Sunday, October 31, 2010

Wired for Now...

Can anyone tell me what the most important food group is? On a day like today? Sugar, of course! And not a meal went by without it. Fortunately, (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it) my work is right next to a Nestle Tollhouse bakery, and we often get free cookies. Today they had Halloween sprinkles on their chocolate chip cookies, and they matched my outfit! So I knew I had to come home and take pictures with one. I'm silly, what else can I say?

I'm not used to how short the days are becoming. I went to work thinking it would be light enough to take pictures outside afterwards, but I was mistaken. One of these days I'll get my act together and actually take a decent picture. Maybe I should actually read the instruction manual for my camera. Well, this is as good as it gets for now. Happy Halloween!

Shirt: Gift from sister via Buffalo Exchange // Cardigan: Trifted // Skirt: Francesca's Collections, $10
Tights: Gift from mom // Shoes: Buffalo Exchange // Watch: Francesca's Collections, $18
Jewelry: Self-made, gifts, borrowed from mom

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Hallow's Eve's Eve

It's been an appropriately weird day, considering tomorrow is Halloween. It started out with the production of skull shaped sugar cookies, but I think I lost count and forgot to put the fourth cup of sugar in the batter because when they came out of the oven they had all spread into one giant cookie. Luckily they were in the kind of pans with edges so they didn't spill and burn on the bottom of the oven, and I was able to cut the skull shape out again while they were still warm. They're still edible, but they don't taste like sugar cookies should. Hopefully some frosting will help.

Then, when I went to get dressed for work, all my clothes seemed exceptionally boring. Eventually I came up with this unusual combination. It was unintentional, but the combination of the bright green shirt and purple accessories felt very appropriate for the holiday.

Once at work, I found I forgot my lunch and my people skills at home. A woman entered the store and I asked her if I could help her find anything. She told me, quite seriously, "I'm looking for stuff to wear under jackets and stuff." I think I came close to laughing at her and said, "That's really vague", in a voice that probably came out sounding unintentionally rude. She seemed quite put-off and quickly walked away from me.

Looking back, I suppose none of these things were all that weird, but all of them combined made it feel like an unusually off day.

Shirt: Gap // Cardigan: Thrifted // Skirt: self-altered from a dress from T.J.Maxx
Shoes: Famous Footwear // Belt: Gift from mom via Anthropologie // Necklace: Gift

Friday, October 29, 2010

States of Dress

"States of Dress" is an ongoing project by multi-disciplinary artist, Robin Barcus Slonina. Beginning in 1999, She aims to create a site-specific, interactive dress sculptures in all 50 states and create a documentary of the entire process. Until then, we have her blog to keep us posted. She just took a year off to have a baby (Congratulations!), but will be back in action in Florida this December. I can't wait to see what's next! Baby dresses, maybe? Well, that's enough out of me. I will let her gorgeous photographs do the rest of the talking:

New York: Garbage Dress
2009, garbage bags filled with newspapers

Wyomong: Willow Creek Dress
2006, willow branches, biodegradable twine, and pool noodles for floatation
For a video on the making of this "dress" click here.

Nevada: Casino Chip Dress
2008, casino chips (donated by Gambler's General Store, Las Vegas) and zip ties

Maine: Pinecone Dress
2006, pinecones on wire armature

Illinois: Red Dress
1999, made of 28 secondhand dresses

Iowa: Prairie Dress
2005, wire armature and prairie grass

All photographs courtesy of Robin Barcus Slonina

Robin is also an experienced muralist. You can see her work at Wanderlust Artworks.

Thursday, October 28, 2010


I accomplished the monstrous task of cleaning my room earlier this week. Fall weather has officially arrived here so I brought my sweaters out of storage and organized them for easy access. The result was kind of pretty, so to decided to reward myself for my hard work by making this post. Sweaters are one of the only things i like about the cold, so I like to make a big deal out of them. However, the sudden change in temperatures has me turning to my coziest sweater again and again. What's your favorite winter necessity?

Paisley and Diamonds

It's been a long and tiring week and I think you can see it in these pictures. I spent another late night at school last night and took these photos in a deserted hallway with my little camera that doesn't take the greatest pictures in poor lighting. I found that the "aquarium setting" gave me a warmer image, which is nice, but I also like the moody feel of the photos below. The cooler tones are appropriate for the cooler weather we've been having and they feel sort of film noir.

Shirt: Anthropologie // Tan cardigan: Anthropologie // Brown cardigan: Thrifted, $1
Scarf: Thrifted, $2 // Pants: Buffalo Exchange, $12 // Shoes: Famous Footwear // Hat: Big 5

Monday, October 25, 2010

Shadow Play

I was just playing around with shadows, but I thought these came out interesting. I like the combination of the harsh lighting, face-distorting shadows, and faux-fur collar. I want to title these "Lionface".

I thought the following screen shot was a funny coincidence, especially considering the outfit I'm wearing. If you're curious, click here.

This Is How I Represent

images from, collage by me

Almost my whole outfit is composed of items I bought at work because yesterday we had a quarterly meeting. A meeting at my work goes like this: We all get together with the employees from the other store in our city, "dress to style", eat donuts, and talk and watch movies about the new collection, promotion, customer experience, etc. I knew we would be sitting most of the time, so I decided to pull out my fancy booties that I hardly ever wear because the heels aren't very practical at work otherwise. After the meeting I came home and took pictures. I had always wondered about all those fashion bloggers that take beautiful pictures in nature in fancy heels. Now I'm fairly certain that they travel to location in different shoes and put the heels on once they get there. I took my pictures in my backyard, and those few steps were difficult because even my chunky heels kept sinking into the soft dirt. You learn something new every day.

Blouse, Cardigan, Jeans, Earrings: Loft // Faux Fur Collar: off of a thrifted cardigan, $2
Tank: Thrifted, $1 // Booties: Anthropologie, $90 // Watch Necklace: Urban Outfitters. $10

Friday, October 22, 2010

Catching Rays in Precarious Ways

Sometimes a grey day calls for a grey outfit, and a splash of color from a fun accessory is like that bit of sunshine; unexpected and brightening. It's been cloudy almost all day, but I managed to find some sun in this one spot. Isn't it funny how the best lighting is in the most inconvenient spaces? Well, maybe you haven't experienced this, but that's what I'm experiencing here. The porch isn't big enough to set up my tripod any farther away, so I had to get dangerously close to the yucca. But I'm not complaining; I'm a tree-hugger anyway.

Beanie: Charlotte Russe, $5 // Sweater: Thrifted // Cords: Anthropologie, $24
Socks: gift // Shoes: Bongo via Rack Room Shoes // Purse: was grandmother's from Guatemala

Lace Those Oxfords

It's been cloudy all day, but the sun shone through for a few minutes just in time for me to take a few shots. Unfortunately my camera battery died soon after, so I wasn't left with very many options to choose from. I think I need a new battery because it only held a charge for about 15 minutes.

Today's outfit was really inspired by the socks. I decided to pair them with my comfy cognac oxfords so my feet would be happy at work, and everything came together from there. I usually try to carry a color scheme throughout an outfit so it feels more pulled together, but It's easy to over do it. I felt like my white and black top went well with the tights without being too "matchy-matchy", while the warm tones of my cameo necklace and belt connected with my shoes. With so many accessories already I decided to keep the jewelry fairly simple (for me), so no bracelets here.

There's also a little story about my oxfords. All summer I looked for oxfords that were in my price range and didn't make my feet look huge. (I wear a size 9). I finally found these Steve Madden ones on the Famous Footwear site for $30, which is amazing because they're real leather. They come without laces. I ordered the 9 and the 9.5, and the bigger size fit me better, but they weren't very flattering. Disappointed, I was ready to return both pairs when I got the idea to put laces in. I had some thin off-white ribbon, and I laced them backwards, thinking the the bow in the middle of the shoe would divide the space, creating the illusion of smaller feet. And it worked! Now these are my favorite shoes for fall.

Shirt: EJ, $7 // Dress: Loft, $44 // Socks: gift from mom // Shoes: Steve Madden via Famous Footwear
Belt: Buckle, $20 // Earrings: Anthropologie, $12 // Necklace: gift from grandma

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Lemon Night

It has been another crazy busy week. Yesterday I went from work in the morning directly to school, and by the time I was done with class my parking ticket would have cost $15. So I decided to stay on campus a few extra hours until the parking garage closed and I could get out for free. I'd much rather spend that money on clothes! The time was well spent and I managed to find a fairly secluded spot in which I took these pics with my* mini tripod that I carry around in my backpack. This outfit wasn't inspired by anything specific, but it feels like a cross between the 80's (skinny jeans, bold neon pattern, over-sized tee) and the 70's (beaded jewelry, long belted vest). I like how these photos are kind of moody and I match the walls.

*edit 10/26/20 - It's actually my mom's tripod that I commandeered.

Tunic: Old Navy via thrift store, $2 // Vest: Ross, $5 // Sweater: thrifted
Jeggings: Anthropologie, $20 // Socks: Urban Outfitters // Shoes: JCPenny
Watch: Francesca's Collections // Bracelets: gifts // Necklace: mom's

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Ginger Returns

I've been trying not to re-use any influences, but who can resist this photo of Ginger Rogers? Her wardrobe is as charming as her name. My very first post was also on her.

I just bought this lace peasant top at Marshall's for $15 and I thought it would be great for this reproduction, but the sleeves aren't as puffy as I thought they were. It seems like everything has to be exaggerated in film: clothes, hair, makeup, lighting, poses, facial expressions...and the list probably goes on. It seems I'm finally getting used to it. I still feel silly taking photos of myself posing, but there are benefits, like this photo, which felt very 1930's-esque:

Just being silly:

Sweater: Found // Blouse: Marshall's, $15 // Skirt: Buffalo Exchange // Shoes: JCPenny

Guess Who?

This outfit is really bringing me back to childhood. I'm playing leapfrog with the camera, if you were wondering. Can you guess who I'm dressed up as? I'll give you a hint: It has something to do with curly hair...

Wait for it...

It's Shirley Temple! This photo was really fun to re-create. She is my all-time favorite 1930's film starlet. Those little feet could tap dance like none other. Have you ever seen the scene from "The Little Colonel" where she taps up the stairs with Bojangles Robinson? Check it out, let me know what you think, and tell me what your favorite Shirley Temple film is.

Shirt: Anthropologie // Vest: Thrifted, $3 // Belt: worn backwards and taken off of a shirt from EJ
Skirts from top to bottom: Buffalo Exchange, Self-made, Thrifted, Anthropologie
Socks: Urban Outfitters, $3 // Shoes: Urban Outfitters, $15