Thursday, October 28, 2010

Playing Dress Up

I feel like I dress up for Halloween everyday. I always have a theme in mind and usually some character reference. Costumes? Who needs them.

Here's my dress up repertoire:

Mimi from Rent:

My outfit inspiration was from Mimi in this pic and this post. Outfit inspiration only because I do not, repeat do not, want to be a stripper or look like one.

If I were to tackle this one on October 31st, I would rip the tights and add a leopard coat. Some smeary eye make-up wouldn't hurt, either.

School girl or Rachel Berry from GLEE:

A plaid skirt could give you a myriad of options. Bonus is that you can go as sexy or as demure as you like.

Michael Jackson:

A Mad Men character:

 In my case, I'd probably go for Trudy or Peggy. If you're redheaded or blonde, Joan and Betty are the obvious choices.

An executive:

 This one is too easy!

A cowgirl:

Add a hat and you're all set.

I bet if you think back, you play dress-up everyday, too. Add an accessory and even a Halloween-hater like me could have a stylish costume.


Monday, October 25, 2010

Purple Pants

"Are those pants purple?" This is what one of my friends said recently about these pants. Later followed by, "you're a cowgirl in purple pants!" I am.

Sometimes I forget that being into fashion does make you different from most people. Honestly, I only think about this when someone brings it up. But even at a university in New York City, purple pants are not the norm.

But I rationalize my purple pants because being into fashion is not the norm. Neither is getting dressed up for class. So me? I guess I'm not normal. I wasn't normal in high school and I'm still different. Normal is no fun anyway.

I don't mind upping the fashion ante. No one should. We fashion girls are a special kind of crazy. I wear my purple pants and anything else I put on, that someone might comment on, with pride. That's me. I don't know any other way to be!

 Demin shirt from Miley Cyrus/Max Azria for Walmart, cords from Urban Outfitters, shoes from Kenneth Cole Reaction.

Since I'll never be a jeans and t-shirt sort of girl,  I can't resist being a jean shirt and purple cords sort of girl. It seems to be working for me alright.


Friday, October 22, 2010

Friday's Photo 11


I know that the internet was all abuzz with the Glee cast in GQ Magazine photos. I understand that it's a big deal for parents who have kids that watch the show. I have to say, though, Glee is really, really inappropriate and dark for anyone under 12. (I can't say high school age because I watched the even more inappropriate show "The O.C." at age 12...).

I SO wouldn't have understood this show pre-middle school. Also, GQ isn't appropriate for anyone not in high school, so I'm not sure why that's an issue. I mean all around this is content not approproate for children and I don't think it's meant for a young audience. It's prime time (8 PM) on Tuesday (a school night), shouldn't kids be doing HW and getting ready for bed, anyway?

That said, I like the racy photos. They're fun, different and all-in-all they are a very grown-up representation of GLEE. I can't speak for how parents should censor TV for their kids, but I'm loving all things GLEE. Racy, controversial photos included.

And how is this fashion-related, you might wonder? Um. The underwear is cute... and shoes with socks is a big F/W 2010 trend...


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

New Shoes

I recently went to, gasp, Payless to get some cheap black flats. I was pleasantly surprised to find some really great shoes and the BOGO sale was happening, to boot. I ended up purchasing a pair of hounds-tooth black flats AND a pair of gray slingback heels.

Here they are:

Sorry for all the funny angles! The image uploader has been pretty difficult lately.

I'm still a little concerned about wearing heels from Payless and how long they might last. We'll have to wait and see on that one, but I'm pretty sure that the flats are going to work out just fine...

Blouse from Gap, LOFT jeggings, Target belt, Payless kicks.
You can't beat half price flats, can you? I can't think of anything better.


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

"... you look like a present"

Hello all! Today is a great day because I got to (finally) wear this green dress that I have been saving for precisely the right moment.

What's so special about today that I gave in and wore my dress? It's my 36th 20th birthday!

I feel really old. Twenty is just a whole lot older than 19 in my eyes. I am no longer a teenager! I'm in my twenties! I feel such conflict about this.

Alas, I am what I am. Today I am twenty. And because I am twenty I wanted to wear this very cute lacey, figure skatery dress with a sweet bow belt!

Don't you always feel some obligation to dress up on your birthday? I do. I didn't even make excuses for myself like I usually do when all my friends are in sweatpants  (like normal college students) and I'm dressed up like a weirdo. I went with the "it's my birthday" excuse.

Dress- Target,  Bow Belt- Macy's (one million years ago) Shoes-Payless

In a recent episode of Mad Men (if you follow Mad Men), Rodger commented to Joan that he liked one of her red dresses because the bow on the back made her look like a present. I thought of that today when I picked out my bright pink bow belt. I thought it appropriate. It's my birthday, when else should one attempt to look like a present?

I really must love this dress. I took these detail shots and frankly it looks good from every angle.

Also, it looks vastly different around the waist and on the skirt, than it does on the arm and chest. Skin shows sometimes, then it doesn't. The peek-a-boo effect is really nice. I am so into lace because of this dress!

Anyway, so sorry for the self-indulgent post, but I'm glad I got to document this birthday and this outfit. They've been the best so far!


Saturday, October 9, 2010


Do you have a signature piece? Something that you wear everyday or as often as possible. Something you love. Something you feel incomplete without.

For me, that piece is this necklace.

It's a teeny, tiny opal pinky ring with a leaf on it's side on a silver chain. It's one of the only pieces of silver jewelry that I have. (I infinitely prefer gold.) It's just very charming on a chain for some reason, but, of course, it didn't start out that way.

I'll admit that when my grandma gave it to me as a gift, she expected it to fit my thin fingers. And naturally my pinky was too fat for this ring! Embarrassing? Yes. Discouraged? No.

It holds great sentimental value for me because it wasn't an occasion or a holiday, my grandma just thought I should have it.

In that respect, I think this ring and I were meant for each other. So even though it refuses to slide down my (apparently chubby) pinky finger, I decided to give it another home on a chain and another life as a necklace.

I wear it pretty much everyday and I feel almost naked without it.

Do you have an article of clothing or accessory that you feel this way about?

Have a great weekend, all!


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Night and Day

I'm very much into this olive green, full skirt. I wore it a few times this summer and it's transitioned into fall really well, so far.

Chelsea and Violet shirt, belt from Banana Republic, Forever 21 skirt, Kenneth Cole Reaction pumps.

Women's magazines are always going on about day to night pieces. I never gave the idea of one piece transitioning from day to night much thought. Until I achieved it.

I took outfit pictures that morning and I never took off this skirt, even though I totally changed my outfit for going out later that night. I threw on some more make-up, a dark top and jacket, and some leopard pumps. And voila! A evening appropriate look!

Miley Cyrus for Walmart Blazer, vintage dress (as a top), F21 skirt, Urban Outfitters leopard pumps.

It's easier than the magazines make it seem. (Women's magazine do complicate everything, don't they? Especially about what men think... Awful, but I listen to them religiously.) My theory is that if it's good enough for day, it probably has a decent shot at transitioning into night. Anything goes, in my book!

Have a good one!


Friday, October 1, 2010

Friday's Photo 10

I have an unhealthy obsession with the Kennedy family. If I could do a photo set with just pictures of them, it would be a mile long. For today I'll pair it down and pick two.

I already posted these on my other blog, but, as I said, I'm obsessed with Camelot and the Kennedys...

Have a great weekend!