Archives for September 2012

Shopping the J.Crew 25% off Fall Sale: With a Focus on Work Appropriate Pieces

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Like most women in the working world, i’m a sucker for J.Crew. I love their classic designs and work appropriate styles. Currently i’m on a consulting project in Fargo, ND so when their 25% off sale came around, I took the opportunity to pick up some colder-weather pieces (and, admittedly, a bow bracelet for fun).

Cambridge Cable Chunky Turtleneck Sweater in Black, ordered size 10

Tippi Sweater in Turquoise Pool, ordered size L for an oversized fit, on sale for $34.99!

Tuxedo Bows Bracelet

Another key piece i’m searching to add to my Winter wardrobe is a classic tall, black boot. I have wide calves from years of swimming and so extended calf boots are a must. Plus, I don’t like the look of super tight boots over jeans so wider calf options work well for that too. These are the J.Crew options i’m loving:

Booker Buckle Boots – Extended Calf

Booker Boots – Extended Calf

Are you ordering anything from J.Crew during this sale?

The Bacchanal: Las Vegas, Caesar’s Palace – Voted “Best Buffet in the World”

During our impromptu weekend visit to Las Vegas, the boyfriend and I had one crucial stop we absolutely had to make: The Bacchanal buffet at the Caeser’s Palace. Voted the best buffet in Las Vegas, and newly the best buffet in the world, this was one of the most amazing dining experiences I have ever had. I am a sucker for a good buffet and this world class dining event did not disappoint.

The interior of the building was immaculately decorated. With modern wood paneling and glass fixtures, it was a beautiful atmosphere to dine in.

However the most amazing part of the experience was, of course, the food. There were 9 stations each with different ethnic types of food. Options included an entire seafood station, a mexican station complete with handmade tortillas and a taco man, an asian station, salad bars, fried food station, and the list goes on. I was completely stuffed when I walked out and easily went through three plates of little samples of nearly every dish.

As a sucker for all things sweet, the dessert station was my boyfriends and my clear favorite part. The pastry chefs offered individually made soufflés, homemade gelato, endless assortments of cakes and cookies, handmade crêpes that easily rivaled those in Paris, and my personal favorite: crème brûlée, that I neglected to take a photo of as it was consumed immediately.

The Bacchanal has become our new favorite place to dine in Las Vegas and was the highlight of our trip this time around. Clearly we like to eat!

Impromptu Weekend Trip to Las Vegas


This past weekend the boyfriend and I decided to meet up with some friends in Las Vegas on a little impromptu vacation. We absolutely love Las Vegas (the bf is from Nevada) and visit quite often. Our friends had never been and I had such a great time showing them the fashion splendor, eclectic drink and food options, and the glorious themed hotels. Apologies for some of the slightly blurry photos that follow. I guess this is the result when you give someone else your camera!

One of my absolute favorite parts of Las Vegas is the shopping. While I rarely spend my time purchasing anything, I love to walk around and take in the sites and the hustle of the people through the ornate malls. Every brand imaginable has a flagship store in Las Vegas making it as close to heaven as possible for a blogger. (P.S. I almost made my dream purchase (for the moment) in the Chanel boutique at the Bellagio but couldn’t get myself to pull the trigger).

One of our favorite things to do while walking the strip is sip on a cup of cold Fat Tuesdays. It is a Las Vegas staple that consists of slightly alcoholic slushies that come in every flavor under the sun. I always opt for the “orange dream” in their smallest size and love how it cools me down in the 100+ degree heat outside. It is one of our fun LV rituals and our friends loved trying it.

To walk around all day I opted for a simple outfit: my favorite Banana Republic tank (reviewed here) and my Nordstrom junior’s department striped skirt that is quickly becoming a wardrobe staple. My $12 Nordstrom Rack Juicy Couture earrings finished off the outfit.

Stay tuned for pictures of our visit to the Ceaser’s Palace’s new buffet: the Bacchanal. Newly opened and voted the best buffet in the world. Needless to say I took a million pictures and ate until I couldn’t breathe.

Tutorial: Style a Coat to Flatter Your Pearshape Figure

Coats are the one Fall and Winter accessory I stock up on during those seasons. I love interesting coats, case and point with this LOFT coat I nabbed almost immediately, and have so much fun using them as focal points in my cooler weather outfits. However, I always feel slightly bulky and unshapely in most coats, and over the years have developed subtle ways of tying or wearing them to help flatter my figure.

When buying a peacoat or trench I tend to go for double breasted styles as they usually come with a sash that helps synch the waistline. This style also allows for different wear variations, like my favorite above. I fold back each side of the coat and button it to its respective button. This creates fun almost faux lepels and also a slim center opening which gives the illusion of a thinner waist and longer torso.

When I want to button my coat double breasted style, or wear it folded over as shown above, I like to play with the ties. My favorite way of creating some added interest to coats is to create a fun bow tied at the back. This brings the attention back to my narrow mid section and removes the bulk of the ties from the front of my body.

But when i’m in a rush, and want to wear the coat buttoned as intentioned, I always tie the excess material in a bow, and rarely let it flap along my body. The flapping draws attention to my lower half and generally looks less polished. I also rarely use the “fish” shape (though it is so cute!) that is common among many bloggers (see here), because as a pearshape woman I feel like it only adds bulk to the side of my frame and eliminates the synching affect that tying in the front creates. Tying excess material in a bow creates a “belt” feature that further defines my waist and gives a feminine, fun feel.

I am absolutely in love with this coat and cannot wait to pair the black and white stripes with rich colors and textures for Fall. If you have any more coat-wearing tips, please pass them along!

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