Monthly Archives: May 2012

Glitter

A little sparkle to start off the Holiday weekend

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Working Girl

 

When viewing “wear to work” sections in magazines, I usually find myself overcome with a conflicting spectrum of emotions.  I feel confused, slightly appalled, and severely jealous, and I have to believe others feel the same way.  I actually laugh out loud when a “work wear” article features “professional shorts” paired with a bold blouse, sky high heels, and heavily layered accessories.  Yes, I wish I could wear that to work (hence the jealously), but if I ever did wear dressed up shorts or a mini or something sheer without a tank under it, I would be sent home immediately and an email would be sent to the entire office reminding everyone of the dress code.  Suffice it to say, I don’t know what audience the editors are catering to, but whoever it is it isn’t someone who works in an office with a strict business casual—with an emphasis on business—dress code.

 

I had a hard time adapting to office life.  My style and wardrobe used to represent two extremes: casual chic or runway ready, so initially I found the “business casual” guidelines to be quite stifling.  However, now, I have found a new balance in my wardrobe and style that I actually have work to thank for and I never thought I would say this, but I enjoy the challenge of finding new ways to express myself stylistically within the confines of “business casual.”  Whether it’s a bold print, a little neon, conservative sheer, fringe, or color blocking, I have made work wear my own!

 

This post is compiled of a week long photo shoot Dzifa (my fashionable work friend and fellow blogger) and I did during our lunch breaks, as well as few snapshots I took of my boyfriend on the way to work, some random ensembles I enjoyed, and a photograph I took of a truly inspiring woman.

 

Thank you so much to Dzifa, Brandon, Kee-kee, and Marissa, this post would not have been possible without you! Also, please check out Dzifa’s blog at mrdzifs.tumblr.com!

 

Shirt: Banana Republic Outlet, Trousers: H&M, Belt: H&M, Shoes: Zara, Sunglasses: Ray Ban, Watch: Timex Weekender, Briefcase: Zara

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Blazer: Theory, Blouse: Forever 21, Pants: Theory, Shoes: Sam Edelman, Necklace: Anthropologie, Watch: Michael Kors, Purse: Michael Kors, Sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Adding a bold print or an exotic shoe is a great way to add flare to an outfit and really make it your own. I also love this blazer–adding a blazer to any outfit is the perfect way to polish off a look.

so dc

Shirt: Ralph Lauren, Trousers: Dockers, Belt: Vineyard Vines, Shoes: Minnetonka Mocassins, Briefcase: Zara, Watch: Timex Weekender, Sunglasses: Ray Ban

Dress: Zara, Blazer: Zara, Necklace: Banana Republic, Shoes: BCBGirls, Watch: Michael Kors, Sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Bag: Michael Kors

I love this dress 1. because it is perfect for every occasion 2. because the seams add edge to the femininity

A kind stranger on their lunch break took this pic for us

Blouse: Vintage, Pants: Aqua, Shoes: Bandolino, Necklace: Banana Republic, Watch: Michael Kors, Bracelets: random assortment, Sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Shirt: Tommy Hilfiger, Trousers: H&M, Belt: H&M, Shoes: Zara, Sunglasses: Ray Ban, Watch: Timex Weekender

this is my favorite picture from the week! Dzifa, thank you so much for being so patient and for making the photoshoots so much fun!

Blouse: Zara, Tank under Blouse: Zara, Pants: Aqua, Shoes: J. Crew, Bag: Michael Kors, Sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Necklace: Kendra Scott

Shirt: Lands End Seersucker, Trousers: H&M, Belt: Vineyard Vines, Shoes: Minnetonka, Sunglasses: Ray Ban, Watch: Timex Weekender, Briefcase: Zara

Suit: Luca, Shirt: Custom, Sunglasses: Oakley, Shoes: Magnanni, Belt: Remo Tulliani, Watch: Mougin & Piquard

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perfect for spring

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i would definitely get some confused looks wearing this in the office but it would totally be worth it! what a fabulously bold suit!

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these shoes are the perfect height for work and for anyone on their feet all day…..the details are fabulous

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i LOVE the mixture of texture

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so classic yet so modern

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I had the pleasure of taking this incredible woman’s picture on my walk home from work one day. I love the androgynous suit and tie paired with her fabulous hair and shades. Jewell, you are gorgeous!


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True Vintage

Fashion is constantly borrowing and recycling trends from previous generations.  When I was little my parents bought me a book of fashion through the decades and I wore the pages thin soaking in the beauty of defining fashion movements, recognizing the similarities and the thread that tied it all together.  Changing accents, modernizing silhouettes, altering hemlines, and updating fabrics are all done in an attempt to keep things fresh and fashion moving forward, however in a bizarre way fashion is just as much about its regression as it is about progression. I have witnessed cropped tops, flared jeans, leggings, and flannel cycle in and out obscurity in a relatively short time.  So what is the driving force behind the cyclical nature of fashion?  I believe it is style.

While fashion is beautiful and inspiring it would be stagnant without style.  Style is much more than the clothes, but instead the interpretation, this interpretation is what really makes fashion interesting.  The stylish taste-makers throughout history that have defined decades of sartorial bliss are what inspire future greatness, this is what propels fashion forward.  Street style is a force to be reckoned with today.  This is partly due to the fact that we are living in a digital age, but also due to the fact that street style is real, it is relatable, it is a unique. Street style is the ultimate manifestation of looking towards the past to elevate the present.  So in order to understand where we stylistically stand today we must examine what brought us here.

In honor of mother’s day this post is dedicated to the truest icons, our mothers and their infallible interpretation of fashion and their exceptional styles.  For this post, my friends compiled vintage pictures of their mothers in the height of their sartorial excellence.  This special Mother’s Day post will serve as a road map as you navigate your way through the history of fashion.  I would also like to thank everyone that shared pictures with me and a very special thank you to our moms for setting the standard for true grace, strength and impeccable style.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Rita, 1948

Rita, 1949

Rose, 1984

Rose, 1977

Kathy, early 1960s

Kathy, early 1960s

Ila, 1976

Sandy, 1977

Cherry, 1954

Cherry, 1953

Nusia, 1940s

Rubina, 1940s

Susana, 1970s

Susana, 1970s

Sylvia, 1958

Sylvia, 1974

Adrianne, 1974

Adrianne, 1970

Jinny, 1978

Myrna, 1964

Patti, 1970s

Kathy, 1971

Ann, 1989

Miri, 1970

Miri, 1970s

Denese, 1971

Denese, late 1970s

Erika, 1983

Betty, late 1950s

Lynn, 1958

Lynn, 1967

Lynn, 1967

Lynn, 1975

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Mint Tingle

I am paler than pale so I was slightly terrified of mint.  Pastels and pale are never a good mix or so I thought.  I wasn’t fully ready to commit at first so I experimented with mint nail polish and fell in love!  Somehow mint actually made me look tanner…it was like magic!  Not only does mint go with pale, it actually works with a surprisingly broad spectrum of colors and textures.  So I challenge you, find the shade of mint that works best for you and embrace the official color of spring and add some mint to your wardrobe!

perfect mixture of sheer, neon, and mint.  i also love the layered necklaces

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great texture combination

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surprisingly wonderful color combination–pink, nude, mint

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i need this blazer! flawless mix of sophistication and edge

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feminine and fabulous

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patent splash of mint

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this is the easiest way to integrate mint into your look….i HIGHLY recommend it!

love me some rebecca minkoff–you could wear this with everything!

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subtle color blocking

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sheer and sequins…..simply the best

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Tying the Knot–Dinner and Drinks

This past weekend I hosted an engagement party for my bestie.  It’s kind of crazy to think that I have known these ladies since we were 12 years old and I feel truly lucky to have such incredible people in my life!  People that make me laugh harder than I have ever laughed before, people that understand how I feel without me having to say anything, and people that will always be by my side.  And by my side they were–we cooked the entire meal together minus the guest of honor, of course.  

The evening was full of laughter, drinks, and delicious food.  We customized the menu to the future bride’s particular tastes and I must say it was quite a success.  I have recently started to enjoy cooking and am definitely still a beginner, so trust me when I say each dish is very do-able and delicious!  Hope you enjoy the recipes as much as we did!

Sparkling White Wine Sangria

Sparkling White Wine Sangria with Vodka Infused Fruit Skewers

Very Dry Chardonnay

Vodka

Sparkling Water

Ginger Ale

Strawberries

Apples

Grapes

Pineapple 

The proportions depend on how strong you want the Sangria to be and the size of your pitcher.  For me, each batch consisted of two bottles of wine, a cup(ish) of Ginger Ale, and a splash of Sparkling Water.  I chopped all of the fruit into bite sized pieces and then soaked the fruit in vodka for a couple of hours before adding it to the Sangria.  As the evening went on we also added a little vodka directly to the mix.  I also froze the grapes and used those instead of ice.

Baked Brie Bites

Sliced Brie

Baked Brie Bites

Pillsbury Crescent Rolls

Brie (1/2 a wedge)

Jam (choose your favorite flavor) 

This dish was so easy!  Preheat  the oven to 375 degrees.  Unroll the crescent rolls.  Cut the cheese into large bite sizes, spread the jam over the inner center of the rolls, place the cubed slices of brie in the center of each unrolled crescent roll, then roll it up.  Cook in the oven for 12-14 minutes or until deliciously melted. 

Watermelon Avocado Salad

Salad Skewers

Watermelon

Avocado

Feta

Tomato

Grapefruit

Balsamic

Vinaigrette

Olive Oil

Salt 

Pepper 

The theme of the evening was “tying the knot” and we put most of the dishes on bamboo skewers with knots on the end.  This salad was one of the skewered dishes, but can easily be served sans skewer.  Chop all ingredients into large squares and add balsamic vinaigrette, olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste.

Fig and Brussels Sprout Rigatoni

Brussels Sprouts and Fig Rigatoni

Rigatoni Pasta (1 box)

Brussels Sprouts (1 ½ pounds)

Figs (6-8 figs)

Yellow Onion (half)

Fontina Cheese (6 ounces)

Milk

Garlic

Salt

Pepper

Olive Oil 

Boil the water/make the pasta (make sure to salt the water before adding the pasta and cook the pasta slightly al dente because the pasta will cook more in the oven).  Sauté the Brussels Sprouts and onion in a little oil and add garlic, salt and pepper to taste.  Grate the Fontina Cheese.  Once the pasta is made, drain water and return pasta to the pot then add the grated cheese, figs, sautéed onions and Brussels sprouts, and a splash of milk to the pot. Mix ingredients (keep heat on a low level—this will make the mixing easier).  Once ingredients are mixed place them in a baking pan and into the oven that has been preheated to 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes. 

Shrimp and Chicken Skewers

Fresh Veggies for the Skewers

Leftovers from the Main Course

Shrimp Skewers

Shrimp

Chicken

Red Pepper

Zucchini

Squash

Tomato

Pineapple

Salt 

Pepper

Garlic 

First, make sure to soak the skewers in water for at least 45 minutes before cooking.  Cut the ingredients into equal pieces–this will insure that they cook evenly.  Rub whatever spice combo you would like onto the skewers.  Mine were seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic, basil, and rosemary. The shrimp will cook within 10ish minutes so cut shrimp accompaniments into smaller pieces.  The chicken will cook in 15ish minutes.  Warning: it is really easy to overcook kabobs so keep a close eye on them! 

Strawberries and Cheesecake with Graham Cracker Crumble

Strawberries Stuffed with Cheesecake mid Graham Cracker Crumble

Fresh Strawberries

Cream Cheese

Powdered Sugar

Vanilla

Graham Crackers 

Cut the tops off the strawberries and slightly hollow strawberries (if you want more filling hollow more).  I promise this process isn’t as painful as it sounds.  Mix the cream cheese, powdered sugar (sweeten to taste), and a teeny splash of vanilla together–this can be done by hand, but your arms might get a little tired.  Put the graham crackers into a bag, smash them up then pour crushed remains onto a plate.  Fill the strawberries with the cheesecake filling then dip the cheesecake end into the crushed graham crackers. 

Ice Cream Sandwiches

Slightly Melted Ice Cream Sandwiches

Cookie Dough (we didn’t have enough time to make homemade cookies so we went with Pillsbury cookie dough and it was delish)

Vanilla Ice Cream

Semi Sweet Mini Chocolate Chips 

Bake the cookies and let them cool COMPLETELY.  Once they have cooled, sandwich the ice cream between two cookies and put in the freezer. 


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