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A little bit of fashion with a sweet or two.
February 22, 2011
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Weekend Outfit Post

{H&M Blazer, American Apparel Racerback Tee, J Brand Jeans}

This weekend was unseasonably warm so my boyfriend and I went down to the Outer Banks of North Carolina to a place called Ocracoke Island. It's an incredibly long drive so we stayed the night and the cutest B&B (that I didn't take any pictures of :(). Since the weather was so warm I was able to whip out this new H&M blazer and allow myself to get a little excited about Spring being just around the corner.

February 20, 2011
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Favorite Things as of Late

{New favorite ring and piece of costume jewelry}

{French Toast made for me on Valentine's Day}

{Attempts at big 1960s buns}

November 16, 2010
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The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald is probably best known for The Great Gatsby, and truth be told I haven't read the novel since high school, something tells I will be before this movie comes out. Little Miss Mulligan will be playing Daisy, I'm not sure on the casting but so far I haven't disliked her in a film. I wish someone would make Tender is the Night, now that's a work of Fitzgerald I've read several times....

November 11, 2010
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Favorite Serena Outfits

I honestly love all of these outfits, especially the jumper, which my friend laughed at and said looked like a diaper when the episode aired.

November 10, 2010
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Strong Female Leads in Black & White

Woody Allen, I believe, is one of the best film-makers of all time. I watched Annie Hall the other night and not only was I inspired by Diane Keaton's 70s menswear style but I had forgotten how beautifully Allen portrayed a failed relationship. It's one of the few romantic comedies that doesn't end well, well at least in the Hollywood definition of a romantic comedy. Then there is The Graduate, another recent style inspiration, I love Sophia Loren's Leopard coat-- In this movie she exudes sophistication, not to mention her daughter has the perfect cat eyeliner and sexy but at ease college girl look. Now, we're left with Katherine Hepburn and Coco Chanel, need I say more? True Coco didn't star in any films, but people have certainly played her enough for her to make my strong female leads list (and recent style inspiration). I love how Hepburn is perched with such confidence, I also wish that I looked like her in an oversized jacket....

November 09, 2010
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Bursts of Color & Some Inspiration

The approach of winter always makes me want to redecorate my room, if I am going to have to be holed up in a small space it better look great-right? I have been wanting to do something new and different with my room for nearly a year, especially repaint the walls (at the moment they are a deep red with white trim). Here are some shots that I found that have inspired me to do maybe something a little different..... but I should probably start by cleaning.......

November 08, 2010
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{Ideal Time of Year}

From the Sartorialist

November 08, 2010
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{School Girl Crush}

There is something special about being a student in the fall- I can't quite put my finger on it but there is just something exciting about coming back to something you've done almost your whole life with a clean slate and renewed energy, or at the very least new school supplies. There as a few things that I will miss about school; the discussions of tests as you walk out the door, the feeling that something must be memorized and broken down to a point where you can understand what it is you are studying, and of course all of the books.... Perhaps one of my favorite things about the fall is the back to school shopping, or a way to justify shopping. Today, I have a bit of a school girl crush on some of these classics (above. The sweater reminds me of an updated version of a sweater that a professor would wear maybe while smoking a pipe, but this one looks sexy and comfortable. Cropped pleated pants are kind of what I'm searching for, good for both school and work (I love the heels with the pants too). Pearls, especially on the East Coast, are a must and just instantly preppy. Same goes for the blue blazer with gold buttons, I'm wearing my little brother's as I type this. I also have fallen victim to the camel shoes, the ones on the right are Joie and the boots on the left are J.Crew. Well, I guess I must get back to my paper writing.

November 05, 2010
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The Obsession with Vintage

 

There is an adorable little vintage shop across the street from where I live in Washington. It's a small store but well organized, the clothes are either donated from stores in the area or are personal donations. Now is there anything about this store that sounds appealing? For many people, the thought of wearing either something out of season or someone's daughter's old clothes could be seen as repulsive. I love it and I'm not the only one out there.

Vintage clothes have most likely at one time or another belonged to someone else. But how else are you going to find that quirky little dress that no one else is going to have? I think the remarkable thing about vintage clothing is that it allows for people to own unique pieces and bring them into an outfit that would have otherwise just been ordinary. In the above picture from Karla's Closet, she is wearing a Ralph Lauren sweater, a belt from the gap and a skirt from a thrift store.... when I saw this picture the only thing I wanted was the skirt, skimmed to the bottom only for my stomach to drop a little when I realized it was not for sale and would never be.

Don't get me wrong this is what I love about vintage clothing, it's unique and if you can bring it into an outfit, by all means do it! The other thing I truly love about a good vintage piece is that it probably wasn't an investment piece. Buying a really funky blazer for five or ten dollars and wearing it just a few times in my book makes the purchase totally justifiable. If you decide that the piece really doesn't work for you, which happen to me with a really out there coral blazer I got once from a vintage store, then just donate it back after a couple of wears. Not to say that this should become a habit of the way that you consume things but if you make a bad call don't kick yourself over something that was the price of a starbucks drink.

There are some tips for the vintage store hunt that I will share: 1. Don't buy something just because it's a good deal ( I promise you will kick yourself every time) buy it because you can think of other outfit that you would wear the item with and that you think it looks good on you, don't be afraid to walk away from a skirt- I promise there will be plenty of other skirts out there. 2. Really assess the quality of the item- if it's a sweater look for stains and general wear, a jacket also look for stains but also the buttons and overall quality of the jacket, and a dress or skirt look for rips and pulled seams. 3. Don't buy something that looks older than you are without smelling it, sounds really gross but I remember falling in love with a kind of 50's looking dress and as I was pulling it over my head decided that it smelled like a dress that had been kept in a box since the 50's..... it might have looked sexy had a I actually put it on but there was no way that I was going to be able to ignore the smell.

Below is another gem from Karla's closet of her wearing a blazer from goodwill that I absolutely adore with buttons that look exactly like one from a 3.1 Phillip Lim tweed I have.... remember that if a blazer has a great fit but you hate the buttons just replace them! There are dozens of online sites that can help with picking some cute ones out.

 

September 21, 2010
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What if you only had 100 things?

This morning I received an email from my mother with a New York Times article attached from today's paper. The article was about a woman who went from paycheck to paycheck and then woke up one morning with the realization that she did not really want as much stuff. She then challenged herself to limit her life to the use of 100 things....

I found this article offensive for two reasons: one, I felt like my mother was trying to encourage this same behavior from me and two, a quote from a psychologist about half way into the article stating the lack of research that has been done on spending one's income and happiness opposed the extensive research of income and happiness. While psychologists may not have been interested this phenomenon until quite recently, Micro Economists have done nothing but discuss this subject at length, in short think utility curves and diminishing marginal returns to scale. A utility curve measures the satisfaction that an individual feels after consumption, whether it's buying a new sweater or consuming an ice cream cone. The diminishing marginal returns part is how at a point the individual is no longer as satisfied with whatever it is that they are consuming. An easy example would be drinking, that first drink is great but are you really get the same return when you consume five drinks? Are you equally satisfied with slice one and two of a pizza as you are slice five? No you're not, in both cases you are probably feeling a little queasy. Why not equate the same principle to sweaters?

Here's the thing, the article is meant to encourage people not to be as materialistic. The article goes on to talk about what really makes people happy: cooking classes, vacations, nice dinners etc.  I hate to break it to you, but that is still consumption. I think what this article should have really portrayed is how consumption is changing, what people are satisfied with is changing. The pay check might not go to those new shoes you thought you wanted but rather to a vacation.

Lets also talk about those 100 things. If I were to limit myself to only using 100 things they would all have to be functional and trustworthy, and that means a classic wardrobe. I would pick well tailored things that I could wear over and over again. What if I were to tell you that the satisfaction I get out of following trends and then saving for pieces is satifying for me? Who is to say that clothes can't count as experience? When I buy something, is it just ownership or can it be something more? Where I am going with this is that I believe that buying material items doesn't have to be about ownership, it can also be about an individual's utility curve. I don't know if these women who limit themselves to 100 things spend any less, but might just be spending money differently.

 

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