of monochromatic dressing is that you outfit yourself in shades of one color from head-to-toe. This bold concept is a form of color blocking and has been a significant fashion trend during the most recent seasons. People often associate this idea with the color black – but it’s definitely more fun if you play around with other hues like burgundy, plum and pink…or, in this instance – olive.

 

I chose my olive ‘moto’ skinny jeans and paired it with a drapy olive cotton top similar to the pieces seen on Charlize. The shades do not match perfectly, which adds just the right amount of thoughtful unbalance to the outfit; because, let’s face it – no one dresses matchy matchy anymore. I topped the look with my cognac leather jacket similar to Theron’s. Instead of the strappy heels, I choose cognac shearling leather booties – because it is winter in Chicago after all.

What do you think of wearing one tone from top-to-bottom? Do you have a certain color you dress monochromatically in?