The One with the Green Vintage Bag

BluePlaidCoat6Okay, so this is one of my favorite photo shoots EVER! My daughter, who is my faux-tographer, got really creative with this one and we had a ball in the freezing cold. The (empty) bag in my hand is one of my prized possessions from my European vacation last summer. I found it at a small, vintage shop in Rome on the last leg of the trip. I was broke and weary from over-shopping, but the shop owner and her friends were like an Italian version of the SATC crew and I ended up having a ball with them and leaving with a genuine leather, vintage, carry-all bag worth every bit of 300 euros for – 40 euros!! I saw the bag and fell in love. I asked how much and she said 300 euros to which I replied with a sad face. I fawned over the bag for about 30 minutes more and went on about my business. The next day as we passed the store again it began to rain so my baby girl and I went in to seek temporary refuge and I began to chat with the owner and her same two friends who were there the day before. They told me (in their limited English)  that they meet there everyday at the same time to talk ‘ish’ and drink wine – and then they asked me to join them! I ended up staying for hours and sending my kid back to the hotel (around the corner), but before she left Katarina, the owner said, “I want you to have this bag bc you love it so much – name your price!” I didn’t know what to say and her girl said, it’s your 40th birthday trip – 40 euros! Everyone cheered on this idea so much that I had to say yes. Turns out I only had 20 euros in my pocket – her friend put in the other 20 under the condition that I finish the bottle of wine with them and I used every one of my Italian words: Vino? Ci! Grazie! Bella! 😉

Jacket: H&M (old, but similar here); Sweater: She Inside; Skirt: Dorothy Perkins (sold out but this and this are both cute color block options) Shoes: BCBG (old, but I hope you have a good variety of nude/beige/tan pumps in your collection. If not try one of these: Here, Here or Here); Bracelet: Banana Republic; Sunglasses: Old Navy (in store only).

P.S. Here is a picture of my Italian chicas!



The One with the Metallics

Mettalics2*singing* “Silver and Gold….silver and gold…I’d rather have Jesus…than Silver and Gold…”

Okay, that may or may not be inappropriate. I have a terrible barometer for that when it comes to funny. Funny wins.

Anyway, people always ask me about wearing silver and gold together because I have a set of silver bangles that I never take off and I often accessorize with gold costume jewelry. My canned answer is “so what.” Just like wearing white after labor day and matching your purse and shoes, I don’t subscribe to most “fashion rules” and this is certainly one of them. I saw these funky boots on Zara’s website and fell in love. My kid says they space-aged, but again, I don’t care. I LOVE them. Here’s the run down for the rest of the outfit.

Pants: Gap (old, but similar here and here); Blouse: J. Crew; Sweatshirt: J. Crew; Boots: Zara (sold out but these are so funky to me and if you want to splurge these are hot business as well.); Tote bag: Zara (also, sold out, but there are so many cute options, like this and this and (since we’re talking about metallics) this!); Bracelet: Banana Republic (old, but this is similar); Necklace: (old, but similar here); Sunglasses: Old Navy (in store).


The One with the Army Green


I can’t even hold y’all up. It’s hard to keep it ‘chic’ in this weather. It’s messing with my style chi (yes that’s a thing). This sweater is one of the highlights of my winter though! I could wear it EVERY DAY if the powers that be didn’t frown upon that sort of thing. It’s so comfortable. Also, I should make a disclaimer – this jacket is not mine. It is my sixteen year old daughter’s coat. I bought it for her and as soon as it came I wanted one, but it was sold out (whomp, whomp) so now I ‘borrow’ it from her from time to time. Also, these olive green faux leather pants were $10 from H&M. I just wanted to say that. #carryon

Jacket: Asos (similar here and here); Sweater: H&M (sadly it’s sold out but this is similar and really cute); Pants: H&M (sold out, but there are a ton of options online: try these and these for starters); Shoes: Zara (sold out too, these and these are really similar)



Look Book: Vintage en Vogue (March)

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I love vintage. In particular, I love vintage from the late 50s/early 60s, but I also dig a great 70s glam find as well. This month I’m featuring a few of my favorite vintage finds for my latest look book. Where I can, I tried to find comparable items, but because of the whole vintage thing, you know…it was difficult for some things. Hope you enjoy. Feel free to share and comment below!


Look Book: Valentines Day (February)

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Every winter, right smack in the middle of cuffing season a good portion of the country goes sappy in celebration of Valentine’s Day. I have never been  a big celebrator but as the saying goes, “when in Rome…” In honor of this specious holiday, I have put together a little look book with outfit ideas for those making big plans for the week or weekend. There is something for every personality: Cutsey, Daring, Funky, Traditional and Sexy. Dig in!

See outfit posts HERE

The One with all the Red Plaid


I know it’s kinda Christmas-y, but I LOVE red plaid and it seemed fitting with the snow and all.

Get into it.

Jacket: J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer (old, but check out this color (click on the mineral); Blouse: Asos; Pant: Asos (old, but they are on clearance now. Also try these (not for everybody); Shoes: Urban Outfitter (not the same, but these would be just as cute with this outfit)


On the Pulse: Midi Full Skirts

On the pulse: Midi Full Skirts

Top Row: 1/2/3/4
Bottom Row: 5/6/7/8

Perfect for every season and most shapes, the full midi skirt should be a staple in every grown lady’s closet. The always chic fashion line, Tibi has cornered the market on the perfect full midi skirt, but with prices starting at around $300 and topping off at $900 – they may not be for the every day girl. Fortunately there are some fierce alternatives out there that will keep you chic and well fed.