Risky Business

The wayfarers and collar shirt make me think of Tom Cruise in Risky Business minus the whole dancing in my underwear part. For me, it’s more like blogging in my underwear in between drying my hair, getting dressed, and running out the door in the morning. Yeah—that’s really not cool. Even though I may not have the coolness factor of Tom Cruise in an 80s movie, I sure feel cool in this summery red and blue combo. The nude heels and brown belt add to the warmth of the outfit. Lastly, I couldn’t allow this preppy outfit to be too perfect, so I added some vintage bracelets. Risky…right?
Ralph Lauren button down; Gap skirt; Candies via Kohl’s shoes; Vintage and J.Crew bracelets; RB Wayfarers

Beachside town

With all of the nautical-inspired fashion right now, I am surprised to not see a resurgence in this style of skirt. I used Google to search key words such as nautical-print skirt, beach-print skirt, and even, French Riviera print skirt. Nothing came up like this. If I had to guess, I would say stores like Talbots and Ann Taylor used to carry skirts like this one in the 90s. It’s certainly for a more “mature” woman. Even still, I am obsessed with this style skirt. I can’t help but love the depiction of a beachside town in heavy paint-like strokes. And even better, I picked this one up at the thrift store for $3.50. The tag on this skirt reads Bernardo, a brand I never heard of until I Googled it.
Ralph Lauren top; Thrifted skirt; Nine West shoes; H&M trench coat

Navigating casual Friday

For casual Friday at work (everyday), I like to turn to my Forever 21 maxi dress. It is amazingly comfortable, and it is also a great option for any Friday night plans that may come up. Wearing it with a cardi or cover up, to me, makes it work appropriate. Some may disagree, but my office is pretty casual. Some people wear jeans everyday. I choose to dress up during the week, but opt for something casual Friday, which is what the majority of people do. Everyone associates casual Friday with jeans. However, during the recent heat wave (99 degrees) we have been experiencing, jeans might not be the most comfortable option. So I am just curious, what can you get away with at your office? Is it just me, or are policies becoming more relaxed?
Forever 21 dress; J.Crew men’s button down; Sam Edelman sandals; Ray Ban aviators; Vintage, Forever 21, Macy’s, J.Crew jewelry

Bossypants discussion: 50-150

Hello Bookclub! Long time no see. To lead the discussion on pages 50-150, I have passed the baton on to my good friend and former college roommate, Rosanna. See what she has to say about Bossypants after the jump:
So let’s pick up the conversation with Tina climbing Old Rag Mountain and getting a job at the YMCA (which just goes by the Y now a days– fun fact). Did anyone go Google “Robert Wuhl” like I did? (definitely not who I thought he was).  As the book goes on I continue to love Fey’s one liners; they are subtle enough that if you blink too quickly you might miss them. Any book clubber have a favorite so far? (in this section I laughed out loud at: “I was right, by the way. He was for dudes.” pg 59) 

Throughout these two sections we obviously start to learn more about Fey’s life. I wonder why she chose the seemingly random story of climbing Old Rag Mountain with HRW and Jess-Chriss and then go into a great detailed illustration of her time at the YMCA? I felt that Old Rag Mountain was a hilarious piece which could be considered filler whereas the YMCA gave a glimpse into how she found her way to Second City.  This takes us back to Christina’s point about a memoir… I expect longer detailed stories in a memoir but definitely expect short hilarious stories like HRW in a comedy book alluding to someone’s life.  The more you read this book the more difficult it becomes to classify it into one category. Anyone agree or disagree?

I loved reading about her start at Second City and how she worked with Amy Poehler (one of my favs); I didn’t know they knew each other before SNL (sorry, out of the loop). Fey’s Rules of Improvisation on pages 84-85 made me want to do improve!!! It sounds so fun. I also loved the quick few sentences Fey throws in about career advice to women. I think as I look back on what I’ve read in the book she does throw out some great life lessons even if she doesn’t clearly red flag them.  Anyone gain anything from her outwardly haphazard points?

Fey’s honeymoon with her husband she calls Barry (or Lee), for legal reasons, taught me two things: When I finally go on a cruise I will not say “bravo, bravo, bravo” and Fey is as funny in real life as she is on television. The part about “Titantic” at the end of the chapter- she is just naturally funny.

The next few sections discuss beauty secrets and once again I felt like it was just randomly thrown in. I laughed throughout (“The Three Secrets of Great Skin are Moisture, SOOTS (Stay Out of the Sun), and Be Italian.” pg 104) but again if you went into thinking it was a memoir you probably were like: umm Tina why does this matter? Or maybe not- what are your thoughts book club readers??

Then finally we have arrived at her time with SNL. As someone who enjoys SNL and loved the cast when Tina was a member, this section was wonderful to read.  It was interesting to me to read the behind the scenes aspects of what it’s like at SNL. Book clubbers- did you think Fey focuses more on the story in this section rather than being funny? I definitely enjoyed reading this section, like I said, but to me it wasn’t as overtly funny as the previous 100 pages.

I think I will stop with this… Anything else strike you throughout the past 100 pages?

The chambray shirt

It used to be a U.S. work wear and Navy staple. Retailers have been revitalizing it in the form of tops, dresses, and even skirts, for what seems like a long time now, and I don’t see it peacing out anytime soon. It’s more light weight than denim, but it is just as versatile. I finally bought my own chambray shirt at Target for $20 this past spring. I thought its gray-blue color would pair perfectly with this bright print skirt that I picked up at the consignment shop. I wanted some opposition to its casual style so I layered on three pearl necklaces. The hardest challenge is making something casual look work appropriate, but I think this shirt passed the test. It is officially well worth the $20.
Target chambray shirt; Inc by Macy’s skirt via consignment shop; J.Crew, Gifted, Vintage necklaces; Ann Taylor vintage thrifted shoes; Ray Ban Wayfarer sunglasses