Ha ha, no NOT my birthday suit! (Sometimes I make myself giggle.) Yesterday was my birthday, so I took a drive to St Louis, MO to visit with Ruth and my peeps at The Scholar Shop. Ruth and I went shopping together, we spent about 3 hours at GW (Goodwill) and TJs (TJ Maxx), then to the Scholar Shop for some real love.
Before I headed out, I decided to try a few outfits, to see how they would work for future events. When I uploaded the photos to my computer I really started laughing - my humidifier was on in the bedroom - so I got the awesome "smoke machine" effect in some of the photos! LOVED it!
Here's what I ended up wearing yesterday:
Occasion: Shopping and schmoozing with friends, birthday dinner at Maya Fusion with husband and friends, staying warm in COLD weather
Details: Sleeveless black/cream houndstooth silk ruffled blouse, Trina Turk, The Scholar Shop
Merino wool cardigan, Banana Republic via The Scholar Shop
Joe's Jeans Muse Fit, TJ Maxx
Ugg's Boots (sheepskin lined with a rubber sole and 1/2 inch heel), Mosser's Shoe Store, Springfield, IL
I was an Uggs fan for years, then decided I needed more structured footwear. When I found this new style, it fit all my needs, especially the need for warmth (the low last night was 7 degrees). They're still a little "blocky" at the toe for me, but I was all about staying warm. I waterproofed them and you will be seeing a lot of them on this blog this winter!
Before I finalized my daily outfit, I tried something new with this dress from The Scholar Shop. I belted it, hiking it way up (a la Chelsea http://brightsidedweller.blogspot.com/2009/09/outfit-log-flouncy.html) and turning it into a tunic. I think I'll like it better with leggings and boots or heels, but I was getting in a hurry and went ahead with the photos. The dress is a silk jersey, and I layered a black sleeveless turtleneck underneath.
Details: Dress/Tunic Silk jersey, The Scholar Shop
Turtleneck: Sleeveless Michael Kors, Macy's
Belt: Lucky Brand Store, St Louis, MO
Jeans: Joe's Jeans, Muse Fit
For the finale - CHANEL!
One of the reasons I am such a fan of The Scholar Shop is this dress. The shop has an annual bag sale - you can fill a brown grocery bag with items from the store for $25 per bag. The first year I found the store, this CHANEL dress was the first thing I put in my bag. Then I piled in St John suits (most of which I sold on ebay) and tons of other goodies. But, the Chanel dress was the prize, don't you agree? I have two holiday parties next week to which I plan on wearing this gorgeous dress - one at the Governor's Mansion in Springfield, IL and the other in Houston, TX (the only person who will see me at both is my husband, so I think I'm safe to wear it twice).
Details: Dress, Chanel, The Scholar Shop
Shoes: Anne Klein, black suede peep-toe pumps, DSW
(Now admit it, you love the smoke effect!)