Thursday, December 10, 2009

Birthday Duds

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!

2009 Dec 9(2)
2009 Dec 9(1)

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 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
Boots: Uggs

Tunic 2

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!)

Chanel 3

Chanel 2


  1. I live in St. Louis, but haven't visited Scholar Shop in several years. After seeing your awesome finds, I think a trip is in my near future :)

  2. I looooove your bday outfit! That shirt is just exquisite, and the long black belted cardigan looks cozy AND chic :)

    And I love the belted tunic! Soooo cute!

    AND that Chanel dress is TO DIE FOR! You are gonna stand out in the crowd at both holiday parties, for SURE ;)

    P.S. I would never know those were Uggs! They are so sleek!

  3. Happy birthday! These are some great finds. The Chanel dress is gorgeous and fits you perfectly!

  4. OMG! Never get rid of anything with CHanel on it! I love love love it!

  5. The smoke effect is not really working for distracts from you and the outfit!

    Have fun blogging :)

  6. I am loving the belted tunic and the Chanel dress!

  7. What a great find! It looks so great on you.

  8. And by "it" I was talking about the Chanel dress, because I forgot that there were other looks in this post. But actually, every outfit on your blog looks amazing!