Tuesday, June 30, 2015

What to Wear to Work: Black Cardigan and White Dress

Dress: White House Black Market, similar here
Shoes: White House Black Market, similar here
Cardigan: Gap, similar here
Purse: Calvin Klein

Black and white is a classic summer combination, and I absolutely LOVE this white dress with black accessories. Outside the office, I would wear it along, with some black shoes and jewelry, but inside the office, a black sweater keeps off the chill from the A/C. Adding the belt around the sweater makes the outfit a bit more interesting than leaving the belt around only the dress.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Summer Recipe: Asian Chicken Salad

Summer is time for light and healthy meals with fresh ingredients. I love this Asian Chicken Salad because it is full of flavor, while still being a healthy and easy weeknight meal. Make a big batch and then take it for lunch to work the next day.

This recipe is from The Food Network and makes 4 servings.

Asian Chicken Salad

The Food Network Magazine


1/3 Cup Rice Vinegar 
2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce 
2 Tablespoons Honey Mustard 
1 Tablespoon Grated, Peeled Ginger 
3 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil 
3 Tablespoons Sesame Oil 
1 Lb Skinless Chicken Breast 
1 Head Napa Cabbage Chopped 
1 Medium Carrot Sliced 
4 Scallions Thinly Sliced 
1/4 Lb Snow Peas Sliced 
Kosher Salt to taste
1/2 Cup Chow Mein Noodles 


Make the dressing first by combining the rice vinegar, soy sauce, honey mustard, ginger, vegetable oil and sesame oil. Whisk together until completely combined. Pour 1/4 of the dressing into a separate bowl and add the chicken breast chopped. Allow chicken to marinate in the dressing for about 10 minutes. Take the chicken out of the marinate and grill for about 4-5 minutes on each side until cooked through. Meanwhile toss all the salad vegetables in a large bowl: cabbage, carrots, scallions and snow peas. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cut the chicken into bit sized pieces and toss into salad with chow mien noodles. Serve with dressing on the side and enjoy! 

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Summer Pop of Color to Wear to the Office

The official start of summer was Sunday, so break out the colorful accessories this week to celebrate this bright time of year! I love adding a pop of color to a simple work outfit to mix things up and have fun with professional basics. There are many ways to add a colorful hue, and below are some of my favorite ways of incorporating accent colors into your work looks.

1. Colorful Power Shoe 

Men wear power ties to the office...and women have their power shoes. My red pumps are one of my absolute favorite accessories, and you will be surprised how easy it is to wear these colorful stems with simple basic pieces.

2. Colorful Camis


Wear bright, colorful camis under black, navy or grey suits to add dimension and interest to a basic look. Orange is one of my favorite bright colors to match with basics, and in the summer orange looks especially festive paired with white. You can find camis in all colors at Ann Taylor or Banana Republic and it is a great, affordable way to switch up your look.

3. Hot Hued Handbag


Another way to experiment with color is with handbags and tote bags in bright hues. Black and nude totes are great essentials because they match with everything, but invest in a statement bag to wear with certain outfits for a fun way to liven up your wardrobe. The red tote shown above is MICHAEL Michael Kors 'Morgan Large Tote' available at Nordstrom.

4. Standout Sweater or Scarf 

Add color to your outfit with a bright scarf or sweater over a simple sheath dress or suit. Colorful accessories are great because they mix and match well with a variety of pieces in your closet. Create endless outfits by utilizing these colorful pieces with simple basics.

5. Pop of Colorful Jewelry 

There is no better way to add color easily to an office look than with jewelry. I love statement necklaces and earring that bring instant interest to any professional outfit. Keep pieces classic and clean but don't be afraid to experiment with bold colors paired with neutrals.

Leave your comments and questions for Polished Pinstripes below...happy official start of summer!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Royal Ascot 2015: We're Off to the Races!

Shoes: Corso Como

This weekend was the most FABULOUS day of the British summer social season - Day 5 of the Royal Ascot!! I went with a group of ex-pat American friends and we had a wonderful time together! The ladies all wore stunning hats and the gentlemen wore top hats and together we saw the Queen arrive in her carriage, had British tea at the Ascot's Queen Anne tea room, shared buckets of Pimms (a traditional British alcholic drink mixed with fruit and served only during the summer) and champagne, placed bets on all the races and survived a British thunderstorm and downpour that hit right as we were trying to get the train back to London. This is one of the classic British experiences and I HIGHLY recommend it!!

The Queen and Prince Phillip arriving in the Royal Carriage

Aaaand they're off - the first race!

Love this shot of the jockey and horse!

Side profile of my hat - I loved these feathers!

Last race of the day - coming down the home stretch!!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Summer Recipes: Perfect Homemade Lemonade Recipe

Nothing tastes quite as good as fresh homemade lemonade on a hot summer day. This recipe from Ree Drummond on the Food Network will get you in the summer spirit. Make this delicious drink for friends and family this Father's Day weekend!

This recipe is from The Food Network - Pioneer Woman and makes 2 gallons.

Perfect Homemade Lemonade


4 Cups Sugar
4 Cups Fresh Lemon Juice
2 Lemon Slices for Serving
Ice, for Serving


First squeeze your lemons to collect 4 cups of fresh juice. Next in a sauce pan heat the sugar with 4 cups of water until it is all dissolved. Allow to cool and then pour into a large jug. Add the lemon juice and 4 Cups of cold water - stir to mix thoroughly. Refrigerate to chill and then serve over ice with lemon slices.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Fashion Round Up: Summer Makeup Essentials

Warm weather, humid afternoons, and sunny days are finally here. As you break out the white pants, flowy tops and fun sandals - think about how you are changing and updating your makeup for summer as well. Below are my 10 summer makeup essentials to help you look professional and chic as you walk through the humid city to work every morning. Pack these in your work tote for touch ups, or keep them in your desk to stay looking fresh throughout the day.

1. Caudalie Grape Water Mist

Grape Water - Caudalie

Freshen your face during a hot humid day with this 100% grape water toner from Caudalie. This mist soothes, refreshes and hydrates the skin with plant based water extracted from grapes.

2. Hourglass Ambient Bronzer

Hourglass Ambient Bronzer

This pearly bronzer will give you a light summer glow. Keep eye makeup simple in the summer, and add warmth with this soft bronzer from Hourglass. The mix of shades in the palette keeps the bronzer looking subtle and natural.

3. Mattifying Oil Blotting Papers

Sephora Mattifying Blotting Films

Keep your face dry and clean with these blotter papers from Sephora. Perfect to toss in your tote bag and touch up anytime. These blotting sheets are infused with skin smoothing ingredients to keep your face feeling amazing.

4. Hourglass Ambient Light Palette

Ambient Lighting Palette - Hourglass

This collection of finishing powders will keep your skin light and bright this summer. Cloak imperfections, filter harsh light and make skin appear soft and lit from within using these three carefully chosen neutral shades.

5. Waterproof Mascara

bareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara

This waterproof mascara gives your eyes definition without smudging in the humid summer weather. I love bareMinerals formula because it is free of parabens, sulfates or synthetic dyes so you can feel good about the product.

6. Boscia BB Cream

B.B. Cream Borad Spectrum SPF

Summer is a great time to trade in the heavy foundation and powder for a lighter tinted BB Cream. There is nothing worse than caking on makeup in hot weather that ends up looking awful after 10 minutes in the humidity. This BB cream covers flaws and has SPF to protect from the sun.

7. Clear Brow Gel

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel

Keep your brows in place during hot humid weather with a clear brow gel. This long wearing gel will define your brows and makes a big difference, while still keeping a natural look.

8. Butter London Nail Polish - Jolly Good

Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquer

Nothing says summer quite like a fun summer nail polish color. This light coral color is subtle enough to still be professional, while embracing fun summer hues. If you like to wear a more neutral color to the office, save this one for the weekend or your next vacation.

9. Oil-Free UV Protector Broad Spectrum Sunscreen

Shiseido Broad Spectrum SPF

The most important thing to remember to wear in the summer is...you guessed it - sunscreen. Protect your skin with this incredible oil free uv protector broad spectrum sunscreen. This sunscreen gives you a pore free and shine free finish, that is perfect for the office.

10. NARS Limited Edition Lip Gloss

Christopher Kane for NARS Lip Gloss

This new NARS lip gloss by Christopher Kane has the ultimate long-lasting shine for summer. Available in 4 summery hues, this gloss is light and shiny for warm months, and keeps your lips moisturized and soft.

Invest in these amazing summer beauty products to keep you looking flawless and professional at the office during hot summer months. Leave your comments and questions for Polished Pinstripes below!

Monday, June 15, 2015

What to Wear to Work: Grey Skirt, Cream Blouse, Red Pumps

Cream Top: H&M, similar here and here | Grey Skirt: J. Crew
Red Belt: Target | Pumps: L.K. Bennett, similar here

This classic color combination is perfect for the conservative office, but also adds a pop of summer sunshine with the red belt and shoes! I definitely don't like matching too much, so I try to limit my matching accessories to no more than two, but here the red shoes and belt add just enough color to really bring the outfit to life. I've added the brown purse because it's another neutral color, but adds some texture with the crocodile embossing.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Summer Recipes: Linguine with Shrimp Scampi

Nothing says summer quite like lemon, fresh herbs, and shrimp. This recipe from the Barefoot Contessa has lots of flavor, and a light summery taste. Perfect for a summer weekend get together or an afternoon lunch in the garden.

This recipe is from The Food Network: Barefoot Contessa and makes 3 servings.

Linguine with Shrimp Scampi

Linguine with Shrimp Scampi - Barefoot Contessa


Vegetable Oil
Kosher Salt
Linguine Pasta
2 1/2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 1/2 Tablespoons Minced Garlic
3 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
1 Pound Large Shrimp
1/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper
1/3 Cup Chopped Parsley
1/2 Lemon, Zest
Juice of 2 Lemons
1/8 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
Lemon Slices for Garnish


Cook linguine pasta in large pot of water with a drizzle of vegetable oil and pinch of salt for 7-10 minutes or until al dente. In large skillet pan melt butter and sauté the garlic for 1 minute. Add the shrimp, 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt, pepper and sauté until pink for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add parsley, lemon zest, lemon juice, lemon slices and red pepper flakes. Put the linguine pasta into the skillet pan and toss the pasta in the sauce. Serve and enjoy!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Take Your Summer Work Outfit From Day to Night

Business dresses are easy to convert from daytime to nighttime with the right accessories and some makeup touch ups. A classic sheath dress wears well at any time of day, and looks chic around the clock. Knowing how to maximize your time by going right from the office to your evening activity, is important for the busy working woman. Put together 2 completely different outfit by changing just a few key pieces, and avoid having to go home before heading to dinner. Below is one of my favorite work looks, transformed into the perfect going out ensemble with just a few changes.

Summer Professional Outfit 

Now keep the basic dress...and transform this outfit which just a few pieces! 

On The Town in London 

In addition to the new accessories - add a smokey eye, an extra coat of mascara, and some shimmery gloss to make your night out look...completely perfect! 

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Monday, June 8, 2015

What to Wear on Weekends: Floral Summer Dress

Dress: Anne Elisaebeth Paris | Clutch: custom Amy Steel Bags | Pumps: Manolo Blahnik

This weekend I went to see La Boheme at the Royal Opera House and got a chance to wear this gorgeous summer dress! Summer is the best time of year to indulge in bright floral-printed dresses, and Anne Elisabeth makes absolutely stunning ones! I was lucky enough to get this one from her shop in Paris, but it looks like she'll ship to the US from her website. The purple clutch was a custom color from Amy Steel, who makes beautiful bags!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Summer Recipes: Ina Garten's Real Margaritas

Nothing tastes better on a hot summer weekend than cold, fresh margaritas. For the busy working woman, giving yourself some time to relax and de-stress on the weekends is so important. This margarita recipe is perfect for a weekend bbq, girls night in, or summer fiesta. Made with fresh squeezed lime juice and a secret hint of lemon, these margaritas are the real thing!

This recipe is from The Food Network: Barefoot Contessa and makes 4-6 servings.

Real Margaritas Recipe 


1 Lime Halved 
Kosher Salt 
1/2 Cup Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice 
2 Tablespoons Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice 
1 Cup Triple Sec 
1 Cup White Tequila 


Combine lime juice, lemon juice, tequila and triple sec into a blender with 2 cups of ice and mix until blended. Use a lime to coat the rim of each glass, then dip the glass into the kosher salt to salt the rim. Pour the margaritas into the glasses and add a slice of lime to each.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Fashion Round-Up: Tangerine Work Essentials

Fashion experts at Pantone have listed the color "Tangerine" as one of Summer 2015's go-to hues. This playful and energizing color adds life and brightness to any outfit, without becoming overbearing. Pantone Color Institute, Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman writes, "Good natured and and friendly, but with a tangy edge, this fun-loving color invites a smile."  Here is a round-up of some of my favorite professional essentials for summer in this trendy and fun, summer color. 

Pair this color with more neutral hues for the office, to add a pop of color while staying professional and chic. A tangerine colored dress, trench coat, earrings or pop of lipstick can be subtle when paired with more simple colors. Experiment with mixing this color into your work wardrobe to switch things up this summer. 

Monday, June 1, 2015

What to Wear to Work: Cobalt Sweater, Nude Pumps

Skirt: J. Crew | Sweater: Target, similar color here and here
Belt: Ebay, similar here | Clutch: vintage, by Magid and purchased on eBay
Pumps: Manolo Blahnik

Cobalt is the PERFECT color for summer - I absolutely love this shade of blue! Paired with grey it looks quite sophisticated for the office. I've added this super cute vintage clutch that was an accidental eBay find, but is definitely going to be a go-to essential for the summer, with its multi-colored floral design. Plus, it matches my favorite Manolo pumps!
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