29 July 2011

Coming Up Roses

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Bits for the end of July:

✿  You rarely ever catch me in pastel-y shades but they just seem so appropriate in the heat of the summer. Somehow the cooler colors make the weather seem a wee bit more mellow. Just a wee bit though.

✿  I am looking forward to a weekend of lounging, sleeping in, probably eating too much (as usual), and living in stretchy shorts and t-shirt dresses. Yes, snack and nap-worthy dressing.

✿  Today is day 5 of doing The Shred for me. Twenty minute workouts are awesome. But here's me being all rushy-rusherson - when do you start noticing a difference?

✿  I think I've imbibed too much in the recent round of "% off" sales from our fave retailers (thankfully for my wallet, some stuff is going back). But come on, J. Crew, when are you going to throw in a coupon code for your new arrivals? Mama wants herself some toasty woolens in this 95+ degree heat!  

✿  What's on your fall weather to-buy list? I think I "need" some flat grey boots and a bold-hued jacket (like this in blue). And though I'm probably going to end up resembling a stump, I couldn't resist these ankle boots for my first Asos purchase.

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Jacket: Anthropologie Daughters of the Liberation cropped wisley (worn here before - similar here, here)
Top: Forever 21 lace (worn here before - similar here, here, here)
Shorts: J. Crew chino (similar here)
Shoes: Nine West temani (worn here before - similar here, spectator here)
Necklace: UO multi-stone bib (worn here before - similar here)

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There were a couple of questions on what I wore to Kim's virtual blogiversary party, so here it is:

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Top: J. Crew gypsy rose (worn here before - similar here, mildly sim but whoa here)
Skirt: J. Crew (similar on sale here)
Clutch: Rebecca Minkoff striped pouch (from set of three)
Shoes: Keds spright (worn here before - similar here, here)

Have a terrific end-of-July weekend, ladies!

28 July 2011

Respect the Outfits (Outtakes)

Your hair is bouncy and glossy. Your lipstick is shiny smacking new. You've straightened your collar, poofed out your skirt. Hand on hip, straight back, big smile at the camera. Your photographer zooms in or your self-timer beeps away. A milli-second before picture perfection something goes horribly-humorously wrong.

And you end up like one of these gorgeous self-deprecating ladies who decided to share in a pretty outfit and good-natured chuckle. Here's this week's Respect the Outfits reader feature - outtakes!

♠   Lisa from Sweet Laundry Loves:


♠   Kim from Anthroholic:


♠   JG from Stuff Jewish Girls Like:

J.Crew Factory Silk Printed Pocket Tank / Anthropologie Fantastic Fields Skirt / Anthropologie Looping lanes belt / Anthropologie Basotto Necklace / Anthropologie Pave Posts / Kate Spade Crystal Confection Ring / ALDO shoes / Kate Spade Head in the Sand Melinda

♠   Jen from vintageglammz:


♠   Cortney from Literature & Lace:

L - Black Cardigan: August Silk, from Ross / Yellow Tank Top: American Eagle, gift from sister / Shorts: American Eagle / Black wedges: White House,
Black Market / Pearl Necklace: F21 / Pearl Earrings: X-mas gift. R - Pink Cardigan: Jones New York, Ross / White Blouse: White House, Black Market /
Jeans: Current Elliot / White Flats: Blowfish / Pink Headband: gift from sister

♠   Peggy and Maggie from She Hath Done What She Could:

Tops: Target / Skirts: Old Navy, NY & Co.

♠   fshnonmymind from Notes from the Dressing Room:

Dress- I "Heart" Ronson  / Green blazer- Zara / Brown belt- thrifted / Leopard flats- Magnolia / Lilac studded bag- Spotted Moth /
White studded bracelet- Forever 21

♠   ♠   And my goofy self in various iterations:
 
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I was really there first.
 
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This is how to look annoying in an outfit photo.
  
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Self-timer perfection.

25 July 2011

A Roaming Castle

I know it is like one of the cardinal sins of fashion blogging to repeat an outfit, but what's a girl to do when something just works? And as much as I adore this dress, there's about one (this) way that I can think of wearing it that is appropriate for work:

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Sweater: Anthropologie Guinevere roaming frills (worn here before - similar here, here)
Dress: Anthropologie Floreat castle lake (worn here before - similar here in pink)
Belt: J. Crew piped glitter (worn here before)
Bracelet: F21 faceted cube (similar here)
Shoes: Xhiliration by Target teanna (similar here)

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21 July 2011

Behaving Secretly Single

C: You guys, I miss walking into my apartment with no one there and it's all quiet and I can do that stuff you do when you're totally alone, things you would never want your boyfriend to see you do ... My SSB, my Secret Single Behavior. Like, I like to make a stack of saltines. I put grape jelly on them. I eat them standing up in the kitchen reading fashion magazines.

M: Why standing up?

C: It’s weird, but it just feels great.

M: I like to put Vaseline on my hands and put them in Borghese conditioning gloves while watching infomercials.

Ch: Before I was married I used to study my pores in a magnifying mirror for an hour each night. But I'm afraid Trey will think it's weird.

Remember that episode of our original guilty pleasure show, Sex and the City? If you don't, it was the same rerun that was on just the other night (I like easy). Carrie Bradshaw brought the term "Secret Single Behavior" into our vernacular and made thousands of women rub their manicured hands together in embarassed glee over outing the knowledge of their closet female rituals.

Do I have any SSBs? Uh, do we have all day? I like to flip through US Weekly while surfing for shoes on the web with Bravo TV playing in the background. I like to obsessively pluck stray hairs from my eye brow area. I concoct strange food creations - like cooked cheap-o ramen noodles mixed with the chicken flavor powder pack - no water - and mayo, aka my SSB alfredo. I go through my closet and try on my shoes. I put a Biore nose strip on and paint my toe nails while listening to Sara Bareilles on repeat. I populate my Pinterest boards a new obsession. I read cookbooks - yes, read. I could go on.

So all is fair with us girls and SSBs - what's your Secret Single Behavior?

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Top: J. Crew stripe button-back
Skirt: A/X pencil cargo (worn here before - similar here, here)
Bracelet: The PS Boutique via Etsy (similar here)
Necklace: c/o Simply Livly via Etsy
Shoes: Seychelles she's got the moves (worn here before)

20 July 2011

Wednesday Things

♥   First off, attention must be paid! Our one and only Anthroholic herself, Kim, is celebrating her two year blogiversary! Kim's blog was one of the first style blogs I came upon when I first entered this little fashion community and I was immediately taken in - and to this day she continues to inspire me with her fantastic sense of style and black belt knowledge of all things Anthropologie. So here's a virtual cheer to Kim, and may there be many more blogiversaries!

♥   Second, what do you do when you're feeling meh-worthy about your outfit? Play around with the photos, of course!

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Jacket: Anthropologie Cartonnier hello sunday (worn here before - similar here, here)
Dress: Loft poplin striped (worn here before - similar strapless here, here)
Belt: Anthropologie infinity (similar here)
Shoes: Kenneth Cole Reaction pine-a-colada (similar here)
Shoe clip as brooch: Lilywinkel via Etsy
Bag: Cambridge Satchel (worn here before - similar here)

♥   Also, do you Pinterest? I just started a style board there, you can check it out by clicking the logo:

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♥   And last but not least - Hey ladies, I'm bringing awkward back! It's long overdue for another edition of Respect the Outfits reader feature - this time we're bringing it back home with the original -  Outtakes! Cat got your tongue - literally? Eyes caught in a half-blink? Wind gusting a wee bit too hard for your filmy dress? BF making you crack up? Fierce pose, grumpy dog in background? We're all perfect in our imperfection and that's what makes us even more unique and human as style bloggers and fab ladies - so please share so we can all have a good-natured laugh at ourselves. Check out some hilarious ladies from previous Outtake posts here and here.

Please send me over your blooper shots to me at respecttheshoes@live.com. And shoot, as we are all stylish divas after all, include your outfits deets and blog link too if you like. Send your stuff by July 27 - next Wednesday - post will go up next day!

19 July 2011

Dodging Neon

There's nothing I enjoy more than brushed out curling ironed hair gone awry to start my day off with a smile grimace. That's why I opted to set it all off with this brighter-than-dangit shirt in your favorite classic highliter neon yellow:

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Top: J. Crew neon gingham perfect
Skirt: Delicia via Alloy (worn here before - similar here, here)
Belt: J. Crew piped glitter
Necklace: J. Crew mini crystal wildfire
Bracelet: Sweet Auburn Studio via Etsy (worn here before)
Shoes: Xhiliration via Target teanna (worn here before - similar here)

My fave thing about gingham and JC's perfect shirts? So easy-peasy to dress up - or, my favorite - dress down. I actually work this shirt already over the weekend and here's my mid-week recreation of the outfit, big hair and all:

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Shorts: Old Navy chambray (similar here, as romper here)
Shoes: Tretorn evelina (similar w/bow here, -ish here)

And because I apparently had some extra time today, by not go full out? I put together my brightest pieces to create an outfit that was really in your face color-wise, but still could have half a shot at making it in day-to-day wear without getting freaked out looks from your co-workers. I even went neon-tastic with the nails.

I really wished the neon shirt photographed better - it is literally highlighter yellow bright and that is what I love love love about it! Funny cameras - the shirt came out lighter, the skirt bolder and the shoes darker. Ah well.

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Skirt: Talbots washed silk full (worn here before)
Belt: J. Crew embossed (similar here)
Shoes: You by Crocs (worn here before - similar here, not sim but fab here)
Belt as Bracelet: J. Crew factory (similar here)

(Apparently my sartorial brain was on the same wavelength as MP. However, if you want to see neon REALLY done, put on your sunglasses and click here).

What's your take on neons? Do you think it's fun and flirty and "back again"? Or should they have stayed in the '80s and be relegated to the same shame self as glow-in-the-dark jewelry, Melanie Griffith circa "Working Girl" and hypercolor shirts? I know you're trying to bring those back, American Apparel, and sensibility is telling you to stop.

18 July 2011

Click-Here-Now

One of the things I enjoy doing to "de-mentalize" from the work day is to go online window shopping. Visiting my favorite stores from the comfort of my couch and zoning out while I mouse my way through endless virtual rows of pretty shoes and frilly frocks, filling my brain with visions of me brandishing new purses instead of balancing expense reports or reviewing contract terms.

My virtual hunting is mostly harmless - there are probably dozens of abandoned shopping carts scattered amongst the Internet with my half-forgotten items in them. However, sometimes I'll not be able to help myself and I'll clickety-click my way right through a purchase (or two, or ... ) - hankered on by my mental justifications that I "need" a yellow skirt, I've-never-had-one-before-in-my-life-and-this-will-make-my-world-complete, or as a little reward, I've-had-a-really-hard-day/project/week-and-should-rightfully-treat-myself-to-something-fantabulous, or better yet, it's on sale! plus free shipping! plus an additional % off!

Do I shop online a ton? Well, I probably see my UPS guy more than most. Has online shopping taken over going to a store? Not completely, though it has definitely enabled my shopaholic tendencies. I definitely shop more in general now thanks to the web - it is just so gosh darn convenient, after all. And honestly, I hate going to the mall (parking, people crush and never finding the item I was looking for - ugh).

How do you prefer shopping nowadays? Do you shop online more than you do in-stores? Why do you do what you do?

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This beautiful necklace was sent to me by the lovely Pam from Simply Lively. If you love jewelry from Anthro, I highly recommend you
check out Pam's Etsy site - it is filled with off-beat baubles that are laidback but glam!

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Top: Talbots (similar here, very sim here)
Dress: Anthropologie Nell Couture june, july, august (worn here before - similar maxi here, here)
Shoes: Xhiliration by Target teanna (worn here before - similar luxe here, here)
Necklace: c/o Simply Livly via Etsy

15 July 2011

Life Exposures

Hi, my name is Lisa. I'm a blogger. You know what I look like, what I like to wear, what my sizes are. You know I have a pup named Pacey and a long-time live-with BF. I sometimes travel for my job. I am obsessed with Anthro and J. Crew. I am scared of maxi dresses. I like to cook sometimes, I like to eat all times. My hair is a constant point of contention. So you think you know me?

When I first started blogging, I loved the community of like-minded fashion lovers but I was scared of the idea of being "exposed online." I cut myself off at the head in my pictures and even briefly considered using a psuedonym. I was pretty strict about leaving it just to fashion topics and didn't even like the idea of sharing my size - I did but didn't want my business out there!

I got a bit more comfortable (and confident) over the next few months and now you can see me in my full goofiness and even know a bit about me. I still tend to keep things light and not get into too many details about my boring ole life though - plus I don't want to include other people who may not want to have their faces plastered on the Internet (though what those yahoos do on their own Facebook pages is their own stupid business). Other than my own and my pup's, I also leave names out of the equation. Most of my friends don't know that I blog, but it still would make me feel weird if they found out I was "talking" about them (BFs don't count, haha).

You know how you can talk about certain things with certain friends, but not others? So I can gush and commiserate about fun fashion-y lifestyle things with my blog friends and leave out potential drama? That's kind of where my comfy blogging/real life place is.

How much do you disclose on your blogs? How do you decide what you feel comfortable with? Is there a such thing are being too cautious online, or just being too open?

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I don't think little miss frowny-face pup thinks my necklace is as cool as I do!

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Top: J. Crew max & molly gallery (worn here before - similar here, here)
Skirt: Talbots washed full silk (similar here)
Belt: J. Crew (similar here, here)
Cuff: The PS Boutique via Etsy (worn here before - similar here)
Necklace: lucie0ellen via Etsy (similar here)
Shoes: Coach ireena (now on sale, worn here before - similar here)

13 July 2011

My Boyfriend's Back

Maria from Infinite Whimsy responded to a question I asked her earlier this week about being newly married. She mentioned that people definitely treat her and her honey differently now that they are wed and that: Our families see us as a real unit now, which is nice. I have to admit that it's nice to feel "legitimate" in others' eyes, even though we've felt that way for years.

The word "legimate" really stuck with me because I've been feeling that way for a while now with the BF. No no no, this is totally not a "wah, I wanna get married" post! I think the term "boyfriend" sounds fine when you're in your teens to early 20s. You're young, dating around, having fun. As the years pass after that, I think it becomes more and more awkward to use. Grown-ups aren't supposed to have "boyfriends" anymore, they are supposed to have "fiances," and "husbands," and "significant others." I think after you pass 25, you starting falling into the whole well why doesn't she have a husband yet hole because that's permanent and adult, whereas having just a boyfriend seems so fly-by-night.

BF and I have been living together for several years now and had dated for a year or two previous to that. We're not married or engaged, but we both feel like we're "together" as a unit. We've talked about all that stuff and we're pretty sure marriage is where the road will lead us, but we're happy where we are right now.

What bugs is that other people don't seem satisfied with where we are right now. BF gets along great with my parents, but whenever I speak to my mom, she acts like at any moment he's going to get on out and get himself another woman because we're not formally committed. And BF gets the "mm-hm" looks from co-workers when he introduces me as his girlfriend, like I don't know if it is worth getting to know you - you may not be around during the next company event.

I know we live in a modern society and I shouldn't care and should just concentrate on a relationship that works for us - once again, this is NOT a cry to get married! - but it seems difficult when those immediately around me do seem to care and treat us differently because of it. Who knew what a big difference a little bauble or lack of on your left ring finger could make?

For those of you ladies in committed but not married relationships, what do you think? For you married ladies, did you feel a noticeable treatable difference between when you and your hubby were just together vs after you were official? Why do you think people think like that? And if you agree with the above thinking, why do you feel that way?

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Dress: Garnet Hill floral trim knit (similar plain here)
Jacket: Anthropologie Daughters of the Liberation cropped wisley (worn here before - similar here)
Belt: Anthropologie looping lanes (worn here before - similar-ish here)
Shoes: Xhiliration by Target teanna (worn here before - similar luxe here)
Necklaces: Natasha Grassofuzzyelephant via Etsy

12 July 2011

A Hair Above (Misikko Review)

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Top: Gillian & O'Malley via Target (worn here before - similar here)
Cardigan: Loft cotton (similar here, long here)
Skirt: Anthropologie Odille drawing parallels (worn here before - similar here)
Shoes: Keds spright (worn here before - similar here, here)
Necklace: Laila Rowe (similar here)
Shoe clip as brooch: Lilywinkel via Etsy (worn here before)

Most of the poor folks on the Interweb have probably heard my post cries way too many times over my weak attempts at making my hair look decent. Oh sure, I have the occasional obedient hair days, but far too often do I end up dealing with frizzy, flyaway, flat banged hair - good for you that I don't take a lot of hair close-ups, haha!

Well the nice folks over at Misikko must have seen my virtual white flag waving about my hair because they offered to send me their HANA model hair dryer to try - aka the best blow dryer in their hair care equipment arsenal. And when I got my package, well, those guys are not joking!


Aside from the gorge packaging and tons of styling products and other goodies that the dryer came with, I've been using the HANA all weekend and I am considering putting my white flag away. This thing is heavy duty - definitely professional grade in my books: long sturdy power cord, good heft to the dryer, different settings for heat and wind. Shoot, I could dry my entire head of hair in about three minutes on hot/high if I wanted that really wind swept look.

This is me after using my old dryer and a round brush - no products. Frizz Town, hello!

I'm certainly no dryer expert - my previous model had been an old Vidal Sassoon model I think I bought at Walgreens a few years back that pretty much was either on or off. But this thing certainly performs like a luxury sedan! The different settings really offer me great flexibility in styling my hair and the dryer is hefty without being heavy in my hand. This means I may have a fighting chance at beating the frizz!

This is me after using the HANA dryer - still only with a round brush and no products.
It's not styled, but notice how much smoother my hair is?

My down-side is that where the heat button is located is right around where my thumb rests on the grip, so I've been turning the air down to cold a few times when I am styling and drying my hair. That and I think the cord is too long - but as my outlet is located about two feet from where I am standing, that's probably a "just me" thing!

Misikko also has a wide range of curling and flats irons, free ship for orders over $50, customer reviews for each product, plus they offer tons of specials and deals if you sign up for their newsletter. So please check them out for your hair care needs!
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