Crazy Pattern Mixing (Don't Call It a Comeback)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Cardigan: J Crew | shirt: J Crew | Pants: Banana Republic 
Scarf: Nastygal | Purse: Banana Republic | Shoes: Banana Republic 

2 plaids, 2 black & white graphics!

Shirts: Madewell, Forever 21 | Necklace: Anthropologie | Skirt: Banana Republic
Coat: Banana Republic | Shoes: Ann Taylor 

Leopard, tartan, beads, pleats.

Shirt: Old Navy | Dress: Anthropologie | Belt: Ann Taylor | Tights: HUE
Booties: Clark's | Purse: Banana Republic 

These patterns have eerily similar color schemes -  so why not? 
My neighborhood cat seemed to enjoy the combo.

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The Bartender: The Lemony Snicket

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A bright, citrus-y, herb-y drink to cleanse your palate between all of the cream & chocolate & butter courses you're about to be eating. 

The Lemony Snicket 
2 parts Boodles British gin
3 dashes Scrappy's Lavender bitters 
1 part simple syrup 
the juice of 1 lemon, strained 
1 sprig rosemary

Stir all ingredients but rosemary together in a glass full of ice until very cold, 
strain into a rocks glass & top with rosemary. 

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The Journey Home. A SWIILPT playlist.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

I'll be traveling back to the beautiful Midwest for the holidays this week! I can't wait for snow + hot toddies + caroling +  playing music with my family + galavanting around Chicago with my friends + watching the fat squirrels in my backyard try to eat all our bird feeders + watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas 1,000 times + playing board games + wrapping presents with the grace & precision of a first grader + cooking with my sisters + laying around in pajamas + having drinks with high school loves that never fade no matter the distance between us. 

This playlist is how it feels when I go home.

Enjoy & happy travels to you if you're headed home for the holidays!

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Last Week Tonight: Outfit roundup

Sunday, November 16, 2014

This week was a lot of blacks, whites, & neutrals. Also a lot of repeat players, which I'm hoping is a sign that my ability to utilize my closet successfully is growing.

{ Monday } 

 Top, pants, sweater, purse, necklace: Banana Republic | Scarf: Nastygal | Shoes: Jessica Simpson 

{ Tuesday } 

Purse: Banana Republic | Scarf: Nastygal | Shoes: Dr. Scholl's
Dress, jacket: Anthropologie
| Rings: Francesca's, Therapy, Banana Republic 

{ Wednesday }

Purse: Banana Republic | Scarf: Nastygal | Shoes: Dr. Scholl's
Denim: AG
| Shirt: Free People | Necklace: H&M | Lipstick: Albeit "Vermillion"
Rings: Francesca's, Therapy, Banana Republic, Penelope's Chicago 

{ Thursday } 

Booties, dress, cardigan: Anthropologie | Tights: HUE | Necklace: Banana Republic
Trench: Everlane
| Lipstick: Albeit "Persimmon" 

{ Friday } 

Glasses: Forever 21 | Purse, necklace, sweater: Banana Republic | Scarf: Nastygal
Belt: thrifted
| Denim: Gap | Booties: Clarks | Tshirt: Anthropologie 

{ Saturday } 

Purse: Banana Republic | Dress: Papercrown | Belt: thrifted | Jacket: Urban Outfitters 

 { Sunday } 

Purse: Philip Lim for Target | Denim: Banana Republic | Shoes: Gap | Sweater: J Crew
Belt: thrifted
| Scarf: Nastygal | Hat: Old Navy 

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10 Albums that Remind Me to be a Bad Ass Bitch, made by 10 incredible bad ass bitches.

Friday, November 14, 2014

In no particular order, all listed with great love and respect. 
[ Disclaimer: pop music is my favorite kind of music, so most of this list is pop-y. ] 

True - Solange (2012)
This album is short and powerful - only 7 songs, but each of them packs heat. Solange croons honestly about heartache and confusion over airy, pulsing rhythms and you feel like she's reading your diary. 

Favorites: "Losing You", "Lovers in the Parking Lot", "Don't Let Me Down"

Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 - Janet Jackson (1989)
I remember hearing bits and pieces of this album as a kid, and absolutely adoring it. It's so perfectly named - the whole thing pounds and cranks along like machinery. I love the dose of hair-banging 80s rock, I love the twinkling xylophones, I love the fearless, ferocious quality of the album as a whole. 

Favorites:  "Rhythm Nation", "Miss You Much", "Love Will Never Do (Without You)", Escapade", "Black Cat"

Body Talk - Robyn (2012)
A modern electropop classic. Every song leaves you bleeding, in the best way. [ Side story: one summery Sunday after college I watched my best friends pile into a car to roadtrip to Milwaukee to see Robyn perform Body I got ready to go to work. I will NEVER forget the irrational rage I felt toward my job, my life, and everything in the universe on that morning that was keeping me from going with them.] 

Favorites: "Dancing on my Own", "Indestructible", "Hang With Me", "Dancehall Queen"

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill - Lauryn Hill (1998)
This one has been a standby since I was a little kid, reading the Sunday ads that came in the paper, checking each week to see if Lauryn was still listed in the bestsellers at Target & Best Buy (she always was). This album digs deep into you, lays you out flat, then pulls you back off the ground again. Gorgeously vulnerable, but never weak for even a moment. It shattered records, blew our minds, became absolutely irreplaceable. 

Favorites: "Ex-Factor", "To Zion", "Doo Wop (That Thing)", "Every Ghetto, Every City"

Pure Heroine - Lorde
Angsty, minimal, odd lyrics and beats spun together to create a perfect mood. The very first words of the whole album sum it up: "Don't you think that it's boring how people talk / making smart with their words again, well I'm bored / because I'm doing this for the thrill of it, killin' it / never not chasing a million things I want". 

Favorites: "400 Lux", "Buzzcut Season", "Team"

Loud - Rihanna (2010)
Perhaps because it reminds me of late nights running around Chicago at age 23, perhaps because Rihanna is the master of the art of DGAF, perhaps because this album is full of perfect pop songs. The subject matter is familiar and the lyrics aren't particularly piercing, but Rihanna's voice gets it all. She knows.

Favorites: "What's My Name", "Only Girl in the World", "California King Bed", "Man Down"

Take Me When You Go - Betty Who (2014)
The most danceable, sing-a-long-able, joyful celebration of young love I've ever heard. Betty Who sees all of it (uncertainty, nerves, laughs, firsts, lasts, fights, and the lovers themselves) with an incurable optimism and at the end of it you know she's wise beyond her 23 years. 

Favorites: "Just Like Me", "Runaways", "Alone Again", "California Rain"

Morning - Amel Larreiux (2006)
Amel is a poet, and her way with words is only matched by her effortless vocals. This album makes me want to dance, curl up with a huge mug of tea, read epic novels, learn new languages, buy plane tickets, march down the street high-fiving people, drive to the beach at 4 AM to watch the sun come up. Her effervescent spirit is 100% contagious. 

Favorites: "No One Else", "Earn My Affections", "Morning", "Just Once"

Frank - Amy Winehouse (2003)
The title sums it: this album is frank. There are no frills, no elaborate language, no rose-colored glasses. It's smudgy and dark and definitely intoxicated, and that raw honesty grabs me in the gut. It sounds so real it's easy to miss the beautiful instrumental arrangements in the background, or the ease with which Amy's voice navigates some crazy notes. 

Favorites: "Stronger Than Me", "I Heard Love Is Blind", "In My Bed", "What Is It About Men"

4 - Beyonce (2011)
I know I said I wouldn't play favorites, but....
this one wins, for me. In fact it wins so hard that I am incapable of picking favorite tracks.

Favorites: ALL. OF. THEM.

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Most Valuable Players: 2

Sunday, November 09, 2014

I'm still doing my best to not shop, so in the spirit of loving the one you're with, here is a salute to the Most Valuable Players in my closet. There for me in bad times & good, whether I'm feeling ignited or uninspired, these bad boys always come through for me. As a collection they feel decidedly Classic - which can be dull unless mixed with the proper doss of sass, which I think they always are. 

I did an MVP post back in 2011, and crazily enough, a couple of the gems on that list made this one, too. I marked those two off, along with this year's one-to-watch: from all places, Dr. Scholl's. 

I also added links to some of my favorite outfits these guys have been featured in. 

 { Madewell chambray button-down. } 

On the blog: 8 times 

{Anthropologie Pure & Good t-shirt. } 

On the blog: remarkably, only 2 times 

{ AG Stevie Ankle denim. } 
*available here

On the blog: 10 times 

Favorite features: A Prim & Proper (Thrifted) Jacket, A New Kind of Winter, Heads Up,
California Girls (shot by Danielle Elliott), Furry Girl (shot by Allen Dayag)

 { Urban Outfitters BDG racer back cotton tank. } 

On the blog: front + center? 1 time.
(But unseen superstar in countless outfits.)

Favorite feature: Ballerina Dreams 

{ H&M silk blouse. } 

On the blog: 4 times

Favorite features: Old Faithful, Gold Standard, Summer Silk
and in my very first outfit post EVER, Edie-Glam/Man Pants 

{ Banana Republic Sloan skinnies. } 
*available here!

On the blog: 9 times 

{ Dr. Scholl's leopard pony hair flats. } 
*available here

On the blog: 1 time.

{Anthropologie Pilcro "Avie" denim jacket. } 
*available here!

On the blog: 9 times

{ Anthropologie Charlie & Robin mohair cardigan. } 

On the blog: 3 times 

Favorite features: California Girls (photographed by Danielle Elliott), Gypsy Woman 

{ Banana Republic + Mad Men lace shell. } 

On the blog: 4 times 

Happy Sunday!

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