September 30, 2012

September's Featured Blogger: Delusions of Grandeur

How is it almost October already?!? Fall and Winter are coming at us at what seems like a faster pace, and soon we'll be wishing for Summer again. ;) September's Featured Blogger is Bonnie from Delusions of Grandeur (formerly known as Mini Me Style)! She's here to tell us a little about herself and her blog, as well as show us how to take three simple pieces well into Fall and Winter. :) Thanks for sharing, Bonnie!

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Hello, Long Live Classy readers!  As a fellow Arizona girl, I was thrilled to find Megan’s
blog  (we’re few and far between
out here) and am honored to have the opportunity to guest post this week.

My name is Bonnie, and I blog over at Delusions of Grandeur.  As a third year Ph.D. student, I had literally lived in yoga and workout gear for years, but as a
professor-in-training I knew I needed to get my wardrobe act together. My blog
is my conscious effort to develop my personal style while staying within my
grad stipend budget.

While it’s hardly the autumn the rest of the United States
experiences, temperatures here are finally NOT in the 100’s!  In celebration, I decided to share how
to take three summer wardrobe staples and transition them into fall.

Little white tee:
I took a white, ruffled henley from Old Navy and added a cardigan (Target), skirt (Old Navy), boots (Aerosoles) and collar (ASOS).  The layering and boots make it appropriate for cooler temperatures, and the collar necklace is an easy, inexpensive way to update any t-shirt in your wardrobe. I bought this necklace about a year ago, but have seen some very cute options recently at H&M. 


Striped tee:

Print mixing has been all the rage recently, and by combining patterns and textures it is easy to take a comfy, striped tee into fall.  I paired mine with a flowered scarf from Target, a necklace and cardigan from ModCloth, a belt from F21, and a pleated skirt I found at a local thrift shop.  If something like this is too much color for you, it would be easy to switch out the skirt for a pair of dark skinny jeans. 


White blazer:





Luckily for us the "no white after Labor Day" rule has flown out the window, and a white blazer can easily be incorporated into your fall line up. I paired white on white and layered a polka dot, Old Navy sweater under my H&M blazer, and added dark skinnies (Gap) and a scarf (H&M) in a bordeaux shade. Bordeaux is everywhere this fall and you can easily add splashes of it with accessories - shoes, a bag, a scarf, etc. 

Thank you for reading, and feel free to swing by any time
and say “hi”!   In addition to
regular OOTD postings, I host “Academically Inclined”, which is a series
highlighting women working in academia and their style, and a Petite Fashion Bloggers series (see Megan here!).

Have a wonderful week, and thank you for having me, Megan! 

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If you are a style blogger and would like to be featured, please see this post for more info, or send me an email: longliveclassy(at)gmail.com! Two lovely bloggers are featured every month :)

(September's second featured blogger will be squeezed into October somewhere, which means October will feature three bloggers!)

September 29, 2012

Keeping It Simple + Bubble Necklaces for Fall

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(Awkwardly staring at a wall...)

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Sometimes, you don't need to create a complicated outfit to look put together. This outfit is obviously the result of the morning frenzy to get ready in the morning, but I like to think of it as an art-- Being able to throw something together and still look polished. I'm working on that skill.

All you really need is a sheath dress, statement necklace, some classic pumps, and a structured bag. You'll be all dressed up in less than five minutes!

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These are my two new purchases for Fall-- My own Tory Burch Robinson tote (Finally, no more rental fees!) and a lovely purple bubble necklace from eBay. My turquoise bubble necklace was a hit with everything I wore it with, but I felt that the color was a little "off" for the Fall season. Luckily, the wonderful world of eBay has a vast selection of colors to choose from and the prices are dirt cheap.

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Dress: Target, sz XS
Shoes: Ann Taylor Patent Perfect Pumps
Necklace: via eBay
Bag: Tory Burch Robinson East-West Tote

I highly recommend the TB Robinson tote if you're looking for a wear-everywhere do-it-all bag. The leather is impeccable and the size is just right to hold everything you need, with room for more.

A reader suggested that I do a video review on my YouTube channel for the bag. Is this something you all would be interested in, as well? :)

September 26, 2012

More Gingham (and the giveaway winner!)

*****The winner of my Winter Beauty Bag giveaway is Jamie (@TheBlueHourFash)! Please send me an email (using the email address you entered with) within 48 hours to verify your entry!*****

I took your advice from my weekend gingham post, and wore my gingham shirt to work! I decided to layer it over my Gap bell dress, using this method (Via Elle of Fast Food and Fast Fashion, and Jean of Extra Petite) and successfully wore it all day without issues. I love the idea of wearing a dress as skirt!
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Dress: Gap (old)
Shirt: J. Crew Crewcuts boys, sz 14 (similar)
Belt: From another pair of shorts
Shoes: Ann Taylor Perfect Pumps

Minor adjustments are needed throughout the day when wearing a shirt like this, but otherwise, I think I prefer this instead of wearing button ups and pencil skirts. There's no need to worry about always keeping your blouse tucked in!


September 24, 2012

Always a Classic

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Dress: Anthropologie "Airy Wisp" Dress (May still be in stores; Similar here)(See my review)
Cardigan: Gap (Similar)
Belt: Target (Similar)
Pearls: Borrowed from grandma
Shoes: Kate Spade New York

If you're ever stuck in a rut while choosing an outfit, you can't go wrong with the classics. Whenever I feel unmotivated in the morning to put something special together, I always reach for a black dress, cardigan, and belt-- then add a snazzy pair of shoes and pearls to finish the look. And there ya go, instant polish. (Plus, it works in any season for any weather, with minor adjustments!)

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If you remember from quite a while ago, I shared on Twitter about how one day, I would own something from Kate Spade. I've been stalking their website forever, but just couldn't see myself spending $300+ on one dress or pair of shoes.

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However, since starting Chic for a Week and purchasing the shoes to rent out (I try them all out), I've realized that sometimes its okay to invest in a nice pair of shoes, for comfort and quality.

[[ These Kate Spades aren't yet available on Chic for a Week, but will be soon, if anyone is interested (Please let me know if you are!)]]


I highly recommend that if you have a pair of shoes that you love (nude or black pumps, flats you constantly wear, etc) that you consider investing in a quality pair. They last for years and are ten times more comfy. However, it's important to remember that just because something is expensive, doesn't mean it's high quality. Try on various styles before making a decision, and check to see what material they're made of. Classic styles are more worthy of investments, so its best to stick to that. In this case, these shoes are surprisingly so versatile, and add a little quirkiness to a classic outfit. I am very happy with these shoes!

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If you're interested in renting a pair of designer shoes, please visit Chic for a Week!

Also, my Winter beauty bag giveaway is now CLOSED and the winner will be announced on Wednesday! Thank you to all who entered, and stay tuned for the next one! :)
Have a great week, everyone!



September 22, 2012

Review: Urban Decay NAKED 2 Palette

After posting on Instagram about my recent purchase of the latest Urban Decay Naked palette, a couple of readers asked if I'd write a review on it. I guess everyone is in on the hype of the new palette, even though it was released quite a while ago!
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Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette (or first edition here)

I'll start off by saying I wasn't as excited as everyone else was when this palette came out-- I hadn't even heard of the Naked palettes before! But since going through my makeup collection, I had realized that I lacked quality eyeshadows. Shopping for eyeshadow just doesn't seem as fun as shopping for lipstick, you know?

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If you're like me and are terrible at choosing individual shades of eyeshadow, a palette is the way to go! I logged on to Sephora and bought this one, which is the "neutral sequel" to the original UD Naked Palette, which features brighter shades.

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I must say, I am impressed. The colors are absolutely beautiful and super pigmented. I hardly had to sweep the brush across the shadow to pick up any color. This is how all eyeshadows should be!

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Here's a (somewhat) close up of all the colors. I haven't tried to mix and match them all yet, but I can tell that the colors will work well together or just on their own.

Today, I wore "Verve" as a base color all over my lid, concentrating on the inner corners for a highlight. Then I used "YDK" for my crease, and "Snakebite" to define the outer corners of my lids. I am definitely not an eyeshadow expert, and often just wear one shade all over my lid at a time. But with so many colors, why not experiment?
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The end result is a very natural and soft wash of color. I normally use an eye primer, and probably should have to get a more dramatic result, but I wanted to see how the colors look on bare lids. It's not bad at all!

The price is a little hefty, but I assure you that the quality and variety make up for it. I'm curious to see if they release a third one!

Let me know if you have suggestions for your favorite eyeshadow palettes! I love trying new products!

September 20, 2012

Bring On The Gingham...

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Shirt: J. Crew Crewcuts, boys sz 14 (Similar) (Similar)
Jeans: Gap Real Straight, sz 2a
Shoes: Sperry Topsider (Similar on major sale)
Bag: Dorothy Perkins (Similar)

I love gingham. But I never wear it. And that's probably because I only own one gingham shirt, and as of recently, two pairs of cheap gingham pumps.

I've just never seen it as something I could incorporate into my work wardrobe, but more of a preppy-casual weekend staple. I'll have to hit up Pinterest to see if I can find some inspiration for work outfits!

Also, two things-- 1. Gingham is perfectly acceptable for Fall. And, 2. Button ups from the boys department make great slouchy and comfy weekend shirts. This shirt is from the J. Crew Crewcuts boys section, and its one of my all-time faves in my closet. If there's ever a sale soon, I'm definitely going to buy more of these for Fall. I give all credit to Kelly of Alterations Needed for showing us that we can borrow from the boys and still look feminine!

Sizing in the kid's dept is usually an issue, but for reference, I am 5' 3", have a 32 inch bust, and wear a size 14 (the largest in boys) comfortably. The only thing you have to get used to is the buttons being opposite of what we're accustomed to.

How would you all wear gingham for work? I'd love some suggestions!!

P.S. Don't forget to enter my Winter beauty bag giveaway! Only a few days left to enter! :)

September 18, 2012

Petite Fashion Challenge #19: Trend Benders

This month's Petite Fashion Challenge is hosted by Angie from Pandaphilia!


Here's the challenge...: "Pick your favourite Summer or Fall 2012 trend and make it work for you, whether it's going all-out, incorporating it into a professional outfit or using it in moderation..."

I had a hard time deciding which trend to work with, but I went with the ever-so-popular Fall military trend, trying to incorporate it into my more classic style. So here goes...!
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These Target booties are AMAZING and are a great price. I was never into this style before, but now I think I'm going to love booties for Fall and Winter! :)

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Jacket: Mark. (similar)
Jeans: Gap Real Straight
Tee: J. Crew Vintage Cotton
Scarf: H&M (Recent)
Belt: Target
Shoes: Target (SO comfy!)

Its still too warm out to wear this outfit out and about, but the weather is cooling down a bit sooner than usual this year... Here's to hoping I can bring out my Fall and Winter wardrobe soon!

You can see all the other PFC entries on Pandaphilia here, and see my previous PFC posts here!

P.S. Have you entered my Winter Beauty Bag giveaway yet??

September 16, 2012

GIVEAWAY: Win my Winter Beauty Essentials!

You were all here for my Summer beauty essentials giveaway... and with the changing of the seasons, our beauty routines can change a bit. We wear richer colors and slather on just a little more moisturizer.

So now, you can win all of my beauty favorites for Wintertime! This giveaway is just like my Summer beauty one, so the same rules apply.
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All you have to do for your one mandatory entry is leave a comment below telling me what your Winter beauty essential is! Then follow the steps on the Rafflecopter widget to complete that entry, as well as the other optional ones!

This giveaway begins today, 9/16/2012, and ends on 9/24/2012 at 12:01am EST.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The winner will be selected at random. This giveaway is open only to US residents, and is not sponsored. The prize was paid for/will be shipped out by me personally.

Good luck! :)
P.S. This is part one of my three-part giveaway I have planned for you all! ;)


September 15, 2012

Peplum Works for Work

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Please excuse the burnt orange color of my hair. Note to self: Never color your hair with anything that says "warm golden brown". The "warm" colors are pure orange and red. Thank goodness its only semi-permanent.

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Dress: Target, sz XS (Fits perfectly)
Shoes: Target (See my review)
Belt: Target (Similar)
Bag: Dorothy Perkins (Similar)

Like most people, I don't particularly like wearing black in the Summer months; instead saving it for Fall and Winter. Now that the temps are dropping and all the rich colors are making their debut, it just feels right that black is making a comeback in my wardrobe.

This is my third outfit post in a row that incorporates black into an outfit! Some people see black as too drab and basic (And I know I've said that navy is the new black), but when worn right, black can be so chic.

...Especially when its a peplum dress. I felt a bit intimidated to wear anything peplum to work, but this dress is just right. It fits perfectly, looks super chic, and can be accessorized like any other LBD. Best of all, you can get it at Target. (The only downside is that its unlined-- Just wear a cami and spanx underneath and you're all set).

If you pick out the right pieces at the right time, you can essentially complete your whole work wardrobe at Target. They're really stepping up their game!

September 12, 2012

Fall Transition: A Quick Outfit

My usual photo editor isn't working for some reason (I use Photoshop Lightroom 4), so I used a quickie photo editor to watermark and make some minor adjustments to these photos! I hope they aren't too different in quality :)

Here's a quick outfit post with another easy Fall transition outfit-- A maxi skirt, tee shirt, denim jacket, and a statement necklace (What doesn't this bubble necklace match with?!)

I have a feeling this denim jacket will prove to be very useful this season...
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Skirt: Marshalls (similar)
Tee: H&M
Jacket: Old Navy (This season's here)
Sandals: Steve Madden
Belt: From a different pair of shorts
Necklace: eBay

I am almost tempted to buy more maxi skirts and bubble necklaces for the Fall. It doesn't get really cold here in AZ until late October and into November even, so maxi skirts are perfect for the transition weather (It's like wearing a chic blanket!) And I am so in love with this bubble necklace, that I may get one in a more Fall-appropriate color. Actually, I think I will.

Enjoy your almost-weekend. :)


September 10, 2012

LBD Review: Anthropologie Airy Wisp Dress

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I'm always on the market for a new LBD. I only own a handful of them, but that is one part of my closet that I'm willing to expand. Everyone knows the perfect little black dress is essential in a girl's wardrobe-- they work for any occasion, flatter any figure, and can be mixed and matched to your heart's desire!

I bought this dress (The Airy Wisp Dress) during Anthropologie's "employee discount" sale (I have connections) and it was still a bit pricey, but definitely worth it!

The quality, the fit, and the style are absolutely perfect. There isn't much else I can say, other than if you're willing to somewhat invest ($100 for a dress is a little much) in a high quality LBD, definitely consider this one.

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Dress: Anthropologie Airy Wisp Dress, size 0
Belt: Target (Similar)
Shoes: Target, sz 8 (See my review)
Bag: Tory Burch Robinson tote, rented via Bag Borrow or Steal (Invite here)
Pearls: Vintage, from my grandma


Of course, I decided to go the classic route with this dress the first time I wore it, and added my grandma's vintage pearls, a nude belt, and leopard pumps. I always feel just a little bit like Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) in Breakfast at Tiffany's whenever I wear the perfect LBD! :)

September 8, 2012

What to Wear When You're in a Hurry

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Dress: Target (similar)
Jacket: Old Navy (This season's here)
Belt: Lands End Canvas
Shoes: Steve Madden (similar here and here)
Hat: Target (Same hat, different color)

For late Summer/early Fall, one of my go-to weekend outfits is an easy sundress and denim jacket. That way, my Summer dresses can be extended into the Fall season when the weather is just a tad bit cooler.

Not only that, but this outfit is perfect to put on in a hurry. You just need the two pieces-- a dress and jacket (or blazer, even), some accessories, and a lovely pair of shoes. Easy.

And add a hat if you didn't have time to fix your hair. :)


September 6, 2012

"Man Repelling"

In the fashion world, we're all aware of "man repellers"-- those brave women who go out in public wearing outfits that would deter the average man from approaching you.

Of course, we all have our definitions of man-repelling outfits. When I think of it, I look at what runway models wear on the catwalk. Those outfits that just seem so impractical... and who actually wears those outfits in public in the first place? Maybe I haven't been around much.

Anyway, this outfit is what Nick considers man repelling (Bright green polka dots, burgundy ankle pants AND heels?? Oh my...)This ensemble does stray a bit from my usual style, but we all want to try something different once in a while, right?

In honor of Fashion Week, I present you with my most man repelling outfit.
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I was so excited to find these burgundy ankle pants from H&M and they even looked great in the fitting room. But after a full day of wear, they transform into a wrinkly mess. And I'm not even sure if the length is flattering. Aren't they supposed to hit at or above the ankle bone? This is why I always have trouble with pants.


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This is my latest rental from Bag Borrow or Steal, and I believe they stopped carrying Tory Burch shortly after I received this (I can't find it anywhere on the site!). This is the TB Robinson tote, and after carrying this around for a week, I have decided that a Robinson may be my first investment bag...

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Shirt: Old Navy, sz S (Sold out online, try in-store!)(Similar from J. Crew)
Pants: H&M (similar)
Shoes: Ann Taylor Perfect Pumps, sz 7.5
Belt: Target
Bag: Rented via Bag Borrow or Steal (Invite here)



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