- Vika Gazinskaya’s Spring 2012 Scribble Jewels.
- Flower Boy Ramyun Shop promo pics (not sure who the designer is–anybody know?).
- Vintage leather patchwork skirt (sold), from Lethilogica aka I’m Revolting.
- From the Moschino Cheap & Chic Pre-Fall 2012 collection.
- Hermes tie dress, photo by Gordon Parks.
- Mark Stevens-Ellis button bow shirt, first seen on Style Bubble.
- Big Bow Canvas tote bag, $24, from Soraam on Etsy.
- Milly Trompe l’Oeil Bow Sweater Dress (sold out), from ShopBop.
- Crewcuts sequin sweater (sold out), from J. Crew.
- Bonjour Bag by Jump From Paper.
Just a quick post, as I ease back into regular blogging. Sorry for the absence; will tell you all about my new job, and what’s been going on for the past 6 months in later posts! Sorry also for the mess as I continue combining & migrating my two Typepad blogs to WordPress. Will have a blog-based festivus when that finally wraps!
One big thing about a career shift, especially if you’re a freelancer, is finding budget-friendly dress-up options. Here are three simple black basics that can anchor your business wardrobe, whether you freelance or not:
- Slip On By flats, $59 (sale), by Kenneth Cole Reaction;
- Tignanello Perfect 10 French Tote, $72 (sale), at Amazon;
- Ella Fluid Crepe Pleat-Scoop Dress, $47.39 (sale), Talbots.
I’ve owned both the shoes & the bag. The ballet flats are wider than normal, and there was no breaking-in period. However, they did start slipping off my feet after about a year. They are also not as fitted/elegant as some other flats I’ve worn. But they’re one of the best leather flats for the price, and an excellent option for wider feet.
As for the bag, I’m using it now. It’s the perfect size if you’re petite; I’m 5’4″, and most handbags, even so-called “normal” ones, are far too big and make me look silly. The open mouth design of this one, though, means you can fit quite a lot inside, despite the small size. The bag’s quality (lining, leather, etc.) is good, although it does sag when you put it down, and the metal finishings are too shiny. That said, I bought mine on Amazon for $67, and it’s been worth every penny.
Hi everyone! Hope 2012 is treating you well (or at least better than 2011, my goodness). Here are some things I'm liking right now, and think you might too:
- First, I broke down & bought the Old Navy polka dot sweater that's been featured all over blogs & Pinterest. I haven't received it yet, but I'll post a mini-review when it arrives. So cute.
UPDATE: I returned the sweater. It's cute in person, and good quality for Old Navy, but the print makes you look significantly wider/bigger up top. I'm short & curvy, so this just wasn't the best look for me. Two bloggers who make it look good, though: Mix & Match Fashion & Petite Little Girl.
- Second, I recently discovered moka pot coffee, aka "espresso for poor people." Of course, it's not real espresso, but it's still intense and good. I'm using a Bialetti 3-cup moka pot & LavAzza Qualità Oro ground coffee.
- Finally, I'm currently setting up self-hosted WordPress sites for several clients. In doing so, I've realized that I'm ready to transfer my blogs to WordPress. Typepad has been great all these years, but I need something more customizable & functional. I want jQuery slideshows and responsive site design like everybody else!
Switching services isn't the easiest process, though, and most of my blogging energy & time over the next two months will be spent on behind-the-scenes stuff. I will post once a week on each blog, and hope to finish migrating both blogs by mid-March. Also, I will be cleaning up old content as I go, probably deleting or at least combining many of the pre-2009 postings. So much of that content was shopping-related, and has little to no value now (dead links, unavailable products, etc.).
What are you guys currently enjoying?