Week 11 :: of heat, frustration and Dolores Umbridge

coco_chanel-1“I consider lace to be one of the prettiest imitations ever made of the fantasy of nature; lace always evokes for me those incomparable designs which the branches and leaves of trees embroider across the sky, and I do not think that any invention of the human spirit could have a more graceful or precise origin.”

Coco Chanel, April 29, 1939

Well, heck! If it was good enough for Le Grand Dame du Mode, then it’s good enough for me.

Happy Monday, my friends! For lack of a better intro, I resort to my tried-and-true college trope of starting an essay with a famous quote.

And thus, I welcome you to this week’s theme…

Lovely in Lace Week

Originally, because it’s supposed to be quite warm (we’re talking in the mid-80s), I was planning on doing Dress Week.  But after several fruitless minutes ransacking my closet with KS#1 and 2, we decided we just weren’t feeling the dress love.  By this time, KS#1 had resorted to playing Candy Crush, KS#2 was nursing, and I was hot and sweaty and just a bit out of sorts, certainly not in the mood to think of anything clever.

I wanted to call it quits and demand we head out to Target – my zen place – when KS#2 off-handedly suggested my doing a Lace Week.  I’m sure she had her ulterior motives, but I didn’t care.  I latched on to the idea like a drowning man to a life buoy, dove back into my closet and started flinging out all my lace pieces.  Twenty exceedingly warm and hectic minutes later, I had five working outfits for the week.

Today’s look is perhaps the most traditional of lace looks.  That is, at first glance, it’s prim and proper and girly – everything that comes to my mind when I think of lace.

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The dainty Peter Pan collar and the sheer pastel pinkness of the top is borderline twee for me;  I was feeling like a cross between the proverbial librarian and a defanged Dolores Umbridge.  I think that’s why I subconsciously styled it with a bodycon pencil skirt and snakeskin D’orsay pumps – to glam up the look and take it out of twee territory.

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In hindsight, there is something even more egregious than potential saccharine overload with this ensemble:  I’m like the poster child for Forever 21.  Every piece of this look comes from the mecca that is F21 (minus the shoes but only because I never buy F21 shoes since they never come in half sizes).  I know I’m not their target demographic and all and they probably don’t need any more sponsorships, but boy, howdy!  It’s like they paid me to do this post, eh?

I really need to expand my sartorial spending patterns.

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:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – F21
Skirt – F21
Shoes – Marshall’s
Earrings – F21

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6 thoughts on “Week 11 :: of heat, frustration and Dolores Umbridge

  1. I really liked the pale pink and burgundy today. Nice job : ) Also, the tree in the background really confused me. I thought you were in front of some sort of wall where light was coming in through openings!

    • I think you’d look totally fab in lace. And knowing you, you’d style it in a phenomenally creative way. Why not join Lovely in Lace Week and see what you come up with?

  2. Ugh, Dolores Umbridge (shudders). Just her name give me the shivers! I like how the burgundy skirt and shoes take this look out of “Umbridge-land”.
    I LOVE Marshall’s for shoes. I always find great shoes there.

    • I know, right? Although anymore, I find that Marshall’s has upped their game both style-wise (good) and price-wise (bad) so all my “steals” come from either thrift stores or Ross.

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