Wayyyyyyy back in February of 2012, I was clicking through a bunch of the Fall 2012 NYFW shows to see what items would go on my drool list. The top spot was soon taken by this Proenza Schouler photo. Oh that asymmetric hemline! So architectural and perfect. Was it a skirt? Was it a dress? Was it going to make it to production?
Rejected names for this post…
I always fel like somebody’s watching me
Something to watch over me
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For the next few days, I’ll be OOTD’ing my winner’s haul from the AG Jeans Lucky FABB contest. If you’d like sizing reviews of the items I’m wearing head over to my other blog, Effortless Anthropologie. And if you want to see the many ways I rock my AG Jeans, check out my past looks.
Now is truly a blessed time in fashion, for now designers love sparkles and sequins. They used to be tacky; they will be tacky again. Our kids will look at our photos 20 years from now and laugh at our shininess, much as I laugh at acid wash and leg warmers. (Although leg warmers…I get it.)
One of my summer projects has been snapping vignettes around the city. Some days it’s flowers and trees, other days it’s store windows, other days it’s signs and billboards, some days it’s guys who remind me of movie characters (by the far the hardest, it requires stealth iPhone camera skills).
This Kate Spade dress is pretty much color perfect in my estimation. It has three of my favorite summer colors: aqua, green and sky blue too. On a day that called for something especially cheery I knew this was the piece to wear. You know how some items make you smile? For me this dress is one of those pieces.
I’m beginning to get my fall preview packages from various stores and some clear trends are emerging. One thing I’m noticing from both the runway shows and the clothing arriving daily is pattern. Lots and lots of pattern. So while it’s not quite mentally time to move onto fall clothing yet (despite what stores want us to believe) I think now’s as good a time as any to discuss some of the upcoming trends.
As much fun as it’s been to take photos of my outfits out and about, most days it’s just a quick snap to record what I wore. When I get together with my girlfriends for dinner we’ll take a few minutes to exchange our phones around the table, adoring each other’s favorite looks. We also have an outfit swap board (it’s a private flickr group) where we can post photos and outfit inspiration. For friends who love outfit talk it’s a great resource — I highly recommend it! It means gals can participate even if they’re not in the NYC area anymore. One of our friends whose husband was recently moved to a base out West used it to announce her pregnancy to the group and you could practically hear the squeals of delight through the wires.
Loose, light and airy on the weekends. Colorful and bold during the work week. Shorts x 2 for review.
The problem with being a personal shopper is that sometimes when you style an item for someone else, you end up selling yourself on those same ideas. Although I’ve been out of the professional styling game for about a year due to my hellacious work schedule, when former clients ping me for help I never say no. Loyalty and all that.
The final weeks of an odd winter are upon us and I’m taking the opportunity to wear my cold-weather favorites while I can. While packing for my upcoming trip I realized that I hadn’t worn this wonderful Tracy Reese skirt nearly as much as I’d meant to — an issue that was easily fixed today on this sub-40-degree day.
Man, being 30 is so weird! It’s like hitting the reset button on your console to move forward in the game. I love it, I know that. Like any milestone year there’s some introspection happening. Have to admit that I’ve spent the last month or so examining my life a bit and figuring out where I’m happy with myself and what needs work. I am by nature a social butterfly but I realized that I had been isolating myself for awhile…why I’m not sure. So it was time to get back out there! Meet new people and see old friends.
Ever buy a piece of clothing because it’s pretty and then struggle with how to style it? This was the dilemma I faced with Anthropologie’s Penelope Cowlneck, a top that seems simple from the front and hides a pretty open lace back (seen below). The top will get the full review treatment over on Effortless Anthropologie later today.
The title of today’s post says it all — it’s performance review day at work. It’s a day I always simultaneously look forward to and dread. Outfitwise it means that I fall on the business side of business casual. I tend to give Banana Republic shit for their inferior quality (they deserve it!) but credit it due here. This dress has been a dependable, well-made workhorse for the last couple of years. It has the ability to transition from day to night as needed. And hopefully there will be celebratory drinks tonight! (Wish me luck. I probably need it.)