August 31, 2013

Pajama Disguise




Breakdown:
tee- Levi's [similar]
jeans- Levi's [similar]
sandals- TJ Maxx [similar]
rings- gifted, vintage

Most of the time my outfits are fairly simple. I prefer to dress with the least amount of "fuss" possible. Not much jewelry, nothing restricting or bothersome. This outfit is where I took it to the extreme-- for me at least. Essentially, this look is just a baseball tee and jeans. The light wash of the tee makes it more modern and adding heels with the bell-bottoms make the look seemingly less "comfort" and more "cool." These everyday clothes are comfortable enough that I am pretty sure they are in disguise and are really pajamas. 

And let's be honest, I ain't mad at it.



August 28, 2013

Chambray Hearts






Breakdown:
blouse- Target kids
shorts- Tommy Hilfiger
boots- DV Dolce Vita [similar]
necklace- vintage
purse- vintage Coach, thrifted [updated version]

As I was browsing through Target last week getting things I actually needed (I stuck to my list... mostly), I walked through the boys' section to see if there were any cool screen tees. I found one but my size was nowhere to be found! Isn't that always the case? Luckily, on my way to the cashier I ran past the girls' section and saw this blouse at the front! Isn't it just the cutest? I justified deviating from my list because 1) nothing in my closet is this shade of denim, 2) hearts!, and 3) loose peplum. I can already tell that I am going to wear this baby out and can think of a few ways for fall layering off the top of my head. This one's going to be good to me, folks, just you wait.

PS: Check out the Oui, We Girl for Loves & Graces collection here & support our LA girl, Andi! My personal favorite is the Audubon necklace if you're already thinking of Christmas gifts... 

August 26, 2013

Queen of the West









Breakdown:
blouse- BCBGeneration
shorts- Levi's
hat- Gap [similar]
boots- DV Dolce Vita [similar]
necklace- Oui, We Girl for Loves & Graces

I have not been able to figure out what it is that attracts me to everything in a mustard shade, as I hate mustard, but so many pieces in this color end up in my closet! It is as if I am a cat lady, but with mustard clothes. To incorporate it into the rest of my wardrobe, I treat it as a neutral. It is car enough from yellow yet close enough to caramel to pass for brown. Using a classic denim shade is an easy combination that works year round. This lighter shade goes with more neutral colors like greys, oatmeals, and blues, making it more versatile and a better addition to your closet. Versatility is always something you want to think about when you are shopping. 

A common rule is: If you can think of 3 ways to wear it, it is worth it!

I bought this hat a year ago and it was hidden, hidden in the sale section at Gap! Literally buried behind tons of stuff... no clue how I found it. However, I am so glad I did! In terms of cost-per-wear, Gap is paying me to wear it at this point-- I only wish this were true. 

Now for this necklace... I would not usually have worn brights with a neutral outfit, but I tossed this blouse next to the jewels and loved loved loved how the pink complimented the mustard! To say that I am glad I did not go with my normal brass or gold accessories is an understatement. The contrast is surprisingly beautiful and a pairing I will make a point to try again soon. Thank you, random tosses in outfit planning frustration!



August 21, 2013

Hello, Dolly!





Breakdown:
oxford- Gap
skirt- vintage, Time Warp Boutique
bow tie- thrifted
shoes- Liz Claiborne [similar]
rings- vintage, gifted

Sure, I wore this exact outfit about three years ago, but I would like to call it a classic... agreed? Red, black, and white always work together well and who can say no to a bow tie? No one! This skirt has been in the hands of Juley for a while and when it came back to me last week I was just itching to wear it ASAP. I love a good flouncy skirt that is light enough for summer, but still heavy enough to wear in cooler months. The pleats on this baby are in the right places, too! I had never thought about it before, but putting pleats in strategic places is important. Like men's pleated pants make them look larger, pleated skirts can do the same thing. The flat space in the front is perfect for controlling volume while creating visual interest. This technique used keeps the belly flat (amen) and the side pleats make the sides have more volume. Now... normally you would not want more volume at the hips, but the box pleats in combination with the length of the skirt in turn makes the rest of the body look slimmer.

Oh, clothes, you create such illusions. But I ain't mad at it.

August 19, 2013

Impressions




Breakdown:
dress- Worthington [similar]
belt- thrifted

Have you ever gone into a store that you had one impression of, but after looking your impression changed? Whether it began as positive and turned negative or began negative and turned positive, this happens to me all the time (save for Goodwill... that place is a gold mine). I picked up this dress at JC Penney about two years ago and it was definitely one of those situations where I was pleasantly surprised! Truthfully, I have always thought of JCP as the "grandma store" that used to send out the best Christmas catalog ever. For a while there they were slummy, but they have rebranded and have some cute stuff! It just goes to show that you should go places you would not normally go-- you never know what you may find.

Now about the outfit! I like that this dress is easy to wear and doesn't require much thought. It is beautiful on its own, making it simple to dress up. The neckline would be great for a cool necklace, but I felt like drawing attention to my waist in favor of neck candy. The pleats on the skirt are my favorite part! It adds a touch of interest rather than a simple A-line shape. And the split flutter sleeves... the split flutter sleeves! Can any 1970s disco-loving heart handle it? I think not.

August 15, 2013

The Perfect Pair






Breakdown:
blouse- Stein Mart
leggings- Zara [same
flats- Naturalizer (old)
necklace- thrifted

After wearing out my Zara leather leggings I bought last year, my stock has finally been replenished! I obsessively checked the website and was ecstatic when I saw them last week. They were in my cart with a quickness and I am already considering buying a second pair of these just in case there is an emergency. What kind of emergency, you ask? I haven't a clue. But I will be the one with stretchy pants that just happen to be rain resistant. 

PS: I forgot to snap a pic, but Mom and I showed up in Mommy & me matching outfits yet again. I wish I could say that this only happens every once in a while, but that would be a lie. It happens twice a week on average. Great minds think alike? 

August 14, 2013

Dual Duty







Breakdown:
top- Roxy via TJ Maxx
jeans- Lucky Brand [similar]
sandals- Dolce Vita
swirl ring- Karin Chapman Jewelry

I wore this to head out to my family's favorite restaurant, Rama, for a feast since Sister #5 is in town! When I say feast, I mean that we all go Nacho Libre style and wear stretchy pants-- multiple appetizers, massive entrees, and no room for dessert. Rolling out of the joint is preferred over walking. If the floors are dirty, we saunter. The place has been keeping me full since the womb and I am forever grateful for eating free the first 18 years of my life. If you are a Baton Rouge resident, or are just looking for a good place to eat, hit up Rama... best belly ache you'll ever have.

PS: This top is actually a swimsuit cover up, but who's keeping track these days? Cover up, crop top-- they're dual duty these days.

August 12, 2013

Falling Into







Breakdown:
dress- c/o Merci Beaucoup
scarf- vintage
boots- DV Dolce Vita via TJ Maxx [similar]
bracelets- thrifted, Mexican market, World Market
rings- vintage & eBay

Though the sweltering heat of August is upon us, I can't help but think about fall clothing already. The layering, the sweaters, the crisp air that make great hair days! Now is the perfect time to begin slowly warming yourself up to a cooler wardrobe. Take this dress, for example: I have worn it out this summer, wearing it 1-2 times a week! To take it into pre-fall, I added a light silk scarf that breathes wonderfully and traded sandals for ankle boots. I am wearing similar jewelry to my normal go-to for this dress, so putting this outfit together was fairly brainless. Same dress, same jewelry, just add a scarf and switch up the shoes. Easy, right?

For cooler months, I will slip into a pair of sweater tights and rock a turtleneck underneath (turtlenecks FTW) and be good to go! There is absolutely no reason why you can't wear some of your wardrobe year round! This "summer wardrobe" and "winter wardrobe" does not work here in south LA, so rethink the rules and, dare I say it, think twice about how to make versatile what you already own.

Go forth and reconquer your wardrobe.


August 9, 2013

Green Hawaii








Big props to my Broski for taking these pics :)

Breakdown:
dress- 1940s vintage, Time Warp Boutique
heels- Gianni Bini, thrifted
clutch- street vendor in Costa Rica
earrings- vintage, thrifted
rings- vintage, thrifted/gifted

Don't you love when you buy a dress and let it sit in your closet for a year but finally have the perfect occasion to wear it? The Prêt à Porter Design showcase, hosted by Haute Off the Rack and A Pinch of Lovely, at the rooftop pool on the Mississippi was just the ticket for this dress! 

My love for vintage always goes haywire the second I walk into Time Warp. This 1940s beauty had to go home with me as soon as I spotted it! The color, the print, the feel... very Pearl Harbor nurse-on-leave. It also makes me feel like an extra in South Pacific, which makes me sing... "I'm gonna wash that man right outta my hair, I'm gonna wash that man right outta my hair..." I paired these sandals with the look because, though modern, they have a vintage feel. I think the ankle strap really does the trick. To put a little kitsch I added the coconut clutch because coconut clutch. 

As a bonus for your visual pleasure, I present to you, "What happens when Brother takes outfit photos."