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OOTD :: of fancy handkerchief hems and saving the best for last

2.28.14

2.28.14

2.28.14

Okay, I can deny it no longer.

I guess I am a rocker chick at heart after all.

I admit this because, according to Tim Gunn and my new friend, Alex @ Undergraduate Style, “only wear something if you love it and it loves you back”. And man, I do so love sporting the tough-yet-femme vibe! Patti @ Not Dead Yet and I are polar opposites on this. She’d posted Monday about her feeling slightly ill at ease in “tough-girl” guise, and even though I beg to differ on that (isn’t she just scrumptious?!) I do empathize with the feeling of malaise when I dress out of my comfort zone.

All this week, in order to fulfill Anne’s theme, I’ve been trying things that either go against my style grain or go against my comfort level. I did appreciate embracing disquiet in the spirit of experimentation, but now I’m just relieved to be doing this theme my way. And my way is taking my last 20s trend – the handkerchief hem – and turning it on its ear.

Skinny jeans? Check. Platform rompin-stompin booties? Check. Dark, dark lips and accompanying haughty pout? Check. All these contemporary elements help transform the statement 20s top from upscale evening wear to something saucy and irreverent while retaining a soupcon of “fancy” that is required in order for me to link up with Dolly.

Bon Vendredi, minna! Stay tuned for a special surprise mañana! (Didn’t know I was a polyglot, didja?)

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – SCALA @ eBay
Jeans – H&M
Cardi – H&M
Boots – Cane by Michael Antonio

:: Linking ::
Fancy Friday @ Substance AND Style

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OOTD :: of Art Deco design and sucking it all in

2.26.14

2.26.14

2.26.14

2.26.14

Today, we showcase art deco design.

This, in my opinion, is the epitome of the 20s and what I am most drawn to. The severity of the crisp geometry juxtaposed with the fluidity of the abstract swirls sings to the Gemini in me. I do so appreciate when combining two disparate things results in a comprehensive and aesthetic whole.

Whew. Now that that rigmarole is out of the way, let’s talk clothes. I’m really digging all the details of the top (which is the statement piece of this outfit, in case that wasn’t already apparent). The beading is exquisite and meticulous. The neckline is both modest and intriguing. The sleeves are very reminiscent of traditional Filipino dress. The scalloped hem adds an extra zing to an already-zingy piece. Oh, and did I mention the lining is 100% silk?

Of course, since this top was designed for evening wear, I knew I had to scale down the drama for it to be work appropriate. Cue the fresh mint blazer and the flippy skater skirt. Both work together to minimize the glitz and glamor of the top, the former because of its office/professional roots and the latter because of its casual jersey fabric. A pair of modest peeptoe heels completes the look.

To be honest, this may be my least favorite of the bunch this week, if only because I am going to be sucking in all day in this ensemble. Silk may be luxurious and rich, but it’s got no give. Add about a pound of beading and I feel like I’m stuck in a corset. Ah, at least I’m theme compliant, yeah?

EDIT: Phooey to you, SoCal weather! We’re having a storm! Sure, it’s a SoCal storm which means droplets from the sky and temps in the low 60s, but it’s cold and wet nonetheless. I can take one or the other in the original ensemble, but the one-two punch of cold and wet trumps it.

Below, then, is my attempt to winterize my outfit. Out with the ineffective blazer; in with the cuddly cardi. Throw on a pair of opaque leggings and provide some toe and leg coverage with a boot. If it had been five degrees colder, I would’ve added a scarf. Thank goodness I didn’t have to go that far; I really love the necklace with this look. And of course, to stave off the annoying raindrops from my glasses, finally a cloche!

2.27.14

2.27.14

I don’t know how successful the resulting ensemble is – and please pardon the bad indoor lighting – but at least now I can participate in Caitlin’s linkup.

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – SCALA @ eBay
Blazer – F21
Skirt – ASOS
Pumps – Seychelles @ eBay

:: Linking ::
Remix Rewear Restyle @ Greater Than Rubies


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Week 15 :: of calm-cool-collected and Euro chic

Bianca JaggerCatherine DeneuvePrincess Caroline of Monaco.

These are the women for whom the word “chic” was invented…There’s a sense of selectiveness and couture to everything they wear – expensive or not – and to how they wear it… “The thing that is different about European chic is that it is effortless and sophisticated,” says designer Diane Von Furstenberg.  “The important part is the eclectic part – not what you wear, what you punctuate things with.”

So, um…yeah.

This is the one look of all the looks this week that filled me with much trepidation.  Not because of the essential pieces needed to recreate it.  No, I’ve got enough of those.  I’m more concerned with coming off as presumptuous or arrogant by putting myself in the same league as the women described above.

The class and refinement implied in being a part of the Euro Chic set feels false to an America pleb like me.  It’s as if I’m playing pretend in my mom’s heels and makeup.  There’s just something so je ne sais quoi about European women, an indefinable air of insouciance that is virtually impossible to mimic if one wasn’t of that continent.

But then I remembered the mantra Mom inculcated into our wee brains, in English even: Be calm, cool and collected.

A cliché?  Perhaps.  But it has stood me in good stead during the most stressful times of my life, and I think I can find my zen with this iconic look.

I got this.

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It’s an eclectic mix of posh and casual.  Of looking like you’re strolling the banks of the Seine wearing last night’s soireé top with this morning’s proper trousers and somehow managing to make it seem that this mismatch was your intent all along.

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It’s the statement watch and the casually looped scarf.  It’s sequins and plaid.  It’s a modern two-toned jacket and traditional oxfords.  And it’s the chutzpah with which to pull it all off.

It may have been over two decades since my foray into Europe, but I’m certain that I can remember clearly and emulate successfully the vibe of confidence and self-assuredness that was so prevalent in all the women I’d encountered there.

Icon Thursday

And you, my friends?  Have you got any words of wisdom by which you live your life?  Do they pertain to fashion choices as well?

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – a.n.a. @ jcp
Trousers – Mossimo @ Target
Jacket – F21
Shoes – Charles Albert
Scarf – F21

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