Archives for September 2012

Perfect Fall Outfit

1. Duplex Chain Bib Necklace
2. Club Monaco Blaine Cashmere Sweater Dress
3. Karen Walker Helter Skelter Sunglasses
4. Alexander Wang Lia Sling Bag
5. Rag & Bone Newbury Boots
6. Shine Marlon Leather Jacket

Summer is officially over and we’re in the midst of that brief but lovely period when we actually welcome the cold.  When we can layer, wear chic little jackets and get away with a thin pair of tights.  Basically the moment in time before winter hits, our closets go into hibernation and survival gear (Uggs and Northface jackets…don’t knock it till you’ve lived in Chicago!) emerges once again.

So to commemorate the season, I came up with my ideal Fall outfit.  It starts with a basic but great fitting sweater dress…not too clingy but not completely shapeless either.  I paired this with a cross body satchel in a rich hue like this gorgeous cayenne and a classic pair of booties.  Add a visually interesting necklace and some round sunglasses.  Finally, throw on a leather jacket (extra points for a two-toned one like this one).

What is your ideal Fall outfit?


Leather Leggings & Chunky Sweaters

Aritzia faux leather leggings (Similar)  |  Zara sweater (Similar)  |  Tory Burch flats  |  Celine bag

I blogged about my quest for the perfect faux leather leggings here.  Unfortunately, none of the ones I listed worked out.  The Zara ones dipped so much in the back whenever I sat down, it was like a viewing party for my crack.  The Blank ones just didn’t fit right and I loved the Paper Crown leggings, except the S was a little too big and they were sold out of the XS.

BTW, if you’re in the market for a pair of faux leather leggings, they now have XS here and M here.  Act now because these are sold out everywhere!  The leather on the Paper Crown ones looked great and it had an extra wide, extra high waist so it works double duty to smooth out your mid section.

I ended up getting mine at Aritzia and I’m pretty happy with them.  As you can tell by now, I’ve been loving leather this Fall but I definitely follow some guidelines when wearing this trend.

– Never wear with another article of leather clothing. (I abhor anything matchy matchy.)
– Don’t over-accessorize (too many spikes and studs is overkill for a leather look!)
– Pair with unexpected pieces (casual t-shirt, chunky sweater, ladylike blouse)

Here, I kept the rest of my look very casual and comfy (cableknit sweater, my favorite flats and a classic bag) to bring the leather leggings to a daytime appropriate look.  I’ve gotten a lot of use out of my leggings so far and I’m so glad I took the plunge on them early.  Have you jumped on the leather bandwagon yet?

New Series: Closet Files

New Name: Dress Up Files

When I first started my blog almost 4 years ago, I didn’t expect anyone to read it.  One late night, just a few weeks into motherhood, I decided on a whim to start a blog.  Delirious from lack of sleep and uninspired, I tried several different handles before I settled on Pearls and Green Tea, mostly because it happened to be available.  It wasn’t a very thoughtful name choice and I’ve wanted to change it for some time.
I brainstormed with my sister and a few close girlfriends for my new name and came up with some good ideas.  Dress Up Files was one of the first names I came up with and I kept coming back to it.  I love that it ties in with my little girls who love nothing more than to get dolled up in their princess dresses and glass slippers.  
A few days after the name change was official and the domain was purchased, I logged onto pinterest and saw the quote above from Kate Spade.  It felt very serendipitous.  
Oh and a HUGE thank you to Lindsay Nicole, who updated my blog design and URL for me and to Sarah of Truly Smitten, who made me a new banner.  They are both AMAZING at what they do (blog design and graphic design respectively) and I highly recommend them!

I’m so glad you’re here and I hope you’ll continue this journey with me, here on Dress Up Files. 


This will be the last post under Pearls and Green Tea. I’ve been wanting to change the name of this blog for awhile now and I finally decided to go ahead with it. I’ve so appreciated your readership, comments, and emails over the years and I really hope you’ll continue on with me through the name change.  Please check back here to get the new URL next week! Hope you all have a relaxing and fun filled weekend!