It’s a new year and a new decade. There’s no better time to sport a new look to the office than now. Remember Laurie? Here she is in ways we didn’t show before. We dressed her in BCBG Max Azria for these looks, all work-appropriate!
The first look consists of a dress, a cardigan and a waist belt. The cardigan could also be called a wrap since it’s one of those that hangs a lot lower in the front. It can also be worn a few different ways: tied loosely in the front, belted, tossed over the shoulder(s) or simply just left open. The belt was added to accentuate her waist. Without it she would have no shape and the look could appear a little sloppy.
The second look is anything but your average suit. The blazer hangs a bit lower in the front than in the back and comes together at one button. The pants are looser at the top and are more slimming as you go down the leg. Giving the appearance of a skinny pant without being too tight. Perfect for a day at the office. This suit would also look great with a blouse.
The third look brings together a ruffled blouse and a highwaisted pencil skirt. Again, the black band at the top of the skirt accentuates her waist. The simple silhouette of the skirt plays down the fullness of the top so they balance out well. A cropped black cardigan would also be great with this outfit.
While flats could be great and more comfortable for the office, heels make the legs look longer and slimmer. Laurie is wearing pumps by Jessica Simpson and they work perfectly with each of her outfits.
Everything (except the shoes) can be found ON SALE at BCBG.com.
It snowed all day Saturday.
With less than a week before Christmas the East Coast is getting hit by a major winter storm. With over a foot of snow on the ground (and it continues to fall), mostly everything has been closed. Yes, even shopping malls. As the last shopping weekend before Christmas it seems that everything has come to a standstill. Planes have been grounded so all those traveling are stuck in crowded airports. So grateful to be in the safety of my own home. Now, to occupy myself with movies, lots of hot chocolate, unhealthy food and maybe some sledding later?
The next day the sun came out and it was beautiful...
...23 inches later.
Usually I don’t ask for much, if anything, for Christmas these days. As I get older all I really value is the time I get to spend with my family. Receiving gifts doesn’t really matter, although I do love giving them just to see surprised looks on people’s faces. Don’t get me wrong, everyone likes to receive them from time to time as well, but if there was anything I would want it would be these items:
1. Gorjana Key Necklace (Shopbop.com)
2. The Proposal
3. Virginia Johnson Leaves Scarf (Barneys.com)
4. Nikon D5000 Digital SLR Camera (Bestbuy)
5. Pelle Moda Yaritza Platform Wedge Sandals (Shopbop.com)
6. Rebecca Minkoff Stud Devote Handbag (Shopbop.com)
7. OPI Lincoln Park After Dark (Ulta)
8. Loeffler Randall Matilde Snake-Embossed Boot (Neimanmarcus.com)
9. Trina Turk Sessilee Sweater (Piperlime.com)
The boyfriend trend is not something I incorporate into my wardrobe everyday. I love the boyfriend tee (seen in all photos) and the boyfriend cardigan illustrated in photo 3. I managed to grab each of them in at least 6 different colors apiece. Yes, it’s that serious. However, I am not a big fan of the boyfriend jean (at least not on me). As you can see the trend definitely involves oversized clothing. Pieces that are masculine, but are feminine at the same time. So here I am demonstrating how simple the trend is to wear.
In each photo I have on a boyfriend tissue tee from J.Crew, 7 For All Mankind jeans, and Pour La Victoire pumps. The layering piece is the only thing that changes.
In photo 1 I added a Cartonnier blazer from Anthropologie and a necklace from Forever 21. I love the grey and the 3-quarter length sleeve of the blazer. Notice how it also covers my butt, making it great for leggings and sky-high pumps or maybe flat boots to dress it down for a more casual look.
In photo 2 I simply just added a Chan Luu scarf. Scarves are a great layering piece and they happen to be another obsession of mine. I can’t get enough of them and probably own over 20.
Lastly, In photo 3 I added a boyfriend cardigan that I got from Martin & Osa. They have the softest cashmere cardigans I have ever felt! They’re so warm and the colors are great. I couldn’t help but to make sure that I had several.
I wouldn’t be surprised if this trend stuck around for a while. So ladies go out and grab some male-inspired clothing and make it your own!
With a change in seasons comes a change in life. The year is winding down, the days are shorter and the holidays are right around the corner. Not to mention, it’s become a bit more brisk outside. I was out walking our dogs with my mom when I took these pictures. Fall is my favorite season. So being surrounded by everything that resembles Autumn: heaps of leaves on the ground, a cool breeze, golden yellow, orange and red leaves (what’s left of them) on the trees; I was so excited. It’s beautiful! I know a lot of people are inspired by the things they see outside. For a season that comes and goes every year, you know that change is inevitable. Before it gets too cold, I’ll be taking in this view as much as I possibly can.