Ever walk through a store and something just catches your eye and you know you have to have it? This shaggy sweater vest which reminds me of a sheep had my name written all over it! Of course the tunic I’m wearing underneath was hanging next to it and it went too perfectly to just leave hanging there. Story of my life — shopaholic blogger problems. I decided to stick with a neutral grey palate throughout which included these amazing coated/waxed AG pants (if I ever see them in the store again I will buy an extra!), and my grey suede Prada wedge boots which give you height but are totally comfortable for walking. Important today because in a moment of grace earlier on I drove my knee straight into the corner of the coffee table and it’s not moving so well at the moment. I figured wedges were a safer bet than heels. Good thing it’s not summer or you may have all had to see the pretty bruise! I’m thinking of replacing all of our square furniture with round items so as not to have dangerous corners!
Shaggy Sweater Vest – JOA (Nordstrom)
Side Slit Tunic – ASTR (Nordstrom)
Leatherette Denim Leggings – AG (Saks, Available Here)
Boots – Prada (Saks, Similar)
Bracelet – Trollbeads
Il Mantello - Italian for a cloak, mantle, coat, casing, blanket, wrap. I remember asking my mum years ago to bring one back from Italy. She had one and I loved it and she always referred to it as a mantello. After all, mantello sounds much classier than blanket right? I’m so glad they’re all the rage this season. I was eagerly awaiting cool temperatures to whip it out. The rest of my outfit was inspired by a story on WHOWHATWEAR.COM called The It-Girl Secret to Looking Taller & Leaner. How did I do? I honestly don’t care about being short. Not a big deal to me. I do love a good layering technique though! This is also great way to wear a cropped top or sweater without bearing skin.
Mantello – A Gift (Like this one)
Sweater – Free People (Bloomingdale’s, old, Like this one)
Dress Worn as Top – June & Hudson (Nordstrom, NLA Like this one)
Black Jeans – 7 For All Mankind (Bloomingdale’s)
Booties – Jeffrey Campbell (Bloomingdale’s, Last Year, Love These)
Sunglasses – Ray-Ban (Available Here)
There’s no easier way to achieve chic than flopping a jacket over your shoulders without even inserting your little arms into the sleeves. Not sure why this works so well, but go with it. Trust me. I love this leather jacket. The Aqua brand at Bloomingdale’s uses super soft leather and it’s never a million dollars. This one’s from last year so I’ll try to find you a similar one, but this one will be with me for years to come. Never give up on a good leather jacket. I was also totally into the fact that the hardware on my open toe booties was gold like the studs on the jacket. While I’ve gotten over not mixing my metals when it comes to jewellery, and even do it on purpose, I find that it ties the outfit together when something actually goes!
Check out my pink extensions in support of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month! As a survivor I want all of you to please make sure you take care of yourself and have a mammogram!
Leather Jacket – Aqua (Bloomingdale’s, Another Version Here)
Jeans - Abercrombie & Fitch
Blouse – WAYF (Nordstrom)
Open Toe Booties – Louise et Cie (Love these)
Sunglasses – Miu Miu
Necklace – Arthur and Livingston
Watch – Michele Watches (Similar Here)
Bracelet – From Mum and Dad’s Trip to Paris
A family friend always teases me when I’m gussied up that I look like I’m all grown up. Who? Me? Here’s the dress, tights, pumps, clutch — all the workings of a grown up outfit. The bell sleeves really sold me on this dress. It felt so mod and fun to wear. I’m not usually one to wear green because my skin tone actually makes me a green person, but this jewel tone really worked. I bit the bullet and put on a pair of tights too. Those seams that go across your toes drive me nuts for the most part but I have to admit that these DKNY ones are really soft and quite comfortable. Your feet also slip around less in your shoes when you’re barefoot, but sometimes you just have to do it. And how about this clutch? I couldn’t resist!
Dress – Tildon (Nordstrom) (Love this one)
Tights – DKNY (Nordstrom)
Pumps – Christian Louboutin (Barneys)
Clutch – Deux Lux (Nordstrom) (I think it’s sold out!)
Sunday is errand day. Grocery store, Target, things of that nature. No need to fuss over a fancy outfit but style is still a must. I always get upset when I see people out and about in public in their pyjamas. Ridiculous. You don’t own a pair of jeans? Being dressed and stylish doesn’t always mean buttoned up in 5 inch heels. You can be casual and put together too. Of course the sneaker being of ultimate style at the moment aids in this and I was super psyched to rock my Adidas Stan Smith. Free People is one of my go to brands for casual, put-together style. They tend to be boho and oversized but still fab. I’m wearing one of their sweatshirts here, but I’m also a huge fan of their sweaters. Almost time for Lubi to start sporting his sweaters too!
Sweatshirt – Free People (Love This One)
Jeans – Abercrombie & Fitch
Sneakers – Adidas Stan Smith (Kids)
Sunglasses – Ray Ban
So it appears that I’ve been in a little bit of a blogging slump lately. Part of that I can blame on my most recent surgery, but not all of it. For those of you who don’t know, I’ve been undergoing surgery for breast cancer and reconstruction for more than a year now. I’m happy to say that I’m healthy and my surgeries are finally coming to an end. On with life.
As for the rest of the slump… not sure quite honestly. Maybe I just got discouraged and felt like I wasn’t making a difference or being noticed by the blogging world to the degree that I would ultimately like. How do some of these bloggers get so much attention? Maybe I wasn’t feeling “blogworthy” — a word that my husband made up to describe my outfit’s potential to go public. Maybe I didn’t think anyone cared about my outfits or my style advice. Or, maybe after undergoing six surgeries I was just too damn tired to get dressed, smile (or at least pose) for pictures and write about it. It could have been any of those really. Have any of you bloggers experienced this?
Anyhow, here I am, back at it and ready to bombard the world with my #OOTDs. New design and all. I realized that I enjoy it which is why I started doing this in the first place. I love fashion and I love sharing my ideas and personal style. Thank you all for following me and allowing me to temporarily slump!
Blouse – Elizabeth and James (Neiman Marcus Last Call) Similar Here
Pants – J Brand Coated (Saks Fifth Avenue) Similar
Booties – Prada (Neiman Marcus Last Call) Similar Here
Have you heard of Michael Goddard? He’s the artist that does those amazing martini pictures with the animated olives which we’ve admired at his gallery in Las Vegas. He now also makes vodka and gin and we had the opportunity to meet him at a tasting the other night at one of our frequent haunts Wine Chateau which happens to have some neat events. I had no idea he was such a rocker before the event but I was definitely dressed appropriately. Unfortunately I didn’t win one of his works of art, but we did get a signed poster, coasters and bottle of vodka. What a cool guy! Another fall “coolism” (totally just made up that word) is that the clothes can be a little edgier. While I’m down with wearing black in the summer I’m usually way too hot unless is totally minimal and faux leather — no way! I’ve also been coveting open toe booties and these totally awesome Free People destroyed jeans. Finally got em!
Moto Vest – ASTR (Nordstrom, Similar)
Tunic – Tildon (Nordstrom, Similar)
Jeans – Free People
Booties – Louise et Cie (Nordstrom, Sold Out, Like These!)
Sunglasses – Jimmy Choo for Carerra
Watch – Michele Watches, Similar