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Turkey Day | Dropwaist Dress and Gray Boots

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Today is Thanksgiving and I am spending it with my family in Maryland. I have my Grandma-approved (and food-friendly) dress, my snug boots, and I'm ready stuff my face all night!

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I wanted to list a few things I'm thankful for this year. 

  • My Friends and Family - of course no Thanksgiving list is complete without friends and family. My family is like my rock, with their patience, their kind words, and wise advice. My friends are so supportive and encouraging, I don't know what I would do without them. I'm truly happy and thankful to be surrounded by so much love and such wonderful people.
  • My Job - With the unemployment rate in this country (and everywhere, it seems), I'm grateful to not only have a job but a job I truly love and one that makes me feel fulfilled every day.
  • My Readers - Blogging has been so life-changing. I'm so happy to be able to connect with new and such interesting people. It's been truly a pleasure getting to know all of you guys. Thank you!
  • My Life - For all the experiences, and the experiences to come, I'm thankful! Bring it on, world! :]
What are you guys thankful for this year? And to my non-American readers, Do you guys have a Thanksgiving-equivalent in your countries (I've noticed people outside of the US celebrate the harvest). Let me know!

Dress: Gifted from Korea
Accessories: Target tights, H&M necklace
Shoes: boots

Thanksgiving Eve | Bear Onsie

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Hi guys,

I was planning on having an outfit post but due to the weather not cooperating (it was raining, snowing, windy, and a chilly 32 degrees Fahrenheit), I decided to stay indoors and post this quick picture instead.

If you follow me on Instagram you guys would know this was a gag gift from my younger brother (who is also home for Thanksgiving). Apparently he bought this onesie for Halloween where a group of his friends (also in animal onesies) walked around campus and tried to hit on girls. Oh le clumsy (and hilarious) adolescence. He said he tried using puns ("It's almost 'unbearable' how beautiful you are!" and the like) to try to get a few girls' phone numbers. I can only imagine the poor girls at his school who had the misfortune to meet hilariously obnoxious boys in animal onesies... trying to get their numbers haha!

Anyways, I will have my regularly scheduled posts (weather permitting, of course).

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Book Club: Never Let Me Go

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This month I found myself reaching for Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go. Published in 2005, this book took the literature world by storm and was even named the best novel of 2005 by TIME. After reading it, I understand why - it's definitely become one of my favorites.

I don't know why I've been gravitating towards dystopian novels because this is the second one I've read for a Book Club review. The novel is about a girl named Kathy who is a clone, created for the sole purpose of being an organ donor. The book is told in three acts - Childhood which chronicles the the main character's (and her friends') youth at a school for clones called Hailsham; Adult, which shows hat happens to them after graduating; and Donor which explains the process of their organ donation and their eventual completion (or dying).

I think what really fascinated me about this book is the fact that they explore humanity and the concept of having a soul. In the book, some of the clones hear a rumor that if they can prove they have fallen in love they can delay donating their organs so they could live a bit longer. Throughout their childhood, the clones are encouraged to draw pictures and express themselves - all experiments to prove that these clone-children are indeed "normal" and can have regular childhoods like any other. There was also an incident where they would run into "normal" people (non-clones) who would look at them in disgust or not acknowledge them. I think that these parts all indicated how people didn't want to believe clones could have souls because having a soul would make them human and people don't like the idea that the organs that they need could come from other humans. It's easier to think that clones are just bags of meat It's a sad way to think but perhaps an accurate behavior if society was truly like this.

I highly recommend this book to all. Also, I know that a film version of this novel has been made (which I've seen - it's marvelous!) starring Carey Mulligan as the main character, and Andrew Garfiel and Keira Knightly as supporting characters. Definitely check it out!

Victorian Casual | Lace Blouse and Black Blazer

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Hello beautiful readers!
Today I'll be wrapping up my month-long professional outfit series with my favorite look of them all:

I got this top at two years ago. It only came in one size and i was disappointed to find it was slightly too big and too long. Lucky for this blouse, I don't give up on clothes that easily - I tucked it into my jeans to create a more fitted look. To tone down the Victorian lace details and create a more formal vibe, I added my fitted blazer. Voila - an outfit perfect for a casual day in the office before Thanksgiving! :]

Sorry for the super short post. I've been busy trying to get work done before Thanksgiving. Also, don't let the smile in the photos above fool you - it was 32 degrees fahrenheit (0 degrees celsius) when these pictures were taken! Couldn't bear to be outside for too long :/

Top: top, H&M blazer
Bottoms: Delia's jeans
Accessories: vintage Prada bag, rose necklace from boutique in Spain, Lefties belt
Shoes: Nine West loafers

Currently... (Vol. 3)

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Happy Sunday lovelies!

Welcome to another edition of "Currently..." - a weekly roundup of things that have been on my mind. A lot has happened and I'm quite excited to share with you guys what I've been up to:


  • Watching: Doctor Who - The Christmas special was on yesterday and I couldn't have been more excited! I actually went to see it in a theater in 3D with a friend! I am so excited for the upcoming season now and I am beyond excited for Peter Capaldi to take on the role :D
  • Working On: Social Media - I finally got an Instagram account for this blog (it's about time!) and I created a Twitter account specifically for this blog as well. Originally I had you guys following my personal account but today I made that private. For those of you who are following me already... well I hope you don't mind me getting super political at times haha. My Instagram is @Coffeeproseprettyclothes and my Twitter handle is @deborahatcppc. Be sure to follow me! :]
  • Drinking: Peppermint Mocha at Starbucks - With the temperatures in the low 30s this weekend and a few drops of snow, I think it's safe to say I'm ready to curl up around the fire place with a hot cup of Peppermint Mocha. Just like how a Pumpkin Spiced Latte defines fall for me, ordering a Peppermint Mocha is a sign that I've accepted winter is finally here.
  • Obsessed With: iPhone 5s - the moment I've been waiting so long for has finally come! I got a new iPhone! I LOVE it so much! The thumbprint scanner works so well and iOS7 works just a lot better on this phone. I have a picture of the Gold one on the collage up top but I actually got the silver/white one. The gold color isn't really for me. Anyways, let me know of any fun apps I should download or something :]
  • Lusting For: Alice & Olivia x Starbucks Mug - One of my favorite designers designing coffee mugs?! Count me IN! I love how the tutu is detachable and machine washable and the stripes are so classically trendy! Need this in my life so badly!
  • Wearing: Essie's 'A Cut Above' - This nail polish is so pretty and festive! I love layering it on top of a pinky nude color!
Hope you all had a fabulous weekend!

Thanksgiving Break Essentials

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So I, like every other American out there, am eagerly anticipating going home for Thanksgiving. Luckily my parents don't live too far away from where I do now (about an hour and a half drive) so I don't have a huge packing list like some of my other friends and co-workers. Most likely I'll be bringing some dirty laundry so I can wash it for free (hehe).

However, every Thanksgiving, I find myself needing a few key things that I can never seem to be without:

Thanksgiving Break Essentials

Wendybox sweater ($37) / Zara boots ($189) / Game of Thrones books (28.76) / iPhone ($200) / Modcloth Dress ($45)

  1. Cozy Sweater: I don't know where you guys live but it's usually quite cold this time of year in Maryland. I love having a big, warm sweater that I can throw on over my plaid shirts on my way over to my parents' home, or just lounging around the house. I know some people take the plane home and the inside of an airplane can be quite chilly. Be sure to have a jumper handy!
  2. Warm Boots (or Booties): The perfect boots will go with any outfit, keep your feet and legs warm, and just elevate your entire look. 
  3. Cute Scarf: Like everything else I've listed so far, a scarf is oh-so-necessary to combat the cold (can you guys tell I hate being cold?) I really think that scarves can completely transform an outfit so have fun with the patterns and prints with this one.
  4. Reading/Listening Materials: However you guys make the journey to see your families (by train, plane, or car), it's nice to have reading or listening material so you don't get bored. I used to take the train home and I would take that opportunity to get my reading done. Now, I'll be jamming out to music in my car. If you are able to read, I recommend Game of Thrones or the other books in the Song of Ice and Fire series.
  5. Grandma-Approved Dress: And finally for Thanksgiving Dinner itself be sure to wear something conservative. I like to say that for family and conservative events, don't wear something if your grandmother wouldn't approve of it. You don't want to be getting the side eye by your more old-fashioned relatives all night do you?
What are some of your Thanksgiving essentials?

Closet Strategy: Leather Skirt

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I have been obsessed with this skirt since the day I got it! It's been a closet staple for the past month and I'm not ready to give it quite yet, despite the cold weather telling me it's time to do so.
Forever 21 leather skater skirt
Here are my day to night looks:

For Day
I love mixing elements and textures so this was the first outfit that came to mind when I thought of a daytime outfit centered around my leather skirt: Silk and leather? Sign me up! I also added my scarf to my bag for a splash of color. This is the perfect outfit for a coffee date or shopping trip.

Top: Forever 21 blouse
Accessories: vintage Prada bag, vintage pearl earrings, H&M silk scarf
Shoes: Zara pumps

For Night
Now granted this isn't the most dramatic night look but it's one I wore to the movies last week with my friend to watch 12 Years a Slave (if you guys haven't seen it, go watch it now - it's amazing!) I love how the pink pops against the black and white and the feminine bow details balances the edginess of the outfit. 

Top: Stradivarius blouse, Forever 21 cardigan
Accessories: Bershka bag, Lilly Pulitzer belt, H&M earrings
Shoes: Zara pumps

So what do you guys think? Aren't leather skirts the best? Also, more work-themed outfits to come next week so stay tuned guys!

Three Shades of Gray | Travel Pants and Bow Blouse

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Happy Monday gorgeous readers!

Shop the Look:

Another day, another dollar, amirite? The professional outfits theme continues with a look I've worn quite a few times in the past when I work special events. When you work behind the scenes of political events, you're usually told not to wear eye-catching colors, as you don't want to take away attention from the candidates/politicians. So I find ways to let my personality shine through the masses of black, white, and gray.

How do you incorporate your style in conservative settings? Any tricks of the trade?

Top: H&M blouse, H&M blazer
Bottoms: Lilly Pulitzer travel pants
Accessories: vintage pearl earrings, vintage Prada bag
Shoes: Nine West wedges

Office Chic | Leopard Hearts and Pencil Skirt

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(Note - this post was supposed to go out on Friday but I was so ill this past week I couldn't bring myself to take pictures and get this post out. I have since recovered and this post is now out, albeit a bit late. Hope you enjoy!)

Hello my beautiful readers!

I have another work outfit for you guys today - one that involves leopard print! 

I wore this top out this past summer but I'm bringing it into the winter with the help of my trusty blazer! I think button ups can feel a bit stiff so I try to incorporate fun prints or colors into my office outfits when I can. What I love about this top though is that the leopard spots turn into hearts towards the bottom! Isn't that fun? 

Have a good weekend!

Top: H&M blazer, Forever 21 top
Bottoms: Forever 21 skirt
Accessories: vintage Prada bag, vintage pearl earrings
Shoes: Zara pumps

Let's Get Organized: Smartphone Apps

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As some of you may remember, I'm getting a new phone this month. While I'm still trying to settle the debate in my head between the iPhone 5s or the Galaxy Note 3 it got me thinking about how to organize all the apps that I have currently. Now I recently went out of my way to clear some space on my iPhone 4 so I could download iOS 7 but I've been thinking of how I'm going to organize my new phone when I get it.

  • Get rid of the apps you don't use: First things first, delete the apps you haven't really used. For me this has included a few games, some organizational apps that I thought I would use and never really did. Chances are, if you haven't used them in the past six months, you're not going to use it ever and it's just taking up. Delete it!
  • Categorize your apps and put them into different sections: Here's the part that's very subjective - categorizing. I personally like to categorize my apps by function but I know some people who find that putting the apps they use the most on the home screen is efficient for them. Everyone has a different system, just find one that works for you.
  • Back it up: Back it all up on the cloud storage! I saved so much information on phone (notes for future blog posts, a few memos for work, etc.) and I instantly regretted not backing it up on iCloud when I deleted some of the apps to make space for iOS 7 (facepalm). Take it from me guys and back up your phones!
DO you guys have any tips or tricks to keeping your apps organized? On that note, I'm still trying to decide which phone to get. Any suggestions?

Moon River | LBD and Trench

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Hello lovelies!

Whenever I have days where I look into my closet and think, "I have nothing to wear," I end up falling back on my trusty little black dress.

Immortalized by Audrey Hepburn, everyone knows a classic LBD is a girl's best friend. This is my favorite LBD in my closet at the moment and it always seems appropriate for most occasions. Cocktails, work, church, brunch - you name it!

Breakfast at Tiffany's is always a source of inspiration for me and I wanted to channel that in this post today. But take off the excess pearls and I think this would be a good look for everyday, don't you think? I happened to wear just that to a work event this week :]

What's your fashion formula for when you have "nothing to wear?"

Coat: H&M trench
Dress: Forever 21 dress
Accessories: Icing bracelet, vintage pearl earrings, Icing wayfarers, vintage Prada bag
Shoes: Michael Antonio pumps

The Awkward, Ugly, Phase

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I had a nice night out yesterday with a few old friends that I have known since high school. The great thing about these friends is that they knew what I looked like nine years ago and still chose to be my friend.
Picture taken in 2006

Let’s face it: EVERYONE had an awkward or an ugly phase in their lives. Whether it happened in middle school, high school, college, or even after college, the period of our lives where we feel like ugly ducklings instead of the swans we are is inevitable for everyone.

For me, that phase was in high school. I was a bit chubby for my height and I never had the right clothes. I wore glasses, I hunched, and I had crooked teeth. It was not pretty.

In high school, there were girls who were so pretty, had the right "look," wore the right clothes, were skinny, etc. And then there was me. No matter what I did, I couldn't be those pretty girls that all the guys wanted to ask out on a Friday night. In fact, most of my Friday nights were spent in my room with a mug of hot chocolate, curled up with a good book. I didn't want people to point out how ugly and awkward I thought I was so I shied away from attention. I kept to myself and I made sure I was never in a position where there would be many people looking at me. I was never bullied - in fact I got along with everyone in school but to be honest, this was just a defense mechanism - I only got along with everyone so people could say I was the "nice girl," not the "ugly girl." 
Picture taken 2013

Then, I went to college and I grew into my looks. I got thinner, I wore clothes that flattered my figure. I found a good hairstyle that worked for me. I got taller, I stopped hunching, I got a boyfriend and I learned to be okay with my glasses and even feel confident in myself.

But I never ever forgot where I came from. I was still an ugly girl deep down, and I realized today that I am incredibly grateful that I had an awkward and ugly phase.

See, without that period in my life, I would never have figured out that I am capable of doing so much! I would have glided through life expecting things to be handed to me instead of thinking I had to work for it. I got to be editor-in-chief of my high school newspaper and I pretty much ran the school’s morning announcement broadcast my senior year. I was in student government and was one of the top 10 students in my graduating class.

I've met so many women who place self-worth in their appearance, and I’m sure everyone knows someone like that as well. My awkward and ugly stage taught me to look beyond that and place a person's worth in things beyond appearances. I'm not afraid to look ugly and neither should anyone else :]

I’m glad that no matter how much I change on the outside, I can be comfortable being myself because I used to be ugly and awkward. I also wish an awkward and ugly stage for my future children someday so that they may look back and be glad of the impact it had on their lives as well. And I wish that everyone who reads this will also look back fondly to the time in their lives when they were ugly or awkward, or both. It is because of that phase we can truly be beautiful - not just "pretty." Beauty is more than just skin deep. It is the essence of who we are. If we can be happy, confident, strong and be good not only to ourselves but also to others, we will always be beautiful. It is because of this awkward, ugly period of my life I realized my true worth. I know this sounds cliche but I truly believe all of my readers are beautiful as well! Trust me, as an ugly girl, I know what it means to be beautiful ;]

I will always be grateful to the friends I made during this time because I know they are true friends. If they weren't afraid to be seen with me in public back then, they are the the greatest friends anyone can have.

Did you have an awkward or ugly phase? When was this? Let me know in the comments below!

Pencil Spots | Polka Dot Skirt and Red Accents

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Happy Monday my pretties!

I'm continuing my work-oriented outfits series with this look - my polka dot pencil skirt and and a plain blouse! I know, this outfit is probably not the most exciting look I've ever featured, but to be honest this is the kind of outfit I wear to work quite often. I work in politics so my office is pretty conservative. I try not to go too overboard with my clothes but I think a pop of polka dots and a splash of red is still a toned down look that isn't boring, right? :]

Do you guys work in a casual or formal environment? If you're in school, do you guys wear uniforms? Let me know in the comments! Also, please excuse my appearance in these photos. I've caught a cold and I've been feeling so off lately :/

Top: H&M blouse
Bottoms: Forever 21 pencil skirt
Accessories: ASOS bag, Forever 21 belt, H&M necklace
Shoes: Steve Madden Getta pumps

Decisions Decisions

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Decisions Decisions

So I have a big decision to make this month: I'm getting a new phone!

I currently have an iPhone 4 and though I quite like it, it's definitely time for a new one. That said, I'm thinking beyond Apple. I'm a huge Apple fangirl - I have a Macbook Pro, an iPad and Apple TV so of course my first thought was to get one of the iPhone 5's, but which one? 5s or 5c? I know that the 5c is essentially just the iPhone 5 with colorful options. BUT I've never had the iPhone 5 so any upgrade would be a good one. Besides I'm not sure I really need all the new options that the 5s offers. However, my friend made the argument that getting the current best would mean I wouldn't be too far behind the next time I upgrade, plus if I'm going to spend money anyway, isn't it better to go big or go home?

On the other hand, I've been hearing amazing things about Samsung's Galaxy series. The decision here is between the Note 3 or the S4. While the Galaxy series have better cameras than my iPhone 4 (actually, the camera on my iPhone 4 is broken so that's why I don't have my Instagram for this blog set up yet) and supposedly the camera produces sharper pictures than the iPhones, I'm not sure which would better my needs. I'm leaning more towards the Note 3 as it would be so helpful with blogging and work (the bigger screen helps). However the S4 is just as good. And besides, I don't really watch movies or videos that much on my phone so the bigger screen the Note 3 offers isn't that big a game changer. Both of these screens are still bigger than what I'm used to.

What would you guys decide? Do you have any of these phones? How do you like them? Let me know! 

WWGH Tall Boots

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WWGH Tall Boots

Freelance boots ($819) / Ivanka Trump flat boots ($199) / Dailylook boots ($50)

I haven't done one of these posts in a while!
Now that the weather is getting so cold and wearing boots has been a regular thing for me lately, I think it's time to update my knee-highs. I really like that height because it keeps my legs warm on particularly cold days. I discovered that my poor Steve Madden boots I bought 4 years ago has a hole in the bottom - a discovery that came at a bad time as it was raining and my feet were getting soaked in them.

I love the look of black suede boots - they're so chic and classic. The problem is it rains and snows a lot out here in DC so I don't know how practical it would be to spend a lot of money for the Freelance ones (even though they look perfect). I think I could go with the Dailylook ones though - I like that they have a bit of a heel like the Freelance ones. They'd be perfect for a cold, dry day.

What do you guys think? Have any suggestions?

Closet Strategy: Shift Dress

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All right guys, I know everyone and their mothers own this shift dress from J Crew but I'm going to feature it in today's Closet Strategy anyway. Shift dresses are pretty much an everyday uniform for women in DC but I love how this particular dress has scalloped edges - it really serves to elevate the whole look. That said, there are multiple ways I wear this in my daily, non-blog life:

J Crew Scallop hem dress

Outfit 1: With a Blouse
I love how this dress looks with a crisp white blouse underneath - This outfit sort of reminds me of school children's uniforms, doesn't it? This is a tried and true networking outfit I've worn in the past. It's classic and whimsical - perfect for many occasions.

Top: H&M blouse (under dress)
Accessories: Lily Pulitzer belt, Bershka crossbody bag, Charming Charlie necklace, LouLou's bracelets
Shoes: Steve Madden Getta pumps

Outfit 2: As a Skirt
With this outfit I wanted to highlight the scalloped hem. I wore this cute sweater on top of my dress and I added a waist belt to both cinch in the waist and separate the top and the bottom colors, as they're different hues of the same color. This is the perfect outfit for business meetings, brunch with friends, or even a coffee date.

Top: Lily Pulitzer bow sweater
Accessories: Lily Pulitzer belt, Forever 21 satchel, Forever 21 bracelets, Forever 21 rings
Shoes: Zara heels

Outfit 3: As a Top
Another way to highlight the scallops was to wear this dress as a top. I really love that there are scallops on the sleeves! It's a detail that I quite love about this dress so I wanted to play it up. I wore my black skater skirt over the bottom portion of my dress and added on my coral clutch to create a stark contrast (blue and orange are opposites on the color wheel). I also wore my satin pumps to add an element of elegance. This is a great look for a date night or other such occasions. (By the way, I was FREEZING when I was taking the photos for this look. That's how much I love you guys!)

Bottoms: Charlotte Russe skirt
Accessories: Forever 21 clutch, Forever 21 earrings
Shoes: GoJane satin pumps

What do you guys think? Are you ready to go out and buy and buy this dress for yourself (if you already haven't)? Would you wear any of these outfits? Let me know in the comments!