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Casual Style: Back in Black (Sandals)

Remember when I was desperately looking to buy black sandal-booties and then wound up getting the gray "ugly-but-cool" shoes instead? Well, I soon realized that I still needed black shoes. I love the gray booties, and while my favorite shade is holding down about 60% of my current wardrobe, there's nothing like a black shoe to really ground a look and toughen things up a bit. Soooo...

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Runway Fashion: Cruise Control

The major designer's 2010 Cruise Collections made their rounds last week. Cruise collections (also called resort) are pre-season lines designed for the time between January-March when well-heeled wealthy folks traditionally went on luxurious cruises to tropical locales--the better to avoid the bitter cold, my dear. As I am obviously not one of those trust-funded types, my reason for following the cruise collections is a bit different and clearly self-serving: designers are showing clothes meant for warmer...

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You dont have to watch Dynasty

This gorgeous dress was given to me by a former co-worker who understood my love for vintage. Apparently, she wore it in her heyday in the 80's, which seems entirely appropriate given the cut and draping. It reminds me of the amazing fashions worn on Dynasty--I feel like I should be battling it out with another shoulder pad-clad rich bitch in front of the Carrington mansion! Dress and bracelets, vintage; necklace and ring, Forever21; shoes, Nine West I...

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Top 10: Online Shops

Not that I would claim to be an expert, but I've been shopping online since 1999 or so, back when I worked for Victoria's Secret in the online customer service department. Since then, a lot has changed--some sites have disappeared (remember Girlshop?), sites like etsy have given independent designers a stronger voice, and I've purchased many many more pairs of shoes--but there are still shops I consider to be my go-to shopping destinations. Here, in no particular...

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Inspiration: Fall-ready?

The crazy schedule of the fashion industry (Spring shows in September, Fall shows in February) has thrown off my seasonal sensibilities for years. As a result, I usually start craving Fall items around the beginning of July or so. It's kind of ridiculous--in the midst of watching fireworks on Sawyer Point in 90-degree weather wearing short-shorts and a tank top, I'm daydreaming about boots and sweaters! This year, the craving has set in a bit early...

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Casual Style: Lazy Sunday

The thing about Sunday brunch is that it usually occurs immediately after I've rolled out of bed, which leaves precious little time for primping. Inspired by the recent onslaught of sweats on the runway, I decided to try my hand at wearing them outside of the house--in public, even! Cardigan and pants, Forever 21; tank, Victoria's Secret; heels, Steve Madden; clutch, vintage; earrings and ring, Urban Outfitters. I think the real trick is to keep the colors...

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Style: Scouts Honor

I found this old Boy Scout shirt when I was digging through my closet and decided I really wanted to wear it with something sparkly and girly for contrast. Of course, a grown woman wearing a Boy Scout shirt meant the comments from the peanut gallery were in full force: "Are you going camping? Can you pitch my tent? Did you earn your badge in (insert blatant ignorance here)?" Sigh. I started to wonder why I bought that shirt at the thrift store...

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Travel equals food

I don't know about everyone else, but I firmly believe that anything I eat outside of  a 30-mile radius of my home contains zero fat and no calories.  Fried foods, cotton candy, sugary baked goods--no matter what it is, it will not contribute to weight gain because I'm not eating it at home. It's scientific, trust me. I've actually been pretty "good" while here in DC, but last night we went to Georgia Brown's and, welllll...

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