Monday, July 30, 2012

Three Days in Fort Worth

Three Days in Fort Worth by tiffanyrose featuring cotton t shirts

No matter how hot it is where I'll be going, I'll always take my Luminosa puffer (aka my life jacket), a thin wool thermal tee and a scarf. You never know if they'll crank up the AC while you're stuck in that meeting room for hours.

See you in a few days!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Peplum Pablum

Dunno if I'm really loving the peplum top.
I wasn't going after the look on the catwalk.
And I don't expect to join the ladies on this street style page.
But I loved the fabric and print of the café capri in fresco floral sateen so much, I snagged the peplum top when it got to a reasonable price
and a good % off promo came along and my size popped back.
Shopping with M did a fantastic review. Though I didn't find it easy to slip on or off probably because I didn't size up. I also found it quite high waisted (remember, I'm only 5'2" so how is it on taller ladies?).
I'm so happy the sleeves are not puffy per their pics.

Oh a random tip to pass on ... button first before zipping up the side and
unzip before unbuttoning. Put up your hair before zipping up.

I might next try it with jeans or a pencil skirt.
But in my secret garden, I'm wearing it with the matching pants.

I'm a fashion geek, what about you?

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Frilly Menswear

It's flounced, but I thought of the starched white shirts men wear for
business dress when I received it. I love a white shirt and had to have this
ruffly yet crisp version from Kate Spade. I love it so much I wish I'd
purchased a second one as back-up. A little extravagant, perhaps,
but that'll remain a thought since the shirt is sold out.
There've been many false positive hits on my blog for the
café capri in silk foulard. (and continuing my attempt to provide something informative ... )
A foulard is a lightweight fabric, either twill or plain-woven, made of silk or a mix of silk and cotton. Foulards usually have a small printed design of various colors. J.Crew calls the print "inspired by classic men's neckties."

As you can see, the capri pants are full length on 5'2" me.
They are 100% silk and while the fabric appears smooth, it is woven
with a very subtle slub texture. It's unlined.
They are lightweight and will hardly take any room and add
virtually no weight if you pack them for a trip.

So here's the bottom line (slapping knee for gigi!):
The fabric has no see-through but I felt a little exposed.
Though the print may be masculine, I'd like something beefier
between me and the world for my trousers. 

(I'm referring to the weight of the fabric.)

Monday, July 23, 2012

The First Day of Summer

Not really. But seasons happen a little later in SoCal (and why I'm always behind,
that's my excuse). Summer came roaring in on Thursday and this is what I wore.
The stripe popover is of a 100% cotton gauzy fabric. It looked cool and easy
and I thought of it as soon as I realized the day was going to be a scorcher.
I'd found a stash of my summer pants so the shirt became a topper for the white denim cropped matchsticks from last year or the year before.
 Now why is it I become incredibly messy when I wear white?
Not only did I discover some faint stains on one leg (I could have sworn they were clean ... unless I spilled my morning tea), I spilled coffee on the other leg. And at the end
of the day, found some bright yellow blobs on the back (did I sit on some mustard?
but I was only in my office chair and my car that day ...).
I once wore a white tee with a white jacket and carried a cream colored bag.
It must have been too much white karma because I splattered
marina sauce all over my tee and jacket and bag.
Outside and inside.
Luckily, I didn't get the sauce on the lining of the bag.
So I was able to wipe the leather clean, though I was still finding
sauce months later in little nooks and crannies.

Do you think we are actually clumsier when we wear white?
Or is it because every mistake shows up?
Know any tips or tricks for getting out stains you can pass on?

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Weight Aweigh

Those are navy Valentinas.
How about I just ramble on what comes to mind? Or not say too much at all? Because if I tried to make this post go someplace I may never get it published and I kind of promised I'd post the pics. And time is of the essence with the 40% off OURTREAT promo expiring tomorrow today in case the info and photos help somebody.

This is the anchors aweigh pant. They feel like jammies and probably look a bit like jammies. I thought they'd be good for very casual wear, wonderful for vacations and not for the office. But for you, my bloggy friends, I wore them to work today. Verdict:  love. They are super soft and comfortable and nobody made a smart alec comment about PJs at the workplace.

The fabric is a sumptuous, velvety silk. You can maybe see they are unstructured. And! The material seems to float away from whatever is going on underneath so not only didn't I worry about VPLs and tucking in the tee and Tippi sweater, I'd choose them for serious chow-down occasions, especially with the elastic and drawstring waist that's comfy comfy. Like I said, they'd be wonderful for vacations.

Here's another pic to better show the pockets and tie waist. Like I said, lounge pajamas. ;)

I'm going on to this pic taken maybe a month ago. Wearing girls' colorblock cardigan and café capri in geranium lace. For pants of lace and a pretty color, I'm so-so about them, though I get compliments each time I've worn them.

I can't think of anything else to say ... at least for now. It could be because I'm in desperate need of some sleep. Or I'm distracted by all the work projects weighing constantly on my mind.

Tomorrow is the deadline I've set for myself to write 400 words to make a compelling article. I'll be happy/relieved/less panic-stricken once I do.

Wish me a clever wordsmith.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Sailing in Fog

This pic proves that you'd be found in the fog if wearing the
scoopneck blouse in colorblock stripe (BTW, I'm wearing the regular and not petite)Gigi and Whitney blogged about it, and though I agree it reminds me of:
I did a little research and think it's supposed to remind you of:
Here's a clearer pic of me:
See the resemblance?
And just like the sailboat, I think it would look better with white bottoms;
I meant to wear it with white jeans.
However, I haven't yet gone into my summer pants pile ...
it will be one of my projects.

What are you up to this weekend?

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Ahoy Matey

Thanks to all the wonderful JCAs who first alerted with the sale
plus 30% off deal on the sequin anchor tank and then
helped me locate one in my size at the B&M!
And I'm super happy the stores do charge-send since
I don't get to them but about once a year.

The pants are the café capri in pop art polka dot. The shoes are from
Brooks Brothers (shout-out to xoxo for reintroducing me to BB).

The best ships are friendships ... thanks again to my bloggy buddies!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Going Going Gondola

Inspired by Ema, I'm posting the last of my styling ideas for the Gondola stripe coat from this polyvore set. I'd previously blogged about the coat here and here so I'm done with this subject, at least for a very, very long time.

These are not the holy grail of white trousers (Jody, you know what I'm talking about). They are the Prabal Gurung at J.Crew Strong Seamed denim pant. The strong seams are not as interesting as I was hoping for, the fit would be far better on someone at least a couple inches taller (sigh, guess I should get them hemmed so the pants break properly) and they are higher waisted than my preference.
But most disappointing is how you can still see the pocket lining
through the very thick white denim (not easily, but you can).
I hate that. So the search for the perfect white trousers continues ...

Do you wear white pants?
Have you found the perfect pair?
Do you have any hints for where to find the ultimate?

Friday, July 6, 2012

30% Off Final Sale

What we've been waiting for and what we dread.
You know the drill.
Offer good through Monday, July 9.
Free shipping if total is $175+ after 30% off.
Will you or won't you?

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Independence Day

Wearing red, white and blue.
And still loving these shoes.

Wishing you all a wonderful Fourth of July!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Coulda Shoulda

Remember the J.Crew chiffon rose tee craze a few years back?
It was nutty what people were willing to pay to own one after they sold out. Gosh, you could've made a bunch of money buying multiples at the eventual sale price of $19.99 and selling them for $100+ at that online auction site. Crazy!

So fast forward to a couple months ago when I first heard about
the Kate Spade Journal Newspaper Clutch.
Since I work with reporters, my first thought was,
"how cute would it be to carry this to a media event!"
(My ready imagination for fantasy occasions gets me into shopping obsessions too too often.)
It's made to look like a rolled-up newspaper (look at the edges that look so real!).
And come on, how fun are the headlines ("Silver Lining Spotted Mid-rainstorm,”
“Traders Pick Gold Lamé As Solid Investment -- Stock Prices Soar” and
“Cocktail Hour Is To Be Formally Observed -- City Planner Says 'Cheers' to Ground-breaking Legislation”).
Little did I know it had sold out. Though it was originally priced at $125,
people were willing to pay way more than $300 at that online auction place,
if you could even find one up for bid.
With a heavy sigh ... after much hunting,
I decided to give up.

The journal clutch, evidently, was the previous edition (pun intended, har har).
Enter the KS Travel Magazine Clutch, inspired by vintage magazines.
I kept running across it during my search for the journal clutch.
And repeatedly dismissed it, not wanting to settle for close but not it.
It was only after I concluded the journal clutch was not going to be found for anything close to reasonable price did I reluctantly get it (at the time, the magazine clutch was less than half its original $298 price and I also had a good extra discount to apply).

The clutch is the most impractical "handbag" ever.
It's made of Tyvek and will not hold up to wear and tear;
it would likely sustain noticeable damage if dropped or wet.
It holds almost nothing: I struggle to get it closed with just my BlackBerry,
a tube of lipstick, a very small and flat wallet and a couple keys in it.
Total frivolity.
However ... just how cute is it?
To look like you're holding a magazine when it's your bag.
I've also decided, in some ways, the more colorful cousin
of the journal clutch is a better execution, especially when opened:
Instead of red lining under the flap, it looks like a page or back cover.
At some point during the past week or so, it sold out too.
I just watched one sell for $300 plus $9 shipping, another one is at $220
with eight bids and 20 more hours before the auction closes.

I could've purchased at least five when I bought mine, I had
wondered if the "value" would go the way of the journal clutch.
Tell me, what would you have done?
Was it worth throwing money at this (virtually) throwaway purse?
Did you miss this clutch or is it a miss?

Sunday, July 1, 2012

O Canada

Cheers to my Canadian friends!
Husby and I split this beer in your honor this afternoon on our patio.
I didn't take a picture but I wore a red cami under a white shirt.
And we had pasta with what husby calls "red sauce" for dinner.
Since July 1 is a Sunday this year, have a good day after and a nice day off, eh. ;)