Tuesday, November 30, 2010

30/30*Day 5=Outfit 5

Today I'm trying a couple of things:

• Using a scarf as a belt because I don't have much in the way of belts. Look! Natasha with Required2BeInspired is having a belt giveaway. I can't shop for 26 days but perhaps I will have a new belt soon?

• Mixing patterns: Striped scarf+floral blouse+pin-striped skirt

• That's all but you should always have three bullet points (yadda yadda)

Self-taken. I don't like to look at the camera.
I've worn this iridescent gray/green ring the past few days, but have forgotten to feature it. It's from DazzleFinger's Etsy shop. I cut my mouse pad into an asymmetrical flower so it could fit on my keyboard tray. That's about as DIY as I get (thought I'm determined to try other stuff)

This office shot and others inspired by
Jodi at day2daywear
Look, I'm mixing patterns!
Silly backdrop, I know. I had to use the mirror.

Hair: Back to Basics Bodifying Crème Mousse (Hair Masters), then Kiehl's Climate-proof Spray (Nordstrom) because surprise! It's raining!
Lips: M•A•C Lipglass in Jampacked (gifted)
Blue floral blouse: Romy (Romy)
Teal open-front cardi: Absolute/Creative Worldwide (Nordstrom)
Black-and-White scarf: brand? (Fuego?)
Pin-striped skirt: brand? (Macy's)
Black hose: brand? (Most likely Nordstrom/Rack)
Black buckle wedges: Jessica Simpson (Nordstrom)

It's very wet today and I think I'll wear my rainboots after work. I consider them an accessory because I only wear them from Point A to Point B, then from Point B to Point A. I don't wear them all around B. They're not part of my outfit. Have I justified it enough? I left them here at work last week during the snow then I forgot to change back into them. See, they're only for transportation :oD Justified?

Tomorrow: Pickup Sticks

Monday, November 29, 2010

30/30*Day 4=Outfit 4

I've been consistently boring with my post titles for this 30 for 30 challenge (unlike Kinsey who has been clever), so I thought I'd mix up things with my teasers. Did you get yesterday's? I like saying random quotes from old TV shows ("Porkchops and Applesauce") and old TV commercials (teaser for today's post at end of yesterday's). Sound familiar to anyone? Maybe you'll make the Connection with outfit number Four. Come on now! (Aging myself?)

I look so squatty

Taking a pic in the mirror at work but couldn't get it quite right

Trying to get a pic while walking

I wanted to wear this jacket early on in the challenge because I think it's a more noticeable piece when I wear it. Not that I couldn't wear it everyday if I wanted, but I don't want to be that guy in junior high (aging myself again). You know, the one who wore the same outfit three days in-a-row. Did you have those?

I planned my outfit in my head with just the blouse and jacket, then when I was actually dressing I realized that I couldn't wear this blouse without anything underneath. How did I not think of that? It's cream-colored! I'm glad I picked this tank for the challenge because I think it works with this jacket. The ruffles mingle nicely together, and the little bow peeking out on top is so girly.

Had to take some clearer pics at home

Another pair of my new flats. So glad I bought them all before I learned about the challenge because I stopped shopping once I decided to take the challenge, not when I started it days later.

Hair: This was a non-hairwashing day and I forgot to spritz it to freshen it up
Eyebrows: Need waxing (True Colors salon)
Lips: M•A•C Lipstick in Heartless (Nordstrom)
Double-breasted 3/4 bell-sleeve Jacket: Artifacts (Nordstrom Rack)
Cream ruffle top: Studio (Macy's)
Tank: Susina (Nordstrom)
Navy skirt with asymmetrical stitching: Jones New York (from where?)
Double-net tan tights: DKNY (Nordstrom)
Light gold flats: AK Anne Klein iflex (Nordstrom Rack)

Tomorrow: High Five!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

30/30*Day 3=Outfit 3

It's only day 3 and I'm already repeating a top. On the weekend I tend to wear things I wore during the week and vice-versa because different people see me at different times (for the most part). Of course, friends and co-workers peek at my blog so I just gave away my secret. Even if they didn't look, YOU are looking so I've been found out anyway.

Look away into the mist. Don't make eye contact.

This shot shows the buttons on my black dress underneath best

I didn't want to take full-length pics at the restaurant, not even outside with the nice backdrop. I'm shy about posing in front of people. Holding back my hair because it keeps parting funny. This is in my poor garden that has had a rough week.

The sign by my feet (in the dark) says "Beware of Snapdragons" and snapdragons are bursting through the frame.

I realized that you can't see my knee-highs so I stepped into the sun.

I thought I'd take another full-length in the sun.

I looked at the camera. See what happened, I grew an extra pair of arms.

It's hard to see my earrings with my black hair, so I took a separate pic

When you're lacking a backdrop, a paper towel works

Hair: Artec Textureline cream gel (CosmoProf)
Earrings: brand? (Macy's)
Lips: Mac Lipglass in Jampacked (gifted)
Black 60s-inspired dress: Mariposa (Mariposa--didn't realize this local store was still around)
Gray ruffle top: Romy (Romy)
Knee-length argyle socks: Nordstrom brand? Hue? ? (Nordstrom)
Gray tights under knee-highs: DKNY? (Nordstrom)
Black zipper-bow ruffle flats: Report (Nordstrom Rack)

Tomorrow: Pretty Sneaky Sis

Saturday, November 27, 2010

30/30*Day 2=Outfit 2

Look at what came in the mail yesterday to taunt me about Rule #3 of the 30 for 30 Remix Challenge

Yeah, I know I can use it for others. Or, I can save it. Or, I can use it for others.

I love these wood leaf impression earrings

My reaction to all of my close-up pics that are all cheeks

Learning to live with my full cheeks

Photos courtesy Augie, age 6

Earrings: brand? (Macy's)
Green top: Eight Sixty (Nordstrom Rack)
Bootleg Just re-read hours later. I meant Boot-cut jeans: Kut from the Kloth (Nordstrom Rack)
Mid-calf boots: Chinese Laundry (Nordstrom Rack)

I forgot to list yesterday's outfit
Black tank with sequin neckline: Express (Express)
Gray ruffle top: Romy (Romy)
Denim slacks: Juicy Couture (Nordstrom Rack)
Black wedge with buckle: Jessica Simpson (Nordstrom)

Is there any wonder I received that Nordstrom Note?

Saw this tonight. Yay for burnt out lights!

Tomorrow: 1 . . . 2 . . .

Friday, November 26, 2010

30/30*Day 1=Outfit 1

(Wow, I'm good with math)

What better way to start this challenge than with a dream about shopping at a consignment shop with my friends, finding awesome deals, then realizing that I can't buy anything. Then in my dream I realize it's the day before I start the challenge so I can buy even though I was determined not to buy once I decided to do the challenge days prior. Has this really consumed my thoughts this much already?

Don't forget, the camera adds
like 10lbs--to my face!
It's "Crazy Hair Day." I'm the only one participating.
Okay, I'm the only one who knows about it.
This outfit is unremarkable, but just you wait until I break out accessories! More like find and dust off the accessories. It's only recently that I've been trying to accessorize consistently. This challenge will be good for me because it will force me to be creative about accessorizing.

Tis all for now because I'm at work, people! This isn't because I work for a retail company; it's because I work in Finance for a retail company and it's fiscal month-end.

Until tomorrow (you can guess my post title, I'm sure)

Tomorrow: The Next Day and Number

Thursday, November 25, 2010

The Incredibly Shrinking Wardrobe

I have decided to take the 30 for 30 challenge created by Kendi Everyday.

My 30 picks

I'll probably want to buy a new pair of heels after this challenge

(There are two pairs of jeans on top of the drying rack) +2 items featured yesterday=30.

At first I was going to wait until the next go-round because the next few months at work will be stressful. A few hours later--true to my blog title--I changed my mind and decided to jump in on this season's challenge. I think this will actually help ease my stress for these reasons:

1) Instead of standing in front of a full closet deciding I have nothing to wear, I will stand in front of 30 pieces and be happy that I've narrowed down the pieces of nothing to wear.
2) I have been challenging myself to post daily since my blog's inception in August. This 30 for 30 challenge decides my next 30 posts*. I still have to decide what to wear each day, but at least I know what each post will feature: Fri 11/26 Outfit 1; Sat 11/27 Outfit 2, etc.      

* I won't be doing my Wild Card segment, but if I do a double-take at an outfit on the streets (and get up the courage to request a pic), I will feature it after I feature my day's outfit

Tomorrow: Let the Games Begin

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Being Neutral

I wanted to get some tan bottoms because I have some tops that I think look better with lighter bottoms. Sounds like a good enough reason. (I bought these before I learned about and accepted the 30 for 30 challenge)

Can you believe this price? Nordstrom Rack, baby!

I noticed this gold thingy and looked closer. Michael Kors.

Actually, it's Michael Michael Kors

I was wondering if anything was wrong with them. The top of this belt loop isn't sewn on. Even I can take care of that with my limited sewing capabilities.

I don't think I've seen anyone feature anything from T.J.Maxx. Come on, there must be some "Maxxinistas" out here. Maybe everyone just lists the brand of their items, not the retailer. I honestly don't shop at T.J. Maxx much at all, but I needed to buy some sweaters for my husband to wear to work and he's not particular. I didn't mind picking up this $7 skirt while I was at it.

(Hey, I bought hubby a Michael Michael Kors leather jacket there)

Tomorrow: A Look at My 30s

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Flats Are Sharp!

Despite the fact that I'm only 4'11", I like flats very much. I can walk in heels, but I can float in flats. A couple of weeks ago I featured my new iridescent Ecco flats that I love. I mentioned how they were a great choice because I could only buy one new pair and they can go with anything. They truly are a great versatile pair.

Somehow I bought four new pairs of flats last Friday. I got them at the Nordstrom Rack so you know I got a deal.

I'm not usually big on gold tones, but these AK Anne Klein iflex are a lighter gold and I <3 them. Plus, gold against tan skin makes it glow.

I knew Shanna had a pair of Reports in this style with the zipper bow, but I forgot what color. I called her as I looked at a blue pair. She said she had gray (see below) and she just bought them in blue. I put back the blue pair I was holding and found these black ones.

Another pair of Reports with flowers in brown. Like wearing slippers. So comfy!

This Ecco pair has a more conservative touch, but the patent leather adds a wild hair. They kind of have a wedge heel but I still consider them flats.

I think Hayley said these are Guess? but I may be confusing them with her animal print ones.

Hayley in Franco Sarto, I believe.

Shanna's Michael Kors flats. Ssssso Fun!

One of Shanna's zipper-bow Reports.

Tomorrow: Getting Tan

Monday, November 22, 2010

Killer Fur

My husband saw this little guy wandering and sniffing around, but no human was in sight. He had a collar but no tags.

Jesh was afraid doggie could be hit by a car or bus on this stretch, so he picked him up and knocked on the door of the nearest house to no answer. He knocked on a few more. All in vain. Meanwhile I called the nearest vet to see if we could bring in doggie to see if he had a microchip. It was Sunday so they were closing in an hour. They said that if he had no microchip we would have to make a decision to continue trying to look for his owner or turning him into Animal Control. We were not going to do the latter.

He had a chip and I had to call PetLink but he wasn't registered through them. They gave me HomeAgain. Bingo! But that was not his name-o. They told me his name: Killer. I laughed because it didn't fit, at least we didn't think so. He was so sweet and gentle! HomeAgain got us in touch with the owner and Jesh met him at a coffee house--to our children's dismay. They were hoping we could keep him.

Tomorrow: Feet on the Ground

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Production That Products Can Produce

Who'd a thunk discussing hair products would be so involved? Of course, just look at my hair with its different moods and I guess it's not surprising. I wouldn't say my hair is high maintenance, rather it's contantly having breakdowns and needing repair.

So, here's the conclusion of my not consecutive hair product posts that started on Thursday. Here's the picture again.

The Products and My Opinions(l-to-r):

• Artec Textureline Magnifier Cream Gel--(discussed in yesterday's post)

Kiehl's Creme with Silk Groom--I used to use this everyday but it was too much for my hair. I actually think it was user error and I was using too much. It's a really thick cream, so a quarter-size is plenty if not too much.

• NHR Hairspray (back row)--I bought this aerosol hairspray a long time ago. I think it may have been before I was married? I don't think it's even made any more. Somehow it followed me from our studio apt to our 2-bedroom apt to our house. I use it to spike my boys' hair when they want fauxhawks. Desi's hair is so thick, this isn't even heavy-duty enough--and it's pretty heavy duty!

• Kiehl's Weightless Curl-Defining Spray--I wash my hair every-other-day (just bought a cool new shower cap) and I like to spritz this to liven up my hair

• Kiehl's Anti-Climate Shine-Enhancing Non-Aerosol Spray--(discussed in yesterday's post)

• Kiehl's Heat-Protective Silk-Straightening Cream--I prefer this for when I flatiron my hair. Or rather, when Jaime flatirons my hair. It's silky and makes my hair feel protected and doesn't make a sizzle sound when my hair hits the flat iron.

• Aveda Brilliant Damage Control--This is another great product for protecting hair from heat. I prefer this before I blow dry. I've had this bottle forever (because I usually air dry), and it looks like the packaging has changed. I hope the product hasn't. I'll find out soon enough because I only have a few drops left so I'll need to replenish.

Redken Fresh Curls Anti-Frizz Shiner--This one is weird which is probably why it's been discontinued. It pumps out as a cream and you warm it up by rubbing between your palms until it turns into a clear liquid serum. I haven't tried it without warming it up. I should because the preparation is too awkward.

Redken Fresh Curls Curl Boost Spray--This is another product I like to use on my non-hairwashing days. I used to use it to style freshly washed hair. I shall try again soon.

• Regis DesignLine Shine Solution Smooth Glosser--(discussed in yesterday's post)

• Back to Basics Bodifying Créme Mousse--I like this mousse well enough. It has a sunflower smell which I don't care for when I apply this. I've used other products in this line with different scents that I prefer. I hear this line might be getting discontinued, but I'm not sure if it's the whole line or some products.

Tomorrow: Found a Cute Real Fur Accessory

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Trial and Hair

On Thursday I said I'd do an itemization of the hair products I featured. No promises that I'll get through them all in this post because it's late again and tomorrow is a hairwashing day.

My latest routine involves this Regis DesignLine serum to control frizz. I like the results I've seen.

After the serum I use this Artec Textureline Magnifier Cream Gel. I've used their hair cream in the past and loved the smell. I thought I'd try out this product in the same line. Still smells nice--like pears? Some sort of juicy fruit. I like it well enough but I wouldn't say that it does anything spectacular for my hair. If I didn't follow the serum with this I'd probably notice my hair acting up, but I could just as easily follow up with a different gel, cream, or mousse. I guess it's like an ingredient in a recipe that you can't taste, but without it you'd notice something was missing. But if you were out of that ingredient, you could substitute something else for it. Like using applesauce instead of sugar. Is that right?

If it's raining or misty out which is common most months of the year around here, I'll spray on Kiehl's Climate-Proof Shine-Enhancing Non-Aerosol Spray. It works well against moisture and has nice hold without making my hair hard or crunchy. As I mentioned Thursday, if I could use only one hair product from my current collection, this would be it. It's great for styling, protecting, and holding.

Tomorrow: Hair We Go Again

Friday, November 19, 2010

Sarah at the Bus Stop

I finally got up the courage to ask a person on the street if I could take a picture of them for my blog. I've missed many opportunities because I couldn't catch up to the person or there were too many people around and I chickened out. The conditions were right on Thursday.

Sarah and I were the only ones at the bus stop, but I still hesitated. I finally asked her and when she agreed I noticed the bus around the corner. I did a quick two pics.

Notes on her look:
• This is a great bag. I've been using my Trader Joe's canvas bag for my extras that won't fit in my handbag. I should get a prettier one like hers.
• Her maxi coat is great for the coldfront on it's way. The slight pleats give it an extra feminine touch
• Her gathered ruffly scarf is fun and looks very warm
• I like the look of hair tied back and a thin headband but I can't do it because the elastic gives me headaches. Maybe I haven't found the right headband.
• Short nails painted black adds a little edge

Sarah was an unsuspecting model for my first installment of this segment. Who will be next?

Tomorrow: Tested on Humans