Friday, May 29, 2009



Notice anything different? It was kind of a sloooooooow day at work today. Isn't it groovy? I'm totally diggin' it.



I'm also thinking today's outfit turned out super cute.
Man, yesterday was a tough act to follow :) It's Friday (TGIF!!!!!!) and comfy was key. Of course, comfy is also key Saturday thru Thursday, but anyway...

I love muted hues with metallics for summer. There's something so Grecian and calming about it. It just feels light and crisp and airy. Also, big fan of jersey in the summer. You'll start to see the theme.

Gap shirt ($20ish?), Target skirt ($9), braided gold belt ($12, long time ago) and bronze snake skin flats (JCP, $8). Happy weekend, everyone!

P.S. If you didn't figure out what's different, it's the header...


Is anyone else soooooo excited for the summer season
premiere of What Not to Wear? I can't wait for a good ol' fashioned Friday.

Can't wait to Blossom's makeover!

Thursday, May 28, 2009





I recently read a blogger interview somewhere where the question "What is your favorite piece in your wardrobe?" popped up and I thought...nothing. I didn't think I could answer this question. I have a pretty transient wardrobe and a very fickle brain that likes one thing one minute and another the next.

Then, I got dressed this morning. This jean jacket just may be that favorite piece. It's nothing fancy. Just a well-worn vintage Wrangler jean jacket. But it is something special. It was my mom's when she was in high school and I've been wearing it since I was in 8th grade! I was even squeezing into it when I couldn't button it. Or lift my arms for that matter. But it fits like a gem again and it's sooooo soft and perfectly broken in and looks great with almost EVERYTHING! Ahhh, the good stuff...

Onto the rest, now. I'm so in love with my outfit today. I think it's pretty kick ass if I do say so myself :) The white tee is from Target's sleep section ($6) paired with a Target maxi skirt ($20) and finished with my bronze gladiator-thongy sandals (Ross, $11 or $12?). I think the skirt is "meant" to fold over at the waistband, but I prefer it this way. I have a ton of summer plans for this baby.

The whole look gets some edge with the layered necklaces. The flower necklace was bought from NY&Co online a while back. It was on clearance for like $8 and made it so that I got free shipping. I'm sneaky like that :) And the awesome fringe necklace is a DIY inspired by many a fashion blogger. Even the rain couldn't bum me out today.


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Wednesday, May 27, 2009






It's days like today that I LOVE have a casual job. Today's threads are nothing more than an oversize white v-neck (F21, $6), black skinnies (Target, $27), a cool macrame belt (local shop, $6), and a comfy safari jacket (thrifted, $2). For even more comfort, I'm sporting my Clarks flats. Buttery soft and cushy.

You'll all be happy to know that I survived my meeting last night. I'm officially a Weight Watcher Leader :) It was horrifying at first, but I finally calmed down about 2 hours after everything was over. Now that the nerves are out, I can't wait until next time!

Special thanks to the husband for shooting the pics today. Man, I can't wait to get a new camera! Need. More. Megapixels. Soon, I tell you. Soon...


For anyone who is keeping up on my music venture, this week's chosen album is Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. It's one of my husband's all time favorite albums (he told me to say that) and so far I'm enjoying quite a bit. Much more mellow than some of the most recent picks. Big fan of mellow.

Give it whirl!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009




Who ordered the rain, people? I'm soooo irritated that I was wearing a strappy sun dress yesterday and today I have to wear a coat, because the high is only 53F. Grrrr....

I'm mainly bummed because tonight is my last mentoring session for WW, which means that I will be leading the entire meeting by myself. So, it is an absolute MUST that I feel comfortable and confident. My nerves can get bad enough without having to be worrying about how my clothing looks. Unfortunately, the outfit that I had in mind for this just wouldn't do in today's weather. Next time, I guess.

Luckily, this dress makes a great fall back plan. It cuts a mean figure, so comfortable and confident I am :) This little number is from the Gap outlet (<$20) and this time is paired with my snake skin flats (Madden Girl, $24), giant pearly earrings (local shop, $8) and a gigantic flower ring (Charlotte Russe, $4). Sweet and simple. Tomorrow is supposed to return to warmer temps. I'll be waiting ...

Friday, May 22, 2009





Yay! It's Friday! Even more yay! It's a 3-day weekend!

Town is pretty much cleared out today. Students are gone (hoorah!) and many others are off for the long weekend.

This is probably going to become a go-to outfit this summer. It's as close as you can get to a sweat suit without having to don an actual sweat suit. My gray AA v-neck is making a comeback (big surprise) with this white cotton skirt from Target for only $9. What a great summer staple! I dressed it up (just a tad, of course) with this "kissing turtles" belt that I got ebay a while back ($7). Finished the look with my snake print flats (Madden Girl, $24).

Have a GREAT weekend, everyone! I hear my grill calling :)


I not only pack my lunch every day, but I come complete with an arsenal of snacks to get me to 5 o'clock. Since I hate weighing down my purse with all of my goodies, I have invested in a couple of big girl lunch bags.

After lots of searching for a lunch bag that didn't look like I was in the 3rd grade, I finally found a couple of options. This is my most recent acquisition.



I spotted this Two's Company bag for only $9 at a little shop in Asheville last month. Since I can't resist a bird motif and the colors are so happy and springy, I had to have it. Bonus: it's insulated!

There's lots of options out there and brown (or bird) bagging is a great way to save some cash and some calories!

Thursday, May 21, 2009




Check me out using film school terminology!

Anyway, tried using a different tripod today and ended up cutting off my left foot. No worries, though. I assure you it looks just like the right one.

It's in the 80's today (love. it.), so easy breezy does it. This silk Old Navy dress bought on consignment for $10 with bronze t-strap sandals (Ross, $11 last season) is the perfect keep-me-cool combo. It almost has a flapper feel to it. I added a little boho touch with ginormous shades, a couple funky necklaces and a pile of bangles.

Now, quit reading blogs and go enjoy the sunshine :)


It's GORGEOUS out these days and the sun is beating away. Are you wearing your sunscreen? It's soooooo important!

Photo from

I recently found Vaseline's Aloe Cool & Fresh lotion with SPF 15. I LOVE it! It's not greasy at all and it smells great. It's the first thing I put on in the morning!

There's lots of options out there, so lather up, everyone! Nothing ruins a great outfit like prematurely aged skin :)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009




I am not on the leash - that is Iggy, only he had wandered off for this shot.

It was a BEAUTIFUL day in the neighborhood today and I busted out an outfit that I had posted on my memory board last week. Totally lovin' it! I feel very modern, but laid back and kind of bad ass to boot.

Sportin' my Gap cargos ($25ish, last summer) with a crochet-back tank (Target, $7ish, last summer) and those awesome "ankle sandalooties" (hehe) I picked up last week (Steve Madden via Ross, $16). BTW I still have a pair of size 8's (worn once) up for grabs. Drop me a line if you're interested.

I kept the accessories pretty simple with this long chain and yellow bauble necklace from Kohl's (Simply Vera on sale with coupon, $11). I added a couple extra chains to toughen it up a bit.

A few of you asked for some tips on wearing walking shorts like the ones I wore yesterday. Good news: you don't have to be tall to wear them. I'm 5'3". The trick is the length. Just because they are shorts doesn't mean that you don't sometimes have to hem them. They are most flattering when they hit just at the knee - elongating even. It's also best to keep the fit closer to your body. I'm not talking spandex bike shorts here, just close enough to show your shape. The wider they are, the shorter you'll look in comparison. They're great with heels, but I usually end up wearing them with flats or an equally pulled together look.

So, go try on a pair and let me know what you think!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


shorts and belted shirt 4

Yay! Shorts!

I must admit there was a time (from about age 16 - 26) when I was vehemently opposed to shorts. I didn't like the way they looked on, but more importantly, I hated the way they felt. They were CONSTANTLY crawling up my hooha and it was horrible!

Then entered the walking short. I'm in love. Turns out not all short are created equal and for me, walking shorts take the cake. They're easy to dress up or down and they're COMFY! I picked these up at Target last year ($15) and remix them quite often. Today was a WW day, and I needed to look a bit more pulled together, so I paired them with a simple gray button-down (Bitten by SJP, $10) and belted it with a vintage belt passed down from my mom. The snake-skin print on the buckle is a great modern, yet funky touch, which I echoed with bronze snakey-looking flats (JCP, $8). Easy breezy!

Oh, and little popped collar never hurts...

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I sort of fell off the grid yesterday, but I assure you, I am still wearing clothes and they are still cute. More daily style posts to come, so stay tuned.

But first, what am I listening to this week? As per reader request, I'm tuning into TV on the Radio's Return to Cookie Mountain.

I've gotten a few twirls of the CD in this morning and so far, so good. I kind of dig it. It's more on the experimental side, but it's upbeat and definitely something I could get into. Check it out and let me know your thoughts!

I'd also love to hear what you're listening to right now. Any other reader suggestions?

Friday, May 15, 2009


denim and scarf

denim and scarf 2

Finally! A GORGEOUS day!

Today's outfit is sort of a "best of" album, but of clothes from this week. I'm already remixing the denim skirt from Monday (Nine West via Ross, $20), because when I find something I love, I wear it. Over. And over. And over, again. This time, I changed it up with a tank (Target, $6) and, what else, a scarf (H&M last year, $10). I love that the tank almost gives it more of a dress feel.

I finished the look with the COOLEST shoes that I scored at Ross the other day. Steve Madden. $16!
They're like the love child of a gladiator sandal and an ankle bootie. Love. Them. In fact, I love them SO much, I bought 2 pairs. That's not true. The first pair were a tad too big, which I didn't realize until I wore them, so I went back and got a smaller size. SOOOOO, if anyone else just LOVES them as much as I do and happens to wear a size 8, drop me an email and let's make a deal.

Notice the change of scenery the last couple of days? I've been taking my little show on the road. I was boring myself to tears with the same old photo spots, and now that the weather is nice, it's more fun to scout out locations. So, I've decided that I don't care if I'm the weird girl taking pictures of herself in the park. I'm doing it anyway.

Iggy had to get in on this one, since he went to work with me today.
Is he stealing my thunder or what?


Are you like me and don't quite fire on all cylinders first thing in the morning? Are you a little too busy at night that you don't have time to figure out what to wear the next day? Or are you just too darn lazy to think about it at all until you find yourself staring vacantly into your closet, thinking "I don't even know what's in here, let alone what to wear..."

I do stuff like this all the time. I'll think of great ideas for outfits at the most inopportune times. I usually try to jot them down, but then I just lose the note in the sea of receipts in my purse or pile of papers on the kitchen counter. I've finally had enough and decided that I need a little help in the morning. So, I give you my little personal assistant:

mem board

It's nothing more than a $5 French memory board hanging next to my closet. Each small piece of paper has 1 outfit idea on it. Now, when I think of things, I have a place to store the thought. Otherwise, it's out of sight, out of mind. Now, when I wake up with no clue what to wear, I won't even have to think about it. I can just look at all of the brainstorming I've already done and go with it.

What do you think?

Thursday, May 14, 2009




I wasn't planning on wearing the same scarf 2 days in a row, but it just sort of happened. I had the sweater (JCP, $18), the pants (Gap, $24), and the shoes (Ross, $11), but was stuggling with the accessories. It was a rainy day and I needed a little more color - just couldn't resist throwing it on one more time. It turned out to be the perfect touch!


orange 2

orange 1

So, this is what the sun looks like around here? That's refreshing, because today has returned to our typical gloomy rainy spring(?) day.

Obviously, this was yesterday's outfit. Sorry I'm late on the post.

I'm remixing the same orange jersey maxi dress from a couple of weeks ago (remember when it was warm?) with different accessories. Since it wasn't sundress weather, I threw this short sleeve cardigan (Sears, $10) over it and dressed it up with a more vibrant scarf (vintage - Nanny's). Lastly, I switched out the gladiator sandals for these more modern black patent ones. I know this style is SUPER popular right now, but I can see why. I just LOVE the way they look on my feet.

When my boss came to work yesterday, he said, "You're colorful today!"

Hmmm....thanks, I think. Some men are just not good at these things.

Anyway, loving the "summer scarf" look and have been even more inspired to keep it up after receiving my latest issue of Lucky with this clip:

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


(loooooooong sigh)

Man has it been a day. My new beloved phone got a mind of it's own last night and I had to turn it off in order to keep my sanity. Then, I tried to watch TV and both the Tivo and cable remote wouldn't work! I was like a giant magnetic field or something. It was very strange.

This morning came and the remotes magically fixed themselves, but the phone was still on the skidz. Since my husband was out of town, I had to get a ride to work and because I was running behind, I had to straighten my bangs at work! Then, spent lunch at Verizon and again after work. Grrr... In the end, everything worked out fine and I still love my phone DEARLY. And this is was I looked like when it was all said and done:


... in desperate need of an iron, some lipstick and a nap.

LOVE this outfit, though. I picked up the top at Forever 21 ($20ish) on my recent trip to Baltimore, paired it with my JCP skinnies ($20), that $2 Talbots jacket from Goodwill, my Payless aviators, my very special anniversary bracelet and these awesome wood bead chandelier earrings from a local shop. And the shoes. Oh, how I love the shoes. These were my indulgence in the beginning of the spring. They're MIA's from Love. Them.

I also love sleep. So, I'm off ...

Monday, May 11, 2009


As you know, last week, I was listening to Elvis Costello's Blood and Chocolate. I must admit that at first, I wasn't sure it was for me. I don't know what it was, but I wasn't falling for it right away. But, by the end of the week, I found my toes tapping along and I was even subconsciously singing some of the lyrics to myself over the course of the day. Now, I think it's grown on me - though, I need to a little more exploration on that front.

This week, my assignment is Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavillion. Of all the music that my husband listens to (and that's a LOT), this may be the one band I ripped on the most. To me, it sounds like Old McDonald's Farm in a rain-forest-themed techno club. Yikes! In my defense, the first couple of albums did sound like the aforementioned cacophony.

So, the other night, we're watching our trusty little Tivo and John put on a Letterman show that he had recorded because Animal Collective was performing. About 30 seconds into the performance, I swallowed my pride (it took a few swallows) and confessed that I liked it. Naturally, it became my new listening assignment. And I love it! It's still pretty experimental - after all, what would you expect from a band comprised of members with names like Panda Bear and The Geologist? - but it's just so upbeat and happy sounding. It makes me want to dance in circles in a wide open field (Clap Your Hands, Say Yeah provokes the feeling in me). It keeps me vibrating at a high frequency :)

It's only Monday and I'm strongly recommending this album, so check it out!


Seriously...this gloomy weather is starting to bum me out...


Luckily, I have a new skirt...


...which I had to wear with my boots to keep my legs warm.

After weeks of slaving away, I decided to reap the benefits of being a workaholic and hit the mall. It was a total flop - didn't find a thing. So, I hit up the Ross across the street and found a cute little dress, this awesome denim skirt, and the coolest, most bad-ass sandal/bootie things EVER. All for $50!

Even better, "poufy denim skirt" was actually on my spring wish list. Check. AND it has pockets! We all know how I feel about pockets in skirts - BONUS!

Since I went for the boots out of necessity (and stubbornness), the rest of the outfit had to work pretty hard to not look like I was going square dancing. A little Jimi Hendrix oughtta do the trick! I think the tee (Charlotte Russe, $10) and scarf as a belt (vintage from my Nanny), instead of a leather belt, keep it feeling more eclectic rather than country.

I've also come to terms with the fact that my hair will just never be big. No matter how badly I want it. So, I'm letting it do what it does best - smooth and shiny. Could be worse, right? There is a slight possibility that I may have - just maybe - did a little snip, snip on it after my hair appointment ... but, I would never tell :)

Saturday, May 9, 2009


The lovely at tagged me in the Prom Queen challenge, which I think is SO cute and I'm so enjoying seeing everyone's prom pictures.

I would encourage everyone to participate, but I won't tag anyone specific. It's a fun time, though!

The rules:
~ Upload your prom picture. If you don't have one, email your mom and have her send it to you.
~ Don’t forget to include the year it was taken. Again, don't be shy. The older the better.
~ Grab the "Prom Queen" button and add to your post. Isn't the button adorable? Thank you Danielle, The Design Girl. You must check out her fabulous sale!
~ Copy and paste the rules to your blog.
~ Tag 5 others!

So, here's my blast from the past:

I've had the unique experience of NEVER shopping for a formal dress. I drew pictures of what I wanted for a prom dress and my infinitely talented mother made them come to life! For my wedding dress, I once again drew the picture, but this time made the dress, too (unless you like stress, sleepless nights and crazy horrible dreams about walking down the aisle with your dress stapled on, I don't recommend this).

Anyway, I digress :) This is my junior prom. Year: 1998 (Gasp!)


It's not a great shot of the dress, but it was a Victoria's Secret one-shouldered stretchy dress with a custom-made-by-mom chiffon toga-esque wrap that was asymmetrical and tied at the waist and paired with long black gloves. I have to admit, this was such a sleek look and a far cry from the sea of tulle, cotton candy colors, sequins and rhinestones that flood so many high school proms. (BTW, only one of those guys is my date, the other is my cousin.)

Then, this is my senior prom. Year: 1999 (I still can't believe it's been 10 years! Holy crap!)


I LOVED this get-up. Once again, I drew a picture of what I wanted and my mom made it be. I wish I could have found a picture of the back. The top was just fabric on the front with an open back that laced up and tied on the bottom. Scandalous, I know.

I don't know what I was thinking with that hair - ridiculousness! I made the headband and even ordered my own corsage, designing this armband. After all, I couldn't allow my date to make these decisions for me. Notice I kind of cut him out of the shot. Oopsie!

One thing that would have made this top much, much better? Dress tape. It was a constant hiker-upper.

Hope you enjoy! And thanks, Mom!



I apologize for the horror that is this picture. We were in a mad dash to get out of the house for an 8:30AM (on a Friday, no less) meeting. Since I really wanted to post this dress, I just grabbed a quick shot in the mirror.

I got this dress a few weeks ago at Ross for $20. Once I got it home, I realized the manufacturer's tag had a price of $230. Totally not worth that, but perfect for $20. Something about it just drew me in, so I tried it on and really liked it. I went really easy on accessories and paired it with my snakeskin flats (Madden Girl, $23). Very cute, I think.

I'm just unwinding today and finishing up my LAST big job of my invitation rush. Yay! Since the first week of April, I have constructed (by hand) almost 500 wedding invitations. In that time, I also took a 5-day vacation and 4-day training. I also still work a full time and a part time job on top of that. Needless to say, relief is the name of the game this weekend.

Next up? I think I might just have to go shopping :)

Thursday, May 7, 2009



I love these shorts! And every time I wear them, I feel like Baby in Dirty Dancing with her knee-length jean shorts. Incidentally, I went for almost 10 years without wearing shorts. I HATED them! Then, about 2 summers ago, I discovered walking shorts. I now have about 4 pairs. LOVE THEM!

I'm digging my new 'do, but I'm still working out that learning curve when it comes to styling a new cut. This is exactly what I wanted: big, thick bangs and messy everywhere else. Why does it take more time to style a messy look?

This style would elicit one of two responses from my grandmother:
1) "Where did you go after combing your hair?"
2) "Did you comb your hair with a fork?"

Hehe. It still makes me smile :)


KSecreto Polish

I was invited to enter a contest at Lucky Style Spotter where I was given a bottle of Sally Hansen Nail polish and asked to give myself a manicure and submit a photo of myself in an outfit that compliments the color. (Wow - that was a long sentence.)

Anyway, in true Kyla fashion, I waited until the very last minute to do it. As in 7 this morning on the day that it is due. I got the bright purple color, which is so not what I would have chosen for myself. I'm much more into red, orange or coral polishes, but I kind of dig it.

So, this is what I put together. Remember those ginormous high-waisted pants from a few weeks ago? I finally found a floral shirt (Forever 21, $15) worth pairing with them. I love the result! I added the vintage hat for a little more quirkiness. I don't know how well the look compliments the polish, but I like it nonetheless.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009




Here's a quick glimpse of my new 'do. It feels so good to have all of that hair out of my face. I went armed with TONS of photos, mostly of Debbie Harry back in the day. I love the super wide set bangs! My stylist pointed out how far to the side she was going to cut and said" You want it here, right?" "Yep!" "Okay, that's a commitment." "It's just hair and I have lots of headbands."

Once again, though, she did an awesome job! I love it! She had it super straight when I left and of course I came straight home and messed it up. It's too clean right now - needs some dirt :)

Yay for Hair Cut Day!


As you know, I LOOOOOOOOVE hair cut day! I don't know why. The pampering, the yummy salon aroma, the me time. I just love it!

I didn't have time to put together all of the inspiration pictures to post here, but know that I'm going in with an arsenal of photos for guidance. The main source if inspiration? Blondie. I have tons of pictures of her blunt, full bangs and messy rocker 'do. Oooh, then maybe I can really rock that leather vest from last week...

Let's hope it translates!

Stay tuned...


I am not a techie in the LEAST. Instruction manuals bore me to tears and I'm rather impatient when it comes to figuring out new things. And, of course, I'd rather spend my money on clothes and shoes:)

BUT, there seems to be an exception:

We got new phones the other day and opted for enV2's. (I'm such a good wife and let him have the maroon one while I took the black one.) I knew that I wanted this phone for the keyboard alone. I hated my previous phone and was counting down the days until we could renew. The first thing that I love about our new phones is that we got them both for FREE. Yay free stuff! They are also SUPER intuitive, so no immediate need for the instruction manual. We also got a month of free VZ Navigator, and I'm completely hooked and will be adding it to my plan when the free trial runs out. It's GPS with turn by turn directions, a local directory for businesses, phone numbers, addresses, local entertainment and sooo much more - and I can check the weather whenever and wherever. It's sooo cool! I'm raving about it here, because everyone else is sick of hearing about it :)

Now that I'm completely SUCKED IN, I decided that I needed new ringtones. Someone tipped us off to where I uploaded and created my own ringtones. For FREE! I used Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" for the husband (it was our wedding song) and Blondie's "Hanging on the Telephone" for everyone else. SO COOL!

I'm a total geek ... but I'm okay with that.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009



The weather is not so nice this week. It's that horrible place between winter (bleh!) and sunshine. I WANT TO WEAR SPRING CLOTHES! Grr...

Anyway, in my perpetual quest to look cute, be comfy and not wear tights, I threw this together. I love it when my husband sees what I'm wearing and says "Cool outfit" with no compliment-fishing what-so-ever prompting him. He's dreamy :) Anyway, I guess he likes this one.

Just an AA tee with a high-waisted Old Navy skirt complete with snack-pockets ($25ish?) and my Candies boots from Kohl's ($17). The cardigan was more out of necessity than anything else, but it also functions as a dose of sunshine on a gloomy day.

How bad-ass is this necklace, though?


It makes it all somehow seem worthwhile...

Monday, May 4, 2009




I admit there's not a ton of imagination behind today's duds, but there is something classic and Audrey Hepburn-esque about a fine guage crewneck sweater, trousers and flats. I'm also loving the combination of pink and red, despite trying to convince my aunt several, SEVERAL years ago that they don't match. Turns out I was wrong.

I had an awesome weekend at my training thingy and came back all sorts of inspired. But this nasty rainy crap is kind of putting a damper on it. Boo, rain!

I picked up this sweater at Old Navy for $8 (I can NOT resist a bird motif) and paired it up with black trousers (JCP, $18ish) and red patent flats (Ross, $7ish?) which you've seen before.

I'm going for a haircut on Wednesday and I'm very excited! My bangs are taking on a life of their own...

Are you listening to Elvis Costello with me?