October 27, 2010
I’ve been playing around with the pieces in my closet and it’s been fun finding new life in old clothes. Today I played mixmaster and paired the blouse with a black and white plaid skirt and topped it off with a thin royal blue sweater.
I accessorized with a quilted black handbag, black pumps, and a royal blue ring.
[SKIRT: Body Central; BLOUSE: Thrifted (circa 2005); SWEATER: Walmart; SHOES: Charlotte Russe; HANDBAG: Express; RING: Gifted]
October 26, 2010
Not only does this sweater have my much-loved mix of blue and gold, but it also has a red and black plaid panel in the front. (It reminds me a bit of a lumberjack, but hey, maybe that’s part of the appeal.) I haven’t hit the lottery since my last case of wardrobe envy, so you won’t be seeing me in this cardigan in the near—or distant—future. But because I like a challenge (and because I really like this costly yet covet-worthy cardigan), I played around with a few pieces in my closet last night so you may see me in something, ahem, inspired by this sweater in the future…
October 25, 2010
So today's ensemble isn't necessarily made for 90 degree weather (nor is it made for the strong gusts of wind that came with today's fall heat wave), but I kind of don't care. I like it.
Today, I paired my faux leather skirt with a chambray top and a thin gray sweater. I like the combination of solid neutrals and the mix of textures. I think it's simplicity at its finest.
I added a pair of black lace-up heels and my red Brahmin bag. I accessorized with silver jewelry--a pair of self-made earrings and a wire ring.
[SKIRT: Forever 21; TOP: Thrifted; SWEATER: Forever 21; SHOES: Charlotte Russe; HANDBAG: Brahmin; EARRINGS: Self-made; RING: Queen Beauty Supply]
October 23, 2010
Monday: an outfit post featuring a fall-appropriate version of my green handkerchief skirt
Tuesday: a quick post showcasing my two new vintage handbags
Wednesday: an outfit post featuring what I wore when I headed "back to school"
Thursday: a little Dolce & Gabbana wardrobe envy and a two-for-one outfit post featuring my go-to rainy day ensembles
Friday: answering a reader's request for tips on layering clothes in cold weather
October 22, 2010
Here are a few tips (with examples from previous posts) that I keep in mind when layering:
1. Use thin, lightweight fabrics. This is especially true for warmer months. (In colder weather, you can layer with heavier fabrics, but make sure that the bulky item--like a heavy coat--serves as the outer layer.) In the pictures below, I used thin fabrics to keep from overheating (it was summer…in Texas) and adding bulk.
2. Play with colors, patterns, and textures. When it comes to layering, contrast is the name of the game. For example, layering black on black won’t be as visually appealing as layering black on white. In the first picture below, I created contrast by wearing a thin, striped long-sleeved thermal-like shirt underneath a thicker, solid short-sleeved military top. In the second picture, the bright green ruffles stand out against the dark navy blue v-neck sweater.
3. Layer with outerwear. In colder climates, outerwear is a good way to layer. Hoodies, coats, and jackets can be used to create warm layers while still being fashionable. In the first picture below, I wore a hooded faux leather jacket over a thin blouse. In the second picture, I wore a short-sleeved faux leather jacket over a thin cami.
4. Wear heels to elongate your legs. Because layering can cause the illusion of shortened height, it can be tricky for shorter girls, so add heels to give yourself a few more inches and create a longer silhouette.
5. Check out the glossies. Fashion magazines can definitely offer up some inspiration when it comes to layering. I haven't been able to read the November issues yet, but I've skimmed them and seen lots of layering.
So tell me: Do you agree with my tips? Disagree? Got a tip to add to the list?
October 21, 2010
Yesterday I wore a pair of dark olive pants with a red and white striped top. I accessorized with a brown gold-studded skinny belt, red earrings, gold bracelets, a ring, and brown lace-up shoes.
[TOP: Forever 21: PANTS: Ralph Lauren (Thrifted); SHOES: Charlotte Russe; HANDBAG: Coach (Vintage); EARRINGS: (I don’t remember); BRACELETS: Borrowed; BELT: Charlotte Russe; RING: Forever 21]
Today I wore a pair of wide-leg pants. Very wide. I’ve been having them for a while and I really like them, but after seeing pictures, I don’t know that they’re very flattering. Even with heels, they’re still very long on me and tend to create a pool of fabric at my feet. Hm. I accessorized with a pair of camel-colored ruffle shoes, my new vintage bag (is that an oxymoron?), a black braided skinny belt, and self-made leopard ring.
[TOP: Walmart; PANTS: Walmart; SHOES: Urban Original; BELT: Charlotte Russe; EARRINGS: Gold Beauty Supply; HANDBAG: Vintage (Thrifted); RING: Self-made]
Gorgeous color? Check. Polka dots? Check. Tie neck? Check. Black lace? Check. I mean, what's not to love about this? Besides the $518 price tag, that is. Sigh. If you need me, I'll be off somewhere cursing my lack of discretionary income.
October 20, 2010
The last time I wore this skirt was during the summer when I paired it with a white tank for a simple and casual look. Yesterday, I wore it with a striped tie-neck blouse.
I accessorized with pumps, a clutch, and a ring. Oh, and an unbelievably adorable 5-year-old.
[TOP: Thrifted; SKIRT: Forever 21; SHOES: Bakers; CLUTCH: Thrifted; RING: Gifted]
October 19, 2010
I purchased this beauty (for 7 freakin' bucks!) on Saturday during a trip to Casa View. I am absolutely in love with the color. And the shape. And the texture. And the size. Sigh.
I also just purchased this authentic Coach bag for $12. Yes, twelve dollars. It was originally priced at $20, but it was marked down to $12.
I'm definitely happy with my new bags and I'm sure you'll be seeing them on the blog. Often.
October 18, 2010
The last time I wore this skirt was in the summer, so to make it fall-appropriate, I added a jacket, swapped out the sandals for the pumps, and switched up the accessories.
I'm all for buying clothes that are versatile can be worn in multiple seasons, so I think I'll get plenty of wear out of this skirt.
Here's the supporting cast:
[SKIRT: Goodwill; TANK: Walmart: JACKET: Forever 21; SHOES: Bakers; CLUTCH: Ross; BELT: Stein Mart; NECKLACE: Bakers; EARRINGS: Sam Moon; BRACELET: Forever 21; RING: Forever 21]
IN OTHER NEWS: I was interviewed by Cat over at The ABC's of College and my feature is now posted on her blog. Cat does a phenomenal job of providing information about college. I wish this blog existed when I was in school! Thanks Cat!
October 16, 2010
Monday: a budget-friendly duplication of Olivia Palermo's promo shot for season 2 of The City
Tuesday: a quick post about a covet-worthy ModCloth dress
Wednesday: an outfit post featuring navy blue, lime green, and tan (with a bit of leopard thrown in for good measure)
Thursday: an outfit post featuring my attempt to pull off Parisian chic
Friday: a peek at the items from my most recent thrift store haul
October 15, 2010
PLAID PANTS. I absolutely love the huge cuff on these pants. Plus, I like my pants long, and these are the perfect length. I could see myself wearing these with a trench.
TIE-NECK BLOUSE. I adore the puffy sleeves on this blouse. It's a Forever 21 top, but I found it at the thrift for $4!
PRINTED SKIRT. I love the different shades of brown in this skirt. I think I might pair this with a solid top and my leopard-print pumps.
[PANTS, CHAMBRAY TOP, and SKIRT: Goodwill; BLOUSE: Casa View Thrift]