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Something so delicately feminine about the small of a woman's back. You may catch yourself looking over your shoulder to see who's following you when you wear this subtly suggestive style.
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My Sunday tees
Every Sunday I post a t-shirt. I enjoy finding t-shirts from etsy.com, from new designers, and from small clothing companies just getting started. Sometimes the shop owner will send me a t-shirt as a thank you gift, and sometimes
I buy one. Here I am in a few of my favorites....
So grab your phone, click a shot of yourself in your favorite tee, email it to email@example.com, & you'll soon be featured on OMF!
See more of the individuals & organizations we've featured here: T-shirt Sunday Tees.
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I feel like you should know IKEA slippers are the lowest price ever.
The robes are only $19.99 too.
Think gift or guest room?
Coral wedge sandals under $50
Blah blah blah wedges blah blah blah wedges. Seems all I can talk about lately is wedge sandals. I'd like some in coral please. 3 under $50...
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Word of the day: purple
Blogger, radio producer, & single dad Noah Dingley writes the blog The Nomadden.
Last weekend Noah Dingley announced: "I need color. Ideas?"
We batted around a few possibilities and decided on a light shade of purple to complement Noah's brown eyes.
So Noah picked up a purple polo on sale at Target. We both agreed distressed is best when it comes to men's jeans, so Noah pulled out his new silver/blue dENiZEN® jeans to work with the purple polo. Add super cool Blu Blockers Mirrored Aviator sunglasses and brown leather American Eagle driving shoes, and you've got one very cool California outfit.
Here's Noah modeling the digs in front of his San Diego home. I think the purple really looks nice on you, Noah, and the jeans are très chic. Purple goes so beautifully with brown--will be great with your favorite brown leather jacket this fall!
Noah's next plan for color: goldenrod jeans.
Men out there (or ladies with men out there): Are you wearing colors? Which ones feel the best on you?
Noah is our resident male fashion guy.
Noah Dingley is down-to-earth and fun-loving with a great sense of style.
Follow Noah (The Nomadden) on Twitter & Tumblr.
Never do this
Never count up how many pieces of clothing you have.
You'll get bored in an instant.
You'll never want to buy anything ever again.
You'll reach a figure equal to a plane flight to Europe (or to the moon). It's bad enough calculating the cost
of your clothing donation for tax purposes.
You may wonder if you're being manipulated by the fashion industry.
You'll wonder how you ever accumulated so much & how you ever shared a bedroom closet with
But if you do...
1. Only count to 10.
Jennifer Scott on her blog The Daily Connoisseur and in her book Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris suggests that we reduce our wardrobes to just 10 items & a few extras like t-shirts.
Jennifer Scott gives several benefits of The 10 Item Wardrobe here.
Had you heard of the 10 Item Wardrobe before? What do you think of it?
2. Only count to 1.
You may want to consider purchasing just one high quality, multi-purpose piece per season.
3. Count on your friends.
Friends everywhere are hosting "clothing swaps." Friends get together, drink wine, and exchange clothes.
I know two women who are in the midst of a clothing-buying freeze until January. Here one friend describes her reasons for the freeze:
"The last freeze helped me to reassess my wardrobe, wear things I hadn't in awhile, and when I was done, I really shopped less. A lot of the addictive desire of it went away! I spent my time on other things like reading and pottery. When the freeze was over, I really started to focus on quality instead of quantity. I realized it might be worth the extra few bucks to buy something that doesn't fade and stretch out."
"My friend is doing the freeze because she realized she has 115 pairs of shoes."
5. Count your blessings.
We are exceptionally fortunate to have so much while many people around the world have so little.
Which of these ideas would you be willing to do or which most appeals to you? I really hope you'll comment on this post.
Many thanks to Rachel for ideas & support she contributed to this post.
Pen & Ink tees
Pen & Ink Clothing has a sharp eye for design.
I stole this look from J. Crew but found the skirt for $20 from Loft here. The skirt fits me like a glove and is made of a cotton/stretch blend that doesn't wrinkle. Black & white goes with everything. The skirt is available in more sizes in stores.
The top I got from J. Crew for $18.55.
I stole the concept for Outfit 2 from J. Crew too--a crochet skirt and crisp white oxford.
I paid $29 for the skirt from Athleta. Never wrinkles, goes everywhere. Similar here.
The shirt I've had forever, but I recently bought a new one from J. Crew Factory for about $33 including shipping.
I think dresses are often the least expensive and the least trouble, especially in the summer when you don't have to wear tights. I got this dress at H&M for $19.95. It would have been really short in my usual size, so I sized up until the length felt sassy but appropriate for work. I added my own belt and a lovely purse that a friend brought back for me as a gift from Italy.
They still carry the dress in the store. Never wrinkles.
What are your go-to outfits for work this summer? How are you keeping cool and unwrinkled?
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Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters are sister companies, I believe. They are selling the exact same sandal, but it's on sale at half price and in more colors at Urban Outfitters and not at Anthropologie. The sandal is also available at Maraisusa.com. I rather like the sandal myself and would prefer to pay half the price by walking across the hall or surfing just down the internet dial one click :-)
at Urban Outfitters
While we're at it, here's the J. Crew version of almost the same sandal.J. Crew Marina Mini-wedge espadrilles, $79.99. Extra 30% off with the code EXTRA30
Sarita's lost & recovered jewels
My kids were still very little. A few weeks before, I had given birth to my second son and hired a woman to help me out. My oldest son, 16 months at the time, acted like a little energizer bunny, so I really needed the extra hands.
Gayle was a nice lady but shared a strange story one day about a boyfriend. A few days later, Gayle did not show up at my house.
We called her friend who had referred her who told us that Gayle had left to country to go to Trinidad! I felt a bit lost without the extra help and then something else hit me.
I'm not sure why but I decided to check my jewelry box. It must have been a hunch, that little gnawing feeling that something was amiss. Sure enough, my engagement ring and two diamond necklaces had vanished.
"I suppose those jewels were really meant for me after all."
The loss of the beautiful jewelry upset me as much as the sentiment that each piece carried and the feeling of being violated by someone that I had trusted with my children. One necklace was a diamond heart that my husband bought me because he remembered that I sold a diamond necklace of mine once, and he wanted me to have one. It was so kind of him, and it touched me deeply. Now it was gone, along with my pear-shaped engagement ring. I figured that would be the end of the story. But it was not.
At the time, my husband was working for his father who did real estate management. One of the superintendents in the buildings just "happened" to have a brother who lived in Trinidad who was - now get this - a police officer! The super had no trouble contacting his relative and asking him to find Gayle and the missing jewelry.
You'd think this would reach another dead end, right? How was he going to find a Gayle among so many people? Sure enough, a few HOURS later, we got a call that he had found Gayle and that she would be sending me back all the jewelry! Not only that, but I actually spoke to her over the phone and she apologized.
The Universe always has a way of balancing the scales. I suppose those jewels were really meant for me after all.
Sarita Coren is an expert in natural skin care & green, healthy living. Visit her blog: Peace on the Skin & Peace Within
Response from OMF:
Your story almost made me cry when I got to the part about the diamond heart necklace--so so sad to lose something so precious! But then I saw your amazing recovery of your jewels! I can't believe it! Thank heavens! I have a friend who will relate to it, but her wedding ring was stolen, never to be recovered. Thank you so so much for sharing your story, Sarita.
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