Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Anthro Reviews: Deuxhill Cowlneck, Pointedly Skirt, Florist's Arrangement Sweaterdress, Je Ne Sais Scarf Tee, Wily Sweater

::biggggg strrrrrrrretch...::

That's right.

I'm back, folks.

And I'm ready to flex my blogging muscles after a relaxing week of merriment and atrophy.

Well, sort of ready. The truth is that I think I might have pink eye (what am I, eight years old?). So although I got all spiffied up today in my Peppered & Striped skirt and Wish You Were Here Cardi, I regrettably did not take any pictures.

Instead, I have some Anthro fitting room reviews. Because---yay!----over Christmas vacation, I got to go shopping at Anthropologie with my mom, sister, and grandma. It was so fun to be in the store with them, and we all came away with armfuls of goodies. Of course, my fitting room reviews tend to be slightly irrelevant to the rest of the shopping world (since I like to surf the sale rack for golden oldies), but lest I lose my blogging groove again, let's get to it:

Oh, how long will this dress languish in the sale section? It's gotten crummy reviews, but I thought its alleged flaws might actually work for my figure. I was kinda right. The pleats around the hips give me the illusion of an hourglass figure, and the scoop neckline and floral applique draw the attention up to my face. The fabric is soft and has a nice, subtle jacquard. All in all, I really liked this dress, and husband liked the picture, too. But Mom and Sister both thought the color washed me out. Even with the add'l 25% off, I won't bite, but if it gets a second cut, I'll probably jump on this.
Yay! I went back and forth stalking this cardigan online, and eventually I raised the white flag. But then I found  my sister found a Size Medium hiding in the sale rack! Rejoice! It's ridiculously cute, and the foxes are so subtle that they just look like polka dots from far away. I love how the sweater has two layers so you can either wear the top layer buttoned (like above) or unbuttoned (which reveals a red striped vest-like layer). The length is nice and long. The only negative is that my sister has also been stalking this sweater, and she gave me the stink-eye when I decided to buy it. :) Love ya sis! Underneath the sweater, I'm wearing the deuxhill cowlneck (see below....).
Deuxhill Cowlneck ($88
I loved the purple color online, because I wanted to recreate Anthro's recent catalog look with a purple top and the Peppered & Striped skirt. Unfortunately, they only had a size 8 in purple which was way too big. I like the versatility of the cowlneck and the drape of the shirt, but I definitely needed to get a size 6. I ended up kind of being indifferent to the purple color. The fabric was silky and very comfy.
Enter Size 6 Navy! I really only brought this in the dressing room for sizing, but I ended up really liking the pattern. In the store, they had a display with this top and a long dark fuchsia cardigan, which looked so pretty. There are several buttons on the cowlneck so that you can wear it as more of a funnel-neck or a flat collar. I ended up taking this one home with me!

This was another experiment based on bad reviews. My sister tried on this skirt (see her review here), and even though I liked it on her, she was not a fan. Since I am loving the A-line, longer length skirt trend of the moment, I thought I'd give this a try and hope that its flare might fake me some good old fashioned hips. And, it did! This is a Size 8, and it was snug but comfortable; I might be OK or even happier with a size 10; I'm not sure. When I first tried on the skirt, I looked down and exclaimed to myself, "Why is there a gigantic hole in the middle of this skirt?" Oh....I then's the pocket.....After a few tugs, I was back on track and loving this skirt. I hope to pick this up on sale if it's still around.
I really loved this shirt. I only tried on the neutral motif for sizing purposes (it was the only available size medium....again, I was initially interested in the purple colorway). But once I had this on, I loved the colors. The scarf around my neck adds some color to my face so I'm not washed out, and the beige shirt (yes, it's regrettably completely see-through) is a nice neutral. So it's like the best of both worlds. I put this back on the rack, fully intending to stalk it online, only to later find that it was sold out online in all of the colorways in size medium. YEEPS! I freaked out and did my first charge-send by calling a store in Dallas, TX, and they are very graciously sending me one. 

Thursday, December 16, 2010

OOTD: Blogging in Bed

I woke up to a nice snowfall this morning so I'm blogging in bed. This would be the perfect day to wear this robe, yes? Soooo cooooozy.

And now: my prepster-look from yesterday for your blog-viewing entertainment:

(Eddie Bauer sweater, Limited infinity scarf, J.Crew perfect-fit tee, LOFT khakis, Steve Madden Melanee oxfords)
And have you checked out Anthropologie's sales today? 25% off regular-price jewelry and an additional 25% off sale items (no codes required). I'm personally struggling about whether to cave on a certain dress that I was hoping would get a second cut first....

Because stores should know by now not to mess with me when it comes to sales. I placed an order at J.Crew with some "great" deal a few weeks ago, only to see an even "greater" deal a few days later---so you guessed it, I placed the whole order again. And now that J.Crew is presumably having their "greatest" deal now (30% off sale and free shipping at $150), is it wrong that I'm considering placing the order a THIRD time?!

I probably won't be around for the next few days, but I'll be back as soon as I can!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

OOTD: Workout Apparel

I haven't had many OOTD posts lately because my camera is off getting repaired, and I can only take pictures of myself with my phone in my warped skinny-mirror. And although I personally love to look at myself in my warped skinny-mirror; it somehow feels like a lie to try to pass off its depictions as truthful OOTDs! LOL.

It's also been bitterly cold lately so it's hard to give any kind of priority to fashion when you're just struggling to keep warm.

So instead of my regular outfits, I decided to show you some of my favorite workout apparel in the cold weather. I teach dance aerobics classes a few times a week, and I used to always wear NY&Co. black pants. I saw these WorkItOut tights on Athleta's Website a while back and thought they looked adorable with skirts on top, so on a whim, I bought a pair and a few skirts. And what can I say....true love!

I got Size Medium, and they fit perfectly. The length is great for me---nice and long. I'm about 5'6 and they cover up my entire leg, but can be "scrunched up" to be a little shorter if you prefer. They also come in Petite and Tall. They're very thick, warm and surprisingly comfortable! They pack you in, yes, but you don't have to do the "wiggle" to get them on or anything. There's a drawstring in the inside waistband so you can tighten them more if you need to. Their availability fluctuates, but I ordered a couple of reflective pairs that are on backorder till January. I'm hoping they restock because these will be my new go-to winter workout pants.

The Printed Powermesh CYA skirt I'm wearing is also a size Medium. There's not much to it (kind of just a swath of fabric), but the length is nice and it doesn't get in the way of my movement. I also got it in the blue jungle kitten colorway, though I find that colorway kind of hard to match with my current selection of tank tops.  The yellow tank top and black jacket are both from NY&Company. The shoes are Ryka Studio D Mid, Size 9.5, my go-to workout shoes. I also have them in black.


In this second set of pictures, I'm wearing the same bottoms but I layered two tops---because it was freezing! I later sort of regretted this while working out, but I appreciated it when I walked outside again. I wish there were more short-sleeve options for workout apparel. Tanks are cute, but sometimes it's nice to just wear a semi-fitted T-shirt. I layered this Athleta top over an Old Navy green sleeveless tank that's got great longer length. 

I highly recommend Athleta workout gear, even though they're pricey. Their items wear really well, and they're unique. 

Unfortunately, by the time items hit sale, the sizes and best colors are usually pretty picked over. They have had a few 20% full-price sales this holiday season, and if you see one again, jump on it! Even though Athleta is now part of the promotion-heavy Gap companies, Athleta is rarely included in company-wide promotions.

Here are a couple of other items I'd recommend from Athleta.

Chakra Tank (I really like this top in Size Medium, but I have to wear a sports bra for support underneath, so it kind of ruins the pretty back design.)

Pizzazz Tank (I haven't bought this one, but it looks sleek and still has some great colors left!)

Sleeveless Twist Top (I got this in green size Medium, which is no longer available, but there's still pink and blue. The long length is great, and it's one of my favorites. The fabric is thick and stretchy, which is a plus.)

Paisley Diamond CYA Skirt (I got a size Small because it was the biggest size left. It's short, but it fits. And I got lots of comments about the cute glittery diamonds!)

Nusa Rollover Skirt (I got a Size Medium. At first, I thought it was kind of tight, but after I wore it a few times, it wasn't bad so maybe it stretches a little? I got the sky blue color, and it's so comfy. You could live in this skirt! You can roll the top up or down to change the length, and there are so many pretty colors left.)

Oh, and here are my puppies. Happy Tuesday! 

Friday, December 10, 2010

I Spy Anthropologie: Yuma Cardigan

I was recently browsing through People's "Star Tracks" feature and found this picture of Blake Lively, in what appears to be the Yuma Cardigan, currently available at Anthropologie!

And it can be yours for a mere three hundred and ninety-eight dollars----eeks! Click here to view the image of Blake (because I freaked myself out by actually *reading* People's website terms of use....)

Anyhow, People's image reproduction policy may not give me that warm, fuzzy feeling, but I bet this blanket-like sweater sure does! (badum-ching!)

Happy Friday night!

Yuma Cardigan ($398) by Cynthia Vincent

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Reviews: Shoes, Shoes, and Shoes

I'm in quite a pickle here, readers.

I have been trying to be more thoughtful with my shoe purchases lately, and it's working! Unfortunately for my wallet, that means all the pairs sitting on my living room floor seem really great! The difference between the pros and cons of each pair is quite diminutive and therefore difficult to put into words or quantify.

Even worse is that with my last Endless order, I used a discount with a tiered minimum purchase amount ($100 off $300; $60 off $200; $30 off $100), so I have to be financially savvy, too, when deciding what stays and what goes.

I bought these boots, along with the black Anne Klein Ladell, a few months ago, thinking they'd both serve the same purpose so I'd pick one. But I like them both! The Ladell is suede and dressier; I've already worn them several times and still love them.. But I've been hanging onto this boot still because it's a little bit rocker-chick, cheaper, and more casual because it's made of faux leather. I sized down a half-size (from 9 to 8.5) because of the reviews, and they fit well. No complaints. They're comfortable enough. But the height worries me----perhaps it cuts my leg off at an unflattering point?
 Gola Women's Harrier Suede Sneaker, Green/White, Size 9
Honestly, I started searching for colored sneakers to reach the minimum purchase amount I needed for my discount. I found this brand (Gola), and was intrigued. Unfortunately, most of the colors I was drawn to were sold out.  This was the only color left that I even remotely liked. My reasoning was that if I'm going to always reach for comfortable shoes, they might as well have some personality.  These are very comfortable, look really well-made, but they're so bright! They weren't cheap, so I think maybe I could find a pair cheaper that I really love.
 NineWest Women's Snowdrift Oxford, Grey Suede, Size 9
I loved these shoes online in blue (the style looks similar to a shoe sold at Anthro last season). But I figured that grey would be more versatile. I think these could be a real workhorse pair of shoes in my closet: they'd go with practically everything, be comfortable enough, and still have a heel to elongate my legs. When Husband first saw them, he said they made my feet look really small---and not in a good way, he thought they made my feet look really nubby, lol. I like the way these shoes tie very tightly (the lace comes through the side flaps of the shoe, so when you tie them tight, the flaps sit very snugly against your ankle. In other words, the opening is not rigid so there's no annoying gap.)

I have been sitting on this pair for a while and unsure about whether they'd actually do what I want them to do. I would like to wear these under jeans and with bare legs in the spring/summer, maybe with some chunky socks and short skirts. These fit well and are comfy, but the calf opening is very wide. I know that's the style and all, but could I get over it? If I get these, I would force myself to give up my rejuvenated love affair with the Nine West Peroxy (which I reviewed here in tan, then returned, and now decided I DO need in dark green).
I discovered these shoes first on Kendi Everyday. On Endless, the shoes got horrible reviews, but I figured I'd try them out anyway. And they are definitely cute. I've never worn wedges like these so they're a bit puzzling, but comfortable enough to stand and walk in. I sized up a half-size (from 9 to 9.5) because of the reviews, but they're a little loose in the opening. Otherwise they fit fine, so maybe it's the price you pay for a good fit everywhere else. These are simultaneously fashion-forward and old-standby, and I'm sure they would be very versatile, but are they too chunky?
These I am definitely keeping, because I wore them the other day! As you may already know, I have been searching for a good oxford for a few months now. These are very menswear-inspired, and even though they have lace-holes, there are no laces. So they have a nice casual feel. They were incredibly stiff though, and I worried about them possibly chafing (especially my ankles, where the opening kinda sticks out). But after wearing them for a day, they molded to my feet and were really comfy. 

This purchase was another attempt at the oxford-trend. I like them, and Husband liked them, too----at least that's what he said initially. But then when i showed him the Melanee (above) he said, "Yes, those are even better. They look less like bowling shoes." What? LOL. I got these in grey because I thought maybe my oxford-troubles were because of the brown colors I was trying (and also because I saw a J.Crew catalog pic with cropped wool grey pants and grey oxfords. Cute!). These were a reasonable price, and i can always use more flats. Whereas the Melanee had to be broken in, these shoes were comfy right out of the box. But since I'm already keeping the Melanee, do I really need another pair of oxfords?

Husband says he likes the Steve Madden Dessertt, the Gola sneakers, and the Steve Madden Melanee. What about y'all----which ones do you like/dislike?

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

DIY Anthropologie (From Me, the World's Worst Present Wrapper)

I have a real problem when it comes to wrapping presents.

It's disconcerting, to say the least, because I like to think of myself as pretty crafty. I love to scrapbook; I create handmade greeting cards; I made the table centerpieces for my wedding; I even have spruced up a few boring purses with flowers and feathers.

But whenever a holiday rolls around, I grab the wrapping paper, tape, and scissors----and deftly hand them to my husband. He's the wrapper in the family. And not just because I'm wrapping-illiterate. But because he's a spectacular wrapper. His presents get compliments consistently. He prides himself on only using one piece of tape on each side of the box. His lines are always even, and sometimes he even matches up the pattern so the seam is, well, seamless.

But at least I can say that I come by my wrapping habits honestly, because if I'm the world's worst wrapper, then my dad is the second worst! He'll never live down the time he gave a present in a plastic grocery bag---the handles tied in a knot, of course! Unfortunately (for me, that is), he's actually stepped up his game in the last few years, whereas I continue to get worse and worse.

I think I am a bad present-wrapper for the same reason that I'm a bad cook. If it's simple, then I get bored, and I cut corners, and I use a lot of tape and too much paper, and who really cares anymore. But I don't have the skills (or the not-cheap wrapping paper) to make a complicated design look professional.

Despite my bad track record, I thought it would be nice to "creatively" wrap some of our Christmas presents this year. I saw some really awesome-looking pictures on Anthropologie with some materials way out of my price range. But hey, I figured I could try to use things I already had at home. These are the results:


Vintage Stamps, $6.00 for 50
Spin Me a Yarn Skein, $4.00 for 14.2 yards
Lacy Wrapping Paper, $10 for 3 sheets (30 x 20.5 inches each)
Merry Menagerie Gift Tags, $10 for 10
TOTAL COST: $30.00

I loved the postage stamps because they add a fun pop of color. And the lace texture of the wrapping paper makes the entire thing seem lavish and expensive. The different shades of green in the yarn add visual interest, plus the handmade/crafty feel that I always love.

I only had one color of yarn: purple. But I think I might run by Michael's so I can add another color because I really think it will add some dimension. For wrapping paper, I used the white side of patterned Christmas paper. It's a little see-through so to do it again, I would probably splurge and buy a light-color pattern paper. I used some really old stamps from my sticker box that I think I got for free a long time ago from organizations soliciting donations. (The animal stamps say 1992 or something! What can I say, I keep everything...)


Snowy Anisoptera Tie-On (dragonfly), $6.00
Dress it Up Ribbon, $12 for 7.5 yards
Printed Stripes Wrapping Paper, $10 for 3 sheets (27.5 x 19.75 inches each)
TOTAL COST: $28.00

Pattern mixing in wrapping paper!? Yes, please! These blue colors are amazing together, and I love the randomness of the thickly textured ribbon knots. Much more modern than the traditional "big bow in the middle" concept.
Considering I just used random wrapping paper scraps that I had left in a box, I thought they look pretty cute together. Of course, for a more sophisticated look, I would go to the store and buy paper in more complementary colors. But this is for my 10-year-old nephew, and I hope he likes it the way it is! I didn't really have any good, thick ribbon, but these green and red ribbons still look cute knotted. They were kind of difficult to knot and make them tight enough. Taping the knots didn't really help and looked horrible. Because I used paper scraps (and because I was lazy), the dividing lines are not exactly even. On a second attempt, I would be sure to make things a little straighter.

These wrapping jobs both took me a while to complete, but I was able to use things I already had around the house, which was nice. Clearly, if you went out and bought specific materials, you could make some gorgeous presents for Christmas or any other special occasion! And if I (the world's worst wrapper) was able to churn out these semi-acceptable packages, just imagine what you could do! :)

To see more of Anthropologie's awesome wrapping ideas, click here.

Monday, December 6, 2010

OOTD: Lucerna Dress

I don't know about you all, but at my house, all us people and puppies are snuggled up on the couch waiting for the Pats and Jets to duke it out on Monday Night Football.

Husband and I have both decided that no matter the outcome of this game, we hope it's definitive and determined early on.  I love the Patriots and all, but man, they stress me out. Those exhilarating, last-second, come-from-behind TDs may *seem* fun, but they are generally the product of three and a half quarters of tense nail-biting, angry yelling at the TV screen, and heart palpitations. And then outsiders complain about the Patriots' running up the score every so often---man, it's the LEAST the Patriots can do for their fans after putting them through heck all the time!

(Free People black beanie; Banana Republic sweater;
Gap cable thigh-high socks; Miz Mooz boots;
Lucerna Dress (sized down to small); LOFT grey tee
Isn't it funny how pets always get so inquisitive when their parents take OOTD pictures? Anyway, I heard from a very reliable source that Docker and Jack are going to hit the jackpot this Christmas...

Can't wait to share!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

OOTD: First Snow

Today we had the first substantial snow of the season. Yay!

My mom and I went Christmas shopping earlier this morning, and the good news is that she found almost everything on her gift list. The bad news? I only purchased one gift, and then realized that I forgot to include about four people on my list in the first place, so I actually made negative progress. I'm awesome like that.

These photos are not the best in the world, but I am blogging them because they have a good back-story.

Husband and I were at Dunkin Donuts getting our pumpkin lattes earlier today, and I was telling him about how I'll never really have a good blog because all the really popular bloggers take gorgeous pictures in exotic-looking locales, usually with their photographer husbands. (I know, right?---whine, whine, whine) But, anyway, he immediately stopped the car in the back of the parking lot and said, "Let's do this. Give me your phone."

He's so sweet! And, what can I say about the experience? Well, it was about as awful as I imagined it would be! LOL. Husband left the car on and running, I ran to my spot in front of an empty field and stood awkwardly for a minute or so while he snapped two quick shots. Then we dashed back into the car and sped off like a bunch of no-good troublemakers.

(Old grey coat, LOFT striped scarf, LOFT white tee, AE navy v-neck sweater, 
J.Crew toothpick cords in ochre, Miz Mooz boots)

Three cheers for awkward fun with Husband! Maybe this photo-taking thing just takes a little practice.....or a little talent.....or just a whole lotta chutzpah! 

I'm working on it.... :) 

Friday, December 3, 2010

OOTD: Neutrals are Easy

I have a deep, dark secret that I'm dying to get off my chest....

I am having a secret love affair.

There, I said it.'s not really all that secret. Husband even knows about it. In fact, during the day when I whine about my heartache, he goes out and drives my love over to our house. Isn't he sweet? I rendezvous with my love at least once a day, sometimes more, and my heart is aflame when ever he's not around.

What's my love's name, you ask? Why, it's Gaviscon. And, in my lovestruck eyes, he's the only remedy for a broken heart! (ba'dum-ching!)

(J.Crew beige turtleneck, AE plaid men's shirt, old Ann Taylor cashmere cardigan,
World Cargo Pants in beige, Anne Klein Ladell boots)
Hahaha, did I get you going for a little while at least? I know, I know. Horrible puns....what can I say? :)

Anyway, whenever I have an easy time getting dressed in the morning, I size myself up in the mirror and incredulously say, "Whoa, that was too easy...... What gives?" 

And every time----every time!----I look down at my clothes and realize I've dressed myself entirely in neutrals. A smorgasbord of browns and whites and beiges and blacks and not only greys with an E, but grays with an A, too!

Incredible, isn't it? Neutrals really ARE easy!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

OOTD: Rectangular Me

Today I had an epiphany.

I very much wanted to wear my Safekeeping Capelet to work, but I still haven't figured out how to make it look proportionately pleasing on my rectangular frame.

Because in all my Internet research on body shapes, sometimes I find discrepancies about what I should wear and what I should avoid. For instance, empire waist tops. Good for enhancing my bust? Or bad for being flowy around my midsection? Or pencil skirts. Good for enhancing my hips? Or bad for emphasizing my long, straight lines?

Unfortunately, the one thing *everyone* agrees on is that I should avoid tops that end right at my waist. No good can come of them for a short-waisted, rectangular girl like me. After I took my pictures today and scanned through them, the rationale of this caveat suddenly became clear.....

When you don't have a defined waist----the last thing you want to do is direct the viewer's eye to your nonexistent waist. (...somewhere, a light bulb turns on....)

(Acting Out Skirt, black tights, Anne Klein Ladell boots, Gap grey crew socks,
Safekeeping Capelet (on sale!), LOFT old green sweater)
It's a real bummer to be told that you can't wear a certain style just because of your body shape. I'm sure there are extenuating circumstances-----my being a better stylist, for one-----that could help mitigate the badness, but for now I just have to cry.


I want to wear my capelet all the time, but I also want to look my best! Any suggestions? What about shorts? Or maybe an A-line skirt? Should it be high-waisted? Or low-rise? Help!

I hope it doesn't seem like I'm gratuitously self-loathing or anything. It's just that I really want to "understand" fashion. I see so many bloggers who look nice. Every. Post. How do they do it? It seems like they have figured out their personal style and what makes them look the best and feel the best. If you saunter through my old posts, you quickly see that I have a fashion identity crisis, to say the least.

It's partly because my job dress code is nonexistent. And it's partly because my day-to-day life has little continuity so it's hard to find a style groove. And it's partly because I went to private school in high school and wore a uniform every day.

Enough ranting! Let's just say that I hope this epiphany really sinks in so that I can better understand my closet and my body better. :)

Monday, November 29, 2010

OOTD: Layers upon Layers

Today at 10:30 AM when I left for work, my outfit seemed like an OK idea. Unfortunately, seven hours later when I left my office, my toes were frozen, my dress was staticky, and I inadvertently turned my jacket sleeve into a tourniquet because my arm was bent for 20 minutes holding my cell phone up to my ear. But, hey, at least my hair improved over the course of the day! Yay for positivity!

I meant to take a picture without my jacket on, but my camera is kinda wonky at the moment, and Husband says we need to send it off to the manufacturer to get it fixed. And anyway, my office is super cold and I didn't take off my jacket all day so really, I'm just being faithful to my fashion text. Yay for transparency!

(LOFT dress, Very Volatile Warrior booties,
Berry Bush tights, LOFT purple cardigan,
Circle Game Belt, Bolton's brown leather jacket,
Kohl's nude half-slip, LOFT grey tee,
old plaid scarf)
Surprisingly, I think all the patterns I mixed go pretty well together (the tights; the dress; the scarf), probably because they've all got the same color purple in them. I did not, however, feel as confident mixing my neutrals today. It's hard making sure you don't look too "matchy-matchy," but on the other end of the spectrum, also making sure you don't look like a crazy cat lady.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

OOTD: Vest(ival) Festival

I hope everyone had a fantabulous Thanksgiving like I did! I only wish I could have spent more time with my family before our vacation was over! We pretty much ate and ate and ate.....and watched the Patriots win.....ate and ate and ate....and watched Punkin Chunkin 2010 for a few hours....and then ate some more.

We drove home on Friday, so we didn't get to do any Black Friday shopping. So tonight, I am gearing up for Cyber Monday.

Well....actually, I'm not. At the moment, I'm burnt out on shopping, and my stuffed closet is starting to really get on my nerves. has a great deal if you're looking to stock up on some shoes ($30 off $100; $60 off $200; $100 off $300), and it's already active on their Website. I'm going to spend the rest of the night trying to maximize my savings, because Endless must know that a lot of these shoes are going to be returned (in effect, cancelling out a lot of the customer savings). I am still looking for oxfords and maybe a cute lace-up wedge bootie.

I'm also hoping that J.Crew will have a good sale with a percentage off AND free shipping, so I can buy my Donegal tweed pants and maybe a cashmere sweater....Otherwise, I'll avoid most other retailers because I'll either A.) want to buy things I don't really need, or B.) see my previous purchases at a much cheaper price. Neither scenario makes me smile.

This weekend, I was all about comfort but it was a little chilly so I relied on warm vests for added layers. This first outfit (from today) features my new Limited puffer vest. The fur collar is detachable, and though it tickled my face a little, it made the vest seem much more luxe. I tried the size Small first, thinking I wouldn't want it to be too bulky, but it was too short. So I took my regular Medium.

(Limited puffer vest, Limited white Tee, LOFT jeans, Miz Mooz boots)

My second outfit (from Saturday) features my Old Navy fleece vest. I bought this black vest last year and really love it. So a few days ago, I bought this year's version in white and carbon grey. :) I also wore my new American Eagle men's plaid flannel shirt (size small). The Website says this color is "AE Blue," but it's most definitely grey/black/white. This outfit was completely utilitarian, because we had our second Thanksgiving of the year (this time with Husband's family!) and I didn't know whether Husband's 10-year-old nephew would want to go hiking in the woods behind their house. (It was too cold! We ended up playing Angry Birds!)

(ON black fleece vest, AE plaid men's shirt, LOFT jeans, Miz Mooz boots, Ann Taylor pearl earrings)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

OOTD: Mirror Images

We got a big Anthropologie sale this morning---what fun! Plus, it sounds like there may be even more markdowns tomorrow! Whee!

I bought a few pairs of pants, a few pairs of tights, and this dress, which was a complete impulse buy!

Onto my outfit of the day. The top portion of my outfit came together pretty easily this morning. But then I had to figure out what to wear on the bottom, and I hit a roadblock. So being lazy, I just repeated the same color scheme from up top (brown and light grey). Not my first choice, of course, but hey, it got me out the door and on the road to work, so I'm happy.
LOFT grey tee; Banana Republic outlet brown sweater; Blue pashmina (gift that mom bought in Turkey);
Banana Republic skirt; Target grey footless tights; Miz Mooz boots 
Also, good news: Docker got her stitches out! I wasn't present at the time, but a little birdie told me that she was very brave and that she made a new dachshund BFF at the vet. Good girl, Docker!

Monday, November 22, 2010

OOTD: Pattern Trickster

Only three days till Thanksgiving. Hooray! I hope my sister makes her delicious sweet potato pie (*hint, hint*). Normally she has to make two whole batches because between me and her Husband, that stuff goes quick!

Sadly, I'm not much of a cook myself. But a few years ago, I volunteered to make the mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving dinner. (InStyle magazine had an interesting-looking recipe by Katie Lee, ex-Top Chef host, ex-wife of Billy Joel, and EX-cellent cook, I must say...) But did you know that scallions and shallots are not the same thing?


Unfortunately, I didn't learn this tidbit until *after* I tried to slice and caramelize the scallions. Yummmm....burnt onions. After a quick trip to the grocery store to rectify my ingredient mishap and cooking attempt #2, the mashed potatoes with caramelized shallots were a success. Well, at least, I thought so.

I offered to make the mashed potatoes again this year, and Grandma said we'd just make instant... :)

Ann Taylor black cashmere v-neck sweater, Muted Garden Henley, Charlotte Russe skirt, Anne Klein Ladell boots, Gap thigh-high socks

Today, I was a little apprehensive about wearing my new Gap thigh-high cable socks, but I just kept telling myself that if I was confident then everyone would think they looked cool! I started out with my hair in a braid, but decided that might look too "school-girl," so I spent the rest of the car ride to the mall trying to muss my hair up. In case you were wondering, I did end up getting my PA at The Limited for my new vest, so I am quite pleased with them now!

My mom told me today that I did a good job mixing patterns because my mauve henley and taupe skirt don't actually go together at all but I tricked people into thinking they do! (Or something to that effect....) LOL.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

OOTD: Starbucks BOGO

Today I went shopping with my mom. We checked out LOFT's Friends & Family 30% event, but, what can I say? Meh. I just get so frustrated with their pricing shenanigans that I never feel good about making purchases there anymore. I just dread the next time I check my e-mail and see some "even-better" deal starting tomorrow.

Instead, we spent the bulk of our cash at The Limited today, where my mom bought some really pretty colored tops (including this cobalt blue one) and I found this adorable fur-lined puffer vest. Of course, we were still not immune to the pricing shenanigans. I paid full price (::heart attack::) but *supposedly* this will be rectified on Monday. Only time will tell.

After our strenuous day of shopping, we tried some seasonal pumpkin pretzels at Pretzelmaker-Pretzel Time (drizzled in caramel---yum!) and then we went to Starbucks for their special on holiday drinks. The buy-one-get-one-free special began Thursday and ends Sunday; it's at participating stores from 2-5 pm. Today is my third straight day of peppermint white mochas. YUM!

(Banana Republic cardigan; River Bow Necklace; Simply Sketched Pants; Old black boots; J.Crew black perfect-fit crewneck tee; Free People black beanie; Starbucks Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Real Thang vs. Knockoff: Anthropologie Curly Top Cardigan

Since I've been limiting my online shopping to a few select stores recently, I haven't been spotting as many knockoffs, but this one caught my eye while mourning my beloved shorts at Talbots.

Today, I found a great discount code at Fabulous Florida Mommy for 25% off and free shipping, but OF COURSE my shorts have sold out in my size. I blogged about them here. Oh well, back to the drawing board...

In the meantime, on to the knockoff. I really loved the Curly Top Cardigan at Anthropologie (especially the blue!), but I missed out on it when it hit sale and I dawdled. Talbots has a similar version called the Rosette Cardigan on sale for $69.99 (before the discount!). The Rosette Cardigan is not nearly as dramatic with the ruffles, and seems more classic than quirky, but that blue! Love it.... Besides blue bell, the sweater also comes in soft violet, mist heather, black, and ivory. Also, it looks like the Talbot rosettes only go down the entire length of the sweater on the button-hole side, which could be an issue when wearing it unbuttoned.

The Real Thang:

The Knock-Off:

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

OOTD: The 2010 Goodbye Tour Begins

This morning when I woke up I had a surprisingly jaunty step in my walk. I took a shower, watched old-school America's Next Top Model episodes as I got ready for work, and then I proudly pulled out my Starbucks "Free Birthday Drink Coupon" for registering my Starbucks Gift Card. What a day! ::ALL SMILES::

You see, after my "closet crisis" last night, I decided to go through my closet and purge all the clothes I just wasn't sold on keeping. I put all these clothes neatly folded in a big, pink laundry basket in the middle of my bedroom and came up with a plan: For the rest of 2010, I am going to wear a couple of these items each week and finally decide: should it stay or should it go!

Actually, there will be more than just a "KEEP" or "DONATE" pile. I will also have a "WEAR FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR AND THEN THROW AWAY" pile (for my saddest-looking lounge pants). And a "TAKE TO THE TAILOR AND FIX" pile (for hems that are just a little off). And maybe even a "KEEP IN CASE I LOSE 10 POUNDS" pile (for that Banana Republic skirt that just keeps pulling funny...).


Bad Suzanne. No more piles.

Anyway, I had such great intentions for this new "Goodbye Tour" exercise that I wore THREE items from my pile this morning.

1. My Banana Republic turtleneck that I bought in a Large coz it was the only size left and super cheap, but it always seemed big. But as a layer, I love the forest-green color! KEEP!

2. My cheap green socks, that match my turtleneck, thankyouverymuch. Get used to these puppies, ladies, coz these are being WORN LIBERALLY THROUGH YEAR-END, THEN TOSSED. 

3. And Number Three. ::sighhhh:: Number Three. These are my Ann Taylor Loft grey dress pants. I bought these back when I liked to hide behind big, loose clothing so they're really a size too big. The hem was always too long to wear with my requisite flats, but I took one for the team today and wore my Seychelles mary-jane heels. Problem fixed!

Oh, no, Suzanne. Problem not fixed. Unfortunately, I didn't take my pictures until I got to work, at which point, I said, WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE PANTS? Well, first of all, my zipper was down. Go team! But even after I corrected my indecent faux pas, these pants were still just----I don't know...-----off. They're a size 10 (one size too big), and I'm realizing that even though I can get away with wearing them lower on my hips, their being a size too big is messing up the fit everywhere else, too!

I ended up taking a gazillion pictures before finally I just said----forget it! The pants legs were just so wide that they were doing the craziest things down there without my consent. This was the only picture that came out halfway OK, and I don't even have any feet!

(Also wearing my Old Navy fleece vest and an old LOFT pendant necklace)

So my question is----do I get these pants tailored? Or do I just buy brand-new dress pants that already fit? I don't really need any dress pants at the moment, but if I had them, I would wear them! I'm just not sure if it's better to work with what I've got or to start anew. I hate condoning a throw-away society, but these weren't too expensive to begin with so I don't want to invest a lot of $$ into them.... I also don't even know if it's possible to fix these pants in the way I need them to be fixed??

I await your verdicts...... :)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Closet Crisis: Too Many Clothes

Today I sat around all day doing nothing (are we seeing a pattern here?), and boredom eventually drove me into my closet, where I tried recreating some J.Crew outfits from the 2010 holiday catalog.

The exercise ended up being a success, and I have a few great ideas for outfits later this week. I'm actually inspired to go through all the rest of my magazine clippings and saved Website images and do the same thing.

Because I don't know about you, but I'm constantly cutting out all these "inspirational" images and seeing outfits I like on other blogs, but I never get around to actually using all these great resources. By the time I'm getting dressed, with endless possibilities and my overloaded closet, it's hard to pinpoint my wardrobe goal for the day.

I guess the same problem could be identified in my shopping habits. With regular weekly Anthropologie sales (and now, Black Friday sales looming over us everywhere), it's easy to buy, buy, buy, without really taking a moment to wear, wear, wear. Today, I haven't (yet) bought anything from the Anthropologie sale (although my Feathered Perch Skirt is down to 80 bucks!), because especially after seeing my closet, I'm really frustrated by what I have, what I want, and what I don't really need. Anybody have any good closet-purging tips? 

A few days ago, I picked out the few things I really want to buy at the moment, although it's not necessarily an exhaustive or particularly affordable list, I am hoping to use it as a guide for the rest of the year so I don't go absolutely bonkers this holiday sale season... We'll see how I do....

The goods:

1. Talbots Flannel Belted Shorts (I love the look of winter shorts with tights)

2. Talbots Fine-Gauge Crewneck Sweater in Soft Violet (This is more conceptual, not necessarily this shirt specficially. I like the idea of pastels paired with the Feathered Perch Skirt...)

3. Anthropologie Opaque Tights in Red (ready to pair these with the D'Armee Dress AND the Wightwick Manor Dress!)

4. J.Crew Wide-Rib Wool Tights in bronzed ochre (For the Wightwick Manor Dress and the grey shorts!)

5. Anthropologie Wightwick Manor Dress (I love shirtdresses! And this pattern is divine...)

6. J.Crew Cashmere Femme Cardigan in Soft Peacock (This is another conceptual one; I was surprised the other day to find that I don't have any vibrant blue cardigans---a total failure for me since blue is like my signature color! This sweater seems luxe and has lots of great color options, but it's so darn expensive.)

7. J.Crew Donegal Tweed Minnie (I must have these pants. That is all.)

8. Anthropologie Feathered Perch Skirt (It's just a navy skirt---is it worth $80? It's been so long since I got to try it on in the store that I can't remember if I even liked it anymore...I tried on the size 8, and from my foggy memory, I am considering sizing up to a 10 and hemming as needed. But I just can't remember!)

9. Anthropologie D'armee Dress (I have been waiting so patiently, Anthro. Please go on sale!!)

Oh, and, unfortunately, Jackers felt the heavy burden of my closet crisis today, too.......

Oh, mommy. Please tell me this mess will be cleaned up before bedtime....

Monday, November 15, 2010

OOTD: Thigh-Highs

Today I broke out my new Target thigh-high socks. Not bad for five bucks, eh?

For the past few weeks, I had been pining for some fancy pairs over at Free People for about $20 each, and then a few days ago, I ended up purchasing some at Gap for about $8. Then, the next day, I went to Target, and saw these for only $5.

I justified buying this grey pair because I missed out on the grey Gap ones I liked so much (they sold out; I ended up getting two pairs of the white). Since the socks I want to wear always seem to be in the dirty laundry hamper, I figured that backup pairs are always a good idea.

(Old LOFT sweater gifted from my sister; old Express tank top;
old J.Crew shorts; Target thigh-highs; Miz Mooz boots)
Honestly, I didn't really care too much how these socks looked. Why? Because:

A. They were comfortable.
B. I got to wear some of my neglected shorts, and
C. They kept my legs warm on a cold day.

Folks, that's what we call a win-win-win situation.

Friday, November 12, 2010

OOTD: Herringbone Blazer

Today my yellow Lab, Docker, had surgery to remove a fatty tumor in her side. She came out just fine, but I foresee a very sleepless night for all of us, because she's been having trouble lying down comfortably all night. Poor thing! And I think Jack (our cocker spaniel) is having sympathy pains. He sat on the couch and cried all afternoon while Docker was away! Now, of course, he's just sad because he's not getting as much attention as his sister!

I have to get up early tomorrow to substitute-teach two aerobics classes. On the one hand, it's nice to basically get paid for doing the same set twice in a row, but, boy, does it wear me out! If I'm very sweet though, Husband might offer to take me to Dunkin Donuts for breakfast afterwards. (Cross your fingers!)

This is my outfit from today, which is not only unremarkable, but totally non-photogenic. This is the only half-decent picture I took (out of about ten), and the most blog-worthy part is that the doorknob makes me look like the incredible shrinking woman.

I bought this sparkly belt from LOFT with the specific purpose of wearing it as a necklace (like Chloe of The Chloe Conspiracy always does!), though I had some trouble styling it to my satisfaction, and I bought this Gap herringbone blazer (because Kendi of Kendi Everyday looked so cute in it!).........Hey, what can I say? I'm a fish.

Also featured in this outfit are my LOFT jeans, my Tommy Hilfiger brown boots, my black J.Crew tee, and my LOFT purple V-neck cashmere sweater.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

OOTD: Crazy Cat Lady

That's right. I'm the Crazy Cat Lady. Pleasure to meet you.

This is the first time I've worn my Victorian Valentine skirt, which I bought on sale way back in July. It's not that I didn't like it---in fact, quite the opposite, I *loved* this skirt the second I tried it on. I just don't reach for skirts in my closet very often. This was a real risky buy because when I first spotted this skirt I was simultaneously intrigued and horrified. The shape seemed flattering enough, but it was truly the borderline-psychotic pattern that drew me in.

It's got flowers.

It's got feathers.

It's got cherries.

It's got cherubs.

It's got mirrors.

Oh, yeah.....and it's got cats.

But, seriously, look at this picture and tell me that you see any of those things!!! It just looks like a really colorful blob pattern, doesn't it? LOL. 

Old Navy scarf; Limited grey tee; Miz Mooz boots; Victorian Valentine skirt;
Coach purse gifted from my sister!; J.Crew boiled wool sweater 
Speaking of crazy cat ladies, I actually wore this outfit yesterday and meant to post it last night. But I got mad at my husband after work and started stomping around the house looking for my laptop, which I couldn't find. So clearly he had stolen it. But, oh, no, I wouldn't give him the satisfaction of asking where it was, so instead, I lay in bed with the puppies and watched House reruns all night.

And of course, while getting ready for bed, I moved a big pile of skirts and *poof* there was my laptop underneath.

Crazy Cat Lady, indeed...

Monday, November 8, 2010

OOTD: Catharsis

When I was a child, my mom kept a decorative block of wood in our kitchen behind the sink. It was a thin rectangular block, and on the front side, it had a bunch of sticks glued down in a mishmash of two-dimensional shapes----some sticks with ends touching, others just jutting out into the void. Short sticks with long sticks. Parallel lines with perpendicular ones. Triangles with squares. But not a curve in sight.

At first glance, it always just looked like a bunch of random sticks. What did it mean? But, if I squinted my eyes just right, sometimes, I could see between the sticks. That is when I realized that the void in-between those slivers of wood was not just black space. It actually spelled a word: SERVE.

I guess you could call it an early incarnation of the magic-eye trick. On mornings before school, as I sat in my PJs at the kitchen table, it would catch my glance--those sticks-- and I would again clench my teeth and lower my eyes and----A-HA!

You've been served, old block.

In later years, the block kept its place of honor at the kitchen sink, but I no longer strained to understand its hidden meaning. I began to see the word right away, without any effort. And because of that, the piece lost some of its mystery to me. But at times I still found myself squinting intently---not to find meaning in the piece, but to destroy meaning. To rediscover the formlessness of the wood, rather than imposing order upon it. To go back to a time when the world just *was*.... before there were concrete expectations, and rights and wrongs.

I often think about that block now and how--if I tried hard enough--I could float between both worlds. Enlightenment and darkness. Mediation and immediacy. Design and randomness. And I think about how nice it would be if I could just as easily transition between other "a-ha! moments" in my life.... or maybe not so much slide back and forth, but to simply retreat. To throw on my PJs and nestle into the "before" when the world was open and full of possibilities---not tied down by one, finite word: SERVE.

I didn't get much sleep last night because I finally voiced my intentions to quit a volunteer position that nearly killed me this summer. Melodramatic? Maybe. But the stress it induced opened a floodgate of insecurities and guilt within me that I'd like to dam back up again, thank you very much. Quitting was probably the hardest thing I've ever done, because I DON'T QUIT THINGS. I also CAN'T SAY NO. I mean, that's how I got roped into the whole mess to begin with. But, honestly, who of us can say that dreadful word? I feel like many women today silently suffer the same plight because we want to be everything to everyone. I told Husband that at least this horrible experience has taught me that I have limits. No, he said, it just taught you that it's OK to admit it.

Banana Republic long grey sweater; J.Crew black tissue turtleneck teeAnn Taylor Loft taupe skirt shortened by Mom; Verveine NecklaceGrey tights; Anne Klein Ladell Boot in Black Suede (on sale!)

P.S. I promise that I'm not nearly as pathetically depressed as this post makes it sound! But it was quite cathartic to write this all down in a somewhat productive manner (as opposed to sending Husband yet another "frowney" face text message) And Husband already vetoed my completely reasonable request to move to Washington state....tomorrow.....So thank you for letting me blow some steam.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

OOTD: J-E-L-L-O (aka A Night with Bill Cosby)

On Friday night, Husband and I went to see Bill Cosby perform. We were very curious to see if he would have an opening act (like Jerry Seinfeld did earlier this year), but our question was answered pretty quickly when a few minutes after the 8 pm showtime, the man himself sauntered out onto the stage and sat down in a makeshift "living room" setting with a chair, a table, and a trashcan. He wore open-toed sandals, athletic windbreaker pants and a grey sweatshirt emblazoned with the phrase "HELLO FRIEND." The only aspect belying the intimate setting was the large TV screen hung up behind him so that all us cheapskates in the upper balcony seats didn't miss out on any of Cosby's renowned facial expressions!

He started out tentatively, asking a roadie to bring out water a few times and the sound guy to turn down the echoing sound, both lighthearted requests that warmed the audience up just as effectively as an "opening act" would have, and serving the double purpose of endearing Cosby to his audience right from the start.

For the next two hours and fifteen minutes, Cosby told a series of funny stories, ranging from fried turkey fiascos to his grandchild's Godzilla obsession to his confusion about the Book of Genesis. Apparently, (at least according to Husband) some of the stories were his old standby jokes, but it was all new to me, and even Husband enjoyed the nostalgic flavor of the oldies but goodies. He had an overall theme of "Thanksgiving" jokes, which he almost skipped, when early on he started to tell a Halloween story and stopped mid-sentence because the "voices in his head" were telling him to do the Thanksgiving bit.

At seventy-three years old, Cosby was just as lovable and vibrant as I always imagine him, with a little bit of curmudgeonly grandfather tossed in, too. A few times while watching him, scenes from Ghost Dad (my Cosby-throwback memory of choice) popped into my head with a certain inflection in his voice, or movement of his hands. I occasionally caught myself focusing more on the large TV screen behind Cosby, and I tried to force myself to watch him instead, to get the real experience rather than filtered through a TV lens.

At the end of the night, my face hurt from smiling for two straight hours, and my abs ached from laughing. I had even laughed at all of the wife jokes that normally seem jaded to me in comedy routines--but from Cosby they seemed more like an endearing tribute to his life and family. (And how could I contain myself when he complained about how his wife gives him only one drawer in the house for his clothes....and it's always moving....) He even managed to slip in a few "grown-up" jokes without ever having to elaborate inappropriately (I saw some young kids in attendance). In fact, his timidity and feigned baffledness at such topics, was itself funnier than any explicit joke would have been.

All in all, it was a fantastic night, and very reasonably priced, which I'm going to further attribute to Cosby's awesomeness (even though I have no idea how prices get figured). And, dear readers, for allowing me to indulge myself today in preserving these fond memories on my blog, I leave you with an outfit.  A boring one, yes, but it features my new Verveine Necklace from Anthro's latest sale. When I put this necklace on Saturday morning, Husband confusedly asked me, "You do know we're only going to Dunkin' Donuts, right?"

Oh, Husband....

Saturday, November 6, 2010

OOTD: Buoyant but Bored

Today was the slowest, most boring day EVER at work!

I much prefer when work is busy because the day just flies by. Also, since I get paid by the hour, on slow days I have quite a predicament:

Do I give up and drive home 45 minutes immediately, even though I've only worked an hour? Or do I sit around being bored for another couple of hours just to make it worth the trip?


Today I ended up getting all wrapped up in a huge project that I've been putting off forever, and stayed a couple of hours longer than I would have even normally intended! Double yuck.

Anyway, at least I'm feeling good about my outfit today! I think I finally accomplished one of my fashion goals completely by accident!

I love looks that are blousy on top and fitted on the bottom, but I've been having trouble figuring out the proportions. Yesterday, my latest Anthropologie order arrived, including my Found Foliates Tank and Buoyant Bunches Cardi in wine. They don't *really* match (the leaves on the top are dusty rose, purple, black, teal, and bright blue), but I thought the pieces still look cute together. The slim-fit pants and mid-calf boots keep my bottom half looking long and lean, and the scarf draws attention to my face. I'm learning, guys!

The Found Foliates Tank is not at all what I expected, but I fell in love with it after trying it on. It's super soft jersey and has a flowy fit. I got my regular size Medium. The straps are actually ribbon, and the ends  have to be tied in the back (they slide through the fabric back of the shirt), sort of like a halter top. So you'd need to wear a strapless bra to wear it alone. The bow makes the back a bit bulgy under a layer, but not too bothersome.

The Buoyant Bunches Cardigan is a Medium, and it's pretty fitted, but I wouldn't size up since it doesn't need to close. The sleeves are about 3 inches past my elbow, so this couldn't be a top layer in the winter. It's more of an early-fall layer. It's very casual, and I think when it wears out (hopefully, not too soon), this cardigan could definitely serve double-duty as a lounging-around cover-up with a little pizzazz.

I also added my Simply Sketched Pants, which are sold out online but are showing up in my Wishlist priced at a second cut of $19.95. Wowzers! Also, my mid-calf brown Tommy Hilfiger boots and a pashmina my mom got for me when she went to the Mediterranean.

For being such a boring day, things got much more exciting later tonight when Husband and I went to see BILL COSBY! It was really great. I'll try to write up a post this weekend to give you more of the details! In the meantime, goodnight and pleasant dreams! :)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

OOTD: Denim Weekend

Today is rainy and cold, and I'm exhausted because I stayed up too late playing Rock Band 3 with Husband last night, so I'm not planning on getting too dressed up today. Lucky for us, I still have a few outfit pics that I never posted.

This outfit is what I wore for part of my belated-birthday bash over the weekend. We went to eat at Outback Steakhouse (alice springs chicken and bloomin onion----yum!), after we went to a performance of monster Broadway songs by some local high schoolers. It was good, but we were kind of shocked at how much all the Broadway plays borrowed from other media (Shrek....Rocky Horror Picture Show....Little Shop of Horrors...Beauty and the Beast....Evil Obviously, it's safer for production companies to invest in a project that already has a built-in fan base, but it's kind of embarrassing how shamelessly they fall back on "sequels" and "adaptations." Anyway...

This is my LOFT denim tunic paired with a J.Crew navy perfect-fit tee, my Stormy Plaid Tights, my Miz Mooz boots, and my brand-new River Bow Necklace that my sister got me for my birthday! I wore it straight out of the gift box. :) And it just went on sale so I'm crossing my fingers that Kathleen can get a price adjustment!!!

I ordered a few pairs of boots from Endless yesterday (I am seriously a shoe-trying fiend...) and they should be arriving in the next few days, so I'll keep you posted. I'm looking for a casual low boot, similar to the Nine West Peroxy that I reviewed here. I keep thinking maybe I should re-try the Peroxy, because maybe it wasn't that bad? Maybe if I tried a different color? Or with thick socks to add some texture? We'll see... 

Hope you had a great Thursday!