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Posts from — June 2012

Sassy Little Number

Wow, it’s been really hard to motivate myself to do the blog lately. I’ve been working like crazy to get my writing and editing done in the limited time my daughter is at camp. And, I’ve had some distractions lately, like my daughter hitting her head on her bed headboard and requiring four staples to close it up! She’s fine, it really wasn’t that deep, just long. However, no swimming for her until the staples are removed on July 3. I did manage to snap a picture before going out to dinner last night.

Magpie Styling Tip: Try different belts with a dress like this. Sure, with the elastic, you can leave it unadorned, but by adding a belt, the whole outfit looks more polished and complete. I think a yellow belt would look awesome with this. I don’t have a wider, yellow belt so I went with a neutral.

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Dress: Tibi Istanbul Ikat Print dress via The Outnet
Necklace: Dora Mae via Zou Zou Boutique
Shoes: Michael Kors
Bracelets: Alex & Ani

June 30, 2012   Comments Off on Sassy Little Number

White Out

I love a white tank top and this one is perfect–slouchy yet it has enough structure so it doesn’t look boxy.

Magpie Styling Tip: Nude, beige and white looks chic. Don’t feel like you have to add color to make white stand out. A huge trend right now is mixing neutrals, like grey and beige, and white and nude.

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Tank: BCBG
Belt: Ann Taylor (old)
Jeans: J. Crew Toothpick Ankle (old, but still available on the J. Crew site.)
Necklace: Amrita Singh
Sandals: Ann Taylor (old)

June 23, 2012   1 Comment

Rocking the Ikat Print!

I’ve been watching this dress for months now and it finally went 70% off. They had one and it was a size 4. In some of the higher end designers I wear a size 6, so I wasn’t sure how this would fit. Turns out it was great! I love when that happens!

Magpie Styling Tip: This shorter shirtdress would look equally great in cooler weather with leather leggings or black skinnies and booties. Or, try it with black tights and knee-high boots!

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Dress: Thakoon
Wedges: Balenciaga
Bracelets: J. Crew, Alex & Ani

June 22, 2012   Comments Off on Rocking the Ikat Print!

Making Waves

Before I left on vacation, I got this dress on eBay. Love it! It’s a little big in the bust, so I’m taking it to get altered, but I love the flowiness of the wave pattern. I didn’t wear this anywhere yet, just tried it on to see how it fit. I’ll take another pic after I have it altered.

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Dress: Diane Von Furstenberg DVF via ebay
Sandals: Michael Kors Nude Espadrilles
Bracelets: J. Crew blue, Elizabeth and James vine/twig silver, Alex & Ani

June 21, 2012   Comments Off on Making Waves

I’m Back!

Hi everyone! Sorry for the extended time away from the blog. We took a family vacation to Wheeling, West Virginia. It was a blast. My husband’s family is from the Ohio Valley and lots of family members still live there and throughout Ohio. So, we had at least 50 people in and out over the course of the week. The cabin at the Oglebay Resort had nine bedrooms and there’s a lodge as well. It was a mini family reunion—lots of eating and drinking! My inlaws had dinner catered every night so we barely left the cabin.

We also took a trip to Columbus to drop our son off at the Ohio State football camp. While he was working out, we took our daughter to the Columbus Zoo. Since I wore nothing but denim shorts and workout gear the entire week (I also wore the outfits in the previous two posts), I didn’t have any outfits to post!

But, I’m back and here’s what I wore today!

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Dress: Laundry via TJ Maxx
Sandals: Steve Madden
Jewelry: Alex and Ani bangles

June 20, 2012   Comments Off on I’m Back!

Accessories Pop

Nothing can dress up a plain tee shirt and shorts better than a statement necklace.

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Tee Shirt: Vince via TJ Maxx
Shorts: Denim via J. Crew
Belt: J. Crew
Necklace: Ann Taylor Loft
Sandals: Steve Madden (Target has a similar style now!)

June 9, 2012   1 Comment

Dressing Up Shorts

In the summer I never feel like wearing jeans. Instead I like to throw on some shorts with wedges or sandals. The best part is that it makes your legs look longer!

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Tank: BCBG
Shorts: BCBG
Necklaces: Banana Republic
Shoes: Franco Sarto

June 8, 2012   1 Comment

Big Bird

It’s been a whirlwind of end of  school and graduations. My nephew graduated from high school–Yeah Connor! He’s heading to college and living with us while taking summer classes. I didn’t really take any solo pictures of my outfits from the graduation. I wore this dress to the actual graduation: Nicole Miller. For the graduation party, I wore a Yumi Kim blouse, shorts and wedges (see picture below.) I wore this outfit for a casual meeting.

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Blouse: J.Crew Blythe blouse in sunny yellow
Shorts: DVF
Belt: Banana Republic
Espadrilles: Banana Republic
Necklace: Dora Mae via Zou Zou Boutique

My cousin, Becca, me, my sister, Sheila, and my daughter, Sofia


June 6, 2012   Comments Off on Big Bird

Green Again

My daughter had her kindergarten tea and performance the other day. I can’t believe she’s heading into first grade ::sigh::. I wore this dress and while it was comfy, I don’t think it was particularly flattering on me. I think it’s just too big and voluminous in the bodice. So, I think I’ll take it to have it altered and have some of that excess fabric taken out. I’m all for flowy and loose but this was a bit much. The pictures brought it all home….

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Dress: DVF Mikino Dress via ebay
Necklace: Banana Republic
Belt: Ann Taylor Loft
Shoes: Lola Cruz

June 1, 2012   Comments Off on Green Again