Talbots jacket, J Crew cafe capri trousers

I'm having a rough week.  In the grand scheme of things, my problems are really no biggie.  But I'm feeling overstressed and overworked and it shows.  Last night when I hit the gym and my trainer commented on my mood, I knew I was really down.  Do you know that feeling when you are almost moved to tears just because someone genuinely wants to know how you are doing?  And as much as you appreciate it, you just don't want to talk about it because you want to keep it all together.  Anyway, that's how I'm feeling this week and because I'm so influenced by bad weather, the dreary, rainy days are exacerbating my mood. 

Equipment blouse, Stuart Weitzman shoes, Chanel necklace and ring, Hermes bangle

Yesterday my outfit reflected my mood but today I was not going to let that happen.  Labor day has come and gone and with it went the summery weather.  It really feels like fall so I had the first chance to wear these bright pink cafe capri trousers from J Crew (which I also bought in mustard).  I wore them with a silky Equipment blouse and a Talbots coat that I kept on all day because, as usual, my office is freezing.  Wearing brights is cathartic as it helps to lift me out of the dumps. 

So who watched the season premier of the Rachel Zoe Project?  I watched it at 4AM before work and Rachel always has the perfectly colored cranberry lips which is what inspired my lipstick choice of the day (MAC's London Life).  Here's to hoping your week is better than mine and to the fact that it's one day closer to the weekend!


Wishes do come true!

Zara finally has online shopping in the United States!  Here are some items in my virtual shopping cart.

Blazer with zipsChecked coatTrousers with front seamSkinny trousersDress with slitsDress with flounced skirtTwo tone wide heel boot

Happy online shopping! (and by the way, you can order online and pick up at your local Zara if you so choose)


And if you  haven't already, vote for my Mad Men outfit where I channel Joan Holloway hereSee my outfit post here.


Weekend Tidbits

Heirloom tomatoes from the Copley Square farmer's market.

Add fresh made mozzarella from Fiore di Nonno (also from the farmer's market) for the perfect dinner.

Homemade pop tarts from the Danish Pastry House.

Locally grown dahlias that were just picked this morning.

And finally, the Pièce de résistance, the YSL tribtoo calfhair animal print pumps which came my way via my trusty shoe gal from Saks at one third of the original price.  Yes, you heard that right.  Not one third off, rather one third of the original price!

And if you  haven't already, vote for my Mad Men outfit where I channel Joan Holloway here.

See my post here.


Mad Maxx 

A bargain shopper I am not.  You know that about me, right?  I'm the quintessential person who requires instant gratification which usually leads to me seeing something I like and buying it at full price.  Do I want to be one of those people who has an affinity for sniffing out a bargain with what seems to be little effort?  Of course I do.  But I just have never been that person.  So when darling Lani of Mon Petit Chou Chou floated the idea to have a TJ Maxx/Marshall's styling challenge, I wholeheartedly agreed.  I may not be a natural born bargain shopper, but I am always up for a challenge! 

The theme of this challenge was Mad Men style, the shopping venue was TJ Maxx/Marshall's and my formidable contenders aside from Lani were Alana of Good Girl Gone Blog and Naina of Style'n.  TJ Maxx was kind enough to allow us to borrow clothes and here's how it went.  We could each borrow up to $200 worth of merchandise at the TJ Maxx or Marshall's of our choice to create our own modern day Mad Men look.  Even though I love all of the characters on Mad Men and the fashions for all of the women are amazing, I decided I would channel Joan Holloway.  If you're not familiar with her character, she's a curvy gal with a razor wit who was a career woman before her time.  Check out how I channeled Joan below and if you like it, please vote for me here (now through September 14).

I popped to the Marshall's on Boylston Street in the Back Bay during lunch one day and took just a wee bit of time to poke around.  And with relatively little effort I found not one, but two, dresses for this Mad Men challenge that I really liked.  Plus a Michael/Michael Kors leather motorcyle jacket that I tore myself away from since it certainly didn't fit in with the Mad Men motif (though I just might see if it's still there when I return my borrowed goods). 

For those of you not familiar with Marshall's/TJ Maxx, they sell loads of current season fashions (over 85% of their merchandise) at up to 60% off of what you'd see it for in a department store so hop on over to your closest Marshall's or TJ Maxx and check it out!

I loved how the dressing room hooks were labeled "definitely" and "possibly" for easy organization.

Of the two dresses I found, I really liked them both and had visions for each as to how I would style them.  I love the gray and black houndstooth number but the rusty orange dress was more form-fitting with a little vixen vibe that I thought was perfect for Joan.  (And by the way, that houndstooth dress is from Theory for a mere $99.99).

This rusty colored Tahari dress is only $59.99 but it looks and feels way more expensive.  The animal print David Brooks jacket is only $29.99 and I think the wide collar and belted waist are perfect for Joan.  So I was able to create this Mad Men look for a mere $100.  I think that's pretty good.  How do you think I did in this Mad Men fashion challenge?  If you liked it, please don't forget to vote for me here


David Brooks jacket and Tahari dress (c/o Marshall's)

 Tahari dress (c/o Marshall's), J Crew bag and necklace, Jimmy Choo shoes, Kenneth Jay Lane pin


Shoes and Principles

If there are two things that I have in abundance, they are shoes and principles.  But what happens when the two disagree?  My recent People Style Watch had a discount code for Pour La Victoire and since I really like their shoes (evidenced here, here, here and here) I decided to buy another pair.  I was so excited for these olive green booties for fall.  I have been envisioning them with so many things; skirts, jeans, wide leg pants.  They would be the perfect transition shoe.  But imagine my disappointment when I saw these very same shoes, one day after I bought them, on Gilt for less than half what I paid.  The same thing happened to me this past spring with a Catherine Malandrino top that showed up on Rue La La two days after I bought it for a third of the price.  But at least Catherine Malandrino made it right and credited me back the difference in price.  Pour La Victoire was interested in doing no such thing.  I think it's extremely poor practice to sell something at full price (or very close to it) that you will have at a deep discount via the likes of Gilt or Rue La La without adjusting the price that your customer paid if it is brought to your attention.  The discounted shoes on Gilt are not available in my size so here's the dilemma.  Do I keep the shoes because I love them despite not being happy with Pour La Victoire as a company?  Or do I send them back and stand behind my principles?  What say you blog reader?