A Classic Dress

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Dress: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Saks)
Tights: Hue (Nordstrom)
Shoes: Pour La Victoire (a gift)
Bracelets: Kate Spade and Michael Kors
Watch: Michael Kors (Nordstrom)
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (a gift)

I’ve had this dress for years, and while I can’t say I wear it often, I’ve worn it often enough that it surprised me when I realized this is its first appearance on the blog. When I bought it I told myself it was the kind of dress I’d wear for years, and I was right. And while I’ve worn it with different shoes and accessories each time, the result is always the same: polished and professional. That said, I think I have a new style challenge for myself. I need to figure out how to make this dress look a bit more undone...

Mirror Mirror

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Dress: Weston (ModCloth)
Turtleneck: Splendid (Nordstrom Rack)
Tights: Hue (Nordstrom)
Boots: Theory (Nordstrom Rack)
Necklace: H&M
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
Sunglasses: Ray Ban (Saks)

I’m just going to come out and say it: I fucking love this outfit. Love, love, looooooooove it. It’s a combination of several closet favorites that just so happen to be perfect together. For starters, I adore this dress; the cut is really flattering and the mirror print is amazing. Because it’s sleeveless and I hate being cold, I needed to layer something under or over it. I couldn’t bear to cover up the print, so I reached for my go to black turtleneck. When it came to shoes, I was digging through my closet when I remembered this pair of boots. I hadn’t worn them in ages (shame on me) and I wasn’t quite sure that they’d work but I climbed up to the highest shelf of my closet and pulled them down. And I’m so glad I did. Not only are they perfect with the outfit, but it’s also time to put them back into rotation. I forgot how much I love them!

Stripes And Skinnies

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Shirt: J.Crew
Jeans: Levis (Urban Outfitters)
Shoes: Chanel 
Necklace: Tatty Divine (ModCloth)
Watch: Michael Kors (Nordstrom)
Bracelet: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Sunglasses: ModCloth

A black and white striped top paired with black skinnies is a perfect recipe for a chic outfit. Throw in a pair of Chanel flats, and a girl can do no wrong. I mean, am I right here? For a warm and sunny day spent wandering around North Beach with my boyfriend, this easy but chic combination was absolutely perfect. While I’m usually inclined to add a pop of color, I resisted this time, opting instead for a pair of sunglasses with a playful print and my “Arrgghh” necklace (last seen here). At the core, this outfit is exactly the kind I’ll wear over and over, changing the accessories and shoes to create new looks. I like to keep outfits like this in my back pocket for days when I need to get ready in a pinch. 

A Polished Spin On A Kitty Tee

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Sweater: Madewell
Shirt: Jason Wu for Target
Skirt: J.Crew
Shoes: Pour La Victoire (a gift)
Ring: BCBG Max Azria
Bag: Marc Jacobs (Nordstrom)

This outfit started with the tee. I got it in my head that there was no other shirt to wear on this particular day. Faced with making a kitty t-shirt office appropriate lead me straight to a pencil skirt. The silhouette has become a staple in my work wardrobe because it always feels polished and professional. While I’m still learning how to make pencil skirts work for me, I’m a firm believer that everything goes with a cat print. And with a black cardigan and a quilted bag, this outfit came together in a very “crazy cat lady goes to the office” way. (And, that is so fine by me.) It also made me think that pairing a pencil skirt with a tee shirt might be the key to transitioning a piece I only wear during the week to the weekend. 

Meet My New Favorite Skirt

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Sweater: J.Crew
Skirt: Rachel Zoe (Nordstrom Rack)
Tights: Hue (Nordstrom)
Shoes: Chelsea Crew (Shoe Biz)
Necklace: H&M
Bracelet and Ring: Gifts
Watch: Michael Kors (Nordstrom)
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (a gift)

When I spied this skirt on a rack bursting with new designer arrivals at Nordstrom Rack, I crossed my fingers that it was my size. And it was. It was also significantly reduced and considering that I had a gift card from the holiday season, this skirt was a steal! There was a (short) moment of doubt in the dressing room when I stopped to consider if it was too similar to this skirt. But the print isn’t the same…and neither is the length…and this one has slits up the sides. So really they are only similar in that I love them both and want to wear them all the time. Done. 

Valentine's Day Manicure

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Sally Hansen Sea // American Apparel Gold Flash // OPI The Living Daylights

So, remember that time I said Valentine's Day isn't really my thing but then posted Valentine's Day outfit and nail inspiration? Yeah, me too. Maybe it is my thing... Or maybe I just like pink and hearts. I mean I do have pink hair and a tattoo of an anatomically correct heart. Hmmm...

I really didn't plan a Valentine's Day manicure, but then I saw this tutorial over on The Beauty Department and decided to give it a try. What better occasion? While Washi tape was recommended I used blue painter’s tape to make the heart stencil. I bought it ages ago, but since I generally hate using tape, I've barely used it. That said, the tutorial includes a tip to use a clean, dry brush to press the edges of the tape, and it really helped. The outline of the heart is much more crisp than the result of past attempts at using tape to apply a design. I absolutely love this manicure! Of course, with any first attempt at a new manicure, I already have a long mental list of improvements for next time, but I might rescind my ban on using tape. This was that easy.

Valentine's Day Outfit Inspiration

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Valentine's Day Outfit Inspiration
To the office: Proenza Schouler bag / T By Alexander Wang shirt / J.Crew pants / Valentino shoes / Candy Heart necklace / Brass and Silver Heart ring / Double finger spike ring // To the date: Zara black and white heels / Marc by Marc Jacobs dress / Lulu Guinness clutch / Club Monaco bracelet / Tom Binns spike ring / Tom Binns multi spike ring

Valentine's Day really isn't my thing. I think I blame it on my high school years when I watched girls parade around the halls with balloons, flowers and obnoxious little stuffed animals. I realize that I sound like a bitter woman, scorned by years of being an awkward smart girl. Not the case. In fact, one year I received not just a bouquet but balloons. I was completely embarrassed, and instead of saying "thank you" I said "you shouldn't have" before shoving it all into my locker. Valentine's Day was dead to me.

Fast forward (more years than I care to quantify) to last year, when my boyfriend sent flowers to my office - it melted my heart a little. So I'm embracing Valentine's Day this year though as nothing more than an excuse for a date night with my man...and of course, as an opportunity to dream up the perfect outfits for the occasion. And the emphasis is definitely on "dream" with these two looks. The PS and Valentino heels? Not happening any time soon. But the J.Crew pants and Marc dress? I'm seriously considering adding those to my closet!

How about you? Are you a fan of Valentine's Day?

My Favorite Floral Pants

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Sweater: J.Crew
Pants: Elevenses (Anthropologie)
Shoes: Modern Vintage (Gilt)
Necklace and Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs

These pants never do me wrong, and I absolutely love them for it. Every girl should have something (or many things) in her closet that she can count on in a pinch. While floral pants may not be apparently versatile, I’ve found a way to style them for everything from a casual weekend lunch to a day at the office followed by drinks. This time I knew I wanted to wear my blue heels, and with a bold print and bold shoe, I decided to keep the rest of the look neutral. I don't show this sweater enough love; I mean it's basically a sweatshirt made of wool. It's comfortable but polished and perfect for a Monday. Of all the times I’ve worn these pants this could be my favorite! Though I think it might be time to wear them with a real sweatshirt...

A Week In My Shoes

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Modern Vintage (Gilt) // Marc by Marc Jacobs
DV by Dolce Vita (ModCloth) // Vince Camuto (Piperlime) 
Chelsea Crew (Shoe Biz) // Marc by Marc Jacobs

Blue On Blue

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American Apparel Mount Royal // Sephora by OPI Indi-go With the Flow
You know when you get a new polish and just can’t wait to try it out? Well, that is exactly how I ended up with this manicure. I picked up this pretty blue color from American Apparel over the weekend, and started prepping my nails about two minutes after I walked into my apartment. I was so excited that I overlooked the fact that wet nails aren’t really conducive to doing things like laundry, grocery shopping, and all the other domestic duties that never seem to happen during the week. Rather than doing something that required several layers of paint (and hours to dry), I wanted a manicure that would dry quickly, and accent nails immediately came to mind. As I went through my ever-growing polish collection for a glitter top coat, this periwinkle one jumped out to me - I absolutely love the pairing!

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