Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Weekend Wardrobe Wishlist

Yesterday, I wrote I humongo blog post with updates on my various blogs, TILFT, and a weekend wardrobe wishlist (WWW-- new feature, perhaps?). But the combination of uploading pictures for the WWW + weird connectivity issues on the server here lead to the demise of my glorious post. That said, I've decided only to post the WWW. Here goes...

This Saturday, I will be in Boston to celebrate Jay's birthday (would have been incluced on TILFT). We're going out to dinner and then clubbin, but with potential loungey bar stops in between. So my outfit needs to be classy, comfortable, and versatile. What I really want to wear is this little number from Modcloth.com:

I'd pair it with some black patent leather heeels or these Mossimo for Target badboys I picked up at Goodwill if I'm feeling a little crazy:

...but alas, I have neither the funds nor the time to procure that perfect, sassy dress for this weekend. Instead, I'm considering...

a simple, black cotton shift dress like this one (mine is Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit):

Could be boring, but with the right styling, it could be magnificent. Some ideas include:
+ SILVER: Pile on silver jewelry and accessories (including a pair of silver slingback peeptoes) until I'm blinding.
+ BROWN LEATHER: My favorite color combination is the faux-pas of yore, black and brown. I could cinch my waist with a big brown leather belt, step into some woven brown leather wedges, and add some copper, stone, and leather baubles.
+ COLOR: Pick out a colorful belt or use a scarf as one, throw on all of my plastic bangles, and finish with those purple heels (pictured above) or even red or blue ones.

I know Bobbie's going to be rockin' the jeans and sexy top look, so that's potentially an option for me, too. I'd wear jeans and heels like this:

But my predicament, like the model's above, is the top. Sure, I have nice tops, but they're all very businessy. I would want something flirty, like this:

Or romantic, like this:

Or saucy, like this:

[all shirts from Modcloth.com. Have I mentioned how much I wish my entire wardrobe was from there?!]

But I don't really have anything like those (must be remedied soon!!!). So, finally, here's what I'm leaning toward the most right now:
I think the dress in the picture is black, but the one I have (yes, I actually have this dress!) is dark blue. Styling options include the silver and the color plans from my thoughts on the black shift. OR...because the arm holes hang down juuust a little extra, I can wear my leopard print bra with it (a little underarm surprise?), leopard peep toe mini-wedges, and then who knows what kind of jewelry? I'm also debating really playing up the flapper look and adding a white ostrich plume to my hair.

Decisions, desicions...and they have to be made soon because I'm packing tonight!!!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

It bloggles the mind...

I've become a blogging fiend.

I decided that I can't keep up Beth Bruce: The Sex Lady, because posting to it felt too much like work. I spend all day talking and/or reading about sex and sexuality, and when I'm done, I'm just all sexed out (well...you know). I really feel like a blog should be an outlet, not a burden. But I do want an additional blog; one that isn't about my life necessarily and doesn't have personal updates for my small readership. So now I have two new blogs...

1. A fashion blog called Shop, Don't Drop! Read the first post for a better understanding of why I'm doing this. We'll see if I can keep it up.

2. A foodie blog called Serious Grindage: A Practical Guide to Mastication. I started it because within a week, I had at least three people tell me that they would read a blog about food if I wrote one. But I haven't posted to it yet because I don't know what angle I want to take. I mean, I already have all of those Yelp reviews and will continue to Yelp, so it needs to be different. Thoughts?

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Yelp All About It!

As you can probably tell from the little Yelp map on the side of this blog, I'm a pretty active Yelper and have recently become more active through earning "Elite status" and being invited to special parties. This week I got to go to an awesome bar and eat and drink for free. The dress code? Monochromatic. Check out my sweet blue get-up:

That's my +1, Richie (see #5 on previous post), and fellow Yelper, Sarah B.

There's another one next week, too! Free Mexican food and sangria? Yes, please!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

(turn and face the strain)

Some changes I've noticed about myself/in my life:

1. I like blueberries now! This will make life a little easier for me because I found that avoiding blueberries is a pain.

2. I am no longer boycotting being introduced to new bands (or artists I've never heard of before). For a while, I was just exhausted with everything that comes along with keeping musicians/albums/songs straight, and now I'm okay with putting some effort into it and enjoying the fruits of my labor.

3. I put more effort into my appearance each day (during the work week, at least) than I used to, and I really love how it makes me feel...which is polished, professional, grown-up, and most importantly: sassy and fabulous.

4. While I really love my downtime at home, I would much rather be out and about socializing or at least going for a walk (solo or otherwise). I guess this isn't much of a change because I've always been very active, but I feel like it has been more obvious lately.

5. After a few months of singledom, I am again attached. It happened sooner than I thought (and maybe even hoped) it would, but I keep reminding myself of that overused-- but completely appropriate-- John Lennon lyric, "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." I also think about my dear friend Jay who would always yell at me for "tempting fate" with all of my neurotic planning. So this me, going with the flow, enjoying my time with a completely delightful, completely unexpected young man.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


Two things:

1. I have a ridiculous shopping bug right now and absolutely no money to satiate my craving. But it's okay! I'm going to go through my closet this week and do some outfit evaluation to see what changes I can make to give myself the impression that I have new pieces.

2. Related: While I'm no slacker when it comes to getting dressed every day, I can TOTALLY put more effort into it and have a little bit more fun with my outfits. My inspiration? These two ladies right here:
Jessica of What I Wore
Sarah of The Year of Living Thriftily

Granted, both of them are in the fashion industry and have certain connections that I am extremely envious of, but I can do this, too!

Monday, August 3, 2009



I'm having trouble concentrating on writing posts with any real direction, so I'm going to make some lists. Here goes...

Things I Did Recently That Were Tons of Fun:
1. Weekly, I go to my friend Sheila's for dinner. It's always such a good time, and the food is delicious. I take wine because I'm not much of a cook, and who doesn't love wine? Last week some friends I hadn't seen in a long time were there, too!

2. So I'm seeing this boooooy, and we've been having such a great time together. I'm enjoying half-day Fridays, so we met up for lunch and then went to the UPenn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and the Institute of Contemporary Art (both free!). After getting caught in some ridiculous rain, we had dinner, played a board game, and watched Flight of the Conchords. A righteous rainy day.

3. The weather on Saturday was GORGEOUS, so Sheila, her neighbor Esther, and I went to Ocean City, NJ for the day. Luckily, the three of us are all completely content napping on the beach for hours, so it was a perfect outing. We finished off the excursion with delicious Kohr Bros. custard and grilled hot dogs once back in the city.

4. On Sunday, that boy and I went to Princeton to explore, and when we got bored (as the town is small and a lot of shops were closed), we headed to Lambertville, NJ and New Hope, PA which were both really neat little country towns separated by a narrow spot on Delaware River. Once we got back to Philly, he made me dinner while I watched part of Wayne's World. Excellent.

Things I'm Looking Forward To:
1. My aforementioned health issues are slowly being taken care of. I had an appointment with a specialist on my lunch break today, and I'll be getting a CAT scan soon. Fingers crossed that this isn't serious.

2. My triumphant return to the gym! I told the doctor today that I stopped working out because of the whole mess, and she said I should be okay to go back. Tonight? Perhaps. Wednesday night? More likely.

3. I have a hearing tomorrow for a parking ticket I got months ago. It'll be nice to get it resolved.

4. Weekly dinner at Sheila's tomorrow!

5. I registered for an art class today! It's a basic drawing class that happens weekly this fall. The best part? It's free and by my house!

Annnnd I'll leave the lists at that.