Friday, December 28, 2012


When you get married, leave the city, have a baby, buy a house, and then you turn 30, New Year's eve takes different shapes. For the arrival of 2009 we did 10 pm dinner in the village at Otto, a Mario Batali gem (where my college friends deftly took a few bottles of wine from the rack we happened to sit too close to). To ring in 2010 we did a similarly tardy meal, followed by escapades in the west village, from which the hubs and I stumbled home to our one room apartment and slept with the window wide open while snow accumulated on the windowsill. Celebrations for 2011 (4 months pregnant) and 2012 (7 month old baby) involved the couch and sparkling cider.

This year, to celebrate the start of a year that hopefully brings prosper and joy, we will celebrate at a friend's house party, but we will do so on Saturday, for many similarly situated (old and married) friends will be working on New Years, and our free babysitter (grandma) is booked for the occasion. So while we prepare to ring in the New Year a few days early, a fierce outfit is always in order.

Madewell top (reduced from $115 to $39)

Last year's JCrew toothpick jeans, purchased full price but worth every penny

Via Spiga Jennifer pumps (on sale at Zappos right now)
JCrew statement necklace, a Christmas gift from my Mom

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Clutch It

When a former colleague informed me that the adorable C Wonder site I blogged about last month is actually the spawn of Tory Burch's former hubby, I was displeased with myself for not knowing that fact earlier. The sweet selections bear a super similar resemblance to the famed Sportswear and  accessory maven's line, but the wallet friendly price tags dont pack such a punch.

Though the gift-giving season has come and gone, I couldn't resist this ridiculously affordable clutch, large enough for my iPad, yet small enough for a desk-to-dinner night (which I have often this coming month as the client meetings begin to clutter the calendar).

Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Eve Attire

More fabulous the the day itself, I love Christmas Eve. The anticipation, the magic, the sparkle (and of course the food). Alternating between Connecticut to see the in-laws, and my own family on Long Island, this year we stay close to home with the latter, entailing gifts under the tree and dinner out. This being our second Christmas season with our bundle of joy, dressing for the occasion requires more care and washable fabric than before.

Stretch wool peplum dress from JCrew
Glitter envelope clutch from JCrew (on sale!)  
Desaree tweed pumps from Coach
My classic Cartier Love bangle goes with every outfit
Add my polka dot tights from last week's shopping trip, and you have the perfect functional and festive Christmas Eve outfit.

Merry Christmas Friends!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Storage for Sunnies

With a few precious free moments during Tucker's extra long Saturday nap, and when there were no reruns of RHOBC on Bravo, I needed a project. Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere inspired me to add even more layers of organization to my accessories, and with a spare piece of Tiffany ribbon, I had an idea.
(L to R) Ann Taylor Loft classic black frames (similar here), Preppy Ray Ban Wayfarers, Marc Jacobs in tortoise (similar here) , and finally, Chanel that I bought before law school with 'extra money' I will likely never have again. Note my favorite Ray Ban aviators are MIA, a prime example of why I need this organizer!

Sunglasses are always getting tangled, lost, or placed in an inconvenient location furthest from where I need them to be. So this is my solution. Loving DIY.

Friday, December 21, 2012

A Few New

Three new finds I am currently loving and planning outfits around:

Polka Dot Tights

Custom handmade cuff from the talented Laura DiLibero of York Design

Cherry red Cafe Capris from JCrew, discounted from $128 to $29!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

It's OK Thursday

Thursday Link Up
Its OK....

To eat so much raw cookie dough while baking, that you're too full to try any of the fully cooked cookies when they are done

To spend an hour in Target looking for a $4 lip balm, and instead, end up spending $80 on decorative holiday kitchen accessories

To make New Years Eve plans that involve having no plans, and being in bed by 10

To use Google as a trusted research tool when traditional legal sites fail to address a work question

To order take out, plate it, and pass it off as home cooked

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Don't Fake It

Another suburban phenomena: jewelry parties. Akin to the Tupperware swaps of the 80's, 'jewelry parties' feature a salesperson, wine, and many, many women who spend too much time indoors with their children and are in dire need of something sparkly to buy. Always a joiner, I accepted my neighbor's invitation to attend a weekday evening gathering of the sort.
While enjoying a nice glass of chardonnay (a housewife favorite) I perused the chandelier earrings, the chunky cocktail rings, and thought that, perhaps, these parties aren't as bad as they say. A distinctive silver twisted bangle caught my eye, on further inspection I saw it was an impostor.  I sighed, realizing these ladies were here in large part buying knock-offs. I put the faux Yurman on my arm, next to my authentic piece (a 24th birthday gift from my parents). Like a shark scents prey, the saleswoman appeared at my side. "The thin one is $15, the thicker one is $35" she stated. I looked at her for a moment, and realized she was pointing to my wrist. I politely told her the 'thicker' one she so deftly referred to was my bracelet (remaining clam and not using words like 'real' or 'fake', as this was a neighbor's home after all). She seemed to consider me for a minute, as if debating whether perhaps I was trying to make off with her plastic imposture. Our eyes locked, and she thought better of proceeding. I swiftly took off the phony and returned it to the graveyard of sad, fake gems. I finished off my wine, thanked the host, and returned home across the street. I would prefer buying baking pans and rolling pins.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Pink & Polka Dots

Being a lawyer who loves clothes is a little like being a diabetic who loves sweets. Its very hard. But I refuse to wear a suit (my first actual client meeting is not for several weeks still, so lets see if I cave), and I can no longer get away with cords in the office, 'skinny' pants, or v-neck American Apparel t-shirts under a blazer. When I crave a layered look, some chunky gold, and some slim pants, this is the best I can do.

Thankfully JCrew had an unprecedented 30% off last week, and one of the perks to Office Space is its vicinity to the mall.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Second week on the job, and already a country club holiday party to attend. Still feeling out the office culture (so far so good!) I wanted to keep it classic and not too 'forward' (aka, no jade green tights or 5 inch Louboutin heels). With one foot in the old door ('working' for last Friday's Alumni holiday party) and the other foot fully dressed in my favorite velvet peep toe, its the perfect time to double up and repeat some favorite pieces.

Its also a good reason to buy some new, wallet friendly pics that look less affordable than they really are. A tie neck blouse goes from meetings with new clients, to cocktails at the club without missing a beat.

Pass the blue cheese olive dirty martini!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Look Before you Leap (or Speak)

Putting one's foot in one's mouth is never fun, but when it happens with many witnesses, and at the beginning of a very long evening, after a pretty great (but tiring) first week at a new job, it is even less enjoyable.

The scene: an alumni holiday party, at an east side bar in NYC. I am among the first to arrive. Upon entering the venue I spot some fellow alums I have not seen since leaving the old job. They of course want details- Why did you leave mid year? Where are you now? Never one to hold back details (to a fault of course), I laid out the whole scenario, and unleashed my feelings about someone I had worked for, with no shortage of inappropriate language. Almost at the completion of my tale, I looked up to see the very person I was so colorfully describing sitting not more than 2 feet away. Cheeks grew hot, stomach lurched, sweat beads collected in all places visible to onlookers. Never a fan of conflict, I felt instantly ill, and desperately in need of a cocktail. What to do- apologize for being immature, and probably validating this person's already low regard for me? Move away as if it never happened? I opted for the latter, and a strong cocktail, and settled in for a painful 4 hours. Luckily a little vodka after 5 days of Slimfast has pretty powerful painkilling powers.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

On Target

Since my life has become textbook suburban-housewife-working-mom, I thought I'd make the stereotype complete with a trip to Target at my lunch break (since there is no 'lunch' this week anyway, and instead Slimfast shakes are stocked in the office fridge).

A few remnants of the Neiman Marcus collection for Target remained, and while there was nice style to be seen, if I'm going to pay $129 for a blazer, I'm going to stick to the sale rack at J.Crew. But disappointment was abated when I stumbled into the beauty isle, and spent 20 minutes examining the abundant selection of everything from seriously stunning sunglasses and nail polish, to adorable headbands and pretty well crafted statement necklaces.

I suffered online behind a heavy set middle aged woman, angered that her coupon wasn't scanning and even more irate that they no longer had orange Tic Tacs, but despite some small set back, had a pretty pleasant experience (and it did wonders to erase the flashbacks the chain used to cause to my roaming the isles, sleep deprived and on the verge of postpartum insanity, in search of bottles and burp cloths in the wee hours of night, when Tucker either refused the 50 varieties we already owned or had soiled every burp cloth I could find).

Monday, December 3, 2012

Starting Fresh

A first day. Whether its the first day of school, a new job, daycare for your tot, or a myriad of other possibilities, the anxiety is palpable. The outfit has to be just right, the breakfast mild (ever faced rush hour traffic with a stomach of nerves, after too much coffee or a fiber-rich bran muffin?) and the confidence high. Lace meets office-tailored blouse, paired with a classic black blazer and micro-dot cafe capris with a funky yet neutral bootie. Nothing says I know the law like a fierce outfit.


Saturday, December 1, 2012

Happy December 1st

Cheers to the kick off of the holiday season. Celebrate all month long with tartan, plaid, velvet and bows. We're starting early.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Its OK Thursday

Its OK Thursday Link-Up

It's OK.....

That I cried driving home from work yesterday

To skip the gym multiple days this week, justifying that I will drink Slimfast shakes for lunch the first week at the new job because I'm pretty sure I'll have no friends to eat lunch with anyway

That I spent more money on cases for my new iPhone than I did on the iPhone itself

To attempt to drink a white wine spritzer instead of straight wine in an attempt to save calories, only to end up drinking twice as much wine as I would have if drinking it normally

That at tonight's Brooks Brothers cocktail reception for work I won't actually buy anything, but will have multiple cocktails

To spend more time planning Tucker's outfit for our cocktail party this weekend than I did on my own

That I ignored several work phone calls and emails to write this post

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Cyber Success

Since Hurricane Sandy's house-bound shopping extravaganza, I have tried to pull the reins on my Online opulence. But Cyber Monday emails persisted like petulant pre-teens all day long until I caved after my evening glass of wine. The sale-resistant J.Crew giant participated in the mayhem with 25% off and free shipping, and when the odds were again bucked by finding my size still in stock in a style I has spied in the holiday mailer, I pounced on it.

Lady Jacket in double-serge wool
Originally $258, and arriving at my doorstep in days for $74. Hopefully the hubs will share in my joy when he sees yet another J.Crew charge on the bill this month!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Closing Time

(Thanksgiving, dressed in his Ralph Lauren best- thanks to Josh and Jane Z.- clutching the ever-present straw cup, curls extra long since the line at the Barber resembled that at the Whole Foods produce section on Thanksgiving Eve). This face will help ensure this last week at my job goes smoothly, since everyday, no matter what has gone on at the desk, he awaits my return home. Not sure that it's really sank in that I'm starting a new job one week from today, and other than equipping myself with some fabulous new outfits, reading the compliance manual cover to cover, and scheduling drinks out with coworkers many nights this week, I'm not so sure I've done enough to prepare. Suggestions?

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Sweet and Salty

Though I am mostly Italian, Thanksgiving food is my favorite of the year.  And though this is my 7th holiday with the hubs, not spending the day with my own parents never really feels quite right. (My dad is aboard their yacht en route to Florida where the vessel 'winters', and my mom who couldn't take enough time off from work to join him is land locked with Italian cooking and the Macy's Day Parade, just how she likes it).

For Thanksgiving with the in laws, I made maple glazed Butternut Squash. Simple, sweet and tasty. Happy Thanksgiving from WWALD!


2 pounds Butternut Squash, peeled and cubed
1 cup maple syrup
2 tsps ground cinnamon
1 pinch salt
2 tsps olive oil

Lay squash cubes on a baking sheet in a single layer. Coat with olive oil. Bake at 400 for 25 minutes. Remove from oven, drizzle maple syrup and sprinkle cinnamon and a pinch of salt over all cubes. Return to oven and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes (edges should just begin to brown). Remove from oven, let rest about 5 minutes. Serve as cubes, or toss in a large bowl and mash for a delicious alternative to mashed potatoes!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Fresh Take

I love fall for nail polish- the pale pinks of summer can finally take a back seat to plums, lipstick reds, and deep burgundies. But by late November, these shades begin to bore me as well. I despise shades of blue or green (they resemble finger nail-beds that have been deprived of oxygen), and I stay away from metallics, which I prefer on my shoes or clutches and not on my nails. (I also have this obsession about nail polish not clashing with clothing- as in I will not wear any outfit containing pink with red nails, or vice versa, and so on.) So I was excited to find a shade of neutral wonder from OPI that goes with all my outfits, and doesn't invoke death.

OPI 'Over the Taupe' nail polish, available Online

If you are fairly classic when it comes to nails but crave something new, give this taste of fall a try.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


Home decor is a dynamic process, and is never actually complete. I've fallen in love with objects I'd never have even considered before becoming a homeowner, and every time the FedEx man arrives with yet another box, I am giddy and can barely wait for him to place it on my step before I am tearing it open (my husband then complains that, second to the number of wine bottles in our recycling bin, he has never seen so many boxes at the curb each week).

Parsons Dining Table with White Power-Coat top from Crate and Barrel, Aaron Dining Chairs from pottery Barn

 Clay vase collection and green hand blow glass decanters, both from One Kings Lane; white candle sticks a house warming gift from Hayley and Jason

Jonathan Adler Pop Art enamel frames add a nice vibrancy to the wall

Monday, November 19, 2012

Bright Lights

A successful day begins with an outfit that makes you happy. And when you can mix in several bright colors, all the better.

Loft cozy cable in mustard
Classic white button down from JCrew underneath


Loft blue slim pants
Ballet flat from JCrew

Animal Bangle
This outfit is primarily dry clean only, and thus has to be disassembled immediately upon arrival home, prior to playing with trucks on the floor and eating messy toddler snacks that inevitably end up all over my pants.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Personal Touch

Always a fan of all things monogrammed, Williams-Sonoma  offspring line Mark and Graham takes my love affair with letters to new heights. Hopefully arriving before our December 1st holiday party, the below additions to our bar will add the perfect hostess touch.

And for my stocking, I'm hoping the hubs surprises me with one of these bangles (inscribed with Tuck's name and not my own). I've dropped not so subtle hints, such as emailing him the link to the site, and a code for free shipping on all order over $49.

Now I just need to be invited to a few more parties to gift some of the fabulous hostess treasures I have been hording!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Preppy for Night

Since the clock is running on my time left at the current job, most projects have been reassigned, final even details put in place, and I find myself left with oodles of free time during the day. My Online browsing has thus reached new heights, and with the impending holiday season looming around the corner (first party is this Saturday!), I have many reasons to shop.

J.Crew factory is a pretty good diffusion of the parent label. The quality is not too steep a departure, and the prices are more friendly (through 11/20 enjoy 30% off and free shipping with code 'scoremore'). Scrolling through the small selection in my size, I was happy to find these plaid pants, which I immediately added to my shopping bag and can picture pairing with a sequin tank for Christmas Eve dinner. 

Even if plaid scares you, or reminds you of an elderly grandparent with a pipe, a slim, straight cut (J.Crew's classic city-fit) a little sparkle on top should ease the fear. And really, I plan to wear them to work with a more conservative top and fabulous black Prada heels as well (all the things I am convinced lawyers can wear if they want, I'm sure my friends at Loveliness of Life and Illegally Blonde would agree!)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Rash Decisions

The evening started with an honest attempt at research. Before commencing my new lawyer job on December 3rd I need to get caught up on all things legal (my last 3ish years of employment have involved more gala planning and floral arrangements than juris prudence). A few minutes on Google and sweet baby insists climbing into my lap, where he will bang mercilessly on Mac keyboard. I sigh, but acquiesce with his demands to avoid a post 6 pm meltdown, which would no doubt be epic this close to bed time. Little chubby hand reaches out and, what? Red hives from fingers down to elbows. Freaking out ensues.

Luckily the pediatrician returns our page before we have left for the emergency room, and the situation is calmed. "Roseola" replaces "2013 ERISA compliance" in the Google search field, and the next few hours of intended career prep are forgone in favor of baby center and other such sources of stories (apparently these scary red blotches are not a big deal, fairly common, and not super contagious. Go figure). Add this to the long list of things I'm glad no one told me before having a baby.