Wednesday, June 30, 2010

longshoreman's blues

longshoreman's blues

More photos from roaming the streets of Annapolis. The weather was incredible on Friday and I took advantage of it by walking down to the water and inspecting all the adorable shops in the historic district. A lot of the boutiques on the main drag were overpriced, but in the antique shops off the beaten path, there were deals to be had! I found a fantastically delicate costume necklace and a pretty little tasseled velvet purse (both of which I will share soon!).

longshoreman's blues

longshoreman's blues

longshoreman's blues

longshoreman's blues

This necklace actually came from a trendy boutique, but it was dirt cheap :-)

longshoreman's blues

longshoreman's blues

longshoreman's blues

Loved the beautiful old houses here.

longshoreman's blues

INC top 
vintage belt
vintage skirt
Stella McCartney sandals
H&M shades
necklace from a boutique in Annapolis
Zuni turquoise and silver bracelets 
purse from a random boutique

Monday, June 28, 2010

crab cakes and football

crabcakes and football

crabcakes and football

crabcakes and football

crabcakes and football

I need to start sharing some pictures of these summer trips! I've been terrible! On Friday, B and I took a mini 24-hour vacation in Annapolis. As you might expect, we gorged ourselves on seafood, primarily blue crab - had the most insanely delicious meal at O'Learys (crab and lobster cakes are a sin!) and the Boatyard Bar & Grill has the best crab dip I've ever tasted.

crab cakes and football

B and I had been talking about to the US Naval Academy Museum for a while now, specifically to see the boat models. We were not at all disappointed. People with lots of time and superhuman amounts of patience can create some pretty incredible things.

crabcakes and football

crab cakes and football

crabcakes and football

crabcakes and football

Ray-Ban wayfarers
Aqua top
Urban Outfitters belt
vintage shorts
Miu Miu heels
Ann Taylor blazer
Hermes bangles
vintage necklace
bag from a random boutique

Friday, June 25, 2010

we were made for each other, but grew up differently

we were made for each other, but grew up differently

I've been searching far and wide for an adorable, yet affordable pair of leather shorts and I finally found the most perfect pair! These babies meet all my requirements: cuffed, high-waisted, flattering and buttery soft. Ohhhh, I love 'em! Now, of course, the challenge is how to wear them without venturing into Miley Cyrus territory...

we were made for each other, but grew up differently

 we were made for each other, but grew up differently

we were made for each other, but grew up differently

Going to Annapolis tomorrow and hoping to do a bit of shopping and sightseeing while I'm there. Let me know if you have any suggestions!

vintage blouse
Topshop leather shorts
Hermes bangles
Proenza Schouler shoes

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

spy vs. spy

spy vs. spy

spy vs. spy

spy vs. spy

This blouse was originally part of my mom's "going away suit" for my parents' wedding. I had no idea what a "going away suit" was until I was planning my own wedding and my mother inquired if I had one.
 
"Going away suit?"

"For when you leave the reception to go on your honeymoon. And wave goodbye to everyone. You need a traveling suit."

"What is this, the 1920's? Do I need a steamer trunk, too? I planned this party for months. You better believe I'm not leaving early."

Mother, clearly appalled, takes a deep breath. "Well if that's what you want..."

Scene.

This would be a point of heated debate well up until the wedding. Anyway, not too long ago, when rooting through my mom's closet, I found said suit (a beautiful light beige blazer and wide-pleated skirt go with this blouse). Of course I had to have it. Oh the irony.

vintage Joseph Picone blouse
vintage locket
Hermes bangle
Urban Outfitters leather skirt
Jeffrey Campbell clogs
KMRii bag
vintage sunglasses

Sunday, June 20, 2010

brass in pocket

brass in pocket

I have returned! Still in the process of weeding through my Netherlands photos, which I hope to share with you soon. In the meantime, this is my outfit from Saturday night.

brass in pocket

brass in pocket

brass in pocket

Hung out with some friends at Biergarten Haus, which was pretty cool in concept, though I wasn't a fan of the insane door policy for the actual beer garden part. Later, met some other friends at Little Miss Whiskey's, which reminds me a bit of Balcony Bar in New Orleans and, thus, is inherently awesome.

brass in pocket

This dress came from Fashionistette via Chictopia Rewards (I've managed to be quick enough to redeem 2 now!). I can already tell this will be a summer staple and I love the pretty ruching around the hem!

Sooo tired. I apologize for being so behind on replying to comments and visiting a lot of your blogs! As soon as I get some sleep, I promise I'll be back!

Ella Moss dress
Missoni scarf
vintage locket
Hermes bangles
KMRii bag

Jeffrey Campbell clogs

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

flamingo

flamingo

I've been searching for some sort of sheer jacket/shirt-type thing so you can imagine how thrilled I was to find this piece. It reminds me of the shirt Cher puts on in "Clueless" when her dad asks her if she's going to put something on over the Calvin Klein dress that "looks like underwear."

flamingo

flamingo

flamingo

flamingo

flamingo

Well I'm off to the Netherlands! I'm excited to see this beautiful country I've heard so much about. I'm only there for a few days, but I'm hoping to find some time to explore. Have a nice week!

ASOS Black Label organza jacket
Express top
vintage Ferragamo belt
Reiss skirt
Miu Miu wedges
vintage Whiting and Davis clutch via Love Charles Vintage

Monday, June 14, 2010

"Maybe in physical terms I'm a little cuter than you, but you should be much more popular than I am."

"Maybe in physical terms I'm a little cuter than you, but you should be much more popular than I am."

I love the mannequin-like quality of this photo. All B's artistry.

"Maybe in physical terms I'm a little cuter than you, but you should be much more popular than I am."

"Maybe in physical terms I'm a little cuter than you, but you should be much more popular than I am."

This could be, quite possibly, the most perfect vintage blouse I've ever found, if not of all time. The most delicate design and cut-outs combined with light, soft fabric are what true love is made of.

"Maybe in physical terms I'm a little cuter than you, but you should be much more popular than I am."

"Maybe in physical terms I'm a little cuter than you, but you should be much more popular than I am."

"Maybe in physical terms I'm a little cuter than you, but you should be much more popular than I am."

Lack of HBO has left me embittered towards all "True Blood"-watchers right now, but thankfully "Last Days of Disco" was on, so whatever.

vintage blouse
vintage locket
Hermes bangles
vintage Levi's DIY cut-offs
Urban Outfitters belt
Stuart Weitzman shoes
Bally bag

Friday, June 11, 2010

a hair post

A few extremely kind commenters have complimented my hair, which is not only terribly flattering, but semi-mind-blowing, considering my life has been a never-ending series of battles between me and my willful hair. My hair is very fine and unfortunately there's not a whole lot of it. To add insult to injury, it has a bizarre wave that is not one of those cool beachy-type waves, but rather a Flock of Seagulls-style swoop off the back of my head.  These grudges aside, my hair and I have come to understanding after all these years and I try my best to make it happy so that we might coexist peacefully.


Shampooing: I find alternating works best, though I will never know why. I use Kerastase Bain Satin Shampoo #2 and Rene Furterer Okara Protect Color Radiance Shampoo. I also try my damnedest to only wash my hair every other day. To keep my hair fluffy on the "other" days, I use Rene Furterer Dry Shampoo. Believe me, I've tried to find a better dry shampoo, but have yet to find any that compare.



Conditioning: For whatever reason, VO5 Strawberries and Cream conditioner seems to work the best for me. Every hair instinct tells me a $1 conditioner could not possibly be the best, but it keeps my hair voluminous and under control better than anything else I've tried.


Treatment: I do a VO5 Hot Oil Treatment and Rene Furterer Karite Nourishing Conditioning Cream mask, each once a week.


Styling: Contrary to logic, less is more, especially when one has less to work with. I tried "super-volumizing" products in the past and all they do is weigh my hair down. I use Bumble & Bumble thickening spray on the roots with some sort of heat-protective lotion/cream on the ends (I love Kerastase Creme Nutri-Sculpt). After applying product, I blow-dry the Hell out of it with a Goody Ouchless Ceramic round brush, then stand in front of the air-conditioner to set it (sounds bizarre, but this step is key).


Probably seems like a lot of stuff, but you'd be surprised how rarely you have to replace products when you use them sparingly :-)


images via Amazon, Bumble & Bumble, Sephora and Drugstore.com

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Uncertainty Principle. It proves we can't ever really know... what's going on. So it shouldn't bother you. Not being able to figure anything out. Although you will be responsible for this on the mid-term.

The Uncertainty Principle. It proves we can't ever really know... what's going on. So it shouldn't bother you. Not being able to figure anything out. Although you will be responsible for this on the mid-term.

The Uncertainty Principle. It proves we can't ever really know... what's going on. So it shouldn't bother you. Not being able to figure anything out. Although you will be responsible for this on the mid-term.

The Uncertainty Principle. It proves we can't ever really know... what's going on. So it shouldn't bother you. Not being able to figure anything out. Although you will be responsible for this on the mid-term.

The Uncertainty Principle. It proves we can't ever really know... what's going on. So it shouldn't bother you. Not being able to figure anything out. Although you will be responsible for this on the mid-term.

"The Uncertainty Principle. It proves we can't ever really know... what's going on. So it shouldn't bother you. Not being able to figure anything out. Although you will be responsible for this on the mid-term.

Like most of the world right now, I cannot get "Alejandro" out of my head. You know that I love you boy. Hot like Mexico. Rejoice! Ahhh, kill me!  I guess it's fitting, as I seem to have the whole military theme on the brain lately. This army shirt was my grandfather's and, though it was about 8 sizes to big for me, I wore the Hell out of it in junior high.  When I saw some of the interesting things designers have been doing with the military jacket, my heart skipped at beat at the thought of reviving it. I also quite like the idea of the reworked button-down, so that's basically what spawned this look.

I recently received an award from the lovely ladies at DC Dating Divas and felt I was far overdue for sharing 5 random things about myself. Here goes:
  • One of my favorite things about living in DC is that, much like changing of seasons, at certain times of year, people seem to drift back into the area (and into my life) and I love reconnecting with the new crew!
  • Harvest Delivered - definitely life-changing, if only for saving B and I from scurvy.
  • Going to the Netherlands in a week, but can only stay for a few days. Boo!!
  • Been on an old school X-Files bender for weeks and it's starting to make me weird.
  • My grandmother gave B and me a Lucienne Day tea towel for an anniversary gift and I just love it and want to acquire more.
vintage army shirt
Joie dress
KMRii bag
miu miu heels
Hermes bangles