The Look for Less: Feminine Sweatshirt

CluClu Ruffled Sweatshirt, Shopbop, $195

There are few things that Emily of Cupcakes & Cashmere fame does incorrectly, in my opinion. I find her posts very inspirational and look forward to seeing what she is thinking day in and out. Her photography is something I envy greatly, aside from her delicious clothing budget, of course.

The other day she wore a very on-trend-for-fall sweatshirt, coupled with the surprising detail of a soft ruffle. As I’ve said in the past I am a boisterous supporter of two things:

1. Mixing edgy with femininity

2. Finding or making the same thing for less

There’s no way I could justify a $195 sweatshirt, so I searched for the next best thing.


Chiffon Ruffles T-shirt, Sheinside, $21.64

Much more reasonable and, for me, flattering. I have already added this to my September wish list. Can you imagine? Some dark skinny jeans and riding boots? I’m dying. This number might even be closer to the Clu version, but I’ll let you decide.


Friday Find: Mixed Materials

Image c/o ASOS

Image c/o ASOS

This year for Fall, I am all about mixing materials. I have a special affinity for leather-like accents. What I wear tends to edge on the far spectrum of feminine so the harder details even me out. In a progressive edit of my closet, I’ve found I lack tops (that I actually wear) and skirts. This number from ASOS is a fun spin on a basic sweater. And for a more glamorous time, I’m really digging this one from Rhyme Los Angeles.

Hooray for trends!

Today I Want To…

What are you going to do today?

Went Sale-ing Today

Image c/o Jenna Kuchinka

BUT FIRST! Over the weekend my friends had our cookie exchange and it was a success of enormous proportions. We watched the yule log on TV (the urban fireplace) and iced cookies and were generally merry. We had so many cookies left over, but I am planning on eating them sitting by sitting. I got my recipe here and came out on the other end with a couple of tips for next time.

  1. Don’t just spoon the cookie dough balls onto the baking sheet. They will flatten out and stick together and cause terrible destruction, i.e. I have 3 batches in Tupperware labeled, “Pretty to Medium”, “Sort of Ugly”, and “Super Ugly Slash Scraps”.
  2. Let the cookies cool almost to the point of completely before you try and move them anywhere. They are very prone to break, hence the “Scraps” part of my labeling.

Image c/o Anthropologie

Onto other things. If you are signed up for as many shopping emails as I am, you probably already know that today is pretty much the last day to order anything and have it arrive by Christmas. That is unless you enjoy paying an inordinate sum to overnight your package to save your lazy bum. To each his/her own.

I am a SUCKER for a good sale. Anthropologie has an additional 50% off Sale items deal happening. I scooped up this number for when it’s particularly blustery outside.

Image c/o Anthropologie

Sweater, Cloudleaf Funnelneck, Anthropologie, Originally $148, SALE: $24.98

For those of you that have an even deeper wallet, Marc Jacobs is having a 70% off sale for Fall ’11 RTW and shoes. Just enter “PRIVATE70” at checkout. Sadly it doesn’t apply to anything else on the site.

Image c/o Marc Jacobs

 Jeans, Highwasted Five Pocket Denim, Marc Jacobs, Originally $350, SALE: $175

Image c/o ModCloth

ModCloth has had fantastic deals all week. Each day brought a new grouping of themed items, like for pets or guys. For 24 hours they have 20% off select gifts under $100.

Image c/o ModCloth

 Bag, Iced Coffee Couture Handbag, ModCloth, Originally $59.99, SALE: $47.99

I likey this bag simply for its name. I’m still searching for a great brown carry-all…always searching for something…

Bonus points: if you made it to the bottom of this post, you shall be rewarded. RetailMeNot is a website dedicated to providing coupons and discount codes for stores. I ordered my New Years Eve grownup-girl-dress from a British store online and found a free shipping code- who knew!

I hope there aren’t a whole lot of people scrambling. If you’re one of them, I wish you good luck. Today is my last day in the actual office. I’m way excited to make my way home for the holidays tomorrow morning, except that I am a terrible packer and tonight will probably be a disaster. So good luck to me too!

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!