September 28, 2015

Summer Wedding

My BF and I were in South Carolina last weekend for the wedding of one of his college roommates. I decided 2 days before the wedding that I wanted something new to wear, so I stopped by Nordstrom on my lunch break and scoped out the dress department for anything that caught my eye. Surprisingly, I was drawn to the below dress and it was, by fate, on sale! Although hard to see in the pictures, it has silver threads throughout, so I went with silver accessories. If you like the dress, be aware it has an open back. I tried to wear a convertible low back bra, but it was still visible at the back, so I ended up wearing a sticky bra instead (it worked well! But I hope it wasn't a one-time use). The wedding ceremony was in the early afternoon, and the reception was several hours later, so I ended up ditching the pearls for the reception. 
Necklace: Macy's (similar)
Bracelets: David Yurman & Forever 21 (similar)
Shoes: Calvin Klein (similar)
Clutch: Rebecca Minkoff (here in mini)
Bag: Paper. (similar - LOL)
Sunglasses: Ray Ban

September 24, 2015

Best of the Bunch

The other morning I attempted to take my own photos with my "good" camera lens (which is infinitely harder to use than the kit lens)... of course I was rushed, and the lighting wasn't great, and 9 out of 10 photos turned out blurry. So here's what I was left with: 1 non blurry photo of my whole outfit, and one super-close-up of my face, lol. 
I wore the below outfit to a mediation. To explain to any non lawyers: a mediation is a pretty informal meeting between the two parties to a lawsuit (sometimes there are more parties but I don't want to unnecessarily complicate things) to talk about the pros and cons of the case and (hopefully) attempt to settle the case. Since the mediator (the person presiding over the meeting between the parties) is usually a former judge, I usually wear something other than jeans.  
Dress: Theory (similar)
Blazer: Rachel Rachel Roy (see below for some other patterned options)
Shoes: Ann Taylor (similar)
Bag: Brahmin (similar)
Sunglasses: Ray Ban
Necklaces: Forever 21 (similar but $$$)
Rings:  Nordstrom Rack (similar) & Gift
Watch: Michael Kors
Bracelets: from Grandma & Mom (similar and LOVE)

September 4, 2015

What's REALLY in my work bag?

In the ~4 years I've had this blog, I don't think I've ever done a "what's in my bag?" post. Partly it was because, like I've said before, this requires foresight (which I rarely have when it comes to this blog) and partly it was because most of these posts by other bloggers are similar/the same, and what makes me different? I'll tell you what makes me different - I am going to show you what's REALLY in my work bag, sans any edits to make my life seem more put-together or beautiful than the average person. At the end of the day, I am a lawyer by career, not a blogger portraying some falsely beautiful life. Ahead, a pretty pic of my new-ish work bag, and what is REALLY in my work bag (at least on the day I took these pictures). 
(clockwise from the top right)
  • I carry a notebook with me often/almost daily. I usually forget to pack one when I'm going to a deposition and then I run into a problem where I'm taking notes all over random papers. 
  • I've been carrying these random papers in my bag for the last month. They are my car insurance renewal papers. I have to pay this bill by next week or my insurance will lapse.
  • My boyfriend bought me this Kate Spade wallet for Christmas/my birthday. It's got that saffiano leather which makes it harder to scratch - which is perfect for my life!
  • I always have random pens in my bag - how else will I take notes on my notepad?
  • Although I have a cute Kate Spade gold business card holder (similar) (a gift from my parents, I believe when I graduated from law school), I still manage to throw business cards willy-nilly around my bag. Also, a lone paperclip.
  • My sunglasses OUTSIDE of my sunglass case. I am surprised the glasses are not scratched, but I've been lucky so far. 
  • A literal plastic bag which I carried my lunch to work in the day these pictures were taken. What is my life? 
  • NOTE: missing things that are also usually in my bag: a mini Purell hand sanitizer, a lanyard attached to a USB drive (gotta have my files with me, bro), a random lipgloss (almost every bag I have has a NYX lipgloss in it). 
The end. I hope this post has, at the very least, made you chuckle. And at the most, I hope you realize it's OK to have imperfect, not-very-beautiful content in your purse. 

September 2, 2015

On Curbing Spending

I used to regularly participate in Franish's monthly "budgeting bloggers" posts, but somewhere along the line I fell off the wagon. That, coupled with the fact that I switched jobs (which included a raise), has led me to not watch my clothing spending in the last few months. I think I am actually going to reduce my self-proclaimed budget of $200/month that I've had for the last 3+ years down to $100 a month (and preferably $0 for a few months). This revelation came to me on August 31, so September will be the perfect time to start this little experiment.

In the meantime, I want to share a few of my favorite things I've bought in the past few months. 
Every few weeks I have to go to West Palm Beach for depositions, and about 2 months or so ago I stopped by the outlets up there for my lunch break. I ended up falling in love with a bunch of bags at the Brahmin outlet. I've heard of Brahmin before but couldn't bring myself to pay full price. The second time I went to WPB, I decided to buy a bag. Specifically, I purchased the Tori tote for work. 

Although the only links I can find are for full price, the outlets had them for about 30% off the full price (savings of about $100). The outlet also had a million beautiful colors to choose from (like 3 or 4 in shades of brown - there was something for everyone, seriously). I really have fallen in love with this brand - beautiful but not showy in the sense that you're not walking around with a huge logo emblem or super-recognizable bag. If the Tori bag isn't available, a close alternative is the West Lake bag, which also has a zipper on the top. Nordstrom currently has it available in 4 colors for only ~$150 (about 50% off).

Another thing that is both great and sucky about my new job is that I get along really well with everyone, and that the other girls in the office and I sometimes go out to the mall or the nearby Nordstrom Rack during lunch. It's sucky because obviously this leads to spending money. One day, a friend and I went to Nordstrom Rack and she tried on these super cute sandals below that I decided I also just "had to have" as well. I really do like them - they are comfortable and I feel like they are stylish and "amp up" my regular outfits a bit, but they were still SO unnecessary given the amount of shoes I have (about 10 pairs too many). 

In terms of beauty spending, Ulta had a 20% off entire purchase sale this past month, so that killed my wallet. I ended up getting this contour brush and the Lorac contour palette, both of which I really like. However, a FYI to very fair-skinned ladies like myself - the Lorac palette's "light" color is VERY dark- to the point that I wouldn't wear this on a daily basis to court because its kinda a nighttime/going out vibe. 

Honestly, this is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of my spending in the last few months. I spent about an hour the other day going through my account and categorizing purchases to find out where I'm going wrong and it was UPSETTING. I am really really REALLY going to try to use what I already have and cut back, but also keep up with posting outfits. If anyone has any ideas for other budgeting apps or other ideas (right now I'm carrying a notebook with me daily to track spending) I am open and ready! 

September 1, 2015

Belated crochet top & cuffed shorts

I found this lost outfit from when I was in Naples almost 2 months ago. I really like this shirt that I picked up from Nordstrom Rack - it's nice as a casual top with a tank underneath or as a beach coverup, which is what I used it for on the day in question. Also, I am sad to report that due to an unforeseen circumstance (someone with a larger head than me decided to wear my hat below as a joke) it is now slightly crushed and deformed :( I don't want to write it off completely yet, but it's not lookin' good. I got a solid month of wear out of it but it really should have lasted longer. 
Top: Nordstrom Rack (similar)
Shorts: A&F (similar)
Shoes: Ellen Tracy via TJ Maxx (similar)
Sunglasses: Ray Ban

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