Friday, October 28, 2011

CLUELESS

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Sweater: Hollister, Plato's Closet
Shirt: Target
Skirt: H&M
Tights: Kohl's
Shoes: F21

With its on-trent southwest inspired print, thick weave and huge pockets (who doesn't love huge pockets?), this sweater coat was impossible to pass up. Especially because it was half off ($7). Yeah, there was pretty much no way I was leaving the store without it even if I only wore it to stay cozy around the house.

Obviously that wasn't the case because, as soon as I got home, I threw together this little outfit. After staying warm and cozy all day long (on the first really chilly, wet day of the season non-the-less), I can't wait to wear this baby more! 

In theory, I really love cozy, chunky knits. I like feeling like I'm wearing a big, warm blanket while I'm out and about. It feels like I'm cheating, like I'm in my pjs still but nobody can tell. But, I always feel like I'm toeing the line between bundled chic and just plain dumpy. However, after looking at these pictures, I don't feel as if I look dumpy. Sometimes I really think that photos are a better judge of looks than a mirror. Cher knew what she was talking about.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

TO 'B' OR NOT TO 'B'

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Blazer: thrifted
Sweatshirt: JCrew, thrifted
Jeans: F21
Shoes: Steve Madden
Necklace: gift
Pin: Hobby Lobby

I've been seeing lots of looks that involve a variety of pins and I love them! I've been on the look out for cheap vintage finds at thrift stores but haven't really been blown away by anything as of late. So, when I saw this little buy at Hobby Lobby while I was picking up some last minute wedding supplies, I had to get it.

For my first day as a married woman, I donned this pin with my new last initial and a comfy outfit that I've been wanting to wear for a while now. I like the junxtaposition of the definitely comfy pieces - sweatshirt and relaxed, rolled jeans - and the more classic pieces - navy blazer (thrifted for $2!) and ballet flats.

Monday, October 24, 2011

CLASSICS

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Dress: Calvin Klein
Sweater: Eddie Bauer, thrifted
Tights: Target
Socks: Target
Boots: vintage, rummage sale
Belt: vintage, thrifted
Ring: vintage, antique shop

I was on the fence about this dress. I've been trying to be absolutely meaningful when adding to my closet. I've been making it a point to really think about how individual items will play with the rest of the things that already reside in my closet. At first thought, a leopard print dress does not strike me as super versatile and I almost put it back on the rack. Three things saved it ... the fabric (that jumpy material that NEVER wrinkles), the absolutely beautiful draping at the waist and the price (on sale).

Once I finally decided to buy it and bring it home, I googled ways to wear it and came away with a ton of ideas. For its debut, I really wanted to go casual. I wore it on my last day as an unmarried woman and (obviously) had a ton of stuff to do, so I needed something warm and comfy to don in order to knock things off my to do list. A wooly sweater, flat boots and tall socks really fit the bill.

PS: Oh my goodness, you guys. I'm married. Wow. More on that later (when I have the photos back and can share the story with the photos).

PPS: It was amazing.

Friday, October 21, 2011

COPY CAT

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Jacket: Black Rivet
Shirt: Gap, thrifted
Jeans: Gap
Shoes: JCPenny

I came. I saw. I pinned. I wore. I blogged.

And then, I got married.

Next time I blog to you guys, I'll be a Mrs. Have a good weekend!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

CAMEL

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Sweater: H&M
Shirt: French Connection for Sears
Jeans: Gap
Shoes: F21
Necklaces: gold, rummage same; navy, F21

I am completely guilty of shopping for clothing without a list. You'd think I'd learn by spending way too much money on things that I really didn't need (and probably won't really wear that much) but, sadly, it took the development of a pretty intense budget to open my eyes to the error of my ways. Now, I have a list that is separated into two categories -- items that I think will add to the functionality of my closet for years (read: investment items) and items that I think will inject a little spice into my closet (read: I-won't cry-if-I-don't-find-them items).  I keep it on my iPhone and consult it before I walk into any clothing store. While I realize that this is definitely NOT a new concept, I is only that has really helped me get my spending (and closet) under control.

Camel was one of the things on my list. I didn't know in what form I wanted it - dress, coat, pants, sweater - but I knew I wanted to inject a little bit of it into my autumn wardrobe and that I wanted the piece to be as versatile as possible. It came down to this open front sweater and a thinner jersey knit dress and, since we are bordering the winter months, I decided that the sweater was probably the better option.

Along with specific items, I have a lot of ideas, colors and textures on my wish list - thick knits, warm colors, big pockets, camel, burgundy ... and so on. I also picture the weather that is coming up and think about what I'll be doing in it - reading a book, drinking hot cocoa, going on snowy walks - and what feelings I'll want to have from the clothes I'm wearing - mostly just coziness. What is on your wish list? What feelings, colors, textures, photos, whatever are you inspired by? I'd love to see and hear about them! 

Friday, October 14, 2011

INSPIRATION

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Shirt: thrifted
Jacket: TJMaxx, borred from my mum
Jeans: Gap
Boots: Steve Madden
Scarf: Target
Umbrella: gifted by my Nana

Even before we knew we were going to be moving to Erie, I admired this umbrella of my Nana's. I thought the comic strip print was just so fun and, quite honestly, I didn't even realize that it said "Erie Times News" on it. When future husband got a job in Erie and we prepared to move, my Nana gave me boxfuls upon boxfuls of things that you just don't really think of when you're moving into a new place (salad spinner? check. cupcake pans? check. bunch of other stuff? check.) and amidst those little house hold things was this umbrella. It wasn't until that point that I actually realized that it was an Erie Times umbrella but, once I did, I thought it was absolutely perfect to use around my new city.

Anyway. I read a post on Apartment Therapy a few days ago about clashing greens and how the author always likes how it looks even when two shades really shouldn't go together. I kind of feel the same way and I didn't even realize it until I read it. I am always wanting to pair one green scarf or another with my olive green cargo jacket and when I slipped into this trench, I instantly knew that it needed a little dose of neon green to go along with it. Isn't it funny how inspiration can be found pretty much anywhere? What is the oddest place you find inspiration? I'm curious.

Other than that ... here are a few other tidbits:

1. I wore this coat in my very first outfit post.
2. My scarf is wrinkled. I was going for a disheveled look. Ok, I was lazy and didn't want to iron a stupid scarf.
3. My jeans have stirrups. You will never, ever (ever ever ever ever) see them because they were bough specifically for the ease of slipping into boots. Not as an 80s fashion statement.
4. Wednesday's photos and todays photos were taken on consecutive days. Notice how many more leaves are on the ground in today when compared to Wednesday's. Holy cow, I think autumn is coming.


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

OUTSIDE LOOKING IN

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Blouse: Kohl's, thrifted
Blazer: thrifted
Pants: Gap
Booties: JCPenny
Necklace: Forever 21

Awhile back, I tweeted that I felt like I was playing dress up when I wore blazers. I stand on the outside of the professional world so I always feel like a fraud when I don one with a more conservative looking outfit. Although, I have been itching for one in a bright color -- orange, or maybe pink -- and then one in a classic navy. Which is strange because, up until a few weeks ago, blazers were something that I could take or leave. I suppose the beginning of autumn has gotten me thinking about the seasonal basics that my closet has and I'm really thinking that a good quality navy blazer and a quirky colored blazer could transition across at least three of the four seasons.

Monday, October 10, 2011

YELLOW + BROWN

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Dress: Ruche
Cardi: Delia's, thrifted
Belt: vintage
Shoes: Payless

I always feel like like my proportions are off when I wear cropped cardigans, jackets and whatnot. Perhaps not off, just different from what I normally wear. I tend to like things to hit at the hip or lower but, when I saw this cardi at my local Goodwill, the print was too good to pass up. While I really love yellow paired with a pretty wide range of colors, I wanted to really let the yellow do the talking here.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

(NOT) GROUNDBREAKING

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Sweater: F21
Skirt: Target, swapped
Tights: Target
Shoes: Old Navy
Belt: F21

I've had this skirt hanging in my closet since last March when I attended the Swapaholics Swap at TxSCC. I kept feeling like I should do something out of the box with it yet, I didn't know what. Sometimes I get caught up in wanting to make a piece of clothing stand out and I overlook good obvious ways to wear it. So, today, I went obvious. I didn't branch out into any other colors. Nothing groundbreaking over here. But, sometimes not groundbreaking is just as good as groundbreaking.

I took the grey from the skirt and ran with it. Okay, well, walked with it at least. I spent the first part of the day sans tights and I liked the outfit better that way but, in the end, I was too chilly (why the heck is every store I go in absolutely sub zero?). While I prefer the outfit without the tights, I can't say I dislike it with them. I love me some colored tights but there is something about black opaque ones that make me feel glamourous.

Monday, October 3, 2011

LITTLE RED

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(Have you ever attempted to jog while wearing a pencil skirt and rain boots? I'll give you a hint ... it is not so graceful.)

Shirt: American Eagle, thrifted
Cardi: Delia's, thrifted
Skirt: vintage, thrifted
Boots: Steve Madden
Belt: Forever 21

Awhile ago, I was coveting a red pencil skirt. I had grand dreams of wearing it for Memorial day (alas, I was in the middle of a move), then the 4th of July (which I spent in a swim suit, not a pencil skirt), and then Labor day (during which I attended a concert, which wasn't conducive to restrictive clothing). I'm afraid I found myself to be all out of red clothing holidays until Christmas or Valentine's day but this fiery skirt needed to be taken out of hibernation before then. So, here's to no particular theme ... just a pretty yellow and red color combination on one very wet and rainy day.
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