Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Pink + Neutral

Pink + Nuetral

Joie top
$198 -

Alice + Olivia crepe pants
$100 -

Prada leather flat
$390 -

Chain jewelry
$98 -


I talked about color in work wardrobes last week and mentioned jewelry as a great way to incorporate that something special into your outfit. More specifically, collar necklaces are a great way to complete both casual and work ensembles--especially for summer!

SpearmintWhen I first fell in love with a collar necklace (via pinterest, of course), it was this gold HRH Collection necklace, I didn't think I'd ever be able to pull it off. In a moment of weakness, I ordered it as a fashion experiment. Luckily for me, I was able to justify my purchase, as it is totally stunning. The double chain is eye-catching and dresses any outfit up. I've worn it to work with a nice blouse and to go out at night, and versatility is always a plus! Each chain has a unique finish, which makes the piece even more unique. Between this and my Rebecca Minkoff bags, I'm able to look like I might know what I'm doing when I get dressed. I surprise myself (and the rest of the world) daily.

Tangerine Teardrop BibAnother great website for collar (also called "cuff" or "bib" necklaces) is called BaubleBar. When you sign up for the website (you don't have to if you just want to look), they give you a $10 credit toward your first purchase and have a rewards program for future purchases. Everything is reasonably priced, and they are always featuring the newest designs. They have a great selection, and these two (the spearmint and coral ones) are some of my favorites!I have yet to buy either of them, but by the time I'm finished with this post, I'll probably have persuaded myself to take the plunge...

For all of you big spenders out there, I've found another option for you. I only wish I could own this CC Skye neon chain necklace, but it's a little pricey for the budget I attempt to keep. Stars like Demi Lovato have been spotted wearing this little wonder, and there's no question of why. It's bright, trendy and stands out incredibly against black (my favorite color, if you weren't aware).

Happy shopping, bitches.


Friday, June 8, 2012


Trouvé Contrast Trim Silk Shirt
In yet another effort to avoid dressing like the dull, drab color scheme often associated with offices (i.e. black, white and a multitude of grays), I have drastically broadened my color horizons for work apparel. Typically, I am a serious proponent of black--it's slimming, matches with everything, helps highlight accessories and looks good whether you have a sun-kissed tan or wore SPF 100 your entire Cabo trip. While there are lots of cute neutral options for regular and night life, this isn't exactly the case for work life (at least for those of us subject to business professional and casual). Yes, everyone needs neutral, classic pieces for a work wardrobe.  You should definitely have a black or gray (or both) suit, but let's try not to look like every other office clone out there in a plain suit. For day to day wear, I recommend incorporating pops of color. This doesn't mean dress like a rainbow....and you obviously have to read your work environment. If you work at an extremely professional and conservative corporate law firm, you may have to use subtle hints of color (so maybe the orange pants are a no).
Hutton trouser in raw silk
If you can do it, a colored pant (like these by Vince Camuto) can be so cute and eye catching. There are lots of great colors in tops, of course. This silk button down by Trouve comes in coral too! Maybe you're just trying to catch the attention of the cute guy four cubicles down as you take the scenic route to the restroom four times a day, but being noticed is important beyond this purpose. Appropriate pieces in rich colors (not necessarily bright) can set you apart from the sea of black, white, gray and basic blue that surrounds you. It never hurts to have a conversation (compliment) piece. Sometimes all you need is the right introduction, and poof! You've made the right connection. Another plus? It's easier to transition your outfit for happy hour at the bar....

Vince Camuto Skinny Ankle Pants
One more way to incorporate this trend is with jewelry. There are so many eye-catching, unique ways to wear jewelry in the workplace. Plus, it's perfect for a more color-subtle style. Jewelry is appropriate for every season and you can find great deals and prices for different types of fashion pieces (H&M often has great options!). I'll also be zeroing in on my favorite type of statement jewelry of the moment in my next post....


Wednesday, June 6, 2012


Funny Spring Lift Ecard: I tell people I do Pilates because no one knows what it is or if it actually exists.Two years ago, I would have laughed in your face if you told me I'd be hooked on Pilates right now. At $25 per 55-minute class, you'd have to be kidding me. Well, I'm here to eat some fucking crow today because this shit is absolutely bananas (in the words of Rachel Zoe and, more importantly, my dear friend Devin).

Beside the fact that I started Pilates about a year and a half ago and I'm still walking like a penguin after my class yesterday because I'm so sore, I'm convinced that it's changed my body for the better. My posture has always sucked, but it sucks WAY less now, and I have natural definition in my legs and arms. The whole idea is to strengthen your core, which supports most of the movement and other muscle activity throughout your body. As a result, I now know where my abs are and how to flex my ass muscles--quite an accomplishment I'd say.  While I still struggle to get through most of the classes, I walk out of there feeling like a million bucks (mentally-- physically I usually want to cry).

So, there's only one primary problem with this whole program: it's expensive. As a recent college graduate, I haven't exactly had the funds to buy a monthly membership or even individual classes. In preparing for Cabo this spring, I found myself asking, "do I make my car payment this month, or do I try to look like a fucking Playboy bunny by spring break?" Between this and my shopping addiction, my financial health was in serious jeopardy.

I've found two ways to alleviate this problem. First, Groupon-like websites. These usually offer packages of ten classes for $100, which is less than half the price per class that you would usually pay. Studios also typically offer first-time students a discounted rate for your initial group class (ranging from free to $10 or $15).  I find that Lifebooker tends to have Pilates packages pretty often. My favorite LA-area studios are Pilates Plus Beverly Hills (Eden Sassoon) and Sweat Pilates in Culver City. I found both using discount sites like Lifebooker and Living Social, but they also have their own promotional and seasonal packages. For example, PP90210 had tax day specials that included a discounted package of individual classes. Sweat Pilates has seasonal promotions as well as "community classes" every week. These classes are $18 instead of the the regular $25, which is really nice when you need a fix!

Long story short, I don't think I'll be testing for Playboy anytime soon (not that I'd really want to, but it would be nice to have the option), but I do feel healthier, more relaxed and more fit because of Pilates. In my mind, it makes up for all of the wine and vodka sodas during the week. Ugh I hate admitting things like this. I sound like an infomercial. Oops, oh well.


Wednesday, May 30, 2012


Oh, Rebecca Minkoff. You've officially won me over. This betch has hijacked any spending-control I ever thought I had, bordeline conning me into three of the best bags I've ever owned. Sorry, Marc Jacobs, you're on the back burner for a while longer....

Purchase #1: The Beau Clutch

The beau clutch was my first RM purchase. I was looking for a neutral/nude colored bag with gold hardware to match with both browns and blacks for going out purposes. I found exactly that in this bag. Mine is a nudeish pink ostrich leather with gold hardware (I wasn't able to find it online any longer). Though the word "clutch" is a bit far-fetched (it's obviously a little large for clutching...), the chain strap is the perfect length and hangs really nicely. It's unique in style, shape and size and the quality is outstanding. I recommend a good leather protector, especially for high quality bags like this in a light color. I spilled half of a vodka-filled water bottle in mine at a fraternity invite.....and there's no evidence.

Purchase #2: "M.A.C" Clutch

M.A.C. Clutch- luggage
The "M.A.C." bag also comes in a size smaller, accordingly named the mini MAC. I love this because I can use it to go out at night or during the day. The strap adjusts so that it can either hit at the hip or right under your elbow. Personally, I don't do the whole clutch thing (again), but the chain is also removable altogether. I'm no Olivia Palermo, nor am I an Olsen twin, but this bag usually makes me look like I thought about my outfit for at least half as long as they do.

Future Purchase #3: "Swing" Shoulder Bag

Rebecca Minkoff 'Swing' Shoulder Bag
So between starting this post and getting to the third section, I bought this bag (in black with gold tones). Literally, Nordstrom double point days get me every time. Somehow I'm always happy with my purchases though.... Anyway, I absolutely love this. The leather is SO soft and the size is perfect. I fits my continental wallet, my sunglasses case and my planner for daytime, as well as everything I'd need for night. And again, the strap adjusts (Chanel style, the chain pulls through all the way on one side). If you can't tell from this photo, click on the link and check out the zipper detail on the sides--super cute.

Sunday, May 20, 2012


I've recently decided two things about the real world. First, I need a work wardrobe. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with 85% of my current closet contents a few months from now, when I won't be able to wear jeans and cotton tees to work on a daily basis. Only two days a week available for casualwear? How am I supposed to get any use out of my clothing? On one hand, this is tragedy for all of my super cute sheer tops, rompers and maxi dresses. On the other, it's an opportunity to SHOP.

This brings me to my second realization. Upon revelation #1, I was neither happy nor enthused about this type of shopping. I don't want to regress to my high school closet, which was 90% JCrew. However, thanks primarily to Pinterest, there is hope. I decided that I refuse to dress like a stuffy librarian just because I'm going into an accounting firm every day (yes, accounting). Luckily, there are options for those of us attempting to avoid boringness. Thank God.

Option one? Animal print. Please, one piece at a time people. Let's not get carried away trying to look like those bitches in magazines who wear a bunch of stuff that doesn't match and end up matching. It's not going to work for you.

Delman 'Suri' Flat

Snakeprint and Leopard print blouses, Zara
Shoes, Delman at Nordstrom
Dress, Charlie Jade

Congratulations, Nordstrom Bank. You are the direct beneficiary of my logic.