Casual Friday


Lotsa oldies but goodies in today's ensemble!

The purse is my Banana Republic bag that I bought many years ago.  I recently acquired the same one in black from a reader,  but this brown one is more… casual/boho and I find it works best for my Casual Friday outfits.

The top is from Language Los Angeles – bought it last spring during the Nordstrom sale and I adore it because it's super thin knit, yet opaque.  Today is surprisingly cool in DC and perfect for such a top.  Jeans are the straight jeans from NYDJ, brown croco heels from Sofft, turquoise bead necklaces from H&M, silver hoops and cuff.  Hair is still damp in this photo and it's as standard as standard can be with the makeup.

A reader asked me about my silver cuff.  I bought it in 1997.  I was in college, but had to move home because my scholarship ran out.  I was working at a fraternity and sorority merchandise store off campus, but wasn't making enough.  I stopped in Express for some retail therapy (back then 90% of my wardrobe was from Express) and my favorite salesperson Steph (who I have recently reunited with on Facebook – how crazy!)  asked me how work was.  And I told her.  And she told me to apply for a job.  A week later I was sitting in the Center Court of Laurel Mall with the District Manager of that Express, telling her why I should be their next Assistant Manager-in-Training.  I remember what I wore – a black pinstriped sheath out of suiting fabric, and some super chunky black slides from Steve Madden (it was the '90s!  This look was hot!).  I felt the interview went well and to celebrate, I went into Hecht's to buy myself a present.  I saw this silver cuff, it was on sale for $35.  I bought it.

And I got the job.  That was the beginning of my retail life – I ended up with Express for over five years, working my way up from part time assistant in training to full time management to becoming a visual merchandiser for the one of the busiest locations in the region. After that I got the idea for Wardrobe Oxygen and a couple years later started my blogs.

Maybe the silver cuff was my good luck charm which got me the job.  I do know that it was my first piece of jewelery that I didn't lose or break within a year.  I have had it for 13 years – it has traveled around the globe with me, been worn for some of the biggest events in my life.  I think every baby that has been born into my family or one of my friend's families has played with it.  It has gotten a bit bent and scratched over the years, but it is lightweight, contoured to my wrist and like a part of me now.  Since having it, my jewelery tastes have adjusted to fit with the cuff – modern, big, full of impact.  I think my wardrobe has also changed to work with it.  May be a which comes first – chicken or egg sort of thing, but over the past 13 years I have seen my wardrobe get much cleaner lines, solid colors, very crisp and often modern.  When I do like details, I see that I go for the hippie/boho sort of look, which also works with the silver cuff.

So that is the story of the silver cuff!


  1. Anonymous
    August 10, 2010 / 2:15 pm

    Nice brief and this enter helped me alot in my college assignement. Thanks you seeking your information.

  2. Anonymous
    July 31, 2010 / 2:01 am

    You look so thin and wonderful! You are looking fantastic!

  3. July 30, 2010 / 3:03 pm

    fun story! I actually worked in retail management too, once upon a time!

    and I can definitely tell you have lost quite a bit of weight! 🙂

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