Friday, February 26, 2010

The loveliest, ugliest things


Coat: Brown Elephant
Shirt: Thrifted
Jeggings: NY & Co.
Boots: Ebay
Headband: Urban Outfitters
Scarf: H&M
Sunglasses: Buffalo Exchange

This has been the mildest winter I've experienced in the 3 years I've lived in the midwest. In fact, it's been weeks since I've worn my big puffy down coat, and it's already the end of February. More often than not, I'm wearing this little guy which I bought at Brown Elephant sometime last year for $5. It's by Betty Rose and I'm assuming from the 70's. It fits me like a glove and it's basically perfection... except for the fact that it now has a tear at the seam on one of the front pockets, missing a D-ring on one of the cuffs, and yesterday one of the buttons popped off! It's older than I am and I obviously don't take care of my things. Can someone help me get my life together?

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Pop Pop Portraits

First off - I apologize for the lack of posts recently! I caught the flu this past weekend and while I was in the middle of transitioning from flu to cold, I got pink eye! I have been pretty miserable, but I'm hanging in there.

I found these LOVELY lovely pictures by Pop Pop Portraits on the Drifter and the Gypsy. I wish I could raid these fictional characters' closets! I mean, talk about dream outfits. My favorites would have to be the outfits with the blue coat, red plaid dress, red beret, doggie, and the blue and yellow zigzag dress. SO INSPIRING. The best part is that I can reinterpret some of these outfits into my own style without any guilt I'd feel if it were a real photo of street fashion. So. In. Love.





Friday, February 19, 2010

Spring Wishlist

Though I love thrifting, I have to admit - I'm an e-window shop-a-holic. We're talking Topshop, Dorothy Perkins, Evans, Asos... mostly those European companies we all love, along with a couple of guilty pleasure mall stores. It's (unfortunately) rare that I actually spend my money on these websites, but the items I love will typically remain in my "Wishlist" folder until they're out of stock. All of these items are neatly organized by brand and/or category of clothing (If only I had the time to organize my own life?).

Here are many of my favorites that I can only hope will someday be in my hands and on my body:

Zoe Cardigan from Delias
Navy Polka Dot Mac from Evans
Boyfriend Cardigan from ASOS Curve
Noelle Plaid Cardigan from Delias

Shirt dress from Eshakti
Kimono lace dress from ASOS Curve
Denim peplum dress from Faith 21
Sweetheart dress from Faith 21
Button detail dress from ASOS Curve

Belted vent top from Faith 21
Silk dotted top from Faith 21
Flutter sleeve spotted top from New Look
Denim jeggings from ASOS Curve
Black sailor shorts from Dorothy Perkins
Floral culottes from Faith 21

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Cat lady

Cardigan: Old Navy
Blouse: Forever 21
Pin: Renegade Craft Fair
Belt: Thrifted
Skirt: Thrifted
Tights: Hue, from Nordstrom Rack
Shoes: Evans
Bag: Thrifted

I have to talk about this little wooden heart pin. You can't really tell from the photos but the orange dot in the center is a little cat with ears and little dotted eyes and whiskers. HE IS SO CUTE. Anytime I wear this pin out, someone says something about him. I love quirky things like this little guy. Forgive me for being modest, but I like that it's subtle enough to go unnoticed. I'm not trying to blow anyone's mind with my clothes, but I do love details.

The bag is something I've owned for a while but rarely get the chance to wear. Of course I love that it's mustard yellow. Who do I have to talk to to be the spokesperson for that color?


P.S. I want to say thank you to everyone that commented on my last post about my grandfather's passing. He was an incredible, hilarious, and loving man. I'm going to miss him.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

I wanna see movies of my dreams

My grandfather passed away on Thursday so I'll be in Dallas until Tuesday. I'm preparing myself for a very emotional couple of days so bare with me if there are a lack of posts.

On a happier note, I'll leave you with this lovely Vanessa Bruno SS10 video lookbook starring Lou Doillon.

So, so beautiful.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Waking to winter


Jacket: Buffalo Exchange
Sweater: H&M
Ring: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Belt: Thrifted
Skirt: Target
Tights: Hue, from Nordstrom Rack
Flats: Evans
Bag: Thrifted

I feel like everything in my life is going full force and I need to take a second to breathe. It's my last semester of college and I'm already feeling overwhelmed. The blog helps because I'm forcing myself to do something I genuinely LOVE doing so that I have something to look forward to work on after all these bullshit assignments are over and done with (or in some cases, before I even attempt to open up my textbook). What can I say? Some distractions are necessary for those that work best under pressure.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Doin' it well


Okay, in all fairness, I actually have a love/hate relationship with J. Crew. I loved them when I was younger because being preppy was easy growing up in a small town. I mean, let's face it, J. Crew can get pretty expensive. Growing up in the Dallas suburbs means you've experienced what it feels like to have brand names be the focus of your shopping adventures. It wasn't until I reached a certain point in my life where I didn't care what brand names I was wearing - I wanted to wear things that I loved because it worked with my style.

What I hate about J. Crew is how expensive they are. I mean, understandably so. They use beautiful fabrics that pretty much guarantee to last a long time. Personally, I like to shop their sale because everything goes on sale at one point or another (though they can still remain a bit pricey). Not everything is super expensive, but it's the beautiful pieces that I lust over that tend to give me price shock.

Now what I love most about J. Crew can be said in few words. I'll let the pictures do the talking.




The styling!! Who would have thought a tweed jacket, paired with a hoodie, distressed jeans, and a chunky necklace could work so well? Even the simple outfits, like the long sleeve white t-shirt with the skirt and belt combo have been executed so well with the model, the hair, and the accessories. I get a lot of style inspiration from J. Crew and because they're out of my budget, I love finding similar styles around the web from different retailers that I can afford with J. Crew's styling in mind. Ideally, this is how I would dress everyday... minus about half of the pastels. They obviously have a vision and it has me totally smitten.

Every month I look forward to their catalog. Here are a couple of my favorite photos from the February 2010 issue.



I MEAN REALLY! The penny loafers. The anklet socks with oxfords. The arm loaded with bejeweled bracelets. The mustard skirt and yellow belt. So many elements. So much love!

P.S. I recently found out that J. Crew's sister store, Madewell, is collaborating with Alexa Chung (basically my style hero) for a Fall 2010 collection. I'm already saving up my pennies.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Olive & Orange

Blouse: Anthropologie
Cardigan: Urban Outfitters
Jeans: Rainbow
Boots: Vintage Naturalizer, Ebay
Necklace: Renegade Craft Fair
Ring: Thrifted

I wore this outfit last week to my jewelry making class. I wish I took a better picture of that ring because it's probably my favorite ring ever! I had high hopes that my jewelry making class would be a place to make all the jewelry I've been wanting to own but couldn't quite afford. Not the case at all! Everything we make is supposed to be conceptual and abstract. I'm kind of bummed that it isn't what I imagined but also glad that I'll make something totally outside of what I typically gravitate towards.

I also want to mention that the top I'm wearing in this post was something like $68 marked down to $10! I used to work for Urbn Inc. so I actually got it for $6 after my discount. Gotta love those Anthro sales!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

The time is now

Beret: Forever 21
Blazer: Thrifted
T-shirt: H&M
Pants: Kmart
Boots: Evans
Necklace: Renegade Craft Fair
Pin: Thrifted
Bag: Thomas Paul,

If these pictures say anything, they say it's time that I purchase a new pair of black skinny jeans and/or pants! These are actually holding up pretty well for wearing them so often. They're super comfortable and feel like sweat pants, but they're just looking kind of dumpy lately. Since I'm constantly bookmarking things I want on the web, I'll probably make my first wishlist post pretty soon! I just want to make sure this blog doesn't turn into a strictly-outfit blog. I don't want to get too monotonous!

Also - I just want to thank y'all for commenting on my posts! I know I'm only a few posts into this blog but I appreciate all the sweet things you guys say. So again, thank you!!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

I'm stuck like glue to my guy


outfit6-2Denim Jacket - Levi's, thrifted
Shirt: Thrifted
Pants: Kmart
Boots: Vintage Naturalizer, Ebay
Necklace: Renegade Craft Fair
Ring: Thrifted
Bag: Thomas Paul,

It's hard to look really feminine when it's super cold out. I'm constantly taking public transportation so it's not like I can go in my car and wear whatever girly thing I want. I feel like there has to be some kind of compromise between being practical (which typically means looking like a marshmallow in zero degree weather) and maintaining your own style. I've always thought my own style was a mixture of tomboy cool and vintage sweetheart. This look may seem really masculine in comparison to my other outfits but I tried incorporating subtle feminine details to make it more me.

The ring and necklace are two of my staple accessories and the bag I DIE for. I've been stalking this tote bag ever since I saw debut on Fred Flare. I waited weeks and weeks before it went on sale from $58 to $20. It's the perfect book bag for school. Details and accessorizing are VERY important to me. I often splurge on a really great accessory as opposed to a trendy piece of clothing. Also, I got that jacket and plaid shirt the same day at Unique Thrift store, both 50% off. The jacket is slightly too big but for $6, I can compromise!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Pack your things and go


Coat - Thrifted
Cardigan: Urban Outfitters
Pants: Some Kmart brand
Boots: Vintage Naturalizer, Ebay

Seriously though - I'm obsessed. I find myself leaving certain thrift stores in pure awe. This coat is in the most beautiful condition and yet it was priced at $5.99 (plus I got it 25% off)! Those boots are also a great find on Ebay. They're 7W which is crazy hard to find in vintage shoes. They're also a shade or two lighter/brighter than shown in these pictures.

In other news, I just moved from my studio apartment in Uptown to Lakeview in Chicago. I'm loving it so far! I had a horrible moving experience but I'm so glad it's over and that I'm settling into a one bedroom! I have a few more outfit posts from the weekend in my old apartment that I have to share with you guys sometime this week. Since this is a garden unit, natural light is going to be hard to come by which kind of sucks but I'm trying to stay positive. As far as taking pictures for the blog, I think I'll be investing in a tripod so I can take pictures in the city. You can't really get a better backdrop than the city of Chicago.