OOTD :: of last-minute wardrobe changes

1.31.14

1.31.14

1.31.14

Perhaps I was a bit too optimistic. It is winter after all.

But I also live in Southern California where we not only have the mildest of winters (60-degree lows, anyone?) but we also have vast amounts of land that lend themselves to microclimates. So it may start out cold in one city in the morning but it’ll inevitably warm up in the afternoon in another city that’s a mere twenty minutes away.

Can you blame me, then, for thinking I could get away with the outfit above when I was creating last weekend? It was a balmy 75ºF when I was doing my photo shoot after all.

Ah, the best laid plans of mice and men…

Today, it’s a blasted 60ºF and change with a chance of rain and there was no way I was gonna go swanning about the halls in stilettos and a flimsy cardi. In anticipation of this weather change, I switched out some key elements et voilà! I present the real OOTD:

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Just call me Superman sans telephone booth. (Btw, if people use cellphones anymore and telephone booths are a thing of the past, where would Clark Kent get changed?) Anyhoo…what both outfit iterations have in common is the “fancy” element. Chiffon maxi in look-at-me-now plaid? Check. High heels? Check. Neck bling? Check. That’s a trifecta of fanciness, folks. I think Dolly would be proud.

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Lace top – F21/Bejeweled sweatshirt – Old Navy
Cardi – francesca’s/Jacket – H&M
Maxi skirt – F21 (similar)
PumpsJessica Simpson/Boots – Vogue @ jcp
Necklace – eBay

:: Linking ::
Fancy Friday @ Substance AND Style

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OOTD :: of my favorite digital thrift store

1.30.14

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Green plaid blazer: $12. Floral skirt: $15. Tights: $8. Pumps: $35. Outfitted in a superfab plaid ensemble for under a $100: Priceless.

So aside from the tights, which were still a bargain since I got them on sale from the website, this entire look is courtesy of my fave thrifting place – eBay. I know it’s always a gamble to buy things online, and sometimes there are questionable sellers out there, but if you’re wise and careful and well-aware of feedback scores, then eBay just can’t be beat for sheer volume and variety. I challenge any brick and mortar to go up against the might of this resale giant and win.

Besides, I’m stuck in BFE suburbia with nary a hip thrift store in sight. Can you blame me for taking advantage of whatever resources are available to me?

But anyhow, back to the clothes. Here’s my Cliffs Notes commentary on today’s ensemble:

1. The collar of that blazer pops up instead of laying flat, giving it a vaguely militaristic flair. Total bonus since I didn’t notice it either when I bought it.

2. See that peek of neon green by my toes? Adorbs and a pleasant surprise since it picks up the green on the blazer.

3. Yeah, I’m wearing tights with peep toes. And I couldn’t care less that it’s a fashion faux pas.

4. I probably should’ve worn a turtleneck instead of a necklace to fill that expanse of neck. Note to self for next time.

5. You know you’re totally jealous of my crocodile print tights.

6. I must love the floral/plaid combo; it’s the second time this week that I’ve done this particular pattern mix.

7. I’m wondering if I should replace those monstrous plastic buttons. They feel dated. Or is that just me?

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Blazer – eBay
Skirt – eBay
TightsHUE
PumpsSeychelles @ eBay

OOTD :: of plaid on plaid and proud of it

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Hello, Wordless Wednesday! Thank you for allowing me to sport an outrageous plaid on plaid ensemble and not have to justify it.

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Ark @ Co. @ Piperlime
Blazer – H&M
TrousersJoe Fresh @ jcp
PumpsLulu Townsend @ eBay

Necklace – eBay

Linking :: WIWW @ The Pleated Poppy

OOTD :: of linebacker shoulders and badassness

1.28.14

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1.28.14

I probably should’ve saved this outfit for Thursday because two items were a total steal.

The first is the tuxedo blazer, a spontaneous, caught-my-eye-and-had-to-try-it-on item I spotted on the super sale rack at Target. I didn’t have much hope for it since it’s an XL, but I’ve seen enough iterations of this sort of blazer that I just had to give it a whirl. Lo and behold, my linebacker shoulders came to the rescue! The blazer draped on me like a dream. Sure, the sleeves are a little long and so is the overall length, but I’m digging the oversized boyfriend vibe of it all and the way it gives me that androgynous 80s punk look. And at 50% off the retail price, it just couldn’t be beat.

The other steal? Well, see those pants? Admire its fabulousness then click on my link below. Did I pay that much for them? Mwahahahaha! No way. Are they the most amazing TARDIS blue ever? You betcha. Do I feel like a total badass in them? What do you think? (And if you must know, I paid a third of that listed ASOS price for the pants. Lurve.)

I suppose even the top could be considered a steal since it’s an F21 item and we all know how reasonable their clothing is. Unfortunately, they’re also junior sized, and the very shoulders that made me fall in love with the blazer makes me rue the day I bought this top. It strains, my friends, and because it’s got a center seam down the back, I’ve already had to have it tailored once to stitch up the bursting threads. I fear this is the one and only time I’ll be able to wear it before it heads to the donate pile. But it sure does add an extra oomph to an already oomph-y outfit, doesn’t it?

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – F21
Jeans  – Tripp NYC @ Karmaloop
Blazer – Mossimo @ Target
Shoes – Doc Martens