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I cannot believe it’s December 9th already.  I cannot believe I have to start worrying about New Year’s Eve plans (which means I should have started to worry roughly four months ago.)  I cannot believe it’s almost 2012.  Seriously, feel free to picture my shock-face.

And since it’s time to panic RE: New Year’s … it’s also time to commence the futile dress hunt, where I will order, shop, and try on at least 30 dresses, and wind up wearing something black and short from my closet.  Also an observation on my just-now-begun dress hunt: ModCloth has nerdy chic down pat.  Love it. {Striking Gold Dress, Wish in the Wind Dress, Sparkle and Span Dress}

Do you think anyone will notice if I wear flats to the party?  What if my kicks are sparkly?  {How sweet are these Winter Glitz Collection Converse?}  I am a major heel enthusiast, but somehow, some way, every New Year’s Eve is spent walking the streets (likely looking for chicken nuggets) at three in the morning, and I just can’t bear another year of street stomping in five-inch heels.  Yep, I’m a baby.

This is too awesome not to share.  That is all.  {Spotted here.}

And this Creature Scarf via Anthropologie, with pale blue elephants, it’s love.

NOTE:  The Converse Winter Glitz Collection are part of a Sponsored campaign.  All thoughts, impressions, and writing are my own. xx  The Converse Winter Glitz are available in three fun colors Silver, Black, and Carmine (hot pink), to help you dress up any holiday outfit! They’re available at Nordstrom exclusively for the holiday season for $59.95!

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I Wear Too Much Clothing
October 16, 2011, 4:23 pm
Filed under: Marital Musings, Talk Nerdy To Me, Tickled Silly

It started with sweaters and cardigans.  Actually, I lie, it was 2002 – I rocked denim jackets.  Then came the discovery of the Abercrombie cardigan.  And then came the tights.  Now I won’t walk out of the house unless I’m wearing a good 25% of my closet.  Some cardigans require a vest because I’m not thrilled with the length of the cardigan.  Some dresses need a slip for that same reason.  And really, I love all of my clothes and can’t part with them for more than ten hours at a time.  They lose their luster.

I clearly wear too much clothing … at once.  It’s like a safety blanket.  I think it’s the Bubba in my head telling me to dress for a blizzard … you never can be too sure (I live in Miami.)

Plug your ears honey … I once had a boyfriend who announced, “All of my friends think you’re an Orthodox Jew.”  The layering was out of control at this point.

My friends whine mercilessly when I roll up to the club in sequined dress, tights, and cardigan.  They tug at my sleeves and and ask every drunk in the club if I would in fact look hotter without the sweater.  Usually these members of my tipsy audience just nod stupidly and slosh their drink onto my Alexander Wang’s.  Lushes.

I swear sometimes it’s cool to rock the Yeshiva look.  And I’m never cold.  And I secretly weigh 108 pounds (or you know, in that ballpark) under all of those layers – “Surprise, I’m a waif!”  And the beauty of marriage – my husband thinks my library chic look is adorable, or he’s just trying to get into my three layers of pants.



Emoticon Rings
October 3, 2011, 9:25 am
Filed under: Accessorize, Talk Nerdy To Me, Tech

I’m totally geeking out over these sweet little rings. Want.

Don’t Forget About G&P’s French Basketeer GIVEAWAY; ends Friday, October 7th at midnight (EST).



The Cambridge Satchel
September 13, 2011, 8:30 am
Filed under: Accessorize, FASHION, Talk Nerdy To Me | Tags: , , , , ,

If you have followed New York Fashion Week, the neon (or “fluro) Cambridge Satchel will have worked it’s way up your wishlist, no doubt.  As if from out of nowhere, the British-designed non-discrete (save it’s very bright colors) satchel has taken the fashion world by storm.  Not a fashion week snapshot appears without the hint of a fashionable show-goer donning one of the sweet leather satchels.  The look is completely classic, but the updated neon colors, in a league all their own.  And I want one, or three.

And, fun fact:  the satchel is actually designed with the Harry Potter franchise in mind.

From the designer:

“I honestly thought my market would be schoolchildren,” says Deane, who started the company to pay her daughter’s school fees. “She was being bullied. I’m very logical, and worked out the top 10 jobs I could do that would allow me time to still be a mum and would enable me to have my dog with me.

“I was quite obsessed with satchels at the time, because I was reading Harry Potter to my children and I wanted to find them, because they are exactly what Harry and Hermione would have used at Hogwarts.”

The bags, currently available at Crewcuts and on Cambridge Satchel’s international website, don’t only look tres hipster chic, they’re also fairly affordable. With prices starting at about $150, I might be able to convince the hubby of the bag’s import in my closet.

Word to the wise: the bags tend to sell out quickly.

Also, the Cambridge Satchel Co. was feeling giving this week after the bag’s speedy success … So hope on over to Twitter and post away for a chance to win your very own:

Happy #NYFW! To celebrate we’re giving away a neon Cambridge Satchel. Follow @CamSatchelCo and RT to enter!

{images a la Guardian & Lucky Mag}



I Heart Bookshelves
May 5, 2011, 9:59 am
Filed under: Talk Nerdy To Me

… As do most English majors, book club members, used bookstore aficionados, and all-around cool people.  Electronic book readers terrify me.  I love the smell of books, the old bindings, the dog-eared page corners.  Which leads me to my point (which sometimes takes a while) – there is a hidden gem on the internet – a website called:  Bookshelf Porn.  Don’t let the name fool you, it’s totally PC and wonderful.  Described as:  Porn for book lovers. A photo blog collection of all the best bookshelf photos from around the world for people who *heart* bookshelves.  You can now waste the better part of your day staring at incredible shelves of books; you’re welcome.

{images a la bijou kaleidoscope


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Is “Geek”, Chic?
February 18, 2011, 9:20 am
Filed under: Accessorize, FASHION, Talk Nerdy To Me

{image a la BussBuss}

Oversized retro glasses continue to wedge their way into fashion, year after year.  And now Catherine Malandrino’s models rocked the librarian goggle look at Melandrino’s Fall 2011 presentation at New York Fashion Week.

So what say you – geek or chic?

The thirteen-year old in me, thrilled to don my first pair of contacts, would never ever ever go back.  Every few months to years I get the idea in my head that wearing glasses is tres chic, I spend upwards of $500 on the latest couture spectacles, I wear them once, miss my sunglasses, and the precious glasses don’t see the light of day until the next case of pink eye.

Then again, models look good in everything – so, why not?

Side note:  Is it just me or do these oversized spectacles remind you of Sally Jessy Raphael?



Ideal Bookshelf
February 2, 2011, 8:22 am
Filed under: Quotables, Talk Nerdy To Me

Tierney over at Ruby Woo Loves You featured these fab book spine paintings by Jane Mount.  I am a self-ascribed book nerd – and these perfect paintings really tickle my fancy.  Shockingly (a.k.a., not shocking at all), this talented painter hails from Etsy and has her own sweet Etsy shop, Ideal Bookshelf.

AND, Mount’s amazing paintings can be customized to a genre, color scheme, or even personalized to a person’s favorite set of books.  I wouldn’t even know where to begin in choosing a selection of books to be painted for our marital abode – probably a terrifying mash-up of literature, science, cooking, and politics.  I suspect Edith Wharton couldn’t sit near Karl Marx.  haha, inappropriate literature joke.  Someone please humor me and chuckle.  K, thanks.

Random Aside:  I think I need this shirt…

{image a la teezeria}