Monthly Archives: July 2014

conservative office style Jul 30, 2014

Lasers and Tassels

Blazer: BB Dakota c/o T.J. Maxx (also here and similar here)  |  Pants: Theyskens Theory (old but love these similar ones on sale!)  |  Top: Club Monaco (old but almost identical here and similar here)  |  Shoes: c/o Sole Society  |  Bag: c/o Sole Society  |  Long Pendant Necklace: c/o Kendra Scott  |  Short Gold Necklace: c/o Kendra Scott  |  Black Ring: c/o Kendra Scott  |  Gold Rings: Gorjana and Gorjana  |  Sunglasses: Stella McCartney  |  Polish: Essie (Adore-A-Ball)  | Lip: Stila (Fiery)
If you saw this post and this post, you know that I’m a big fan of Sole Society.   My love for their shoes, bags, and accessories is real, and my love for their confoundingly low price points (without sacrificing quality) is deep.  Today, the love affair continues with this black bag and these perforated d’orsay flats that are sleek and basic enough to wear when you need to look presentable and (dare I say) professional, but detailed and on-trend enough to make you feel like you still have a sartorial soul distinguishable from the corporate drones with whom you share a daily soul-crushing subway ride.  As you can see, the flats have laser-cut perforations that add a little extra oomph and make them easily dressed up or down for work or play, respectively.  And, let’s be real.  Anything with “laser” in the description is a likely win in my book.  Mostly this applies to lasers of the tag, printer, lightsaber or James Bond variety, but I’m going go ahead and throw footwear onto that pile as well.  Similarly, this black shoulder bag is not only deliciously bucket-y and braided in style, but also has a tassel TWO TASSELS on the front flap to cap it all off.  Why is this a good thing?  Literally no idea.  I just know that I love tassels so much.  So so much.
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conservative office style Jul 28, 2014

Birk to Work

Skirt: c/o Oasis (unfortunately sold out in blue, but love this black and white version and similar blue versions here and here)  |  Shirt: c/o Jones New York  |  Pumps: Nine West (sold out but love these ones and these ones)  |  Sandals: Birkenstock  |  Necklace: J. Crew (love this similar more subtle one and also love this similar one)  |  Watch: c/o Timex  |  Bracelet: J. Crew  |  Rings: Kathy Kamei and House of Harlow  |  Sunglasses: Karen Walker  |  Earrings: Juliet & Company  |  Polish: Hands – Essie (Sand Tropez/Blanc) and Toes – Essie (Fiji)  |  Lips: Neutrogena (Rich Raisin)
A couple of weeks ago, I shared my hot weather styling tips here.  As we stare down the barrel of what is always a brutally hot August (certainly in NYC), those warm weather survival tools are as important as ever.  For me, the heat is especially brutal on my feet (read: Swollen and Sweaty, the Sub-Ankle Scandal) so ditching pumps for the heavenly footbeds of Birks is among my favorite moments of the day.  While they’re likely not going to work in the office, these Birkenstocks are about as comfortable as it gets when braving the summer heat on your commute to work.  And, it doesn’t hurt that the 90s favorites are back in a big way.  Who says being trendy can’t also be practical?   No one.  Okay, other than my dad.  Literally no one else.
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casual office style Jul 26, 2014

Casual Friday: Tasseled

Backpack: Deux Lux (also love the ivory and black versions)  |  Shorts: Rebecca Minkoff (also here) |  Top: J. Crew  |  Shoes: Michael Kors  |  Necklace: c/o Kendra Scott  |  Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington (use discount code “theclassycubicle” for 15% off site-wide!)  |  Sunglasses: Ray-Ban  |  Lips: Sephora (It Girl)  |  Rings: Gorjana and c/o Henri Bendel  |  Polish: Essie (Adore-A-Ball and Watermelon)
While shorts are only appropriate in very casual work environments, this navy cuffed bermuda pair are (amazingly comfortable and) the perfect way to dress up the otherwise weekend-only shorts category at the office.   Speaking of comfy, these slingback mules also come in black and are outrageously comfortable as well.  And that’s what Casual Friday is all about.  Tricking people into thinking you’re dressed like a real human, while actually just wearing things that make snuggling up at your desk in the aftermath of your Thursday night funtivities a little less painful.  Giddy up.

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casual office style Jul 21, 2014

Goodnight Macaroon

 Top: c/o Goodnight Macaroon  |  Shoes: c/o Goodnight Macaroon  |  Skirt: c/o Ann Taylor  |  Belt: (I found this at a little boutique in San Francisco.  If anyone knows where to find it online let me know! It doesn’t have a brand label on it…)  |  Watch: Marc Jacobs  |  Ring: similar here  |  Earrings: Majorica  |  Sunglasses: Stella McCartney c/o Ditto  |  Polish: Essie (Tangerine)  |  Lip: Stila (Fiery)
Dress: c/o Goodnight Macaroon  |  Jacket: J. Crew  |  Sunglasses: c/o BCBG (similar here and here)  |  Mules: Call It Spring (also love these)  |  Polish: Tangerine  |  Lip: Stila (Fiery)

Goodnight Macaroon is a brand I’ve recently discovered and quickly fallen for.  The first look today is perfect if your office is more formal; the second is perfect for a more casual nine-to-five.  Lace is something I’m careful with at the office because sometimes the boudoir connotation can come across inappropriately in a professional setting.  However, the high neck and tailored fit of the top paired with a classic black pencil skirt makes the ensemble perfect for any work environment.  And these flats with the gold ankle strap?  Uhh… yes.  Just, yes.

The second look today features (what I think should be declared) the eighth wonder of the world: the sweatshirt (!!!) sheath dress.  Cut like a sheath dress in shape and length but made in the most delicious heather grey sweatshirt material, this dress is indescribably brilliant.  While the sweatshirt material makes it suitable only for those of you who work in casual offices, the classic cut makes it amazingly versatile for work or play.  Or pajamas.  Literally, you name it.

If you’re a new fan of Goodnight Macaroon like I am and are thinking of ordering one of these pieces (or the white crochet top from Friday’s post) be sure to pay attention to their sizing chart and order one size up.  They run a bit small… just like their price points (sha-wing!).  Happy Monday!

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This post is sponsored by DITTO.  All product selections, styling and opinions are my own.

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