Sunday, November 14, 2010

Embracing My Inner Sequin

There are a lot of great perks that go along with dating a Chef. Aside from the obvious (amazing home-cooked meals!), there is the joy of an organized fridge, having someone to ask what the crazy looking stuff is at the grocery, and my personal favorite - testing out different restaurants. The Chef is a true food connoisseur and not a snob at all. He can find just as much beauty at a hole-in-the-wall diner as there is in a 5-star restaurant, and it's one of my fave things about him.

Dining out sometimes leads us to places that provide the perfect excuse for snazzy wardrobe items, and there is nothing like a proper date!  After a super sparkly event this weekend (details coming soon) we headed out for cocktails and small bites at one of our top haunts. Confessionit was my first time adorned in sequins. Until now I had admired from afar, but after Saturday I'm on sequin crack. Having ordered some items a couple weeks ago I decided it was time to put one to the test.  Summary:  it was a love affair from the moment I put the top on until the moment I begrudgingly exchanged it for my pj's. Glitter, sparkle, shine - they bring out the best in everyone. I had the cheeriest conversations, met the most sincere smiles, and received a slew of compliments.  Does anyone know if there's a support group for sequin addicts?  I think I'm in trouble...

Then again, perhaps sequins are the solution for world peace?

J.Crew top and denim, Dulce Shoes, Foley + Corinna Bag
I mean really - where was my mind prior to now?
Any way you look at it, it's a win.  Sigh.
 Long live bling! Dyrberg & Kern and Melinda Maria Rings
And neighbors out for an evening stroll waving from across the street.
uh, awkward

Hope you had a wonderfully relaxing weekend.  So many bloggers are mentioning snow on the ground while we experienced a bit of a return to warm temperatures here in SoCal.  I managed not to slip off the eating healthy/exercising wagon.  Yippee!  Tomorrow I'll get a post in on one of my fat burning breakfast faves that also doubles as a snack.  How are you guys holding up??

Side note:  it's an early post tonight.  One of my indoor cats escaped out the back door and is on the lam.  I've gotta go do a search and rescue.  *sniffle*

102 comments:

style'n said...

Love it Carrie! You look fabulous! You know I love the sequins. Hope you had a wonderful weekend.naina

Jammer said...

bada bing! bada BLING! Looking great Carrie! Jump on the sequin disco train and never get off!

Katie said...

Oh you've definitely found the answer for world peace. Stunning! Good luck finding the cat :(

Corey Thompson said...

OMG I am totally stealing that regardless that it will look like a tube top on a pork sausage on me... I want it, almost as much as you once wanted a black pashmena in a sultry martini bar.....

jemina said...

Oh My Gaaaaaa, CARRIE I LOVE everything here!!!
Don't worry about those sequins much honey, I LOVE Sequins A LOT too :), and those dulce shoes are amazing, LOVE LOVE LOVE & Kisses
J
xoxo

Alicia said...

Carrie I am in LOVE with this outfit!! You look AMAZING!!

Daisy said...

gosh i love that bling ring. i sigh with envy whenever you have it on.

i LOVE sequins. that shirt rocks.

She Wore It Well said...

bling is the best... can't wait for proper deets of about saturday night. yahoooooo

M xxx

LyddieGal said...

OH sequins! how I adore thee!
That top is just so shiny, I can completely understand the desire to just live in it.

And hooray for proper dates that require getting dressed up. those are the best.

Good luck with your cat hunt!

Chic on the Cheap

Leia said...

I LOVE sequins! And you look ah-maaaazing!! Hope you find your kitty cat, how worrying that s/he escaped :S

Leia

Dawn said...

WHOA.....shiny and beautiful! Sparkly like you:)))
Glad to hear you have your own special CHEF...I could only dream:((( (of an organized fridge!)

Hope you find your kitty cat....
Have a wonderful new week!!!

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

You look fab! I love that top.
Glad you had a fun weekend-

Hope kitty is back safe and sound inside!

Linley said...

that top is fabulous!! love the whole look!

Fierce Pretty said...

Looking stunning!! I'm also a sequin addict - yet to find a 'sequin addicts help group' though... It seems the only cure atm is to buy more!! :))

Love your style of writing too, very intelligent yet down to earth-readable.

xx

Josie said...

I'm SO glad that you now share my passion for things completely covered in sequins! No worries, Carrie -- you make it look chic. I absolutely adore this look... Of COURSE the J.Crew pieces are my loves, and you know how I feel about that bag -- perfection.
xo Josie
http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

-Sam I Am- said...

look how beautiful you are!!!

Connie @ SogniESorrisi said...

Oh, Carrie, I love sequins so. I saw a few sequined bags and clutches at the mall on Saturday and I seriously had to hold myself back.

Glad you found your cat!

The Owl's Closet said...

You are very lucky!! I'm sure ur meals are ah-mah-zing:) If you find a support group, let me know coz I think I need one, too haha! I'm planning to do a sequins post later this week;) Great blingin' top, btw!:D Hope u find ur kitty!!

TheOwlsCloset.blogspot.com

S.I.F. said...

Sequins are TOTALLY the solution to world peace! :)

Dancing Branflake said...

I have been thinking the exact thing about sequins! You look fabulous!

annelise said...

Gah! I was JUST looking at this top on the internet earlier today! I'm such a bower bird: anything that sparkles and I'm all over it.

You look fantastic - and once you find those sequined pjs, let me know!!

Alexandra said...

you with those palms in the back, amazing pictures
kisses

Jaclyn said...

you totally rocked the sequins - well done!

The Childlike empress said...

hehe....sequins as an answer to world peace....i'm with you all the way!

Signe said...

Such a great look for you and sounds like you guys had a great weekend :)

Cindy Gabriella said...

i love that sequin top , and oh my gosh , your shoes are amazing ! :D

The Perpetrator said...

i love the outfit!!! so chic :)

Anna Jane said...

baby's first sequins...ever?! no way! well, regardless, love them and love that you love them and it's definitely the start of an addiction. i love sequins but feel that way about lace as well. you look AH-dorable.

xx

Krystal said...

Oh my gosh, did you find your kitty?? And I looove the sparkly shirt so much - We need to send one to Obama

The Zhush said...

I have said this before...but you look amazing! And yes, tips on this breakfast as snack that burns fat please! :)

Fashion Meets Food said...

Hello gorgeous! I am loving the sequins My nails are actually glittered up right now and I am loving it. It makes a yucky day seem a little bit better. I am also addicted to rhinestones and diamonds lol.

Hope you had a fabulous weekend.
xo

Debby said...

You look beautiful! One of my fav looks of yours to date! Oh, you tease me with the ring I could have had adorning my finger, (damn college tuition)! I gave in to the Nutty Buddy. Going to do my Biggest Loser workout... ha ha.

Ali said...

Sequins are definitely perfect to make world peace. I love that top! It fits you perfect and looks like so much fun to wear!~ :D

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

i think i told u - i have that bag in the tie-dye .. i used it a few summer ago ( i use a bag for 1 season then it usually goes in retirement for like 10 years, opps) .. anyway - loven' the sequin top! - i havwe this black sequin tunic/dress i've been wanting to wear for YEARS - but every time i put it on i say "it's too much" - i gotta go balls out and just wear the darn thing!!!

Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

Easily one of my fav outfits you've posted! Hope you found kitty!!!!

briannelee said...

Hope you found your kitty! Mine always try to escape as well.

I have been eying that top on the J Crew website. How is the quality?

hip hip gin gin said...

Sequins are absolutely the solution to world peace!! You cannot be in a bad mood while wearing sequins or being around them, you just can't! To say I love and adore them would be an understatement. The only question is how have I not seen this J.Crew top yet and why isn't it in my closet?
Obviously if they ever start that sequin addicts support group I will be joining right up =)

Bobbypin Bandit said...

I have serious feelings for your blouse! You look amazing in it! I love anything with sequins and wish I could get away with more of it! I highly encourage you to wear sequin items on a regular basis!

Staley Mc said...

I love the sequins! I so wish I could pull it off as well as you do!

Jessica said...

I'm obsessed with this look for you Carrie! I have to admit that I don't own a single sequin top. Now, of course, I'm on a mission! xoxo

MerciBlahBlah said...

AAAACK! I saw a girl out this weekend in that same bedazzled top and couldn't get to her to ask where she got it. Yippeee - now I know! I never met a sequin I didn't like, and am wearing them meself today. You look fab, as usual.

Tell Chef hi!
Merci,
Shan

Isabel said...

um OMG. i want that sequined top. do u have the link?

Bella @Bellgetsreal said...

Good luck finding your cat!

Love sequin and you look stunning.
Looking forward to your food post. Your giving me motivation!

Alleen said...

You look great in sequin, not everyone can carry it off but you look fabulous! I hope you were able to find you cat!! Fingers crossed!

fashion clocked said...

sequin crack- made me laugh out loud. You look gorgeous, and I can so see why it was hard to part with the top for your pj's! Awesome....my boyfriend trained as a chef for quite a few years, but seriously he isnt all that enthusiastic about food...bummer! Hope you had a great weekend. Katie.xx

fashion clocked

Taylor said...

WHY DIDN"T I BUY THIS TOP ON SAT, WHEN IT WAS ON TEMP SALE?!?!?! Sad Taylor!

wishful nals said...

i love this! you look adorable. love your rings, too. xx

Nikki said...

OOh you are shiny! I love it. You pull it off well. My inner sequin was tarnished from so many years of dance.

Santina said...

I love that sequins top! I also love how you kept the rest of the outfit simple to really allow the top to shine...literally!

Santina
http://stylebysantina.blogspot.com/

Courtney Erin said...

I adore that top!!! I'm like a squirrel when it comes to shiny things and that top is amazing!!!

xoxo ~ Courtney
http://sartorialsidelines.blogspot.com

P.S. I hope you find your kitty - I have two and when I thought one had escaped it was the worst five hours of my life (fortunately he was hiding in the apartment all along).

Jude said...

Hope you find your cat! As always, loving your outfits - that sequined top is so, so sweet! I also love your philosophy on dressing up for dinner out, one of the best things about dining out :) (Haha, love what you said about organized fridge too - they need to rent out chefs just for that!)

Anna Walker said...

I LOVE the sequins! :)
Girls love shiny things right?!
It's super super super lovely!
Oh and I always dress up when I go out! Why not?

http://annawalker1992.blogspot.com/

la petite coquine said...

Hope you hunted down the little one, and that she's back safe and sound!

As for the sequins, I'm in love. I confess to being a sequin-less gal, but obviously this will have to change.

Aimee said...

OY that top is freaking amazing, girl! Work it!

Amber Blue Bird said...

that top is perfection. i hope you find your kittie

Marie a la Mode said...

You look STUNNING in that sequined top! It's really pretty! I used to wear so much sequins when I danced for umpteen years, they always dug into my skin under my arms due to the shape of my costumes so I've kind of retired from sequins but this post has inspired me to give them another go ; ) Did you find your Kitty? I hope so!

Valerie said...

If you find a support group for sequins addicts, let me know and I'll join you. This is definitely my favorite look of yours so far. That top is outstanding and you look so pretty and glamorous! So glad you found your cat (I saw on twitter). Phew! I'm dying to hear how the jewelry show went! Sounds like you had a great weekend, Carrie!

xo
Valerie

Ms. Givens said...

I cannot tell you how much I love this top!

misscindee said...

ooooh you fancy! =) love this outfit carrie. reminds me to never lose that sparkle

Annie said...

Oh I love that sequin top on you SO much!! So glad you found your cat! xo

FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

I too have been a bit weary of sequins...but girl you rocked the hell out of them! Kinda makes me want to take the plunge.. :).

Catita said...

I love it! THE SEQUIN TOP OF COURSE! And those boots too! Awkward indeed about the neighbors...oh well you look great anyway!
xoxo
Catita

Couture Carrie said...

Absolutely gorgeous top, darling!

xoxox,
CC

Becca. said...

you look gorgeous, love your sequin top too!
love your blog too, would you like to swap links?!

thankyou for the comment on my blog:)
XOXO, BECCA
www.fashion-train.co.uk

Ashleigh said...

oh my GOODNESS!!! This is shiny, sparkly, perfection! Way to rock it Carrie!

Hope you found your kitty!

valncami said...

wow love your top sooo much! you look gorgeous :] thank you for visiting our blog & leaving comments!!

xo, camilla & valerie
abutterflybyday.blogspot.com

thelittledistractions said...

love the shoes!

this free bird said...

So many of you have emailed and left notes re: the sequined top: it's the Drapey Sequin Tee from J.Crew:

http://www.jcrew.com/womens_feature/NewArrivals/teesandknits/PRDOVR~33541/99102206899/ENE~1+2+3+22+4294967294+20~~~17~15~all~mode+matchallany~~~~~sequin/33541.jsp

I also included the link up top! You will LOVE! xo - C

ps-the cat came back and i was SO HAPPY i was down on the ground hugging him. much to his LOVE rather than dislike. a few hours in the outdoors with zooming skateboards was more than enough for him. hahaha!

Stacey said...

Happy the cat returned!:-). I love that sequin top and you have my mind swirling with an outfit for a special occasion this week. Thanks for the link, and i'm glad to hear that you're still holding ground re your exercise/diet routine;-). Looking forward to your fat blasting share. XX

PhotoPuddle said...

I love it. I really want a top or a dress like this.

Kristin said...

Ahhhhhhhh, SO jealous! I am absolutely in love with that top. I've rarely met a sequin I didn't like. HA!

Melanie said...

I totally love your sequined top! You've styled it perfectly to bring that bling into day-time.

Melanie@UnravelledThreads
Follow @UnraveldTreads on Twitter!

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

I'm so glad you took the plunge! I'm a sequin fanatic! It's so much fun to wear. And you totally rock them :)

xoxo

Jess said...

Girl - you look HOT! But, whats new?!

The Urban Fashion Gal said...

Great top!

Style, She Wrote said...

Gorgeous! Love love love the look. A classy and demure way to sparkle.

BlueVanilla said...

You look gorgeous...sequins make the world go around! Hope you found your kitty..hate it when mine leaves!
xx
http://www.hotpinkday.blogspot.com/

Lisa Griffin said...

Ok you know i have an obsession for sequins and this top just about knocked me over! i love it! and i spot those purple clogs down there...
www.indramaticfashion.com

Meghan said...

ooh, love the shirt!

Mimi said...

i think it looks fantastic! and reading this makes me want to have a chef for a boyfriend. haha. ;)

<3, Mimi
http://whatmimiwrites.blogspot.com/

Nikki said...

You look AHHHmazing!!!!! I love that top on you and I love your hair like that! You need to wear that top ALL winter long!!!


xx
Nikki

sharonlei said...

Carrie!! You look absolutely gorgeous. I love that sequin top. It fits you perfectly.. and you're so lucky to have a man that's a Chef!!! Dang girl.. love it. :) My hubby is a pro at eggs, sammies, and cereal. That's about it. LOL.

Well, I hope you're Monday is going well!

xx Love & Aloha

MarchMusings said...

Don't know how you lived without sequins for so long but welcome to a new and shiny world! Love,love your top. I can see it worn in so many ways.

20 York Street said...

Hello Sequin Princess you! Greetings from the motherland that can use a bit more bling! =)

E makes the best poutine, ha ha! He's french, what can I say?

besos,

ML

Would love for you to say Bonjour at:

20 YORK STREET

Lainey said...

I really wanna get that top but in the rose gold color! So pretty. I love the way the light hits it.

Mrs. Julius said...

Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog Carrie!

I love your blog and absolutely love this outfit! Everything about it from the sexy sequins top to the bag! HOT! Where did u get that top?

You're so lucky you live somewhere nice and warm...no snow for us yet but its getting really chilly.

I'm following you now! :)

Yean
http://mrsjulius.blogspot.com

Claire Kiefer said...

I have to admit that I get a little confused when I hear you say words like "fat-burning" cause you are so dang skinny minnie! As for sequins, I'm ALL ABOUT EM and glad you're on board now too! This outfit is one of my faves. You look darling.

TheChambrayCountess said...

Oooh, I love sequins in just the style you put together (an awesome sparkly piece with the other outfit components kept understated) and your outfit looks great!
Thanks for the visit- I love your blog and am glad I discovered yours!

Marcie said...

LOVE, Carrie! That top is stunning. I am dreaming of a sequins top or skirt with tights for the holiday season.

xo M

Indie.Tea said...

You look amazing! That sparkly sequin top is fabulous.

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Hope you find your cat soon Carrie!

The top looks GORGEOUS on you. Do I see a future sequin addict?
I have a $100 Shopbop giveaway up today with lots of possible entries! Enter if you'd like!

A La Mode et Plus! said...

LOOOOVE sequins in all forms!! Great look!

flor said...

I just found your blog and I love it! LOVE LOVE sequins! That top looks great on you :)
xoxo
http://flordemariafashion.com/

Closet Fashionista said...

You look amazing in the sequins!!!! I still haven't worn them either...unless you count when I was little XD
http://aclosetfashionista.blogspot.com/

alli/hooray said...

oh my gosh, I LOVE this top.

ps. love what you said about Chef not being a food snob - that's the sign of a real Foodie :)

Holly Golightly said...

Love love love that top!!!

http://fashioninthefog.blogspot.com/

Kristen said...

I lalalaloveee this!
I was like droooling over a shirt on gossip girl that Serena was wearing, it was a neutral/nude sequin shirt.
This black one is to die for though. Perfect! Love it!

Danielle said...

that top is amazing

Kate said...

Ahh! Carrie, I lovvvvvvvve this! With my whole heart! You look so good! Confession: I don't own ANY sequins! Like you, admire from afar! But this makes me really, really want to make the plunge. Too bad 'taking the plunge' would involve dropping the $130 it would take to make my dream skirt (also J Crew!) mine!

taylorbigler said...

This outfit is amazing!

Diana said...

I love sequins, but like you have only admired them from afar. So far. But that J.Crew top is gorgeous.

Oh, My Darling said...

totally jealous of your J. Crew sequins!!

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