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Throwback Thursday

There’s a lot of aspects of social media that I like, one big one is the special occasions like Follow Friday (#FF on Twitter) and Throwback Thursday (#TBT on both Twitter and Instagram). Throwback Thursday is awesome because you see pictures of those you follow from years ago. I especially love seeing fashion bloggers from when they were children, and when they are wearing outfits that could easily be seen today on any city’s streets. I must say I crack up when I see people wearing acid wash, pleated jeans, neon crop tops, fishnet, and many other trends I rocked in the ‘80s.

The ‘80s were a fun time sartorially, especially since I spent them in elementary and middle school (and the beginning of high school), just beginning to see fun in fashion and having the ability to make sartorial decisions. While I doubt you’ll see me wear acid washed denim or fringed tee shirts advertising Ocean City any time soon, the decade still influences and inspires me on a regular basis.

I catch myself being drawn to distressed denim, strong shoulders, off the shoulder sweatshirts, peplums, and touches of neon. I have to admit, I still love the fashion in the the ZZ Top “Legs” video!

Are you also a fan of the ‘80s? Then set your DVRs for Sunday, April 14th at 8pm for the National Geographic Channel. They’re having a six part series titled, The ‘80s: The Decade That Made Us; Sunday evening will begin a three-part miniseries to kick off the whole series.  Narrated by Rob Lowe, the series will feature a variety of ‘80s celebrities and pundits discussing all sorts of things about the era, from politics and technological innovations, to hit movies and TV shows, fashion, and how it continues to shape the world we live in today. I know I’ll be watching, and will be sure to let you know what I thought about it!

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Throwback Thursday: Junkyard Band

I was born in DC.  When I was a toddler my parents moved to Prince George’s County, right outside the city. I grew up in PG County, went to college in PG County (go Terps!), moved away for a bit after school but came back about a decade ago and have chosen to raise my child here. PG County often gets a bad rap, and while sometimes it’s warranted, you can’t judge the whole area by a few bad apples. The best part about living in PG County is the diversity. I lived near and went to school with people of all races, religions, cultures, backgrounds, and economic levels and am happy to have my daughter experience the same.

The second best thing about growing up in PG County? Being exposed to Go-Go! Since we’re right on the DC border we experienced all the DC-specific culture and absorbed it like a sponge. I can remember going to one of my first boy-girl parties in middle school and we played “Sardines” by Junkyard Band on repeat at least a dozen times, all dancing and singing along. Every time I hear this song I am transported back to being a tween.


Those not from the DC area may recognize the song from being in the movie Tougher Than Leather.

I recently read an article about DC not having its own culture, that with so many transplants thanks to the government, military, and colleges we’re more of a melting pot but I disagree.  If you get to know DC past K Street you’ll realize the city has a very clear, defined, and unique culture.  DC has a different fashion sense, innovative music, art, and food.  While I no longer live in the city limits, I still adore DC and am glad I work here so I can come visit every day.

And now I’m craving a half smoke

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Throwback Thursday: Midnight Showing

Oh the hair!

Oh the hair products!

Oh the Revlon Toast of New York lipstick!

Oh the Swatch watches!

My friend sent this to me and I just HAD to share!  It was the summer of 1990 and for a teenager the coolest places to be were the pool and the movies. The movie Dick Tracy was coming out and we decided to go to the midnight showing on opening night. I mean, hello Madonna and Warren Beatty! Our ticket was the tee shirt we were wearing; I can recall other midnight showings that were big to-dos with tee shirts and fancy details. I did some Googling to see if I could find more info on the shirts and found one for sale on Etsy.

I remember this picture being taken in the upstairs hallway of our house. That’s me in the middle, it’s hard to tell with the hair surrounding me, but I was growing out a short black Roxette-inspired ‘do. That’s my sister on the left and my friend Kim on the right. I believe Debbie and I were trying to do cool/sexy faces.  Happy to say we’re all still friends to this day, and we have MUCH better hair!

Random aside: I don’t remember much about the movie… knowing me I probably fell asleep 30 minutes into it.  For those who don’t know me IRL, I can sleep anywhere.  The louder and the more ridiculous, the more likely I will pass out.  I have slept through concerts, movies, fireworks displays, fraternity formals.  I remember doing a psych experiment in college to get extra credit for class.  They had me lie on a table with a blanket over me, turned off the lights and left the room saying they would be right back.  The experiment was to see how long it took for students to fall asleep; it took me less than a minute.  My husband always jokes about how we saw Jimmy’s Chicken Shack at some little hole in the wall in Ocean City.  The stage was about the size of a dining table with a bar along one side with stools, so close that the bassist’s elbow brushed against it.  I sat at that bar, and after one song I fell asleep.  I guess one of the band members’ mom was sitting next to me and she was NOT impressed by my amazing sleeping talent… 

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Throwback Thursday: Prom Edition

When I was a sophomore in high school, a senior asked me to go to Prom with him. I went to a relatively small high school for the area (less than 1,000 students) and there wasn’t a Junior Prom, so going to Prom as an underclassman was a pretty exciting thing. It was also exciting to go with this guy, I had been crushing on him all year long.

I went all the way to Potomac Mills to look for a prom dress, and found THE ONE at Nordstrom Rack. It was ruched white satin, off the shoulder, and I felt like Marilyn Monroe in it. Shoes were easy – I bought a pair of white satin dyeable pumps from Payless Shoe Source, high enough heel so I could comfortably dance with my tall date. At the time, my head was shaved from ears down and I was growing out a blue-black dye job, so I wore it wavy like a bob, using a rhinestone clip to hold back one side. I remember buying some really sparkly dangly rhinestone earrings and a rhinestone bracelet from Afterthoughts.

When my senior year came around, I felt a bit too cool for school, and for proms. Not only that, but I had some high school drama earlier in the year where I didn’t have that many girl friends left and had no desire to spend a lot of money for an evening with frenemies. My boyfriend also felt he was too cool for school; he went to a different high school and had already decided he would NOT go to his prom. However, I read far too many teen romances and heard too many adults tell me I would regret it if I didn’t go, so I asked my boyfriend if he would be willing. He was a great guy and agreed to it.

I bought my first prom dress at Merry Go Round in Laurel Mall. It was a black velvet column dress with a pearl beaded halter collar. Tres chic, and I can recall it being $125 which was an insane price. I vaguely remember either putting it on layaway or having them hold it until I got my next paycheck from my job at the florist. Then a month later, my friend who worked at Merry Go Round told me that our classmate bought the SAME DRESS for prom. This classmate and I did not get along, so I of course could NOT wear the dress, and the dress was not returnable. I went to TJ Maxx and found a short black sheath with a lace overlay. High neck, but the armholes cut out in a cool modern way. I decided I would channel Audrey Hepburn, with a French twist, black stockings, black pumps, maybe even opera-length gloves and a tiara. The dress was on clearance, I think less than $20.

A week before prom, I chickened out on wearing the super short, super tight lace dress. I went into a total panic, and my mom the superhero MADE MY PROM DRESS. We picked a cornflower blue moiré and I was imagining Madonna in the Material Girl video (had yet to see Gentlemen Prefer Blondes). With very little time, there wasn’t some crazy bow off the back, no time to search for a giant sparkly necklace, and my mom’s white opera gloves did not fit over my arms (always had big arms), so we took the rhinestone detail off the dress I wore to Prom in sophomore year and put it on the front of this dress for some shine. I loved the shade, it was not a trendy color and I believed I’d be the only person at Prom in blue.  Luckily Payless could dye a pair of 4″ heels (very tall boyfriend) and clutch purse on short notice in the same cornflower shade.

I had an appointment to get my hair done, still wanted a French twist. Still had a lot of my head shaved (by this time the sides had grown out but the back was still shorn). The woman at the salon had no idea how to make my hair look like anything, so she put it in a ponytail on the top of my head and hard curled it and pinned the curls like some sort of updo. It was dreadful, and so sprayed and gelled I didn’t dare go home and change it. I tried very hard not to cry and mess up my face. My mom helped, trying to make it look a bit better.

Prom was as terrible as I thought it would be. While I did have a whole table of friends to hang out with, there were people there who didn’t like me. And there was one other girl in blue, and of course it was a girl who despised me, the one I got in all that drama with (funny enough, she is one of the few people from high school I am friends with today). I remember dancing with my boyfriend, looking up at the mirrored ceiling and seeing another girl mouth, “bitch” to me and give me the finger. We got our pictures taken, and when my friend said she was ready to go less than two hours after we arrived, we were thrilled.

We went back to my boyfriend’s house where he spent an hour taking bobby pins out of my hair. We watched Beavis and Butthead and made out all night. I got back the pro photos, and saw my hair had fallen and the slit of the dress got messed up and the dress folded inside itself making me look like even more of a hot mess. I never gave out any of the photos, though my parents had one of the 5x7s on top of the family piano.

It all worked out though… that boyfriend ended up being my husband 11 years later!

And those two unworn prom dresses? I ended up wearing both of them (the lace one more than once) to sorority and fraternity formals in college!

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Throwback Thursday: Wedding Edition

I can’t believe that in June, Karl and I will have been married nine years. Nine years! Where does the time go? I’ve been thinking about our wedding a lot since the cicadas are set to return this summer and they were here for our wedding. I decided to take a walk down wedding dress memory lane for today’s Throwback Thursday.

Though I South Beached most of my engagement, I was still a size 10/12, which makes dress shopping hard. Most boutiques only carry sample sizes, which are in the single digits; no matter how many binder clips they use to attach that dress to your bra, you can’t get a good feeling for how it will actually look when the dress is several sizes smaller than you need. So my first stop in dress shopping was David’s Bridal, where I knew they would have all the popular silhouettes and also have many dresses in my size. I went, and thought I found THE ONE on the first visit. Came back a second time, took pictures and realized that while the dress did flatter, it wasn’t quite right. However, that trip to David’s helped me narrow down silhouettes and know what styles flattered my figure and fit my sense of style.

I ended up with a very similar gown I remember it was called the “Temara.” I tried on at a boutique in Baltimore, but found it for almost half the price online (thank you Bridal Bargains!). It had the a-line skirt and wrapped waist I found flattering on me, but was ivory silk shantung (always been a sucker for shantung) and Swarovski crystals along the top. Lace-up back so alterations were minimal (which was a good thing because I somehow LOST weight on my Bachelorette weekend of debauchery in Dewey Beach). I had my seamstress make my veil, the week before the wedding I decided I HAD to have a tiara and ordered one online. It was small yet sparkly and I must admit I still pull it out from time to time to wear around the house. My shoes were hot pink and found for almost nothing at the now-defunct department store Hecht’s. I went to a Chanel counter to have my makeup done; the artist was going to do my makeup that day but cancelled short notice so I did it myself.

My favorite color was and still is orange. We had orange invitations, orange flowers for the ceremony and centerpieces, the boutiques were predominately orange (with Kermit green flowers to represent my dad Kermit). Tables were named after places we had traveled to as a couple, written on shades of orange and pink paper; that same paper was used for the programs and cardstock in the same shades was used for placecards. We even had an orange signature drink – the Orange Crush that I had enjoyed many times with my friends during our Dewey Beach adventures. I wanted my bridesmaids to wear orange tea-length dresses but they vetoed me and wore a much wearable shade of bronze.

Our wedding was at an historical mansion that was just a few miles from where the two of us grew up. The plan was to have the ceremony outside on the terrace. The cicadas were in full force and we were considering all sorts of ways to deal with them (have catering sweep up the carcasses 10 minutes before people were to arrive, have the minister ask the audience to do a round of applause before we walked out to shush them long enough for the ceremony). Even though the farmer’s almanac said it would be fair weather, it rained all day and evening so the whole event was inside and cicada-free.

Looking back, I think the most dated parts of my look were the cosmetic ones – the shimmery silver shadow, the deep maroon lips, the very slicked-back updo. The dress still holds its own; in fact I went to the David’s Bridal site to look at their current dresses and found almost the same dress that I almost got (though the one I tried had a solid skirt and was a dark ivory/candlelight color). Like wrap dresses, pointed-toe pumps and dark straight jeans – some trends just don’t disappear because they are so figure flattering. I think my wedding dress could be rocked now, though I would likely replace the lace-up back with buttons, wear my hair down and cut down my makeup by a million. And the shoes? Oh I would still totally rock those shoes!

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Thursday

White tank from Caslon, green cardigan from Lands End, denim skirt from Ann Taylor, brown sandals from Sofft, silver necklace from Ralph Lauren, silver cuff.

Hair is second day, all I did was brush it. Makeup is Max Factor Pan-Stik, Nars blush in Orgasm, Revlon ColorStay shadow quad in Neutral Khakis, DiorShow mascara, Stila Lip Glaze in Fruit Cake.

Running VERY late this morning, which makes me all the happier that I am slowly building back a simple wardrobe of mix and match basics. Got dressed in five minutes and look work-appropriate. Even if I had to meet with clients today, I wouldn’t be embarrassed. Yay!

And speaking of the wardrobe, this is the denim pencil skirt I mentioned before. This is the size 14 petite. It’s a tad big, but I tried the 12 petite in the store and it was too tight. And you can tell this skirt runs long, a non-petite version would look ridiculous on me. But I love this skirt as much as I thought I would – the seaming is so flattering – it doesn’t cling to my butt, but it skims curves so I don’t look like a tube or a sausage. The denim is the perfect weight – has some stretch, but keeps its shape all day long. It’s a side zip and no pockets so the fit is smooth and classic. Totally love it and it is worth the price – this puts to shame all the denim skirts from LOFT, Gap, Old Navy, Macy’s and all the other places I have looked over the past year!

And because I haven’t posted a picture of Emerson lately, this is Emerson’s outfit today – romper from Gap, shoes from Pediped. Check out those legs, she is surely her father’s daughter!

Thursday

I forgot to charge the camera, and my husband thought it would be funny to take a picture from an even HIGHER height than before.  Har har.  Well the battery is charging now so better pictures will be happening in the near future!

Navy pima scoop tee from Banana Republic, berry colored cashmere blend cardigan from Gap, white low-slung flare chinos from Gap (these are the 14s – they are slim but they aren’t skin tight any more – hooray!).  Navy bead necklace from J. Crew, and on my feet are orange leather flip flops from Born (pants still too short for taller shoes). And of course, my silver cuff bracelet!

Hair is second day, I just hit the bands and large sections with my curling iron and then a bit of BioSilk to tame frizz.

Makeup is Almay Smart Shade Anti-aging Makeup in Light/Medium, Cargo Matte Beach Blush in Tenerife, Stila Lip Glaze in Fruit Cake, Revlon ColorStay shadow quad in Smoke, Tarte Indelible Wink in Eggplant, and DiorShow mascara in black.

I hit the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale hard.  Really hard.   I got a ginormous box with three pairs of shoes and a bunch of clothes.  And yeah, they are all going back.  There is only one thing I am keeping and it was a total random purchase but I utterly adore it.

This.  And yep, it’s not on sale, and yep it’s a ridiculous price.  But man, in person it’s even prettier than it is on the site.  It is the most fabulous orange color – I remember Banana Republic had a bunch of stuff this color a few years ago and they called it Chinese Orange.  It’s a really supple patent leather, no stiffness, and thick and doesn’t get all goofy with fingerprints.  I have been wanting a cross-body bag for a while.  I want something smaller so I can take it to concerts and stuff, but also use for work when I have my ginormous office-issued laptop bag.  This does it.  And if you don’t know this already, gosh I love the color orange.  It is my favorite color, and has been for years.  I thought I would kill the love after having orange as my primary wedding color, but no I am still a big fan.

So some of the other things I love but ended up returning:
- These shoes in Sand Patent.  Omigod they are FANTASTIC!  You know I love Sofft, well these are another winner.  The only problem with them is my foot – I have super short pinky toes and my pinky toe was dangling out of the shoe and it looked a bit ridiculous.  But the nude color isn’t weird, the metal hardware isn’t too blingy, this is actually quite an elegant shoe and would add a modern touch to work or playwear.  I may consider trying them in a size smaller to see if they would work with my pinky toe, they are so utterly glam and comfortable too.
- These shoes in Black Patent.  The zipper was pretty tough on my pair, but the zipper did stay up.  If I did decide to order again, I would go down a half of a size (ran a bit big) and go with the gray color as that the black had very shiny obvious gold hardware and I don’t wear gold as much as I do silver.  I chose to not reorder because I have funky chunky heeled gray shoes already.  But these too are super comfortable.  I love companies that make stylish and trendy styles that don’t kill your feet.  Every pair of Sofft shoes I own have totally been worth the money, I wear them at least once a week, they hold up great, no pain even if worn all day.
- This dress by Tahari.  Brilliantly made.  The seaming is really slimming, the ponte is a nice weight yet it is fully lined, the beading on the bodice is subtle but elegant.  Too bad it doesn’t come in petite – the 16 is way too big everywhere, and I think the 14 will still not be a good fit as that this dress does run long in the bodice as well as hem.  But if you are taller, this is a smart choice for work or for a nice event.  A LBD that isn’t boring.
- This tunic in black.  If I didn’t have a postpartum tummy, I would totally keep this.  It is not a tunic on me, it is a dress.  Even when slouching, it still makes for a dress on my body.  It’s a nice fabric, the grommets on the shoulders make it look more expensive than it is.  Not opaque, not cheapy, and would be a stunning dress with leggings or tights come fall, if you like your tummy or have a different figure where your tummy problems aren’t at the lower part of the abdomen.

Thursday

I must remember to lift my chin for photos.  
I must remember to lift my chin for photos.  
I must remember to lift my chin for photos.

I still love this top from Jones New York.  You know it may not be what one would choose for my figure – it hides any narrowness to my waist, it has a high neck, and it has wide armholes which make my upper arms look even wider.  But the print is fantastic, and in the hot DC summers, it is AWESOME to have such a lightweight top (cotton voile) that is work- and play-friendly!  The top says dry clean only, but I washed it on gentle, let it air dry and did a quick swipe with the iron to keep the interfacing inside the armholes and nat have it look as though I pulled it out from the hamper and it was good to go.

I was going to wear it with my brown trousers from Semantiks, but those pants… are too big.  I have only worn them twice.  I don’t know if it is removing weight (my WW leader says you don’t lose weight because that sounds as though you want to find it again.  Instead you REMOVE weight), or because my body is eternally changing and morphing post-pregnancy.  Anyway, they look as though they are a size too big and sag in the crotch area and look dumpy.  Sigh.

So I am totally breaking work dress code and wearing my straight-legged jeans from NYDJ.  I totally heart these jeans – the higher rise prevents muffin top and doesn’t dig into me when I sit.  The stretch doesn’t look goofy – the denim has a great tight weave and deep dark rinse which makes them look far more refined than many stretchy jeans.  The jeans are supposed to take 10 pounds off, but they don’t really suck in a ton.  I personally am happy for that because control garments like Spanx make me look like a stuffed sausage and TMI, but give me major gas if worn for a long period of time.  These jeans from NYDJ hold a bit in, but are comfy to wear all day.  And I am one of “those people” who throws her jeans in the dryer.  You wouldn’t be able to tell with these jeans, they are just as dark as they were the day I bought them.  So since they are a nice crisp dark indigo, I feel they are a bit more work-worthy than say my distressed bootcuts from Seven.

TopJones New York
JeansNot Your Daughter’s Jeans (NYDJ)
Necklace and Bracelet – Ann Taylor
ShoesSofft

Hair was washed and conditioned with Pureology, added Frederic Fekkai’s Luscious Curls, scrunched and let air dry.  Still damp in these photos.  Makeup is my standard – Almay Smart Shade makeup in Light/Medium, Tarte bronzer, Revlon ColorStay shadow quad in Neutral Khakis, DiorShow mascara, Bare Escentuals Buxom lip gloss in Dolly.

Thursday

I went to take a picture of myself in the office bathroom and two people came in.  Went to try again and it was like happy hour in there, so many people.  I will try to get a picture later today and post.   For the record, I am wearing my beloved Gap denim trousers with this top from Jones New York

I was unsure about this top – I think a Large will be too small in the bust, but the XL is a bit too big.  However the colors are just as fantastic in person, the print really stands out and the cotton is so lightweight you feel as though you’re not wearing anything.  How often can you find a top that looks work appropriate but is super comfy and perfect for humid DC summers? 

I also bought a dark denim pencil skirt from NYDJ that I thought would be a great pairing with this top, but that is going back because it’s a weird cut and too thin of denim – makes it look hoochie instead of sleek.  But I think this top would look great with skinny jeans, with city shorts, with a pencil skirt.  I thought it would be a nice piece with my brown Semantiks Athena Bree trousers and the browns do work well together, but this top is so airy, I think it is best paired with a more sleek, trim bottom.  As the model shows, I think it would look really striking with ivory or white jeans or narrow trousers.

Anyhoo, will take a pic in my office when my office mate heads to lunch, or if I get a free moment in the bathroom, and will post again then!

Thursday

Dressing in the dark – I got to work at 6:45am this morning.  Blech.  Pictures taken at the bathroom at work.

Super big scarf from H&M, black merino short-sleeved dress from Banana Republic over dark straight jeans from NYDJ, gray shoes from Miz Mooz, silver hoops and cuff, hair in messy updo, makeup basic, with Bare Escentual Buxom Eyeliner in Leatherette (love it!).
The shoes:

I have worn them before, totally adore them.  Surprisingly comfortable too!

Will be another early day tomorrow, think I will be wearing my white gauzy peasant top from Old Navy with my Seven jeans.  If it’s warmer than today, I will wear with my brown croco Carlina heels from Sofft.  If not, might wear these shoes again!

I am considering upgrading my cell phone.  I currently have an “old school” cell phone – it does everything that I need – takes pictures, I can text, get calls.  My plan is a reasonable price – I never go over minutes, have unlimited texts.  I don’t have picture texts (have to pay for each) and don’t have Web features (canceled that to keep the price low).  Well the phone is starting to get a bit old – doesn’t hold a charge as long as it used to, scratched up.  I find I am texting much more than I used to be – even for work I often have to text and a QWERTY keyboard would make life easier (and texts faster).  I also wonder if I used my cell to check email, I would be on the actual computer less.

So I can get a free phone with my cell provider, but I would have to change plans to accommodate a “fancy” phone.  This would be an increase of $20 a month.  I don’t see any other “old school” phones that are any nicer than the phone I have now so I don’t see the value in upgrading from regular cell to regular cell.  But I don’t know if it’s worth the $20/month to become high-tech and modern with a phone that can surf the Web, hook up to my email account and calendar, have GPS (I don’t have one for my car), blah blah blah…  What’s your opinion?

Thursday

I wore my purple print shift-like dress from Ann Taylor Loft, turquoise necklace from Allison Dayton Jewelry, tan boots from DUO.  Silver hoops and cuff.  Hair was second day, very simple makeup.  This picture was taken at the end of the day in the car as my husband drove me home from the Metro.  Windows open, enjoying the gorgeous weather, sitting in the back seat, chillin’ with Emerson.
And speaking of Emerson, yesterday we made her first ponytail.  Just a little wisp, but it was cute and she loved looking at it in her reflection!
After work, we walked down to the cafe in the town center for dinner.  They were also having their Open Mic night.  Emerson LOVES live music and had a blast rocking out to the performers.

Thursday

Gosh, I was running late this morning.  I just wasn’t feeling myself and had a hard time cracking down and staying on schedule.  This is the “I didn’t do my hair today” look – I let it air dry with a bit of Frederik Fekkai Luscious Curls and it ended a bit crunchy/product-y so I turned my head upside-down, blasted it with the dryer once dry, and scrunched a bit to break apart the crunchy curls.  Two barettes/clips hold back the bangs. Not the best look for me, but better than crunchy bedhead!

Here I am at work just now.  I am wearing my black ruffle-trim wrap cardigan from Caslon, an olive ribbed tank from J. Crew, two green beaded necklaces from New York & Company, my silver cuff, black trousers from Semantiks and my black city boots from David Tate.  Again I am thankful for a small wardrobe so I can get dressed in such a jiffy.  This outfit was literally chosen and put on in less than five minutes.

Thursday

Thursday was Bring Your Emerson to Work Day…

My husband and Emerson showed up right after the Webinar finished so I could give them a tour of my office (and show off my baby).  I locked my computer and let her go crazy on the keyboard and she LOVED it.  My husband brought me a gorgeous floral arrangement of roses and snapdragons (my favorite).  We left work and went to our local sushi spot for Happy Hour:

Emerson loved the sushi rice and we also gave her some miso soup, and some avocado and cucumber rolls.

We came home, my sister came by a little later with carrot cake (another favorite) and we hung out for a bit until I was glamorous enough to fall asleep on the couch prior to 10pm.

It was a good birthday!

Thursday

Black jersey wrap dress from Talbots, black tall boots from Ros Hamerson, silver chain from Ralph Lauren, silver earrings from Treehouse, my silver cuff and chain with wedding band (put on after photo).
Hair is MUCH happier on Day 2, and obviously so am I.  By the way, this lipstick is Pink Chanpagne by Laura Mercier, and I utterly adore it.  I am on a big Laura Mercier kick recently – everything I purchase from the line I love.  This lipstick is the perfect pinky brown nudish color for me, and it goes on smoothly, has no weird smell or taste and stays on pretty well without drying out!

Thursday

Now that my sister lives a half a mile away from me, we walk together many weekday mornings.  We meet at a halfway point in the neighborhood around 6am and this morning was so cold we thought our ears were going to fall off!  Autumn has officially arrived, and with it come the closed-toe shoes!

White ribbed tank from Gap, my black New York & Company trousers, gray fuzzy cardigan from Kenzie (which I bought last winter to fit over my pregnant belly and still love as a slouchy cozy coverup), black city boots from David Tate, silver necklaces from Ann Taylor and Ralph Lauren, silver cuff and silver earrings from Treehouse.
Hair was washed and conditioned last night and let air dry.  This morning when we went walking I put into a loose ponytail without brushing or combing.  When I got home I let it out and let it dry and then hit a few of the raggedy pieces with a curling iron.  I really want to let my hair grow long and let it get back to being curly – a very casual/beachy sort of look.  Then if I want some polish I can use a curling iron to make it into softer waves or straighten it with a round brush.  I hope to have a couple more inches in time for next summer.  With my next cut I plan to have the bangs angled a bit more so that they blend better into the hair when curly – right now they are sort of blunt (and too long) so that they have to be straightened or else they part in the middle and act weird.
My makeup is the classic look for me, but I did a smokey eye with Slate and Soft black shadows from The Body Shop and Avon Glimmersticks in Midnight along the lower lash line.
I will probably be buying a new mascara this weekend when I hit up Target – any suggestions on something that gives even more bang and intensity than Cover Girl’s LashBlast?

Thursday

Oh yeah baby, I found another pair of boots that fit over these calves!  I will be doing a full review very soon, but do know that they are the “Maryland” from Ros Hommerson; they are from Wide Widths, a Web site that offers a fantastic selection of wide calf boots (and also offers amazing customer service!).  Anyway, they are a bit tall for me and I am wondering if a cobbler may be able to hack an inch off the top so they would fit right and be a more flattering height on my leg.  Hrm…

So this is me in my purple print tunic/dress from Ann Taylor Loft, my new black boots, silver necklace from Ralph Lauren and cute silver earrings I got this summer at Treehouse, a store in Rehoboth Beach.

Hair is second day, all I did was brush out any bedhead.  Makeup is Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, Estee Lauder Nutritious foundation in Intensity 3.0, CARGO Matte BeachBlush in Tenerife, Revlon ColorStay shadow quad in Neutral Khakis, Benefit lipstick in Bouquet Dive, Avon Ultra Luxury eye liner in Black and Cover Girl LashBlast mascara.

FYI, I probbaly won’t post tomorrow because I will have to be at work at 6am.  I KNOW!  But hey, the weekend is right around the corner!!! :)

Thursday

The busy woman’s work outfit – this is my equivalent to jeans and flip flops or sneakers and yoga pants. A couple pairs of easy-wash and wear pants and some sandals not made out of plastic in the wardrobe and I can “pass” for business casual, even if I get dressed in five minutes. This morning we had dog drama (worse than a bunch of teenagers sometimes), hungry babies, laundry and much more so I was NOT having the time to primp and prep.

Good thing I didn’t go against dress code today (no jeans at work unless it’s Friday, no tee shirts and no foam flip flops) because there are a bunch of people visiting from another one of our offices and I ended up being introduced to all of them. I always say you never know what life will hand you each day so you better not look as though you just rolled out of bed (even if you did)…

Attire:
Gap – Cashmere stripe cardigan, white ribbed tank and blue-gray low slung flare trousers
Lands End – Tan leather sandals
Silver jewelery

Hair:
Second day. Husband gave me a very much-appreciated head rub last night while watching TV and it left my hair a bit crazy. I used a wide-tooth comb to detangle this AM and then hit sections with a curling iron and then finger combed. This was the result. It actually looked better once I got to work – we rode in with the windows down and it really left it piecey in a nice touseled way.

Beauty:
Estee Lauder – Nutritious Vita-Mineral Makeup in Intensity 3.0
Cargo – Matte BeachBlush in Tenerife
Cover Girl – LashBlast mascara in Rich Black
Stila – Lip Glaze in Fruit Cake
Avon – Glimmersticks liner in Black

I left work a bit early yesterday because I knew today and tomorrow were going to be utter insanity and long days. Came home, opened a bottle of Chardonnay, had a bubble bath and took a nap. TOTALLY what I needed after the past couple of weeks!

Thursday

Attire:
Ann Taylor – Blue print matte jersey wrap dress
Sofft – Red patent leather T-strap heels
Silver hoops and cuff and necklace

Hair:
Next day. I brushed it out, and smoothed the bangs and some pieces with my dryer and round brush, but really my hair looked great thanks to the Frederic Fekkai Luscious Curls Cream. Yeah, a fan so far.

Beauty:
L’Oreal – True Match foundation in C3 where needed
Nars – Blush in Orgasm
Clinique – Almost Lipstick in Black Honey
Pop Beauty – Shadow palette for Brown Eyes – the khaki shadow on lids
Cover Girl – lashBlast mascara in Rich Black
Maybelline – UltraLiner in Black

Thursday

Attire:
Gap – Striped cashmere blend cardigan, navy (but looks almost like denim) low slung flare pants
Old Navy – White ribbed tank
Silver jewelry

Hair:
Washed and conditioned
Matrix Curl.Life Conditioning Milk
Air dry 80%, dryer rest, curling iron to smooth bangs and fix icky parts

Beauty:
L’Oreal – True Match foundation in C3
Cargo – Matte BeachBlush in Tenerife
Revlon – ColorStay shadow quad in Neutral Khakis
Maybelline – UltraLiner in Black
Cover Girl – LashBlast mascara in Rich Black
Marina Cosmetics – Lipstick in Beach Breeze

I NEVER wear cardigans, and I NEVER EVER wear yellow. No clue why I was drawn to this on the Gap sale rack, and why I actually liked it on me…

BTW my curling iron died this morning. The spring in the clamp went kaput! It was a Revlon iron I had for over a decade (had it in college in fact!). So sad…

Thursday

Attire:
Talbots – Black jersey wrap dress
Sofft – Black suede Mary Janes
Ann Taylor – Silver and crystal necklace
Silver necklaces, cuff and hoops

Hair:
Next day
Straightened with round brush and dryer on dry hair

Beauty:
Body Shop – Vitamin E Face Mist to prep/hydrate the skin
L’Oreal – True Match foundation in C3
Stila – Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer (the two mixed together)
Philosophy – The Supernatural Color Correctors in Light
Nars – Blush in Orgasm
Revlon – ColorStay shadow quad in Neutral Khakis (just the ivory)
Maybelline – UltraLiner in Black
Cover Girl – LashBlast mascara iN Rich Black
Clinique – Long Wear lipstick in Beauty

This is the same dress as my navy print one. I liked the other one so much, I went back and found it in black AND for less than $30! Seriously, Talbots is having some ridiculous sale items right now. I also got some ivory flannel wool trousers in a very classic cut for less than $20, originally $148. They are five pounds away from fitting well, and for that price I figured I could break my rule of buying things I do not yet fit into.