Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sequin dreams

I went Black Friday shopping with one of my friends and her adorable mom. They were simultaneously teaching me Spanish, which was a perk. We went from store to store in our mega mall, and without realizing, I was picking out pieces in every store with sequins. It was almost magnetic.

Hello, my name is Stephanie, and I'm a sequin addict.

After seeing this ASOS skirt styled with this outfit in my reader, I had to go for the buy. I was even more happy as it came with free shipping and an additional 20% discount.

via Atlantic-Pacific.

Other pieces that I've spotted while out:
Michael Kors Dress ($75 via Macy's right now with code MACYSFF)

BCBG Clutch

H&M Sequined Top

Kate Spade Fingerless Gloves

Check back for a skirt update post. I'm excited to receive my first purchase from ASOS in the mail. Buying online can be hit or miss for me. Let's hope the skirt is a hit.

Monday, November 28, 2011

To: World, From: Closet - Thanksgiving attire

Sorry my Thanksgiving post is a bit late.

Being comfy on Thanksgiving was a must for me. Skinny jeans (cobalt - finally!) and a blousy top is what the recipe calls for.

(check George browning up nicely)

Skinnies: NY&Co.; Top/Bracelet: H&M; Cardigan: Ann Taylor; Patent Flats: Gap; Belt: Target

Hope you all had a great holiday!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Life is changing, and the change is good

On October 1st, I was prepping for an open house/birthday party at our place. In the middle of cleaning our living room, my mom calls. I thought she'd be calling about the queso dip she was bringing that night or the desserts she was making for Sunday dinner. Instead, she begins to read the Facebook message that she had just received from her first daughter, that she had given up for adoption in 1977.

A flood, and I do mean a flood, of emotions rushed through me. Avalanche, hurricane, blizzard, hot sunny day, I mean I felt it all. I knew. I knew that she was out there. When we were little, my mom told my sister and me about a sister that was out there. We knew the day was going to come, but for me, I didn't expect it to be October 1st.

I stopped short and just kind of sat on my sofa, overwhelmed, anxious, extra sensitive, and shocked. I started tearing up. What do you do with that?

The next day my sister D, who I grew up with and who is my best friend, shows me a picture during church service on her phone. I start crying again. She looked like us. She looked like my mom. It was almost scary. I mean, you sort of expect some similarities in seeing a half sibling, but it was sort of uncanny.

Now she had more than a name, she had a face. She was real, and she was in our lives.

I got nervous because I know the scary that is out there in the world. The hateful, wretched people I've encountered, or even just the people that I don't click with, but have no issues with. What is this woman's personality going to be like? What is she interested in? What does she do? Will she hate us? Will she hurt my mom? Her mom.
Well, only time could give us the chance to find out. Which was really scary as hell. We had a Skype conversation about a week or so later. She was cheerful, funny, made facial expressions we had all perfected. She teaches fashion design in Georgia and is very creative. There are so many things we had in common it really felt like she was never really gone from us.

I know this is beginning to sound like some Nicholas Sparks novel excerpt, but bear with me.

Our sister came to visit this past weekend. We had a great time just being sisters and family. It was comfortable. We were siblings. My mom was over the moon.

On Saturday, my beautiful and uber talented friend Melissa Oholendt captured pictures of us for the first time reunited. She sent us a few preview pictures from our shoot, and I'm happy to share them with you.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Pinspiration: Tresses to Love

I feel like a hair chameleon. I tend to swap styles pretty regularly. Ever growing, ever changing, ever in need of inspiration. All images via Pinterest

Monday, November 14, 2011

To: World, From: Closet - Fall Wedding Wear

I bought this dress for my birthday and wore it to dinner. Luckily I got the chance to re-purpose the dress for a wedding. A bit of sparkle and a bit of ruching -- does a body good.

Dress: Ann Taylor; Pumps: Steve Madden; Bracelet: Target; Earrings: F21

Friday, November 11, 2011

To: World From: Closet - Friday work wear

Tights! Tights and boots!

Being comfortable and stylish for hours on your feet can be tricky. Tights and boots seem to aid this process nicely.

Also, let me be the first to introduce you to George. Well, I named him George because otherwise he's just my neighbor's creeper shrub.

Sometimes you need to just roll with it.

Top: Old Navy; Skirt: Gap; Scarf: H&M; Belt: J.Crew; Tights: Target; Bracelet: Kate Spade

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Nudest

Well, this is a way to channel your inner nudest and not get arrested in public.

BCBG Tiered nude skirt

My favorite nude lipstick: MAC Viva Glam II

And of course, you can't be nude without getting Naked

Monday, November 7, 2011

To: World, From: Closet - November 6th

Guess what?! Decent pictures! (thanks to my ever so amazing/adorable/talented/etc/etc. husband)

Pants: Gap; Top: Gap; Jacket: Ann Taylor Loft; Shoes: Max Studio; Necklace: Ann Taylor Loft; Lipstick: MUFE #36

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Like a Fine Wine

They've called it Thirsty Thursday, but the wine that I've been digging lately has been the fashion kind.

A few pieces I've been loving:

Vince Camuto Jasper

J. Crew Cafe Capri in Wine

MAC lipstick in Darkside

BCBG Milano Leather Satchel (30% off with FF Sale)

Don't forget your designated driver!