Chic and Casual Mix: Cape & Pencil Skirt

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I hope everyone has had a wonderful week! The weather here is currently all over the place (hence the crazy wind in my hair in the photos.) I have a story behind the t-shirt that I am wearing for this post! The shirt is a caricature of Coco Chanel, one of my all-time favorites, accompanied by the statement “I don’t give a chic”. I bought this t-shirt at a Souk (market) in Dubai because of my Mom. Even when my Mom is really upset, she does not use foul language – however, recently in a discussion she surprised me with the term “I don’t give a shiiiiiiit” (the i sounded like a very long e.) It made me laugh out loud, and I couldn’t resist this t-shirt as a result.

I love pencil skirts! They have an understated elegance and sex appeal. This gray metallic tweed can be dressed up or down, as I have done here with the addition of the whimsical t-shirt (this skirt would also look great with some All-Stars and a white-T.) I also love it more polished with a white button down, and here I kept the rest of the outfit upscale with my cape (super hero moment) and stilettos.

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Gray Tweed Pencil Skirt (50% online)

T-shirt (mine is from Dubai but I love these here and here)

Cape (on sale with extra 25% off with code LUXE25)

Shoes

Clutch

Cartier bracelets (luxe for less here), Ippolita bracelets

Lipstick

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University Of Houston – Table Talk

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Hope everyone had a nice and relaxing long weekend!  I have been busy gearing up for Table Talk!  It’s a great luncheon supporting the University of Houston Friends of Women’s Studies — it happens Thursday March 24th at the Hilton Americas downtown, and the invitation press deadline is January 25th. See more details below. Instead of one speaker at the front, we have 50 women from lots of industries and backgrounds, one at each table, leading the conversation.  Past conversationalists have included:  Annise Parker, Mayor of Houston, Tina Knowles, Designer, Cindy B. Taylor, CEO, Oil States Energy Services, Elizabeth Chiao, MD, MPH, Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Ruth Simmons, President Emerita, Brown University, Jyoti Malhan, Principal, Baylor College of Medicine Academy at Ryan, Carmen Jordan, Houston Market President, IberiaBank, and Andrea Gardner, Longshorewoman, Port of Houston.  Who can resist the chance to be in a room with women with such great accomplishments.

You can go online and buy tickets directly to the event.  Here is the link: https://giving.uh.edu/wos/

Please commit at the highest level you can. All support goes to the UH WGSS program, where they work everyday at building a fair future for us and our kids!

If you’d like to split a table, just divide the table level by the number of guests, and guests can go online and pay their share directly.

Just have them give your name in the comments section and the office will put everyone who lists that name at the same table. The tenth guest is your conversationalist — soon after you register, you will get an email with the list of conversationalists and you send in your top ten choices. It’s a great list again this year — and the higher your table level, the better your odds for getting your first choice. To share a table with someone you don’t yet know, call the office to find a match.  I would love to see everyone come out and support this great cause!

If you want more details about the event please go online and check it out here!

Today I am experimenting with some tried and true favorites from my closet.

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Sweater

Jacket

Chanel bag (love this luxe for less option here)

Leopard booties (40% off)

Gurhan Ring

Ippolita Bangles

Earrings via Dubai (love these bee earrings here and here)

 

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Edgy Yet Feminine: Tutu Dress & Leather

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 I am behind on posting this week but truthfully I am just having a hard time getting back into the swing of things post holiday.  But I should be back on schedule next week (fingers crossed)!

I want to share this absolutely adorable tutu dress which is so user-friendly.  You know I love a good tutu (see here) – they are extremely fun and flirty.  However, I do realize that not everyone wants to walk around in a tutu all the time.  This dress has the perfect element of sweet to it but with the addition of the leather jacket it becomes edgier.  I love the juxtaposition of the two elements which make it feel contemporary.  My accessories are to a minimum to keep things simple and sleek.

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tutu dress (also love the black tutu dress as well)

belt

jacket (mine is old but like this one here and here)

Shoes (free shipping with code FREESHIP) (luxe for less option here)

clutch

Ring by Nadine Boutros

Cartier bracelets

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Dubai Dining: Polka Dot Midi & Draped Top

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Hope everyone is having a great week!  This will be the last of my Dubai and Oman pics – I did a lot of R&R on the trip and took time off from work.  It also helped that my phone stopped working overseas.  Has anyone had that happen?  My iPhone kept saying it needed to be activated – but as soon as I got back to the states it started working.  I was beyond frustrated but on a positive note as the days went by I became more in tune with the relaxation element of the trip (Oman helped immensely in that aspect).

Polka dots have such a whimsy to them and the black background with the metallic shimmer made it perfect for a night out on the town.  The full skirt added to the flirty feminine feel of the outfit.  I played on the polka dot color and added gold accents and a neutral top in the same color family.  This cool jacket was a Dubai find from an Italian brand – Pinko.  The fit was spot on perfect!

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Skirt (25% off with code TAGTIME) (here is something similar)

Pinko Jacket

Helmut Lang top (similar here)

Aquazzura shoes

Prada belt (like this gold belt here and here)

Chanel bag

Taylor & Tessier cuff, Guhran ring, Cartier bracelets

Ray-Ban sunnies

 

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Purple and Gray: Leopard & Flares

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I hope everyone’s is having a good week!  I am starting to prep for my holiday travels and I can’t wait to be off to Dubai and Oman next week.  It will be the perfect combination of city fun and pure rest and relaxation.  I can not wait to share pictures!

Gray is my neutral color of choice and I love finding new colors to pair it.  Blush pink is my stand by color combo with gray, but it also looks great with yellow, black and purple!  It is not a secret that I adore leopard – in all its forms!  This purple button down is a great layering piece (styled here with distressed denim) and combined with my gray jacket and flares it became the perfect combo for casual running around.

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Jacket

Button Down

Jeans

Suede shoes

Earrings

Ring, Zadok’s custom ring

Chanel bag

 

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Holiday Party Time: Black Cape and Black Dress

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I want to share some fun ideas for holiday party outfits.  I adore capes (remember this one here) and this one is perfect.  It is light in weight and thus perfect for layering and the length and shape is divine.  I have worn it casually over jeans and skinnies and love that it can be used across the spectrum from cocktail parties to girls lunch.

The layered eyelet dress with a skin tone color underneath is very popular right now and this dress is a great way to indulge in the trend.  I adore the subtle sexy element of it without actually showing any skin. I threw on the belt and heels and I was ready to roll.

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Dress

Cape

Alexander McQueen Belt 

Gurhan earrings, Cartier bracelets, ring

Shoes

Chanel clutch

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Printed Palazzo Pants and Sleek Leather Jacket

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I hope everyone is having a great week!  I have been getting asked a lot of questions lately about in-store shopping versus on-line shopping.  The truth is that I barely ever go to the actual brick and mortar stores anymore.  The convenience of free shipping and free returns is too good to pass up.  I am a huge fan of trying clothes and accessories on at home so I can pair with items from my own wardrobe (and to make sure I do not already have 15 similar items).  In terms of sizing and such – if I am unclear how the items run then I order a larger and smaller size to cover all my bases.  With free shipping and returns it makes the returns so effortless and I don’t have to worry that my size will be gone.

I have been looking for a pair of palazzo pants for a while now and I adore the color and pattern of this particular pair.  It is even prettier in person!  The teal, gray, black and beige is just gorgeous.  I wanted to play with the colors in the pants so I added the beige top and the gray jacket (my new favorite – it goes with everything and the slighter lower hem in back makes it very sleek).  No competition was necessary for the pants so I kept the shoes a neutral suede.

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Shop the goodies below (free shipping and returns):

Palazzo Pants

Top (50% off with code EVERYTHING)

Jacket (faux leather but buttery soft)

Suede shoes (40% off right now)

Clutch (love this luxe for less option here)

Earrings

Hérmes belt and bracelet, Cartier bracelets (luxe for less yellow gold here and white gold here)

Gurhan ring, Zadok’s custom ring

 

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Boys: Navy Blazer & Cobalt Leopard Button Down

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Hope everyone is having a great week! I am just getting off of the high of seeing Salman Rushdie at the Inprint reading on Monday night. He was absolutely incredible – his knowledge of literature to politics to history is absolutely incredible (so pretty much everything).  And his sense of humor is divine – have I ever mentioned how much I love a funny guy? I can not wait to start reading the book – Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights (i.e. 1001 Arabian Nights).

The borrowed from the boys category is a full on trend this season (see my tux and button down styled here) and what says prep school more than a navy blue blazer? This particular blazer received my attention because of the sleek white satin lapel which gave it a cool twist.  While the gold buttons on the sleeves kept it classic. It is a great way to incorporate the boys trend and still keep it modern and not “literally” borrowed from the boys.  I also wanted a dash of fun and girly so the button down in the cobalt leopard was just what I needed to complete the look. I can’t wait to wear my leopard again!  The fringe shoes are still going strong so if you haven’t purchase a pair yet – check out my fun high and low finds below.

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Navy Blazer (25% off online with code NEWNEW)

Cobalt Leopard shirt (on sale and with 25% off online)

Distressed denim (free shipping and 40% off online only with code HOLIDAY) – love this luxe for less version that has a great fit

black belt

studded belt (50% off)

Clutch (new version here)

Louboutin heels (old but love these current version here, similar here for less, here, here)

Cartier bracelets (similar here and here), Gurhan ring, Zadok’s custom ring (similar here), Dior earrings (similar here)

 

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Borrowed From the Boys: Tux, Button Down and Vest

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I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  I managed to stay dry and really got into the cool weather on Sunday.  I mean the leaves haven’t changed color, and the air has not been crisp so I had to take my 54 degree weather and run with it!

I am a little obsessed with red right now – it is not a color I normally gravitate towards but Mr. Wonderful does love it when I am in red.  If all else fails I throw on my new favorite red lipstick (get it here).  I wanted to get into the fall spirit by keeping everything else black.  These are my absolutely new favorite pants – they are black denim with crazy amounts of stretch (yeah) and the added details of the tuxedo stripe and ankle zippers are spot on perfect.  I can not stop wearing them and look forward to styling them in the next few weeks.  Fringe is still very hot for fall and Christian Louboutin was way ahead of the curve when I bought these several years ago.  I have listed my current favorite fringe shoes down below. The addition of the blazer polished up the entire outfit and I was ready for meetings, brunch and drinks.

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Tuxedo pants (love them in this dreamy maroon with black tux stripe here)(40% with code BRSALE – I say get all the colors)

White Button down

Red Sweater

Blazer (50% off)

Christian Louboutin shoes (old but these fringe styles are amazing here, here, and these here are 30% off and love this luxe for less option that is on sale here)

Cartier bracelets, Nadine Boutros ring, Zadok’s custom ring, Céline bag

 

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Flares, Long Tunic and Sequin Sleeve Jacket

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I hope everyone had a great weekend and remained as dry as possible!  I cannot tell a lie I did enjoy the first day of torrential rain with coffee and a good book (I am currently reading An Unneccessary Woman).  But as the rainy days have wore on and events have gotten canceled –  I am pretty done with the rain at this point.

Today, I want to share an outfit I wore right before the rain storm started.  I previously styled this tunic here with skinnies but I wanted to try it with flares today.  This long tunic works with both silhouettes and is extremely flattering on different body shapes.  The neutral color is also perfect for playing with different colors and today I added some army green through the jacket (see jacket styled here with a maxi).  It was the perfect outfit that took me from meetings to date night.

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Asymmetrical Tunic

Jacket with Sequin Sleeves

Flares

Shoes

Vintage Chanel, Cartier watch and bracelets, Gurhan ring, Zadok’s custom ring, earrings via Dubai

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