Monday, February 28, 2011

Rain Days and Mondays

Fresh new week and it is looking good so far!


CHARMING CHARLIE - belt, CACHE - skirt & TAHARI - shoes 

UNITED COLORS OF BENETTON - long sleeved t-shirt 

Friday, February 25, 2011

Survived the Week

My company is moving in two weeks and as the office manager it is my responsibility to assist with the organization of the move. For the next two weeks I will be dressing comfortably and yet with a professional twist.


Trifted Scarf  and OLD NAVY - wool coat


CHARMING CHARLIE - necklace

H&M - shirt

I love these tailored H&M button up shirts. I have it three different colors. The buttons start at the breast bone so it doesn't lay funny at all. And, for $19.99/each... Just can't beat the price.


TOMMY HILFIGER - jeans

OLD NAVY - leather belt and DOTS - boots

 Happy Friday!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

My Wish List Continues to Grow

I have been seeing the canvas heels a lot lately and I really like them. I do believe they will be perfect for the upcoming season.

I would wear them with full skirts, walking shorts and blazer or even jeans.


  
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NINE WEST - Tuck $129.00


Jamestown canvas peep-toe ankle boots
 JCREW - Jamestown canvas
peep-toe ankle boots - $325.00
 

 

Now these one’s I can see with a long skirt or shorts and a t-shirt.

Franco Sarto Winkie Wedge Sandal

DSW’s Franco Sarto Winkie Wedge Sandal $59.95

  

Now these ones are my favorite...

 
GAYLE

BAKER'S - Gayle $80.00

I will be stalking these babies until they go on sale. Do you have a pair that you are stalking?

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Looking all Proper

Today's outfit was inspired by the wonderful brown, pink and greys of this scarf. 

Not sure where I got this scarf from

 
This is the first time I wore this coat this season.
 
The coat has a lovely burnt floral pattern





















H&M - cardigan


BANANA REPUBLIC - skirt and CHARMING CHARLIE - belt

H&M - long sleeve t-shirt

BANANA REPUBLIC - full length zipper wool skirt


TAHARI - shoes

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

I'll Wear the Bottoms!

While rummaging through my guy’s dresser drawers I came across a pair of his pajama bottoms. I love the stripes and colors… I thought why not give them a bit of styling.

My guy's pajama bottoms

CHARMING CHARLIES - belt

BANANA REPUBLIC - blouse

KENNETH COLE REACTION - shoes (These shoes seem to go with everything)

BETSY JOHNSON - anorak

The hood is detachable


My favorite sunnies


Monday, February 21, 2011

Last Call

I love each season, but towards the end of each I’m ready to move onto the next. I’m ready to shed my winter coat and if I don’t wear another pair of tall boots again I would be ok with that… Well at least until autumn, when I will be inpatient to pull them back out of my closet along with the wool coat and thick sweaters.

The weather has been so unpredictable. One day in the high 60’s and another they are predicting snow. This morning I wore sandals and a light jacket to work but by night fall I had to put the boots and warmer wool jacket on for our trip to the mall.  

OLD NAVY - wool jacket & H&M - skirt

TIGNANELLO - purse


THRIFTED - scarf


OLD NAVY - long sleeved t-shirt

It seems like I am constantly in the perpetual state of looking for a new hairstyle. My hair is at that stage where I'm ready to chop it off. Sigh!


BASS - leather boots

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sometimes Inspiration Strikes Out of Nowhere

I have been noticing sweatpants dressed up for a couple of years now and thought that I would give it a try. My guy has a couple of pairs and I decided to go with his light grey ones.

BANANA REPUBLIC - sweater, OLD NAVY - belt


LIMITED - blouse, and H&M - sweater
 
CHARLOTTE RUSSE - sequin tank and LIMITED STUDIO 400 - jacket
 

With the pant legs pushed up

I'm not sure if I will wear any of these outfits... However, I do think I will be playing with more options in the future. 

Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Look Better Naked 2-Day Cleanse

I have been trying to kick my workout up a notch. Like most women there are bits and pieces that I think can use a little work. I have gotten inspiration from "bodyrock.tv" and began doing High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) using bodyrock.tv, Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred, Jackie Warner’s Power Circuit Training, Shape: Get Lean in 4 Weeks, Shape: Bikini Body and I recently added Look Better Naked! 6 Weeks to Your Leanest, Hottest Body – Ever.

While doing research regarding the Look Better Naked various mediums of self-help I found their “Look Better Naked 2-Day Cleanse”.  According to their website “This cleanse is a simple meal plan that will hit your body’s reset button.” The detailed "Cleanse" can be found at Woman's Health Magazine Look Better Naked 2-Day Cleanse Menu

My guy agreed to give the “Cleanse” a try this weekend, so with supplies in the refrigerator (various greens and berries) we were ready to start this morning (Saturday). We didn’t exactly get off to a stellar start. Out of habit I brewed a pot of coffee and consumed half a large cup of it before remembering the “Cleanse”.

The Look Better Naked 2-Day Cleanse Menu

Breakfast: Light Shake
  • Blend 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 cup berries (we used strawberries for one and raspberry for another)
  • 1 tsp peanut butter
  • 1 cup of ice until frothy
  • Add a dash of cocoa powder
Our Take: This recipe makes two 12 oz glasses. So we decided to make one recipe of strawberry and one of raspberry… that way we would get one of each kind. The strawberry shake wasn’t bad however we both preferred the raspberry. Each has a strong taste of peanut butter in the froth which I didn’t find unpleasant at all. My guy agreed that the two shakes were filling.

Day 1 Breakfast - Strawberry and Raspberry Light Shakes

Snack: Sliced Cucumbers
  • 1 cup sliced cucumbers
  • 1 cup green tea

Bonus: Add a little vinegar and fresh dill to cucumber and marinate for an hour.

Our Take: I marinated the cucumbers in vinegar (1/3), Canola oil (2/3) and couple of pinches of spices/herbs (dill, mustard, lemon, onion, parsley, garlic). It gave the cucumbers a wonderful tangy taste and went well with the green tea. My guy and I both liked this very much and will make it again. 

Day 1 Snack - Sliced Cucumbers w/Vinaigrette and Green Tea

Lunch:
  • Steamed or raw greens (romaine, spinach, mesclun mix, bok choy, arugula, watercress, frisee, endive, etc.)
  • 4 oz lean protein (white meat chicken, firm tofu, lean beef, fish)
  • 2 tsp oil (olive, sunflower, or walnut)

Bonus: Be creative with your 2 teaspoons of oil, at both lunch and dinner. Whisk a teaspoon of vinegar and some herbs for vinaigrette. Or sauté bite-size pieces of white-meat chicken, lean beef, tofu, or fish. Or mix it with a flavor-booster spice mix to rub on lean protein prior to grill. Mix-match your greens! You can get a lot of no-cal flavor simply by adding arugula or watercress, both of which have a peppery kick.

Our Take: We selected grilled chicken and mixed salad for our lunch. The salad was a mix of fresh spinach, endives, bok choy, celery, and cucumbers. We drizzled some left-over vinaigrette from our snack onto the mixed salad.

It was very good yet my guy was still hungry so he ate a couple of strawberries for dessert.


Day 1 Lunch - Grilled Chicken and Mixed Greens

Dinner:
Dinner is the same options as lunch. We selected steak for our protein and for the veggies we had the mixed raw greens as we had for lunch and steamed broccoli and asparagus spears.

Bonus: Dip the asparagus into nonfat yogurt swirled with Dijon mustard to taste.

Our Take: The asparagus is actually the afternoon snack but we were running errands and missed the snack. So I prepared it as part of my dinner – my guy doesn’t like asparagus so he ate the broccoli. I was still hungry so I steamed some cauliflower. I know it’s not part of the “greens” family but I still wanted a little more food and that is something we had. The meal was tasty however I missed my cheese and Shiraz.


This was my Day 1 Dinner
  
This was my guy's Day 1 Dinner
















Final Take of Day 1: According to “The Look Better Naked” homepage on their website, “You'll feel healthy, drop some water weight and we promise, you won't feel deprived or hungry!” I not sure I would agree with that… I was definitely ready for the next meal when it was time.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Hey, Soul Sister

This morning on my way into work I heard an old song that I love… Train – Hey, Soul Sister. That song always gets me moving and puts a smile on my face.

GAP - blouse


TOMMY HILFIGER - jeans

CHARMING CHARLIE - necklace

OLD NAVY - belt & KENNETH COLE REACTION - shoes



H&M - cardigan

I love my Gap blouse - the way the sheer material falls.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Dixie Bones

Today it actually got into the high 60's. Spring is just around the corner...


BANANA REPUBLIC - top & Skirt, TAHARI - shoes