Posts Tagged ‘Collections’

I will be working the Purse Profiles in soon, but wanted to put up a post for today really quickly. Here are some of the things that really stood out to me in today’s Beyond the Rack offering. If you want an invite, reply here and FILL OUT THE PART OF THE COMMENT FORM THAT ASKS FOR YOUR EMAIL.

No email? No invite. Last time a couple of you replied asking for an invite and didn’t give me an email. I’m not going to chase you down and ask for it. If you want an invite, follow directions. Several of you did and you got your invite. It’s not rocket science.

Here are some of the things that jumped out at me. Click to purchase. You will need to be logged into your BTR account. (Again, I can send you an invite. No biggie.)

These shoes are from Markito, which is all about reinventing leather footwear. It’s the same shoe in different colors.




These are purses. Obviously. ๐Ÿ˜


Now, this one struck me as interesting. I’m not sure that I would want to buy it for myself, but it really just kind of grabbed me. I’ll tell you what it is: It’s the interesting use of hardware here.

I mean, really, look at those fangs! Look at the shape and color and material of this bag … and then look at those fangs. I love the unexpectedness of it all. The bag is black, so, yeah, a conservative color. It’s got a shape reminiscent of bowler bags, frankly, with the poofed out sides.So it’s got that soft, gentle but still structured shape with the seaming there … and then it’s got FREAKING FANGS.

This screams to me, classic, conservative, unassuming girl … with claws. Who will mess you up if you look at her wrong.


This purse is one I’d be more likely to buy, I think. I kind of like weird purses. I’m into that now. And I love the color of this one, and the pebbled look, and I’m really digging the square but slouchy shape. I think I’d keep the strap on it most of the time, but definitely ditch it when the occasion called for it. Like if I was meeting someone for coffee or drinks to discuss something serious – not an interview or anything, but something more than ‘omg let’s catch up and you can fill me in on your ex boyfriend is a psycho’. I’d definitely take off the strap, which would just clack around on the table or bar counter when I set it down. That annoys me. Same reason I despise metal chains on handbags.

And there we have today’s Beyond The Rack Roundup. These items are up for one day, so move fast. If you need an invite, leave me your email address. If you fill out the comment form with your email address in the email field, it won’t be published publicly. Only I will be able to see it. If you put it in the comment field, it’ll show up to everyone.


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I got my millionth BeyondTheRack email today (if you’re not a member and want to be, leave a comment here WITH THE EMAIL FIELD FILLED OUT and I’ll send you an invite – if you don’t leave me an email, I can’t help you) and instead of perusing through the stuff, marking off the stuff I want to buy but won’t because I don’t need it and there are starving children here in the US and abroad, and moving on with my day, I thought I’d share some of the business casual things that caught my eye and won a spot on my wishlist.

I’ll do this occasionally, and keep it time-sensitive. The boutiques featured today will be open until the 14th, so you still have some time to head on over and check them out. You will need to log in to get to the purchase page and be able to buy the stuff. Just be aware of that.

Anya Black Forest Jeans - $34.99

These. I want these.


They are black and they are slim (meaning they’ll fit kind of normal on me) and I don’t have any black jeans right now and I have these knee-high-ish leather boots that would look FABULOUS with these and I want them.


Alas, they are not in my size. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Few pairs of pants ever are. That is why I shop in the little girls’ section at Target for pants sometimes, or the juniors’ section at Aeropostale, even though, really, who’s shopped at Aeropostale anymore since being a mildly preppy high schooler?



Cafe au Lait scarf in red and black - $8.99

Lovely. I love the warm colors and I love the texture of the scarf – or at least the texture as I can tell it from the picture. ๐Ÿ˜›

I don’t have that many scarves anymore – or, rather, I do, but they live in my mom’s scarf closet now. So by that logic, I have WAY TOO MANY scarves and don’t need this. But it’s pretty.


Patchwork Scarf in Red and Turquoise - $14.99

I don’t need this one either, but in my defense, I have far less rectangular scarves than I do square ones like the previous one. And by “I” I mean my mom. But, whatever, semantics.


If anyone would like to get me presents for being my awesome self, now you’re getting a sense for what my tastes tend toward. If you need sizing information, ask Andy. But if he pulls out something from the American Girl Doll Store to give you a better idea, RUN.

I mean, really, what kind of grown man has stuff from the American Girl Store just lying around?


I worry about him, you guys.

I also report him anonymously to the po-po and the Feds. Because I have a lot of time on my hands.

(No, I don’t. Have time on my hands, that is.)

Cap in Camel and Gold - $8.99

I don’t really wear hats, mostly because of my glasses, but now that I wear contacts more, I’ve started to really like hats. My favorite last fall were those suede bucket hats, maybe with a little ribbon or something. Those looked adorable on me.

But I love this one. And I can totally imagine all the things I’d wear it with. YAY HATS.

Haha, remember this?


That gang of babies ambushed him, after all.

Multicolor Pendant - $84.99

Last one!

Now, this necklace is way expensive. I’d never pay that much for a necklace. (All of my artificial jewelry has been purchased at very reasonable prices if it’s Indian jewelry, and my normal, artificial non-Indian jewelry mostly comes from gifts. My genuine jewelry, Indian and non-Indian, is all either a gift or belongs to my mom and ergo is MINE MINE MINE. ๐Ÿ˜› Heh. So yeah, I’ve never really HAD to buy nice jewelry, hence my ‘this is too expensive’ comment.)

Besides, you guys know me. You know it’s hard for me to spend money on myself when it comes to clothes and accessories. I buy basically everything on sale, and I keep my clothes in good condition and wear them carefully, generally, so that they last longer. This is also partly because I don’t really like shopping. The longer I can go without shopping for myself, the better.

But I really like this necklace. If it was like $15, I’d probably buy it. ๐Ÿ˜› Wow, that makes me sound really cheap.

But again, that’s mostly for the reasons explained up there, and also because I don’t wear jewelry that often unless I want to or have to be gussied up, and I’m not going to pay $100 for a necklace I’ll probably wear like 5 times a year.

Also, can we talk about how horrible Andy is at figuring out whether or not I’m gussied up? Because he is. He is a terrible judge of guss. Get this: I was wearing my normal jeans, a tee, a cardigan, my green Chucks, and nothing else. I had a little bit of eyeliner on. No other makeup, just eyeliner and mascara. Because I was wearing my contacts and I always wear eyeliner/mascara if I wear my contacts.

And he said I was gussied up.


Ugh. This boy. I just can’t anymore.

Trust me, you guys would be able to tell if I was gussied up. YOU’D BE ABLE TO TELL I PROMISE.

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My most recent giveaway just concluded (congrats, Amie, and thank you, Cassie!) and I thought it was high time I shared some ofย  my favorite items from Cassie’s Etsy shop. I meant to do this much sooner, during the giveaway, but as you guys know, I’m on hiatus until May because this month is INSANE for me. Sadz.

So let’s get to it! Remember, as always, click the image to purchase. All of Cassie’s stuff is vintage and upcycled, so you know you’ll have something unique.

I love the color of this ring most of all. It’s so bright and sunny and happy! Also, sidenote, this season’s summer ‘it’ shade of nail polish is bright yellow. So if you’re into that sort of thing, grab a bottle of it. Chanel has a yellow shade, but I never cared to buy designer nail polish. I mean at that price, that nail polish better be able to serve as some sort of signalling device with extraterrestrial life. I think American Apparel has a yellow shade that will fit the bill nicely.

Another happy yellow ring. I’m not a big fan of flowers, but I like them when they’re tiny – like, a tiny part of the outfit. Like, say, a flower ring like this one, and not garishly splashed across a blouse or skirt.

I love the color of this tunic. Wear it with boots and super skinny black pants, maybe a long silver and black necklace and you’re set. Leggings and Uggs, and maybe a super cute crochet knit cap and you’ve got an adorable winter look. Thankfully, winter’s almost out the door. Thankfully.

I love knots in jewelry. Is that weird? I always have. I have this one multi-strand super-long necklace with a huge knot and it looks really funky and I just love it.

And there we have some of my favorite things from Cassie’s Etsy shop. She’s always updating her store, so check back often for more great stuff!

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In the last few years, handbag designers have been making the straps on your favorite bags a lot stronger, and using double stitching to reinforce the seams. Why? Because we are ladies on the go, you guys, and we’ve got our handy dandy toys that come everywhere with us.

We’ve got our phones, we’ve got our cameras, we’ve got our mp3 players (that is, we used to, until we bought gadgets that combined all of these things), we’ve got our wallets, we’ve got our make up, we’ve got our random things like moist towelettes and Kleenex packs and chapsticks and sewing kits (for when you lose a button on the go!), we’ve got a heavy bunch of keys, we’ve got random promotional swag we can’t seem to keep from being shoved at us (every day I get cough drops or instant coffee or granola bars or pet food or macaroni or cheese or energy drinks handed to me by well meaning promotion people AS I WALK TO SCHOOL YOU GUYS IT IS OUT OF CONTROL DOES ANYONE DRINK INSTANT COFFEE BECAUSE I DO NOT), and so on.

We carry a lot of crap, you guys.

And for those of us ladies still in school, chances are, we’ve got a little netbook tucked in there, we’ve got an adapter, we’ve got a notebook, and a slim little pen and pencil case.

And we need bags, damn it!

Fortunately, that’s where I come in. I’ve got a couple great handbags here for you to look through, and today I’m focusing on larger bags under $50 so you can cram all your crap in it. And maybe smuggle small animals or whatever. Shoot, I’ll smuggle a wallaby, I don’t care, I’m dangerous.

These bags are from Handbag Heaven, a site that is one of my newest affiliates, as you can see if you check out the sidebar. I have not been and will not be compensated for publishing this post.

As always, click to purchase.


I’m really digging taupe lately for bags. This is the Ashton Oversized Satchel. 17.5″ long, 4″ wide, and 13.5″ tall. A behemoth of a thing, huh? Man, you could fit ANYTHING in there.

On the downside, it does remind me of Ashton Kutcher and I hate Ashton Kutcher. He’s just so useless.

Also available in black.


Want something more sparkly? This one is 14″ long, 5″ wide (um, wow), and 11″ high. The good thing about this one is that it zips up on the top, so you don’t have to worry about your stuff getting wet while you run 8 blocks trying to get to your train without getting soaked through to the bone…and failing miserably.

Seriously, I was so wet that my shoes squished. MY SHOES SQUISHED YOU GUYS.


Stupid Chicago and its torrential downpours.

Also this thing is polka dotted on the inside and also comes in brown or something.


Want something a little more traditional, a little more collegiate, a little more messenger-bag-y? Go with this one (available in more colors). It’s big enough to fit your computer and notebook and still has plenty of other pockets for pens and pencils and adapters and phones and whatever else you carry around.


I just like the color. Seriously. Look at how pretty that purple is! And how shiny. This is another great pick for a heavy-duty bag that can handle all your gadgets and knick-knacks.

There we are! Hope you found something you liked!

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One of the challenges of dressing for work is finding a way to add some of your own personality to the mix. You might pull on a pair of slacks, a pretty printed blouse, throw on a deep v-neck sweater on top and step into your jeweltone flats (matching a color in the shirt) and look at yourself and think, yeah, I look fine – professional but still feminine – but there’s just something missing. You might think that you just don’t look quite like yourself.

One easy way to add some personality to a ho-hum (but still perfectly cute) work outfit is to hit up your jewelry box. And I’m not talking about digging out your mother’s pearls or a huge statement necklace, either. Pearls are so ‘job interview’ most of the time, and huge statement necklaces absolutely do not work with every outfit.

What you need are some adorable, quirky pendant necklaces that don’t steal attention away from the rest of your outfit, but tell anyone that notices them that you have quite a sense of humor and fun. That’s why I’ve got my eye on these necklaces from ModCloth, one of my favorite places to find unique, oddball jewelry that is still adorable and innocuous enough to be worn to work.

As always, click to purchase. (Also , we were not compensated in any way by ModCloth for this particular post. Not that we’d complain if we were.)


It’s a robot! And it’s adorable! Who doesn’t love robots?! Robots, that’s who. Because they lack the capacity to love. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ



This is just my individual bias talking here, but I adore this. The brontosaurus has been my favorite dinosaur of all time since second grade. They’re just so perfectly symmetrical, with those long necks and those long tails, and that really appealed to me, even as a second grader.



Some of you ladies love unicorns. Here’s a great way to illustrate that fascination with these mythical creatures that doesn’t involve looking like Lisa Frank stationary.



Peacocks will never not be awesome. I mean, come on, they DANCE when it’s about to rain. They shake their little heads and move their little butts and stamp their little feet as the air pressure changes and humidity rises. They dance when it’s about to rain! What other animal does that?!

(My love of peacocks is well documented. And I’m totally buying this necklace. Even though I hate gold. I shall tell myself it’s more of a brass/bronze anyway – which it is, according to the description.)



I have a jewelry tree that’s a lot like this, and it’s gorgeous. The necklace itself here is very delicate and pretty, and, of course, I love the silver.



This is probably the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen. I grew up on stories like The Jungle Book and 1001 Arabian Nights, which should explain my love of peacocks, panthers, tigers, monkeys, and elephants. Elephants will never not be fabulous. They are so smart and gentle and nurturing. Did you know that researchers at Cornell are working on the world’s first Elephant Dictionary?! Because they are. I have an elephant necklace of my own – this wooden elephant head that is adorable and gets me tons of compliments when I wear it, because, really, who doesn’t love elephants? But I really want this one, too.

I hope you found something you liked in my little showcase, and I hope this post got you thinking of ways to insert little bits of your personality into what might be an otherwise unexciting work ensemble.

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black blazer 3

Image by Idhren via Flickr

Yep, I still really like blazers. Shocker. For today’s post at the Working Wardrobe, I decided to round up some great blazers (and, it turns out, skirt suits) but this time for my wonderful plus-sized professional friends. I realize it’s hard to find cute and/or flattering things in certain sizes and hopefully today’s little collection gives you something to start with.

The reason blazers are such a great option for work is because they’re versatile and always professional. Throw one on over a pair of jeans or a cute dress and you’ve got an effortlessly business casual look. Throw one on over a pair of trousers or a nice dress (ie, nicer than the ‘cute’ dress I mentioned earlier) and you’ve easily got a more formal look.

So head on over to the Working Wardrobe to check out today’s post!

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You know what I’m kind of into right now? Hin?t: It’s in the title. OMG, spoiler ALERT. But yeah, I’m kind of into French cuff shirts. It’s weird, because I never really liked them. I was all, big cuffs? Eww. But now I like them. It’s confusing. It’s like discovering that the kid you once saw eat his own boogers is kind of cute.



I actually did see this one kid I knew in high school pick his nose at his lunch table halfway across the room and then eat it. SO GROSS. I was traumatized and never spoke of it again and by that I mean I went EWWW really loudly and almost fell to the floor. The sticky cafeteria floor.



But this isn’t a witch hunt about who eats boogers and who doesn’t eat boogers, you guys. We can’t let these booger-consumption issues tear us apart and distract us from what’s really important: whatever the topic of today’s post is. Ah, yes, French cuff shirts. There it is. I see it. I see it.

So yeah. French cuffs are usually a guy thing. The cuff is long and folded over the wrist. It’s usually secured by cuff links, like these:

Those are the Simpson family cufflinks, in case you couldn’t tell. From the yellow fingers.

If you’re not crazy about cufflinks, go with silk knots or monkey’s fists or something. Just not with a monkey’s paw, because that thing will take your wish and make it come true in horrible, twisted, deranged ways. Bitch.


French cuff shirts are pretty formal, so they’re most definitely office appropriate. If you’re wearing the shirt with a jacket, be sure to pull the cuffs all the way out of the sleeve of the jacket, not just let them kind of sit there halfway.

Here are some cute shirts that are currently out there. As always, just click to purchase.





There are plenty of others, and I’m sure you’ve seen these in the suiting section of your department store. They’re a great way to bring some extra fanciness to the office. And if you guys know anything about me, it’s that I am ALL ABOUT the extra fanciness.

…She said as she brushed bits of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos from her curls.


Don’t judge me. You don’t know my life.


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