These pants, y'all. I don't know how I went from being a girl who wore skirts and dresses exclusively to a pants-lovin' lady, but I guess that's life. (For what it's worth, I'm looking forward to donning pretty skirts and dresses when the weather gets a little nicer. Mayyyybeee I'll even shave my legs. We'll see.) I spotted these on Effortless Anthropologie, and then I forgot about them. They went on sale and sold out, but I checked on them nearly daily. Occasionally they would pop back in, shall we say, not my size, but finally, one day, there they were: My perfect pants. I've never completed an online purchase so quickly.
I know I've been MIA lately, but the rainy weather and the lack of a good place to take pictures--plus my mega boring outfits lately--are cramping my style. I took these photos while I was packing for a trip to visit my crew and the great city of Atlanta. I couldn't decide if the floral and polka dot combo was awesome or crazy, so I packed both.
In the end I wore a different top and sweater with these pants. Hopefully a few of my girlfriends won't mind a guest appearance:
Polka Dot Sweater: Forever 21 (similar)
Black Cardigan: Target (similar)
Lace Top: Consignment
Boots: Old Navy (similar)
I am the worst. I haven't taken proper outfit photos in ages, and I don't feel like it because it's cold and wet and I am so awkward and mostly I've been wearing jeans and the coziest shirts and sweaters piled on in a way that is, I promise, neither cute nor blog-worthy. But! I did buy this amazing lace shirt, flowy sleeves and button-adorned kimono waist. I am so not an impulse shopper, which I'm grateful for. I went to Anthropologie during their recent(-ish) tag sale, tried on this beauty, and then left it on the rack and went home. I thought about it all night, looked at it online, tussled with the thought of a far-from-necessary purchase, and finally went back a couple of days later to make it mine. It's so fun! So me! I feel like a pale, (sort of) pretty princess in this top.
I wore this out dancing with my girlfriends, and I confess that I took these photos in my bathroom as I put on makeup and got ready to head out. I have to pump myself up a bit before going out, so usually my pre-dancing routine involves loud pop music, goofy dancing, and mayyybe a drink. The first two were involved, here.
Jeans: Urban Outfitters
Flats (not visible, my bad!): Target
It was a beautiful day, nearly a year ago. A rare beautiful, warm-ish day in February, my sweetie and I decided to walk the three miles downtown for Toast, a spirits festival. Imagine a beer fest--ample pours, so much to try, real sloppy real fast--but with hard liquor instead. Crazy! Let's just say I'm not totally shocked that this was the fateful night my late camera took a spill that would prove to be its undoing.
I forwent a coat, a rare late winter treat. I actually got quite a few compliments on this colorful and comfy outfit. I'll need to break this combo out again soon.
Sweater: Urban Outfitters
Dress (worn as top): Nasty Gal
Skirt: Forever 21, via Buffalo Exchange
I did it! I got a new camera, and I love it. Now all I need is to find a decent spot to take photos and I'll be back in business. Here, I snuck into an empty parking lot and took a few, hoping no one was watching me from the food cart pod across the street.
Let's talk about these pants. Anthropologie put cords on a special sale a few weekends ago. I spotted these online, fell in love, and went to try them on. Consternation in the fitting room ensued--I was certain that the squared-off patterns highlighted my jiggly thighs. I left the store empty-handed. I returned the next day, sized up, and decided to go for it, what the hell. Now I've got awesome pants that are maybe a size too big. Whatever! This print is epic and I adore these awesome pants. I'll confess: They kind of make me feel like a rockstar.
I've found a great little used bookstore in my neighborhood. They seem to have the best selection, and their prices are reasonable. I've been buying up a lot of books there--I've already read two of these, but I didn't own them. On this trip, I came away with three goodies. (I also found the film adaptation of Fateless at the library, so I'll have to re-read it before watching.)
Cardigan: Target (similar)
Pants: Anthropologie (non-printed version)
Shoes: Old Navy (similar)
I went to Santa Fe, New Mexico last month for a dear friend's wedding. I'd been to New Mexico before, but I didn't get to explore Santa Fe, so it was a wonderful trip. I was so taken with the unique southwestern architecture, blue skies and yellow leaves, and tasty northern New Mexican cuisine.
I've been wearing a variation on this outfit quite a bit lately. It feels very Portland autumn, and it also seemed to be a comfortable and casual (and hopefully cute!) look for wandering around historic Santa Fe.
Hello, Breaking Bad. Kind of looks like To'hajiilee, no?
Cardigan: Target (similar)
Jeans: Urban Outfitters
Booties: Old Navy (similar)
Purse: Forever 21 (similar)
I probably should play this off, but I hate to lie--these photos are nearly a year old, fro last fall. I finally rescued them off of my poor broken camera, so I'm going to flash us back for the next few posts.
I remember this day clearly. I had walked down to Hawthorne Street to apply for jobs at a coffeeshop, and when I was done, I decided to pop in at Buffalo Exchange. I tried on a few things, and in the fitting room, I heard a girl complaining to her friend that she could never wear double polka dots, as printed on whatever she was trying on. I looked down at my own polka dot sweater and polka dot tights, and hightailed it out of there. But not before buying a bright yellow skirt.
I love these Lydia Davis stories, and I'm still making my way through them. Her stories are short, but so full of emotion. After I read one, I have to sit and mull and maybe feel a little sad before I feel ready to move on to another one, so it's taking a while.
Sweater: Forever 21 (similar)
Tights: Anthropologie (similar | cheaper)
Shoes: Charlotte Russe (similar but cuter)
These photos are fairly horrendous, but I have been thinking about this outfit forever, so I'm going with it. We moved recently and I haven't found a quiet, private spot to take photos. I risked taking these as I walked home from the grocery store. There was a woman raking leaves a half a block away, and I'm sure she was laughing at me all the while. It's funny; I feel embarrassed about taking photos of my outfits, but somewhat less embarrassed about posting them. Alas.
I found this skirt at a thrift store in Eugene nearly a year ago, and I had to buy it. Seriously, there was no way I could leave without buying it, even though it's not 100 percent my style. I think it's handmade, and I knew immediately that I would wear it with tall boots and pretend to be a prairie girl. The lace panels are see-through, so I layered another skirt underneath.
Folks in Portland are fairly stingy with compliments, but I got a whopping two comments (both favorable, thank goodness) in this little ditty.
PS - Look ma, no tights! Grateful for a rare fall day that was only a little chilly.
Top: Anthropologie (similar here)
Boots: Madden Girl (similar here)