Tuesday, November 27, 2012


Jacket: Forever 21 (Similar)
Blouse: H&M
Shoes: Sole Society
Earrings: Bauble Bar

Do you remember how slowly time moved when you were little?  How it took forever for you to get to the next birthday or Christmas?  At some age, everything changes.  How do I know this is true?  Because I used to be able to color my hair every six weeks.  Now, I can hardly get to four without looking like I painted the ceiling and dripped white paint all over myself.  I will be wearing my hair pulled back until Saturday which is the day of relief and  recoloring.  But as I was driving to the office today, I really thought about not coloring my hair anymore.  I've seen some pictures on Pinterest of amazing looking women who have embraced their grey hair.  I made the decision to go with it, and I came home tonight and told my husband.  He raised his eyebrow and said, "I don't think so. You know you won't like it." As much as I wanted to be stubborn, I knew he was right because I had pretty much talked myself out of it on the ride home.  I'm just not ready for it yet.  Maybe next year which will be here sooner than I expect it.

Linked to Monday Mingle on Glamamom

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Fashion Bloggers Weekly Round-Up

Fashion Bloggers Weekly Round-Up

Fashion Treatment Fashion Blogger Van Anh from Chopstick Panorama

I'm honored to be included again in this week's Round Up on Fashion Treatment.  This week I especially like  Catie's gift guides on Fleur d'Elise.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Party Wear

Dress and Shoes: Modcloth
Earrings and Bracelet: Bauble Bar
Clutch: Marc Jacobs

Looking for more inspiration for party wear.  This look is too formal for the party we will be going to, but I love the neutral look with lots of texture.  I have more working out to do before I'm ready for a strapless dress, but I do love the detailing on this one.

Monday, November 19, 2012


Top: Topshop
Skirt: H&M
Shoes: Lauren Ralph Lauren
Necklace: Forever 21 (Similar)
Bag: Guess

I love pencil skirts and because this one was such a screaming good deal at H&M on sale for $9.95, I was willing to go a little wild and buy the reptile print.  I do have to admit that once I got it home, the only thing preventing me from taking it back was because it was a final sale.  Then I tried it on with a few different tops, and I fell in love with it.  I've paired it with two different peplum tops, this white one and a grey long sleeve, which I actually like better, but I do like them both.  I expect we'll be seeing quite a bit more of this one in the coming weeks.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Fashion Bloggers Weekly Round-Up

Fashion Treatment Fashion Bloggers Weekly Round-Up Joanna from Anna and Joanna

This week, there are some amazing images coming out of the Fashion Bloggers Weekly Round-Up.  Anna and Joanna has quickly become one of my favorites, and I never would have found them without the round-up.  

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Party Wear

Skirt: Marc Jacobs
Shoes: Miu Miu
Necklace: Lulu Frost
Ring: Mawi

This year will be the first year we go to the Christmas party for the company where my husband works. I already find party wear tricky, but this time the wording of the invitation has made it even worse.  The party has a masquerade theme and encourages party wear, but then goes on to say that if you don't want to dress up, you can wear casual attire.  It goes on to discourage flip flops and shorts.  To me, there's a big gap between flip flops and party wear, but knowing that there will probably be a fair share of party guests wearing jeans, I don't want to wear a formal dress.  This outfit has equal doses of comfort and sparkle.  The cardigan will keep me warm on a chilly, winter night, but the skirt is icy, shiny and bright.  The heel is just right for standing around drinking wine in a crowd, and I'm becoming more and more of a fan of jewelry with mixed metals because they are so versatile.  What are your plans for party outfits this year?

Thursday, November 15, 2012


Jacket: H&M
Pants: Target
Boots: MIA (Similar)
Bag: Celine
Bracelet: JewelMint

Have you ever noticed that sometimes just as you are feeling really great about something, something happens that sets you back?  Maybe it's a lesson in not having too much pride.  Maybe it's just me being way too critical of myself.  Does everyone do this?  Do even really successful people sink into self-doubt at the worst times?  Things are going along great, it's all clicking together and then, boom, a setback.  Maybe it's just a minor one, but it's so easy for it to become the excuse for second guessing and, suddenly, everything comes to a screeching halt.  The last week was full of some setbacks for me.  I've dwelt on it a lot, and even though I was having some successes in other parts of my life, I let the setbacks overwhelm me. Instead of celebrating some good things that were happening, I let the other stuff take over.  Now that I realize what I've been doing, I'm moving on.  No more pity parties.  No more analysis paralysis.  No more procrastination because if I make a decision, it might be the wrong one.  I'm moving forward again.  The last thing I do whenever I leave the house is put on some lipgloss.  That means that I'm ready to go.  So now I have my lipgloss on again, and I'm ready to go.

Linked to Monday Mingle on Momtrends

Monday, November 12, 2012

Menswear Thread

Coat: Forever 21(Similar)
Pants: Zara
Bag: Celine
Shoes: ShoeMint
Bracelet: JewelMint

Finally a chance to bundle up on some cold, clear days in Southern California.  It will be over by tomorrow, so I'm trying to appreciate it while it lasts.  I'm in love with my new ShoeMint oxblood loafers, so I decided to pair them with dress socks and short trousers (my slim cut from Zara which are my favorites right now, and I wear everywhere) for dinner out on Saturday night.  I should have done a better job thinking about the layer I wore underneath this coat, because I couldn't take my coat off during dinner or I'd freeze.  The stringy scarf is really too short to wind about the neck properly, but I made do.  The other thing I'm wearing everywhere is this JewelMint bracelet.  I love the little jaguar heads staring at each other.  My rosecea took a nasty turn this week probably from a combination of the cool weather, a stressful work week, and bad habits.  When I wear makeup, I absolutely do not touch my face.  Because of the flare-up, I went without makeup for two days.  I then had an almost constant need to touch my face to see how bumpy it was which only made it even worse.  I'm probably the only person whose rosecea gets better while wearing makeup.  I'm my own worst enemy.

Linked to: Casual Friday on Two Thirty-Five Designs

Saturday, November 10, 2012


Coat: Calvin Klein (Old but similar cut in tweed)
Shirt: Target
Pants: Zara
Bag: Coach (Old but more Bleeckers)
Shoes Loeffler Randall
Necklaces: JewelMint
Bracelet: Bauble Bar

I've written before about the difficulties I have always had blowing out my hair.  With the crazy weather we've been having, it's been taking so much time to do it, I hate it.  But I'm really trying to not just pull it up every day regardless of the temptation.  My hairdresser is trying to convince me to do a Brazilian blowout.  I think she's just tired of hearing me complain about it.  I'm torn because I've heard so many bad things about the treatment.  Anybody had one?  Any horror stories?  It's hard to tell because of the shadows in these pictures, but I'm actually wearing a blue coat with this black outfit.  I've always thought that navy and black went well together, but I know others don't share my feelings.  I am seeing it out a lot right now though.  I might be giving away these necklaces.  This is the second time I've worn them, and they just don't seem to be me.  Still pondering.  I'd appreciate your feedback on them too.

Thursday, November 8, 2012


Necklace: Ippolita

The sleeves on this Elie Tahari coat take the leather sleeve trend to a whole new level for me.  I'll take one please!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


Dress: Zara
Blazer: H&M
Necklace: Bauble Bar (Similar)
Bracelet: Vintage

After attending a ladies' luncheon, I can say with certainty that I am not now nor will I ever be a lady who lunches.  At least not in the way that I use that term.  My companions were great.  They were pleasant, welcoming, friendly and fun to chat with, but do you ever find yourself in a situation where you are thinking, "One of these things is not like the others?"  It was me, and I did it to myself.  It had nothing to do with age or economic background.  We ranged in age from 25 to 70.  One person had not had a steady job in two years, another was just starting a career and one was getting ready to retire after a career spent in consulting.  Social, networking lunches are so different from working lunches.  I'm really good at working lunches.  I'm not so good at polite chit-chat which can lead to making connections.  I need to work on that.  I'm entering a new phase in my working life, I'm starting a business, and meeting women  like these and forming connections could all be essential to my future success.  I need to look at networking opportunities just like they are part of my job because they are.  Every cup of tea has to be treated like a working lunch.

I've analyzed and over-analyzed why I was so uncomfortable in this situation: I just couldn't relax.  After years of working on not caring about what people think of me, I sat there for two hours worried about what they were thinking.  In situations like this, where I don't know anyone and it's a new environment, it's so easy for me to slip back into that negative, self-doubt mindset.  I need to just be me.  Just me doesn't really like tea that much even though I spent last week drinking a ton of it while I had a sinus infection (my favorite right now is Good Earth but I think I'm ready to go back to Republic of Tea's Ginger Peach which used to be the only tea I drank when I was sick until I got, well, sick of it).  I will always choose coffee first and always in a huge mug (I love my new, huge Nightmare Before Christmas mug which was a gift from my husband) because that is just me.

Linked to Visible Monday

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Fashion Bloggers Weekly Round-Up

That's my cuff as the lead-in photo for this week's Fashion Bloggers Weekly Round-Up on Fashion Treatment.  Please visit as many of the bloggers as you can.

Fashion Treatment Fashion Blogger's Weekly Round-Up

Thursday, November 1, 2012


The outfit I would buy today if I won the lottery...

Except you have to play to win.