Style Me Skinny

I have a confession about this outfit.

This is the first one I actually bought JUST for the sake of blogging. It was dumb, kind of a waste of money, but made me feel like a movie star.

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Shirt: a.Haley (Target has some great ones in store) || Pants a.Haley (similar here) Bag: Chloe Heels: Dolce Vita (here

Unfortunately, I am not a movie star. And I live in a city that welcomes Uggs for any occasion… so this outfit has been a little harder to plan around. As in, I haven’t (I welcome any suggestions).

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I know this doesn’t stray too far from rompers and teal time, but Em and I definitely like what we like. And outfits that stop right at the tiniest part of my waist? I like it. Especially since I don’t HAVE a particularly defined waist.

I’m sure if you have a boxier frame, like me, you’ve noticed that this season actually loves you. The sun opened a pathway for Iris to create magic rainbows to Milan, and out popped the most flattering shapes that have been in style since… well, the 90s. So off I go, to tuck my pooch into high waisted pants & skirts and skip along imagination lane, where no one can tell that I haven’t actually gotten into swimsuit shape yet.

(We’ll see if I make it there. I’m not too concerned, as the city of Baltimore seems to be holding a grudge against sunlight).

Anyways, HAPPY FRIDAY!! Hope everyone’s looking forward to the weekend!

xoxo, Tash

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Working Basics

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Shirt: Ann Taylor || “Dress” Pants: Anthropologie (last season; non-work version on sale here) || Scarf: Nordstrom (here) || Heels: Nordstrom (here)

After starting my first “real” job, I read an article entitled “Why you have a full closet, but never have anything to wear.”

The first few weeks at work had been a battle in exactly that. So I clicked.

The answer? Pretty obvious. Most people tend to gravitate towards special purchases — that amazing maxi dress you need for wine tasting, those killer heels with the extra cutouts that will make your friends cry with jealousy, that beautiful high low skirt that reminds you of something Amal Clooney would totally wear…

Yeah. None of those are so great for constant re-wearing. Your wardrobe is “supposed” to be about 70% basic pieces and 30% interest pieces — yet most of us tend to have wardrobes that are 70% interest and 30% basic. And that is the reason we never have anything to wear.

So simple, and yet so hard to overcome.

After reading this, I set out to streamline my purchases. As in try not to buy on a whim, and think of three different ways I can wear whatever it is I’m about to buy.

From here, I coined the term “fun basics” (or I heard it somewhere. Who knows) to describe the wardrobe pieces that fall into both categories — they go with most of my clothing, but don’t feel “plain”.

To me, these are often studded accessories, metallics, and animal prints.  (I realize I sound like a nineties club-hopper, but in small quantities, I swear these items work with everything).

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And yeah, this post comes right on the heels of our Studdly post with yet another wannabe-Valentino, but if you haven’t already seen these shoes, you need to. The Anneke by Sole Society has a low heel and unobtrusive stud design, making it a great work shoe. And I could rant about the scarf again, but I’ll spare you.

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Crossbody: Anthropologie (on sale here) || Scarf: Nordstrom (here) || Heels: Nordstrom (here)

Above are my favorite “fun basics” of the moment — hopefully that moment lasts long enough to warrant them being basic.

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

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).

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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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