Friday, December 19, 2014

2014 Out

Today was my last day of work before the holiday season and here's my final efforts at some seasonal sparkle and shine:

So good, right?!

Sweater: Thrifted
Pants: Citizens of Humanity
Shoes: Target


Close up

This hair is dirrrrrty and I have sparkle eyeliner on

It was a group effort at work!

Peace out for 2 weeks, pals! I'm off to Wisconsin (my family) and Hawaii (Jason's family). More to come in 2015! Have a lovely, prosperous, grateful, delicious holiday season with the ones you love the very most. :) 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

It's All About Balance

Still Holiday Colors Week around here and I'm rocking around the Christmas tree. Today, I played with proportions and tried a different silhouette - one with layers instead of a defined waist. This is an advanced move and I don't usually recommend it unless you're super familiar with what works for your body and your proportions. If there's even the slightest thing off balance, it can make you appear much wider than intended. (That being said, you should play around and try it anyways! Who cares about judgement as long as you're creating!) I compensated for the baggier sweatshirt on top with a slim skirt on the bottom. The blouse peeks out beyond the top layer mostly to cover my butt (it's more work appropriate) and it also gives a nice pop of color in the front. I elongated the look with a pendant necklace so it draws your eyes in and down the length of my body, creating a longer, leaner line. The pointy flats continue that line all the way down to my toes. (If I had worn a ballet flats instead, my legs would appear shorter and stumpier.) Shoes really have a lot to do with creating and maintaining your leg line as does a defined waist and a v-neck shirt (or necklace as a substitute).

Shirt: Thrifted
Blouse: Target
Skirt: American Apparel
Shoes: TJ Maxx
Necklace: Thrifted

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

In Your Face Christmas

I bought this skirt a few weeks ago and wore it to Jason's family Christmas last Saturday. Then I wore it to afternoon tea on Sunday. Then I wore it today with Converse sneakers instead of heels. In short: I am obsessed with this skirt. It's one of the most comfortable items I own! It feels like a scuba suit; it's so thick and stretchy. And I just love it's shape, especially paired with a kitschy sweater. It just screams Christmas! Christmas, Christmas, Christmas!

Sweater: Thrifted
Skirt: Lulu*s
 Shoes: Nordstrom

New pose I'm perfecting

I love how the sneakers really ground the look

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Blazer of Glory

Holiday Colors Week around here. What's going on for you? For today's outfit, I put similar tones of red and green on top and kept the bottom neutral. This blazer is fitted enough such that you don't necessarily need to see my wrists to see how small my body is beneath the fabric; the cut of the blazer does it for me. I flashed some ankle to keep it interesting. Hope you've having a great week!

Blazer: Thrifted
Shirt: Target
Pants: Target
Shoes: Target

Went easy on the makeup today

Monday, December 15, 2014

Red & Green

Happy Holiday Colors Week! I love a reason to wear holiday color combos. It's so festive and joyful!

Let's talk for a moment about the idea of wearing comfortable (read: orthopedic) shoes. I was just informed by my podiatrist on Thursday afternoon that I should really be wearing sneakers (with orthotic inserts) to work. Ummmmm. No. I told him that was not going to happen. Not only is it completely inappropriate for me to wear sneakers to work (like most people in professional workplace settings), but now that I've added stylist to my resume, I will not be wearing sneakers to any other place but the gym. (Looks like it's time for a second opinion from another doc.) So, enter the Danskos. I bought these babies back in 2011 after the initial appointment with my first (and now retired) podiatrist. I cried in my car after that first appointment when he told me I should never wear heels again. (Bahahahahahahaha. Laughing all the way to foot surgery, apparently.) Anyways, these Danskos have saved me over the years and I will defend them until the end. They may not look the most perfect, but I find that when I cover them with a bootleg trouser, I can get a good, semi-fashionable outfit out of them. And when my feet are in pain, a semi-fashionable outfit is darn well good enough. Top it all off with some lipstick and I'm good to go.

 Blouse: Thrifted
Pants: Thrifted
Shoes: Danskos
Scarf: Target

I don't know why, I just like this picture

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Holiday Weekend

We had a fabulous weekend! On Friday night, a dear friend from Minneapolis (who used to live in Seattle) came to visit! We dined at Momiji (a terrific sushi restaurant) and had ice cream at Bluebird, then she slept at our apartment. It was lovely to see her even if it always feels too short. :)

On Saturday, we had Jason's family Christmas. We'll be in Wisconsin with my family for Christmas Day this year, so we celebrate early with his family. Here's Jason with all of the presents (& donuts at the bottom): 

George is peeking out of the door

My in-laws' gorgeous Christmas tree

Dressing for the occasion

Georgie is the cutest 3-year-old nephew there ever was

Holiday cooking at its finest

Jackson is a little charmer, too

Rewind to Friday at work and you might remember that we're wearing holiday sweaters every Friday until Christmas. My boss decided that we should wear our ugly holiday team sweaters on 12/12 and thus it was so: 

Here's the whole crew:

Can you find the reindeer and the pirate Santa? Arggh

Sweater: Clark Toys
Pants: Gap
Shoes: Target

One of my favorite sweaters


And the sweetest little Archer baby you ever did see

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Every Body's Different

The intention was good for today's outfit (it is tucked in, after all), but the proportions are mixed up. I like to tell people that if you're experimenting and being creative with your clothes and you happen to have a bad outfit day at work, well then it's the perfect place to do so since mostly everyone knows you and pretty much no one is going to judge you. So if you have a slight miss (or even a major one), it's really no big deal. You just try again tomorrow and everyone forgets about it.

So, here's my slight miss for the day: I love the harem pant trend (pants that are baggy on top, but taper at the bottom) and I think it works well for many body types (mine included), but the silhouette has to be perfect. This means that you gotta show some ankle and some wrist for everyone to see that you're not hiding huge arms or huge legs underneath all that fabric. With just a peek of your smallest parts (ankle and wrist), you give the illusion that your body is super lean all over and therefore, we assume the pant is just the pant and not your body (and thus, the bigger parts that you don't want to highlight are camouflaged).

As you can see in the photo below, my ankles are hidden by the fabric of the pant which are too long and pool at the bottom of my leg. This makes me look much shorter than I would if the pant leg were raised a tad to show just the slightest bit of my ankle. I get a decent leg line in this photo because I chose to wear shoes that come to a point so as to elongate the line from my waist down to my toes which make my legs look like they're longer than they are. That's also where the tucking in is key: you create a shorter waist and a longer leg by pulling the pant up to the natural waist and tucking in. My office mate also has these pants, but she's about 3 inches taller than I am and her legs account for most of that difference. These pants look completely different on her. You can clearly see her ankles and she often tucks into the pant with a tank and a long cardigan over the top. It makes her look super tall and lean with long legs.

Now, all that being said, some people can pull the harem-pant-with-no-ankles-showing look like the model below. She's wearing very similar items to the ones that I'm wearing (shoes included) and yet, she looks much slimmer, taller, and the proportions are more balanced on her. So maybe everything I said is crap and you look perfect in this crazy silhouette without all of the modifications that I have to make to accommodate for my body type.


Blouse: Target
Pants: Aritzia 
Shoes: TJ Maxx
Necklace: H&M

The tiniest leopard print and the prettiest bow necklace