MAC Cosmetics: Impassioned Lipstick

MAC Cosmetics: Impassioned Lipstick

Yesterday I traded in 6 of my old MAC Cosmetics empty containers and received a free lipstick of my choosing. This is the result. I LOVE this lip color because it is easy to maintain and it goes well with my porcelain skin tone. I generally wear pink eye shadow, so I am going to be mixing that up to avoid being *too* pink (see the evidence above!).

Easy to apply, long-lasting wear, and easy to remove (although it doesn’t rub completely off unless you want it to!).


Warm Colors

Warm Colors

Today’s outfit! This shirt was one of my favorite finds. A few years ago I was at American Apparel and I discovered that the extra small men’s button downs fit me! It revolutionized my wardrobe. This one was my first one, and I adore it.

Only recently have I started wearing skirts without tights. Even though I have been much thinner than I currently am, I have only recently appreciated my body (thanks to Weight Watchers and a regular exercise schedule). It feels great to wear a form-fitting pencil skirt with bare legs on a hot, humid summer day!
I bought these shoes in multiple colors from Steve Madden a few years ago, and I scooped up this feline-patterned headband with bow last winter at Urban Outfitters.

Sailaway Circle Skirt

Sailaway Circle Skirt

Recently available for only $39.99 at Anthropologie, this gorgeous nautical skirt is sadly sold out.  It has incredible reviews, and it is a unique length (slightly past the knee). Reviewers state that it pairs well with a plain light-weight tee and a chunky leather belt. I will update if more become available, but for now, I’ll just remain jealous of those who scooped it up at such a low price!

Why Modest Apparel Wins

This morning I got on the bus from New Jersey to Port Authority.  It was crowded, and it was hot.  Luckily I scored a seat right near the front of the bus, but my luck didn’t last long.  Only one stop after mine, a middle-aged man scaled the bus stairs and positioned himself directly over me.  In most situations, I understand that such close proximity is necessary; commuting in and around New York City is never simple or fun, so I generally tolerate whatever comes my way and attribute any unpleasantries to typical urban living.  This particular man, however, was convinced it was kosher to use public transportation while half dressed.  Sporting a completely unbuttoned shirt, his hairy forest of a chest was coated in a glistening sheen of sweat reminiscent of morning dew.  Gross.

A friend of mine moved from Arizona to New York City over a decade ago to “escape the hot summers of the southwest.”  He didn’t do his research very well; New York City, like most northeastern urban centers, is a swamp in the summer months.  The humidity here is enough to drive anyone insane.  No one here can deny that summers in the tri-state area are brutal.  But that does not give anyone the excuse to dress improperly.  Booty shorts, low cut shirts, breathtakingly high slits and unbuttoned shirts are a no-go.  The scantily clad look classless and pose a threat to New York’s reputation as a cosmopolitan fashion capital.  There is nothing attractive about showing too much skin, and although the individuals sporting such clothing (or lack thereof) may claim to be more comfortable, they are making the rest of us LESS comfortable.

Modest clothing is not uncomfortable, and it makes us look classy, not frumpy.  Ladies, choose lightweight cotton tops or dresses with short sleeves or tank tops that cover bra straps.  Leave tights behind and choose skirts, shorts or pants that offer room to breath but still cover more than your bikini would.  In general, an inch or two above the knee is as short as adult professional women should opt to wear both at work or on a day trip.  If you are not athletic (I am not!), take that into consideration; nothing is more unattractive than a display of lumps and bumps.

Wear clothes that fit.  Know your bra size.  I worked at Victoria’s Secret throughout college, and it is incredible how many women do not know their true bra size.  You should not have “four boobs.”  Your bra should fit comfortably and seamlessly under a t-shirt.  Victoria’s Secret offers free measurements, and they are pretty accurate.

Modest is not synonymous with boring either.  Select unique, bold prints and colors and mix and match.  I would never claim my wardrobe is conservative by any means, but that is primarily because of my passion for classy clashing.  Stripes and polka dots DO go well together, and floral patterns compliment solid pieces as well as repetitive prints!  Choose materials and patterns that reflects your personality; I love animals, so I jump for adorable prints exhibiting giraffes, foxes, and especially, cats!

Unless you are at the beach, at home, or at the club, do not wear clothing that you would not wear in the office (or in any formal professional setting).  Grocery store runs are not an excuse for wearing pajamas.  Nor are undergraduate 8 am classes.

Call me old-fashioned, but I take pride is looking my best whenever I’m in public.  It’s what classy ladies do!


The heat is not an excuse to dress sloppily!  Teachers on a coffee break in Los Angeles in July.  Note my long-sleeved shirt (right)!  If I can do it, you can too!

Bright Summer Mondays

Bright Summer Mondays

I have 4 more days left at work until I leave my position as a librarian. I decided to go bright today.

The owl blouse with bow is from Anthropologie, and it was a gift from the Easter Bunny (read: mom) last year. I recently bought the adorable blue floral pencil skirt from Anne Taylor, and I love the way it fits. I had to throw in a cardi for the chilly air conditioning at work, and to top it all off, I sported by zebra-striped Sperrys. Don’t forget my purse of the season: nautical Michael Kors!

Work With Me Dress in Black


One of my latest finds is the “Work With Me” dress in black found here:

I celebrated my 28th birthday last week, and I chose to have a party at Medieval Times with friends and family.  Like a good fashionista, I used this event as an excuse to purchase a cute new dress.  Since I don’t have separate wardrobes for work and play, I was determined to find something versatile enough to wear while teaching middle-schoolers (read: conservative) but adorable enough to shout “birthday girl wants to cheer for the sexy red knight.”  Since I’m also transitioning between jobs, I was on a budget.


What girl ever has enough little black dresses?  A few of mine have seen better days, so I decided to spruce up my closet with this retro yet mod number.  The material is 83% Polyester, 14% Rayon, 3% Spandex, and it stretches just enough to glide over sexy curves.  I love the cute little ruffle around the waist, and I was pleasantly surprised that it does not add any extra bulk to a regular gal’s figure.  The Peter Pan collar is wonderful, and the zip up back renders this dress incredibly easy to slide on and off without risking leaving behind white deodorant marks.


My favorite thing about this dress?  Other than the price tag ($49.99!), it’s definitely the puffy shoulders and ample sleeve-length.  The angular look of the shoulders makes the dress much more modern, and they also provide some sass.  The sleeves make this dress comfy in all types of weather with or without a cardigan.

Pair this dress with open-toed red wedges and costumey vintage jewelry and you’re golden!