Friday, December 18, 2009

Wish List

Sigh...the wish list. I know it's right before Christmas but my parents shop ahead so alas, these will remain on the list past December 25 :)
I loooove birds. This is soooo amazing!

Gotta love cashmere...I'd take any color of this cardi!
Anthropologie (except it got TERRIBLE reviews!?)

Anthropologie (daisies are my favorite flowers)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Holiday Dressing

Thank you, Nicole. I believe I will.

The Holiday Spirit

OK, admittedly I have taken quite a long time to get in the holiday spirit. Again, blaming it on endless shifts at JCrew with loads of Christmas music on repeat. I am working on it, though! Last night, baked scones for the first time with Corinne. And what else has helped put me in the festive spirit?

The Anthropologie holiday catalog. It's a small, square booklet of festivity and color. Who doesn't have a secret obsession!?
So, I thank you, Anthropologie, for helping put me in the holiday spirit. I have also limited my movie watching to holiday movies. (Bridget Jone's Diary, The Holiday, The Family Stone, White Christmas, Serendipity, and will be renting Four Christmases. We'll save Christmas Vacation for when I'm with my family) Maybe I'll try to listen to Christmas music on Pandora today...

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Shetland Accountant

Yes, that is what my coworker Austin dubbed me. That puts me at looking more like this:
Than this:

(c) The Sartorialist
Sip, sighhhhhh........ lol.
I will point out that shetlands are considered quite intelligent and are a very strong breed. At least there are pros to the situation!

Hello, Brad.

You look so serious!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Accountant.

Let me ask you one question. WHAT accountant that you know looks like this girl!? I myself AM an accountant, and I have never seen or met such a one who fits the profile.
(c) The Sartorialist

My nephews.

Sorry but this is TOO HILARIOUS not to post!!! (I had to post a second time due to technical difficulties...)

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

How to Use What You've Got Part II.

Well, last week's How To was so popular, I thought I'd continue. Another obsession I have in my closet (I think there could be a few more of these posts...) is the cardi.

Cardigan (nickname cardi): a type of sweater (or jumper) that ties, buttons, or zips down the front, by contrast, a pullover does not open in the front, but forms a solid tube around the torso. The cardigan was named after James Brudenell, 7th Earl of Cardigan, a British military commander, following his service in the Crimean War. It is usually machine- or hand-knitted wool or cotton although cheaper ones may be partially acrylic. Cardigans are available for both genders.

Plain cardigans are nowadays often worn over shirts and inside suit jackets as a kind of less formal waistcoat that keeps neckties out of the way when the jacket has been removed.

Now I think I have a decent amount of cardigans. I have put away my summer/spring cardis to make room for the winter/fall cardis. I wear them a few times a week a few different ways.

Some simple steps when I'm shopping for a cardi:

1. Inventory your closet and decide what colors of cardis are most useful for you. I usually stick with greys, warm colors like burgundy, or stripe.
2. Have an even ratio between patterned/jazzy cardis and plain cardis.
3. Try the cardi on. Button it up, unbutton it (to make sure the buttons aren't impossible to get done and undone!), twist and turn. Make sure the fit and the material is good (and lasting!)
4. Decide whether or not it is a deal breaker if the cardi is dry clean only.
5. You have to love it to own it.

When I'm wearing a cardi:
1. I usually start with one of my American Apparel v neck tees. I gravitate to v neck cardigans too, which pair nicely with them.
2. Pick the bottoms (skirt, shorts, pants - wide or skinny, dress).
3. Button the cardi, partially button, or leave it open.
4. Accessorize: add a belt around the waist, some long necklaces, big earrings, whatever you like!
5. If you want to pull off the sexy librarian look (hahaha) add glasses.
Sorry I forgot to snap a shot of my cardis....I'll post some of JCrew's fabulous collection instead for now :D

Monday, December 14, 2009

White Christmas

So, last night my roommate and I were sitting on the couch (painting our nails, with the cat, in front of the fireplace------JUST KIDDING!) and I turned on the TV JUST IN TIME to see my favorite part of White Christmas. If you haven't seen this movie, go buy it now, or queue it on your netflix!


During my time in South Africa, my cousin took me to a Tsonga shop near the Wine lands. Tsonga is a hand made leather (shoes & accessories) brand that began in South Africa, everything crafted by the Zulu women by hand. Tsonga created the program Thread of Hope to "empower and uplift a community of women in KwaZulu-Natal midlands in South Africa".

The Thread of Hope site tells their mission strait forwardly: to turn their abilities into real futures for their children. The women of Tsonga have their story (and dreams) told on the TOH site. I was touched by their story and wanted to support them.
I bought a pair of shoes and some small Elle wallets for gifts.

wearing my shoes while having "sundowners"
Elle wallets

**Some of their products are available online!
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