Friday, August 31, 2012

.. of Shopping

I know more than a few people who could use this.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

.. of Style Inspiration

Perfect combination...

I have had these for over 4 years and have never worn them. White pants are just tough for me if I'm not on vacation. First of all I have a ginormous ass and second I get mustard on everything. Even if I'm no where around mustard... mustard just happens. They're still in the plastic bag because all of my other jeans are dark denim and I knew they'd rub off on them in my closet which, having never worn them even once, would be twice as depressing as it normally would be. These jeans are actually part of the reason I now have a shelf in my closet devoted to items I have not worn yet. That shelf becomes my go-to whenever I'm packing or going out or leaving the house at all. When it's full I know it's time to stop shopping and when it's empty I feel awesome about my self-control.

Pair the AG Jeans with one of these two...

Left: J.Crew, Right: Gap

Throw on this Michael Kors classic...

Add to that the Alexander Wang Small Liner Tote in croc...

And you've got the look nailed.

By the way, this bag is on my birthday "becausewhatareyour30'sforifnotbankruptcy" wishlist just in case anyone is keeping track. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

.. of Style Inspiration

Christine Centenera killin' it...

Friday, August 24, 2012

.. of Personal Style

Fashion divergence alert...

When I ask my sister-in-law to tell me the truth about childbirth and my brother answers...

Happy Friday everybody! Have a good weekend... not great!... just good. Cushions the blow on Monday.

Oh, and if you give birth let me know if it hurt. (hi, mom, no i'm not pregnant, thanks)

Thursday, August 23, 2012

.. of Shopping

Oh, I just died inside a little...

via jcrew

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

.. of Shopping

The Maui Jim Baby Beach, a slightly more feminine take on the classic Ray Ban aviator made popular by hipsters, fashionistas, and let's face it Tom Cruise...

I feel the need... the need... for speed.

Let me just say I loved my Ray Ban gold framed aviators with the pink lens. I'm pink, they're pink. It was a match made in retail heaven and I have NO idea where they went. None. And I never lose sunglasses so I'm pretty positive they lost me. I have had the same pair of Oliver Peoples for almost 10 years now which sounds crazy but it's true. 

So every couple of months I wander into a Sunglass Hut, or a Solstice, or a Lenscrafters and I try on my beloveds. The problem is I'm getting cheap in my old age and the price I originally paid has long since expired. When I bought them years ago they were $119 and now they're $155. Hurts me.

Come on people.

It's the same issue I have with Louis Vuitton. My paycheck is not rising nearly as fast as their material costs seem to be. Curious. But, this is what brands do. They keep pumping out their classics but raising the price. You know the classics are going to sell, that's why they're classics, so why not slowly mark them up to cover the losses on the seasonal stuff. I get it. I just don't have to pay for it, at least not twice.

The search was on for an alternative because paying more for something I already had is impossible for me. Enter: Maui Jim...

Polarized, Aviator, Tortoise, Perfection. Yes, they're more expensive but, I've never paid for them before so it's okay... get it?

I knew they'd look good on me because they look good on her...

And we look the same right? uh huh moving on...

Putting on the Baby Beach is like turning the lights off when you have a headache. My whole body instantly relaxes and the light is soothing instead of painful. Joy. Added bonus? Everyone looks cooler in shades...

Buy here (not the baby, the Baby Beach)


Not 2 hours after I finished this post, look what I found...

Of all the gin joints coffee bars, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.

So naturally I assaulted her with my outdated iPhone because that's what everyone expects when they order a coffee. Sorry about that! Totally worth it though! Small world...

Sunglasses: courtesy Maui Jim

Friday, August 17, 2012

.. of Shopping

Sick collaboration of the week... Hot Topic x Christian Louboutin. Check out the skeletons! I don't know how much these bad boys cost and frankly I don't want to know. Let's just live in the moment shall we?

Thursday, August 16, 2012

.. of Style Inspiration

I know I know we fashion people can never just live in the moment but behold!

THEE perfect fall outfit. Switch out the dog for a cat and we're good to go.


via handcraftedinvirginia

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

.. of Style Inspiration

Fall 2012 is on its way... at least in stores. Let the knitting begin!

Cozy pillows in custom colors.

Chunky scarves to ward off winter's chilly breeze.

Sleeve extenders! For when your coat sleeves are 3/4 and your arms are not.

Perfect black beanie.

The snood. This is my all time favorite. It's a scarf with no ends. You could call it an infinity scarf as well but snood is so much easier to say. Just knit or crochet a scarf like you normally would and then connect the ends either by sewing them together or working the same color yarn in and out and tying it off. For a little added interest twist the scarf once before connecting it. This one has fabric sewn on the inside. 

via designsponge, shopbop, icovet, handcraftedinvirginia

Monday, August 13, 2012

.. of Shopping

Spotted. Welcome to a new section on Daly Dose. This is where I actually recognize an article of clothing / shoes / accessories on another blog / in a magazine / on a celebrity. I'm starting this section because I feel a disproportionate wave of pride when this happens. If I own it already it gets even worse. Like when I saw a Rebecca Minkoff in Lucky Mag (the print version. I miss you!) months after I bought it. Winning! I am determined to share my shopping prowess with the world.

Feel free to pop on over and buy one. Get me one too. Tell them I sent you. It won't get you a discount but you can do it anyway.

Friday, August 10, 2012

.. of Quotes

Coveteur featured Carrie Bradshaw's closet the other day...

"When I first moved to New York and I was totally broke, sometimes I bought Vogue instead of dinner. I found it fed me more." - Carrie Bradshaw

Speak the truth sister. I can't even count how many times I've left the mall and headed to Taco Bell instead of the grocery store. Ramen noodles anyone?

"I like my money right where I can see it... hanging in my closet." - Carrie Bradshaw

The fashion set's version of stuffing it under the mattress. And if you leave the tags attached your accountant can write it off as "retirement investment" or if your closet is really good "home repair".

"Shopping is my cardio." - Carrie Bradshaw

Okay, this is something men do not understand. I have tried explaining but maybe I was making it too complicated.

wearing heels = calf raises
trying on pants = squats
trying on shirts = pull downs
when a jacket is too small but you're determined to get it on = butterflys
reaching for something up too high = jumping jacks
when you bring along a funny girlfriend = crunches
making it in the door of your favorite store 2 minutes before they close = running!
carrying your pile right before you go to the fitting room = biceps curls

I could go on. Frankly, I'm surprised I even need a gym membership.

"Balls are to men what purses are to women. It's just a little bag, but we feel naked in public without it." - Carrie Bradshaw

Thursday, August 9, 2012

.. of Personal Style

How I got out of bed this morning...

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Monday, August 6, 2012

.. of Style Inspiration

Anna Wintour + Sarah Jessica Parker

WOW... holy fashion orgasm... what in the hell were they talking about?!

Just as an aside, check out Anna with her two phones. I always feel important when I carry two phones. You should try it. It's like having two computers on your desktop.

Friday, August 3, 2012

.. of Personal Style

Booked an apt. at Salon Shahin with Lauren who is my fave. I'm going to cut it because it's a hot mess as we approach the 6 month mark since my last snip snip. I'm also going to color it because I'm tired of being asked if I used to be a redhead. Or as one patron so kindly put it... "was your hair brighter when you were younger?"

oooo double wammy. So now I'm not only a somewhat faded version of my former self but I'm old too.


Behold my fading color...



This is the goal people!

Wish me luck!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

.. of Shopping

As some of you may know, I have been on the hunt for the perfect black chelsea boots for years. Literally. Fashion trends have been in my favor for the past few seasons with the strong resurgence of the masculine aesthetic. Loafers and oxfords were huge last season and this Fall the opportunity to find my one and only is good. Really good. I should go to Vegas with these odds baby...

The goring on the side is almost a necessity. It bothers me though. Maybe if it was only on the inside? The thing is it makes it infinitely easier to get your foot in there. Unfortunately, it makes it just as easy to get your foot out. So unless they're cut spectacularly well there may be a slippage issue. I solved this problem in the Tory Burch boots by inserting some Dr. Scholl's. They serve a dual purpose of also making them more comfortable because unless the sole is rubber it will be like wearing dress shoes ie loud and hard.

The update this season on the classic style has been the crossing leather straps across the vamp/ankle. I like it but the horizontal line may make your legs appear shorter. This theory has not been tested but I'm making an educated guess here. With this kind of detail it would be better to tuck the front of your denim/pants behind the flap on the front thus exposing the straps. I prefer to tuck my pants behind the tab in the back because this elongates the leg in front. So I would end up hiding the straps. Problem.

Then of course if you'd like to wear the exact same outfit when it's raining...

Did you notice the tucking of the pants?