You should read A Vintage Affair by Isabel Wolff

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I don’t usually write about books I’m reading, but I just finished A Vintage Affair by Isabel Wolff and was realizing that anyone who likes this blog would probably like the book. It’s about a girl in her 30s who opens a vintage clothing store in London, so you get to experience what it’s like to open and run a vintage store, including trips to France to look for clothes to sell in the store! But the book is also about relationships, with parents, guys and friends. Thank you to my friend Jaime for recommending it to me!

How to wear bright dress socks to work

As I mentioned in Monday’s post, according to my male co-workers, wearing bright dress socks to work is “the thing.” There aren’t many ways for guys to show personality in their work outfits (like there is for us ladies), so I definitely appreciate this new trend for guys. It’s especially fun to see these pops of color around the office as we move into spring. Check out how some of my co-workers are brightening up the office..and enter the Cloak & Dapper giveaway before this Thursday at midnight EST to win a pair of bright blue dress socks for yourself!

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Boston, you’re my home

I’m in shock at what has happened on this sunny, Boston Marathon day. This day is usually full of emotions of triumph, support, and cheerfulness.  The emotions we are all feeling after the tragic events of today are beyond words. I’m hearing that my friends, family and co-workers are safe. I hope yours are as well.

Giveaway: bright blue men’s dress socks from Cloak & Dapper

It’s about time to give away something on this blog for the guys, right? I’m excited to be giving away this pair of Richer Poorer blue socks because I’m told by my male co-workers that colorful socks are “the thing.” (Here’s some inspiration on how to wear these bright socks to work).

socks from Cloak and Dapper

These socks were selected from Cloak & Dapper, which is a one-stop shop general store for men, selling a selection of USA made items like clothes, grooming products, and provisions. Right now, they are online-only but they have plans to open up stores in Winter Park, Florida and eventually Chicago and New York.

Here are 3 ways to enter the giveaway (your name will be entered for every one one of these you do):

1) Leave a comment on this blog post, preferably about what your favorite item is from

2) Tweet about this giveaway mentioning @KristenD56 and @CloakandDapper

3) Leave a comment on this Facebook post from the clothing menu’s page

Enter by Thursday, April 18 at midnight EST (US entries only please).

The winner will be announced on this blog, and on my Twitter handle, and the clothing menu Facebook page on Friday, so be sure to check back to see if you’re the winner!

What to wear to work when I’m engaged!!

Yup, that’s right! I’m engaged! My boyfriend of 5 years proposed to me Sunday night and I’m still in shock that it’s for real. All of the congrats and well wishes from my family and friends has been overwhelmingly exciting. I’m letting the engagement sink in right now, but will be starting the wedding planning process soon. I’m most excited about finding a venue, booking a photographer and of course..finding the perfect dress!

Here’s what I wore on my first day to work engaged..oh and the ring!

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ASOS peplum top / Citizens of Humanity skinny jeans / Old Navy leopard flats / (fake) pearls from my grandmother / Revlon posh nail polish


Budgeting Bloggers March recap

March was my first month joining the Budgeting Bloggers group and it was also my first month shopping this year. (Not because I was being good, but because I was dealing with a broken arm from mid-January to beginning of March only wearing baggy shirts and not able to drive). But anyway, as soon as I could wear normal clothes and drive again, I was back to shopping! Even with my random splurges (and thanks to a gift card), I stayed under my $200/month budget. Here’s what I got for $160.48 (thanks to the gift card!):

victoria's secret march purchaseFirst, a wrap cover-up dress and bikini from Victoria’s Secret – gift to myself for my trip to Cozumel, Mexico in a couple weeks! I also bought a few other pieces I don’t really want to share on this blog.. This whole purchase was covered by a Visa gift card I got for Christmas.

asos and target march purchases

And then various spring clothes from Target and ASOS. Can you tell what my favorite color is? The Mossimo Supply Co. floral denim pants are my favorite. I also really love the ASOS blue lace skater dress. I originally bought that for work, but it dips down in the back and it’s an inch too short for the office. Instead of returning it (like I did 2 other dresses I bought from them), I’m going to keep it for a date night.

I’m so excited for Mad Men!

Besides Girls, Mad Men is the only real show on TV these days that I watch. Anything else I watch is reality TV crap. Pretty sad, huh? I’ve been a fan of Mad Men from the beginning (all 5 seasons!) It’s been fun to see the fashion evolve on the show as it’s moved from the 50s to the 60s. One of my favorite parts of last season was Megan Draper’s colorful 60′s outfits:

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These outfits can totally inspire work outfits today. Don’t you think? 

What I wore to work: Michael Kors sweater dress

I bought this purple Michael Kors sweater dress in the fall when I started my winter shopping and finally got around to wearing it to work a couple weeks ago! I decided to wear the dress with skinny jeans instead of leggings for a couple reasons: 1) the dress is a little to tight around my backside to wear with leggings 2) I’m kind of over leggings right now.

You’ll also see I’m wearing Toms in one shot and gray wedge shoes in the other. That’s because I wasn’t sure after my fall if I was ready to wear heels again because knowing me I’d fall again wearing these, but they look better with the wedges so that’s what I went with once I got to work!

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Giveaway! Skip N’ Whistle crazy cat lady tee!

Hey crazy cat lady readers! Check out this fun tee from New Orleans based shop Skip N’ Whistle. Comment on this blog post or this Facebook post on the clothing menu’s page or tweet about this giveaway mentioning @KristenD56 for your chance to win a purple crazy cat tee in purple!

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*US entries only..deadline to enter is midnight EST Saturday April 6, 2013.

Want to see how to wear this fun tee to work? Check out this outfit on Stripes & Sequins.

And while you’re at it, browse through the Skip N’ Whistle shop for other screen printed clothes and accessories like this (c/o Skip N’ Whistle) anchor scarf I’m wearing while cracking up at something my boyfriend just said.

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Men’s fashion spring 2013: prints

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Gucci / Lacoste

I’m wrapping up this week of men’s spring fashion with the boldest trend: prints. Seen on the spring runways were unusual prints for men, like polka dots and floral. What do you think? Would you (or your guy) wear any of these to work?

 spring fashion trends 2013 prints

Floral tie

ASOS polka dot chambray shirt

Tasso Elba floral print dress shirt

Turnbull & Asser polka dot pocket square

Like where this is going? Check out more men’s work wear inspiration!