28 June 2012

Respect the Outfits {Your Favorites}

Hey, ladies! It's that time for another edition of Respect the Outfits reader feature. This time, we're showcasing Your Favorites - those pieces in your closet that magically combine themselves into something that makes you feel and look like a million bucks.

The lovely gals who participated this time around are really showcasing the spectrum of bright summery hues and I love it - thank you, ladies, for sending in your beautiful outfit pics!

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♥  Tara from Mix and Match Fashion:
This is one of my favorite outfits because the combination of nautical and pink just screams summer!


♥  Kerry from La Conception des Femmes:
My outfit definitely falls under the "making a regular old day feel like the best day ever" category. It's nothing extraordinary, but every single piece I'm wearing is a favorite of mine! The bright colors in the top and skirt, combined with with whimsy of my necklaces, a leopard print belt, and my favorite height-boosting wedges made running errands on a Saturday a little more fun! The light-weight fabrics definitely made this hotter-than-haedes heat that we're experiencing here in Texas a lot more tolerable! xoxo


♥  Frannie from Frannie Pantz:
This outfit is very versatile. I had worn it the day before as just a tank and shorts and then threw on a blazer and heels for work. I felt great in it because the tank and shorts are loose, but not sloppy. There was room to breath in them and they were on trend as well. Usually I am super girly and prefer dresses and skirts, but for whatever reason, I was really feelin' this outfit.


♥  Lisa from Sweet Laundry:
I always feel my best when I dress up for a special occasion. I like this dress in particular because of the sequins and beading. The fact that it's the only item of clothing I own with some sparkle makes it extra special. I hope to wear for many more years :)


♥  EE from Eek!:
I love the neon pink-ness of this skirt and the fit is so flattering. I am sure I will be wearing this skirt a lot this summer!


♥  Sharon from The Tiny Heart:
I wore this outfit to my cousin's wedding and I just felt very put together...for once my hair, my makeup, and my outfit all decided to cooperate!


♥  Maigen from La Conception des Femmes:
I love this outfit because I love everything nautical! I just felt really springy and fun that day!


♥  Blondie from Blondie, Esq.:
Kate Spade makes the most whimsical clothes, and this dress cried out for me to buy it. I paired it with a chambray shirt and some fabric pumps and felt fabulous all day. How's that for a casual Friday?


♥  Izzywizz from Colour Makes People Happy:
This pic is special to me in many ways, first time I did show my face properly on the blog (before only headless chicken shots), first time my hubby took the pictures, we had such laugh! :) And I think the outfit is really cool. :)


♥  Mrs. C from Cairel Chronicles:
I'm a girl who's all about comfort & I didn't used to think that it was possible for comfy to equal cute.  But after I started reading style blogs, I realized it's super easy to spice up a comfy/simple outfit with a cute pair of heels or a fabulous necklace.  I love this outfit because the pink heels just make me HAPPY.  Plus the outfit is super comfy & I got so many compliments (that never hurts)! 


♥  TS from Thrifted Shift:
The picture is from Memorial Day weekend. I am wearing yellow, my favorite color. It was sunny and beautiful, I ate delicious food, and my husband and I went kayaking. It was pretty much a perfect day.


♥  Kat P from Kattack2000:
This is one of my fave outfits because it's a happy print and even in the Winter I can break this out to break up the black which is all around Melbourne :)



♥  Jessica from Swish and Swoon:
This outfit is special to me because I feel so confident when I mix and match two bold patterns. I am a quiet girl, but this outfit isn't exactly subtle. I like that I can wear this and stand out in the crowd a bit. It was also the first outfit post I ever did on my blog!





♥  Laura from Little Pieces of Love ...:
I love this outfit because its so out of my comfort zone but I'm getting used to it. And I've gotten so many kind compliments on the pattern!


♥  Natasha from Moody Girl in Style:
I love this dress because of all of the colors and stripes.  I paired it with my go to jacket from Old Navy to complete the look.  I've had this jacket for several years now and the best part about it is that I only paid $3 for it.


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And last, here I am! I haven't really worn this dress much on the blog because it is kind of basic, but I adore pretty much everything about it - the ponte knit, the fit, the flare of the skirt. It is so easy to pack for trips and literally goes with everything. What could be wrong with the ubiquitous LBD? Plus it is simple to change up the look, so I kind of went funky this time around.

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Dress: Zara seamed (worn here - sim, pricey)
Necklace: nutcase fashion via Etsy (worn here - sim, sim, dainty, pricey)
Clutch: Rebecca Minkoff (worn here - sim, chevron, blue, cute, strapped)
Bracelet: F21 faceted cube (sim,sim)
Shoes: Zara lined wedge (worn here - sim, studded, brown)

LBD

26 June 2012

Between the Pages

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I think most of us are already familiar with the blog Already Pretty. Writer Sally McGraw has been a mainstay in the style blog community since 2007 and her mantra is for us to dress for the figures we have, not the ones we wish we did. Sally is now adding "published author" onto her list of credentials because girlfriend just released a for-real-in-print style guide called, aptly enough, Already Pretty.

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Why am I mentioning all of this? Well the lovely Sally flattered me to no end by including me (me!) in her guide. My face is in print, ladies! If you want to learn a bit more about the book, find where you can buy it or see the list of stylish bloggers included, you can go to Sally's post here.

 

So in the spirit of Sally's blog (and now book), what do you think is your most flattering silhouette?
Which of your features do you love to emphasize and dress up?

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Skirt: A/X chino (worn here - sim, sim, pricey)
Shoes: c/o ShoeMint rosemary (worn here - sim, sim)
Necklace: Anthropologie ampay (worn here - sim)
Bracelet: J.Crew via Ebay golden stripe (worn here - sim, sim)
Bag: Cooperative by UO mixed media neon (worn here - sim rustic, light luxe)

25 June 2012

Summer Gingham

It's already near the end of June and we're full-on official Summer now. Which means for some of us, workloads slacken a bit - or is that they just seem too based on our growing reluctance to do work or the slowing speed at which we get projects completed nowadays?

Co-workers and neighbors disappear for days at a time into overstuffed vehicles. Ice cream consumption becomes a mandatory daily occurrence. Cheeks freckle, shoulders darken, pants become shorter and shorter. Pop music seems to be more ... pop-y.

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What does summer mean to me? In the immediate sense, it means cotton - days to be spent in gingham and shorts with a fruity pedicure hue on display. Cold beers in sweating glasses, weird tan lines, finding honing in on big expanses of water. An upcoming family road trip to see my grandmother. An impending business trip to London (sooooooo excited, guys). Taking my shoes off under my desk and wiggling my toes because they long to be free.

The onset of summer also reminds me of wee Lisa when she came to the States with her family. My first years on US soil were spent on a little quiet beach town in Jersey. Waaaaaaaay before the days of Jersey Shore and way before weekend party kids overran the place.

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We briefly lived in an apartment right across the street from the beach, over an ice cream shop. I had a front row view of boardwalk hi jinks from the living room windows and the shop owners below were so nice, I got all the ice cream I could stuff in me for free. And I got to go to the beach whenever I wanted to.

I was real little then, pre-school years I think, so it's not like my memories are that clear, but it is more of a feeling - walking hand-in-hand with my dad into town to buy the latest Smurfs figurines, going to the carnival that set up by the pond, red balloons, egg hunts, sunsets on the beach, learning to chew gum from my big sis (it was a thing for me, OK), playing translator with my then-inadequate English abilities between my mom and our neighbors, prancing around in my rainbow-hued one-piece because at four, I apparently thought I was the shizzle.

What comes across your mind when you think of "summer?" Does the idea of long, lazy, too-warm days make you wax nolstagic over certain  hot-temp memories?

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Top: LEC gingham poplin (worn here - sim, sim)
Skirt: J.Crew crinkle chiffon (worn here - sim, mini, midi)
Necklace: F21 twisted rhinestone (worn here - simpler, luxe)
Bracelets: Target pearl, J.Crew (sim, sim, sim, wider)
Shoes: Vince Camuto bello (worn here - sim)
Outfit inspired by Sally.

21 June 2012

Office Appropriate?

Do you ladies believe in the old adage of "dressing for the job you want?" 

That just because we may be an entry-level so-and-so or happen to work in a casual environment, it doesn't mean we should be wearing jeans and tees to the office each day. Some people may consider it sloppy or think you're complacent. Stacy and Clinton have pounded that message into our psyche episode after episode, haven't they - because who would want to promote a lady who wears tube tops and velour sweat pants to the office into a managerial position where people may actually see her?

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I've always worked in a fairly corporate white-collar environment, so it had been pounded in my head since my intern years to "look appropriate." Sure, this meant cheap poly-blend Joyce Leslie suits at the get-go, but I've always tried to fit in and had the thought that because I was the newbie, I had more to prove. So I had to show them what I could do and physically look like I am a part of the company.

A few years ago I moved to the SW for a job with a tech company. The environment was really casual - shorts and Birks, people! But I worked as part of the sales and marketing team and we always dressed to impress - because who knew when we've have to see a customer or vendor at the drop of a hat? And though it wasn't meant to, "dressing up" made everyone else in the company see us in a different light - partly cocky who-do-they-think-they-are gruumblings for sure, but also we were the department everyone wanted to be in. Clarity: Dressing up meant dressing in "business casual" garb - we weren't rolling around in prom dresses and tuxes, haha.

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I work in a different place now, in a pretty small regional office now so I know well in advance when higher ups will be stopping by or if I need to take a client out. I am more free to dress the way I want, though of course I keep things still office appropriate (no super-short hems too much bare skin, nothing that can't get immediately dressed up with a blazer). I'm not sure if I am still dressing for the job I want anymore because, well frankly, I know what the higher-ups do and I'm honestly not that interested.

I know everyone's fields and work environments are different, so I'd love to know what you think. Do you struggle at all with what to wear in the office? Do you find yourself compromising on your personal style to be appropriate to your work environment?

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Blazer: Coquille by Anthropologie cobbled lanes (worn here - sim, sim, sim)
Top: J.Crew fanfare (worn here - sim, -ish, pricey)
Skirt: F21 fitted knit (worn here - sim, sim, sim)
Necklace: Elizajay Charm via Etsy (worn here - sim)
Bracelets: J.Crew via Ebay, Old Navy (sim, sim, sim, pricey)
Brooch: Lilywinkel via Etsy (sim)
Shoes: Sofft ramona II (worn here - sim, sim, pricey)

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There's still time to submit your pics for the next Respect the Outfits reader feature! This time we're showcasing your outfit Favorites! For more details, go to the original post here.

19 June 2012

Getting Used to My Hair & Upcoming Reader Feature!

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One thing that I didn't consider at all when I got my hair cut recently was how I was going to deal with my newly cropped length. There are lots of very easy things with long hair - you want it out of your face, you just pull it back. When you take it out of a bun or clip, it looks mostly the same. Guys love long hair. You can curl it, braid it, knot it up, layer it.

Now I am not griping about shorter length here at all, because I personally think shorter hair is confident, sexy and edgy. And I know the true worth of a hair style is in how you handle it, people don't just wake up with perfect hair. Unless you're Gisele Bundchen. She probably wakes up with that same tousled goddess-on-the-beach hair she goes to bed with. And Angelina Jolie. Probably Halle Berry.

So this is just a getting-to-be-long-winded way of me saying that I still don't know how to manage my shorter locks. Round brushing and curling irons don't really cut it anymore. I've been pulling my hair back recently because the ends tend to stick every which way and the dreaded frizz is back.

Do any of you ladies with shorter hair have recs on what you use/do to keep your locks sleek and tidy? Am I going to finally have to invest in a flat iron? 
 
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It's also time for another Respect the Outfits reader feature! This time I'd like to show you ladies off in Your Favorites! Has there been a recent ensemble that just made you feel at your tip-top best? Was it a special occasion dress that topped of an evening to remember or an outfit that made "just Tuesday" seem like the best day ever? Is it a sweater that has meaning to you and you'll never give up or a jacket that you don on those days you need to feel your most confident?

Please share with me and your fella fashionistas on what you've been loving the most on you!

If you want to participate, it’s easy  peasy
  1.  E-mail me at respecttheshoes@live.com with your pic
  2. Include a few words on why this outfit is one of your faves - what makes it so special to you?
  3. Shoot me your blog link if you like
  4. Send your stuff to me by Monday, June 25 – post will go up that week!  
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Top: Zara animal print (worn here - sim, sim)
Pants: J.Crew scout chino (worn here - sim)
Shoes: Vince Camuto bello (worn here - sim, wedge, w/pink)
Necklace: Old Navy ethnic statement (worn here - sim, sim)
Bracelets: J.Crew crystal abacus & F21 stud (sim, sim)

18 June 2012

Noch Ein Bier, Bitte!


Hey ladies. I was a bit tied up last week because I was away on a biz trip to Cologne, Germany! I didn't get to see much of the city while I was there, but the good thing was that my hotel was located right across the Rhine River from the Cologne Cathedral area, which is the main tourist area for the city, so I did get a bit of time to walk around there a bit.

Cologne is the fourth largest city in Germany and has the most pubs per capita in Germany - so yes, I ate well and consumed more than my share of beer. The weather was in the mid-60s, so it was fantastic for strolling around. I'll be back to my regular blogging in a bit, but in the interim, here are some bits and pieces from my time in Cologne:

Quaint riverside area near Cologne Cathedral - one of the few areas not directly affected during WWII.


Hohenzollern Bridge and the padlocks of love that stretch across the Rhine.


Sauerbraten, which is a pot roast type dish with a sweet and sour gravy. Served with dumplings and cabbage.
Sounds weird, tastest soooooo good.


Strange little duck that liked to sun itself in the outdoor patio area of my hotel.

Salad of young vegetables with fried boiled quail eggs - best thing I ate during my trip.

Some of my work outfits for the week, taken through my hotel room mirror.
Blazer: Zara, Skirt: J.Crew chiffon, Shoes: Etienne Aigner ethel
Blazer: Banana Republic, Dress: Zara, Belt: J.Crew skinny, Shoes: You by Crocs
Blazer: Zara, Top: J.Crew tippy, Skirt: J.Crew double serge no. 2 pencil, Shoes: Etienne Aigner ethel

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