31 July 2013

The Muse: Missing Link

 Sometimes there is one element that can help put an outfit together, the missing link, so to speak, that without it you have just a random selection of clothing. I bought this shirt at Goodwill, when I visited Savannah and was having trouble not pairing it up with skirts that were too matchy-matchy. Likewise with this skirt, I wanted to pair it with either black or white. Its hard to make red gingham original, it takes a certain something to think outside the picnic blanket. One day I was putting something away in my mother's jewelry box and I saw this necklace ("borrowed" from me probably about 3 years ago) and suddenly it hit me. Turquoise and red are fantastic together! And thus the missing link restores equilibrium to the outfit crafting universe. The combination of colors balances nicely (otherwise why put them together in the same necklace?) a blend of warm and cool tones, but is still unexpected enough that it feels fresh and exciting. I'm all about having a muse that inspires what you wear, and sometimes a single item in your wardrobe is all you need as a driving force to inspire creativity in what you wear.

Blouse: Fresh, thrifted via Goodwill
Skirt: vintage, no label (probably homemade) thrifted via Better Than New Consignment 
Necklace: gift from Mexico
Purse: Monsoon (UK)
Shoes: Ann Marino via DSW

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26 July 2013

The Muse: Spontaneous Leopard

 So this outfit is the result of when I get the bright idea that I want to go out on a whim at 8 o'clock at night, and rush myself. I am a planner when it comes to my clothes, spontaneity is not my strong suit. All in all though I don't mind it, in fact its above the average on the spontaneity curve. These jeans are a bit disappointing however, they have major sagging issues even right out of the wash, by the end of the night they were sagging right off me, I don't normally wear belts with jeans, but I may have to. They are also a more conservative cut which makes me think they may be a go to for casual Fridays, not too tight jeans that still have a fun print. While I was out I went to Charming Charlie's for the first time and picked up this necklace with leopard print mesh and metal fringe, because really can you ever have too much leopard? I also like that it mixes metals just like this headband. I know a lot of people in fashion discourage mixing metallics, but personally I think it makes a piece very versatile, and I'm all about the multi-tasker in my wardrobe.

Blouse: Violet and Claire via Marshall's
Jeans: Ellen Tracy via T. J. Maxx
Necklace: Charming Charlie's
Headband: J. Marcel
Purse: my mother's, no label
Shoes: Karen Millen


25 July 2013

The Muse: Featherlight

 Linking up with Marionberry Style's Trend of the Month Linkup featuring, you guessed it, hats. I'm a hat person, always have been. Here are a few hats I've worn on the blog: 1, 2, 3, 4. This hat was one I bought to wear to my step-brother Tom's wedding in 2007. He and his wife rented a house on Martha's Vineyard for the week and the wedding was outside on the house's private beach. The occasion obviously called for a fantastic hat. I included a photo of how I wore the hat for the wedding at the bottom of this entry ( I wore it with an Odile dress from Anthropologie and vintage sea shell earrings). There's just something about a hat that makes you stand up straight and walk more like a lady. This outfit has a similar color palate to the original outfit with cream and peach tones, but I think its also light an airy like the dress and feather accessories.  I've had this scarf, brooch, and shoes all put together for months wanting to wear them, but the hat helped tie them together into an outfit.

Dress: Pins and Needles via Urban Outfitters
Scarf: vintage, Laura Ashley thrifted via Wheeler School Clothing Sale
Brooch: J. Marcel
Purse: gift
Bracelet: Poundland (UK)
Shoes: Fioni via Payless
Hat: T. J. Maxx

17 July 2013

The Muse: White Hot

I debated whether or not to actually post these photos at all, because when I was taking them I couldn't tell how they came out, it was that bright and that hot. Upon looking at them they're not as bad as I thought but this dress is much prettier than it photographs. On day four of the heat wave here in New England it seems like white hot photo shoots are going to be on trend for awhile, either that or wait until its dark and you have to use the flash. This was also the closest I've come to flaying actual skin off while taking pictures, turns out that that metal bench gets really freaking hot in the sun. Even at only 10 o'clock in the morning it was so hot I jumped and yelped drawing more attention to myself than really necessary. The white of the dress also doesn't really help, because with it being so bright out the colors are a bit bleached out. Regardless of photographic complications this is still my favorite dress I've bought in a long time, I wore it once before to a bridal shower and was too busy taking notes on who gave what present to take photos. I guarantee you'll see it again in a more flattering light.

 Dress: vintage, no label (homemade?) via Foreign Affair
Necklace: ShopHollyDolly via Etsy
Shoes: Danielle (very old)via Marshall's
Purse: no label, swapped


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16 July 2013

The Muse: Country Club

 I may or my not have been illegally trespassing on a golf course when I took these photos. I was on my way home and there it was. It was like I had no control over my car it just shot into the golf course's private road. Besides I figured wearing a polo shirt I could pass for a lady golfer. In truth I was quite an avid golfer in my youth. My father was president of a country club and it was one of the few ways we could spend weekends together. When I was about 10 or 11 he gave up golfing (mostly) and bought a boat, which he named the Usta Golf. WIth that name you would think we were rock stars, whenever he radioed a marina people got unusually excited, mainly because so many golfers usta golf in another life. That and it was cleaver funny name. Once we became a family that spent their weekends boating instead of golfing I lost all my skills, though I wouldn't mind taking it up again, though it is an expensive hobby. Then maybe I wouldn't have to break into the country club anymore to take outfit pictures. On second thought, delinquency is much more fun.

Shirt: Chaps, thrifted via Into the Wardrobe
Skirt: Talbots, thrifted via Wheeler School Clothing Sale
Purse: vintage, via Hall's on Broadway
Headband: Chic 2 Chic
Shoes: Lela Rose for Payless
Sunglasses: J. Marcel

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