Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Trivia Tuesday

Dress: Laundry by Shelli Segal, Nordstrom Rack;
Coat: Club Monaco, thrifted;
Black Sweater: Mossimo, Target;
Tights: Anne Klein, Marshall's;
Shoes: Aerosoles;
Necklace: thrifted, gift.
How I've worn the dress: here.
How I've worn the shoes: here, here.
How I've worn the coat: here.

I really enjoyed reading your feedback (both on the OOTD and the Super Bowl) on my last post. Sometimes I rant and I don't know what kind of response I will get, but it seems like a few of you felt the same way. Thank you for sharing your opinions.

 So...about this outfit.You've already met the new coat in my last post, which I think I'm going to work into some other combinations this week. It's so comfortable and fun to wear. I believe I got the dress for $10 at Nordstrom Rack. The pattern looks like it has ocean waves. I've worn this dress for so many different occasions -- college parties, walking around NYC -- that the cost per wear is probably down to about 20 cents. The shoes and the necklace pairing happened in a spontaneous way. I got the necklace as part of my birthday gift from Jeremiah's family, and wasn't sure how to wear it until now -- the colors go perfectly with the dress.
 If you've been following my blog, you may have noticed that I do team trivia every Tuesday. It's a lot of fun and a great way to catch up with some of my high school friends. In honor of that, I thought I would do something different on the blog called 'Trivia Tuesday,' in which I post five-ish things about myself that you may not know. I guess it's a way for you to get to know me outside of my sartorial decisions, and if you'd like to play along as well, you can post something random about yourself in the comments.I don't know how this idea will evolve as time goes on, but for now, let's have fun with it, shall we?

Okay, here goes:
1) Concerts I've gone to: Ben Folds, Remy Zero, Maroon 5, Goo Goo Dolls and M.I.A. I don't go to concerts very often, so most of them are from when I was in high school (in case you were wondering and judging me for my musical tastes being stuck in 2003). The M.I.A. concert, which is the most recent one I've been to, was probably my favorite because it was really spontaneous. I had just come into NYC for a summer and my friend S. invited me to go. Not knowing who M.I.A. was (this was before the "Pineapple Express" and "Slumdog Millionaire" soundtracks made her a household name), I was thinking it would be a singer-songwriter gig in a little coffee shop. Wrong. So wrong. It was in some drained out pool in a Brooklyn park and thousands of people were there. And then afterward we went to the Sunburnt Cow and ate some awesome steak dish and toasted to S. quitting her much-hated job and me starting a summer of work and self-discovery. It was such a fun night, and I was really glad I left myself open to experience something random and new (a good habit to remember).
2) Nikki and I used to share a room with bunk beds. We held orange soda tea parties with our dolls.
3) When  I was 10, I was so obsessed with "Harriet the Spy" that for an entire summer, I carried around a grey fanny pack with a magnifying glass and a notepad. I climbed trees and spied on my neighbors. They never did anything super interesting, but I think this was why I majored in journalism and psychology.
4) If I ever have a daughter, I'm naming her Layla Amelie, after the Eric Clapton song and Audrey Tautou movie.
5) I still have the clay turtle I made in kindergarten. He is painted gold and his name is Turtle. This jerk of a girl tried to break him by punching my backpack, but I tricked her and actually had him in a box that I held in my hands as I walked to my car at the end of the day. After that early scrape, Turtle has held a revered place in my heart.

Hope you enjoyed this installation of Trivia Tuesday!
Have a great day.

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  1. Love the outfit and what a cute little turtle!!!

  2. I want all your dresses.

    Random fact: My brother and I are 8 years apart (he is younger than me), and I think this is a perfect age difference for siblings because it worked for us. Since I'm a married person now, I'm around lots of "we want to have kids conversations" and a lot of people express the desire to have 2 kids close to the same age. And this baffles me.

  3. Fun trivia! I am so jealous of all your cute dresses! I love how you styled it :)

  4. I love all your colorful dressed, they are too cute!


  5. Love the print of your dress, it reminds me of peacocks!
    Oh, and you have the most adorable photo spot ever!

  6. LOVE the dress! I did the same thing with Harriet the Spy!! :)

  7. That dress is gorgeous, and I love how the necklace echoes the colors.

  8. the dress is great on you. very pretty!

    Can I be honest about one part of your outfit? Looking at it, I think either a pump in a contrast color or color from your dress would look much better than the sandals. I think the jewels on the sandals draw all of the attention to your feet instead of making your legs look longer and then everyone is too busy looking down there instead of at your pretty face!

    *please don't take offense, as I'm just offering up what I think may look even better. The dress is really pretty on you, though. Definitely a keeper. You can make it spring appropriate too, by adding a pink sweater to the mix when the weather warms up!

  9. you look so lovely! you accessorized that dress perfectly and those shoes! i love them! i'm so jealous you got to go to a M.I.A. concert, that must have been so amazing.
    and i'm loving the sound of those orange soda tea parties. :)

  10. You always have the prettiest and most colorful dresses! I wish I could have your closet, it must be wonderful!

    Much love,


  11. I am lusting after those shoes...they are gorgeous!

    Hmmm....a bit of trivia about me: In 8th grade, I won a blue ribbon at the county fair for a skirt that I had made. I retired from my sewing career right after that. Why not go out while you are still on top, right?

  12. Jo Ann, I love your dress and shoes! They go so well together. Teal is YOUR color!

    I love the thought of Trivia Tuesdays! I love your story about Turtle! :) I don't think my mom kept anything I made when I was little...hahaha they weren't very memorable! lol!!!


  13. I loved reading this! I've heard MIA is killer in concert. Your dress is lovely. Take care!

  14. Well, I love your outfit here and how the shoes with the turquoise are just incredibly perfect for that dress, and I love you trivia answers! You future daughter is so lucky to have such a beautiful name picked out for her and your turtle story is so precious! Great Post!

  15. This jacket is great! Love it in the last post and love it in this one too!

    Trivia Tuesday = fun read!

    -Coco from Our Paper Moon

  16. I love the pattern of your dress and the color is great! :)


  17. Love the Trivia question! I loved Ben Folds in concert - he was fantastic.

  18. Hi Joann! I am so glad that you found me, and thanks for commenting on my blog. I love your style (both fashion and writing), and I'm pretty jealous of your warm weather locale. I'm definitely following you now!


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