Ask Allie: Looking Professional When You Feel Like Crap

Dear Allie, don’t yell at me but sometimes I don’t want to get dressed up, but I work in a corporate environment (no jeans, no sneakers, no logo tee shirts). It’s usually after a night out or that week before Aunt Flo but sometimes I just feel like it. What can a gal do to look professional when she doesn’t really care what she looks like? ...more

Thank You

I had a Friday Favorite scheduled for today but decided to hold off because I need to thank you all, and this thank you is way overdue. Heads up, this post may ramble. A lot ....more

Ask Allie: Two Weeks in Europe, What to Pack?

Allie I found you on Pinterest through your list of what to wear to Paris. I’m going to England and Europe for two weeks and need help knowing what to pack. No offense, can my capsule have some actual color and no leopard? ...more

Fashion Undressed: Three Designers You Didn’t Know You Knew

Winnie Beale had on a worker’s peaked cap, properly tilted over one eye, and the squarish, broad-shouldered suit offered by Schiaparelli that was popular for communist events. Elsa Schiaparelli had journeyed to Moscow in 1935 to observe the workers’ styles that would, it was felt, now take precedence in the fashion world. – Alan Furst, Night Soldiers, “Paris, 1937” chapter There’s an assumption, I think, that American designers were the first to tend towards the utilitarian, particularly during the austere times between World War I and World War II ....more

40% off Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy: My Picks

Until midnight, Banana Republic, Gap and Old Navy are offering 40% off virtually everything with the code SUNSHINE. Below are my picks for what to snag during this sale to update your wardrobe for late spring, summer, and beyond. I stuck with New Arrivals because there’s just too much merchandise to pour through, but don’t ignore the Clearance and Sale departments – you can get some AMAZING deals with this promotion! ...more

What I Wore: Weekend Style

Top: lamixx via Etsy | Jeans: c/o Jag | Shoes: Nine West | Bag: c/o Handbag Heaven | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Bracelets: Coin Collection (gift), c/o Lifetherapy, c/o LiveTheLook | Necklaces: Etsy (similar), personal charms on a chain I’ve been really digging off the shoulder tees and sweatshirts lately but the prices I’ve seen are crazy, or else they don’t come in large enough sizes. Etsy to the rescue! I searched off the shoulder and found this sweatshirt from lamixx ....more

Ask Allie: Machine Washable Business Casual Capsule Wardrobe

I’m 42 and just went back to working in an office after years being a SAHM and then a WAHM. The office is business casual and with three boys at home and a crazy schedule I’d like everything machine washable. I am petite and carry my weight in my hips and rear ....more

Smug

Smug. This is the word used most often by message boards, Facebook groups, and comments that criticize me. I look so smug standing there with my hand on my hip ....more

Recent Purchases: Spring Clothing Shopping

Been doing a bit of shopping lately, a bit more misses than hits: 1. Halogen Roll Sleeve Maxi Dress This dress looked like perfection for spring through fall. I imagined it with my vintage brown leather belt and heeled sandals for the office, with my silver Birkenstocks for the weekend ....more

What I Wore: Certainly Red

Dress: Triste c/o Gwynnie Bee | Bag: ‘Dana’ c/o Free Endearment | Shoes: Nine West | Bracelet: Nordstrom (similar) | Lipstick: Revlon ‘Certainly Red’ No matter how carefully I shop, sometimes I am just so sick of everything in my wardrobe. This especially happens at the end of a season when I’m craving different weather and with it different silhouettes. And at these times of the year I am even more glad to have a Gwynnie Bee membership ....more