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Thursday, October 21, 2010

[image via bigchill]

"Pigeons" by The Hundred in The Hands is my favorite song today. I first heard it on an absolutely fabulous blog that I truly recommend to all of you, MP3 Medication. These kids really know their stuff. They post downloads, tracks, videos, playlists...its endless and awesome.

They posted the crazy music video for "Pigeons", which I also can't stop watching. Seeing this girl teeter around is weirdly fascinating. Here it is here, here it is there, here it is everywhere.

"Pigeons" - The Hundred In The Hands

Day off outfit

Monday, October 18, 2010

Dress: thrifted
Belt: Ann Taylor (thanks Mom)
Necklace: thrifted
Tights: H&M
Earrings: bought on the street in New York
Shoes: thrifted, Seychelles

Today is my only day off this week, so I'm spending it doing typical, boring, but somehow satisfying errands. I don't know about you, but I truly look forward to grocery shopping for some reason...? (My life is obviously glamorous.)

Almost the whole outfit was thrifted from various places. I bought and wore the dress for my housewarming a couple months ago. Its Liz Claiborne circa 1980-something and the denim is sooooooooo soft and worn in. It feels like wearing a blanket. It's too big, as most of my thrifted goodies are, but when I wear a belt at the waist it's perfect. This belt actually matches the shoes from my last outfit post!

I found the earrings in New York several summers ago, at the same place I found my favorite pearl earrings. Everyone always asks me why I won't pierce my ears, and I don't really have a logical explanation. Even though I'm frustrated by it, I LOVE the hunt - I love how hard it is to find clip-ons, and subsequently I love how exhilarating it is when I find them. Both my grandmother and my Mom have pairs like this, so I always think of them when I wear my pair.

Uncovered these secondhand-ing with Emma last week. Obsessed with them.

May your Monday be filled with happiness!

In the middle of a dream

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Today's can't-stop-listening-to-it ditty comes from John Lennon (who would have just recently celebrated his 70th birthday!). I am a ridiculous Beatles fan and have been since an early age, but I never really listened to any of the individual Beatles' solo music until the beginning of college. It's pointless to try to decide whose was best, I won't even bother to try.

I do however think that "Oh Yoko!", from Lennon's album Imagine, is perfect in every single possible way. The sunny piano and guitars, his breezy lovestrong vocals, the brassy's just a joy to listen to. It doesn't have much in common with the rest of the album, but I think it's wonderful in its own way.

I've been thinking quite a lot of John - on my birthday trip to New York I was able to see the Dakota, the apartment building where he was shot. It was overwhelming and strange. I can't help but wonder how things would be different if he'd lived.

"Oh Yoko!" - John Lennon
[scroll to the bottom & click the orange download link]

Dakota. New York City October 1 2010

An ordinary day made better by a cute outfit

Friday, October 15, 2010

Blouse: H&M (by way of a second-hand store)
Tank: American Apparel
Pants: Banana Republic
Shoes: Ann Taylor (thanks Mom)
Necklace: J Crew
Bracelet: thrifted
Rings: gift (thanks Gram), Meijer, gift (thanks Grebe)

I wore this outfit to work yesterday - I rarely ever wear pants but I couldn't find a skirt that I liked with this top. I think it worked out pretty well though. [Sidenote: look, my room is finally getting decorated! I've lived here for 2 months and I'm just getting around to it...whoops.]

The pants are a very cool 5-pocket legging, but they're ridiculously long on me. I solved the problem by cuffing them. I know the cuffs are uneven, but I think they look a little less serious this way, and I always love clothes that are whimsical. The shoes were my Mom's birthday present to me - aren't they beautiful?? I've been waiting for a nice sunny dry day to wear them because they're calfskin and could get ruined very easily.

The rings all have great stories. The giant honking one in the middle is my engagement ring to two of my best friends. It was taken from a grocery store in Michigan when I was 17 and has not left my finger since that night. The one on my ring finger is a piece of costume jewelry my grandama used to wear. The last one was a gift from my darling old roommate, whose grandmother had given it to her. She never thought she'd wear it so she passed it along to me!

Still obsessed with this necklace. It's such a quick throw on but it makes everything look so nice.

Happy Friday!

Inspiration: An American in Paris

Thursday, October 14, 2010

An American in Paris has been my favorite movie as long as I can remember. I find it to be perfect in every single way, and I don't think I can say that about any other movie I know.

Here's a few screen captures I'm currently drawing inspiration from.

Click here to see a beautiful clip of Leslie Caron performing as Lise Bouvier. (In this scene her boyfriend Henri - played by Georges Guetary - is explaining what Lise is like to his friend Adam - played by pianist Oscar Levant.)

I change shapes just to hide in this place

[image via my old kentucky blog]

I admit that I first heard Miike Snow on an episode of Gossip Girl last year. I also admit that I know virtually nothing about this band beyond the fact that they're from Stockholm, and that they took their band name from a friend of theirs named Mike Snow. But this song is great, and I love the reggae-like Mark Ronson remix, so here it is.

"Animal (Mark Ronson Remix)" - Miike Snow

A Fall Walk

Monday, October 11, 2010

Blazer: thrifted
Dress: gift (thanks Emma)
Necklace: Express
Earrings: gift (thanks Emma)
Bracelet: thrifted
Booties: thrifted
Nailpolish: Chinaglaze, Frostbite

Today was my first full day off since coming back from New York. I spent most of it lounging in my apartment with Olive and cleaning things up, but toward the end of the day I decided to head out for a little walk around Lincoln Square.

I wanted to wear something fall-y but not heavy since it was another bizzare 78-degree day in sweet home Chicago. I figured a light weight jersey dress and an open-front blazer would be a good compromise. The booties are gloriously low, and so easy to walk in.

The blazer and booties were both procured for less than $4.00 each on a fateful thirfting trip to Unique in Uptown last month. I had some of the best thrifting luck I've ever had on that day. I think that trip has a lot to do with why Unique is my favorite thrift store in the city.

The dress and earrings were gifts, the booties cost $3.80, the bracelet cost $1.20, and the blazer cost $3.80. I got the necklace a few years ago at an Express in Lincoln Park as it was going out of business for $6.00. So, in total, this outfit cost me $14.80! ($17.80 if you count the three dollars I spent on the nail polish.)

Hooray for budget shopping!

New York I Love You + BIRTHDAY!

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Packing. Chicago September 30 2010

Homies. New York City October 1 2010

Veselka. New York City October 2 2010

Autumn in New York. New York City October 2 2010

Dragons on Madison. New York City October 2 2010

I Mean It. New York City October 2 2010

Harvest. Emleton Pennsylvania October 3 2010

I'm a bad bad blogger, I know! So inconsistent with the posts lately. But in my defense I was busy having millions of birthday parties and adventures this week. Will post some more in the near future. <3