Grease is the word

I spent my lazy Saturday curled up on the couch, online shopping, reading magazines and watching movies. One of my all time favorite movies happened to be on TV today – Grease! I’ve love the musical numbers, the storyline and the sassy characters. Growing up I always wanted to be a cross between Marty and Sandy. I love the soft pastels, cardigans and girly full skirts that Olivia Newton John wears throughout the movie. But I’ve also always been drawn to Marty’s form fitting pencil skirts, color coordinated scarfs and envelope clutches. I dreamed of having an emerald green ruched prom dress just like her’s.

While watching to movie I noticed that the Pink Ladies’ style is still very relevant for today. Fitted pencil skirts, cat eye sunglasses and gauzy button-ups are all on trend for this spring. I can’t wait to wear this sassy combination once the weather warms up.

  1. TopShop Flock Spot Pencil Skirt, $76
  2. TopShop Belted Pencil Skirt, $70
  3. Urban Outfitters Extreme Cat Eye Sunglasses, $16
  4. Urban Outfitters Extreme Cat Eye Sunglasses, $16
  5. ASOS Fliplock Envelope Clutch, $26.86
  6. ModCloth Crushin’ on Kelly Handbag, $37.99
  7. American Apparel Sleeveless Lawn Button-Up, $42
  8. Urban Outfitters Sparkle & Fade Sleeveless Chiffon Shirt, $49

WANTED: The perfect bar cart

 

Now that I’ve moved into a new place and am more or less settled in, my search for new and unique pieces of furniture to fill the holes has begun. I am so in love with the Delaney Rattan Bar Cart from Pottery Barn! I love the look and feel and functionality of the piece. It would make a wonderful addition to my new space, however at around $350 it is a little out of my pauper price range. So the hunt begins! I am in search of a chic, functional, affordable piece that will hold all my glasses, booze and general bar accessories. If you know if any good sites or resources, please let me know 🙂

Pauper Picks: 5 Slouchy Spring Trousers Under $75

Apricot Wide Leg Trousers, $63.00

I can’t wait for the weather to FINALLY warm up! One of the (only remaining) upsides to this chilly April weather is that it gives me a reason to pine over slouchy trousers for spring. I love the menswear inspired cuts and details of these pants. And the best part is that they are all under $75!

The Soft Pant, $49.99

Zara Pleated Trousers, $59.90

Career Day Trousers, $24.80

Tobacco Paper Bag Waistband Belted Tapered Trousers, $60

My Kind of Town…

At the end of February, I decided to embark on one of the biggest adventures of my life – I moved to Chicago. It was a move I had thought about for a while and the decision was finally made at the end of January.  So I packed up a Uhaul with all of my worldly possessions, drove halfway across the country and unloaded in a foreign city with the hope of a fresh start and exciting opportunities. Washington, DC will always have a very special place in my heart and I will miss so much about that glorious capital city. I plan to keep blogging and to continue to bring pretty styles on a pauper’s budget from the Windy City.

Wish me luck!!!

Monday: Meetings and Book Club

Today, I decided to wear a new fur trimmed blazer I recently bought at Ann Taylor LOFT’s amazing winter sale. I decided to pair it with a vintage full skirt I scored on a recent trip to Chicago. I’ve been completely inspired by the full skirts from Louis Vuitton and Prada’s Fall 2010 runway shows and was so excited to find this plaid, calf length circle skirt. I decided to dress up a bit today despite the fact that I mostly sat in meetings all day at work and had a  simple but extremely entertaining book club meeting tonight.

Sunday: A Day at the Museum

from Google Images

Today, I managed to catch the last day of the Andy Warhol exhibit at the Baltimore Museum of Art with my close friend, Molly. I’ve been a bit of a Warhol fan since visiting the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh when I was about 11 years old. I was excited to hear about the exhibit in Baltimore and that it was so close to home and decided to make a day trip of the visit. After grabbing lunch at Miss Shirley’s Cafe (had the most amazing crab cake sandwich!) we headed to the museum for an arty afternoon.

Inspired by the upcoming afternoon events, I decided to call upon Warhol muse Edie Sedgwick as I planned my outfit for the day. I stuck with black, white and a touch of leopard.

Baby, its cold outside!

from StyleFrizz

Bennington Low Duck Boot, $298 & Bennington High Duck Boot, $398

The frigid weather we’ve been having in DC is bringing back memories of last winter’s blizzards and record snow accumulation. Brrrr! I get chills just thinking about it! Last winter I felt completely unprepared and didn’t even have a good pair of rain boots to get me through the storms let alone any sort of wintry snow boot. But not this year! I’ve already started to search for a great pair of winter ready boots and have been inspired by the duck boots in the Fall 2010 Tommy Hilfiger ads. “The Hilfigers” from the ads seem like a pretentious lot with far to much time and money on their hands (hello! have you seen the extravagant picnic set-up from the TV ads??) BUT they look amazing in heeled OTK and ankle winter ready boots. Here are my (much) cheaper picks for the upcoming chilly months. And they are all under $100 🙂

Sperry Top-Sider Women's Shearwater, $100.00

Sorel Tivoli, $99.00

Bean Boots by L.L. Bean, Rubber Moc, $64.00

Tommy Hilfiger Canaan, $69.00

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…”

So overall I feel like I can safely call my holiday cocktail party a success! After weeks of fretting and prepping, everything came together beautifully and a wonderful time was had by all. A few lessons were learned along the way that I would like to share with anyone who is planning to throw a holiday party this year or in the future.

1. Everyone will drink the signature cocktails before the wine and beer. So make sure you have enough mixers/ingredients on hand (a lesson I learned the hard way).

2. You can never have too much toilet paper or too many trash bags.

3. Its nearly impossible to find a cab company that will take reservations between the hours of 8:00 pm and 2:00 am on Saturdays.

4. Despite what some of my guests might have said at the start of the evening, people really do like party games.

5. The holiday channels on Pandora really can’t be beat.

Happy Holidays!!!

I highly recommend Mind Games: A Box of Psychological Play for your next party 🙂

My friend Katie made amazing champagne cupcakes and red velvet cakes balls.

How to Make: Tasty Winter Cocktails

On December 11, I will be hosting my very first holiday cocktail party! Woo hoo! I couldn’t be more excited and have spent the last few days planning, decorating and searching for the perfect holiday cocktails to serve. There are a ton of options out there! I came across everything from eggnogs to hot toddies and ciders to winter sangria. In the end, I went with two beverages that use simple and relatively inexpensive ingredients, which will hopefully save me some money and time in the long run.

Both of these recipes come from the Martha Stewart website. I slightly modified the Berry Little Cocktail to better suit my guests and budget. Here is the original recipe.

How to Make: A Berry Little Cocktail

Ingredients:

1/2 cup sugar
1 cup fresh cranberries
1 oz vodka
2 oz Champagne
1 oz cranberry juice

“In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, dissolve sugar into 1 1/2 cups water. Add cranberries and simmer for 5 minutes, or until softened. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain, discard liquid, and place cranberries on a tray in the freezer for at least 2 hours. Chill vodka, Champagne, and juices, then mix in a champagne glass. Garnish with skewer of 4 or 5 frozen candied cranberries. Reserve the rest for another drink.”

How to Make: A Winter Solstice Cocktail

Ingredients:

1 1/2 oz orange vodka
1/2 oz orange flavored liqueur
1/2 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
club soda & ice

“In a cocktail shaker, combine vodka, orange liqueur, lemon juice, and ice; shake until well combined. Strain into a chilled martini glass; add a splash of soda.”
Read more at Marthastewart.com: Winter Solstice Cocktail – Martha Stewart Recipes

 

Other Great Holiday Cocktail Resources:

Delish’s Holiday Cocktail Guide (A ton of options to pick from!)

Epicurious’s Drink Recipes (Their list includes holiday beverages like Santa Sangria and the Lemon Rose Bellini. And its sorted by liquor and hot vs. cold drinks.)

SLOSHED! (Posts really great seasonal drinks. I’ll be keeping an eye on this site until party time)

CocktailNerd’s “A Cocktailian Christmas List” (Its not a drink list BUT it is a good gift guide for the cocktailers in your life!)