Look for Less: Polished and Practical

By |December 4th, 2011|Look for Less, Why Did You Wear That?|

It sorta seems like life went ahead and decided to cram as much as possible into the last few months of the year.  Sort of like it forgot and then was like, “Oh crap! We gotta do all this.”  So, that keeps ladies like you and me pretty busy.  In between all of the end of year festivities, we still need to find time to run those never ending errands.  They sure don’t take a holiday, do they?  This is where that whole “fashion vs function” argument comes into play.  Is it ever possible to be both?  These three celebrities prove that it is, in fact, feasible to be both polished and practical while running errands.
1. CeCe Cloud Cashmere Chunky Cowl Neck Sweater, $189, 2. 7 for All Mankind Roxanne in California Wash, $158, 3. Esprit Resin Sunglasses, $35, 4. Nine West Turnstile Crossbody Bag, $19.95, 5. Lauren by Ralph Lauren Abria Leopard Flats, $49.99

1. American Apparel El Salvador Lace Tee, $38, 2. Forever 21 Live in Progress Destroyed Skinnies, $27.80, 3. Forever 21 Urban Drop Earrings, $4.80, 4. Hobo International Tivoli Bag, $238, 5. Charles by Charles David Avenger Booties, $69.95

1. Ann Taylor Whisper Blouse, $98, 2. Paige Premium Denim Casual Pants, $108, 3. All Saints Elva Cardigan, $175, 4. Kate Spade Irving Place Harlow, $176.99, 5. Report Whitfield Flat, $89




Photo via The Well Written Woman

Why Did You Wear That: Budget Bride

By |February 23rd, 2011|Why Did You Wear That?|

Going right along with my post from yesterday and my love for all things lovely, I was inspired to find some beautiful wedding dresses for the brides to be out there.  I was amazed how many gorgeous dresses are available for under $1000!  (Hopefully, my mother isn’t reading cause she’ll punch me for picking one for about ten times as much- sorry, mom!).  If you aren’t aware, weddings are freaking expensive!  The dress alone can exhaust your financial resources, so finding so many amazing options (seriously something for everyone) is a total relief.  These dresses are all of the rack, so you have plenty of time to save up and then get alterations done.  When you order designer dresses they take about six months to be made and then add time for alterations – not a whole lot of time to pinch pennies.  I’m not gonna be shy, I’ve really outdone myself this time, behold 24 to die for dresses.  You’re welcome!

Top (L to R): White House Black Market Katharine Gown, $348, Antik Batik Clea Silk Satin Gown, $720, Aidan Mattox Chiffon Evening Gown, $440 Bottom (L to R): BCBG MAXAZRIA Drape Bodice Knit Gown, $328, White House Black Market Grace Gown, $498,  BCBG MAXAZRIA Mesh and Satin Gown, $548

Top (L to R): Tadashi Shoji Organza Bottom Silk Ball Gown, $840, ABS by Allen Schwartz Silk Strapless Rosette Gown, $550, Nika Tiered Strapless Evening Gown, $598, White House Black Market Audrey Gown, $698, Bottom (L to R): Aidan Mattox Strapless Metallic Print Ball Gown, $550, BCBG MAXAZRIA Tiered Strapless Gown, $798, White House Black Market Victoria Bridal Gown, $598, Tadashi Shoji Chiffon Applique One Shoulder Gown, $798

(L to R): Nicole Miller Double Face Satin V-neck Gown, $730, Betsy and Adam Pleated Halter Gown, $160, Notte by Marchesa One Shoulder Flower Gown, $935, BCBG MAX AZRIA Silk Halter Gown, $348

Top (L to R): Love, Yu Tulle Gown, $850, Badgley Mischka Strapless Tiered Flowy Gown, $750, Ann Taylor Fringe Gown, $550 Bottom (L to R): ABS by Allen Schwartz Silk Strapless Rosette Gown, $410, Ann Taylor Rose Petal Gown, $750, Love, Yu Tiered Strapless Gown, $750

I do!



Why Did You Eat That: Meet the Parents

By |December 27th, 2010|New York, Why Did You Eat That?|

During the holiday season, there is a lot of meet and greet with family members.  For some this may be the first meeting. For others it is round two, three, or four with the in laws. In either case, it can be quite overwhelming.

Last week, my fiance met my mother for the first time. While the pressure wasn’t really on me, I did want to have an enjoyable experience. For a night out on the town, I chose to take my mom and fiance to Morandi.  It’s a great place for your parents to get the “New York experience” without overwhelming them with bottle popping and rail thin model types. Not to mention, the food is pretty delicious.

The staff is very knowledgable about wine and helped us choose a bottle everyone would enjoy. We ordered the olive ascalone (fried green olives stuffed with sausage) and the carciofi alla giude (fried artichokes with lemon). My fiance ordered the guinea hen, I had the gnocchi special, and my mom noshed on pappardelle integrali con pancetta (whole wheat pasta with pancetta, broccoli rabe, and radicchi). Everything was delightful and we were happily stuffed. Seeing as everyone was getting along swimmingly and my mom was a few glasses of wine in, we headed over to Soho House to really get the party started.

So what should a young lady wear when going to meet her future in laws?  There is no need for a turtleneck and pearls. No one believes you are that innocent, but covering up a bit and coming across more wholesome than your normal Saturday night tube top won’t hurt. Try a warm and cozy sweater and patterned pants. Looking pulled together and sophisticated will put your future mother in law at ease.  No one will ever be good enough for her baby boy, but at least you’ll come close.

J. Crew Cashmere Cowlneck Sweater, $228

Fred Flare Black and Grey Sid Pants, $49.99

Ann Taylor Covered Platform Bootie, $228

Botkier Metallic Night Out Cross Body Bag, $195

Kenneth Jay Lane Black Diamond Chandelier Earrings, $100

Welcome to the family!