Date Night Options (or Lack Thereof)

IMG_0017 So I’m 23 and single in a city. Which means I’m trying to date — and often in a desperate, soul sucking manner (i.e. bars & tinder).

Because of this, I’ve had plenty of time to find the perfect “first date dress”. Yet it has been far more difficult than I anticipated.

At one point in Tampa, I really thought I’d figured it out with some Urban dresses, especially when my little sister told me one of them made me look like “Marilyn Monroe”.  I spun around, triumphantly declaring it my first date dress.

Isabella pointedly eyed my chest, and, without missing a beat, replied, “Maybe that’s a second date dress.”

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Dress: Ann Taylor Loft (in stores) Shoes: similar here Belt:  Anthropologie (similar here) Clutch: Anthropologie (similar here)

So then I had to find something sexy, but appropriate, and pretty, without trying too hard, and slimming, but simple, and versatile…

I think I finally found it all in this dress. And for anyone with my body type (short height, thicker waist), I highly recommend it. It is the perfect fabric to smooth everything out, but still cinch it in, and it can be dressed up, dressed down, or even paired with a cardigan and statement necklace for work.

I still haven’t met a guy, but I’m in love.

With this dress.

IMG_0038IMG_0044 Shoes: Louboutin Clutch: Banana Republic (old, love this springtime version)  

However, I want to come back to this trying too hard concept.

I have developed the truly terrible habit of Tinder swiping. And I should stop, but it’s so entertaining. And so immediately gratifying. And I realize I SHOULD be absolutely disgusted with what I’ve received… But that would be a complete lie. I love this shit.

I’ll say I’m snarky by nature. And Tinder is a playground for sarcastic jerks. It’s as though a green light is given, and I go from 0 to asshole within seconds.

So, yeah, I’ve found the dress, but I am far from finding the guy. And I would like to show Exhibits A – F in support of this statement. (I know, not exactly standard fashion blog material, but I couldn’t help myself — feel free to ignore).

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Xoxo, Tash

Studdly

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I have worked in retail since… Well since I was 18 and I was at the legal age to work. However, throughout my entire working career I have been a student (a point I make to show I was constantly low on funds). And now that I’m a college grad and in between jobs, I am now even more low on funds (i.e., help me, I’m poor).

That being said, I love to shop, especially when it’s a good bargain!

Enter these shoes.

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Shirt: Forever 21 (also like this one)|| Jeans: Madewell (on sale here) || Purse: Look Boutique || Sunglasses: Ray Ban || Jewelry: Michael Kors, Kendra Scott, Madewell, DKM Accessories

Anyone slightly mesmerized by the thrills and trills of fashion knows that Valentino makes a swoon-worthy pair of strappy, studded pumps identical to the ones above…

“Wait, you mean those aren’t Valentino?”
No!!
(GASP)

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Dress: Anthropologie, last season, altered (loving this one, just not the price; shoutout to Fed Hill cleaners for a great alteration) || Purse: Kate Spade, old (similar here)

Now I have to give credit where credit is due. It’s Tash who actually discovered these and proceeded to buy them, then sent me a picture, (Emily GASP’s), and I then bought them… And here we are!

Every woman loves a hot bargain, and I must say you can’t get better than this one! These shoes are the BCBGeneration Darron Pump sold at DSW for a mere $69.95! Given the Valentino’s are roughly $1000.00 a pair, I’d say Tash did pretty well!

{ BCBG }                                                     { Valetino }

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The studs are slightly bigger and the first strap falls at a different angle, but other than that, these are a pretty good replica — especially given that they’re still real leather and designer quality.

So, do yourself a favor and snatch up this find ASAP. After all, your practically saving money by spending it (at least that’s what I would tell your significant other if they object).

xoxo,

Emily

Black Widow

The title, I know — not exactly the way to sell style. Might as well call it Cruella De’vile or something. Here, I’m single and plan on killing my husband. Then I’m going to buy a coat of puppies. Throw in some veal while you’re at it. But that’s just how I feel in this dress and boots. And I kinda like it.

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Dress: Boutique (similar here) Purse: Francesca’s (similar here) Boots: Michael Kors (similar  here)

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Peek-a-boo’s probably also not the way to sell style, but I really like that part, too. The cutouts and over-the-knee combine to give small peeks of my legs, but still keep everything safely covered. That whole “leave something to the imagination” kind of turns into “spark someone’s imagination.” And, as I’ve mentioned before, I love the over-the-knee.

These particular over-the-knee are exceptional because of the heel. Wear them with black jeans/leggings, and your legs have never looked longer — even longer than nude pumps.

As a bonus, they bring me a closer to eye-contact with normal-sized people… and do so with a square heel. Instead of a stiletto. Sooo much nicer, especially in the winter when wedges are scarce (I have a dancing policy when it comes to shoes. And heels don’t usually cut it).

 

DSCN2039 I’m actually pretty serious about this policy. Normally I wear heels to the pregame, and change to something more practical before going out (I figure drunk people aren’t going to appreciate my heels in the dark, anyways). However, these heels stood the party-test (4″ Michael Kors square heel).

I won’t go so far as to call them “comfortable”, but they didn’t leave in agonizing pain, as normal heels do at the end of the night… I consider it a win.

xoxo, Tash

Leather On My Mind

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Dress: Nordstrom BP (similar hereShoes: Ivanka Trump, Nordstrom (similar hereScarf:  Nordstrom BP (herePurse: Chloe

So I went to New York this weekend in order to celebrate my birthday for the second time — yes, I do that. Yes, there were other people who came to “my” party who actually had a birthday that week.

And yes, I obviously needed a new dress (for anyone who hasn’t caught on, I do not subscribe to the minimalist mindset).

While there, I had fervent dreams about getting wonderful, truly perfect, incredible New York blogger photos.

Enter my best friend. Aka the asshole.

Anyone who has tried to take blogger – like photos knows one thing: they are the most unbelievably narcissistic photos you will take. Ever. Posing in the weird ways to make it seem ~aRtsY~ and oh-so-candid actually makes you look like an effing idiot. Especially when you’re new to the game, like me. DSCN2003 My so-called best friend definitely agreed with the idiot thing, and could not stop laughing as I tried to get the pictures taken. Doubled over, hiccuping laughter.

We ended up with these  no natural light ones that then had to be “exposed” to death on my mac in order to be passably decent… I couldn’t work up the nerve to ask her again.

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As you can see, I’m still clinging to the leopard and black style this winter. And enter leather paneling, my (and everyone else’s) favorite trend of the season. Something about that sexy leather panel makes me feel like I own the world, but I can still manage to worm my way out of the dress after a night of dancing.

I recommend NOT trying that with leather pants. Especially if you have a “glistening” problem (I decline further commentary on this).

And while the dress is my “I run my birthday” piece, again, I have to brag about the leopard print. That scarf was purchased two weeks ago, and has been worn with at least six outfits since. It makes my work clothing fun and playful… and makes my “sexier” pieces more stylish (note the quotation… it’s hard to be sexy when you like to randomly do the worm).

DSCN1991 Anyways, I had a great time in New York, but have nothing but these apartment pics to show for it. I’ll work on it.

It’s My Party

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Dress: Anthropologie Shoes: Anthropologie Purse Sorial, New York

So, following the Va Va Boom is tricky. But persevere we must.

To edge in on some new territory, I went with the day-to-night theme.  Original, right? … Yeah, I’ll keep going.

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I got this dress because I absolutely needed a new birthday outfit (it’s on Saturday!). So I went to Anthropologie to hunt for some sale accessories, and… well, at least the shoes were on sale.

The I had to figure out how to wear my brand new dress to work — immediately.

I played around with dressing it down, and came up with the outfit on the below.

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Boots: Louise et Clie Jacket: Mossimo Scarf:  Look

While I know I should be gushing about the dress and new heels (and yes, I do completely love them), it’s the boots that have been my ultimate winter obsession. I wear them at least three times a week. They’re by Louise et Clie from Nordstrom, and they are absolutely as close as I could find to a knockoff of the Stuart Weitzman 50/50 boot. But at about 1/7 of the price.

I love them not just for their versatility, but because I also feel kinda badass with that skin gap.

Maybe that’s just me.

xoxo – Tash

*Post Script: Coach is about to purchase Stuart Weitzman. I’m unamused.

Va Va Boom

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Sweater: H&M Trousers: Urban Outfitters Shoes: Anthropologie Emerald Cuff: Madewell Watch: Michael Kors Rose-gold cuff: vintage 
                                                                                                                                                                    I want to start by saying how much I love Emily’s outfit here. Like, literally — in the truest, least sorority girl definition of literally — love. I had an entire post written out all about me, and had to scratch that as soon as she sent over her pictures.
To explain my immediate heart palpitations, I should note that a post-grad obsession of mine has been playing with dark colors. Originally from Florida, and then from a school that firmly believes Foxfield is more important than Thanksgiving, I’ve maintained a lot of brights and whites in my wardrobe. Then I moved to Baltimore (which I still refer to as the North), and suddenly I’m wandering around my favorite stores like a lost puppy, unsure of every decision I make. And how the hell to make my Florida girl self conform to a dark and cold place. So I’ve been clinging to black. Black on black. Black on camel. Black on red.
Then Emily sends me this.
Black on emerald??
Be still, my heart.
It’s so perfectly stylish I could cry (thank god the internet doesn’t show watermarks). What a little brat.

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It is edgier than I would wear to work, but pull the hair into a chic bun, and trade out the open toed pumps for a pair of pointy-toe black heels (in my head, I see patent), and you can make this va-va voom something more subtle and sophisticated.

Or, you know, you could just rock everyone’s socks off and leave it.

— xoxo (ghost writer Tash)

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