Birthday Outfit

Yes, indeedy. I am a whole 25 years old as of yesterday. It was a great day and I am lucky to have such great friends and family. Even better is the fact that Thanksgiving is just around the corner!

Now back to the topic at hand, in case you are wondering, Emma Stone and I do not have the same birthday. Her downright fabulous outfit from the Vogue Awards simply inspired me to create a similar version for my own stores. I love buying outfits for special occasions and Emma’s outfit made me wish that I had seen it earlier so it could have been my birthday outfit. It’s so chic and a fun spin on the classic peplum and pencil skirt.

Image c/o Oasis

The sequin skirt was easy enough to find on Polyvore, the greatest site in the world to find an article of clothing. I knew I wouldn’t want to spend too much on this sequin skirt because it’s not exactly something that you can wear anywhere. This one at Oasis was exactly what I was looking for. Done.

The strapless peplum top was a little more difficult to track down. Emma is wearing Burberry so clearly the construction is exquisite. I flirted with both blue and black and still can’t decide, which would actually be the winner. With either color, I absolutely would snazz it up with some navy or black ribbon.

Image c/o Lulu’s

These options from Lulu’s may be a little…too much. I’m never one to shy away from a deep-V, but when you’re already getting a hard-to-wear skirt, it’s not practical to make it a hard-to-wear outfit.

Image c/o Topshop

Topshop is a master of the peplum. I have yet to snag one of their myriad of options, but this one stood out to me as a texture-on-texture option. The lace panel at the bottom  is not lined so the sequins would sparkle through.

Image c/o ASOS

Okay, so, I may have spoken too soon. This lovely thing from ASOS may be my winner. Even though it isn’t strapless, it’s still navy and at least satin-like. Bonus points: it’s on sale.

You all didn’t know that you were in suspense, but you are. I already have a super sweet birthday outfit planned. Did I also mention that I am weird with my occasion outfits and I won’t show it on to anyone much like a bride hiding her dress? You’ll have to wait until the sequel to this post to find out what it is!

Come to think of it – and I understand that it may be premature but – I now think that I’ve found my New Year’s Eve outfit…

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November Wishlist

I am OBSESSED with November. It is my birthday month and it is Thanksgiving time and it is almost Christmas time. There’s Black Friday, football games, the return of caroling and the hypnotic smell of turkey and falling leaves. The only qualms I have with November are: A) the birthstone is topaz (which I think could have been better) and B), for some terrible reason, all the calendars that I’ve ever seen have a dumb picture for November. Trust me. I check almost every calendar and I am most often disappointed.

One of my favorite things to do at the start of every month is create a wish list of items I would like to add to my closet. November is great because it’s just on the verge of being cold enough for lots of layers and warm enough to not need your parka quite yet. Though where I live, I will probably break out the parka earlier than most. C’est la vie…As a tribute to November, here are 11 things I’m loving.

Images c/o Anthropologie and ModCloth

ONE: Sweater, Floating Chrysalis Cowlneck in Grey, Anthropologie, $118

I am loving this sweater because it is light, billowy and airy versus woolen and chunky. Don’t get me wrong- I love the chunky knit, but this just makes me feel more Autumn.

TWO: Dress, Harvest Season Dress, ModCloth, $44.99

I am way into orange this season. This is the perfect staple to build around and it can translate throughout the seasons.

Images c/o James Jeans and Piperlime

THREE: Jeans, Reboot Vixen, James Jeans, $158

I am a recent fan of James Jeans because they seem to be the best fit for pear shapes in a long while. There’s no gap in the waist! This is a pair of skinny boot leg, which are popping up all over these days. Luckily I can wear jeans to work so I like having a variety.

FOUR: Wellies, Original Short in Green, Hunter, $115

Already a proud owner of the tall Hunter welly, I am thinking that the short version will be just as lovely and fun. I wear my boots almost every day during the snowy months and they are lifesavers. The welly socks, which I highly recommend, are so warm you’d swear your feet were on the equator.

Images c/o Target and Forever 21

FIVE: Tights, Merona Womens Dot Tights in Grey, Target, $10

I live in skirts and dresses. When it comes time to stay warm, tights are my best option. I don’t like to get too crazy, but pattern tights are an easy way to spice things up.

SIX: Necklace, Pocket Heart Locket Necklace, Forever 21, $4.80

The true bargain of the bunch. Forever 21 is my go-to for accessories. They’re a steal so I can really indulge in my want for outfit decorations. This locket has that romantic vintage-y look to it and I really like the little pearls and the added bow. I typically gravitate towards long chains because they’re great for…you guessed it…layering!

Images c/o Nordstrom and Echo

SEVEN: Boots, Corso Como ‘Rocky’ Boot in Coffee, Nordstrom, $198.95

I believe these to be my riding boot sole mate (pun intended). They are simple, elegant, and stretch for wider calves. I’m still not over the fact that my calves are considered wide. That aside, these are gems.

EIGHT: Gloves, Ruffled Echo Touch Glove in Purple, Echo, $35

I have been putting off buying these for years. I don’t know exactly why (because they are genius) save that there are just so many different styles and colors that I simply cannot make up my mind. The index finger and thumb have a special pad that allows you to touch your smartphone screen without taking off your gloves. Fabulous.

Images c/o Urban Outfitters and HM

NINE: Jacket, Sparkle and Fade Leatherette Jacket, Urban Outfitters, $129

My clothes tend to be very feminine, which makes sense because I am female, but, I like to balance it out sometimes. This jacket is a suitable contrast to all the lace and ruffles and it doubles as regular ol’ outerwear. I am leaning toward shearling this season so this subtle hint makes me giddy.

TEN: Skirt, Skirt in Grey, H&M, $12.95

I won’t give up on finding the perfect accordian skirt. Something about the way it simulates a texture, I think. This grey is perfect for muting more colorful accompanying pieces. And for that price, I’ll take it.

Image c/o Amazon

ELEVEN: Book, Vogue The Covers, Amazon, $31.50

I’m a magazine hoarder. I subscribe to a fair amount of mags and I like to thoroughly go through each one to make sure I don’t miss out on a new idea for any facet of my life. Vogue is my go-to for art. I rip out my favorite ads or stories and frame them or pin them up at work. Having a collection of the best covers, while not framable (although I will have to sincerely resist), is a welcome addition to my book shelf.

So there’s my list! Have the happiest of Novembers!

In New York

I am headed to New Yorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrk tomorrow morning. I included the video above because A) I really like Glee (I fancy myself to possess Rachel Berry vocals, but that could just be the poor acoustics in my car), B) when this song premiered as the season two opener I lost it with…glee, C) I wish I, too, could break out into song at odd intervals, D) New York, I believe, is my favorite city in the world.

There will be some time for walking around on Friday evening and Saturday night. Luckily, the hotel where I am staying is in a prime locale within walking distance of: Empire State Building, Madison Square Garden, Bryant Park, Central Park, Times Square, Magnolia Bakery.

I enjoy getting lost in the bustle and sounds of the streets and the seemingly endless activities. If only I were spending more than a day and a half there. I never seem to have enough time…My affinity for top-knots and quirky/trendy clothes feel more permissible and eating outside is a daily routine. Perhaps I glamorize it from my years of devotion to Sex and the City, but every time I visit is pretty amazing.

In my preparations, I was perusing outfit options while simultaneously flagging future purchases for October. Even though it’s barely Fall, a lot is going on sale and I want to be there to capitalize on the deals. My New York uniform includes skinny jeans, comfortable flats and top, aviators and a fabulous jacket, possibly one of the few seen here.

Thus, my (fledgling) New York/October inspiration…

Belts, H&M

Nature Wrap Watch in Tobacco/Gold, La Mer Collections, ideeli

Image c/o The Daybook

The above photo is from a lovely little blog I found via this image. Can you believe she’s actually pregnant in this picture? So cute! Be sure to check it out.

H&M Skirt

Skirt, H&M, $29.95

I want this whole outfit on me. H&M is muy popular in Europe, but I think it’s just getting its sea legs over here in America. I think I would choose some complimentary neutral flats for Fall. Maybe they would have a touch of sparkle like these I found on Piperlime.

Piperlime, Corso Como Festive in Pewter, $60

I rarely wear heels (I know, let’s all be shocked) so I would gravitate more towards these if I wanted to get spunky.

Piperlime, Blowfish Java, $49.99 SALE

If it were life and death and I had to wear heels and got a HUGE bonus at work I would definitely squeeze my piggies into something fabulous. Bonus points: they’re a Rachel Zoe pick. Minus points: Rachel Zoe tends to not be too price conscious so a lot of what she picks are not picked by me.

Piperlime, Pour La Victoire Laisha in Taupe, $365

Let’s hope I have a “victoire” at the mall this weekend.