Geez, finally back.

I have seriously been MIA for the last week! I guess I needed a break- all those photo shoots really wore me out. Oh the life of a model. (ha!)

I think I have pretty much decided that my 30 for 30 has become 30 for 15... which is hardly a challenge at all. Sorry, I am such a failure and a quitter. Its just that I miss my pink shoes, I miss my harem pants, and most of all I miss posting pics of OTHER people's outfits!!

I will still post an outfit pic of myself, here and there, I'm sure. AND I will continue with the Naming of All My Black Dresses project. We have Marcie and Sophie, but there are 9 more to go! I know you are all on the edge of your seats waiting for the next one.

But for now, I leave you with this:
And I ask one question...

What. the. hell?

Day 15: Marcie

Well, I failed at my own dang challenge of getting my pic taken somewhere OTHER than inside my apartment. For all you know, I don't have a job or any friends or anything to do outside of these walls- so I just stay in here all day and change outfits, balance my camera on my dresser or my cabinet or desk or wherever and take pics of myself and post them on the Internet... how sad! (and a little weird...) I mean the picture taking part... not the changing my outfit all day long part... (that would be fun- playing dress-up all day).

So, here. H took this pic a few weeks ago in front of our apartment. But I am actually wearing this dress today... as you can see these are different shoes. I was planning to include THESE in the Remix, but like one day into the challenge they friggin broke. Uh. So, anyway... Here I am- OUTSIDE!

AND.... what shall we name this LBD?!?

Marcie. Her name is Marcie.

I will tell you that Marcie and I are a little mad at Michael Kors for his shoes breaking. Because that means I have to wear you know what today! The dreaded silver-ring flops. Dang-it Michael!

Dress: Club Monaco
Shoes: Michael Kors (currently broken. need crazy glue)


Day 14: Something has come over me?


Something has come over me... I am just not myself when I wear this much color. I mean, I did like this look- it was comfortable, but since I wore heels, I didn't feel too casual. Still, for me, too much color.

Maybe its all this single living that's making me a little wacky ... H had better get home soon so I can get back to my normal all-black-wearing-self. 2 more days. I am sure he REALLY has missed taking my pic every day, and he can't wait to get back to that task.

H: if you read my blog (he did once) I miss you!

Tee: Urban
Pants: H&M
Necklace: gift
Shoes: ASH
Hair: actually blow dried and straightened for once this week!


Day 13: Viv= a friggin rainbow

I am a rainbow today! Wow! I really only wear color once in a while- in small amounts. I don't usually wear 2 colors at once! Someone must have spiked my Starbucks.

Please excuse the arm veins below. I can't help it... I've been lifting excessive amounts of weight at the gym lately. I'm up to 12.5 lbs. Can I get a protein shake please?!

Do you like how I am getting a little more adventerous my photo shoots? Today you get to see my couch and part of the kitchen!

Layered tanks: BP
Skirt: H&M
Watch: Diesel
(chain) bracelet: Fossil
Necklace: Urban
Shoes: uhhh
Bag (on the floor): got as a free gift with magazine subscription 2 years ago. I use it to carry stuff to work. For example my change of shoes, umbrella, apples, Nook, and when the temp is not equal to those in the depths of Hell- a cardigan.


Day 12: Sophie

Oh, look who is wearing all black! AGAIN! What a shocker!

I just ran out to get a coffee and I almost asked the coffee-cart man to take my pic, but I didn't. And then I thought about asking someone on the street to take my pic, but I figured if they are on their way to work at 7am, they probably have a presentation to work on or a really important Excel spreadsheet to finish or a department meeting to get to... so I didn't want to bother them. Instead I got my coffee and came home and did my regular ole inside-my-apartment-wearing-all-black-standing-next-to-my-PB-furniture-camera-timer-photo shoot as usual. And to make matters worse, I took a lot of pics!

At least I have yet to wear the dreaded flops this week. If I remember correctly, Kendi said she did not select enough shoes in her last Remix, and she suggested we all include a good amount of shoes... oh, and did Vivianne listen? No, she chose like 88 black dresses instead. On another note, I was thinking of naming my black dresses. I have 11 of them, and since I love them like ... well, a lot... I think I should name them.

Today's dress is short and kinda sassy, but still a classic silhouette. Her name will be...


Ok, Sohie and I are going to work now.

Dress: F21
(strawberry) necklace: BP Nordstrom
(chain) necklace: F21
Shoes: Bass


Day 11: I am sorry...

This week I am going to make an effort to limit my self to wearing those dang flops only twice. K? AND, I am going to try and get my pic taken OUTSIDE... somehow... at least once or twice as well. I do however, have to wear the flops to walk to work in- but then, I change into these before I get into the office. Or sometimes at my desk. Oh you don't care, do you?

I am ahead of schedule today because I did NOT blow dry my hair. Leaving me time for Monday morning blog fun! The temps in NYC are creeping upward towards 1000, with humidity also at 1000%, which means that I CANNOT create more heat inside my apartment with things like blow dryers and flat irons. So, that means my hair SUCKS and my options are limited to: a.) ponytail, or this new "I am 30, but I look like an 11-year old" option b.) pigtails.

I'm sorry!... Please keep coming back to my blog! Please follow me and tell your friends to follow me! I promise to give you:
Better shoes! Better hair! Better pics not of the inside of my apartment next to my husband's drum cabinet...

Happy Monday everybody!!

Top: Club Monaco
Skirt: Club Monaco
Belt: stolen in the nicest, most Christian way, from my mom's closet, but without any intention whatsoever of returning it to her. Ever.
Shoes: Linea Paolo
Earrings: F21


Whaa? (articulate, I know)

Cute, right?

Well, this picture comes to us all at a price. The price of 2 iced coffees at Starbucks, and a very uncomfortable dialogue with a follower. No, not a follower of my blog, or your blogs, or of fashion trends ... The dialogue was with the guy following behind me in line! Please read.

So, I get in line in crowded Starbucks on my lunch break last week, and I notice the girl in front of me has these super cute flats. Working in the garment district lends itself to great stylish- people watching, so I was ready with my camera. I snapped a few pics, but was not paying attention to the line of people developing behind me. (Idiot me- I should have thought of this, and in the future I DO need to be more careful, OR I really should just ask people if I can take their pic- especially if its because I think they look fabulous. Don't you think?)
Well, the guy is wedged into the place, with everyone else, because it is like the size of my kitchen, so of course he sees me take this pic and one of a handbag.

He starts quizzing me about who designed the bag and what season it was from. Whaaa? and Huh? (were 2 of my very articulate replies to his litany of questions)

Now, I was a little confused and caught off guard here, but I really did not understand exactly what happened. Was he
A.) just following me and chatting
B.) quizzing me on my knowledge of handbags
C.) hitting on me by quizzing me on my knowledge of handbags
D.) thirsty and hoping if we talked long enough I would pay for his drink
E.) really curious about the handbag
F.) oblivious to the diamond ring on my left hand, which PS I did not get as a graduation gift, or as a splurge for myself on a cruise, or from a blog giveaway.
G.) all of the above

It really doesn't matter- I got out of there quickly with my drinks, and my pic, and my lesson learned!


30 for 30 Day 10: "work" wear

I had way too much fun at work today.

Just got home from Happy Hour with my coworkers. No, I did not get pushed home in the dolly, although that would have made the walk more fun...

Dress: BP at Nordstrom
Tank: F21
Charm necklace: Urban (the charm says 'Amour' but when I look at it in the mirror, I always read it to myself in my head and think it says 'Aroma'... thought I'd share that with you.
other necklace (turq): gift from a friend
Shoes: friggin sick of them. Yes, I'm sure you are too.

You can see a pic of H on my desk, and a sketch of a pant in the background... Funny. Actually, that is The Pant that I messed up on earlier this week- I should have thrown that sketch away. I'm so glad this week is over.


30 for 30 Day 9: Ruffle it up

How is everybody enjoying the Remixing so far? 2nd week is almost over... I am liking it, however, I am super bored with taking pics inside my apartment, and I am tempted to ask people on the street. "Hey... stranger? Will you take a pic, or like 10- of me, in this outfit? Its for my blog."
What do you guys think of that idea?

Well, at least for today you have to suffer through more shots of me next to my cabinet. Sorry.

I wanted to include a close-up of the ruffles on my shirt, and my earrings. They are the best part of this outfit. Please agree.

Top: Club Monaco
Long shorts: F21
Shoes: ASH
Earrings: Urban

2 more things:
Yesterday's bracelet- forgot to mention- it was from Fossil! I will post a close-up pic next time I wear it. Fossil makes amazing jewelry, as well as apparel. I designed for them for 2 years, and loved it.
Last thing: Thank you to everybody for reading my blog and for all of your sweet comments. This is so much fun and one of the best parts of my day. I just wanted to mention that to you guys! =)
Have a great night!
L, viv


30 for 30 Day 8: White Jeans

Wearing jeans in this humidity is not fun. Or smart. Even if they are white. I mean, they could be any color and they would be equally uncomfortable, obviously, it just seems like lighter colors would be cooler... for some reason. Am I crazy? A little.

Anyway, I rarely wear white jeans. I got these as a give-a-way from work. Perks of designing pants, you know...
Famous blogger - "what shoes am I wearing again?" pose
Please ignore my bangs. They are being punished for being unruly jerks and have been banished to the side of my forehead indefinitely.
I got you a close-up of the detail on my jeans by - it looks like quilting

Well, the good news is that I found a new spot in my apartment that I can set up my personal photo-shoots. Bad news is I cut off my feet in every shot. But I'm sure you can guess what shoes I am wearing.

Tank: F21
Jeans: Miss Sixty
Belt: thrifted
Watch: Diesel
Shoes: the usual


30 for 30 Day 7: Bad Day Dress

Yesterday, I did not post a pic of my outfit because I came home from work and changed into comfy clothes within like 11 seconds of walking in the door. I actually just forgot to take the pic. Oops.

Today, since H is gone... I took my camera to work and my coworker snapped this pic of me at my desk. I have LOTS of work to do, you can't see it, but it is piled all over the place. But still I have plenty of time for a mid-day- photo shoot.

Oh, I do have to tell you this dress is my Bad Day dress. ALMOST every time I wear it, I have a bad day. Today was not terrible, but I did make a mistake on a pant measurement and I hate when I make a mistake at work... I almost cried. Its bad enough that my hair looked like a poof ball cuz of the rain, then if I had cried over the pants, my make-up would have been all terrible looking too. See what I mean? Bad Day Dress.

I probably won't Re mix this one again...

Dress: H&M
Earrings: H&M
Shoes: I forget (random store in Dallas)
Hair, make-up, attitude: hell


DIY: Help me! Tell me what you think!

So, everyone is wearing shorts- especially denim, especially cut-offs. Right? I don't want to be left out of this trend! Even though denim cut-offs don't really blend into my all-black- primarily-Club Monaco-wardrobe-of-dresses-and-skirts... Do you think I can make them work? I want to look sophisticated and not Spring Break 2003. Help me.

(I was totally DIY at 7am this morning... Don't worry 30 for 30 re-mixers, I am not adding these to my 30 items... I'll save them for later. And also, don't worry church, I am not wearing this today.)

What do you think?

Oh also, here is a mini tour of one corner of our apartment.

Tell me what you think of my new shorts please.
I would turn around and ask you to tell me if my butt looks big in them, but I'm not totally crazy. Only like 50- 60%.


Go to work in my undies.

So, remember how a while back I was rambling on and on about how it was SO hot in my office every day and I wanted to go to work in my undies or a bikini or something??! WELL! Today I was browsing Spring 2010 runway shows, just to get some inspiration... and look what I found!

Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs, Dsquared. They knew just what I was talking about!

Its gonna be really easy to get ready for work on Monday. Do you think I can pull it off?


30 for 30: Day 5 Friiiiday!

I can't tell you how thrilled I am that the weekend is here. People are always saying how its nice to come back to work after a 3-day weekend, because its a short week... ha! Short week, my ass! This was the longest week ever. Now, its over, and my boss is leaving to go out of town for the next week, which is great. Not because I don't like him, I just sometimes would rather him be in China than standing over my desk giving me task after task, you know what I'm saying.

Also! This weekend H leaves for Dallas for 2 whole weeks! SO, that means, get ready for the following:
1. Hold-out pics of my outfits (showing one piece at a time- two if we're lucky)
2. Self- timer pics of my outfits. (I am not the best at this- see below.)
3. Guest photographers (my coworkers)
4. Me posing with/by/on/under random objects at work.
last but not least-
5. Mention of awesome shows like the Bachelorette, Real Housewives, Lifetime movies... etc.

Even though I got off work at a decent hour tonight, I look as though I got hit by truck on my way home. Also, please excuse me wearing the same necklace 2 days in a row- I may have slept in it.

Layered tanks: BP @ Nordstrom
Mini: H&M
shoes: must have lost them somewhere ?
Necklace: F21

30 for 30: Day 4 Friggin Tired

Don't worry, not tired of this challenge... just tired!

I went to work early yesterday, then worked late last night, which is why I look so ... non-cute... in these pics. I had H take the pics when I got home at like 10pm. Bad idea. Clearly I have not learned my lesson, because I am going to work early again today, and have not taken today's outfit pic yet either. But, I am hoping work will not be a repeat of yesterday... and I will come home this evening looking fresh and happy, and excited for the weekend and it will show on my face- and I'll look as youthful as a teenager!

Tank: H&M
Skirt: Club Monaco
Necklace: F21


30 for 30: Day 3 Pleat Pants

I liked this outfit less and less as the day went on. Just felt boring. Next time I wear these pants, I will style them another way. Any suggestions? I am a bit limited you know...

The shoes got their own pic because I love them. But every time I wear them my feet die a little bit.

RIP feet.

Tank: F21
Pants: H&M
Necklace and belt: Urban
Shoes: Linea Paolo


30 for 30 Day 2: Viv went to the beach?

If I had not told you I went to the beach yesterday, you would think I had never been to the beach in my entire life, right?

Dude, look at my friggin legs!

Now I know why Chris and Tina brought me (and H, who's coloring is not nearly as offensive) to the beach... because when the people who were already there saw my ghostly-ness they shielded their eyes, gathered their towels, flip flops, buckets, lounge chairs ... left behind their coolers and half- eaten sandwiches and maybe even their less favored children... and evacuated the scene as quickly as possible. Making more room for us!

Sorry for blinding everyone in the Tri-State area!

I actually chose to wear these shorts partly because I thought my legs had just a little more color than they did 2 days ago. But, no. They do not.

*I am numbering the days of the 30 for 30 along with everyone else, even though I am starting one day late. Today is day 2.

Top: Club Monaco
Shorts: F21
Shoes: Bass
Necklace: Urban
Watch: Diesel


Almost!! 30-for-30

Well, it looks like my 30-for-30 will be starting one day late. Today I went to the beach, so I changed from my pajamas into my swim suit, now back to pajamas. Am I going to post a pic of myself in my pajamas? No. (even though they are black, and pretty much look like the rest of my wardrobe, I am not going to do this.) I could get dressed and take a pic, but I am too exhausted from the extreme heat (it is close to 200 degrees in NYC today) to do anything other than sit on the couch and type.

Also, due to the extreme heat, I think it wise for me to swap out one of my selected cardigans for a second pair of shorts. I found these shorts (below) in the bottom of my drawer yesterday, and wore them to church. I know I said I hated shorts but these are long enough that a.) I won't feel inappropriate at work. Yes, I know how lucky I am, I can wear shorts to work! and b.) They hide most of my thighs, so I don't have to be nauseated at myself all day. and c.) they are lightweight and perfect for 200 degree heat. Therefore they are acceptable and will be included into the remix. I don't know why I thought I needed 2 cardigans anyway.

I think I'll even start with these tomorrow. Good idea? Yes.

30 for 30 Banner


July 4th Styling: Please read

I do not approve of holiday themed attire. UNLESS you are a very old grandma. I have to specify very old, because I know of some young, and super hip grandmas who should not wear holiday themed attire.

Let me repeat. I DO NOT APPROVE.

Today is July 4th. If you wish to be ...festive, please see the lists below before making your Independence Day style selection.
1. Stripes: any combo of white, navy, light blue, red, off white. (yellow as an alternate)
2. Stars and Dots: same as above
3. Shorts and capris: all colors are ok, but please don't offend people with the size and fit.
4. American flag pins. Small ones. I mean tiny! Please!

1. American flag print on a t-shirt or tank top.
2. American flag print on a short or capri. (if I see an American flag printed capri, I might actually stop and ask that person where the H#%* they bought such a devastating pant.)
3. American flag jewelry of any kind, other than pins.
4. Dressing as Ben Franklin, Abe Lincoln or Betsy Ross. (unless you are in a play that has a performance today, but seriously what is the chance of that.)
5. Clothing printed with animals celebrating July 4th is especially unacceptable. (For ex: Dogs eating hot dogs or apple pie. Cats wearing flag printed tees and watching fireworks. Dolphins jumping over waves whilst fireworks explode over the horizon.)
*As a general rule, wearing clothing printed with animals is pretty much horrible. You should know this.

- SO, if you are wearing any of the above, please change immediately. Its ok... there is still time in the day to look good- you can just tell all the people at your BBQ that you got potato salad on yourself or whatever. Mmkay?

Happy 4th!
Don't forget to come back tomorrow as I start my 30-for-30 challenge!!