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The Return of Foxcroft Style Stars (and a Giveaway!)

Last year I had the opportunity to head to NYC and style a photoshoot for Foxcroft Collection. I’ve been a fan of their no-iron shirts for a while (and love that they come in Plus and Petite), and it was fun to support them with this project. And it wasn’t any old project either. To celebrate their 25th anniversary, Foxcroft invited teachers from NYC’s P.S. 159 Bayside to model their silver anniversary collection and be Foxcroft Style Stars.

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For the second year, Foxcroft is celebrating the hard work and dedication of New York’s public school teachers with Foxcroft Style Stars 2014. Twentywomen from P.S. 31 in Brooklyn, a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, received the star treatment.  L’Appartement Prive Salon hosted the teachers for the day of pampering: hair consultations and styling by celebrity hairstylist Laurent Dufourg, and a custom wardrobe from Foxcroft.

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Janet Zukowski, who has taught at P.S. 31 for over 30 years, said the day was “magical.” Zukowski continued, “We felt appreciated and were treated royally. I think it was a once in a lifetime kind of event.”  Laurent Dufourg, who has worked with celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Sophia Loren, and Tina Fey enjoyed styling the teachers, stating, “Working with these ladies is extremely rewarding because they leave the salon feeling like a million dollars. I love it. It is very satisfying.”

Foxcroft Collection will reveal the 2014 Style Stars as the center of their back-to-school digital campaign, launching this month. The campaign will showcase the ladies dressed in the brand’s latest looks for fall, which will be highlighted on the Foxcroft Collection homepage. You can shop their looks at this link and get 20% off the pieces (valid until 8/20/14)!

Giveaway

You can have a bit of the Foxcroft Style Star experience for yourself! Please visit Foxcroft Collection and in the comments below let me know your favorite blouse. One Wardrobe Oxygen reader will win the blouse in the style and size of her choice!

Giveaway ends August 31, 2014. Giveaway is open to residents of the USA only, and winner will be chosen at random. You must have a valid email address in your Disqus profile/signed in with a valid email address or else include it in your comment to be eligible. No need to provide size, if you are the winner we will contact you for details.  If winner doesn’t reply to winning email within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.  Good luck!

What I Wore: Foxcroft (plus a giveaway!)

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Sweater: Mixed Stripes Cardigan c/o Foxcroft | Tee: c/o SixTwenty | Jeans: NYDJ | Boots: DUO (similar) | Bag: c/o Fossil (similar)

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Shirt: Mixed Sateen Stripe Non-Iron Blouse c/o Foxcroft | Skirt: c/o CAbi (similar) | Shoes: Nine West | Bag: c/o Adora Bags

I’m proud to be partnering with Foxcroft again. For over 25 years, Foxcroft has provided impeccably made, well-constructed clothing that makes style simple. I’ve featured their clothes before, styled a photoshoot for them, and have gotten to know the people behind the quality brand. I’m excited to introduce the latest looks from Foxcroft, that’s now helmed by head designer, Laura Poretsky-Garcia. Laura, a CFDA member since 2007, has brought a chic, updated attitude to the brand while continuing to give women easy, wearable fashion.

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Stripes and dots – in bold, sophisticated colors – are the key themes for Foxcroft’s resort collection and all pieces in the collection are under $100. Foxcroft understands a woman’s body, creating clothing that flatters curves and comes in regular, petite, and plus sizes. Foxcroft sent me two pieces from the resort collection – one of their famous shirts and a sweater. The Mixed Stripe Blouse is a silky cotton that feels luxurious and doesn’t wrinkle. Foxcroft has different cuts of their shirts; this one is tailored to fit the figure, making it a great choice to wear tucked in and under blazers and cardigans. Their Mixed Stripes cardigan is a new favorite. The strategic stripes and waterfall front flatter the figure and make quite a statement – when I wore it to work I received many compliments, even from strangers. I wore it with a simple black shell and trousers to the office, but liked it for the weekend with a white tee and boyfriend jeans. Learn more about Foxcroft and their latest collection by following them on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

Giveaway

If you like the pieces that I’ve featured in this post, Foxcroft is offering one Wardrobe Oxygen reader this shirt and this sweater in the size of their choice (if items are not available in your size, we will work with you to find replacement pieces at the same or lesser price).  Giveaway is open to residents of the United States.  Winner will be chosen by random and contacted via email.  If winner doesn’t reply within 48 hours of receiving email another winner will be chosen.  Giveaway ends December 30, 2014.

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Foxcroft Style Stars: The Reveal

I’m still smiling over my experience this summer with Foxcroft. It was so fun to have them bring me up to New York City and help style their 25th Silver Anniversary photo shoot! As I mentioned in my last post about Foxcroft Style Stars, the models for this shoot were actually teachers from PS 159; Sally (from the blog Already Pretty) and I had such a blast working with them!

A makeover shoot is nothing without the before and after photos! Granted, these women were utterly gorgeous from the get-go, but it’s always fun to have someone do your hair and makeup in a different way and get dressed in new clothing. It was an honor to be part of the “glam squad” for these hardworking and talented teachers!

Marlene was the first teacher we worked with, and she really set the tone for the whole day. I think she was a bit nervous, afraid she’d end up looking like a 1980’s Glamour Shot, but Sal and I put her at ease, and the makeup and hair artists, Chrissy and Constantine, were geniuses. Marlene’s complexion looked amazing with the bolder black-based prints from the Foxcroft Silver Anniversary Collection; we balanced the crisp button-front with a ladylike ponte pencil skirt and kitten heels. Marlene loved the finished result; she said she couldn’t wait to get home and show her husband, he’d think he was dating a different woman!

Maggie was the second teacher we worked with, and she was equally as wary. Maggie had her own personal style, and feared being dressed in a manner that would make her look older or more severe. Constantine and Chrissy did their magic, giving Maggie a cool half-updo, teaching her new ways to style her thick curly hair. A bright lip kept her look youthful and fresh, and we styled her more casually with one of Foxcroft’s fabulous cardigans and dark wash denim.

Janice brought sunshine to the photo shoot the instant she entered its doors. Cracking jokes and laughing, she added such positive energy to the day and put everyone at ease. Speaking of ease, Janice was unfazed by the makeover process and just saw it as a fun outing. We kept Janice’s look simple to let her personality shine through – pretty polished skin, soft hair, and the gorgeous Foxcroft Silver Swirl Wrinkle Free Shirt over her own camisole and narrow jeans.


“What a WOW experience. You created memories I will cherish for a lifetime.”
       
Janice

Susan was a blast to work with, she was so curious about the process and asking us how and why we were doing different things. As someone who doesn’t do styling gigs on a regular basis and is often a bit too shy to ask the questions I wish to, I admired Susan’s attitude and found it even more fun to style her. Chrissy and Constantine showcased her gorgeous thick hair and beautiful skin with a simple polished look; Sally and I flattered her adorable figure with a sophisticated pairing of a pencil skirt with a crisp button-front shirt with the sleeves cuffed.

“The clothes were so comfortable and pretty–you definitely have a new customer here! My kids thought I looked so pretty when I came home! Thank you again!” 
       – Susan

I think Tanya was the most nervous of the group. I felt her nervousness, and completely related to it. I’d be the same way, having strangers dress my body! I immediately gravitated to Tanya, and wanted to flatter her amazing figure and gorgeous face. I felt a soft floral scarf tucked into the neckline of the crisp shirt would soften the look and highlight her beautiful porcelain skin. With her second outfit, we styled her in the Foxcroft Animal Print Grandfather Sweater with black pants and a cami; I loved it on her so much I want that sweater in my closet this fall!

“We were all talking about how much fun we had at the photo shoot. It will be a day to remember!”
        – Tanya

Eileen was the last teacher we styled, but the perfect ending to such a fun day. As everyone was getting a bit tired and stressed, Eileen arrived adding a calmness to the studio. So patient, so cheery, Eileen was a pleasure to work with. To not overwhelm her lovely complexion, we styled her in a soft floral blouse, and in her second shoot tempered a bolder animal print sweater with a soft lavender camisole. Chrissy and Constantine enhanced her natural beauty with soft shiny waves and rosy shades on her lips and cheeks.

I was so honored to be part of this project. It was a pleasure getting to know the lovely people of Foxcroft better, and a pleasure getting to know these amazing public school teachers. I was thrilled to be part of their fun day of beauty and fashion!

If you’d like to be your own Foxcroft Style Star, Foxcroft is offering Wardrobe Oxygen readers 15% off their first order with the code FXBLOG2. This discount works on the entire site, including the Foxcroft Silver Anniversary Collection. Happy shopping!

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Review and Giveaway – Foxcroft Apparel

When Foxcroft found out how much I liked this shirt, they sent me this Mixed Media Cotton Shirt to check out. Utterly brilliant – it’s crisp cotton in front and on the back, but the sleeves and side panels are stretchy jersey. No gaping at the bust, no pulling at the shoulders, no binding on the upper arms, yet a crisp button-front look!

 
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What I Wore: Weekend Style

Wardrobe Oxygen featuring a Foxcroft plaid shirt, Bernardo vest, and Adora Bags leather tote Wardrobe Oxygen featuring a Foxcroft plaid shirt, Bernardo vest, and Adora Bags leather tote Wardrobe Oxygen featuring a Foxcroft plaid shirt, Bernardo vest, and Adora Bags leather toteShirt: c/o Foxcroft (14)  (plus version) | Jeans: NYDJ (14 P) | Vest: Bernardo (L) (this year’s version, plus size) | Boots: Fitzwell Wide Calf (similar) | Bag: c/o Adora Bags | Bracelet: Had forever (similar) | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Welcome to my weekend!  For this sort of weather, you can usually find me in jeans, a striped tee or plaid shirt, booties or boots, and this vest.  It’s perfect for everything from being chauffeur taking Emerson to classes and birthday parties, to racing around a mall for a specific item, to visiting friends or stopping by the local pub for a drink with my sister.  I really like this shirt from Foxcroft; it’s not flannel but cotton for nicer drape and a better fabric to layer with or tuck in (this shirt with its fine red lines through the plaid would look adorable with a red wool or black leather pencil skirt for the holidays).  Foxcroft is my go-to for button-front shirts because I always find they accommodate my bust and arms and the quality is stellar (I have white shirts five years old I still wear regularly).

When you have wide calves, it can be really hard to find decent tall boots.  If they fit, they’re made of crappy materials or have weird details that make them look cheap or cheesy.  Or else they cost 50 kazillion dollars and have a sketchy return policy.  I regularly stalk 6pm.com for wide calf boots on sale and they never fail me.  I got these boots from Fitzwell… last year?  The year prior?  Anyway, I snagged them for less than $75 and they’re real leather and really comfortable.  They have a pretty extensive selection of tall boots 16″ shaft circumference and wider.  They have free shipping for orders over $50 and while you’re responsible for return shipping fees, I think it’s a fair trade for the great prices (almost always cheaper than anywhere else online).  Usually they only have 30 days for returns, but right now with the holidays, they’re having an extension through February.  Not just for wide calf boots, I’ve also gone to 6pm for sneakers for the whole family if I don’t care about getting the latest and greatest, scored Em light-up Sketchers and Karl size 14 Birkenstocks there for nice prices.  Newp, post isn’t sponsored by 6pm, this is more of a PSA!

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What I Wore: Cookie Exchange Party [Sponsored]

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IMG_2501 IMG_2643 IMG_2534 Shirt: c/o Foxcroft (plus option) | Skirt: Banana Republic (similar, plus option) | Bracelet: Had forever (similar) | Shoes: Klaudia Ombre Glitter Pump c/o Payless

For a cookie exchange at our friends’ house, the vibe is festive but not extremely formal. Continuing with the concept of having a festive or formalwear capsule wardrobe, I reused some pieces I’ve already worn on the blog to give a completely different look for this holiday get together. This is the same skirt I wore in this post, and the same fabulous shoes from Payless that I wore in this post. Adding a plaid shirt (last seen in this post) gives a more relaxed vibe, but the red threads through it makes it feel appropriate for the season and ties in the sparkly heels. A red lip and Santa hat is all that’s needed to complete the look! Wardrobe Oxygen featuring Payless ombre glitter pumps for the holidays Payless is a great resource for finding fabulous shoes for your formalwear capsule wardrobe. Payless does a fantastic job of offering current trends for less. These shoes are amazing; the ombre effect makes them unique and not too Wizard of Oz-looking. If heels aren’t your thing you’re in luck; Payless offers this same glorious ombre red glitter look in their Chelsea flat (the Chelsea flat also comes in a silver to gold ombre glitter that is gorgeous but unfortunately neither color were in my size at my nearby store). But such a shoe is exactly what can take basics in your wardrobe and make them holiday ready for very little cost.

IMG_2553 I’ve had a great time featuring Payless shoes this holiday season; I’ve been to two different Payless stores multiple times this winter and they’re well organized, the staff friendly, and the selection quite good offering everything from on-trend ankle strap heeled sandals to comfortable work pumps, wedding shoes to running shoes, adorable statement flats to cozy slippers. Payless continues to impress me with their quality especially considering their phenomenal low prices. In my previous Payless posts many have asked if these shoes are comfortable; these heels are a bit high for a long day on your feet but the Mira Pumps I wore in the last post are some of the most comfortable pumps I own with a flexible rubber sole, padded footbed, and wearable heel height. Payless will continue to be a destination where I find great prices on great shoes for me and my family! Get more style inspiration by following Payless on Pinterest!

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Foxcroft Style Stars – Behind the Scenes

I love how blogging brings so many great brands to my attention. A couple years ago, I scored a white Foxcroft shirt on sale at Nordstrom. I didn’t know about the brand, but was impressed that the shirt fit comfortably over my large chest without looking boxy, and was truly opaque. Foxcroft saw my post, and so began a lovely relationship. With getting to know Foxcroft, I now own a couple different Foxcroft shirts and one of their sweaters and am impressed by the high quality, the great fit for curves, the classic style, the extended sizes (petite, standard, and plus), and the opacity. Not only that, their Non-Iron Collection shirts are truly wrinkle-free and wearable right from the dryer and don’t look shiny or cheesy like many other wrinkle-free brands.

Recently, Foxcroft had me and Sally McGraw of the blog Already Pretty come to New York City to assist on their latest project. To celebrate their 25th anniversary, Foxcroft had a photo shoot with 1st and 2nd grade teachers from NYC’s P.S. 159 Bayside – Foxcroft Style Stars. P.S. 159 was chosen for its academic achievement, it is a 2011 National Blue Ribbon School. The teachers varied in age and size, though all described their own style as simple, casual, and low-key. Sally and I were there to style these fabulous women – dress them in Foxcroft shirts and knits and accessorize and complete ensembles that fit their figures and personalities.

Behind the scenes: The beautiful Foxcroft prints for fall, teachers getting their hair and makeup done, Sal styling one of the teachers, steaming shirts for a crisp presentation, an example of the hubub – hair, video, photo, posing all happening at once!

The shoot took place in a studio in Chelsea, it was something out of a movie with the photographer and videographer racing around, hair and makeup people dressed in black with their big cases of pots and jars, staff steaming garments and viewing the shots. The teachers arrived and had their hair and makeup done, then Sal and I dressed and styled them for the shoot. It was so much fun – the teachers were friends so the conversation and laughter never ended. They also had a blast and loved being pampered and in the spotlight for the day.

An example day with one teacher: Face prepped with Roc Skincare before makeup, binder clips galore for a perfect fit, posing for an individual shoot, seeing the photos after the shoot

It was really fun being behind the scenes, helping these wonderful teachers look and feel gorgeous. I loved seeing all that went into such a shoot, and it was a true pleasure to work with such talented and fun professionals! It was also great working with Sal – while we have read one another’s blog for years and have been virtual friends for a long time, it was our first time meeting in person. I loved bouncing ideas off her, and working together to make the teachers look great. It was hectic, it was a bit sweaty, and it was a complete and utter blast.

Me and Sal in our Foxcroft shirts, rocking neon red lips and individual lashes, An example from the shoot, a sneak peek of one of the pictures with me and Sal!

At the end of the shoot, Foxcroft asked me and Sal to be in the pictures! The fabulous makeup artists did us up (hello individual lashes, I am now a mega fan!) and we donned white Foxcroft shirts for the group photo. What an honor!

Stay tuned, once the official photos from the shoot are available I will be sure to share them with you! a big thanks to Foxcroft for the amazing opportunity, and to the wonderful women of P.S. 159 for making this event so much fun and so very memorable!

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What I Wore: Town Festival

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A couple weekends ago I attended the Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival in our town center.  Live music from 11am into the evening, they had drums and other instruments for the attendees to use, craft and music projects for kids, face painting, vendors, food, and much more (such as a young woman on stilts behind me in the photos!).  One of the things I love so much about living in Greenbelt is festivals like this; we can walk down and are sure to bump into plenty of friends and neighbors.  Even the mayor of Greenbelt was part of a drum circle!  Emerson had her face painted as a tiger and I bought the earrings I’m wearing from one of the vendors.

I was on Emerson detail (Karl was hired to photograph the event) and wanted to be comfortable and ready for a long day away from home.  I bought these boots last year and swore I’d return them… and never did.  They ended up being a favorite in the closet; while they’re not the most flattering with my thicker legs, I love the biker vibe and how I can wear them all day with comfort.  The NYDJ jeans are comfortable and keep their shape after many hours of sitting, squatting, walking, dancing, and racing to the center of the drum circle when Bele Bele goes into a rendition of Sardines.  I wanted to show town spirit with my tee (I cut the sleeves and neck), and  this sweater was perfect to wear in the shade or tie around my waist when it was warm.  This bag was such a good purchase; I love how it fits my personal style and looks stylish while being a workhorse.  I tied Emerson’s denim jacket to it when she was warm, filled it with random art projects Emerson made, and had room for all my purse essentials plus a couple snacks!

UPDATE: Through this Friday, October 30th, Foxcroft is having their Friends & Family Event; visit their site and save 30% off EVERYTHING!

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Friday: Classic Ending

Shirt: c/o Foxcroft
Skirt: The Limited (similar)
Shoes: Ivanka Trump
Necklace: c/o Lydell NYC
Bracelet: Nordstrom
Bag: Hobo (similar)

This ensemble is a classic ending to this week. I didn’t post a ton of outfits since I worked early shifts and was sick, but I pretty much wore a black skirt every day. I didn’t realize this until I was taking my OOTD picture for Instagram; each day was a bit funky of an ensemble and today’s was pretty classic hence the title of the post!

This morning was a bit crazy; I won’t go into details out of respect for my kid, but I ended up late for work, you can see my hair curled up in places from running and perspiration, Emerson felt frustration and then extreme pride, and she will be rewarded for her milestone with a much-desired princess dress. I think fellow parents may realize what momentous occasion took place and us parents are hella relieved!

Foxcroft found out about my need for a classic white shirt and sent me this one.  It’s pretty darn awesome – wrinkle-free, quite opaque, classic styling.  I forgot that Foxcroft is sized nicely for busty gals and ordered a 14 instead of 12 so it’s a bit roomy, but all the better to knot it at the waist!  If you do order from Foxcroft, do know that they size for women’s curves – no need to go up a size or two to prevent gaping at the bustline.

And how pretty is this necklace from Lydell NYC?  It was hard to pry it away from Emerson, she loved all the “precious jewels” in it.  I love that the necklace has a lot of length – many statement necklaces are only 16-18″ in length; this necklace is 18″ or 19″ in length but then has a few inches of extra chain if you want to wear it longer.  Great for versatility and for women like me with thick necks; expect to see this necklace on me a lot in the next couple of months!

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Thursday: Animal House

Cardigan: c/o Foxcroft
Tee: J. Crew via eBay (similar)
Skirt: Halogen (similar)
Bracelets: Ann Taylor (similar)
Shoes: MICHAEL Michael Kors
Trench: DKNY (similar)

Snakeskin AND leopard? At least I didn’t wear a zebra-print blouse or my spotted Vince Camuto pumps, THEN this truly would be an Animal House!

So I have been wearing Foxcroft shirts for a long time and have always loved the high quality, opacity, and great fit for my curves, but I didn’t realize they also carried sweaters! Foxcroft recently sent me this cardigan and I am in love. Like their shirts, they are cut generously for curves, and like their shirts, this sweater is very well made. With such a print, it jazzes up a simple cardigan, tank, and jeans look for the weekend and also dresses up nicely for the office!

With cold weather here in DC and many other places (and coming this way to other parts of the US), I want to try to share my outerwear as much as possible… even if I have my hands shoved so deep in the pockets it makes the jacket look weird.

While it’s super easy to throw on your dirty black parka every day, having a coat wardrobe can really complete your look. I often buy coats off-season for great prices, and try to choose classic silhouettes so they will still be stylish the coming year. This trench from DKNY I purchased last fall and it is one of the best outerwear buys ever. Even though I can get away with regular sizes for most clothing, I prefer coats in petite so they curve at the right part of the lower back and sit well on the shoulders. Coats are worth being altered for a great fit, but resetting shoulders and the waist is costly and sometimes impossible. Better to go for tall or short or whatever you are, go up a size, and then alter than try to recreate the wrong size (or just wear it too small or too large!).

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Wednesday – Teal Suede Pumps and a Paisley Scarf

Shirt – c/o Foxcroft
Cardigan – LOFT (has a detachable fur collar – similar)
Jeans – JAG (similar)
Pumps – Jessica Simpson (similar)
Scarf – Vintage via eBay (similar)
Silver cuff (similar)
LipstickRevlon Lip Butter in Lollipop

I am so glad Wednesday is over, what a day! I had insomnia the night prior, which gave me time to finish the hat post I promised reader Stephanie, but left me feeling even more miserable than I already felt with this allergy/cold issue.  So when it was time to get ready for work, I had enough energy and brain cells for a shower.  The day at work didn’t improve much, but I came home to an awesome family and a husband who made a healthy version of Chipotle for dinner! 

Again, glad to have wardrobe staples which are easy to throw together without much thought.  When I went to pull out these pumps (had to have some sort of color in the ensemble), this scarf fell out of the box (yeah, not super organized in my closet right now) and I thought… how could I incorporate it into my ensemble? I think I’ll be doing ankle scarves pretty regularly come the warmer months!

And thank goodness for Foxcroft, who sent me this awesome shirt.  While it looks like a crisp button-front, it actually has knit panels in the side and has knit arms which makes it as comfy and curve-friendly as a tee shirt.  If you like this shirt stay tuned… I will be having a giveaway where you could win one of your very own!

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Monday – Pop of Pink

ShirtFoxcroft
Jeans – JAG (similar)
Heels – Nine West (similar)
Coat – LOFT (similar)
Sunglasses Marc by Marc Jacobs
Bag – Banana Republic (similar)
Necklace – Ann Taylor (similar)

I am always on the search for a white button-front shirt that isn’t transparent, fits at the bust and the shoulders, and doesn’t cost 50 kazillion dollars. When I saw this shirt from Foxcroft on sale for less than $30 at Nordstrom I grabbed it, and glad I did. The front is a tad unexpected – little tucks along the placket which keeps it from looking like a uniform shirt. Wrinkle-resistant too!  Was a perfect choice this morning when I was short on time and wanted a very simple low-fuss look.  Looking forward to pairing it with pencil skirts in the coming weeks!

How was your weekend? Mine was pretty fantastic. Friday night was pretty low-key – my husband had plans with friends so I hung out at home watching AbFab; Saturday got some errands and home chores done, indulged in a pedi (Essie Ole Caliente will be my signature color this spring – gorgeous!), and had friends over for dinner.

Sunday went on a long walk around town with the family, checking out all that has sprung with this mega-early spring; last night met with two fellow bloggers for some bubbly and girl time.

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What I Wore: Back to Basics

Shirt: c/o Foxcroft | Jeans: Gap | Shoes: Nine West

With the changing of the seasons, I looked back at blog archives of what I wore previous autumns and I must say a lot of it hurts my head. And a lot of it I no longer own because after a season of its extreme look, I tired of it and couldn’t imagine wearing it another day. I’m trying to shop less, and shop smarter. And I’m remembering that style doesn’t come from how much you have or what labels you wear, but your choices and how you put them together. And that often less is more. After taking these pictures I realize I forgot my cuff – I planned to wear my silver cuff bracelet to bring out the silver of the shoes. But then maybe life was telling me less is more, so I went off to work without the bracelet.

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Can a Size 14 Woman Wear Everlane?

the quest for larger sized ethical fashion - a review of everlane by a size 14 woman - Wardrobe OxygenI’m trying to buy not just for the here and now, but the future. I know I am not alone in thinking this may be a temporary size for my body, but I am over holding off on personal style and quality clothing because of it. Let’s be real, the last time I was under a size 12 Emerson was only a glimmer in my eye. If I do by chance end up that size again, I’d want some new clothes and would pay to have my closet favorites tailored to fit.

I’ve been hearing about Everlane for a long while. The brand even reached out to me a couple years ago offering to gift me some product from their line. At the time I was recovering from my broken arm and was a very solid 14, in some items a 16. I was trying to heal my body and my spirit from the injury, the last thing I needed was some too-tight clothing to come in the mail and make me feel even more like crap. So I accepted their Twill Weekender (it’s a fabulous bag, well crafted, stylish, perfect size for a 2-3 day getaway, see it in this post) and they sent Karl a The Card Case (very nice and he used for a bit but didn’t find the style to suit his daily needs).

But as I pare down my wardrobe and choose more quality of pieces, I would prefer these pieces to be made ethically. Again, I came back to Everlane. Everlane offers women’s clothing up to a size L; there is no size chart on the site, you are encouraged to email the company directly to ask questions about fit. I found this off-putting. Again I don’t believe I am alone in wanting to have a website provide everything I need and not have to wait to make a purchase. A size chart is a pretty standard option on sites, especially if your sizing is by letter instead of by number. But many blogs I follow say much of their collection runs big, so I decided to try a few items. I found most size L items were out of stock, these were the three that I ordered that not only came in a L but also were in colors or silhouettes I would actually wear on a regular basis. The results were not too pretty…

The Silk Camisole – Black, size Large

Everlane Silk Camisole Review - Wardrobe OxygenA spaghetti strap camisole in silk is such a great piece to have in your wardrobe. Wear in the summer untucked with a slim pair of jeans or ankle pants for a night out. Slip under a suit jacket. Wear under a dressy pantsuit for a cocktail party. Pair with a denim jacket and leather leggings. The options are endless. This one looked all loose and drapey on the model; I knew it wouldn’t end up that drapey on me but figured there’d be enough room in the cut of the cami to fit my boobs and not show the shape of my belly button.

Everlane Silk Camisole Size L on Size 14 Woman - Wardrobe OxygenWhile my breasts do fit in the Everlane Silk Camisole, I think if I tried to shimmy on the dance floor or if it was the week before my period I’d be busting some seams. As it is, I had puckering between the breasts and on the back. With the straps at the adjustment it came with (3” adjusted on each strap), the tank was digging into my armpits. I lowered the straps (something I never do considering I am 5’3” and short waisted I usually shorten straps) and as you can see from the photo, it still sat high and weird.

Everlane The Silk Camisole Review on Size 14 Woman - Wardrobe OxygenWhile the tank isn’t so tight on the torso that you can see the indentation of my belly button, it’s clear this wasn’t cut for anyone with a butt. It was skin tight from the natural waist down, and with each step the back flipped up and started shimmying towards my jean’s waistband.

The tank is a good quality of silk that isn’t thin or cheap looking. The top part where a small bust would be is double-layered which is nice if you’re able to go braless. I believe a large would comfortably fit a size 8 woman with slight curves. This size 14 woman required a second person to get her out of the tank without breaking it. FAIL.

The Silk Tank – Slate, size Large

Everlane The Silk Tank Review - Wardrobe OxygenI ordered this tank because like the silk camisole, such an item is a wardrobe workhorse.  Imagine untucked with white linen pants and a long silver necklace.  Tucked in under a leather jacket with jeans and boots, or under a suit with heels.  The color is the type that can look tough or feminine and work with most everything already in my closet.

Everlane Order Haul Review - Wardrobe OxygenI can’t properly review this because I didn’t receive this. Though my packing slip confirms I ordered this, instead I received The Silk Round Collar shirt in a raisin color and size XS.

Wrong item delivered from EverlaneI didn’t notice the XS on the label and decided to try it on anyway. Yeah, I couldn’t even fit my arm in the sleeve. Must say I felt much better about life when I saw the actual size on the label! I know stores make mistakes from time to time, but one like this, especially from a brand that doesn’t have free returns and mailing labels with their orders, is really annoying. FAIL

The Linen V-Neck – Charcoal, size Large

Everlane The Linen V-Neck Review - Wardrobe OxygenMy beloved Old Navy vintage v-necks are starting to fall apart. Not a bad run for cheap shirts, but Old Navy no longer carries these exact shirts and I am now desiring a style that’s a bit looser. I have linen t-shirts from J. Crew and Boden and love the slub finish and how they don’t stick in the heat and humidity. I have a metallic navy from J. Crew and a white from Boden but have been desiring a grey or charcoal option.

Everlane The Linen V-Neck Review - Wardrobe OxygenOn the plus side, this shirt actually fits. The sleeves aren’t skin tight, I don’t get ribbing between my breasts from it being too snug in the bust, and it’s a great length for tucking in or leaving out. I also like the color, a dark charcoal with little nubby flecks of white.

Everlane Linen V Neck Review on Size 14 Woman - Wardrobe OxygenAnd now the negatives. This is a very rough and itchy shirt. I only wore it long enough to take these photos, but I feel if I wore it outside in the heat it would be as maddening as wearing wool in the summertime. And while it isn’t tight, you can see it’s not made for curves – see the gathering above the bust? That’s because this shirt is made straight and there’s no allowance for a bust of any size. And while the sleeves aren’t too short, they ended right at the widest part of my bust making me look even larger. FAIL

To sum up, Everlane is not a brand made for a size 14 woman. I doubt much would work for a size 12 unless that woman was tall (distributing the size), and with slight curves. It is really unfortunate that Everlane doesn’t provide for larger women considering the average American female is essentially my height and close to my clothing size.

There’s been plenty of discussion in the past year about why there’s isn’t better options for larger sizes. Brands say it’s expensive to have more fit models and patterns, companies say that larger sizes aren’t bought as often as smaller. Many think it elitism and designers don’t want to see their clothes on larger-sized women. I know from over ten years of writing Wardrobe Oxygen and knowing a good portion of my audience is a size 10 or larger that there is a desire for ethically made quality clothing in larger sizes. I see what links you click on, and what you purchase and know women in double digit sizes are willing to spend money for well made, well-fitting clothing. Every week I receive emails and comments asking me to review ethical clothing companies and feature more ethical fashion. But as a size 14 woman who isn’t drawn to the minimalistic style, there’s little out there for me to even try. Over and over sites recommend companies like Everlane for basics that are made with ethics and quality, but when the average American woman can’t fit into their clothes, it makes such a wardrobe quite elitist.
I dropped $200 on this order and if the items fit, I would have kept them all and been a regular Everlane shopper, spending a few hundred each season and then wearing the items on the blog, recommending them to the over 150,000 followers of this blog. But because they don’t and after all these years of being in business they have not increased their size range, I can only say that Everlane is a fail.

As ethical brands come on the market and provide fashion to women a size 10 and over, I will try to review them. But know not every double-digit sized woman wants to be a pin up, likes drop crotches and asymmetrical tunics, or a wardrobe in the shades of oatmeal, olive, and bark. If you know of any ethical brands that cater to larger women and offer great style, share them in the comments. You never know, that may be the next brand I review!

What to Buy at the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale

Wardrobe Oxygen: Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale what to by best deals under $100Oh Nordstrom, I just can’t quit you. Each time I venture to another retailer I find the prices are higher for the same things, the selection is smaller, there’s fewer pieces in my size, and the service just doesn’t compare. Add a sale of up to 40% off current items and I swoon. So on my lunch breaks this past week I checked out the sale, and here’s the things I felt were swoon-worthy.  Everything except the purses is under $100 too!

Bags

  • Street Level Silver Metallic Tote – This has been sitting in my shopping cart for months.  I’m a sucker for a great leather tote, they survive pointy and heavy contents and only get better with time.  And for those who worry about silver, imagine how it will get burnished and vintage looking with use.  The price is awesome, especially for real leather!
  • Milly ‘Astor’ Saddle Crossbody Bag – This is a perfect everyday size, and I love how it can be a shoulder bag or crossbody.  Classic lines, tumbled leather which can take a beating, but an amazing bold blue hue that will add style to any look.  It’s amazing to find such a bag from such a brand for under $200!
  • Loeffler Randall ‘Baby Rider’ Satchel – If you’re like me, a tiny crossbody that carries only the essentials is a must come summer.  For picnics, outdoor concerts, festivals and more, a bag like this is stylish, spunky, and will carry the basics without weight and while leaving your hands and arms free.  While the white is crisp and chic, I’m partial to Bright Fuschia which will look so nice against neutrals, denim, black, white, and even summery shades like turquoise, yellow, and orange.
  • Kate Spade ‘Cobble Hill – Small Toddy’ Hobo – Like the Milly above, this is the only color on sale (less than $200) and like the Milly above, this is a classic bag in a statement shade that will go with everything.  With a handle plus an adjustable crossbody strap, plenty of pockets, and a cheery papaya color, this is a bag that you will love and wear far past summer.
  • Rebecca Minkoff ‘Mini Fringe Moto’ Bucket Bag – If I didn’t already have a small brown leather bucket bag, I’d be buying this in an instant.  It’s classic, but with a touch of fringe to keep it from looking ordinary.  Available in a lilac so pale it’s almost white (so gorgeous) and an almond color, both shades are great for summer but will transition beautifully into the cooler months.  On sale for less than $180.
  • MICHAEL Michael Kors ‘Large Dottie’ Bucket Bag – I love the glossy black leather, the silver hardware, the minimalist feel.  This is a bag that is an elegant classic and looks expensive… yet it’s 40% off!
  • Ted Baker London Leather Shoulder Bag – First glance, this looked like a sleek and elegant black leather shoulder bag.  Then I checked out the metallic option and the description and realized it’s essentially a large pouch-style clutch with a really nice removable handle.  That’s when I fell in love – how utterly perfect, especially for travel or desk to drinks!
  • Phase3 Perforated Clutch – I love having clutches like this in my wardrobe for nights out, desk to drinks, and ways to glam up a simple outfit.  In black or white, this under $35 bag will get a lot of use.
  • Halogen Embossed Leather Envelope Clutch – This is another awesome clutch that will go with a ton and really make a statement.  Even nice that it’s real leather and under $50!

Blazers, Cardigans, and Jackets


These sales are such a good time to pick up that little jacket that can make a knit top and ankle pants look corporate friendly, ward off chill on a cool evening, or add style to jeans and a tank.

  • Caslon Roll Sleeve Knit Blazer – One part blazer, one part sweatshirt.  Less than $40 and can work for the office as well as the living room couch!
  • BP. Lightweight Cotton Moto Jacket – In black or olive, this less than $35 jacket is the kind of thing that adds style to a simple shift dress or can be thrown over a floral sundress for a ’90s vibe.
  • Trouve Drape Front Knit Jacket – I have a lot of pieces from Trouve, and think they do a good budget-friendly alternative to Vince or Zara.  This soft jacket has a flattering drape and moto vibe for less than $35.
  • Sejour V-neck Cardigan (Plus Size) – A classic cardigan in black or red on sale 40% off; perfect for warm summer days and icy cold offices.
  • Caslon Zip Pocket Open Jacket – I have this jacket in off-white and think it’s so flattering, well-made, and stylish.  Coral’s a hot color this season and looks great come fall with olive, black, white, and denim.  On sale for less than $40.
  • Halogen ‘Esteem’ Stretch Suit Jacket – At first I thought this was chambray, but it’s a blue and white pattern that gives the effect of tweed for summer.  This would look super sharp with white jeans or ankle pants, though would also look amazing with a pop of color like yellow or coral. 40% off.
  • Halogen One Button Suiting Jacket – A classic black blazer (and there’s plenty of different skirts and pants at Nordstrom to match this into a suit) under $100?  Score!  Regular and petite sizes available.
  • Chelsea28 Open Front Fringe Cardigan – Cardigans like these are awesome, you can belt it and dress it up for the office or throw over a tee and jeans for the weekend.  The fringe makes it look boho and cool even when you’re rocking Day 3 hair and a hangover.  On sale for less than $50.
  • Chelsea28 ‘Easy’ Crepe Blazer – Simple lines, no closures, 3/4 sleeves, this is a truly easy blazer to throw on and make anything look polished.  On sale for $52.80.
  • Caslon Linen Blend Stand-Collar Utility Jacket (Plus Size) – I love that it’s linen so it’s not hot, and it has give.  Available in olive and navy at 40% off, this would look cute with shorts, ankle pants, jeans, wide leg linen pants, over dresses and more!
  • Ellen Tracy Reverse Lapel Blazer – Still professional, but with a cool touch, this blazer will look great at the office but also with a cami and jeans for a night out.  On sale for $71.96
  • Ivanka Trump Peplum Panel One-Button Jacket – Don’t let the peplum dissuade you, it’s a layered detail, nothing Judy Jetson.  This is another reverse-lapel jacket but in a soft pink

Sweaters, Knits, Blouses, and Other Tops

  • Foxcroft Plaid Cotton Roll-Sleeve Shirt (Plus Size) – Foxcroft makes some of the best shirts for women; they flatter a woman’s curves and are made with quality materials.  This looks an awful lot like a Foxcroft shirt I have and wear all the time! On sale less than $40.
  • Lucky Brand Paisley Embroidered Knit Top (Plus Size) – I love tops like this come summer.  As easy as a tee, but with a bunch more style and interest.  Both color options are great and the top is just a few coins over $35!
  • Halogen Scoop Neck Woven Tank – I love tops like this.  Wear with ankle pants and a necklace, under a suit jacket, tucked into a skirt, even with shorts and sandals.  Since it’s woven it won’t stick to you in the heat and humidity. Four different prints, regular and petite sizes and less than $25.
  • CeCe by Cynthia Steffe Pleated Keyhole Blouse – These sorts of tops are musts in an office environment come summer.  This will look professional even without a layering piece, but will also look lovely under a blazer or cardigan.  Four fantastic colors to choose from.
  • Trouve V-Neck Sleeveless Silk Blouse – Another great sleeveless top that can dress up and down with ease! Eight colors and prints to choose from for less than $45.
  • Vince Camuto Chiffon Overlay Top (Plus Size) – With skinny jeans (white, black, denim), it’s an instant outfit because of the cool asymmetrical (and yes cool, not dorky sharkbite hem) style and awesome color.  Add some gold jewelry and gold gladiator sandals!
  • Foxcroft Linen Shirt – This is a steal for linen, and since it’s Foxcroft I know it will be shaped nicely and not look like a paper bag.  Regular and petite sizes and a couple colors to choose from.
  • Foxcroft Linen Shirt (Plus Size) – Slightly different style and colors, but still Foxcroft and still the same great linen!

Shorts, Pants, and Skirts

  • Caslon Chino Ankle Pants – Available in regular and petite sizes and a ton of colors, these are a wardrobe workhorse that can dress up and down with ease.  On sale for less than $40.
  • Sejour ‘Addison’ Stretch Bermuda Shorts (Plus Size) – A flattering length, a ton of colors and prints to choose from, and on sale for less than $40.
  • BP. Denim Midi Skirt – Have the desire to rock the ’70s button-front denim skirt trend this summer?  This skirt will let you and it’s just a hair over $40.
  • JAG Jeans ‘Peri’ Straight Leg Jeans – Another item I own and love.  JAG Jeans makes truly opaque white jeans that don’t suffocate your thighs.  These are the pull-on style which minimizes muffin top and also keeps a smooth look under fitted untucked knits.  40% off!
  • JAG Jeans ‘Nora’ Skinny Jeans – Want a slimmer silhouette?  JAG sent me these and they’re just as awesome as the Peri but with a skinny leg (sadly too skinny for my mega calves – they can get on, but they look painted on from shin to foot).  Regular and petite sizes available.
  • Halogen Skinny Stretch Twill Pants (Plus Size) – Navy ankle pants that will go with everything, and at a very nice price.
  • Kut from the Kloth ‘Catherine’ Boyfriend Shorts – Want to wear distressed denim shorts but don’t want everything hanging out? These are for you.  They’re cool, they’re slouchy, and they hit lower in the thigh for comfort and coverage.
  • Caslon Distressed Stretch Crop Boyfriend Jeans – I ordered these while writing this post. I wanted a slimmer pair of distressed boyfriends I can wear with a tee or tank and my silver Birkenstocks.  I’ll be sure to review and let you know what I think, but the price is awesome and I love they have petite sizes!
  • Sejour ‘Ela’ Curvy Fit Pants (Plus Size) – Five colors, petite and standard plus sizes, and a classic cut that works year-round.  On sale for $52.80.

Dresses and Jumpsuits

Activewear

  • Zella ‘Z6’ Tee – I have this tee.  I love this tee.  I love that it comes in plus size as well as standard.  I love the colors, it’s lightweight, it’s flattering, and it’s under $18.
  • Nike ‘Leg-A-See AOP’ Leggings – I saw a woman wearing these very leggings in the LAX airport last week and they looked even cooler in person (though ladies, do not wear workout leggings with a man’s hoodie and UGG boots to the airport, please no).  On sale for less than $40.
  • Zella ‘Fusion’ Capris (Plus Size) – I love Zella, I love that they make quality reasonably priced activewear, and I love that they make plus size activewear that’s pretty and fun.  These capris are just that, and on sale 40% off.
  • Columbia ‘Adcadia’ Hooded Rain Jacket (Plus Size) – A great price for a great brand, and three colors to choose from.  This is the kind of jacket that’s good to own for a multitude of situations, I have one very similar I’ve had for years and wear often.

Underpinnings and Sleepwear


There’s far more available than what I have listed here.  Bras, panties, shapewear, hosiery, and more.  It’s worth taking a gander and filtering by your size to see if there’s any other great deals!

  • Halogen ‘No Show’ Camisole – More and more sheer and cutout styles are coming down the runways, it’s great to have a thin lightweight cami in your arsenal.  Even better when it’s on sale for for less than $14!
  • Halogen ‘Now Show’ Half Slip – It’s smart to have a couple half and full slips in your lingerie drawer, especially when summer dresses and skirts can be so lightweight and sheer!  Beige and black available.
  • Natori ‘Shangri-La’ Robe – I have this robe.  I had it in XL in black but when I lost a lot of my baby weight, it was too big.  I bought it in Large in red on Amazon, thinking it was a steal of a price for such an awesome robe.  Nope, this is a better price.

Shoes

  • BCBGeneration ‘Pinni’ Pump – A perfect pointed toe, 3″ slim heel pump in black leather that will go with everything.  I know, I have a pair from Nine West of a now-discontinued style I wear like crazy.  These are a perfect replacement and only $40.80.
  • TUSCANY by Easy Street ‘Lauria’ Sandal – Wedge slide sandals like these are summer mainstays; they look awesome with everything and are so easy and comfy.  Narrow to Extra Wide, nine colors available, and less than $45!
  • Seychelles ‘Into Thin Air’ Huarache – My favorite shoes ever were a pair of teal suede wedges from Seychelles – so comfortable and the color was amazing.  These look to be in the same teal suede color (also come in pink), and will be a nice pop of color with any outfit.  Great for those who want breathability but don’t want your heel or complete toes exposed.
  • Vince Camuto ‘Evel’ Sandal – This is very similar to the Effel I bought from Vince Camuto a couple years ago and wear. to. death. I wish I had a second pair for backup, they’re so perfect.  Three colors and wide widths available.
  • BCBGeneration ‘Funky’ Flat Sandal – A super classic sandal in four colors and gold metallic.  This is the kind of sandal that looks awesome with a maxi dress to a garden wedding as well as a pair of Bermudas and a tee shirt at the grocery store.  Less than $50.
  • Nine West ‘Antonecia’ Loafer – I want these for me, but I know they don’t work with my personal style, my feet, my ankles.  So if you can rock some slim-toe suede loafers with your ankle pants, boyfriend jeans, or shift dresses buy these and send me a photo so I can live vicariously through you!
  • Nine West ‘About That’ Gladiator Sandal – The thin straps and patent finish makes this a gladiator that could work in some offices or dress up for a daytime wedding.  $51.90 and three colors available.
  • Seychelles ‘Hazel’ – Nordstrom calls these a peeptoe pump, but I think that’s misleading.  It has a thin ankle strap and open toe, it’s more like a sandal with a wearable 2.5″ heel and comes in three colors.  Click this link for the same shoe in three other color options.  It’s a year-round classic shoe and on sale for less than $60.
  • Nine West ‘Jackpot’ Pump – This is the pump I’m wearing in this outfit post.  I think these shoes are really comfortable for the height.  On sale for less than $60.
  • Dr. Scholl’s ‘Tenacious’ Almond Toe Flat – A little less extreme than a pointed toe, but still elongating and more polished for the office.  Available in metallic and bone to work with your summer wardrobe.  On sale for less than $65.
  • SARTO by Franco Sarto ‘Sierra’ Block Heel Sandal – Another shoe I want you to buy so I can live vicariously through you.  Reviews say narrow, and I need wide wide wide for sandals like this.  But gosh it’s pretty, I don’t even know which of the colors I would choose if it would fit me!

There are plenty of other deals I didn’t list because there weren’t enough sizes left.  But I encourage you to check out the sale, filter by your size, and find some amazing scores for summer and beyond!

What I Wore: Polished Shine

Shirt: Foxcroft | Skirt: Kate Bosworth for Topshop (similar) | Shoes: Nine West “Flax” | Bracelets: Ann Taylor (similar) | Lipstick: Revlon Matte in Real Red

You may recall I was on a hunt for a metallic leather pencil skirt. I ordered one from ASOS that was returned same day – too cheap looking and the fit was dreadful. Found another at ASOS, it was too stiff and too big. Ordered one off eBay that is a hair too small and I can’t decide if I want to stretch it to fit or hold it to see if some of this winter weight comes off. I saw this one at Nordstrom but it sold out before I could score it in my size. I wrote some self-congratulating tweet on Black Friday about not shopping because there’s nothing I needed and I won’t buy it on sale if I didn’t need it full price. Then Nordstrom sent me an email letting me know this skirt was back in stock and in my size. So haughty Alison did actually shop on Black Friday!

This outfit isn’t quite right.  I still am on the hunt for a great white shirt – my InStyle Essentials one is a bit sheer and wrinkles quickly and looked too fitted into this hip-slung skirt, this one is too big and boxy.  I wanted to just wear this tucked in but this fits me more like a man’s shirt so it’s too much bulk. Guess I’ll just have to wear the skirt again and try a different combination!

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What I Wore and a Giveaway – Ruth Barzel Jewelry Design

Shirt: c/o Foxcroft | Jeans: Gap | Shoes: Halogen (similar) | Necklace: c/o Ruth Barzel Jewelry Design | Watch: Citizen c/o WatchCo | Bag: Brahmin (similar)

Accessories can transform the most basic wardrobe staples and make pieces a cohesive outfit. I just received this necklace from Ruth Barzel Jewelry Design and while it is BEGGING to be styled with an LBD for the holidays or worn with a beautiful silk blouse, I thought it could really make a statement with a simple white shirt and dark jeans. I haven’t carried my Brahmin bag in a while, and I thought the bright blue really made the emerald necklace pop!

Giveaway:

If you like this necklace and the other beautiful pieces I have featured from Ruth Barzel Jewelry Design, well today’s your lucky day! One Wardrobe Oxygen reader will win a $100 store credit to Ruth Barzel Jewelry Design!

Ruth Barzel makes all her unique pieces in the United States and is a local-yokel to me.  Not only that, she’s an awesome human being!  While I love the Emerald Quartz Nugget Statement Necklace I’m wearing here, I also love wearing her Blue Quartz Pendant Necklace and wear her Mixed Metal Chain Bracelet on a weekly basis. Ruth has offered all Wardrobe Oxygen readers 20% off her entire store, just use code OXYGEN20.  This discount will be in effect until the end of November, 2013.

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What I Wore: Reality

Dress: Lands’ End c/o Gwynnie Bee | Shoes: Ivanka Trump | Bracelets: c/o Lulu Avenue (Rhodes, Majorca, Granada) | Rings: Etsy | Earrings: c/o RocksBox | Lipstick: Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids in Neon Red

Reality is having your breasts seem to grow a whole cup size the week before your period and having none of your closet fit.
Reality is dressing for the weather.
Reality is being thankful for Gwynnie Bee who brings your wardrobe to your front door, cleaned and ready to go without having to put forth any thought or effort.
Reality is wearing your outfit – sitting to put on makeup, scrunching into the back of the car to belt in your child, hugging your dog, and having it all show on your garments.
Reality is trying to distract with a mega pop of color on the lips.

The family and I have had a busy few weeks.  Going to Kentucky for a music festival (details soon), doing some home redecorating (details soon), attending another music festival in Maryland, a few photo shoots for Karl and me heading to NYC for two days for a fun project with Foxcroft (details soon), lots of projects and busy days at work.  We see the light at the end of the tunnel, we’re glad to have had all the experiences but are ready for some chill time.  In the mean time, I dress for reality!

By the way, Lulu Avenue sent me a few great bracelets, I’ve been wearing the leather one from this post quite often but this is the first time I wore these bangles.  They’re a great choice for those who have large hands or wrists, they’re a bit bigger than the other gold bangles I wear, but as you see they aren’t so big that they look wonky on smaller wrists.

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Pink and Gold

Top: eloquii c/o Gwynnie Bee | Jeans: NYDJ | Shoes: Born “Myndy” | Bracelet: c/o IN PINK | Necklace: Belonged to my mom | Earrings: Argento Vivo

The problem with taking quick pictures before work is there’s no time to check proofs, no full length mirror for adjustments, just shoot, take the memory card, and go. The belt was supposed to be hidden. While this blouse is gorgeous, it’s a bit too long for me. I decided to use a belt to blouse it, and I knew the belt was hidden from view. However after hugging a child and a dog, putting things in my car, dashing back to the house to get my forgotten iPhone, the shirt shifted and the belt was in view and Karl didn’t know it was to be styled in any other manner. Oh well, you can get the idea!

I ordered this top from Gwynnie Bee thinking I could wear it to Forecastle with distressed denim shorts per this post.  It really is a perfect summer blouse – it looks dressy but it’s that crepey fabric that doesn’t cling, and it has an exposed zipper in back that really dresses it up.  While I paired it with white jeans, this would also look lovely with ivory or brown trousers or traditional indigo denim.  I know I wear a lot of dresses from Gwynnie Bee, but as you see they have all sorts of clothing to rent.  Click this link and get a free 30-day trial to check out the program for yourself!

I’ll be heading to NYC this week with Sally from Already Pretty to work on a really cool project for Foxcroft (I’ll be sure to share it here on the blog when it’s ready!) but I’d love to meet some of you if you’re in town. We’ll be at the Pig N’ Whistle on 36th at 8:00pm on Wednesday, July 24th and we’d love to hang with you!

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