Saturday, November 15, 2014
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Although I often gravitate toward tailored styles, I also love a good boho/hippie-inspired piece. But it can be tricky to mix the funky, laid-back feel of an embroidered dress with the more conservative expectations of the workplace. Here's how I would do it:
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Saturday, August 30, 2014
I fell in love with loafers by accident when browsing a J. Crew catalog (yes, catalog) about 10 years ago. I turned the page and there they were: a pair of bright red loafers. And I knew that I had to have them. There were way out of my budget, but I wasn't going to let that stop me. I started haunting the J. Crew website until they went on clearance, and snapped them up for a fraction of the original price. I was overjoyed when they arrived in the mail, and tried them on immediately. And then I promptly realized that I had no idea what I would ever wear them with.
Friday, August 29, 2014
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Monday, August 25, 2014
I noted last year that I'm apparently the only style blogger around who doesn't love fall. There's nothing inherently wrong with the season itself; I've said before that fall is the only sane season in upstate New York. But as pleasant as it usually is, I can't forgive fall for its role as a harbinger of winter. So when it got chilly enough last week (in August, for chrissake) for me to break out sweaters, jackets and boots, I was not happy.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
I'm a sucker for a good polo shirt, so this week's Making It Work is dedicated to just that. This is the third installment in a weekly series of posts about how to style clothes in a work-appropriate way.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
So I am basically in denial about the fact that fall is almost here. But I can't ignore the signs any longer. The days are getting shorter; the leaves are starting to turn; and I saw my first pumpkin-related post on social media the other day. Yup, summer is coming to an end, boo. But, good news: that means big end-of-season sales!
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Welcome to the next installment of Making It Work, a series of features about styling unusual or distinctive pieces in an office-appropriate way. Today's look features brightly colored trousers: a wardrobe item I was slow to embrace, but have come to rely on for work outfits.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Monday, August 11, 2014
When I started blogging again in earnest earlier this year, one of my goals was to build my network by connecting with other vintage lovers (and sellers) online. And around the same time, I started reaching out to other blogs to advertise with them.
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Friday, August 8, 2014
Saturday, July 26, 2014
So, I broke my camera last week as the culminating crappy event of a day of crappy events. It was just the final straw of feeling frustrated and stuck when it comes to selling vintage. I was really upset and angry about it for a while, but then I decided that I was not going to let something so simple stop me from doing what I want to do. I'm still working on some new listings, but in the meantime, here are a few Instagram snaps from the past few weeks to show what I've been up to:
1. Experienced temporary insanity.
1. Experienced temporary insanity.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Happy Wednesday! I am off work this week, doing exciting things like cleaning the laundry room and grocery shopping (no joke, do I know how to have fun or what?), so instead of outfit posts, I'm sharing a few DIY ideas with you. I generally don't "do" DIY, because I'm cheap, impatient and ham-handed, so these are some pretty quick-and-dirty ideas that even the most craft-deficient person can probably attempt without wanting to throw anything out the window. Today I'm sharing my idea for making a toddler dress out of a vintage apron.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Happy Tuesday! I am off work this week, so instead of outfit posts, I am bringing you some DIY/project ideas that even someone with my extremely low skill/craftitude level can accomplish. Yesterday I showed you how I brightened up some canvas slip-ons with fabric markers; today, I'm making a rope bracelet out of bungee cord.
Monday, July 14, 2014
Happy Monday! I am off work this week, which means I have no exciting outfits to share (right now I am wearing maternity shorts and a stretched-out Gap tanktop that I bought at a yard sale). So I thought I would share a few DIY projects with you.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Monday, July 7, 2014
Friday, July 4, 2014
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Monday, June 23, 2014
For me, getting dressed in the morning involves a lot of compromise. There's the outfit I wish I could wear, and then there are the realities of my life that make that impossible, impractical or just out of my comfort zone. Today was a perfect example.
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Thursday, June 5, 2014
So for the past few weeks, I have been wearing elastic bandages on my knees and ankles because of some joint problems that I'm having. And everyday I ask myself: Do I try to hide these rather unattractive things, or do I just wear what I feel like wearing, and say "screw it?" And most of the time, I say "screw it."
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Sunday, June 1, 2014
Sorry for what will be a kind of random post; I just have a variety of disparate things kicking around that I wanted to share. Calling it a "roundup" makes it seem so much more official than "Weekend Random Crap," though, don't you think?
Style Me May recapI did a kind of half-assed job at the Style Me May challenges for a variety of reasons, including being on vacation for a week, and working like the devil (i.e. not much time for outfit pics) before and after my trip. So my recap is kind of brief. Here are a couple of my favorite outfits from the month:
Thursday, May 29, 2014
When I started (re-started) this blog in January, I made a silent pledge to myself that I would try to go as long as I could without posting any "repeat" outfits. After all, the purpose here is to showcase different clothes and also to encourage myself to wear some of those things that are gathering moss in my closet.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
I don't normally think of myself as a "bombshell" sort of person. I don't expect to turn heads when I walk into a room, or get hooted at when I pass a construction site. (Does that actually happen, or is that just a cartoon/sitcom trope?) But in this dress, boy, I feel like a goddamned bombshell.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Friday, May 23, 2014
So, in case it wasn't patently obvious: I am not really a makeup person. I don't have anything against makeup, or people who wear it regularly; I sort of regard it wistfully, as a curiosity, the same way I regard people who actually "style" their hair. The truth is, I'm lazy and I can't be bothered to do stuff like that every morning (mostly because I'm too busy picking out my outfit ...)
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Wow, I feel like I've been gone forever! I had a great trip to Oregon to visit my parents, and I hope you enjoyed reading my interviews with other bloggers. I hope to feature more items like that in the future and would welcome any suggestions you have.
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Friday, May 16, 2014
Hi everyone! I'm in beautiful Oregon (my home state) right now visiting my mom and dad, so I've scheduled some posts featuring interviews with other bloggers and vintage sellers. The series kicked off with an interview with Kristian Satterlee of Never Fully Dressed (Without a Style); up today is Priya of Perfectly Priya.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
I am away on vacation this week, so I've arranged a series of interviews with some of my fellow style bloggers. Each one has a distinct personal style and point of view. If you aren't already reading these ladies' blogs, I hope you will check them out, and if you're already familiar with them, stick around; you may learn something new! Today I'm happy to share an interview with Kristian of Never Fully Dressed (Without A Style).
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
I was beyond excited when I was approached by ModCloth to participate in their weekly Wanelo fashion challenge. Wanelo is a site that's a bit similar to Pinterest, which allows you to save and organize items from across the interwebz in one spot. I have been posting all the items from my Etsy store there since the beginning to help build an interest in my shop, and I enjoy poking around a bit there too to see what other people are interested in.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Monday, May 5, 2014
I used to have a stockpile of Mexican embroidered blouses, left over in part from my grandparents' frequent travels to Central America. Somehow along the way I lost almost all of them, except for this one, which used to belong to my mother. I looked at the tag today, expecting to see that it was from Oaxaca or someplace, but, nope — Vancouver!
Thursday, May 1, 2014
I went to Paris for the first time when I was 11 years old (in fact, I celebrated my 12th birthday in the City of Lights). As a budding fashionista, I remember being humiliated about having to wear a fanny pack in the city known for its haute couture, and being thrilled to purchase an embroidered cross-body bag at a local flea market.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
It is with a glum countenance that I reflect on the fact that today is the last day of April. Normally when I think of the month, I imagine green grass, daffodils, leaf buds on trees and sunny days mingled with rain. But we are way behind this year. Leaf buds are only just starting to peek out now, and the spring bulbs are just hesitatingly making their appearance. So if I'm still dressing a bit like December, forgive me.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
One of the things the Style Me April prompts have illustrated is that my closet lacks some stylistic variety. A number of times this month, I've looked at the prompt and opened my closet, only to say, "Apparently I don't do ___________" (whatever that day's prompt was all about). And apparently, I don't do "bohemian."