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.