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)
Oh, tights. I love the way a fun pair of tights can completely change an outfit, and there's nothing better than wiggling into a new pair once the weather gets cool.
photo by amy flying a kite
These butterfly tights from Romwe are gorgeous.
How cute are these owl tights from Anthropologie? They look so cozy.
These brightly-colored tights from ModCloth are really fun.
Strathcona has the coolest printed stockings. These are socks, but I adore the watercolor print. (If ever I win the lottery, I'm buying Strathcona's entire collection. The BEST.)
I was stressing Halloween this year; none of my ideas seemed good enough. I was ready to throw in the towel and go as a panda or something, but my sweetheart wanted a creative couple costume, so the wheels kept turning. It came to me out of nowhere, a fairly clever idea, if I may say so: N as Pascal from the Red Balloon. I would go as the Banksy girl reaching for a red heart-shaped balloon.
That started to seem a little complex, and when we re-watched the Red Balloon so that N could get in character, I decided I would go as Sabine, the girl with the blue balloon. She's really only in the movie for a few moments, but I thought it would be cute. Though the actors playing Pascal and Sabine are siblings, in the movie there seems to be a bit of a young romantic vibe between the two.
N's costume: Sweater, sweatpants, shoes: Thrifted
My costume: Sweater: Hand-me-down from a friend; Skirt: Thrifted; Shoes: Amazon
I've become sort of a pants girl. For a while I swore them off, but dressing for the workplace is tough--my skirt hems tend to be little short, so while my office is casual, I'm sticking with pants and my longer skirts for the time being. I've finally found my (near) perfect pair of paints: Urban Outfitters' BDG High-Rise Cigarette Jeans. (I also have a pair of the High-Rise twig jeans, which have a narrower leg opening. I prefer the cigarette, but the twig is fine, too.)
I'd say in general, I'm having sort of a crisis in my personal style identity. With the dreary fall weather setting in, I don't feel like wearing bright colors anymore. I spent an hour drooling over Zara's collection, wondering if I should get rid of my wardrobe and stick to neutrals and classy, sophisticated pieces instead.
For now, I'm all about a uniform of lacy, feminine tops, cozy cardigans, pants, and a good book. I'm not quite sure that Taipei deserves that adjective
I had a few beers while watching the Rays game and couldn't help taking my picture with John Wayne in the bathroom. Our season is sadly over, but the night this photo was taken--the sole Rays win in the ALDS--will live on in my heart.
Top: Finders Keepers (consignment boutique, ATL)
Pants: Urban Outfitters
I'm going to a friend's wedding next month, and I'm very excited save for the inevitable what-to-wear dilemma. I'm comfortable saying that formal wear is sort of my downfall. The problem is that I don't want to wear a boring, snoozefest dress, but I also want to be tasteful and appropriate. Plus, black and sequins and anything remotely body contoured just ain't really my style. But online shopping sure is fun! Here are a few of my favorite options:
Need Supply Vincent Dress, $46
I adore this gold and black dress, but it's only available in a small, which might or might not fit.
Modcloth Spotted Downtown Dress, $55
The cut of this dress doesn't particularly excite me, but the polka dot print is fun and whimsical, me without being over the top or inappropriate. Plus, I think I could incorporate it into my wardrobe fairly easily, even for daytime.
Zara Jumpsuit with Lace Yoke, $100
Don't kill me, but I really love the idea of wearing a lacy black jumpsuit with strappy heels. (This one from ASOS is a little too sexy for a wedding, but if I attended more formal events I'd probably scoop it up for a different party.)
Sixties Green Brocade Dress, Etsy
I might check a few vintage shops as well. Everything on Etsy is overpriced and/or extra small and/or from the eighties, but I may be able to find something good locally. I can't get over this pretty emerald green dress, though! Amazing.
Any suggestions, friends? Would you wear a jumpsuit to a wedding? What colors are best, especially aside from black?
Oh, I've got troubles. I know everyone hates a complaining nobody blogger, but I've got a borrowed camera that's approximately one million years old, a sad, "vintage" (according to the folks at Mac) laptop with a gig and a half worth of memory, and I can't get into my Flickr account. Oh hey, Yahoo, I see you hanging out back in 2003, gripping tight to my user ID and password. I have literally no clue. I wore this outfit a million years ago, during the summer. Now it's rainy and cold, and I'm already dreaming of being back in the south, or at least of better times--summer in Portland. We were housesitting for a cute pup, and I had the lovely, private backyard for all the outfit photos I could dream of. Man, those were the days.
I've had this Free People slip for years and years. I wore it with the lace cardigan, but I love the backyard, farmer's daughter vibe it has all on its own, so I played with that for these last two (somewhat ridiculous) photos.
Oh man, barefoot and sleeveless feels like a million years away. I need a hug and some sunshine.
(PS - I thought of using lyrics from Summertime for the post title, but it felt too cruel. So instead, I flipped that easy living on its head and took a line from a song by one of my favorite bands.)
Cardigan: Lulu's; Dress/Slip: Free People; Shoes: Payless