Could we share that umbrella?

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May 26, 2010

Dress: Rodarte for Target
Shirt: Juicy Couture
Belt: BCBG Max Azria 
Tights: DKNY (Nordstrom)
Shoes: BCBGGirls (Nordstrom)
Ring: BCBG Max Azria
Purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Nordstrom)

And yet another gray, rainy day…Today was the kind of rainy day that no matter how hard I tried to stay dry, I was drenched when I arrived at work. The pouring rain was coming at me from all directions and my umbrella was useless! Needless to say, we didn’t take many shots of the outfit although it's not completely honest to say the weather was the only reason why. Time (and then some) that could have otherwise been spent taking outfit photos was spent on not one but two trips to the Nordstrom Half-Yearly sale.

I adore this Rodarte for Target dress and find a new way to wear it each time I pull it out of my closet. The neutral color and lace pattern makes it both classic and on trend all at once. I am not one to be sugary sweet; I prefer to add something unexpected or a contrasting element. That was accomplished with the additions of the belt and brightly colored tights. I added a studded, black belt to cover the elastic waist of the dress, which does not sit at a flattering position on my waist. I get cold very easily, so going without tights on a day with a forecast high temperature of 63 is out of the question. I considered several colors of tights for this otherwise neutral outfit, but I loved how the nude dress looked against these violet tights.

This purse is a favorite of mine. It is the first Marc purse I ever purchased, and I lusted over it for months. I visited it at the Nordstrom across the street from my office during breaks on a weekly basis. There were two motivations that finally pushed me to pull the trigger and finally take this beauty home: my approaching birthday and the price per wear rule. I made it a rule a long time ago to never work on my birthday and always buy myself a gift. And, when it comes to bigger purchases, I try to consider the price per wear rule; it’s so simple that I can rely upon it even in the most frantic of shopping frenzies. I try to honestly predict how often I will wear the item; I then divide the price by the frequency to determine the price per wear. A beautiful black bag is a must for anyone. I wear this bag so frequently that since I bought it three years ago the price per wear is about $2! Not to mention that it is showing no signs of wear and will easily stay in my handbag rotation for years to come, driving down the price per wear each time I pull it out of its dust bag. Do you have any shopping rules?

Gray on Gray on Even More Gray

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 May 25, 2010

Cardigan: BCBG Max Azria
Blouse: Billtornade (Portland Boutiques Collective Sale)
Jeans: J Brand (Nordstrom Rack)
Shoes: BCBGeneration (Nordstrom)
Zipper Bib Necklace: Adia Kibur (Gilt)
Ring: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Marc store on Newbury St. Boston, MA)
Bag: Treesje (Nordstrom)

Perhaps my nearly all gray outfit was an attempt to become a (hopefully) chic chameleon fading away into my gray surroundings?  After all, my Tuesday was spent learning about communication based on Myers-Briggs types and this strong introvert (20 points for I!) would certainly prefer to fade away in such situations.

I love this blouse and it lends itself well to one of my favorite style contradictions: feminine and tough. The ruffles bring romance while the pops of neon add an edge. Unfortunately the temperature control in my office is horrible so I planned for the arctic temperatures of the dreaded, windowless conference room by layering a long, loose cardigan over the blouse. My very well loved J Brand skinny jeans were the perfect balance.

I brought on a little more tough with my accessories: a spiky ring (which is also endless entertainment for a girl with a short attention span sitting in an eight hour meeting), a bib necklace of zipper edged flowers, and a studded purse. The bib necklace is always a conversation piece, and the most unexpected people compliment me on this one.

This necklace was a Gilt purchase, and I was so excited to score it as it sold out quickly. I adore online sample sales. Portland simply does not have a high fashion market and real sample sales are non-existent, so I turn to online sample sales on a daily basis. I’m not ashamed to admit that I have rescheduled meetings that would have lured me from my desk during the start of a sale. What? You haven’t?

Monday Blues

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May 24, 2010

Jacket: Juicy Couture (Nordstrom Rack)
Chambray button down: Trouvé (Nordstrom)
Jeans: J. Crew
Shoes: Steve Madden (Nordstrom)
Necklace: Betsey Johnson (Nordstrom Rack)
Ring: BCBG Max Azria
Bag: Coach (Nordstrom)

After weeks of delaying the start of this blog, my best friend (and photographer) notified me on Sunday evening that the following day would mark the first day whether I was ready or not. I have to admit that Monday is not usually my most inspiring day of the week, and this nearly entirely blue outfit reflects that.

I bought this chambray shirt in a frenzy of spring denim purchases (think: denim skirt, chambray shirt, denim blazer). I love the fresh Americana feel of denim but was intimidated by a denim on denim look. The key is mixing different shades, and I usually gravitate toward darker colors on the bottom to minimize my lower body. Since this shirt is a boyfriend style, I wanted to wear something fitted on the bottom to balance the proportions. I recently purchased these J. Crew skinnies on sale and they have quickly made it into my weekly rotation of jeans.

All that denim begged for a splash of color, so I started by adding the necklace. I love this necklace not only because it’s fun and flirty, as most Betsey accessories are, but because it’s also a way of showing some love for my boyfriend, whose name begins with a b. I decided to run with the girly contrast to all that denim and threw on my pink peep toe cork wedges.

It’s still not spring here in the Northwest, so a jacket is required. This navy trench with gold buttons is classic and girly, and I love how it looks paired with the bright colors and mixed metallic chain straps of this Coach bag.

Speaking of that bag, there is always a debate about the girl on the front of it: is she screaming or laughing? Personally, I think it all depends on my mood. What do you think? Do you want to scream or laugh on Mondays?

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