October 31, 2011

Boo-rito

Fun fact - I'm obsessed with Chipotle. Not only is it delicious and nutritious, but every Halloween (up until recently) they offered a FREE burrito if you came dressed like a Burrito. People got pretty creative with the interpretation of "burrito," and in my college town, as long as you were wearing tin foil on some part of your body you were golden. 

Recently, however, Chipotle has been charging 2 bucks for a burrito if you come in costume. This isn't so bad, as 2 bucks is NEARLY free, however, they also changed their costume requirement to be MUCH more difficult and annoying. Last year I didn't even go to get my burrito. This year, to get your $2 burrito you have to come dressed as something to do with a family farm - examples could be a pitchfork, a tractor, a cow, a raddish - you get the picture. Well, family farms have freakin' cats on them, right? Well, I'm going as a cat and nobody better argue with me about whether cats are on family farms. YOU GOT IT????
Vest: J.Lo for Kohls
Sweater: J. Crew
Belt: Off 5th
Jeans: Forever 21
Sandals: Target
Cat ears and tail: Ebay
disclosure: no I didn't purchase the cat stuff just to get a burrito - I was a cat 2 years ago for Halloween!

October 30, 2011

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween! Friday night my law school hosted a party at Mansion nightclub, so some friends and I went to that. I forced my BF to dress up as Ken and I went as workout Barbie. Ken looks a little like a mixture of Aaron Carter and Justin Bieber, but whatever, his wig alone was hilarious looking. 
Leotard: Ebay
Wig: Spirit Halloween
Leggings: Amazon
Wrist Bands: Target
Leg Warmers: Target girls
Sneakers: Reebok boys

Saturday night my friend had a party for her birthday which is a few days before Halloween. I didn't want to get all dressed up in the Barbie costume again, so I made a last minute attempt at Wednesday Addams in honor of my baby french bulldog named Wednesday. I took a picture with her to always remember Wednesday and Wednesday :)
Dress: BCBG
Button Up: J. Crew
Shoes: TJ Maxx
Lips: NYC brand, $1 at CVS

October 28, 2011

just because

I didn't wear this outfit anywhere. I just was already wearing my white pants and navy blue tank and happened to be inside my closet when I said, "I feel like trying this outfit with my new jacket and my new shoes." I would totally wear this out to dinner or drinks. 

I have to tell you - I've had quite an ordeal with this jacket. Last I blogged, I said that I took the plunge and got the jacket for 150 bucks. Well, literally 5 days after I bought it and had worn it once, I was in TJ Maxx when I saw the jacket was on sale for 44 dollars! Thats a whopping 106 dollars LESS THAN I PAID FOR IT! I was half livid half giddy. I rushed home, found my receipt from the old jacket lying around, and brought it in for a price adjustment. Thankfully, the manager let it happen but she said "never again." Oh we'll see about that... 

Jacket: Tibi, 0
Tank: Old Navy, XS
Jeans: Gap, 00
Shoes: DSW

PS - I'm still on a quest for a nude leather (NOT PATENT) shoe with a mid to low heel and almond or round toe... please let me know if you see one somewhere!!!

October 27, 2011

still doesn't feel like fall

I'm trying my best to wish cold weather upon Miami, but all I'm getting are 80-degree days. Oh and we might get a hurricane this weekend. This is thwarting my plans to wear boots and it might even ruin Halloween! I can't wait to show my costume on here - I personally think it's pretty hilarious but others might think I'm vain or maybe idiotic. We'll see. 
Blouse: Loft Lace Trim Top (much cheaper in stores! got this for ~$20)
Jeans: Forever 21
Shoes: Nine West (similar)

Question - does anyone use tripods to take pics? If so, do you have to get a tripod that matches your camera, or are all of them pretty universal? My camera seems to have a place to screw in a tripod at the bottom but I tried one that my mom had at home and it didn't fit correctly. Thanks in advance for any advice!

October 23, 2011

saturday: sushi

I went out to get sushi with my BF and his roommate last night. It was like 80 degrees outside when I left,  but it dropped to 67 by night so I figure boots were OK to wear with a mini dress. For accessories I wanted to pair colors that wouldn't necessarily go together to try something new, so I paired this blue/green necklace with a mustard belt. Hit or miss? Not sure what the fashion police would say, but I like it. I also got so many compliments on this necklace from MEN! How random, right? I also loveeee my arm party going on. I've been wearing all these bracelets every day recently!

On another tangent, I've noticed that I'm missing several things lately. Specifically, since I moved in August, I haven't been able to find my sleeping mask (I love sleeping in pitch dark), my nail clippers, or my camera charger. I tore my room apart yesterday cleaning to try to find all these things, but only ended up finding the nail clippers lol. These pics are with a random Canon camera that I had lying around. I really need to find my regular camera charger soon. 
Boots: Aldo
Necklace: Francesca's
Bracelets: Etsy, Tiffany, John Hardy, Movado, Fossil


October 20, 2011

school daze

A friend and I were talking today about how much it is going to suck having to wear a suit every day. I immediately thought "where will my style go?" After all, although there are such a thing as weekends, I am fairly sure that I won't experience them while I'm pushing paper or preparing for trial or whatever I'll do as a first year attorney at a firm or in the public sector. My outfit for class today appropriately channeled the inner kid in me when I chose to put this bow clip into my hair. Hair bows certainly won't convince a jury to believe my side... 
Sweater: Banana Republic
Shirt: Forever 21
Belt: Forever 21
Jeans: Abercrombie
Shoes: Target
Bow Clip: Etsy
Bracelets: Movado, John Hardy, Fossil, Etsy

October 17, 2011

everyday sequins

If you are a regular reader, you might remember that I contemplated buying a Tibi jacket that I came across at TJ Maxx a few weeks ago but ended up not taking the plunge because I felt the sequins were impractical for everyday wear. Well, I happened to stop in right before I headed home to CT, and I took it as a sign that this jacket was still available in size 0. I decided to buy it, and vowed to return some items that I bought recently (the blue/purple fringe vest was step 1, lol). 
Although this isn't a full fledged outfit post, I wanted to show how I wore this vest for "everyday." My parents have this tradition where they take pictures of me every fall in our front yard, and this was what I wore for the picture, and to go to Mohegan Sun casino after (I dabble in playing craps, fun fact about me lol). I also wore a similar version of this outfit to the mall this week, AND a more dressed up version out to NYC to see friends and go out for dinner and drinks. I am truly in love with this jacket and am happy I went back for it!
(Channeling Michael Jackson in this Tibi Jacket)
Sequin trim jacket: Tibi
Tee: no name Marshalls
Jeans: Forever 21
Boots (not pictured): Aldo 
Bracelet pictured: Forever 21
Dogs from Left to Right: Jasper (Pekingese), Wednesday (French Bulldog), Yoshi (Japanese Chin)
FYI Jasper and Yoshi just had serious hair cuts, so they don't really look like their typical breeds currently. I have no idea what type of camera my Mom uses, but I know it's fancy schmancy and it has to be some type of DSLR because look at the background on this photo below! Totally crisp and clear front image and blurred background... someday I will be able to do this, haha. 
A gratuitous shot of my puppy! 

October 14, 2011

fall colors

I'm still in CT. The colors of the trees here are so beautiful that I wanted to try to capture my outfit from yesterday outside, but unfortunately, my camera died after only taking 2 shots, so these had to do! (sad face). It's so much easier taking photos outside when you have a house with a lot of property than an apartment complex, lol. Nobody can see you - no reason to be embarrassed! I guess if I want good pictures I have to break out of my shell and just find somewhere to take them in Miami. We shall see... 
 (Why so serious?)
Leather jacket: Levi's asymmetrical leather jacket in Whiskey, XS (similar & under $200)
Sheer blouse: Gap, XS (final sale for $9, woo!) (similar & sale)
Tank: Forever 21
Jeans: Forever 21
Boots: Steve Madden Intyce (here)
Necklace: Amrita Singh Temaz necklace (here)
Bracelet (peeking out on the left): Forever 21 embellished chain bracelet w/ DIY strings cut off (here)
Might have to borrow mom's camera to bide my time here! 

October 11, 2011

at last

I'm in Connecticut this week visiting my parents. Although I brought the "warm" weather with me, it is still a refreshing relief from the 85 + that it has been in Florida, and IMO it is cold enough to wear boots and faux fur! I've been LOVING getting dressed every day. I brought out my new leather jacket, my new faux fur vest, and my new wool jacket all since I've been home - plus a black and brown pair of boots! I'm in heaven currently, at last it is cold! Anyway, here is what I wore today to go visit my grandmother and help my mom organize at her work. (Sorry for the terrible quality pictures I've never taken pictures in my childhood bedroom before, so It'll be a learning process this week lol). 
REVERSIBLE!!! Vest: Jennifer Lopez for Kohls
Blouse: Forever 21 sheer blouse
Shirt: Forever 21 Tee
Jeans: Forever 21
Boots: Steve Madden
Bracelets: Tiffany, Fossil, Movado, John Hardy, Etsy
I don't shop at Kohls that often, but I have to say, the stuff there was pretty great this time around! It was hard to walk out of there with ONLY this vest! The best part about Kohls is that everything is always on sale. The original price of this vest was a bit steep at $84, but it was 30% off, plus another 20% with your Kohls card (thanks to Mom). When I got home, I realized the vest was reversible which totally makes the price worth it IMO - it's like having a faux suede AND faux fur jacket! I can't wait to try the fur version soon.
The left bracelet is from a recent Etsy purchase. The seller was totally willing to customize the size of the bracelet to better fit my smaller wrists! I can't wait to show off the other one I purchased and try them together. 

Have a great day! Thanks for reading!

October 4, 2011

alumni reception

Last night I had to attend a moot court alumni reception in downtown Miami at a large law firm. There were hors d'oeuvres and plenty of wine, beer and soda to go around. Although mingling with alumni was slightly nerve wracking and awkward, I had fun and enjoyed talking to some of my friends. My favorite Theory suit is in need of a dry cleaning so I decided to wear some of my newly purchased items that go great for fall. Although I really liked this outfit, I probably should have donned the usual black or grey to blend in better with everyone else. I was definitely the only person in a rust jacket! It's fine though because I lost the jacket within 5 minutes of walking in (it was super hot in the room anyway), and plenty of women were just wearing blouses so it was No Big Deal.
Blouse: Bebe, XXS
Belt: Ann Taylor Factory, XS
Skirt: Loft, 00P
Shoes: Nine West kitten heels
Bracelets: John Hardy, Movado, Fossil
Necklace: Unknown light coral chunks
I actually forgot to accessorize because I was running late, but found this necklace inside my wristlet. I think the light pink/coral goes pretty well with my neutral ensemble.
I also remembered to make sure I captured the "texture" of this Textured Knit Blazer this time! I love this close-up picture to show the texture on the blazer, the snake skin embossed belt, and the subtle animal print skirt.
Although what kind of animal print is that? I certainly have no idea!
This is serving as my FIRST bloggers do it better challenge post! Head over to Kristina's blog, Pretty Shiny Sparkly to see all the other entries and see how everyone wore their animal prints!

October 3, 2011

followup post: 4 ways to wear a statement vest

In my last post, I contemplated keeping or returning a blue fringe vest that I got from Forever 21. Since I had nothing to do yesterday, I played dress up in my closet and found a few ways that I could wear the vest to justify keeping it. After all, a lot of people say if you can't wear it at least 3 ways you shouldn't buy it! Here are 4 ideas (one of which is a joke... can you guess which one before I tell you? lol)

I'd wear both of these to go out to a bar or to dinner.

Left: All black! Top: H&M Lace shoulder shirt, Bottom: Forever 21 Leggings, Shoes: Victoria's Secret OTK Boots
Right: All white! Top: Forever 21 Men's Tee in Small, Bottom: Gap Cropped Legging Jeans, Shoes: Target Versie Pumps in Natural
Left: Casual for school - Top: Arden B, Jeans: Abercrombie & Fitch, Shoes: Steve Madden Boots
Right: Costume party/Halloween (lol) - Top: No name Tee, Jeans: Guess Wide Leg Trousers (only $11 on sale!), Headband: Lace Tie taken from Abercrombie shirt

October 2, 2011

Forever 21 mini haul & fitting room review

I got my Forever 21 order yesterday! Good news was everything was cute in person, but the bad news was some of it was just impractical. Today I made a trip to my local F21 to return some of the things and to see if anything caught my eye in store (I think I could only get store credit anyway). 

First off - things from my order that I liked and am keeping:
Gold: Forever 21 Embellished Chain Bracelet (strings cut off)
Although they were final sale, I really did like them and would have kept them even if I could return them. The silver bracelet was surprisingly heavy and thick. It really felt substantial on my wrist which I like (because then I'd realize if it fell off!) The gold bracelet I ended up cutting the strings off like I planned, and underneath was a very pretty plain gold bracelet that was very similar to the silver except in weight. 

Top: Forever 21 Textured Skinny Belt, XS/S in Mustard
Bottom: Forever 21 High Waist Leopard Belt, (no longer online)
I really liked these two belts. They are both size XS/S. I will be punching holes in the mustard belt so I can wear it at my waist. The leopard belt is already high waisted but it was great that I am able to wear it in a middle notch - means even smaller girls can wear this belt! Now if only I could find it online...

I ended up returning both of the "silky scarves" that I purchased. They were each 24 x 24 inches, which was a little bit too small to do anything with. I really wanted to be able to wear the scarves almost as a vest with a belt cinching the waist like other bloggers do, but these were much much too short for that. I think a good length might be 36 x 36 inches. Since I made the return, I decided to check out the store and see if anything caught my eye. Almost immediately I found this Rust colored textured blazer and this chunky knit sweater dress/tunic. 

I really liked the length of this jacket in both the arms and the torso. The front is slightly longer than the back, as you can see in the above pictures. I also liked that the pockets didnt have a flap (I noticed that ALL of my blazers have flap pockets the other day). The bust could be a bit more snug but overall I was pleased with the fit of the jacket. I also really like the color - Rust is all over the place for fall. I am kicking myself for not picking up a rust Gap jacket (they had 2 styles in size 0 for less than 20$ after sales, whereas this one from F21 is $28). However, I do like the style of this jacket better than either Gap one that I saw, and I like that it has a texture to it (unfortunately not captured in any of these iphone pictures)
The tunic I picked up because I THOUGHT it was Navy blue and white! Oops, it is black. Damn you fitting room lighting for tricking me! I know I will wear this as a cute dress for school, but I'm not sure if I could pull it off as a tunic when it gets colder. Maybe with black leggings and black boots? The dress was cuter in person than in these pictures, and for only 13.50 I couldn't pass it up. I thought it looked great with the waist cinched by a colorful belt (like the mustard one I have on above). 

Finally, I spotted this "interesting" vest. It is 100% leather outer, which was surprising from F21. I found it online like 10 minutes ago and now Shopstyle says it is sold out! What?? Well, here is the link to the F21 website where it does not SEEM to be sold out: Forever 21 Leather Fringe Vest
I'm not sure if I'm going to keep it. I kind of feel too much like a cowgirl wearing it. Here is how I impromptu styled it when I got home (mostly because I've been dying to wear these boots since I got them at the beginning of the summer, lol):
I would never wear that outfit out as is above! I'm thinking if I keep the vest, I would make it the statement of the outfit and likely wear all black with it. Maybe a black long-sleeved shirt, black skinny jeans or leggings, and my black knee high, or over the knee boots to go out. Well, I have 14 days to decide if I like it, right?? 

Thanks for reading!
-Elissa