Creating outfits takes too much brain power

August 24, 2014 in LOOKBOOK

Notice my recent outfit trend: black. Lots of black. That’s what happens when I’m too exhausted to create anything better. The past few months have been busy. This past month’s schedule consisted of alternating day and night shifts in one week intervals. I’m actually a fan of night shifts (although 14 hour night shifts can be a bit long). But I’m not a fan of how the switching back and forth messes up my naturally happy and harmonious sleep cycle. Crabby recently? Why, yes.

black
Yesterday was the first day I’ve put on real person clothes in quite some time. Granted, I only got to wear them for a few hours before having to go in for my 1-11pm moonlighting shift. But it still counts! This top is yet another recent eBay find. Its such a great staple and is so perfectly comfortable. I love the little ruffles and ruching, too! I would never pay anywhere close to retail price for a simple Prada tank top, but I’m happy to have found this one for $40-something. I’ve gotten a few other surprisingly nice items recently, too. Many of them need a cleaning or a simple hemming before they’ll make there way to the blog, though! But I’m so happy with the quality of these items that a little alteration is completely reasonable.

black tank
Even though I’m having a good amount of success on eBay (summer time is the best time to find deals), I’m starting to get interested in a few retails items now, too. I recently mentioned really wanting some d’Orsay flats. Well… I got some (well, ordered them, at least). I was browsing some sites when I came across the Manolo Soussa flats on Bergdorf Goodman’s site for $290. Naturally, they were sold out in my size. So, I decided to try my luck at the price match game… success!! Neiman Marcus price matched them for me. They should arrive in a week or so. I really really hope they fit. If they don’t, I’ll be stalking Vince’s Nina flat, which seems comfortable, but has a slightly more masculine shape than I’d prefer.

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The thought of (or fear of?) fall and cooler weather has me starting to long for some comfy cozy clothes, too. Like flannel. Polka dot flannel, to be specific. This shirt from J. Crew is next up on the wishlist (thank you J. Crew for finally coming out with some good items!). Its rare that flannel doesn’t look, well, like flannel.

Pretty, layer-able tanks and tees are also getting my attention. I usually don’t like print tees, but I’ve seen some super cute ones (this man with his dog is my favorite). I’d totally be able to wear a shirt like that with some black trousers and a white cardigan. More likely I’ll go for something paisley or floral or something, but maybe one or two fun tees this fall wouldn’t be unreasonable? I think I hold off buying any fall clothes for a while until I see what comes out and how the sales are looking. Too early to buy just yet!

Pre-Owned

August 16, 2014 in Ebay Finds, LOOKBOOK

For the past few weeks I’ve found myself frequently browsing eBay. I’ll do it while walking the halls, standing in the cafeteria lines, waiting for elevators… you know, those types of things. I’ve only run into a few doors and corners of walls… completely worth it!! I’ve found some awesome items! This outfit here is made up of all pre-owned items (…well, except the shoes). The top just came recently. Its stunning in person, I love it. Its by Narciso Rodriguez and was 50-something dollars- I’m still surprised I found it for that price! I couldn’t imagine a more perfect work shirt. And these Gucci pants were at the same price point. They were a bit big when they came, but a wash and hot dry fixed that… (not recommended).

plaid tank top
Narciso Rodriguez top, Gucci pants, Alejandro shoes, Fendi bag
Outside of workout clothes, nearly all of the clothes that I buy now-a-days are work appropriate. Because I work all. the. time. And having work clothes that look good and fit comfortably make me feel more confident and put together (=slightly better day). I’ve had my eye on a few pretty pieces this summer, but I’ve been put-off by the prices (hence the eBay obsession)! Hopefully with fall around the corner there will be some decent sales to get summer stuff moving to make room for new fall arrivals.  Two items have been sitting in my J. Crew cart for ages (come on J. Crew!). The first is this plain white tuxedo shirt. I love a crisp white shirt. But paying full price for it seems ridiculous (I’ll probably get a stain on it within its first 5 wears anyway), but its mine as soon as it finally hits sale! The other item is the Elsie pump in every color that’s not sold out. I originally bought the kraft brown and fell in love with the pump’s comfort and simplicity. I really don’t want to pay full price for another pair, but I’m happy I did for the first (was actually meaning to get a price adjustment later on, but they’ve since sold out).

black and white plaid
Another item that’s been on my summer wishlist is a comfy d’Orsay flat. The first pair I ever saw were the ‘Nina’ flats by Vince. At first I wasn’t a fan, but the more I see them, the more I want them! In the land of d’Orsay flats, Manolo Blahnik definitely takes the price for the most flattering shape. But that price tag… ouch. I was hoping J. Crew’s version would be a more affordable alternative, but reviews are starting to come in and they’re saying that the comfort just isn’t there. So those will be a pass. The search will continue. It’ll probably be snowing by the time I find the perfect pair…

ebay
There aren’t too many other items that I’ve got my eye on, surprisingly. Granted, I haven’t been browsing my regular blogs and retails sites much because I’ve been working a lot recently (and like I mentioned, the time I do spent on the internet is browsing eBay). But, fall is just around the corner, and I (and many others) love fall clothes! Sweaters, scarves, boots… oh so cozy. But I’m in no rush for summer to end. Winter and I are not friends.

Happy… what day is it? Saturday? Happy Saturday :)

On eBay lately

August 4, 2014 in Ebay Finds, LOOKBOOK

I’ve recently become a bit frustrated with retail store offerings and have turned to eBay to see what deals are out there. So far I’ve found a few great items, and I have a few (or more than a few?) more on the way! One of my favorite items thus far is a basic Celine cardigan (similar to these). Its my second black cardigan, but I wear my other one so often that I justified getting another one! The sweater is probably at least a few years old, but its in great shape. Its silly that a ## year old sweater is holding up better than my two month old J. Crew sweaters (these were the worst, literally had to fabric shave them so often that the once-opaque material became thin and sheer). Why is it so hard to find quality knits now-a-days (at a reasonable price)? I’ve found that so many knits are either 1) itchy, 2) “sheer,” 3) have crap stitching, or 4) pill like crazy.  Its so frustrating.

cutout sleeves
Speaking of knits, this Michael Michael Kors sweater is another recent eBay find. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been on the hunt for some easy-to-wear knits for a while now. While appreciate the simplicity of the majestic long sleeve and turtleneck tees that I recently acquired, I also love when a top has something interesting to add- like cutout shoulders. These shoulder cutouts add a beautiful drape to this top (they can even make a plain tee look gorgeous!). And, most importantly, this fun detail doesn’t require me to wear a strapless or low back bra. I mean, I’m lucky if I feel up to putting a regular bra on instead of my much worn sports bras. If a top required a special bra it’d never make it out of the closet.

monotone black
Continuing with the cutout theme, I’ve become quite intrigued with cutout backs. Nothing crazy now (seriously, I know you know my style isn’t very adventurous), just a little peek of skin on the back. I haven’t found anything that’s just right yet. I’m looking for something similar to this A.L.C. top, but with a heavier drape and closer fit. Maybe such a thing just doesn’t exist.

wool skinny pants
Oh yes! Before I forget. A note about these pants. In the midst of all of my pants frustration, I splurged on this pair by Dsquared2. They need a trip to the tailor to make some small adjustments (slimming the leg and taking them up an inch), but wow, let me just report how awesome they are compared to the usual wool pants I’ve tried. My favorite thing… they’re not itchy! I didn’t know wool pants could be non-itchy? I guess so. And, even better, they come with a partial lining on the front thigh for ease of walking- no rubbing or pulling. I love them.

monotone
I’d be totally willing to splurge on another great pair of designer work pants, but the problem is, I can’t find another (at least in the <$300 range). Its tricky. While “designer” can equal high quality, it doesn’t always. And I almost want to say that many of the “middle-end” designers have displayed deteriorating quality. I mean pricey brands like Alexander Wang, Rag & Bone, Helmut Lang, Tory Burch, Vince, etc. Fabrics are getting cheaper. Cuts are getting less flattering. And fabulous details like the ones I mentioned above are being left out. On that note, back to eBay I go…