Thursday, April 20, 2017

Hat Envy

 Hat: H&M (recent in-store purchase) // Tee: Zara (similar here) // Necklace: Madewell (here) // Pants: men's Wrangler (can't find it online? similar here) // Shoes: Intentionally Blank (here or here) // Purse: Madewell (similar here)

I've been so close to hitting the "checkout" button on a Janessa Leone´ boater hat. It's another item though where I can't justify the cost for the very short season I can wear it in. I'm hoping this very inexpensive H&M version will satisfy the longing although I'm already wishing the bill was a little bit crisper. Maybe I'll shift focus to a different hat with more year round wear because I really like the designer.

I've been tracking my best and worst cost-per-wear items on the Stylebook app for a while and using it to try and make better choices for my wardrobe. I'm still following the "core capsule" concept I came up with last year which is working out great (I should write a follow-up post, eh?). Now I'm focusing on what gets used the most (boots, sweaters) and not getting sidetracked into too many purchases that won't (sandals, tank tops, shorts, you get the idea ha!). And this isn't entirely revolutionary but if something isn't absolutely comfortable, I just won't wear it outside of the one outfit I envisioned the piece in. If that's a thrift store item, fine. Retail? Criiiiinge.

Won't you drool with me?

Friday, April 14, 2017

Carpet Bag And Overalls

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 Top: J.Crew (here) // Overalls: Levi's (here) // Scarf: thrifted (similar here or I think this would work too) // Shoes: vintage (check Etsy! These for a lucky 7.5 foot!) // Purse: vintage (a little more understated here) // Sunglasses: Madewell (here)

I mentioned this on Instagram but when I went to pay for these flowers the cashier asked if I'd like to put them in my bag. I wondered if he could sense some sort of innate bloggeriness or if it's more common in real life to carry flowers in your purse than I thought. OR, I just thought of another one, what if he's a #bloggerhusband and it's how he thinks every woman carries them around? Anyways, his thoughtfulness allowed me to check another style blogging cliche off the list, all while it totally not being my idea.

P.S. Yep, another day same overalls. For the other looks click here.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Spring Trench

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 Trench: vintage London Fog (check Etsy!) // Shirt: Free People (here) // Necklace: Madewell (here) // Denim: Mother (here) // Flats: Chanel (similar here) // Sunglasses: Madewell (here) // Purse: Theory (here)

I've had a trench on my thrift wish list for a while and finally found a great one! It's vintage London Fog in pristine condition. The cut is mostly classic but it has a feminine blousy feel at the cuffs which fits in with the 80's revival happening in fashion right now.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Gingham Style

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 Crop Top: ASOS // Tee: Zara (similar here) // Jeans: Mother (here) // Purse: thrifted and DIY (inspiration here) // Shoes: Kelsey Dagger (current version here)

I saw this purse on a slideshow and I wanted it so bad! It's $170 and even though the company that makes it is admirable (it provides artful opportunities around the globe) I couldn't justify the price for how small it is - I already bought a not-very-functional pretty purse. So I strung black pom poms onto black embroidery thread and attached them to a vintage straw bag. Ta da! I'm going to work on the attachment point just a little bit more but I'm so excited how it turned out.

To change the subject a little. . . A few years ago I was prescribed Cipro for a minor ailment and it left me with with a disorder called FQAD (I'll let you guess how we pronounce that in this household).  Anyway, I won't bore you with the sad details but rather the superficial ones. Ha! This is a style blog after all. There is no known cure for FQAD but my doctors prescribed medication to try and alleviate some of the symptoms. Unfortunately all it did was cause me to gain 16 pounds in a very short period of time. I quit the medication February 2016 and verrrrry slowly lost a lot of the weight. Recently I decided to focus on getting the last few pounds off (ugh, I'll workout like a mofo but watching my diet is torture) and I'm happy to say it's working. But then I'm sad to say that this super cute cropped top is already too big. I only got to wear it twice! So this outfit is kind of a "farewell I hardly know ye" type deal. With a bonus smoothie.

I hope you're having a great weekend!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Spring VIP

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 Blouse: Madewell (here, dress version here) // Overalls: Levi's (here) // Earrings: Madewell (here) // Clutch: vintage (similar here) // Shoes: Chanel (in different color here) // Lipstick: L'Oreal Color Riche in Fairest Nude (here)

I almost didn't post this outfit because I've been wearing this blouse so much lately. Geez, style blogging can get into your brain in weird ways. I mean, I'm pretty sure 99% of the population wears clothing over and over. It's just a comfortable blouse that's on-trend but not trendy. At the end of the post there are more ways I wore it/will wear it, and an additional post here.

And I normally don't tell you what shade of lipstick I'm wearing because A) I'm terrible at any kind of detail shot that shows it and B) I don't think people are interested (lol) and C) I'm not a huge makeup person (skincare though, I could go on for daaaaaays). BUT, I do think there's a lot of people with cool-toned skin that have a hard time finding a nude lipstick that doesn't have any orange in it AND I FOUND IT. It also doesn't make you look dead (like pinky nudes can) so it's a win all over that place! Plus, the price is pretty nice.

So yeah. Are you guys feeling the bell sleeve trend? I can't really (and don't really want to) wear the off shoulder but a flared sleeve fits into a relaxed, casual vibe I can deal with.

Blouse: Madewell (here) // Necklace: Madewell (here) // Jeans: Levi's (here) // Shoes: No. 6 (holy crap here, ooh or here, or more similar here)

And some outfits waiting in my Stylebook app for warmer weather:

Outfit 1
Blouse: Madewell (here) // Pants: J.Crew (paint-splattered chinos here) // Purse: vintage Chanel (here) // Earrings: H&M (here) // Shoes: Prada (summer version here)

Outfit 2
Blouse: Madewell (here) // Shorts: Madewell (here) // Bag: vintage (looks like it's a pain to ship to the USA but major eye candy here) // Shoes: eBay (seriously, if you want leather sandals go here)