The Curly Casualista | A Style & Beauty Blog: January 2012


Tuesday, January 31, 2012

My blog now has buttons!  Yay!  Thanks Isa, of The Academy for creating such pretty ones!

In other news, I am really not skilled with html.  Must practice.

Just One of Those Days

Top: H&M, similar here and here; Jeans: J.Crew Matchsticks (via the Outlet), similar here; Shoes: Steve Madden Dover (via DSW), similar here 
Where I Wore It: To Work (1/31/12)

AH!  Where did January go?!  I can't believe that it is almost February.  So scary, my friends!  However it was really warm today and I ran outside after work on the Mall.  So nice!

Today I Want: Snake

Sam Edelman Gigi
Continuing with my theme of desiring spring: sandals.  I cannot wait until it is warm enough.  I need to get some cute new ones, like these here, so I am all set for the warm weather!

Today I Want: Plane Stripes

Monday, January 30, 2012

Kate Spade Cambridge Stripe Large Lana

I need a new carry-on type bag and, since I have recently developed a love for (read: obsession with) stripes, this one is so perfect!  It's big, i like that it has a drawstring so you can close it or leave it open at the top.  I also love that its nylon, which can be easily cleaned after it get's all nasty from the icky airport security conveyor belt!

Why Wasn't it Actually Fifty Degrees?

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Shirt: Zara; Pants: H&M, similar here and here; Scarf ? (via Nordstrom Rack); Shoes: TOMs; Coat: Calvin Klein (via Macys), similar here

Where I Wore It: On a walk around the Mall (1/28/12)

A. and I ventured off outside yesterday because the weather informed me that it was going to be a) sunny and b) almost 60.  It was neither.  Ok, it was sunny in the morning and it was sunny while we were on the bus.  And it was sunny while we were walking around on the mall and then the sun went behind the clouds and it got cold.  Boo.

But, look, my outfit photos weren't taken indoors in front of the mirror on the bathroom door!  HOORAY!  Thanks, A!!!

I felt really awkward taking them, however.


Photos by Amelia


Saturday, January 28, 2012

Gasp! Outfit photos outside?!?!?!  Stay tuned tomorrow!


Cardigan: Anne Taylor Loft, similar here, here and here; Tank (not visible): Anne Taylor Loft, similar here; Jeans: True Religion, similar here, here, and here; Shoes: Toms; Scarf: Spun by Subtle Luxury (via Piperlime), similar here
 Where I Wore It: Work, Macys and dinner and a movie (1/27/2012)

Thank god it's the weekend, my friends.

So Proud!

Friday, January 27, 2012

A few weeks ago, I posted about my little brother playing a hockey game at Fenway Park in Boston, MA.  It was amazing, and I'm really glad my mom found this!

I am always amazed at how articulate he is in interviews.  I guess your little brother can't stay little forever!

Weekly Words

Little behind today; work was busy.  Oops!

Friday Favorites


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Top: H&M (old); Pants: Loft Jeggings, similar here and here; Socks, Steve Madden; Boots, Enzo Angiolini Saylem Riding Boot (via Nordstrom), similar here and here
Where I Wore It: To Work (1/26/2012)

It's almost Friday.  I like purple a lot.  It was supposed to rain today, but it didn't.  Hooray!

Purple socks are especially cool!

Today I Want: Spring Soon?

Tory Burch Fletcher High Heel Sandal, $350
Spring is constantly on my mind these days.  I think its because I don't see sun anymore.  Even when it decides to show itself (which has been rare lately), I don't get to see it because its not above the trees/buildings when I am heading to work in the morning and it has already sunk fairly low by the time I leave work in the afternoon!  Now, don't get me wrong, I'm really glad that it is even light out now when I leave work.  However, I really would like to feel sunlight on my face at some point.  Vitamin D deficiency!  

Anywaay, I want these shoes.  They are cute, sort of boho, but still classy (I will say again, Tory Burch, you are a goddess among women), and I love them.  Warm weather, GET HERE.

Feeling Gray

Top: Anne Taylor Outlet (last year), similar here, here, and here; Jeans: DKNY via Macys (old), similar here and here, Shoes: Steve Madden Heaven Patent Flats, here and similar here

Where I Wore It: 1/25/2012 to Work and the Gym
I really need a tripod.  And some sun.  And to get up earlier in the morning.  And to have motivation.  Work on it, Shay.

In other news, I really want to make a trip to Sephora this weekend.  This is bad news because a) I don't need anything right now, b) I always end up taking more than I plan to buy home with me and c) I repeat, I don't need anything.  
This probably won't stop me, however.

For you camera-inclined types out there, do you think a wireless shutter remote will work with my little camera (see pictures)?  Its not a DSLR :(.

Today I Want: Booties

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Chelsea Crew Lisa Buckle Booties via Ruche, $69.99
I love these shoes.  They are so cute.  And classy.  And would look good with everything.  Dear Ruche, how did I not know you existed before last month?

Today I Want: Ivory

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tory Burch Amanda Tote, $495
In my opinion, everything Tory Burch touches and/or creates is gold.  I love her.  Her clothes are cool, sophisticated and cute!  And her bags and shoes (which, I'm ashamed to admit, I get more excited about than clothes) are to die for.  This particular bag is perfect, in my opinion, because its large enough to hold all the stuff (read: junk) I carry around with me on a daily basis, and I love the ivory color.  It is perfect for spring and summer!  Thanks, Tory, for being awesome!

Waiting for Spring

Things are dreary here in the Nation's Capital.  With all the grey days that have been happening and are in the forecast, all I can think about is the arrival of spring.  Only about one month left!  

Here's something to look forward to wearing (because I've been terrible about taking outfit photos...again)!  I can't wait.  Bright colors! Shorts! Skirts! Sandals!

Wishing for SPring

Rainy Days

Monday, January 23, 2012

The federal government had a 2-hour delay today (for nothing, at least in DC).  Of course, given that this was my first inclement weather situation (and because contractors aren't real people, apparently) no one informed me of how things usually roll here in the office when there's a delay.  So I stayed out 2-ish hours.  No one else did!  Oh well, guess I'll just stay late a couple days this week to make it up.  At least I got to sleep in?

Despite the lack of actual ice, the weather outside is dreary.  It was dreary all weekend.  It will probably be dreary all week.  At least there isn't much snow.  Right?

Spring, can you please hurry and get here?

Let's Go Patriots!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Beat the Ravens! New England needs another superbowl :).

Weekly Words

Some inspirational, some that sum up my life.

Friday Favorites

Friday, January 20, 2012

Source: via Shay on Pinterest

Source: via Shay on Pinterest

1. Suede elbow patches (I am so upset that my tweed coat didn't come with them, but I'm afraid to add them myself...)
2. Quote from Albus Dumbledore
3. Love the skirt and the color combos
4. Tagliatelle w/ basil and egg yolk
5. Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona 

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Photo-A-Day Challenge Day 20: Someone You Love

muffy!  she might not love me back (unless i feed her treats) but she's a good kitty and has been with us since i was 11.  still going strong!

Today I Want: Ansel

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Birds on a Beach by Ansel Adams (via
Photography is my favorite kind of art.  And Ansel Adams is my favorite photographer.  I just love the stark contrasts he makes between the darkest and lightest values of his photos.  I also adore that the vast majority of his photographs are landscapes from the Western United States.  I've not traveled much, particularly outside the US, but of the places I've been, the west coast is probably the most beautiful.  Don't believe me?  Go to Yosemite.  No really.  Go.

Anyway, I love this photo because its typical Adams, but it's also of a beach.  As a Massachusetts girl at heart, I love the beach.  It's a part of me.  I'd love to get my hands on an actual print from a negative, but that isn't possible (without $$$$).  So, various reproductions will have to do!  Thank god for the Ansel Adams calendars that I can cut up when the year ends.  Insta-art!

Photo-a-Day Challenge Days 4-19

I am so behind on posting these (was also behind on taking them, oops?).   But now I'm caught up!

Day 4: Letterbox

Day 5: Something You Wore
purple corduroy toms. love love love


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Shirt: Loft Outlet (old); Pants: United Colors of Benetton Outlet (old); Boots: Frye Jane 14L
Where I Wore It: To Work (1/18/2012)

Today was really long.  Weeks after long weekends are always SO long, even though they are short.  Sucks.  At least the sun was out.  And I watched an episode of Toddlers & Tiaras when I got home.  And it made the day much better.  As did some good red wine!

Today I Want: Send a Letter

I love this scarf.  It looks floofy and it has a fun letter/mail print.  I like letters.  I like old envelopes and stamps.  I looooove Anthropologie.  What more can you want?

someone explain to me how it is $98...

Another Giveaway to Share with You!

This time, it comes from the lovely Mara at M Loves M.  She is giving away a Brahmin Anytime Mini Bag!  It's really cute!  I'm starting to really love animal patterns of any kind.

image via M Loves M.

Enter here to win it for yourself!
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