Fall colors in springtime

Thursday, May 26, 2011


Shirt: Forever 21
Skirt: Anthropologie
Shoes: thrifted (originally Forever 21)
Bag: thrifted
Necklace: thrifted
Earrings: thrifted (thanks Kim)
Lipstick: colorlab, "Rogue Wave" (thanks Marie)
Bracelets: thrifted, stolen from sisters, gift from parents (thanks Mom), Orchid Lane
Nailpolish: Revlon, "Make Mine Mango"
Toenail polish: Revlon, "Cherries in the Snow"


I adore saturated colors in clothes. I also rarely follow seasonal dressing rules. (Who made those rules?? More importantly, who needs them??) So if I feel inclined to wear a warm, autumn-y, jewel-toned outfit in the third week of May, so be it!



I put this together this morning, and I haven't decided yet where I'll wear it. All I know is that I won't be wearing it today since its 43 DEGREES AND RAINING. WTF CHICAGO. I SAY TO YOU, W. T. F.



The shirt is a very soft, very thin cotton and has the cutest little buttons down the left side of the sleeve. It's super boxy so I tucked it into the pencil skirt to keep from looking like I was wearing a balloon. And speaking of the skirt, I must say, three years ago the idea of wearing a pencil skirt would have terrified me. I used to think that because pencil skirts were shaped the same way I was (slim in middle, wide at hips) that they'd accentuate any negatives. Turns out, clothes are SUPPOSED to work with you, not against you. This is why I look better in pencil skirts than A-line skirts, and better in bell-bottoms than skinnies. (Seems logical and simple, but I swear this realization changed everything.)



Emma and I found the necklace second handing (last seen here) on the same day I found the purse (last seen here), and my darling friend Kim found these earrings in Bucktown a few months back (last seen here).



There's a good chance I'll be investing in a tripod in the coming days...I'm unsure of how I feel about the prospect of not having my camera in my pictures. Buuuut, if all goes well, you guys will see me hands-free someday soon!

Stay warm if you're in Chicago.
And stay safe if you're anywhere in the Midwest. These storms aren't kidding around.
Happy Thursday.

Bill Cunningham New York + orange H&M

Monday, May 23, 2011


Dress: H&M
Shoes: Banana Republic
Necklace: Forever 21
Belt: vintage
Toenail polish: Revlon, "Cherries in the Snow"


This is what I wore last weekend to the Chicago opening of Bill Cunningham New York at the Music Box. I left my apartment afraid that I was horribly overdressed - turned out, it was just the opposite. The whole audience was DECKED, in their street style best, in homage to wonderful, sweet Bill.



Found this dress last week at H&M, the fit and color are glorious. I've always been drawn to orange clothes, but rarely buy them because they're often too Halloween-y. This color was burnt and matte, in perfect amounts.



The biting chill and bizzaro fog left me no choice but to wear a jacket - I opted for my trench, as I usually do. [Note: I was still freeeeeeeezing.]



I could've gotten all crazy with accessories on this one - but I was feeling more subdued than usual. I'm sure the next time it appears on the blog it'll be blinged out to the extreme - just wait for it :)

As for the movie,
go see it.
That's an order.
Even if you don't like fashion,
or New York,
or people,
or life.
(Actually, especially if you don't like life or people.)
Go see it.

Check the trailer!



Happy Monday!

Summertime Morticia

Friday, May 20, 2011


Dress: Anthropologie
Necklace: gift, Ann Taylor (thanks Mom)
Earrings: vintage (thanks Gram)
Sandals: Sam Edelman
Lipstick: colorlab, "Rogue Wave" (thanks Marie)
Toenail polish: Revlon, "Cherries In The Snow"

This dress has been on sale at Anthropologie since I first started working there - I kept eyeing it, wondering, imagining the possibilities. I'd pick it up to try on, then rule it out as too TOO for me, walk away, then wait for the itch to come again. Finally, this week, I gave in and tried it on.

The rest is history.



I bought it on Tuesday and have worn it four times since then. This is how I wore it to work this week. (Also, can I just say, I LOVE that this is a completely practical, normal, rational thing to wear to work. If I ever had to do the Every-Day-A-Suit thing I'd wilt so fast.) Two other girls who'd been side-eyeing this baby for a month came up to me to ask about it, and each left, happy and convinced, with her own. We were all afraid of it being too over the top, too crazy, too bright, too long, too whatever.



As it turns out, the gaudiness of this dress invites gaudiness in other places as well. It made more sense to just go with it than to try and quiet it down. So I did bright red lips and super flashy jewelry. (But then again, when do I ever wear subtle jewelry?)



The overall look became dramatic and somewhat spooky, but it felt perfect. The fabric of the dress is so airy and consistent, I'm sure I'll be wearing it all summer long.



I wish I could post a link for this baby on the Anthropologie website, but it's not online anymore! But to anyone who keeps returning to something that seems too over the top, COURAGE! Sometimes things work out!


GIVEAWAY WINNER! + Quick outfit

Friday, May 13, 2011


Sweater: Banana Republic
Tank: Old Navy
Skirt: Forever 21
Shoes: DSW, Tahari
Necklace: Forever 21
Bracelets: H&M, Orchid Lane, Forever 21, stolen from sisters, gifts from Mom & Dad... (thanks Mom)

Nailpolish: Essie "Borrowed & Blue", Chinaglaze "Re-fresh Mint"
Toenail polish: Chinaglaze "Frostbite"


Every year, when it finally gets legitimately hot, I get super uncomfortable. The weirdness only lasts for about a day - and it's always the first day where it is too hot to wear any layers. I walk outside in a short skirt and a tank top and feel totally obscene, like I'm walking around naked. It's a really weird, freeing, bizzare thing. Anybody else know what I'm talking about?



This is the outfit I wore on that day. I added an extra (super-thin) sweater because I was so ridiculously uncomfortable. Haha.



All of these pieces cost practically nothing - the most expensive part is the shoes ($89). The sweater was $35, the skirt was $6, the tank was $7, and all the jewelry was either a gift or under $10.



I was only walking around my neighborhood so I was actually wearing flats, but later on in the evening I went out for drinks and added my new Tahari guys. Aren't they ridiculously cool?! Sort of space age-y, yet sort of organic/earthly in shape....I'm obsessed with them.



And NOW, for the most exciting news of the day...
THE GIVEAWAY WINNER!

First off, I want to say THANK YOU to everybody who entered and left comments and reposted the giveaway. Because of all the traffic and new followers I got I was featured as the top Up And Coming blogger on Bloglovin' in the GL category 2 days in a row - - I can't tell you how cool it was! Many, many thanks to all of you.

The awesome reader who will be receiving a package of presents from me is..
SARA S!
Who left this really sweet note:

I'm Sara :)
You have the cutest clothes, the best fashion sense, and the greatest buying advice (the 100 words or less article was great)! Hope this flourishes and you become super successful!

I followed you on Google Friend Connect, and Bloglovin' and tweeted the link for the giveaway.

I also had my friend repost it on her blog because I don't have one of my own (I'm much too boring) http://lizna.tumblr.com/post/4...

I love the giveaway, especially the bag :)


SARA! Thank you so much!
Shoot me an email at melliott930 at gmail dot com and we'll work out all the details.

To everybody else, thank you again for entering!
I'll be doing more giveaways soon :)

Happy Friday!

Bell bottom blues

Monday, May 09, 2011


Shirt: Gap
Necklace: Forever 21
Jeans: the Farrah, AG Adriano Goldschmied
Belt: Calvin Klein
Shoes: Banana Republic
Nailpolish: Chinaglaze "Frostbite"


I'm not a pants girl. I'm less a jeans girl. I have a pair of Levi's from my sophomore year of high school that I wear once every couple of months, and a pair of boyfriend jeans from Banana Republic last summer that are so big I look ridiculous in them. I wear those once a month, if that. It's just impossible to find any that EVER fit me.

Well, it WAS impossible.



These puppies are changing the game! I'm OBSESSED. This is what I wore out Friday night to Coobah and Tiny Lounge. I've been lusting for a pair of high-waisted bell bottoms for god knows how long, and HERE THEY ARE! Finally!

This has to be a quick post, as I'm off to work, but GUESS WHAT!
I pick the giveaway winner TOMORROW!



Wanna enter to win these goodies plus a super cute thrifted bag?
Go to this post!

Remember,
+1 entry if you follow via Google Friend Connect
+1 entry if you follow via Bloglovin'
+2 entries if you repost the giveaway!

May the force be with you.

I've loved the good times here

Friday, May 06, 2011

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So many apologies for being absent this week - - I'm finding it's tough to balance a full time job, side gigs, teaching, and sleeping every once in a while. But I WILL be better!

This morning's post comes to us from Frank Ocean, the unfairly handsome singer from the Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All hip-hop collective in Los Angeles. He self-released his album Nostalgia, ULTRA in February after being completely ignored by the major label that signed him (cough cough, Def Jam). Way to be, Frank. Pick it up if you like this track - it's great.

The song, "Strawberry Swing", will probably sound familiar if you bought Coldplay's 2008 album "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends". But it's better here. Frank's voice glides over the backgrounds more deliciously than Chris Martin's ever could. The impending doom of the alarm clock at the end of the song breaks the dream perfectly.

67 and sunny in Chicago today...this is the perfect soundtrack.

"Strawberry Swing" - Frank Ocean
[scroll down & click the blue link by the jumping red arrow]

Happy Friday! And don't forget to enter the giveaway. 5 more days til I send out a little package of treasures to one of my fabulous readers!