Thursday, November 25, 2010

Feeling Feastive

Happy Thanksgiving! What a perfect day for the first snow of the season! I thought this vest was especially festive with my pumpkin colored shirt. I also pulled this denim mini skirt out of the depths of my dresser drawer. I don't wear it very often because I can't wear it to work and I don't like to ride my bike in it, but today I didn't have to do either of those things! Have a wonderful day, hopefully with your family, and eat lots of stuffing!

Shirt and cardigan: Anthropologie // Vest: Eddie Bauer, Gift // Skirt: Old Navy, $10
Leggings: Burlington Coat Factory, $5 // Boots: Wolky, very expensive gift (thanks mom!)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Hype About Hype

As of today I am officially on holiday from school, and I officially don't feel like taking pictures of myself. (Yes, I did get dressed today.) To hold my many loyal fans (haha) over until I am in a more camera friendly mood, I'm giving you this eye candy with my official stamp of approval. I am officially hyped about these (almost) affordable Hype dresses. They're all 60% off at (That's about about $85). The last image is actually a skirt and top, but I am in love with that skirt! ($60). Enjoy, but be careful not to drool on your keyboard as I did. Now I will leave you so I can play an official game of Scrabble with my family, and it will probably involve the use of the "Official Scrabble Player's Dictionary". Have a wonderful night, and if my overuse of a certain word officially annoys you, I'm sorry, please come back, and I promise it won't happen again!

All images from Gilt

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Practically Puffy In Every Way

Warning: This is a decidedly unfashionable post, but I feel it is important for me to represent myself as a human being that, like most people, has "off" days. Today was one of those days. I had a particularly hard time getting out of bed for class this morning, so I threw on my puffy down parka a.k.a "portable down comforter with sleeves". It's shapeless and unflattering, but it's cozy and soft and it really has become sort of a security blanket on cold and unenthusiastic days (not to mention it's purple!).

Parka: J. Jill, gift from mom // Beanie: made by mom // Gloves: Wal-Mart
Jeans: Simply Vera via thrift store // Shoes: Steve Madden via Famous Footwear, $30

About this time last year I was getting ready to go on a month-long backpacking trip in Southern Europe, and was in need of a lightweight, compactable winter parka. I came across this one while I was at J.Jill with my mom, and it was on sale for $100. I thought this was a pretty darn good price considering I was also getting ready for finals and had no time to shop around for a better deal. It's not made for backpacking, but it stuffs nicely into the hood, which consequentially makes a very nice pillow for sleeping on trains. Scroll down a little bit and you'll see this jacket was a loyal friend to me on those cold European winter days. You'll also see how unphotogenic I can be.

Fading Fall Tones

Last night I was too busy playing The Settlers of Catan with my mom and sister to put up this post. If you've never played that game before, you really should. It's kind of like the fun, more creative version of Monopoly, and you can actually finish a round in about an hour or two. (I won!)

So here is yesterday's outfit. I was ready to take photos outside, but winter has finally arrived and I found this antique stand in the entry hall more inspiring than my brown and scraggly back yard. (My outfit matches the dead grass.) Lately I've been really attracted to color combinations that I never would have put together in the past, like this light olive green shirt and caramel colored pants. I thought it would be fun to try a more monochromatic palette. The colors felt sort of military so I chose to wear my ball-chain necklace: it's the closest thing I have to dog-tags. I threw on the vest because I wanted to see how it worked with the shoulder embellishments on my shirt. (I didn't photograph them very well, but you can see them a little better here.) I'm a fan of belts, so there's one of those too. Looking back, I like the top half of the outfit, but I think it might look more modern with skinny jeans. Well, trial and error, I always (sometimes) say. I'm not afraid to look like I came out of the wrong decade every once in a while for the sake of experimentation.

Also featured in this post is a lovely painting by family friend, Ralph Whiteaker, and my mom's lizard collection (which sometimes includes geckos, frogs, toads, alligators, crocodiles, dinosaurs, and other lizard-like creatures).

Shirt: Loft, $10 (on sale) // Vest: Old Navy, $7 // Cardigan and Belt: Anthropologie
Pants: Thrifted // Shoes: Steve Madden via Famous Footwear, $30
Bracelet and Earrings: Sears, gifts from mom // Necklace: Self-Made from old jewelry

Sunday, November 21, 2010


The combination of my outfit, the yellow lighting, and the decor in these photos feels like an 1980's sitcom. Full House, maybe? I was too lazy to take pictures this morning, and after work it was already dark, so I was confined to the brightest room in the house: the bathroom. It's so much harder to take photos at night. You'd think I'd have learned by now.

Today's outfit started with the tights. They're a purplish grey color. I've been wanting to pair my high-waist shorts with this mauve shirt for a while, and the shorts are a little too short for me to wear without tights, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to bring all three pieces together. I usually try a few different accessories before I settle on ones that I like, but these came together quickly and naturally. I think the simple, solid color pieces of the outfit allow the necklace and earrings work together in ways that they may not otherwise.

Camisole: Loft via thrift store // Shirt: Charlotte Russe, $5 // Shorts: Urban Outfitters, $30
Tights: Loft, $14.50 // Shoes: Decree via JCPenny // Necklace: Loft, $5 // Earrings: Sears, gift

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Philanthropist Bag

Philanthropist Bag, $48, Francesca's Collections

Philanthropist: one who makes an active effort to increase the well-being of humankind. Aptly named, for I feel my possession of this beauty would increase my own well-being, thus improving the well-being of everyone around me. I saw this bag in the store yesterday (It's much better in person), and it's everything I long for in an ideal handbag: pretty, but also practical, versatile, soft, durable, comfortable shoulder strap, and the perfect size. It's very hard to find bags that meets all my qualifications, but sadly, this purse is $18 over my personal $30 limit that I am willing to spend on handbags. Oh Francesca, why do you hurt me so? If anyone out there has expendable income and would like to get me a Christmas and/or graduation present ...hint...hint...

Steal the Show With Max and Cleo

Rue La La is an online member's only shop that features designer duds at discount prices. Usually, the discounted items are still way out of my price range, but I'm excited to announce to you that they are currently having an amazing sale on Max and Cleo dresses. The dresses are perfect for Holiday parties and are up to %65 off, which means you only spend $40-$60. That's an awesome price for a party dress if you ask me! I'm personally inviting all of you to take advantage of these steals, so click here to sign up. (Hurry, because the sale only lasts until Tuesday morning, and items sell out fast.) At the top I've featured some of my favorite dresses from the collection, but they also have great patterned, jewel tone, and little black dresses. Don't have any swanky events to go to this holiday season? No worries! Quite a few of their dresses are work appropriate as well. One of my more casual favorites is the Moon Ruffle Front Jersey Dress in cobalt blue, and I would wear it everywhere.

All images from

Friday, November 19, 2010

Dangers of Dogs and Trees

Today's outfit was inspired by this image I found on the UO website, where you can buy this corduroy jumper for $30. I was tempted, but then realized that I already have a jumper that I got at a thrift store.

I got all dressed up to go to work this afternoon, but when I got there I found out I had been scheduled to work earlier this morning, and I had forgotten that I put my phone on silent, so I didn't get the call from work. Luckily, I'm usually a good employee, so my boss was nice about it. On the bright side, I had the afternoon free to take some pictures in ideal lighting.

If you're wondering what the title of this post is all about, this might give you a clue: I have a crab apple tree in my backyard, and all the fallen apples are rotting on the ground right now. So I had to dodge those, and lovely gifts from my dog while taking these photos.

Jacket: Alloy (5 years ago), gift // Dress: Thrifted, $7 // Shirt: Thrifted, $2
Tights: JCPenny, $14 (purchased w/ $10 off coupon) // Shoes: UO, $20