Tag Archives: Banana Republic

Oxblood and Dots

13 Feb

Happy Hump Day Everyone,

The snow already melted from last week’s blizzard from the 40 degree weather we had over the weekend. I wish the snow would stick around it looks prettier than this gray weather we have had lately. I am sure you have seen this sequins polka-dotted top a lot from other bloggers, only I have seen it in the black with the white polka-dots. I settled for the vintage champagne I figured it would transition well for spring and summer. Who says sequins is only for winter?

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Yes, this black and white snake print clutch again! For one, black and white is big this spring, two black and white has always been classic, and three this clutch seems to go well with many of my looks, (and to think I thought about returning it).

Face Stockholm for J.Crew Lipstick (Chili Flake) – Express Velvet Blazer (old) – White House Black Market Snake Print Clutch – J.Crew Polka-Dot Sequin TopRock & Republic Berlin Coated Skinny Jeans Banana Republic Garrah Pumps

Until next time,
Monica

Still in: Stripes

30 Jan

Hello Lovelies,

Stripes are not going anywhere this season and this winter I am wearing them with my brightest garments to get me out of the rut from this gloomy gray winter, although the last couple of days have felt more like spring in the upper 50s-60s not bad for winter in the MI.

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I am loving these nude neutral J.Crew ribbed tights they look pretty close to my skin color and what is even better is that they keep me warm.

Tory Burch Rounded Cat-eye Sunglasses J.Crew Coat (old) Bobbi Brown Orange Lipstick , BCBG Metallic Wristlet– Stripe Shirt (old) Ann Taylor Loft SkirtJ.Crew Ribbed Tights Banana Republic Leopard Pumps

Essential: Tailored Suit

5 Dec

Happy Hump Day Lovelies,

We all should own one, you know the one that makes you feel like you landed the job. Whether slacks or a skirt suit, we all need one. The rule is which ever is the most flattering to your body type, which is why I chose the skirt.  Skirts and dresses are always more flattering on me because I am very narrow, and being narrow gives the illusion of longer legs, as do nude heels or leopard as both are very neutral.

I have worn my suit to interviews, training conferences, and through out the blog,  only I combine it with different garments.

DSC05061Navy Blue Blazer – Banana Republic you can find here, Navy Skirt – Banana Republic you can find here,  Lips – Bobbi Brown Orange  here, Striped Blouse – compliments from mom, Bag – Wilshire Monogram Louis Vuitton here, Leopard Pumps – Banana Republic here

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This is when you know that you invested well when essentials in your wardrobe become staples.

Until next time,
Monica

Navy Blue With A Cherry On Top

14 Nov

Hello Jewels,

I hope you are all having a great day!

As mentioned in a earlier post here that this sweater has become one of my favorites this fall, and it will take me into winter as well, it literally goes with many of my items in my wardrobe, whether I am mixing prints or keeping it streamline.

Take a look.


And a splash of mint was all I needed to brighten what could have been a very dark look.

Sweater – Tory Burch, Sunnies – Tory Burch Rounded Cat-Eye, Lipstick – Lancome Rouge In Love Midnight Rose 377, Nail Polish – essie no more film, Skirt – Banana Republic, Bag – J.Crew, Tights – J.Crew, Booties – Michael Kors

Until next time,
Monica

Taking Care of Business

15 Oct

Happy Monday Jewels,

I hope you all had a lovely weekend. A couple of weeks ago I took the time to follow-up with the gift shop at the Flint Institute of Arts which is one of the museums that is selling our jewelry, and I decided to go for a professional look.

The more I visit museums the more inspired I become.

Earrings: essentjewels, Wayfarer Ray Ban, lipstick Bobbi Brown soft coral, navy blue blazer Banana Republic, animal print top Ann Taylor, bag Wilshire Louis Vuitton capri pants Ann Taylor, red pumps Yves Saint Laurent (YSL).

Until next time,
Monica

Essential Traveling Attire

4 Oct

Happy Thursday Jewels,

I am visiting my family in California this week and because I fly from Michigan to California several times a year I pretty much have mastered the traveling process.


I like to travel with my thick outdoor Burberry Scarf because I could use it as a blanket while I am flying if need be, plus it smells like my perfume which is much better then the blankets they give you on the plane it will also come in handy when I fly back home as the weather is very unpredictable this time of the year.

I also like to travel with my Ray Ban Aviators so that I don’t have to worry about my eye make-up when I land, however my lipstick is another story I always make sure I have it my purse to put on when I land, it literally brightens my face. I especially like a darker lipstick because red can be somewhat overbearing. I also like to travel with an open bag like this Wilshire Louis Vuitton it is big enough to hold all my essentials. My navy blue Banana Republic blazer becomes a staple for many of my looks, and a silk tank underneath in case I get hot I can take the blazer off silk tank: CHACOK.

My black skinnies by Paige are super comfortable and although I am wearing jeans since they are black they tend to look dressier, and last but not least my Cole Haan loafers in their Italian collections, I literally feel like I am wearing my house slippers and I can’t imagine wearing anything not comfortable while I am traveling, one thing I hate is to be uncomfortable because I become miserable, and no one likes to be around a miserable person.

I hope you find these tips useful for your next travels.

Off to the airport,
Monica

Fall Essentials

3 Oct

Happy Hump Day Jewels,

Take a look at my fall essentials that I added to my wardrobe.

Leopard pumps from Banana Republic.


This season this seems to be the top that is complimenting many of my skirts and pants, I literally want to wear it everyday. Navy blue sweater with an attached scarf with cherries: Tory Burch

Of course I had to get a bag in this season’s color: burgundy by Dona Karen New York (DKNY).

If you have been following our blog you know how we feel about our lipstick, and it was essential to buy it in burgundy. Lipstick: Flirt – Sinful.


I like to dress my table according to seasons as much as I like to play dress-up. I had to get this cute rustic wheel barrow for salt at Pottery Barn the last time I was in there, it brings a smile to my face every time I look at it. I am a sucker for little charming things.

I can’t wait to share photos with you all wearing my new pieces I added to my wardrobe.

Until next time,
Monica

Peplum Pink

20 Sep

Happy Thursday Jewels,

You can say Jackie O. and Audrey Hepburn are my biggest fashion inspirations along with many of us out there. I especially loved Jackie in her very famous hot pink Chanel get-up, and hot pink lipstick. I have been wearing hot pink lipstick all summer long, I like wearing it with a hot pink top like this peplum top, only you know I’m going to color block.

I’m really going to miss wearing this lipstick. I like to change my make-up according to seasons as well as my wardrobe. Because summers in Michigan come and go, I take advantage of wearing my summer clothes until I can’t no more even though I begin shopping for fall in the summer.

Wayfarer: Ray Ban, earrings essentjewels you can get here, lipstick Cover Girl, blouse tabitha (very very old), navy blue skirt Banana Republic, bag Coach, watch Gucci, red polish essie lollipop, and essie peep show, patent leather grey flats Coach

Until next time,
Monica

Back to School

22 Aug

Hello there Jewels,

It has been a while since I had to go back to school shopping and it was always a special occasion for us growing up. Our father had an annual meeting Labor Day weekend usually in the Northern part of California, or Nevada in Las Vegas, or Reno which is when we did most of our school shopping. My sister and I always made the best of it, and other times not so much.

Sister, if you were reading this you know what I am talking about “does the Sheraton Parking Lot in Concord California ring a bell?” If you are all wondering what it was, we were caught smoking by our mother who saw us from her hotel window and of course me being the older sister was blamed for it all. Omg, how embarrassing that was, we don’t smoke now, but you know how it is when you are growing up, you do it because you think it’s cool. Back to the school shopping, part of why I like going to school was dressing up every morning which is one of the reasons why I couldn’t have attended a private school because of the uniforms. However if I did I would hope it would include the Burberry plaids and Louise Vuitton.

My blouse actually has subtle polka-dots, I would have to have several print feminine blouses to mix with the plaids, it would be nice if they were the Burberry plaids, and of course my book bag would be by Louise Vuitton.

Sunnies: Tori Burch, polka-Dotted blouse: Forever 21 (old), belt J.Crew, skirt Burberry, flats Banana Republic, Bag Wilshire Monogram Louise Vuitton.

Until next time,
Monica

Down Town

26 Jul

Hello Jewels,

On occasion I head down town Detroit with my husband for lunch with his colleagues which is a privilege for me because one of his colleagues is an art connoisseur with a vast collection in his office and his home. I was eager to speak to him about our tradeshow experience and our market such as bed & breakfasts, wineries and in particular museums and one being the Flint Institute of Art, heading down town for me has recently turned into a dressing up occasion since on most days I dress very casual.

Can you tell I am from Michigan with all the American cars, we Michiganders love to support American cars.

Wayfarer: Ray-Ban, Navy Blue Blazer, Banana Republic, Leather Belt J.Crew, Bird Blouse H&M, Pencil Skirt, J.Crew, Grey Patent Leather Flats Coach, Bag Coach, Jewels essentjewels.

Until next time,
Monica

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