Wednesday, March 28, 2012



Trench: xoxo, via my mum's closet
Shirt: JCrew factory
Jeans: Target, swapped
Shoes: Steve Madden

I think these leopard shoes have finally bit the dust. They are kind of falling apart little by little every time I wear them. I have officially started the search for a new pair. However, it is proving to be a daunting task. I don't want sequins, metal hardware, gigantic bows or unnaturally color leopard print. I just want, well, a new pair of this exact same shoe. You wouldn't think it would be so darn difficult.

In other news, rorange and green should get married. They work together in perfect harmony and, really, isn't that a building block of any good marriage?

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


In this feature, I am going to take an outfit that I wasn't crazy about from last year and try to make it into something that I love. To keep it a little more challenging, I will translate as many elements as possible from the original outfit into the new outfit.

From Bad:
(You can see the outfit details in the original post.)

Why Bad?
Oh boy. I like nothing about this combination of clothing. Which is funny because I love all of the thing separately. Socks over tights? Not for me. Not ever again. The short-ish not-quite-a-tunic-but-not-quite-a-sweater-sweater over tights? Not so great. However, I did like the idea of skinny bottoms, the neutral color palette and the wedge heel.

To Rad:
(Sweater: Michel Kors via Ross // Jeans: Gap // Boots: White Mountain // Trench: Kohl's // Necklace: ?? via Clothes Mentor)

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Why Rad?
The leggings were a bit too revealing for me so I swapped them for ultra skinny jeans in a dark wash. Like I said, I was still digging the wedge heel but, unfortunately, I've gotten rid of those ones so I substituted my brown pair and I actually prefer the longer leg line that the dark denim paired with the dark shoes creates. I added the trench because it was a bit too chilly for just the sweater (and I wanted to wear my new trench, duh) and on the way out the door I slipped on the statement necklace just to add a tiny hint of color to the whole look.

So, once again, which do you guys like better? Did I improve upon the look or should I have left well enough alone?

Interested in the past installment (ok, ok so there is only one so far) of From Bad to Rad? Check out January. Annnnd, I know that this was supposed to be posted in February but, well, it wasn't. Sometimes life gets in the way. You know the story ;)

Monday, March 26, 2012


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Skirt: JCrew, via Clothes Mentor
Top: Ralph Lauren, thrifted
Belt: vintage Neiman Marcus, thrifted
Shoes: thrifted
Bag: H&M

There are a few things that I love about this skirt ...

1. It is fun to twirl in.
2. It can be a high waisted midi skirt OR a mid-thigh tube dress.
3. It has stretchy waist parts.
4. When you walk down a flight of stairs it flutters like you're a model with your own personal wind machine.

Oh, and it was $12. Seriously? Whats not to love?

Friday, March 16, 2012


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Jacket: Michael Kors, via Gabriel Brothers
Shirt: JCrew
Jeans: Target
Belt: Gap
Shoes: thrifted

It might have been the incredibly beautiful weather. Or the fact that the husband was taking little girl on a mini fishing trip. Or the fact that I was looking forward to walking the dog through Presque Isle and wiggling my toes in the sand for a bit. Or is could be the fact that this jacket is so darn amazing and it was only $25. Pick from any of those reasons but, either way, I love this outfit and the entire day that I wore it.

I found this incredible jacket right after Christmas and I've been chomping at the bit for warmer days to arrive so that it could make its debut. It was the only one on the rack and was marked down from something absurd, like $200, to something even more absurd, like $25. Was I in the market for a buttery soft, cascading neckline, taupe leather jacket? No, I can't honestly say that I was. But when the sale gods bless you with something like this, you don't ask questions. You toss that baby in your cart before someone else can get it. And then you pair it was your new rorange and white striped shirt because, clearly, they were meant for one another.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


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Trench: XOXO, via my mum's closet
Shirt: Target
Jeans: Ann Taylor, thrifted
Shoes: Gap
Scarf: Target

A trench is on my rotating clothing wish list and has been for quite some time. However, while living in Texas it was rather difficult to justify the need for a spring jacket because, more often than not, springtime in Texas is too warm for even light jackets. Since moving to Pennsylvania, I've come to fully appreciate the purpose of the transitional wardrobe.

Since I've yet to stumble upon a trench that I love, I decided to raid my mum's closet a bit (we made a very last minute, surprise visit to see her in North Carolina). She was kind enough to let me borrow it for the time being. I love how it instantly freshens up an outfit that, otherwise, might be kind of boring. Color has a way of doing that for an ensemble.

Monday, March 12, 2012


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Sweater: Forever 21
Jacket: Ross
Jeans: Guess, via Gabriel Brothers
Shoes: Gap
Necklaces: Jupe, Forever 21

I wasn't really looking for pale pink jeans when I stumbled upon this pair at Gabriel Brothers. They are made from the softest denim I've ever touched. They kind of feel like wearing a baby blanket.

I really like pairing olive green with colors that you wouldn't normally think of, like pale pink or turquoise. It definitely reads as a neutral in my book. And I have a hard time saying no to a good neutral.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012



Top: Banana Republic, via Clothes Mentor
Blazer: H&M
Jeans: Vigoss, via my best friend
Boots: White Mountain

At some point, I turned my back on bootcut/flare legged jeans. I accused them of not being versatile. I mean, you can't possible stuff them into boots like you can skinny jeans, now can you? You can't even really cuff them up to show off a little ankle like you can with plain ol' straight leg jeans. Well, bootcut and flare legs alike, I'm here to apologize because I have realized the error of my ways. You might not be as versatile but you are lovely anyhow.

Side note: Can someone please fill me in on two things -- 1.) How do you tuck a shirt in and have it look wonderful and actually stay there? I suck at tucking, you guys. 2.) How do I make the artfully half tucked, half untucked shirt thing work for me? I'm baffled. I really am.
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