Shades of Gray Wednesday, Apr 14 2010 

In anticipation of the very gray outfit I have planned out in my head for tomorrow, my fingernails are now polished in “Metro Chic” from the Sephora by OPI line.  I think the hint of lavender makes it just spring-y enough not to be too depressing for the newly sunny weather and it just might be one of my favorite polishes in my mini collection.

Excuse the Blackberry picture quality, my stubby little fingernails, and the fact that I probably should have cleaned them up a bit before snapping away!


Hello! Monday, Apr 12 2010 

After years of being an avid fashion blog reader, but never jumping into the world of writing and sharing myself, I decided to give it a try!

For now, I’m sticking to anonymity here – no faces in photos, and going by the blog name, “Bows and Ruffles,” for two things that are quite plentiful in my closet.  Sometimes a little mystery keeps things interesting, non?  There’s not any exciting reasoning behind this choice – I’m just a fairly private person who’s at a time in my life where I need to be careful about my internet presence.  I may open up a little more as time goes on.

What I am more than willing to share are the clothes, outfits, and trends that I adore.  I love feminine, classic styles – J. Crew, Anthropologie, and Banana Republic are probably going to be the most featured stores here because of that, but I also like throwing in fun twists.  I also love Urban Outfitters, Free People, the TBD and BP departments at Nordstrom, Forever 21, and H&M when I’m looking for fun, trendy pieces, and if I won the lottery tomorrow, I would probably buy out the entire Contemporary floor at Bloomingdale’s.  Marc Jacobs will always have a piece of my heart, and I admire thrift store shoppers so much, but the germophobe in me just can’t get into it – silly, I know!  I’m all about details (like bows and ruffles!!) and have a wardrobe full of fun, bright colors.  I have a new favorite color every week it seems sometimes!   I sometimes struggle with accessorizing, despite owning an impressive scarf collection, I’m not huge on jewelry, and I’m hoping that blogging will help me get a little bit better with those finishing touches.

That’s enough about me for someone who wants to maintain some anonymity though!  Onto the clothes… starting with a piece that incorporates both ruffle AND a bow!  The Pearly Glow tank has already gotten some love in the blogger world, and it’s got me lusting like crazy.  I’m not sure how well it will work on my curvy figure, but I can’t help but dream!  This is definitely on my wishlist and something I plan to try on as soon as I get the chance.

Anthropologie at ShopStyle