Where have you been all my life?

I have been introduced to a website that is beyond my wildest dreams.  If I was any kind of technically-savy, I would say that I should’ve made it up myself a long time ago.

Everyone knows I’m mad about scouring the Internet, stores and what have you, to find and post things that I really, really need.  Ok, want.  But sometimes it feels like I need them.  And it’s my blog.

Yesterday, I posted this little ensemble I put together on Polyvore.com.  Polyvore.com has everything a girl could want in their virtual closet, PLUS backgrounds, text, different fonts and more.  I can’t even tell you how much time I have spent on this site, in under a week and CANNOT believe that I didn’t know about this sooner.

I blame my high-maintenance children. Always wanting to eat…or to bathe….or to be dropped off at school.

But right now, I have time to myself to simply put great outfits together – complete with handbags, jewelry, shoes and other great accessories.

I worked on this little number this week.  Enjoy!

Weekend Chic, littleblacksweats on Polyvore.com for more info

Daily Covet: Doing ‘Laundry’

I have an upcoming trip to Chicago in a couple of weeks and this is the worst time of the year to pack light.  It starts out freezing, becomes warm, and then becomes freezing again when the sun goes down.  This means you need at least two different wardrobes.

I also have a wedding to go to, so that means I need an occasion dress along, while I’m packing light.  The answer?  Chiffon.  And I normally H-A-T-E chiffon but I have had my eye on this dress for months.  I finally ordered it with the hopes that I will love it as much once it arrives and I put it on (NOT bloody likely)!

But I love the modern print and the long sheer sleeves, which makes it perfect for Spring and Fall.  I plan to throw on some pale pink suede pumps with it to play up the cooler weather factor and figured a tailored navy jacket might be another possible fix.

Cross your fingers for me because at this price, it’d be a front runner for sure!

Laundry by Shelli Segal Print Chiffon Dress, Nordstrom Sale $110

Daily Covet: Working Girl

No, no, it’s not what you think.

My friend, who suggested today at our lunch date, that I find her some work appropriate dresses, is not in fact, a prostitute.

It got me thinking though.  Since this working girl (me!) is no longer in a work force that enforces a dress code, I went looking.

Here are some great choices for you girls that are lucky enough to shower before noon (who are we kidding? I don’t shower until my kids go to bed!) and hang out with adults… who know lots of words… and don’t follow you to the bathroom… and can get their own juice…

But who ever said, 9 to 5 had to be buttoned up and stuffy?  Some of these darling dresses are classic styles in modern colors and prints… and there are one or two, for those days when you need to wear your “power suit” er… power dress.

Diane von Furstenberg New Jeanne Wrap Dress, Neiman Marcus $345

This is a must-have for every wardrobe.  A DVF wrap dress is the first and last word in women’s worktime dresses.  And she’s always throwing cool new prints into her knit bag of tricks!

David Meister Fold-Over Detail Dress, Neiman Marcus $395

Mark my words, you will see this color EVERYWHERE this fall.  So channel your inner Joan Holloway and put on this body concious stunner, with a structured black bag and classic black heels.

Magaschoni Ribbed Cashmere Turtleneck Dress, Neiman Marcus $225

This is about as sophisticated as it gets.  This dress means business, but is super body concious and not in the least bit stuffy.  Add knee-high boots and a bag that pops for maximum modern impact.

Lafayette 148 New York Faux-Leather-Trim Dress, Neiman Marcus $448

This little number is a little “Rock Star” with leather trim but a classic silhouette makes it tame enough for the office.  Classic chocolate pumps with a hint of irridescence would be perfect for this sheath.

Milly Elisabet Belted Silk Dress, Neiman Marcus $425

Who says you have to wear black, navy and grey to the office.  Some days, you need a bit of oomph to get you through the long day.  This Milly piece is a fun way to be appropriately covered, but in a style and print that says, “I march to the beat of my own damn drumb!”

Kay Unger New York Belted Print Dress, Neiman Marcus $210

This hot little number is my favorite.  So it’s a bit edgy but it oozes confidence and fearlessness.  And it’ll make you stand out among a bunch of stuffy  suits (i.e. men!)  Not to mention, it’s fabulously priced!!

Lauren by Ralph Lauren Stretch Cotton Shirtdress, Nordstrom $159

Ok, so there’s a day when you really need to exude classic elegance.  Maybe you are working with some old school folks, who won’t take you seriously in something a bit more modern.  You won’t go wrong in Ralph Lauren with gold buttons.  But it’s still so sleek – you’ll feel like a million bucks, while your getting them to donate theirs.

Trina Turk Sleeveless Print Dress, Nordstrom Sale $130

This little number is a super sassy and modern print with a knockout neck line.  Wear spring and summer with red slingbacks and chunky jewelry, and this is the perfect way to look cool and stay cool!

Daily Covet: Happy Birthday, Love Louis!

I know, I know, it’s so cliché to covet a Louis Vuitton handbag.  But this particular bag has a slouchy style that is casual, yet it’s one of the most classic luxury designer handbags ON EARTH.

This means it is wearable with anything from your little black dress to your power suit to khaki shorts and a tunic.   It’s “cost per use” is really quite low!

So for my birthday, I am posting my most current covet, a Louis Vuitton Artsy MM.

Let’s hope my husband is shopping my blog this week!  After all, it’s the smaller version…

Artsy MM, LouisVuitton.com $1610

Daily Covet: Almost time to get my “Mad” on…

Betty, Joan, Peggy

So it’s settled.  Our Girls’ Night Out group is going Mad on January 8th.  It’s the 2nd Annual Roland Dinner Party and the theme is “Mad Men.”  Everyone is so excited and who wouldn’t be at the thought of dressing up as Joan Holloway or Betty Draper Francis, two of the newest style icons?

My covet today is that I will be able to find a vintage dress or dinner suit and a pill box hat to top off my ensemble for this party.  Shouldn’t be too hard, right?  I mean there are only thousands of listings on eBay.  Unfortunately, because of Mad Men, these outfits don’t come cheap!  I will be checking my local antique stores too but if anyone has ideas or something that might be of interest, please let me know via a comment!

Daily Covet: My workout duds are strung out

I’m sure you won’t be surprised to find out that many times, my tendency to work out is based largely on the gear (read outfits) I get to wear.  I spend much more time in my workout wear than pretty much anything else I own.  I usually put it on first thing in the morning to ensure that I have no excuse not to go on a moment’s notice that day.  With that said, my workout wear gets it’s fair share of “overwear!”

Most of my yoga pants are now a washed out black-ish color from thousands of washes.  My sports bras and tanks are all too tight and too short because I have a much bigger chest and midsection post kids.  My socks that wick away moisture are also gray-ish and are losing their elasticity from too many tumbles in the dryer.  My running shoes have met their mileage limit… this has more to do with walking around the zoo with my children than it does actually logging miles on the trails.

With all of that said, my covet today is about new gear.  Sometimes looking good inspires me to do things that make me feel good and that are good for me.  So my covet this day is new running shoes (I buy the same exact pair of Nikes every time!) and new workout clothes.   I love these cute and comfortable options from Athleta.com… and since I’m at it, I wouldn’t mind looking like the model either!

Long Sleeve Twist Top $69.00, WorkitOUT Tight $59, Athleta.com

Nike Zoom Vomero 5 $110, roadrunnersports.com

Daily Covet: This winter, I’ll have some “Spring” in my step!

I’ve been looking for some water proof boots for my short commute back and forth to preschool 3 days a week.  Fortunately and unfortunately, my son’s preschool is right across the street, which means we can walk out our front door and up the block to get there in a matter of minutes.  This also means that it’s absurd to drive it when the weather is horribly nasty, slick and wet.

So I am on the lookout for rain/snow boots.  I have been looking at these particular Sportos for a few months now and have finally decided to make them my feature.  I love the print, calling to mind a little spring time even in the dead of winter.

And speaking of dead, I am completely dead set on ordering them too.  If it wasn’t Christmas shopping season… the season for giving… to other people, I probably would’ve done it already without guilt.

And if I need further motivation, these are one of the least expensive pairs of boots on Zappos.com.  This is something that never happens to me!

Sporto Wendy, zappos.com $55

Daily Covet: Warm and fuzzy…on the outside

MICHAEL Michael Kors Sequined Eyelash Fringe Bouclé Jacket, Nordstrom $175.00

These Chanel-ish bouclé jackets are all the rage again this season but this one has sequins and metallic thread running through it, making it evening-wear ready.

Or match it up with your favorite pair of heather gray, wool, flannel trousers and you have a “ladies who lunch” ensemble; just add champagne!

But in all honesty, I’d prefer to throw it on with my darkest of skinny jeans, my highest of black pumps and give it a pop with a bright satin bag.

At this price, it’s a staple and you’ll be able to wear it on and off for years to come!

Daily Covet: Cowl off the dogs!

I have found the sweater for every occasion.  I love this slim fitting sweater with the peplum bottom, scrunchable arms and of course, the deep cowl neck.  I’m thinking tweed mini, tights that pop, some lace up booties and voila, you are day to night ready!

I just can’t decide which color I like better…

Winter Beauty Pullover (Brown), Anthropologie $128

Winter Beauty Pullover (Sky), Anthropologie $128

Daily Covet: Bag Lady

J.J. Winters Zippered Distressed Leather Clutch, RevolveClothing.com $195

I have a lot of bags.  Most of them are oversized and diaper, wipe-y, sippy cup-worthy.  I do not have a lot of “going out” bags, which is why I am constantly eyeing them in stores, online and in my favorite magazine “Lucky!”  I found this most recent bag in the December issue and I’m putting it at the top of my Christmas list.

It’s a little rocker chic but the long chain strap makes it seem a little more refined too.

I’d wear it with dark jeans and a shrunken blazer or with a pencil skirt and fitted sweater.  Heck, I’d even put it on with a little black dress for a special night out.

I guess what I am trying to say is, you really can wear it with everything!