Friday, April 30, 2010

neighbor-wakin’, old bone-shakin’, Howlin’ Wolf hi-fi love

neighbor-wakin’, old bone-shakin’, Howlin’ Wolf hi-fi love

The more I think about it, the more I think I'm drawn to clogs for their hoof-like qualities. Clomp. Clomp. Clomp. People can hear me coming from a mile away with these clunkers on. Do you ever get attracted to unattractive things? I do pretty often. Scars. Asymmetricality. Garish prints. I don't know what it is, but sometimes there is something so satisfying about loving something unusual that others might shun. Strange...

neighbor-wakin’, old bone-shakin’, Howlin’ Wolf hi-fi love

neighbor-wakin’, old bone-shakin’, Howlin’ Wolf hi-fi love

neighbor-wakin’, old bone-shakin’, Howlin’ Wolf hi-fi love

Love Charles Vintage invited me to this awesome clothes swap that was started by Both Yellow Animals.  The pieces are such all so unique and fun to play with and it's been fun to see how past bloggers have styled them.  In this look I'm wearing the denim skirt - a denim skirt with volume? Amazing!

vintage denim shirt
lace Forever 21 bodysuit
swapped denim skirt
vintage studded belt
vintage jewelry
KMRii bag
Jeffrey Campbell clogs

PS Melanie of Unravelled Threads was so sweet to give me an award - thank you!!

PPS Don't forget to enter my Washington National Opera Marriage of Figaro giveaway!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I've been Worned.


This past weekend, I was privileged to be photographed by Joshua Yospyn for the Worn Magazine blog. When I heard about this new publication that focuses on local style, music, and art, I was thrilled that DC would be portrayed for the dynamic creative hub that it is. In flipping through the pages, I was struck by the abundance of inspiration, not to mention terribly tempting pieces from dangerously close-by retailers. I'm looking forward to perusing future issues!


Photos by Joshua Yospyn for Worn Magazine. Check out the full post here.

vintage Nolan Miller blazer
Forever 21 lace bodysuit
Christopher Kane for Topshop purse
Mango jeans
Miu Miu wedges
Hermes bangles

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Washington National Opera's The Marriage of Figaro Giveaway!


As regular readers of this blog will know, I enjoy seeing performances by the Washington National Opera as often as I get the opportunity, so I was thrilled when they contacted me about doing a giveaway for one of my favorite operas! The Washington National Opera and Generation O will give one lucky reader a pair of orchestra seats for Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro on Thursday, May 6, at 7:30 PM!

This special production features WNO's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists in a one-night only performance. Tickets for this special performance begin at only $15! Generation O and the Young Artists will also be hosting a Late Night Affair benefit and cast party at Circle Bistro immediately following the performance, featuring music, drinks, and dancing. Late Night Affair packages include premium orchestra seats to The Marriage of Figaro and begin at $100. Both the show and Late Night Affair are available only to Generation O, WNO's young patron program for people between 18 and 35, which provides deeply discounted tickets and special networking opportunities, such as happy hours and after parties, to its members. Visit www.dc-opera.org/yap to sign up and learn more.

All you have to do to enter this giveaway is be between the ages of 18 and 35 and leave a comment with a valid email where you contacted if you win.  Obviously, this contest is open to locals only, as the performance will be held at the Kennedy Center here in DC.  Enter now because this giveaway will end Monday, May 3, at midnight!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

young hearts spark fire

young hearts spark fire

young hearts spark fire

young hearts spark fire

I remember wanting a pair of t-straps when I was in junior high and never finding the right pair.  The dream soon faded and I moved on, until the day I saw these babies.  That early infatuation was rekindled in my heart when I saw that lovely pointy toe again, and then the wonderful pink satin draping in the back appealed to the older, wiser me.  Ah young love, is there anything like it?

young hearts spark fire

young hearts spark fire

This outfit was for my buddy, F's birthday dinner at Ray's: The Steaks on Friday.  That place never lets me down.  I got the Brazilian Strip Steak and it was insanely delicious.  Wine list isn't half bad either.

Sea dress
H&M "leather" jacket
Francis belt stolen from another dress
Hermes bangles
Miu Miu satin heels

Saturday, April 24, 2010

My PJ Pants Look Reimagined by Refinery29!

The clever kids at Refinery29 recreated my pajama pants look and I love the pieces that they found, especially the pants!

image via Refinery29

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

when all your talking supermen just take away the time

when all your talking supermen just take away the time

when all your talking supermen just take away the time

when all your talking supermen just take away the time

Pajama pants might be one of my favorite trends in recent years, especially for Spring.  Roomy pants in soft fabrics just make perfect sense for warm weather.  Also extremely convenient for quick transition from getting ready to going out.

Umm, this house hunt crap is really stressful.  I know it's kind of "duh," but I'm going to be happy to have my life back when this is all over.

...and I just spilled red wine all over the tablecloth...  I'm done.  Over and out.

Forever 21 t-shirt
vintage Ferragamo belt
vintage pajama pants
Maison Martin Margiela heels
Christopher Kane for Topshop bag
Hermes bangle
vintage locket

PS In Bug's Drawers was so sweet to mention my blog in her interview with the Washingtonian.  Check out the full interview here.

Monday, April 19, 2010

I have to go now, Duane, because I'm due back on the planet Earth.

I have to go now, Duane, because I'm due back on the planet Earth.

I have to go now, Duane, because I'm due back on the planet Earth.

I have to go now, Duane, because I'm due back on the planet Earth.

I have to go now, Duane, because I'm due back on the planet Earth.

I have to go now, Duane, because I'm due back on the planet Earth.

I had a wonderfully exhausting, yet somehow relaxing weekend in the country with an incredible set of people.  I hate to brag, but I kind of have the best set of high school friends, like, ever.  If there were scientific studies that quantified awesomeness, it would be stated as fact.  One day we will all live in an old folks home together and steal each others' wigs and chase each other around on our Rascals.

This look was actually from last weekend, when a few of us had an impromptu reunion at Comet, which I have decided is far superior to 2 Amys.  I wasn't alone in that opinion, either.

Express blazer
Topshop top
Mango jeans
KMRii bag
Finsk shoes
Hermes bangle

PS Once again, a totally belated thank you: Fashion Confessions of a Mommy gave me an award and said the sweetest things about me!

Friday, April 16, 2010

I used to hate the fool in me, but only in the morning. Now I tolerate him all day long.

 I used to hate the fool in me, but only in the morning. Now I tolerate him all day long.

 I used to hate the fool in me, but only in the morning. Now I tolerate him all day long.

 I used to hate the fool in me, but only in the morning. Now I tolerate him all day long.

I'm off to see my favorite girls in the whole wide world and get into heaps of trouble!  I hope you all have a nice weekend!

vintage leopard print robe thing
vintage slip top
H&M snakeskin jeans
KMRii bag
Givenchy boots
Hermes bangles
vintage locket
necklace from a boutique in Hoboken

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Daytime I walk the street I start to run!

Daytime I walk the street I start to run!

Daytime I walk the street I start to run!

Daytime I walk the street I start to run!

Daytime I walk the street I start to run!

Daytime I walk the street I start to run!

Went to a friend's rather cold soccer game on Friday and, shocker of all shockers, I was the one dressed most practically.  Don't worry, I won't make a habit of it.  Even so, I feel like it's not hard to wear flats when they're as adorable as these.  I've been putting off buying the oh-so-boring "work flats" for much too long, but actually got excited when I found these.  Downside: I did not find them on sale until after I wore them for the first time.  You do not even want to know what terrible screams of rage poor B was subjected to upon this unfortunate discovery.  Nothing irritates me more than discovering an item on sale after the fact.  Question: why does Anthropologie insist upon re-naming items with their own cute little titles and conveniently leaving out the brand name?  Most displeasing when one is scouring the Internet for, say, "Candela oxfords"...

vintage men's J. Press button-down
men's cashmere sweater
snakeskin pattern H&M jeans
Bally bag
Candela oxfords

PS I want to send a (terribly belated) thank you the Capricious Club for the lovely award!

Monday, April 12, 2010

it's all been lost before so there's nothing to lose

it's all been lost before so there's nothing to lose

it's all been lost before so there's nothing to lose

it's all been lost before so there's nothing to lose

This was for a magical night at Blue Ridge, a place that I absolutely despise, partly because the service is awful and partly because my friends seem to make me go there so damn much (probably just for the special thrill of seeing me seethe).  I can go into more reasons why I hate this place, but then this post would become a rant and that would open a whole Pandora's box of rants just waiting to be explored.  Anyway, despite being so blatantly ignored by the bartender (1, 2, 3 people standing at the bar, I kid you not), I had a fine time catching up with friends.  So thrilled it was finally warm enough to wear a slinky dress.  Sometimes I look at this dress and think the green panel on the shoulder gives it a gladiator-like quality.  Thoughts?

it's all been lost before so there's nothing to lose

Alexander Wang dress
Young, Fabulous and Broke cardigan
KMRii bag
necklace from a boutique in Hoboken
Hermes bangles
H&M knee socks
Finsk heels


PS B thinks Blue Ridge makes a "damn fine Manhattan," but I don't drink old man drinks so I wouldn't know.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

I guess we'll have to move. The neighborhood is on to us.

I guess we'll have to move. The neighborhood is on to us.

I guess we'll have to move. The neighborhood is on to us.

I guess we'll have to move. The neighborhood is on to us.

I guess we'll have to move. The neighborhood is on to us.

I guess we'll have to move. The neighborhood is on to us.

This whole house hunt thing is dominating any remnant of spare time I might normally have and it's killing my blogging.  Wow, that sounds pretty sad: real life is cramping my virtual style.  On a recent visit with our real estate agent, B commented that one of the spare bedrooms would most likely double as my closet.  Our real estate agent laughed, but we didn't.

I got these sunglasses from the Georgetown Flea Market last year and I've been neglecting them terribly.  They actually fold in half, which is pretty neato.

vintage sunglasses
men's plaid shirt
KMRii bag
H&M snakeskin jeans
vintage winklepickers
vintage bracelets

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

and I rise from me through broken hues

and I rise from me through broken hues

and I rise from me through broken hues

and I rise from me through broken hues

I really enjoyed your responses to my last post.  The stories about how some of you found your dresses made me a little nostalgic for my own wedding and even more excited for my friends' weddings that are coming up soon.

The past few days have been out-of-control hot (um, it's APRIL), thus my modus operendi has been to wear as little fabric as possible without looking obscene. Daisy Dukes and hooker heels probably qualify as obscene to some people, but not me, so we're golden.  Hot weather upside: BBQ Season is in full effect.

Zara top
vintage belt
Abercrombie & Fitch jean shorts
Miu Miu heels
KMRii bag
H&M sunglasses

Monday, April 5, 2010

Chic Sponsored Post: Choosing the "Right" Wedding Dress

When planning my wedding, obviously my favorite part was shopping for the dress, something I recommend you drag out, because a lot of the other planning details can be quite annoying.  I’ve always been partial to pieces with unexpected details, lace, and soft fabrics so this translated into what I searched for in a dress, though this criteria really covers the majority of wedding gowns out there, so narrowing it down was a challenge.

When making my final decision, my mother gave me an interesting thought to consider: how is the dress going fit in the setting?  This was something that hadn't influenced my choices up until that point, but it made sense.  I was married outdoors, at a sprawling old hotel, where I was required to navigate many many steps on my way to the altar.  Picturing this place made me realize that a less substantial dress (that might be more appropriate for a smaller, more intimate space) would get lost in such a large, stately backdrop.  Of course, I tried a wide variety of dresses and remember thinking, "oh this one would be perfect for an intimate at-home wedding" or "I could picture this one at a sophisticated city wedding," so I thought it might be fun to revisit some of those styles and silhouettes and imagine the possibilities...

 Lela Rose, Suzanne Ermann, Claire Pettibone

For outdoor, daytime weddings in more intimate settings, I love the idea of wearing a delicate dress with floral or vintage-inspired lace details.

 Temperley London, Vera Wang

Wouldn't a screen siren dress like one of these be so beautiful against Art Deco-style architecture of a museum or a library for an evening wedding?

 Temperley London, Vera Wang

For something more formal, I would love to wear something with more volume and a slightly heavier fabric.

Photo Holland Photo Arts

Here is my dress, which is Carolina Herrera.  You can see it has a little bit of country feel, yet has the volume in the skirt to compete with all the brick and landscaping in the background.  I thought the Spanish mesh overlay softened the dress nicely for a daytime wedding, but the scalloped ribbon detail made it “interesting” enough for my taste. My husband is kind of a casual guy, who is more comfortable in cowboy boots than dress shoes, so we had that to take into account when planning the wedding attire, too.

These are my suggestions when searching for bridal gowns.  I’ve never been much for the fashion “rules.”  I believe that you should go with what you like, regardless, but these were helpful things to consider when trying to make that oh-so-difficult final decision.

*Chic Sponsor: David's Bridal*

images via suzanneermann.com, NYMag, Brides.com

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

This is probably the most girly dress I own (or have ever owned) and I love it.  It has this wonderful corset detail around the waist that makes it a bit saucy, too.  It kind of screamed Easter attire, so I went with it.

Happy Easter!

My grandmother gave B and I the nicest Easter gift: cookies from the original Toll House recipe.  When my grandparents first got married, my grandfather's mother took my grandmother to lunch at the Toll House Inn and my grandmother bought the cookbook while she was there.  It's even autographed by Ruth Wakefield.  Pretty neat, huh?

Happy Easter!

B got me this pretty Easter Lily from Trader Joe's.  It smells wonderful.

Karen Millen dress
Report Signature shoes
Chanel purse
Hermes bracelet
H&M sunglasses