Summer is for cotton

Friday, August 26, 2011

Tank: Old Navy
Belt: Anthropologie
Skirt: Anthropologie (last seen here)
Shoes: thrifted
Ankle bracelet: made for me by my students :)

Once again, I'm coming to you from the sky! In flight internet! Still amazed!

Thank you to those of you who left comments or sent notes along with condolences - they were so appreciated and thoughtful. The silver lining of this whole process has been feeling the love of everyone I come in contact with, and it's made the whole thing so much more bearable.

Now, to the outfit!

Summer is no time for synthetic fabrics.
Give me liberty! Give me something that breathes! Give me cotton!

Like almost every other outfit I post, this one works overtime. I can wear it to any occasion and feel comfortable. I almost wore it for this flight! But then realized that a) I'd be freezing and b) a cinched waist belt really isn't much fun when you're sitting for 4 1/2 hours.

The white detail on the bottom of the skirt and the bows on the toes of the flats both feel dainty, but not fussy. It's a balance I always try to strike, and it can be tough. As much as I love feminine detailing, nothing makes me feel less like myself than prissy, uncomfortable clothes. Luckily all four of this outfit's components are lived-in and ridiculously cozy.

These shoes are beyooooond beat up. I keep wearing them because they were such a score and the bow-to-pointy-toe ratio is perfection, but in all honesty I should stop. I figure when you're starting to get splinters THROUGH YOUR DAMN SHOES, it's time to heave-ho. Sigh.

Happy Friday, guys!
We're alive! Let's live!

A headband I can actually wear!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Headband: Forever 21
Necklace: Forever 21
Shirt: Anthropologie
Shorts: Anthropologie
Shoes: H&M
Lipstick: Revlon Colorstay Lipstain, "Stay Currant"

Guys. You will never believe this.
I am blogging from 36,000 feet in the air. WOAH.
I think in-flight internet is old news already, but let me tell you,
as someone who almost never flies
(and really hates the whole process)
this is awesome.

This is an outfit that seems to go ANYWHERE. I've worn it to work, Sunday brunch, a weekday park outing, and weekend cocktails. It's dressy, it's casual, it's uber comfortable but way more fun than sweatpants. (Sidenote: I don't think I actually own any sweatpants...bahaha.) Though I typically like to pile on all sorts of textures/colors/patterns/crazy, sometimes it's refreshing to find nice backdrop pieces and let the accessories do the talking.

Not that these backdrops are dull - these shorts have been so good to me all summer, and though this little black ballerina top has already started to pill in the four weeks I've owned it, it's incredibly flattering and easy to wear. Still, the main thing I love in this outfit is the HEADBAND/SCARF THINGY! I rarely wear scarves or headbands because my head is too big for them and it hurts (insert the obvious, deserved jokes here). But this little elastic wonder has been a dream!

The necklace was another excellent Forever 21 score, and another summertime all-star!

A little note:
The reason I'm flying is because my grandfather passed away last week, and I'm going to meet up with the rest of our family on the West Coast to celebrate his wonderful life. Just before we found out he was sick, I wrote him a letter, which isn't notable since we've been writing each other for years, but in this most recent letter I felt the need to remind him how dear he is to me. I did, and I'm so happy he read it before he died.
If you love somebody, for god's sake, tell them.
(Not to get all preachy on you! But I believe in love!)

Happy Tuesday to you, loves!

Inspired by...Atlantic-Pacific

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Shirt: Urban Outfitters
Skirt: Urban Outfitters
Necklaces: J. Crew, Payless, vintage (thanks Gram)
Trench: Ann Taylor
Glasses: Anthropologie
Earrings: vintage (thanks Gram)
Shoes: gift, Nine West (thanks Mom)

Today's outfit was inspired by one of my favorite blogs of all time, Atlantic-Pacific. It's the blog I most look forward to reading every day. Blair, it's author, has im-peccable style. She's East Coast. She's West Coast. She's feminine, she's boyish. She's glamorous, she's casual. She's avante-garde, she's comfortable. I could go on forever - I'll try not to. She's the bomb, basically.

All the above qualities are traits I love in dressing - every outfit I wear strives to be a combination of at least four of five of them. I think this outfit may be one of my only ones to hit ALL the bases. Feminine? Check the ridiculous stacked pearls. Masculine? Enter the flannel boyfriend shirt. Glamorous? Petal pink patent leather heels! Casual? Cotton stretch $20 dollar skirt.

Some good ol' fashioned shine, courtesy of J. Crew, my grandmother, and Payless. (A hilarious trio of sources.)

I'm not 100% sure where I'll be wearing this yet. In my dream world, I'd wear it to a Sunday lunch date in Grant Park with some pals. (Hmm, perhaps I'll make this happen tomorrow...)

I bought the skirt and shirt last weekend at Urban. Both have already been in major rotation - always a sign of a good purchase. I wore the skirt doing some library research earlier in the week, then wore it dancing on Thursday night (yay versatility!).

If you don't read Atlantic-Pacific already, I have two questions for you:

1 - why must you punish yourself?!
2 - what are you waiting for?!

I'm off to enjoy the weather! Hope you can do the same :)

Daily Makeup

Friday, August 12, 2011

My makeup routine is minimal. The one thing that I NEVER leave my apartment without is mascara, and other than that it completely depends on how much time I have before I'm late. I also don't put much money into makeup - the great majority of it is drugstore booty.

Here's what I wear on an average day!

Maybelline XXL PRO Volume Mascara in "Very Black"
(the more the better)

Maybelline Line Stylist eyeliner
(the only one I've ever found that doesn't slide or melt after an hour or two)

Banana Republic Rosewood perfume
(tester size for easy transportation)

Estee Lauder blush brush, used for applying...

1) Loreal True Match blush in "Spiced Plum",
and sometimes a dash of
2) PUR Mineral Glow

My Colorlab lipstick, in "Rogue Wave"

Burt's Bees beeswax lip balm

Back to School (...I Wish)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Sweater: Banana Republic
Belt: thrifted
Skirt: Forever 21
Shoes: Payless
Glasses: bought on the street in New York
Earrings: gift (thanks Heather)
Necklace: gift (thanks Julia)
Nailpolish: 10 "Showtime", OPI "Siberian Nights", Wet n Wild "Haze of Love", OPI "Passion", Sally Hansen "Flair"

It was under 75 degrees today! SWEATER TIME!
(Note: I don't even like sweaters. Just so excited to have the option again!)

I finished school a couple of years ago, but I still can't help feeling that back-to-school excitement in the air. I remember that back-to-school supply shopping in August was once the highlight of my summers. I would make a game plan for weeks with my sisters about exactly how we planned to take over our local Target, and get EVERYTHING we could ever dream of needing. Nothing quite like the magic in stacks of new notebooks and pens.

This is what I would wear to Day 1, if only I still had classes to attend...

Still having extreme polish ADD! Went with purples this week.

I can't wait to wear this skirt with all kinds of crazy colored tights - marigold, wine, perhaps light blue if I want to get real wild!

Happy Wednesday!

Most Valuable Players

Monday, August 08, 2011

Top 10 Closet MVPs
(in no particular order)

booty-magic-making black skinny 5-pocket leggings, banana republic

chocolate/tan kelly + katie flats, dsw

$5 final sale olive silk blouse, h&m

unreal vintage earrings, passed down from gram

leather jacket, the cross-season MVP, bagatelle

2 sizes 2 big floral dress, always belted within an inch of its life, h&m

shrunken navy velvet boyfriend blazer with hot pink lining, j crew

my version of the magic traveling pants (this shirt looks as good on all of my friends as it does me, and believe me, they've all borrowed it), h&m

swiss dot, sheer back-seamed tights, maybe the sauciest thing i own, banana republic

surprisingly mixable crazy cat lady cardi, banana republic

and my baby, my canon dslr

what are your MVPs, dudes?

Pretty Things + Closet Sketches! Pt. IV

Friday, August 05, 2011

I present to you,
Part IV of an ongoing collab
with superstar blogger,
style queen,
and IRL funky fresh lady,
Lauren of My Closet In Sketches!

Top: Forever 21
Skirt: thrifted (thanks Mai)
Bra: Calvin Klein
Belt: vintage (thanks Mom)
Earrings: thrifted (thanks Emma)
Shoes: DSW, Kelly + Katie*

The weather in Chicago has been HOT. And since I don't have an unlimited budget to buy stupid skimpy summer clothes that I only need because it's hot, I'm workin' on reworkin' a lot of the things I wear in the winter.

Here's the wintertime version of this ensemble:

If you haven't seen My Closet In Sketches, head over here and check it out ASAP!
Check out
Part I
Part II
and Part III
of our fabulous collab!

Guys, it's August! We're gonna make it!

*denotes wardrobe MVP!