Friday, April 29, 2011

Cargo Plume


Here's the casual outfit that I wore for a shopping trip today.  Whenever I have a day off I try to wear clothes that I wouldn't be able to wear to work, and these cargo pants definitely qualify.  I bought them from the junior's department at JCPenney when I was 18 and I still love them even thought I feel a bit, well, "junior" when I wear them.  After almost five years they are perfectly worn-in and I like that the phoenix on the knee reminds me of Harry Potter. 

For months I've been trying to find some simple, versatile, red and gold earrings: not the (sometimes gaudy) chandelier styles that I see everywhere.  Today I finally found these (that I'm wearing) a Forever 21.  I love that they are a little bohemian without being too flashy.





Tank: Walmart // Cardigan: thrifted // Pants: JCPenney // Necklace: Self-made
Earrings: Forever 21, $4 // Shoes: Skechers via Famous Footwear, $30

Don't forget to enter my giveaway here!  The winner also gets to be featured on this blog!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Twist Knit and Lace Print


Today's outfit was about pulling together something easy and comfortable for work while still half asleep.  I used to be a morning person, but lately I've been having trouble waking up.  It probably has something to do with watching Netflix until 2 a.m.  I'm trying to break that habit, I really am, but I tend to find other things to occupy that time...like...you guessed it...blog or read Harry Potter.  I'm so predictable.

Today at work the shipment never came in, so I was kept busy by perfectly folding piles of t-shirts.  Luckily I don't mind doing mundane tasks.  If only I could come home and put the same care and effort into the presentation of my own clothes instead of throwing them on the floor. 




Tank: Ann Taylor, $10 // Cardigan: thrifted // Sweater: Anthropologie 
Pants: thrifted // Necklace: Loft, $5 // Shoes: Urban Outfitters: $15

Monday, April 25, 2011

Weekly Favorites: Nude and Brights

 
 
 
 

I realize that it's a little soon to be posting another weekly favorites, but I'm in a blogging mood and I'm just so excited about this trendt!  I consider it a variation on color blocking, but he concept is fairly simple.  Mix a solid nude or light pink piece with a bright solid piece in the warm color family.  You can try the same think with brights in the cold color family, such as a yellow-green, but I prefer the warm colors because nude is, in itself, a warm color.       

  As usual, I found all these lovely ladies through Chictopia and Weardrobe.  Click on any of their pictures to see more of their individual styles.  If you would like to be featured on a Weekly Favorites post, please join Weardrobe! It is a smaller online fashion community so there is a much greater chance that I will see your photos there.  You can also submit or send a link to molly.lolly.o@gmail.com.  I am much more likely to select photos that are high quality, well lit, and show head to toe. I also take suggestions for what trends, colors, or themes you would like me to feature.  I hope you liked this week's favorites! 

P.S.  Almost all of these outfits would look awesome with a neutral python clutch like the one that you can win by entering my giveaway before May 6th.

Abby's New Scarf


Remember how Abby won my scarf giveaway?  I love how she styled it.  She mixed a variety of patterns to achieve an eclectic boho look that I am very envious of!  Sometimes I wish I had her imagination, and her wardrobe.  You can see more pictures of her on her blog.  Check it out!

"Lellow" and Lace


Enter my giveaway to win this python clutch!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter.  Mine was spent eating delicious foods and entertaining a toddler that climbs like a monkey and pronounces "yellow" as "lellow".  It's probably a good thing I didn't get dressed up because my little friend and I both got rather dirty playing with bubbles and rusty wheelbarrows in the back yard.  These photos are actually what I wore to work on Saturday.  I really like this lace dress but it gets caught on hangers and eye hooks and everything else imaginable at work.  Luckily the price tag on this dress was drastically reduced, so it's not a big deal if I tear a hole in it.





Dress: Loft, $12 // Cardigan: Target: $10 // Leggings: Burlington Coat Factory, $5
Shoes: Kohl's, $11 // Earrings: Self-made 
Necklace: Mom's from Mexico // Watch: Francesca's Collections, $18

Clutch: win it at my giveaway

Python Clutch Giveaway


It's time for another giveaway!  The prize is this vintage J. Renee python clutch! Similar styles can be found selling for around $60 on google.  The neutral color makes this clutch very versatile, and the python print and gold detail give it just enough glamor for a night out. The leather exterior also has a subtle gold shimmer.  I love the way this clutch looks with a little black dress.  Open it up to find a lovely golden zipper pull in the shape of a high-heeled shoe!  The clutch is 9 in long, 7.5 in tall, and 3 in wide with a magnetic closure and a strap drop of 23 in.  

Here's how to enter:
1. Leave a comment saying where, with what, and/or how you would love to wear this clutch, and make sure you leave a way for me to contact you.
2. Get a second entry by following my blog and leave another comment saying so.
3. Get another entry if you get a friend to enter and they mention your name.

If you have any problems leaving a comment, you can email your entry/entries to me at molly.lolly.o@gmail.com.  Sorry for the inconvenience!

The drawing is open to international readers and I will select the winner using the random number generator. The drawing closes May 6 at midnight EST, at which point I will select the winner and contact them personally. Thanks and good luck!

P.S. The winner also gets a feature on this blog!


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Weekly Favorites: Spring Breeze

 
 
 
 
 

There are few things more lovely than waves of fabric rippling in the breeze, so use this as an excuse find the perfect skirt, dress, or blouse in this windiest of seasons: Spring.  Light materials like chiffon or lace are ideal while pleats and patterns add another element of interest.  I find a feminine skirt looks best with an over-sized boyfriend shirt, an edgy and artsy top, or a simple tee.  A longer length skirt reduces the risk of "pulling a Marilyn" but you can also ease your worries about baring it all by wearing some fun patterned shorts underneath.

As usual, I found all these lovely ladies through Chictopia and Weardrobe.  Click on any of their pictures to see more of their individual styles.  If you would like to be featured on a Weekly Favorites post, please join Weardrobe! It is a smaller online fashion community so there is a much greater chance that I will see your photos there.  You can also submit or send a link to molly.lolly.o@gmail.com.  I am much more likely to select photos that are high quality, well lit, and show head to toe. I also take suggestions for what trends, colors, or themes you would like me to feature.  I hope you liked this week's favorites!    

edit 4/25: Jude (wearing the gorgeous pleated teal skirt) asked me to post this link to her site where you can get that amazing skirt!

Monday, April 18, 2011

A Long and Awkward Story


I have a rather long story for you all today.  So, I don't usually drink caffeine, but today I woke up especially tired after a late night at the store painting the walls behind the display windows neon yellow.  I decided to have a cup of tea and it gave me a buzz which put me in a really good mood.  All day I was unusually energetic and eager to help several painfully indecisive people find exactly what they didn't know they wanted.  

Right before we were about to close a middle aged man came into the store looking for an Easter dress for his significant-other.  He had very specific requirements which basically eliminated all but one orange wrap-dress (which I love, by the way).  He liked it a lot too, but wasn't sure it would be conservative enough.  I tried to convince him it would be fine with a camisole underneath and could be dressed up with a necklace, but he was hesitant because he was having a hard time picturing the outfit on her.  He described her to be about my size, so I offered to try it on to show him what it would look like.  

I came out of the fitting room and he said, "I wish she was here to see what it looks like on you."  I was overly enthusiastic about the dress and wasn't thinking clearly when I overlooked the awkwardness of his statement and told him he could take a picture if he had a camera-phone.  I don't mind being photographed (otherwise how would I write this blog?) but sometimes I get so excited about the clothes, I forget that it's my body in the clothes that people are looking at.  He didn't have a camera-phone but said he had a camera back in his car that he wanted to go get.  Knowing we had to close, I told him we would just hold the dress for a couple days and he could bring his girlfriend into the store to see it.

A few minutes and a few coworker's comments later I realized just how awkward this situation had been.  They said he had been staring at me in that dress and they were ready to take action in case things got worse.  This doesn't even bother me as much as the fact that his girlfriend might be my mom's age and showing her a picture of me in the dress would be unfair.  The dress may have looked amazing on her, but I imagine no woman wants to be compared to a woman half her age, no matter how beautiful she may be.  I was trying so hard to be friendly and helpful that I was coming very close to being unprofessional and disrespectful.  I felt very stupid afterwards and wondered what was in my morning cup of tea.  Luckily God and my coworkers were looking for me.





Shirt: I Heart Ronson via Buffalo Exchange, $12 // Dress worn as skirt: Thrifted, $5
Necklace: Loft, $15 // Belt: Thrifted, $2 // Bag: Shoedazzle.com, $32

Shoes: iPANEMA by Gisele Bundchen bought in Greece, $25 
(These shoes are very comfortable, durable, and stylish. I've had mine for four years and they still look awesome, but my feet don't so I'll take a picture on another, more pedicured day) 



Friday, April 15, 2011

Watercolor Lilies


The sailor style of this sweater is adorable, but lately I've found myself growing tired of cutesy things, and so I haven't been wearing this particular piece very much.  But then I realized I could brighten it up with this vibrant skirt and belt, and my appreciation for it has been renewed! This is why it always takes me forever to decide to get rid of anything.  I always keep things around, hoping I will eventually find a good use for them, but if I ever decide to move it will be an ordeal.  I guess there are pros and cons to being a pack-rat.     




Top: Anthropologie // Belt: NY&Co via Ross, $5 
Skirt: Vintage, Mom's // Shoes: JCPenney, $15