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Posts from — February 2012

White Jacket

Hi guys! Sorry I’ve been missing lately. I’ve just been swamped with work. I promise I’ll post a few outfits over the next few days. Plus, I’m having my closet redone, so I’ll post before and after pics.

Magpie Styling Tip: If there’s one spring/summer staple I highly recommend, it’s the white blazer. I love this jacket as it takes any outfit to the next level. I’m wearing a plain old tank top under it. I like this style because it’s shrunken and can be worn with shorts as well.

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Jacket: Theory via Ebay
Tank: Gap
Necklace: Etsy
Jeans: J Crew Ankle Toothpick
Shoes: Franco Sarto Gala Wedge
Belt: Banana Republic

February 28, 2012   1 Comment

Polished and Professional

I love outfits that require no thought. You just throw them on and instant chic. That’s why I bought this dress a few years ago. I wore this to church, but it’s perfect for work as well.

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Dress: Ann Taylor Loft (came with belt)
Jacket: Diane Von Furstenberg
Booties: Ann Taylor Calico Booties
Necklace: Dillards

February 22, 2012   Comments Off on Polished and Professional

Out For Drinks

The hubby and I went out for drinks Friday night and this is what I wore.

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Jacket: Tory Burch leather Sgt. Pepper jacket
Jeans: 7 For All Mankind
Necklace: Banana Republic
Top: Laundry via consignment
Shoes: Leopard peep toes via Banana Republic

February 21, 2012   Comments Off on Out For Drinks

Winter to Spring

When I got this dress, I thought it was too light to wear in the winter. I was wrong, With this cognac color, it is great for winter. In the spring/summer, I can add a lighter belt and sandals.

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Dress: DVF Diane Von Furstenberg Tunis Dress in Apricot Beige via ebay
Belt: J&M Davidson
Boots: DVF Diane Von Furstenberg
Necklaces: Banana Republic

February 18, 2012   1 Comment

Silky Blues

Well, I guess February is my color month.

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Top: Delve
Jeans: J Crew High Heel Flare
Shoes: J Crew
Necklace: Etsy
Bracelets: Target

February 17, 2012   Comments Off on Silky Blues

Purple Crush

I love the way a bright color can really improve my mood.

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Blouse: J Crew Blythe blouse in grape crush
Necklace: Etsy
Belt: Talbots
Jeans: J Crew High Heel Flare
Booties: J Crew
Sweater: Theory

February 16, 2012   1 Comment

Love Red

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! I really love the look of black with leopard but it really needs a little color. So, I added this bright red jacket.

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Jacket: J Crew Schoolboy Blazer
Blouse: Vintage
Jeans: J Crew Ankle Toothpick
Belt: J Crew
Booties: Christian Louboutin Dahlia 100 leopard bootie
Necklace: Dillards


February 14, 2012   Comments Off on Love Red

Valentine’s Party

One of the girls at my daughter’s school had a Valentine Party for the kids-so fun! So, of course I had to wear red!

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Jacket: Madison (bought at Belk’s Going Out of Business Sale)
Top: Equipment (last year)
Jeans: Banana Republic (last year)
Booties: Ann Taylor Military Booties (last year)
Necklaces: Alisa Michelle

February 13, 2012   Comments Off on Valentine’s Party

Basic Black

I had an all-day meeting yesterday and wanted to be polished but comfortable. It was one of those days where I just didn’t feel like being creative with an outfit and I didn’t want to wear anything too form fitting. So, I turned to basic black.

Magpie Styling Tip: Have at least one outfit that you feel great in and can throw on without ironing. It’s great for those days when you just don’t feel coming up with anything creative.

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Blouse: DVF via ebay
Jeans: J Brand
Booties: Banana Republic Calico Booties
Earrings: Banana Republic

February 10, 2012   Comments Off on Basic Black

Why I’m Over Designer/Discount Collaborations

No, I did not go to Target to see the Jason Wu designer collection. I don’t care if it sold out, and I’m not looking for it on ebay. Sure, there were some cute items, particularly the clutches, but I’m over it. I’m over buying cheap s*&t just because it seems like a good idea at the time. I’ll save for a real Jason Wu clutch thank you very much.

Yeah, I bought into the Missoni for Target craze. While I’ve worn what I bought, I can’t help but feel a little common in those outfits. Because the Missoni for Target outfits were so accessible, the items have lost their uniqueness for me.

But, even more than that, the longer I’ve been blogging, the more I realize that it really is worth it to pay a little more for a few really nice items rather than buy a bunch of inexpensive stuff that falls apart or fades after a couple of wearings. More isn’t always better. I have nothing against buying clothing at Target, Old Navy, H&M or any of the rapidly multiplying discount stores as long as I can see value in it. And, more times than not, the value isn’t there.

Let’s face it, clothing isn’t really an investment. Unless you’ve got a Hermes Birkin bag or a Chanel tweed jacket, you’re not going to make money on it. But, what you buy should have the ability to last you for many years. A peek in my closet shows me that the items I’ve bought at J Crew have been workhorses in my closet. I’m still wearing some J Crew items that I’ve had for 10 years. The same goes for Ann Taylor and much of my Banana Republic clothing. So, you don’t have to buy designer to find quality. By the same token, I can’t find a thing in my closet that I bought at H&M and have held on to for more than a year or two.

Today’s trends aren’t as trendy as they were years ago. You really don’t see the massive switch from huge shoulder pads to no shoulder pads or the outrageous silhouettes. And, honestly, there aren’t many people who can wear truly trendy items without coming off as fashion victims anyway.

My advice: Don’t be afraid to buy a discount designer collab piece, some can be very nice. But, buy the best quality you can find in all that you own. Don’t get sucked in by cheap crap just because it has a big name behind it or it’s the latest style. In the end, your wallet and your closet will thank you!


February 9, 2012   2 Comments