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BlogHer’11 Shopping Revisited

July 11, 2012

I’m serving up another “best of…” post today in preparation for BlogHer’12.  It’s about clothes and despite my best attempt to not worry so much about what I’m wearing this year, I’m officially worried about what I’m wearing.

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Lori-Mazelewski-Nordstrom-personal-stylistI have let this whole BlogHer’11 weekend really get in my head. You see, I wear t-shirts from Old Navy and jeans from the Gap. I like old sweatshirts and ratty pajamas. And you’ll only see me in one of the following on any given day: tennis shoes or flip flops.

I really lack any kind of style.

So, instead of shopping at my usual haunts and coming home with another pair of hideous denim capri pants, I decided to call on a professional.  With a couple of phone calls, I set up a personal shopping appointment at Nordstrom.  Did you know that this service is totally free?  Lori had three questions for me:

  1. my size
  2. the color of my hair and eyes
  3. an idea of what I was looking for

The third one was probably the hardest one to answer.  I knew I didn’t want to wear a dress or skirt but I wanted to look put together and professional.

I found all this when I stepped into my huge private dressing room.

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There were at least ten super adorable outfits including jeans, sweaters, blouses, and four pairs of Tory Burch shoes. I literally spent the first fifteen minutes taking pictures!

First up was the designer denim. She had pulled the usual suspects: 7 for All Mankind, True Religion, and Hudson.  I really, really wish I had the bod for these jeans.  I’m convinced these are made only for teenagers who haven’t hit puberty yet.  On me, it’s all plumbers crack and muffin top.  But, I tried them all on because Lori went through the trouble of pulling them off the rack.

Just as I thought…way too tight!  And worst of all were these skinny jeans!  I honestly looked like a penguin.  Lori jumped to plan B which included several pairs of trouser cut jeans which better suit my shape.  A gorgeous pair of Rivet & Blues came home with me.

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There were so many cute tops to choose from!  I was immediately drawn to this blue and brown blouse and the adorable necklace she paired with it.  I loved it on the hanger but on it looked a little like something Stevie Nicks would have worn.  Against my better judgement, I purchased it (and returned it almost as quickly when my friend said it wasn’t flattering)!

I love the black and white striped cotton top. I got that and the green one behind it too. Aren’t you supposed to buy double of something you love?

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This was such a miss. I didn’t even try it on. Can you say Paula Poundstone?

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I wasn’t sure about this top either. The colors were so pretty and it goes perfectly with the dark blue denim pants I chose. It might be a little Mrs. Roper from Three’s Company, but I don’t care — I’m wearing it to the Saturday conferences.

This was a pretty sweater and I thought might be good for a chilly hotel but it was too matronly. I did love that sparkly number on the right but didn’t know if I’d wear it for sure. Maybe to the Sparklecorn party? I’m kind of regretting not getting it now. It’s very Las Vegas and would look adorable with black trousers and heels or black skinny jeans — but again, I don’t have the bod for the skinnies.

I couldn’t resist trying on the black Tory Burch flats and it was love at first sight.  I wanted so badly to get the tan wedges in the background but just couldn’t justify it.  I knew I’d get some mileage out of the flats but tried being realistic about the wedges.

I wanted these black cuffed pants SO BADLY but I had to pass with a price tag of $198.  I’m hitting the Gap or H&M tomorrow to find a similar pair.

This wool Tory Burch cardigan was also a big NO after seeing the price tag. I tried it on though. And it was itchy, thankfully.

The sea foam green blouse also came home with me but I returned that as well. It’s just not practical and I know it will sit in my closet unworn if I keep it. I did steal that black tuxedo jacket. I so want to wear it with dark denim and my red Foo Fighters t-shirt underneath but I fear looking a little manly.

In the end, I got the black flats and a couple tops, a pair of jeans, and the black tuxedo jacket. And maybe a necklace. But I still don’t feel prepared. I think I need something dressier for the evenings.

If you’re going to BlogHer have you packed?

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Looking back, I did wear the green stripped top, the Mrs. Roper blouse, and the Rivet & Blues jeans.  I ended up getting an adorable black tank dress from Target that I wore to Sparklecorn and it was by far my favorite outfit (and cheapest) I wore all weekend.  Even though I’ve found myself spun tight over my attire for BlogHer’12, I just need to remember that everyone else is more worried about themselves and no one is worried about what I’m wearing!

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Gracie @ThoseThingsILov July 11, 2012 at 4:02 pm

I totally want to do this — but I think I could only afford to buy 1-2 things. I think its a great idea to go to H&M, Target, Old Navy etc…and find similar styles after a wise stylist has shown you the light.

I bought 2 INC tops from Macys…one similar to your Stevie Nicks number but darker and even more flowy in the body.

Other than that, I’ll be pulling some of my dressier tops from my closet for parties and pairing with black pants. Always black pants.

And probably denim with tops and a lightweight jacket during the day. Thankfully, I can justify this since I’m a Frugal Blogger and not a Fashion Blogger 😉

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Katy July 11, 2012 at 5:58 pm

I’d love to do the personal shopper thing! You got some cute stuff Wendy!

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