31 December 2010

Better Than Pacey Witter

I got back to the SE on Wednesday from NYC with minimal hiccups save for a crazy-packed airport. Then BF and I were very very busy all day on Thursday. And we're going to be very very busy all day today as well.

Why, you ask? Well, yesterday we stopped by the county animal shelter yesterday and ...

Hi guys - my name is Pacey. I think I am six months old and am a border collie-terrier mix. I am a rambunctious big puppy who loves to be played with, cuddled and paid much attention to. I don't like baths but enjoy being clean enough to lay on the couch next to my people. I hope to train my new people very well to feed me lots of puppy chow and play ball with me all day long. I hope you all enjoy today - 2011 is hopefully going to be a great year for me!

Paws and licks, Pacey

30 December 2010

These are a Few of My Favorite Things

The fashion blogosphere is full of end-of-year recaps so I thought I'd throw my virtual hat into the ring as well. 2010 and starting my blog has been a big change for me on the fashion-front. I've experimented with color, styles and pairings that I would normally shy away from and developed probably an unnatural obsession for Anthropologie and a reinvigorated love for J. Crew. I've also "met" an inspiring community of bloggers who share my fashion loves and are so generous with their time, stuff and advice.

As my way of recap, I considered doing a fave outfits post, but as I started going through my pics, I realized how much they plain sucked early on and how I think my style is still developing and trying to find itself. So I thought it'd be way more appropriate to recap some of my fave purchases from this past year:

1. Anthro Roaming Ruffles cardigan - love this easy pop of color, perfect cardi for dresses

2. J. Crew Evie blouse - I've worn this to death for work events

3. H&M drop-pocket skirt - snack pockets, 'nough said

4. Anthro Field skirt - my first yellow skirt

5. Lands' End Canvas gingham poplin shirt - my summer workhorse

6. Anthro Bianka blouse - cheap for Anthro and great color and fit, I need to collect them all

7. Mossimo by Target wedges - best $25 spent ever

8. Forever 21 plaid shirt - comfy, colorful and cheap? So in ...

9. Uggs Desoto boots - after hauling through the snow and cold in them, I am now an Ugg convert


10. Banana Republic classic skinny jeans - my intro to skinny jeans and not absolutely hating them

So that's me, how about you - what have been some of your favorite purchases of this year? Any unexpected favorites?

27 December 2010

Uggs are for Mondays

Greetings again from NYC, aka the frozen northeast, aka the icy wasteland, aka the site of mini-snowpocalypse 2010. As you've all noticed (or lived through), we've had a bit of snow in the past 24 hours. What a difference a day makes, huh?

Fashion does unfortunately take a backseat when it comes to bodily warmth and battling the elements. I was so thankful I had purchased my first pair of Uggs (and thought to bring them to NY, whew) and dug through my old closet to pull out this puffy mass of warm shapelessness from high school!

I shoveled the whole front walk (you can probably tell because it looks like a 1st grader did it) and then had to help my dad unbury the driveaway entrance (thank you Mr. City Snow Plow Worker guy - sigh). A Jackie Warner workout ain't got anything on plain ole shoveling snow for a few hours! The snow was for real knee high!

I'll be headed back to the SE in another day or so, so I am hoping hoping the local airports get themselves sorted out! I did thoroughly enjoy my visit with the fam though, and we had our usual holiday over-indulgence on everything, plus some time to enjoy the big city holiday cheer (though I do mean "enjoy" a bit lightly though - check out the usual Christmas crowds at Rockefeller Center, egads).

And the cool one-legged seagull down at the Seaport:

In a modest fashion front, I had some quality time with the big sis and we went to three different Anthropologies (two of them yesterday during mini-snowpocalypse) and I think I'm thoroughly indulged in one of my fave retailers for a while. In fact I may need to go on a purchasing diet for January (sshhh, don't tell my wallet).

I don't know how much longer this Anthro tag sale with the additional 25% off runs for, but if you NYC gals have an opp (and can get out of your homes or even up the block!), I highly recommend paying the Greenvale, NY store a visit. It is located as a stand-alone store in a non-descript corner in Long Island (i.e., not convenient to anything) but it has such a massive sale inventory that there were two huge sale sections and a lot of one-off older items!

Here are some of the goodies I scored on super-sale between online and the Greenvale location:

Are you thoroughly indulged this holiday season, or is there still lots more to come this week? What was the best thing you got to do this holiday season? (And did you fella Anthro-lovers score any super-sale "last one standing, can't believe I found it in my size" goodies?)

26 December 2010

The Importance of Being Victorian

Happy Holidays, you beautiful people! I hope your Christmas days were peaceful and warming, regardless of whether or not you celebrate the day. Here's hoping for additional discounts off anything you didn't find in your stockings for the rest of the holiday season!

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My apparent penchant for cugly (cute/ugly) print dresses has apparently followed me up to the NE where between an online order and visit to the store, I'm probably over-indulged in Anthro's recent tag sale. I did manage to score deals on the Raines heels and found the last pair of Pebbled and Primped boots at my local-ish store (and maybe some other stuff too ...)

I also purchased Maeve's Wightwick Manor dress on a whim and though I am in love with the cut, overall fit, and soft corduroy, there's the issue of this print. As for size, I ordered down from normal based on the online reviews and I am thinking I may need to head back to the store (haha) to get my regular size, as apparently I have a larger rib cage. The dress fits perfectly everywhere but it tight right below the chest and above the waist. I guess I am big-boned?

The print, similar to my experience with the Sugar-Coated dress, I don't know if I like this off-kilter unusual fabric, or if it reminds me of wallpaper from the '60s. Or carpet from the '70s. It actually does a good job of being reminescent of the actual Victorian Wightwick Manor. My big sis though, took one look at this dress and didn't even blink before saying "return it." I don't know, I am digging the fit so much that I kind of want to keep it - and am even considering it in the slightly too small size if I can't find my usual 2.
What do you think? Keep, or is the print just cugly going on plain ole ugs?

22 December 2010

Be Good for Goodness Sake (and More Naners)

I know we'll all be criss-crossing paths soon as we dot our ways across the country (and the world - and even just our own neighorhoods) to visit family and friends for the holidays. May your travels be safe, your days be treasured, your wishes come true, and remember to feel blessed to be with those who love you!


Top: J. Crew gypsy rose cami (worn here before - similar online here or here or here in knit)
Sweater: For the Republic (it's a JC Coppelle copycat, worn here before - not similar, but pretty here, here)
Skirt: Anthropologie Edme & Esyllte Circle the Globe (worn here before - similar mini here or cord here)
Tights: Anthropologie Sunset Scrolls (sold out online - similar-ish online here or plainer here or fun here)
Shoes: Bandolino patent peep-toe bows (similar online luxe here, spectacular here or reg here)

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I've expounded before on the BF's love for bananas. So it should come as no surprise to you that his favorite dessert in the entire world (aside from anything apple pie-related) is banana pudding.

The BF had an unsquelchable urge for this much-beloved confection from his childhood over the weekend so we dug up a recipe from the everyone's favorite southern mama Paula Deen and got to cooker-ing. Side note - I should write almost everyone's favorite. The BF's mom can not stand Paula, which I think is hilarious, especially since they both have the same rambunctious personality, bigger than life laugh and hair, and don't feel dressed without a fist full of diamonds on their fingers!

Here is Paula's basic recipe for banana pudding - the BF and I ended up not making the whipped topping and negating the butter from the custard. Please note if you try this recipe that the milk will not have the consistency of custard until after the egg yolks are added, so don't worry. It was strangely easy to make pudding from scratch and it was long gone before the weekend was out!

20 December 2010

Family Matters

I go home to NYC this week to visit the ole fam - and of course I am over-the-moon excited about getting to see my parents, my big sis and my nephew again. However, as is the case with anyone else with a family, along with the family highs come the family "mehs."

What are my family "mehs?" They are very few, but all relate to the inevitable barrage of questions (yes, you really only need a minimum of two people to be able to barrage) related to my marital status, my child-bearing status, my living location (i.e., not NYC) and - even to this day - my employment and my attire. Yeah, my parents care about what I am wearing.

I know in the eyes of a parent, you will always be seen as their little child regardless of age or financial status. But I can't help but to smirk/grimace when they still give me money stashed in a card for my birthday, won't let me pay for any meals, and my mom pats me on the shoulder and tells me "your dad wanted me to let you know that it is OK to spend some money and buy yourself some nice clothes - at least for work." Uh ... what does this mean about the way my parents think I am dressed?

I know we all love our families dearly, especially over the holidays. But I can't be alone here, so please spill - is there any little thing you don't love about going home for Christmas?

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Here's a medley of outfits from today and over the weekend:

Top: Anthropologie Odille Bianka (worn here before - similar online here in tee or here in print)
Pants: AT Loft modern corduroys
Shoes: Aerosoles Triple Play (worn here before - similar online platform here or for cheap here)
Necklace: Anthropologie Nueva Granada (worn here before - similar-ish online here or here)

Top: Anthropologie Molded & Melded (worn here before - similar online here)
Sweater: J. Crew ethereal ruffle wool cardi (worn here before - similar online here)
Skirt: J. Crew ikat bungalow (worn here before - similar online here)
Shoes: Artisan by Clarks Herring bow flats (worn here before - similar online here or packable here)

Top: UO Truly Madly Deeply owl pullover (worn here before)
Sweater: J. Crew marled wool cardigan (worn here before - similar online here or fringy version here)
Pants: F21 skinny ankle jeans
Boots: Born Taro (worn here before - similar online here or here in flats)
Bag: Coach suede hobo (similar-ish online here or here)

19 December 2010

Caped Crusader and "Thank You, Santa"

I always feel like I am behind the ball on reviews because I don't get to head to my fave stores as often as I should (I can almost hear the BF snort with laughter in the background) and a lot of you fella blogettes already do such an awesome job with them. But I got a couple of requests to share more about my recent purchases so here we go:

♥  Anthro Cartonnier craftsmanship capelet : I think the original yellow color scheme sold out so quickly that I never even realized it was a piece from this season. I stumbled on this new colorway last week and immediately fell in lust. Then the little voice inside my head (the same one that tells my right forefinger to use the mouse to hit "submit" all the time) told me "go, go, go!" and well ...

This jacket feels like the softest wool blanket ever. There's not a bit of itchiness, and the jacket is fully lined. It is probably too light of a jacket to wear in most parts now, but may be perfect for the SE winters. As for sizing, I am usually a XS/S in Cartonnier and got this in the smaller size - there's still plenty of room for me to wear a sweater underneath and not feel like a mammoth.

My only critiques are that I wish the jacket was a few inches longer and the collar would stand up on its own better - other than that, I think in Anthro world, this is a deal at full price!


♥  Anthro Edme & Esyllte field skirt : I was hesitant to join the field skirt bandwagon at first because I didn't see a color I loved (OK, I didn't see it in a color I didn't already have in a similar style) - and the yellow came out and I almost jumped on it, except I couldn't figure out what to pair with it. But that is another reason why I love this little corner of blogdom because you gals all started wearing your field skirts and filling my head with pretty ideas!

I agree with the online reviews that this skirt is less full than the circle the globe skirt from this summer. It is unlined but the corduroy is enough of a fabric that I didn't feel too light for the weather. I got my usual size 2 and I think the fit is good if not a tad large. I wasn't bothered enough by the fit to go smaller though but you gals may want to try your normal size and one down. The length hits me perfectly too (I'm 5'2" or 5'3" on a good hair day) and I am always a sucker for pockets.

♥  Forever 21 faux fur collar coat : I actually ordered this a few weeks ago but haven't gotten around to wearing it yet. I am a big fan of the faux fur look but too much of a chicken to go "full faux fur." This furry collar was a nice compromise for me, and the collar buttons right off if I'm just not feeling it.

This is another piece that isn't that wouldn't make it into regular NYC winter rotation but I love the 3/4 sleeves and length - perfect for wearing with skirts or dresses. It also has two cute front pockets and two black pleats. As for sizing, I got my normal size S and the fit is perfect - though if you planned to wear any warm layers underneath, I would recommend going up a size.

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The fabulous do-it-all mom / teacher / deal finder extraordinaire Peggy recently organized a blogger Secret Santa and I was lucky enough to get paired with modernmom, another do-it-all mom and fella fashion addict. Here's what modernmom got me, from one of my fave stores (hm, how did she know ...) :

Thanks so much for your wonderful note and great gift, modernmom! I hope you enjoy what I got you - happy holidays!

17 December 2010

Being Charlie Brown

Sweater: J. Crew shawl-collar popover (similar online cardi version here or here)
Top: Forever 21 effortless calm tunic (similar online here or black-trimmed here)
Skirt: Anthropologie Edme & Esyllte Field (similar mini here or patterned here)
Tights: Target
Shoes: Seychelles Ring in the New Year (similar online here with lower heel or here)

I think I am a complete late-comer to the "holiday spirit-ness" of the season, but now that I'm officially done with work-events (and had that one line "up on the rooftop click, click, click" going through my head for a full week without being sick of it - yet) I feel like I can finally fall into holiday festivities!

Except that mainly means finishing up my holiday shopping (anyone have any ideas on what to get parents?), deciding whether or not it is still worth it to get a Christmas tree (neither the BF nor I will be home for the holidays) and staring at that tangled ball of lights and wondering if I care enough to even attempt to unravel it because it is almost certain the BF will not want to dangle twenty feet in the air over uneven pavement while I yell "two more inches to the right, honey!"

That aside, as the BF and plan to spend our Christmases with our respective families, we are planning to get in as much yuletide cheer as we can this weekend. This means baking for no one in particular, braving the crowds at the mall with smiles on our faces, and wearing our snuggly bests as we twinkle toe our way down chilly trimmed streets.

What do you consider essential to do come the holidays? How do you jump start yourself to getting into the spirit of things?

14 December 2010

Bah Humbug Business Appropriate

Ah, Florida, there's nothing like driving down your palm tree-lined streets perusing amusements beyond my imaginings while the breeze whips through my hair giving my face a frozen teeth-chattering wind burn. This is the first time ever I've turned the heat on in my hotel room in Florida - and I come to see you a lot, ole buddy! What is up?! I spent last night under my covers in bed with the heat going - and my feet were still f-f-freezing!

Of course I find myself here ill-equipped in the attire department - one thin fleece jacket that does not work over my requisite business attire and my $10 side street "pashmina" is going to need to do double duty as both scarf and body wrap today!

See for yourself how I am dressed today - completely not what I had planned and it's boring, but this is my (gulp) weather warmest! And yes, for those of you living in the Midwest, I know you gals are just rolling your eyes at my chatter about 30 degree weather - but if only I had been smart enough to bring my warmer clothes!

Jacket: Anthropologie Sine Brief Meeting (similar here or long-sleeved here or BF-cut version here)
Pants: AT Loft grey herringbone trousers (similar online here or here)
Shoes: Sofft patent pumps (similar online here or mary jane here)

So what do I do to appease myself and my frost-bitten little soul? Be not so good and gift myself some early Christmas presents of course! Such as ...

So have you gals bought yourselves anything sweet for the holidays?

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I'm sure you gals have noticed a few of these badges around our little fashion blogosphere lately:

The fabulous Tara B. from Little Girl Big Closet is hosting a fantastic feature very much in spirit of the season - she and some of our favorite blogettes are putting together fashionable vignettes in the style of the 12 Days of Christmas! I was completely surprised and flattered that I was asked to participate, so please keep an eye out for me! Her feature starts today - I can't wait to see what prettiness all the gals have put together to celebrate the holidays!
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