Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Denial Twist

Coat: Goodwill
Jeans: J Crew
Boots: Jessica Simpson
Gloves: The Northface

Goodwill: the happiest place on earth. Or is that Disney World? Or the Puppy Bowl? (the obvious choice for the sports-spaceout/dog-obsessee) Anyway, there is rarely a time where I leave that establishment without a full plastic bag and a smile on my face. This past time, the plastic bag was filled with this coat! Among a sea of dingy Old Navy tshirts and grandma sweaters even my grandma wouldn't wear, I spotted a treasure. Shiver me timbers! Houndstooth! Red and Black! My Size! Exclamation points!

The my size part is a bit of a stretch. Actually, the coat could use some stretch... mostly in the arms. As you can see for yourself, the sleeves are a tad too short. Which puzzles me as the shoulders fit perfectly to my body. What type of person has arms half a foot shorter than mine?! Non-existent ones. Which leads to my eventual reasoning that the sleeves are meant to be short. Why would the company sell to people that don't even exist? See? Makes perfect sense... and with that I purchased the beautiful item for a definitely-worth-it $18. 

Houndstooth is my favorite print. Hands down. Sure, plaid is cool lately and leopard is the "newclassicorwhatever" but houndstooth has always had a soft spot in my heart. To top it off, this houndstooth is red and black. My red and black love has a more distinct beginning. And that coincides with my fandom for the White Stripes. I discovered Jack and Meg (more importantly Jack, of course) in the middle of high school and my obsession has lasted ever since. Say what you want about their music, Jack has an air about him that is irresistible. Trying to emulate some of their coolness, I found myself buying Red/White/Black clothing items more than anything else over the years. This coat will be a lovely addition to the collection. 

Oh and yes, I realize that my pointer fingers are glowing. No, they are not E.T. memorabilia, they are specially made for using touch screen items. Maybe this will make me cool enough to not feel intimidated going into the Apple Store next time. 

I leave you with this prize thanks to Google Images

Thursday, January 27, 2011

After Hours

Sweater, Tank Top and Skirt- Anthropologie
Flats- DSW
Pin- Vintage
Nail Polish- Bonita Gray with Sally Hansen Black Pen

I'm so thrilled to be back at blogging again after a few month break. My brother got me a tripod for Christmas, so I'll be able to post a lot more frequently. My goal is to post with self-taken shots every couple days and throw in photoshoot pictures around once a week. What better way to start with this awesome photoshoot? I'm such a sucker for themes. This one's pretty apparent...

What did I do last Saturday night? Hang out in the library, of course. Does that make me cool because I'm not afraid to admit it or still incredibly lame no matter how you look at it..? Please don't actually answer that. Good thing is, I was not studying (sorry Mom and Dad). The top floor is eerily cool as I discovered the one time I actually took a book out. I bought this amazing skirt and immediately wanted to venture back to take pictures.

You see, I could never pull off the sexy librarian look because I never had glasses. BUT NOW I DO. Seriously, you don't know how happy I was to find out my eyes were deteriorating. Trust me, it beats the  plastic crooked pair I used to wear  from Hot Topic when I was 13 (That with 4 pairs of rainbow toe socks...)  Love that the frames are black, and thick enough to stand out but thin enough to not reek of hipster. Reasonable cautions.

As much as I used the skirt to play up the conservative, early 70s-esque book-worm look, I think it goes beyond themes. It's beautifully made, extremely versatile color wise, and actually very comfortable. Oh, and warm. Cause apparently I live in Siberia. Fact.

Who knew I could enjoy a cowl neck so much? The Delia's catalogues would always show a cowl neck sweater named The Paige. I was resentful at 13. But perhaps it was a sign.

Enough for now. Crappy (but made with love) tripod pics to come.

Also, how great is that book title? I found it rather appealing.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Joan Drape-r

Crop top- Zara
Jumpsuit: Forever 21
Necklace: Vintage
Shoes: Merrel

I had always thought about putting these two clothing items together and never committed to it. The top has become a little too crop after many washes- which means many wears, I was very much in love with it last year- and the jumpsuit is a bit difficult to walk in as the pant legs always seem to fall below by feet. Nevertheless- I love the draping of the two of them combined- draping style of the 70s seems pretty popular lately- so I put my brave face, and carefully moving feet, forward. While these shoes don't have much style to them at all, I swear to you that they are the most comfortable flip flops you will ever wear. Try them. NOW. I definitely enjoyed myself in this outfit!

I also enjoyed myself on Halloween!
I was Joan Holloway from Mad Men- a show I've recently fallen for. I just downloaded season 3 today! Here's a picture of my costume:
I got a lot more 'I love Lucy" than Joan... but hey, both women know how to get what they want. 

Monday, November 1, 2010

Grey Gardens

Black Dress: Francesca's
Grey Dress: Forever 21
Tights: Macy's
Boots: Urban Outfitters
Belt: Forever 21
Nail Polish: OPI's An Affair in Red Square plus Essie's Matte About You

This is the first time I've ever layered one dress over another- and I really liked it! Layering for me can be hard- I dont typically like looking like a big puff ball. I just couldn't give up this grey dress to Summer- I really wanted to find a way to keep wearing it. So the black long-sleeved dress and different belt seemed to be the best option. And these tights! I love tights! SO MANY TIGHTS. This is probably the only reason I'm excited for the colder weather.

I wish I had a close up picture of my nails. Because they were so great that I couldn't stop staring at them for days. My roommate has that Essie polish which when you put over any other color, it'll make it matte. For some reason, the contrast between the matte and the shiny red was spectacular. Reminded me of  those old fashioned matte Christmas ornaments-

which are just awesomeness in themselves
Happy belated Halloween/early Christmas!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Salute Your Shorts

Shirt: Army Barracks 
Leggings: Forever 21
Boots: Jessica Simpson
Pin: Vintage
Headband: Forever 21

Okay, disclaimer- sorry this shirt is wrinkled. If my mom saw this, I'd most definitely get quite a lecture. My excuse was that I was just too excited to iron it- I had to wear it now! I put together a trip to Salem with a bunch of friends and had a truly fantastic time. Let alone just enjoying being out of the city, I had never been surrounded by so many people in costume in one place which made me happy. I'm a sucker for anything festive and I couldn't think of a better word to describe that town. It was really cool to see such high spirits about one idea spread throughout thousands of people. ANYWAY, the point of this is that in the midst of browsing through stores straight out of Harry Potter world - why didn't I buy that 'make people do what you want potion kit'?- the most popular store for our group was actually the Army Barracks. Everyone had a blast trying on everything- and I fell in love with the shirt. The whole military craze kinda won me over and I was surprised with how well the button down fit me as typically I run into trouble on a certain button. 

Also, the pin is just an added touch. I had told my mom that I could use some accessories for my halloween costume (which is Joan Holloway) and she sent me a huge box of jewelry that blew me away. Her jewelry collection is wonderful and she's always been very generous about letting me borrow them even though I have a bad record of breaking necklaces. So look for more jewelry in the next couple (hundred) posts!

Hopefully my hiatus is over! Feels good again to put this together. 

Thursday, October 21, 2010

It's Okay

Sweater- Urban Outfitters
Blouse- Free People
Jeans- J. Crew
Shoes- DSW
Well, it's been a really long time since I've made a new post. Things have been a bit hectic with midterms and such and I just couldn't seem to think of anything to say. I did wear some cute outfits that I never got to document, which makes me sad, but that means I'll have to just put them all back on again one day and take a lot of pictures and everything will be good again. Time keeps movin- and soon enough it will be Wednesday where I can completely devote myself to the joy that is my new blog. Cool beans!

As for this outfit, I was having one of those days and this sweater just gives me a really good feeling. I think it's the color. Or the zippers. Or the pockets. GOSH I love pockets. I never thought to pair that shirt with the sweater and when I did I just had to smile. 

Enough rambling.
As I thought about trying back on all my old outfits- this popped into my head
Kind of awesome. Who knew Shia could look so good in a dress?

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Retro Urban Cowgirl?

Denim Shirt: Sarah Jessica Parker for Steve & Barry’s 
Daisy Blouse: Goodwill
Skirt: Proenza Schouler for Target
Boots: Anthropologie
The denim shirt! How trendy of me. Actually, I think I got this shirt in 2007 and at that time I had no idea how to wear it. Typically I would throw it over a sundress and call it a success. Then I moved onto buttoned with black skinny pants and a scarf. That was a big deal. Now I'm allowed to wear it with whatever I want- even more denim! Whaaa? That's crazy talk. (still havent ventured there... not really sure if those magazines are just trying to trick me into looking like JLo) 
I have loved this skirt for a while too. Sadly, I think it needs to be retired. Its lining has almost completely disconnected from the rest of it, forcing me to reach up there after approximately every 50 feet, trying to be subtle but maybe screaming 'Dont look at me!' to a swarm of students might not be the best approach... Sigh! But I love it. 
Notice how two of my clothing items are from special designer lines. I used to get really excited about them- especially the Proenza Schouler. Now it seems like you could pick 1/10 people from imdb or 7/10 people from mtv and they'd have one. Give me DVF at Forever 21 and maybe I'll start paying attention again. (and by maybe I mean 'HOLYCANOLE where is my purse')
Also, for anyone that actually  knows my life and notices the post dates seem a litte off- it's because I recently switched my blog from tumblr to blogspot. So these were my posts from there. Tumblr looked great but quickly became limiting so I'm really happy I made the switch over to here. Improvements will keep happening. Yay for blogging! And not doing homework.