Friday, August 30, 2013

Wild for Casual Friday

Hurray for Friday! This week I decided to go a bit wild and went with my Lane Bryant leopard blouse and Eloquii crop pants. I've got a high-low thing going with my bag and shoes; the bag is Prada (pre-loved) and the shoes are from Payless. Somehow the shades of red worked perfectly together and complement the loud top. 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Yellow Fever

Today would be a bad day for me to commit a crime, don't you think? The Eloquii shell and skirt are a beacon to my exact location and the jacket does little to conceal it. Today is a long day so I've got my laptop and flats in my Givenchy tote (free gift with perfume purchase!) . I picked the bracelet up from Lane Bryant a few weeks ago. Having picked up the shell and skirt in the last days of Eloquii for under $20 apiece this is one of my most frugal looks!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

First Day of School

Yesterday Seth started school- he was fine, but I sat crying in my car after I dropped him off. I don't know exactly what did it, but at some point it finally dawned on me that my little guy is growing up.  Seth has been in daycare since he was about 4 months old so I just assumed that I was already used to the idea of him being in a school setting- very wrong. I looked at his face as he sat at his table with his new classmates and just realized that this would never happen again. Unless a strongly persistent stork breaks into our home, this is the first and last 'first day of school'. I asked Seth when I picked him up in the afternoon how his day went, and his response as simply: "Great!"

Monday, August 26, 2013

Pencils and Peplum

My two favorite style trends were on display today: peplum top and a pencil skirt. The shades of blue matched so well that several people commented on my 'new dress' not realizing that it was separates that they have seen on numerous occasions. Both pieces are from Eloquii and my mini satchel is from Coach.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Picnic, Anyone?

Seth took one look at my outfit today and asked me if I was going to work or a picnic. Once I was able to stop laughing, I had to agree that I did look like I was all set to go to a picnic- from the bright green Eloquii crop pants to my Lane Bryant boyfriend shirt. By the time you get to my Kate Spade basket handbag, it's pretty easy to imagine that I have a few sandwiches stashed in them. This is all part of my casual Friday 2.0 series- this one is perfect for the summer without looking sloppy. 

Monday, August 19, 2013

Fendi Fever

I am so madly in love with my Fendi collection. My last purchase was the white Boston bag on the end and I can't wait to carry it. Of course there's my marrone B Bag, a wine Fendissime flat bag, a bauletto and my controversial vintage handbag (final verdict: it's authentic).

Fendi Collection

I really love the class of Fendi without the overt showiness of Louis Vuitton. I am particularly attracted to the specific bags in my collection: some are very formal, some are everyday ready and some are casual. All in all, I think I've made some great, sensible selections.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Casual Friday 2.0- Stripes and Fuschia

Here is another bold attempt to leave my comfort zone of solids and single colors. I had to fight my urge to pair this striped Eloquii shell with a simple black jacket, and instead I added a pop of color with my pink Gloria Vanderbilt blazer and Michael Kors Grayson bag. Later in the day I found that a simple paperclip was an excellent way to hold the wayward end of my skinny patent belt. 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Embroidered Skirt by Eloquii

By the time you read this, Eloquii will be but a memory as they are already counting down their final hours. I was late to get on their bandwagon but I am glad to have a chance to get some wonderful items from them. This amazing skirt is one of my last buys from them- it has an intricate detail that I didn't feel could be captured from afar so I decided to do a 'down shot' that I've seen other bloggers do. 
My version was significantly less glamorous but did the job of capturing the detail in the skirt as well as giving you a better look at my bag and shoes:

Monday, August 12, 2013

Lady-Like Lafayette

This look was everything I hoped it would be and yet so much more. The pairing of navy and lime is something I've only started to do recently and I love the result. I got this dress from K&G a few months ago and have it paired with a sateen blazer from Lane Bryant. This navy satchel was a birthday gift from my mother while we were in Paris (Galleria Lafayette brand) and my navy pumps are Fitzwell Dyana via Zappos. 
This outfit is perfect for work, but also serves well if you've been invited for a tea party :).

Friday, August 9, 2013


I must admit, I'm still not sure these shades of yellow quite hit the spot. I was mainly concerned with not clashing with my new Vanessa Bruno tote (also a French acquisition). I love the design and structure of this bag and was drawn to it even though I hadn't heard of Vanessa Bruno in the handbag arena before. 
I am a bit sad these days when I go through my Eloquii jackets- no one will ever make such perfect pieces!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Sweet, sweet Candy (Bag)

I can't tell you how many hours I spent on the Furla website stalking the Candy Bag. The neon green caught my eye but no matter how much I envisioned pairing it with a severe black suit, I just couldn't see it in my work wardrobe. While in Paris I strolled into the Furla store on the Champs Elysee and was struck by this leopard version which had just as much drama but with a decidedly more grown-up flair. Today I carried my new Candy bag with pride and had no regrets about bypassing the neon green version at all!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Blue on Blue

It wasn't until I looked at this photo at the end of the day that I realized that my Kate Spade Alessa was not quite the same shade of blue as my Eloquii skirt. But, somehow, it didn't all fall apart. What did 'fall apart' was the skirt which I thought seemed very interesting but devolved into a wrinkled mess by the end of the day. It also had a tendency to hike up in the back so I ended up showing a lot more bottom than I intended to. You will however be pleased to know that I did not need to pump gas on a windy day in this skirt...yet.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

"This Old Thing?"

Usually when people reply to a compliment with "This old thing?" it's meant to be a modest reply, however, in my case today it was totally honest. This 'old thing' was hiding in the back of my closet, totally forgotten. It's a Lane Bryant sundress that I wore incessantly years ago when I purchased it, but eventually tired of. It's hard to tell from the photo but it has a lovely flounce in the hem so it's very ladylike and chic. I've paired it with one of my LB sateen jackets and have my Fendissime satchel to tie it all together. 
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