February 28, 2013

With Just A Needle and Thread






Breakdown:
sweater- Old Navy [similar]
pants- LOFT [same]
blazer- Guess, thrifted
loafers- thrifted (the $5.99 mark on the soles is almost gone... sad)
necklace- c/o Piperfield's
glasses- vintage, Noelie Harmon
rings- thrifted or gifted

Have you ever woken up, stuck your hand outside the front door to check the temp, and determined that a light sweater and a jacket would be warm enough, but then as you go about your day you realize that it was just a falsity and you are, in fact, freezing? Yeah, I thought so. Moving on...

These teal pants have definitely paid for themselves at this point! I splurged for this trendy pair back in August and have regretted it not. Given that the rest of my outfit was either thrifted, gifted, or dirt cheap, I can stand to splurge on certain items sometimes. 

My usual splurges are shoes and underpinnings. If my feet aren't happy, my day is thrown off. Blisters are zero fun, you know? And as far as underpinnings go, you know what I mean when I say that the wrong kind can, dare I say, ruffle your panties. Do tell, what do you splurge on?


PS: Yes, this necklace is a sewing kit! Thank you for noticing its awesomeness.

February 27, 2013

Fuzzy Sweaters & Scented Jeans







Breakdown:
blouse- Levi's [similar]
sweater- Element [similar]
cargoes- Gap [similar]
boots- DV Dolce Vita via TJ Maxx [same]
necklace- c/o Piperfield's
rings- thrifted/gifted

I know I wear this sweater (and these pants... and these boots) a ton, but they are all basic pieces that work with most of my outfits! My 10 year old self would have scoffed at cargo pants being a "wardrobe staple," but my 10 year old self also looked to the Delia's catalog for all outfit inspiration. Only she rarely ordered from the catalog, and no stores were nearby, so her fashion fix was cured by Limited Too. Sparkly, orange, fuzzy sweaters worn with bell-bottom jeans. Do I even need to add the fact that they were glittered and scented

Those were my wardrobe staples then, but if given the chance, I would go back to wearing scented jeans. Who needs laundry detergent, anyway?


February 26, 2013

The You Are Project



A while back, I wrote an article for the online magazine, The You Are Project. I have some exciting news... the Project has released their first print magazine!  I was ecstatic when it came in the mail and read it cover-to-cover immediately! [Thank you, Lauren, for sending it so speedily!] 

The You Are Project is about spreading the truth about women and who we are as individuals. It is about building confidence and relationship with women, reminding us that we are awesome. To quote their About Us page,  "We want to restore the relationships between women that have been damaged by jealousy, gossip, and competition." Not to be all, "I am woman, hear me roar," but this is so true. We have all been hurt by other women in our lives, whether they were our friends or not. 

I love this message and am sure that you do too, so check out The You Are Project! They have great articles for us young women and would be great for an high school girls you know as well. Plus, check out fellow Fashion & Faith blogger, Kenzie Faith on the cover!

February 24, 2013

Camo + Leather





Breakdown:
leggings- Zara [similar]
sweater (not seen)- Gap [similar]
jacket- thrifted [similar]
heels- Liz Claiborne [similar]
purse- vintage [similar]

I remember the first blog I ever stumbled upon. I scrolled for hours. My eyes were watering from the brightness of my computer screen. But I was hooked after the first post. In case you were wondering, the blog is Karen Blanchard's Where Did U Get That. A few years later, it is still one of my favorites!

As soon as I saw Karen's post a few weeks ago wearing camo + leather leggings, I knew I had to do my own take on it! I had all of the elements and I had been trying to figure out how to wear this jacket, so it was a no brainer. Besides, the whimsy of this tee from New Orleans's own Jolie & Elizabeth makes me feel sassy! I love the juxtaposition of wearing a tee with something more formal. I already have an idea for the next time I wear it! 

Now tell me... how would you wear this tee?

February 20, 2013

Inspiration: Cool + Easy

cool and easy



Breakdown:
jeans- J. Crew [same]
oxford- Brooks Brothers [same]
cap- the Dope. game

Keeping in line with my recent draw towards tomboy chic, this week's inspiration post is all about elements of masculinity. I am drawn to the ease of a white oxford, the simplicity of slim-cut light jeans, and the funky factor of the local Baton Rouge designer's Dope.Game cap. 

I am not usually a "cap" girl, but tend to favor hats. However, taking a tip from my athlete brother, smashing the bill between encyclopedias [yes, physical copies still exist...] to create a true flat-bill may be just the ticket to make it work for my face shape! Remember to wear it forwards... always, or else you run the risk of looking like a hoodlum. Sideways is juvenile, classic is cool.

Keep it cool, kids. Keep it cool.

February 18, 2013

A Lighter Darkness




Breakdown:
sweater- Bass similar]
jeans- Levi's [similar]
jacket- ASOS [same]
shoes- Calvin Klein via TJ Maxx
necklace- Saint Claude NOLA
rings & shades- vintage

Remember a while back when I said that I'd already packed up all of my winter clothes? Yeah... they're back out. Freezing temperatures, but clear skies this week! It is perfect weather for a run outside. Or a bonfire. Or just being outside with fun furry hats on!

This outfit's neutral color combination is just an extension of my recent coat of darkness. Still dark, but more suited for a sunny day! After a few weeks of more clouds than sunshine, my brain's Happy Levels needed a major boost. I hope the sun stays out to keep this up! And to all of you in dreary weather, I will lend you a piece of the sun... if a few days. 

February 16, 2013

Black on Black











Breakdown:
turtleneck- R. L. Polo [similar]
pants- Gap [samesimilar]
boots- Sam Edelman [similar]
hat- vintage [similar]
rings- thrifted

It seems as though I am on a dark neutrals kick. During the deep winter months, I tend to crave black. I have never been able to figure out why, but it somehow makes me feel warmer. Although, it may be all of the layers of black I tend to wear at once, but whatever works, right?

This outfit is the result of complete laziness and post-gym hair. I bet that's a combo I've yet to use on the blog! Days spent running errands and paperwork call for complete comfort. At times, that means sweatpants, but these pants are essentially socially appropriate leggings... and I love it! This Rag & Bone for Neiman Marcus at I found at Target has been a weekly wardrobe staple. It is really cozy and warm for weather that is not warm enough for a coat, but too cool for a light sweater.

As for my vintage hat... it looks like a wig, feels like a wig, but isn't a wig. The shape is amazing as well! It makes me feel so Russian. 

So today's lesson can be summed up into one statement:

              Black makes you feel warmer and vintage wig-esque hats make you feel Russian.

Logical? Logical.

February 13, 2013

Black & Blue




Breakdown:
blouse- stolen from my MawMaw
sweater- TJ Maxx
leggings- Zara
loafers- Dolce Vita via TJ Maxx
shades- stolen from my Mom [actually, they were her man's in the 80s]

A bit ago, I saw a photo of Helena Glazer of Brooklyn Blonde which she posted and fell in love. It happened in an instant, my love for her playful take on navy and black. I love seeing people defy social conventions by breaking the fashion rules!

No white after Labor Day.
Never wear black and brown together.
Wear tights with close-toed shoes.

Pshhhhhhhhhhhh who needs it? Not I. Which is why I knew I had to show my take on wearing navy & black together! I kept it fun with the textures-- faux leather, silky, knit, sparkly-- but also classic with the color scheme. So I challenge you, ladies and gentlemen, to break the conventions, particularly in the arena of color schemes, and own it! 

Those people staring at you in the grocery store because you are wearing a black dress with brown shoes? *hair flip* 

PS: I should note that my 6-year old cousin, Kay, informed me that my shoes were "FASHION!" Life goal, achieved.

February 11, 2013

Coast to Coast Style: GNO

I am super excited to reveal Dani, my blogger BFF, and my's first ever Coast to Coast collaboration! Each month, Dani and I will think of an event, trend, or outfit inspiration to challenge ourselves with. She is West Coast, I am Gulf Coast. Our regions' perspective on style is totally different, so we want to show you how we would style these events or trends while staying true to our area. Sure, a wedding here on the Gulf Coast may constitute a camouflage bridesmaid dress, but it certainly doesn't have to! 

I hope you are all as excited as Dani and I are about the collaborations to come! Enjoy!










Breakdown:
blouse- TJ Maxx
jeans- Levi's men's 511 skinny [same]
shoes- Naturalizer [old]
bag- DKNY via TJ Maxx
necklace- c/o BPJ [I'm obsessed... for real]

I chose to have more of a boyish take on the Girl's Night Out [GNO] theme. I do not wear much pink, and red just felt too... Valentine-y. Purple is still girly, but the men's jeans balance out the frill of the blouse by keeping the shape boxy. Most women would never intentionally go for a boxy shape, but I like to play it up with girly touches. T-strap heels are always girl-friendly and who can resist a super-duper-on-sale eggplant calf hair & leather chain strap clutch? No one, that's who.

Oh, and don't be afraid to wander to "the other side of the store" to get the hook-up on jeans. Somehow, the cut of the men's jeans fit my body better. Don't ask why. Just sprint over to your local denim shop and give it a shot! But don't forget to look both ways!

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On to Dani...







Breakdown:
blazer, dress, & wedges: F21
clutch & square ring: Nordstrom [gifted]
flower rings: Juicy Couture
necklace: Sandtattoo 
belt: Kohl's


I love how Dani also strayed away from the typical "Valentine's Day" hues and stuck to something fun, sophisticated, but with a touch of bohemia! Her dress & necklace say, "I'm sweet." Her blazer says, "I mean business." Her polka dot clutch says, "I'm quirky." And her floral platforms say, "Yeah, try an' mess wif me in deez killa heelz." I love it, I love it, I love it!

PS: If our readers have any ideas or suggestions on themes for future months, give us a holler at either thinktwicestyle@gmail.com or danisays@yahoo.com!




February 10, 2013

A Blast of Color








Breakdown:
dress- Ronen Chen [on loan]
necklace + cuff- c/o Merci Beaucoup
shoes- Antonio Melani [old]
clutch- Target
rings- thrifted/gifted

Due to the dreary weather we have been experiencing here, I needed a little color in my life. Normally, I wouldn't go all out like I did today, but the coral with the orange with the turquoise felt so luscious and I fell victim to the color fairy! I love how all three shades contrast, but still complement each other well. And the background grass is so green. It isn't even an exaggeration of editing. It's real... which means that spring is here! 

Just because spring is here does not mean that I don't need a light sweater when I step outside. I am extremely cold natured [I would wear a parka in August if it were socially acceptable], so having lightweight sweaters and dresses are essential. This dress is super soft and lightweight, being easy to throw on and be comfortable whether I am inside or out. The coordinating asymmetrical neckline and hemline keep it from being too basic, though it is simple enough to become a wardrobe staple! I should also note that it is intended to be a blouse, but on a shawty like me, "blouse" equals "dress."