Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Adrien: Then and Now.

I don't know how many of you have been reading since the beginning, but every time I look back at my early outfits I cringe a little. Not necessarily because I don't like what I'm wearing, but mainly because my photographs completely suck. Why did I think an iPhone camera was appropriate? LORD. In particular, I'm talking about the very first outfit I ever posted, because I wore that dress/cardigan combo again yesterday.

Check the before:

And yesterday:

Uh, definitely better looking this go round, I think. The dress is one of my cheap Ross finds and I still like it for it's moody color palette. I changed it up with some boots and a different bag, but mostly it's the same look.

And it was cold yesterday, so I broke out my red coat:


dress: NY & Co. (similar)
cardigan: Banana Republic (similar)
boots: Camper (similar)
bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs Hillier
coat: Guess (similar also, this.)

Monday, November 29, 2010

Adrien: Denim at work.

I'm not allowed to wear jeans to work, but nobody said anything about denim skirts, so I've been gradually sneaking it in. Last week I decided I wanted to wear my languishing denim pencil skirt, but I felt like I should hide the more jean-like elements. Thus, I paired it with a sweater so frumpy and boring that I almost didn't post the outfit when I saw the pictures. See, kids? I screw up all the time. That's why you love me, right? Because I'm not afraid to make you shake your heads in awe at my poor judgment.

Anyway, here you go:

Right? Snore. But, this one cracked me up:


And here I am trying to class up the joint:

sweater: Banana Republic (You want one like it? Really? If you must, go here.)
skirt: Old Navy denim pencil skirt
boots: via eBay (similar)
coat: Banana Republic classic trench
scarf: Ross (similar)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Adrien: Gap skinny cords. Keep or Return?

I know the answer to this one already, but I thought I'd let you guys confirm it for me. I bought these Gap skinny cords in a fit of 40% off craziness, but once I got home and put them on I wasn't so sure. I think they're a bit too low rise and probably too tight for me to pull off. I also suspect they will stretch out and slide right down my ass. So, keep or return:


Looks...like something from the back?

(And in case you're wondering, I trotted back inside and changed my pants after this! I don't generally walk around all day in clothing I'm considering returning.)

pants: duh, Gap always skinny cords
shirt: Target Mossimo striped tee (similar)
jacket: Banana Republic (similar)
shoes: Cole Haan (similar)
bag: Marc Jacobs (similar)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Adrien: Poseur.

I went to art school for college and I was definitely that girl - Doc Martens, leather jacket, shaved head (well, half of it) and I still gravitate towards anything that even remotely reminds me of that era, though I don't currently own a leather jacket. (DRASTIC OVERSIGHT.) Anyway, this morning I decided that leopard flats were needed and dressed up from there.

As if on cue for my mood, it was foggy and dark out:

Never mind that my entire outfit comes from Gap/Banana. Girl's gotta be work appropriate.

top: Gap Cowlneck T
pants: Banana Republic (similar)
belt: Gap (similar)
shoes: Banana Republic (similar)
jacket: Banana Republic (similar)
bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs Hillier hobo

Monday, November 22, 2010

Reader Question: Help me find these boots!

Claire writes:

I found a pair of boots on a blog and I am desperate to buy them and I can't figure out who makes them. I even contacted to boutique where the blogger bought them and can not get them to respond to me!! Ugghh!! Now that i have seen them, they are all I want bootwise...why does this happen? Maybe you can help me figure out the brand. I attached pictures. I am embarrassed to say I have been looking for them since early October. What do you think? Oh and they are $179.

Adrien and I pride ourselves on our shopping sleuthing, but this one was a toughie. First of all, the blog entry she referenced listed the brands of all of the boots, except these. And the boutique also doesn't list the brand or style name, either.
What's that? A CHALLENGE? Oh, it's ON.
The first thing I do is forward Claire's email to Adrien, because you know what they say: two shopping sleuths are better than one. Also, I wanted to vent about how ridiculously vague people were being.
Adrien immediately found these:
Boutique 9 at ShopStyle
SO close, but they don't come in grey and don't have the snaps in the back. Argh.
Adrien: Blarg! What the hell? WHY don't the mention the brand?
Marianne: SOMETHING IS UP. And they won't return Claire's calls! I'm ready to start calling tomorrow. This is just pissing me off.
A: It's fucking RIDICULOUS. why be all promoting something you won't sell?
M: This kind of coy bullshit fills me with fury. I want to find out the brand and shout it from the rooftops. And the more I look at them the more I WANT THEM, which is what they WANT and I'm so MAD.
A: I know! It's like a really mean boot joke!
So, the hunt continued. I kept Googling various versions of "grey suede foldover bootie" and then I hit the sweet spot. Not only did I FIND the elusive boots, I found them for cheaper than the cagey boutique was selling them for. BOO. YEAH.
THAT, my friends, is the Netalia Boot, made by Zodiac USA. You can find it at Dillards for $139, or on Shoes.com for $169, with free shipping and a 10% off coupon code. Once I knew Claire had bought the boots, I basically wanted to shout this off the rooftops. BOOTS! BOOTS FOR EVERYONE!
A: You are AWESOME. How did you find them?
M: I did a search for suede fold bootie and they popped up. Good lord. I am drained.
A: DANG. I searched and searched, but didn't actually just google it. You are the master.
M: She'll be SO happy.
A: YAY! That is great.
From Claire:
Dillards!! Are you kidding me? I really have spent an insane amount of time looking for them and you are able to find them in less than 12 hours at three different places. I will be ordering from dillards immediately! thank you thank you thank you! I can't believe you found them!! I have no way to accurately describe my respect for your internet searching capabilities. I am amazed. Thank you both!!
A happy ending. Don't you love that?

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Adrien: I Am WEAK.

This afternoon I called my friend Kate because we had plans to go get a drink. She said, "We can do that, or...Gap is having another 40% everything day."

Well, really, did I have a choice here? AND, if you have a Gap or Banana Republic card, you got 45% off and OH MY GOD, that is a good deal. I didn't need much of anything, but that never stopped me before. I did buy a fair amount, but mostly just stuff like long sleeved tees and a pair of skinny cords that I may or may not keep. (Maybe you guys get to vote on those? I'll have to take pictures and see what the consensus is.) Anyway, everything was nearly free, it was so cheap, here's some of what I got:

Plus Jeans by Gap at ShopStyle

Plus Sweaters by Gap at ShopStyle
(Wool sweater! So cheap!)

Plus Tops by Gap at ShopStyle
(Ass-covering and slouchy!)

Plus Tops by Gap at ShopStyle
 (In heathered purple. Ridiculously soft and cozy!)

See? Nothing exciting, just stocking up on basics. That wool v-neck sweater was $14! I also got it in an army green because that is a ridiculous price. Things I tried on but didn't buy:

Plus Skirts by Gap at ShopStyle

This looked so cute on the hanger but on me was very...cheerleader. Not good. I also tried this on because it looked amazing on Kate:

Plus Tops by Gap at ShopStyle

But did nothing for me at all. We just can't wear the same shapes, for some reason. Like, she tried on my favorite boatneck striped shirt and it looked all wrong on her:

Plus Tops by Gap at ShopStyle

Oh well. Finally, I was all excited about this jacket:

But when I put it on it was all, "Hi, I go to Hogwarts."

Now, I love some Harry Potter and would actually like to go to Hogwarts, but I don't want to LOOK like I want to go to Hogwarts. So, the jacket went back. Boo.

Anyway, that's this weekend's damage and that's probably it for me until after You Know What Holiday.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Adrien: Yes, I'm wearing pants.

I'm wearing my new Gap pants today and I think they're probably too big. I am TERRIBLE at buying pants for some reason. Do they look too big? Why can't I figure this out before I rip the tags off?


top: Banana Republic (similar)
cardigan: Talbots Charming Cardigan
pants: Gap Perfect Trouser
shoes: Clark's Indigo Sylvie
bag: Rebecca Minkoff MAM
watch: La Mer

Marianne: Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

You guys all read Girls Gone Child already, right? I mean, who doesn't? I've been reading Rebecca Woolf's writing since I starting THINKING about getting pregnant, and she's inspiring in about 1700 different ways. So this is probably old news for you already, but I am pretty dang excited: I won this week's Good Wears giveaway! Meaning that I get a free pair of these sweet Minnetonka Moccasin Boots:

Meaning that the high pitched squeal you hear right now? That would be my inner 9-year-old girl. See, the second Lulu got these sweet pink moccasin boots I was reminded about how badly I wanted some when I was a wee thing. And now I'm getting some! IS THIS MAGIC I THINK SO.

Sorry, I had coffee today. Lots.

Anyway, I want to hear how you would style these fun boots! I am currently obsessed with jeggings, so I'm thinking slouchy over-knee socks, jeggings, and a cozy sweater. You know, basically my new uniform. You??

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Marianne: Scout's Honor

I was so meh about today's outfit that I wasn't even going to bother taking pictures, but then my husband said "you look so cute today, do you want me to take your picture?" Who can resist that?
I guess the shades of green, brown, and khaki had me feeling like an overgrown scout leader. Plus my skirt was terribly wrinkled.
Do you have any outfits that you don't care much for, but are catnip for boys? Do tell.
sweater: French Connection
belt: anthropologie
tights: Spanx
boots: Donna Karen
necklace: Diana Warner

Adrien: Dreamy.

Hey, even more stuff added to the shop! Check it out!

Okay, yesterday I had to go to Anthropologie to get a birthday gift. I wasn't even going to LOOK at the clothes. Nope, not me. Not even going to wander into the sale room...and...huh... wait...is...this...OMG.

Y'all. I found the Dreamy Drape dress for a scandalously low price!


And there was only one! And  it fit me! Oops.

I know I have something I love when I want to wear it immediately, even if it's not quite a work-appropriate outfit:

But hey, that's what cardigans are for, right?

dress: Anthropologie Dreamy Drape (Plenty by Tracy Reese)
tights: Spanx patterned
shoes: Chie Mihara (similar)
bag: Marc Jacobs (similar)