Sunday, December 14, 2014

Casual Cashmere and Pearls

Continuing the great weather theme, I wore this cashmere skirt and wool sweater to our oldest's winter band concert this past week. Since he was in a tux for his performance, I made our youngest and my father-in-law wear collared shirts and I wore my costume pearls to dress up an otherwise casual outfit.
Sweater: JCrew Factory; Skirt: T by Alexander Wang c/o Shopbop
Earrings: old (gift from my grandmother) (similar at Ann Taylor); Necklace: recent vintage find (similar by Givenchy)
Clutch: c/o Susu Handbags
Suede Booties: Stuart Weitzman (old) (similar current and not similar but love anyway!)
My husband is traveling for work again, but hopefully, we won't be separated for too much longer.

Happy Sunday!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Painted Jeans

The weather has improved dramatically this week and the kids and I were out running errands earlier this week without the need for a coat.  It is still cool, I just didn't need warm layers or a jacket.  I pulled out these jeans that I've had for a couple of years. I love them once I get them on, but I really struggle with how to style them because they are just so busy. When I bought them, the DKNY website called them "Painted Oil Jeans" and I agree with the title.  The boys always say that I look like I grabbed some art and put it on.
Top: BCBGMazAzria; Camisole: Spanx; Jeans: DKNY(current print); Necklace: Swarovski; Earrings: c/o Tacori
Purse: Balenciaga (mine is old) (current in pink)
Wedge Heels: Christian Louboutin (great dupe by JCrew Factory on sale)
My husband is out of town working in San Francisco this week and I am definitely nervous about the weather situation they are experiencing over there. I've heard that this is the worst storm the Bay Area has had in over 5 years and I can't help but worry that he may not be able to get home to us tomorrow as planned.

Stay Safe, My Friends!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Leather and Faux Fur on Repeat

With the weather being so cold this week, I've been reaching for the same items over and over again.  While this would have been the perfect opportunity to do a 30x30 challenge, it never even occurred to me until I was editing these photos and I realized I've worn every piece, except my necklace and scarf, at least once in the last two weeks of posts! I once heard a blogger say that those 30x30 Remix challenges are what everyone else calls getting dressed in the morning and I think they may be on to something.  I've never succeeded at those remix challenges because I can't think under pressure, but when going about my daily activities I naturally gravitate to just a few core pieces in my closet.
Cashmere: Halogen; Faux Fur: BR (dupe); Scarf: Gift from a friend last year; Leather Leggings: c/o Paige
Earrings: Blue Nile (on sale under $65); Monogram Necklace: c/o Jane Basch Jewelry 
Tote: Calvin Klein (very old) (current); Boots: Ugg on sale
I wore this out to brunch with some friends yesterday.  We went to Max's Wine Dive and it was wonderful!  They sat us out on the patio, but it was great because it is enclosed and they have heaters.  In fact, once there, I took off my scarf and vest, but it was great to have warm leather pants.  Also, I bought my cashmere sweater on Facebook, but Kelly over at Alterations Needed recently posted one that I think is identical and said that Nordstrom now carries it in petites sizing as well.

Happy Monday!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Dressed Leather

With the return of the cold weather, I struggle to get dressed warmly while looking like I dressed intentionally.  Yesterday, we had a family dinner to celebrate Christmas early during a visit by my brother-in-law.  It was really cold, but I wanted to wear a dress so I put this one on first.  My legs were still cold so I tried my fleece lined leggings, but the black on black made it look like I was going to a funeral.  I started over and put on these leather leggings that I've had for a couple of season's now, but I couldn't think of what top to wear with it and nothing seemed to go. I finally decided to put them together and while I am still not sure if I like the pairing, I know I loved how comfortable I was.
Dress: Connected Apparel (similar); Leather Leggings: c/o Paige
Earrings: Old Navy (very old); Necklace: Swarovski; Make-Up: Urban Decay; Lips: Buxom
Clutch: YSL (mine is old, but I am loving this spendy option and this bargain one by Wallis)
Wedges: Christian Louboutin (old style, buy pre-owned here)
I added my trusty patent wedges and some festive jewelry before I grabbed a metallic clutch to complete my early Christmas with the family look.  We had a great time and I was very relieved to be able to get one set of Christmas gifts out of the way.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

All Neutral

It took me a little longer to recover from Thanksgiving than I thought it would. We took my brother and his girlfriend to check out the downtown Dallas area and it was fun, but exhausting! I forgot that once we get into tourist mode there is always, "just one more thing you HAVE to see!"  Also, I gained about 7 pounds from all the yummy food at Thanksgiving and from being spoiled by my mom this weekend.  She does cooking marathons and leaves us with food for days, except we try to eat it all at once.  Anyhow, I tried taking outfit photos while we were downtown because the weather was perfect, but they all came out gross because I am huge from all the food!  I think I am finally heading back to normal now.  I wore this to visit one of the kid's schools yesterday before I met a friend of mine up for coffee.
Sweater: Halogen; Coat: BR; Scarf: Marc Jacobs for Target/NM; Earrings: Blue Nile; Necklace: c/o Dogeared Jewelry
Purse: Chloe Paddington (buy preowned)
Denim: Citizens of Humanity (current); Shoes: Renvy for Gilt
I probably should have carried a different bag, but I love this one and even if it took a little bit away from my all black, white and tan outfit, I still love it.  The cashmere sweater here is a recent find from a Facebook sale site. It is the Nordstrom brand, Halogen, and I scored it for $15!  It was my concession to Black Friday, which I completely skipped along with Cyber-Monday.  I think that I look for deals all year round, so I wasn't too motivated to stay up late or wake up early to fight the crowds for that one rock-bottom priced piece.

Happy December everyone!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Let's Keep the Ball Rolling

I usually stress out about what I am going to wear to our annual charity ball for weeks, even months, in advance every single year.  I buy multiple dresses, borrow from friends, return those that don't fit, search high and low for the perfect accessories, pack along a back up dress as well as accessories. It is exhausting.  This year, we are so busy with our oldest being a senior and my husband trying to get all his work done in addition to working the charity event, that I simply didn't have time.  I found this dress at the local Nordstrom Rack back in March and bought it after trying it on and seeing that I could zip it up by myself even without Spanx and I could wear a regular bra.  One of my friends laughed in July when someone asked if I had even started the search yet and I said I had the most comfortable dress. She told them that she knew I would probably buy at least 4 more before the event arrived. No one was more surprised than I to see she was wrong.
Evening Gown: Tadashi Shoji (current); Earrings: Charming Charlies (Borrowed from friend) (similar)
Clutch: c/o Magid (nearly identical dupe); Bracelet: Panacea
Shoes: Jimmy Choo Freya (better images here) (current)
In addition to this being the only dress I bought this year and not having to return anything, I wore shoes and accessories I already had, with the exception of the earrings which I borrowed from a friend of mine. I did not bring a back up and I've never been more comfortable. My hair stylist texted me after I posted the below photo to FaceBook to tell me that he thought this was my best ball look ever, and he has styled my hair and sometimes even my clothes for over 20 years!
This is by far one of my favorite photos of my husband and me and I already framed it in our home.  We are working on some massive changes to our home life in the coming months and I know this is the last time we will be this drunk and happy together for the next 4-6 months.  I know that no matter what changes are coming our way, he is still the most handsome guy I know.

We have family in town for the Thanksgiving weekend and the weather has been fantastic this week.  I will be back after the holiday ready for the Christmas and New Year breaks.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Blue Wrap Dress & Rose Gold for Brunch

We spent the weekend at a hotel in Downtown Dallas celebrating our annual charity ball.  The ball is preceded each year with a luncheon to honor the sponsors and members of the organization.  The dress code is business dress and I hadn't worn my DvF wrap dress since Morgan's graduation in August.  Even then, I didn't take any outfit photos because there was an epic downpour after her graduation and we were lucky to just make it to the safety of our car. My husband's favorite part was that this outfit does not contain a single new item!
Wrap Dress: Diane von Furstenberg (current color on sale)
Earrings and Necklace: BaubleBar (old)
Clutch: Reed Krakoff; Watch: c/o Caravelle New York
Heels: Prada (mine are several seasons old, but I love these current ones, too.)
In the past, I've worn this dress with neutrals, seen here, and silver accessories for Morgan's graduation (no photos) so I wanted to try rose gold accessories this time.  I still love the blue color of the dress and I got so many compliments all throughout the brunch. It was perfect for the event and Mr. Fantastic loved that I wore the dress he bought me.

Have a great week!