Friday, July 31, 2009
I have had a couple good finds at Target lately that I wanted to share. The first is activewear - which is great as activewear...but also works well as casual wear. I could not find this item online, unfortunately, so you'll just have to rely on the pic at right. It's a tank with a shelf bra attached. And since it's "activewear", it's a pretty decently supportive shelf bra - not the dinky thin lining some camis & tanks have. I got it in gray and a light blue. I think it also came in a pink and maybe white.
Obviously, this is great for walking/jogging with Lucy. And it's fantastic for lounging around. But also with jeans, shorts, skirts; under a sweater, sweatshirt, cardi...you get the idea. Instant outfit examples from my closet to get started - (1) with white jeans and spring daisy Jackie cardi, (2) with regular jeans and black jacket, (3) with khaki cafe capris and white ATL cardi, (4) with new ATL tiered skirt in navy or brown and sandals, (5) outfit at right with flip flops. Perfect in summer when you want to wear a tank and don't feel like wearing a bra.
I like the thinner straps on this, too - a little prettier than my standard tank. I would recommend sizing down-ish on this. I got the M and it has plenty of room.
Next up...the knit skirt of my dreams...I think. The JC Esplanade didn't do it. The ATL tiered skirt was ok, but I have found it's not great with some of the bf tees because there's too much fabric past the waistband and it gives me more of a pooch than I have (maybe I should have sized down more, but I have 2 of them in M, so I have to make it work). I stumbled upon this skirt the other day and actually tried it on this week. Love! (again, couldn't find online) It is available in this olive color as well as black. To be honest, the black ones didn't look as good - the color saturation was a bit off. I love the length, just above the knee, I love the fit. It has waist tabs as it comes with a belt, but they are flat and don't poke out so much with a tee (you know, the bf tissue tee, of course). And the belt was pretty cute with it - for those of you who tuck in, it would be very cute either with this belt or with a different belt.
So I wore the skirt yesterday with the bf tissue tee in navy. And the garden pearl bracelet in clementine. Here's a closeup of the waist detail, in case you are interested in checking it out yourself. And it's a nice closeup of the garden pearl bracelet, to boot. (you're welcome, Patina)
And here's my Polyvore attempt with this outfit, using J Crew safari skirt as sub.
Great skirt - I do believe this will be my travel skirt tomorrow for the trip to the beach. With a gray bf tissue tee and Havaianas. Comfy!!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Yesterday I got my August J Crew catalog and my very 1st rewards card (yay!) in the mail. Interestingly enough, right behind the East of Eden-themed JC catalog was another glossy entitled “Style.” The picture and the word “Steinbeck” immediately caught my eye. It’s my latest Acura magazine, with the cover story being “MDX (that’s my car) Explores Steinbeck Country.”
Of course, I immediately had visions of a J Crew version of the MDX, much like the old Eddie Bauer version of the Ford Explorer and the LL Bean Subaru Outback. I mean, they’re selling Essie polish online (which, given my love of polish, I will *have* to try or I will lose all blogging credibility). They have vintage books at the Men’s Shop in Soho (of which the catalog was good enough to remind us). A girl can dream...
Of course the depressing version is that with the state of the economy, everyone is harking back to Depression-era inspiration. Recessionistas unite - you can wear J Crew and drive an Acura, I guess...
Here is a list of resources in the article in case anyone is interested in pursuing East of Eden a bit further:
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Last Monday, I went with the navy tee. I love this color. Well, I love navy in general, but I really love it in this tee. And I loved it with loose linen trousers (Chicos, Summer 08). And um, yes, these pants are too big for me since I lost the weight, as I bought them in September last year. Maybe I need to take in a few darts at the waist like the linen seaside pants? Or just pony up and actually get a pair of pants that fit? That's honestly the issue - the 2 pairs of pants that fit me best right now (outside of jeans) are both J Crew purchases this season - the Harbour Oxford Capris and the black cafe capris. I think I need to invest in some new pants for next spring/summer.
Polyvore from last Monday:
Wearing Today-7/20/09 by HeidiGblog featuring J Crew
And speaking of the black cafe capris...this past Monday...um yeah, that was yesterday. Anyway, I popped into the office to meet with a co-worker for a few hours. (Some things are so much easier to do in person!) Easy outfit - bf tissue tee, this time in shell, the black cafe capris, confetti necklace to dress up the tee, Danielles because they are so cute, and Dina hoops. This was my 2nd outing of the cafe capris (still haven't posted 1st one, sorry) and I love love love them. I feel so skinny in them. I feel like Audrey Hepburn. I love them with a simple little tee and I can't wait to wear them with sweaters in the fall.
Polyvore from this Monday (yesterday):
Monday, July 27, 2009
Outfit finished off with Dina hoops (it was *her* party) and the beloved Isaac Mizrahi for Target Liz gladiator sandals. Sigh...the sandals are almost done...they are in such sad shape...and they were actually comfortable! They had padding! And since the stores are now stocked with fall and summer clothes are at rock-bottom prices but usually in sad disarray, I will most definitely be looking for bronze sandals *next* summer because they literally go with everything.
Back to the wine party... Check out Summerilla’s blog for group pics. (I know, I know, once I again I “forgot” my camera. Actually this time, I thought about it, realized I was lugging a bathing suit and towel with me for the hot tub, and then decided against the big ole camera with potentially wet bag-mates.)
Wearing Yesterday-7/19/09 by HeidiGblog featuring J Crew
Pop Quiz – what is the perfect polish to pair with the garden pearl bracelet in clementine? Why, it’s Chanel Delice. I think this is the exact same color as the bracelet. Great summer color. I think I lived in it last summer. Although mid-spring when my skin is still winter-pale, it looks awful. The color works now, though. And like all polishes with glitter, those little gritty bits increase the staying power, so it lasts better. Of course, this was over a week ago, so I am on to the next polish, but it was fun while it lasted.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
So...any other crazy cravings for Fall?
Saturday, July 18, 2009
But wow, those clothes make me look so boring...but that's ok, because these suit my lifestyle better. But watching does remind me that I do need to keep the bangs on - they've been growing a bit longer and I was considering leaving them a bit longer through the beach (1st week of August). But they really look much better across the brow than swept to the side, I think. Take a look at the latest pics to see. (Fortunately, I have a hair cut on Tuesday, so I just have to deal with them for a few more days.)
Friday - Kids at camp. Met a few friends at Starbucks after drop off. E had her recital at the end of dance camp. What fun!!
This is one of my fave ATL dresses - from last summer. So comfy, always cute (at least I think so). Easy for a hot summer day. Not much more to say about the outfit, though. Better than sweats?
Polyvore from Friday:
Wearing Today - 7/17/09 by HeidiGblog featuring Unisa shoes
Today was a busy, busy day as we were getting ready for the birthday party. The house is actually in order - and the basement is not totally trashed.
Since I'm the mom/host, I needed something easy and comfy, that worked standing, sitting, etc. ATL tiered skirt and the J Crew chiffon rose tee. And I realized I haven't really been wearing the chiffon rose tee much, so clearly that needs to change. It's such a cute tee, it needs more exposure. I'll have to fix that.
Finish off with Danielle sandals, braided rope rose gold bracelet, Dina hoops. Honestly, I was dying to wear the clementine pearl garden bracelet today, but given the crafts for the party, I thought a slightly smaller scale bracelet would work better.
Wearing Today-7/18/09 by HeidiGblog featuring J Crew
And I finally met a crazy nail polish that I can't stand. Last fall's OPI Parlez-Vous OPI. I saw this on friends last fall and really liked it but figured it wouldn't work so well on my skin tone. Sephora by OPI's Metro Chic was much better on me. Well, I should have listened to myself because I put on Parlez-Vous OPI last night and it was awful on me.
See? Not good at all. I think it's actually too red for my yellow-y skin tone. I couldn't wait for the party to be over so I could put on a new color tonight. Barielle - Misbehavin' Mistress - so much better.
And in other fun news, my blog was featured on the Polyvore blog again in their Polyvore Love Letters - Blog Roundup post. (mine is the 5th down.) I am amazed and thrilled. It was my post on Day Dresses. So yay! What a treat to see that. Thank you, Polyvore!
Friday, July 17, 2009
Of course, I had to stop in at J Crew to take a little peek around and do a couple of returns. The ripstop utility pants were just awful on me, so they went back. They looked so fab on dinagideon earlier this week. I am wondering if they were just too big, but ah well...back they went. Instead, I snagged a pair of cafe capris. They are just a basic black but I am ridiculously excited by them because I tried these on in way early spring and the 10 just looked awful on me. But yesterday, I tried an 8 and they were perfect. Yay!! And my current black cropped pants are really on their way to the dustbin, so it was a good buy. But I have to say I was rather disappointed in my B&M as there really wasn't much sale merchandise or new merchandise either. Here's my PV set of my JC 20% off purchases.
Final Choices from Latest 20% Off by HeidiGblog featuring J Crew
So you can see that I did re-purchase the confetti necklace in champagne quartz. For $45, it's worth it. I love that they a solid color and not iridescent, like pearls - just a fun change. I love the longer length of this necklace too - it will work with so many tops. And it won't snag my sweaters like the beautiful but evil twisted crystal necklace. And I love that it's the necklace shown with the tissue bf vneck tee, since I am such a fan of that tee. And I did branch out...to the tissue bf *crewneck* tee. BTW, love the neckline on this as it has a bit of a scoop, so it's not strangling you. I may see what other colors I can turn up.
And I did get the pearl garden bracelet in clementine, which I have been coveting ever since A Bigger Closet posted it - love this color! I had it in my cart last week before checking out, but took it out since I figured 1 pair pants, 1 necklace & 1 tee was enough. But it was actually in the store, so it was a sign.
And this is what I wore for the shopping outing. New confetti necklace - yay! And tissue bf vneck tee. And my linen-cotton seaside pants. But I have to say, the pants are making me sad. I think they are too big for me now (ok, I have lost about 10 lbs since I got them). And the linen does stretch out a bit. And you know I practically refuse to wear belts. But they are so loose, flowy, comfy. I think I need to take a couple darts in the waist so they actually stay up and don't fall & give me saggy-bottom. And I really should be wearing it with more fitted tops, actually. Ok, lecture to self on pants over - anyone got anything else?
Polyvore from Thursday:
Wearing Today-7/16/09 by HeidiGblog featuring J Crew
And here's the Polyvore from Thursday night when we went to the Nationals game with my parents. We had a fantastic time and had great seats! Fun evening out. (Kiddies had a fun evening with their beloved babysitter.) Mom left from the game to head back to the river, Dad spent the night (don't ask, long story involving schedule/calendar mixups). And oops, not enough time for IRL pics. I will get one sometime when I wear the harbour Oxford capris - but I will say they were perfect for the ball game.
Baseball Game-7/16/09 by HeidiGblog featuring J Crew
My other fun purchases from Thursday were makeup, so I'll save those for another post as this is long enough. Good night!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Next bit of summer fun - as a work-break yesterday, I made some gazpacho. I love gazpacho! This is my recipe - it's actually from one of my mom's Richmond cookbooks, and it always turns out great, no matter what I switch out.
2 tsp chopped chives
1 Tbsp chopped parsley
½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp freshly ground pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tsp salt
½ cup tarragon vinegar (can substitute white wine vinegar)
3 cups tomato juice or V-8 (I use low-sodium V-8)
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
2 cups chopped fresh tomato
1 cup chopped green pepper
1 cup chopped celery
1 ½ cups chopped cucumber
Mix all ingredients. Pulse in blender/food processor for finer chop (which I always do). Refrigerate.
My chef notes - I don't really measure anymore, I just use these as guidelines. Yesterday when I made it - I used 2 cans of petite diced tomatoes, drained, since the ones in the produce section aren't great yet (plus the cans were cheaper), I used a mix of grilled red onion/yellow & orange peppers/cherry tomatoes left over from Sunday night kebabs, and I was totally out of onion, so I added the rest of the red onion and lets some dried minced onion soak in the vinegar to reconstitute before I made it. Like I said, it's really foolproof. (and ummmmm, you can also dip chips into it, not that I would *ever* reduce the health benefits by treating it like salsa...)
So yesterday, I spent the kids' camp time working like crazy (and stayed up past midnight) and my Polyvore set is below. It really wasn't worth taking a picture for you, trust me. Summer fun includes hanging out and being casual - and dressing to take your puppy for a long walk (I wore sneakers for that, duh).
And then today's outfit. Hot summer day - not that I can complain, it's still way more temperate than our summers usually are. But it was warm, so a perfect day for the dressy jersey strapless dress. Now, I love this dress, but do you wonder why J Crew refers to some of their dresses as "dressy"? The dressy jersey ruffle sleeve dress, the dressy jersey strapless dress, and so on. My search for "dressy dress" on JC turned up 6. Seriously. Are they going to carry "crappy dresses" too? Just wondering...
But anyway, paired with Danielles and some gold & rose gold jewelry - easy, breezy, cool. What more can I say? The dress is still $29.99 on sale in store and online, snatch one up (it will work with Laura's flip flops, I swear!)
Polyvore for today:
And a HUGE Happy Birthday to my sweet little girl, E, who turns 7 today!!
Monday, July 13, 2009
Polyvore for today:
What are your favorite dresses for daytime? Or are you anti-dress? Speak up!
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Whew – crazy week! We got back from the river on Tuesday, were home less than 2 hours and then ran out to do a couple quick errands and meet friends at the Splash Park, including a great friend and previous neighbor who, sadly for us, crossed the river and moved over to Leesburg-ish area. And then I went into the office all day Wednesday for a meeting, so the laundry was shoved into the hamper, the counters were cleared, and the cleaning ladies were able to come do their magic. (Literally, hubby & I would eat mac & cheese all month to afford this – it’s my most basic luxury, if that makes sense.) Keep in mind, this is the longest we have been home since school ended, so I think maybe it’s about time we got to the kiddies’ backpacks from school – which are still hanging on their hooks in the back hall, full. Yes, it’s on the list. As much fun as it was to travel, I am happy to be home and get some organizing, cleaning up, throwing out done!!
Back to Wednesday…office all day, meeting all day…comfort important. Great chance to wear the J Crew charmeuse pencil skirt. I love this skirt. I love even more that I only paid $29.99 for it! And funnily enough, here I have it again with a white bf tissue tee – only this time with actually accessories! It was a great comfy outfit for the day. The skirt did get a bit wrinkled as you can see here, since I took the pic after I got home. I am already planning my fall & winter outfits with this skirt – black cashmere shell, charcoal Michelle cardi (ok, mine’s from BR, but you get the idea), white shirt, cream boatneck sweater, tangelo Cambridge cable turtleneck, lots of options.
I wore with my twisted crystal necklace and the faux gold/pearl necklace of my grandmother’s. Plus Dina hoops, the gray stretch beaded bracelet, and Isaac for Target bronze gladiator sandals. (I am going to be so so sad when these actually fall apart. Maybe they’ll be in bad enough shape for me to replace them for real next year.)
Polyvore for Wednesday:
Thursday involved lots of errands since I was gone all day Wednesday. We hit up Target to get sneakers for the kiddies since camp starts next week. I finally got to wear my new Boden skirt – the Button Through Mini in dark denim. For Thursday, I just went with easy – navy bf tissue tee and my old olive green J Crew sneakers – no idea how old these are – maybe 5 years or so? So the skirt is fab; I love it. Great fit. As I was driving around, I noticed that the buttons do work really well – they keep the skirt together enough, but you really don’t want any gaping in a button front skirt, ya know? Much as I love it with the bf tees, as soon as I got it, I was…as with the silk charmeuse pencil skirt…imagining it with just about every winter sweater I have, plus tights & boots. I think it actually could be a 12-month skirt. I am very happy with it, and think I will take a closer look at Boden in the fall.
When I was on Boden last night, they still had the dark denim skirt in 8L and 12R, on sale for $43. There are also 2 prints and a white cotton solid. For the record, I did not get a long; I got regular…because the long was out and I really, really, really wanted this skirt. In fact, I was going to get it, it disappeared, and then re-appeared half a week later, so I nabbed it. But like I said – 12 months of wear, I do believe.
Polyvore from Thursday:
ps - Let me know what you think of the pics compared to previous. Since I have a new display (duh) on the laptop, it looks different to me, so if they look worse, I'll try to work on it.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
So let me tell you about the 4th at the River – I love small town holidays. We have 2 parades that we go to every year – at Lewisetta and in Reedville. This year they were on the same day since the 4th was a Saturday.
Here’s what is so fun about the 4th at the River:
Small town parades, which are so fun. We went to one in the morning and one in the afternoon. M & E rode in the earlier one in a decorated golf cart with some neighbors. E was a little worried that she would miss out on collecting candy, so when they drove by, she caught my attentions, mouthed “Mom, get this,” and tossed a huge handful of candy right at me. Such a giver. Lucy even dressed up…or rather, we decked her in some random patriotic sparkliness that we found in the kids’ drawer at my parents’ house. Good dog, Lucy! My mom didn’t even realize we were bringing her to the 1st parade, or she would have come up something even more festive. There’s always next year… While the kids were in the parade, the grownups hung out and had Bloody Marys. Great way to start the holiday (festively red, too, natch).
I wore my dressy jersey strapless dress in navy with the gold Havaianas and a white floppy hat. Perfect dress for the sunny, summer weather. Easy, cool, no bra-wear required. And to accessorize…several strands of last year’s patriotic Mardi Gras beads. (I think I might be wearing about half of what we got at the afternoon parade.) It was such a fun day. Such Americana. I love it. Below is the pic from the afternoon parade, which we watched from the front yard of a friend of my parents'. She had people over for lunch and a swim in the pool before the parade. Those plastic bags by my left arm are chock full of candy...which came home with us. Almost as much as Halloween. Fortunately, July is too hot to dole out chocolate, so there is hope that I won't actually eat all of it.
And then we roasted s’mores and watched fireworks on the dock and later the deck that night. Perfect way to end the evening.
And Lucy is becoming a good dock dog.
Here’s what’s not so fun about the 4th at the River:
Men in skirts shooting off muskets and pistols into the river with, we think, just black powder. I wish I could comment more...but I'll let you all do that.
Eh, enough about that. Blog note – I am still figuring out my new laptop which has Windows Vista. Any opinions? Especially on handling pictures? I am downloading from the card via Windows Live Photo Gallery and then manipulating in PictureProject. And I don't have PhotoShop. But there's got to be an easier way, right?
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
So we drove back from the Lake on Monday (thank you hubby for doing most of the driving and thank you kiddies & puppy for being so so so good). And then less than 48 hours, I hopped in the car again with the kiddies & puppy to come down to the River today. The Lake was my grandparents' summer house (trust me, not in the least bit winterized), and the River is where my parents live most of the time. This is where we visited on Spring Break. I am much more relaxed...mainly because my crazy home-stay is over and we are here. I had 9 loads of laundry to do - not that I'm complaining because I got to do them at my own house. I had a dentist appointment in the morning yesterday to get those last 2 fillings replaced and M's 9-year check up in the afternoon. All while getting the laundry done and trying to ready us for the river. I packed all 4 of us (pooch included) this morning - but we are here so often, esp in the summer, that packing is easy.
To top off the craziness, hubby ordered a new laptop for me since my old one was going insane. So I am trying to get used to that, and it may be a few days before I am posting pics again, so bear with me. Or take a break. Whatever works for you! But here is my Polyvore for today:
Ok, enough chatter, let's get to the J Crew Striped Ringspun Cotton Cardian (#16283,$55). I first posted pics here, when I was in the "throw everything on with today's shorts" mode, just to get pics for the blog. But today I actually work it for real. Gigi reviewed it here and was not a fan. And, judging by the comments, a lot of you are not fans. I think you need height to work this. If you are shorter, the stripes can be overwhelming. I love this cardigan. And I actually paid full price for it. As I said before, I love the weight of it. I got an M so that it would fit slim, but not too tight - I think getting the right fit on this cardi is essential. I wore it at the Lake with jeans and a tee, and with my ATL tiered skirt and a tank. Liked both of them...not that I took pics (yeah, I was a slacker, but I *was* on vacation).
Polyvore from yesterday: