new fall trend:


Accoring to an email from Victorias Secret.

Oh thank god pants are back this fall. I get so chilly wearing my shorts in November.


Peace and stupid emails,



lack of posts

I know I haven't been around much. This past weekend was Labor day and our last weekend down the shore (sad face). It was an amazing awesome super fun relitavly drama and fight free last weekend. I took off work last Friday and headed down Thursday night. On Friday afternoon, the weather was kind of crappy so me and my friend checked out the Atlantic City outlets. They were all kinda blah except for the BCBG. AHH MAZING. The whole first room was filled with pretty dresses at highly discounted prices. The other room was all lovely separates and more business-y outfits. I got a strapless flowy dress, a polka dot tank top (which now I regret because it looks really weird on..), a brown silk shirt (I have it in teal from last year at full price and I wore it constantly last winter, so I had to get it in another color) and this really pretty navy blue short sleeved dress for going out in the winter.

The rest of the weekend was filled with eating homemade healthy Mexican food, dancing like idiots, taking boat rides, laying on the beach and drinking all sorts of delicious and not so delicious drinks (note: a Twisted Tea with a shot of flavored vodka may taste amazing, but don't drink more then 2 (or 1 to be safe)). We spent all day Monday cleaning the house, which ended up looking pretty great. Hopefully we'll get some of that security deposit back... so we can put it towards a pretty house on the bay next summer.

I was completly ready for summer to be over, mainly because I am excited to get back into a normal exercising schedule and honestly, drinking both weeknd nights is kind of exhausting, not to mention I always felt sick and unhealthy. Wow that was a long sentence. Don't get me wrong, it was a wonderful summer and I'm already signed up for next year, but I think it came to an end at a good time for me. Anyways, while I am ready for fall I will definitely miss the shore house and the people in it and going out and dancing a lot. But it will be nice to not have to live out of my car and to maybe get to the gym a few more nights a week that I have been.

This week I've just been busy with work and catching up on my sleeping. My car is a mess, it is filled with all my summer clothes plus all the other random stuff I had down the shore. My room is also a mess from the lovely Wardrobe challenge (still going on by the way, what are we on? Day 4? Updates to come). I need to get my life in order, so the postings will probably be minimal, unless I find some great stuff to share.

Oh yeah and I'm running a half marathon in ooohhhh 2 week and a half weeks. Crap.

Peace and getting back on track,



ibproufin and tilt

I didn't post yesterday but that's because I had a great day at work and wrote code all day. And most of it even works. Which is pretty neat. Then right after work, I met my mom and we drove down to the Philadelphia Art Museum to do the loop. I ran about 6 miles of the 9ish mile loop, walked the rest. I came home, ate dinner, and literally passed out. Surprisingly, my legs do not hurt as much as I thought they would. But my left hip is in some serious pain, causing me to walk like I have a limp.

I haven't decided if I'm going to take a vacation day tomorrow... I was contemplating saving up my vacation days and staying in Europe the week after Luxembourg, but I don't have anyone to travel with and I'm pretty afraid to do it alone. But I really don't want to pass up a free plane ride to Europe and back (and in first class too, swanky). So I don't know if I should still try to save up my vacation days. AH I hate making decisions...

Anyway, onto more positive thinking: Things I Love Thursday.
Running and the energy it gives you

My parents for everything they do for me
(and no I did not just put this in there because you're reading Mom)

My sister getting into a new school and becoming more independent

Smoothies of any flavor (well, almost any flavor)

Ladder logic and actually understanding what I'm doing at work for a change

A possible day off tomorrow?

And updates on the Wardrobe Taming... I have been trying to wear things from the pile but it's kind of hard considering I can only wear jeans and tshirts or casual shirts to work everyday. Plus I never do anything fun during the week at night to get dressed for. I got rid of all my basic tanks (that I've had since high school) and went to Old Navy to pick up replacements. I've just been going through the pile every night and putting stuff I know I definitely do not want or that does not/will never fit into a trash bag to donate. I'm just trying to work the pile down since it's so huge and taking over my room (oh, when I did my drawers, the entire bottom two drawers ended up in the pile, ops).

So I suppose I can move onto Day Three. While you continue to try to wear items in the pile everyday, now you try to assess whether or not they are worth keeping. Do they make you feel lovely? Or uncomfortable? Could you wear them in different combinations? If any of your 'pile outfits' are outfits you would never ever wear again, and you can't imagine wearing them any other way, then get rid of them. Also, you're supposed to start to think about what items you need that would help you wear the item you already own (like you need a plain grey tank to wear under a certain blouse you have, or long black pants to wear with that patterned sweater you own). Make a list of these items and go out and BUY them! (Sounds fun).

So I guess tonight, if I'm not at the shore, I'll be making a list of items I need to make my current wardrobe more more fantastic, fabulous, versatile, and wearable.

Peace and long weekends,



hola urban outfitters, let's be friends

Oh my, I NEED this dress. With black tights. And a leather jacket. And motorcycle boots.

BDG Flannel Shirt Dress

Love the way this looks too, although calling this a dress is a bit of a stretch. But over jeans? Sign me up.

byCORPUS Bib Dress

This whole outfit is awesome. Plaid jacket with a girly dress. Perfect combination.

Ok, I can't find this picture again on Urban to name the clothes. Sorry.

This sweater looks lovely with the blouse. And, um, those tights are awesome.

Kimchi Blue Crochet Inset Open Cardigan

Not sure what it is about this sweater that made me like it. Maybe it the giganticness. Or the grey color. I'm pretty sure it's not the flamingo, but who knows?

Rendez-Vous by Paul & Joe Flamingo Sweater

All I know is I need to make a date with Urban Outfitters sometime in the near future. Like, tomorrow. Or Thursday.

Peace and flannel dresses,


to buy or not to buy

Tom Binns Winged Skull Necklace, currently on major sale at net-a-porter. 

I've always wanted one of his necklaces. I really liked the flying f-word (I said f-word because my mom reads this. Hi mom!) ones, but this one might be more wearable say around my grand mom or small children. I like how it's gold and silver, and the chain is really long.

Thoughts? I have until Sunday to decide...

Peace and flying skulls,


wardrobe day 2

Wardrobe Taming Day 2 can be found here. In this phase you have to really look at your discarded pile of clothes. Aside from the pile that needs to be altered or repaired, try to figure out why you're not wearing the items in the pile. Gala suggests trying to wear one item from the pile every day for the rest of the challenge. If you come to find that you really don't like it, or it doesn't fit right, get rid of it. But you have to at least try to incorporate some of these items of clothing back into your wardrobe. You did buy whatever is in that pile, after all.

I'm still kinda in Day 1 since I haven't tackled my drawers yet. I was going to start Day 2 by wearing something from the pile to work, but I woke up 30 minutes later then usual so there was no time for picking out an outfit. Maybe tomorrow.


wardrobe day 1

The before:

Oh gosh, look at all those mismatched hangers. Trash-ay.

And it begins:

Fall/Winter Dresses
(Ella Moss, Express, Max Studio, Free People, BCBG)

I ended up keeping the Max Studio (cause its the most perfect fall/winter/anytime I feel like it dress EVER) and the Free People (cause it's just so cool looking). Everything else is up for debate in the pile. I love, love, love the BCBG one but I have yet to wear it.

Summery dresses that I don't wear too often.

(F21, Urban, F21, Loehmans, Target, F21, French Connection
Urban, French Connection, Gap, Anthro)

I only put back the F21 butterfly dress, the maroon and blue Urban dress, and the feather print Anthro dress. Oh, and the ombre FC one. Everything else went into the pile. They're all pretty crappy dresses, I'll probably end up getting rid of the rest of them.

Dressy shirts and pretty blouses.

(Express, Testament, Anthro, Express
Anthro, Anthro, Anthro, BCBG, Karen Kane, Betsey Johnson)

I had an Anthro obsession this past winter.... The flowery Testament button down, the blue Express shirt, and basically the whole bottom row I decided to keep. I got rid of the navy blue shrug cause I'm not sure what to wear it with.

Boring Business Casual stuff that I never wear but might have to someday so even though it should go into the pile I put most of it back.

(Hmm you can't really see most of this stuff... its mainly from NY and Co, H&M, and Gap...and blah who cares.)

Grey and plaid overload.

(Express, Target, Triple 5 Soul, Loehmans)

I got rid of the Loehmans grey dress. It's kinda boring, and probably pretty unflattering. But I will wear that plaid shirt forever.

Coats, vests, and the martini pants.

(American Eagle, Lehigh University Bookstore (haha), JCrew, Gap, Old Navy)

Kept all the coats/vests except for the furry AE guy. The martini pants had to go into the pile, but I'm determined to keep them...

More coats.

(American Eagle, Goodwill, some department store, Northface, Gap)

So I guess I don't really wear track jackets anymore. Into the pile they go. And since I don't go to Lehigh football game tailgates anymore, I cannot ironically wear a pink and green plaid blazer with a pink polo underneath it... Kept the raincoat.

Laur, that brown vest is yours. I stole it. Would you care for it back?


(DKNY, Free People, Anthro, Jcrew, Jcrew, Juicy
Express, Anthro, Old Navy)

Got rid of the 2 boring brown sweaters. (Laur, that is your Old Navy sweater. I'm sorry for taking so many of your clothes). The Free People had to go into the pile too since it's a size too small (but hey, it was on sale... tags are still on it haha).

More sweaters.

(Jcrew, American Eagle, AE, AE
AE, Ben Sherman)

I had to put all of these into the pile cause I haven't worn any of them in like 2 years, but I might try to keep a few.

Ok there were actually a few more pics but I'm starting to bore myself, so I can't imagine how you guys are feeling right about now. The pile is pretty gigantic. It's on my futon, where I normally sit to blog. So I'm sitting on the giant pile. My butt kinda hurts. So I'll end here. Tomorrow I'll do my drawers and shoes.

Good news: My closet looks great.
Bad news: I can't see my futon anymore.
What the heck and I supposed to do with all this stuff? I could open an ebay store I guess but I don't know who would want to buy some of this stuff...

Peace and inadvertent closet tours,



wardrobe taming a la gala

Well, today is just beautiful. The weather is lovely. It's such a shame that I don't have any windows in my office. Actually, the bigger shame is that I'm actually in my office at 3:30 on a Friday. My family is already down the shore, but I didn't take today off because I only have 4 vacation days left for the whole year... I know, I know feel sorry for me, right?

It seems as if the inspiration for quite a few of my recent posts has come from Miss Gala. Read her blog, if you're not doing so already. Anyway, I was reading through her archives awhile ago and I came across the 8 day 'Wardrobe Taming' series. At first when I read it, I thought it seemed like a lot of work to put into organizing your clothes. But with fall coming up, it seems like the perfect time to thoroughly go through my wardrobe. By figuring out what I already have, what I need and don't need, I think I will be more efficient in my fall shopping sprees.

Read her day one entry here. She instructs you to divide your entire wardrobe into two piles: 'Things I Wear' and 'Things I Don't Wear'. That should be pretty simple. I know I'm going to have a ton of stuff in the 'Things I Don't Wear' pile. I mean, I have a ton of clothes, but I feel like I usually wear the same things over and over. You're allowed to put the 'Things You Wear' back into your closet. Then you have to try to figure out why you don't wear the things in the other pile. Gala suggests making more piles, like 'Things that need to be hemmed/taken in/let out', 'Things I have no idea what to wear them with', or 'Things I don't have the confidence to wear'.

That's it for Day One. I'm hitting up the shore tonight (after some laundry and maybe a run) so I won't get to Day One until probably Sunday night, but I'll try to take pics along the way. I'm excited for a nice organized simplified wardrobe, with plenty of room for new fall clothes. (Oh, and I guess I might have to do this with shoes too. I wear approx 4% of my shoe collection....) So if your wardrobe needs an overhaul, do the 8 day challenge with me and let me know how it goes!

Hope everyone has a peaceful weekend!

Peace and sunny days,



tilt & new shoes

A little Things I Love Thursday, before I head back down to work.
  • Looking forward to finally having a relaxing Friday at the shore
  • Color coordinated family portraits on the beach (sounds cheesy and it is)
  • Being interested in what I'm doing at work and having the day fly by
  • New shoes
  • International travel (Luxembourg here I come)
  • (Maybe) moving out of my parents house?
  • FALL is on the horizon

As I mentioned, last night I bought 2 pairs of boots from Victoria's Secret. I can't wait for fall and I haven't been able to stop thinking about boots, and leather jackets, and black clothes, and sweaters. Anyways here are the boots I picked.

These are the Cuff Motorcycle Bootie by Colin Stuart. I got them in brown because I plan on wearing them with more casual day time outfits and I already have black (and green) motorcycle-esque boots.

These are the Wedge Bootie by Colin Stuart, again. I LOVE the way they look in maple and blonde (white), but I opted for the black for practicality. I have absolutely no idea what makes me think I'll be able to walk in these 4 and 1/4 inch heels, but aren't they fierce?
(both pictures from victoriassecret.com)

Peace and fashion over comfort,



in case anyone cares...

I'm still sick. Sad face. Stuffy, red nose. Thoughts are foggy. Want to be in bed. All the time.

But! I found out I'm going to Luxembourg for a week for work!!! It's not until November, but I have already started to mentally pack and make a list of adorable fall business casual/just plain casual/fancy clothes I need. And, I feel like a fashion blogger zombie because after I saw those studded booties on Karla and Rumi, I had to check out the shoe selection at Victoria's Secret (who knew?). I was tempted to just order the same ones, but I found other ones that were more my style. I ordered 2 pairs of boots. I just took Nyquil so I obviously can't do anything crazy like post their pictures now, but maybe tomorrow.

Peace and healthy vibes,