Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

FABruary style challenge - go green!

Sweater - UC Benetton
Skirt - Caractère
Tights - Tezenis
Boots - manifattura italiana
Necklace - Street stand

For today's challenge - go green - I chose this sweater, which is one of the only two gree items I own.It's a bit sporty, so I decided to pair it with my black pencil skirt. I like how the aqua green looks with black!

Monday, February 25, 2013

FABruary style challenge - play with eyeshadow

Sweater - Express
Shirt - JCres
Pants - NY&Co
Booties - Geox
Necklace - present
Pearl studs - Conbipel

I liked yesterday's combination of polka dots and stripes so much that I decided to wear it again today, a bit tamed for work. The top part of my outfit is the same as yesterday, pinstriped pants are a pair I bought last summer in Buffalo.
Here's a closeup of my booties:

 Today's FABruary style challenge involved playing with eyeshadow. I played with some brown shimmery eyeshadows from Pupa which are part of a palette I got for Christmas. Here's the result:

I was inspired by this tutorial by Elle, and really like the result. Of course, my makeup is toned down compared to hers, since I was going to work!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

FABruary style challenge - Stripes and patterns.

Sweater - Express
Shirt - JCrew
Skirt - Oltre jeans
Tights - Calzedonia
Boots - Manifattura Italiana
Necklace - gift

Today's theme is stripes and patterns.I was a bit at loss with this challenge, since I have striped items, but not too much patterns in my wardrobe. Then I remembered this fun polka dot shirt I bought in NY last summer, and decided to start from there.
I don't really like wearing different patterns  at the same time, so I tried to keep them separate: Just a peek of these fun tights (a present from some Christmases ago) and of the polka dots. I quite like the result!
On my nails, Cupcake caramel from Rimmel - a nice, understated color:

And, on a side note - it's Election day in Italy! As google kindly reminds us...

So, I am off to vote!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

FABruary style challenge - Pants, please!

Sweater - Conbipel
Turtleneck - Tezenis
Jeans - OVS
Boots - Geox
Pearl studs - Conbipel

It could only be pants on such a rainy and windy day. I wasn't sure I wanted to get out of my apartment for my beauty appointment, but luckily I managed to go, and it was worth every minute - I got a facial and a massage, still part of husband's Christmas present.
This sweater looks better without the turtleneck underneath, I know, but I wanted to make sure I wouldn't be cold after being sick the past days. I like its blue color and the interesting neckline and texture.

I love these boots so much I think they deserve a shoot of their own:

Soft, comfortable, warm, and really pretty. One of this season's best buys.

After the beauty appointment I had to go buy some stuff. I picked up a pair of gray tights for me and 3 pairs of socks for husband at OVS. Tights were a necessity since my two gray pairs have holes, so I needed a replacement. During my walk to the drugstore, I avoided being tempted by a beautiful red blazer at the Benetton window (the top underneath it wasn't bad either) and by the handcream and nail polish on sale at the drugstore. 
Instead I bought some supplies at another store to fix one of my dresses. I spent 90c on them. If it works, I have saved a dress I haven't worn for months! Will work on it after dinner...

Friday, February 22, 2013

Thoughts on my shopping ban.

I haven't advertised it too much, but, inspired by the girls at "Her late night cravings" I decided it was time to start a shopping ban.
It's not that I have been shopping like crazy, lately - quite the opposite. It's just that I have to pay for mandatory maintenance work on my apartment, and I can't really afford to buy much. This situation will last at least until December, so ideally I should stop buying clothes/shoes/accessories at least until then.
And I seriously think I should be able to make it  with what I have in my closet. I don't have a lot of clothes, but they surely are enough. There is stuff I don't wear too often - and it's a shame. There is one Max Mara skirt I bought in January which still has its tags on. And there is the stuff I wear over and over and I was getting sick of.

Then along came the FABruary style challenge proposed by Imogen Lamport. She really had the right idea at the right time. Although I don't take pctures every day, I am following her suggestions day by day (well, except these three days I was sick at home).
It forced me to think a bit outside the box. Like, when the theme was "Florals" and I thought "I don't own a single floral item". And then remembered my floral dress or earrings. 
So, I have discovered how much helpful for me are these daily suggestions. Imogen, if you are there, a similar challenge would be welcome for the month of March too!
But in case she had enough, I decided to come out with my personal calendar. I picked pictures from my favourite bloggers (one in particular), and wrote my own. 
I made it without thinking of what I have or not. I decided the exercise is in coming up with something I wouldn't have thought - and without buying anything new!  

Let's see how it goes.

As for the shopping ban, I won't come to the extremes of the 365 fashion rehab girls: if my socks/tights/underwear have holes in it, I'll buy some new one. I'll happily accept gifts too!

It will be interesting, I guess, since I have to go to two wedding is June. But I have already thought of taking to the tailor two dresses I don't wear anymore because they are too big, so this problem should be solved. The problem will be the shoes, let's see what I can do (borrow from my sister? Who knows...).

I won't cut my beauty treatments or hair salon visits, mainly because I don't have much free time, so I am not spending that much on them anyway.

In the meantime, I have been re-reading "In the red", and after this I'll go with "Not buying it", hoping they'll motivate me.  

I am excited to see how this experiment will end up. It will be interesting for sure. 

Monday, February 18, 2013

FABruary style challenge - earrings

For the last three days I haven't participated to the FABruary style challenge, since I don't have any coloured winter shoes (Fri) and on Sat and Sun I didn't have time to take a picture! I am back with today's outfit - and my earrings of course. Sorry my feet are quite out of focus...

Sweater - UC Benetton
Black Tee - Intimissimi
Skirt - Oltre Jeans
Tights - Tezenis
Boots - Nero Giardini
Earrings - Gift from Venice

My earrings are not really visible in the outfit picture, so here's a closeup:
They are made of white and clear glass, and are a gift from my aunt.

Although I love earrings, since they bring focus to the face, I had a hard time choosing a pair that was not completely invisible (like the studs I usually wear), but not too big either. I don't really like to wear big earrings when my hair is so short, I find them overwhelming. I think these are a nice compromise: noticeable but not too "out there".

As for the rest of the outfit... nothing too original, but I like this sweater and the arm warmers it came with. It's quite unique, I think

Friday, February 15, 2013

Valentine's day recap

Yesterday the FABruary style challenge suggested to wear lace. Which I did. Only, I didn't take a picture of it, since I left in a rush and didn't come back home 'till 10:30 p.m. I wore the same top as here, only with white jeans. It's the only lace piece I own, both for winter and summer, so my choice was easy!

Wow, this picture is from March 2011, it looks so strange to me. And I still own, wear and love all these clothes! It migh mean two things: either I am in a style rut, or I chose my clothes very wisely, so that I love them for years. I like to think it's #2.
So, after a rough start of the day, things got worse when I had a really bad argument with my boss, which made me cranky the whole day.
Things started to improuve when I got home. I found some chocolates with a sweet note from my husband:

So we had some chocolate before going to band reharsal. Then we went out for drinks, and then decided to pick up some pizza to have for dinner.
Once we were at the restaurant we decided to stay there instead of taking out pizza. So we even had dinner out.
By the time we were home I was exausted, but happy.
Because, you know, I have a confession to make: that was the first time I went out for dinner on Valentine's day!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

FABruary style challenge - be blue!

Turtleneck - Tezenis
Sweater - UC Benetton
Skirt - Caractère
Tights - Project
Boots - Manifattura Italiana
Pearl studs - Conbipel
Necklace - Random street stand

This is the only idea I was able to come up with, mainly because I don't own much blue. I could have worn jeans, I know, but it looked like cheating to me! This sweater is almost a greenish blue, I don't know. It's a unique shape that I love, and great for layering.
The picture doesn't show it well, but the tights are the same color of the sweater, so I added a touch og blue on my legs too.

And don't forget my bag, from Conbipel:

I wore this outfit for a long day at work. Seems fussy but it's actually very comfortable!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

FABruary style challenge - Layers!

Turtleneck - Tezenis
Purple sweater - Lunatica
Cardigan - Lunatica
Skirt - Oltre Jeans
Tights - Tezenis
Boots - Manifattura Italiana

This was easier for me - I often have to layer since when I get dressed I never know how cold it will be in the lab. And usually it gets hot in the afternoon.
I bought this purple sweater and the cardigan at the same time, at a store, Lunatica, that now is closed (sniff!) . I like how they look together, the long sweater with the shorter cardi - the result looks pretty itneresting to me!

Monday, February 11, 2013

FABruary style challenge - flowers!

This was a difficult one, mainly because I don't own floral stuff, be it an accessory or a piece of clothing, except than for this dress:

 Dress - Conbipel
Cardigan - Lwie
Turtleneck - Tezenis
Tights - Tezenis
Boots - Nero Giardini
Ear studs - Conbipel

This dress is a bit light for this weather, so I had to layer it. In addition to the turtleneck and cardi, I am wearing a slip too! It is a bit too short for work, but I guess it was ok with these opaque tights, besides, I am covered by a lab coat most of my day.
After wearing this dress, I remembered when I bought it I also picked up a pair of floral ear studs. So I wore them too!

At the end of the day, I think I did pretty well!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

FABruary style challenge - color block.

Turtleneck sweater - UC Benetton
Corduroy pants - Gap
Boots - Geox
Necklace - random street stand

Well... this is my attempt at color blocking. I am not used to wear more than one color at once, or when I wear more than one color, they do not contrast each other so much! So I felt a bit uncomfortable in this. After a while, though, I stopped feeling self conscious. I might even like this combination!
I love these corduroys for two reasons: I bought them in the Gap on the Camps Elisées in Paris, so they bring back happy memories, and they are husband's favourite pair of pants, so I am always happy to wear them.
I wear this necklace a lot during winter months, since I think it looks really good with turtlenecks. It adds some interest to an otherwise very simple outfit, I think.

Check out Imogen's first week round up!

Sunday reads.

Hi! How is it going? I had bookmarked only two links last week, so I decided to skip Sunday reads last Sunday, and have a meatier one today!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

FABruary style challenge - sparkle for daytime

Today's theme was sparkle for daytime, and at first I thought it'd be difficoult because I don't own many sparkly stuff, not even for evening. Then I decided to pull out this wool shirt which has sequins on the sleeves, and which I have actually just worn on New Year's Eve a couple of times:

 Wool shirt - random street stand
Turtleneck - Tezenis
Jeans - Jane Norman (from the Netherlands)
Necklace - Conbipel

 Here is a detail of the sleeves, where the sequins are:

It was the best I could do: not a big fan of sparkle, I guess!

ETA to add another attempt to sparkle:

This is Pupa Artbase in M031 (a ssparkly silver) and KIKO sparkle touch in 234 used as a topcoat.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Friday outfit.

Sweater - Gemelli
Skirt - Caractère
Tights - Tezenis
Boots - Manifattura Italiana

Today's outfit was entierely picked up by husband. Well, almost, since he didn't say anythingabout tights. Yesterday night I  couldn't decide what to wear today (I pick up my outfit the night before), and he suggested this very simple combination of white sweater and black pencil skirt. So simple I hadn't thought about it!
I wore this to go to work, to go to yoga class (not DURING yoga class) and to have dinner with a friend. It's pretty comfortable!
Since husband didn't say anything about the tights, for a moment I considered wearing my burgundy ones. Then I decided I preferred to keep the outfit simple only black and white.

Today's FABruary style challenge was about statement rings. Unfortunately, I don't own any, since I find them very uncomfortable to play music. The only rings I wear is my wedding band and the ring my husband to be gave me three days before we got married:

Not too big, but in my opinion it's a statement nonetheless!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Monday, February 4, 2013

FABruary style challenge: Wear a dress.

For the 4th day of february, the FABruary style challenge suggests to wear a dress.
Here is mine, a but too dressy for work maybe, but I loved it anyway:

Dress - Project for Upim
Cardigan - Conbipel
Turtleneck - Tezenis
Tights - Tezenis
Boots - Nero Giardini
Necklace - random store in Holland

This dress is more than 4 years old, and still one of my most beloved pieces. I bought it because it fit as if it was cut and sewn for me - doesn't happen so often.
I kept the whole outfit gray and black, except for my brown boots. I think they add a nice unexpected touch. And I love my new necklace!

Saturday, February 2, 2013


I can't say it loud enough: thank God the weekend is here!

It started yesterday night: I went see husband's group playing. It was really fun and I really liked them - but we got home around three!

Picture courtesy of a friend
Husband is the drummer!
I was seriously thinking of wearing something like this at their next concerts:

Isn't it fun?
So, today and tomorrow is small errands and lots of rest and relax!


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