29 November 2010

Bits and Pieces

I hope everyone has had the weekend they wanted, long, short or other! I'll be headed out on another work trip tomorrow and once again I haven't done a lick of packing! Ah well, here's a medley of some of my looks from the past few days:


Top: Lands' End Canvas pattern poplin
Jacket: J. Crew herringbone (worn here and here before - similar-ish online here or here)
Jeans: J. Crew bootcut
Shoes: Aerosoles (worn here before - similar online: cute here, sleek here and "I want these" here)


Top: J. Crew island paisley perfect (worn here and here before - similar online here)
Sweater: H&M (worn here before - only kinda similar online here - but I really like it ...)
Jeans: Banana Republic classic skinny (worn here and here before - similar online here)
Belt: J. Crew embossed skinny (worn here before - similar-ish online here)
Boots: Type Z (worn here and here before - funky similar online here or cheapie here)


Sweater: Marks & Spencer (worn here and here before - similar-ish online here or "you look familiar" here)
Jeans: J. Crew bootcut
Shoes: Artisan by Clarks Herring (worn here and here before - similar online here)

Also meet Ashley, one of the new friends I made this weekend:


Did you gals brave the mall or Internet this weekend? What kinds of great steals have you gals indulged in for yourself? 

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Lastly, for this week's Respect the Outfits reader post, let's bring on some good ole J. Crew! I don't think there's a gal amongst us without some preppy chic Crew in their closet - from the most basic of tees and button-downs to their classic cardigans and winter coats to sequin sweatpants and an ostrich feather collar.

Show some of your Crew pride and share a few of your favorite pieces in an outfit pic. You can be clad in a single fabulous piece you adore to head-to-toe Crew! Show a fantabulous glamour ensemble or how you wear Crew daily.

The post will go up on Friday - please send your pic and Crew details to respecttheshoes(at)live.com by Friday morning! Thanks so much for keeping this reader post fun going, ladies!

27 November 2010

Other People's Blogs

Happy Thanksgiving weekend, fellow Americans! And just plain ole happy weekend to everyone else! The weather here in the SE is starting to really feel like fall/winter and we had our first real temp dip yesterday (aka, boy was I caught without a coat - brrrr!) so I am finally admitting to myself that it is unofficially winter!

So for this week's (or heck, this month's) long overdue cool stuff from other people's blog post, I collected together some great miscellany that are also helping me get into the festive, cool, snuggly state of mind:

♠  Showing how true it is that trenches are timeless - via Stockholm Street Style:


♠  We're all about holiday decor now - here's one way to look understated for Christmas but still seem luxe and cozy - via emmas designblogg:


♠  This is all the good things about fall/winter cooking all rolled up into one gut-busting confection - but calories don't count over the holidays, right? via Peabody from Culinary Concoctions:


♠  How to add a little glamour to your daily wear - via Lucy Laucht:


♠  Get "baking" on your own super-easy culinary tree trimmings for the holidays - via Bake it Pretty:


♠  What could be cozier than knitting your entire room? via desire to inspire:


♠  A fashionista's holiday portrait - via Rhiannon from liebemarlene vintage:


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The holidays are right around the corner and our fellow bloggers are feeling the spirit of generosity - here are some of the very cool giveaways of the week:

♠  BonBon Rose Girls is giving away a $25 gift certificate to Friedashopie Jewelry Design. Contest ends November 28.

♠  Veronica from the fashion fruit is giving away a Latuamoda necklace from Dolce & Gabbana. Contest ends November 28.

♠  shopping with M is giving away a $25 gift card to J. Crew and a Kate Spade bracelet. Contest ends November 28.

♠  Nina from alltumbledown is giving away a Bergman wrap from Edelweiss by Sarah. Contest ends November 29.

♠  GalTimes is giving away a $100 gift certificate to Shoes.com. Contest ends November 29.

♠  Cindi from Simply Cindi is giving away a pair of initial mugs from Anthropologie. Contest ends December 3.

♠  Nelah from 52 new days is giving away a gaggle of eye makeup from Dior and Urban Decay. Contest ends December 3.

♠  FashionAddict from Fashion for the Economically Challenged is giving away a La Coco silver pearl strand necklace from Stella & Dot. Contest ends December 3.

♠  Elle from Fast Food & Fast Fashion is giving away a shawl cardigan and purple jacket from Romeo & Juliet Couture. Contest ends December 6.

♠  Being Alison is giving away a $50 Visa gift card. Contest ends December 8.

♠  Zippy from Champagne Living is giving away a $500 American Express gift card. Contest ends December 10.

♠  Mama B is giving away a $100 gift card to Ebay. Contest ends December 10.

♠  petiteasiangirl from Extra Petite is giving away a whole package of goodness from J. Crew, Rock & Republic, Shue Uemera and more! Contest ends December 12.

♠  Sydney from Navigating Throu the Quarterlife with a Smile and Open Arms is giving away a $50 gift card to Beth Bad and Beyond, plus a beaded clutch, Clinique makeup and jewelry! Contest ends December 13.

♠  Debby from Inspired Design is giving away a $50 gift card to Pottery Barn. Contest ends December 15.

♠  Angie from Pandaphilia is giving away a medley of goodies from ELF, Forever 21 and Hello Kitty. Contest ends December 15.
 
♠  herwaisechoice is giving away a pair of statement earrings from the Lanvin for H&M collection. Contest ends December 17.
 
♠  Tiffany from I Am Style-ish Reviews is giving away a $250 gift card to Best Buy. Contest ends December 22.

23 November 2010

A Je Ne Sais Sway Day

Well today has turned itself into a mighty good Anthro sale day - except nothing I wanted went on sale and I had been itching to get some goodies on discount. Oh well, my wallet is safe for another day!

I did end up breaking out my two last new purchases from Anthro (I know, I know, I just bought some stuff from them and I'm still looking for a sale to buy more?) today though, to battle the dreary overcast skies. I hadn't jumped on the Acting Out skirt bandwagon until this iteration, and I can finally see why all you gals were loving it - I was feeling kind of va-va-voom in this skirt even if I don't look it, ha! And wave hello to my first purple shirt - can we say all sorts of love here?



Top: Anthropologie Deletta Je Ne Sais Scarf
Skirt: Anthropologie Cartonnier Alluring Sway (similar online here)
Belt: UO Deena & Ozzy stretch (worn here and here before - similar online here or here)
Tights: UO graphic scroll (similar online here)
Shoes: Franco Sarto suede Gamble mary janes (similar online here or here)

I'll be amongst the ranks of the still-working-a-full-day-tomorrow folks so for all your lovelies departing for your lovely turkey adventures early, have a wonderful long holiday weekend! Appreciate your families! Get loads of sale goodies - it is a good thing to spoil yourself every now and again! And of course calories don't count on Thanksgiving!

22 November 2010

Just Another Manic

I'm a fan of turkey day goodness and spending time with the family as much as everyone else, but I have to admit this year is going to be a slightly strange one. My sister and her fam have gone to Disney World to spend their week with the big bad Mouse. BF's sis and her fam are spending their time with her hubby's in-laws. My parents have relatives from overseas over and will be spending turkey day dinner at a restaurant. The BF and I are going over to his mom's place where we'll spend the day with her and her hubby - but she's got a bad knee and is currently in a wheelchair ... and she wants us to come over early on Thursday so we can help with dinner (i.e., so we can cook dinner) (i.e., so we can cook what she wants for dinner).

OK, no I am not implying that I am going to have a bad time this Thanksgiving as the awesome thing is that BF's family and I get along famously. However, you've got to admit the thought of going over to someone else's home for a momentous meal and being asked to cook their food for them? Yeah ...

So is it wrong that I what I am really looking forward to is waking up bright and early this Friday and  flipping open the laptop from the comfort of my bed (OK, the bed from the guest bedroom at BF's mom's place) so I can - crowd-free - peruse the online offerings from my fave retailers (i.e., clothes, shoes, clothes, shoes)?

So ladies, are you planning to do any shopping this Black Friday and ensuing weekend? Are there particular items/stores you'll be stalking?

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Here's what I wore to go shopping this weekend:


Jacket: Anthropologie Cartonnier Flipside (worn here and here before - similar online here and here)
Top: J. Crew graphic milliner tee (worn here before - similar online here)
Jeans: Banana Republic classic skinny (worn here and here before - similar online here)
Boots: Bed Stu Bullet (similar online here)

And here is what I am wearing today with one of my new Anthro purchases (and admittedly questionable hair):


Top: Anthropologie Odille Bianka
Pants: J. Crew trouser cord
Shoes: Aerosoles Triple Play
Belt: Forever 21 metallic bead skinny (worn here before - similar online here)
Earrings: Target

19 November 2010

Respect the Outfits (Outtakes)

Alright ladies, it is that time of the week again, and we've got some good ones for you. We have another batch of beautiful ladies who participated in this week's Respect the Outfits reader feature - Outtakes edition. Thanks to all you wonderful gals who sent in their perfectly imperfect pics to share!

♣  Tricia from Tricia's Take:


♣  Ashley from Free Honey:


♣  Marilou from Twenty York Street:


♣  Peggy from She Hath Done What She Could:


♣  EE from eek! :

Cami: Gap
Dress: Ann Taylor Loft
Cardigan: J. Crew
Boots: Ann Taylor Loft
Tights: Urban Outfitters
Glasses: Arnie's party store

♣  Jen from vintageglammz:

Dress: Anthropologie Time Gone By
Shoes: Topshop
Cardi: Bardot
Cloche: Gregory Ladner

♣  Jenny from Not Just a Pretty Face:



Dress / Necklace / Flip-flops: J. Crew
Leggings: White House Black Market

♣  Louise from Running on Anthro:


♣  Amy from kelinda.KELINDA:


As for me ... well, let's face it, I'm never short on the bloopers. Here are two of my more recent graceful moments:


I guess there's a reason why the BF's new nickname for me is "Grace." TGIF! Have a good weekend!

18 November 2010

That's a Bunch of Bananas

I'm feeling vaguely scholarly / flight attendant-ish / riding instructor in a skirt today:



Top: Lands' End Canvas poplin shirt
Sweater: H&M (similar-ish online here)
Scarf: Ebay
Skirt: Banana Republic herringbone knife pleat (worn here and here before - similar online here)
Tights: Anthropologie berry bush (worn here before - similar online here and here)
Boots: Type Z (worn here and here before - similar online here and here)

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Don't forget, please send me your outfit photo outtakes tonight for tomorrow's Respect the Outfits reader feature! Funny faces, gawky poses, weird angles and bad lighting are encouraged!

Please send your pics to me at respecttheshoes(at)live.com!

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Cupcakes and Cashmere recently featured a recipe for miniature banana tarte tatins from Balthazar, which reminded me that I made a full size version of his dessert a few weeks ago from a much simpler (aka kindergarten cook-friendly) recipe that I had forgotten to share.

I'm a big fan of puff pastry and the BF's inner monkey digs the bananas so I thought what could be better than to blend our loves into one creamy flaky treat? The end result was not as pretty as what was pictured on the Saveur site where I got the recipe, but it does make for a simple cozy-night dessert. Here's a few pics of my banana tarte tatin:



17 November 2010

Gloriously Inglorious


Top: J. Crew Evie blouse (worn here and here before - similar-ish online here)
Sweater: Forever 21 (worn here before)
Skirt: Ann Taylor pleated tweed (similar online here or here)
Tights: Target
Shoes: Aldo Currie (worn here and here before - similar online here and here)

Fashion blogging has been a styling revelation for me, because not only has it given me the courage to wear pieces outside of my comfort zone, but I've found innumerable real-life fashion inspirations in my fellow bloggers. This has been incredibly helpful in the way I see how to put clothes together and how to wear them, especially since I've never been able to extract the same sort of inspiration before from the styleboards of yore (aka fashion mags, pop culture, movies/TV, etc.).

Until that is, I watched Glorious 39. It is a BBC film about a well-to-do political family in 1939 Britain as Hitler is gaining power in Europe and another war looms. But the movie is really besides the point, because all I really cared about were those gorgeous period costumes.

{images courtesy of A Plus B in the Sea}

The plot was actually quite meh-worthy, but I've never watched a movie or TV show before this that actually made me want a character's entire wardrobe and had me scratching my head in my closet trying to figure out how to recreate her look (not even The Devil Wears Prada, because all I did through that film was drool over the Chanel boots and think of how squat, frizzy-headed and unclacker-like I was - ah, good times). My outfit today is (hopefully) my modern, more casual interpretation of the character Anne Keyes' chic English style.

So how about you? Have you ever watched a film or show that fashionably-inspired you to dress a certain way? If so, what was it?

16 November 2010

Cause I Am Barely Breathing

I guess it is the extreme time change in coming home again, but I'm having a hard time getting back to the groove of things this week. Between closing things out from last week's conference, a mondo expense report, millions of minutia items, laundry, and two more events coming up in the next few weeks, I feel sooooo swamped.

However, it is so nice to have my full closet back at my disposal and my snuggly own warm bed! And as much as I enjoy trying new things and eating Chinese food, there's no substitute for a down-home fried chicken or greasy thin-crust pizza craving. And my own BF to hug and laugh with (even though all he's interested in doing lately is conquering the new Call of Duty: Black Ops game - sigh, boys).

After you've been away from home for a bit, what do you most look forward to when coming back?




Top: Forever 21 H81 brushed plaid (worn here and here before)
Sweater: Ann Taylor marled wool shrug
Skirt: J. Crew wool bungalow (on sale at Factory store - or longer version online here)
Tights: Anne Klein
Shoes: Vince Camuto Bronco (worn here and here before)
Necklace: J. Crew crystal cylinder

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I do still plan to do another Respect the Outfits post this week though - for Friday. Since it was such a fun post seeing everyone's blog photo "bloopers," we're going back to Outtakes! So pretty please send me your best blog photo outtakes by late Thursday and I'll be putting up another post on Friday with you gals rockin' your finest gear and funniest pics.

Pics can be sent to: respecttheshoes (at) live.com.

14 November 2010

Paradise Lost

Hey ladies, I'm back! After two exhaustive weeks in Singapore and then Hainan Province, I finally touched US soil again this morning - and blogs were blocked in China, so I had to go radio silent, argh!

I already shared a brief pic medley of my time Singapore, so below is another brief medley of my time on Hainan Province. And yes, though the work part was exhausting, I do have about fourteen mosquito bites on my legs and I am currently sick thanks to the wheezing sniffly gal who sat next to my on one of my flight legs home, it was a fantastic trip and I am so glad I had the opportunity to go.


I've stayed in my share of "holy moly craptastic" to "ain't half bad" hotel rooms. This hotel in Sanya however, was beyond. I could've stayed in my room the entire trip but how could I avoid playing on the beach?! I have never stayed in so nice of a hotel and I am begging our guys to go back again next year - pretty puh-lease!




I've had my share of delish Chinese fare - and then much too much of the baijiu and some just absolutely questionable items as well!


Fashion in the tropical clime of Hainan Province? Um ...


Nan Shan Cultural Park, which is the largest Buddhist preaching site established by the People's Republic, and houses the 108m tall Guan Yin Buddha (taller than the Statue of Liberty!) plus several temples. It is a beautiful, but psuedo-strange environment that is a cross between a Buddhist theme park and actual place of prayer.



And it houses a vegetarian restaurant that specializes in mock meat foods. Good, but slightly weird again!


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It'll probably take me a bit, but I'll be catching up on reading all your blogs this week!
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