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Mix and Match June 11, 2009

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I love clothes! There’s just something about clothes that can change everything about you. Besides the obvious, they can affect your mood, provide comfort, and give you a creative outlet. That being said, I do live in the DC area where the cost of living can often times put a damper on my clothing budget.

Enter my new favorite site, Polyvore. By signing up for a free account, you can mix and match your favorite outfits online from designer frocks offered by YSL to more wallet-friendly finds from Forever 21. You can then add accessories from head to toe. If you’re not up for creating your own ensembles, then you can get inspired by the thousands that are posted by other users. You’re even provided links to purchase each of the items featured in a set. I love to pull pieces from different designers and different stores and pair them together to see how they look…something that’s near impossible in the real world!

Spring Versatility by smooregasbord featuring Old Navy

Spring Versatility

Going Native by smooregasbord featuring Carlos by Carlos Santana shoes

Going Native

The Leaning Tower of Eiffel May 28, 2009

Posted by smooregasbord in Fashion, Shopping, Travel.

longchampI left my heart in San Francisco a LONG time ago, but I’ve made a little room for Paris.

I’ve always wanted a le pliage tote from Longchamp. They’re nothing but nylon and leather, but they’re the most beautiful combination of nylon and leather in my book. I figured what better place to get one than the city where they started…beautiful Paris!  This was my souvenir from Casey from our wonderful little getaway.  I absolutely adore it. C’est trés chic!

Oh, So Enticing December 19, 2008

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enticementsA few weeks back I attended a jewelry party hosted by my friend, Lauren. It was a lot of fun to hang out with the ladies and browse over Alyssa Tice’s beautiful glass jewelry.  I purchased a few pair of earrings for myself and a pair as a gift. You can check out her original designs in her Etsy shop, Enticements. Her jewelry is like eating potato chips…you can’t stop at just one.

Closing the Gap October 24, 2008

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If you’re like me, then you probably have a problem with the waistband on your pants gapping at the back.  It’s a tug-o’-war match between me and my jeans, and the jeans usually win.  I’m always challenged when shopping for pants…not only do I have to find shorter lengths, but I also have to find pants that fit my waist without half of my crack hanging out!! Several companies (Gap and Lee are two of them) are trying to help us ladies out by changing the cut of some jeans/pants. Gap’s “curvy” cut and Lee’s “no gap” waistband are supposed to eliminate that extra space you find at the back of your pants. That’s great for any new britches you’re purchasing; however, what are you supposed to do with the pants you already own.  Well, you can shell out the cash to get each pair altered which, when done properly, can run anywhere from $10-20 a pair. OR you can look into getting an isABelt. isABelt is a thin clear belt that can help eliminate the gap in your waistband. The nice thing is that it won’t add the unsightly bulge in the front of your waistband that other belts typically create. I think I may take the $16 plunge to purchase one and try it out. It comes in sizes S, M, L, plus, and junior sizes. They also offer a pink-ribbon version which is the perfect pink purchase during October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month) and the proceeds go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Sharma Designs September 9, 2008

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Natural Wood Filigree Earrings

Each month Nicole, over at Making It Lovely, writes a Style Post. She creates a look from outfit to accessories that fits perfectly for the season. She claims that these posts are like “window shopping, but online.” I love reading these posts each month because of her unique style, and she typically introduces me to new designers.

In August, she featured wood filigree earrings from Etsy shop Sharma Designs.  Sharla’s wood filigree earrings come in a variety of shapes, intricate patterns, and bold and natural colors. They’re light as a feather which makes wearing statement pieces a cinch. I should also mention that her designs are extemely affordable, so much so that I picked up two pair of the earrings. You can see my personal favorite at right.

If you’d like to learn more about Sharla and Sharma Desgins, you can also check out her blog.

Under Attack June 25, 2008

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I read a post about Miss Wit Designs over at Funky Finds, and I just had to check out their tees. This design spoke to me. I’m pretty sure that Astrid and I were separated at birth.

You Nailed It May 12, 2008

Posted by smooregasbord in Beauty, Fashion.

I had my first pedicure on my 29th birthday. (Go ahead, I know what you’re thinking, where the heck has this chick lived her entire life, under a rock?!) Instead of being unbelievably “wowed” by the experience and thinking how could I have been missing out on this my whole life, I thought, “Thank you, Lord, for letting me miss out on this!” There’s something about dipping my feet into a vat of bubbly water where many other people have dipped their feet that just doesn’t appeal to me. Then there’s the poking and cutting and filing. It just gives me the hibbie-jibbies. It’s one thing to perform these acts on yourself, but until it becomes more like voodoo and they can feel every prick and poke that they inflict, I’m just not digging it. I may have forgotten to mention that I also have very short toes and even smaller toenails. In fact, when I went for my inaugural pedicure, it was supposed to be a hot stone pedicure. One look at my tiny toes and the lady said no way were those stones gonna fit without a little discomfort! Discomfort?! I practically had my shoes on heading out the door at the sound of that word. This was a spa…I was supposed to be relaxed. She’s lucky that she could even get polish onto my little nail specks. For those of you who are pedicure fanatics, I will say that I did enjoy the leg and foot massage quite a bit!

With that neuroticism laid out in the open, don’t think for one second that I neglect my toenails. I just elect to care for them on my own…all of which is made possible and fun by my local Ulta. This brings me to why I’m posting. I love OPI polish. While it is rather pricey ($8.50 each), the wide applicator brush allows it to be applied smoothly and, undoubtedly, it lasts the longest. Ulta was having a sale this past weekend on OPI where you buy 2 and get 1 bottle free. After much deliberating, I decided on the three colors below which, in my opinion, scream summer!

from L to R: Flashbulb Fuchsia, The It Color, Cajun Shrimp
disclaimer: colors on screen do not appear as fun as they do in person

The first two colors are part of OPI’s Bright Collection. I am currently sporting the Cajun Shrimp which is part of their Classic Collection. There’s one more color that I hope to get my hands on once it hits stores, Green-Wich Village. They’re toenails people…have a little fun!

Happy Camper May 9, 2008

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I have many pairs of shoes, but like most everyone else, only a select few make it onto my feet religiously. Those are the ones that are almost irreplaceable and make frequent visits to the cobbler. I’ve been on the lookout for a new pair of sandals. Comfortable sandals. Sandals that will go with everything. Sandals that will be placed on my feet every weekend and/or in my suitcase for every summer getaway. Said sandal was purchased yesterday and, through the miracles of free overnight shipping, arrived today. I purchased a pair of Camper sandals. Cesta t-strap in gold to be exact. I heart them.  They fit like a glove and are unbelievably comfortable.  I’m one happy camper!

“What a Croc” May 2, 2008

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I was thumbing through a magazine the other day and saw an ad for YOU By Crocs. I was all, “Do huh?” Apparently the maker of the famous, and sometimes unattractive, clog is taking a new spin on their shoes by combining comfort with class. While this new designer line is a bit on the pricier side (most shoes run approximately $150), they do have some rather cute options. My personal faves are the Bali in green and the Positano in chocolate.

Dec-ear-ations! April 27, 2008

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Spring has finally sprung and I wanted that to be reflected in my accessories as well.  Etsy is the perfect place to look for new additions to any spring wardrobe. It took some searching, but I found two great sellers each offering equally unique and beautiful accessories.

These earrings from Olive Jewelry live up to their name, Playtime.
Just looking at them screams fun!

These little beauties from The Stone Garden are blossoms for your ears.
I was more or less “window shopping” when I came across this pair, and I just couldn’t say no to buying them!