2009, a look back

I had a few homemade photo ops this year, but I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of my (good & bad) outfits from this past year. 

This was from last winter, and it was the winter I used this Dooney & Bourke almost nonstop. Black Annalisa leather, I thought it sounded like my name. Here’s a black kitty sweater with Levis, that are too loose. Tighter would be more flattering. And (dusty!) black Michael Kors suede booties. (Our dog is such a camera hog, ain’t he? Getting in my shot, sheesh).

This spring, I fell in love with Hermes’ Birkin bags. But I don’t have $10K to spend on a bag (yet). So this cute inspired (Never Counterfeit!) Birkin became mine and here I am taking it out for errands. Levis are too loose again. Can’t see them, but I thought my Vans shoes with Chinese dragons were the bomb. The dog chewed them shortly after this pic was taken. This New York and Co. olive blazer is another go-to item of mine, especially with the boyfriend look so prevalent this year.

My first Chanel! A vintage double flap in black patent, which I save for special occasions. This no-name leopard dress is a favorite, I wore it a lot this spring and summer for dinners out. The leopard shoes are cheapies, but I love how the black patent detail on the toe sets off the Chanel’s black patent. Usually I’d shy from matching a leopard dress with leopard shoes, but something about the color change makes it work, in my mind. Love Thy Flap!

Never wore this outfit, actually; the dress is too tight, but maybe next summer I’ll feel differently. Those Chanel inspired shoes get me so many compliments, and I love my white Jimmy Choo which I used a lot this summer. Let’s not forget the cutest “accessory” of them all, my youngest.

Got this killer Marc Jacobs Softy Tote last summer too, and here I am on the day it arrived. It’s rarely taken out though because it weighs over 5 pounds when filled! I carry the baby, I don’t need to carry my handbag-baby too. I threw the olive blazer (mentioned previously) on for the picture. Too hot to wear it out that day. But it dresses up a camisole and jean shorts real fast and easy. White Candies wedges… another victim of the dog’s teeth. I rarely leave shoes out, but if I forget even once? Forget it.

My anniversary gift! The vintage Chanel tote in black lambskin. I’ve not yet worn it out of the house, I’m petrified of using it while out with the kids. I know this phase will pass once the toddler becomes a boy, but for now? It’s an art piece. The Banana Republic top, which I thought was Missoni-esque, became an instant favorite for the fall, and I loved it with this Charter Club skirt I had from last year. Paisley skirt and strong patterned top? Sometimes fashion risks pay off and actually work!

Loved this outfit so much that when my birthday present arrived, an orange Birkin inspired leather bag from my favorite Italian bag maker, I used it to show off the orange colors of the clothes with the POP of a bag. This bag I used for over a month straight this fall; typically I change bags nearly daily. I’m allowing my face to stay in this pic, even without makeup, to show off the new Chanel frames I got this fall as well. I live in these glasses. Love love love!

People think you can’t wear orange without wearing orange colored clothing, but here I am in gray, navy and black palette clothing, and the orange bag pops the somewhat drab colored outfit. New York and Co. paisley skirt, Alfani blazer, and cheapie gray, suede midcalf boots. The only color palette I couldn’t rock orange with were pastels.

 Alright, it was my birthday and my face underwent makeup therapy, so here’s a full shot of me and my birthday DVF dress, with an Oscar de la Renta black blazer over it, before leaving for the theatre and dinner with hubby that night. A rare occassion, to be kid-free! I celebrate by wearing some high heels, and bring out the beloved Chanel flap. The cheapie heels have red soles, but they’re not those red soles. Also, I did my hair in a French twist, with a spill of curls from the top. Easy and pretty! 

 The dress is a gorgeous and slinky jersey knit that just hugs the body and feels so comfortable. The assymetrical shoulder was another big trend this year, but for me? I was all over the animal print and the DVF style. On trend or not, I’ll wear it for years to come. The jewelry was a set of pretty topaz stones, and matching earrings.

Here’s an October day and I’m goofing around for my Bravo girls, showing off my new Rachel Zoe oversized sunglasses. Christian Dior houndstooth blazer, Tommy Hilfiger jeans (back in my pre-pregnancy jeans! ones that fit!), Colin Stuart black suede booties. I’m seriously working it, with kid leather gloves, blingy bracelets and the fox fur scarf my best friend gifted me. I went to breakfast and then out to buy tires that day, but damn. Didn’t I shut the tire place down?

And that’s it for 2009! More blog posts in 2010, and until then… stay beautiful, you gorgeous people!

Published in: on December 18, 2009 at 12:12 pm  Comments (2)  

My best fashion steals of the year

After saving and waiting, I’ve been doing my Christmas shopping early… for me!  Landed this $445 Jean Paul Gaultier skirt, new with tags, for under $50! I can’t wait to unravel the print and hold it in my hands. I love how the paisley pattern dissolves into the bold waves and back again. Pair it in summer with solid color camisoles and black mules, in winter with a turtleneck in a complimentary color, and throw a black blazer on over it all for warmth. Black boots, white purse for a pop (or red!). Voila!

 I couldn’t stop thinking about these Roberto Cavalli jeans, love at first sight. $365 retail, new with tags, but not for me. Another under $50 masterpiece.

 I once had a dream I had beautiful Art Nouveau tattoos all over my legs, and when I awoke I was actually saddened to discover it wasn’t true. I love the peacock tail, I cannot even begin to imagine all the colors and looks these jeans can help create. They’re wearable art. Extravagently Cavalli. 

 I’ll start by wearing them with my lime green, Kelly inspired handbag.

 And these I couldn’t resist… John Galliano “Soldat” (solider) style jeans, not new and not exactly vintage either, but only 99 cents!!! Winter, summer… dress them up with heels or booties to show off the asymmetrical hem which is shorter in front than back, or tuck them into my knee-length black boots during winter. I wore them for Thanksgiving dinner with our relatives.

And, the piece de resistance… because I actually don’t have a little black dress in my wardrobe. Until now!

 Zac Posen with just a hint of stretch, retail $1500. Mine for under $100. That’s nearly 95% off! I did the happy dance after this auction ended. I have no idea where to wear this incredible dress, but when the occassion arises I will be ecstatic.

 Check out the fabric’s cross grain effect beneath the hips, which breaks up the expanse of blackness. The dress makes a perfect canvas for a statement necklace, and the strap is removable for even more glamour.

Not that I have any red carpet moments coming up… but listen up, Universe! I’m prepared! Besides, all the world’s a stage, and why not make an excuse for a night out with the hubby (without the kids in tow for a change)?

I know it’s only the 1st, but Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good buy!

Published in: on December 1, 2009 at 12:08 pm  Comments (1)