Mixing up the seasons

Monday, November 29, 2010

Hat: Banana Republic
Necklace: World Market
Earrings: Claire's
Shirtdress: thrifted
Belt: Ann Taylor (thanks Mom)
Tights: Calvin Klein
Socks: H&M
Shoes: Banana Republic
Nailpolish: OPI "Kennebunk-Port"

This outfit was inspired by the dress - I found it this morning rifling through a thrift store and I'm pretty excited about it. I'd been eyeing a similar one at Banana, but this one is a fleecier, more cozy material (not to mention it cost $50 less!). It's a very wintry piece so I decided to try to mix in some of my warmer weather accessories to keep it from looking too holiday-y. Hence, my summer fedora and stacked grey heels making their first appearance in months :)

I've been dying for an outfit to try tights/socks/heels with. I think the subtle green and light grey go nicely together. They do a great job of softening up the tights, which can otherwise look pretty witchy. Not that witchy is always bad...

I'm not sure where I'll wear this ensemble yet - maybe work, maybe out!

This necklace was such a major find - I tend to have very good luck looking in the World Market jewelry section. The earrings are probably about 7 years old from Claire's - one of the only stores I know of that consistently carries a selection of clip-ons. You have to dig to find ones that aren't too young, but when you find them it's worth it.

Sorry. I couldn't resist. This picture cracks me up!

Charm your way across the Khyber Pass

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

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I've always been on the fence about Vampire Weekend, but I so enjoyed this acoustic performance that Danielle sent around that I thought I should share it!

I'll be listening to this all day while I prepare for my first Thanksgiving away from home.

The girliest little thing.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Shirt: Forever 21
Skirt: Forever 21
Bra: Calvin Klein
Tights: ...can't remember...
Shoes: Sears
Earrings: thrifted/gift (thanks Emma)

The new Forever 21 on North Avenue opened this past week!!! I may or may not have gone on opening day...I may or may not have a shopping problem. But to be fair, it's RIGHT next to where I work, and the windows were so shinyyyyyyhjdklsfhjdklsaf.

I was confused by this shirt when I first saw it, but my curiosity got the best of me and I decided to try it on. Once I did I didn't want to take it off. It's the most perfect blush color and I love that it's see-through. I can wear a pretty bra underneath it and it still manages to look demure and pretty. If you've been reading my outfit posts for a while you'll know that I am a sucker for girly little things, and this may very well be the girliest blouse I own. Since I rarely wear pants I'm always looking for basic skirts and this one is perfect. It's lycra/cotton and the perfect length. And it cost $5.80.

The earrings were part of my Christmas gift from Emma J last year. They go with everything.

Believe it or not, I found these shoes at the giant depressing Sears next to my apartment. I was looking for laundry baskets and while passing through the sale shoe section this pair caught the corner of my eye. They cost $7 dollars. SEVEN DOLLARS. For adorable ankle-strap knotted-leather heels!! Thank you universe, for teaching me once again not be a shopping snob.

Happy early Thanksgiving!

I will walk through the long, long grass and say your name

Friday, November 19, 2010

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This song is chock full of all kinds of nostalgic associations, but I'll spare you. It's beautiful and makes everything feel like it's in slow motion.

I highly recommend Ed Harcourt's entire debut album Here Be Monsters. You can buy it here, check out my other favorite tracks "She Fell Into My Arms" and "Something In My Eye".

"Wind Through The Trees" - Ed Harcourt
[scroll to the bottom & click the orange download link]

Outfit of Indecision

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Sweater: Marshall Field's (circa 2003)
Shirt: Target
Necklace: Forever 21
Earrings: Bought on the street in New York
Skirt: Forever 21
Shoes: BCBG
Tights: I honestly can't remember...!

I absolutely could not decide on what to wear today. I was feeling like wearing a witchy all-black ensemble but couldn't find any tops I was into. Then I looked at my preppy white and grey striped cardigan and thought I'd do a weird mixer. It turned out nicely, I think. One half pessimist, one half optimistic prepster.

Both the cardigan and the shirt are at least a couple of sizes too big - - I swear I've never bought a shirt in the correct size. I bought both pieces because they reminded me of menswear but were still pretty feminine. Except for the fact that they're like tents on me. Sigh. At least the small skirt and tights work to balance it out!

I just bought this necklace because I realized I don't own a single silver necklace. I almost always wear gold jewelry but every once in a while I need something to match my silvery-pearl earrings, and I thought this necklace was flashy but still relatively controlled. While I love big, crazy flashy gold jewelry I like my silver to be a little more refined.

I plan on wearing this out one night soon. All I need now is a venue to match the outfit! Chicago readers, suggestions are welcome :)

PS - I wanted to say a big thank you to all the recent followers and commenters - - you guys really make this so much fun! I love reading what you have to say. XOXO

I wear a lot of dresses with blazers, don't I?

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Blazer: J Crew
Dress: Thrifted (label: Jovovich-Hawk for Target)
Tights: Gap
Necklace: Banana Republic
Socks: Banana Republic
Shoes: Thrifted
Necklace (worn as bracelet): vintage/gift (thanks Gram)

It's Saturday and I have the day off - - I honestly cannot believe my good luck. In celebration, here's an outfit post! This is what I wore shopping and working yesterday.

This dress was first featured way back when, in one of my very first outfit posts. It remains one of my best second-hand finds, and even though it's designed as a summer dress I thought that the colors were muted enough for a fall wear as well.

One thing you should know, dear readers: I absolutely hate socks. It's completely irrational, but they drive me nuts. As a result, I don't really own any socks. Now that it's cold I've accepted I have to own a few pairs, but I will no longer be buying boring ugly short athletic socks from TJ Maxx. No sir. I will now only wear brightly colored, pretty, textured socks! (Well, and these once I get my hands on some more of them. Despite my sock hatred I love having toasty toes, so when I've HAD to wear them these are the only kind I've worn in the past.) I just got these pink ones and they're like a shot of espresso for any outfit, particularly with my favorite thrifted booties.

The navy velvet blazer is from J Crew about three years ago - an extremely versatile wardrobe staple. It has hot pink satin lining in the sleeves which is half the reason I made the investment, honestly.

I originally wanted to try a new necklace with the dress, but this one is just too perfect. The bracelet is actually a necklace and matches the earrings from this post. I'd love to wear them all together but I don't think I have quite the command and elegance that matchy-jewelry requires. Maybe when I'm older and/or slightly more mature.

Olive likes to be included in the photo-taking. Perhaps she'll write her own blog someday :)

The piano in the hall plays a quiet note

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

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Bibio's Ambivalence Avenue is one of my most played albums of the year (another discovery I owe to dear Clark over at MP3Medication). Every track speaks to some fuzzy excited particle in me. Some of them make me want to jump around, some of them make me want to be so still I can hear myself blink.

This particular track isn't necessarily my favorite, but it's the one that is doing something to me this week. It's very sweet and a little strange.

"Haikuesque (When She Laughs)" - Bibio

Maybe the only time you'll ever see me in black and pink

Monday, November 01, 2010

Headband: H&M
Earrings: bought on the street in New York
Shirt: Banana Republic
Necklace: thrifted/borrowed (thanks Emma)
Blazer: Target
Skirt: Banana Republic
Shoes: Bandolino
Nailpolish: OPI, Jade Is The New Black

I wore this outfit to work yesterday for Halloween (with a couple minor modifications including a belt and some tights). I wanted to wear orange and black, but couldn't find an orange top that was seasonally appropriate. Then I remembered that I'd just bought this pink ruffle-y number and hadn't had a chance to wear it yet. Normally I wouldn't be caught dead in black and pink, I think it's a giant cliche, but for some reason I liked the combination anyway.

I also wore flats instead of heels (it was the morning after a very long Halloween-themed dance party and my feet were a weeeeeee bit tired), but I've always liked these and haven't found a post to work them into yet. Very demure for black platforms, but I think that's why I like them.

My major Morning-After Hair was begging for a poufy bun, so I threw it up with a bunch of bobby pins and put a headband on the front to hide my unruly baby hairs. (Does anybody else have this problem?? They're so fluffy and short and they WON'T grow! I never know what to do with them...)

Emma and I found this necklace the same day as the orange one from my last outfit post - we both wanted them both, so we decided she'd buy one and I'd buy the other and we'd jointly own them. It's been a perfect arrangement so far :)

The one button blazer was first featured way back here with my middle-of-July Halloween-y looking outfit, and remains a major closet MVP. Thank god for Target.

Happy Halloween, lovebugs!