Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Red Steel

 Shirt - Ann Taylor, thrifted
Jeans - Divided, thrifted
Boots - Fluevog, ebay
Wrist Cuff, Hat, Bag - Target
LLAP Necklace - Etsy
Earrings - Gift
Jacket - Theory, ebay

There is nothing more wonderful than an outfit waiting in the wings to be worn. Red and grey has got to be my all time favorite color combination right now, and this grey tee is my favorite for casual and simple. It's mostly been for weekend wear since I've gotten it, but it's very luxe for a basic tee.

The tee is a wool blend similar to my navy cowl top, thin but warm. The neck and arms are edged with silk ribbon and it's got a zipper in the back, which I did not remember to get a picture of because these pictures were taken about 2 seconds before the bottom fell out on the thunderstorm today.

Hubs has a game of Warhammer tonight, and I usually go with him and kick back with my laptop. However I will be spending the time with PBS and the Last Enemy and doing my laundry instead. How are you spending your Wednesday night?

Hubs always manages to catch one silly photo, but I loved how this one turned out.
Leather jackets are definitely becoming my favorite thing in the world.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

No Neutrals

 Tee - Patagonia, thrifted
Skirt - The Limited, thrifted
Buttonflower - DIY
Flats - United Nude
Star headband - Target

This is my first no-neutral outfit in a while. Most of my brightly colored shoes are warm-weather oriented. This outfit was entirely unplanned and came together as I was hurriedly getting dressed. I liked the end result a lot. It was very comfortable, fit flattering, and colorful. I even managed to pull in one of my buttonflowers without feeling too "girly" (despite wearing pink and purple, and a skirt!)

Also on the good news front, my phone survived the dunk in my cereal bowl. My best advice for water damage? Keep away from the hair dryer. Pull the battery out asap. Pull the phone apart, and disassembled, put into uncooked rice. I haven't noticed any issues with it so far (other than the voided stickers that show I've dropped it in liquid, oops).

Also because I was asked, I'll try to give periodic updates about my Lent resolution. Update from yesterday - I got a call back from the place I went by! 

I can hardly believe it's only Tuesday. I feel like a whole month has passed me by in the past two days. I'm still trying to catch up everywhere but thankfully next week is spring break!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Starry cement

Sheer blouse - thrifted
Sweater - Etoile, thrifted 
Jeans - Levi Strauss, thrifted
Shoes - Fly London
Today I took my second step towards fighting my own anxieties and fears and honor my Lent resolution. I have a really hard time making actual phone calls and prefer to text or email. Not to mention - last night I dropped my phone in my cereal bowl. (I so wish I was joking). So I decided to make a trip to the place I needed to get in contact with for a class. I got a little bonus as I was leaving the building - stars stamped in the cement! I tried to snap a photo since I thought it was so cool.

As for the outfit, it's still pretty warm here, but I wanted to be dressed nice enough if I did end up in a meeting. This is the second sheer blouse I've nabbed from Goodwill. I love the added effect the print gives to the sweater and hope to play around with layers a bunch more before the hot weather really sets in. I'm not usually into polka dots, but I think both of these match my personal aesthetic.

Updated to add: I switched out the sweater for a leatherette jacket and my Fly London pumps for my newest Miu Miu "pumdals" (pump sandal fusion). Not a huge change, but it was nice to wear out.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Statement Pants

My wardrobe is far from dull. I can't seem to buy basics to save my life. My solid black skirt is leather, I don't own a white oxford shirt, and black pants? They've got a major plaid print on them. When I shop for pants I look for three things.

Details: Seaming! Studs! Different washes! I love jeans, but you can find all kinds of trousers these days with different fabrics and washes. I am a sucker for the details (especially sailor pants). These moto-jeans are a fast favorite for the weird pockets and seaming. It doesn't hurt they're actually cut short enough for my short self.

I tend to wear these jeans when I want tough looks. They've shown up again and again, but it's actually been awhile since I've worn them. My plans for these jeans are mostly summer-y in origin for their light color and the fact that the zipper at the ankle would probably chew my boots.

Patterns: Plaid pants are so much fun. I know some people might prefer a leopard or snake printed jean. However these plaid pants have been remarkably versatile. I mostly wear them with solid colored sweaters but for Christmas I mixed things up with a polka dot blouse. I'm still considering pattern mixing more frequently. Maybe I'll try my black star sweater or my new plus sign top.

Color: I wear skirts and dresses in all shades of the rainbow, but somehow red jeans have always been a constant staple for me. Even in my days of jean jackets, band/thrift t shirts, and chuck taylors - I still owned a pair of red jeans that got worn every time they were out of the wash. They've since been replaced with this thrifted pair. I've worn these quite a few times, but they really need an inch or two off the legs to make them less bunchy.  My goal for these is more color. I wore the purple boots with them only once, and rarely ever stray outside the black/white/grey combination with them.

Okay, four things - FIT:
Trousers are amazingly tricky things, and I admittedly show up in a bazillion different pairs that I probably don't even own any more. Pants get uncomfortable for me very quickly if they don't fit right, and as someone who had changed sizes a couple of times since starting this blog I always try to thrift my trousers. That way I can alter as possible or donate and buy new (to me) pants as I've needed.

I've gotten a number of comments about how well my trousers fit and it's because of my incredible finicky nature that they do. Two of the three photos I've included involved some kind of alterations on the pants. I don't recommend any major alterations of pants if you don't do it yourself. It's expensive and worth more to just try a bunch on to find the right fit in the hip/waist and get legs hemmed up (which shouldn't be too pricey provided you're going unlined).

Have you got any tips or tricks for picking out the right trousers? What is your favorite jeans/trousers in your closet? 

Friday, February 24, 2012


 Dress - NY Collection, thrifted
Belt (Smoking Lily), Snake Ring - gifts from Sheila
Scarf - thrifted
Boots - Frye, ebay

Sheila hit a big score at Smoking Lily awhile back and snagged me a belt. I got it in the mail yesterday. I love it, but it's a bit big on me (non-adjustable). I'm going to try it out with a thicker fabric though since they (the weather people) keep talking about cooler weather coming at some point. Which I'm still a little skeptical of. I mean, it was 80F. In February. C'mon!

Also check out that pale skin! I think I might glow under blacklight lol!

I also wore my Sheila-gifted snake ring with my mom's frog ring, and one of my scarves. I tried tying in a new way (regular knot then tuck up the ends). I think I preferred the orange scarf from earlier this week, but I am trying to utilize accessories more. 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Berry Navy

Tunic - All Saints, ebay
Berry skirt - thrifted
Pumps - Poetic License
Necklaces - gifts from Keely and Sheila

I loved the idea of this outfit, but I feel like I fought it all day long. The waist bagged, the skirt twisted, and the heels slid around. I've worn these heels 18 times. For a $30 pair of shoes the PPW is not bad. I think they're hitting Goodwill donation this weekend.

Even though I only wore two thin layers of cotton, I was burning up! It was nearly 80F today. This tunic was a great ebay win. I've worn it once before, but I think after a second time, it's definitely going to become more shirt-length very soon. I love the color and the tie-dye effect, but tunic lengths just don't work for me stylistically. Good thing I'm getting better with my sewing machine!

On a happier note, I just started Kim Harrison's latest A Perfect Blood. If you're into vampire books, I recommend the Rachel Morgan/Hollows series.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


 Jacket - Theory, ebay
Blouse - 4everyoung
Jeans - The Limited, thrifted
Shoes - Eject, ebay

Shopping would be a good thing to give up for lent. I don't usually do Lent because I'm not particularly religious in that aspect, and other than shopping, I'm not really an overly indulgent person. I like stuff, I like good (and bad for me) foods. But I am usually quite moderate in my consumption.

So this year I'm giving up fear for Lent. I let myself make too many decisions out of anxiety and panic. I have put off too much, making phone calls, making appointments, so I am going to aim to let go of my fears and work hard. And hopefully, it won't end at Easter, but continue on into a habit.

Reasons I'm glad I didn't quit shopping yet- this jacket. I usually stick to ridged search perimeters when ebayiing, but I happily stumbled across this jacket in someone's shop. After some research, I realized it was an absolute STEAL for her BIN and snapped it up before someone else found it. Theory leather jackets at retail go from $599-800 or more. I did spend more than I might at Goodwill ($60), but I usually don't stumble across things like this there. I think I've caught Sheila's leather obsession.

The leather still has lots of room to break in, but it's soft and comfortable. Plus the seaming on the inner elbow allows for comfortable movement (my biggest problem when it comes to leather). Speaking of seaming, this has my favorite kind. You can kind of see on yesterday's blouse, it has nearly identical seams. It also has my favorite mandarin-style collar.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Smartly Dressed

 Sheer blouse - LOFT, thrifted, altered
Green shirt - Old Navy , thrifted
Leather skirt - vintage, thrifted
Boots - All Saints, ebay
Scarf - thrifted

Oh! I loved this outfit. I felt super awesome in it all day. I love the green of this tee, but it doesn't get a ton of wear for a few reasons. I've layered this sheer blouse under a couple of things, but I actually got inspired by Frannie Pantz to really remix this top (and I thrifted another with a polka dot print). I also got inspired by Christine over at FutureLint who wore her scarf as a bow. I'm usually not one for girly styles, but I figured a bunch of leather would help balance it out.

Today's Weather: Windy!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Dr. John Watson is Kittens

Collared shirt - Old Navy, thrifted
Sweater - Westbound, thrifted
Jeans - Levi Strauss, thrifted
Boots - Frye, ebay

So, if you spend any length of time talking to me in real life, you'll wind up talking to me about one of two things: Kittens (or pets you own) or BBC's Sherlock. Sherlock is one of my favorite shows, and if you haven't seen it - stop what you're doing right now and go watch it!

Yesterday I found this sweater that was strongly reminiscent of John's huggable kitten sweater on the dressing room rack at Goodwill. Even though off-white sweaters and my skin tone don't usually mix, this is one of those times where I decide to push outside my comfort zone. I think my mental attachments to clothing will always demolish my ability to cultivate a streamlined style. I'd honestly much rather dress like Sherlock, but I don't happen to have impeccably tailored suits in my closet. (I wish!)

Inspiration can come from some odd places. Have you ever tried to dress like a television/movie character?

BBC John Watson in Sweater

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Remix Post: Cowl Toria Top

One Shirt, 45$, Endless Potential

The Toria top was the first thing I ever bought from All Saints. I was so torn over the initial price, but I took the  plunge. I worried about the fabric as it's a wool blend and quite thin, but it's already proven to be wildly versatile through all seasons (minus the very hottest days of summer) and is in excellent condition for being worn and washed a bunch.

On the blog alone I've worn it eleven different ways (possibly more, I might have missed one, and I've definitely worn it more off blog).

Already I can see I have hardly paired this with any bright colors, barely any red and no yellow! I see lots more potential for this one blouse already. Do you have an unexpected item that's become a heavily relied on staple?

Friday, February 17, 2012


Dress - All Saints, ebay
Jacket - Danier, gift from Sheila
Boots - Frye, ebay

Yesterday D and I completely revamped our entire room (again). One of my personal philosophies is to always mix things up, especially when it comes to my space. Changing around a room can be as refreshing as buying completely new furniture, without the monetary cost. I now actually have access to my printer, which before lived underneath my desk. I was able to clean every inch of dust out and completely reorganize. Spring cleaning, so refreshing.

I woke up this morning, got dressed, and finished a very sleepy lunch. I love having a slow afternoon to take it easy after a frenzy filled day. I knew the last time I wore this dress, that black wasn't the best pairing. This suede blazer was a much better pairing. Brown boots and a cream cami (that apparently blended into my skin) were the only accessories for today. Hope everyone has a super awesome Friday. 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Hoodie Dress

 Tee - Old Navy,gift
Jeans - Mossimo, thrifted
 Dress - thrifted
Sneakers - Chuck Taylors 

What to do when you just want to put on a hoodie, some jeans and tennis shoes? Wear a hoodie-like dress. Not in the least figure flattering, but I was really comfortable. I had a test today, plus another lecture. I'm looking forward to the weekend.

Something of a little more interest: New glasses! I re-ordered a pair of my blue ones since they are getting a little beat up, but I also snagged this black pair. I got them in just under 2 weeks from goggles4u. It's a bit hit or miss if you don't know what you're looking for, but for budget prescription glasses that look interesting and mostly fit my tiny face - it's awesome.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Jacket Time

 Jacket - Fei, thrifted
Trousers - Elevenses, thrifted
Tank - La Belle, thrifted
Vintage Shoes - etsy

Jacket interior
Aaand we're back to jacket weather. I'm surprised we haven't had more tornado warnings with the back and forth of the temperatures and rolling thunder storms. However I am happy to be able to pull out this jacket I thrifted last Super Saturday at Goodwill. I saw the embellished sleeve sticking out of the racks. Usually our goodwill has really (bad) vintage blazers and really 90s ones. But I pulled this one out and it fit. Not bad for $4, and thank God for that sleeve detail. It's a bit rumpled in the above photo. I'm thinking of slimming the bubble sleeve to make the jacket a little sleeker.

Jacket sleeve Bird!
I'm kicking back in the college cafeteria while the Hubs meets up with some friends on campus. I'm hoping to get some movies watched, homework done, and blogs read. I'm pretty psyched to have my laptop back from the repair shop. It definitely makes doing stuff on the go a lot more appealing.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

You're a Rockstar, Valentine!

 Dress - vintage, thrifted
Cotton lined wool tights - Sockdreams

Happy Valentine's Day! I don't really do anything special on Valentine's Day. Sometimes the Hubs and I will get each other stuff, but it doesn't really differ from any other day or week where we do stuff for one another. I decided since it was cold enough I would eke out one more wear of this sweater dress. Of course with my new star boots for extra space cadet-ness.

Instead of a Valentine, dear readers, I got you all a fortune. I love fortune cookies because while some are quite silly (for example, some of my favorites are "When winter comes heaven will rain success on you" and "You like sunshine and fresh air".) I love to keep my favorites when I can and stick them places as positive reminders. Hope you had a good day no matter who you're spending it with or if you're celebrating. 

*No link on will ever generate personal profit. All links are for information's sake.

Monday, February 13, 2012


Cowl Top - All Saints
Cardigan - Elle, gift
Trousers - Willi Smith, thrifted
Boots (unseen) - Miz Mooz
Bag - Target
Belt - Rugged Warehouse

Thanks to everyone for the movie recommendations over the weekend. In particular, I watched Sheila's recs of the documentaries Catfish and Encounters at the End of the World (Don't watch this if you're cold! Brr! But do watch it!), and Erin's rec for Attack the Block (fun alien movie with Nick Frost!). I also tackled half of one of my research papers, wrote up my notes like a good student, and got the online work finished.

I planned to continue with my hard work today, but I think I burnt out. Instead I slept in, ate the greasiest most delicious eggroll, and ran a few low key errands. I was feeling really guilty about the work I still need to do, but I think I need to take today at an easy pace. I think I need to remember that as effective as multitasking can be, we need to take things easy sometimes and recharge so we can keep going strong. 

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Ebay Tips

So you found something you wanna buy on eBay? Maybe it's more than one thing. Here's a few tips that might ensure you get what you want.

1. Research - Do your research! Does the brand run notoriously large or small? Are you getting a good deal? How about fit? Is it a UK brand (example: All Saints items are tagged by their UK size where a size "8" is a US "2/4")? Do you know the conversions?

When you feel educated, do some more research. Compare the measurements to a comparable item you own. Seller didn't include them? Ask!

2. Which brings me to point two - eBay sellers are Human. Some users are a selling business hosted via ebay. However there are many individual sellers out there looking to unload their closets. Is there a dress in your size that is auction only? Message the seller asking if they are willing to set a Buy-It-Now price. Be prepared to answer back with a reasonable offer if they ask you to give one. Some sellers may go for a quick sale than waiting for an auction to complete. Especially because there is no guarantee they will make more money via auction.

Always be reasonable, pay quickly if they do offer it (or else someone else may snag it from you), and be kind! Thank the seller for the favor. I've managed to snag a few items here and there from sellers who were ready to quick sale. I was saved from the snipers, the auction, and the unknown "will I get it" or "will I lose it again" by simply opening communications with the seller.

3. Snipe dammit - There are lots of snipe services available out there. Many legit and reasonably priced (many giving free snipes to start out with no need to pay for the first services). I haven't had this work for me, because so far I've been luck to get what I want on BIN. However if you don't find an amenable seller to your BIN offer, sniping is some extra insurance to get that coveted item.

4. Combine shipping - Sometimes you'll come across sellers who don't have the new option of using the "cart." Send them a message asking for combined shipping. I saved $13.50 by shooting a quick email to a super amazing seller who refunded me the extra shipping charges.

5. Search results - Sometimes we find images of clothing online that are from past seasons. It sucks to find our fav retailers are no longer carrying that coveted item. However many times ebay will have what you're looking for. Many clothes and shoes are given "names" which makes it easier to identify them - HOWEVER, don't let your search results be limited by those names. If you can't find "Jeffery Campbell Clinic Boots" or "Fluevog Mini Sugars size 11" try searching instead for just the brand and using the side filters to narrow.

If you've got the energy it can be beneficial to tag "Not Specified" for sizes that aren't listed by the filter tags. Accidents happen, so don't let things slip away because you filtered down too specifically.

Do you use ebay? Have you got any more tips for buyers or sellers? What's the best deal you've scored while ebaying?

Friday, February 10, 2012

Friday Boots

 Sweater - Gap, thrifted
Tunic - All Saints, ebay
Skinnies - Joe's Jeans
Star Boots - Etsy

I've been browsing the thrift stores, ebay and etsy since summer for the right pair of cowboy boots. Every pair was too western, too tall, not the right color or pattern. Until I stumbled upon these boots while searching for something else entirely. I +fav'd them but never expected to order them. 

Original tags - I did not pay this price! 
They turned out to be the perfect cowboy boot alternative. Closer to pixie boots, I suppose, but the height was right. They were new deadstock (seller put the date from 1980s, but I don't know the validity of that since it's from a Canadian brand that is still in business, however it still has the original tags!)

New hairs
This outfit is really basic because I am taking another weekend easy and watching movies. Well, and working on my research papers, but that still requires comfortable clothing.

However I did have a refreshed punch of color because I redid my pink! I also re-dyed the natural red since I had about 2.5 inches of my roots grown out.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Meanie Greenie

Sweater - Jones Sport, thrifted
Skirt - The Limited, thrifted
Hepat Boots - Tsubo

Obviously my outfit Tuesday wasn't loud enough. So I decided to winterize this skirt I thrifted. Lots of stripes and OTK boots for a little extra warmth. I really love the effect of tall boots that disappear under skirts. It seems to be a frequent look on runways, but I think it translates nicely into real life too. This outfit was purely based around comfort for my Thursday classes, which are chugging along nicely. I can hardly believe we're already a month into school.

I don't have too much to say today. So leave me with your current movie recommendations. I need a good movie weekend. Anything good you've seen lately?

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Dress over jeans

Cowl top - All Saints
Dress, Jeans - Mossimo, thrifted
Amelia Boots - Miz Mooz
Belt - Rugged Warehouse
I mentally call this my chain-mail dress. The knit is really textured and cool. It's hard to style because of the need for an extra layer, but I thought I'd try out one of the challenge days I missed last week - dress over jeans! This was actually really comfortable.

We're getting a little taste of winter right now, which makes me glad because I barely got any wear out of my sweaters. I've been trying to be productive today, but it's mostly turned into reading Sherlock-centric tumblrs and sleeping. Ah well, I do plan on making "manwiches" tonight. I have some fancy onion rye rolls to eat them on! What are you eating today?

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


Sweater - etsy
Vest - Papaya, thrifted
Jeans - Fishbone, thrifted
Clinic boots - Jeffery Campbell
Headphones - V-Moda, gift

This is basically how I look when I go to class. I pick something fun, but comfortable, add my headphones and mp3 player and some kind of layering piece for warmth. I'm getting better with my formula and spend more time comfortable than not. I hope I can manage to keep it up as summer comes on.

These were the jeans I referenced yesterday. I saw them sticking out of a rack and prayed they fit. They are ridiculous, but in my favorite way. I'm not sure whether to work with the Americana feel of them or push past it, so I kind of did both. Put down the phone, step away from the keyboard. No need to call Stacy and Clinton. I wouldn't trade my wardrobe for any $5k shopping trip. I was actually surprised at the lack of reaction or comments on today's look. Maybe I've just desensitized my classmates already?