Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Cream of the Crop (Top)

Back in 2011 I showed my midriff and was pretty doubtful it'd ever make an appearance again. Well, sometimes we surprise even ourselves.

These are jeans I bought from Shopbop's sale and I can't stop wearing them. I had never tried Mother denim before and they're pretty good. I'm on a quest to find wider legs with no stretch (like forever) and these are pretty much the opposite of that but I like them anyway. Obviously.

Have any of you read the Lucky Guide To Mastering Any Style? I know I'm a few years late (it was published in 2008) but I got curious a few months ago and ordered a copy off of eBay. Before the book I would have guessed that my style was Boho/American Classic but after reading I realized it's California Girl/Gamine. It's helped me buy items that fit in my closet better and that are much more "me". Were you able to narrow down your style? Tell me what you are!*

Target tee (it was on clearance in store)
Mother jeans (here, here, or here)
Sam Edelman booties (similar from Sam Edelman)
Target hoop earrings

*I hope it's not cheesy to end with a leading question but I really am curious!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The New Normal

Most blogs are basically a self-produced reality show, you know? I feel that as with any good entertainment you have re-evaluate what you're putting out there from time to time. I've  been wondering lately what exactly I'm trying to accomplish here since the blog reboot.

I think I've come to realize this blog will never be an Atlantic-Pacific or It's Not That Deep. I don't have a boyfrotographer or the time or inclination to seek out interesting backdrops each day. I do not feel remotely like a model. I do have a love of style and fashion and I love sharing it and being inspired by others. So I guess that's what I'm going to do.

Oh, and I also want to convince women that they CAN wear what they want to. I get comments (in blogland and real life) from women who wish they had the guts wear what they wanted. Do it! When I worked in retail I had an elderly lady pull me aside one day and tell me that she admired what I wore and she regretted that she never really dressed the way she wanted to*. She was afraid people would judge her. This wasn't in a shallow, materialistic, wish-I-would-have-bought-more-clothes way but a regret that she hadn't allowed herself that form of self-expression.

Here's an excerpt from a post on Clinton Kelly's Facebook wall that really resonated with me:
Your style can make you happy, and even though I don’t know you, I’d like you to be happy, because as a human being, you deserve to be happy. Clothes won’t make you happy in that really deep, profound way. A solid core of happiness, I believe, comes from expressing love to those who deserve it and accepting love from others because you know you deserve it.

Nevertheless, clothes can make you happy in an important way.

Your personal style is a form of nonverbal communication, just like your facial expressions and your body language. If someone were to smile while giving you some really bad news, you would feel especially uncomfortable. If an acquaintance invited you to her house for a friendly lunch and then sat with her arms folded and legs crossed, you would think something was amiss. Similarly, when your clothes do not match who you are as a person, you and others around you experience a lack of harmony, a dissonance.

Life is short, wear sequins! Wear heels! Wear sweatpants!

Forever 21 top (cute Forever 21 alternative)
thrifted necklace
Current/Elliott jeans
Steve Madden boots (this year's version here or here - I took off the buckle/harness for a different look today)

* Disclaimer: she was a regular customer but the day she pulled me aside it was Halloween and I was dressed as 80's Madonna. I was a teeny horrified at the time that she thought acid-washed tulle was so similar to my regular clothes that she didn't realize I was in costume. Now it's one of my favorite retail memories.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Sometimes Trendy Is Good

One thing that has always remained a constant on this blog is my being easily distracted by my kids. I'm not saying that like it's a bad thing.

I bought these shoes somewhat recent-ish. I wanted a pair that were fairly trendy and that would update a lot of the vintage stuff I do have. So far I'm really happy with my choice and it helped that they were pretty affordable. I looooove vintage but I hate to veer into costume territory so a few trendy items each season to mix in seem to do the trick.

vintage dress (similar vintage here )
Deena & Ozzy flats
Random necklace from a souvenir shop

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Life Lately 2

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Easter Sunday. We have some fun things planned for the girls.

Here's how the last week went according to my phone. What I wore:

We didn't end up going to the waterslide park for the birthday party and this is what I wore instead.

Target cardigan, Madewell blouse, Free People jeans, Tory Burch Clogs (check eBay - there's a few exact pairs on there now - dang it, I go to check and find a different pair that I really want), Deux Lux purse (thrifted - here's the exact one on eBay)

Ok, I didn't really wear this. I keep having Alaskans warn me that the summer is going to be very, very short so I've been making pretend OOTDs using items that might not get worn this year.

thrifted straw hat, Target earrings, Target tee, vintage skirt, Nine West wedges

Andrew was out of town most of the week so I wore my cats in space leggings. Sometimes I'm considerate and wear the clothing that baffles and/or repulses him when he's not here. Ha!


I got these new Mother jeans from the Shopbop sale so I of course had to play dress up in them right away.

Free People sweater, Gap shirt (thrifted), Mother denim (or here), Sam Edelman booties, thrifted necklace
And here's what I did:

I really like taking pictures of the Alaskan sky. It's so beautiful, and it may be colder than Seattle but there's so much sunshine I can't be mad.

I also stayed up late (again) to take pictures of the moon eclipse. It was one time where being in the Alaska time zone came in handy though, it wasn't nearly as late as it was for some of you!

And that's it!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Regrets, I Have a Few

To give your denim jacket a new look, button it all the way up. If you're looking for an evening look, follow the Man Repeller's cues and wear a statement necklace under the collar. I've been trying to come up with new ways to wear old favorites because. . .

When we moved to Alaska I got rid of about 75% of my wardrobe. In a fit of post-partum hormones and long-distance moving frustration I decided that I wanted a minimal closet. I felt that with less choices it would solve the "what to wear" dilemma. It did not.

I regret getting rid of so much. So much color, so much life was sucked out of my wardrobe in one fell swoop. Luckily I kept some bright summer stuff (which doesn't make much sense given where we moved to) so I've been (im)patiently waiting out the drabness of my cooler weather wear.

As soon as it hit 50 degrees I pulled out this green skirt. It's supposed to be in the 50s all week and I'm so excited. Helloooooo color!

thrifted Gap jean jacket (exact, and the color I assume mine used to be a million washes ago)
vintage skirt (similar here)
Prada sandals