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?


Last of the Whites

Reiss blazer, Ann Taylor pants, Ann Taylor Loft top, Celine bag, Hermes scarf

It's such a shame that in the prime of summer, I start slowly veering to fall when it comes to what I wear.  I remember wearing white pants long before Memorial Day.  Now that Labor Day is just about upon us, I took the chance to wear this white Zara blazer for what I imagine will be one of the last times in awhile.

Miu Miu shoes

These shoes are due their own photo since I think they are so fabulous.  My sister and friend sent me a picture of them a few months ago goading me to get them as they are perfect!  So I obliged and my trusty shoe gal from Saks tracked them down and ordered them for me. 


J Crew necklaces

Happy long weekend to everyone.  Sadly I will have to work in Monday but I'm still thrilled that Friday is upon us!


Feeling Fall

Zara blazer and jeans, Talbots top, Miu Miu bag

Today was another like yesterday where it looked like summer but kind of felt like fall.  Unlike yesterday, I went with the fall feeling when I got dressed this morning.  I wore a Talbots leaopard top, Zara tan jeans and Zara blazer. 

Chanel flats, J Crew and Chanel necklaces, Hermes bangle

While I love summer, the transitional seasons are really my favorites.  Spring has that feeling of hope that comes after suffering a long New England winter but fall has a sense of newness that I always look forward to.  Plus fall clothes are my favorites.  Give me lots of blazers, clothes with a bit more structure and loads of fun outerwear anyday!



Kate Spade skirt and top, Talbots jacket, Balenciaga bag

After our friend Irene has come and gone, Boston was left with bright blue and sunny skies yet a wee fall-ish chill in the air.  This day, I dressed for the sunny skies and not the fall-ish feel with a bright yellow Kate Spade skirt paired with a tweedy Talbots jacket.

Valentino shoes, Stanley Hagler necklace via Skinner