Sienna, Sequins, and Obsession

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Shirt: Sanctuary
Skirt: gift, Macy's (thanks Mom)
Tights: ...can't remember...
Shoes: thrifted, originally Forever 21
Necklace: J Crew
Nailpolish: OPI "Kennebunk-Port", Revlon "Make Mine Mango", Forever 21 nameless yellow, OPI "Jade Is The New Black", Chinaglaze "Frostbite"

So. Once upon a time, zillions of years ago, (and by that I mean 2006), Sienna Miller wore a short, gold sparkly Burberry dress. I believe it was to the Costume Institute Gala in New York...but anyway. The image of that dress is burned into my memory. I was obsessed with it - everything it evoked, everything it spoke, every mood and movement it called to mind. I can't really explain why. Here's the best picture I could find of it:

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Given my level of obsession it would have made sense to just buy it, but there were several problems there: a) I didn't have/don't have/will never have that kind of money, b) it's too short for me, and c) the top half of it would make me look like a no-necked, short-torso-ed loon. So the dream was abandoned, til last week when I opened a little package from my mother carrying the most LOVELY golden, sequined skirt.

The fact that it's a skirt and not a dress has actually been awesome. It's allowed me to have more fun with top and accessory options, so I can take the mood of the dress I love and make it a little more my own...a little more mis-matchy.

I found this awesome eyelet blouse at Macy's this week on sale. I didn't originally have it in mind to go with the skirt, but I really liked the idea of the holes in the fabric complementing the circular sequins on the skirt. Plus, pairing casual, military eyelet with fancy gold sequins seems to make no sense - - which makes me like the idea of it even more.

Sienna wore black shoes with her dress - a logical choice, but I don't wear black shoes all that often, and wanted something to go with the soft, warmer hues of the skirt and top.

I admit that my nails were incidental, but aren't they FUN??? I haven't had rainbow nails since I was about 13...!

I hope to wear this at some point this weekend while one of my BEST, BEST friends is in town visiting! I have no Gala to attend, but I'm sure we'll think of something fancy to do :)

Happy Wednesday!

New Job, New Shoes, New Season

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Jacket: Banana Republic
Dress: borrowed, Target (thanks Emma)
Belt: gift, Ann Taylor (thanks Mom)
Tights: Gap
Necklace: Banana Republic
Shoes: Payless

[Disclaimer: Try to avoid looking directly into my creepy monster eye in the above photo.]

I wore this outfit to a party with work friends earlier this week. I recently got a new job (YAYY!!) and put in my two weeks, so it's starting to hit me how much I'm gonna miss seeing them on a daily basis. But anyway! On to the clothes.

Emma and I found this dress at Target last fall (the same day I bought the white lace shirt that I've been wearing so much this winter). I was having one of those "I-Hate-Everything-In-My-Closet" days, and as always, Emma was there to save the day! It's way shorter than something I'd ordinarily wear but the opaque olive slip made up for it.

I was determined to wear a dress to this party, in spite of the random bout of unseasonably cold weather, so the tights and jacket were necessary additions (especially considering the half-mile walk to the bus stop to get there). Luckily my friend Alejandra found this jacket at Banana on sale for a cool $28 dollars, and even more luckily it was in MY SIZE! I've had it for three days and worn it three times - $28 buckaroos well spent!

I liked the combination of all these textures. (Wish I could have figured out a way to show the lining of the jacket! It's so cool.) This necklace has turned out to be a power player, considering it was an impulse purchase to ensure an outfit was in dress code at work. As you can see it's missing the little gem that's supposed to go in the square space, but whatever. A wee more deconstructed, and still cute.

These are my celebratory "I-Got-The-Job!" shoes :) Again, ridiculously cute for ridiculously cheap - $35 in total. So here's the breakdown:
Necklace: $30
Dress: $0 (borrowed)
Jacket: $28
Belt: $0 (gift)
Tights: $8
+ Shoes: $35

I hope you're all having a fabulous, stress-free weekend. And it's Earth Hour tonight, so don't forget to unplug and turn out your lights between 8:30 and 9:30!


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Dress: thrifted, XOXO
Shirt: Target
Tights: Gap
Shoes: Banana Republic
Bracelets: H&M, Paris (thanks Bizzy), Orchid Lane
Earrings: gift (thanks Kim)
Nailpolish: "Make Mine Mango", Revlon
Lipstick: Rogue Wave, Colorlab (thanks Marie)

FIRST OFF. Big apologies for not updating lately - - I haven't had internet in about 9 days and it's been a righteous pain. But soon enough order will be restored. In the meantime, I'm posting this from a downtown Starbucks, between lessons, with baristas peering over my shoulders...

Now that the weather is relatively tolerable, I'm finally putting away my heavy sweaters and Sorel boots and pulling out all my lighter-weight clothes. Inspiration is absolutely everywhere right now and I was particularly taken with J Crew's Spring 2011 lookbook (honestly, who wasn't. It was all so, so dreamy). I decided to base an outfit around the hair/makeup - something I almost never do, considering my typical makeup routine consists of smooshing on some blush and making sure I've brushed my teeth. But I liked the punchy orangey-red lipstick and side pony combo enough to give it a whirl.

This was my most direct interpretation of it...

Then I decided to throw on a blue oxford to help fight off the crisp air. I honestly can't wait to wear this baby tied up with a low hanging maxi skirt and chunky necklace and get all 70s...

Since I never wear much makeup this red lipstick from my awesome friend Marie is always exciting to wear. The thrill never wears off - - maybe that's the true magic about a really good tube of red lipstick. I added this IN-CRED-I-BLE pair or orange steel earrings that my wonderful, extremely stylish friend Kim picked up for me at a boutique in Bucktown a couple of months ago. They're fabulous - I can't wait to wear them with an entirely camel-colored outfit :) I'll get a better image of them up soon!

I plan on wearing this the first time I get to sit outside at a bar and sip a mojito. Come onnnnnn, 65 degrees, I know you're out there somewhere...

Come back round, round, round

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

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Oh Land released her second album, Oh Land, today. I could not possibly be more excited. If it was a cocktail, the recipe would be one part wonder, one part escape, two parts synth, and a twist of earnest, frenetic energy. I've only had it for a few hours, but so far highlights include "Wolf and I", "Sun of a Gun", "White Nights", and "Helicopter". Additionally, her music video for the single "Sun of a Gun" is full of style inspiration, in the same vein for me as Rihanna's "Only Girl (In The World)" was. One fabulous woman, several cameras, expansive spaces and delicious wardrobe changes. Absolutely dreamy, check it out below!

And just because she is so completely charming, here's an acoustic version that looks like it could have been shot on a Chicago rooftop. I can't wait for the weather to be nice enough to have these moments again.

"Sun of a Gun" - Oh Land
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What music videos inspire you? What are ya listening to lately? I'm curious...

Pretty Things + Closet Sketches! Pt. II

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Lovely news :)

My awesome, awesome friend Lauren at My Closet in Sketches has drawn up another of my outfits! This ensemble was inspired entirely by Lauren's idea from a couple weeks ago on her post Audrey, Tattooed - making an old clutch new by covering it with a scarf!

Here's the original photo she sketched from:

Yes yes, I believe it's time for Blog Squeal number two...

I highly recommend you check out her blog - - LOADS of inspiration, LOADS of talent. Hopefully someday soon Lauren and I will be in the same locale and can do a realtime collab!

You can check out Lauren's first sketch of me here.

Happy Wednesday to you all :)

PS - I know I've been slow about responding to comments the past couple weeks - - please don't mistake the slowness for a lack of love and appreciation! You are all the BEST!

Recital Outfit, #1

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Headband: Forever 21
Dress: Banana Republic
Belt: gift, Ann Taylor (thanks Mom)
Shoes: Payless

As you may know if you've been reading this blog for a looooong time, I am what I like to think of as a "Recovering Violinist". My whole life all I wanted was to be a musician, but I ran into a bunch of negative musical experiences, and as a result walked away from it for several years.

That being said, I am about to give my first recital since I was 19 years old. I'm excited and panicky and I absolutely cannot wait. Here I am, true to form, trying to pick an outfit before I've even picked a venue :) I'll be posting a few different outfit options, and I'd love any/all opinions to help with the decision making process!

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Outfit Possibility #1 is inspired by this Oscar de la Renta dress Carrie Bradshaw wore during the sixth season of Sex and the City. Her artist boyfriend Aleksander Petrovsky takes her to the opera and gifts this gem to her before they go. Petrovsky then asks for her hand in a dance in the Lincoln Center courtyard, in front of a bunch of people, next to a string quartet. Carrie proceeds to faint because she's completely overwhelmed by the absurd romance of it all. Which is legit, I would have fainted too. Buuuut I digress.

I bought this hot pink number at BR last weekend, on final sale for $22 - not bad, considering I'd been wanting it since January when it was going for $110. The fit isn't as exquisite as the color, so I added a wide patent leather belt to help keep everything in place.

The big challenge with recital outfits is that the accessories have to be very minimal - no necklaces (could make it tough to hold my violin), no bracelets (can't have them rattling around throwing off my rhythm), no rings (they'd get in the way of my fingers). I figured a pretty headband might be a nice way to make it fancier.

What do you guys think? Any other musicians out there with recital outfit advice? I'll be posting a couple more options soon!

PS. Changed up my layout a bit in the past couple of days, I hope you like it!

Don't worry if I write rhymes, I write checks

Friday, March 04, 2011

Here's a few things making me happy today:

Drying orangey-yellow roses, still trying to figure out where to use them...

Adorable cards from my loved ones.

New Capri Blue Volcano candle, I am OBSESSED.

And finally, a song by miss Uffie. I first heard this track through my favorite music blog, MP3 Medication, quite a long time ago. It has resurfaced through iTunes shuffling and is once again my ridiculous, hilarious, awesome personal anthem. Here's the trippy music video.

"Difficult" - Uffie
[scroll to the bottom & click the orange link]

Happy Friday!

I only care about you & me

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Trench: Ann Taylor (thanks Mom)
Shirt: Ann Taylor (thanks Mom)
Necklace: gift (thanks Mom)
Skirt: Banana Republic
Tights: a wig store at Wilson/Broadway
Shoes: Nine West (thanks Mom)
Hat: Banana Republic
Purse: Jessica Simpson (thanks D)
Nailpolish: OPI "Jade Is The New Black", Chinaglaze "Re-fresh Mint"

I'm returning from a wee blogging vacation post Bloggiversary - it was lovely and restful, so I'm back and ready to roll! Today's outfit was...well, sponsored by my mother, basically. My mother and March-crisp-weather-optimism.

I've been obsessed with pattern mixing and brightly colored florals lately, so I thought I'd do a little palate cleanser and focus on another major inspiration: ballerinas! I've always been drawn to the beiges, blushes, pinks, greys and blacks of tutus, but since I am no ballerina the closest I can come to a real tutu is this outfit.

This hat first came out at my store in August - I didn't buy it for some stupid reason, and by the end of a few weeks they were all gone. Then, miracle of miracles, I was shopping at the BR in my hometown in December and there was ONE LEFT in the bottom of a clearance bucket. I squealed like a child, I swear. Now it's mine!

I bought the tights a couple years ago to be part of my Halloween costume (snowflake). I've always dreamed of wearing white skirts/pants/tights, particularly in the spring, but as any other girl who isn't a size 0 can tell you, white on the bottom is TRICKY. I've been trying to find a way to wear these tights that doesn't scream a) 6 year-old girl, b) Halloween costume, or c) trashy lingerie. I think this skirt is the only one I have that could be paired with white tights and look chic.

Yet another appearance by the candy-drop necklace from my Mom!

And now, a song I can't stop listening to from the lovely Elizabeth & the Catapult. My pal Steve over at the AV Club invited me to check them out at Martyr's when they were touring with Greg Laswell in the summer of 2009. We had the pleasure of speaking with some of her band after the show - they were gracious, funny, and very cool. Back then they were touring to support their album Taller Children, which I highly recommend. But their recently released The Other Side of Zero is giving Taller Children a run for its money. Buy them both if you're into sunny, crisp indie pop.

Here's the adorable music video for "You and Me".

"You and Me" - Elizabeth and the Catapult
[scroll to the bottom & click the orange link]

Happy Wednesday!