Thursday, April 29, 2010
I need only to look through the latest catalog to find more inspiration than my feeble mind can handle.
Or scroll through their Fall 2010 line.
They almost make me wish summer was almost over.
I said "almost".
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Saturday we had a bunch of nonsense to do around the house and then it was off to my Dad's 65th Birthday Surprise Party.
my dad and daughter
me and my daddy
dad with tom and katie
My parents are named Tom and Katie too...isn't that weird?
Now that I am head over heels in love with jeans, I wore a really oversized destroyed boyfriend jean with a silk cami,strappy jeweled silver heels and a pinstriped blazer.
And a load of pearls that my niece enjoyed chewing on while I was holding her.
The jeans are a size up from what I would normally buy, but since they are a boyfriend it didn't matter.
They hang off my hipbones a little, but paired with a sexy top and sexy heel the destroyed extra bagginess is balanced.
I love them so much, that I packed them with another girly top to wear working this week.
I mentioned that wearing jeans to work has opened up my wardrobe in so many ways, and I feel the need to gush about it a little more.
Take the silk cami for instance.
I have owned it for about 7,8 years and rarely wear because, let's face it, a silk cami with dress pants/suiting is so typical.
Same thing with the pin stripe blazer.
But paired with a great pair of denim, and voila! a whole new look!
I am grateful that I always lean towards buying more timeless pieces, so I have closets chock full of plenty of stuff to play with!
Now, off to the airport!
silk cami and pearls:limited
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Apparently, my hotel is in a suburb called Frontenac which is like the Beverly Hills of St.Louis.
Too bad I have to pack and be up by 5am tomorrow, but I am here all next week as well, so you can bet your bottom dollar that I will be there. Definitely once...maybe twice...Williams Sonoma Home?!? There are only a handful of them in the entire US!
After the heavens had parted and the angels sang, I was blessed to discover a fabulous place to eat. A place that I have never seen in NJ. Qdoba.
I just ate a burrito that could feed a small family and enjoyed every single second of the gorging.
Since I am not planning on wearing skinny jeans tomorrow ~ who cares? It was like a party in my mouth.
It is lonely being away from home ~ but if I keep finding such places to keep me busy, next week should fly by as fast as could be!
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
This is how I can now dress for work every day and I am loving it.
Jeans every single day of my life?
I think it will be some time before the novelty wears off....
It is sucky to be away from my family this week, but I am seriously happy with my career change.
My new job is great.
I actually enjoy it more than I even thought I would.
Sorry for the crappy mirror pics, but I thought it would look strange to have the cleaning woman see a tripod in my hotel room.
Might give the wrong impression if you know what I mean...
I realized today that my hotel resembles The Shining.
And the musty old smell in here must have been what the hotel in the movie smelt like too...if I see any children pedaling Hot Wheels in the hallways I will die.
Really, I will.
People in St.Louis are much nicer than people in NJ. And the ladies I am working with here are all really great.
I may be late to the party on this one, but I discovered the most A-mazing store this past week.
We do not have any really in NJ, although I'm sure some of you will roll your eyes and say,
"Really Eleanor? That store has been around for-EVER!"
But I just found Francesca's Collections and I think I am in love.
A little Anthro-ish...a little Urban Outfitters-ish...almost feels like vintage shopping since so many things seem to be one offs...it is simply delightful!
So I have one simple request -
"Francesca's Collections Executives? Can you please put some in NJ? Pretty please? I will be a seriously good customer."
trapeze top and stella bootcut jeans:express
bracelets:charlotte russe and ny&co
Monday, April 19, 2010
I had to get up at 2am and leave at 4 to get to the airport on time.
The plane was one of those tight Express Jets that are only 3 seats wide.
And the idiot sitting next to me dumped his entire glass of OJ on both of us.
The worst part is, once my flight landed, I had to rent a car and go straight to work.
I was wearing my slim,black ankle pants.The fabric is a stretch twill and does not repel OJ.
Instead it made little white/grey dots all over them wherever the OJ hit.
Anyway...I left work before 3 to get settled into the hotel and change out of my sticky pants.
I have been holed up in here since then just trying to relax and not fall asleep before a "proper" bedtime.
So I don't get thrown off cycle.
Packing took most of the afternoon on Sunday.
I lay everything out as I would wear it, with my "inspiration" books around me for,well, inspiration.
I brought my go to black handbag since it would go with almost everything I packed, and my Coach clutch to go with some of the others.
And of course, my Coach camera bag/wristlet in the adorable rugby stripe.
I am flying home Friday for the weekend and will be back here on Monday.
Anyone have any suggestions for anything to do in St.Louis...or better yet, any great vintage shops?
My suitcases were delightfully underweight....
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Back in November, I had found some vintage buttons and made myself a flower brooch.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Another accidental outfit today.
I put on slim leg khaki pants this morning, and if my rear end looked anywhere near as large as it felt like it did...I would have been an eyesore for sure.
I have had this babydoll dress since early 2007 and it is always a faithful standby.
Paired with this sleeveless,drapey racerback sweater makes it super comfy as well.
I layered a long sleeve black tee underneath since it is still somewhat cool out...37 degrees this morning going to work with open toe shoes!
By the time I headed outside this afternoon, it had warmed up to almost 70.
Even warmer temps for tomorrow are predicted!
Off I go to wrap up a little "stitchery" project I am working on...
dress and necklace:limited
sweater and leggings:ny&co
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
This is a much younger, fashion forward company than the last one. And pretty casual as well.
I came up with a great outfit idea, then decided I would keep it pretty low key first to see what kind of things other employees were dressed in.
Can't go wrong with a denim boyfriend shirt, but since it is so big and baggy, I prefer to pair it with something more dainty and feminine.
Like a lace tank.
I layered a taupe colored cami underneath and wore slim black ankle pants.
Paired with these brand new JCrew heels I thrifted last week.
Yes, the wear brand new and unmarked until today.
And I only paid $7 for them!!!!
I was glad that I kept it cute but simple, since two of the women working in the store I am in this week were wearing jeans and flip flops.
"Sooo...super casual it is!" I thought.
But then a manager showed up for the closing shift this afternoon in a suit with a button up underneath.
I suppose it goes to show that I should just feel free to be myself (duh) and not worry about whether I am overdressed or underdressed.
So I say, bring on the super cute outfit for tomorrow!
Monday, April 12, 2010
The foyer/hallways have been reassembled
The living room has been emptied of all furnishings that were piled up in there for almost 2 weeks.
I even swapped out all my "winter" decor for my spring florals. Bye, Bye pomegranites,peacock feathers, pine cones and wheat...until the fall!
I packed away my velvet pillows for some fresh twill ones.
I even packed away the giant puzzle my husband had sprawled across the dining room table for way too long. And switched my burnt orange Vanda Orchids on the buffet for some stunning magnolia branches (faux,of course! Who has time for real?)
Come Memorial Day, I will break out the coral and shells. Lanterns and all sorts of summer and "nautical" decor.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Big, bold jewelry that just says "Here I am."
And I am loving my newly acquired necklace...
The same holds true with my home.
I gravitate towards these sort of pieces when decorating and over the years I have amassed a small collection of timeless classics.
Blue and White Porcelain Floor Vases
A Wrought Iron Conservatory
The Louis chair is most likely to join our family as the Altar tables tend to be a bit price prohibitive...
What kinds of decorative items do you love surrounding yourself with?