Faux leather midi skirt for the pear shaped gal

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, my husband and I stopped by Stein Mart (La Quinta, CA location) where I was thrilled to find a faux leather midi skirt.  I’ve been looking for this type of skirt for a while.  There are plenty of pencil skirts in the stores, but the long, narrow shape of a pencil skirt just doesn’t work for this curvy gal.

The skirt is by Mila & Milan and I just love how easy this skirt is to slip on and go.  The material is polyester and spandex which gives the skirt a nice stretch fit without being too tight.  I love the leather like sheen of the material and the slit just above the left knee keeps the skirt modern vs. matronly.  I am usually a size 10 on the bottom and purchased the skirt in a size medium.

Faux leather skirt by Mila & Milan | Stein Mart

Faux leather skirt by Mila & Milan | Stein Mart

The top that I’m wearing is a foil knit side tie top (similar top, different color) from Stein Mart as well.  I was looking for a holiday top with a little sparkle and I like how the side sash pulls in my waist.

Foil knit side top | Stein Mart

Foil knit side tie top | Stein Mart

I’m planning to wear the skirt tomorrow, with a different top to work for my team holiday lunch and I’ll wear the pictured outfit above for a nice dinner out with the spouse on Christmas Eve.

Two more work days and I’m on vacation !

Happy Holidays!
Monica

Linking up with Alice over at Happiness at Mid-Life

 

Simple holiday work outfit

I have a super busy work week.  We have a company wide town hall meeting that I’m managing off-site and I’m organizing and attending two holiday luncheons.  My usual work attire is super casual, but this week I would like to dress slightly more festive without too much effort.  When I spotted this embellished cardigan sweater at Target, I knew it would be perfect for a simple holiday work outfit.  Underneath the sweater I have on a under-wire cami.  No need for additional jewelry as the gems add enough detail to the outfit.

Gem details

Gem details on Embellished Flower Crew Neck Cardigan Sweater – Merona

For pants, I decided to wear a nice pair of trousers by Apt 9 Curvy fit from Kohl’s.  The pair I’m wearing are a few years old, but it looks like Kohl’s updated the curvy fit style.  The curvy fit trousers are currently on sale for $27.99 (reg $40) as of this posting.

Easy_Holiday_work_outfit

Easy holiday work outfit

This is my last week of work and then I’m on vacation for two week.  I can hardly wait.

Happy Holidays!
Monica

Linking up with Patti over at Not Dead Yet Style

Quilted blazer sets the stage for a leopard sweater and white pants

While on the hunt for a nice jacket for a dress that I planned to wear to my office holiday party, I found this black quilted jacket from White House Black Market.  This jacket is now sold out online, but could still be available in WHBM retail stores.

The jacket is quilted with a body hugging princess seam and stretch fit.  It has a short pull zipper and slight peplum cut along the hem line.

Quilted Jacket by White House Black Market

Quilted Jacket by White House Black Market

Keeping to my usual neutral palette, I added a Style & Co. leopard sweater from Macy’s and my white Worthington Essential Curvy Trousers from JCPenny. These pants are a great fit for the pear shaped gal as they sit at the waist, hug the hips and flare out below the knee to help balance full hips and thighs.  It’s also good to note that these pants are on sale for $23.99 as of this posting date.  Regular price is $40.00.

Worthington Essential Curvy Trousers

Worthington Essential Curvy Trousers

On my lips is a new and daring color for me:  Red!  The lipstick is Kate 111, Kiss of Life by Rimmel.  I like it!

Kate 111 Kiss of Life, Rimmel

Kate 111 Kiss of Life, Rimmel

Hope you had a great weekend.

Happy Holidays,
Monica

Splurge or Save on Holiday Slippers

Slippers are a wonderful, cozy gift to give during the holidays.  I love flopping around the house in my slippers as I have hard wood floors and area rugs throughout my home.

I’ve purchased the Chandra Scuff Slippers from Target for years.  These slippers are well made and sell out quickly when they go on sale.  I recently purchased a new pair of slippers as my current pair are stained with a years worth of coffee drips.  How do those coffee drips manage to find my slippers?

The Chandra Scuff slippers are a nice alternative to the more expensive Ugg slippers.  So if you’re looking to save a bit of money this holiday season, I recommend the Chandra Scuff slippers from Target.

Splurge or Save on Holiday Slippers

 

 

Happy Shopping!
Monica

8 Stocking Stuffer Ideas For Her From Target – $15 And Under

Stocking stuffers for her - $15 and under

 

Happy Shopping!
Monica

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  A Pear Shaped Gal will be taking a short break to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday.  I plan to spend time out doors, in the sunshine, and skip the whole retail frenzy.

May you have a wonderful holiday with your family and friends.

Cheers,
Monica.

Perfect pairing, Olivia calf hair shoes and dark cuffed denim

My outfit is inspired by an online ad that I clicked on for Dansko.  The ad showed their shoes perfectly paired with different outfits.  One of the outfits is styled with the Olivia leopard calf hair smoking slipper, white shirt, black sweater and cuffed dark denim jeans.  I have all these items and decided to pull this easy weekend outfit together.

Perfect pairing: Dansko Olivia and cuffed dark denim jeans

Perfect pairing: Dansko Olivia and cuffed dark denim jeans

My white oxford shirt is from Eddie Bauer.  I don’t see many bloggers talking about clothing from Eddie Bauers, but I’ll have to say that their wrinkle free long sleeve collar button down shirts are wonderful and a must have career shirt.  My jeans are the curvy-fit ex-boyfriend jeans from Style & Co, Macy’s.

The black, relaxed, button cardigan that I’m wearing is from The Loft. Funny story, I ordered the sweater and when I got it, my first impression was something like “this thin piece of crap”! However, I kept the sweater and it has been the perfect staple sweater in my closet. The sweater is a blend of polyester, wool and rayon so while it looks thin, the sweater is a nice light weight that is warm, but comfortable for southern California weather.

Handbag by Coach

Handbag by Coach

My handbag is by Coach and I picked this up at the Coach Outlet mall a few years ago on Mother’s Day, which is a GREAT day to go shopping.  As a mom to a cocker spaniel, I feel entitled to Mother’s Day deals ;-)

Olivia by Dansko

Olivia by Dansko

I’ve had the Olivia by Dansko shoes for a year and I love them. These shoes are super comfortable and stylish –   two winning combinations for a gal whose true shoe preference are running shoes.  These shoes provide plenty of toe room and who doesn’t love leopard?

I was on the Dansko web site looking to link the ad that inspired my outfit when I learned that Dansko is 100% employee owned!  In a world where US jobs are heading overseas, I was happy to discover a company that belongs to USA employees.  I’m all for supporting US based companies and I’ll be looking at Dansko for my next shoe purchase.

Cheers,
Monica

Linking up with Patti at Not Dead Yet Style

How to dress for cold mornings and warm afternoons

Now that we have finally moved into fall in southern California, the mornings are quite chilly around 54F / 12C and the afternoon can heat up to 72F / 22C.  So what’s a gal to do? Dress light and freeze in the morning or dress heavy and sweat in the afternoon?  How about .. layering!

In the morning, I pile on the layers, but make sure that I can peel those layers off as the day gets warmer.  Today, I started off with a cap sleeve, gray dress and knee high boots.  For warmth, I added a denim suit jacket and an infinity scarf.

Layering for cool mornings

Layering for cool mornings: DKNY Denim Suit  Jacket (similar), Naturalizer N5 boots (similar),  Knit Infinity Scarf from Target

Later in the day I just take off the jacket and the scarf and tuck the scarf into my tote bag.

Gray dress by Chaps for Kohl's

Gray dress by Chaps for Kohl’s

The dress that I’m wearing is no longer available at Kohl’s, but for the pear shaped gal, try Dana Buchman Solid Fit & Flare dress or Chaps Colorblock Sheath dress with 3/4 sleeves.

The bag that I’m carrying is the Park Leather Pyramid Stud Carrier Tote that I purchased online at Coach Outlet.  This tote was originally $428.00 and I paid $174.50 and now it’s at $159.50 (grrrr).  I guess as quantities go down, so does the price.  However, if your heart is set on a particular bag, grab it, as really cute bags sell out quickly.

Park leather pyramid tote, Coach Outlet

Park leather pyramid tote, Coach Outlet

What are your favorite ways to layer for cold mornings and warm afternoons?

Cheers,
Monica

Linking up with Alice over at Happiness At Mid-Life!