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What’s in my cart :: Fall ’13 @ Target

I’m not even gonna bother justifying it.

Let’s just say one of my hobbies is trawling the Target website. I’m especially vulnerable late at night when I’ve emptied out my DVR but am too wired to go to sleep.

But this time, I am practicing self-control and fiscal responsibility by not clicking on the “checkout” button. Instead, I regale you with my cart in the hopes that some enterprising soul is spending the weekend online and is willing to help talk me out of another obscene amount of spending by using carefully curated words of persuasion.

  1. Merona Oxford blazer in Fandango Pink – because pop of color and I’m always green with envy when BFF wears hers
  2. Merona Oxford blazer in White Dot – because polka dots make me smile
  3. Merona Oxford blazer in Navy Plaid – because I’m a sucker for plaid
  4. Merona Oxford blazer in Houndstooth – because it’s a classic print
  5. Merona ruffled peplum blazer in Neverland Green – because I don’t own a lot of green and I like the Victorian vibe
  6. Merona printed blouse in Red – because KS#2 said this was better than #7
  7. Merona printed blouse in Floral – because one of my fave bloggers showcased it and I got the case of the gimmes
  8. Merona pencil skirt in Brown – because I can’t get enough of animal print and this one’s classier than mine
  9. Merona pencil skirt in Athens Blue – because there’s something compelling about this print
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What I bought :: August 2013

1 – H&M biker pants – Currently $34.95, I bought these for a steal when they were doing their $10 promo. Got them in this color and a dark grey/almost black. Can’t wait to wear them with moto boots once the weather turns.

2 – H&M blazer – Another $10 steal. Have worn it already in this outfit. Sure, I have as many black blazers as I do white button-up shirts but they’re my power MO, doncha know. Plus, $10. I mean, can you blame me?

3 – H&M blazer – Yep, you guessed it. Really, would you have passed up blazers for $10? Not bloody likely.

4 – H&M chiffon blouse – This was the item I picked up for KS#1 and I lucked out and found the last one in my size so I bought one too. Currently sold out online, KS#1 tells me it’s also impossible to find in brick and mortars in her neck of the woods (thus the reason I bought one for her over here). Am feeling rather smug for having scored this piece.

5 – H&M maxi skirt – Yes, I paid full price, but I’ve been wanting a black chiffon maxi for quite some time. Full disclosure: I bought this one even though it’s a jersey because of the pockets, but I got another version in chiffon with a full-length liner. I’m gonna see which one wins: chiffon with liner but no pockets or jersey with half liner with pockets. I’ll return the other. I swear.

6 – ASOS quilted purse – It fits wonderfully in my Longchamp bag and is a nice neutral. At under $25, I think it’ll prove to be a worthy purchase.

7 – lot of tuxedo/button-up shirts – One is Gap, another is Banana Republic and the last is Renfrew. An eBay purchase for $30 plus shipping. The crappy thing? I had them sent to New Haven because I forgot to change over my address from when I had stuff shipped over the summer. So I may have to pay another shipping fee, but $15 a shirt considering the brands is still decent. My thrifting BFF may not agree, however…

8 – J. Crew tuxedo shirt – Another eBay buy. Same story with shipping. But the gal was kind enough to ship parcel post so it only cost me an extra $2 to reship to me.

9 – Ann Marino Eureka – Did I tell you I returned my Enzos (worn here and here)? They just weren’t worth the pain, myriad compliments from the blogosphere and in real life notwithstanding. (Thank God for Nordy’s phenomenally generous return policy. I just mailed them back yesterday. Let’s see if they really do give me a refund even though the shoes were purchased a year ago and worn.) Anyhow, I had to have a replacement. Am waiting for these to come and will definitely walk around in them before I commit.

Overall, I was under my monthly budget and am feeling pretty good about each piece. Of course, several of them have yet to come in the mail and I may end up returning the booties, but that’s a good thing too coz then I’ll definitely be under. And the hubby is talking about renovating our master suite next. Perhaps I should curtail the spending? I sure would love to get rid of the carpet in the bathroom…

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Week 15 :: of selflessness, feeling gutted and the American Classic

It’s no secret that I plan my outfits days in advance.

What may not be as apparent is that I like to write copy in advance as well.  Sometimes, on a good day when I’ve got my writing mojo going and the kids are busy being kids outdoors, I can knock off the entire week’s worth of text in one sitting.

Doing this allows me to take my pics, create my collages, upload them, and pop them into my posts, all before I even start my work day and all without having to worry about crafting clever witticism to accompany them.  For all you PST folk, that means you get your daily dose of MCC right at 8:30am without fail.

Now although there is something to be said about such consistency, sometimes life just gets the better of me.  Take right now.  It’s my birthday but I’m writing this for tomorrow’s post.  Unfortunately, I’m gutted.

Not only did I give up my sleep-in time to get to Stater Bros. to beat the Memorial Day rush, I also managed to buy Aly’s bed frame, buy Aly’s new bedding, buy Aly’s new Cubeicals, assemble Aly’s new Cubeicals, cook the sides for our holiday BBQ, run two loads of wash and knit Aly’s American Girl doll a new dress.

I’m sensing an Aly theme here, aren’t I?  Ah, motherhood!  How you’ve changed selfish, little ol’ me.  To think I used to make my hubby celebrate my birthday month!

Anyhow, I really can’t dredge up much energy to talk about this ensemble, so I’m just gonna quote the guide once again and hope the pictures do it justice.

Presenting the American Classic:

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The most timeless – and certainly the most trendproof – of looks, American Classic is one that gets right at the heart of our collective fixation on the northeastern-elite lifestyle – a fascination that has held sway since we encountered Fitzgerald’s Daisy Buchanan.  Today, that means something that’s equal parts equestrian, Ivy League, and Jackie O-ladylike, but with a bit of urban knowingness thrown in as well.

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Think for a moment of Lauren Hutton in the early ’70s: tawny, flawless and ruthlessly sexy in a white blouse, navy blazer, and khakis.  As Hutton so aptly illustrated, the look can be menswear-inspired without being unfeminine.

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The Essential Pieces incorporated in my interpretation are the two-button beige blazer, white button-down, narrow-fit tweed skirt (although mine happens to be plaid), and equestrian boots.  Throw in pearl studs and what promises to be my signature chunky gold watch and I think I’ve hit the right notes in capturing this iconic look.  I always did say I belonged more on the East Coast than the West.

And you, my friends?  Do you have American Classic pieces in your closet?  Would you wear them together or is it just too preppy and prim for you?

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – L.L. Bean
Skirt – Merona @ Target
Blazer – Merona @ Target
Boots – Audrey Brooke

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Week 10 :: of blue, chartreuse and Gerd Koch

Ah, the best laid plans of mice and men…

Spring Garden with Sun Wet Patch by Gerd Koch

Spring Garden with Sun Wet Patch by Gerd Koch

The outfit planned for this particular piece was initially intended for Thursday, for no other reason than that it felt like a Thursday outfit.

But then I checked the forecast and, although I should know better than to trust meteorologists in So. Cal. (they might as well be using a bowl of water to scry the future for all the use they are to me), there is a prediction of a cooling trend later on this week.  So I swapped today’s original ensemble (pants and a long-sleeved top) with this one in the hopes that the weather predictors prove me wrong for once.

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The only problem I had with this outfit was the scarf, which unfortunately is the centerpiece of the look and could not be substituted.  At first, I was ecstatic because its resemblance to the painting was uncanny – right down to the colors and Impressionist-y brushstrokes.

Then I put it on.


It’s a ruffle scarf, also known in the knitting world as the potato chip scarf.  It’s fun to look at and relatively fun to knit but I never realized what a pain it is to style.  After attempting multiple methods of scarf-tying, I still ended up looking either like a surprised ostrich or a guillotined Queen Elizabeth.

Thank Buddha I remembered the good ol’ wraparound and tuck or I would’ve thrown in the towel and picked another painting altogether.  Paired with a structured blazer, the ruffles look contained and deliberate rather than fabric vomit around my neck.  I’m also proud of that rather outré combination of chartreuse and yellow.  I would normally have picked a brown or neutral shoe, but the painting told me to take a chance.  Here’s hoping it paid off.

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A shout out goes to my daughter who vetoed the blue cardi I was going to wear as my completer piece.  I’d shown her the painting and then given her the two choices.  The conversation went something like this:

Aly (wrinkling her nose at the cardi): I don’t like it.
Me: But that’s what I’d planned.
Aly: I don’t like it.  Too much blue.
Me (putting the white blazer on): Ok, now?
Aly: Better. The blue made you look dark. The white makes you look happy. And it picks up the white in the painting too.

I love my intuitive fashionista-in-training!

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:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Dress – Gabrielle Rocha @ 6pm.com
Blazer – Apostrophe @ Sears
Scarf – Marshall’s
Shoes – Call It Spring Roessing at jcp

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