New Purchase – Back to Work Clothes

I am finally starting back to work after being laid off from my job of eight years at Christmas. I am really looking forward to working again. And in honor of my new job, I needed what else? New clothes (in smaller sizes!!). Eric & I went through my closet last weekend and did another round of pruning, to get rid of whatever wasn’t working for me anymore – sizes, styles, etc. I also went through my shoes too, this time. I really would like to invest in some nicer shoes, rather than have several pairs from “le target”, if you know what I mean. So, out went some of the cheap shoes, and out went some of the shoes with a heel as wide as my fist. I made a list of the things I’d like to add into my wardrobe and/or replace with better quality.

  • new workout clothes
  • tops – button-down, fitted
  • new pair of jeans
  • mary janes
  • summer heels (white pr0bably)
  • ankle boots
  • possibly a new black purse (the purses still need to be gone through)

Then, we went shopping. I did get some new workout clothes (which I won’t bother to show you), and then a few other things. Have a look…

I wanted tops with great color, and I also found I have several black or black and white skirts, so I wanted a skirt with some color too. The top has ruching at the sides for a more fitted look.

I love the pink and white top especially. The blue one is basically the same as the red top with ruching at the sides. The purple top has ruching in the back.

And, since I mentioned I was going to have to add some emerald green into my wardrobe, when I found this lightweight sweater, I had to have it. I love the neckline on it. It would look great dressed up, or even with jeans.

And I’ve had this top since the end of the year, but have never worn it. I just love it, but since I’m losing weight I am sometimes between sizes. This one doesn’t quite fit yet.

When I looked through my closet, I realized that the majority of tops that I have are pullover, t-shirt type tops. I really want to begin to pull a more put-together and fitted look into my wardrobe, and I think I’ve got a good start here!

Oh, and I can’t forget…the pièce de résistance…

I cannot tell you how in love I am with these shoes. I was just immediately drawn to them, and Eric liked them as well. I’ve never had a pair of shoes even remotely like these. They are, shall we say, a little outside my box. I am still so pleased with the last pair of really nice heels I bought, so I was glad to be able to have another nice pair. These are Gianni Bini, the style is Viper, and they have a metallic heel. Gorgeous!!

Even better, they were on sale!


Oscar Night – A Few Months Late

Ok, ok….so the Oscars happen in February and here I am in May finally talking about them. It’s been a crazy whirlwind ride here since December when I was laid off from work. But, enough about that…let’s get on to the red carpet.

I love Oscar night, it is one of my favorite things to watch during the year. I love the movie industry, so I always find it exciting to see who wins. Of course, I also love fashion too, so it is a wonderful night to see what everyone in Hollywood is wearing on what could be the biggest night of the year.

There weren’t as many favorites for me this year as there usually are. This could be because I watched the red carpet special with Regis rather than the E! red carpet coverage, and hardly saw anything worthwhile. But, there were a few stunners that caught my eye.

Of course, I was immediately blown away by Nicole Kidman’s jewelry (photo above). I love this necklace, which apparently is one long strand of diamonds that is just wound around her neck. While the dress was nothing spectacular (although she looked beautiful), this necklace was amazing. I think it was striking against the black dress as well.

Red was an obvious choice for several women this year as well. Of course, I love red so my eye was immediately drawn to Anne Hathaway.
Apparently this wasn’t a favorite across the board, but it reminded me of Nicole Kidman’s dress and I just love the effect on the shoulder. I could see this with opera length white gloves. Very Audrey Hepburn, I think.
I also loved Helen Mirren in red. She looked so elegant, and the effect of the Swarovski crystal drop sleeves and back was beautiful.

I always love Cate Blanchett, so I was eager to see what she would be wearing. I loved her in this deep hue. The necklace by Lorraine Schwartz was a lovely addition to the overall feel of the dress. Pregnancy becomes her.

And then, finally, there was Marion Cotillard ‘s gorgeous mermaid-style dress complete with “scales” by (of course) Jean Paul Gaultier. I loved this for its originality and that she chose to wore white while most others were dressed in more vibrant hues. Again, this one was a love it or hate it kind of dress, but I loved it.

And one of my favorite categories at the Oscars is for Best Costume Design. I just adore costuming, and so I am always anxious to see who wins. This year, the Oscar went to Alexandra Byrne for Elizabeth: The Golden Age. Here are a few photos from the film.

And, since I am currently in the process of watching all the Best Picture films from the beginning, I was excited to see what the next Best Picture winner would be. This year’s winner was the film, No Country for Old Men. I haven’t seen it yet, but it’s on my list now!