by Lara on January 12, 2013

in fashion

Welp… so much for not “over buying”.

After winter clearance sales are my weakness. I stock up on all the sweaters and cardigans and boots I can get my grubby little hands on and save a shit-ton of money  on things I will get years of use out of so, I’m not going to feel bad!
These are all shapes and colors I keep going back to in my work wardrobe and; my weight seems to have plateaued over the past few weeks so I’m feeling confident about getting more pants and skirts.

Here’s the latest online shopping haul, all ridiculously cheap.

Alpaca Blend Sweater Coat - Express

Alpaca Blend Sweater Coat – Express


Crew Neck Cardi – Express


Lace Print Pencil Skirt – Express

Drew Welt-Pocket Velvet Slim Pants  Women's Pants  THE LIMITED

Drew Welt-Pocket Velvet Slim Pants  – The Limited

Skinny Corduroy Jeans - The Limited

Skinny Corduroy Jeans – The Limited

Merino Blend V-Neck Sweater  Women's Sweaters  THE LIMITED

Merino Blend V-Neck Sweater – The Limited

Chiffon Trim Tee - The Limited

Chiffon Trim Tee

Glittery Jacquard Tee - The Limited

Glittery Jacquard Tee

Silence & Noise Split Hem Cardigan - Urban Outfitters

Silence & Noise Split Hem Cardi – Urban Outfitters

Kimchi Blue Back-Stitch Cardigan - Urban Outfitters

Kimchi Blue Back-Stitch Cardigan – Urban Outfitters

Cooperative Applique Panda Flat - Urban Outfitters

Cooperative Applique Panda Flat – Urban Outfitters

PANDA FLATS! I don’t care how much they will probably hurt my feet to break in.

DV By Dolce Vita Marko Suede Harness Boot - Urban Outfitters

DV By Dolce Vita Marko Suede Harness Boot – Urban Outfitters

Yeah… I went a little nuts last night but… all of that was less than $200!

Between buy one get one 1/2 off on already clearance prices and additional 40% off and free shipping and ebates and yeah… sick.

A lot of these items have already sold out in less than a day but there are still many deals to be had.

What are you going to try to score on winter clearance?

Now to do my taxes and get that refund!


work clothes

by Lara on August 12, 2012

in fashion

One month down at the new job!

I’m learning something new every day, making fewer stupid mistakes, learning all this legal mumbo-jumbo and feeling more and more confident about getting things done.  If I could just remember to do 2 spaces between sentences!  I’m doing it now to help develop the habit because seriously, it drives my boss crazy.  Apparently, every lawyer is a stickler for their own tiny details and mine is a total double space nazi.  No biggie though.  I got this.

One thing I haven’t gotten the hang of is work clothes and shoes.  My feet are covered in healing blisters from all those new shoes. I still have 2 pairs I’m terrified to wear because I’ve traumatized myself.

I thought I would be sitting at a desk all day but no.  I’m constantly up and down, running from office to office, from my cube to the printers plus, I’m on the entire floor of a highrise so… yeah, all over the place all the time.  I’m also downtown and want to try food at all the surrounding places and run errands on my lunch break.

I’ve come to the sad conclusion that heels are pretty much out of the question unless I know my boss will be out of the office for trial most of the day.  My day is a wee bit easier when he’s gone. I decided that if a pair of shoes aren’t comfortable the instant I try them on, I’m not buying them.  No more of this “they’ll stretch out” or “I can moleskine that rubby spot.”  I’m done with it.  I found 2 pairs of flats yesterday at Marshalls that felt like heaven the second I put them on.  They’re a brand called “Me Too”, are leather with grippy soles and I got them for $22 each when they’re normally $80.

I triple dog dare these shoes to hurt me!

Then, there’s personal style.  Those shoes really aren’t my true style but I HAD to get them. My aching feet are making me miserable.

I went so basic with my initial shopping – solid colored classic shapes – and I don’t feel like my true personality is really shining through.  I’ve also lost 10 pounds in the past 2 months and I’m down a size, so all those pencil skirts I got are a bit loose.  I’m not complaining… I just feel a little sloppy and a little boring. It’s all very work appropriate and I don’t feel out of place at all.  I just feel like I’m pretending… or I’m not being authentic.  There’s a whole mess of funkiness these fools have yet to see!  I still do my cat eyes and my hair is always a wild mess so that’s working for me.

It’s silly but there’s this girl I work with whose style I really admire.  I’ve been studying her choices… longer cardigans, rolled sleeve blazers, slim pants, funky patterned blouses… I’m really feeling her look and I’m taking notes.  I own all of these things, it’s just a matter of putting it all together.  Fall is way more inspiring to me than disgusting sweaty Summer.  I get up in the morning, look at the weather report and just aim to not be a sweaty mess.

I also need to tap into my jewelry collection and play with accessories more.

I got these slim grey ankle pants, which are a bit longer on me since I’m short.  It’s amazing how myself I felt in these, opposed to the wider leg trousers I’ve been sporting.  Those make me feel a bit older than I want to feel.

$25 and in a ton of colors

Wider legs are super trendy for Fall too though.  Really, I think we’ve gotten to the point where everything is in style these days.  I got my first September issue (ELLE) yesterday and I’ve devoured it for ideas.  Inspiration was desperately needed.

I can’t wait to unleash the layers, texture and my own personality this Fall!

So, how do YOU show your personality in your boring office wear?



new wardrobe

by Lara on July 6, 2012

in fashion

You guys! I got a job! I’ll be starting Monday as a legal assistant for a large firm in downtown Richmond. It’s an incredible opportunity and I feel like the luckiest girl in the world. Seriously, 1 1/2 weeks of a job hunt and something amazing happened! I know my mom was looking out for me. It’s all too much!

So, I’ve had to do some shopping! Considering I’ve been living in sneakers, skinny jeans and deep V tees for the past decade… plus I’ve gained some weight… I pretty much needed an entire work wardrobe. I already had a few basics that would work well in an office setting but those are mainly for Fall/Winter, and I have a ton of blazers.

It’s been over 100 degrees for a week!

Just to get through my interviews, I got 3 pencil skirts at Target ($20 each) and 4 tops at Marshall’s (all around $15 each) and some Spanx. Holy hell those things are amazing!

This is a terrible pic of my pre-interview shopping:

Today, I spent the morning with my dad and he was SO sweet. My mom was a great dresser before she got sick and my dad insisted that he give me some money to go shopping – that my mom would’ve wanted it, to treat myself for the new job. He started crying. It broke my heart. Oh my gosh.

So, this afternoon, I shopped until I dropped. Here’s what I got – all on crazy crazy sale!

First off SHOES! I have a TON of shoes but almost everything work appropriate is for Winter. I got 5 pairs today – Report (apparently I can wear modest sandals if we’re not meeting with clients), Life Stride nude, Kenneth Cole metallic pewter snakey print, Blowfish black flats, Chinese Laundry red flats- all $19 a pair at Marshall’s, TJ Maxx & Ross!

Oh – on Thursday when I had my 2nd interview at one place (got that job too but turned them down) and the giant interview at the law firm (HR lady then two attorneys), I had time between interviews to go home and chill out. I noticed a weird chunk had come off near the sole of my black peep toe pumps – pretty much the only pair of shoes that went with any of my outfits. I had no other option but to hit it with a Sharpie marker before I flew out the door. That kinda freaked me out… so worried about good impressions!

I can’t believe I went to a mall today. Got this silky polka dot top at Express on clearance for $17

The Limited was having a major sale – additional 50% off clearance and there was still a ton of stuff. I got this coral drape neck top for $17

pale grey skirt from The Limited $15

purple/black/cream pleated skirt from The Limited $16

Oh this dress! I love it so much! It was $98, marked down to $25! From The Limited.

Everything got wrinkled in my car – Adrienne Vittadini dress – $128 down to $20 at Marshall’s

More wrinkles! Calvin Klein dress $40 at Ross

lightweight fuchsia cardi – $16 at Marshall’s

all the colors are off in my pics  – this is a light mustard cardi – $20 at TJ Maxx

I already have a few other tops, some decent higher neck tees, a black and a red cardi and that’s about it for now. I think I’m pretty well set for a bit! I should get a nice skirt suit for when I have to attend client meetings but could make do with one of those dresses in a pinch I guess.

Any suggestions?



by Lara on March 15, 2012

in fashion

I had a rough day.

When I checked the mail and had my coupon for a free Sephora birthday gift, I knew I was hitting the mall after work for some retail therapy.

I ran into Forever 21 for the first time in about a year and also picked up two cute tops and 2 sets of 4 wood/plastic bangles.

bangles – $6.80 a set

Brush Stroke Top – $17.80

Colored Floral Top – $17.80

I’ve been trying to collect woven tops that aren’t made of t-shirt fabric, since it just doesn’t wear well. They look more put together, wash well and are just as comfortable.

The floral is really out of my comfort zone but I love it! The Love21 line at F21 is a bit more grown up, better quality and more reasonably sized. My ridiculous rack makes my chest 40″ and I fit in a medium perfectly, but these tops are a bit boxy… which makes your hips and tummy look slimmer. It’s a win win.

A few weeks ago I got these Seychelles on clearance at DSW for $20!! I can’t wait to pair them with the flower top!

Oh! That Fresh Sugar lip treatment is really nice! So many chicks rave about it so I was excited. It has a little medicinal scent when you put it on but that goes away quickly. I also don’t feel the need to reapply constantly. It is $22.50 for a full-size though. That’s pretty major when I can get EOS lipbalm for $4 which is also natural, just no tint.

Are you getting excited for Spring? Get anything for warm weather yet?


after Christmas clearance

by Lara on December 28, 2011

in beauty

Did you hit up the sales on the 3rd most popular shopping day of the year? I heard some crazy stories about chaotic clothes shopping in the actual stores with things being picked over or deals not being all that great. I’m pretty set on clothes right now but I did check out the sales online. There wasn’t a damn thing I wanted! Stores were still hocking summer stuff as their super deals.

My big thing is to get wrapping supplies and decorations on clearance. I hit 2 Wal-Marts (really looking for elusive vacuum bags) and 1 Target. Women were cart blocking like crazy at 9am at Target but I manged to squeeze myself in.

I got all of this for $25! The platter is ceramic and there are even some cat toys for next year!

Love that polka dot wrapping paper. It’s fun to find things you can use year round but I wasn’t so lucky this year.

On Tuesday I also hit Sally Beauty Supply and scored on nail polish. 50% off already marked down stuff. That’s what I’m talking about! I got these 6 polishes for $6!!

The first is China Glaze Trendsetter. I’ve wanted this polish for a long time but it’s hard to find. Love the weird colors.

From L to R: China Glaze Trendsetter, CG Skyscraper, CG Haunting, Finger Paints Military Green, FP Catwalk Queen, Orly Monroe’s Red


So tell me tell me! What did you score?