relaxing evening with amanda, drinking our new years eve reserves, watching awesome teen movies (hannah montana and easy a?! must see!), and getting ready by organizing our wardrobes for our trips next week.  i think we will be the only people who have to check two suitcases each for a three day trip. the arrival of her brand new jimmy choo hunter boots prompted an impromptu photo shoot on her porch, while we enjoyed not freezing our asses off since the temps finally decided to creep above 40.  thought her sparkling new boots are a good contrast to my broke down bcbg's....back to more movies while we download music and bid farewell to 2010!

-amandas jimmy choo hunter boots, my bcbg boots, target thigh highs-



i would like to say that my lack of posting has been out of sheer laziness, or that i have soooo much going on in my life that i can't find time to dress myself, let alone post, but really it is my lack of a properly functioning internet as well as a lack of a photographer.  good thing one of my best ever friends kelly lenard is extremely talented and was able to shoot a few unexpected pics in the most unexpected of places- wine fest- this spring.  wine fest also happened to take place near this awesomely weird campsite that included several random broken down cars and trucks, army gear, and a paintball site to make any military trainee jealous.  (i assume, i don't know for sure, but it sure made me jealous so its close enough).   probably one of the only times you may catch me in flats, but hiking through extreme mud while drinking a variety of alcoholic beverages with my bff's calls for some underappreciated footwear. 

-shirt and sweater arden b, leggings bcbg, random motorcycle boots, sunglasses ysl-



spending another dreary day at the wine bar with ben and andrew of ballcaps and neckties....at this point i am beginning to think spring is never going to get here, save for a few days of near warmth that we have had recently. however, i refuse to let the weather get the best of me and will sacrifice comfort and warmth and not wear a coat, even if its 32 degrees out, just on principle- spring is supposed to be officially here, right?! wearing my cozy sweater that i will be sad to put away when it does get warm- i love that i can use the extra fabric as a blanket when i sit. on accident, i wore a really old pair of tights that i have worn to death- i don't know why i have kept them because they are falling apart, but after coming to terms with them as the day went on, i decided that i love the burnout like texture that they possess. i like the look so much that i might actually wear them again, this time on purpose!

-shirt bcbg, shorts pacsun, boots sam edelman-


hiking shoes

back at it after a week in nyc.....great week, although getting snowed in in the city the last few days and becoming intimately familiar with the la guardia airport is not my preferred way to spend a weekend (snow should be pretty, and umbrellas should only be used for a light rain, not as a shield against torrential sleet-ick).  coming home to more gray dreary weather doesn't help- i'm beginning to think it will never get warm here.   hiking the monon with ben and andrew of ballcaps and neckties in a pair of the worst hiking boots imaginable made for some good laughs when actual hikers and runners would stop and give weird looks.  also wearing one of my very few new york purchases- a zara snake belt...still kind of wondering about the functionality, but i feel as though it would be a great addition to almost every outfit.  

-belt zara, bag maison martin margiela, dress american apparrel, tights h&m, shoes bcbg, coat express- 



my warmest sleevless winter jacket as well as a pair of my favorite shoes- bcbg's mendel boots.  both of these purchases were my holiday gifts to myself, and i swear that they are the gifts that keep on giving, as i have got tons of use from each of them.  although andrew from ballcaps and neckties and i spent the chilly day walking around the city finding places to take pictures, this coat kept me super warm and comfy, and the platform on the shoes make them tres wearable.  the little metal kick in the back gives me lots of stability, as i am one to try to rock back on my high heels when i am standing around as well as run places when i get too cold (which is often). i love the texture of the coat and shoes over the all black outfit. for a little while, i blamed my poor dog for all of my black being covered in little hairs until i realized it was my coat that was doing all of the damage (and i love the coat too much to get mad at IT).  oddly enough, everything else in my life is filled with color, my wardrobe being the only exclusion...... 

-boots bcbg, coat inochi, dress banana republic, obi belt the limited-


cat part deux

more fun times at the alley cat with ballcaps and neckties andrew- this is actually the second set of the last post- we had too many good opportunities to take pictures from this place to just limit ourselves to one posting.  still wearing my favorite sweater- make fun of me if you will, but i love the versatility of the hood/ neck element.  and in a bar like this, you need layers because it tends to be a little....drafty.  also wearing my bebe boots, which either make my feet look abnormally huge or maybe it is just the camera angle on that second to last shot, but in either case, i am going to stick with them.  congratulations to my talented photographer ben for the lighting in these pictures- it couldn't have turned out better.  have to love a bar where every square inch is covered in graffiti, and the cleanest place to sit is on the pool table....
-jacket express, shirt and shoes bebe, pants topshop, rings bcbg, forever 21, and vintage-


alley cats

more fun times with ballcaps and neckties andrew.......at this point, it seems that all we like to do is enthusiastically hang out in grungy alleys, but that is not the case at all.  we sometimes hang out in equally fabulous grungy alley bars, like the alley cat, which is where we were headed for these pictures.  sure getting sick of winter, but i was glad that i was able to use my extra large collar (or is it more appropriately called a turtleneck? or is it just a neck?...still have yet to figure it out) as a functioning hood.  and even though it is the middle of winter, i had to wear my most favorite open toe shoes, which did nothing to stop my ankles from enjoying the breeze that seeped in through the zips on my pants.  somehow the walk was worth it.....gotta love the lounge.
-pants topshop, sweater and shoes bebe, jacket express, clutch banana republic, rings bcbg, forever 21, and vintage-


skulls and snakes


my obsession with snakes and skulls continues, and somehow i inadvertently combined about three of my faves in this outfit.  i'm still torn if i am in love with the matte nailpolish (i have owned it in the glossy version for a while and wear it year round)- to me it almost looks like i dipped my nails in wall paint, but i could possibly be doing it wrong.  or possibly applying it as i am running out the door, which is why i end up looking like i used a 2 year old child as a manicurist.  i decided to wear my favorite boots again, which stand up surprisingly well to the slush/snow/salt/puddles that populate the area as well as carry my new favorite lucite clutch. all that aside, busy weekend where i was successfully able to avoid more football, dance party until 5am, and still fit in a completely productive work schedule.  also had time to hit up the town with my friend andrew with ballcaps and neckties to squeeze in some photos.....success!!

-vest and sweater express, shorts pac sun, leggings and clutch bcbg, boots bebe, rings forever 21 bcbg and vintage-


weekend warrior

 my favorite weekend outfit on yet another typical cold, gray january day.  i have what appears to be an extreme sensitivity to cold, and yet if i get too hot you can pretty much guarantee you will hear me complain as well, so when i have a day off work i tend to throw on as many tops that will keep me warm and deconstruct from there.  i guess it doesn't help that my leggings are ventilated and only serve the purpose of enhancing my outfit rather than keeping me warm.  piles of shirts, piles of rings, a big cozy hat, my favorite shoes, and a purse big enough to fit anything i may accumulate during the day makes for the best weekend wardrobe.  another collaboration with andrew from ballcaps and neckties and his talented photographer friend ben means that the weekend will be anything but boring.....

-skull shirt h&m, cardigan banana republic, sweatshirt gap, leggings bcbg, shorts pac sun, boots sam edelman, purse cynthia rowley-