Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I Say Sock It

Our refrigerator broke a couple days ago, and it can't be repaired util after Christmas, so we're storing most of our food in coolers on the back porch. It's just in time for our Christmas Eve party, no? Luckily it's cold outside and we have another mini fridge and wonderful neighbors willing to share their fridge with us. It's going to cost about $500 to repair and my mom has been stressing about it. I told her, "It's just food and money, both of which are expendable and renewable. No one has died."

Speaking of luck (hardy har), today's outfit turned out to be a cross between this outfit from the April 2009 issue of Lucky Magazine and Minnie Mouse. I must say Minnie was rather hip for a cartoon rodent. Surprisingly, I only have footless plain black tights, so the socks were sort of necessary, though maybe a little overboard...To sock or not to sock? I say why not?

You can see Diane Kruger wearing this blue Splendid top and Charlotte Ronson skirt on pg. 54 of the Dec. 2010 issue of Lucky (which is where if found it). Unfortunately, I couldn't find any pictures online and I don't have a scanner. Maybe I should have put that on my X-mas list.

Shirt: Anthropologie, $15 // Skort: UO, $20 // Sweater: Express, Thrifted, $3
Footless Tights: Charlotte Russe, $5 ? // Socks: Dillard's, gift // Shoes: JCPenny, gift

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

An Expensive Mistake

Loree Rodkin Star Bracelet, $6,839 via

image of WWII Nazi uniform via Any Given Sundry // image of Robin Williams in Jakob the Liar, 1999

Is it just me, or does anyone else find this cuff bracelet disturbing? Perhaps it's the military aesthetic in which it was executed, but it strikes me as a cross between the arm cuffs worn by Nazi soldiers in WWII and the Star of David that they required Jewish poeple to wear. The $16,675 price tag is also very disturbing, but you can get it 60% off at (Whoopie!) I suggest to you that it's not worth it. Maybe I shouldn't be cracking lame jokes about such an issue, but I kind of want to call it a "stardavstica" bracelet.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Clothing, Not Cookies

These shorts make me feel like a girl scout, but I sell clothing, not Thin Mints...

I wore this to work today. It was a good day at work. I'm enjoying work a lot more now that I'm done with school and stress-free. I have more energy to be friendly and helpful, and people seem to appreciate it, for the most part. There are always those ungrateful people who get pissed off because what they're looking for isn't staring them in the face and the jeans you carry don't fit them well enough, but they can have their grumpy and take it with them because I'm impervious today. Maybe they should just wear dresses and skirts, or get new eyeballs, or eat some cookies. The Nestle Tollhouse bakery is right next door, after all.

I think I'm adding this photo to my "bloopers" file
because I laughed out loud when I saw it:

Shirt: NY&Co, Thrifted, $2 // Coat: Gap, Thrifted, $3 // Shorts: UO, $20
Tights: JCPenny, $2 w/ $10 off coupon // Shoes: Thrifted, $4 // Necklace: Loft

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sunny Sunday

Sorry for the blurry and poorly lit photos folks, but my schedule is packed today. I was going for a casual but pulled together look that would be appropriate for work, but not overdressed for (my very casual) church and a brunch. I wanted to wear my new cargo pants that I got for an amazing $12 at work, and it sort of all came together from there. I suppose many of my style choices are intuitive, or subconsciously influenced, so it's sometimes difficult to describe how I pull an outfit together. A lot of it has to do with color relationships and balance (I am an artist after all), but some of it is whimsical. I have to admit that lately I have been putting a lot of effort into trying to look like I didn't put too much effort into creating an outfit by intentionally not matching or forgoing some accessories. I'm not sure how successful I've been at this: I am wearing a lot of accessories today. Oh, the irony.

Shirt: Loft, $11 // Pants: Loft, $12 // Shoes: Thrifted, $4 // Scarf: Thrifted, $.75
Sweater: Thrifted, $3 ? // Coat: Anthropologie, way too much $ but man I love it
Necklace: Loft, $12 ? // Headband: Loft, $5 // Earrings: Anthropologie, $6

Can you tell what my favorite places to shop are? Maybe I need more variety in my life.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Scarf Saturday

Every Saturday of the holiday season has a theme at my work. When I found out today was "Scarf Saturday" my response was, "how many scarves can I wear at once?" at which point I was limited to 2. (I had wanted to make a whole scarf outfit, inspired by the Glamourai's scarf dress, but I remembered that I must not look too insane while trying to give people fashion advice.) Even though I couldn't wear all of them, I thought this was a perfect opportunity to create a colorful backdrop out of my scarf collection. As you can see, Jemima was not satisfied with my choice of layout so she made her own adjustments...

I present to you the artist and her masterpiece:

So then I decided to hang them all on the clothesline.
Guess where I am in this picture:

I imagined I could create some elegant action shots sort like this:

But I ended up with this:

And this:

And I'd call this one "As Good As It Gets".

Shirt: Loft // Scarf: Loft // Cardigan: Anthropologie
Shorts: UO, $30 // Tights: JCPenny, $2 w/ coupon // Shoes: Target, $4

*edit 12/20
I just rediscovered this photo of Katy from Kansas Couture and realized it must have influenced my outfit: I'm not usually a fan of mixing red and pink unless it's Valentine's Day, but there's something fun and quirky about how Katy does it here.

I'm Graduated!

Here I am standing for departmental honors

As I was getting ready this morning I was singing in my head, "Happy graduation to me..." to the tune of the birthday song. For the College of Fine Arts graduation commencement we weren't required to wear a cap and gown, so I thought I'd save myself the money and buy clothes I could wear more than once. For months I had planned on wearing all red, much like I did here. I was all ready to go, but at the last second I decided I wanted to contrast with the gown-ees around me and switched to my green dress. It needed to be ironed, but I didn't care. I was too lazy to take off my red tights, so to play down the elf-factor, I threw on some boots. The whole look was a little too casual for the occasion, but in the fashion void that is my hometown, no one really cares, and I was feeling rebellious. There were red poinsettia's decorating the stage, and combined with the grey carpet, my outfit matched perfectly. I would have taken pictures but we were led out of the auditorium and with the crowd in the lobby there was no getting back in.

Several times during the commencement I accidentally stepped on the train of Nathalie's black dress (that she made for one of our art classes). I felt so bad, but luckily it didn't rip. I also didn't realize I was supposed to shake hands with all the professors (that I didn't know) on stage until it was too late. At least I wasn't the only one. The whole thing was a little awkward, but on the bright side, there were cookies and a very nice brass quintet performance.

Dress: Anthropologie, gift // Tights: JCPenny, $2 w/ coupon // Boots: Old Navy, $12 // Belt: Thrifted

Photos taken by my dad

Thursday, December 16, 2010

iWant iCandy

Asian iCandy is a lovely online boutique that I just discovered. Many of the pieces are hand painted and inspired by traditional Asian dress and design, but the boutique has something for every fashion sensibility. They also have some very reasonable prices. Here I've shown some of my favorites. If you click on an image it will take you to its location on the website.