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New Year’s Photo Diary

Happy 2011! Can we all please say "twenty-eleven" instead of "two thousand eleven" now? kthanks. Fueled up with an egg and cheese croissant and hot tea at Enzo's, got my learn on at the library, headed to Fountain Square for ice skating and fireworks (what's up with not counting down to the new year?), recuperated with too many mugs of chocolate tea (tea + hot chocolate + milk + whipped cream), and finally...

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Instant Outfit: New Year’s Eve

I tend to procrastinate wait for inspiration to strike, so there have been times when I've been forced--FORCED!--to put together an outfit with stuff that's already in my closet. That's where Instant Outfit comes in, with ideas to work with pieces you likely already have. Use what you got to look the way you want.* Cardigan, Anthropologie; belt, Urban Outfitters; jeans, Old Navy; earrings, Noir; shoes, AldoMy NYE plans are pretty sedate, but I will...

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Proportion Play

I love the detailing and cozy slouchy-ness of this sweaterdress, but when I put it on, it felt a leeeetle too short for wading through the snow and ice. Instead of trying to find something else to wear ('cause that could take ALL DAY), I added a longer skirt underneath the dress for extra coverage and an additional layer of warmth. The proportion works because the skirt doesn't add...

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Christmas Spoil(ed)s

I hope you had a merry Christmas! Mine was fantastic (as usual) since I got to spend time engaging in kooky hijinks with my family. Plus, there were gifts and such! A few highlights:I asked my dad for a purse and somehow he knew to get me this gorgeous Marc Jacobs bag I've had my eye on. Have I mentioned that he's awesome? No? Well, he's awesome.I used to draw...

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Clad in Plaid

I own exactly two plaid items: the blazer last seen here, and a long wrap skirt. Both were picked up on various Thrifting Adventures.The skirt in its native stateWhen I first saw the skirt in all its Highland glory, I got a distinct McQueen/Westwood-y vibe from the color and length.McQueen, Westwood, Westwood. Images via Style.comHalf-brained idea in mind, I played around with pinning and draping, then rigged it up using the attached ties...

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How to: Get dressed up, quick!

Smack dab in the middle of the holiday season, we're all bound to be invited to a few parties. I usually like to take time to plan and prepare for such events, but last weekend things went a bit differently. I'll present a possible scenario* in the hope that my experience helps you. You may be spending a cozy afternoon swathed in designer cashmere** when you receive a call from your...

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Color me…colorful

Designers have been showing some pretty fantastic color combinations in the Pre-Fall collections--lots of deep turquoises, burnt oranges, and emerald greens. Even with my predilection for gray, I've been searching my closet for colorful pieces I might not normally put together. Fendi, Jason Wu The colors at Diane von Furstenburg made me swoon. Images via Style.com The trick is to wear colors that are in the the same tonal range...

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Cold weather necessities

This time of year, I don't leave the house without slathering on a rich, creamy moisturizer and swathing myself in as many layers of shearling and wool as humanly possible. Here are a few of my essentials: 1. American Apparel knit thigh high socksI used to wear long john bottoms in the winter, but was always put off that they encouraged excessive, um, perspiration in certain areas. You know what...

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