Wednesday, June 30, 2010

You will salute to fashion

This was one of those outfits I wasn't sure about all day. I am not one to wear army green or any camo patterns for that matter. But I had seen the trend done so well here and here that I wanted to try it. I bought this shirt at J.Crew while shopping in Georgetown. It was from the men's section and on sale for $20. With the encouragement of my shopping enabler friend, I made the purchase. While it felt like I was just wearing a baggy shirt all day (also something I am not accustomed to), I actually love how it looks in these photos. The tough, structured green shirt and the floral print dress create a great contrast.
J.Crew shirt; Forever 21 dress; Target leggings; Nine West sandals; H&M earrings; Ray Ban sunglasses

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

ModCloth Springtime Skies Cloak Polyvore Set

I put together this set on Polyvore for a fun challenge over on Sterling Style. The challenge was to use the ModCloth Springtime Skies Cloak and ModCloth accessories. I think I had too much fun imagining what I would wear with this and where. You will see an obvious Parisian theme going on. The winner of the challenge gets the cloak, which I would love to have. I have been wanting a cloak like this forever, and I think it would be so cute to style in the fall with a long-sleeve shirt, skirt, and tights. There is still time to enter. Check it out here.   
Fly to Paris with Springtime SkiesFashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

Fly to Paris with Springtime Skies by The Cosmopolitan Clevelander on

Monday, June 28, 2010

Night Fever

Black dress pants have been in my playbook for a long time. I still remember my first pair from the Gap; they had the zipper in the back and no pockets for an effect similar to jeggings unexposed. But that's all in the past now. Fast-forward to the aughts with these awesome flair-leg black pants with big belt loops from the Limited. These definitely say Saturday Night Fever, however, I actually like the 70s flair. They make business casual a little more snazzy. Pairing these pants with the big belt and aviators adds to the "vintage" effect. The 70s is a time period that I don't see many people trying to recreate. Flare-leg jeans made a brief appearance in the 90s, but a full-on reversion to the 70s, meaning fro hair and gold lame jumpsuits, needs to happen. It's only a matter of time.
New York and Company blouse; The Limited pants; Banana Republic belt; Ray Ban Aviators; Banyan Tree hat; H&M earrings; Kenneth Cole watch; Street fair abalone bracelet

Friday, June 25, 2010

Some ladies with style for a change...

I imagine you love staring at pics of me everyday, but that's bound to get boring after a while. And Vanessa Jackman's blog is full of great inspiration. Both of these photos had me intrigued for similar reasons. The nonchalant hair looks effortless and the outfits are both pretty simple except that they have been accessorized perfectly. Photos 1&2: see scarf and ballet flats; photo 3: see piled on necklaces and bangles. This makes them extremely chic, yet very easy to recreate: score!

This weekend should be very relaxing. I am going birthday shopping with my mom and sis tonight, and some peeps are coming over Saturday for dairy queen ice cream cake. However my actual birthday isn't for another week or so. It's a long story. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Trench coat

Bonus post today! I entered this contest on Weardrobe that required you to show how you style your trench. In my post I referenced the fact that I love how a trench can really pull a simple outfit together. So I wore an outfit that I would wear to run errands to make the point that even in this simple outfit the trench can work wonders. I also threw on the bandanna headband and realized I looked a little 50s housewife-ish. Go here and click on the heart in the corner of my photo to vote. Thanks!

Jolie and Elizabeth

I was absolutely smitten with New Orleans the first time I visited. The French Quarter, the southern charm, and the beautiful buildings and history all drew me in. So when I read the description of Jolie and Elizabeth, a New Orleans-based clothing line, I knew I had found kindred spirits. They even profess their love of the city on a cute gray heart Nola t-shirt. Upon examining the clothes, I found simple, classic designs using materials such as silk and seersucker, always favorites of mine. I look forward to seeing this line grow.
The Adelaide dress, $163

The Upper Line dress, $216

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Diagonal lines

Isaac Mizrahi started his collaboration with Target in 2003, and was one of the first to do so. When I came across this dress at the thrift store the other day, I knew I had to have it. It bore the name of the Target/Mizrahi colab on its tag and that reminded me of when Target started getting more stylish, and when I too, started to look at style and fashion more closely. The collaboration took place right before I started college and ended right after I graduated. This dress stood out as something unique and fun, and it made me think this whole thrift store idea actually works. I have to give credit to some of the bloggers who make it look so easy on their blogs, where I look for inspiration.

Bloggers who thrift:
Jen Loves Kev
Kansas Couture
My Edit
My Style Pill
District of Chic
Isaac Mizrahi for Target dress, thrifted: $8; Nine West Pumps; Antique pearl necklace; Nordstrom cardie; Pac Sun sunglasses; Macy's pearl earrings; Kennneth Cole watch: gifted from the boy

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Weekend recap: Annapolis/DC

I had a great time this past weekend. We stayed in the beautiful and charming city of Annapolis, and by the end of the weekend, we did not want to leave. We went shopping in Georgetown, ate crabs at Cantler's, saw some of the great monuments in DC, and visited the Naval Academy including a stop at the tomb of John Paul Jones. I also highly recommend listening to the Devil in the White City on audiobook if you are ever traveling. It made the 4-5 hour car ride go by extremely fast.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Emersonmade clothing line

I am posting a little late today. With everything going on this weekend, I had little time to work on a post, but wanted to make sure you saw the Emersonmade clothing line sneak peak, here, which is set to debut August 1.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Happy Friday!

I've got to hit the road, but not before wishing you a lovely weekend and sharing some pretty things.

Don't you just love this Missoni Shawl and that nautical print dress?

I want one of these bookish t-shirts

This quote makes me want to dance or move or something.

Black and white glamor.

Pretty perfume bottles.

Aren't these Oscar de la Renta fabrics gorgeous?

Watch this pretty french video with pretty clothes on J.Crew's homepage. 

(Photo courtesy of Dace)


Road Trip!!! We are heading to Annapolis, MD, this weekend for something the beau has to do, and while he is doing that I am going to visit my friend Allison for Georgetown shopping, museum hopping, delicious food, and lots of catching up. It’s been a while since we took a full-fledged road trip, and it’s kind of weird, but I am excited, even though I hate being in a car for more than two hours. So I put together this little guide to help make the most out of being in the car for five hours. Enjoy!

Food. Because apparently it’s gross to stop at McDonalds if you get hungry. (Crate and Barrel picnic basket, $44.95)

Comfy clothes. Something that will help you stay comfortable in the air-conditioned car and the hot sun that will prevent the car seat from sticking to you on a hot summer day. (Charlotte Russe maxi dress, $28)

Functional bag. For running into disgusting rest stops and keeping your ID, money, and cell phone attached to you at all times. (Urban Outfitters cross body bag, $38)

Flats. No need to wear high heels in the car. But you can wear pretty flats. (Aldo flat sandals, $70)

Audio book. It’s a great way to knock something off your reading list. If only we weren’t 13th in queue to get the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo from the library. (Devil in the White City audio book, $23)

Good reading. Just in case the recorded book turns out to be a bore.

NPR. If you aren’t digging what’s on the local station for the city you are driving through, I like to download free podcasts from the website. My personal fave is Fresh Air with Terry Gross.

Good tunes. Bring the iPod for a possible sing a long in the car. Or me, singing by myself, with left over McDonalds French fries being thrown at me in protest.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

1950s Vintage Inspiration

My new favorite site is Fashion-Pictures, style galleries from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. It provides free pictures of vintage clothing. I got lost searching through the different styles of the eras, much of which you'd guess are inspiration for some designer runways and for recreations at stores like ModCloth. One of my favorite parts of the site is that it provides photos of the different starlets of the time. The top image comes from the 1950s gallery as well as the photo of Audrey Hepburn. There is something very classy and demure about that era that I love. The modest hemlines come off as elegant and elongate the frame. Feminine details like floral prints and gloves are so glamorous. Mod Cloth's Save the Date dress encompasses those girly details and classic shape that I love.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Grecian Goddess

I wanted to try reworking the way I wear my maxi dress. Here is the first look, which is more appropriate for work. This outfit is from the weekend. We went out to celebrate a friend's birthday, and I felt both stylish and relaxed for the bar that we were at. It featured a live band in one room and club/dance music in the outdoor area. I got the idea to wear my scarf like this from Refinery 29's 4 new ways to wear a scarf. I really liked the way it looked, and I realized that the long dress with the sandals kind of made it into a Grecian goddess look, hence the silly pose.
Forever 21 Maxi Dress; Forever 21 Scarf; Gap Belt; Nine West Sandals; Earrings: hand-me ups from my sister; Abalone bracelet and Kenneth Cole Watch gifted from the boyfriend
Also, some very exciting news, thanks to my sister who gave me a gift card to the mall for being one of her maids of honor, I was able to purchase the perfect pair of brown sandals for the summer. I am more than in love. The leather is so soft that they don't hurt my feet even though they are 4 inch heels, something I never feel comfortable in. I believe they are still available here on the Nine West site. Thanks Maria!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Prairie home companion

We were experiencing some fall-like weather last week, which often happens in Cleveland, randomly, when it's supposed to be summer (almost). So this outfit may look like something I will be wearing this fall. Even though I love summer and was very impatient for the warmer weather, I still can't wait to break out the tights and leggings and pair them with dark blue skirts and maroon jackets. I love the rich colors of fall. And because I was having the worst hair-day in history, I tried tucking a braid to the side and wearing a bun, semi-successfully. This outfit made me turn back to my days at Catholic school (K-12). Skirts and blouses were the protocol. I wish my old school uniforms were this cute.
Ann Taylor Loft blouse; Nordstrom Cardie; Forever 21 skirt; Target leggings; Franco Sarto Boots; H&M purse; Earrings-hand me up from little sister; Kenneth Cole Watch and silver bracelet-gifted from boyfriend

Friday, June 11, 2010

Happy Friday!

So the state of my closet has gotten to the point that I either have to get rid of some clothes or buy new hangers. Buying new hangers seems like it would enable the problem. So this weekend I will take on the task of "editing" my closet. My closet needs editing like an unruly run-on sentence needs to be chopped in half. I have a strange attachment to my clothes though so this is going to be difficult. And I am quite indecisive. Please offer your advice. I am in need of it.

Seeing Maxi dresses in a whole new way and I like it.

When I was younger, I wanted to work at the J. Peterman catalog like Elaine on Seinfeld.

Living in 8 1/2.

I wouldn't mind hanging this Parisian print on my wall.

I need to get a purse like this ASAP.

Pretty video, even prettier clothes.  

This Iceland tourism video is hilarious.

As well as these mean cards.

I love it when men get to share their thoughts on fashion. Always funny.

Oh, and just so you don't forget, the latest edition of Lonny

(Image via We Heart It.)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

A simple white tank top

 When I make purchases I tend to spend all of my money on what I define as the most unique or cool thing I can find as opposed to the practical buy because that's just more fun. And when you have a limited amount to spend, you want to buy the things that are exciting not a package of boring socks or something. So this Memorial Day, I took advantage of the 40% off sale at Ann Taylor Loft and instead of buying a flashy dress or pretty jewelry, I bought this simple white tank top. It's amazing the difference it makes when you buy your basics at a store like Ann Taylor Loft as opposed to a store like Old Navy. Not that there is a big difference in the quality, but the little details and fitting make all of the difference to me, which is why I was extremely happy with this purchase that will go with just about anything.
Nordstrom Cardie, Ann Taylor Loft Tank Top, H&M skirt, T.J. Maxx bag, Nine West Heels, Pac Sun Shades

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