Tuesday, March 30, 2010

I asked her for water, she brought me gasoline.

feast your eyes on a winded world

feast your eyes on a winded world

feast your eyes on a winded world

feast your eyes on a winded world

Oh this look was from one of those lovely warm days we had not too long ago!  Supposedly more warm days are coming soon, but I am dubious.  Much like light, flowy dresses, wide and soft pants are one of my favorite things to wear on warm Spring days.  One of the best things about these pants, besides the flannel-like denim, is the saturated blue color.  It's not in-your-face bright, but a little different than your average jean color.  And yeah, still lovin' the Miu Miu's :-)  Since it was so nice outside, my friend A and I sat on the tailgate of my car (I pay for my parking spot so that's kind of like a patio, right?) and had ourselves a little impromptu wine and cheese party.

H&M shades (couldn't get just one pair :-)
Target button-down
vintage necklace
Urban Outfitters belt
Jenny Jen jeans
Bally bag
Miu Miu heels
Hermes bangle


PS Major thanks to Quintessentially Quirky for the shout out in her highlighted blogger looks post!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

keep feeling fascination

keep feeling fascination

keep feeling fascination

keep feeling fascination

keep feeling fascination

A bunch of friends and I trekked out to VA on Saturday for a Persian New Year's party.  Wasn't sure what to expect, as I've never been to a Persian New Year's party before, but it ended up being an incredible time.  Highlights included one of the most impressive buffet-style spreads I've ever seen, foosball mastery, experiments in outdoor fire building, Lady Gaga dance parties with old people (Gaga fans, too!!), and lots and lots of inappropriate jokes.  Got to spend time with some good friends I hadn't seen in a while this weekend, too, which always makes life worth living :-)

This blazer was a hand-me-down, so to speak, from one of my mother's friends.  She bought it never wore it and I'm so glad I was able to nab it, because it is the softest blazer I have ever owned.  The shoulder pads and length are a pretty major plus, too.

Express blazer
Topshop top
Zuni turquoise and silver bracelets
Seven jeans
Zara flats

vintage Ralph Lauren clutch

PS Don't forget to enter my Hana Elite Flat Iron giveaway!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

flip it friendo

flip it friendo

flip it friendo

flip it friendo

flip it friendo

flip it friendo

You know what's strange?  You would think that this whole style blog would make me want to blow wads of cash on new things all the time, but I've actually found it has quite the opposite effect on me. Since I started blogging, I find I get a lot more value out of my clothing.  I'm more inspired to wear my clothing in new ways so I feel less dissatisfied with the existing pieces in my closet - does that make sense?  Don't get me wrong, I've always been the type of girl to wear my favorite pieces to shreds, but working them into new ensembles seems to keep my restless "style spirit" content.  Anyway, I remember getting this dress two years ago as a possible rehearsal dinner option for my wedding.  I didn't wear it then, but I've worn it for tons of other occasions.  Maybe it's not as trendy now, but it's so light and airy, I can't resist busting it out on warm Spring days.  Oh and I could not be more excited about these pale blue shades I found at H&M ($6!!!).

Charlotte Ronson dress
H&M sunglasses
bracelets from New Mexico
vintage necklaces
Theory sandals
KMRii bag

PS Don't forget to enter my Hana Elite Flat Iron giveaway!

Hana Elite Flat Iron Giveaway!

walk under the clouds of a sunny day

Remember I told you about the sweet Hana Elite Flat Iron that I tried?  Well Misikko is giving one away to one of my lucky readers.  All you have to do to enter is leave a comment and follow District of Chic (choose from the bevy of options in the sidebar) and Misikko on Twitter. Make sure you include your email address in your comment!

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

whitechocolatespaceegg

whitechocolatespaceegg

whitechocolatespaceegg

whitechocolatespaceegg

whitechocolatespaceegg

whitechocolatespaceegg

whitechocolatespaceegg

Ugggh, looking at these pictures reminds me how nice the weather was on Friday!  I couldn't contemplate anything but summer ensembles when it was so warm outside...and now we're back to this crap.  I can't remember if I've posted these jeans on the blog before, but they were the result of an experiment with bleach and a pair of bright blue American Apparel jeans.  This was not the intended end result, but lavender jeans are pretty sweet so I'm not going to complain.

vintage men's J. Press shirt
purse from some boutique in Charleston
Zuni bracelets
Gap belt
DIY American Apparel jeans
Miu Miu platforms


PS Thank you so much Maria of Chicisimo for posting my look from the snow storm

PPS The shirt is actually just a regular men's oxford button-down, not denim, though it looks a bit denim-y in photos.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

au soleil, sous la pluie, a midi ou a minuit

au soleil, sous la pluie, a midi ou a minuit

au soleil, sous la pluie, a midi ou a minuit

au soleil, sous la pluie, a midi ou a minuit

I've been biding my time for the weather to finally warm up so I could bust out this skirt.  I've always been a sucker for vintage Ralph Lauren and I couldn't resist the wonderful French nautical print on this piece.  Oh and I'm also quite enamored with these white mesh leggings I just got from American Apparel.

au soleil, sous la pluie, a midi ou a minuit

au soleil, sous la pluie, a midi ou a minuit

B and I were so lucky to have a visit from my good friend, Aj, and her fiance as an excuse to finally try out Corduroy last night.  It was fabulous!  I am rarely this satisfied by a meal from a DC restaurant, because too often it seems that they don't deliver on the whole meal (especially the entree).  All of us strategized to order differently so we would be able to try as much of the menu as possible and I was not disappointed by a single thing that I tried.  I ordered the tuna tartare with crispy onions and the roasted guinea hen with leeks and mushrooms, which even B, who is generally anti-poultry, enjoyed.  We were also impressed by the wine list.  We had the 2000 Château Mirebeau Bordeaux blend with dinner and I was pleasantly surprised to find a decent Chinon by the glass, which I usually have a hard time finding in the States.  Overall, I would highly recommend this place and will be returning in the near future.

vintage wayfarers
INC tank top
vintage belt
vintage Ralph Lauren skirt
American Apparel mesh leggings
Finsk shoes
Hermes bangles


PS Thank you so much to the Trendy Fashionista and Razzle Dazzle for the awards!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

G-L-O-R-I-A

G-L-O-R-I-A

G-L-O-R-I-A

G-L-O-R-I-A

G-L-O-R-I-A

G-L-O-R-I-A

B and I decided to do "date night" on Saturday instead of going out with the crowd like we normally do.  Sounds like something that only happens on Real Housewives, but there's something to be said for spending quality time together every once in a while.  I deemed it an appropriate time to finally break out these magnificent Miu Miu carved wooden heels that I found online a while ago.  I'm sad to say I didn't wear them sooner.  Love them.  Want to wear them always.

vintage locket
Topshop top
vintage blazer
J Brand jeans
Miu Miu carved heel shoes
Hermes bangle
vintage opal ring

very vintage Louis Vuitton purse 

Monday, March 15, 2010

walk under the clouds of a sunny day

walk under the clouds of a sunnny day

walk under the clouds of a sunnny day

walk under the clouds of a sunnny day

I'm not sure what it is, but I seem to be reverting back to pieces that were once my favorites eons ago.  This sweater is one of said pieces - still as soft and fluffy as the day I bought it.  I liked the contrast it created against the zippered leather skirt.  Oh and I'm absolutely addicted to these cream-colored fishnets from American Apparel and intend to order more in different pastel colors.  They feel like gauze, but they're actually quite durable.

walk under the clouds of a sunnny day

Misikko was so kind to send me one of their hair straighteners (the Hanah Elite, to be specific) for review. Believe it or not, I actually used to use a flat iron back in the day when I had a "shag" haircut, but my current hairstyle hadn't really required it. Friday was cold and rainy and the fact that I neglected to bring an umbrella provided a perfect opportunity to take this bad boy for a spin.  The package that Misikko sent me also included a styling creme, which I took advantage of as my hair is prone to breakage. At first, I was concerned it might make my hair too greasy, but it infused nicely into my hair as I used the straightening iron. It took a little getting used to handling one of these again, but I pleasantly surprised how easy the thinner plates were to maneuver over a short hairstyle. Another revelation: it is, in fact, possible to create volume in thin hair using a flat iron. I found that turning the iron outwards at the roots and keeping it perpendicular to my scalp as I ran it down my hair worked just as well, if not better than blow-drying with a round brush.  This is definitely the best flat iron that I've tried and I'm sure that those of you who have used one will agree that quality is key.

Illig sweater
vintage locket
Urban Outfitters faux leather skirt
Hermes bangle
KMRii bag

American Apparel tights
Jeffrey Campbell clogs

Saturday, March 13, 2010

right click lookbook

Things that I save and think about...

Alexa's denim on denim (photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images)

shiny pants and loose tops (via Fashion Gone Rogue)

high-waisted pleats (via Fashion Gone Rogue)

wrapped button downs (Second Skin via Weardrobe)

edgy preppiness (via Fashion Gone Rogue)

soft and sleek (via Topshop)

derbys with long, flowy pieces (Anne Valerie Hash via the Cherry Blossom Girl)

rolled pants and long socks (via cocorosa)

big sheer coats and shirts (via Fashion Gone Rogue)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

"the original" strikes again

"the original" strikes again

Remember I told you about a certain magical shopping trip with super-shopper Grammy?  She may or may not have shown me up in dress shopping as well.  While I was trying on my soon-to-be-favorite boots, Grammy absent-mindedly pointed out what could be the greatest dress ever made (by Roland Mouret, figures).  It also might be the single most unforgiving dress I've ever met, and by "unforgiving," I mean the fabric absolutely refuses to give a single inch beyond what the bounds of its design dictate.  If this means squeezing part of my butt into my ears, so be it.  This dress is most definitely a size smaller than what I should be wearing, but it was the only one they had and Grammy insisted I try it on.  When I asked the sales lady if the fabric would stretch over time, I received a smirk and emphatic "no."  I now see why these dresses look so good on fembots like Victoria Beckham, because her body is comprised of titanium, not real human flesh.  All of this being said, I exclaimed, "yes it fits!" through gritted teeth and tightly-held breath and promptly ran to find the finest shapewear the world had to offer.  B loves it and says it looks like a "Joan from Mad Men" dress.

"the original" strikes again

"the original" strikes again

"the original" strikes again

This outfit was for a dinner date at Blue Duck with B, K and B's friend, who was in town for the weekend, C.  K and I shared the scallops to start, which were delicious, and I had the duck for my main (also quite delectable), but I have to admit, I wasn't totally impressed overall.  K and C got the bass and it was pretty bland.  I have to say I expected more from a place that's been so popular lately.  Either way, good times were had by all :-)

RM by Roland Mouret dress
Hermes bangles
Proenza Schouler heels
Chanel purse

PS Thank you Maria for the shout out on Chicisimo!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

I said, "howdy." He said, "hi."

I said, "howdy." He said, "hi."

K and  I have been discussing for some time now the necessity of finding a good plaid flannel shirt, though neither of us had succeeded until the other day, when I was half-heartedly looking for some sort of warm covering to wear with my loungewear.  The light bulb went off that I had seen a few plaid pieces in B's closet.  Yoink!  K liked the pearl buttons.  Also recently decided that layered knee/over-the-knee socks are a great alternative to tights when padding around the kitchen and such.  And yes, still loving the clogs.

B's flannel pearl snap shirt
Young, Fabulous and Broke t-shirt
Hue over-the-knee socks
Nine West knee socks
Jeffrey Campbell clogs
vintage jewelry 


PS I was so pleased to read how many of you are fans of The Wire!  Omar is one of my favorite characters on a television show in a long while.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Roly Poly

Roly Poly

Like many people, I was inspired by the Bonnie and Clyde editorial in March's issue of Bazaar.  I especially loved the use of scarves and sweaters, thus, this outfit was spawned.


Roly Poly

Roly Poly

B and I had an action-packed weekend, which was exhausting (in a good way).  Today was one of those perfect lazy days, spent lying around like total degenerates, watching movies and grazing on Popeye's and Z Burger.  I'm totally behind on all my favorite blogs, but for now, I think I'm finish this day properly by watching the Oscars, munching on some Whole Foods delicacies and maybe a few episodes of The Wire if I play my cards right.

H&M jacket
Ralph Lauren scarf
Banana Republic sweater
Mango trousers
vintage YSL belt
Balenciaga boots
KMRii bag