Monthly Archives: October 2013

5 Things :: Spirit Week

We interrupt your regularly scheduled broadcast to bring you the following announcement:

Spirit Week will commence tomorrow and therefore, in the spirit of being spirited, style and fashion must take a back seat. I shall attempt to minimize the ludicrousness but I can’t promise anything.

Below are the planned themes so you can prep yourselves for the mayhem:

  • Monday – Black and Orange
  • Tuesday – Old People (ASB’s verbiage. Not mine. I would’ve said Venerably Vintage myself.)
  • Wednesday – Crazy Hair
  • Thursday – Halloween! Costume Day
  • Friday – Dia de Los Mertos

Before things go wack, however, I present for your consideration the superfun outfit I concocted for BFF’s murder mystery party held yesterday. It was a 50s themed affair and how absolutely serendipitous – there’s that word again! – that my Gwynnie Bee installment arrived Friday and was the perfect outfit for it!

october 27

october 27

october 27

october 27

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What I bought :: October 2013

Watch me for brilliant Ten eye candy.

I overspent.

My budget is officially blown.

I tried thinking of what to return but I love them all. And I’ve committed to most of them by ripping the tags off.

Actually, all is not lost. I have starred and bolded the items that are still returnable. If you happen to have time and care about me and the health and well-being of my pocketbook, I’d sure appreciate some feedback regarding which should stay and which should go.

  1. Desigual scarf **
  2. Janine pump in black, blue, nude, berry **, orange**
  3. Chiffon shirt in tan snake
  4. Utility jacket
  5. Zahava dress
  6. Old Navy vest
  7. Guess leather jacket @ TJMaxx
  8. Threadless Dr. Who hoodie
  9. Merona blazer in pink, red** and navy**
  10. Merona leopard pencil skirt**
  11. Merona Athens blue pencil skirt**
  12. Aeropostale boyfriend jeans
  13. Cosmopolitan OTK boots
  14. Call It Spring boots
  15. Cosmopolitan peep toe booties**
  16. F21 boyfriend cardi in olive
  17. F21 burgundy cardi
  18. F21 ribbed fur jacket
  19. H&M haul** – blazer in black, black striped and beige; patterned kimono; waxed pants; bunny sweatshirt
  20. eBay scarf
  21. H&M bangles, chain bracelet, dog bracelet, clutch bag, Lucite necklace
  22. Payless Karmen pumps in red
  23. Payless Fioni Koko booties
  24. $25 at thrift store
  25. Payless gold chain necklace, gold knot necklace
  26. jcp pearl necklace, gold chain necklace, colorful bauble necklace

OOTD :: of Day 27 and necklaces

october 25

october 25

october 25

Actually, it’s supposed to be Bracelet Day.

But because I think I overloaded on bracelets already this week (see here and here), I decided to skip that TPP challenge and jump ahead to necklaces.

So anyhow, here’s a little history about this outfit: It was one of the firsts I’d put together purposely to dupe a look I’d found on Pinterest. (This was during the time I was religiously following Wendy’s Lookbook, long before my pocketbook screamed “Uncle!” and I had to regretfully delete her from my subscription rotation.)

Because I was a n00b in the style world, I did the n00b thing and tried to duplicate everything from the inspiration instead of simply being inspired by it. Thus ensued a mad hunt for the perfect tweed jacket, chambray shirt and harem pants. The pants I just bought outright from Wendy’s link; the jacket was the third eBay purchase that finally fit the bill, even if the sleeves were too short; the chambray shirt was from Old Navy, of course.

Then I put it all together and, predictably, it didn’t look right at all. I was completely unhappy with the way it all played out. The older, wiser me of now would’ve told the younger, naive me of then that my unhappiness was inevitable: I wanted to look exactly like Wendy, right down to how the clothes fit, but this was of course an impossibility since we have vastly different body types.

Needless to say, after wearing the entire outfit for one day, I relegated both jacket and pants to the back of my closet. I got some use out of the chambray shirt at least, but the former two pieces have haunted me ever since. It had been such a chore to find them which made my disappointment in them all the sharper. I never thought to try either out in another ensemble; I was that upset.

Fast forward to today. I’m a bit thinner. My hair’s a lot longer. My sense of accessorizing is keener. And I decided to give it ye old college try one more time. And wouldn’t you know – I actually like this iteration. It could be a combination of any of the aforementioned three factors, but I’m not gonna overthink this. I’m just happy I didn’t cull the jacket or the harem pants.

Even if my hubs keeps singing “Hammer Time” every time I pass by.

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Jacket  – eBay
Shirt – Old Navy
Pants – Splendid (similar)
Necklaces – Payless (similar) and Kohl’s (similar)
Boots – Fioni Koko @ Payless

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And because yesterday’s shots were so sub-par, I give you extra today. Because you deserve it.

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OOTD :: of Day 25, birthdays and belting

october 24

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october 24

Today is BFF’s 40th birthday.

And to celebrate, we’re both playing hooky from work and spending an entire day doing girly things.

On the docket are pedicures, massages, accessory shopping, thrifting and, of course, noshing leisurely on fine foods while laughing wickedly that we’re taking a day off and getting away with it.

The planned pedis are what determined today’s outfit, btw. I knew not to make the mistake of wearing pants – especially skinnies – because I’d be dunking my tootsies in water. Since the TPP challenge involved wearing a belt with either a skirt or dress and playing with its placement for the most flattering effect, I’m calling this yet another example of serendipity.

The dress was on its way to the culling block but was rescued by the belt and I’d not worn the blazer since I’ve been weight fluctuating and had frankly forgotten I had it. Together, though, they make a potent combo, and it just goes to show how investing in the same labels really does make sartorial sense.

I may be cheating with the blazer since you can barely see the belt with it on and today is supposed to be all about belts. But the dress is so blowsy and flowy and I’m just not feeling bohemian chic today, so I feel the blazer is necessary to provide some sharpness and structure to the overall look.

And perhaps the blazer will prevent me from trying on too many things while we go thrifting. We can only hope. Ehehe…

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Dress – The Webster @ Target (eBay)
Blazer – The Webster @ Target
Belt – from another, long-forgotten dress
Boots – Ariat (similar)
Purse – Target

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P.S. Even though I LOVE BFF’s garden, the light is always so dim when I get here. Argh!

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