Blue Collar Red Lipstick

My name is Adina J, and I’m a 30-something professional, wife and mother of two. I’m not a smarty-pants, but I have lots of opinions. I’m also not a fashion insider, but I love clothes. And shoes. And bags. And pretty much everything else that goes into creating that mysterious element called “style”.

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What I Wore: December 3-9, 2018
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What I Wore: December 3-9, 2018
Balloons, Away Talk about sleeve drama, yeah? I have never thrifted a Forever21 piece before, but I had to make an exception for this balloon-sleeve (probably not the correct term, don’t care) top. I don’t even like gingham, but I love me some dramatic volume. I love it enough to pay ...
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Holiday Party Outfit Planning
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Holiday Party Outfit Planning
One of the regrets of my sartorial life is that I have few real opportunities to get properly dressed up. Weddings come up in my social calendar once every few years, and I don’t attend a lot of galas, cocktail receptions and the like. Forget red carpets. Currently, my one chance to get fancy is ...
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What I Wore: November 2018
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What I Wore: November 2018
I always feel more cheerful once November is over. Apologies to all whose birth month it is. As a non-American, November doesn’t have a lot going for it. It’s long, and cold, and dark. December is festive, at least. And January … well, January is still The Worst, but November is a close second. B...
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Work Staples
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Work Staples
This post was inspired by a request I received in an Instagram DM to talk about styling 5 basic work staples. My first reaction was “hmm, but my staples would be so boring”; to which, the response was “yeah, but that’s the point: how do you make those interesting?” And that is a good question. [&...
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What I Wore: November 19-25, 2018
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What I Wore: November 19-25, 2018
Layers Upon Layers I didn’t do any retail shopping over the “Black Friday” weekend, but I did a little thrifting – per usual – and found some cool things – per usual. That included these Sarah Pacini over-the-knee flat-heeled boots. They are not only cool, but also more comfortable (and, hence, p...
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I Did A Thing, vol. 12
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I Did A Thing, vol. 12
I have been obsessed with Dries Van Noten for a while; he’s a master of beautiful prints paired with interesting and unexpected silhouettes. As much as I continue to love colour, I find prints somewhat of a challenge now. Anything that might read as “cute” or “twee” is automatically out; on the f...
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Random Musings: Black Friday Edition
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Black Friday, and the Christmas shopping season more generally, is an interesting phenomenon to observe if you can find a way to not be completely immersed in it. I’ve mentioned before that I find malls and other similarly crowded spaces to be overwhelming, so I have come to dread the Christmas g...
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What I Wore: November 12-17, 2018
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What I Wore: November 12-17, 2018
Midi Love I am obsessed with midi (and maxi) skirts and dresses right now, can you tell? This is the 3rd or 4th such skirt I’ve acquired in the last couple of months, and it’s an interesting piece. It’s 100% silk, but the top layer has a roughhewn feel to it that’s similar to linen, […]
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I Did A Thing, vol. 11
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I Did A Thing, vol. 11
If you read the recent post about my Wanted List, you may remember the Isabel Marant “Lecce” belt that I have been coveting for a few months. By the time I talked myself into maybe pulling the trigger on buying it – gasp! – at full retail price, it was long sold out. Probably for […]
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What I Wore: November 5-11, 2018
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What I Wore: November 5-11, 2018
Corporate Goth, Redux As soon as I spotted this Sarah Pacini tunic thing at the thrifts, I knew I had to have it. It’s weird and unique, and perfect for layering. Outside-the-box layering is one of my obsessions du jour. Wearing head-to-toe black is another. Architectural angles and lines k...
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