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OOTD :: of medieval styling and finally getting it together

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Lucky you – it’s freebie month on T3. So if our prompts from previous linkups had you stymied, now is your chance to show us a supercool ensemble inspired by anything you’ve read. Hope to see you this Thursday!

For me, I’m still working through Anne’s 52 Pick-me-up challenges, and this week, it’s Medieval. And here’s the thing: old me would’ve immediately jumped onto eBay and found cosplay items. Old me would’ve plunked down considerable ducats for something like these. Old me would’ve sunk my budget on one week’s worth of novelty clothing.

Welcome to new me! New me Googled and Pinterested for medieval inspired outfits, found out what elements were incorporated, then shopped her closet to create this week’s offerings. Today, I’m focusing on velvet and lace.

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By mixing textures together, I’m playing with the concept of medieval opulence. I even threw in a pair of shiny pumps for even more excess. Also, there’s something visually medieval in layering short sleeves over long – kinda like mimicking armor. I plan to do more of that silhouette in the coming days, so watch out for it.

It may not be authentic, but it’s interpretative.

And it’s free.

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – eBay
Jacket – eBay
Skirt – H&M
Shoes – Janine @ Payless

:: Linking ::
52 Pick-me-up @ SpyGirl

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OOTD :: of gin and tonic and love and chocolate

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My second fave drink has got to be a gin and tonic. But one only made with Bombay Sapphire. Which is a good thing because I really didn’t relish the thought of wearing anything clear or see-through or white to work, but since Bombay comes in such a brilliant blue bottle, it became the perfect inspiration for today.

Not only does the whole ensemble work for Anne’s theme and my own (TARDIS Tuesday, doncha know), but it fits brilliantly with a new linkup I’m participating in: Gracie’s Literary Stylings @ Fashion for Giants.

Similar to T3 (in fact, I think I must’ve been subconsciously thinking of Gracie when Selah and I came up with ours), Literary Stylings asks me to create a look based on something I’ve read in the month of February.

Initially, I thought it was going to be rough since I went through a slew of steampunk novels last month, and I just wasn’t up to trying to create a fave cocktail/book look combo. Then I remembered I ended February with Gabrielle Zevin’s In the Age of Love and Chocolate.

I’ve been a fan of Zevin’s since I first stumbled on Elsewhere. Her writing is sparse yet breathtaking. Her protagonists are brutally honest yet surprisingly tender. Her plots are always thoughtful and thought-provoking, never pandering to the lowest common denominator but not grandstanding with a pretentious wink-wink at her own cleverness either.

In the Age of Love and Chocolate is the final book of the Birthright trilogy and I can’t say enough good things about it. Anya Ballanchine, Chocolate‘s protag, is now an older and wiser eighteen years old and as the story draws to its conclusion, we watch her transform from a battle-scarred adolescent into a savvy, controlled woman who has finally come to terms with her life, her choices and her roots.

And she also happens to be the owner of New York’s hottest nightclub. Now I’m nowhere near my twenties nor do I have a glamorous job, but I can pretend, yeah? And I think this ensemble, with all its luxe details and rich textures, readily fits the bill.

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Ross
Blazer – Webster for Target
Skirt – H&M
Pumps – Fioni @ Payless
Necklace – F21

:: Linking ::
Literary Stylings @ Fashion for Giants

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OOTD :: of sequins and cheating just a little bit

2.25.14

2.25.14

2.25.14

Today, we feature sequins as the Roaring 20s trend.

What? What’s that, you say? I’m not wearing any sequins? Oh, alright. In point of fact, I’m wearing beads. Loads and loads of beads. I’m thinking, then, that the sheer plethora of beads ought to be the equivalent to sequins, yeah? I mean, they’re both sparkly and shiny and little.

No? Not convinced? Well, what if I pointed out that the swirly design on the tank top is reminiscent of Art Deco, which of course is very 20s? And what about that scalloped edge?

Still nothing? Hey, that necklace ought to count for something, right? And check out that little flapper pose I did just there. I’m like one jazz saxophonist away from the Charleston.

Man, this is a tough crowd! Okay, how about we just agree to disagree and just revel in the blue-ness of the outfit. At least I got TARDIS Tuesday right.

EDIT: Ah, SoCal weather! Thou art truly a fickle mistress!

Of course I’d wake up today to temps in the mid 70s. Not too shabby, my cousins to the immediate west would say. Are you kidding me? my East Coast brethren would exclaim. Regardless of your current temp and body adaptability thereof, I’m telling you I got cold and thus, the ensemble went through a last-minute revision.

Imagine my black lace skirt (twin to this one so not too difficult to swap) and my go-to black knee high boots (which, apparently, aren’t that go-to since I’ve worn them all of once since the inception of this blog). That’s what I truly wore today. Kinda de-emphasized the 20s theme even more, yeah?

My only consolation is that my students – who have taken it upon themselves to try to guess my weekly theme in exchange for homework passes – will be thrown off track by today’s outfit. Mwahahaha!

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – francesca’s
Skirt – F21
Cardi – francesca’s
Necklace – gifted
PumpsMerona @ Target

:: Linking ::
52 Pick-me-up @ Spy Girl
Très Chic Style Bits @ Searching the Inner Me

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OOTD :: of lace, argyle and a hammer-wielding god

november 11

november 11

november 11

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Which is why I feel no shame in stealing Sarah’s idea for my weekly theme. (Actually, if she’s invited people to participate, does that constitute as “stealing”?) It’ll be the ultimate in remixing, I tell ya! And I must say, it’s so much easier when I have a base to start with.

This week, then, I present to you: Take One and Pass It On, and what I’m remixing is ye ole basic black lace pencil skirt. And I’m passing it on.

Not once.

Not twice.

But all damned week, yo.

Yep. Five days.

Now some of you may be grossed out with the idea of re-wearing clothes without washing them, but there’s heaps of data out there that says doing so is better for the environment and the clothes themselves. And, come on! If you’re really honest, you know you don’t launder jeans after only one wear, right? Right?!

For me, I’m less inclined to be all squicky when the item in question is a bottom rather than a top. Unless it’s a particularly hot day when I feel sweaty and disgusting all over and I throw everything in the laundry bin at day’s end, my clothes usually end up being hung and aired out. They don’t get thrown in the washer until at least after two uses for tops and sometimes double that for bottoms.

Don’t judge me. I work in a climate-controlled environment with minimal movement involved.

Of course, having settled on my theme and after concocting five, fun outfits, I realized that today is Veteran’s Day and I’m a government official which means I have the day off and I’d promised my kids we’d see Thor so now I’m stuck wearing a skirt to the theatre. Not the most ideal movie watching attire.

Sigh. The best-laid plans of mice and men…

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Tee – Old Navy
Vest – F21 (similar on eBay)
Skirt – F21 (similar)
Shoes – Naturalizer (similar)

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