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Sick Day

I stayed up all night coughing a layer off my lungs. Good times.

Today my husband went for a hike with his best friend, and I am trying to purify the home. Laundry, change the sheets, sterilize the bathroom, a quick run of the vacuum (after watching Project Runway, of course!).

White terry robe from Land’s End. The BEST bathrobe ever! So sturdy and warm and cozy (be warned – they run large). Under it is a black ROOR tee-shirt belonginf to my husband. On the bottom is a pair of my husband’s boxers from Banana Republic. On my feet are these hideous ankle socks my mom bought me for the 4th of July – red and white stripes with a blue square of stars on the top of the foot.

Ask Allie: Wearing White Jeans in Winter

I don’t know why there’s snow on the ground and I want to wear my white jeans but I do. How can I make them work in winter? I’m 45, self-employed and prefer a more classic yet relaxed style.

Get those white jeans out of storage because they are hotter than ever in the winter months! As long as they are denim and not linen, twill, or another summery fabric they can easily be winterized. I’ve written about white jeans before, but you are not the only one who has asked me to revisit this topic in the dead of winter. Below a few outfits to get your sartorial juices flowing and to see how white denim can really rock in winter.

Ideas on how to style white jeans in winter by Wardrobe Oxygen

White jeans look so fresh with soft neutrals. Cream, tan, taupe and grey look so elegant against white. Choose rich textures like suede, cashmere, alpaca, and angora for a rich and seasonally appropriate effect. With this ensemble, I chose shades of pebble and taupe, and highlighted a popular look this winter – tall or over the knee suede boots and slouchy poncho-inspired sweaters. Gold jewelry and a glossy pinky nude lip add just the right bit of shine. To prevent being too matchy matchy, not only is the bag a different shade from the boots it’s a different fabric. It’s more stylish to mix up colors and textures so don’t be afraid to pair leather with suede, or brown with a color.

Ideas on how to style white jeans in winter by Wardrobe Oxygen

When white denim is paired with something obviously wintry, it helps the jeans look purposeful. I love the contrast of a plaid flannel and white jeans. If the shirt has a feminine fit, consider leaving it untucked, maybe with an extra button unbuttoned to show a peek of a camisole or low-necked Henley. A pair of rugged boots in a soft shade keep your feet warm, and the low contrast color keeps the look cohesive. Again, don’t be afraid to mix leathers as I did with a tan leather watch band and gray glazed bag. The choice of three leather/suede pieces is purposeful so it doesn’t look as though you grabbed boots and bag willy-nilly, you made a conscious decision to mix fabrics and did it with style. If you’re a low-fuss woman, no need to apply makeup for your relaxed style; regular application of a balm (this is my current favorite) will keep your lips soft and supple.

Ideas on how to style white jeans in winter by Wardrobe Oxygen

And finally, this look is polished and classic with a modern twist. Considering your personal style you likely already have a gray turtleneck and black blazer in your wardrobe. Balance the dark colors on top with a black Chelsea boot for a classic yet comfortable ensemble, but consider adding a bit of personality with a statement bag and a wash of a sheer red lipcolor (I have this balm stain and swear by it; I’ve had friends of different ages and skintones agree it’s a wearable soft red for most everyone and budget friendly too!).

Hopefully these ideas will show you that it’s okay to wear white jeans in the snow, and you can do it without losing your personal style aesthetic or looking like a fashion victim!

Snow Day!

Today I am working from home because the roads are snow coated with an inch or two of ice. Add to that I parked on the street last night and they plowed the roads onto my car and then it iced over.

Too bad my work’s FTP site is not letting me access it from my home and my work laptop has decided to not access my wireless internet. I am on my husband’s computer typing this, checking email but otherwise unable to be productive. He is shoveling the front walk so the mail lady doesn’t break her neck, I am sitting in my robe writing this.

We think we’ll get all bundled up and walk to the town center to see if there is a movie, maybe check out the new yoga studio he will be substituting at, get some Chinese, maybe some chai at the cafe and see the winter wonderland.

Hunp Day!

The fashionista is BACK! I looked at myself in the mirror today and was pretty pleased with my reflection.

Yet again, the hairstyle looks better a few days after. I did it curly, and bought a new collection of products – Suave has a line that is like the curly line from Matrix, but only $1.57 each at your local Target. I bought the shampoo, conditioner, root lifter and curling mousse. Washed and conditioned, applied an egg-size bit of the mousse and a few sprays of my Pantene thickening spray. Dried the hair with an ionic dryer with diffuser. Then I sprayed the whole head with my Marc Anthony Strictly Curls Humidity Spray, then re-curled the unruly areas with a curling iron. I shaped the bangs with a boar bristle round brush and the dryer sans diffuser. It looks GREAT, I really like it!

So the outfit – white ribbed tank from J. Crew, my beloved denim trouers from Ann Taylor, my navy twill shrunken blazer from Talbots. Around the neck is a long strand of sea-green and pale gray-blue and teeny silver beads – thank you Target. Silver cuff on the wrist and my tan leather thong heels from Mossimo/Target. Not a thrilling set, but I think I look quite hip, work-appropriate but fun. Wish I had a happy hour to attend after work!

Makeup is simple – L’Oreal True Match foundation, MAC stick concealer, Chanel powder, light dusting of Bare Escentuals Warmth as a bronzer. On eyes is The Body Shop’s Granit on the lids, lashes curled, two coats of MAC X mascara in black, a touch of black kohl liner from The Body Shop around lash line. On lips is The Body Shop’s Sheer Lip Color in 06, which I believe is Sheer Caramel (touch darker and more brown than my lips).

A Day Late….

Nice picture, eh? No power at the house means Dilly needs to use her flash.

Black merino boatneck from Banana Republic. Favorite lowrise bootcut jeans from the Gap. Black Enzo boots. Silver hoops and cuff bracelet.

Hair unwashed, flat and limp. Tried to rememdy with a straightening iron but resorted to a baseball cap come time for the after-work happy hour.

Makeup was gathered in the dark – MAC’s Studio Fix foundation, MAC concealer, a touch of Nars Orgasm, black MAC mascara and gray Body Shop eyeshadow.

Training Day

Today I am conducting training for my supervisors and PMs. have to look competant and legitimate.

Black ribbed crew neck sweater from Chico’s. Gray cuffed trousers, part of a Tahari suit from Nordstrom. Black pearl necklace from my sister, looped twice around the neck. Black Enzo boots.

Hair is stright today, and tried parting it on the other side. trying to cover up growing out highlights and a badly needed haircut. Think it looks dresdful, but ahve received two compliments. VO5 mousse at the roots, Sexy Straight balm on the tips, and some BioSilk to cover up split ends.

makeup is MAC’s Studio Tech applied with a sponged dampened with Body Shop Vitamin E Mist. MAC concealer. Bit of Nars Orgasm blush. Petal pink shadow on the lid, gray in the crease and along lash line 9both by The Body Shop). Black mascara from MAC. Pale pink gloss from Sally Hansen.

Hump Day!

My trusty denim blazer from Ann Taylor. Black cotton knit shell from Ann Taylor Loft. Black trousers from… you guessed it, Ann Taylor. Black pointy boots from Enzo. Three strand silver necklace bought at a renaissance festival. Two coral glass chip necklaces bought at at a boutique near the beach. Long wood and bead necklace wrapped twice – bought at Claire’s Boutique. Silver hoops and cuff.

Makeup is very subtle because I was running late and fetl sort of icky from all the cigarette smoke last night. Even Bare Escentuals couldn’t cover my red eyes and bags. Pale taupe shadow (The Body Shop), fine line of liquid liner (Maybelline), dustong of blush (Nars), and a clear lipgloss because I left my Spice tinted lip balm (Aveda) in my desk at work.

Labor Day Super Sales

I don’t believe in shopping just to shop, but if you have holes in your closet or need to update for the colder months, there’s some AWESOME sales going down this Labor Day weekend!


This morning I hit up LOFT and got this camo sweater, this striped sweater, and these pants for about $145. 50% off everything, no code needed. Deal ends 9/1/14 so don’t delay!


50% off select full priced items and 50% off all sale prices. Not too shabby, and a great way to score a nice suit or a holiday season frock for a nice price. But the best deal I see on the 50% off full price is the shoes – great time for some classic shoes for work and social affairs at killer prices – Eryn Kitten Heel or Favian Pump for $64 and the Leiah flats for only $39.


Oh, this sale is dangerous, you know how much I’m loving Talbots lately! They’re having 25% off all full-priced items and have taken extra discounts on sale so they’re up to 80% off. I am dying over this bucket bag and think this denim shirt dress is utterly adorable for work and weekends.  I’ve gotten many good shoe deals from Talbots and they have some awesome ones right now; these wedges are great for late summer/early fall and prep for next year, and these metallic peep toe flats are too cute.  Shop while there’s still decent selection.


Eloquii is having their friends and family event right now which means 40% off your entire order and free shipping for any order over $100.  Use promo code FRIEND. I used their Studio Midi and if I were 2″ taller I would have kept it, it’s so well made and GORGEOUS in person, and this perforated faux leather midi is drool-worthy and would look so cute with a band tee or glammed up with a cashmere sweater.


40% off Final Sale items (and some at 50% off) with the promo code WEEKEND. Final Sale can be scary, but if you know the items or the brand, it’s a good time to get some sweet deals. I usually use this kind of sale to stock up on tees, tanks, and snag some fun accessories (like this gorgeous classic link bracelet).


J. Crew Factory is also having a major sale, where the majority of the site is 40 – 60% off. This means classic cashmere cardigans under $100, this ponte dress that I own and love is under $60 (under $50 if you dig navy as much as I do), and this killer leather skirt that will look cool now and years from now is only $159.50.


Nordstrom is having their clearance sale with up to 40% off, and there’s some real awesome and current items part of it. My Tasha necklace is now only $34.80, this tweed jacket is a steal under $80 that can be worn to the most conservative offices of dressed down for the weekend with jeans, and I have this jacket in ivory and think this price is insane. Click here to see everything that’s on clearance.


Online, you can get 20% off your purchase with the promo code HAPPY, but sale ends 8/30/14 so take advantage while you can. Do note this deal doesn’t work on jeans, leather and suede items, shoes, and a few other things. Though the deal didn’t work on sale, the prices on these Sexy Boyfriend jeans and True Straights with the raw edge were too good so I snagged them anyway.


40% off EVERYTHING! And gosh, is Banana Republic’s new collection awesome (I see your touch Marissa Webb and I am loving it!). Totally digging this sweater moto, and this shirt dress would work now with sandals or come fall with tall boots or tights.  Use promo code BRLABOR, sale ends 9/1/14.


Oh Old Navy, I have such a love/hate relationship with you! This summer I found some great scores (like this dress), so I’m feeling hopeful about their fall collection and right now the entire store is up to 50% off.  May have to snag this awesome leopard pencil skirt and this dress is the perfect thing to wear on weekends with boots or a pair of Shorelines.


Dorothy Perkins’ sale department has been reduced even more where items are up to 70% off. Spend $50 and get free shipping with promo code DSHIP50.  I’m digging this striped crop top, think it would look so cute with the full midi skirts that are everywhere this season, and this $15 dress is such a score and perfect for everything from work to a weekend bridal shower or day wedding.


For you parents of little ones, Gymboree is having 40% off everything. I know, right? Get back to school shopping pronto!


Pants, jeans, and jumpsuits are buy one, get one free at New York & Company. Rest of the store (except clearance) is 50% off. They’re also offering free shipping on any order over $50.  How cute is this dress from their Eva Mendes Collection?  And OMG regarding this jumpsuit – gorgeous and nice to see a stretchy one you can easily get on and off!


Y’all know I love me some MYHABIT, well they’re having and end of season sale where they’re clearing out and items are up to 80% off. Sale ends 7pm EST 9/1/14.

Have you seen any other great deals happening this weekend? Do share in the comments!

Happy Independence Day!

Go ahead, wear the shorts!

Go ahead, wear the shorts!

To my American readers, happy Independence Day! Today is a day to celebrate our freedom, and I can’t think of a better way to enjoy cookouts, fireworks, and parades than with the freedom to wear whatever you want!

Rock that rhinestone flag tee shirt, the shorts decorated in stars and stripes, the flag sunglasses, the red, white, and blue sequined tank. Independence Day is like December where it’s acceptable to don the patriotic version of an ugly Christmas sweater and a light-up necklace resembling twinkle lights.

And while we’re at it, wear those tank tops, rock those shorts, and beat the heat any way you darn well please. Everyone’s going to be too focused on fun to notice your figure, but they will notice if you’re hiding out indoors to stay cool or trying to cover yourself with a beach towel. When you give yourself the freedom to dress for the situation instead of your figure flaws, the comfort shows and you radiate like those fireworks.

Have fun, be safe, and enjoy the holiday!


White Before Memorial Day

Blazer: c/o Karen Kane | Tank: H&M (similar) | Scarf: Liberty (similar) | Jeans: Gap | Shoes: Ivanka Trump | Bracelets:Emerson” c/o Kristin Biggs, Stella and Dot, Nordstrom, JewelMint, old

Were you expecting a post about white after Labor Day/before Memorial Day? I have already ranted about that a half a dozen times on this blog (quickly found this rant, this rant, and this rant) and have ranted myself silly. But I did want to say that wearing winter white jeans is not the same as wearing pure white linen trousers. Wearing a white blazer is not the same as a strapless white eyelet dress. White sandals is not the same as white peeptoe booties with a chunky black sole. I see so many showing off how they’re bucking tradition and wearing white, and then it’s something ivory or winter white, or white with a heavy black sole or black stitching or paired with a black cashmere sweater and black boots. It’s not the same, and I can’t give you a SO BRAVE medal for it.

But you in the thin white cotton skinny jeans with a pink oxford and white peeptoe wedges walking down M street swinging your wicker bag and smiling behind your cat eye shades, yes, I did give you the side eye. It may be really warm in DC today, but it’s not July and you might have waited a few more weeks before pulling out that outfit. Call me old fashioned, but I don’t think warm weather justifies dressing inappropriately. That’s the equivalent to having an unusually chilly day in August and wearing a wool beanie and Sorel boots.

However, when you’re a four year old who just can’t fathom the concept of snow one week and summer-esque temps the next… you let her get away with a parka and fake UGGs decorated with Hello Kitty stickers.  As I have said before, rules are easily broken by those who are True Fashionistas!

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Friday: Denim Day!

Sweater: Ann Taylor (similar) | Shirt: CAbi (similar) | Jeans: c/o Liverpool Jeans Company | 
Boots: DUO (similar) | Silver cuff

It’s FRIDAY!! I know I only worked three days this week, but it was so hard getting back into the grind. It’s nice to have a little break to recoup and get properly back into the swing of things. However, this weekend is Emerson’s 4th birthday party and I have done diddly other than send out invites and make a grocery list. Tonight we’ll be taking down the tree, tomorrow cleaning like mad people and trying to whip up some decor or theme, and Sunday we’ll be overloaded with family and toddler friends. Last year we invited three of Emerson’s friends to her party, this year we asked her who she wanted there. It’s fun to have her at an age where she has favorite friends and knows them and is excited to “be a hostess” to them!

Since it was an early day, no fancy husband photos, just a MySpace-esque shot in the office bathroom. However I couldn’t pass up on an outfit post because I have fallen madly in love with Liverpool Jeans. Last week I wore their Sadie Straight Jeans, these are their Abby Skinny Jeans. I must admit when I opened the package and saw they sent me skinny jeans my heart fell. I usually can’t pull skinny jeans up over my calves, they are so wide. If I can shimmy them on, they looked painted on and highlight all the aspects of my legs that I don’t want highlighted. I was really surprised that they fit, aren’t cutting off circulation to my feet, feel great on, and don’t stretch out so much during the day that I can slide them off without unbuttoning (hello Old Navy). Liverpool Jeans slim and lift like other popular brands, but with a lower pricepoint and cute details like Beatles lyrics printed on the inside. I love that they hold their shape during the day – no exposed undies or baggy knees by lunchtime. Over the holiday break I pretty much lived in my two pairs of Liverpools. Liverpool Jeans are currently available at Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Dillard’s, Amazon, as well as 1600+ specialty boutiques across the country; also if you ‘like’ Liverpool on Facebook you can get your own pair of jeans by entering to win their weekly giveaway. They’re pretty active on Twitter and Pinterest too!

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Happy Independence Day!

I hope all of you Americans have a spectacular and safe 4th of July! We’re heading to the lake this evening for Emerson’s first fireworks experience. What are your holiday plans?

Image from PAPERFASHION, a blog by Katie Rodgers that you must visit for beautiful art and fashionable inspiration!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

I was in the elevator and a coworker from a different floor gets on.

“So, any great plans for going out tonight?”

I had to stop and think why she would think I would have plans on a Wednesday night. Oh yeah, it’s Saint Patrick’s Day.

I mumbled something about having to watch the baby, I couldn’t admit at that moment that my life no longer has room for green beer on weeknights.

But if I had the chance again, I would be more honest about it. For, I really am okay with not having a green beer on weekdays sort of life.

Today I took my lunch in the park across from my office building, wishing I had my sunglasses so I could People Watch without people realizing it. A few party buses drove by – those converted school buses that now have more neon lighting in them than an Isuzu Amigo in 1992. I remember riding in one of those busses for a bachelorette party – we had a bar crawl, matching tee shirts, boas and the bride-to-be wore a plastic tiara. I looked in the windows of the party bus and saw young girls in green metallic eyeshadow, flipping around green boas as they giggled and screamed to one another. They must have called out sick to their jobs… or maybe college classes? I can’t properly gauge age any more. I can’t tell if someone is 21 or 35 any more. And I have no clue if I look 30 or 40.

I think I may leave work early today – I came in early the past two days. I look forward to celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day by hanging out on the front walk with Emerson, letting her play with a piece of bright green non-toxic sidewalk chalk. We did that last night, taking advantage of Daylight Savings time and a rain-free evening. I drew circles and hearts and stars, she chomped off the tip of the orange chalk (that’s what we get for offering her carrots as teething sticks) and wouldn’t let go of the aqua one, making delicate squiggles all over the step.

A year ago, I was sad that I no longer had the lifestyle that allowed for green beer, Kegs and Eggs, skipping work to spend it in an Irish pub. But now… I wouldn’t want it even if I could.

And nope, no green today. Black crewneck sweater from Banana Republic, black trousers from Semantiks, black patent Mary Janes, chunky silver necklace from Ann Taylor with my silver cuff and hoops. An outfit that is me, not someone I am trying to be.

Mother’s Day Weekend

Alison Debbie DC9Sharon Jones and the Dap KingsBen's Chili Bowl
This was the weekend of the wrap dress.

Saturday night I had my first Girls Night Out since Emerson came in to my life. My sister and I had a fun evening in DC – dinner, a drink, to see Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings at the 9:30 Club, a post-concert drink and then a late-night snack at Ben’s Chili Bowl.

I wore my black wrap dress from Ann Taylor, red shoes from Sofft, and usually wouldn’t take a purse this large to a concert but I had to take my pump with me because I was going to be gone for so long.

This is a picture I took of myself in the lovely bathroom at 9:30 Club.

I did my hair straight because it is in DESPERATE need of a haircut and curly ends up looking scraggly. Silver hoops and cuff and my “Emerson” necklace from Tags-n-Stones.

The night was awesome – I always have fun with my sister and it was great to get out. Sharon Jones put on a phenomenal show as well. And for all my years living in the DC area, I had yet to go to Ben’s Chili Bowl, so that was cool (and quite delish!).

Sunday, my husband made me his fabulous French Toast for breakfast. We just spent time enjoying the nice weather, took a nap, had a relaxing day. That night we went to dinner with my mom and sister (and of course Emerson!).

On Sunday I wore almost the same exact outfit, the same dress but in the blue print. Hair straight again, same shoes. Love having a collection of dresses, it makes it so easy to get dressed for almost any occasion!

Random Acts of Kindness Day

February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day.

Use this holiday as a way to care for your fellow woman. For one day, don’t visit TMZ, Perez or Defamer to find out about Britney. For one day, stop to compliment a stranger on the street for her pretty shoes or nice hair. Hold the door at the store, let a woman senior to you on the train or in the church doors before you. Help a mother overloaded with bags and children get her groceries to her car. Call your mother and tell her how much you love her. Before you start to criticize a fellow woman’s actions, looks or lifestyle today, take a moment to imagine yourself in her shoes. Instead of a sneer, for one day offer compassion and a genuine smile. You never know, she may need that smile more than you can image.

Practice Random Acts of Kindness today, and find yourself becoming more beautiful from it! And after your day of kindness, I would love you to come here and comment on how it affected you!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

World AIDS Day

December 1st is World AIDS Day, a day created by the World Health Organization in 1988 to raise awareness and focus people’s attention on the global AIDS epidemic.

In 2007, there are over 33 million people living with AIDS, 2.5 million of that number are children under the age of 15. 2.5 million people were infected with this disease just this year, and over 2 million have already died from AIDS in 2007.

What can you do? Don’t pretend this disease doesn’t exist; it has been proven time and time again that this is not a disease that affects only one type of people or one country on this planet. This is a disease that has affected every community on this planet and can be prevented with proper education and precaution.

Showing your support raises awareness and necessary funds to fight this epidemic. There are many ways that you can look chic and help fight AIDS and support those afflicted with the disease.

VivaGlam by M.A.C.
This is the 13th year of the M.A.C. AIDS Fund, a charity that works to fight AIDS in places that bigger charities may not. The Fund recently has committed 1.75 million to address the HIV/AIDS issue in the Caribbean. Over these 13 years, M.A.C. has raised more than 100 million for The Fund through the sell of their VivaGlam lipsticks (100% of the profits go to The Fund).

There are three lipsticks and two glossed in the VivaGlam collection – a color for every woman and every complexion. Know you are buying from a well-respected brand and supporting a very noble cause.
Shop VivaGlam at M.A.C.

The Bracelet
Until There’s a Cure is a charity founded in 1993 by two California mothers who were parents of children with HIV/AIDS. They have created The Bracelet which is a beautiful way to support this charity and wear a stylish symbol representing your commitment to helping end this epidemic.

The Bracelet can be purchased at the Until There’s a Cure website (along with many other things like autographed celebrity photos), or at local retailers like Ben Bridge Jewelers, Virgin Megastores and The Body Shop.
Purchase The Bracelet online

The Underground Sound of DC
The Whitman-Walker Clinic holds a place in my heart, considering where I was raised and where I currently live and work. It is a non-profit community-based health organization serving the Washington, DC metropolitan region. The Clinic is run by volunteers and staff who provide high quality, comprehensive, accessible health care and community services. Whitman-Walker Clinic is especially committed to ending the suffering of all those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Currently the Whitman-Walker Clinic is offering a CD titled The Underground Sound of DC which is a compilation of the best electronica music from the city (including globally recognized artists like The Thievery Corporation). All proceeds from the sale of the CD support The Clinic.
Purchase the CD.

(RED) was created by Bono of U2 and Bobby Shriver, the chairman of DATA to raise money for the Global Fund. The Global Fund supports women and children affected by HIV and AIDS in Africa. Many well-respected and highly-coveted brands have joined (RED) – brands that give a portion of the proceeds of their (RED) products to The Global Fund. A few of my faves from this line:

Buy any pair of Converse (PRODUCT) RED shoes and a portion of the proceeds will go to The Global Fund, to help fight AIDS in Africa. The simple Converse Chuck Taylor is a great knock-around shoe for men and women; my husband and I both have a pair of low-top black “Chucks” for weekends and casual affairs. I love the idea of designing your own pair of “Chucks” (you can even put your name on them!) and having your purchase help those in need.
Design your own (PRODUCT) RED shoes with Converse

The latest (RED) partner, Hallmark’s (PRODUCT) RED collection includes an inspired line of cards, gifts, flowers and gift wrap, including the INSPI(RED) keepsake holiday ornament. The ornament would be a great gift for the hostess of your next holiday party, and nothing better than to wrap those gifts this season with paper that will be helping women and children in Africa.
See the Hallmark (PRODUCT) RED collection

Give more than music. Choose (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition iPod models and the iTunes (PRODUCT) RED gift card, and Apple gives a portion of the purchase price to fight AIDS in Africa. We all know people will be receiving iTunes gift cards and iPods this holiday season – why not have them be ones with some thought behind them?
Buy (PRODUCT) RED from Apple

The popular band The Killers have turned their Christmas single “Don’t Shoot Me Santa” (RED), with 100% of the proceeds to benefit the Global Fund, for investment in African AIDS programs.
Buy the single on iTunes now

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Blog Action Day

Bloggers Unite - Blog Action Day

What if every blog wrote about the same topic on the same day? what impact would it have? What change could us bloggers make?

This coming Monday, October 15th join me and over 10,000 bloggers and write about the same topic – the environment. A topic that we’re all talking about, and many of us want to do more to help.

From Blog Action Day:
On October 15th – Blog Action Day, bloggers around the web will unite to put a single important issue on everyone’s mind.

In its inaugural year, Blog Action Day will be co-ordinating bloggers to tackle the issue of the environment.

What Each Blogger Will Do
Bloggers can participate on Blog Action Day in one of two ways:

1. Publish a post on their blog which relates to an issue of their own choice pertaining to the environment.

For example: A blog about money might write about how to save around the home by using environmentally friendly ideas. Similarly a blog about politics might examine what weight environmental policy holds in the political arena.

Posts do not need to have any specific agenda, they simply need to relate to the larger issue in whatever way suits the blogger and readership. Our aim is not to promote one particular viewpoint, only to push the issue to the table for discussion.

2. Commit to donating their day’s advertising earnings to an environmental charity of their choice. There is a list of “official” Blog Action Day charities on the site, however bloggers are also free to choose an alternate environmental charity to donate to if they wish.

And that’s it.

I really cannot think of a single theme blog who cannot write about the environment and not have it be relevant to their topic and their readers. I know the majority of you who do read this blog write somewhere else – you may have your own blog on fashion and beauty, a personal online journal, maybe a Facebook or MySpace page where you sometimes post your thoughts. I encourage all of you, no matter the size of your readership to participate or at least promote this campaign.

And if you do take part, leave a comment with a link to your blog so we can all share in your ideas and thoughts!

No White After Labor Day!

So ladies, it’s that time of year. The time where you are expected to stash away those sandals and shorts and suddenly don cable-knit sweaters and cords. Here in the Nation’s Capital it’s around 95 degrees and I have a feeling that come Tuesday the weather wills till be as hot. I can recall Halloweens as a child, sweating to death in my faux-fur cat costume. So of course you aren’t expected to suddenly change to woolens come September 4th, but with the change in the seasons should be a certain change in your fashion outlook.

What About White?
Many of us were raised with the rule that you never wear white after Labor Day or before Memorial Day. Is this still gospel? Well… it’s kind of hard to answer.

A few seasons ago Balenciaga featured white patent shoes for December and many a fashionista has been photographed in a black cashmere turtle with white jeans in the cooler months. This doesn’t mean all white is acceptable.

Magazines may show that you can take your gauzy white sundress and make it fall-worthy with dark tights and a turtleneck but we all know that look RARELY works in real life. Take your linen, eyelet and gauze and pack them away until next year. Same with all-white dresses, belts and handbags. The weather may still be sweltering, but the tone has changed. Get through the last few hot weeks of the year with more subdued of colors.

As for white shoes, I say unless you can afford the Balenciagas, put them away. Personally, I think the only people who should own a pair of white shoes are nurses, graduates and brides. Tan is a far better color for your summer styles and they don’t have an expiration date. White can easily look cheap or tacky and if you get a scuff, they suddenly go from summery to fugly.

So what white can you keep? White tops are okay, as long as they are not strapless, gauzy beachy styles. I think white jeans can work if they aren’t Clorox-pure. A winter white hue, white with tan stitching, these sorts of details make them look seasonless and not a summer leftover. The fashionistas are right – they look chic with a black cashmere turtleneck and boots. White blazers can last another month or so when paired with black or dark denim. A white suit can work in some circles if paired say with a black top and black or printed shoes. White bags are acceptable if they follow the rules of the white jeans – have black or tan stitching and accents or are more ivory or winter white.

What is a Summer-Only Dress?
Today at lunch I saw a woman enter the restaurant wearing the same Old Navy sundress that I own. It’s cotton with a v-neck, empire waist and full babydoll-inspired skirt. The dress hits both she and me a couple inches above the knee. For me, this dress was worn on weekends with flip flops to barbecues and over a swimsuit at the beach or pool. This woman decided to Fall-erize it with a brown spandex ballet tee and brown leggings under it and russet-hued peeptoe flats. Great shoes and I would love to know who makes that tee, but the outfit was pathetic. She didn’t make that dress appropriate for the shorter and cooler days, she just looked as though she put fall accessories with a very summer dress.

Now some summer dresses can transition to fall quite easily. Pieces in black, brown and other dark shades carry over nicely. A pattern can go well, if it is a subtle hue. It’s pretty hard to make aqua, coral or candy pink look right in September. However a print in olive, terracotta or indigo can look quite cute with a pair of brown t-strap pumps in place of your tan sandals. Heavier fabrics like twill, ponte de roma and denim will work well with tights and Mary Janes or a white collared shirt or turtleneck underneath come October. No matter what Lucky magazine may say, unless you are a creative genius, pack up the flippy summery gauzy pieces and don’t try to marry them with dark underpinnings.

What is a Summer-Only Shoe?
Flip-flops. These should be retired except for padding around your house and yard. This includes the leather, patent and beaded variations.

The gladiator sandal. I love this look for the warmer months, but it’s just not a right look in September.

Shoes out of summer fabrics or in summer colors and patterns. This means candy pink, tangerine, aqua, lime, celadon, pale blue, white and cream. No Swiss dot, no eyelet, no linen, no madras, no gingham, no seersucker. I don’t care if you pair them with darker jeans and a blazer, these are summer shoes, these trends have retired for the year and therefore should retire from your closet.

What Else Should I Pack Away?
Clear, straw or mesh bags, anything with rope detail, any shorts that are not City shorts, your distressed denim minis, anything that shows your navel (another thing I am wondering why it even exists in your wardrobe), capris and cotton or cargo skirts that are not a neutral color (the neutrals can last a couple more weeks).

A good rule of thumb is that if your summer piece has classic or fall trend inspiration (black, darker hues or a neutral, 40s styling, darker prints, simple cuts, classic pieces like white shirts, sweater shells and pencil skirts) it can carry over until the weather cools. Switching the pants from white to black often does the trick in making a top fall-appropriate, as does switching sandals for a shoe with more coverage. Switching out your bag for a more substantial piece and putting away your bronzer can also get the job done. The weather may not change, but the season has. A few modifications can make your transition into the new season quite simple!

Thursday is Meeting Day

I try to look nice on Thurdsdays becase I have four hours worth of meetings. I want to look like a person with clout and authority as I run these meetings.

Brown merino v-neck from The Gap. Brown wool cuffed trousers from Ann Taylor, nicely creased. Turquoise chunky necklace from target. Silver cuff bracelet. Brown and tan snakeskin pumps from Nine West.

Hair is second day dirty, straightened out the bed head with a round boar bristle brush and the dryer, straightened the kinked out front with my iron.

Makeup is i.d. Bare Escentuals foundation and concealer, Nars Orgasm blush. Eyes, I did Clinique Snow in the corners, Body Shop’s Fawn Pearl over the lid, lashes with several coats of MAC X mascara, black kohl liners around the edges of the eyes for a soft look. on lips is Body Shop’s Sheer Lipcolor in Sheer Pink.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Raspberry merino v-neck from Ann Taylor Loft. Denim trousers from Ann Taylor (just came in the mail yesterday!), two anthracite and bead necklaces from Express. Black Enzo boots.

Makeup is L’Oreal True Match foundation, Chanel concealer and powder. Nars Orgasm on the cheeks. On the lids is Champagne Pink shadow from the Body Shop on the lids, Crown Jewels shadow from L’Oreal in the crease and along the lash line. On the lips is Maybelline lipstick in Ripe Plum.

Hair is straightened with the iron, touch of spray wax on the tips.