Monthly Archives: June 2010

After Hours

Earlier that day, the ladies of Cubicle Chic were tethered to their respective cubicles enduring a busy week! After leaving the office late, we dropped by Passion PR’s fashion networking party on the Lower East Side (thanks to Phreshly Squeezed!) where we nibbled on yummy appetizers and sipped on martinis. Then we had a brilliant idea! We wanted to try something new: a nighttime shoot. I wore one of my all-time favorite work dresses that day: it has pockets, an amazing neckline (even though it prevents me from wearing necklaces) and it’s super easy to slip into pre-coffee.

Who says staying late is no fun?

Lindsay’s Look:

Dress: BB Dakota, $58

Shoes: Anne Klein, $45

Bracelets: H&M, $6

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The Gentleman: Lagniappe, Mixing the Perfect Pimm’s Cup

With Wimbledon currently in full swing, The Gentleman decided to take a break from covering mens’ dressing to discuss his favorite summer cocktail and the official drink of the tennis tournament, the Pimm’s Cup. Part of living a gentleman’s life is being able to entertain stylishly. Concocting an excellent cocktail that matches the season and the setting of an event is an important component of any party. The light, crisp, effervescent Pimm’s Cup is the perfect drink for summer entertaining.

The Pimm’s Cup is a Victorian British cocktail that is not particularly well known today and is especially rare in the United States. New Orleans has a surprising affinity for the drink, which is how, about a year ago, I first discovered it at a bar called Napoleon House, an establishment famous for the cocktail.

There are numerous slightly different variations on the Pimm’s Cup. Here’s my take, which I’ve been told is among the most classic:

  • 2 oz. Pimm’s No. 1
  • 4 oz. Lemonade (homemade is best)
  • Top off with ginger ale or 7-Up
  • Garnish with a slice of cucumber

The key to this drink is Pimm’s No. 1, a gin-based liqueur, the exact recipe of which is a secret. In the late 19th century, it was common for many households to make their own family liqueur blends. It just so happened that the Pimm’s family’s liqueur became quite popular and was eventually bottled and sold. Today, it is the heart of the Pimm’s Cup. Pimm’s No. 1 is somewhat difficult to find, but a well-stocked, higher quality liquor store should have it. If you’re having a trouble finding a bottle, an online retailer like this sells it at a reasonable price.

To make the drink – ideally – you should fill a Collin’s glass halfway to the top with ice cubes. If you don’t have a Collin’s glass, a regular drinking glass can be substituted in a pinch. It’s even better if you frost the glass first. To do this, swirl just enough water to coat the inside of a clean glass and put it in the freezer for a few minutes; remove it before adding the ice.

Next, add two ounces of Pimm’s No. 1. I like to prepare my own batch of lemonade to use in this recipe. It isn’t hard at all. Mix:

  • the juice of 6 lemons
  • 6 cups of cold water
  • 1 cup of sugar

Stir in four ounces of the lemonade. Do not shake this drink. Top off the glass with ginger ale or 7-Up. The choice of soda is a personal one, both are traditional options. Stir again. Cut a circular, disc-shaped slice of cucumber and float it on top of the drink.

The exact flavor of the drink is very difficult to describe. It is a bit bubbly, citrusy, with a touch of spice and hint of vegetable from the cucumber. Described more evocatively, it tastes like everything that is bright and wonderful about summer.

Pimm’s Cup can be made in larger batches. Simply increase the percentage of Pimm’s No. 1 and lemonade proportionally and top off each glass with the ginger ale or 7-Up.

The next time you have company over for the summer, consider trying out the Pimm’s Cup. It’s fresh, crisp and classic.

Next week The Gentleman does the impossible, revealing how to buy a quality made-to-measure suit for under $500…

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Black and White

This is one of the prettiest scenes in Central Park: the Jackie Kennedy Onassis Reservoir. Of course, it was one of those smoggy, muggy, hot New York summer days, so the backdrop is a bit overcast (almost London-esque, no?), but we were so excited about the clothes that we decided to soldier on and shoot anyway. It was about 20 minutes before the thunder and rain rolled in….

I love this combo for its comfort and bold contrast. There’s an art to wearing black and white…and if done incorrectly, you can unintentionally wind up looking like a caterer. First, don’t wear a white button down and plain black slacks unless there’s something special about one of them. This shirt for example, is something you’d be able to pair with plain black slacks because of it’s unique cut and shine. Here’s a totally cute wallet-friendly option. Or, if you opt to wear a plain white shirt like mine, wear a black pencil skirt or pants with some additional flair, like this wide-leg pair or a pair of my favorites, cropped trousers.

Second, you must accessorize properly. I chose to stick with the black and white theme for my accessories, but feel free to include pops of color with yours. I love, love, love these shoes. Originally, I was fixated on a pair from shopbop.com but couldn’t bring myself to spend half my rent on those kicks while furnishing my new apartment. Alas, after months of searching, I came across these beauties – and they were such a steal!

Lindsay’s Look

Shirt: Gap, $30

Necklace: H&M, $6

Bracelet: H&M, $4

Skirt: Ann Taylor, $80

Shoes: Modcloth, $38

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Soho Lace

This is my kind of joint.

We were too late for brownies, but not too late for this:

Peanut butter and chocolate must be the most heavenly combination in the world. If these were available to me all the time, I don’t know if I could resist.

Just like Lindsay this past Monday, I also integrated vintage into my office outfit this week. This sleeveless top is an SDV find that is becoming one of my working wardrobe staples. It is simple, elegant and feminine, and it pairs easily with both blazers and cardigans.

What else is new? These glasses! They appeared briefly on the blog once before, but this is the first time they are actually part of an outfit. The honeymoon period with these glasses is never ending – I love them! Anyone else rockin’ the black frames?

Meredith’s Look:

Sleeveless top: Sammy Davis Vintage, $20

Skirt: Banana Republic, $45

Cardigan: Banana Republic, $30

Shoes: Banana Republic, $30

Pearls: The Beadin’ Path

Glasses: O&X New York

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Stolen Says: Imitate the Greats

In honor of the World Cup, Stolen Says brings you the most fashion-forward, iconic couple of our era: Victoria & David Beckham! Though Becks is on the sidelines this World Cup season and Spice Girl reunions are a thing of the past, these two are celebrity beacons of inspiration – they uphold a level of style and grace that we can all strive to achieve.

What can you say about the dynamic duo when their image says it all? Glam. Perfection. Love. Glory. Lust. Ambition. (I sound like an ad campaign…dangerously close to Marc Jacobs’ newest fragrance…) They have it all, and yet somehow, they make it all look so effortless! Damn them.

I will say that they really do set a great example when it comes to their wardrobe choices. Check it out.

Their casual dress below is sexy-without-trying. By pairing his half-buttoned shirt with a white A-shirt underneath, D avoids the sleazy look that other celebrities (I’m not naming names) might achieve. Also, gentlemen, notice he has not opted for a standard white crew-neck t-shirt. This would be a big fashion no-no, guys. Unless you’re buttoning up all the way and wearing a tie, leave that white t-shirt at home.

As for V – there are hardly words. She’s the very embodiment of casual chic a la Audrey Hepburn with her skinnies and stripes!

Photo Credit: Topnews

Here’s something you don’t see every day – celebrities dressed for the office! Of course, Posh and Becks aren’t headed to a cubicle anytime soon, but their wardrobe choices display many viable options for our cubicles. Take a peek at the examples below:

Photo Credit: Posh24

Photo Credit: Luxury Launches

Again, I have little to say about Victoria. She is so glamorous, put together and surprisingly office appropriate. The only thing that gives her away is the footwear. Fabulous though it is, you should probably opt for shorter heels and less…latex-y products. Also, because she is Victoria Beckham, she can get away with more shoulder baring and cleavage (as seen below). We’ve been over this, ladies – with a cardigan or a blazer, you’ll have the corporate equivalent of V’s fab.

David is suit perfection. Three-piece. Two-button. Wingtip or cap-toe shoes, no doubt of Italian leather. They kill me, they really, really do. If I ever had the chance to rummage through their wardrobe… let’s just say I could die a happy man. Or maybe I would live very happily with D’s shoes proudly on display in my bedroom.

Photo Credit: Celebrity Poker Player

In this final photo below, Posh is dressed to the nines in a fashion-forward version of corporate attire, while Becks sports a more casual look – and yet somehow they still manage to work it together and make it fit. I am loving that large knit cardigan on Becks! It gives an extra touch of class to his t-shirt and jeans combo, which, with Becks being Becks, is still pretty hot. But take a page from each of their books. They’re living, walking, fabulous proof that style, whether corporate or casual, should never be boring.

Photo Credit: Celebrity Poker Player

In conclusion, the moral of the story is: imitate the greats, and you’re golden.

In other news, it’s New York’s Gay Pride Week: Happy Pride!

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Weddings 101: Bachelorette Party Style

In the series of celebrations leading up to the Main Event, the bachelorette party is your chance to be the most creative and funky in your styling. To help you out, we chose looks we think are both sophisticated and sexy for a night out on the town with the ladies. We also strove to find dresses with interesting details, pops of color and sweet patterns. Enjoy!

Less than $100:

Asos: TFNC Twisted Jersey Tie Dye Dress, $64

Shopmamie.com: Hey Peaches Dress, $46

Modcloth: Always Be My Butterfly Top, $68

Black skinny jeans, pumps and you’re ready to go!

Urban Outfitters: Sparkle and Fade One-Shoulder Ruffle Romper, $58

Be unconventional with the next new thing 🙂

Fred Flare: Zig Zag Charlotte Dress, $64

Roxy: Bright Lights Dress, $39.50

Modcloth: Harness the Hauteness Dress, $48

And check out the back!


More than $100:

French Connection: Dallas Delight Dress, $120

Shopbop: Nili Lotan North Moore Dress, $375

Shopbop: Kova & T Holly Dress, $223

Diane Von Furstenberg: Brighton Dress in Pink Wing, $545

(We couldn’t resist including this, it looks like so much fun!)

Asos: French Connection Geo Sequin Dress, $304.50

Readers: Any exciting bachelorette outfits in the works?

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SDV Pink Brick House Sale

More photos of Saturday’s sale! Sammy’s friend, Gene, took some lovely photos of the event, and we couldn’t resist sharing some with you! Besides really capturing the fun spirit of the sale, there are pictures of the guest puppy!! Thanks again to SDV and Pink Brick House for a fabulous event!

Big thanks to Gene of Phat Cat Photo!

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