Friday, May 28, 2010

The perfect pair.

I rediscovered this video in an unpublished post of mine from a few months ago. This is Kirsten Dunst and Jason Schwartzman for Opening Ceremony SS10. The video is silent for the first minute and then it gets really adorable. WATCH IT! (btw, I have serious hair envy at the 2:04 mark in the video.)

Adorable, right? If Jason Schwartzman and Kirsten Dunst aren't the perfect pair, then I don't know who is.


One of the first Nylon's I ever bought was the one with Jason and Kirsten on the cover, and I still have that issue in my magazine stash (who says I'm not nostalgic?). Their chemistry is something to be admired. Regardless of who they are, you can tell they've been friends for a really long time. I haven't always been a huge fan of Dunst, but once I saw the Virgin Suicides (I still have my original copy on VHS!), and especially Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, I became a believer. Now Jason, he can do no wrong in my eyes. From being 14 and blasting Phantom Planet in the car, to being 22 and watching hours of Bored to Death on HBO, I just can't get enough. Don't even get me started on what these two have done for Band of Outsiders and Opening Ceremony. It's as simple as this: They inspire me constantly. Individually, sure, but their bond is what inspires me the most. They are a habit I plan on keeping.



Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Denim Days

So I probably should have posted this before my last OOTD, but oh well. My goal this past Saturday was to find a cropped denim jacket to wear with skirts and dresses on warm windy days. I started my adventure with a trip to my neighborhood Gap and tried on this Cropped Motorcycle denim jacket, but the Large was too snug in the waist.

It was really lovely, and on sale, but since they were out of the next size I decided to keep it in the back of my mind. After that, I stopped by the Land of the Lost vintage store around the corner for a quick browse. Then I found it! The perfect little cropped worn-in denim jacket.

It's a Levi's jacket and was only $17. The fit is great - I always have a hard time finding jackets with boxier cuts. I'm usually in-between Large and XL for this very reason. I guess you could say that there aren't any bells and whistles except for the beautiful seaming and the worn-in distressed details that the previous owner had to have done through everyday use. I could have gotten the Gap jacket at another location but I enjoy supporting small businesses, especially when I find one of a kind pieces like this jacket.

Later on in the day I went to the Brown Elephant in Wrigleyville where I found yet another denim jacket by J. Crew in a Large for $7! No pics, though. Sorry! I tried to make it work for me, but I can't compromise fit when something is too small. Which brings me to this little guy...

I bought this earlier in the year at my go-to thrift store for about $6. It actually doesn't look so bad in this photo, but it's about a size too big and overall, isn't what I've been looking for. I've been compromising for a while with this jacket, which gives me a semi-guilty fashion conscience! I'm feeling like I'm a little too guilty of this and I want to stop, but it's such a hard habit to get rid of. Are you guys guilty of this too?

Monday, May 17, 2010

Alley cat

Jacket: Land of the Lost
Dress: Zara
Cat Eye Sunglasses: Vintage Heaven
Necklace: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Tights: Nordstrom
Shoes: Evans
Bag: Vintage Saks Fifth Avenue

Yesterday was Ryan's birthday and we celebrated with an afternoon stroll in our neighborhood that included shopping, wandering, getting lost, and wining (dessert alcoholic drinks) and dining (burgers). Jealous? Okay, sure, we're a little boring but I'd prefer the term "low-key". I'm certainly a little more out there than Ryan, hence this kitten tunic-dress from Zara. It's the Miu Miu knock off that nearly knocked me off my feet when I saw it a few weeks ago in my size and in my price range. This was the first time I wore it, and boy, am I in love. Oh, and that jacket? That's also new, but more on that in a near-future post.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Hello ambition, it's nice to meet you.

My mind is getting pretty carried away these days. I want to do everything but I'm realizing there's enough time to spread it all out. As the semester is coming to an end, there are several projects out there that I am just dying to do. Here's a top 5 list, in no particular order, of projects I'd love to work on this summer.

You've probably seen this project done everywhere, but it's probably because 1. it's really awesome looking, and 2. it seems pretty easy to do. I moved into my new apartment shortly after this semester began, and it's still pretty bare. I'd love to add a focal piece like this to my kitchen.

Okay, so this is a project that may be slightly difficult but I feel like I NEED to do. Preferably with a handful of friends for a mid-evening picnic in the park.

Fabric Pom-Poms {Once Wed}

This is another project that seems really easy. I want to string smaller versions of these together along with some yarn pom poms (maybe about 10 spread out side by side). I think it could be another focal point on one of my bare white walls.

Doily Table Runner {Ashley Ann}

Isn't this so pretty? It makes me want to go thrifting so bad. I actually don't have a dining room table right now, but when I do, I want to make this runner for everyday use.

Paper Clock {Design Sponge}

SO COOL! I just found this on Design Sponge tonight and I think it would be perfect in my living room. I always pass by the Paper Source and force myself to not go in. This could be the tipping point in which I indulge in pretty sheets of paper. It's not always fashion that makes me weak in the knees!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Makeover meltdown!

If anyone reading this knows me, you probably know that I'm an au naturale kinda gal. And when I say au naturale, I'm referring to my face. And by that I mean I can count the number of times I've worn makeup on one hand. I'm turning 23 in August (oh god..) and I've been seriously thinking that it's time to leap in the world of cosmetics while I'm still young.

I think my main objective is to buy a product that feels natural and is affordable. I've heard great things about Bare Escentuals, so I was thinking of popping into a Sephora and buying the $60 kit they have available on the website. And hopefully they'll apply some on me? Is that what they do at Sephora? Ahhh. I need help! If any of you guys know of a product I should try out, let me know in the comments section or e-mail me!

I also just decided that I NEED these clubmaster-style sunglasses in white this summer. I'm thinking they'll look adorable with red lips and blunt bangs. I just don't know whether to get the $27 with shipping vintage pair, the $10 Urban Outfitters pair in grey, or the $17 ASOS pair in nude. What would you do?

Etsy, Urban Outfitters, ASOS

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Vintage Heaven

Hi friends! I'm sorry I haven't been posting a whole lot lately. Finals are quickly approaching, but I did manage to squeeze in time to go to the Vintage Heaven Sale this past weekend at Heaven Gallery in Wicker Park. There were 14 vendors from the Chicago area with booths of fantastic vintage pieces in two separate rooms. As wonderful as it was, I was kind of underwhelmed in terms of plus size offerings from these vintage vendors. I ain't mad at ya though. I understand there is a larger market for smaller size vintage pieces, but this proved to me that I could possibly.. maybe do this myself? It's scary when you realize your potential because then you're stuck with this dilemma. Real life job? Or your own business? I have an eye for vintage and I'm not afraid to admit it. But am I willing to take it to the next level?

Jacket, Shoes: Buffalo Exchange
Blouse, Bag: Thrift
Skirt: Sears

I ended up switching the top at the last minute for something a little similar, but a little punchier. The sun is starting to come out and I think it's here to stay. It's rather frustrating going outside and always feeling like a million eyes are on me when I finally decide to get leggy in the spring. I guess I'll never know what people are really thinking, but what I think is that I'm fabulous and I can work it out no matter what people say (or don't say). So take that!