Friday, October 31, 2014

Black & Navy

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Happy Halloween!!  Yep, I will have a costume pic to share tomorrow!  As for today though, I’m sharing another business look from this week – working navy (skirt) and black (blazer) together.  I recently heard some women talking about how they would never do this… I say, why not!?!  Two neutrals will always go together well.  What do you think? 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wrap it up!

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You can’t get more classic than a Calvin Klein wrap dress!  This one is perfect for an easy throw on and go morning and is particularly comfortable and easy to wear.  Unfortunately, these suede booties are not so much…  Ah well, if I have to sacrifice comfort for fashion – it will always be for my shoes’ sake!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tangerine

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This morning was rushed and this day crazy busy!  No time for deliberating over multiple accessories or layering, so I had to depend on bold color and a fun shoe to pull my look together.  I actually ended up feeling quite Autumn and even Halloween festive in this tangerine color.  Out the door I go!

the brands… dress: Fossil, belt: Forever XXI, shoes: Steve Madden.

Monday, October 27, 2014

OTK

While I’m definitely more of a warm weather girl, I do enjoy the Fall as well.  It’s a great time to be outside and soak in the crisp Autumn colors and smells.  It’s also a perfect time to break out my over the knee boots!

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Looking for a good pair of OTK boots?  Click to shop these 2 great options – both under $100!

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As for home life, my pumpkin is 3 months now!  I can’t believe it.  Time has flown and she is already getting so big.  I love watching her personality come out – she’s so happy, strong, and sassy.  She’s I just love her to pieces!

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Graphic to the Rescue

Can graphic be business wear?  Of course!  This morning actually ended up being a bit of a scramble to find something that would fit and work for the meetings I had going on today.  So while my closet ended up a complete disaster, at least I’m not walking out the door naked!

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Friday, October 24, 2014

I’ve missed you

Yep, the pencil skirts are back in full force!  My work staple, and always office appropriate, I just can’t stay away.

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Click to shop!

  

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

An apple a day

There’s just a bit of chill in the air in Cincinnati, so I decided to pull out my navy body-con Diane von Furstenburg dress – comfy stretch cotton and half sleeves to keep me toasty.  It’s the first time I’ve worn it post pregnancy, so had to get used to a more clingy fit.

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For accessories, in addition to fun hosiery and gold tipped pumps, cranberry and taupe nails were my finishing touch.

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Wearing this body-con dress reminds me how completely not fun it is to lose those remaining pregnancy pounds.  What’s funny is that I’m less concerned with my current figure than I am with being able to fit into my pre-pregnancy wardrobe.  I refuse to buy a new wardrobe!  So for now I’m saying adieu to BBQ, pizza, pasta and casseroles of all kinds… I’ll miss you and I’ll see you again, I promise!

I had relatively no luck at all in losing anything until I drastically changed my eating, but now am finally starting to see some results.  It’s challenging since I’m still making lots of meat and potatoes dishes at home for the man, but at least now that the scale has started to move it’s a little easier to stay motivated.  Here’s what my daily plan looks like:

Breakfast options: start every morning with hot water and lemon to boost metabolism!

  1. Green smoothie
  2. Hardboiled egg, asparagus, roasted tomatoes & red peppers
  3. Oatmeal with nuts and berries

Lunch options:

  1. Salad with tons of veggies and grilled chicken
  2. Vegetable soup (split pea, lentil, veggie chili, etc…), apple

Dinner options:

  1. Grilled chicken, roasted vegetables
  2. Salad with tons of veggies and grilled chicken, optional side of veggie soup
  3. Veggie burger (sans bun) with baked sweet potato fries

While my Italian grandfather may be rolling over in his grave with these menu options, at least I know it will work to get me back to where I want to be.  Wardrobe here I come! 

Do you have a fitness tip or routine to share?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

All business

Going for more of a conservative business look due to multiple meetings I have today.  Nothing necessarily unique to write home about, but sometimes that’s okay!  It really all depends on what’s appropriate for the day.  The most important thing for me in feeling put together is firstly having the right fit, and secondly having some interesting textures and or patterns.  This tweed jacket with zipper detailing was my touch of something special.

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In sad fashion news, we said goodbye to fashion legend Oscar de la Renta.  Such a loss, but such an amazing life.  Rest in peace.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Shades of Pink

Maybe it has something to do with having a little girl, but I’m pretty much obsessed with all shades of pink – specifically cranberry, blush, and raspberry – like this H&M blazer! Pairing it with deep jewel tones like hunter green, ruby, or navy is always a great option.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Change

Day 3 of being back at work and I’m already back into the normal work routine of things – busy busy and always more to do. It’s nice to be in the groove of things again and to reconnect with some of my work colleagues, but of course my mind and heart is also with my little sweetheart. It’s also interesting and bittersweet to see how some things have changed and some people seem different after being gone a while. I guess that’s why they say change is the only constant in life…

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Swap the Top

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I really love this red leopard skirt with the crop top, so I found a way to wear it that’s work appropriate – easy peasy - just swap the top!  Top and skirt both from Express.  Shoes from Nordstrom. 

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Back to Work

My first day back at work this Monday.  It was bittersweet for sure.  I was definitely happy to be back and quickly reminded how much I love my work and having a career, but I certainly missed my little peanut and teared up when I came in and saw a big print out picture of her taped on my door from my coworkers.

As for my outfit, I love pairing a classic black blazer with a color dress or skirt.  It mixes up the “basic suit” look.  Adding a little print helps too and I adore this soft lace inspired rose print.  Finally, accessories – matching cranberry color bootie and a complementary blush handbag.

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the brands… blazer: Calvin Klein (similar here). cami: Worthington. skirt: NY&Co (here in grey, here in white). shoes: Fergie (here). purse: Nine West (similar here).

Thank goodness I had lots of cuddle time with my pumpkin before having to return.  Wish I could put her in my bag and take her with me!

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