Thursday, October 16, 2014

I Found Boyfriend Jeans

Boyfriend jeans were like my Moby Dick. I had searched through racks of clothing, online and in stores to find a pair that had the right fit, the right price and the right wash. Finding the perfect pair of boyfriend jeans is an elusive thing. I am still not entirely sure that I actually find them that flattering, but I am really happy with the fit of these and at $36 they were within my budget. Now that I have found a pair I love, I have appropriately paired them with preppy stripes and bow heels for a casual Friday look. Because what else would you wear with them? Also, fall seems like just the right time to break these out. I can't wait to pair them with slouchy sweaters and booties for the perfectly casual look. Do you like boyfriend jeans?

Details: J.Crew turtleneck / Gap Outlet jeans / Nine West pumps / J.Crew Factory necklace / Michael Kors watch and cuff



Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Red October

Do you feel it? The "fall" in the air?  I do! I was driving to work and for the first time this season saw a sea of colors along the side of the road. My fall/Halloween decorations are up and I am wearing tights. Tights! I am trying weird recipes involving pumpkin. Some good and some not so good. The only thing I haven't done yet this season is have a pumpkin spice latte. And now I don't think I will having seen the scary info graphic about its ingredients. Oh well! It's a good excuse to try the local coffee place I guess. This is one of my first truly fall outfits. The colors and the layering say it all. Are you excited for fall? Or are you one of those people who wishes it was still summer?

Details: Gap blouse / Land's End Canvas skirt / Nordstrom cardigan / Calvin Klein shoes via Marshalls / J.Crew Factory necklace



Friday, September 12, 2014

Mom and Me Mani Day

(Photo by Brian Norcross)

In August, we celebrated the nuptials of my little sister and her long-time boyfriend. Our family has had the chance to really get to know her now husband and it was such a happy day for all of us to see them take the next step in their lives together. In the months leading up to the wedding, there was much planning, list making, bow tying, favor making, and bachelorette partying. By the time we got to the wedding weekend all the lists were checked and it was time to gather as a family and celebrate.

The day before the wedding, I got the chance to spend some time with my Mom. She is the type of person who puts everyone else's needs before her own. She made an appointment to get her hair done the day of the wedding, but she had neglected to schedule a manicure for herself. So during the few hours of calm we had on the day before the wedding, my mom and I sat outside and listened to the radio while I gave her a manicure. It was nice to treat my mom especially since she is always going out of her way to do thoughtful things for us.

I was reminded of this day, when I read about Julep's "Mom and Me Mani Day". The idea being that you get a manicure with your mom and spend some quality time together before the business of the school year and soon the holidays take over.

Since I was wearing a berry dress for the wedding, I wanted to go with a pale pink to compliment that deep color. My mom wore a light pink dress, so she kept it classic with light pink nails. Now that we are getting close to fall, I am looking for some richer colors. Julep has a lot of unique nail colors to choose from. I especially like Anisa and Angelica for something different.


Do you have a back to school ritual you share with your Mom or your kids? If not, a "Mom and Me Mani Day" might be in order.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Green and Purple Wear to Work


Summer is still alive and kicking so I am not yet abandoning this tried and true formula: floral prints + brights = fashionable yet easy wear to work outfit. With this outfit in particular, I was proud of myself for trying the mix of purple and green — a color combination I don't try that often but really like. The green flower print pattern definitely elevates this look past your typical color blocking. It's like color blocking on caffeine. This look was relatively inexpensive to create when you consider I purchased the top at Goodwill for about $4 and the skirt at a consignment shop for $20.

Details: Thrifted Old Navy blouse / J.Crew skirt via Avalon Exchange / Nine West Pumps / J.Crew Factory necklace



Thursday, August 28, 2014

White and Floral Print

I got this dress at Old Navy Factory store for Easter. It's spring pattern seemed like the perfect fit for that time of year. Since then I've gotten a lot of use out of it for special events such as my sister's White Coat ceremony in Baltimore and my other sister's Bridal Shower in Cleveland. In this picture, I try to take it from special occasion dress to every day work dress by layering a white button down under it. This button down is a no iron blouse that I got at Marshalls for $16. So far it has lived up to its name. I can definitely see this outfit working for fall with a cardigan, tights and booties.

Details: Old Navy dress / Jennifer Grace shirt / Nine West heels / J.Crew Factory necklace / Michael Kors watch and cuff



Thursday, August 21, 2014

Pinterest Party: Beach Mason Jar

I was compelled to host a Pinterest party a few weeks ago because A. I love crafting and needed an excuse to do it and B. Because crafting with friends and wine and snacks is even better! My friends and I made these Beach Inspired Mason Jars we found on Pinterest via the blog A Pumpkin and A Princess. It was actually quite easy to make after we got the hang out of it.

Learn how to make these beach-themed mason jars after the jump...


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

One Jersey Dress, Two Ways

I'm sure you have a piece or two in your closet that leads a double life. This dress with its sporty cut and jersey material is especially adept at shape shifting from casual to dressy. Just swap out a few accessories and I've gone from baseball game to dinner and drinks without much effort. What versatile piece do you rely on in your wardrobe?

Casual: Banana Republic dress, Old Navy jean jacket, Chuck Taylors, Stella and Dot earrings

Dressy: Banana Republic dress, Ily Couture necklace, Stella and Dot earrings, Tommy Hilfiger shoes, Coach purse



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Tomato Basil Quiche

The end of summer is probably my favorite time for cooking. With all of the fresh ingredients available even my bad cooking transforms into something wonderful. This recipe is a comfort food not only because of its cheesy eggy goodness, but also because of the homegrown tomatoes I used from my parent's garden. These tomatoes conjure up memories of my grandma making homemade sauce. Looking for a much simpler recipe, I decided to make this Tomato Basil Quiche. Don't be afraid to replace the dry basil with fresh and don't wimp out on the onions. I have made this recipe many times, but never with homegrown tomatoes. With the fresh summer vegetables it satisfies both my sweet and savory cravings, which are always at odds. It's a light yet substantial summer dish for any meal.




Thursday, August 7, 2014

A Perfect Dress

 This dress comes pretty close to perfect in my opinion. It has so many of the elements I look for a in a dress. When I saw it at the H&M in Georgetown, the sophisticated cut of the skater skirt with fitted bodice was something I couldn't easily put down. I like how the skirt is high on the sides giving it that flirty edge, while the neckline is prim and proper. And the print? It's just so fun and makes the skater skirt and high neckline look modern. The test of wearability? I wore this to my sister's bachelorette party and out to dinner, and I have to say it performed equally well in both situations.

Details: H&M dress / TJ Maxx necklace / Tommy Hilfiger via TJ Maxx shoes / Target bracelets



Thursday, July 24, 2014

Bright on Bright Work Wear

After being on vacation for a week, I needed something simple for my first day back to work. I chose this dress because it never requires ironing. It's a $20 purchase from Gap that will continue to more than pay for itself in time saved. This jacket that I purchased from Goodwill years ago was a last minute decision as I was rushing out the door. These colors just complement each other so well that the bright colors do not feel overdone. Not to mention, I have complementary burn tan.

Details: Goodwill jacket; Gap dress; Fergie sandals via Shoe Department; Ily Necklace