Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Fire Starter

These shorts are not corduroy…

But I can’t seem to convince my thighs of this fact.  The fact that the fabric is ever so slightly ribbed was enough for my thighs to attempt to start fires in them all day today.  This in spite of the fact that I had a talk with my thighs when I put this together this morning, assuring them that these shorts are NOT corduroy.  However, as soon as I put the shorts on, my right thigh yelled “Burn, baby, burn” and the left countered with “Cry ‘Havoc’ and let slip the dogs of war.” (The left has traditionally been more militant than the right).

I even tried to convince my thighs to put down the matches by telling them how flattering these shorts were to them, but I still heard mutters of “conflagration” and “where’s the flint?” all day long.  In spite of the muttering from my thighs, I do like these shorts; they're a good length and a good fit.  And although fussy thighs keep me from wearing them often, I was determined today and paired the shorts (New York & Co via Ross) with my neon camp shirt (thrifted) layered over a white tank (Old Navy) and neutral platform sandals (Target).

Heh, I just realized that I paired neon with a neutral – I don’t think this pairing was on my fashion bucket list, but let’s say it was, I’ll check it off and we’ll all pretend I know what I’m doing.  Agreed?  Fabulous.

Happy Wednesday, All!


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Elusive Zebra-Leafed Hibiscus

Daily Outfit for Tuesday, May 28th

I’m pretty sure the pattern of this blouse is taken directly from nature:

Admittedly, I haven’t done a lot (any) traveling in equatorial nations, but surely somewhere, some very, very remote somewhere, there is a zebra-leafed hibiscus plant.  And this plant is probably worshipped for its healing powers, or because it makes a tasty, if slightly hallucinogenic tea, or because it makes a deadly dart tip even deadlier.  Whatever its use, I’m sure the elusive zebra-leafed hibiscus is completely awesome.  Just like the blouse it influenced.

As I said the first time I wore this blouse, I recognize it’s a bit kitsch, maybe even tacky, but I love this darned thing.  This time I paired the blouse (vintage, thrifted) with a high-waist, midi-skirt (thrifted), my new wedges (G by Guess via Piperlime) and, taking some advice from Reader Ismay, I added a long necklace (gifted?).  I also added my trusty cuff (thrifted) because it’s trusty.

Remember, it’s not tacky if you love it!*


*Like much the “advice” dispensed here on Fashion for Giants, I’d take this with a grain of salt if I were you.

If It Ain't Broke...

Daily Outfit for Monday, June 27th (sorry it's late, work is busy, busy, busy).

Why, yes, you have seen this color combination before:

I don't know what I'm pointing at, but this picture cracks me up.

But, what can I say, I love coral and I love turquoise and I love the two together.  So, you get the two together.  A lot.  Yesterday I paired my coral skirt (Banana Republic) with a white tee (Target), my turquoise beaded necklace (rummaged), a braided cognac belt (thrifted) and cognac wedges (Kensie Girl via Macy's).   However, because I adore you Dear Reader Friends, I did want to add some variety, so I posed pointing at the ground.  I figure if I can't vary my color combinations, I can vary my poses.  You're welcome.

Again, sorry for the delayed post, but I should get today's outfit posted today and I'll be back on track (hopefully).

Happy Tuesday, All!


Sunday, June 26, 2011

WeeCap: June 25th & 26th

Weekend Recap for June 25th and 26th in which Gracey goes to the best Jazzercise class ever (EVER), gets some sun, goes to a birthday party (Happy Birthday, Cam!), has a slumber party and spends a Sunday doing nothing.  And I should warn you, this post is light on outfit photos (except for the Jazzercise shots), but I promise I did wear clothes.  I just forgot to get proof.

Also, before I tell you about my weekend, I wanted to show you what my sister, Rosey, did for me.  On Friday night after work I went thrifting with Alex and when I came home, Rosey had created this bouquet of red roses and mock orange for me.  Isn't it beautiful?  I'm telling you guys, she's the best sister ever.

Now on to the weecap proper. On Saturday I woke up early to attend Jazzercise class and I wore this:


This is not what I usually wear to Jazzercise, but on Saturday we were celebrating 30 years of teaching Jazzercise for one of the instructors, so we were encouraged to dress in 80s clothes.  You all know I love the 80s, so I was super-excited for this class.  So I woke up early, put my hair into a side-pony and put on my off-the-shoulder Jazzercise shirt and my hot pink leg warmers. 

And the class was fabulous.  We walked like Egyptians to The Bangles, let Belinda Carlisle convince us that heaven is a place on earth and had a last dance with Donna Summer.  Jazzercise is always fun, but this class was even more fun that usual filled with 80s songs and old school routines; in fact, my friend Kory and I are going to try to convince our instructor to have these 80s classes on a regular basis.

After Jazzercise I hung out in the sun until it was time to go up to Portland to visit my fabulous friend Jenny and her gorgeous daughter Cameron:

Cameron had her birthday party at a bowling alley with several of her girlfriends and a couple of her guy friends:

After pizza and bowling, all of the girls (yes, all 10 of them) had a slumber party at Jenny's house, and so did I.  I had no idea that thirteen year old girls screamed and squealed so much, but they seemed to be having a good time; I guess they're just super-excitable in large groups?  All I know is that we adults fell asleep long before the girls did and we were up past midnight, so I'm not sure what time they finally fell asleep.  And when we woke up this morning, it looked like a bomb had hit the living room and the shrapnel was made of teenage girls.  There were girls sleeping on or under every available surface; I swear one girl slept with a sweatshirt as a blanket and a pile of magazines as a pillow.  And the food?  We had pizza at the bowling alley, but they still ordered two more pizzas in the middle of the night, finished up the peanut butter Cap'n Crunch and for some reason had the mayo out.

Sunday I hung out with Jen for a bit and then headed back home.  All in all, it was a lovely, relaxing weekend.

I hope everyone else had a lovely weekend as well,


Friday, June 24, 2011

Shades of Grey

Today’s outfit is pretty much the antithesis of yesterday’s outfit:

It’s formfitting where yesterday’s outfit was loose and monochromatic where yesterday’s was full of color.  Interestingly enough, I really like this one as well.  Once again, I’ve gone outside my comfort zone with the more body-conscious clothes and with the lack of color; but it still somehow appeals to me.  Which is making me start to suspect that I have no personal aesthetic and that I’ll just wear whatever.  It’s probably not the best thing for a personal style blogger to not have a grasp on their personal style, but hey, what are you gonna do?

And really, it’s not like this outfit is a complete departure, any more than yesterday’s was.  Yesterday was unexpected pattern mixing, but I’ve always enjoyed pattern mixing, just more safely.  And with this, sure it’s a lot of grey with the grey tee (Old Navy), the grey skirt (Gap) and the pewter sandals (Lovely People via Ideeli).  But I’m still me so I added some color with the turquoise beaded necklace (rummaged) and my orange earrings.  And yes, it’s sort of body-con, but it’s still an A-line skirt which is my go-to silhouette.  So, you see, it might not seem my style initially, but this outfit is totally me.

Bye, All!  I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!


P.S. For everyone who wondered how I tied my blouse yesterday:

1. I gathered the blouse in front and then tied it in a knot, making sure it was pulled pretty snug on my body.
2. Then I just tucked the knot back up into the shirt which worked because the shirt was so snug at my waist.

FBFF: Back in the Saddle

Hello, All!  I’m finally back in the FBFF saddle and happy to be here.  This week, Katy of Modly Chic is asking us to talk about what sort of things we’re drawn to as fashion and beauty bloggers.  My answers are below and, remember, you can always stop by Modly Chic for links to other FBFF participants.

1.      Since you began blogging do you notice a change in the types of things you gravitate towards while shopping?

I think that my taste is always evolving, independent of whether I’ve been blogging or not.  I become attracted to different colors, silhouettes, etc, based on my changing body, what’s available in stores and more, but not so much because I’m blogging now.

For example, I’m on a pleated skirt kick right now, but it’s not because I’m blogging.  They just happen to usually be A-line in shape and A-line skirts work well on me.  And, unlike a lot of A-line skirts, pleated skirts have a lot of movement which I like and which is good for riding bikes.  I think I’d be thrifting the heck out of pleated skirts whether I were blogging or not.

2.      Do you find, as a fashion blogger, that you dress differently from your family and friends? Do they comment on that?

I do dress different than most of my friends and family, but I always have, so I wouldn’t say it has anything to do with my being a fashion blogger.  And, although I have a unique sense of style among my friends and family, I would say that I also have some things in common with them.  My friends Alex and Annie, for example, both also wear a lot of vintage and enjoy thrifting as much as I do.  I have other friends that I don’t think would ever go shopping in a vintage store much less a thrift store.  They, however, share my love of five inch heels even though they’re tall too.

Family-wise, my sister Rosey is definitely puzzled by some of my sartorial choices, but she’s nothing less than supportive at all times, which is lovely.  The only other person in my family who pays attention to what I wear is my mom and she’s actually a big fashion influence for me.  She has an amazingly unique sense of style and an ability to put things together in a way I envy.  She is also extremely supportive of most all of my personal style choices.

Of course, I still get the odd comment at times from friends, family and co-workers, but it doesn’t bother me.  My friend and co-worker Ferge, for example, is extremely vocal both when she likes something and when she doesn’t.  But, I like hearing from people with a different aesthetic than mine – it’s interesting to see what they like and why.

3.      What’s the weirdest fashion that you secretly like, even if you aren’t bold enough to wear it?

I don’t think they're weird, per se, but I love harnesses.  I think they’re super sexy and super badass and every time Already Pretty's Sal or Fashion for Nerds' Audi wears one I wish I were that badass.  Unfortunately we’ve already established that I’m not, but oh, how I wish I were.

4.      Looking at current trends – what would you like to try but need to build up the courage to do?

There’s really nothing that I like that I wouldn’t try.  For example, I’d like to try the white out trend and the only reason I haven’t isn’t lack of courage, it’s that I haven’t found anything I love in white.  I’ve been looking for a white dress for ages and just haven’t found one that works for me.  The same is true for white pants – they’re just so damned see-through.  But, if I found a pair I loved, I’d rock them, no questions asked.

Usually if I don't try something it's because I can't find a way to do it in a way that still feels like me.  I won't wear anything I'm uncomfortable in just because it's trendy. 

5.      Toot someone’s horn – what fashion blogger out there inspires you with her bold fashion choices?

This was a tough one for me, because I admire the personal style of every blogger I follow.  But I’m going to have to say Kiah of From the "Rez" to the "City."  One, she has the hair I aspire to.  And two, she wears some silhouettes and colors that I am completely in awe of.  She loves jungle and tropical prints like I do, but she does them so boldly and beautifully that she makes me want to step up my game.  Also, she’s really super nice and has an amazing face.  So, yeah, I pretty much love her.


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Like I Just Don’t Care

I know this outfit doesn’t make sense on paper, but I love it:

And I’m surprised I love it.  It’s pretty far outside my comfort zone really; I am usually more cautious when I mix patterns, but today I threw caution to the wind and I’m mixing prints like I just don’t care.  I layered my new fuchsia and white print blouse (Old Navy) over a years-old brown and orange printed sundress (also Old Navy), added my pewter sandals (Lovely People via Ideeli), some gifted earrings and an arm full of bangles.  And I love it.  If you ask my friend Ferge (which no one did, Ferge), the blouse doesn’t match.  And maybe it doesn’t, but it goes.  And I think it goes brilliantly.  

I want to say that I knew this outfit wasn't for everyone when I put it together.  But, it's definitely for me and even though I've never worn anything like this before I felt confident enough in this outfit to wear it to work.  Which is not always an easy decision for me - at my height I try not to garner any additional attention. But, I liked the feel of this outfit enough to brave the stares and I'm glad I did. 

How about you, Friend Reader?  Do you ever venture outside your comfort zones in terms of fashion?  And do you ever factor in the response from others when deciding whether or not to branch out?  

Happy Thursday, All!


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

American Girl

I love wearing red, white and blue this time of year.  It’s a color combination that just screams ‘summer’ to me.  And who am I to ignore that screaming?  Right?  Right. 

Smug patriotism at it's finest.  Also?  Pockets!

Here I'm demonstrating smiling patriotism.  Also rather finely.

I don’t wear red, white and blue on the Fourth of July (I don’t know why.  I refuse the allure of Christmas sweaters too) but I definitely like wearing it during the summer months.  Today I paired my skirt (J. Crew Factory Store) with a handmade gingham blouse (thrifted), braided cognac belt (thrifted) and woven bone flats (thrifted).  I know bone isn’t really white, but white shoes are just so white to me.

What about you all?  Do you have any favorite color combinations for summer?


P.S. For those of you who eagerly opened this post hoping to see me posed with an American Girl doll, I’m sorry to disappoint you.  I’d say maybe next time but I’d hate for you to be disappointed two days in a row.


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Dear friends,

Floral prints are always a favourite of mine, especially throughout the winter months, as they add just the perfect splash of colour to dark and dreary days.

I've had a lovely time in Hamilton Island and am now looking forward to a long weekend visit to Sydney with new friends and old.

I'm wearing:
Baby doll dress, Minkpink, via Market HQ
Ankle boots, Betts

Friend in Fashion

Photos: Tim F

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Pleated Skirt Awareness Movement

Yes, I’m wearing a pleated skirt.  Again.

But, I really do have a good reason for wearing so many pleated skirts.  You see, I am a dedicated member of PSAM (the Pleated Skirt Awareness Movement).  It’s a small, grassroots organization aimed at increasing people’s awareness of the wonders of pleated skirts.  My role in PSAM is to wear my collection of pleated skirts as often as possible on my blog until my readers cave and thrift pleated skirts of their own.

This time around, I’ve paired my vintage, cream, pleated midi-skirt (thrifted) with a vintage leaf-print blouse (via Fat Fancy).  I think the pleats on the skirt, and the slightly puffy sleeves and leaf print of the blouse, add enough interest to the outfit that I kept the rest of it simple; just a faux-patent belt (Nine West via Ross) and black ankle tie espadrilles (Very Volatile via Nordstrom).

Want more information on how and why to thrift a pleated skirt of your very own?  See my guest post on The House in the Clouds, if you haven’t yet.  I promise, it’s super informative (mostly).

Happy Tuesday, All!


Monday, June 20, 2011

One Tall Piece of Fruit Stripe Gum

That’s what I feel like today in this dress:

Shoulder detail

And you might not think feeling like a tall piece of gum is a good thing, but I absolutely adore this dress so I’m embracing the fruity, gummy-ness of it all.  This dress has everything.  It has color (so many colors) and stripes (yay stripes) and buttons (on the shoulder) and pockets (two of 'em).  It’s pert near perfect, in my estimation.  I love how bright it is and did I mention buttons and pockets.  I mean, really.  I paired this much loved dress (thrifted) with a braided, raspberry-colored belt (thrifted), neutral platform sandals (Target) and my orange drop earrings (Alberta street vendor).

But, enough about the dress; I want to apologize for the lack of posts this weekend.  Friday was super busy, and then I was under the weather for the rest of the weekend.  I didn’t have the energy to post or even read all your posts, but hopefully I’ll get caught up now that I’m feeling better.  I was actually still feeling a bit ‘meh’ this morning, but my cheery dress has made it all better.

That’s right; I brought back around to the dress.  It’s just how I do.

Happy Monday, All, and I hope everyone had a lovely weekend!


Saturday, June 18, 2011

Vintage bows

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Dear friends,

What's not to love about bows!

This outfit combines my love of not only pretty bows, but also vintage dresses!

The suede-like aqua blue skirt is lovely to the touch, and colour splashed blouse is true vintage perfection wouldn't you agree.

I'm wearing:
Vintage dress, via Frankie Sunshine
Bow belt, via Bicyclette Boutique
Wedge heels, Zara (London)

Friend in Fashion

Photos: Tim F

Friday, June 17, 2011

I'm Not Here

Instead, I'm over at The House in the Clouds trying to make pleated skirts happen.  Please do head on over to the lovely Fabienne's blog and say hi, but, before you go, I have a couple of announcements:

  1. Thank you to everyone for your kind words yesterday both about my horrible day and my awesome color combination.  You all are the best.
  2. You all are the best (just wanted to make sure we're clear on that).
  3. It's my fabulous friend Kathy's birthday today.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KATHY!!
  4. I'll post today's outfits tomorrow.  No, the plural is not a mistake; I plan on wearing A LOT of clothes today.
Miss you already!


Thursday, June 16, 2011

More Coral, With a Side of Teal

I am having a rough day today.  I couldn’t even muster up a smile for some of my photos:

Boo on today.  For reals.

I have no idea why I’m wearing so much coral/orange this week.  I mean I did tell you all that I loved it (numerous times, I think), but this week I apparently really love it:

A semi-smile.  It's all I've got.

Today it’s a coral cardigan with white beading (Target) paired with a tiered blouse (Nordstrom), dark Real Straight Jeans (Gap) and my still-squeaky teal flats (Target).  I chose these flats to wear with this sweater because they’re of similar saturated hues.  Yesterday with my turquoise and lime scarf I wore earrings in a less intense shade orange.  Today the intensity of the coral of the cardigan invites a more intense shade of turquoise in the shoe, so these teal ones are a good fit.

Otherwise I’m basically recycling the color scheme from yesterday sans the lime with addition of white ruffles.  The ruffles are to distract those readers who are beginning to feel cheated by the lack of creativity going on over here.  If it helps any, I’m being punished by the squeakiness of these shoes and general dissatisfaction with work.  It’s just so busy.  Busy and squeaky; that’s my Thursday.

However, I hope your Thursday was awesome and less squeaky (unless that’s your thing).


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Turquoise and Lime

The scarf is the entire point of this outfit:

I love it.  I think it flatters my skin tone like nobody’s business and what’s better than turquoise and lime?  Besides, of course, turquoise and lime with a pop of orange.  And will you look at that, I’ve given you a pop of orange.  Just don’t say I never do anything for you.

In order to let my ridiculously fabulous scarf (Echo “Ornate” via Nordstrom) be the focus, I paired it with black cropped pants (Banana Republic) and a white tee (Target).  I added cognac accents with the shoes (BC Footwear) and the braided belt (thrifted).  And, of course, the coup de grace, a pop of orange in the form of drop earrings (Alberta street vendor).  As an added bonus, I think the orange earrings tie in quite nicely with the cognac accents, proving once again that orange goes with everything.

And because we’re all big on full disclosure and transparency (no puppet regimes here, Katie) I have to admit that Rebekah (of The Mixed Up Files…) wore a pair of black trousers, a white tee and a bright scarf the other day and I loved it so much I basically copied her.  Because sometimes that’s just how we roll here at Fashion for Giants.

Happy Wednesday, Everyone!


Beautiful one day, perfect the next

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Dear friends,

As the full Melbourne chill sets in, I'm very happy to be packing up this weekend and heading to sunny far north Queensland for a well earned rest.

First port of call will be to dust of my bikini (also seen here) and take a dip in crystal blue waters set amongst gorgeous tropical surroundings.

To my International friends, ramping up for the summer, check out the beautiful range of swimwear from my friends at Sunburn Australia.

For my Aussie friends, trying to brave the cold, Sunburn Australia also stock perfect trans-seasonal pieces to get you through the cooler months, the Seafolly Autumn/Winter collection have some lovely winter pieces.

This will be my first visit to Hamilton Island and I absolutely can't wait.

Bon voyage!

Friend in Fashion

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Militant Lace

As I’m sure you all know, today is Everybody, Everywear’s Lace Challenge.  And I’m sure you all heard that the US Army has decided to do away with the black beret (What?  You haven’t heard?  I’m shocked; this is big news, folks.).  What may come as a surprise is that the Army is currently taking suggestions on how else to better their uniforms.  Personally, I would have kept the beret.  So chic.  But, I figure if they can’t have berets, they can have lace!  This is my suggested overhaul of those boring, drab uniforms:

I did, in fact, keep the olive drab because, frankly, it’s one of my favorite neutrals.  But, I like to think I spiced the uniform up in other ways.  I paired my olive skinnies (Gap) with a lace tee (The Limited) layered over a grey tee (Target) which gives it a sort of camouflage effect (try squinting with one eye).  I am obviously demonstrating the dress uniform, so I wore some mushroom-colored wedges (Bamboo via TJ Maxx) which can be replaced with some cute boots when one is not on the parade grounds.  I added some bangles (thrifted and Nordstrom) to show how well this look would go with a bandolier of bright brass bullets and my crystal and brass pendant necklace (Special) in lieu of dog tags.

Oh, and I can finally move my arms (hooray), so I finally washed my hair.  I am going back to the weight lifting class tomorrow, but I’ll be sure not to overdo it this time!

Happy Tuesday, All!


P.S.  None of this is true.  Well, some of it.  Today is the EBEW Lace Challenge and they are replacing sexy Army berets with boring Army caps, but really, the rest of it’s completely untrue.

Monday, June 13, 2011

I Still Can’t Move My Arms

Especially my left one.  This has made washing my hair impossible.  However, because I care, I wore a bright coral blouse to give you, Dear Reader, something other than my unwashed hair to look at*:

See?  So bright.  What unwashed hair?  Exactly.  Just focus on the blouse, folks, focus on the blouse. 

Said blouse is a silk/linen blend that I thrifted awhile back.  I haven’t worn it before because it’s so darned boxy and my body doesn’t do well with boxy.  Boxy tops, unfortunately, eradicate the little bit of waist I do have, but I just love the color of this one.  And I needed something to draw the viewer’s eye away from my poor, lank ponytail.

The blouse is fairly sheer so I layered it over an orange tank (Banana Republic).  And I paired it with my trouser jeans (Gap), leopard wedges (Tahari via DSW), coral and opal earrings (Crafty Wonderland vendor), gold cuff (thrifted) and a multi-colored scarf (Nordstrom).

So, to recap.  Weight-lifting sucks.  I haven’t washed my hair in at least three days (really, the pain has caused me to lose track).  And I wear a lot of orange (I told you I loved it) and a lot of leopard (rowwrrr).

Happy Monday, Everyone!


*Yes, I’m aware I could have kept my unwashed hair a secret, but transparency is a big deal here at Fashion for Giants.  Anything less than transparency and my thighs will use it as an excuse for a military coup.  It’s what they do.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

In the detail

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Dear friends,

The last couple of weeks I've been busy shopping up a storm online.

Allow me to introduce to you, two of my most recent wardrobe acquisitions: this beautiful lace-up silk tunic and incredible William Rast double zip platform boots.

This very special tunic, features so many lovely details from the Nordic-inspired moose print, to shoulder cut-outs, to the leather lace-up front and is created by the Australian label Guanabana.

I picked this up from the online store, A Little Left of Centre, which is the go to spot for original Australian design.

The boots, from another of my online favourites, DJ Premium, are the most perfect soft brown leather and despite sporting a sky-high 5.5" heel, are surprisingly comfortable. My ultimate winter boot!

I'm wearing:
Guanabana tunic, via A Little Left of Centre
William Rast ankle boot, via DJ Premium

Friend in Fashion

Photos: Tim F