• In My Closet,  The Essentials

    the essentials: the unsung hero – little white dress

    Nina Garcia says: the LWD is the ‘unsung’ hero according to nina garcia in One Hundred.  wearing white can be tricky, especially if you are like me and enjoy your morning coffee. how i work the LWD: i grew out of my Zara white dress and got this Club Monaco one because it’s an a-line and loved the black panel detail on the sides and the waffling fabric.  i will transition this from summer (pair with flats) to fall with tights and my leather jacket. The LWD is also great day-to-night option if you want to give the LBD a break. Add some gold accessories and head out for afterwork…

  • In My Closet,  The Essentials

    the essentials: L is for primal & sexy leather

    in the One Hundred, nina garcia says that wearing leather pants are ‘primal’ and ‘sexual’. not exactly the words you want to describe your workwear, or at least not in most cases. i’m opting for the leather ‘skirt’ as the essential workwear piece for the “L” list. Pencil skirt, full and flirty, midi, real or faux, basic black or bold colour. how i ‘work’ it: the massimo dutti burgundy skirt gets paired with a white button-down and  black turtleneck with tall boots. this season i will pair it with a camel lightweight sweat or coat and blue pinstriped shirt to mix things up a little. me leather pants vs. leather…

  • In My Closet,  The Essentials

    the essentials: ” I” is Investment Bag – Pt. 2

                    just a quick follow-up from my previous post on the “Investment” Bag.  how i work it: this Cole Haan tote is the perfect work bag for me. it’s a medium size bag that holds my wallet, phone, camera, small umbrella, iPad, iPod, make-up bag (that has Advil, eye drops, hand lotion and lip balm in it – no actual makeup), and some other items.  i’ve been toting it around for about 3 years now (maybe more) when i picked it up on a trip to Chicago – love that city btw. it’s the first time i’ve spent proper money on a handbag…

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    the essentials: the Investment Bag

    the Essentials: the ‘Investment’ bag (or just a really good bag that fits all your stuff) in Nina G.’s world the “Investment Bag” goes something like this, Chanel, Birkin, LV Speedy, the Jackie O. Sadly, I do not live in Nina G.’s world but if you do, then rock on with your Chanel 2.55 toting self! how i work it: the Investment Bag is still on my “want list” but in the mean time i work a Cole Haan tote that I’ve had for about 3 or 4 years now and carry pretty much every day except weekends when i swap out for a small cross-body or a hobo bag.…

  • In My Closet,  The Essentials

    the Essentials: H is for ‘hoop’sters

    Nina G. says that hoop earrings are an “old standby”. i call them my everyday ear-wear. She also says to reserve the “big chunky door knockers” for your gig as a backup dancer. lol i need to remember that. how i work it: i do a pair in gold and another in silver, mid-size (i’ve got really small ears) plus a mid-size pair are work appropriate where the larger hoops i would save for my street style. (the bowl is from anthroplogie) me

  • In My Closet,  The Essentials

    the Essentials: Glove Love

                 Nina G. says that your gloves must fit perfectly and that fingerless ones are good for when you want to be badass. i need to get some fingerless gloves pronto! how i work it: these pink pair were a gift. i own a black leather pair that are beaten up but are my favourite pair. they take me thru the fall and into the winter. but i like to switch things up and these are a great way to accessorize without much commitment, just pair with the basic black, white or grey coats of the season. me

  • In My Closet,  The Essentials

    the Essentials: F is for “Flats” in the nude

    Nina G. says ballet flats are timeless, chic and more importantly, for us practical 9to5ers, comfortable. win-win! how i work it: those flats are like Lays Potato Chips – i can’t just have one! i opted for 9west flats with a bit of a pointy toe in black, nude, and brown. these nude pair have walked me to work many a spring/summer day. because they are nude, they work with just about everything. i sometimes skip the heels and keep these on all day and into the weekend.  high-five for comfort! me how many pairs do you own?

  • In My Closet,  The Essentials

    the Essentials: F is for Fly Fall Boots

    in the “One Hundred”, Nina G. lists fishnets, frye harness boots and a fur stole (geez, really? who wears those?!) among the “F”s that every stylish woman must own. i’ve opted for a pair of heeled pointy-toed boots as a staple for the working girl.  how i work it: mostly with pants but i may pair it with a leather pencil skirt. off duty? rock these with a pair of boyfriend jeans, a button down and a bad-ass leather jacket (jacket will be in an upcoming post).  me

  • In My Closet,  The Essentials

    the Essentials: say hola! to the leather espadrilles

    Nina G. describes these as the “ultimate summer shoe”. maybe. i personally love these because i can wear them all day without getting my heel caught in a sidewalk crack. how i work it: these rudsak espadrilles are patiently waiting for next summer when they can work it out with my flirty skirts, summer dresses, white wide-legged trousers, skinny jeans and cropped pants. basically, i plan to wear these a lot! me how do you feel about the espadrille, too casual for the cube or just your style?

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    The Essentials: The Booties

    The Essentials: B is for (ankle) booties Nina G. says, if worn properly booties can elongate the legs. Now, who wouldn’t want that?!  how i work it: these are my new black suede Ateliers booties which i plan to wear with opaque tights and dresses and skirts and on casual fridays with some skinnys this fall. me how do you work your ankle boots?