24 October 2010

Getting 'Lucky' with Lucky

Last week, I attended the Madewell Denim Roadtrip with Lucky Magazine and had the absolute pleasure and honor of meeting Editor-at-Large Elise Loehnen. First off, let me just say that Lucky is my favorite magazine of all time and I've been a huge fan since the first $1 issue back in 2000. It was the magazine that launched thousands of fashion and beauty dreams and also inspired me to pursue a career in fashion writing. But that's another story for another day. Let's get back to my time at Madewell.

I must admit that until this event I had never actually stepped foot into a store, but wowie, I'm sure glad I did. It was like stepping into my dream closet. Practically everything in the store I wanted
(and felt I needed). The plaid shirts, cozy grampa sweaters, skinny cords, lace-up boots, printed scarves, black lacey dresses, printed skirts, galore!  I wish I had remembered to bring my camera with me otherwise, I would have taken more photos. And I was so entranced by the clothing that I didn't really think to snap shots with my phone cam.You'll have to check out their website to see all their fall goodies. Elise and her sidekick Rachel were telling me that every Madewell store they had been to was completely different because of the geographical region.And I must say, I can't wait to see them! Madewell is definitely my style and I will surely be back soon.


The only downside to Madewell was the price point. It was a little steep for my budget. However, while I was browsing the sales racks I happened across this little beauty.What can I say? I'm a sucker for sparkly things and this will be quite festive for the holidays and will add a little *sparkle* to any day outfit. So, I had to have it.



18 October 2010

Click. Click. Shop. Shop.

I think I'm slowly starting to join the ranks of the millions of online shoppers out there. I realized this yesterday as I made my second clothing online purchase of the month. That's completely unheard of for me! I usually prefer actually going to the store and being able to touch, see and feel potential purchases before I whip out the credit card. And even though I currently work at a department store and near many lovely shops, lately I've found myself growing less inclined to actually "shop" at these places. See, the thing with me is that I'm a major browser, which in turns makes me a slow shopper. I can rarely go in and get out. If I find something of interest I will linger for an hour or two, or three to see if there is anything else I like. After a while, I get indecisive and overwhelmed by choices that sometimes I just give up and walk out empty-handed. Waste of a good hour, I know. That's why I find online shopping so alluring for several reasons:
  • Everything is organized and categorized making browsing quick and easy. 
  • If I find something I like but am curious about other ways to wear it I can go to Polyvore.com and find the same item or similar items and see possible outfit ensembles.
  • In the time it takes me to browse one store on a typical shopping trip in person, I can browse several online. 
  • Web apps like Amazon Wishlist and RightCliq make it really easy to bookmark possible purchases so that when I can afford something I can remember exactly where to get it and how much it is. And it's also great for comparison shopping.
  • Shopping from home makes it easier to see what's missing from my wardrobe and what can go together with my potential purchases. Plus, I'm saving a couple extra dollars on gas since I'm not having to the store which means more money for my shopping spree! ;)
Ideeli is slowly starting to fuel my online shopping addiction. They have such great deals on brand name stuff. This is what I picked out yesterday. Nothing super fancy, but much needed in my fall wardrobe:

Tulle Tunic Pullover Sweater ($24, Orig. $50)
I recently discovered that my sweater collection is in serious need of an update and this one looks super comfy. Plus, I have a thing for the color purple.

People's Liberation Belle Ultra Skinny Jean ($29, Orig. $99)
Another item lacking in my wardrobe are nice skinny jeans to tuck into tall boots and such. Black is great because it can be dressed up or down. But what really sold me is the 29 inch inseam. Totally essential for shorties like me.



Ideeli, you're killing me....and my wallet.

30 September 2010

A Model for 5 Minutes

I can't believe I almost forget to mention my little modeling stint at Barneys last month with Shipley & Halmos.  By "modeling stint" I meant that I was fortunate enough to find out about their model call via Seattle Met Magazine's blog Wear What When.Turns out that designers Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos were in the midst of a road trip across America compiling photos for a book they're making titled "We're An American ______." The book is due out in December, I think.

After work, I headed over to Barneys, but not before sprucing myself up a little bit (nothing like a photo shoot after a long day of working hard and sweating, right?). The "models" were asked to fill out a little fill-in-the-blank questionnaire that included the question, "What's your favorite bone?" Being the cheeky girl I am I wanted to write, "My funny one." But alas, self-conscientiousness got the best of me, so I wrote "hip" instead. Looking back, I think I should have stuck with my first answer. sigh. Oh well.  I got my chance in front of the camera for a few minutes while Sam snapped a few photos of me and chatted me up. I tried to look as cool-but-nonchalant-cute-but-not-trying-too-hard as much as possible. I'm crossing my fingers that I'm one of the lucky few who get to be featured in the book. Although, I was informed ALL photos would be put up on their Facebook page before the book came out. Yes! For our "hard work" all the models were rewarded with Smart Water and fluffy yummy cupcakes. I also spotted Cam from Needle + Thread and bravely introduced myself to her and told her that I really enjoyed her blog. She was quite nice and answered a few questions I had about being burgeoning blogger. I also spotted Seattle Met Magazine fashion editor Laura Cassidy at the event too. Unfortunately, I was not brave enough to approach her. I'm still a bit of a wallflower when it comes to mingling with big fashion gurus randomly. But if I want to work in the industry I need to get over it, right? Hey, if I managed to get myself in front of a camera and put some of my old Barbizon Modeling School skills to some use, I could have managed to talk to a local Seattle fashion celebrity. Next time!

*Photos taken with my phone camera. So please excuse the blurriness.

The "photobooth." 


Laura Cassidy's photo session. Didn't want to get too close and seem like some kind of fashion stalker. haha.






26 September 2010

No Matter The Weather You Can Still Treat Your Feet

Summer may officially be over according to the calendar, but the weather seems to be holding up quite well in many places. Where I live there have been quite a few pleasantly warm days even though September is nearly over. This in turn means a few more days of sandal-wearing fun. However, I've learned the hard way that if you're going to wear open-toed shoes you better make sure your toes are ready to be displayed.

I'll be the first to admit that I'm not much a mani/pedi-kind of girl. I mean, I love getting them when time (and money) permits but I usually neglect my nails until I happen to glance at my hands or feet more closesly and gasp in horror. For instance one day, well into sandal-season, I happened to glance down at my feet and noticed they were, for lack of a better term, "jacked up." They were in serious need of makeover if they were going to ever see the light of day in public. So I hauled myself over to the nearest nail place and sheepishly asked for a pedicure. I'm always fascinated by nail people so while my backside was being massaged by the salon's robot chair I was sitting in, I watch as my nail lady meticulously made over my ragged looking feet. A hour later, my shame was washed, buffed, and filed away and my little piggies were looking pretty. Added BONUS: I found a pair of jeweled-starfish Miss Trish sandals on clearance for $12 next door at Target shortly after. Boo-yah!

Notice the flower detailing on the big toes? I've seen this on others but never tried it myself. Turned out quite nice, no?

Absolutely love the jeweled starfish and pearl! Like wearing jewelry, but on my feet.


03 June 2010

I thought I knew how to dress myself

It's recently occurred to me that perhaps I lack the chic fashion sense that I seem to think I have in my mind. At least, this is what I'm assuming is my problem every morning when I go to get dressed. I find myself standing (naked or wearing some weird pajama set) in front of my closet stuffed with clothes and scratching my head wondering what to wear. I'm sure you've all been here before.

And for me the usual routine goes a little something like this:
  1. Have an idea of an outfit in mind.
  2. Go to find key pieces only to discover many are in some sort of unwearable state or unable to befound at all.
  3. Being pressed for time (or too lazy) decide to concoct another outfit idea.
  4. Approach the bottom-to-top or top-to-bottom approach, but then realize weather conditions need to be checked first. If you live in a persnickety climate like the Northwest, you understand how important this step is.
  5. Look up weather and factor in activities for the day/night, hours on feet, whether activities are indoors or outdoors, likelihood of running into someone you know (say from high school), etc.
  6. After an hour or so of this complicated style equation, I might actually decide on a pair of footwear and start from there.
  7. If weather permits bare legs, I check to see if my legs are presentable for public display. If so, I can at least eliminate the need for pants and stockings. If not, then I'm in trouble. And as it so happens, they're not.
  8. Decide to play it safe and go with jeans, but which ones? Skinny? Long and boot-cut? Dark wash? Light wash? Cuffed? No-cuff?
  9. After finally deciding on suitable pair that A) doesn't give me a muffin top, B) isn't stretched out and baggy in an unflattering way and C) makes my butt look good, I move on to tops.
  10. Try on about 20 different tops with corresponding layering pieces but am unsatisfied with anything. 
  11. Take off all clothes and end up back in weird pajama set (or underwear) and start again.
And no, this isn't a once-week-thing either. This happens nearly every single day! It drives me crazy! Not only is it extremely frustrating but it's also very time consuming. Yes, I have even been late to events/appointments/meetings because I could not figure out what to wear. How is it that I've managed to work in clothing retail for six years, help countless of other people put outfits together and yet I cannot even dress myself? 

I think it's time to re-evaluate my wardrobe and perhaps get some outside help before I start dressing like this (see side photo) everyday.

Notice the clashing of the purple dress with pink scarf and blue bag. What was I thinking when I put this outfit together?*hides face in embarrassment* It looked much better without the scarf, trench, and bag but considering it was cooler outside I needed to layer up. Still, it's no excuse to go out looking like this.

Must get my dressing act together soon. I refuse to spend the rest of my life staring at my closet wondering what to wear!




Oh Hello There

Oh my goodness. I did it again! Tsk tsk on me. It's been months since I last posted. Well in my defense, I've had some important and very sad personal and work-related situations I needed to deal with and so blogging was the last thing on my mind. But I'm back, feeling better, and ready to rock and roll again.

As you can see, I've changed the layout a bit on here on my blog. I couldn't stand the previous look anymore so I decided to switch things up a bit. I imagine that it will change again once I start getting into the blogging groove. So I'm open to any design or content suggestions anyone might have. They would be much appreciated. 



Ok folks. Well, here we go again...

-N

p.s. I hope it's sunny and warm wherever you are. Please send some of it my way!

28 February 2010

Fantasy Wishlist: Nude Christian Louboutin Patent Leather Pumps

 
 
 
Pretty much everything I could want in a heel:

- Perfect go-with-everything color.
- Comfortable heel height (3 inches).
- Patent leather automatically makes it water-repellent which is perfect for rainy Northwest weather.
- Beautifully crafted shoe, simple in design but heavy on style.

Now, let's just ignore the whopping $595 price tag and we're good to go ;)