Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Finder's Keepers

I think of my dear Angela (you remember her, right? The one who never blogged at all?) a lot while I am thrifting. We share the same taste in most things, and she has great vision when shopping and totally appreciates a great vintage score.
Since her once flat tummy is now filled with a baby girl {squeals with delight}, I come across certain items while thrifting that might be great for her burgeoning belly.

Like this top here.

I found it on the $2 rack at one of my favorite haunts and thought of her immediately.
It totally appealed to me, and when I got home, I thought I would just try it on...you know, make sure it would fit her in the shoulders etc.

Ok, I'm lying...I wanted to see what it looked like on me!

And then I realized how cute it looks with skinny ankle jeans...especially this great gray color and I couldn't bear to part with it.

"Just wear it once, and then give it to her!" I heard my good conscience tell my evil conscience.

But sometimes evil wins.

Sorry Ang.

blouse: thrifted
ankle jeans: ny&co
shoes: nine west
scarf: an old beach coverup/sarong thing
locket: ny&co red label collection
bracelet: limited

Monday, March 29, 2010

Why I Might Need To Buy Into The Mid-Height Trend

Jimmy Choo
Am I driving you all nuts yet with the shoe talk?
I am having a "moment" with shoes...I cannot stop thinking about them lately.
In fact, Friday morning I was on the phone with Nine West regarding my shoe purchases last week and the fact that none of it was showing up on my rewards account.
I even filled out a survey online that was supposed to give me an additional 250 points - and yet when I logged on - NOTHING.
And I was soooo consumed rectifying this issue that I didn't answer my call waiting for one of my neighbors trying to get a hold of me.
And when I finally called her back and started to share what I was on the phone doing, as I speaking I realized I sounded strangely obsessed.
I'm sure she thought so, because she is a woman that doesn't even buy herself new clothes, let alone multiple pairs of shoes in the same week.

Anyway....I log into my email this very,very early morning and have a blast from Nine West (duh, I gave them a lot of money last week so now they bombard me with emails).
All about the "Mid-Height Trend".
And it got me thinking.

I have always been a fan of the kitten heel - especially on a mule with a nice pointed toe - super sexy.
But beyond a kitten heel, all my other shoes are at least 4" heels.
At 5'1 I feel quite strange in flats - I love ballerinas but they make me feel short and squat.
So I rarely wear them.

I wear sneakers only to work out in.
Uggs are like slippers for wearing around the house only.
And the 97% rest of my life, I wear sky high heels.
Like these beauties:

Ahhh - sorry, I just wanted to see them again...

My life, my choice, my taste.

But now in my mid 30's, I am starting to have some issues.
I am on my feet all day at work.
That's 8-9 hours.

And the ole tootsies are not holding up as well as they once did.
They like, friggin hurt, and alot more often now.
And I looked down at them last week while at work, while they were all red and smarting with pain and I think I am getting a bunion. {shiver}
Gross, right?

I am slowly mutilating my feet because I am too vain.

And that's a fact.

Years ago, I had a woman working for me who used to wear a gross pair of orthopedic looking Clark's every single day, with any sort of outfit.
I used to quiver inside every time I would see them poking out from under her dress pants.
(Whose hems used to drag on the floor and in the dirt, but that is another matter altogether now.)

Will that be me one day?!?!?

While talking about this to one of the ladies who works for me, I thought aloud that maybe I should start to wrap my feet at night the way they do/used to (not sure if it's a current practice) in Asia?

Or has this now just turned into crazy talk?
Does it make me certifiably insane to even ponder such things?

And maybe that is why I need to check into this mid-height thing a little more.
I figure I have until 50 to rock anything 4" and up...and that is if I intend to look age appropriate (I fully do).

But until then, do I jump on the bandwagon and take advantage of trends like this?
It would give my feet somewhat of a break...
And with 13 1/2 years to go until 50...

My poor aching feet might thank me.
And I won't end up having no choice but to rock a nasty pair of Clark's or something.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Shoe Love

I bought these Michael Kors shoes one evening when I was feeling sorry for myself.
Steph and Angela were at a wedding of one of their colleagues whooping it up.
Since I was their boss, I felt it more appropriate to decline the invite.
So I worked instead.
And bought myself these shoes as a consolation prize.

I love it when I buy something that works with anything and everything in my wardrobe.
And these shoes were no exception.
I have worn them all winter with tights and/or socks.
And now that the weather is finally warming up, I will be wearing them with polished toes.

Yesterday I mentioned my hunt for the perfect nude pump which I finally resolved on Monday.
Then today I bought these:

Not the Coach ones I showed you here, but since they were $124.00 cheaper AND an exact knock off of the Coach ones I wanted, I am completely satisfied.
I found them at Nine West who is running a 25% off on select shoe styles sale.

I might seem a little frivolous buying multiple new pairs of shoes this week...but I am treating myself because I have had some exciting news in.

I have been being "courted" by a company for some time now, and last week they made me a job offer I couldn't refuse. I am still working in apparel retail, but in a larger store offering both men's and women's apparel. Not saying who...but I am sure {wink wink} you will figure it out when I start listing their clothing in my OOTD's.
Employee discounts are a perk that cannot be beat!

I am finished working for New York & Company next week, then on vacation for a week before I start.
I will miss so much about my current job...especially my peeps. I met Ang and Steph because of this job...and it truly has been a great run.
But new shoes make anything easier!

military shirtdress: gap (f&f only $11.99!)
bracelet: limited
earrings & ring: a ritzy place you may have heard of, it's called tar-jay
shoes: michael kors (on my feet)
new shoes: nine west

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Plan B

So what do you do when you have your outfit all ready to go at the ass crack of dawn in the morning, put it on...realize you look like the 60's love child of Harry Potter's parents and know you can't possibly go to work...or out in public with this outfit on?

You have a crisis like I did this very morning when I put on this amazing thrifted caftan I found a few weeks ago.
It is a floral print in gorgeous neutrals and when I threw it over my head at the thrift store I knew it had potential with a great belt around the middle.
In my head I knew it needed a skinny, ankle pant which meant an open toe shoe or a neutral pump.
Since it is still March in NJ, open toes are an inappropriate option.
But then I found these nude pumps at Nine West at Monday and with the 25% dream sale,caftan wearing was set to happen this week.

And then I looked at myself at 6am this morning and looked like a wizard.
The sleeves were way too dramatic and weird for a 30 something working in the Jersey suburbs.
I got a lotta guts...I mean you have all seen my hair pictures...but too go out in full on wizard style...I had to decline.

Since I had all of 0 minutes to come up with Plan B, this was the best I could do.
Jewelry was already on and there was no time for rummaging through jewelry boxes.
I wanted to wear my pumps in the worst way...and I did.
Just not how I expected too.

And I was 15 minutes late to work.

all clothing: ny&company
pumps: nine west
earrings: banana republic
ring: lia sophia

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Red All Over

I am not a big fan of the color red. However, little pops of it here and there are ok in my book.
Like these ballerina flats I just had to have last fall.
And this rain jacket I bought almost 8 years ago that I love to death.

Today is so rainy and gross...so unlike the gorgeous weekend we just had. But we can't have everything,can we?

rainjacket: gap
skinny ankle jeans: ny&company
sweater coat: limited
plaid ballerinas: bandolino

Sunday, March 21, 2010

My Weekend Off

Friday we polished off the last of the St.Patty's Day cupcakes I baked. Mmmmmm!

Saturday we had the Shopping The Closet gals and their hubby's and hubs-to-be over for some yummy grilling. We also had a special guest and their family join us...sooo much fun!!!

We saw the first signs of the quickly approaching warmer weather...

I sat outside Sunday afternoon in this gorgeous weather watching my little one revel in the beauty of the day...

now if every weekend could be just like this....

Friday, March 19, 2010

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow!

It's no secret that music has always been a huge part of my life.

And as I was silently reflecting to myself the other day about some of my musical passions, I realized that my hair styles over the years have been directly taken from some of these icons.

Join me, will you, on a journey of my hair throughout the past 20 years....

Let's begin with middle school, shall we? The year was 1986/87.
This was summer at the township pool, where I sat rebelliously listening to the Violent Femmes on my walkman sporting a hairdo that can only be described as channeling Olivia Newton John in Let's Get Physical.

Since this makes no sense for a snotty pre-teen listening to "Blister in the Sun", we will move on.
I can offer no explanations.

Freshman year in high school. When people called my friends and I "New Wavers".
Or just freaks.
This hairdo can only be described as an attempt to channel The Flock of Seagulls hair.

Only with a perm.
And no, I couldn't see out of that one eye.
But I liked it that way.

Towards the end of my freshman year, I had developed a full on crush on Ian McCulloch from Echo & The Bunnymen (and yes, I still have it today. When my hubby and I saw them in '08, I asked if he wouldn't mind me screaming out "I love you Ian". He was cool with it cause he understands.)
What better way to display your crush on a singer than to replicate his hairdo?
So that is what I did.

This was a friends senior prom that he asked me to, and I was the worst date ever because it was that time of the month and I had cramps.
Sorry Michael that I probably ruined your night, but I was a late bloomer and still not fully in the swing of that monthly thing.

By sophmore year, my hair had expanded into a full blown Robert Smith of The Cure replica, though my love for Ian remained.

I didn't crush on Robert Smith, because he wore more lipstick than I did.
But he was still super cool and with awesome hair like that, how could I not imitate it?

There was "No Doubt"

that by my senior year, I was over copying the boys and had moved on to trying to have "girl hair".
I loved my bleached out blond hair.
Two days after this photo I went to Germany for the summer and sometime during that trip my hair started to resemble chewed up bubble gum in consistency after it got wet.
Over processing I guess.

The 90's were in full swing, and you have already seen pics of the dreads and stuff.
After I went through my grunge,Hole and Babes in Toyland phase, wearing babydoll dresses and such, I went straight for the Dolores O'Riordan look.

Totally appropriate since this was my hair style when I backpacked Ireland in the fall of '93.

Much better look for Dolores than myself.

Towards the late 90's I was already a mom and trying to find the happy balance between looking "motherly" and still having my "edge".

Channeling Janis Joplin was probably not the best form of imitation...yikes!

My hubby says I looked cute, but since he was wearing socks with his Birkenstocks at this moment in time and passing out at Phish concerts, his opinion will not be considered.
Sorry Babe...I love you more than anything in this world, but you are damn lucky that I saw beyond those socks and sandals.
Ok, just kidding...you sent my heart flip flopping...socks or not!

And although they say imitation is the highest form of flattery...as you can see it was not always successful.
Trial and error I suppose!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Party Pictures

mr. merritt and soon-to-be mrs. merritt

brothers & sisters <3

mommy & I

my bridal party
they were so cute, they coordinated between themselves to all wear gray because it is the color i want for my wedding. It was a test trail for me to make sure i liked it. i love them!

Our beautiful cake
banana and strawberries...yummy!