March 29, 2013

The Basics

jeans- Levi's [similar]
jacket- ASOS [same]
boots- DV Dolce Vita via TJ Maxx [updated version]
bag- vintage Coach, thrifted [updated version]
rings- thrifted
cross necklace- c/o Piperfield's
okra necklace- St. Claude NOLA

I headed down to downtown BR this morning to the Creative Louisiana talk by Tommy Talley, of TommysTV, at The Office. He spoke on the wonderful thing we call the Internet, and how it has changed and affected our world over the years. After everyone had their coffee, we were asked to grab a prop and then proceeded to film our own version of The Harlem Shake. If you have yet to be exposed to this crazed Internet sensation, check out all of the videos on YouTube! The LSU one is my favorite, but maybe I am biased.

This was my second Creative Louisiana talk, the first being to see Anthony Ryan Auld the morning after he was eliminated from Project Runway Season 9. It is always a cool learning experience and I encourage any locals to head out to one of them on the last Friday of each month! I can't wait to see what the upcoming months' topics will be!

March 27, 2013

Comfy & Cozy Are We

sweater- Gap [similar]
jeans- Lucky Brand [similar]
boots- Clarks [similar]

For days when the only reason I move from the couch is to get food or water, comfort is key. This crazy weather has made our spring feel like winter, so I needed to stay cozy and this soft sweater was the perfect way to keep warm without suffocating. These jeans are insanely soft and feel like pajamas from washing them so many times! 

Here's a little tip: wash your jeans inside-out to preserve the color, but put a towel in the dryer with them to help make them softer. I haven't a clue why it works, but I can tell a difference with and without a towel. 

March 26, 2013

Inspiration: Elton John

Elton John

I am SO SO SO excited to see Elton John this weekend! He has not performed in Baton Rouge in about 20 years, so I had to take advantage of him being only a few minutes away. Naturally, the first thing I thought about was what I was going to wear... and, to be honest, I am still searching through my closet for the perfect outfit! 

Glitter is a must and so is a fun, outlandish outfit! As my closet contains no glitter platforms like Elton wears on the album cover of "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," I will just figure something out. A quick DIY may be in my future... 

What would you wear to see Elton John in concert?

March 25, 2013

A Blast of Color

blazer- Target [same]
cardigan- Gap [same]
dress- Gap [similar]
flats- Antonio Melani [similar]
belt- Target [similar]
necklace- c/o Piperfield's

If you have been following my blog for any amount of time, you may have noticed that I am not much of a "color" type of girl. I lean towards neutrals and softer shades. Don't get me wrong, it isn't that I do not like color, but I think it scares me a little. 

Being noticed.
Being seen.
Not being able to blend in with the crowd when I just want to be alone.

However, I felt like blasting the world with obnoxious colors because, gosh darnit, IT'S SPRING! The heater blasting doesn't exactly say, "spring" but that is not the point. 

Color can be tricky. Put the wrong combination together and it can be a disaster, but the opposite is true, too. I like the lemon-lime pairing of the cardigan and belt. For warmth I had to add the coral blazer--but I'm not complaining! I like the electric feel of the outfit while it is kept close to my comfort zone using the grey and nude tones to balance out so much color.

Do tell, are you a color or neutrals kind of person?

March 22, 2013

Thrift Tips: Preparation

I am excited to share a new series here on the blog about how to weed your way through thrift shops! If you have never been before, it can be quite intimidating. 

The dust.
The sweat stains.
The smells.

You're right. It's gross. 

the moment you find that vintage Bill Blass little black lace dress in mint condition, you will be hooked. Guaranteed. 

You will gently rip the garment off the rack, look around with beady eyes as if to say, "Does no one else see this? Am I crazy? No one else sees this... OMG." Then, with a new pep in your step, you will prance up to the register trying to hold in your excitement, planning your victory dance as soon as you exit the store. Finally, if you have a free hand, and hopefully you don't, you will throw your fist in the air in a Superstar stance as an imaginary flash mob begins to the tune of "Thrift Shop." [Please excuse the language, but this video is too funny not to share.]

Fortunately, I have come up with some tips to help you prepare for thrifting to lessen the initial shock of the experience!

Set a budget. I have found that setting a budget for myself keeps me from buying yet another set of stainless steel mixing bowls "to go with the 3 sets I already have at home." Four stainless bowl sets would be ridiculous. A budget will help keep you on track and not buy things you would not actually use.

This is one that I cannot emphasize enough. Wear comfortable clothing. 
You're touching other people's old clothes, it's dusty and gross, and dressing rooms are scarce. Wear full coverage undergarments and maybe bring or wear a slip for dresses. Skip complicated jewelry, and for sure wear a cross-body purse. Reaching up on high racks is much easier when you're hands free!

Pack Germ-X! Self explanatory.

Research locations beforehand. Search all thrift store locations, and even consignment shops in the area. Hit the locations close to good neighborhoods first and prioritize your stops. Make a list and stick to it!

Be optimistic! You may hit the jackpot on your first try, or it may take going to a few different stores to figure out where the rich old ladies dump their old junk. Once you find a good spot, make a mental note to revisit the location often, since these places get new merchandise daily.

I hope these tips help you prepare to go thrifting! If you have any success (or horror) stories, or just a random question, I would love to hear them! Stay tuned for the next installment!

March 20, 2013

A Balance

tee- c/o Tallulah with The Elizabeth Chronicles
jeans- Lucky Brand [similar]
blazer- Target [same<--- a="" on="" sale="">]
shoes- Naturalizer [similar]
clutch- Target [same]

I am so excited to report that the Tallulah Kickstarter Campaign was a huge success and they met their goal of $35,000 to produce more dresses! To celebrate, I sported my Tallulah + The Elizabeth Chronicles collaboration tee. I love the Southern flair on a common saying! But we ladies from the South know that adding a "y'all" to anything makes it infinitely more sassy. 

Styling a basic tee and boyfriend jeans can be a challenge. Whether you want to dress the combination up or down, balancing proportions is key. This pair of boyfriend jeans are on the baggy side, so I rolled them up a few inches above my ankle to show a little skin and lengthen my legs, then added a girly shoe for a little flair. For a splash of color, I tossed on this blazer, which helped add a little edge and give the look structure. 

If you're a math person, here's an equation for you:

structure + baggy + girly = the ultimate cool factor

A good balance of a structured jacket and a relaxed fit pant never hurt, y'all.

March 19, 2013

Inspiration: Eric Clapton

eric clapton

Eric Clapton has been one of my favorite musicians since the first time I heard the acoustic version of "Layla." His guitar skills are just sick. This weekend, I will be seeing him live in New Orleans and could not be more excited! 

This look was inspired by Kate Hudson's character, Penny Lane, in the film Almost Famous. If you have never seen it, add it to your list of must-sees! Penny is a free-spirited, adventurous groupie and has incredible style. Her character has inspired many a designer and magazine editor since her introduction. 

The flowy blouse is kept more structured by the fringe vest and leather boots. The whole look is easy, but interesting, like a good vacation. And I could stand to take a good vacation about now...

March 18, 2013

Sleuth Suit

blouse- thrifted BCBG
skirt & belt- thrifted
loafers- TJ Maxx
headband- glued on a pair of old clip-ons!
purse- vintage Coach [thrifted for $20] [updated version]
neckalce- c/o Piperfield's

Over the weekend, my niece turned 13. That kid who has been my best friend and favorite cookie baking partner since birth is a teenager... I feel so old! Anyway, she had an outdoor movie party under the oak trees with popcorn, cream soda, and red & white stripes everywhere! It made me jealous.

Because she is an old soul [her favorite show is Andy Griffith], the movie of choice was the 2007 version of Nancy Drew starring Emma Roberts. I felt a bit inspired this weekend to put together a modern-day Nancy Drew look from things I already had in my closet! Granted, I originally bought this skirt for a Bonnie & Clyde costume, but I have worn it since [here] for non-costume purposes and loved it just the same.

Nancy was my favorite sleuth growing up. I liked that she was intelligent, adventurous, and strong in her beliefs. And, because the first books in the series were written beginning in the 1930s, I bet the writers imagined her wearing great clothes! I always imagined her in a pretty silk dress with fluttery sleeves, much like this blouse, and always always wearing loafers!

What do you think? Have you ever been influenced by a character in books?

PS: Jennifer featured me in her Dig Magazine Haute of the Street article last week. Check it out here! And yes, that is chalk on my shirt. 

March 15, 2013

Polka Palazzo

tank- Cynthia Rowley via TJ Maxx
belt- thrifted
head wrap- Babooshka 
shoes- Dillard's
bracelets and rings- thrifted or gifted

I don't even think I need to say that these pants and I had an instantaneous relationship, but, in case you were wondering, we did. It was interest at first polka dot, lust at first sight of the piping detail, and I was ready to propose when I saw how high-waisted they were. 

After a morning of sifting through other people's junk, a trip to Time Warp to check out their Spring Super Sale was a must! I am so glad I found these pants, and loved wearing them to the last night of NOLAFW shows. A girl always needs her pair of polka dot, high-waisted, palazzo pants to make a statement!

March 13, 2013

Coast to Coast Style: Emerald

dress & blazer- c/o Merci Beaucoup
belt- vintage
heels- Bandolino
jewelry- thrifted or gifted

In honor of Pantone's Color of the Year, Dani and I thought that it would be the perfect time to feature it as our March Coast to Coast Style theme! I scored this emerald blazer in early February along with this dress and have been itching to wear both of these pieces! It is finally warm enough to wear this dress without tights and a turtleneck underneath... which I totally would have done. #turtleneckfever

Combining the emerald shade with neutral colors seemed like a great combo, and the bone color of this dress was just the ticket! I added touches of gold to play with some visual interest, and the pinch of maroon [fashion term: oxblood...ew] on my feet was another touch of color, but still staying away from the holiday red and green.

Putting color schemes together can be difficult when you come across a shade you don't often wear, but all you have to do is look around at combinations that already exist, and change the saturation or depth of a color to make it more interesting.

On Dani...

tee- craft fair
tank & watch- Nordstrom
leggings- Target
boots & socks- Hunter [same]
necklace- gift
turquoise bracelet- Stella & Dot
metallic bracelets- derng
purse- Rebecca Taylor

Dani's version of emerald style is perfect for those April showers coming up! I love a good Hunter boot, and the original Hunter green is a great choice for long-lasting wear. Dani stayed true to her California style with a cool, loose-fitting tee, opaque leggings, and layered jewels. 

Don't forget to hop over to Dani's blog, The Daily Dani and say hi! Click here to see our previous Coast to Coast Style edition feature Girls' Night Out style!

Remember that if you have any suggestions for future Coast to Coast Style collaborations to e-mail me at or Dani at! 

March 12, 2013

Tallulah Designs: Kickstarter

Heather Williams of Tallulah Designs has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help in expanding the company to produce more dresses. Check out the video below and send Tallulah some support before the March 17th deadline! 

I loved Heather's recent collection seen at NOLAFW and can't wait to see more from her!

March 11, 2013

Lasers + Leather

blouse- c/o Merci Beaucoup
leggings- Zara [similar]
shoes- Liz Claiborne
clutch- DKNY via TJ Maxx [similar]
necklace- c/o Piperfield's
rings- gifted or thrifted

This combination was a last minute change for my third night of NOLAFW shows. I had planned each night's outfit in advance, but nothing was working. We all have those days sometimes.

I was browsing my sleeveless tops and had complete forgotten about this one from Merci Beaucoup! It's loose, it has laser cutouts, and fringe? Perfection! I paired this sweet blouse with my leather leggings to make it not seem overly girly. It's always about a balance of the swing & structure. 

Plus, fringe just makes you want to dance, and that's never a bad way to spend a night.