What: Gown ($69.99 Zac Posen for Target), velvet blazer (Banana Republic), shoes ($10 Steve Madden outlet store), clutch (Forever 21)
Yep, that’s right folks: My husband and I went to prom this weekend.
AND WE HAD SO MUCH FUN!
My hubby teaches high school here in the city, so we both went to chaperone and to support his senior advisees on their big night. I wasn’t sure what to expect since it’s been 10 years since my senior prom, but I will say that my husband made a much better prom date than the one I had in high school.
I also am very happy with yet another purchase from Zac Posen’s Target collection. At first, I was going to return this dress because I couldn’t figure out where I’d wear an actual evening gown… with a train! But I just couldn’t bring myself to do it because the dress was so freakin’ amazing. It turned out to be a good idea that I held off.
The “photo shoot” for this post was the most fun I’ve had since I started Closet Confections. It was really windy on Friday, so my train and hair were blowing in the wind and really helped pump up the glam factor.
To celebrate the fact that I’m way less self-conscious now than I was in high school, I decided to go with BOLD accessories. Big red earrings. Bright red over-sized clutch. Purple 5-inch platform heels.
All in all, we had a great evening. Now I can’t wait for homecoming next fall!
In addition to catching some much-needed Z’s and eating massive amounts of BBQ, I’ll be attending the Score! Pop-Up Swap at the Brooklyn Yard. Yeah, I know I still have 3 more days to go until my shopping hiatus is over. But as we (I) decided in my previous post, this doesn’t count since it’s technically not shopping and more like an exchange. At least that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it!
I have my bag of swap-bait all packed up and ready to go. So, hopefully I can score some juicy finds tomorrow. Wish me luck!
What: Vintage 80s secretary dress ($20 eBay), black patent leather belt (Calvin Klein via Filene’s Basement), bronze peep-toe sandals ($15 Nine West store closing sale)
This dress was a result of my Murder, She Wrote Netflix marathon finally catching up with me. Seeing all of that 80s fashion day-after-day caused me to go on an eBay treasure hunt for secretary dresses and pussy-bow blouses a while back, and I got more than my share.
It came hemmed a little shorter than I was expecting. So to make the dress more work appropriate, I wore it with black tights, black patent pumps and a blazer during the day (sorry I didn’t get pics!). After hours, I slipped off my hose and jacket, exchanged the pumps for cute sandals, and off I went.
Voila! An easy work to after hours transformation.
What: Embellished Tee (J. Crew), khaki skirt (Banana Republic), belt (H&M), shoes (Nicole Miller via Filene’s Basement)
Fridays are fairly laid back in my office, and I didn’t feel like putting on anything too fancy today. You’ll probably never catch me wearing an actual pair of khakis, so this is my take on the classic American look.
I’m a little obsessed with J. Crew’s embellished tees, so I try and collect them whenever they go on sale. This skirt is also a favorite, but I rarely wear it because it’s such a pain to iron those darn pleats.
All in all, tonight was a great wrap-up to an exhausting week. This was my 3rd Cirque du Soleil performance (thank goodness I narrowly escaped having to sit through Zumanity two years back). While the show was definitely fun, the production quality didn’t live up to what I was expecting. It just didn’t have "ooh-and-ahh" factor I usually associate with Cirque. Luckily, the tickets were free, so I was a happy camper.
*The evening’s activities also included a naughty side-excursion that involved hotdogs and cupcakes with way too much frosting, don’t ask.
Even though the weather’s been up and down, I’ve drawn a line in the sand and officially made the wardrobe switch (leaving out a few cardigans and light jackets, just in case).
It felt so good to see my cute sandals, springy tops, and especially my beloved halter dresses again. I can feel the sun on my shoulders already.
I love weather dressing because it’s so easy—just slip on a dress, grab a cute pair of sandals, put on some sexy shades and GO!
If you’re like me and pressed for space (tiny apartment in the city), you’ve probably come up with some pretty unique solutions for storing extra clothing. Over the years, I’ve become a pro at cramming lots of stuff into small spaces (without it looking messy, cuz I HATE clutter). So stay tuned for my video tutorial on how I organize my closet, and some super-sleuthy techniques I use to store my shoes.
Originally I had the day all planned out. I was going to wake up, make some breakfast (pancakes and bacon, YUM!), head to the Hester Street Fair, and later on use my free tickets for the Beast Speedboat Thrill Ride.
Unfortunately, I didn’t wake up until noon (nixing breakfast), and the weather was extremely crappy (ruling out the street fair and most certainly a boat ride).
Instead, I finally dragged myself out of the house at 2pm and headed out to Brooklyn for the second time this weekend to return this truly awful skirt I purchased from Target a while back (not sure what I was thinking) and to chow down on some truly delicious BBQ from The Smoke Joint. If you’re ever in the neighborhood, you should definitely check it out and try the Black Angus hotdog topped with pulled pork. YUM-O!
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Check me out on What I Wore (that’s me in the 2nd picture on the top row)! I had such a good time on Breton Stripes Day, that I decided to participate in this challenge as well. This time around was a little tough for me as I quickly realized that I don’t have many “edgy” pieces in my wardrobe.
I guess I’ll just have to fix that once my shopping hiatus is over. ONLY 7 MORE DAYS TO GO! WOO HOO!
Kudos to all of the ladies for doing such a great job (and giving me some great ideas). And big shout-out to Jessica for organizing yet another fun style challenge!
WhatIWore: This week’s style challenge involved pairing up something girlie and sweet with something rougher and edgier. So many ideas (things I never ever thought of before!) Well done ladies!
Because I live on the riverfront, I sometimes like to dress the part. I was trying to hold off on wearing this outfit until Fleet Week, but I just couldn’t help myself. I think the nautical print on this dress is adorable, and I really like how the navy sweater and bright red sandals just brought the whole look together.
Sidebar, I had a great time hanging out in Brooklyn this weekend where I saw The Lost World at Brooklyn Academy of Music. This was my first time watching a silent movie accompanied by a live orchestra, and I must say that it was pretty cool. The musicians of Alloy Orchestra did a fantastic job, and a few times I missed the words on the screen because I was so engrossed in how they were making all of the crazy sound effects.
What: Tee ($15 Gap), skirt ($20 Express), shoes (Navid O. Nadia via Shoesgasm), handbag ($99 Cole Haan via RueLaLa)
So, I really felt like being girly today.
Wait… what am I saying? I feel like being girly just about everyday. Even when I’m sick with the flu, I like to lounge around the house in my favorite velvet robe with ruffles at the bottom. And most of my gym clothes are pink, including my sneakers.
Anyway, today’s outfit was all about feminine embellishments. A grey t-shirt with a black pencil skirt and grey flats doesn’t sound super exciting. But add a dramatic ruffle here, a flirty bow there, and you’ve got yourself one sweet outfit.
Ever since I saw these gorgeous wedge sandals on WhatIWore this morning, I’ve been dying to grab a pair for myself. If you’ve been keeping up with my posts, you’ll know that I have a soft spot (and plenty of room in my closet) for wedge sandals.
Unfortunately, I’m still on shopping hiatus. Which means that I will NOT be popping over to the Gap after work to scoop up a pair. Instead, I will wait until June 1st and keep my fingers crossed that they don’t run out of my size.
What: Dress ($50 Walter via Century21), peep-toe booties ($45 Vince Camuto via Loehmann’s)
Oh beautiful dress… How do I love thee, let me count the ways:
1. With an original price of $268, you were more than 80% off 2. You were created by the beloved Walter Baker, one of my favorite designers 3. You’re made of 100% silk and feel so lovely against my skin 4. You have hidden pockets, which I adore
5. You make me feel oh so chic whenever I wear you with my peep-toe booties. And to think, I thought I couldn’t pull them off at first. That was until I found you.
What: Dress ($40 Zac Posen for Target), belt (H&M), ankle boots ($40 Vince Camuto via Century21)
Ever since I braved the Zac Posen for Target Party I couldn’t wait to unleash this dress. I usually consider myself more of a lioness, but I thought this pink tiger print was way too cute to pass up. I originally styled it with the belt that came with it (in the same print) and a pair of black patent pumps. But then I decided to edge it up a bit with black ankle boots and black belt. And boy did my feet thank me later after we walked 4 avenues to get to the theater!
The play we saw, Killing Women, was a comedy about female assasins trying to climb the “corporate” ladder and the perils they face. Some of the acting was a bit off (but got better in the second act), but overall I thought it was pretty hilarious. I’d recommend checking it out, especially if you can score discount tix.
Now usually that would mean a new dress or a pair of shoes to reward myself for making it through another two weeks on the job. Unfortunately, my self-imposed 1- month shopping hiatus has put the kibosh! on that plan.
Man, this is tougher than I thought it was going to be!
In order to curb my shopping appetite, I’ve been staying away from sites like RueLaLa, HauteLook, Gilt Groupe, and of course… eBay! I’ve also restricted my window-shopping to the ridiculously expensive like Bottega Veneta, Prada, Chanel, etc. The only trouble with that approach is that it’s kinda hard to get excited over a Forever21 sundress or a pair of shades from H&M once you’ve been exposed to the real deal. Know what I’m sayin’?
In any case, if I were shopping, and if I did have a whole lotta cash to burn… I would totally get this outfit:
Today’s outfit started off pretty basic: black skirt, grey sweater, black trench. But somehow, I just couldn’t leave the house without giving it a little more oomph. Enter kooky tights and an adorable necklace, and Voila!, I was ready to take on the world!
As much as I love these tights, I think it’s time to retire them. I bought them almost two years ago after I fell in love with the look from Chanel:
I lusted over these for a few weeks but common sense just wouldn’t let me spend over $200 for a pair of tights. I certainly got my money’s worth out of these Urban Outfitter versions that were quite a steal at 2 for $20.
“…great personal style is made up of a certain percentage of “always” items and methods, mixed with a certain percentage of “sometimes” fashions, and a certain percentage of “nevers”.”—The Sartorialist Wednesday, May 13, 2009
What: Dress (Banana Republic), trench (H&M), shoes (Michael Kors), scarf (street vendor in Times Square)
I love so many things about this outfit, I’m not sure where to begin…
I was sort of on the fence about buying these shoes last year (couldn’t really justify the need for orange shoes), but I’m sooooo glad I did. They just make me feel happy whenever I wear them. And besides, I got them on clearance at Loehmann’s for like thirty bucks.
This scarf has huge sentimental value. I purchased it the day after my husband and I got married. It was unexpectedly windy, so I purchased it as we were leaving our hotel for brunch. He calls it my “honeymoon scarf” and smiles every time I wear it. We also have a “honeymoon umbrella” that I’m banned from ever using because I have terrible luck with those things (they either wind up lost or broken).
The dress is also one of my favorites. The color is great, the cut is super-flattering (you really can’t go wrong with a wrap dress) and the fabric is substantial and cozy. I didn’t get to wear it much when I first bought it because another girl in my office already had the same one. Luckily, we’ve both moved on to other gigs. So now I can wear it as much as I want without fear of an episode of “Who Wore It Best: Office Edition!”
So, it happened again… A major shopping outlet opens up in the city, and I had no clue about it. I need to re-examine my Google Alerts!
At least I was only 3 days late to the party this time…
Folks, if you haven’t had the chance to checkout the new Limelight Marketplace in Chelsea, do so IMMEDIATELY wait a few weeks until the novelty has worn off and the place isn’t so crowded!
Actually, I’m not sure if that’s ever going to happen since they’re also slated to open up a Grimaldi’s Pizzeria—a restaurant who’s DUMBO location is notorious for having lines wrapped around the corner.
The 3-story market is housed inside of a historic 163-year-old church on 6th Avenue and 20th street and features more than 60 shops and vendors, including: MarieBelle (tasty hot chocolate), Hunter Boots (chic rainboots), Havaianas (trendy flip-flops), Soapology (refreshing skincare), and many others.
One store that I completely fell in love with was Brocade Home. They showcase really beautiful and extremely feminine home furnishings. If I were still single, I’d totally deck out my boudoir to look something like this:
Overall, I give the new Limelight a thumbs up. However, the marketplace does have a darker side which can be explored in a blog rant over at The Village Voice. I agree with a few of the article’s points (lack of seating, overpricing, overcrowding, etc.), but I think the author was way too harsh. But then again, I am originally from the midwest… Perhaps there’s a small part of me that misses being a high school mall rat and the experience of shopping at dozens of stores without going outside.
What: Dress & necklace (Forever21), navy blue cardigan ($15 Gap clearance sale), boots (Steve Madden), belt (my mom’s from the 80s), handbag (DKNY via Loehmann’s)
Today, we decided to do the tourist thing and spend the afternoon in Times Square. I usually avoid this area like the plague, but we actually had a lot of fun. I was able to score free tickets to Ripley’s, and I must say that place is freakin’ awesome! Robert Ripley collected some seriously weird stuff in his travels (shrunken heads, necklaces made out of mourning widow’s fingertips, and the skeleton of a two-headed lamb) and I ate up every minute of it. I also ate up every last bit of candy in that bag I’m holding in the first pic (courtesy of Ripley’s candy store).
Afterwards, we saw a great play at the 2econd Stage Theater. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, but it wound up being a really great performance. It was unlike anything I’d ever seen on stage before (in a good way).
Overall, hubby and I had a blast. However, I do have one unfortunate event to report…
We had a good hour to kill before the play started and decided to head to the waterfront for a short walk. When we were about a block away, we got caught in a really bad wind tunnel. The glasses I’m wearing in some of my photos got knocked right off my face and skittered halfway down the street. I retrieved them, but now they’re all scratched and dinged up! Phooey! Oh well, at least it wasn’t my Dolce’s…
What: Dress ($35 H&M), black velvet blazer ($50 Banana Republic on sale), zebra print scarf ($10 street vendor), tights (Wolford), shoes (Via Spiga via Filene’s Basement)
This dress was a recent (pre-shopping hiatus) purchase, and I thought it would be perfect for a night at the ballet. The pale pink color and soft flowy material made me want to do an arabesque… if only I didn’t have two left feet. Actually, my dancing’s not that bad, and I can do a pretty sweet moonwalk.
I originally planned to wear this dress with a thin gold belt and strappy sandals, but I changed my mind because the weather looked a little dreary when I woke up that morning. I think pairing it with the black blazer and tights helped make the dress more work appropriate and also provided a nice contrast. I threw in the zebra print scarf at the last minute for good measure.
My husband and I were feeling very cultured that evening as we headed out to the Ajkun Ballet to see Legacy, Exploring the Odyssey of Albania. Such a great performance! After the show, we were able to meet the dancers and choreographer while we sampled Albanian cuisine.
Where: "Window"-shopping on 5th Avenue + Japanese BBQ
What: Dress ($20 H&M), wedge sandals ($30 Cynthia Vincent for Target)
This weekend got off to a GORGEOUS start with a high of 81 degrees. Very exciting! It actually felt a little cooler than that since it was so breezy outside. And the flutter sleeves on this dress made me feel like a little butterfly.
There was one major sour note about this outfit. The dress is totally see-through, so I had to wear a full-body slip… there was just no way around it. This would have been ok, except the back was a little low and my slip kept showing. Of course, I didn’t realize this until after I left the house.
Oh well, a quick trip to the Ladies Lounge in Sak’s and two safety pins later, all was right with the world. Which reminds me to share with you, I am almost NEVER without safety pins and/or garment tape. I keep them in my closet, the bathroom medicine cabinet, my desk drawer at work, my gym bag, my purse, you name it. They are truly life-savers and must-haves in any fashionistas wardrobe arsenal.
Just learned something really interesting the other day…
As the global recession continues to rear its ugly head, many Japanese are catching what’s known as Sugomori Syndrome. Translated at “nesting”, the sugomori lifestyle revolves around staying at home rather than going out and spending money. On a typical Friday night, practitioners forgo a night on the town in favor of ordering in and watching a DVD or reading a book.
The situation presents an interesting fashion challenge… what to wear?
I mean, it doesn’t make sense to get all decked out in street duds for a night a home, right? Yet, you don’t want to feel (or look) like a total slob by wearing PJs all day. No need to fret, the answer is Room Wear: ”Featuring the comfort and functionality of underwear as well as the sophisticated design of sportswear, this new fashion hybrid is gaining in popularity, especially among female customers in their 20s and 30s.” [Chopsticks NY]
Below are a few examples of the trend:
I dunno, they look pretty much like pajamas to me, albeit very cute ones. What do you think?