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OOTD :: of birthday hooky, Hedwig and wisdom

5.7.14

5.7.14

5.7.14

As do all mothers the world over, mine has loads of wisdom.

So thank you to Selah @ A Bibliophile’s Style, who helped me Pin Polyvore collages of Hedwig-inspired outfits, and taking bits and pieces from all (miniature polka dots, cream color palette, pendant), I came up with my interpretation of that most famous Harry Potter avian.

Because what better way to dress “wisdom” than by using owls – that classic symbol – as muse. And what better way to practice wisdom than by celebrating my birthday month with BFF today and playing hooky.

Hullo, Wordless Wednesday!

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Mossimo @ Target
Jacket – Old Navy
Skirt – Boohoo
Flats – Mossimo @ Target
Necklace – F21

:: Linking ::
WIWW @ The Pleated Poppy
52 Pick-me-up @ SpyGirl

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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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OOTD :: of Class Color Day and interpreting fancy

2.7.14

2.7.14

2.7.14

2.7.14

You would think that this would be a no-brainer since the Junior class color is black and today is Fancy Friday.

Black is very fancy, right? I could’ve gone Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s or, at the opposite side of the spectrum, I could’ve sported my 007 Bond-ness and gone tuxedo formal. But Murphy’s Law dictates something needs to go awry and this time it’s our Shelter-in-place drill scheduled for today.

Different from fire or earthquake drills, this one has us preparing for the eventually of – heaven forbid! – a gunman on campus. It’s a pretty serious thing and I’m not belittling it in any way, but it sure does cramp my style for today’s link up. After all, I can’t very well lie flat on the ground (what the authorities tell us to do) in an LBD, can I?

The upshot? My outfit today had to be black and fancy. And shelter-in-place friendly.

Thesaurus.com helped me out in the end. I looked up synonyms for “fancy” and found a plethora of them that didn’t necessarily require formal wear. The one that caught my eye, however, was “ornamental”. And, Christmas connotations notwithstanding, I decided to go with it. Because nothing is more ornamental in my mind than an in-your-face animal print. Throw in the regulation statement necklace and a pair of spats and I think I’ve got a Fancy Friday winner on my hands.

I did dither over the skirt, though. Initially, I was all “I’m forty plus and propriety be damned!” But I guess ye old fashion taboo of wearing leggings as pants is so ingrained in me that I hastily donned the skater skirt to make me more presentable. After taking pictures of both iterations, however, I realized there was such minimal difference  – that Piko tunic is hella long, folks! – that it really didn’t matter. I guess it’ll depend on my mood whether I keep the skirt or not.

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Piko
Skirt – ASOS
LeggingseBay
SpatsPayless

:: Linking ::
Fancy Friday @ Substance AND Style


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OOTD :: of goat insulation and floral bomber jackets

december 9

december 9

december 9

So this week’s theme was confounded, once again, by the weather.

You see, it was originally called Casually Cropped and I was going to highlight cropped jackets. The nature of cropped jackets, however, makes them awesome for fashion but miserable for warmth, and since we’re promised highs in the 60s this week, I threw up my hands in surrender and was ready to relegate them to the back burner until spring.

But then…dun dun dun…brain fart! What if I paired the jackets with cashmere?! I’d be able to showcase the jackets and still keep warm!

Now, before you pooh-pooh cashmere as the purview of the rich and snotty pants and ignore my posts this week as being beyond your price range, lemme let you in on a secret: all the cashmere I own is Target-bought.

I know, right?!

Of course, my versions are ages old, bought and hoarded when Isaac Mizrahi still had a partnership with Target. Mine, then, are 100% cashmere; this season’s iterations of them are only 15%. But cashmere is cashmere, folks, so I highly encourage you to pick them up in all colors.

Why the big to-do with this material? Because of its inherent super ability at insulation. This means you can wear a relatively thin cashmere sweater and still stay plenty warm. And trust me, if you’ve already got natural padding like I do, the last thing you want to do is throw on the layers to add visual poundage, you know what I’m sayin’?

Cashmere is your friend, my friends!

Today, then, I offer for your consideration an ensemble that retained its initial state at inception except for the key addition of a pink cashmere sweater over the pink cami. (And wool tights and Khombu boots over bare legs and my OTK boots, but who’s really keeping score?) I like this version of the outfit enough but do fear the low-heeled Khombus make me look rather stumpy. But hey, I’m warm. I’ll get over my Oompa Loompa paranoia.

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Jacket – F21 (similar)
Sweater – Isaac Mizrahi for Target (similar)
Skirt – ASOS (similar)
Boots – Khombu
Necklace – Steinmart

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