Monday, November 10, 2014

Blush

Blouse - H&M, only $10 (not available online, check local stores)
Ponte Pants - Banana Republic {here}
Heels - Manolo Blahnik {here}
Clutch - Vintage
Earrings - LOFT {last seen here}
Necklaces - Made by me and thanks to oNecklace {here}
Bracelet - Made by me
Rings - thanks to Anjolee {here} and green quartz
Nails - OPI Can You Tapas This?

Happy Monday! I love pretty much anything with nude or blush satin and lace - reminds me of ballet! I found this top recently at H&M for only $10. For that cheap, I couldn't resist! Have a wonderful week, friends, and thanks so much for dropping by.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Black & White

Blouse - Ann Taylor {here, on sale in limited sizes - check local stores}
Ponte Pants - Banana Republic {here, petite length is perfect for me}
Jacket - Banana Republic {similar here}
Heels - Christian Louboutin "Decollete" {similar here}
Clutch - m.n.ologie {here}
Earrings - Kendra Scott "Danielle {here}
Bracelet - Vintage
Ring - thanks to Anjolee {here}
Nails - OPI Can You Tapas This? {seen here}

Happy Tuesday! I love this top I found on sale at Ann Taylor recently - I ordered my size online, however, the one they sent me was damaged. I had to exchanged it in store for one size larger. At least I got it for a great price. Have a wonderful week and thank you for stopping by today!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Transitional

Lacey Cardigan - Rodarte for Target {last seen here} {try here}
Linen Top - Ann Taylor {here in select sizes and colors}
Pants - Ann Taylor {similar here}
Shoes - Christian Louboutin "Decoltissimo" {last seen here}
Purse - Chloe "Paraty" {last seen here}
Earrings - Old Navy {similar, nicer version here}
Necklace - J.Crew {here on eBay}
Bracelets - thanks to Lulu Avenue by Jude Frances {here and here}
Ring - thanks to Anjolee {here}
Watch - Michael Kors

Greetings friends! While the hot/cold weather is dueling it out, we look to layers! Here I'm using an old stand-by, a cardigan I bought in 2009 from the Rodarte for Target collection, as a topper over a linen blouse. I hope your Fall is going great so far - have a wonderful week!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Master Closet Renovation with Easy Closets

Hello friends! This is an exciting before and after that's been over a year in the making! I wanted to re-do the master closet in my bedroom as soon as I moved in last year, but had lots of other projects to complete first. I used Easy Closets - the same company I used for my coat closet renovation. What I love is that I can design the closet online to the half inch - it's extremely customizable. And with the help of my Dad, fairly easy. I'd liken it to putting together Ikea furniture, which I don't find to be a difficult task at all. I also ordered junior/petite sized hangers from Only Hangers - they're 14" across the shoulders so my clothes won't have those annoying shoulder bumps. Wooden hangers seem expensive, but buying these in a bulk of 100 works out to about $1 per hanger.

Here is my design from Easy Closets. Wall A is the drawers and double hanging. Wall B is two sections of tall hanging (I adjusted the heights of the rods and shelves). Wall C is all shelving - I specified this wall to be only 11 inches deep instead of the standard 14 inches deep since my closet is a tight fit.

I found that brass bow above the mirror for $2.50 at Goodwill!
I purchased this antique chandelier in 2006 and it's been sitting in a box for a very long time - it looks very elegant in the closet.  

A few closing thoughts: the drawers were fully extendable which is awesome. I saved money by removing the knobs from my design online and purchasing them at Home Depot. This is not a product-sponsored review - I paid for all of this. And I couldn't have done this by myself - my Dad was a huge help!! Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful week.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Altuzarra for Target (A Few Pieces in Review)

Greetings and Happy Sunday, friends! Today is the release of the Altuzarra for Target collection and I was anxious to check it out this morning (not anxious enough to get up super early to stalk the store opening, but excited enough to get out of the house a bit earlier than normal, hence the tired eyes in the photos). Anyways, I haven't looked forward to any of the Target designer collaborations since Rodarte in 2009, but this one definitely contained a few items I was interested in, namely the long orchid dress and the maroon dress. A lot of this collection, in my opinion, has a 1970s vibe to it, and I love some '70s fashion (y'all probably don't know that I was an extra in Anchorman 2 last year - awful movie, but awesome experience - loved the costuming). So here we go....

First up is the "Satin Floral Maxi Dress" with orchid print. This is the dress I was most excited to see in person, however, I was disappointed. Aside from the fact that they didn't have my size so the fit is all off, the quality of the fabric was less than what I was expecting, as was the stitching. The part where the slit is - it's like the thread tension on their sewing machines was wrong so the seams aren't smooth. Also, looking at the promo shots, the bodice is a little different. The retail version crosses over more and the ruched waistband is skinnier (and also didn't continue to the back of the dress like I would have wanted). I think it's overpriced at $70, however, I like it enough that I may consider ordering online it in my size before making a final decision. Trying on a size 6, way too big for me.

Up next is the second dress I was very interested in, the "Wrap Dress - Ruby Hill." This one I wasn't expecting to like as much as I did. I love the color - it's perfect for Fall, especially with the long sleeves. I also love the tie/sash. The tassel detail is my favorite and I was glad to see that it wasn't a neck scarf (as shown in the promo pic). I tried this on in a 2 and a 4, and while the 2 fit better in the shoulders and sleeves, it was too high-waisted for me and the hips were a bit too snug, so I went with the 4. I will also sew the bodice crossover shut so it doesn't gape open; I may shorten the sleeves, as well. I think this one looked better in person than it does on me in the picture. Shown in size 4 and purchased.

The next dress I tried on was the "Peasant Dress Swiss Dot." My friend was interested in this one so I sent her pictures. I saw the long version online and like that one, too! I thought this one was cute and I liked how the top fit me, however, the bottom was very frumpy. I would definitely need this hemmed. Trying on a size 4, may consider ordering online in either the short or long version and in size 2. Still undecided, however, because that's a lot of polyester and Georgia heat/humidity + poly is not a very good combo.

The last item I took pictures of was the "Sweater with Crane Embroidery." I really like this sweater - it's soft, and comfy, and I love the gold embroidery. However, I think this is overpriced at $50 (the embroidery is glued/ironed on, not sewn on [REVISED: I went back to Target later for something else and re-examined this sweater. I was wrong - the embroidery is actually sewn on. There is a piece of black fabric fused to the back of the embroidery to presumably keep the metallic threads from scratching the skin.]) and I will wait to see if it goes on clearance. Trying on a size Small, will buy if it goes on clearance.

I did try on a couple more items, but didn't take pictures because I either forgot or was in a hurry. Overall, I really like the look of the collection and there are some nice pieces (the jacquard and velvet fabrics were nice, particularly this Jacquard Pencil Skirt), but there are some cheap quality items, too. I will continue to keep my eyes open for when/if it goes on clearance! Thanks so much for stopping by.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Gold-Trimmed

Blouse - Walter, thrifted {last seen here}
Camisole - Express, old {similar here}
Ponte Pants - Ann Taylor, old
Shoes - Manolo Blahnik "Round Toe BB Pumps" {here} {similar here}
Purse - Rebecca Minkoff "Swing" {here without studs}
Earrings - Kendra Scott "Linden" {last seen here}
Necklace - thanks to oNecklace {here}
Ring - thanks to Anjolee {here}
Nails - CND Shellac "Pink Bikini" {here}

Happy Monday - hope you had a great weekend! I love an excuse to wear this metallic gold-trimmed silk blouse - I found it at a consignment store a couple of years ago and have worn it only a handful (or less) of times. However, it's too pretty to get rid of, so it stays. Have a wonderful week!