Thursday
Jul212011

Stars and Stripes

Zara shirt and blazer, RED Valentino pants, Louis Vuitton bag

Do I look as tired as I think I do?  There's been a subtle creep in my workdays of late as I prepare to take most of next week off.  The days have gone from 11-12 hour days to closer to 13-14 hours.  So at this point in the week, I've worked more in three days than most people do in a whole week.  But let's look on the bright side, shall we?  I'm off to Nantucket next week and it's just one of my favorite places on earth.  Please do a weather dance in the hopes that it stays warm and sunny. 

See by Chloe shoes

Now that my lamenting my crazy work schedule is over, let's talk about what's really important.  Working like a dog is one thing, but looking good while doing it is quite another!  Here I wore a navy and white star top from Zara (this year) with a striped Zara blazer from a few years ago.  I paired this with a bright orange pair of RED Valentino pants.

Sequin Palm Beach and Chanel necklaces, YSL ring and ?? bracelets

 

Wednesday
Jul202011

My Shoe Closet - The Nudes

I had a request from Rachael of When I've Arrived to do a post on my shoe closet.  Well this could take awhile, but here's post number one (of a yet undetermined number of posts). 

I keep most of my shoes in their boxes and lucky for me, my small apartment has high ceilings so I pile the shoe boxes up to the nether regions of my closet.

I can't believe I actually debated whether or not to buy these Miu Miu studded oxfords.  Yes the oxford is probably a bit of a trend but I've already gotten plenty of wear out of these.  The nude color is obviously versatile and I'm a sucker for all things bestudded.

 

I know, it's more studs, but oh how I love them!  I coveted these Valentino beauties from the moment I saw them and hunted them down.  For some, a shoe like this might not be an every day shoe, but for me, they definitely are. 

These python Miu Miu sandals were purchased on a total whim during a whirlwind shopping trip with Lani from Mon Petit Chou Chou.  It's always great to have a fellow blogger and shoe lover to cheer you on!

Jimmy Choo.  Nude patent.  Platform.  Need I say more?

On my search for the Jimmy Choos above, I found this pair of Fendi's on sale at Saks.  On sale!

 

A nude Marc by Marc Jacobs wedge with an ankle strap found on sale at Harvey Nick's in London was a no brainer.

Before I had ever seen Alexandre Birman anywhere else, I was seeing them at Bergdorf's.  I saw this pair on one NYC trip but didn't buy them and regretted it.  So on the next trip, lucky for me they still had my size.

So there you go, the first post of my shoe obsessed life.  Stay tuned for more...

Tuesday
Jul192011

Quick Change

Lovemarks top, Kate Spade shorts, Pour la Victoire sandals, Balenciaga bag

This past Saturday was hair day so this photo is pre-coiffing.  I wore this outfit to run some errands and to my hair salon.  The Lovemarks top was something I bought at Precision in NYC a few weekends ago.  It's one of those tops that quite frankly I normally wouldn't have even picked up, but the saleswoman pointed it out and once I tried it on, I liked it, especially its Missoni-esque print.

 Aris Geldis necklace, Terry Ross ring, bracelet from Holiday on Beacon Hill

After the day's errands and getting freshly coiffed, I was going over to Elisha's to sit in the garden and drink bubbles and then out for a casual dinner.  I ran home to do a quick change and just switched out the shorts for this Ann Taylor skirt.

Sequin Palm Beach necklace, Marc by Marc Jacobs clutch, Ann Taylor skirt

I also gave the outfit some added oomph with my neon orange MAC lipstick.  And this casual outfit was perfect for my night out.  We left our normal little radius for Brookline to visit our friend Jimmy who used to own Joe V's in the South End but has just recently opened Jimmy's Bar and Oven.  The place was hopping and I'm thrilled to see it is doing so well.  The menu is full of lots of old faves from Joe V's (really good pizzas, lots of red sauce Italian) but this menu had fried pickles which I just cannot resist.  They were delicious and I can see myself ordering them each time I make my way out there.  It was also super fun to see familiar faces who worked for years at Joe V's.

Monday
Jul182011

Tuckered Out

Tucker blouse, Zara pants, Tory Burch sandals, Balenciaga bag

I love Tucker's playful prints and was thrilled when I saw Tucker on Gilt recently.  I had a credit so grabbing this smocked collar blouse was a no brainer for me.  And in true color loving style, I paired it with red Zara pants.

J Crew and Aris Geldis necklaces, Elisha Daniels bracelet, Michael Kors rose gold watch

The other thing that is so great about this blouse is that it's almost seasonless.  I'm wearing it now in the height of summer and can certainly envision wearing it into the fall.

Sunday
Jul172011

Drive by the Beach

Today was one of those perfect days.  Clear blue sky.  No clouds.  Quintessential summer.  I got myself a zipcar and headed up to the North Shore.  It's been 15+ years since I drove a car every day and I hardly ever miss being behind the wheel.  But the one thing I do miss is jamming to the tunes and belting out a song at the top of my lungs.  Today's drive up to the beach was perfect and I cranked up my ipod to the likes of songs from Glee, Adele and Florence and the Machine.

 

My sister and I spent much of our formative years in Jupiter, Florida and the two of us, we have this thing.  Do you know those songs that really speak to you, make you feel something?  When we hear one of those songs, we keep driving.  We could be just about home, look at each other and say "drive by the beach?" and off we'd go belting out a tune together.  Today as I was cruising up the highway, Glee's version of When I Get You Alone came on and it brought me back to my Florida days sitting in my sister's old school red Saab and driving by the beach so as not to miss a second of a song we love.  I played that song at least three times today.

I ended up at Wingaersheek in Gloucester and sat at the beach for hours soaking in the sun (with 45 sunblock of course), flipping through my magazines and reading on my Kindle.  It was the perfect summer's day.