Saturday, March 31, 2012

Faking Spring Break

I am, sadly, an adult, who does not get spring break.  I don’t even have any kids to give me an excuse to take the week off.  So, I had to work all week.  About which, I was NOT happy. 

However, the folks at Hush Puppies sent me something that allowed me to fake Spring Break; these comfy, cozy slippers from their Spring Break Collection*:

When I first saw these slippers, they reminded me of spa slippers.  And of the slippers from the four star hotel we stayed at in Hawaii a few years back.  Well, they remind me of spa slippers with a more durable sole, cushier insole and the added sass of some plaid.  Added sass is sort of my thing, so I appreciated that touch immensely.  

Also reminiscent of both spas, and Hawaii, is how relaxing these slippers are.  Therefore, every night after work this week, I’ve been going home, taking off my heels, putting on these slippers and faking Spring Break.  I watched a little Hawaii Five-O, got caught up on Cougar Town, started watching Bent.  Basically, I watched anything filmed in a sunny, gorgeous, Spring Break-like destination, while wearing my slippers.  Et voila, fake Spring Break at it's finest.

Want to fake a vacation of your own?  You can get your own Hush Puppies “Ginger Clog” slippers, or any other slippers at the Hush Puppies store hereAnd you can get 15% off through May 31st by using this promo code: 15HUSH.

If you had a real Spring Break, I hope you enjoyed it, you lucky ducks.  And, if you were like me and didn’t, I hope you were able to fit a little relaxation in.

Gracey

*Disclosure: Although Hush Puppies did provide these slippers to me free of charge, that did not influence my review.  If they were less than great, you can bet your sweet bippies, I’d tell you guys.

Friday, March 30, 2012

FBFF for March 30th: One Time and One Time Only


Today’s FBFF questions deal with the ‘the one-time use phenomenon.”  Apparently, there have been quite a few posts around the blogosphere lately about only wearing something once and how a lot of bloggers are accused of this.  I had no idea this was even a thing, but do find both the phenomenon and the accusations interesting, so I’m pretty excited Katy Rose chose this as our top of discussion this week.  As always, my answers to the questions are below.

Are you a one-time wearer?

The short answer to this question is, sometimes, but never on purpose. 

The long answer is that because I thrift a lot of my clothes, I have a tendency to take chances with items of clothing that I wouldn’t buy if they were more than $5.00.  I try to wear everything I thrift at least once, but there are items I just can’t quite get to work for me that, after wearing once, get recycled to the thrift store or to friends.

Non-thrifted items are expected to work a lot harder in my closet given the fact that I (generally) spend more on them than thrifted items.  That’s not to say that I don’t have some pieces that work more than others.  For example, I wear my riding boots with greater regularity than my animal print wedge booties, but I’ve still worn the booties more than once.

Born Crown "Sosie" Boots


80%20 Animal Print Wedge Booties

Do you feel the need to purchase something new for an evening out or a special event?

Not to sound like a broken record, but the short answer to this question is also sometimes.

I have quite a few party dresses, many of them vintage, but I don’t always feel they’re right for an occasion.  I’d rather not buy something new for special events because those items often end up being ones that are only worn once, but, I like to be comfortable in what I’m wearing.  If I don’t feel like my outfit fits the occasion and the way I want to look that day, then I will look for something new.  I’m usually able to work with what I have though.

Re-mixing is something a lot of bloggers are proud of being able to accomplish - are you a re-mixing pro or do you shy away from posting items frequently? Why?

I’d say I’m semi-pro in terms of remixing.  I’m in the farm leagues, just waiting for the Yankees to take notice of my mad skills.  Really though, I do remix a lot of my clothes but don’t consider myself a pro because all of the outfits I create with an item often have a similar feel.  They’re different outfits, but they are often the same style; which I just realized isn’t necessarily bad because they’re all my style.

I, however, do shy away from wearing, and posting, items re-mixed too close together.  I usually try not to wear the same skirt, or blazer, or blouse in back-to-back weeks, but that doesn't always work out.  For example, I wore this mauve skirt last Wednesday and this Wednesday:

Last Wednesday with butterscotch

This Wednesday with more mauve

Shoes I couldn’t care less about; I’ll wear the same pair of shoes three times a week without any qualms (see Born Crown riding boots above). 

I also try not to wear the exact same outfit as I’ve worn before; I mean with every piece exactly the same.  At least that was true for my first year of blogging.  This year I think I might re-wear some of my favorite outfits, especially those from last year, because I hate to deprive myself of being happy and comfortable in my clothes just because I’ve already worn something once.  Also, sometimes I wake up late and it’d just be easier to recycle an outfit instead of racking my poor, tired brain to come up with something new.

Do you have a clothing budget or are you an impulse buyer?

A little of both.  I don’t have a clothing budget, per se, but I do plan what I’d like to buy for a season.  For every spring/summer and fall/winter, I write a list of what I perceive as holes in my closet.  The list contains anything from trends I’d like to try, like color-blocked pumps, to classics that I just don’t have, like a white dress.  These are items that I surf the web for periodically and specifically look for in brick-and-mortar stores.

That being said, I am also an impulse shopper, especially at thrift stores.  Most of the items that I thrift are not on my lists, but are just items that I think I might be able to do something with.  Or that it might be fun to try doing something with. 

Do you find yourself bored when reading a blog in which clothing items are often remixed and appear frequently?

No, not at all.  But, then again, I’m not sure I’d notice.  I don’t track what anyone else wears that closely.  If I do notice, it’s probably because it’s a piece I love on them and I’m happy to see it again.  At the very least, it’s probably a piece they love on themselves and who wouldn’t be happy to see someone wear what they love?

Want to read more on this topic?  Visit Katy Rose at Modly Chic for links to all the participants.

And have a wonderful weekend!

Gracey

The Kindness of Strangers


It’s raining today in Oregon.  Because that’s what it does here.  And I support Oregon rain, but it can make it a little hard to take pictures.  Especially because I try to protect my photographer and camera as much as I can, while still taking outdoor pictures.  Today those efforts resulted in these pictures:



And then, an older gentleman coming into the building stopped to watch the proceedings and decided that my hair was being lost in my black umbrella and lent me his umbrella.  And thenhe helped position the umbrella so that the white was behind my head.  This picture is the result of the kindness of that stranger:


I personally found the whole thing hilarious, but a little surreal.  Which is not to say he’s wrong; you really can’t see me under my umbrella.  I guess maybe I should invest in a white polka dot umbrella for these gloomy days.

At this point I’m looking for anything to help cut through the gloom, like bright-ass shirts.  Which is why, on my last trip to Old Navy, I invested in more than one piece in this color.  Today I layered a citron tank (Old Navy) over a white tank (Target) and under a charcoal-striped cardigan (Old Navy).  In spite of my bright tank, it does still feel like winter here in Oregon, so I added black skinnies (Gap), black boots (Vince Camuto “Fantastic” via Nordstrom) and an infinity scarf (Steven Madden via Macys).

And with that, I want to wish you all a Happy Friday!  And have a wonderful weekend!

Gracey

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Ssssssssssnake


Today I am wearing snake and what are quite possibly my thighs’ all time favorite jeans:



Seriously, my thighs love these jeans so much they are considering giving them an honorary doctorate in Humanities from the University of Thighastan; or, at the very least, throwing them a parade on Sunday.

Even my booty loves them:


This is especially nice because, frankly, it’s rare when my thighs and my booty agree on anything.  I won’t go so far as to say it’s the beginning of a political thaw between The People’s Republic of Thighastan and The Commonwealth of Bootyland, but maybe…

Enough politics though, let’s talk clothes.  The jeans are the Dark Wash Welt Pocket Flare Jeans  from Banana Republic, where they are currently on sale here.  Even on sale, they are still not inexpensive, but you can get an additional 20% off through the 1st, if you’re interested.  I paired these glasnost-inspiring jeans with a snake-print silk blouse (New York Design Company, thrifted), a black belt (Nine West) and black wedge booties (Nine West “Peekaboo” via Piperlime).  And I even added some accessories, such as a brass-and-crystal pendant (Special Portland), earrings (Nikki Jacoby Jewelry via Crafty Wonderland) and bangles (Nordstrom).

Happy Thursday, Everyone!

Gracey

P.S. If you’re wondering about length, BR says these have a 37” inseam, but I’m wearing 3 ½” wedges and these still almost touch the floor.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

SO FRENCHY, SO CHIC









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Dear friends,

My first introduction to photographic extraordinaire, Sabine was a few weeks ago during fashion week, where we exchanged stories about living in France and our love of Parisian p√Ętisseries!

Over the weekend, we decided to team up and snap my absolute favourite STYLESTALKER 'Young Love' LBD (little black dress).

It was fantastic collaborating with Sabine, her photographic style is so theatrical.

I'm looking forward to sharing many more projects with you.

In the meantime, you can check out more of Sabine's work over at her facebook page.

I'm wearing:
STYLESTALKER dress
TONY BIANCO shoes
MAC 'morange' lipstick

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Ladies Who Lunch, and Mix Patterns, in Funky Town


This outfit felt a little “ladies who lunch” to me.  Well, a little “ladies who lunch and mix patterns”:



Which I’m pretty sure isn’t a thing but maybe should be because it’s kind of an amusing concept.  I like the idea of taking a rather serious piece, such as this silk-lined checkered jacket (vintage, thrifted with Kelsey) and pairing it with a semi-serious piece such as this polka dot bow blouse (Old Navy) because together, they’re a little less serious, a little more funky. 

I also wore my mauve skirt (vintage, thrifted), black tights (Spanx) and black wedge booties (Nine West “Peekaboo” via Piperlime).  Again, the skirt could be a little staid, but the tights and booties help steer the outfit towards Funky Town.  Even if it just stops for a fill up and some beef jerky at the Funky Town Gas n’ Save.

What about you, Dear Readers?  Do you like to lunch in Funky Town or do you live there year round?

Happy Wednesday, All!

Gracey

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

the style collector


Dear friends,

New kids on the block - the style collector - bring you a curated collection of the finest fashion, street style & photography, from Australia > beyond.

the style collector blog, has literally just launched, with a magazine soon to follow - can't wait to see what the team have lined up.

The inspirational and the aspirational - get on it!

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Chickens and Stripes


I am, apparently, on a pattern-mixing kick this week.  Yesterday was animal and floral.  Today is chickens and stripes:



And tights.  Because, in spite of yesterday’s mild weather, it’s both cold and rainy here today and I am, once again, forced to wear tights.  Thanks, Oregon Weather.

I wore the tights (Target) under my red chicken dress (c/o eShakti) which I layered over a blue and white striped button-down (Foxcroft, thrifted).  I added a thin brown belt (Gap) to try to rein in all the fabric around my middle and riding boots (Born Crown “Sosie” via Nordstrom) because I haven’t worn them yet this week.  I also added a watch and a couple of pieces of jewelry because sometimes I doremember to accessorize.  Sometimes.

Happy Tuesday, Everyone!

Gracey

Monday, March 26, 2012

Animal and Floral

After a long weekend spent thrifting (of course), sleeping (my favorite) and watching movies (Never Let Me Go (depressing, just like the book) and Hunger Games (more below)), I had to come back to work today.  I wore these clothes:



I don’t know why, but in my mind there are few things that go better together than animal print and floral.  Maybe because the combination is a bit jungle-y and jungle-y is totally a thing?  I don’t know, but I do love to pair the two.  Today’s pairing is a floral silk blouse (vintage, thrifted) layered under an animal print cardigan (Target).  I belted it with my owl belt (Ross) and added a black skirt (Calvin Klein via Ideeli), patterned tights (Assets via Target) and black booties (BC Footwear “Swear”).

Happily, I think I may be able to go without tights fairly soon.  Friday and Saturday were both gorgeous, yesterday was a bit chilly and rainy, but today isn’t too bad.  It’s not that I don’t love tights; I do, that’s why I have so many pairs.  But, I’m definitely ready to be done with them.

Now, back to The Hunger Games; I thought it was great, not because it followed the book exceptionally closely, but because the filmmakers were so smart in the imagery they used, especially when showing the outlying districts.  District 12 was practically Depression-era America, right down to the clothes.  And I found the Reaping registration to be evocative of the registration of several groups from Communist China to Nazi Germany to WWII-era America.  I felt that these images, along with the colorless clothes of the outlying districts compared to the colorful and over-the-top outfits of the Capitol served the filmmakers very well in making their point.

Did anyone else watch the movie this weekend?  If so, what did you think?

Happy Monday, All!

Gracey

Sunday, March 25, 2012

MONOCHROME








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Dear friends,

There is always something classic about black and white. These print pants and shoulder sculpted Ellery shirt, add a modern twist to a traditional monochrome look.

This week has been one filled with changes, new chapters and exciting new collaborations, all of which I hope to share with you shortly.

In the meantime, I was thrilled, when my girl B, spotted some behind the scenes shots in OYSTER MAGAZINE, from a Sportsgirl campaign, I was recently involved in. You can check out a sneak peek HERE.

I'm wearing:
ELLERY shirt
Hunt No More pants, via MARKET HQ
TONY BIANCO sandals
RETRO SUPER FUTURE shades
BIJOUTERIE bracelet stack

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Captain Casual


Today is my Friday so I’m in total Captain Casual mode today:


In lieu of a cape, I’m wearing this blazer.  What’s that?  You don’t think a blazer is casual?  Well, this one is; it’s made of sweatshirt material.  How’s that for a disguise?  Nice, right? 


I paired the blazer (J. Crew Outlet) with a cream and gold striped tunic (Banana Republic) and skinny jeans (Macys), which I tucked into riding boots (Born Crown “Sosie” via Nordstrom).  I added a scarf (Target), forgot earrings and there you have it, Captain Casual.

Happy Thursday, All!  Have a wonderful weekend!!

Gracey

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Butterscotch and Mauve: Take Two


Last time I wore this outfit, the proportions were off:


At the time, I blamed it on the boots, but it wasn’t entirely their fault.  It was the combination of the boots and the skirt.

Now, I’m the first to admit that I don’t always pay attention to proportion.  Looking at my pictures, I think I sometimes treat this is a personal smile blog instead of a personal style blog.  Which is fine, I like to smile (obviously, I guess), but I do also like style.  So, this time around, I shortened the skirt and remixed the outfit with different shoes:



A close up of the tights

And, I think it worked.  It’s still a color combination I love; it’s just also now an outfit that I love.  I kept the same butterscotch sweater (thrifted) and paired it with the same mauve skirt (thrifted and now hemmed).  I added the same gray Swiss dot tights (Hue via Macys) and the same silk bow tie (thrifted).  But, this time I wore burgundy pumps (Naya “Jada” via Nordstrom) instead of boots; which, along with the shortened skirt, made all the difference.


Also, it snowed today in Oregon.  A lot.  My friend Kathy said it was a sign of the impending apocalypse.  I heard “zombie apocalypse” and made this face:


And with that, I wish you all a Happy Wednesday!

Gracey

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Boots and Belts, Stripes and Giraffes


I like this sleeveless wool dress, but I never wear it because I’m not exactly sure how to.  Luckily for me, Lindsey over at Thrift and Shout did an entire post on how to wear sleeveless items like this dress.  That post helped inspire this outfit:



In addition to the sleeveless dress, this outfit contains quite a few of my favorite things; such as boots and belts, stripes and giraffes.  I layered the dress (vintage, thrifted) over a striped, long-sleeve tee (Gap) and leggings (Ross).  I added a studded belt (Michael Michael Kors via Nordstrom), riding boots (Born Crown “Sosie” via Nordstrom) and a hot pink giraffe scarf (Target).

And I do like this outfit.  I think I generally tend towards more classic pieces because they are easier to style than pieces like this.  I am, however, drawn to pieces like this, and animal print booties and fur vests, I just need to get more comfortable in styling them.

How about you, Dear Reader Friends?  Do you venture outside of your comfort zone when buying items, or do you stick with what you know you can style comfortably?

Happy Tuesday, All!

Gracey

Monday, March 19, 2012

Pattern and Texture


This is an outfit that I wish had photographed a little bit better because it gets its interest not from color, but from pattern and texture:



Really, the only color I’m wearing is the rose-colored skirt (thrifted and taken up).  Otherwise, the outfit is just shades of black, gray and cream.  But, there are stripes on the sweater-blazer (Halogen via Nordstrom) and polka dots on the tights (Target).  And there are different textures with the skirt, the blazer, the lace top (Limited) and the leather boots (Gap).  I think all of the different textures, along with the mix of patterns, make the outfit deceptively complex.  At the same time though, it’s a pretty easy outfit, which is nice for a Monday.

Again, it’s one that I really liked and I just wish the photographs showed it better.

Happy Monday, All!

Gracey

P.S. For you Walking Dead watchers, I think The Violet Reaction’s comment in my last post is absolutely correct.  Then again, I haven’t seen last night’s show yet…

MIXING PRINTS









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Dear friends,

Lately, It has been all about mixing up the prints.

For day three of the Loreal Melbourne Fashion Festival, I whipped out the floral, leopard and polka dots. I love how playful this outfit is, while still pulling off the tailored look, with the cropped trousers, and pointed stilettos.

Looks like the team at Grazia Australia, also liked this outfit, with my picture appearing in their latest issue. Thanks Grazia - this made my day!

I'm wearing:
Floral trousers, ZARA
Heels, TONY BIANCO
Denim shirt, PIMKIE
Bag, ZATCHELS

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Friday, March 16, 2012

EVIL TWIN






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Dear friends,

I'm pretty happy that this fluffy knit has come into my life! It works just as well dressed down, with shorts and boots, as is does dressed up with leather trousers, a tailored shirt and stilettos.

You can expect to see a lot more fluffy goodness on the blog as the days get shorter and the weather cooler. Much to my dismay, Autumn is definitely in the air.

Hope you're having a great weekend!

I'm wearing:
Jacket, Evil Twin, via MARKET HQ
Shorts, via SUGARLIPS
Hat, via DOTTI
Boots, 'Devon', via TONY BIANCO

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