Win a pair of glasses from BonLook!

posted on: 11/30/2011


This week you have a chance to win a pair of stylish glasses (your choice!) from BonLook! All you have to do is:

1. Visit BonLook's site and look through their selection of eyewear.
2. Leave a comment below and let me know what you picked out.
3. Like their page on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

That's it! Check back next week to see if you are the winner. Also use the coupon code KENDI10 for 10% off your order. Giveaway open until Sunday, December 4th at 10 pm. 

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Winner of last week's giveaway is....


Congrats, Elizabeth T.! Email me :)

Boots and Bowling

posted on: 11/29/2011

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{Similar Top, Skirt, Similar Boots, Similar Socks}
 
When I worked retail in college, I never skipped a beat when wearing heels for 8 hours a day. In fact, my senior year of college I had a bowling class before I went into work. Since I had to dress up for work, I just wore my heels to bowl because I didn't want to change outfits. Instead of wearing sneakers, I'd just bowl in my heels. I'd tell the coach that I forgot to bring socks for the bowling shoes and after a few weeks in, the coach finally gave up and let me bowl in heels. That my friends is an impressive feat on many levels. I'm still proud of that to this day. Then when I entered the professional world, my commute was from my car to my desk where I sat all day sans the occasional trip to the printer and vending machine. So wearing heels was never a problem, ever. But now that I'm on my feet all day, I've stopped bowling and let's face it my ankles aren't what they used to be, it's getting tricky trying to figure out how to make outfits work around comfortable foot gear. Also, that might be the first time the words 'foot gear' has every been used on a style blog. But I digress.
 
All that to say, I'd like to give a shout out to my tall boots for always being there when heels are not and for prolonging the amount of time that I have to shave my legs.
 
(PS: I got a 'B' in Bowling 1301. Still proud.)

Day Off

posted on: 11/28/2011

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{Jeans, Shoes, Heart Tote}

So I survived our first holiday weekend up at the store. (I know you were worried.) By the end of yesterday I was getting loopy from the consecutive 12 hour days. I was in bed by 7 last night, safe in my bed, away from the crowds of people, watching reruns of Sister Wives on TLC. Obviously the best way to relax after a long weekend. 

Since we are closed on Mondays, today is technically my day off and this is my day off outfit. (Don't act like you don't get dolled up and put red lipstick on for your day off, too.) I'm usually in my workwear on the blog but I figured we might as well snap a few photos since I ended up getting dressed today. So just pretend I look as fancy as you today, ok? 

Black Friday

posted on: 11/25/2011

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{Blouse, Similar Skirt, Similar Shoes}

Sadly this year I did not wake up at 3:00 am to join in on the black Friday craziness. For no other reason other than I have to be at the shop instead of shopping. But I do love black Friday. Which in fact makes me crazy, too. Any other day of the year I'd avoid shopping with that many people, but not black Friday. Shopping in a state of delirium mixed with exhilaration while buying things that I didn't even want with hundreds of other people? Sign me up.

Win the Hydrangea Bag from Amy Kathryn Handbags!

posted on: 11/24/2011


This week you have the chance to win a Hydrangea bag from Amy Kathryn! All you have to do is:

1. Visit AmyKathryn's site and find your favorite bag.
2. Leave a comment below and tell me your choice!

Giveaway open until Monday, November 28th at 10 pm. One comment per person, please. 

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Winner of last week's giveaway is...

Congrats, Kerry! Email me :)


Tough

posted on: 11/22/2011

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{Dress, Jacket}

Twenty-seven years old is an odd age when it comes to style. I'm still drawn to cute dresses but when I put them on I feel like I'm trying to look 20. Which I kind of already do in the face so cute dresses are counter-productive to my pending adulthood, especially when trying to purchase alcohol or spray paint. I feel like the only way to wear cute dresses is to toughen them up. A leather jacket is tough. But a faux leather jacket on sale at Target in the Juniors section is even tougher right?  That's what I tell myself. 

Also, you know those words that you say out loud or type too much and they start sounding/looking weird? The word 'tough' is really starting to freak me out. You too, 'fork'. 

Mad for Plaid

posted on: 11/18/2011

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{ShirtSimilar Pants, Similar Boots, Clutch}

I think my mother likes me better on the internet than in person. Case in point: I saw her yesterday in this outfit. She asked "why have you not posted this yet? I miss your outfits." I was standing in front of her, and I would have blogger posed for her had she asked. But yet she wanted a post. So mom, this post is for you.

I've grown quite fond of plaid shirts lately. But sometimes I feel like a guy when I wear plaid. So what do I do? I put a tweed blazer over my plaid shirt, naturally. Nothing says feminine like a heavy tweed blazer. 

Win a Dress from Five Bamboo!

posted on: 11/17/2011


This week you have the chance to win the Adelie Dress from Five Bamboo. The best of Five Bamboo clothing is that each product is created out of organic, sustainable fabric made of bamboo lyocell with no harmful chemicals or gases and produces virtually no waste. (And their fabrics feel like butt-ah. Trust me.)

All you have to do is:
2. Leave a comment below and tell me your favorite item. 

Check back next week to see if you are the lucky winner! Giveaway open until Monday, November 21st, 10 pm. 

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Winner of last week's Blowfish Shoes giveaway is...


Congrats, Carmen! Email me. :)

Fossil Lookbook

posted on: 11/16/2011


Back in September, I worked with the team at Fossil on their holiday lookbook. The idea? Using the 30 for 30 remix with their holiday line. After running around the room for a solid 15 minutes giving my self high-fives, I told Fossil I was in. True to the 30 for 30, I picked out 30 pieces and styled each look.  Then shot the outfits over two days. Possibly the fastest remix in style blogging history. (I do not recommend a two-day timeline for 30 outfits, just FYI.)

This was also possibly the coolest thing that I've ever done. With exception to my wedding day and winning the 6th grade science fair. (Admittedly the science fair was a big day in my life.)


A few of my favorites from the shoot. 




And of course you can check out all of the looks at Fossil.com.

Work Wear

posted on: 11/15/2011

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{Similar Shirt, Similar Belt, Flats, Clutch, Scarf, Necklace}
 
Someone asked the other day if I always wear heels. Yes, yes I do. I've just never been into flats. It's not that I don't enjoy the feeling of not screwing up my knees forever or the lack of foot pain, but I just prefer the way heels look on an outfit. I'm such a martyr for my own vanity. However somedays in retail, as much as I fight it, are not heel days. Today is one of those days. So if I'm ever wearing flats, you know I mean business.
 
Oh and the castle behind me? That would be my house.

Follow the Arrow

posted on: 11/14/2011

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{Boots, Bleubird Necklace, Tote Bag, Scarf}
 
I went into an Anthropologie this weekend to pick up some home decor items. What did I end up walking out with? This skirt, on mega-sale. See that's the problem. I get distracted by clothing and they know that. I went in for cute drawer knobs and come out with a skirt. If the majority of what they sold was food and there was a tiny rack of clothing for sale, I would probably forget that I was hungry. My drawers didn't really need those knobs anyways. But my closet definitely needed a new skirt. That's what I'm telling myself anyways.

Pleather Please

posted on: 11/11/2011

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{Similar Blazer, Necklace, Shoes, Bracelet, Watch (c/o Fossil)}

Good news you guys, I found pleather pants. On sale. In my size. I'm almost certain I saw a light from heaven shine down on the sale rack in Gap that day, but I can't be sure. Now there are only a few downsides to pleather leggings. 1) It's hard to bend your knee, which in turn makes a lot of everyday activities difficult. Not impossible, but difficult. 2) Sweaty. I'll just leave it at that. 

The only other problem is that they draw a lot of attention to your lower half. My knees haven't received this much attention since those yellow tights that looked like my jaundiced skin. Good thing I really like the shape of my knees. 

Lessons in Style

posted on: 11/10/2011

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{Dress,Similar Blazer, Similar Boots, Bag}
 
I've had this dress for a while but haven't quite known how to style it. Mainly because it's t-shirt material and while t-shirts look good on my top half, they don't always look good on my bottom half. Really when I stretch any type of thin material from my top to my bottom, I'm going to feel iffy about it, especially when I eat or sit. Two of my favorite things to do. The solution: layers. I've put so many layers I bet you didn't even realize that there was a dress under there. So what did we learn today? When in doubt, layer.
 
 Class dismissed.
 
(Bonus points for any answer involving 'Spanx'.)