Friday, October 29, 2010

Happy Halloween!

I am hitting the road this weekend. Have a Happy Halloween! What is everyone dressing up as?

Ralph Lauren and Paris? sign me up.

Framing old Vogue covers, good home inspiration.

Leopard print and fur, never looked so good.

Love these Halloween costume ideas.

Gorgeous vintage ring.

Living in Beetlejuice.

I need to figure out a yearly self portrait as good as this.

Fig tarts!

Sequins and gunmetal.

Don't miss this Ruche giveaway! On Bon Bon Rose Girls

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Hair inspiration: John Galliano Resort

I hate revealing Halloween costume ideas before they have been executed.  However, for tomorrow's at-work costume I will need to channel some big Brigitte Bardot hair and as for the weekend who knows.

(Photos of John Galliano back stage via this is glamorous)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Transitional outfit: Layering and nautical stripes

Before putting together this outfit I was looking at a lot of pictures of Olivia Palermo. She always manages to achieve a cool chic look that appears effortless, experimenting with layering and always including something unquestionably feminine and pretty. So I don't know that I am at her level, however, I am working on it. I thought layering a longer tank under this cropped blazer would help with proportions. Even with my rail-thin frame, I make it a rule to never wear anything cropped alone with skinny jeans as that would accentuate the hips, which is something I try to avoid like the plague. Hips were not my favorite gift from nature. Also it has been over a year now, and I am still highly obsessed with nautical stripes.
H&M jacket and tank; Forever 21 jeans; Nine West shoes; Vintage locket

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Sequins: 70s glam

1. French Connection Oyster Sequins Top, $138
2. Vince Sequin Sweatshirt, $275
3. Loft Sequin Front Sweater, $69.50
4. BCBG Two-Tone Sequin Clutch, $128
5. Kate Spade Twirl Karolina, $350
6. J.Crew Sequin Mesh Bell Skirt, $128

I have noticed an influx of sequins, and it's not because I'm a figure skater who loves attention. I think we can attribute the increase in sequins to the resurrection of 70s glam. I'm not sure why runways were so full of the 70s recently. If TV shows and movie stars are any indication, the only person I can think of who is reviving Studio 54-like excess is Lindsay Lohan. Whatever it is, I am loving some of these silver and gold sequin pieces. I could see a gold sequin clutch going well with outfits this winter and one of the sequin sweaters livening up a pair of skinnies.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Urban Outfitters does Sweater Girl

I just viewed Urban Outfitters recent feature: "Sweater Girl" featuring model Rachel Stallings and photographer Natalie Neal. It captures the same idea of the 50s woman that Vogue recently featured in its September issue calling to mind Lara Turner, with cinched waists, cropped/snug sweaters, leopard print, and the grandpa cardigan. It definitely got me looking at their sweaters for Fall.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Hip Hip Hooray for the weekend!

I am more than excited to see the boy today. He has been on the road for 5 weeks. Even though I saw him in the middle of his road trip, it feels like forever since I saw him last. We are going to a law review party tonight, he will display acts of great strength tomorrow (aka play in his alumni lacrosse game), and we will hopefully have time to celebrate the end of beer week in Cleveland. What are you up to?

Enjoy your weekends and these links:

Lauren Moffat Spring 2011-I love the green scalloped skirt.

I love to bedeck to impress.

I love this closet and casa with Emmersonmade. I wish I had a 50s dress collection.

Kate Spade short stories. I know what I want for Christmas.

And a perfectly playful Kate Spade pop-up in Lodon.

I love these fashion illustrations.

(Photo of Michael Caine and Natalie Wood via Kissing)

Photography: Brian Ferry

 Just some photos from Brian Ferry's blog, the blue hour. Besides looking at his photography I also really enjoyed reading about National Apple Day, a holiday in England. There are some pretty silly apple names there including: keswick codlin, cornish gilliflower, and alfred jolibois.

(Found via Simple Lovely)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Fall outfit: Denim and a button down

I don't love this outfit. I think it may look a little matronly, but I still wanted to share it because we all have our good outfit days and bad...right? right? anybody? Bueller?  I think if I try this again, I would let my hair down and untuck the shirt to balance out the length of the skirt and the formal-ness of the tights. And maybe I would wear more casual shoes next time that made me look less like a teacher/the wicked witch of the west. However, this outfit is extremely work appropriate, and I am always trying to strike a balance between stylish and work appropriate, so yay for that!
Shirt (courtesy of Jack Wills); Converse skirt (Plato's Closet); Tights (don't remember); Aldo shoes; Vintage necklace

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Lace shift dress

If I had an extra $575 this little Amy Claire number would be mine.  Right now Swirl by DailyCandy is having a sale on Amy Claire. Click here if you need an invite.

Fall staple: plaid

This outfit is perfect for my fallish mood right now. All I want to do is carve pumpkins and drink hot cider. I loved the reincarnation of the plaid shirt last year (or maybe two years ago) because of all of the updated styles that came out including ruffles and longer styles. I love pairing a more "rugged" shirt with a skirt. I like the contrast, but it probably has more to do with my constant need to dress up. I would wear tights and skirts every day if most of the skirts at Forever 21 were not mini skirts. This skirt was one of my purchases during Old Navy's Sweet 16 Anniversary sale. It was marked down from $24.50 to $16.
Gap cardigan; Ralph Lauren top (gift); Old Navy skirt; Loft tights; Ann Taylor vintage shoes; Kenneth Cole watch (gift); Silver Mine jewelry (gift)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Listening to: The Witmark Demos

I am not an experienced Bob Dylan fan, but I do know a few of his tunes, and I have never enjoyed them as much as I have on this compilation. In Bob Dylan, The Witmark Demos 1962-1964, you get to hear him improvise as he forgets verses. It's as if you are sitting at a campfire listening to him play not in a recording studio. I couldn't think of anything more perfect to be your theme music this fall. Listen here on NPR for free.

Fall outfit: The 50s look, pencil skirt and cardigan

I was going for a retro Mad Men-inspired look here, but I think I got a little too costumey. I think I should have lost the flower pin or the pearls or both. Nonetheless I still love this vintage United Colors of Benneton skirt and this thrifted black purse. I am not sure how old the purse is or if it is vintage but it was $3! Also, I wore my cardigan backwards; as you can see the buttons in the back. Worn backwards my crewneck cardigan looks kind of like one of those 50s retro sweaters, and it totally makes me believe in the crewneck sweater. I need to get more of those. So what do you think? Too much? A good Halloween costume at best?
Nordstrom cardigan; United Colors of Benetton skirt (Avalon-Pittsburgh); NY&Co polka dot tights; Nine West shoes; Pearl necklace (gift); H&M flower pin; Nine West purse (thrifted)

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Monday, October 18, 2010

50s-60s art: Jack Vettriano

I love these paintings by Scottish Artist Jack Vettriano. They truly take you back to a different time. A little bit like Mad Men perhaps? He makes you want to take part in the subject's pastimes and dress the part. The exhibit, Days of Wine and Roses, is being displayed in London until October 31st.

via Inside-Out

Fall outfit inspiration: looks from Anthropologie

Like everyone else on the planet, I adore Anthropologie. Due to their high prices I can only copy these styles, unless I find something on major discount. I was recently looking at their website and saw these outfits. Each one is styled for different outings such as going to the bakery or the flower shop—not that these looks would need to be very different. But I always admire their styling, and look to them for inspiration. I love the colors and interesting fabrics they use, and all of these looks incorporate perfect examples of layering for fall.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Happy Friday!

Hey! What are your plans for the weekend? Not much going on for me, so hopefully I will get a lot done in the errands department. Also I am watching the original Wallstreet this weekend with my sister. And I can't wait for Halloween (I love this time of year) so I had to post this image because I love the idea of wearing a glamorous Halloween costume, not to be mistaken with the overtly sexy kind. What are you dressing up as? I have seen a lot of good ideas around the web this week. Enjoy your weekends and these links:

Vintage flight attendant costumes are so funny and kind of cute!

Beautiful doorways.

I love pasta and here are a bunch of recipes...lucky me!

Stella Artois commercial by Wes Anderson.

Polaroid coasters!

Jessica's honeymoon to Iceland makes me want to go. See part 1 and part 2.

Olivia can do no wrong.

Great Gatsby wedding invitations! Yes please!

Jim Parsons lists his 10 favorite Alec Baldwin performances.

I loved the Social Network, and I can't stop reading opinion pieces on it.

Refinery 29's Halloween costumes: I love the Oprah audience member!

P.S. stay tuned for a special offer later tonight...

Week recap

Is anyone else excited that it's Friday? I hope you had a great week! Here are some posts you may have missed:

Valentino looks and french music playlist

Dressing like a French girl

Maxi skirts for fall

Add some sparkle to your fall wardrobe

Christmas shopping tip

Thursday, October 14, 2010

It's never too early...

To start Christmas shopping!!! I hate waiting until the last minute to go Christmas shopping. I think it's so silly to hold off all of that shopping and spending for one month, which is why I try to spread it out and find deals from now until the actual day. While browsing the sale that Old Navy is having right now, I actually picked up my first Christmas present of the year, and it was on major clearance. Today is the last day at Old Navy to get 20% off of every purchase and to take advantage of the many items priced at $16 for their 16-year anniversary sale. Normally I don't get so excited for Old Navy, but they have some really cute items right now. Like these coats. I just love the puckered collar and bright colors. It also comes in gray and black. They are normally $69.50, but today you would get 20% off. Perfect!

Adding some sparkle

I have to say that the only reason I chose to wear this dress was because when I pulled it out of the recesses of my closet, I fell in love all over again with the line of sparkly rhinestones on the neckline. The tunic itself is so simple, but the thin line of rhinestones is perfectly subtle and pretty. I haven't worn this dress in ages. It is definitely one of those items that I forget about until I find it while digging through my closet. Sometimes that's all you need to freshen up your wardrobe for fall: a good pair of boots and an old dress—sounds like a country song!
Dress (unknown gifted); Target leggings; Franco Sarto boots; Kenneth Cole watch; Silver Mine bracelet

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Maxi skirts for Fall

I fell in love with the maxi dress as a summer staple, and now I absolutely adore maxi skirts for this time of year. They go hand in hand with the romance and richness of fall, especially the velvet one. Skirts like the one from the Fall 2010 runway of Marc Jacobs and the brown and black dress in the streetstyle shot make me want to trapse around in long skirts and pretty dresses all the time. Wearing a blazer with one of these skirts would be such a chic look for work, while wearing a chunky knit or luxe sweater would be the perfect off-kilter, Alexa Chung-esque look.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Feeling like a French Gamine

I guess the whole French theme is just going to continue through the week. I had wanted to wear this new t-shirt since my trip to Baltimore, where I picked this up at the Loft on major clearance. It clings to the body in that perfect way, but is still loose and casual, and I love the sequin detail in the pocket. (I am really loving Loft's bedazzled t-shirts and tanks.) I kept imagining it tucked into this skirt, and when I started accessorizing with the striped scarf, bun, and red lipstick, the French-Girl look just happened. I know I have worn similar outfits as this one, but there is something so chic about a simple white t-shirt and red lipstick.
(Loft top, H&M skirt and scarf, Vintage Ann Taylor loafers, Vintage earrings-bought on Ebay for $3)

My inner French Gamine

A Gorgeous Cable-Knit Sweater

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