Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Chocolate Girl

Brown jacquard blazer, Apt 9. Fuzzy scarf, Wal*Mart. Tweed trumpet skirt, Newport News. Shoes, Target. Earrings, Girlshop.com.

For me, brown is the new black. I’m gradually transitioning from black to brown in my base pieces. Chocolate brown blends so well with other colors. It seems less harsh than black.

I just bought this scarf at Wal*Mart. I love it! It feels like a plush animal wrapped around your neck. It was certainly too warm to wear it in the office, but I left it on for the picture because it looks so nice with the outfit. Without the scarf, you can see that I’m wearing strawberry with my chocolate – a pink silk camisole (Target) and a faux pearl necklace

Monday, October 30, 2006

Pearls and Bows

Pink, button-down body suit, Victoria’s Secret. Navy blue skirt with black pinstripes and black lace edging, Victoria’s Secret. Pink, faux pearl belt, Target. Black mules, Nine West.

I wear this outfit fairly often. I think it is a nice mix of professional and girly.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Boring, but Warm

Red chenille sweater, I.N.C. Gray, flannel pants, Express. Pearl necklace, Newport News.

After spending the week in chilly meeting rooms, I wanted to wear something very warm to work on Friday. This outfit isn’t exciting, but I was toasty all day (too warm, in fact). An unexpected bonus of wearing something so plain was that people noticed and commented on my neato necklace from Newport News.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Travel Trousseau

I went on a three day business trip this week and was restricted to carry-on luggage. I planned my outfits by emulating the travel wardrobe spreads often featured in fashion magazines. The clothing is usually all in the same color family and the pieces are interchangeable. For this trip, I brought pieces in brown, lime green, and pink. I brought one item of jewelry for each day. The result: I wore a few items twice, but the outfits were different every day.

Day 1, Oct 24. Multicolored tweed jacket, don't remember. Pink, cowl-neck shell, New York and Company. Brown, cuffed pants, Victoria's Secret. Pink chandelier earrings, Claire's. I will have to check the tag on this jacket for the brand. It is one of my favorites because it matches my favorite colors and it is very warm. It cost far more than any other blazer I own, but it was worth it!

Day 2, Oct 25. Pink sweater with sequins, Victoria's Secret. Pink, cowl-neck shell, New York and Company. Brown suede skirt with cutouts, Mossimo for Target. Pink beads, Claire's. Brown boots, Nine West. This sweater was a recent purchase from the clearance section of the VS website. It was a steal!
It's too bad I didn't get a better photo of my hair. I recently bought a "banana clip" and am enjoying the 80's revival. It works well with my wavy hair.

Day 3, Oct 26. Multicolored tweed jacket, don't remember. Lime green cami, Deep by Los Angeles. Brown suede skirt with cutouts, Mossimo for Target. Brown boots, Nine West. (Hidden necklace is very cute and I'm sorry it slid to the side when I was setting up the photo!)

Monday, October 23, 2006

Bold Jewelry

Red wrap shirt, Newport News. Long brown skirt, Casual Corner. Buff cami, Mossimo for Target. Necklace, Target. Earrings, World Market. Boots, Nine West.

This outfit turned out to be much less exciting than I envisioned it would be. The only saving grace was the jewelry. I don’t normally wear both earrings and a necklace, let alone such large pieces together. However, I think this particular combination worked without being overly matchy-matchy. (I hate it when people wear earring/necklace/bracelet sets all at once. So boring.)

Friday, October 20, 2006

Red Velvet Mandarin

Red velvet mandarin-style jacket, Cami (Newport News). Black, lace-top blouse, Victoria’s Secret. Black, pin-striped pants, Forever 21. 3-strand pearl necklace, JC Penney. Earrings, Nine West (or is it Liz Claiborne?)

I have a thing for velvet jackets. I have three – in red, blue, and brown. I’d like a black one too…

Note to self: wear lipstick when I take these photos!

Friday, October 13, 2006


Peacock blue velvet jacket, New York & Company. Lace shirt with ruffle, Newport News. Chocolate brown pants, Victoria’s Secret. Chandelier earrings, Claire’s.

I got this jacket for a pretty incredible price, $10, on clearance. I love the color, the fabric, the puffed sleeves, and the REAL pockets.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Booty Skirt

Red, button-down bodysuit, Victoria's Secret. Black and white tweed skirt, Victoria's Secret.

By now, you may have noticed that my secret is Victoria's Secret - not the underwear, but the clothing line. Among my many VSD purchases, I have three of these button-down bodysuits - in pink, white, and red. I like them because they stay tucked in, no matter how low-rise the pants or how high I lift my arms.

This skirt looks best as I'm walking away. The back has cute details - a buckle and two rows of covered buttons. The kick pleats flare as I walk, creating a nice hourglass shape. The only think I don't like about the skirt is that the thick fabric creates quite a bit of bulk. I don't mind it in the back (after all, this skirt is all about "back"), but I like a more trim look in front.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Empire Waist Dress

Black and beige patterned, empire waist dress, some department store brand. Black silk knit shrug, INC. Brown boots, Nine West. Brown and gold choker, Target.

This photo really doesn't do the outfit justice. The dress is really cute and comfortable. In life, the empire waist is more flattering than it appears in the picture. I'll wear it with a cropped, velveteen jacket later in the season.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Ladylike in Black, White, and Red

Red silk sweater, Victoria’s Secret. Black lace camisole, Cuddle Duds. Black skirt with lace stripes and bows, New York and Company. Multi-strand pearl necklace, JC Penney.

I often wear black, white, and red. For me, it’s predictable, but easy.

I receive many compliments on this skirt. The stripes seem a little clownish to me, but other people really like the lace and bows. It is very comfortable because it’s a size too large and sits loosely on my hips.

The sweater is a twin of my green one. I wear them all the time. They are very versatile and have far outlived what I expected for $20 sweaters bought over a year ago.

Monday, October 09, 2006

End of Summer Pale

White, button-down, 3/4 sleeve shirt, Gap. Tan, embellished waist skirt, Okinawa, Japan. Tan pumps, Target. Shell earrings, Target.

Today was the last time we'll see 79 degrees until next spring. I thought it fitting that I wear one of my most summery outfits. The colors and fabrics always make me feel cool, even on the most hot and humid days.

I bought this skirt from a sale rack at a department store in Okinawa, Japan. Generally, I was far too large for the clothing sold there, but I must have happened upon the fat lady department that day. I love the high waistband and the mid-calf length (which I find flattering on myself). Interestingly, this skirt fastens with a zipper, button, snap, and tie - all located at the top of the left hip. The button fell off and I don't even miss it.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Indian Summer

Turquoise tunic, Ann Taylor. White, lace-top cami, Express. Brown, veleveteen skirt, Delias.

Sunday was a warm fall day. The season is far enough along that long sleeves, scarves, and velvet seem appropirate, but the day was warm enough that a short skirt with no tights was okay.

I love wearing scarves. I usually tie them so that the ends fall over my back. I think it makes for an interesting rear view.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Black and Winter White

Black sweater dress with flower embroidery, Melton. Black shrug, INC. Pearl necklace, Newport News.

I found this sweater dress for 500 yen in Japan. It is a wrap dress and fastens with two ties on the left side (right side in photo). The top is lowcut and sleeveless, so I always have to wear something over it. I love this dress for fall and winter because it is warm and comfortable.

No head today because I couldn't get a picture without some absolutely stupid look on my face.


Lime green silk sweater, Victoria's Secret. White, sheer lace shirt with tuxedo ruffle, Newport News. Lime green tweed skirt, Talbot's. Tan pumps, Target.

They say that most people don't look good in green, but I wear it anyway.