OOTD: Catching up (and Floral Week!)

Saturday, May 22, 2010

(click on any picture to zoom)

Warm weather is here! Wait, it's gone! Just kidding, it's back. Is it any wonder that I'm sick right now? In the last two weeks the NYC weather has hit lows of 35 (!!) and highs of 88 (!!!). I was going to say something hyperbolic about the weather but whatever. It's spring. I'm sure it does some manifestation of this every year. Last year it rained 18 days in June in NYC. Let's not repeat that, hmm, Mother Nature?

As I mentioned in my review last week I could not resist bringing the Perilla Dress ($128) home with me. To justify the price I wanted to wear it right away but the weather was not cooperating. Luckily this week was much better and I had a chance to wear it out. My iPhone's camera is completely freaking out at the moment so I broke out my Canon for these shots.

I have to wear a camisole under the dress for work so I went with a warm cognac palette. I have noticed one odd thing about the dress. When I stand, there's this extra material that gathers around my pelvis area. I'm 100% sure it's due to the curvature of my thighs but it's very annoying. Have to learn to ignore it. The dress is going to be one of my go-to pieces this summer. I decided to go with heels for the first time in a bit-- I've been having a flats moment. It was the first time I'd worn my Wandering Platforms in awhile and I forgot how much I love them. Most importantly, this outfit was comfortable to walk to work in.

Marianne emailed me and asked if I could show what a full outfit looks like when I walk out of the house. That's what the far right photo is. Sunglasses are your best friend in a city. They are a lifesaver for checking out hot guys, avoiding scary people on the subway and looking cool walking up the street. The bag is from Foley + Corinna. I bought it at a sample sale a few weeks ago and for the life of me I cannot figure out the style name. It's a shoulder bag with two metal handles, a zipper on one size and it's a beautiful dark brown color. It's not the Mid City Tote, that's all I know for sure. If any bag experts out there know the style name please let me know!

In this outfit:
J.Crew Crystal Chain Necklace (similar here and here)
Dress: Perilla Dress ($128)
Camisole: American Eagle (similar here and here)
Shoes: Wandering Platforms aka Biviel BVC053 (similar here, here and here)
Jacket: J.Crew Washed Collar Ruffle Trench (similar here, here, here)
Bag: Foley & Corinna sample (similar here, here, here)
Earrings (not shown):
Crystal Wave Earrings ($32)

This outfit is my favorite kind -- a mix of old and new. I waited patiently for the Sailing Hobbyist Skirt (now $40) to go on sale. As a reward for holding out I picked up both the navy and the pink. In fact come to think of it every component of this outfit was snagged on sale. That's unusual for me and worth celebrating.

I wore this to my management meeting earlier this week and then kind of wished I hadn't. I did a client visit on Thursday and this would have been perfect. Oh well. I bought the Merino Larkspur Cardigan (now $50) for full price in yellow and grabbed the aqua once it hit sale. What am I going to do when cardigans with smushed crap goes out of style? My Steve Madden flats are on their last leg but I can't bear to throw them out. I am pretty disappointed with the wear...I bought them last August and they basically lasted one summer. Just happy I got them on sale.

In this outfit:
Merino Larkspur Cardigan (now $50)
Top: J.Crew Silk Slub Shell (similar here, here, and here)
Sailing Hobbyist Skirt (now $40)
Shoes: Steve Madden Scotcch (similar here, here and here)
Earrings: Oneiros Drops (similar here, here and here)

I owe the top portion of this outfit to Chloe. I saw this OOTD on her blog and decided to replicate the look...just in a different shade. She looks fabulous as always. Thanks Chloe for the (continuing) inspiration! I added in some sparkly jewelry to pop off the black crops.

The crops, which sadly, are still too short for me in the long. All I'm looking for is a crop that will hit right above my ankles and has a slightly flared leg. This year that is apparently too much to ask. All there is out there is skinny, skinny and more skinny. Over. It.

One of my friends said I looked like I had a bouquet exploding out of my chest. Thank you!!! I think that's a pretty good contribution to Have A Cute Day's Floral Week, no?

In this outfit:
Ann Taylor Flower Trim Cardigan (similar here, here, and here)
Top: Flowers exploding off your chest... Ann Taylor Floral Front Shell (similar here, here and here)
Crops: Old Navy Stretch Capris ($27)
Shoes: J.Crew Serengeti Peep Toes in cool graphite (similar here, here and here)
Necklace: J.Crew Taj Mahal Necklace (similar here, here and here)
Ring: J.Crew Cluster Ring (similar here, here and the original J.Crew knocked off here)

Casual time! My White Sands Wedges (now $180) came in record time. Kudos to Anthropologie's shipping which is getting better. Still not on Zappos' level but two days is permissible, especially when I'm paying $16 just to get my items shipped. (Yes, I'm bitter.)

The wedges are great. Comfortable right away and with enough room for my ankles. My true size 9 was a good fit. I have a high arch and the top of my foot does hang a bit over the vamp but it does in most shoes so that's nothing to knock this particular one for. We're going to go from long shorts in this look to short in the next look.

I'm not sure what it is about my Tivoli Scoopneck. I like it but I've never really fallen in love with it. I was quite enamored of it when it first came out last January but once I bought it...I dunno. Every year I prep myself to sell it and then I end up wearing it. My issue is that the shoulders fall down over the course of the day. This year's Through-The-Clouds Tank ($68) has been much better. Not getting rid of the Tivoli though. Still.

In this outfit:
Top: Tivoli Scoopneck (similar here, here and here)
Shorts: J.Crew 9" chino shorts (now $42) in antique olive
White Sands Wedges (now $180)
Necklace: J.Crew Double Layering Wrap Necklace in lilac (similar here, here and here)
Ring: J.Crew Pebble Ring (similar here, here and here)

Some days in NYC it's too hot to wear anything besides shorts. I have this discussion with one of my friends every year. She's pro-skirt -- I am too! -- but when it gets close to 90 I switch to shorts. We just had one such day. It was miserably humid too. Scares me for August...

All we did was go to the park and plant ourselves under the shade. Another blog shoutout is due. I have been in love with Stuart Weitzman's Alex Espadrilles for awhile now but the $365 price tag leaves something to be desired. Enter J and her awesome blog The Look 4 Less. She mentioned these very close approximations and I immediately ordered them. They were here in UNDER 24 hours (take that, Anthro!) and they're fabulous. Comfy from the get-go though I'm not gonna lie, the heel is intense. I'm used to 4" heels but if you're not this wedge is going to be tough to get used to. It was a little shocking just how metallic they are but it's on-trend so I can live with it. I would still love to get my paws on the Weitzmans. For now these are great though.

Also wanted to mention that the shorts/tank were part of a BIRTHDAY order from J.Crew. That was a code J.Crew released exclusively to J.Crew Aficionadas as part of Alexis's two year blogiversary celebration. How cool is that? 15% off AND free shipping. Alexis rocks.

In this outfit:
Top: J.Crew Tissue ruffle tank ($40) in Moroccan spice
Shorts: J.Crew 5" chino shorts (now $40) in shadow
Necklaces: J.Crew Symphony Necklace in pumpkin/J.Crew Duchess necklace in pale pink (similar here, here and here)
Wedges: Nina Cortney ($100)

...And just like that, back to the work week. Amazing how weekends fly. My goal was to emulate the Winding Lane Top belted look seen on the far left above. (This photo is from an Anthro email last winter.)

Anthro needs to tell me the secret to no wrinkling with belts sometime. And how exactly is the top soooo much longer on the model? Oh right, Photoshop. Either way I like how the look came out so thanks Anthropologie for the idea! I seized the opportunity to wear my beloved Many Moods Skirt. I am going to be so sad when this skirt dies. Which won't be any time soon by the way. One year later it's still going very strong. Quality? Yep.

A little bored with all the neutral happening in this look, I threw on the Cloaked Necklace (now $30) for some spring color. The necklace is a mix of matte and glass acrylic beads in green, some of which have been painted white. It was a throw-in item to one of my sale orders and when I first saw it in real life I hated it. But once I started trying it on with outfits I realized how well it complemented much of my closet. So it became a keeper. Happens that way sometimes.

In this outfit:
Top: Winding Lane Top (similarhere, here and here)
Belt: J.Crew Mirror Metallic Skinny Belt in gold (similar here, here and here)
Skirt: Many Moods Skirt (similar here, here and here)
Steve Madden Scotcch (similar here, here and here)
Necklace: Cloaked Necklace (now $30)

I alluded to this at the top of the post but the weather has been back and forth for the past couple of weeks. Earlier this week it was so cold that I was able to break out the tights again -- yes! I love tights so much. I'd wear them year-round if I could. Since it is spring I decided that some pink was in order. I started with the Conch Shell Pencil skirt and went from there.

The pink and green is pretty daring for me. I got the nod of approval though from my bud Janelle the Stylist -- capital 'S' -- so I felt good about the look. The tights are a steely dark grey. I felt bad for every gal with bare legs that morning. It was 40 degrees outside. I am so lucky to have enough closet space to keep my clothes year-round. At my last place I had to store off-season items and if I still lived there I would have been bare-legged too. Brr.

I have spoken of my love for the Conch Shell Pencil Skirt, so just to reiterate it's awesome. This is the skirt that introduced me to Leifsdottir and never shall we part. Though always shall we watch for sales. The shell underneath is from Banana Republic and it's old. I couldn't find a product photo for it so I used something comparable. Mine is closer to lavender than the Talbots' one. You get the idea hopefully.

Am I the only one who owns the Blooming Lattice Cardigan in green? I've seen it in navy around the community but not the green. Just curious.

In this outfit:
Cardigan: Blooming Lattice Cardigan ($98)
Top: Banana Republic Inset Shell (similar here, here and here)
Skirt: Conch Shell Pencil Skirt (similar here and here)
Tights: Gap chevron tights (similar here and here)
Shoes: J.Crew Cosette Peep Toes (similar here, here and here)
Necklace: Straight Flush Necklace (similar here, here and here)