January 31, 2013

And the eShakti Giveaway Winner is...

Congratulations, Nicole! Check your inbox soon for an e-mail :)

Thank you to everyone who entered! 

January 29, 2013

Inspiration: Melon & Blueberry

Spring is rapidly approaching and stores are already putting out resort and pre-spring collections! The weather here in LA needs an attitude adjustment and winter seems like a long-lost memory. In other words, it's already time to get ready for spring! My boots are stored away and my shorts are already in full weekend rotation. Pretty soon the bikinis will be making an appearance... which will eventually help combat my White Pasty Leg syndrome. Self diagnosed, of course.

To keep your cool in winter-to-spring transition time, use your usual winter pieces to mix in with your spring items. Here, I have kept the fall/winter vibe of using navy or nude flats with a monochrome melon shade for the clothes. Keep the feet classy and the rest of the outfit fun! Throw on a light weight brown leather jacket for chilly days and ditch the jacket for an after-lunch walk outside.

This look could also work for a good kelly green or with shades of purple or pink. Whatever your bright monochrome fancy, make it happen!

melon & blueberry

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January 27, 2013

Navy + White

blouse- TJ Maxx [similar]
jeans- Levi's [similar]
necklace- c/o BPJ
shoes- TJ Maxx [similar]
rings- thrifted/gifted

A few months ago, I expressed my desire to look more like a professional at my job, which meant that I was on the hunt for "professional" looking clothes. After many exhausting shopping trips and trying on about 10 too many silky blouses that would only be paired with slacks *shiver*, I decided that my goal look was less law firm professional and more cool-vibe boutique professional. 

That's where this blouse comes in. It is 100% rayon but feels better than silk. It is light and soft and looks just as beautiful with jeans as it does with a nice pencil skirt! On this road to discovering my personal style in the young professional world [again... *shiver*], I am finally figuring out how I want to be perceived at my job. If I wore this to work, I think the vibe I would give off is put-together, approachable, but still authoritative. Gotta let those students know who's boss.

You probably won't catch me wearing a suit to work any time soon... unless it's vintage. And then I will need an assistant to count the stares I get while strolling down the hallway.

January 23, 2013

Military Status Collaboration: A Pinch of Lovely

Last weekend, Krystal of A Pinch of Lovely and I met up for a mini shoot in downtown Baton Rouge to collaborate on the military trend that is so prominent right now! From army parkas to camo pants, this trend is here to stay. Coming from a place where camo is a staple in everyone's wardrobe, it is refreshing to see fashion's take on the work wear of hunters. 

When we were talking about what to do for this collaboration, Krystal suggested camo, but "cute camo." I thought the "cute" part was a given but in this area you never know! I love how she styled her camo pants from Zara with a deer sweater-- how punny! And to keep it classy, her polka dot flats and sparkly jewelry from Stella & Dot do just the trick! Besides, the girl mixes prints like a boss. 

For this outfit, I went a little more figurative than literal. My 1940s war time dress, combined with a modern army jacket, paired with gladiator-style shoes and a coconut clutch kept the look feeling fun!  [Sidenote: Have you ever tried to crack a coconut? It's a fight... get it? Military... fight? Just laugh, okay?]

On Krystal: Zara camo cargos (similar); Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac in gold; Forever 21 sweater and flats; Stella & Dot: Gilded Arrow BangleIvory Julep BangleGreen Foundation BraceletMorlay Flower RingsFiona EarringsFiona Bib Necklace ; Loft cateye sunglasses

On me: Time Warp Vintage 1940s dress, ASOS army jacket, All Saints shoes, shades- Target, rings- gifted and vintage, clutch- shop in Uvita, Costa Rica 

[Look back to see when Krystal and I met at the Best of 225 event at Paris Parker and check her out on A Pinch of Lovely!]

January 22, 2013

A Virus of Striped Proportions

Breakdown: denim oxford- Levi's, sweater- Alexandra's Boutique [also here], 
pants- LOFTnecklace + rings- gifted, flats- Nine West

I am a sucker for *stripes. Seriously... I love them. Especially navy and white stripes! My mom is the same way, so when we shop together we have to remind each other, "you already have 3 red + white striped shirts." To which the other replies, "But this one has one wide and one skinny stripe!" etc. It's a disease. Striptococcus?

See how Kayley styled the same sweater here and we wore almost the exact outfit. Awkward blogger moment?

*See also: elbow patches.

January 21, 2013

eShakti Giveaway **CLOSED**

I discovered eShakti about a year ago through Dani's blog and have periodically checked their site for new stock. Their dresses are so pretty and have an easy feel to them! In the process of reviewing an item for them, the dress I ordered wound up being too big. eShakti prides themselves on getting a great fit by custom measurements, but I chose to go with their standard sizing since I already matched the measurements. However, I didn't allow for seam allowance, so the waist was about 1.5" off. 

Lucky for you, though, eShakti was kind enough to allow me to host a giveaway for this ruffled floral crepe dress!

If you are typically a size 0/2 or XS/S [check the eShakti size guide], leave a comment below telling me of your favorite item from the eShakti boutique! Make sure to leave your name and e-mail in the comment!

Good luck!

*Open to U.S. residents only. Sorry international readers!
**Giveaway is open until Wednesday January 30th.

January 20, 2013

Chevron + Bows

Breakdown: dress- Plato's Closet, pimp coat- Limited Too (circa 1997/1998),
belt- stolen from a vintage dress, shoes- Liz Claiborne

The chevron print has always been a favorite of mine! Every time chevron comes back around as a trend, I try and try to find a cute dress where the angles hit me at the right spot. It is almost as difficult as finding the perfect pair of jeans. Know what I mean? The stripes are either too thick, too thin, or the lighter color hits at the widest part of me. This dress, however, fits like a glove and is super comfortable to boot!

I tried sporting this number sans belt but it looked too stark. This wide belt with a little bow flair is the perfect solution to breaking up the pattern, without taking away from it! I haven't been belting my dresses and blouses as much lately... but I am seriously reconsidering my belts after today!

January 17, 2013

Bare Legs and Fruit Loops

Breakdown: dress- F21 [old], coat- vintage Bill Kaiserman, 
scarf- Target, tights- Gap, boots- ???

For all of the tights in my drawers, I rarely wear them. It may be a result of not many days cold enough or, on the other end of the spectrum, it is too cold to wear almost-bear legs. Pray tell, how do you cold climate people do it

Anyway, back to the topic at hand... This black shift has been in my closet for, oh, 5 years. It is easy for layering, light, and doesn't touch me anywhere. Perfect for days running around workschool like a maniac and dividing Fruit Loop portions for a graphing activity! If this one ever gets a hole I'm not sure what I'll do. Cry? Likely.

PS: As a little gift to my readers, Best Personalized Jewelry, the makers of the Carrie necklace that has become a staple in my daily jewelry selection [seen here], have provided a coupon code for your very own Carrie necklace! Enter gift20 at checkout for 20% off of your purchase. This offer is valid until the end of February, so go ahead and snag one for yourself and a friend!

January 15, 2013

Inspiration: Street Style Cool

As the new year is just beginning, I would like to introduce you to what I hope will be an exciting post every couple of weeks here on TTS! 

This week I was inspired by an easy style to wear at any time. Throw on a loose, lightweight sweater dress, a pair of classic sneakers, and a swipe of pink across your lips... good to go! Add a cool bag in an uncommon shade and a flashy cuff to glam it up a bit. Those additions  take the basic look from a quick trip to the grocery store to an afternoon shopping. 

Remember that the next time you head out to the grocery store-- throw on that fun necklace. Swipe a little color on. Be a little daring!

street style

dress: similar
shoes: similar
lips: similar
cuff: similar
bag: similar

January 14, 2013

Project Runway All Stars Finale Viewing

This Thursday, Baton Rouge's own Anthony Ryan Auld is hosting a viewing for the finale of the second season of Project Runway All Stars! I am already mentally planning my outfit, of course. At the moment, my brain train is leaning toward either blue minimalism or a white girl goes to a 1950's Cuban nightclub. AKA: Dirty Dancing Havana Nights

Hope to see you there!

January 13, 2013

Red + Black + Nude

Breakdown: blouse- thrifted Bebe, skirt- Time Warp Vintage [similar], 
belt- vintage [stolen from a dress], pumps- Liz Claiborne

From the beginning of time, red and black have been the perfect pair. In choosing today's look, though, I wanted to mix it up and add a bit of the nude polka dots. I could have worn my nude pumps, but with my legs this ghostly white, I blended in a little too much. I also chose to skip a camisole underneath, inspired by the most recent episode of Project Runway: All Stars. Needless to say, my favorite gown was Anthony Ryan's! I always love a nude illusion dress. It is a bit risqué but, if worn correctly, can be quite demure. 

Mere hours after taking these photos the temperature outside has dropped about 30 degrees. After the last 10 days of rain [and more to come], I am more ready than ever to wear tights! And scarves! And layers! And boots! 

I'm excited. Can you tell?

PS: Have you been watching PR? Leave a comment and tell me your favorite so far!

January 12, 2013

Dressed Down

Breakdown: tee- Gap [similar], shirt- Meta Exchange, shorts- Levi's [similar],
boots- DV Dolce Vita via TJ Maxx, rings- thrifted/gifted, necklace- c/o BPJ

After a long week of rain (and rain... and rain... and rain), the first few days at a new job, and, consequently, an emotional roller coaster,  a solid Saturday spent at the gym and Whole Foods was just the ticket! On days like this, comfort is key. Easy cutoffs, the softest tee in my wardrobe, and a light jacket were perfect for a brain break!

This necklace was sent to me from BPJ and has quickly become one of my favorite pieces! It is easy to throw on with something dressed up as well as a dressed-down day like today. 

January 5, 2013


Breakdown: shirt, blazer, & loafers- thrifted,
jeans- Levi's, scarf- hand made

From the time I can remember (approx. my 1st birthday), Sister #2 has been obsessed with plaid. Think Gap-prep in 1995 with plaid mini skirts, leggings and big oxfords with snuggly socks. Any time I see a tartan plaid I automatically think, "That's so Kerrie!" 

So, when I found this oxford at Goodwill a while back I imagined how she would wear it:
    2 sizes too large
    worn leggings
    tall, chunky socks (probably oatmeal in color)
    lace up boots (black, preferably scuffed)
    the biggest sweater on the planet, complete with stretched sleeves from covering hands
    puffy headband & a perm

I know that the 90s are coming back, but I'd like to leave the puffy headbands in the past. Although, the big shirts and leggings thing? That I can handle.

January 4, 2013

Coat Dress

Breakdown: coat- thrifted, tights- Nine West,
shoes- Liz Claiborne, clutch- DNKY via TJ Maxx

After 2 weeks of time off, I woke up this morning tired of jeans and a sweatshirt. Instead, I just wanted to wear a pretty coat, some outrageous tights, and cat eye liner. I did nothing important while wearing this outfit, but it just felt good to play dress up! 

My favorite trend as of late that I have seen on one of my favorite editors, Miroslava Duma, is wearing a coat as a dress. I really like those days when it is cold enough to keep my coat on wherever I go, so I don't have to worry so much about what I'm wearing underneath. I can wear thin layers close to my body, while the coat looks amazing, fooling the public eye into thinking I have something cool going on under it. HA, fooled them!

Here in Louisiana, cold weather isn't something we encounter very much, but when we do, I want a pretty coat. Granted, I have had most of my coats since high school, so the style and cut look outdated and most of them don't even fit anymore. As in they're all too big... and I know I haven't shrunk since then, so I'm not sure what that is about! I have decided that when spring comes I will be going through my coats and ridding myself of the ones I know I will not wear anymore. Next fall I will be on the lookout for a few new coats that are both functional and pretty. I'm already excited about looking for them! 

Below, I've put together a little mood board for what I will probably be looking for next year! I will probably add a streamlined black or dark grey coat, since these brighter choices likely do not scream everyday wear. It's about balance!

dress coats

January 3, 2013

Flowy vs. Boxy

Breakdown: jumpsuit- vintage Bill Kaiserman (goes w/ this coat), 
jacket- GapKids circa 1999, loafers- thrifted

For the last couple of months, I have not been wearing as much true vintage as I used to. I am not really sure why, but my vintage dresses felt too girly for my life at the moment.* As I have talked about in previous posts, I have been on a serious tomboy kick with most of my outfits. Whether I compulsively throw on my blazer, constantly wear my loafers, or suddenly hate showing my waistline, tomboy has been as consistent attitude in my wardrobe lately. Each morning I get dressed wanting to skip the flowy kick-pleat skirts and go for structured pants in boxy cuts. Granted, some days I need a break from structure and boxy and sprint to the other end of the spectrum as 100% girly.

In cleaning out my closet during my break, I have been trying to figure out which pieces stay and which go. I have my "work only" items which, when I'm not teaching anymore will immediately be placed in a bag and taken to Goodwill. That many button-up short sleeved blouses that remind me of a 2nd grade teacher can't stay in my closet. Sorry, but they just don't go with my leather leggings...

SO, my point is that I am still trying to figure out my own personal style. Which, because I have a blog, makes it a bit more fun because I can play around and see what I like "in print" rather than rely on my mirror. And if you're a blogger too, you know that mirrors lie sometimes. Like, all the time.

*8th graders tend to not take pink polka dots very seriously.