Tuesday, November 30, 2010

What I Read This Month

Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding, 1996

Sharp, witty and funny. A single 30-something woman living in central London navigates a year of relationship setbacks, career changes and family drama, buoyed by a group of friends who are only a phone call away.

Mrs. O: The Face of Fashion Democracy by Mary Tomer, 2009

I was prompted to pick this up after reading Barbara's book review on You Look Fab. It follow the stylish journey of Michelle Obama from the announcement of her husband's bid for the presidency through her first year in the White House. The pictures were gorgeous, as were the clothes. The writing was dull and superfluous; buy it for the pictures only.

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende, 1982

Very well written fascinating story following 4 generations of the del Valle and Trueba family. The story tells of both the personal and political upheavals of the family and the world in which they live. The novel never specifies in what country it is set, but the political story of the novel mirrors the occurences in Chile from the 1930's through the early 1970's and the military coup that resulted in the death of Salvador Allende, the uncle of author Isabel Allende.

Windfall by Penny Vincenzi, 1997

This book was free from a former neighbor who was clearing out her bookshelves. Set in the 1930's, it follows the life of a female doctor who gave up her profession to marry a doctor, raise their children and support her husband in his practice. When she unexpectedly inherits a fortune, she begins developing a more independent life. A good enough story, but seemed very modern for being set in the 1930's. The novel kept tabs on Edward VIII's affair with Wallis Simpson and his eventual abdication, while the character compared her struggles between professional and personal life to the difficulties of the monarch. I enjoyed the story enough, but I'm not sure if I'll read the other Vincenzi novel I received.

Pretty in Plaid by Jen Lancaster, 2009

This is Chicago-based Jen Lancaster's fourth memoir, and it's just as funny as the first three. Pretty in Plaid focuses on her childhood and college years, up through her first job and transition from the insurance industry to a dot-com. It ends about where Bitter is the New Black begins.

Monday, November 29, 2010


This dress belonged to my mother. It has a matching grey coat with the houndtooth print on the collar. She found it when cleaning out some coats a few months ago, and gave it to me when I was visiting Pennsylvania in October.

Friday, November 12, 2010


Tie-neck Blouse: Lapis
Grey Houndstooth Dress: vintage from my mother
Purple Tights: ??
Beads: Macy's
Earrings: mine from the 1990's
Shoes: Ann Taylor LOFT (thrifted)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Pixie Cut

A few of the ladies who inspired my recent haircut:

Emma Watson:

Michelle Williams:

Selma Blair:


Mia Farrow:

Kelly from The Glamourai (I took pictures of Kelly's hair with me to show to the stylist when I got my hair cut):

Clare from Between Laundry Days:

Erin from Calivintage:

and lest you forget what my hair looks like, here's me after my recent cut:

Saturday, November 27, 2010

The Ballerina Project

I recently discovered The Ballerina Project, a collection of beautiful dance photographs against the backdrop of stunning cityscapes. According the The Ballerina Project's Facebook page, "The Ballerina Project grew from the idea of New York City as a magnet for creativity; each photograph is a collaborative work of dance, fashion design and photography played out against the city's landscape."

Look at the 400+ photos and buy select prints at The Ballerina Project's pages on:

Check out a sampling of the photos:

All photos from The Ballerina Project's Tumblr or Facebook page.

Thursday, November 18, 2010


Bookend kitties! My cats often sit near each other in identical or mirror image poses. They're so cute!

Amaretto on the left, Drusilla on the right

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Black and White and Grey

Thursday, November 4, 2010


Sweater: American Eagle
Black Button-down Shirt: Express
White Skirt: from a little shop in Vancouver
Beads: Anne Klein
Earrings: mine from the 1990's
Black Tights: H&M
Shoes: Ann Taylor LOFT (thrifted)

Monday, November 15, 2010

What I Was Wearing Last November

Some of my favorites from this time last year...

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Pink and Black

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Dress: (thrifted)
White Cami: Wet Seal
Black Cardigan: Moda International (thrifted)
Black Tights: H&M
Shoes: Ann Taylor LOFT (thrifted)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Green and Brown

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


Green Button-down Shirt: Express
Lace-trimmed Cami: Express
Bead Necklace: handmade by my grandmother
Cross 2-finger Ring: Forever XXI
Pants: Mossimo (thrifted)
Brown Trouser Socks: ??
Shoes: Etienne Aigner (thrifted)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Red Polka Dots

Monday, November 1, 2010

rehearsal, errands, book club

Polka Dot Shirt: ?? (thrifted)
Vest: H&M
Jeans: Forever XXI (thrifted)
Boots: Nine West
Earrings: World Market

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Red Leather

We needed CHOCOLATE to give to trick-or-treaters for Halloween! So I took a quick run to the grocery store to stock up on Hershey's, Reese's Cups, and Snickers.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

grocery shopping

Leather Jacket: ?? (thrifted from a flea market)
Grey Cable Sweater: American Eagle
Shorts: Gap (thrifted, cropped by me)
Black Sheer Tights: ??
Black Socks: H&M
Black Boots: Nine West (altered by me)
Earrings: World Market