Thursday, October 29, 2009

The comfiest and cutest dress you can buy

Over the past couple of winters I have discovered how much I love a long sleeve jersey dress. I bought one a couple of years ago that is so comfy and multi-purpose that I don't want to imagine a winter without it! The thing about this kind of dress, a basic black long sleeve jersey dress, is that it can be worn totally casually with a denim jacket and flats, or with opaque stockings (or a fun patterned pair) patent pumps and some serious jewelry for a fun night out. And, it feels as comfy as an old sweatshirt, perfect for a cold morning when you can't bear putting in the work to get dressed up but you don't actually want to wear sweats.

This 12th Street dress, with dolman sleeves and a gathered waist is a great example -

12th Street by Cynthia Vincent Chain Neck Dress

It's like a blank canvas, meant to be brought to life by accessories. And fat days? not in this dress.

This is an ABS version (for a really low price), with a defined empire waist and a v-neck top that will flatter everyone -

Essentials by ABS Women's Button-front Dress

I also really like this one for either showing off curves, or creating them should you need the help!

London Times Women's Solid Melange Knit Dress

And a thick cozy sweater dress, equally as easy to wear, from Old Navy -

Women: Women's Marled Turtleneck Sweater Dresses - Black Marl

Now all you need are those tights and some fun necklaces...

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Fall Colors and Sample Sales (AG Jeans, Splendid and Gustto)

We came back late Sunday night from Cleveland where Grandma Shirley's big birthday celebration was. I'm still a little behind from being away, so not much to blog about. Cleveland was pretty, it was fun to see fall colors - we don't get much of that here and my outfit choices all worked out really well (phew).

So...for now all I can give you is some sample sales.

Gustto bags again at Rue La La, it looks like they have at least one bag I haven't seen before and boy is it cute! Also find AG jeans at Haute Look.

Tomorrow Billion Dollar Babes will have Splendid and Splendid Littles.

Happy Shopping!

Friday, October 23, 2009

What to wear to a family lunch

Greg's grandmother is turning 90 on Saturday. It's a big deal, so of course we have a big weekend planned with a fancy lunch for the extended family on Saturday. So, of course I've been thinking for weeks about what I'm going to wear. In fact, it's a little like a wedding weekend with another event Saturday evening and a brunch on Sunday. It's also in a colder climate so we have to unearth our Midwestern warm clothes, and I will be dragging out the tights for the first time this year.

I'm guessing I will go with my daytime event uniform, a sleeveless sheath dress with a white button down shirt underneath, stockings or tights and heels.

THis would be a perfect example -

Milly Brooke Pencil Dress in Mulberry

And I would wear it with a shrunken black cardigan, black tights and

This is a really cute option that is wearable all year here, you can wear layers underneath or over and because it's more plain, you can do colorful layers and big jewelry -

Theory Hannia Greece Dress in Indigo

I love this hot D+G sheath -

D&G Sheath Dress in Stripe

This one isn't a sheath, but it is PERFECT for a family event like this one -

Twist Neck Color Block Dress

I've posted that Mint dress before, but now it's on sale for an even better price. I love the demure neckline, the defined waist, it really is perfection for a daytime event like this one.

These well-priced pumps (less than $70!) would look sharp with these dresses -

Matisse Women's Jungle Pump

They come in the brown above, as well as a gorgeous shiny black.

I think Grandma Shirley's big birthday bash deserves hot shoes like that.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Great Yoga Pant Mystery

After a hiatus I have gone back to Pilates. I'm totally addicted and when I get lazy and skip a few months I feel like I get shorter. I know, I know, it's my imagination but it does such great things for my posture and, there I was, rushing to class and lo and behold, the yoga pants I like to wear are nowhere to be found. During the search I discovered I have several pairs of sweatpants that I never wear, they are too heavy for working out. So...what am I going to replace my yoga pants with? I checked out Lululemon since they are all the rage, but ahem, their pants are $98. That is INSANE. I decided to check out the new Gap Inc store, called Athleta. Everything has free shipping.

I found these two pairs, they are my favorites out of the many choices -

Shop by Sport: Low Rise Chaturanga&#153 Pant - Black

Shop by Sport: Inhale Pant - Black

They are pretty simple and sleek, one has more of a flared leg than the other, but I really like them both. The second pair has that crossover waistband which should prevent any muffin top effect, not something you want to think about when you are bent every which way either on a reformer or a yoga mat. Both pairs also come in regular, petite AND tall, so there is something for everyone.

This style, called the Remedy Pant, has a zipper pocket on one leg so you don't have to take your bag with you -

Shop by Sport: Remedy Pant - Black

Some colors are on sale for really great prices.

I should have plenty of options for my next class,

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Fun Rain and Snow Boots, for you and the kids

Last week the rains came. It was earlier than usual, so many of us were caught totally unprepared. whoops. In case you and your kids need a few ideas, a few of my faves -

Chooka Big Kid Honey Bee Rain Boot

How cute is that toddler option? This one is also really adorable -

Western Chief Little Kid/Big Kid Fire Chief Rain Boot

Or maybe you have more of a little fashionista at home? Then this may be just right -

Nina Little Kid/Big Kid Slicker Tall Boot

I have both warm boots, and wellies, and I use them both a lot. My warm boots are La Canadienne, they are great in rain and snow, they really keep me warm and the leather is really nice. This is one of their many styles -

La Canadienne Women's Passion Boot

It's a great riding boot style.

I love these brightly colored Cole Haan waterproof boots -

Cole Haan Women's Air Lizzie Tall Waterproof Boot

Cole Haan Women's Air Lizzie Tall Waterproof Boot

Both colors are so cute! They also have it in black.

Monday, October 19, 2009

This Week's Sample Sale Highlights (Matthew Williamson, Bulga, Lee Angel, Catherine Malandrino, Milly, Tibi, and many more...)

Monday - Matthew Williamson at Gilt; Amrita Singh and Black Halo at Gilt Fuse; Bulga bags at Rue La La; Janna Conner Designs jewelry at Haute Look;

Tuesday - Lorelei at Gilt Fuse; BCBG clothes and bags at Haute Look;

Wednesday - Lee Angel Jewelry, Theory Accessories and Carlos Falchi bags at Gilt; Noir jewelry and Corey Lynn Calter at Gilt Fuse; Handbags by Furla, Kate Spade, Francesco Biasia and Rafe at Rue La La;

Thursday - Amrita Singh jewelry and Stuart Weitzman shoes at Gilt;

Friday - Final Sale for women at Gilt which includes Alexander McQueen, Carolina Herrera, Catherine Malandrino, Mischen, Rachel Roy and many many more; Juicy Couture and Riller and Fount at Haute Look;

Friday, October 16, 2009

Cool Flat Boot

I am so into these boots from Belle by Sigerson Morrison -

Belle by Sigerson Morrison Women's 6067 Boot

They have the biker vibe that is so hot right now, without actually being biker. The zipper is the only hardware, and it's a really nice touch. They look more refined and have a narrower shaft, but there should still be plenty of room for tucking your jeans into if you want. They also come in this lovely light brown color, it's really beautiful.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Your new go-to top

Oh how I love silver...

Women's apparel: Cynthia Steffe Tori Tank - Pewter

This may look a little scary to add to your wardrobe, but I actually think it could become a go-to layer for even the most subdued dressers. Imagine it under all of your cardigans and jackets, my favorite look would be under a cropped jacket with either skinny or wide leg jeans. This is the kind of tank I would reach for every time I go out. Just give it a try!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


I'm not sure what to think about these pleather skinny pants -

RVCA Savior Vegan Leather Skinny Pant in Black

On the one hand, they are pretty fierce, and I wanted something like these years ago. On the other hand, really? I think this is something that requires a specific kind of body, and even more so - attitude.

Revolve, the site where these are available says these are a bestseller. I have a little trouble believing that, but oh well.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The New Cardigans

Draping cardigans and interesting shapes abound among new sweaters this fall. If you are like me, you probably still have a lot of sweaters from seasons past, in that case I would suggest just picking out one or two that are really different from anything else you've got, and sticking with those. No need to duplicate what you already have. These are a few of my faves -

This Autumn Cashmere cape is a gorgeous shape, perfect for casual dates or even with trousers in a chilly office -

Autumn Cashmere Belted Hoodie Cape in Black

This cozy looking cardigan also looks great either worn casually or to the office-

Autumn Cashmere Classic Rib Drape Coat in Frost

You could also put a belt over it at the waist and make it look very different.

I have been in love with this adorable Free People caridgan since I first saw it -

Free People Cozy Cable Cardigan in Oat

It doesn't look like much maybe, but it strikes the perfect casual note with it's shape and color, and the stripe and scarf. Can't you imagine this for a fall apple-picking outing?

I also really like this Smitten chunky lambswool sweater coat,

Women's apparel: Smitten Chunky Lambswool Sweater Coat - Dark gray

Its a little pricy, but this is something you will have for years, and even better, if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant, since the buttons are only at the neck, you can wear this throughout your pregnancy. As your belly grows, the sweater will just hang open. Very cute!

For a lovely and very inexpensive cardigan check out this adorable option from Old Navy -

Women: Women's Cropped Sweater-Knit Swing Coats - Marshmallow White

It is very cute on, and comes in several colors including purple and navy. It also only buttons at the neck, so again it's great for pregnant women.