Sunday, January 31, 2010

The colour and the shape

Listening to: The Foo Fighters.
Dress (as top): Ann Taylor Loft;
Skirt: Kasper, thrifted;
Sweater, tights, boots: Target;
Shell necklace: Hawaii.
How I've worn the dress before: here.
Skirt: here.

Just a lazy Sunday out with my love. My photos didn't turn out the way I wanted them to, so I just boosted the color a little bit and I kind of like how they turned out, although I prefer natural lighting the best.

  Anyways, this outfit combines lots of things I love: florals, ruffles and boots. The shell necklace is pretty sentimental. Jeremiah and I found it wrapped around a bamboo tree while we were taking a tour at the Polynesian Cultural Center in Oahu, Hawaii during our honeymoon week. We think the necklace was thrown on the ground and the bamboo tree grew in the center of it. After a couple of unsuccessful attempts at trying to throw it up the tree and hoping it would go over the top, Jeremiah just broke it and I tied the new ends together. The necklace reminds me of all the fun adventures we had in Hawaii. I like being able to wear souvenirs.

And now I leave you with last night's cookie, courtesy of Jeremiah's shopping skills:

How can you have a bad start to your week after seeing that? Nom nom.

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Saturday, January 30, 2010

If you are chilly, here take my sweater

Listening to: "The Way I Am," Ingrid Michaelson.
Dress: Liz Roberts, Inc., thrifted and possibly vintage;
Black slipdress: thrifted;
Sweater: Target;
Tights: Anne Klein, at Marshall's;
Shoes: Aerosoles;
Belt: J. Crew, thrifted;
Brooch: Sarahoon, vintage, bought at Finder's Keepers.
How I've worn the dress: here.
How I've worn the sweater: here, here, here, here.
How I've worn the shoes: here.

Went out with my family today to O'Charley's to celebrate our brother getting a new job. Congrats, Billy.

I hate doing indoor photos because there isn't really a good spot in our apartment that can serve as a good backdrop or has good lighting. But tomorrow should be sunny so hopefully more lake shots.
About the outfit. The J. Crew braided rope belt was a thrift store find at Salvation Army yesterday. It was brand new with tags, originally $30, and I got it for $3 -- score! The leaf pin is something I picked up at Finder's Keepers when I first started my brooch collection a couple years ago. I couldn't find much information on the designer "Sarahoon," except some similar looking brooches online.

I also love this dress. It's sheer, floral and its navy color keeps the print subtle. It's 100% polyester but it's thin enough to be breathable. I recently discovered a cat of impossible colour and after being astounded by the smart mix of colors in her personal style, I was impressed with her guide to shopping thrift and vintage stores. After reading through her posts, I was inspired to determine whether or not this dress would be considered vintage. It has a wash guide label and an old-looking brand label, so it's most likely from the 1970s or later. I googled the company and found that it was around in the 1950s-early 1990s, and from looking at some of their former dresses, I would date this dress at probably early 1980s.
 Do any of you do thrift shopping for your clothes, and if so, do you focus on a particular type of clothing (vintage, modern, by brand, etc.)?
In other news, we're very honored and flattered to have received some blog awards this week, and I'd like to thank those bloggers now. Athenista and UnVeiled both gave us the "Over the Top" award and Caffeinerd gave us the "Best Blog Award" -- thank you so much!
These blogs are all daily reads for me and it's really cool to be acknowledged by women whose effortless, chic styles I admire everyday. Instead of passing this on to other bloggers (because seriously, it would be sent to our entire blogroll and beyond) I thought we would do something different. You open up to us everyday through your kind comments, and it'd be interesting to open up the discussion to learn more about you. If you wish, leave a comment with a random fact about yourself!

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Round up the usual suspects

Dress: Old Navy, spring 2008;
Sweater: Ann Taylor Loft, gift;
Brooch: Goodwill, $1;
Tights: Target;
Shoes: Minnetonka, gift.
How I've worn the dress before: here.
How I've worn the sweater: here, here, here, here.
How I've worn the moccasins: here, here.

Just another day outside with Jeremiah, this time at a park that was really close to our house. They had a long, wooden walkway that extended over the water and several gazebos. I seem to take a lot of photos around lakes and gazebos -- maybe I'm just a big fan of "The Sound of Music." Jeremiah has a slight obsession with taking pictures of ducks anytime we're near a lake. He was all too happy that a couple of ducks decided to get into the frame in the first picture. Doesn't it look like I'm curtsying to them?
I wish the weather was warmer because I would wear this dress every single day. I bought it two years ago when ruffles were hitting the scene. It was so girly and so unlike anything else I owned that it felt like I was starting a new adventure with the way I thought about my clothes. I could break out of my sweatshirts and jeans and start over. And apparently the dress was just the gateway piece because as this outfit suggests, I may have a ruffle addiction. And the rest of the outfit includes the usual suspects --- ruffled sweater, tights and moccasins. I keep reverting back to them because they make me feel comfortable when I try out a dress I haven't worn in awhile.
Jeremiah asked me to set up this shot and it came out too funny that I had to include it:

Yep, that's my husband. He's a keeper and I love him.

I don't have too much else to say, except that tonight might be the night I get Jeremiah to finally watch "Meet Me in St. Louis." We have an antagonistic relationship when it comes to old movies and musicals. I try to get him to watch one, he's convinced that he will hate it. When he does watch it, he ends up liking the movie most of the time. It took me five years to get him to watch the last half of "Casablanca." Don't think I try to force my movie tastes on him -- I watch my fair share of sports and MMA fights, too. But I'm really excited because he may finally get introduced to Tootie and the "Trolley Song" tonight. Here's hoping!

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P.S. Just wanted to say thank you to all our readers and commenters, and hello to our new followers. You really make blogging so much fun, and your feedback and support mean so much to Nikki and I. Have a great night!
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