It’s Business

@surgeoninkicks and I are at one of our major trauma meetings at the moment. Here is our shoe collection for the event which requests a beach casual vibe in 34-55  degree weather and cold conference rooms, brief shopping/site seeing excursions, and the requisite evening cocktail receptions.   

Just a few pairs and the handy carry bags that come with them. 

My Fall Fashion Cravings

Despite it being football season, I do love fall… and not just because I love anything and everything pumpkin flavored, but also for the fashion.  Sweaters, denim, boots, coats – I love all of it.  My fashion sense bends towards the classic, but here are some of my cravings this season to keep things current with a little edge.

1. Military inspired Jacket

This one from Rag and Bone Jean is great – has structure, so it is still figure flattering.  I see this paired with black denim, sleek black long sleeved t-shirt, and #10 – those amazing Stuart Weitzman 5050’s.

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2. Denim that doesn’t feel like Denim

AG (Contour 360), Paige (Transcend), and 7 for all Mankind (Slim Illusion) have all recently come out with denim that well, isn’t denim… and I am obsessed.  Now, these are not jeggings.  They look like real jeans, but they are so comfortable and flexible, I can literally do the splits in the AG and Paige versions.





3.  Anoraks, anoraks, anoraks.



I got this particular jacket from Stitch Fix and have worn it a TON, love it.


4. Gray jeans

These are still dark enough to be flattering and not draw undue attention to the thigh area, but different enough to warrant being an addition to the wardrobe.

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5.  Ear cuffs

There are a lot out there that are very “statement”.  I prefer the more understated versions like you see below.


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6.  Comfortable but cool flats


Yep, folks, these below are Dr. Scholl’s…Perfect for chasing a 2 year old 🙂



7.  Motorcycle boots

With skinny denim tucked in?  And comfortable?  Yes, please.


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8.  Jeans with zippers

Yes, I was also worried about the zipper placement, but these from Paige Denim are surprisingly not thigh enlarging 🙂

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9. Handbags with a chain detail

Jimmy Choo has not only amazing footwear, but I love his handbags as well!

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I have been obsessed with this Stella McCartney fold over bag for almost 2 years now… it is a classic but with just enough edge to keep it interesting.

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10.  Over the knee boots

I know, this look is hard to pull off for a shortie like me, but the Stuart Weitzman 5050’s are a perennial favorite.

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Happy Fall everyone!


A perfect fix? July Stitch Fix Review


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Yay!  I just received my latest shipment from Stitch Fix and was fortunate to have my same stylist as last month, Jenny L.  In fact, she did such a good job, I need a little help this month deciding what to keep!  What was so great about this fix is that she included 2 items directly off my Pinterest page, and the rest were filled in based upon Jenny’s interpretation of my style.

Not sure how Stitch Fix works?  Click here and read my post from last month to get all the ins and outs, information about the referral links, and some advice on how to achieve your best fix!  This review is not sponsored by Stitch Fix and (unfortunately) I was not compensated in any way for my opinion.

Okay, so here we go…


Fun2Fun Susie Solid V-Neck Tank $44

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To start, green is my favorite color, so it did have me at “hello”.  It is low-cut, so will always have to be paired with a tank, or as I have it paired here, with a Coobie strapless bandeau (perfect for this type of situation, where in the summer you don’t necessarily want a second layer but need a little coverage).


Eight Sixty Ginsberg Metal Bib Striped Tank $68

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Not going to lie, when I “cheated” and peeked at my shipping list before my fix arrived, this was the item I was least excited about.  However, the fabric is amazing.  Although it isn’t form fitting, it is not as loose as I have found most other Stitch Fix tops to be, which is definitely a positive.  What do you guys think?!  Pictured with my Pilcro Hyphen Fit jeans from Anthropologie – a great relaxed pair of distressed jeans that I wear probably way too much 🙂  I bought these a year ago, but here are this year’s version.


Pink Martini Joshua Colored Ankle Jean $64

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I had a hard time getting a good picture of these.  Overall, I did love the color.  However, these are super low rise, just take a look at how short the zipper is in the picture above!  With a loose fitting top, the resulting muffin top from such a short rise isn’t visible, but this obviously results in not the most comfortable of fits.  I honestly wouldn’t even really consider keeping these because of the fit, but if I keep the other 4 items, it is cheaper for me to keep these and receive the 25% discount.  This is exactly why I need some input…

Paired with a Design History tank from Hot Mama on the left and a Deletta t-shirt from Anthropologie on the right (both purchased about one year ago).


Pink Martini Devin Lace Detail Tie-Waist Maxi Dress $88

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The fabric of this dress has a nice weight and drapes well.  I love the fact that it isn’t black, like so many of the dresses in my closet.  The lace detailing on the shoulders and upper back also gives this dress a unique touch without being too fussy.  The best part?  With my awesome Jimmy Choo wedges, no need to hem (barely, but hey I will take it)!

Last, but not least:

Market and Spruce Analisse Anorak Jacket $88

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I had seen this on another blog review, and kinda fell in love with it.  Well, then it came in my fix and I love it even more!  The fabric is amazingly soft, and the jacket is nice and lightweight.  The hood is detachable which is also a nice touch.  The other great thing, is that I have nothing remotely like it already in my closet.  Paired with my Citizens of Humanity Rocket distressed skinny jeans (yes, I have a problem and am addicted to distressed denim) and a tank that is my favorite tank ever.  This year’s version, again at Anthropologie, is unfortunately made with a thinner material, longer straps, and doesn’t come close to how awesome they were last year.  Anyways, I digress…


So what do you guys think?  Since you receive a 25% discount if you purchase all 5 items, it will be cheaper for me to keep all 5 than to return the mint colored jeans.  Are the other 4 items worth keeping?  I can’t quite call this a “perfect” fix since the fit on the jeans is pretty off, but everything that was sent is definitely my style and I consider that a success!


Want to give Stitch Fix a try?  Click here to get started!

Holiday Party Fashion Wrap Up


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As I have alluded to in a recent post, it’s that time of year when we can shamelessly bring all that dazzles out of our closets without feeling like we are over doing it. This month I have had five … Continue reading

‘Tis the season for all that sparkles

The holiday season is upon us. And, though I have no fewer than three ‘Ugly Sweater’ Party evites in my inbox, it is undoubtedly the season to bring out the most blingged out staples of our wardrobes.

I know what you are thinking, “How is something that is blingged out a wardrobe staple?”

Well, for me, it is. I am obsessed with all that is bejeweled or bedazzled in any way. In fact, I just bought another sparkly sweater and a pair of sparkly heels yesterday even though my closet is replete with such blingged out wardrobe essentials. JimmyChooTiara philosophytop

The obsession started early for me. I have a vivid recollection of my FAVORITE childhood outfit. I wore it as often as I could from my 6th to my 8th years. It was a white peasant shirt with gold dots on it worn with black culottes with a gold stripe down each side and accessorized with a golden pleather vest. It was AWESOME. I wish I had a picture to share. It was that good. I swear.

The Bedazzler

And, I’m not going to lie, one of my favorite toys as a child was this bad boy. Yup, that’s right. I owned a Bedazzler. And I loved it. So there you go, I am a life long lover of all that is bejeweled or bedazzled. I was into that well before the word bling became a part of the modern lexicon. I like to think that my look has become somewhat more tasteful as I have aged, but none-the-less, I still love to bring on the bling in my warddrobe.

I like to glam up with my blingged out pieces; I like to add a surprising touch to every day wear with them. While it is not uncommon to find me in something that sparkles, say, on a random Saturday while running errands, or during the last day of a professional meeting, you cannot fathom my joy in December, a month when it is totally appropriate to wear something that sparkly pretty much all the time, especially during the many holiday celebratory events.  

When the holiday cocktail party arrives, my go-to twinkle-tone is gold (though I do have some multi-colored and silver). I cannot resist adding more gold pieces to my western wear closet (yes, I have two closets with one dedicated to ethnic pieces that are, not surprisingly, bejeweled and bedazzled and mostly gold!) The only challenge then becomes too many great sparkly outfits to choose from and too few parties (or in my case, too many on call nights while said parties are occurring) to go to in order to display them all.

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Sometimes I contemplate hoisting up a disco ball in my closet and throwing a party in there so that none of my blingged out wardrobe essentials feel non-essential during this holiday season. 

The Elusive Knee High Black Boot

It’s official. Boot season is upon us. What better way to keep the tootsies warm and rock skirts and dresses all winter long. I took a post-call walk Monday morning in my new knee high black leather boots.

After having worked 126 clinical hours in 8 days, I still felt a little guilty taking time to walk my 6 year old son to school yesterday after returning home to freshen up before heading back into work. (More on working-mom guilt in a later blog.) It was a chilly morning; but, I decided to walk him to school so that I could curl my fingers–now dry and raw from alcohol cleansing patient after patient, day after day–around his still so soft and smooth little hands while also having my first conversation with him in over a week. It was also the perfect time to sneak in a few extra steps (10,000 steps/day remained elusive despite being exhausted from being on-service) and to break in the boots.

As I thought to myself “Wow these boots really are comfortable and look soooooooo good!” my son asked, in that way as if he were asking why the sky is blue, “Mommy, why are your calves so fat?” Way to keep it real little guy. Thanks!

The battle between my calves and the elusive knee high black boots has been epic. I know it isn’t nearly as existential as I have made it out to be in my head. Clearly something about my gait has left me with dainty ankles and well-developed (not fat son, not fat!) calves. As a result most knee high boots will simply not zip or otherwise allow themselves to be pulled up to my calves. Those that do typically create what can best be described as a muffin-calf or equally unflattering cankles.

I have spent over a decade trying to find a pair of boots that both flatter the ankle and fully envelop the calves (by whatever mechanism necessary). I tried entry level brands and high end brands. I tried comfort oriented styles and fashion styles. I tried ankle zips and full zips (along the inside, the outside, and up the back) and stretchy panels (full panels, partial panels, and dual panels). I tried leather and suede and (gasp: sorry PETA friends, I just love a good smooth-as-a-baby’s-bottom calfskin) even tried synthetic. The boots won and I lost, relegated to bare calves or wearing long pants all boot season long.

My poor husband, followed by our children, sat through countless hours of me and my calves battling boots in shoe stores or department stores. I would order multiple pairs at a time from on-line retailers only to be disappointed and take advantage of their consumer friendly return policies (thanks, Tony Hsieh). I would take boots to the local cobbler begging him to stretch a boot shaft just a little bit more or stitch a cankle into an ankle. It got to the point where I would look for shoes on every trip I took just in case a far away retailer had an elusive boot that was somehow not available locally. 

Jimmy Choo Dyotts circa fall 2011. May they rest in peace.

Jimmy Choo Dyotts circa fall 2011. May they rest in peace.

I thought I had finally succeeded two years ago with Jimmy Choo’s Dyott. But, it turned out that the Dyott’s left zipper was no match for my left calf (which, of course, is slightly more well-developed than my right).

And so, my hunt continued late into last year’s boot season (found a pair of Stuart Weitzman’s Accumulate that worked with minimal cankling–my go to weekend casual boots), over the summer (when I snagged the very last pair of Christian Louboutin Bourge in the US while vacationing in the Bay area–my party boots), and as recently as last week when my little guy sat with me (again) as I tackled nearly every professionally appropriate tall black boot to be found at Nordstrom (their shoe return policy is the best in the business and my calves demand such a policy) lamenting my calf woes only to end up with a pair of stylish and practical boots for work (Anyi Lu Viktoria) that it turns out are the ideal boots for walking my son to school and chatting about my fatness of my calves or the blueness of the sky.

Mother-son bonding couldn’t be any better.

Christian Louboutin Bourge

Christian Louboutin Bourge

Anyi Lu Viktoria

Anyi Lu Viktoria

Stuart Weitzman Accumulate

Stuart Weitzman Accumulate