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Shop It to Me Tuesday: Color Week

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As Color Week is officially in full swing over at the Mission: Put Together pool, I thought I’d round up some of my favorite, brightly colored items from this week’s sale alert. Not all of them are my budget, but they’re definitely all my taste!

Kate Spade red ruffle coat, $253 (was $725) from Neiman Marcus

Not exactly seasonal anymore, but red is a winter classic for me. I’d be excited for that chill in the air to return so that I could bust out this beauty.

Green linen cable knit sweater, $54.99 (was $79.99) from J. Crew

I love this green, and because it’s linen, I think I could safely sneak it in on a late-summer evening. It gets cold in California once the sun’s gone down! (Maybe the only downside of our next-to-no-humidity?)

Vera Wang blue croc-embossed flat (also available in pink!), $109.00 (was $175) from Nordstrom

If I were the sort of girl who could afford $100 flats, I would be right on top of them. I can dream, right?

Royal blue embellished tank, $24.99 (was $49.50) at Banana Republic

This also comes in a delicious yellow, but I have to draw the line somewhere: even on sale, it’s $40. Come on.

How are you punching up your spring wardrobe? Are you as excited as I am about it being May?


May Mission…

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…and it’s of the PT variety! I’ve been busy unearthing long-forgotten items from the depths of my dresser and closet (which, truthfully, are not that deep. Thanks, IKEA and hundred-year-old houses!), and it’s just in time for the return of Mission: Put Together.

If you’ve been around for awhile, you know that May brings with it (along with an excuse for margaritas and new, crisp white jeans) an opportunity to get together with your favorite (and not-yet-favorite) internet pals to show off your put-together-ness. The brain-child of RA (I’m just a cheerleader, y’all!), Mission: Put Together offers a chance to get together and share ensembles that are intentional, cohesive, and interesting, but not necessarily trendy or expensive. It’s not just for fashion bloggers, or really just bloggers, period. You don’t have to have a closet full of donated designer shoes or a fancy camera; all you need are a camera and an internet connection.

Here’s the rundown:

1. Join the Flickr group (grab a free account if you don’t already have one)
2. Grab a button, if you like
3. Upload your PT photos
4. Comment on everyone’s submissions
5. Get inspired
6. Have fun!

Like last year, RA and I came up with some optional challenges, based on the principles of 2 of our patron saints, Stacy and Clinton, of What Not to Wear. As always, going along with the challenges or even week-themes is optional– but you’ll get a couple extra entries in our giveaway if you do! We want M:PT to be laid-back but still offering those gold stars to grab for the overachievers among us (gold stars, by the way, are the perfect metallic accessory). If you have to choose between adhering to the challenge and posting for the day, just put together an outfit you like and post!

M:PT 2012 Challenges

For more details about M:PT, check out last year’s kickoff post and the Flickr pool. Remember, you can also tweet about M:PT using the hashtag #MPT (and follow me and RA, if you’re not already)!

Happy ensemble-ing!

Shop It to Me Tuesday: Spring shift edition

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Last weekend, temperatures around here reached nearly 90 degrees– blazing hot for April, but of course there’s a chance it will rain this week. In the spirit of the still-undecided weather (witness my pupwalk this morning in which I sported a hoodie, yoga capris, and flip flops), I give you some items that might just get you through this ridiculous spring weather. And so, fresh from my weekly Shop It to Me email…

Chilly? This is such a fun, springy pop of color that would work through summer, too, for those barbecues that last well into the evening.

Eddie Bauer scarf, $19.99

Elbow sleeves? Yes, please.

Ralph Lauren shirt, $94 (on sale, I know)

Light charmeuse in a midi length, so great for a breezy spring Saturday.

Old Navy skirt, $12.99

Flat sandals + metallic = true love forever

DKNYC sandals, $76.30

What pieces are getting you through the spring? Has it stopped raining where you are? Have you ever been rich or drunk enough to pay nearly $100 for a shirt?

M:PT Week 1 review – Color!

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I hope everyone participating in Mission: Put Together had as much fun last week as I did! (And seriously, if you’re not participating yet, get in there! It’s fun and seriously not at all pressure-y.) Here’s a short review of what we did during our Week 1 Color Challenge:

  • The group began with 88 members (Many of whom, I suspect, have forgotten a bit about the project since we last did it in 2008. Come back! We miss you!) and grew by four over the course of the week.
  • We posted to 47 photos to our group pool on Flickr.
  • We exchanged a metric crap-ton (technical term) of compliments and comments about our ensembles.

A big thanks to Jen, Beth, Merrick, RA, Stephanie, NPW, Abby, Janet, Julie, and Kayla for making Color Week so lovely. I hope to see many more this week…with patterns! (Just don’t be mad if all mine are stripes, ok? Stripes and I have a little thing goin’ on.)

Should you choose to accept it

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You may have surmised from the Wordless Wednesday (preview), or you may not have, but either way…get excited. (I know RA and I already are!) Mission: Put Together is back for May! What does this mean, you ask?

Mission: Put Together is a Flickr pool started by RA and OPH way back in October 2008, after multiple discussions of what it means to be “put together.”

It is, among other things:

  • a place to share and get ideas about new looks that work for you
  • a way to motivate yourself out of that black cardigan and into a colorful accessory a couple times a week (Though if you have an awesome tip on black cardigan styling, please tell me! For real.)
  • a place to gather feedback (“Does this skirt work for me?”) and guidance from other helpful members (you know, if you’re like me and are at times incapable of making decisions)

It is most certainly not:

  • a place to criticize others, be it about clothing choice, brand, or body shape/size/type
  • something to stress about, or make you feel like you need to be polished at every second (psst, I’m typing this in sweatpants at my dining room table)
  • a motivator to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe (In fact, I’m trying to institute a “no buying clothing or accessories” policy for May. We’ll see how that goes.)

Want to take part? Yay! Here’s what you’ll want to do:

  1. Join the Flickr group if you haven’t already
  2. Submit your PT photos
  3. Comment away on everyone’s submissions
  4. Get inspired
  5. Have fun!
  6. Optional: grab the M:PT badge (above) and pop it into your blog, take part in the weekly and weekend challenges, tweet about M:PT using the hashtag #MPT, tell every single one of your friends (or just a handful, whatever) to join in the fun

This time around, we’ll be posing optional weekly and weekend challenges. The week-long challenges are based on the concepts by from Stacy and Clinton of What Not to Wear (basically the patron saints, along with Tim Gunn, of M:PT):

  • Week of May 1: Color
  • Week of May 8: Pattern
  • Week of May 15: Texture
  • Week of May 22: Shine
  • Week of May 29: Putting it all together

For the weekends:

  • May 7-8: Mother’s Day
    Is there something in your closet that reminds you of Mom? Something she gave you? A fashion tip she lived by? Bonus points for submitting a PT photo of Mom to the pool!
  • May 14-15: Face Your Fears
    What scares you about fashion? Maybe it’s mixing patterns, unconventional color combinations, big accessories, or wearing a skirt with winter-white legs? Whatever it is, let’s confront our fears together!
  • May 21-22: Closet Orphan
    What item is languishing in your closet but deserves to see the light of day? Resurrect that piece this weekend!
  • May 28-29: Dress It Down
    Especially if you’re the sort whose last dress was a puffy Easter confection when you were six years old, we’re challenging you to wear a dress this weekend! Dresses aren’t just for formal occasions or family obligations, and they are whole outfits unto themselves. How do you make dresses work for you? (For the brave men participating in M:PT, we suggest a substitute of a snappy blazer and vintage t-shirt. Also, this might be a convenient excuse to go on a date!)

Finally– I know this seems like a ton of information, but I promise that M:PT is really fun (if you were a TPTP participant, you know this– so go ahead and join us this month!), and an interesting way to see your own dressing and accessorizing habits (hello, remember all that red I didn’t even realize I wore?). I am particularly of the mind that the best way to finish off an outfit is confidence (a la one of my favorite “fashion” blogs, Already Pretty), so go ahead and show it off! I’ll be doing my best to post daily (and with a trip to Yosemite in a couple weeks, that should be…interesting), and can’t wait to see what everyone has to share. So grab a button and your brights, and get ready for an exciting month!

Nearly Wordless Wednesday: I wear a TON of red

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I’m planning on co-resurrecting an old favorite that will require near-daily posting, and this montage of me wearing my “comfort color” is your first hint…

The christening conundrum

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This weekend, we’ll be visiting GP’s family (and extended family, etc etc) in New York. Though we’ll only be there for about 48 hours, it’s going to be quite the whirlwind– we’re visiting for the christening of our first niece, who is just over 2 months old. Because we’re heathens, because I’ve never been to a single christening (besides mine, which clearly didn’t take), and because it’s going to be forty-two degrees in New York this weekend, I have not even a single idea what to wear. Luckily for all of us, I have options! And (sort of terrible) pictures! Which of these says, “Please don’t strike us with lightning, Armenian Jesus?” and also, “Why no, I’m not freezing half to death”…and, I suppose, “Happy springtime! Almost, right?”

Same dress in the leftmost outfits - turquoise Tulle dress with, alternately, a pink cardigan and a houndstooth swing jacket; red Reaction shirtdress (also looks ok with the houndstooth); navy blue empire waist with pink cardigan. I don't know what's going on with my face in any of these.

Strapless gray with eyelet detailing on the hem; black and white toile; dark gray with pleated v-neck; tights options include panty hose (which I don't actually own and are thus not pictured), dark gray tights, light gray tights, and cable-knit white tights. I am in love with my new, nude shoes, and will be hard to talk out of them...

So…thoughts? I know I’m going to have to coordinate a whole scarf-coat-accessory scheme, but I feel like once I have an actual outfit in mind, that’s really the easy part. I know the internets are full of opinions, so gimme yours. Por favor?